Dubai Breaks New Years Fireworks World Record

first_imgNew Jersey – Ringing in the New Year starts from one end of the world to the other. But, it was Dubai’s sensational six minute performance that trumped them all.Dubai broke the world record for the world’s largest pyrotechnic display on New Year’s Eve with more than half a million fireworks from the city’s top landmarks including Palm Jumeirah, World Islands, the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab.The spectacle had more than 200 expert technicians logging in 5,000 hours with 100 computers to make sure the fireworks went off at exactly midnight to a musical soundtrack. “The scale of this record attempt is truly impressive and will ensure all eyes are on Dubai,” said Alistair Richards, Global President of Guinness World Records ahead of the event.Dubai shattered Kuwait’s record setting 2012 display marking their golden jubilee anniversary with 77,282 fireworks.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Grains higher livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery rose 8.60 cents at $4.8620 a bushel; Mar. corn was up 6.20 cents at $3.7560 a bushel; Mar. oats gained 3.60 cents at $2.6960 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans was 17.40 cents higher at 9.11 a bushel.Beef was lower and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Feb. live cattle was off .22 cent at $1.2808 a pound; Mar. feeder cattle fell .13 cent at $1.4382 a pound; Apr. lean hogs rose 1.12 cents at .5460 a pound.The Associated Press

Only political will can bring lasting peace outgoing UN peacekeeping chief says

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, who will be replaced by fellow Frenchman Alain Le Roy when he steps down after almost eight years as Under-Secretary-General of Peacekeeping Operations, told reporters in New York that “the notion that you can enforce a peace is wrong. “What you can do is deter spoilers on the margin of a conflict, but peace has to be made by those who made war,” he said. “You can help them – you can provide a measure of trust in that transition where they’re tired of war but not yet convinced of the good intentions of the other side, and that’s where a robust peacekeeping force can make a real difference – but you’re not going to impose peace with a UN force.” The Under-Secretary-General stressed that peacekeeping was essentially a political process and needed the full support of Member States as well as a united Security Council. He called on contributing countries not to skimp on financial support for missions. “To the financial contributors, to those countries that pay the overwhelming percentage of our budget, I say don’t cut on the missions – you’ll make them more fragile and you can lose the whole investment,” he said. Quoting recent research Mr. Guéhenno told reporters that the general trend worldwide was for a decrease in conflicts since the Cold War, a process that has been accompanied by an increase in peacekeeping operations. But he said that missions should not be launched without proper planning. “I have seen in a number of places, from Liberia to Haiti to Sierra Leone, that a difference was made – insufficient, imperfect – but a difference was made and I think it’s important for the United Nations to be able to continue to make that difference… because for many people it’s their only hope and the UN is the institution of last resort,” he concluded. During Mr. Guéhenno’s term, peacekeeping has seen an unprecedented expansion. Today the UN has 20 peacekeeping operations worldwide, with some 110,000 personnel in the field – not including the joint Darfur mission with the African Union (UNAMID), which is slated to have 26,000 peacekeepers at full deployment. 29 July 2008Lasting peace after armed conflicts can only be achieved when there is genuine political will applied by the parties involved, and not simply when a United Nations force has intervened, the outgoing chief of the world body’s peacekeeping operations said today. read more

UN mission in Western Sahara extended by two months

The Council’s unanimous adoption of a resolution to extend, until 31 July, the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) follows its consideration earlier this week of Mr. Annan’s latest report on the work of the Mission in which he proposes a new settlement option. He recommended the Council approve the peace plan, which was developed by his Personal Envoy, James Baker.The text adopted by the Council today commends Mr. Baker’s work in the Western Sahara, including his efforts to resolve the pending humanitarian issues related to the conflict and to implement confidence-building measures in the region led by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).In his report, Mr. Annan said that after many years of exemplary efforts by his Personal Envoy, the proposed peace plan – which combines elements of the draft framework agreement and agreed elements of the settlement plan – offers what could be an “optimum political solution” to the conflict. It would also provide the bona fide residents of Western Sahara, following an appropriate transitional period, the opportunity to determine their own future, which, in turn, would promote peace and stability in the region and would open the way to enhanced exchanges and cooperation between the countries of the Arab Maghreb Union.The draft framework favoured by Morocco, the territory’s administering power, would confer on the population of Western Sahara the right to elect their own executive and legislative bodies and have exclusive competence over local governmental administration. Within five years, a referendum on the final status of the territory would be held. The long-proposed settlement plan, favoured by Algeria and the Frente Popular para la Liberación de Saguía el-Hamra y del Río de Oro (POLISARIO Front), calls for a referendum to allow the people of the Territory to choose between independence or integration with Morocco.The new peace plan – representing something of a “compromise,” Mr. Annan said – provides each side some, but not all, of what it wants. It envisages a period of transition during which there would be a division of responsibilities between the parties before the holding of a referendum for self-determination. “And unlike the settlement plan,” he added, “the peace plan does not require the consent of both parties at each and every step of its implementation.” read more

Central African Republic UN completes investigations into allegations of sexual abuse by

The UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) interviewed 139 people and then investigated their accounts. 16 possible perpetrators from Gabon and 25 from Burundi have been identified through photos and corroborating evidence. Of the 139 victims, 25 were minors who asserted that they were sexually assaulted. Eight paternity claims have been filed, six of which were by minors.The United Nations has shared the report with the Governments of Burundi and Gabon, which includes the names of the identified alleged perpetrators. It has requested that appropriate judicial action proceed in order to ensure criminal accountability.Investigations began in April 2016, several days after the allegations were brought to the attention of the UN. They continued for more than four months and relied primarily on victim and witness testimony due to a lack of medical, forensic, or other physical evidence – the majority of allegations referred to incidents that had taken place between 2014 and 2015. All of the alleged perpetrators had been rotated out of the CAR before the allegations surfaced.“Responsibility for further investigations lies with Burundi and Gabon,” stated a noted to correspondents issued by the UN Spokespersons Office today. The UN has requested a copy of the final national investigation reports to be issued within the next two weeks. If allegations are found to be substantiated and warranted, the commanding officers of the perpetrators will be prohibited from deployment in future peacekeeping operations.The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has strengthened prevention measures and reinforced outreach among communities and peacekeepers throughout the country to improve awareness and reporting on sexual exploitation and other forms of misconduct, particularly in high-risk areas.The Mission regularly monitors conditions and behaviours of the mission’s personnel and partners with other UN agencies and organizations throughout the CAR who provide psychosocial, medical, and legal assistance to victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.In the note, the UN condemned in the strongest terms possible any acts of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by peacekeepers or other UN personnel and reaffirmed its commitment to ensure that perpetrators of abhorrent crimes are brought to justice. read more

Mens Hockey No 6 Ohio State splits twogame series with No 13

Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski controlls the puck during a 4-0 loss to Penn State on Dec. 2. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team (15-5-4, 8-5-1-0 Big Ten) split its weekend series against No. 13 Penn State (13-8-3, 6-5-3-2 Big Ten) in State College, Pennsylvania, dropping Friday’s game 5-2 , then rebounding with a 5-1 win the next day.Game OnePenn State sophomore goaltender Peyton Jones made 45 saves on 47 shots in a 5-2 win against Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ loss ended their season-high six-game win streak.Penn State struck early in the opening period when sophomore forward Denis Smirnov fired a shot past Ohio State redshirt junior goaltender Sean Romeo 5:18 in the first period to give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 lead.Later in the period, the Nittany Lions got loose on a two-on-one breakaway. Smirnov feathered a cross-crease pass to sophomore forward Nate Sucese, putting the Penn State up by two goals near the end of the first period. Ohio State mounted multiple fruitful offensive attacks in the second period.Early in the period, the Buckeyes capitalized on a power play. Buckeyes junior forward and captain Mason Jobst put in a rebound off a shot from sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski, making it a one-goal game.Penn State struck back with a power-play goal of its own, when freshman forward Evan Barratt found the back of the net at 7:46 of the second period.The back-and-forth play continued with another power-play goal for the Buckeyes. Jobst showed patience in the slot before sniping it into the top corner of the goal, over the glove of Jones. It was Jobst’s second goal on the power play.Ohio State had 22 shots in the second period, totaling 37 through the opening two periods. Penn State made a push in the third period that began began with the power play. Penn State junior forward Andrew Sturtz skated through the slot, dragged the puck through the Buckeye defense and beat Romeo with a quick shot through the five-hole to restore the two-goal lead.Barratt added an empty-net goal, his second goal and third point of the night, to ice the game for Penn State. Ohio State’s special teams were seemingly at the center of everything that happened Friday night. The Buckeyes went 2-for-4 on the power play, but went 1-for-3 on the penalty kill.Romeo made 31 saves in Ohio State’s loss. Game TwoThe Buckeyes enacted their revenge in the second game, snapping Penn State’s 11-game unbeaten streak in a 5-1 victory.Head coach Steve Rohlik made some drastic changes to the starting lineup before the game, starting freshman goalie Tommy Nappier and removing Jobst from the first line. It was Nappier’s third career start and Big Ten debut.Ohio State capitalized on a turnover early in the first period when junior forward Freddy Gerard found Laczynski on the backdoor for the sophomore’s 11th goal of the season on the backdoor to give the Buckeyes a one-goal lead. After a long shift in the Buckeye zone, Penn State sophomore forward Nikita Pavlychev found the puck through a crowd and beat Nappier between the legs to tie the game at one.Later in the period, a major penalty was called on Sturtz for kneeing Ohio State senior defenseman Janik Moser, giving the Buckeyes a five-minute power-play. Moser did not return to the game. Sophomore forward Ronnie Hein made a backhand pass from his knees to set up Gerard on the far post to score Ohio State’s second goal of the game.  Shots favored Ohio State 14-11, which helped the Buckeyes stake out to a  2-1 lead heading to the second period.The Buckeyes started the second period right where they left off the first, with a power-play goal. Junior forward Dakota Joshua tipped in a shot from sophomore defenseman Gordi Meyer to give Ohio State its second power-play goal and a 3-1 lead. Shortly after, Penn State senior forward James Robinson had a breakaway chance as he burst out behind the Ohio State defense, was hooked and awarded a penalty shot. Nappier made the save on the Penn State captain to keep the two-goal lead entering the third period.The third period was all Buckeyes, who added two goals late in the period to seal the victory.Gerard and Laczynski both finished with three points in the win. Nappier was solid, making 30 saves on 31 shots, while Jones made 33 saves on 37 shots in the losing effort.The Buckeyes will have next week off before hosting arch-rival Michigan for a two-game weekend series, which begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 26. Both games will be held at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Jurgen Klopp heaps praises on Van Dijk

Jurgen Klopp heaps praises on Van Dijk

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praises on Virgil Van Dijk, saying he knew the player would be outstanding.Klopp praises the impact of Van Dijk since the defender’s arrival at the Merseyside club in January 2018.The Netherlands captain is expected to have a key role to play when Liverpool host Everton at Anfield in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.The former Southampton defensive stalwart has led a much-improved Liverpool defence since his move from the Saint Mary’s for a huge fee of £75million whilst also helping the Reds reach the final of the UEFA Champions League where they lost to eventual winners Real Madrid in Kiev.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Klopp insists he always knew the 27-year-old would have a huge impact and positive at the club, and can help the team in their hunt for silverware.“From the first second, he was brilliant,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.“I knew long before he signed the contract that Virgil would be outstanding as a player. His mix of both playing ability and leadership quality makes him outstanding.”last_img read more

Jamaican Reggae Inscribed To UNESCOs Intangible Cultural Heritage List

Jamaican Reggae Inscribed To UNESCOs Intangible Cultural Heritage List

first_img Facebook Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 21, 2016 – 11:56 am Ziggy Marley, Ras Michael On The History of Reggae News Jamaican Reggae Added To UNESCO’s Heritage List jamaican-reggae-inscribed-unescos-intangible-cultural-heritage-list Reggae was born during the 1960s as a music that carried the voice of the oppressed in Jamaica, with its musical influences including both Caribbean and American genres. Some of the most known voices of the genre include Marcia Griffiths, Bob Marley and Gregory Isaacs.Rolling Stone reports that reggae joins several other regional music traditions on the list, including Dominican merengue, Slovakian bagpipe music and Vietnamese xoan singing. New items are submitted and can be added to the list every year.UNESCO, aims to create “peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture,” and defines intangible cultural heritage as “living expressions” such as performing arts, social practices, festive events that have been passed down from ancestors to their descendants. The organization describes an intangible cultural heritage as traditional, contemporary and living at the same time, inclusive, representative and community-based.”While fragile, intangible cultural heritage is an important factor in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of growing globalization,” UNESCO says on their site. “An understanding of the intangible cultural heritage of different communities helps with intercultural dialogue, and encourages mutual respect for other ways of life.”center_img The organization defines intangible cultural heritage as “living expressions” such as performing arts, social practices and festive events that have been passed down from ancestors to their descendantsJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 29, 2018 – 1:27 pm The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, has deemed Jamaican reggae music an important contribution to history and society, inscribing it on its Intangible Cultural Heritage Of Humanity List.  Twitter Jamaican Reggae Inscribed To UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List UNESCO may be more widely known for its World Heritage List, which identifies landmarks or areas all of over the world that are protected by international treaties for carrying scientific or another form of importance, yet the Intangible Cultural Heritage List is significant in its own right. The significance of intangible culture, the organization says, is the abundance of knowledge and skill that can be passed down. The Recording Academy has recognized reggae artists throughout the years, including through the category of Best Reggae Album at the annual GRAMMY Awards.Who will be Best Reggae Album nominee at the 61st GRAMMY Awards? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out when the GRAMMY nominee list goes live on Dec. 5, but for now you can learn about what it takes to earn a nomination for Best Reggae Album and more with What To Expect When You’re Expecting The 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Announcement.Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record Read morelast_img read more

CES 2019 This robot chases your dog around and throws treats when

first_img 0 85 Photos Tags All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Gadgets Post a comment The Laika is about the size of a butternut squash. It has a cylindrical shape with a wheel in the back like a tricycle. There is a camera so you can see what your dog is doing. A microphone and speaker let you talk to your dog and hear him, too. And Laika has what is bound to be your your dog’s favorite feature: a treat launcher. You can use an app to see and hear your dog at any time. You can even drive it around to play with your pup. Laika also has an autonomous mode. It uses a quarter-size tracker that attaches to your dog’s collar to find and engage with your dog until you return. The combination of treat delivery and its ability to move should appeal to many dogs. A representative for CamToy joked that it’s possible for a dog to like Laika more than its owner. Laika is $460, but you can currently get it on IndieGoGo for $325, which converts roughly to £255, AU$450. However, it’s an Indiegogo deal. As always, please note that CNET’s reporting on crowdfunding campaigns is not an endorsement of the project or its creators. Before contributing to any campaign, read the crowdfunding site’s policies to find out your rights (and refund policies, or the lack thereof) before and after a campaign ends Share your voice Laika is a robot toy and companion for your dog. Patrick Holland/CNET In recent years, there have been any number of pet cameras that allow you to see what your dog is doing while you’re away from home. Some are just cameras, other have speakers so that you can talk to your furry friend and, more recently, several can give your dog or cat a treat. But at CES, the French company CamToy has a pet camera that can follow your dog around and give it treats. It’s called Laika and strives to be a live companion for your dog. If you’re familiar with Pet Cube, imagine if it could follow your dog around. Laika is part toy, part robot and part pet camera. CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.  CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect.  5:32 CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019: A pet dryer, a bed that rocks you to sleep… CES Productslast_img read more

Airstrike by Haftar kills 42 in southern Libya town

Airstrike by Haftar kills 42 in southern Libya town

first_imgTRIPOLI: At least 42 people were killed and dozens wounded in an airstrike targeting a town hall meeting in southern Libya, a local official and the UN-recognised government said Monday, accusing forces of military strongman Khalifa Haftar. The Government of National Accord (GNA) said Sunday’s raid struck the residential district of Qalaa in the town of Murzuq. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us The air raid left “42 dead and more than 60 injured, 30 of them critically,” municipal council official Ibrahim Omar told AFP. He said a government building at which more than 200 local dignitaries were gathered “to settle social differences” was targeted three times. “No armed or wanted people were among them… Haftar bombed unarmed civilians,” he said, calling for humanitarian aid since the local hospital could not cope with the high number of casualties. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The GNA condemned the attack on its Facebook page, also blaming it on Haftar’s forces. Haftar, who seized swathes of southern Libya earlier in the year, has been battling since April to oust pro-GNA forces from the capital Tripoli. The GNA urged the UN’s Libya mission and the international community “to carry out an investigation into the crimes committed by Haftar’s militias in Murzuq”. Advertise With Us There was no immediate comment on the raid from Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA). With its 50,000 inhabitants, mostly from the Toubou ethnic group, and its ancient fortress, the oasis town is located almost 900 kilometres (550 miles) by road south of Tripoli. The Toubou have remained at odds with rival Arab tribes which have rallied with Haftar’s forces who took control of the region in January in an operation to “purge it of terrorists and criminals”. Narrow escape at the airport The European Union, which has previously called for those breaching international law in Libya to be brought to justice, condemned the strike. “Indiscriminate attacks on densely populated residential areas may amount to war crimes and must cease immediately,” said EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic. With fighting for Tripoli stalled on the ground after initial advances by Haftar’s forces, the two sides have increasingly taken their fight to the skies with warplanes and drones. Aviation officials said Monday that a Libyan passenger plane had narrowly escaped being hit by incoming fire as it landed at Tripoli’s sole functioning airport. “The crew on the flight from Benghazi, which was carrying 124 passengers, avoided being hit by bombing on Mitiga International Airport” on Sunday, the airport’s management wrote on Facebook. The incident forced the airport to close to air traffic and re-route flights to Misrata, some 200 kilometres further east, until late Sunday night. The origin of the bombs was not clear, and no side has yet claimed responsibility. Hundreds killed UN envoy Ghassan Salame last week warned the Security Council of “the increasing frequency of attacks” on Mitiga airport, controlled by pro-GNA forces. “Several of these attacks have come perilously close to hitting civilian aircraft with passengers on board,” he said. On Sunday, his office condemned the “repeated indiscriminate shelling” of Mitiga, “the only indispensable functioning airport available for use by millions of civilians” and aid deliveries. Mitiga has closed several times since the start of the assault by Haftar, who has accused pro-GNA forces of using it for military purposes including as a launch site for Turkish attack drones. Located east of Tripoli, Mitiga is a former military airbase that has been used by civilian traffic since Tripoli’s international airport suffered severe damage during fighting in 2014. The World Health Organization says the battle for Tripoli has left nearly 1,100 people dead and wounded more than 5,750 while forcing more than 100,000 civilians to flee their homes. Libya has been wracked by chaos since the 2011 uprising that killed president Moamer Kadhafi. Rival administrations and militias are vying for power, with the Tripoli-based GNA at odds with a parallel administration based in the east and backed by Haftar.last_img read more

Naresh Goyal willing to dilute stake to 15 to save Jet Airways

first_imgThe Tata group had also shown interest in the airline, but the proposal was for a buyout, wherein the Tatas, in partnership with Singapore Airlines, would take over complete ownership of the carrier.Goyal is reportedly pursuing a deal under which he would remain the chairman of the company. All that remains to be seen is, if Etihad will put in good money after the bad. Close [Representational Image]Reuters fileJet Airways founder and chairman Naresh Goyal could consider pruning his equity stake in the company to as low as 15 percent in order to prevent the embattled airline going belly up, as per new reports.The airline, India’s biggest full-service carrier, has grounded planes, cut pilots’ salaries and deferred salary payments in a bid to preserve cash. It has also been reported that Goyal was in talks with potential buyers including Etihad Airways and the Tatas.In the latest development in the long-running saga, Goyal had a meeting on Sunday with Etihad group CEO Tony Douglas in Dubai, reported the Economic Times.Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has a 24 percent share in Jet, which Goyal founded in 1993. Before Jet’s troubles worsened, Etihad had reportedly shown interest in taking a controlling stake in the loss-making airline, but Goyal, who holds 51 percent, had declined the offer. ReutersJet Airways is now reeling under a debt pile of 81.5 billion rupees ($1.2 billion). In the year ended 31 March, the airline reported a loss of Rs 636.45 crore. The company hasn’t made profits in nine out of the last 11 years.Last month, the cash-strapped airline reportedly sought a loan moratorium from the banks in a bid to tide over the liquidity problems. The airline has also been trying to raise loans in the market but banks have insisted on a turnaround commitment.With the outlook worsening, Goyal is now willing to dilute his equity stake drastically and give operational control to Etihad if a deal comes through, ET said.center_img Mid-air technical snag forces Etihad flight with 349 people on board to make emergency landinglast_img read more

Guy Busted With Nearly 5000 Live Leeches in Luggage

first_imgThese particular leeches were wild-caught Hirudo verbana, and officials aren’t keen on the them being imported for a couple reasons. First, they’re a threatened species. Second, they’re invasive.People will attempt to use leeches to cure or treat everything from baldness to arthritis to diabetes (none of which has been scientifically proven). When they’re done, they often let the leeches loose in a nearby body of water where they can wreak havoc on local species.So why, exactly, does someone want to smuggle almost 5,000 medical leeches into a country? Presumably because that person knows they’re worth between $6 and $15 a piece. On the high end, Bodounov’s sack of wriggling annelids could have earned him almost $72,000.Instead of a big payday Bodounov was slapped with a hefty fine. After pleading guilty last week he was ordered to pay over $11,000.Just a few days after Bodounov landed with his bag of leeches, TSA officials at Miami International discovered a bag full of wriggly creatures: a sack of eels, along with more than a hundred other tropical fish.More on Geek.com:Drugged Orangutan Found in Tourist’s Luggage in Bali AirportTSA Will Now Use Floppy-Eared Dogs for Airport SecurityAttempted Mummy Smuggling Thwarted at Cairo Airport Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in FloridaBaby Dugong That Became Internet Star Dies After Ingesting Plastic If you follow the TSA’s social feed you’re already keenly aware that people try to take some pretty crazy stuff on airplanes. Their Canadian counterparts just busted a guy with thousands of leeches in his luggage.The CBC’s Samantha Craggs reported on the wild encounter earlier today. Ippolit Bodounov, who had flown in to Toronto Pearson International on a flight from Russia, arrived in Canada with 4,788 medicinal leeches in a reusable shopping bag.The leeches were packed in several cloth bags that had been soaked in water to help them survive the long flight. Amazingly, every single one was still wriggling when they touched down. Border Services agents were alerted to their arrival by a trusty canine co-worker who was sniffing luggage for contraband.Leeches, of course, have a long history in medicine. This shipment was likely destined for unregulated use, however.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Brain Break Who Let the Robot Out

first_imgJune 17, 2016 “Sorry boss, I was late because a robot stopped traffic.” It’s an excuse that’s up there with “my dog ate my homework” on the plausibility scale, but some commuters in the town of Perm, Russia, may have had to trot that one out this week.Why? Apparently, researchers on staff at Promobot, the maker of a robot that looks a little like Eve from WALL-E, were testing out the bot’s ability to move around on its own, when it seems that one of the engineers left a door open, and it made a great escape into a busy intersection.Related: Robots May Be on the Cusp of Widespread Adoption, Jibo CEO SaysThe robot was out in the world for just under an hour before its battery died and was returned to the lab. Sure, it could have been simple human error (or the start of the robot apocalypse), but some are guessing that it was just a hoax to raise the company’s profile a bit.Either way, we’re talking about it, so if it was some sort of ploy to go viral, well played, Promobot. 1 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Uniting Church of Australia ministers can now marry samesex couples

Uniting Church of Australia ministers can now marry samesex couples

first_imgUniting Church set to be first to allow same-sex marriages in AustraliaPresbyterian Church in Ireland ‘saddened’ by Church of Scotland’s same-sex marriage stanceChurch of Scotland will draft new same-sex marriage lawsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uniting-church-australia-ministers-can-now-marry-same-sex-couples/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Uniting Church of Australia. | Photo: Danny Hammontree / Flickr GAYSTARNEWS- Directly addressing LGBTI church members, Palmer said: ‘I know that this conversation is painful and difficult for you.‘We also acknowledge those who for whatever reason have not been able to support this change.‘Please rest assured that your rights to follow your beliefs on marriage will be respected and protected,’ Palmer said.Years of consultationThe church’s Working Group on Doctrine (WGD) prepared an internal report on the issue.The Assembly Standing Committee then endorsed the report, paving the way for the church to begin holding same-sex marriages.The results of the report came after three years of research and consultation.Some of the reasons given for recommending the Uniting Church update its policy include; ‘scientific research generally supports the view that people who are attracted to someone of the same gender were born that way’.‘This knowledge supports the view that same-gender sexual attraction can be understood as part of God’s good and diverse creation rather than unnatural,’ the report reads.The report also stated: ‘It is common knowledge that discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation has very damaging impacts on their health and wellbeing.’The Assembly also affirmed the sovereignty of the First Peoples of Australia.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img The governing body of the Uniting Church – the Assembly – hasn’t met Since Australia voted overwhelmingly for same-sex marriage in December last year.But the The 15th Assembly have been considering the issue since 7 July at Melbourne’s Box Hill Town Hall.The existing definition of marriage says it is a union between ‘a man and a woman’.But this new statement says: ‘For Christians, marriage is the freely given consent and commitment in public and before God of two people to live together for life.’The 15th Assembly meeting of the Uniting Church in Australia has resolved to allow its ministers the freedom to conduct or refuse to conduct same-gender marriages. #uca18https://t.co/IciGV7jnlJ pic.twitter.com/bnVGdGArhy— Uniting Church (@UnitingChurchAu) July 13, 2018Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer said on their website: ‘This decision follows many years of reflection, prayer and discernment, and I want to thank Assembly members for the way they have responded with grace to what is a difficult conversation for many people of faith.’ The Uniting Church of Australia just granted ministers the freedom to allow or deny marrying same-sex couples. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | July 24, 2012 Carestream’s New Vita XE CR Imaging System Available Affordable tabletop computed radiography X-ray system offers throughput of more than 60 plates per hour Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, 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 | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more July 24, 2012 — Carestream launched its new Vita XE CR imaging system, which is now available for order worldwide. The tabletop computed radiography (CR) system produces diagnostic quality images at a speed of 60-plus plates per hour and is an ideal fit for smaller hospitals, imaging centers, clinics and private practices. This system complements the company’s family of tabletop systems that includes the Directview Vita CR system (40-plus plates per hour) and the Directview Vita LE CR system (20-plus plates per hour).All Vita systems are designed to produce diagnostic images immediately, with the option of completing image optimization easily according to user preference. The Vita XE offers a variety of options to enhance productivity and satisfy specialized imaging needs. These options include: long-length imaging, CD/DVD output, modality worklist, Image Suite mini-PACS (picture archiving and communications system) software and a dental panoramic module. Users can also purchase Carestream’s Directview Total Quality Tool (a phantom test kit, user guide and analysis software) to eliminate the need for expensive third-party quality certification testing.With the introduction of the Vita XE system, the company is discontinuing its Point-of-Care 360 and Directview Vita SE systems. All members of the Vita CR family share accessories, software and hardware which allows for seamless transitions from one system to another in a multi-CR facility and/or across multiple facilities using different models. Each Vita CR system supports seven different cassette sizes at standard resolution and four cassette sizes in high resolution.For more information: www.carestream.com Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img November 10, 2016 — Telemis has launched the next generation of its picture archiving and communication system (PACS) software. Version 4.8 of the Telemis-Medical archiving software and image transmission platform features improved diagnostic mammography and comparison functionality alongside powerful visualization capabilities for users of mobile devices. The new version also further simplifies sharing of medical imaging data between medical practitioners and within and between medical facilities.Telemis-Medical PACS 4.8 offers new tools to radiologists in specialized areas such as breast imaging, as well as facilitating improved comparative monitoring of images obtained from examinations conducted by other radiological disciplines. The mammographic diagnosis module has been completely revised to enable the intelligent and efficient management of digital tomosynthesis images and to improve the management of multimodal display data. The new version of the software can calculate the doubling time according to the RECIST analysis criteria and delivers instant fusion of image data obtained from multimodal examinations. A redesigned viewing and treatment tool for DICOM-RT images will benefit radiation therapists by supporting collaboration and discussion across multiple disciplines. Telemis-Medical PACS 4.8 also now offers native support for PDF DICOM files.Tablet users have access to the full power of visualization applications to assess imaging information from multiple locations. This includes secure transfer of images to and from external parties, including home doctors.Telemis-Medical PACS version 4.8 will be launched at the 2016 Radiological Society of North America annual meeting (RSNA), being held in Chicago Nov. 27-Dec. Visitors to the Telemis booth can share their views with developers and engineers, discuss the benefits of the various concepts presented during the show and vote for their favorite technology prototypes. The concepts that receive the most votes at the show are likely to be incorporated into future versions of Telemis-Medical PACS.For more information: www.telemis.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | November 10, 2016 Telemis Launches Version 4.8 of PACS Software at RSNA 2016 Version 4.8 of image archiving and transmission platform includes new mammographic module and enhanced comparative monitoring Related Content 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 | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… 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 | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more 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 center_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more 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 Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read morelast_img read more

Personal experience results in river cruise booking for Personal Trave

Personal experience results in river cruise booking for Personal Trave

first_imgSource = TravelManagers Australia Docking at Tain L’Hermitage looking over to Tournon sur RhonePersonal experience results in river cruise booking for Personal Travel ManagerSix personal travel managers recently enjoyed a dedicated TravelManagers’ famil to France where they experienced a six day Uniworld Boutique River Cruise on the Rhone River from Lyon to Avignon.Hosted by Fiona Dalton, Managing Director Australia for Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection the personal travel managers attending the famil were New South Wales based Beverley Burt representative for Ashbury, Michelle Collins representative for Bowral, Fiona Perry representative for Corlette, Rosemary Kates representative for Wollongong with Queensland based Emma Ross representative for Bulimba and Jeanette Dickson representative for Arundel.Perry has sold a number of European river cruises but hadn’t personally experienced one until now.Palais du Pape in Avignon“I now understand why my clients come back raving about their river cruise, the hype certainly lived up to my high expectations. A river cruise is such an easy way to see a number of destinations without the hassle of moving from hotel to hotel on a daily basis, sorting of plans for driving and self-touring in each village. There are expert guides daily for each port providing recommended sightseeing, dining options and local history information. The guide recommended to us in Lyon to walk over the bridge to the central mall and eat there, as the restaurants in the old town tend to be expensive. We discovered Bistro Regent that does a fabulous steak, chicken or salmon with salad and fries for around 13Euros and the servings are very generous. Its tips like these that really make a holiday.”Ross discovered a new appreciation for river cruising.“River cruising provides the opportunity to see a destination from a different perspective and if your time is limited, is a great way to see so much. We were so fortunate to experience the product in its entirety, getting to know staff and the ship in such detail. It is often the little things that make a product unique and the highlight for me was definitely the staff. Their impeccable attention to detail and eagerness to assist made a good holiday, great.”A street scape (known as the Jewish Street) in Viviers, Rhone-AlpesKates proves firsthand experience makes all the difference, with a Uniworld Rhone River Cruise booking already secured since her return.“My client was looking for a stress-free, all-inclusive small group holiday with personal experience on all levels. I knew a river cruise would suit perfectly. Being able to talk knowledgably about visiting St Vincent Cathedral in Viviers to enjoy a live organ concert, tasting truffles at a local truffle farm in Grignan where we learnt about the techniques used to collect the truffles and our biking adventure around Lyon was invaluable. Talking about the cruise with such passion and excitement with knowledge gained from my own experiences and sharing my own photos, without doubt closed the sale,” laughs Kates.River cruising more so than other forms of land based transport can be weather dependent, as the personal travel managers recently experienced.“We travelled during an extremely wet week, and as a result, the rivers were extremely swollen. Our itinerary changed somewhat due to the weather conditions. We left a port early and didn’t dock at a particular town due to the river levels. At some points we were unable to pass under bridges so we were bused to our ports of call instead of docking as per the itinerary. It is important for clients to understand that whilst this doesn’t happen regularly, it can happen at some time in the season. The crew make it extremely seamless though and it by no way alters the enjoyment of the holiday, in fact it just adds to the adventure,” says Ross.The group travelled on Qatar Airlines from Adelaide via Doha on the new Dreamliner aircraft.“I know Qatar Airlines have won best Skytrax Business class for a few years and being lucky enough to travel business class from Adelaide to Doha I can concur what a pleasure it was flying with them. The seats were lush, with plenty of storage compartments. The food was of a very high standard and the cabin staff was both attentive and intuitive to passenger needs. The on-board entertainment had a huge number of choices and the size of the TV screen in business class was the largest I have experienced. Economy class was good in most instances and I highly recommend if passengers are flying economy class, to request the upper deck on the A380 as the cabin is cozy and the service impeccable,” says Perry.TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (left to right) Fiona Dalton Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Fiona Perry, Emma Ross, Jeanette Dickson and Michelle Collins enjoying a glass of local Avignon wine at Hotel L’Europe one of the oldest hotels in FranceTravelManagers attribute the exceptional, strong and effective business relationships with key airline, cruise and wholesale suppliers with providing personal travel managers the ability to experience exclusive educationals, to a variety of worldwide destinations.“Supplier relationships have been built over many years and support of our partner suppliers’ products is absolutely key to our business model. The ability for our personal travel managers to experience dedicated famils is a large part of this support, says Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal.Gazal further adds that “TravelManagers prides itself on providing exceptional and personal customer service which comes from first-hand knowledge and experience. Educationals that allow immersion into a destination, such as our co-created dedicated supplier famils, are so important and why we proactively work to provide as many educational opportunities as possible.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. Personal Travel Manager become a PTM todayAbout TravelManagers TravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 490 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases.last_img read more

MakeMyTrip to invest in advanced technologies

MakeMyTrip to invest in advanced technologies

first_imgMakeMyTrip Limited is targeting hotels in Tier II cities of India to give its hotel reservation business a boost confirmed a senior official. The official also confirmed that the company will invest in advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, voice, chatbots amongst others to better its services and products. The official said that the company is eyeing on strengthening deals with hotels from South East Asian countries, the Middle East and European countries where Indians largely travel.Speaking on the occasion, Parikshit Choudhury, Chief Business Officer-India Hotels, Holidays and Alternate Accommodation said, “We will be investing in artificial intelligence, chatbots, voice and other technologies to grow the hotel reservation business. As per our study, only 15% of the hotel bookings are done online which shows there is a huge potential.” Choudhury confirmed that more than 60,000 hotel rooms are booked through the platform. He also confirmed that the company will offer GoStay certificates to budget accommodations to meet minimum quality criteria so that a guest can expect some uniformity in services.“As regards our overseas expansion plans, we are looking at countries where Indian travellers largely go such as South East Asian nations, Europe, Middle East and the like,” Choudhury said.In a recent equity research report on MakeMyTrip, Jefferies India said, “The Indian travel market remains a significant long-term growth opportunity with air travel still under-penetrated due to low-income levels and online booking of hotels and packages still much below global averages.”Jefferies stated that MakeMyTrip is the solid player in online travel booking sector with 60% market share in air tickets booking and more than 50% in hotel rooms bookings.last_img read more

Over 250 Brisbane travel agents attended Tuesday n

Over 250 Brisbane travel agents attended Tuesday n

first_imgOver 250 Brisbane travel agents attended Tuesday night’s USA Expo in Brisbane, held at Howard Smith Wharves.US Consul General Sharon Hudson-Dean made a surprise visit to mix with the agents.“The energy and enthusiasm at the Visit USA Expos 2019 is really impressive,” said Ms Hudson-Dean.“The USA has an endless list of top class tourist destinations and we’re thrilled that Australian travellers come for long visits to explore and experience as much as they can, frequently more than once. Our doors are open and we love to host Australian visitors.”The major prize was won by Phil Feldman from Above Beyond Below, pictured with Mary Bergin from Virgin Australia, Naomi Allen from Delta Airlines and Richard Reid. Phil’s prize is return airfares to LAX with Delta Airlines and Virgin Australia, staying in Philadelphia and at the Beacon Hotel New York.The roadshow moved to the Hilton Hotel in Sydney last night.TOP IMAGE: US Consul General Sharon Hudson-Dean agentslast_img read more