Quebec shipyard talks vindication as it unveils new supply ship for navy

first_imgOTTAWA – The Quebec shipyard at the centre of the RCMP investigation into Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is talking vindication — both for it and Norman — as it inches closer to delivering a new supply ship to the navy.Chantier-Davie was set to host a lavish ceremony in Levis, Que., on Thursday to unveil the MV Asterix, the former civilian ship it is converting into a temporary supply vessel for the Royal Canadian Navy.The unveiling ceremony is an important milestone for the $700-million project, with work almost finished and only sea trials left to be done before the ship is turned over to the navy around Christmas.Alex Vicefield, CEO of Inocea, the multi-national conglomerate that owns Davie, said the ceremony is also a big win for the shipyard, which has struggled for years to win work from the federal government.“This is a fantastic celebration for us,” he said in an interview. “It goes to show we’re not just big talkers, and we actually can deliver on our promises.”Norman was head of the navy when the former Conservative government gave Davie the interim supply-ship project without a competition in summer 2015.The move came after the navy was forced to retire its only two resupply ships early, leaving a gap until new permanent replacements could be built around 2021.Norman had been a proponent for the project and the fact the ship is nearing completion represents a degree of vindication for him, Vicefield said.“It basically shows that what he said was right,” Vicefield said.“He’s a guy who said: ‘I’m not getting ships. I need ships. People’s lives are at risk. We need something. And this makes the most sense of all.’”However, this past January, Norman, who had been promoted in August 2016 to vice chief of defence staff, the military’s second-highest position, was suddenly relieved of duty without explanation.Court documents later showed the RCMP was investigating him on suspicion of having leaked cabinet secrets to Davie in November 2015.The Mounties alleged Norman was upset that the new Trudeau government was reconsidering the interim supply ship contract, and that he worked with Davie to pressure the Liberals into staying the course.Norman remains suspended but has not been charged with any crime. The allegations in the documents have not been tested in court, and Norman’s lawyer has denied her client did anything wrong.The Liberal government ultimately decided to proceed with the project.Vicefield and Spencer Fraser, the CEO of Federal Fleet Services, which is actually overseeing the interim supply ship project, suggested Norman had been unfairly targeted for investigation.Among the documents obtained during the RCMP investigation and filed with the court were email exchanges between Fraser and Norman, which Vicefield described as perfectly normal.“He had an official role in this project, which was project leader,” Vicefield said in the interview. “So just this assumption that there was some sort untoward activity by him communicating with us is totally ridiculous.”Fraser noted that Ontario Superior Court Justice Kevin Phillips said in April when he agreed to unseal the documents that the emails did not represent evidence of wrongdoing.The RCMP has refused to comment on the investigation.Vicefield and Spencer said they have not heard anything in months, but hoped for a speedy resolution.“It’s a lot of noise, and really no substance,” Vicefield said. “I hope that it’s cleared up one way or the other, just for the sake of the admiral, quite rapidly.”The navy won’t actually own the Asterix when it is complete, but will instead lease it for five years, with a second five-year option, though Fraser said the company is prepared to sell the ship to the navy on request.The vessel will also include a mixed crew of civilians and military personnel, which is unusual for a naval ship.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

Chiefs would rather fight than work with Ottawa Duncan

first_imgAPTN National NewsSenators grilled the Indian Affairs Minister Tuesda yover his government’s controversial water bill.Bill S-11 would impose water quality regulations on reserves.It is being panned by many First Nations leaders, they say there was little consultation before it was tabled.Under fire, Duncan stood his ground, insisting that many chiefs would rather fight than work with Ottawa.last_img

Equifax 25 million more Americans may be affected by hack

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Credit report company Equifax said Monday that an additional 2.5 million Americans may have been affected by the massive security breach of its systems, bringing the total to 145.5 million people who had their personal information accessed or stolen.Equifax said the company it hired to investigate the breach, Mandiant, has concluded its investigation and plans to release the results “promptly.” The company also said it would update its own notification for people who want to check if they were among those affected by Oct. 8.The information stolen earlier this year included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses — the kind of information that could put people at significant risk for identity theft.While Equifax previously said up to 100,000 Canadian citizens may have been affected, it said Monday that the completed review did not bear that out and it determined that the information of only about 8,000 Canadian consumers was involved.The update comes as Equifax’s former CEO, Richard Smith, who announced his retirement last month, will testify in front of Congress starting Tuesday. He’s expected to face bipartisan anger from politicians who have expressed outrage that a company tasked with securing vast amounts of personal data was unable to keep their security software up to date.In prepared testimony, he apologized and said human error and technology failures allowed the data breach. He also apologized for the way the company handled the announcement of what happened.“To each and every person affected by this breach, I am deeply sorry that this occurred,” Smith said in his prepared remarks. “Whether your personal identifying information was compromised, or you have had to deal with the uncertainty of determining whether or not your personal data may have been compromised, I sincerely apologize. The company failed to prevent sensitive information from falling into the hands of wrongdoers.”Equifax also faces several state and federal inquiries and numerous class-action lawsuits. At least one state, Massachusetts, and the cities of San Francisco and Chicago have sued Equifax as well.last_img read more

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leads the way as Canada courts Amazon

TORONTO — As Canadian cities compete with each other — and dozens of jurisdictions south of the border — for Amazon’s new $50-billion headquarters, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pitched Canada to the company’s founder.In a letter addressed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Trudeau makes a general case why any prospective Canadian suitors could prove attractive as the retail behemoth’s next corporate home.Trudeau’s letter, which starts with “Dear Jeff,” does not single out any of the bidding cities, which include major centres like Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa alongside acknowledged longshots like Halifax and Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.Instead, Trudeau outlines commercial, cultural and social reasons why Amazon should call Canada home to its new headquarters — dubbed HQ2 — and the 50,000 jobs expected to come with it.“Canadian cities are progressive, confident, and natural homes for forward-thinking global leaders,” Trudeau’s letter reads. “They are consistently ranked as the best places to live, work and play in the world.”Canada’s business advantages include costs among the lowest in the G7, universal health care that lowers the cost to employers, stable banking systems, and a deep pool of highly educated prospective workers from both at home and abroad, according to Trudeau.The letter also touches on increased government investment in skills development, culturally diverse, walkable cities and streamlined immigration processes — an apparent dig at U.S. President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies.At least one major bidder seized on that contrast as part of its formal proposal.“We build doors, not walls,” reads the cover letter from the group co-ordinating the bid from Toronto and several surrounding municipalities. “Those doors open to highly skilled economic immigrants and international students who can easily become permanent residents and citizens.”Toronto touts its diversity as one of its strengths alongside its lower business costs relative to similarly sized American competitors, expanding infrastructure and low crime rates.The city said it also ticks several of the boxes Amazon laid out when it solicited bids from North American cities last month.The company said it wants to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to more than 740,000 square metres in the next decade.Calgary, which can make many of the same claims, opted for a more irreverent tone in its approach to the company.Calgary Economic Development said city spokespeople flew to Seattle — where Amazon’s current headquarters is located — to erect a 36.5-metre-by-three-meter banner declaring “We’re not saying we’d fight a bear for you … but we totally would. ”The bid also included messages chalked onto local sidewalks, the city said. Examples included “Hey Amazon. We’d change our name for you. Calmazom? Amagary? Love, Calgary ;)”Calgary Economic Development did not reveal details of what its bid actually contained, but said it presented a strong case.“Calgary offers Amazon a unique value proposition for HQ2 with top quality human resources, turnkey real estate solutions, a low cost of doing business, and an exceptional quality of life,” it said in a statement. “As our sales pitch suggests, we will do more to help Amazon than any other city.”Halifax, too, was tight-lipped about the particulars of its bid, but said quality of life was a key focus.“If Amazon wants to give employees a city that they can fall in love with, I think Halifax is that city,” Mayor Mike Savage said Thursday. “If it comes down to … the inducements that a province or a city can offer, financial only, then we’re most likely not a player. But if it comes down to a bigger picture, which includes a number of things, then I think Halifax has a very competitive case to make.”One other dark horse candidate submitted a proposal that captured two of the trends common to several Canadian bidders.The northeastern Ontario city of Sault Ste. Marie is an unlikely suitor for the corporate giant, said city councillor Matt Shoemaker, who oversaw the city’s bid. But by teaming up with sister city Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., located mere kilometres across the Canada-U.S. border, he said the smaller community has much to offer.He said the two cities can compete in terms of infrastructure, expansion room and transport options, but said the real draw lies in its scenic location and access to the great outdoors.“You could canoe to work. You could kayak to work,” he said. “You could have recreational activities on the weekend that you would have to go to in a big city. Here, in Sault Ste. Marie, they’re at your doorstep.”The city is not alone in submitting a joint pitch with a neighbouring community.Windsor, Ont., has crafted a proposal with nearby Detroit, Mich., which mayor Drew Dilkens described as offering Amazon the best of both worlds.He said the company would have maximum flexibility to take advantage of taxation and talent advantages on both sides of the border, adding the cities could make it particularly easy for would-be employees to commute.“If there were campuses on both sides of the waterfront, we could physically connect it with a cable car,” he said. “That’s the unique part of this proposal is… giving Amazon the flexibility to scale where they think it works best for them.”The cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, Que., have opted for a similar joint approach in their bid.Blair Patacairk, managing director of investment and trade with Invest Ottawa, said the bid hinges on the strong cluster of universities and colleges in the area as well as its evolving technology sector and capacity to meet Amazon’s logistical needs.But even if the bid does not succeed, he said the process of compiling the pitch has laid groundwork for the future.“We would love to win Amazon,” he said. “But if that didn’t come to pass, then we would look at the good best practices that came out of this…and put our best foot forward internationally on attracting business to Canada’s capital region.”Other Canadian centres bidding for HQ2 are Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Hamilton. read more

Escalating violence in Central African Republic threatens aid delivery – UN agency

Speaking to reporters in Geneva, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said the difficulties spawned by deteriorating security are only compounded by drought and lack of precipitation in parts of the country, notably in the northwest, causing yet another decline in agricultural production. In addition, a lack of fuel for airplanes is hampering operations in the CAR. The United Nations air service has had to reduce its destinations by one flight a week, for all destinations. Fuel is expected to soon be brought by truck from Douala. On 6 July, 300 barrels of fuel were received by plane from Nairobi, equivalent to 600,000 litres, to maintain operations. Some 300 barrels are expected to be delivered from Douala. Despite this, she said that in June, WFP had provided food assistance to 400,000 persons. Also in June, the agency provided school meals to 65,000 children, notably in Bangui, Bouar, Bossangoa, Paoua and Kanga-Bandoro. Nevertheless, the security situation remains volatile and hampers humanitarian aid, said Ms. Byrs.Meanwhile, Mia Farrow, renowned actress, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has just completed her fourth visit to the CAR, where she saw the impact of extreme violence and met people with stories of inspiring courage. “In 2007, I made the first of what would now be four visits to the Central African Republic. I must have left a part of my heart here,” said Farrow, speaking from Bangui. “The courage and resilience of defenseless people facing shocking and unacceptable levels of violence is unforgettable and profoundly inspiring.”According to UNICEF, in the town of Boda, more than four hours’ drive from the capital, she met with internally displaced Muslim families trapped in an enclave surrounded by armed groups hostile to them, who spoke of living in constant fear of attacks. At the only school still functioning in town, some 400 children were crammed into three classrooms. Parents were volunteering to teach after most of the school’s teachers fled for their lives. In Bangui, Ms. Farrow spoke to a health worker who, for security reasons, was no longer able to get to her job at the main hospital and was instead volunteering to treat women and children in a health centre in her community.More than 2.3 million children are suffering the consequences of the crisis rocking the country, says UNICEF. Children have been directly targeted. On average, at least one child has been maimed or killed in clashes every day in the past six months. Malnutrition rates are high and the number of children associated with armed groups could be as high as 10,000, according to the Ministry of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration. One in three children who were enrolled in the last school year did not go back to school this year.“We need the support of the international community to help provide security so that schools can be rebuilt and children can safely return to them,” Ms. Farrow said. read more

Johnson Perez have 20 apiece GardnerWebb wins 8172

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Nate Johnson and Jose Perez had 20 points apiece as Gardner-Webb won its second game of the season, beating UNC Wilmington 81-72 in the Battle of the Blue Ridge on Saturday night.Johnson nailed five from long range, making 7 of 9 from the floor. Perez hit three from distance on 7-of-16 shooting. David Efianayi also made three from beyond the arc to total 17 points and Jaheam Cornwall finished with 12 points for Gardner-Webb (2-4) which got off to a slow start but took a 42-27 lead into the break.The Seahawks rallied in the second half, cutting the lead to 60-52 with 5:56 remaining after Kai Toews made four straight free throws. They cut it to 68-62 after Ty Gadsden completed a 3-point play and Jeantal Cylla drove for a layup with 2:34 left. Nat Johnson answered with a trey and the Bulldogs held on for the win.Cylla finished with 22 points for UNC Wilmington (2-4).The Associated Press read more

Ejector seat maker admits health and safety breach over death of Red

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An ejector seat manufacturer has admitted breaching health and safety law over the death of a Red Arrows pilot.Flt Lt Sean Cunningham, an experienced flyer and Iraq war veteran, died from multiple injuries when his ejector seat accidentally went off in November 2011.The 35-year-old from Coventry was fired 200ft into the air from the cockpit of his Hawk T1 jet and then fell to the ground when his parachute failed to open at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.John Martin, statutory director of Martin-Baker Aircraft Ltd, pleaded guilty on behalf of the company at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday to a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in connection with the 35-year-old’s death.Flt Lt Cunningham died after his ejector seat initiated during pre-flight checks. a Red Arrows Hawk TMk1 XX177 at RAF Scampton, the plane involved in the death of RAF Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham, At an inquest into his death in 2014, Central Lincolnshire coroner Stuart Fisher criticised Martin-Baker for failing to warn the RAF about safety issues.The firm describes itself as the “world’s leading manufacturer of ejection and crashworthy seats”. A Red Arrows Hawk TMk1 XX177 at RAF Scampton – the plane involved in the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean CunninghamCredit:Alex Britton /PAlast_img read more

Life without his beloved driving would make Prince Philips world so much

The good news is that no one appears to have been seriously hurt: the bad news, from Prince Philip’s point of view at least, is that everyone – from his wife to his insurers to the Norfolk constabulary to the tabloid press – will now be advising the old boy to hang up his car keys. On Thursday afternoon the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, was driving his Land Rover near the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. Pulling out from a side road onto the A149, he was involved in a collision with another vehicle. He can afford a chauffeur, after all.  (The Queen does have several on the payroll…) But knowing him a little, I can tell you that His Royal Highness is not likely to welcome advice to slow down…. read more

Deep borehole 1080P inspection camera

first_imgA gold mining operation required an HD camera for a borehole inspection. The basic requirements were that the camera to remain steady and centred, down a 760 m vertical borehole. Inuktun took on the task, the challenges of which were:Limits of sending data via copper tetherChanging specificationsEnhanced braking system required to handle the weightThe solution developed included a Spectrum 120HD camera. The tethers were developed to provide power via copper and signal via fibre. A spring-loaded centring device accommodates the 200-600 mm hole. Auxiliary lighting was installed for the larger diameter bore.Inuktun also integrated a digitiser to convert HD video signal for fibre optic transmission and developed enhanced braking and cable controls.last_img read more

Tickets on sale for Womens EHF F4 in Budapest

← Previous Story Marcus Cleverly to KIF Kolding Next Story → HC Dinamo Minsk – THE END! BudapestEHF F4 Tickets for the first edition of the Women’s EHF FINAL4 can now be purchased via the event’s official website, season climax takes place in Papp László Sportaréna on 3 and 4 May in Budapest. Semi-finals will be played on Saturday; the match for third place and the final will follow on Sunday. Tickets are always valid for both match days.The tickets are available in the following categories:Category 1 tickets for 34,990 Hungarian Forint (approx. 112 euro)Category 2 tickets for 24,990 Hungarian Forint (approx. 80 euro)Category 3 tickets for 17,990 Hungarian Forint (approx. 58 euro)Category 4 tickets for 9,900 Hungarian Forint (approx. 32 euro)Fans are advised to get their tickets quickly on as huge demand for the 10,000 tickets available is expected.The launch of ticket sales coincides with the launch of as the online hub for all information related to the final weekend of the Women’s EHF Champions League. read more

Czechs bid farewell to Vaclav Havel

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of silent mourners have accompanied the body of Vaclav Havel through central Prague as the Czech Republic began three days of national mourning for the icon of the Velvet Revolution. About 10,000 mourners mostly in black, some carrying Czech or Slovak flags, joined a solemn procession taking the former president’s coffin from a church through narrow cobbled streets to Prague Castle, the seat of Czech presidents, today. Havel died on Sunday aged 75 and a number of foreign leaders attended his state funeral yesterday. The dissident playwright led the nation through the bloodless 1989 Velvet Revolution that toppled Soviet-backed communism in then Czechoslovakia.He went on to serve as president of Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992 and subsequently the Czech Republic from 1993 to 2003 when the former Czechoslovak federation split peacefully into two states.last_img read more

119 WWE Results Nottingham England Cena vs Rollins

first_img Now Playing Up Next Xavier Woods Twitter Videos Articles Triple H Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Two more WWE Superstars reportedly scheduled to appear at RAW Reunion show Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Miz WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Pinterest Videos Articlescenter_img Facebook Google+ Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene 11/9 WWE Results: Nottingham, England1. Sheamus def. The Miz.2. Mark Henry def. Xavier Woods.3. Los Matadores and El Torito def. Slater Gator and Hornswoogle.4. WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee def. Paige.5. The Big Show def. WWE United States Champion Rusev w/Lana by DQ when Mark Henry interfered. 6. Jack Swagger def. Damien Mizdow.7. Big E and Kofi Kingston def. The Wyatt Family.8. John Cena def. Seth Rollins in a street fight match.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

Crash near I5 bridge stalls Vancouver traffic

first_imgTraffic backed up into Vancouver on Tuesday morning due to a crash near the Interstate 5 Bridge.The Washington State Department of Transportation sent out an alert about the crash at 7:14 a.m.The alert said the crash blocked the left lane of traffic at Milelpost 0 of the freeway.Officials said the wreck had been cleared around 8 a.m.But traffic continued to move slowly across the Columbia River. Traffic maps showed stop-and-go traffic up to 78th Street in Vancouver as of 8:15 a.m.Cleared: Collision on I-5 southbound at milepost 0 near Interstate Bridge is blocking the left lane.— WSDOT – Southwest (@wsdot_sw) May 22, 2018last_img read more

Eco cryptocurrency by Uber cofounder Garrett Camp Know more about it

first_imgThe economic value generated by Eco coins will be distributed to the community through accounts created at The Eco Foundation will verify the identity of the initial nodes to help bootstrap the network across a broad geographic distribution. Eco cryptocurrency by Garrett CampCreative CommonsTaxi-hailing app Uber’s co-founder Garrett Camp is all set to introduce a new cryptocurrency named Eco into the global trading market. Eco is expected to be launched later this year and it will be the latest entrant in the list of nearly  1,400 varieties of crypto coins including bitcoin, ethereum to enter the fray.Introducing 🙂 // @eco— Garrett Camp (@gc) 1 March 2018Eco is in the early stages of system design, and Camp has shared the details of the upcoming cryptocurrency.Here is everything you need to know about the new crypto asset:Eco will serve as a virtual currency that will be usable across the world for daily transaction purposes. The mission of the Eco Foundation is to develop a global currency protocol that is evenly distributed and extremely robust.The design proposal says that Eco aims to achieve the capacity of more than 100,000 transactions per second within a few years by using Transaction Sharding, where transactions are directed to specific shards for acceptance and validation, instead of the whole network validating the same transaction.(With inputs from Eco’s design proposal) Eco will be managed by an independent, non-profit organization — Eco-foundation, which will guide the development of the Eco protocol, with transparent governance and continual improvement. Mining of Eco is different from other cryptocurrencies. When a block is successfully mined in Eco, tokens are evenly distributed to all other nodes immediately. Eco seeks to address three issues within digital currencies: verification of network nodes, the usability of applications, and efficiency of transactions. One trillion Eco tokens will be issued and 50 percent of this will be provided to the first one billion verified human users who sign up and 20 percent will be allocated to verified nodes (partner universities) and their network of researchers and developers. Eco makes significant improvements by 1) forming verified network, where universities run nodes, 2) increasing overall token supply, and creating simple web and mobile apps, and 3) designing a system with more energy-efficient and coordinated token generation to reduce overall power consumption. Eco won’t follow the bitcoin’s worker-lottery approach. It operates based on collective incentive, rather than individual reward. Eco seeks to create a verified network of universities to help build an evenly distributed and cooperative financial infrastructure that is easy to use and energy efficient.last_img read more

Santal womans throatslit body found in Panchagarh

first_imgPolice recovered the throat-slit body of an indigenous (Santal) woman from Nuniapara area in sadar upazila of Panchagarh on Friday noon, reports UNB.The deceased is Putul Hajda, 30, wife of Ramesh Murmu of the area.The victim remained missing since Thursday evening, police said quoting locals.Later locals spotted her throat-slit body lying in a wheat field near her house and informed police.Sadar police station officer-in-charge Rabiul Hasan Sarkar said a team of police recovered the body and sent it to Panchagarh Modern Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.No one was arrested in this connection till filing of this report.Panchagarh deputy commissioner Mohammad Zahirul Islam, police superintendent Gias Uddin Ahmed and other senior police officials visited the spot.last_img read more

Roku Faces Criticism Over Infowars Channel

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 Streaming device maker Roku faced a backlash Tuesday over its decision to carry a channel for Infowars, the controversial website of right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The company responded by saying that Infowars wasn’t currently violating its terms of use.The uproar over Roky carrying Infowars comes a few months after most other major platforms, including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Apple’s app store, removed Jones and his outlet from their services. It was first reported by Digiday.Jones and Infowars have frequently posted conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as the Sandy Hook school shooting. Prior to being booted from most major platforms, Jones on occasion had individual videos removed for hate speech and other terms of use violations.Infowars had been on Roku for years with a channel apparently created by Infowars contributor Paul Joseph Watson. In recent weeks, the company added another channel that seems to have been created by an outside web development company. “While open to many voices, we have policies that prohibit the publication of content that is unlawful, incites illegal activities or violates third-party rights, among other things,” the statement concluded. “If we determine a channel violates these policies, it will be removed. To our knowledge, Infowars is not currently in violation of these content policies.”It’s worth noting that Roku isn’t the only company still carrying an Infowars app or channel. Google continues to offer an Infowars app on Google Play. That app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, according to publicly available Google Play data.Update: 1:50pm: This was updated with a statement from an attorney representing some of the families of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. That new channel caught the attention of Twitter users, whose plights with Roku to remove the channel were picked up by Sleeping Giants, a progressive advocacy group that frequently organizes advertiser boycotts against outlets with far-right pundits.“Such a cynical move by Roku,” the group said in a tweet. “In light of very public lawsuits against him by the Sandy Hook parents who’ve been targeted by him, why would they decide now to stream his show?”After being disparaged by Jones on his show, parents of schoolchildren murdered in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting won a legal victory last week, with a judge deciding that they were allowed to review financial records and other documents as part of the discovery process in an ongoing lawsuit against Infowars.An attorney representing several of these families also criticized the company for carrying Infowars in a statement released Tuesday afternoon:“Roku’s shocking decision to carry Infowars and provide a platform for Alex Jones is an insult to the memory of the 26 children and educators killed at Sandy Hook. Worse, it interferes with families’ efforts to prevent people like Jones from profiting off innocent victims whose lives have been turned upside down by unspeakable loss. We call on Roku to realize this and immediately pull the program.”Roku said Tuesday that it had currently no reason to drop the Infowars channel from its platform. “We do not curate or censor based on viewpoint,” the company said in a statement, which also pointed out that there were thousands of channels with a wide range of topics and viewpoints in the Roku channel store.  “While the vast majority of all streaming on our platform is mainstream entertainment, voices on all sides of an issue or cause are free to operate a channel,” the statement continued.Roku also said that it doesn’t have a commercial relationship with Infowars, and that it doesn’t sell ads or receive any fees for carrying the channel. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Container rethink Ooho team cooks up water holder

first_img © 2014 The technique dates back to lab work in the 1940s. In more recent times. Spanish chef Ferràn Adria brought the technique to highly creative modern cuisine at his restaurant elBulli. The Ooho ingredients are water, calcium chloride and brown algae. The Ooho team applied the concept not to elegant caviar or pea soup renderings but to water. Their project involved their experimenting with different portions and dimension of their brown algae, calcium chloride and water ingredients and they developed a suitable double gelatinous membrane. An estimated cost to make this water ball is not exactly prohibitive—two cents a unit. The double membrane protects the inside hygienically, one of the designers said in Fast Company.A report on the team’s efforts in designboom, the digital architecture and design magazine, said the inspiration for their entry came from nature’s way of encapsulating liquid using membranes, as in the egg yolk. The Ooho team succeeded in creating their edible membrane as an alternative to the plastic water bottle. To achieve their double gelatinous membrane they used sodium alginate from the brown algae and calcium chloride in proportions that could generate gelification. While companies have the infrastructure to manufacture packaging, according to the report in designboom, the main idea of Ooho “is that everyone could make them at their kitchen, modifying and innovating the ‘recipe.’ From DIY to CIY (Cook It Yourself).” ( —Think about it. A Sunday in the park. Trashbins overflow with plastic water bottles cast off by joggers, power walkers and their cheering supporters. They have gone home after a charitable athletic event to raise money for—you guessed it—the environment. Are we going nowhere very fast? A water container called the Ooho is a potential option; it is biodegradable and edible. The Ooho was created by three designers and has been named one of 12 winners of the Lexus Design Award 2014. This is an international design competition, where 1,157 submissions were received during the application period and from that group, 12 winners were selected after consideration by six judges. One may describe this entry as a water ball or more specifically as membrane packaging for liquids. Rodrigo García Gonzalez, Pierre Pasalier, and Guillaume Couche are the designers. After all, are plastic bottles the choice containers for water? The designers came up with a holder for water in the form of a double membrane. The process they used is known as “spherification,” a technique used in culinary circles for shaping liquids into sphheres resulting in artistic presentations of food that look like magical jewels. Explore further More information: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Novel membrane reveals water molecules will bounce off a liquid surface Citation: Container rethink: Ooho team cooks up water holder (2014, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

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first_imgNews | October 31, 2011 European Providers Adopt GE Vscan to Transform Traditional Healthcare Systems FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 October 31, 2011 – GE Healthcare’s announced in Milan, Italy, that the Lombardia Ministry of Health (MoH) purchased 135 units of GE Healthcare’s pocket-sized, ultrasound medical imaging device Vscan for use by general practitioners in the region. This effort by GE Healthcare and the Lombardia MoH is not only the first of its kind for Italy, but also unique to Europe.European healthcare systems are among the best in the world, but recent economic pressures are making it more important than ever to find new ways to increase cost-effectiveness within the system. To this end, Italy is uniquely leading a healthcare change in the Lombardia region in which, over the next couple months, general practitioners will incorporate Vscan in the physical examinations of patients with the intention of improving the overall healthcare provided to those living in the area. With the assistance, training and support of local internal medicine ultrasound specialists, the general practitioners will integrate Vscan into their daily efforts and will document the improvements the device is having on the local healthcare system across a variety of clinical areas.Vscan is a pocket-sized, portable visualization tool developed to provide physicians with imaging capabilities at the point-of-care in many clinical, hospital or primary care settings. Roughly the size of a smartphone, Vscan houses powerful, ultra-smart ultrasound technology that provides clinicians with an immediate, non-invasive quick look inside the body. The ability to take a quick look inside the body may not only help clinicians detect disease earlier but also better triage patients to avoid sometimes unnecessary and costly testing. By using Vscan, the doctors are attempting to evaluate the clinical advantages of the technology while simultaneously documenting what impact the ultrasound device is having in improving the region’s healthcare system.”Because of the potential clinical value Vscan may provide to medical professionals around Europe and all over the world, we hope this project will be of high interest to other physicians and healthcare officials in Ministries of Health across the European Union,” said Mario Lois, general manager of primary care for GE Healthcare in Europe. “The number of Vscan users in Europe continues to grow each month due to a specific mindset, strong acceptance and adoption throughout multiple medical care areas.”Since being launched in countries across Europe in 2010, thousands of medical providers have adopted Vscan across various countries, including numerous internationally recognized cardiologists such as Professors Jose Zamorano and Nuno Cardim, whose clinical study with Vscan concluded that the technology helped well-trained echocardiographers increase the number of diagnoses, reduce the number of unnecessary conventional echocardiography exams and also reduce the number of patients spending time in outpatient clinics. The impact thus helped improve the quality of care of patients and helped lower the cost of care for not only the patient but also the provider.Other Vscan users across Europe have experienced similar benefits including Professor Petros Nihoyannopoulos, professor of cardiology at the Imperial College London, Hammersmith Hospital in the UK.”The advantage for the department is tremendous as well. Using Vscan helps us triage the patients better, reduce the number of unnecessary echocardiographic examinations and saves the patients time,” said Nihoyannopoulos.”Like the positive impact using Vscan has had for Nihoyannopoulos, Cardim and Zamarano on their patients, the goal in Italy is to do the same while also demonstrating the positive impact of collaborations between the Ministry of Health and regional healthcare providers.”We expect the Vscan units to have tremendous impact on the healthcare provided to the people of the Lombardia region,” said Carlo Lucchina, M.D., general director of Lombardia Ministry of Health. “Vscan has shown potential to help physicians obtain more information, and promptly send the right patient to the right test. Considering this, we are hoping to improve the efficiency of our healthcare system in Lombardia but also validate this new approach and promote to all the other Italian regions and outside in Europe.”For more information: read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Radiation Oncology | November 06, 2018 VIDEO: Personalizing Radiotherapy Using Genomic Markers of Radiosensitivity Genomics can be used to assess a patient’s radiosensitivity, which can be used to increase or decrease the radiation read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | September 12, 2016 Contrast Ultrasound Identifies Deadly Liver Cancers September 12, 2016 — Tiny microbubbles are being used to more effectively… read more News | Oncology Related Products | May 06, 2016 Study Finds Breast Cancer Adjuvant Therapy Benefits Vary Over Time May 6, 2016 — After breast cancer surger read more News | Oncology Related Products | December 19, 2016 Clinical Study to Combine Chemotherapy Drug with MR-HIFU for Recurrent Childhood Tumors December 19, 2016 — Children’s National Health System and Celsion Corp. read more January 16, 2015 — Supplementing written heart screening guidelines with telephone counseling from specially trained nurses more than doubled the likelihood that adult survivors of childhood cancer received recommended heart checks, according to results from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS). St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators led the research, whose findings appear in the current issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.The research focused on adults whose childhood cancer treatment put them at risk for a variety of heart problems, including heart muscle weakness known as cardiomyopathy, which can lead to heart failure and other health problems. This study was designed to understand and address why more survivors do not get the periodic heart screenings that are recommended to detect cardiomyopathy early when interventions may slow disease progression and prevent heart failure.In this study, cardiomyopathy screening by at-risk survivors rose from 22.3 percent to 52.2 percent when the written recommendations survivors received were followed by telephone counseling from nurse practitioners. The two brief counseling sessions focused on helping survivors identify and overcome barriers to receiving the recommended diagnostic testing.Of the 153 survivors who got the recommended screening, 52.2 percent were found to have heart abnormalities that required continued medical monitoring. Cardiomyopathy was detected in 10 percent of the survivors who were screened.”This intervention offers a model for how to motivate other cancer survivors, including survivors of adult cancers, to be more proactive about their health,” said the study’s first and corresponding author Melissa Hudson, M.D., a member of the St. Jude Department of Oncology. “This study shows that by understanding and addressing the concerns and obstacles survivors face to acting on screening recommendations, medical providers can increase the number of survivors who get this potentially life-saving test.”The United States is home to at least 328,000 residents who were age 20 or younger when their cancer was discovered. With overall U.S. childhood cancer survival rates now approaching 80 percent, the ranks of childhood cancer survivors will continue to increase.Strategies to better manage or reduce further threats include screening guidelines for survivors treated with chest irradiation or chemotherapy drugs called anthracyclines, alone or in combination. Both therapies predispose survivors to cardiomyopathy before middle age. The risk increases with the cumulative dose of either therapy alone or in combination. Based on treatment histories, the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) recommends at-risk survivors undergo cardiomyopathy screening annually or at two- or five-year intervals. COG is an international consortium of pediatric cancer researchers and institutions.The 472 at-risk survivors in this study had gone at least five years without cardiomyopathy screening. On average, they were 40 years old, but ranged in age from 25 to 59 years old.All were enrolled in the CCSS, an ongoing federally funded project designed to improve understanding and management of the health risks and challenges facing childhood cancer survivors as they age. The CCSS includes more than 12,000 adults who were age 20 or younger when their cancer was discovered between 1970 and 1986. The survivors were treated at 26 medical centers in the United States or Canada. CCSS participants are surveyed periodically about their health, health behaviors and use of healthcare services. None of the survivors in this study was enrolled in long-term follow-up programs that provide survivor health monitoring based on treatment-related risk.After a baseline health assessment, survivors in this study received a personalized survivorship care plan in the mail that included a summary of their cancer treatments, health risks and cardiomyopathy screening recommendations. The recommendations were based on COG guidelines. The mailing included a laminated card summarizing the information and screening recommendations for survivors to share with their primary-care providers.A week after receiving the care plan, nurses called 205 participants to discuss the survivors’ concerns and barriers to completing the recommended screening. The nurses called again two weeks later. Survivors also received letters summarizing each counseling session.A year later, 22.3 percent of survivors who received the written recommendations through the postal service had been checked for cardiomyopathy compared to the 52.2 percent of those who were also counseled by a nurse by telephone.When researchers queried survivors about why they did not get screened, those in the counseling group were more likely to cite concerns about insurance coverage. Those who received the written information only were more likely to link lack of screening to the failure of their current healthcare provider to recommend the test. Hudson said the findings underscored the need for better communication among survivors, primary care providers and pediatric oncologists.Meanwhile, researchers are working on ways to implement the intervention detailed in this study more widely, possibly by developing an online approach.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | January 16, 2015 Telephone Counseling Prompts More Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors to Get Heart Screenings Study finds supplementing written instruction significantly increases screening rates Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:35Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:35 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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