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TSX Wall St flat ahead of US Thanksgiving as commodity prices gain

first_imgTORONTO – With the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday approaching, North American stock indices were little changed Wednesday as commodities prices surged and the loonie gained ground.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index edged down 3.07 points to 16,073.58, despite strong increases in the price of oil and gold.The January crude contract soared US$1.19 to US$58.02 per barrel, its highest level in about 2-1/2 years, and the December gold contract climbed US$10.50 to US$1,292.20 an ounce.There were several reasons that factored into oil’s sharp upward movement, including news that U.S. stockpiles rose less than expected at the end of last week as well as reports that OPEC might extend its cuts in production, said Macan Nia, senior investment strategist at Manulife Investments.Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil exporter in the world, wants the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries cartel to extend this year’s cut in oil production for another nine months. The 14 nation-members of OPEC, as well as other major oil producers including Russia, will meet in Vienna next week to discuss their goals.The closure of TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline due to a leak is also supporting higher oil prices. “That’s taking off-line nearly half a million barrels of oil, so that’s been one of the primary drivers,” noted Nia.Meanwhile, the key driver of gold prices came after the U.S. Federal Reserve released minutes from its latest meeting ended Nov. 1, which painted a more dovish sentiment around inflation, Nia added.While most officials were comfortable raising interest rates soon, a few Fed leaders wanted to wait until there is more evidence inflation is rising. Most experts expect the Fed to raise rates in December, which would be the third increase this year. The Fed says it’s aiming to raise rates three more times next year.“The minutes pointed to the continued befuddlement of the Fed in terms of what has been just the lack of inflation in the system, despite economic growth, despite employment growth, despite wage growth,” said Nia.“As a result you saw gold rally and the U.S. dollar sell-off versus its major peers, including the Canadian dollar.”In currency markets, the loonie was trading at 78.56 cents US, up 0.30 of a U.S. cent.South of the border, most major New York indices fell back at the closing of markets after they finished at all-time highs on Wednesday.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 64.65 points to 23,526.18 and the S&P 500 index lost 1.95 points to 2,597.08. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq composite index inched up 4.88 points to 6,867.36 to reach a new record high.“Whether you look at the U.S. or in Canada, markets have been flat,” Nia said. “In the U.S., it’s typically low trade volumes as we enter Thanksgiving so expect volumes to be on the lower end leading, really, into next.”Elsewhere in commodities, the January natural gas contract was down five cents at US$3.06 per mmBTU and the December copper contract was up one cent to US$3.14 a pound.U.S. markets will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday and trading will end early on Friday.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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Proposed pot swag ban makes it harder to compete with illicit pot

first_imgTORONTO – A proposed ban on the use of cannabis brand elements on T-shirts and other swag would make it more difficult to stamp out the black market after legalization and have “significant” unintended consequences, licensed producers said Monday.The Senate is set to make a final vote Thursday on an amended Bill C-45 before it goes back to the House of Commons for approval. The amendments include one that would prohibit the use of cannabis brand elements on promotional items that are not marijuana or marijuana accessories.The amendment is “unwarranted” and could have unintended consequences beyond swag, such as barring the use of company logos on retail signage and promotional flyers, said Allan Rewak, executive director of the industry association Cannabis Council of Canada, which represents 80 per cent of licensed producers.“It’s a messy amendment that will have significant implications far beyond than the idea of T-shirts and hats,” he said. “And the appropriate place for such restriction, if they’re warranted, would be in regulation.”Licensed producer Tantalus Labs’ managing director Dan Sutton added that non-cannabis accessories, such as caps with the producer’s branding, are a useful tool in differentiating their products from the illicit marijuana already being purchased.“Black market cannabis is likely to continue to be prevalent … we need all the weapons we can get,” he said.Bill C-45 in its current form already prohibits advertising of cannabis products in traditional radio or television ads. As well, Health Canada unveiled its guidelines for cannabis packaging in March, which requires packages to be a single, uniform colour without images or graphics other than the logo and a health warning. However, the bill does allow companies to distribute promotional products with their brand logo.Sen. Judith Seidman, who put forth the amendment, said we are already seeing a “proliferation” of products such as T-shirts and backpacks with marijuana company logos thanks to the allowance, which undoubtedly appeal to kids and youth.“My amendment fixes that loophole, closes what I could call the backdoor on marijuana marketing,” she said in an interview.Past experience with tobacco showed partial advertising restrictions were ineffective, so it was important to have a full ban in place, said Seidman.“We have a unique opportunity with a new product to do the right thing; we should learn from our past mistakes.”But in order to migrate consumers away from the black market over to the regulated market after pot for recreational use is legalized later this year, licensed producers need to do a certain amount of reasonable, restricted branding, said Cam Battley, chief corporate officer for Aurora Cannabis.People can easily purchase T-shirts and other swag with alcohol branding now, he noted.“Nobody in the legal cannabis sector wants cannabis to be used by underage youth any more than we want youth using alcohol or psychoactive prescription drugs,” Battley said. “The same cannot always be said for operators in the black market.”Seidman said it’s better to start with stricter restrictions and then possibly loosen them later if warranted, since it would be a challenge to add the restrictions later.“It’s pretty impossible to put the genie back in the bottle,” she said.A ban on branded promotional items or “brand stretching” in conjunction with hefty restrictions on packaging and advertising deals a “significant blow” said Patricia McQuillan, president and founder of Brand Matters agency in Toronto. The primary tool for branding is packaging, and after that it would be any promotional items or swag, she noted.“From a pure branding perspective, what’s left?… You can’t put it on the product, now you can’t put it on something non-product related… then how will you effectively brand at all?”last_img read more

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Canadian dollar ahead amid positive tone from world markets commodities

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar ahead amid positive tone from world markets, commodities by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2013 8:57 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was ahead Wednesday amid a generally positive tone on world markets and strengthened commodity prices.The loonie was ended the day up 0.11 of a cent to 99.67 cents US.Analysts were watching to see if the U.S. and international markets will continue on their paths of record highs, or if the lack of major economic news will result in some pullback.Ian Nakamoto, a portfolio manager with investment firm MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier, said the Canadian dollar may be fuelled by confidence in the new Bank of Canada governor.Current head Mark Carney will leave the post at the end of this month and be replaced by Stephen Poloz, chief executive of Export Development Canada.“It doesn’t seem like he (Poloz) is changing his stance any time soon in terms of loosening monetary policy or bringing down interest rates even though the Canadian economy does appear to be weakening here,” he said.“I’m amazed at how strong that (the loonie) is. Most economists had predicted the loonie would be vulnerable down to 95 or 96 (cents). We’re almost back at par here.”The strength of stocks and the strong Canadian dollar in recent days has been a sign of heightened investor appetite for risk amid optimism that the U.S. economic recovery is gaining momentum.Meanwhile, U.S. markets continued to take in gains with the Dow Jones industrials average up 13.94 points at 15,070.14, while the Nasdaq was up 13.39 points to 3,410.02. The S&P was up 4.85 to 1,630.81.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.7 per cent to 14,285.69 to its highest close in almost five years Wednesday, and Germany’s DAX also had a record close, up 0.83 per cent to 8,249.71.On the commodities front, June bullion made up for the $19.20 it lost on Tuesday, by surging ahead $24.90 to US$1,473.70 an ounce.July copper was up seven cents at US$3.37 a pound, following strong trade data from China suggesting it is recovering from an unexpected slowing in the first quarter.Both gold and copper prices are the highest they’ve been in a month. The June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was closed at a five-week high, up $1 to $96.62 a barrel. read more

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Ban hails creation of International Day against Sexual Violence in Conflict

In a statement issued today, the UN spokesperson’s office said the Secretary-General commended Member States in passing the resolution “for the increasing priority given to conflict related sexual violence.”“The international community must not rest until all violence against women and girls is eliminated, and women’s full political and economic participation worldwide is ensured,” the statement continued. “These are critical for upholding human rights, as well as achieving sustainable development and peace.”The International Day – which was established by a consensus resolution adopted in the Assembly last week, will now be observed annually – will aim to raise awareness of the need to end conflict-related sexual violence and urge the international community to stand in solidarity with the survivors of sexual violence around the world – two of the Secretary-General’s priorities, according to his spokesperson.The new initiative, moreover, comes amid an uptick in reports from areas controlled by militant groups aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) of brutal acts of sexual violence against women and girls. Just last year, ISIL affiliate Boko Haram abducted some 276 girls their school in Chibok, located in Nigeria’s restive north-eastern Borno state, as the militant group ramped up brutal attacks targeting the African country’s children.The date 19 June commemorates the breakthrough adoption in 2008 of UN Security Council resolution 1820, which recognized sexual violence as a tactic of war and a threat to global peace and security, requiring an operational security, justice and service response. It further recognized that rape and other forms of sexual violence can constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity and/or constitutive acts of genocide. read more

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UNICEF completes mobile health campaign aimed at children and women in Yemen

A doctor examines polio vaccines at a mobile vaccination point in a zone where marginalized people live in Sana’a, Yemen. Photo: UNICEF/Magd Farid “We have increased our geographical reach to all parts of the country as well as increased the number of times we do the integrated outreach. This has resulted in delivering medical assistance to the most hard-to-reach communities especially those most affected by the conflict”, said Julien Harneis, UNICEF Yemen Representative, in a news release yesterday. The 24-29 September nationwide campaign consisted of a package of health and nutrition services including vaccination, vitamin supplementation, deworming, screening for malnutrition and treatment for childhood infections, as well as antenatal and postnatal care for women. More than 34,000 health workers supported by 880 supervisors and monitors spread across Yemen’s 333 districts used about 10,000 vehicles and other means of transportation such as motorcycles, donkeys or simply walking long distances on difficult terrains to reach children and women in far-flung corners of the country, the agency said. UNICEF also noted that the health drive comes at a “critical time,” as Yemen’s conflict has put the lives of millions of children and women at risk. “With the health system hanging in the balance, such outreach programmes are helpful but are not sustainable in the long run. Outreach campaigns alone cannot address the medical needs of the population; the health system needs to be back on its feet urgently,” Mr. Harneis said. Yemen has been engulfed in violence since a confrontation between the country’s Houthis (Ansar Allah) and the Yemeni Government in early 2014 led to a Houthi advance on the country’s capital, Sana’a, and an ensuing conflict which has involved support from outside parties. The UN has been heavily involved in efforts to resolve the crisis, and Kuwait had been hosting peace talks – facilitated by the UN envoy – with the Yemeni sides. A break in the peace talks went into effect in early August. Recently, Yemen’s Ministry of Health announced that it has run out of basic operational costs for the primary health-care system, UNICEF said. This means it won’t be possible to transport medical supplies including medicines from stores to far-flung health units, there will be no fuel or electricity for powering refrigerators for storage of temperature-sensitive vaccines, and medicines and health centres will have no light. The agency emphasized that throughout Yemen, 2.5 million children are at risk of diarrhoea, 1.3 million are at risk of acute respiratory tract infections, and 1.5 million children are malnourished, 370,000 of them suffering from severe acute malnutrition. UNICEF is scaling up its response but the humanitarian needs are “enormous,” the representative said. Since January, UNICEF has supported the vaccination of more than 4.6 million children against polio, and the treatment of more than 133,000 children against severe acute malnutrition. In addition, some 168,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers received support during and after pregnancy, including knowledge on how to care for their babies and of themselves. read more

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Cyclone Oli des conséquences dévastatrices sur les récifs coralliens

first_imgCyclone Oli : des conséquences dévastatrices sur les récifs coralliensPolynésie – Au début du mois de février dernier, le cyclone tropical Oli s’est abattu sur l’ouest de la Polynésie française. Son passage a eu des conséquences dévastatrices sur les récifs coralliens dont une grande partie a été anéantie.Dans un communiqué, le CNRS indique que le passage du cyclone Oli sur les îles de la Polynésie française a littéralement ravagé les colonies de coraux. D’après les observations du service chargé de surveiller ces animaux déjà fragilisés par l’invasion de l’étoile de mer  Acanthaster, prédatrice du corail, la quasi-totalité des récifs coralliens a été détruite. Quelques jours après le passage du cyclone, les chercheurs ont mesuré ses impacts sur les deux sites de référence de la côte nord de Moorea. “Les résultats sont sans appel : le cyclone Oli a raboté les peuplements coralliens et porté le coup de grâce à un récif déjà fragilisé” déplore le CNRS.De nombreuses colonies en place ont été détachées par la houle, brisées par des blocs et les scientifiques indiquent que la structure tridimensionnelle du récif a été touchée. “Or elle conditionne l’habitat d’une grande partie de la faune associée aux coraux dont de nombreuses espèces de poissons”.D’autres observations ont été réalisées sur les îles de Raiatea-Tahaa et Tubuai. Elles ont révélé des conséquences encore plus désastreuses sur les côtes les plus exposées à l’action cyclonique. Des recherches sont en ce moment menées pour évaluer l’impact du cyclone sur les autres espèces telles que les poissons, mollusques ou oursins. Mais d’après le CNRS, “il faut s’attendre à des modifications de la diversité et de l’abondance des êtres vivants”.Si les algues ne prennent pas le dessus sur le corail pour entraîner la mort des récifs, dix ans au moins seront nécessaires à leur régénération. Le 7 mars 2010 à 10:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Automutilation les adolescentes sont les plus concernées

first_imgAutomutilation : les adolescentes sont les plus concernéesCanada – D’après les chercheurs de l’Université McGill, 85% des personnes ayant recours à l’automutilation sont des adolescentes provenant de milieux sociaux divers. On en parle assez peu, pourtant le phénomène d’automutilation touche 0,2 à 2,4% de la population générale. Chez ces personnes, porter atteinte à son corps permettrait de réguler les émotions trop intenses, qu’elles soient positives ou négatives.  Les jeunes filles de 14 à 16 ans sont les plus concernées par ce phénomène de dégradation corporelle volontaire. Toutefois, les sondages anonymes réalisés auprès de 4.000 étudiants du Canada et des États-Unis au cours des six dernières années montrent que 9% des garçons de niveau secondaire s’automutilent eux-aussi. “Les modifications corporelles de la puberté sont beaucoup moins bien acceptées par les filles que par les garçons”, explique le docteur Patricia Garel, psychiatre au CHU Sainte-Justine de Montréal.  Les garçons et les filles auraient cependant une façon différente de porter atteinte à leur corps. D’après la spécialiste : “Les filles se coupent. Les garçons se coupent aussi mais ils se donnent des coups et se brûlent. Les filles se blessent sur les bras et les cuisses et les garçons, en différentes parties du corps, quelquefois sur les parties génitales, la poitrine et même le visage.” Elle ajoute que “l’adolescence est une période particulière en termes de consolidation de l’identité et l’automutilation touche la peau, enveloppe première de notre identité”.  D’après elle, l’automutilation serait en partie due à la difficulté d’accepter son image durant la période de modification qu’est l’adolescence. On sait cependant qu’elle résulte souvent de souffrances liées à l’enfance, comme des épisodes de violences ou d’abus sexuels. Le 21 mars 2010 à 20:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Le Grenelle de lenvironnement néfaste pour léconomie NKM réagit

first_imgLe Grenelle de l’environnement néfaste pour l’économie ? NKM réagitUne étude publiée par la direction du Trésor révèle que les investissements liés au Grenelle de l’environnement ne stimuleront plus la croissance après 2020. Les gains obtenus au cours de la décennie à venir pourraient en effet être annulés dans les années suivantes. Un phénomène que la ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet dément.La ministre de l’Ecologie a rapidement réagi à la publication de ce rapport remettant en cause la croissance liée au développement d’une économie verte. Depuis Cancun, où elle participe aux dernières heures de négociation avant la clôture du sommet sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet dit déplorer “un regard très insuffisant et très tronqué sur ce qu’est le Grenelle de l’environnement”.À lire aussiBrésil : des stades ‘verts’ pour la Coupe du monde 2014L’étude du Trésor a été réalisée par six économistes qui ont évalué “l’impact macroéconomique des investissements mis en oeuvre dans le cadre du Grenelle de l’environnement, dans les domaines des transports, du bâtiment et des énergies renouvelables”. Elle prévoit une annulation après 2040, des gains engendrés par la mise en place de la politique du Grenelle. Selon ces travaux, le Grenelle générera “un surcroît d’investissements d’environ 450 milliards d’euros” qui encourageront la croissance jusqu’en 2020 et pourraient créer jusqu’à 250.000 emplois supplémentaires. Mais ensuite, “le net ralentissement puis l’arrêt des investissements, la hausse des prix et celle des prélèvements obligatoires nécessaires au financement des investissements annulent les gains économiques du Grenelle”, explique le Trésor.Mais alors que selon la ministre, ces travaux présentent “le Grenelle seulement comme un genre de plan d’investissement”, elle rappelle dans un entretien à l’AFP qu’il “n’est pas seulement un programme d’investissement mais aussi de transformation de l’économie et de la société”. Pour Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, les technologies propres, les énergies renouvelables, les transports durables, ou encore le logement moins énergivore, “feront les marchés mondiaux à l’horizon 2020”. Et de conclure : “En 2020, l’économie mondiale aura tellement fortement changé que c’est le Grenelle de l’environnement qui nous permettra d’avoir, à cette échéance-là encore, des avantages compétitifs”.Le 10 décembre 2010 à 16:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Volunteers bring aid to Vancouver homeless

first_imgSome people had abandoned their tents set up outside Share House in downtown Vancouver so they could seek shelter inside. Others were trying to dig their tents out of the snow or build a fire to stay warm at the homeless encampment.Jeff Talbott and Mary Pekkala offered warm coffee to those people who remained outside in below-freezing temperatures. The couple set up a table on Lincoln Avenue with a coffee dispenser, snacks and hand warmers. Pekkala gave away some jackets and sweatshirts.“This is awesome,” said Alexander Graham, who is homeless. “It’s always good when people come down and talk to us.”Talbott runs Kleen Street Recovery Cafe with his brother, Joey Wild. The cafe at 5317 N.E. St. Johns Road helps people, mostly veterans, who come to the cafe looking to get connected to services.“I knew that we weren’t going to be open today,” Talbott said. He believes God spoke to him and told him to help people on the streets by offering a warm drink. “This is our second trip down here today. We went and got more coffee, drinks, little snacks, whatever we can. We pulled stuff out of our own cupboards.”They plan to return Thursday with more coffee and supplies.“I wish more people could get out here and do this,” Talbott said. “We should be like vendors lined up out here for the homeless. … Why shouldn’t we bring this to them?”last_img read more

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Gunfight spree aimed at killing opposition activists BNP

first_imgLogo of BNPThe Awami League government has aimed to detain and kill opposition leaders and activists on the plea of cracking down on drug traders, the BNP said on Tuesday.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi cited the killing of a leader of BNP’s student wing Chhatra Dal, Amzad Hossain, in Netrokona in an alleged gunfight early Tuesday, alongside murder of nine others.“The government’s target is to create panic ahead of the next general elections… This (killing in gunfight) is a new scheme to intimidate the people,” the BNP leader said at a press briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.Maintaining that the BNP is against drug abuse, Rizvi insisted that the ‘criminals’ should be brought to justice and given the highest punishment as per law.“But killing people in the name of gunfight is not act of civilised society,” he said.The BNP leader also questioned the status of those who are being caught and killed. “It’s the small fry, not the godfathers who are caught,” he added.Read more: 10 more killed as toll from latest ‘gunfight’ spree nears 40Rizvi alleged that drugs have grabbed the entire society during the nine-year rule of the Awami League regime. “Influential persons like ruling party MP Badi (Abdur Rahman Badi from Cox’s Bazar) are the big fishes in the drug world, who made millions of taka through drug trade…Some high-level officials of the police are also involved in the drug trade, as reported,” Rizvi went on to say.“Drugs are being smuggled into Bangladesh through different channels and why couldn’t the government stop this? Why are you not bringing godfathers to book?”The BNP leader pointed out that the law enforcement officials who were engaged in extra-judicial killing were being assigned to create an atmosphere of fear through more killings.The BNP, he said, demands a complete halt to any kind of extrajudicial killing.Read more: JCD protests at killing of its leader in ‘gunfight’Rizvi further alleged that the police personnel were harrassing the BNP leaders and activists even during the month of Ramadan.He mentioned that the detective police went to raid the Banani residence of disappeared BNP leader Ilias Ali, minutes before Sehhi (pre-dawn meal for fasting).Rizvi condemned blanket police actions targetting the opposition leaders and activists.last_img read more

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Full Show WorstFirst Approach To Flood Projects The Week In Politics And

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Harris County Commissioners Court has approved a “worst-first” method of tackling flood bond projects. News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider explains what that means.Also this hour: We discuss the week in politics, we learn about the health of Galveston Bay, and a new documentary celebrates Texas columnist Molly Ivins. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Xcenter_img 00:00 /44:56last_img read more

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MAME Devs Using Unique Method for Circumventing DRMProtected Arcade Chips

first_imgStay on target If you’re into playing emulated games, then you know about the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. Through MAME, users can enjoy hundreds of arcade games. While there are a great deal of arcade ROMs out there, there are quite a few games that haven’t been emulated due to DRM-protected chips. As reported on Ars Technica, some MAME devs are now getting around this road block by opening up these chips in order to see the raw code written on them.This unusual technique is called “decapping.” This involves physically removing the chip’s “cap” with nitric acid and acetone. This exposes the underlying circuit paths inside of the chip, making it possible to get at the raw code. For some chips, soldering the exposed circuitry allows for dumped files that circumvent DRM. For non-rewritable Mask ROM chips, chip decappers can use a microscope to see the ones and zeroes of the raw code. This is a complicated process — but as the old saying goes — nothing worth doing is ever easy.via Rom Dumping NewsA group calling itself the CapsOff Project is handling the majority of MAME decapping. The group is currently raising money to obtain and decap DRM-protected chips that are in need of repair. This group has also posted instructions on how it decapped titles like Mortal Kombat 4, Bad Dudes, and a number of others.Since all of this takes a considerable amount of time, CapsOff is enlisting help from the community. The team has created a tool that lets people use their eyes to visually decode arcade chips. As described on Ars Technica: “That tool asks users to essentially transcribe 1s and 0s from black-and-white pictures of an ultra-zoomed portion of the chip, overlaid with a guidance grid to help pick out where one bit ends and the next begins.”While emulated games rest in a moral grey area, they do provide a way to preserve classic games. Groups like CapsOff should be commended for doing their part to conserve gaming history. If you’re interested in learning more about this (or if you’re interested in helping), make sure to hit up CapOff’s blog.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The 8BitDo N30 Pro 2 Controller Is a Great Sequel8BitDo’s New SN30 and SN30 Pro Controllers Pay Homage to the Gameb… last_img read more

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Airbus shows off a seethru concept plane w video

first_img The presentations, which took place in London, feature concept art from the design that the company hopes one day to make into a flying model. The plane would be almost completely see-through, thanks to the creation of a biopolymer membrane. This membrane would make every seat into a window seat by default and allow you to see the world below as you pass it by. The real power saving innovation was alluded to by Charles Champion, head of engineering for Airbus. When he described the plane to Telegraph he described a section of the plane known as the SmartTech zone. In this zone users body heat is converted in to power for the plane. Mr. Champion was not specific about in which systems would use body heat as a power source and which would not, which has raised some speculation as to what exactly humans will be the power source for. The plane is not expected to be released until the year 2050, if it ever makes it off of the drawing board to begin with, so do not expect to be getting rides in a see-thru plane any time in the near future. More information: via Telegraph Swiss solar plane completes flight across Switzerland Citation: Airbus shows off a see-thru concept plane (w/ video) (2011, June 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-airbus-see-thru-concept-plane-video.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Airbus has begun to show off its version of the plane of the future. It is somewhere between cool and disturbing, depending on who you ask, but it definitely represents some interesting new technology that could make flying more energy efficient and a give you something a lot more interesting to look at then the in-flight movie. Explore further 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.last_img read more

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Freddie Mercurys secret life as baggage handler celebrated in hilarious video

first_imgAs a baggage handler at Heathrow.50 years ago, Freddie – real name Farrokh Bulsara – wasn’t belting out Don’t Stop Me Now but handling your vacation luggage (or, more likely, your parents’).So to honor the super-star on what would be his 72nd birthday (5 September), Heathrow and British Airways (BA) recruited their most talented baggage handling staff to show off some spectacular Break Free-inspired dance moves.We’re Freddie for take-off! #BohemianRhapsody is celebrating Freddie’s birthday in style with @british_airways at @heathrowairport, in support of @The_MPT pic.twitter.com/IbZnoRKcMJ— 20th Century Fox UK (@20CenturyFoxUK) September 5, 2018Choreographed by X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing instructor Lyndon Lloyd, these guys are channeling their former co-worker and rocking his awesome mustache at the same time. The workers created a super-team of Freddie Mercurys | Photo: Marc Berry Reid Freddie Mercury is one of the most iconic rock stars of all time, revolutionizing music and sexuality with his trailblazing life. But before he became the frontman for Queen, he held down a different job. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Freddie Mercury’s secret life as baggage handler celebrated in hilarious videoFans slam Queen biopic for ‘hetwashing’ Freddie MercuryIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/freddie-mercurys-secret-life-as-baggage-handler-celebrated-in-hilarious-video/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) All about Freddie MercuryMeanwhile, Terminal 5 in Heathrow is transforming into a Queen wonderland. Their songs will be up on the Arrivals boards, as well as memorabilia on display in departures. Best yet: any customer called Freddie, Frederick or Farrokh are invited to use British Airways’ luxurious First Lounge.The celebrations are hoping to raise awareness for Queen’s charity, The Mercury Phoenix Trust.The bisexual singer became an icon in the 1980s for his revolutionary rock music with band Queen. He also became a symbol for the AIDS crisis after his diagnosis of – and eventual death from complications from – HIV in 1987.On 24 October 2018, 20th Century Fox are releasing a biopic about Queen titled Bohemian Rhapsody. The film stars Rami Malek as Freddie. However, it recently came under-fire by fans for ‘het-washing’ the lead singer’s bisexuality.More from Gay Star News: Meet the gay guy who’s improving Heathrow and the work life of LGBTI folkHow to travel like a VIP with Heathrow AirportMeet the inspiring gay guy in charge of airfield safety at Heathrow AirportGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 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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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 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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News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more center_img Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | July 23, 2013 IMRIS Receives FDA Clearance for First Ceiling-Mounted Intra-Operative CT System The 64-slice scanner moves into and out of the operating room during surgery using ceiling-mounted rails July 23, 2013 — IMRIS has announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market VISIUS iCT, the first and only ceiling-mounted intraoperative computed tomography (iCT) on the market.Visius iCT provides personalized radiation dose management together with diagnostic quality imaging during the surgical procedure to assist surgeons in critical decision making.The 64-slice scanner moves into and out of the operating room during surgery using ceiling-mounted rails to ease workflow. This enables multiple room configurations to meet both clinical requirements and increase utilization without compromising image quality or exam speed.Patient transport and the need for floor-mounted rails used in other systems is eliminated, which opens up valuable operating room (OR) space and allows unimpeded movement of surgical equipment and simplified infection control. The system also offers the longest scanner travel range on the market today.In addition, Visius iCT features a suite of software applications such as 3-D volume rendering to aid in surgical planning and dose reduction which considers each patient’s unique characteristics and needs to maximize image quality and minimize dose. The system software allows healthcare practitioners to visualize dosage prior to scan and adjust settings based on the specific clinical need with detailed dosage reports produced after each scan.For more information: www.imris.com Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read morelast_img read more

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Costa Rica loses seat on UN Human Rights Council

first_imgAfter the votes were tallied on Tuesday, Costa Rica ended up short the two-thirds support from the United Nations General Assembly needed to keep its seat on the Human Rights Council. Costa Rica was one of four countries runningfor three open seats for Latin American and Caribbean states. The Central American country that has long advocated diplomatically for global human rights issues – but which has sometimes fallen short back home – was edged out by Bolivia, El Salvador and Paraguay.Costa Rica collected 120 votes from the U.N. General Assembly of the 129 minimum required to maintain its seat on the 47-member body. Human rights have been a banner issue for Costa Rica’s foreign policy, and President Luis Guillermo Solís urged U.N. member states to consider re-electing Costa Rica to the council during his General Assembly address in September.“This doesn’t mean that Costa Rica will not continue fighting for its principles and values and positions when it comes to human rights. We will continue to be observers of the council and from this point of view, it’s true we don’t have a vote but we do have a voice,” said Foreign Minister Manuel González on Tuesday during a press conference at Casa Presidencial.González said that Costa Rica was late in starting its re-election campaign toward the end of 2013, during President Laura Chinchilla’s administration (2010-2014), but added that he was pleased with the efforts of the Foreign Ministry and its missions in New York and Geneva.Costa Rica has held a place on the Human Rights Council and its predecesor, the Human Rights Commission, nine times, the minister said.Chile and Peru also will leave the council at the end of the year, but they were not running for re-election. Member states sit on the council for three -year terms and are not elegible for immediate re-election after two consecutive terms.During the same press conference, González addressed a call from Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and other member states of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, or ALBA, for an emergency meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), of which Costa Rica is presidente pro tempore, to promote regional efforts against the Ebola virus, during a summit in Havana on Monday.González said that Costa Rica has not yet received a formal request for such a meeting. The foreign minister stressed that CELAC, a loose collection of Western Hemisphere nations excluding the United States and Canada, could only issue a political statement, and that the mechanism did not have the authority to mobilize member states’ health or securities forces in response to the virus’ outbreak.Costa Rica is not one of the nine countries that make up ALBA. Facebook Comments Related posts:UN confronts deadly Ebola epidemic New bill would protect HIV positive employees from workplace discrimination Obama promises human rights talk with Castro Top medical experts say we should decriminalize all drugs and maybe go even furtherlast_img read more

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Ill fated Explorer of the Sea back in home port

first_imgExplorer of the Sea will be closed during a thorough sanitisation process and no one will be allowed on board for a further 24 hours, before it is due to depart on its next cruise. Upon disembarking, passengers spoke to media waiting at the dock, of their nightmare at sea, with hundreds of people throwing up into buckets and bags. The Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Explorer of the Sea, has returned to its US home port of New Jersey, after nearly 700 passengers fell ill after a suspected norovirus outbreak. Source = ETB News: L.B.center_img The norovirus, which is highly contagious, is easily spread from an infected person as well as contaminated water, food and surfaces, causing the victim to suffer from stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhoea for days. Although lab results are not expected until next week, health authorities suspect norovirus, believing it to be one of the biggest norovirus outbreaks on a cruise ship in the last 20 years.last_img read more

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Freddie Mac Reports Q4 Profit Will Pay 10B to Treasury

first_img Bailouts Freddie Mac Profits Quarterly Earnings Treasury Department 2014-02-27 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Freddie Mac Reports Q4 Profit; Will Pay $10B to Treasury Freddie Mac released on Thursday its quarterly earnings report for the end of 2013, revealing yet another strong quarter—the ninth straight.Net income at the enterprise totaled $8.6 billion in Q4, bringing total 2013 profits up to $48.7 billion. According to the company, full-year earnings were spurred by the ongoing housing recovery, legal settlements totaling $7.7 billion, and a tax benefit of $23.3 billion—meaning these levels of earnings won’t be sustainable over the long term.For all of 2013, Freddie Mac reported providing liquidity for 1.6 million refinances; 515,000 home purchases; and 388,000 multifamily rental units. The company also reported nearly 168,000 total foreclosure avoidance actions, about half of which were loan modifications.Freddie’s dividend payment to Treasury will come to $10.4 billion, bringing its total government payments up to $81.8 billion, well above the $71.3 billion the company received in its crisis-era bailout. Per the GSEs’ respective agreements with Treasury, each enterprise will continue to make payments despite having made taxpayers whole.The latest earnings report comes one week after Fannie Mae revealed full-year earnings of $84 billion, including $6.5 billion in Q4. Like Freddie, Fannie benefited largely from one-time factors and “does not expect to repeat its 2013 financial results.”The fourth-quarter reports create more questions regarding the government’s plan to reform housing finance and reduce its own role in the market. While policymakers have pushed on a few plans to wind down the GSEs and restore private liquidity, neither the House nor the Senate have moved the ball forward meaningfully on reform.And with time running by on the 113th Congress, that chance may slip until next year, say former senators George Mitchell and Mel Martinez, who, as co-chairs for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission, were among the first last year to propose eliminating Fannie and Freddie in favor of the  backstop of a “limited government guarantee.”“While there are significant differences among the various reform approaches, these differences are not insurmountable,” the two write in a blog post for The Hill. “With the legislative clock ticking away, it would be unfortunate if all the momentum that has been generated for reform were squandered through inattention, lack of focus or broader politics.”center_img February 27, 2014 459 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Cyprus credit rating to be evaluated eight times in 2019

first_imgCyprus’ creditworthiness is expected to be evaluated eight times in 2019, according to the next assessments scheduled by credit rating agencies.Among the four credit rating agencies, Moody’s is the only one that maintains Cyprus’ creditworthiness in “junk” (Ba2), two grades away from investment grade with a stable outlook, unlike the rest of the rating agencies who have already upgraded Cyprus sovereign rating back to investment grade.Moody’s is expected to issue the first of its two assessments on March 29, 2019. In 2018 Moody’s evaluated Cyprus’ creditworthiness only once, after having cancelled the first one because of the 2018 presidential elections campaign that reached its peak in February.The New York based credit rating agency downgraded Cyprus to “junk” in March 2012.The question is whether it would choose to proceed with a double upgrade and raise Cyprus’ creditworthiness to investment grade or raise it gradually, opting for a more conservative approach.Cyprus’ creditworthiness was upgraded seven times in 2018, twice by Fitch ratings and DBRS, once by Moody’s and once by Standard and Poor’s. The latter reaffirmed Cyprus ΒΒ+ with a positive outlook in its first assessment in March this year.You May LikeYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Search For Back Pain TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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