October 12

Burkina Faso UN agency helps poor farmers tackle food crisis

In all, FAO has supplied about 600 tons of seeds, including millet, sorghum, maize, cowpea and peanut seeds, as well as 432 tons of fertilizers, to 33,000 farmers in the country’s eastern and central zones in time for the current planting season.“In the 15 provinces where FAO is distributing seed, under these circumstances less than 10 per cent of the food needed will be produced to feed people. We hope to boost that considerably now,” Jean-Pierre Renson, FAO Emergency Coordinator in Burkina Faso, said.Food prices across the region have been increasing steadily over the past two years mirroring outside pressures from international markets. In the capital, Ouagadougou, rice was 87 per cent higher at the beginning of June compared with a year before.FAO is working on a plan to assist farmers to reap profits by producing more rice, partly through developing water control methods for low-land rice farming around rivers and floodplains.“In theory, Burkina Faso can be self-sufficient in producing enough traditional grains to cover its food needs, but severe weather has been ruinous for the past few years,” FAO economist Benoist Veillerette said.In the country as a whole 23 per cent of children suffer from acute malnutrition. More than 80 per cent of the population makes a living on subsistence agriculture, and 45 per cent of people live below the poverty line. 14 July 2008Poor farmers in Burkina Faso who have been hit by soaring food prices and severe weather conditions have been boosted by supplies of crop seeds from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). read more

October 8

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,135.00, down 8.99 points):Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Down 18 cents, or 0.48 per cent, to $37.15 on 8.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 48 cents, or 1.94 per cent, to $25.22 on 6.1 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 1.19 per cent, to $9.33 on 5.4 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Down two cents, or 0.65 per cent, to $3.06 on 4.7 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Unchanged at $37.30 on 3.3 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 0.55 per cent, to $9.22 on 3.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Champion Iron Ltd. (TSX:CIA). Miner. Down four cents, or 3.81 per cent, to $1.01 on 1.1 million shares. Efforts to restart the idled Bloom Lake iron ore mine got a boost Thursday after the Caisse de depot pension fund manager and a mining lending group agreed to provide US$180 million in debt financing to a subsidiary of Champion. The Caisse will provide US$100 million in subordinated debt partially tied to the price of iron ore while Sprott Resource Lending will provide US$80 million in the form of a five-year senior secured loan.TransAlta Corp. (TSX:TA). Utilities. Up five cents, or 0.63 per cent, to $7.97 on 686,895 shares. The Calgary-based power company is appointing former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose to its board of directors. She also held several different cabinet posts including Environment, Health and Labour when the Tories were in power.WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA). Airline. Up 15 cents, or 0.60 per cent, to $25.23 on 347,904 shares. CEO Gregg Saretsky has stepped up his fight against the growing push to unionize the airline’s staff, telling them to resist organized labour’s pitch because it will chomp into their paycheques. In an email sent last Thursday to the company’s 12,000 employees, he revealed that five unions are now trying to certify several groups of WestJet workers after its pilots agreed in May to join the Air Line Pilots Association. read more

October 4

Army Corps report offers 8 alternatives to keep Asian carp out of

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this June 13, 2012 photo an Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jumps from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill., during a study on the fish’s population. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a report on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, years in the making, about options for keeping Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. The report focuses on the Chicago Area Waterway System and its network of rivers and canals that provide a direct link between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File) Army Corps report offers 8 alternatives to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes, cost up to $18B by John Flesher, The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2014 12:43 am MDT TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – A federal agency sent Congress a list of alternatives Monday for shielding the Great Lakes from an invasion by Asian carp that could devastate native fish, including construction projects in Chicago waterways that could cost more than $18 billion and take 25 years to complete.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declined to endorse a single plan after studying the matter since 2009, disappointing sponsors of legislation that ordered the agency to move faster. Instead, the Corps provided a 232-page analysis with eight possible approaches.Two would place dams in the Chicago waterway system to seal off Lake Michigan from the carp-infested Mississippi River watershed. Environmentalists and five states that unsuccessfully sued the Corps in federal court favour that approach, while Illinois, Indiana and local shipping interests oppose it.Other proposals would use different mixtures of equipment and technology, including construction of additional electric fish barriers and a new type of navigational lock that would treat water to remove floating plants and fish as vessels move through the system.Bighead and silver carp are a big concern for the Great Lakes because they could threaten a fishing industry valued at $7 billion a year. Also, silver carp are notorious for springing from the water when disturbed by motorboats and colliding with their occupants, posing a risk to outdoor recreation.Dave Wethington of the Corps’ Chicago district office, project manager for the study, said battling invasive species is “a shared responsibility” that will require support from Congress and state governments, which would have to settle on a strategy and provide the money.“We’re providing this information to the decision-makers,” Wethington said in a phone conference. “We are standing by to move forward to the next step.”The Great Lakes and Mississippi watersheds share a boundary nearly 1,500 miles long. But the study focused on a network of rivers and canals in and near Chicago with five direct links between the two giant drainage basins, considered the likeliest route by which Asian carp could reach the lakes.The Chicago waterways are connected to the Illinois River, where a large carp population has advanced to within 55 miles of Lake Michigan. The Corps says an electric barrier 37 miles from the lake is preventing any individuals from slipping through. Scientists have detected Asian carp DNA in dozens of water samples past the barrier, although whether they came from live fish remains in dispute.The Corps said the measures in its report could shut down pathways for 13 potential animal and plant attackers, from the bloody red shrimp to reed sweetgrass and a deadly fish virus. But public and congressional interest is riveted on bighead and silver carp — voracious Asian fish imported in the early 1970s to gobble algae in Deep South fish ponds and sewage plants.They escaped during floods and have migrated up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and tributaries in more than two dozen states. Scientists say they can destabilize ecosystems by devouring plankton, a vital link in aquatic food chains.U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, and Rep. Dave Camp, a Michigan Republican, said the Corps should have picked one approach and developed it more thoroughly. They favour separating the two watersheds and sponsored a bill that would do that.“The only real solution that will truly protect the Great Lakes is the complete separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River,” said Rep. Candice Miller, a Michigan Republican.Two options in the Corps’ report would achieve that by placing barriers along the Lake Michigan waterfront or farther inland. Both would severely disrupt commercial shipping and pollute the lake by preventing Chicago sewer discharges from flowing downstream as they do now, the report said.Two other alternatives would use barriers to cut off some of the aquatic pathways while deploying additional electric barriers, screened gates, locks and water treatment plants.The options achieving the greatest degrees of physical separation tend to be most expensive and time-consuming, with costs reaching $15 billion to $18.4 billion and a 25-year timetable. That’s because they would require extensive reworking of Chicago’s flood-control and sewage treatment systems in addition to building the dams, Wethington said.The report also offers two middle-of-the-road alternatives that would maintain the waterway system’s current shipping operations. One could be carried out in 10 years and cost $7.8 billion, a relative bargain. It would create a “buffer zone” with a series of control technologies.Aside from doing nothing new, the cheapest approach would step up use of existing measures such as netting carp and treating the water with chemicals, at a cost of $68 million a year.American Waterways Operators, a group representing barges and tugboats in the Chicago area, said the report makes clear that physical separation “is neither economically feasible nor will it be effective at eliminating all identified pathways for the spread of invasive species, including Asian carp.”___Online:Link to report: http://1.usa.gov/1kmJeYq___Follow John Flesher on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JohnFlesher read more

October 3

Japans leader Abe heads to New York to meet Trump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie wave prior to their departure to New York, at Haneda airport in Tokyo Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Abe plans to meet with President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday in New York. (Takuto Kaneko/Kyodo News via AP) Japan’s leader Abe heads to New York to meet Trump TOKYO – Japan’s leader will likely seek reassurances that President-elect Donald Trump remains committed to the U.S.-Japan security alliance when the two meet in New York on Thursday.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to meet the incoming president in what will be Trump’s first meeting with a world leader since his election last week.Statements made by Trump during the campaign have caused consternation in many world capitals, including Tokyo.Trump said he would demand that allies such as Japan and South Korea contribute more to the cost of basing U.S. troops in their countries.Such comments have worried Japan at a time when the threat from North Korea is rising, and China is challenging the U.S.-led security status quo in the Pacific.Both Japan and South Korea already pay considerable sums to support the U.S. bases, and note that it’s also in America’s strategic interest to deploy troops in the region.Abe may also try to sway Trump on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-country trade agreement that the president-elect opposes.It appears unlikely that the U.S. Congress will ratify the treaty. The pact is expected to be discussed in a side meeting at the annual summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Community in Peru, where Abe heads after New York. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 16, 2016 8:37 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 16, 2016 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

October 2

Freshmen to play big role for OSU mens hockey in 201516 season

Members of the OSU Mens Ice Hockey team during the Buckeyes 4-0 shut out on Oct. 3 at Value City Arena. Credit: Kaley Rentz / Asst. Sports Director Trial by fire.  Those three words personify the Ohio State hockey team more than any other as it gets set to begin its 2015-16 campaign this week.The departure of 10 players — eight by graduation, one leaving the program and another signing a contract into the American Hockey League with Rockford — opened the door for 10 freshmen to kickstart their collegiate careers.Senior captain and defenseman Craig Dalrymple said he realizes that with only three seniors on this year’s team, it’s imperative that he and the other upperclassmen get the new guys up to speed as quickly as possible. “It’s just about getting to know them,” Dalrymple said. “You’ve got to bring all 10 of those guys into your team as fast as you can whether that’s creating relationships on the ice and off the ice. Hopefully they have the want to buy into this program as well.”Once they do buy in, they have to adapt to a whole new level of play.“This is a whole new animal,” Dalrymple said. “The college hockey game is a whole lot faster. There’s a lot less games (than in junior hockey), so the energy in the games are amped up twice as much. It’s going to take one, maybe two weekends to get them all into it. The sooner we can get everyone into it as a team, the better we’re going to do right off the hop, which will benefit us in the long run.”Senior captain and forward Anthony Greco has played in 89 games over the past three seasons. He’s been through enough ups and downs with the program to be able to lead the young team in the right direction.“It’s funny, because you’re sort of able to see the way you acted as a freshman, and now you’re an older guy and you have a grasp on the way you should be dealing with everything,” Greco said chuckling. “You don’t want to change the way they play the game. You want them to play their game but make sure that they’re team first.”So far, so good after the first weekend.OSU defeated Brock University 4-0 in an exhibition contest on Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. The game saw a goal and two assists chipped in by the freshman class.Freshman forward Freddy Gerard popped home the first of the four goals on the night for OSU at the 9:21 mark of the first period. Sophomore Matthew Weis and freshman Tommy Parran assisted on the goal.Mason Jobst contributed the other assist by a freshman on sophomore Luke Stork’s goal with 3:41 remaining in the second period. His classmate Christian Lampasso assisted on the goal as well after setting Stork up in the slot area with a feed from behind the net.   It was a game thoroughly dominated by the Scarlet and Gray, as the Buckeyes outshot the visiting Badgers 43-15.Junior goaltenders Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins split time in the dual shutout effort. Frey started and made nine saves, while Tomkins had cleanup duty, stopping all six shots sent his way.Although the regular season hasn’t officially started yet, Gerard says that this year’s freshman class is already a tight-knit group.“There’s a lot of chemistry going on,” Gerard said. “We’re a really close freshman class. We’re all brothers already. We’ve been here for two months now and we’ve all been working hard as a team.”That chemistry will be needed in full force right off the bat for the Buckeyes.With arguably the toughest nonconference schedule in the nation, OSU is scheduled to take on No. 16 Bowling Green and No. 11 Miami (Ohio) in a home-and-home series to begin the year. The Buckeyes are then set to travel to play defending national champion and seventh-ranked Providence. Following a late November weekend series at No. 10 Nebraska-Omaha, the Buckeyes face off against No. 1 Boston College in the Florida College Classic in late December.For OSU coach Steve Rohlik, it doesn’t matter if his team is playing the No. 1 team every weekend. He expects his players to bring their “A” game every time they hit the ice.“My expectations are to go out and to be the hardest team to play against and give everything we’ve got every night,” Rohlik said. “I’m trying to instill that into these young guys and hopefully the culture with our older guys brings that. Where that leads us? I’m not sure.”What is sure is that the questions surrounding this team will soon be answered.Puck drop between OSU and Bowling Green is set for 7 p.m. on Friday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

October 2

Ohio State mens basketballs upset bid at Purdue falls short 7564

OSU freshman guard A.J. Harris (12) passes the ball to a teammate in a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 94-68. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe peculiar journey of the 2015-16 Ohio State men’s basketball team continued on Thursday night.Though it ultimately fell short of its upset bid on the road at No. 22 Purdue by a final score of 75-64, the neck-and-neck contest had to be considered a moral victory for the Buckeyes (12-8, 4-3), who had recently lost their last two road games by 25 and 35 points.OSU led for over 20 minutes of the game, but the home team outscored the Buckeyes by 14 points in the second half to hold off the upset bid.The Buckeyes outshot the Boilermakers (17-3, 5-2) by a margin of 43 percent to 39, but OSU failed to put up the points needed in the second half to grab the win.OSU came out in the first half with a significant edge on both ends of the court. The Buckeyes outshot Purdue 52 percent to 35.3 percent in the opening 20 minutes, and made six of nine 3-pointers to Purdue’s zero of eight attempts.Despite those sizable differences, the Buckeyes took just a three-point lead into the locker rooms at 36-33, knowing a larger lead was likely deserved.Much of that close score was chalked up to the turnover margin, which was 8-4 in favor of Purdue. The Boilermakers notched 10 of their 33 points off those eight turnovers.Redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams was the star of the first half for the road team, notching 14 points on a very efficient 5-of-6 shooting, including 4-of-5 from outside. Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate and freshman guard A.J. Harris approached double-digit scoring in the first half with nine and seven points, respectively, but two starters — freshman guard JaQuan Lyle and sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop — each failed to record a point. Two more starters — junior forward Marc Loving and redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson — only hit one shot apiece.7-foot center A.J Hammons, the unquestioned standout of the Purdue squad, lived up to that moniker in the opening half. The senior had 10 points, though he only managed one rebound. Freshman forward Caleb Swanigan picked up that slack with eight rebounds in the first half as the Boilermakers held a 19-16 advantage on the glass. Things seemed to even out in the second half, though, with Purdue’s talent and experience eventually trumping OSU’s bid for its second road win of the year.The Buckeyes shot just 34.5 percent in the second half and failed to connect on a single 3-pointer in five tries. The Boilermakers received contributions across the board, on the other hand, with eight players hitting at least one field goal in the second half.When Purdue seemed to be in position to run away with the game with a six-point lead with four and a half minutes left, OSU showed some resiliency, cutting the deficit to as little as a single point at 62-61.But the wheels came off from there. A Purdue jumper was followed by a turnover by Lyle in the backcourt, leading to two free throws. After a pair of missed jumpers by Loving, Purdue connected on a 3-pointer with a minute left, officially putting the game away.After Williams’ big first half, he did not record a point after the intermission. Tate ended up leading the Buckeyes with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, while Purdue received double-digit scoring from five players, led by Hammons’ 14 points.As equal an enigma as the team as a whole, Lyle failed to hit a field goal on Thursday and finished with just two points, both from the free-throw line. After recent performances that included a 29-point game and a triple-double, the team continues to often come and go with its freshman point guard.The loss dropped OSU coach Thad Matta’s squad to 2-5 away from Columbus, including 1-4 in official road games. Therefore, that should make the Buckeyes happy that their next game is set to come at home against Penn State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

September 21

Neos Kosmos journalist Eugenia Pavlopoulou receives Multicultural Award for Excellence

first_imgRecipients of Victoria’s 2018 Multicultural Awards for Excellence were recognised in a special ceremony at Government House on Wednesday night.Among the state’s Diversity Heroes were four Greek Australians, who were honoured for their contributions in strengthening the multicultural efforts of the state.Christina Despoteris received an Award for Meritorious Service to the Community.Despoteris, who is also the Vice President of Melbourne’s Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, was recognised for her leadership and dedication in engaging the community and promoting Greek culture through various means and initiatives.Senior Sergeants Eugene Kontos and Eftihios Anastasiadis were among the recipients of the police awards.Recognised as “a great example of what community policing is all about”, Sergeant Anastasiadis was recognised for the use of his bilingual and cultural skills to facilitate communication and understanding between Victoria Police and the Greek community, and as a result has managed to reinforce a positive police profile.Meanwhile, Sergeant Kontos, who has been a member of Victoria Police for close to three decades, was recognised for his significant role in the development of multicultural policy in the context of policing, and managing difficult cross-cultural situations.In the Media category, Neos Kosmos‘ own senior Journalist Eugenia Pavlopoulou was among the recipients.Having worked in Greek-language media for close to two decades, she first started out at Radio 3AB in the early 2000s and has been at Neos Kosmos as a journalist and editor for the past 16 years.She was recognised for helping to highlight issues often overlooked by mainstream media, most recently investigating and writing about the uncertain future of the Modern Greek program at La Trobe University, Victoria’s only Greek language program at tertiary level.Ms Pavlopoulou was nominated by Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou MP.In the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Ms Vamvakinou acknowledged the important role played by ethnic media and reporters the likes of Ms Pavlopoulou.“Representing a culturally diverse electorate, I know how pivotal ethnic media is and how important it is to my communities. Ethnic media informs and engages Australia’s multicultural communities, who are vulnerable to isolation and disconnection because of a lack of education, a lack of English language, age and location. It provides a touch point to them to hear news from their homeland and to discuss mainstream Australian news in their mother tongue,” she said.“For almost two decades, Eugenia Pavlopoulou has committed herself to Melbourne’s Greek-speaking community … As a bilingual journalist, she continues to produce important work that has increased awareness and understanding of multicultural affairs in Victoria and driven change in Melbourne’s Greek Australian community at a national level. I want to congratulate Eugenia for the work that she does. The award she receives tonight is highly deserved.”Recipients across 10 categories were formally awarded on Wednesday by Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau AC.Now in its 17th year, the Multicultural Awards for Excellence are coordinated by the Victorian Multicultural Commission on behalf of the Victorian Government.Also present to acknowledge the recipients and their work was Commission Chairperson Helen Kapalos, Anthony Howard QC, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott, Acting Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police Shane Patton AMP, Parliamentary Secretary for Education Judith Graley MP, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Inga Peulich, President of the Legislative Council Bruce Atkinson MLC, and VMC Commissioners. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

September 20

Fujitsu Arrows Kiss F03D destiné à la gent féminine

first_imgFujitsu Arrows Kiss F-03D destiné à la gent féminineLe smartphone de Fujitsu cible précisément les femmes, ne serait-ce que par sa couleur rose (on ne doute pas que beaucoup d’hommes aiment le rose mais c’est un code couleur persistant dans notre civilisation).Fujitsu ne s’arrête pas là. Au delà de son esthétique, l’Arrows Kiss F-03D du fabricant japonais proposera des applications spécialement conçues pour les femmes, en axant sur la beauté et la remise en forme. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?On le sait, les femmes surveillent leur poids, leur maquillage etc. Beauty Body Clinic est une application qui, par exemple, surveille votre posture et vous ordonnera de vous tenir plus droite. Quant à Karada Life , elle servira de podomètre, histoire de savoir combien de kilomètres vous avez parcouru en faisant les boutiques, et vous donnera quelques (certainement bons) conseils pour votre ligne (pas la téléphonique). Du côté technique (c’est tout de même important d’en parler), le Fujitsu Arrow Kiss embarque un processeur Qualcomm MSM8255 de 1.4GHz, accompagné d’un écran 3,7 pouces et un appareil photo de 8,1 mégapixels situé à l’arrière. Vous aurez la possibilité de regarder la télévision via One Seg et bénéficierez facilement des paiements mobiles, chose évidente pour continuer à faire du shopping avec votre smartphone…Ce nouveau Fujitsu au féminin arriva chez l’opérateur japonais NTT, le 25 novembre. Le prix n’a cependant pas été révélé. Le 27 novembre 2011 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 19

Watch Drone Captures Great White Sharks Interacting Off Cape Cod

first_img Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BaySurfer Lands on Massive Shark, Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida Thanks to a drone, scientists have captured the first-ever footage of an interaction between two great white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.The video, posted by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy on Twitter on Tuesday, shows a smaller white shark approach and make contact with a larger white shark in waters off Chatham. The larger white shark left the area quickly after the interaction.“Based on scarring patterns and wounds, we know the white sharks off Cape Cod frequently bite each other. However, until this video was shot, we had never actually witnessed any kind of social interaction,” said Gregory Skomal, program manager and senior scientist at Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.According to Skomal, researchers are now examining the footage “more closely” to determine if the interaction was part of aggressive and/or defensive behavior, or associated with mating.Statement from @MassDMF’s Dr. Greg Skomal on yesterday’s shark interaction. pic.twitter.com/r7bN8yWfyS— Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (@A_WhiteShark) July 9, 2019Last month, researchers from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries confirmed at least nine sightings of great white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod Bay.Most of the sharks measured up to 12 feet long. One of them was “Ashley Grace,” a previously tagged white shark.(Photo Credit: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy)Scientists were doing field work with the help of a spotter pilot on Cape Cod Bay to gather numbers and look at shark hunting and feeding habits. They hope that gathered information will help keep people in the Cape safer.More on Geek.com:Watch: Entire Shark Gets Swallowed During Deep-Sea Feeding FrenzyDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years LaterWatch: Drone Captures Shark ‘Stalking’ Unsuspecting Surfers at Australian Beach Stay on targetlast_img read more

September 19

Morning Press Shooting Archer Mountain fire Historic home give away

Is rain on the way?  Find out with our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed our readers’ attention this week.One injured, one detained after shooting in Vancouver neighborhoodVancouver police had one suspect in custody following a shooting near the near the intersection of East 18th Street and Todd Road in the Maplewood neighborhood Thursday afternoon that left one person injured.The shooting was reported at 3:06 p.m. in the 1900 block of Todd Road. The victim told police he’d been shot by a man with a large gun, possibly a shotgun, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.School bus routes on East 18th Street and Todd Road were diverted and police evacuated a nearby apartment. Todd Road and a block of East 18th Street were cordoned off to traffic, and an armored police vehicle and a police dog were brought in.Read more about the shooting.Archer Mountain fire 100 percent containedAlthough the Archer Mountain Fire was declared fully contained Wednesday morning, and all evacuations lifted, firefighters will continue working in the area for several days.Typically, when a fire is declared “contained,” it means fire managers think the perimeter around the fire, whether fire lines or natural breaks in vegetation, are secure enough the fire won’t spread past them, said Nancy Marvin, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources. read more

September 17

BIA Cares hosts annual holiday bike drive

first_img November 28, 2018 Posted: November 28, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The Building Industry Association of San Diego is in the midst of its holiday bike drive.The members of the association, which includes many people who help plan, design and build in San Diego, started a philanthropic arm called BIA Cares more than 20 years ago.2018 marks their 23rd year of the holiday bike drive.BIA Cares will begin delivering the bikes to local charities this week. KUSI Newsroom, BIA Cares hosts annual holiday bike drivecenter_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 9:40 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

September 5

From Mamatas kurtas to love for mangoes Heres what PM Modi shared

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi in a candid conversation with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar at 7 Lok Kalyan marg.In a candid conversation with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar at 7 Lok Kalyan marg, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about everything but politics. Here are some of the interesting things from the hour-long interaction of Prime Minister and Akshay Kumar:Narendra Modi says he never dreamt of becoming the Prime Minister of India because he had not seen anything beyond the village. “I never thought of coming this far. The journey started and the nation took me along,” said PM Modi.When the ‘Khiladi’ star asked the Prime Minister why he doesn’t stay with his mother or any family, the PM said, “I was very, very young when I gave up all ties.”Despite a political rivalry, PM Modi said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sends kurtas and sweets to him every year.PM Modi got nostalgic while revealing his love for Mangoes to Akshay Kumar. “I love eating mangoes. Gujarat has a tradition of Aamras as well,” Modi said. “While growing up, we did not have the luxury to buy mangoes. But I loved plucking mangoes directly from the tree. It used to be the best but now, I have to keep a tab on my diet,” PM Modi said.PM Modi said that he used to wash his own clothes until he became Gujarat chief minister. While interacting with the actor, PM Modi said that it was in his nature to look presentable and live properly. “Until I became Gujarat CM, I used to wash my own clothes. It was in my nature to live properly,” Modi stated.When the film star asked PM Modi if there are times when he gets angry, PM Modi said that he does not get the opportunity to express his anger. “I have trained myself to refrain from expressing my anger as it would affect my work and deviate focus from the agenda.”The 51-year-old actor Akshay Kumar shared a glimpse of his conversation with PM Modi. Taking to Twitter, the Kesari actor wrote: “While the whole country is talking elections and politics, here’s a breather. Privileged to have done this candid and COMPLETELY NON POLITICAL freewheeling conversation with our PM @narendramodi.”While the whole country is talking elections and politics, here’s a breather. Privileged to have done this candid and COMPLETELY NON POLITICAL freewheeling conversation with our PM @narendramodi . Watch it at 9AM tomorrow via @ANI for some lesser known facts about him! pic.twitter.com/Owji9xL9zn— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 23, 2019last_img read more

August 27

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first_img Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | August 10, 2011 Prime Time for 10-Megapixel Mammography Reading Image courtesy of Imago Systems FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Related Content IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more August 10, 2011 – Three Palm Software will support reading of digital mammograms on a single 10-megapixel high resolution monitor configuration at the workshop “16th Annual Mammography in Santa Fe,” being held this week. All the major monitor vendors in the United States are participating at the workshop by providing display systems. Those vendors include NDSsi/DOME, Totoku/USEI, EIZO, WIDE/Double black Imaging, Barco, etc. The 10-megapixel mammography workstations will continue to be used in other mammography teaching courses, such as Dr. Tabar’s course in Scottsdale. Ariz., this October.The use of a 10-megapixel seamless 30-inch display is the next advancement for digital mammography. The bezel-less configuration of a single monitor helps to reduce eye fatigue for radiologists. With the unobstructed viewing space, Three Palm Software can implement a true chestwall-to-chestwall hanging protocol without any distracting gap and border between the mammography images. The gap-less hanging protocol is an effective layout for breast cancer detection when looking for a subtle asymmetric density or subtle density changes when comparing current and prior mammograms. The widespread availability of 10-megapixel monitors makes this a reality now.For more information: www.threepalmsoft.com News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read morelast_img read more

August 17

Queensland on show in America

first_imgA selection of 20 Queensland tourism operators have touched down in Los Angeles today ahead of the second annual Australian Marketplace.The Australian Marketplace is a tourism trade event connecting Australian operators with North American wholesalers and is a joint initiative of Australian states and territories together with Tourism Australia.Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) chief executive officer Leanne Coddington, said Queensland would field the largest group of tourism operators of any Australian state.“North America is an important visitor market for Queensland, with the State welcoming 217,000 visitors in the year to September 2014, an increase of seven per cent compared with the year prior,” Ms Coddington said.“The Australian Marketplace presents an opportunity to profile Queensland’s tourism products to influential North American travel representatives.”Ms Coddington said a number of operators would also participate in an inaugural ‘There’s Nothing Like Australia’ roadshow travelling to Toronto, New York, Chicago and Houston following the Australian Marketplace.“The roadshow will bring Queensland products to the fore-front for many retail travel agents and deliver experiences and packages that appeal to North American travellers.”Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

August 15

Newly HARPEligible Borrowers Get Online Resource

first_img One online lender is handling the refinancing rush by targeting borrowers who are eligible for the “”Home Affordable Refinance Program””:harpprogram.org/ (HARP). “”RoundPoint Mortgage Co.””:www.roundpointmortgage.com/, a branchless company that conducts web-based loans exclusively, recently announced that it would work with homeowners who may not have qualified for refinancing under HARP’s original terms to facilitate the transactions with competitive rates.[IMAGE]Citing the entity’s non-traditional business model, RoundPoint emphasized its low overhead costs, which enable the company to provide competitive rates and terms to customers. Chairman of “”RoundPoint Financial Group””:www.roundpointfinancialgroup.com/, Kevin Brungardt, said of the initiative, “”We provide an increasingly Internet and technology-savvy buying audience the most transparent access to the best pricing and highest levels of customer service for home mortgage products.””Continuing Brungardt’s positive commentary, the president of RoundPoint Mortgage, Nick Florez, noted, “”Our model is validated by our consistent placement as the most attractive [COLUMN_BREAK]mortgage offering on popular search engines such as Google and Zillow.com, as well as our broadly favorable customer reviews on those sites.””RoundPoint’s statements follow the “”Federal Housing Finance Administration’s””:www.fhfa.gov/ decision to allow an estimated 7 million homeowners access to refinancing, courtesy of the newly expanded HARP guidelines. The FHFA anticipates around 1.8 million borrowers contained within the group to take advantage of the option to refinance. According to the FHFA’s updated standards, those that are HARP-eligible include individuals holding mortgages from Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac who are current with their loan payments. Previously, “”underwater”” consumers who met these qualifications were excluded from refinancing under HARP because their mortgages are worth more than the value of their properties. RoundPoint will cater to borrowers who meet the following requirements: in possession of a GSE-owned or GSE-guaranteed mortgage made before May 31, 2009; do not currently have an FHA, VA, or USDA loan; present mortgage payments are fully current during the past six months and, during the last 12 months, late payments are limited to no more than one recorded 30-day delay; and proven ability to make the new payments. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, RoundPoint Mortgage Company underwrites nearly $200 million in mortgages per month. The company, founded in 2007, is a wholly owned subsidiary of RoundPoint Financial Group and has established an ongoing strategic relationship with “”RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation””:www.rpmservicing.com/ to provide select refinancing programs. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac HARP Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Refinance Service Providers 2011-11-21 Abby Gregory November 21, 2011 484 Views center_img Newly HARP-Eligible Borrowers Get Online Resource Sharelast_img read more

August 15

Housing Market Will Adjust if Fed Raises Rates Economist Says

first_img As the Federal Reserve prepares to convene for their September 17th meeting, many wonder how a possible rate increase will affect the housing market.Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American believes that the housing market will not be doomed by a rate increase, but will respond by adjusting to the changes.“Of course, we cannot be sure exactly how mortgage rates and the housing market will respond to a Fed rate increase,” Fleming said. “But, we can say with some certainty that the Fed will eventually raise rates.”He added, “When it does, the housing market isn’t doomed to fail, but rather adjust to the reality of interest rates that are reflective of a strengthening economy and certainly more traditional financial conditions.”If the Fed decides to raise rates, this will the first time the rate will go up since 2008, Fleming noted.According to the CME Group’s FedWatch Tool, which measures the market’s expectations of Fed target rates on a daily basis, there is a 74.7 percent chance of the Fed raising rates by 0.25 percent this week. On the other hand, the FedWatch data found that there is a 25.3 percent chance of the Fed raising rates by 0.50 percent.”When it does, the housing market isn’t doomed to fail, but rather adjust to the reality of interest rates that are reflective of a strengthening economy and certainly more traditional financial conditions.”Some argue that declining affordability due to the rate hike will reduce demand and lower home prices, but Fleming says that this is not necessarily true. Consumers will adjust to how much housing they demand, instead of leaving the market. A slow down in the pace of price appreciation is a much more likely outcome.”Yet, I have argued here, as others have, that rising rates don’t necessarily cause a negative demand shock and falling home prices.  When the Fed raises interest rates, it’s because the Fed believes that the economy is strong enough to adjust and has the potential to begin overheating (that’s what inflation measures).  A stronger economy, more or better jobs, rising wages, increased confidence – these factors all increase demand for housing.  In other words, rising rates are indicative of increased home sales and upward pressure on prices.” Share Federal Reserve First American Interest rates 2015-09-15 Seth Welborn September 15, 2015 539 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Housing Market Will Adjust if Fed Raises Rates, Economist Sayslast_img read more

August 9

Information campaign to explain all about Gesy

first_imgAn information campaign will be launched on Wednesday covering everything members of the public need to know about the National Health Scheme (Gesy).The campaign, launched by the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO), will offer information on when Gesy will be launched, its services, what beneficiaries are entitled to, their obligations and contributions.It will also inform healthcare professionals on how they can join Gesy.Distribution of information material, media advertisements, seminars and events are some of the planned actions.The campaign will be carried out on behalf of the HIO, by Contact Advertising Ltd, which won a tender competition. The campaign will run for up to six months after the introduction of the first phase of Gesy.Contributions for the first phase of Gesy will begin as of March 1. The first phase, which is introduction of outpatient care, will kick in on June 1.Members of the public can also find information on Gesy at www.gesy.org.cyYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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