first_img Twitter Johnson has quite the packed resumé. Besides Smallville, Flash Gordon, Rookie Blue and The Knick — the series referenced above — he has also been seen in Orphan Black and The Girlfriend Experience, and made his movie debut at 14 in the Oscar-winning Legends of the Fall, which starred Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. He also gets close to top billing in a couple of the Fifty Shades of Grey movies, including Fifty Shades Freed, which is out Friday.Closer to home, Johnson will pop up on Canadian TV screens soon in Caught, the CBC miniseries that debuts Feb. 26, playing a drug mogul opposite star Allan Hawco.Vikings, a Canada/Ireland co-production, is currently shooting in Ireland, with broadcast details to be announced at a later date.Viewers can catch up on Season 5, including the recently aired midseason finale, at and on the History GO DEBRA YEO Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement He’s played a high school rival to Superman, a comic-book hero, a police detective and a turn-of-the-century doctor, and now Alberta native Eric Johnson is adding Viking warrior to his resumé.Edmonton-born Johnson, 38, has joined Season 6 of the History drama Vikings.In a news release, History said the new character is Erik, “a formidable warrior who is an outlaw living on his wits and martial skills.” Alberta-born movie and TV star Eric Johnson is adding Viking warrior to his resume.last_img read more

Extreme Cold warning to continue through the weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The cold weather the region experienced in February continues into March with another extreme cold warning.An arctic air mass has settled over the B.C. and Alberta Peace Region.  Light winds produced wind chill values near minus 40 overnight.  The high should be minus 24 on Saturday, and the temperature and wind chill will increase overnight into Sunday.The forecast calls for a high of minus 14. Wind chill minus 39 in the Sunday morning and minus 20 in the afternoon. Next week Fort St. John will see highs of minus 10 to minus 6.Warnings7:42 AM PST Saturday 02 March 2019Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverA period of very cold wind chills is expected.With arctic air now settled over the Peace Region, light northerly winds have produced wind chill values near minus 40 overnight. Temperatures will rise this morning but fall again tonight with wind chill values approaching minus 40.Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Morocco Gets 100 Million for Girls Education as Part of Michelle

By Sekar KrisnauliRabat – Morocco will receive millions of dollars in funding from the United States government through programs aimed to address challenges that prevent girls in the country from quality education, according to a Monday White House press release.The Millenium Challenge Corporation, an independent U.S. Government foreign-aid agency, is expected to give nearly $100 million dollars to invest in a new model for secondary education in Morocco, the announcement stated. The U.S. Agency for International Development will also invest $40,000 to build five girls’ dormitories, known as “Dar Talibas”, by the next school year. “I am so proud that the U.S. is working with the Moroccan Government to make…transformative new investments to educate and empower girls across Morocco,” stated United States First Lady Michelle Obama in the release.The announcement was made as Obama visited Marrakesh Tuesday where she was joined by actresses Merryl Streep and Freida Pinto in a panel moderated by CNN’s Correspondent Isha Sesay to promote quality education for girls worldwide through the Let Girls Learn initiative.”It just makes sense for boys AND girls to be educated & involved & empowered.”–@FLOTUS in Morocco #LetGirlsLearn— Peace Corps (@PeaceCorps) June 28, 2016Morocco will also become Peace Corps’ 36th Let Girls Learn Country in the coming months, where the Peace Corps will train volunteers and community leaders to advance empowerment and education for girls, the release added.“I’m sitting here as [First Lady of the United States] because of the opportunities my education provided me,” Obama said in the panel, according to a tweet from MCC’s account.I’m sitting here as @FLOTUS because of the opportunities my education provided me #LetGirlsLearn— Millennium Challenge (@MCCgov) June 28, 2016MCC’s fund comes from the $450 million Employability and Land Compact between MCC and the Government of Morocco that seeks to overcome challenges in economic growth through investments in education and land productivity.We are proud to support the goals of #LetGirlsLearn in Morocco and help girls get the education they deserve @FLOTUS— Millennium Challenge (@MCCgov) June 28, 2016Obama’s visit to Marrakesh marked her second stop in her six-day trip to Africa – Liberia and Morocco – and Spain where she advocated for the quality education 62 million undereducated girls deserve.Obama was in Liberia Monday where she went to a leadership camp for girls and urged them to fight for quality education, The Washington Post reported. In connection to her visit, the USAID announced the same day up to $27 million in funding for new Let Girls Learn commitments in Liberia.Obama is joined by her mother and daughters Malia, 17, and Sasha, 15, throughout the trip. They landed at Marrakesh Monday evening where Moroccan Princess Lalla Selma, wife of King Mohammed the VI of Morocco, greeted the Obamas as they landed at Marrakesh’s Menara Airport. Obama is scheduled to depart to Spain after Morocco.Let Girls Learn was launched by U.S. President Obama and First Lady in March 2015 and aims to ensure education that empowers girls worldwide to fulfill their potentials. read more

Families of the missing stage protest outside UN office

Families of those missing during and after Sri Lanka’s civil conflict staged a protest outside the UN office in the capital on Tuesday urging authorities to halt the controversial “white van” abductions, the Xinhua news agency reported.The protesters, who handed over a petition to the UN, alleged that at least three people had been abducted in the country in white vans by unknown groups within the recent weeks. “We are happy about the governments efforts towards reconciliation. But the resurgence of the white van culture will be a hindrance to the reconciliation efforts,” D. Gunewardena, an Attorney at Law, who took part in the protest said. The protesters said that they were extremely concerned that the white van abduction culture had allegedly returned and called on lawmakers and international agencies to probe the incidents. The protesters also handed over a petition to the European Commission in Colombo, the Prime Ministers office and the Foreign Ministry, calling on the government to conduct an immediate investigation into all the incidents and take legal action against those found to be responsible. read more

Dennis Hull to speak at Brock Days

Professional hockey legend and Brock history graduate Dennis Hull (BA ’81) will lead this year’s Brock Days Alumni Weekend as keynote speaker.A 14-year veteran of the National Hockey League, Hull spent 13 seasons with the Chicago Black Hawks and one with the Detroit Red Wings. He played in more than 1,000 games during his NHL career and was known for his powerful shot on net, which many qualified observers, including rival goaltenders, say equalled or surpassed that of his brother, Bobby.Hull also played for Canada in the celebrated 1972 Summit Series when Canada beat the powerful Soviet Union team.Hull brings to the speaker’s podium a wealth of anecdotes and stories from his many experiences. His understated after-dinner speaking style is fast becoming a trademark, and he has quickly become a sought-after head-table guest.Hull will speak on Saturday, Sept. 17, kicking off Brock Days Alumni Weekend’s new mini-conference format. After attending an Alumni Pub Night at the Mansion House on Friday night, Alumni Weekend participants can hear Hull on Saturday from 9:45 to 11 a.m.Following Hull’s presentation, participants can choose two of several interest and professional development breakout sessions on topics like social media, planning for retirement, naturopathy, preparing business presentations and taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Alumni can also tour the Canada Hair Cloth Building, future home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines; participate in a virtual tour of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex; or attend the inaugural Alumni Learners and Leaders presentations where Brock grads will share their innovative ideas or personal pursuits in 20 minutes or less.Other highlights of Brock Days Alumni Weekend include the Cameo Club reception where alumni who graduated more than 25 years ago will receive a commemorative membership pin; Fine Food, Fine Wine, Fine Art that features Niagara’s finest chefs and award-winning wineries; and multiple Faculty, student club and residence reunions, including:Earp RLS reunionBrock Radio reunion1970s Drama reunionSouth Asian Student Alliance reunionNeuroscience reunionCPCF alumni reunionFaculty of Education reunionBrock University Philosophical Society Annual ConferenceRegistration for Brock Days Alumni Weekend opens soon, so call your intramural buddies, email your University roommates, update your friends on Facebook and tweet your followers to ask them to join you in celebrating Brock Days 2011.Visit for more information. read more

OSAG recommends better forecasting stiffer penalties to not exceed GHG emissions cap

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 16, 2017 4:31 pm MDT OSAG recommends better forecasting, stiffer penalties to not exceed GHG emissions cap Alberta|Calgary|Dave Collyer|Shannon Phillips|YYC (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS) Alberta’s Oil Sands Advisory Group is recommending better forecasting reports, changing regulations and stiffer output restrictions in order to not exceed the provincial greenhouse gas emissions cap of 100 megatonnes per year by 2030.The group released its recommendations Friday and now the Alberta government will review them and consult with industry stakeholders and First Nations communities.The group’s co-chair Dave Collyer, former president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and Shell Canada, said it reaches a balance of economic, social and environmental priorities.“The emissions limit is a safety net, that’s not the primary objective,” he said. “The primary objective is irrespective of that, drive down emissions intensity, perform better, be more competitive.”Alberta emits roughly 70 megatonnes currently or roughly 2.5 million barrels and the latest CAPP projection suggests we’ll be at about 3.67 million barrels by 2030, which is when we would be getting closer to the 100-megatonnes cap.However, that doesn’t take into account advances in technology that could further mitigate emissions, while still green-lighting projects and not affecting production.On the subject of technology, the province will consider output-based allocations, which financially reward the most efficient energy producers, an incentive for innovation.OSAG recommends each oil sands facility submit a forecast of its expected emissions for that year, which should be the same as any annual facility level forecasts used for the purposes of implementing the provincial carbon levy.If despite the forecasting improvements and advancements in technology we were to get closer to the 100 megatonnes cap, OSAG recommends stiffer penalties to emitters.They include the government restricting new projects from starting construction until the emissions scarcity no longer exists and restraining existing projects which are the worst emitters.“If you constrain existing production, it’s going to be constrained on the basis of emission-intensity, that’s abundantly clear,” he said. “If I were the province, what I’d be saying is I want to maximize production under the limit, because that’s best for jobs, it’s best for the economy.”OSAG is made up of representatives from industry – including seven oil sands producers – environmentalists and First Nations representatives.Companies that go over the cap could face fines of $200 per tonne in excess, and that figure could get bigger over time.The provincial government will now review the recommendations and have further consultations and Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said regulations will be voted on in early 2018.“These are exactly the kinds of conversations we want to have with industry to ensure that we’re reducing emissions, not production,” Phillips said.Wildrose and Official Opposition Leader Brian Jean is criticizing the penalty recommendations, specifically that to the government restricting approvals, saying it would further chill investment in the oil and gas sector.“Should they accept this report in its entirety, will hamper further growth and investment that would only serve to hurt everyday Albertans,” Jean said in a statement. “Recommendations on this growth cap sends a strong signal that Alberta is not open for business at a time we can least afford it.But Collyer said with the reality of governments of all levels and global investors paying more attention to climate change, doing nothing doesn’t make sense.“The best way not to leave oil in the ground is to be always improving our performance and innovating and being more competitive,” he said. read more

CanAlaska progresses exploration venture with Korean consortium

first_imgFurther to statements in May regarding the signing of an Memorandum Of Understanding for uranium exploration of CanAlaska Uranium’s Cree East project in conjunction with a Korean Consortium led by Hanwha Corp, CanAlaska has announced further details on the progress of the proposed transaction. Preliminary agreement has been reached between Hanwha and CanAlaska towards the overall contribution of C$19 million by the Korean consortium to effect an earn-in of a 50% ownership interest in the Cree East project over a four-year period. Both the structure of the proposed transaction and the composition of the Korean consortium are presently being finalized.   Cree East is located in the southeast of the Athabasca basin, approximately 25 km west of the Key Lake uranium mine, and 20 km south west of the newly announced Millenium uranium deposit of Cameco. The project was staked by CanAlaska in 2004, and covers 559 km2 of the Wollaston-Mudjatik domain rocks. Historical drilling tested alteration zones and targets, generally to the south and east of the property, and current exploration by other companies is revisiting these areas. The depth to the unconformity varies from 100 m in the south to an inferred 800 m in the north. From geophysical evidence and past drilling, there appears to be a number of step structures at the unconformity boundary and in the basement. CanAlaska carried out airborne surveys across the property area in 2005 and determined priority targets. In 2006, detailed collection of over 2,000 surface rock samples and over 400 lake sediment samples by CanAlaska’s field crews defined three large areas of dravite and clay alteration on surface, and localised boulder samples containing anomalous uranium (highest at 13.1 ppm uranium).  It is thought that the dravite and clay alteration, coupled with the anomalous uranium in the lakes and boulders in this vicinity indicates the proximity of unconformity and basement style uranium mineralization. The shallow depth to basement also allows close definition of conductive zones and geological structures, using the airborne survey data. Initial ground geophysical data from the first lines of IP-Resistivity surveys have also provided the Company with evidence of strong alteration in the sandstone horizons overlying these basement conductors.last_img read more

First Co and Cu metal produced from commissioning of AmmLeach demonstration pilot

first_imgSuccessful commissioning of AmmLeach® copper/cobalt plant in South Africa has produced its first copper and cobalt cathode metal. This first AmmLeach plant in the world has two circuits through to copper and cobalt cathode metal, where the majority of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) cobalt is currently produced as a concentrate requiring further processing outside the DRC. The DRC currently supplies over half of the world’s annual cobalt mine production (98,000 t), which has a current global annual value of around $2.8 billion. Alexander believes that its AmmLeach process offers a clear competitive advantage for the production of cobalt through to metal cathode in the DRC, as well as offering a way to treat high-acid-consuming carbonate copper ores in the DRC that hitherto have been uneconomic to treat.Martin Rosser, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted with the results of the commissioning of our AmmLeach copper/cobalt demonstration pilot plant in South Africa. We look forward to building on the success as part of our current commercialisation activities for our AmmLeach® technology in the DRC Copperbelt.last_img read more

TCI headed to being premier honeymoon destination in Caribbean

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIpremierhoneymoondestination Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Tourism Minister Ralph Higgs, during his report to the nation on his first 100 days in office admitted that the Tourism Development Plan was not yet completed but said among the goals of the tourism team is to make the TCI the premier honeymoon destination in the region.  To build that brand, in Fall 2017 there is planned a wedding wholesalers convention to be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands.Also on the drawing board for Tourism is work on a better method of gathering visitor arrival data.  The Tourism Minister announced that his ministry will be looking into improving data collection and this Minister Higgs says will assist the Tourism department’s marketing strategy and how it improves the tourism product.During the Tuesday media meeting, Hon Higgs remarked, “We are exploring with the Tourism Board, and Immigration Department other ways that we can work together to collect data on our visitors or perhaps in an automated fashion which will enable us to provide more timely arrival data and demographical information on our visitors.”As an element of his portfolio, Minister Ralph Higgs shared with media on championing the diversification of the economy by strengthening of the Maritime Department.  Since February a New Director was hired and the prognosis is developments within the maritime sector to lead it into a new, positive direction.  Higgs says these improvements are in keeping with the Change Document presented to the electorate by the People’s Democratic Movement in the last general elections.Story by: Kimberly Ramkhalawan#MagneticMediaNews#TCIpremierhoneymoondestinationlast_img read more

ASA Applauds USDA Rollout of Biobased Product Label

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement on the voluntary biobased product labeling program. The purpose of the labeling initiative is to more clearly identify biobased products for all buyers, and to promote the increased sale and use of biobased products in the commercial market and for consumers.”This new label will help consumers identify biobased products made from renewable resources, and will promote the increased sale and use of these products, including many soy-based products, in the commercial market,” said ASA President Alan Kemper, a soybean farmer from Lafayette, Ind. “It is in the best interest of both consumers and soybean farmers that USDA continue to promote the use of biobased products through the labeling program and expansion of the BioPreferred procurement program.”ASA worked with Congress and other farm organizations to create the federal biobased products preferred procurement program (BioPreferred program) as part of the 2002 Farm Bill. ASA then worked to update and expand the biobased program in the 2008 Farm Bill, including the requirement that USDA establish the voluntary labeling program.The implementation of the USDA biobased product labeling program, along with the existing BioPreferred program creates a two pronged, low cost, high return market development effort that supports the expansion of agricultural markets, creates green jobs and contributes to the national goal of reducing dependence on petroleum.Expanding markets for soybeans and soy products is a priority for ASA. To further this goal and support and expand federal programs that promote the use of biobased products, ASA and other farm trade associations and allied industry formed the Biobased Products Coalition (BPC) in 2007.last_img read more

Mother who killed baby no longer facing death penalty

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida woman twice convicted of murdering her 3-year-old son will stand trial for a third time but will no longer face the penalty of death.Prosecutors instead will seek a life sentence for Cardona.A jury twice convicted Ana Maria Cardona of the 1990 murder of her son. Both times she was sent to death row, but in a new trial, prosecutors are no longer seeking the death penalty.The state attorney’s office released a statement saying, “There have been recent developments in the law regarding the death penalty since the initial charging of Ana Cardona, some 25 years ago, which have caused us to reassess our position. What has not changed is our intention to vigorously prosecute this case to its proper conclusion.”The badly beaten body of the baby was found dumped in Miami Beach by two FPL workers. He was wearing just a diaper and a shirt with lollipops on the front, with police nicknaming him “Baby Lollipops” as a result.Police said the child had been starved and beaten, weighing just 18 pounds when his body was found with a fractured skull, multiple broken bones, broken teeth, burns, and bedsores. The Orlando Sentinel reported that the boy was most likely still alive as long as three days after he was left to die in a pile of leaves. The county medical examiner called it the worst case of child abuse he had ever seen.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

CocoWalk to undergo redevelopment

first_imgCOCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – A hotspot destination in Coconut Grove will soon be undergoing redevelopment for a major makeover.A ceremonial demolition party was held Wednesday at CocoWalk, located at 3015 Grand Ave., where people celebrating the new beginning hammered away at the walls.Construction crews closed off the eastern section of the popular spot to make way for brand-new spaces that will bring more excitement to the shopping center.The redevelopment project, led by Federal Realty Investment Trust, Grass River Property and the Comras Company, will feature an open-air plaza filled with restaurants and dozens of stores.The plaza will also include a five-story office building.The project is expected to be completed by 2019.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Frost Brings Art Seekers into Anchorage Parks

first_imgFrost is one of Anchorage’s newest public art projects. It’s a scavenger hunt with photo clues that lead you to a place where the artists have mixed lights and film into a temporary art piece. It’s called “creative placemaking” and aims to get people out into the city’s parks and help them see the space in a different way. A team of seekers and followed the clues to find the newest installation.Download AudioReaders, beware: this story may spoil your search. So if you’re hoping to find the hidden art exhibit completely on your own, stop reading and stop the audio player on your computer.“Hi, I’m unnaturally telling my name into the microphone….” joked Krystal Garrison as she did exactly that.The clue we used to find Frost. Photo by Sierra Mills and posted to had heard about Frost and let me tag along on her expedition to find it. She roped her fiancee Corey Crawford into the outing and their trusty dog Leo.The first stop was inside at the computer to look up the clue on the Frost website.“So I just googled ‘Anchorage Frost’…” Krystal narrated.“You got Frost Dental, so I guess we can go get our teeth cleaned…” I responded.With a more refined search we find the first clue — a picture of a snowy lawn with towering lights. In the distance you can see a blurry fence and a dark area on the edge.“I would have a hard time guessing on this picture to be honest with you,” Krystal said.But Corey knew it instantly.“That’s *****,” Corey states matter-of-factly.“That’s *****?” Krystal questioned, disbelievingly.“Yeah, that’s *****.”“He’s super visual,” Krystal said to explain how he instantly knew the site of a park he rarely visited from a dark, half blurry photo.“Yeah, the duck pond’s right here. The parking lot is right in front of it.” He pointed out vague features.Corey said it makes sense because the park is easily accessible by car, bus, bike, and foot, but people don’t always think to hang out there.Gretchen Weiss is one of the project coordinators. She said the five exhibits will be placed in different parks in the city for short periods throughout the winter.“Anchorage is huge, and we’ve got over 200 parks, and each one has it’s own flavor and variety. And we kind of took the personality of what that ‘Frost’ was going to be like and what that parks were like and we kind of matched them up.”This time the Frost exhibit is a short film made from footage gathered around the world, so the setting has a more classic cinematic feel.Weiss said the temporary, outdoor exhibits invite people to interact with strangers that they may never otherwise meet.“For Frost it’s dark, and people are wearing lots of layers so you really don’t have a whole lot to go off of somebody except for here’s one marshmallow, and you’re a marshmallow and you see this thing and it’s pretty cool and you can start talking when maybe usually you wouldn’t,” she explained.When we arrived at ***** to look for the movie, the park was empty, despite the relatively warm weather. Leo the dog leads the way. As we enter the park, Corey finds the scene of the clue.“You remember seeing the rock in the picture?”“No, I don’t,” Krystal said.“These rocks were in the picture. That’s the duck pond to the left.”Leo bounds ahead, and we follow him straight to the movie.“You totally called it,” Krystal said.The film was projected from a locked box onto a white wooden board. Extension cords trail away from the set up. Krystal watches it while standing outside, in the cold. She was impressed.“This is so awesome that you’re bringing art to the public. And you’re leaving it out there for people to explore and discover on they’re own whether they’re meaning to or not,” she said. “But it’s also got to be kind of nerve wracking to leaving this equipment and this art and, you know, all the time spent involved setting it up. Hopefully people will enjoy it for what it is and not feel the need to tamper with it.”Krystal’s statement turned out to be prophetic. Within a week of our successful quest, cords began to disappear and the set up had to be altered to make it more secure. But Weiss said they’ll try to keep it running until December 6 when they’ll reveal the final location and host a drive-in movie at the *******.OK, I’ll give you another clue. It’s that big building in midtown where you can go to read for free…last_img read more

Comments show support of hydroelectric dam in Juneau

first_imgFederal, state and local agencies haven’t found any major obstacles to a plan to build a hydroelectric dam on Sweetheart Creek southeast of Juneau.The Juneau Empire reports that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released a draft environment impact for the project in October. Tuesday was the last day for officials and the public to give feedback on the document.Juneau Hydropower Inc. Director Duff Mitchell said by phone Wednesday that the comments only found minor problems with the project. He says there seems to be a lot of support for the dam, which aims to provide additional electrical reliability to meet the city’s growing demand.The most significant comment came from Alaska Electric Light and Power, which questioned the need for the project. The company doubts the predictions of rising electric demand.last_img read more

Kim Darroch leak Trump scrapped Iran nuclear deal to spite Barack Obama

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:25Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:24?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Representative ImageReutersUS President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 was to spite his predecessor Barack Obama, according to a leaked memo written by the UK ambassador to the United States.Kim Darroch claimed that Trump was guilty of “diplomatic vandalism” and abandoned the Iran deal due to “personality reasons” and hostility with Obama, reported Daily Mail citing the cache of leaked documents.Darroch also said that the former UK foreign minister, Boris Johnson, had appealed to the Trump administration last year to reconsider backing out of the international nuclear deal with Iran.The leaked papers revealed that the decision to abandon the crucial Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) also called the Iran nuclear deal, was disputed among the officials. Darroch also claimed that the White House did not have a “day-to-day” strategy regarding the aftermath of the withdrawal from the deal. Close Is Trump Destroying Obamas Foreign Policy Legacy? Darroch’s confidential memo, reported by Daily Mail last week, also contained the UK ambassador referring to the Trump administration as “clumsy and inept.”Trump slammed Darroch as “a very stupid guy” on Tuesday and said the White House would no longer deal with the UK ambassador. Darroch submitted his resignation a day later.The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2019The decision to step down was also due to Boris Johnson’s, the Tory frontrunner to become the next Prime Minister of UK, failure to support Darroch during Tuesday night’s leadership debate, a British official told CNN.A criminal investigation for the leaked documents was opened by the UK police. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the leaks caused damages to the UK’s bilateral relations with the US.FREEDOM OF PRESSNeil Basu’s claimed the leak as a criminal matter which is “the clear public interest in bringing the person or people responsible to justice.” Warnings issued by the UK police to journalists for facing prosecution if further leaks get published is said to have sparked furore over limiting press freedom.Such prosecution of journalists “would amount to an infringement on press freedom and have a chilling effect on public debate,” countered Boris Johnson on Saturday.Jeremy Hunt also criticised that UK police’s decision to curb press freedom and said he defends “to the hilt” the right to press freedom.These leaks damaged UK/US relations & cost a loyal ambassador his job so the person responsible MUST be held fully to account. But I defend to the hilt the right of the press to publish those leaks if they receive them & judge them to be in the public interest: that is their job— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 13, 2019The Director of Society of Editors, Ian Murray said that such cutbacks on press freedom give rise to totalitarianism, “I cannot think of a worse example of a heavy-handed approach by the police to attempt to curtail the role of the media as a defence against the powerful and those in authority,” reported The Guardian.However, former Defence Secretary Michael Fallon defended the Met police’s decision and said that curbing the publication of such confidential information violates the Official Secrets Act.”As soon as we find who did it, we should have them investigated and prosecuted,” Fallon said on BBC Radio. “We have press freedom … but we also have laws. We have the Official Secrets Act and it is important that law is upheld,” he added.last_img read more

Valve Index VR Headset May Ship in June

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety The page included some tech information on the headset, such as its supported inputs, DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.0 and graphics card recommendations (“Nvidia 1070 or better” according to the page).Valve told The Verge on Monday that “The tech info on that page, while not comprehensive, is accurate,” and also noted that the ship date might change.Valve will reveal more information on May 1, when pre-orders for the VR headset open.center_img Valve accidentally revealed that its upcoming virtual reality headset has a tentative release date of June 15 in a product page, spotted by Twitter user Wario64 on Monday.Valve teased its upcoming Valve Index over the weekend with only an image and a note saying “upgrade your experience May 2019.” Now, that note doesn’t appear on the teaser page.Twitter user Wario64 found links to the product’s Steam store page, which list a “ship date” of June 15. It was apparent the store product page wasn’t ready for public view, as the description for the Valve Index Heaset contains lorem ipsum, which is a common filler or placeholder text. With that in mind, the June 15 date might not hold up.Still, it’s exciting to see another view of the upcoming VR headset. The image on the product page shows a different view of the headset than was available with the weekend teaser. This picture gives a view of the integrated headphones on the device.last_img read more

Borderlands 3 HandsOn Loot Shoot and Laughter

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The wastes of Pandora have always been beautiful, vacillating between icy blue-white tundras to sepia-toned deserts dotted with glowing crystals and sparse undergrowth. This time around 2K is using its distinctive art style to flesh out worlds beyond Pandora. Thanks to the Sanctuary III, a large spaceship and your home base, you’ll have the ability to visit new planets on your hunt for vaults. Like Pandora, each planet will have its own unique look. For instance, planet Eden 6’s environment is based off the Louisiana swamps. And in order to make each world feel like an alien planet, each one will have its own distinct day and night cycle with unique lighting effects.New ClassesBefore you start vault hunting, you’ve got to pick a class. Depending on what you pick, it will unlock fun unique skills to help you on your quest. This time around you have Fl4k the Beast Hunter get a little help from his various animal friends to take down baddies. Taking some inspiration from the Mecromancer class in Borderlands 2 and a touch from D.Va in Overwatch, Moze, the Gunner employs a huge mech named Iron Bear that can be outfitted with all sorts of guns and can even act independently of Moze depending on the skill specs.Zane Flynt, the Operative uses a mix of gadgetry and subterfuge to keep enemies unbalanced. His skill set allows him to send out a clone of himself to distract hostiles. And if he’s taking too much fire, he can swap places with the clone, giving him time to recover. He also send a drone (SNTNL) into battle for a measure of machine-gun crowd control.And last but not least, there’s Amara, the Siren class. Not to be confused with past Sirens Maya or Lillith, Amara’s Siren power unleashes six powerful arms that are capable of dealing a ridiculous amount of damage. One of her skills summons a giant fist from underground to grab and hold enemies in place while another sends forth an astral projection, destroying everything in its path.So Many GunsBorderlands main conceit has always been wanton destruction. But to properly wreak havoc, you’ll need guns and lots of them. 2K is more than happy to oblige, stuffing the game with 1 billion guns. Yep, you read that right. Billion with a “B.” Pistols, submachine guns, assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, grenade and rocket launchers, you name it and Borderlands 3’s got it –– more often than not with a weird twist.Each of Borderlands guns comes from a company that tricks out their weapons with special traits. Some guns deal corrosive damage, while others have incendiary or electric damage. There are some guns that shoot other guns and yes, there’s a gun that runs and talks.Running and Gunning with FriendsAs much fun as mowing down bandits and random hostile alien fauna is, it’s even better with friends. But depending on how much or how little you’ve played, it’s likely that you and your friends will have earned different levels. And a level 20 playing with a level 8 is never fun. Until now.Borderlands 3 will be the first in the series to introduce level scaling for co-op play. It means that you and a friend can loot and shoot together no matter your levels. And when you’re done, you’ll both be rewarded with level-appropriate loot.ConclusionIn a world of dark, grim shooters with bleak near future scenarios playing out, it’s nice to have a game that tackles saving the world with more than a little bit of humor. Borderlands 3 keeps the things I love about the series intact, while updating certain features just enough to make it feel like a modern shooter. I for one can’t want to send a multitude of bandits to their maker by way of a gun that shoots other guns. Can you?The Best PC Games to Play Right Now It’s Like Riding a BikeIt’s been five years since the last run-and-gun fest and I was worried I was a bit rusty, But as soon as that controller was in my hand, it was like I’d never left Pandora. Sure, there are new vault hunters with different classes and powers, but the name of the game is still shoot everyone in the room and take everything that isn’t nailed to the ground.It was only a matter of seconds before I looted a Tediore shotgun off a random enemy and using it to send my enemies to the bandit graveyard via big, beefy shots. I’d forgotten that Tediore guns turn into grenades after every reload, but it didn’t take long before I was keeping track of my shots and using the bang from the literal boomstick to my advantage.Switching between that and a long-range Vladolf assault rifle and I was soon mowing down my enemies and taking my time to loot the corpses and surrounding loot boxes. It’s a refreshing trip down memory lane, but with new characters, there’s plenty of room for fun, new memories.The Story Thus FarBorderlands 3, like most entries in the series, places you, the Vault Hunter on the lawless world of Pandora. This time around, the new threat to the planet and the universe comes from the Calypso Twins, Tyreen and Troy. The twin egomaniacs have created a dangerous cult called the Children of the Vault and with their legions of followers, are looking to plunder vaults to use all the powerful goodies inside to take over the universe. As a vault hunter, it’s up to you to get their first and get all the loot for yourself –– and stop the evil threat of course.Don’t worry, you’ll have help. Borderlands has always been equal parts a shooter and a fan service machine. In addition to other new vault hunters, 2K has also brought back fan-favorite characters to aid you in your battle including the Siren, Lillith, who is the current commander of the rebel Crimson Commandos. There’s also Claptrap, the annoying mascot of the series, Sir Hammerlock, Brick, Ellie, Mad Moxxie, Tiny Tina and Zer0, the robot ninja just to name a few.The road to the vault will be paved with countless bandit bodies, irreverent humor and guns, lots and lots of guns.MORE: Best of E3 2019: Our Favorite PC Games and Hardwarecenter_img Loot, shoot, repeat — or is it shoot, loot, repeat? Either way, all that matters is Borderlands 3 is on its way and it’s time to dust off the old trigger finger and return to Pandora. I had the opportunity to go hands-on with the latest installment of 2K’s first-person shooter RPG, and September 13 can’t get here soon enough.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 last_img read more

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first_imgIn a shocking exposé on DSTV’s investigative journalism TV programme Carte Blanche (which can be watched HERE), Eskom are slammed for the lackadaisical way they are building the Ingula power plant.From an initial budget of 14 billion to a whopping 36 billion rand price tag, more than double the initial price, Ingula has literally been bleeding taxpayers dry.Bonus payments being made (even when contractors failed to meet deadlines) and loans to assist contractors all form part of well-documented financial mismanagement and safety neglect at the project.Read more HERE WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Dutch Researchers Compare Consistency of Breast Density in Serial Screening Mammograms

first_img 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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 read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Breast Imaging | November 07, 2016 Dutch Researchers Compare Consistency of Breast Density in Serial Screening Mammograms Results show VolparaDensity grades provide more consistent readings 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. 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 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. November 7, 2016 — Researchers from the Netherlands recently completed a study that explored the variation between radiologists when judging fibroglandular breast density visually on serially-acquired mammograms, and whether an automated density assessment would provide better consistency. Results of the study, “Consistency of breast density categories in serial screening mammograms: A comparison between automated and human assessment,” recently published in the Breast Journal, suggest that an automated computer measurement, VolparaDensity, provides better consistency than density readings performed visually by radiologists.In the study, Katharina Holland and a team from the Radboud University Medical Center in The Netherlands, investigated the categorization of pairs of subsequent screening mammograms into density classes by human readers and by an automated breast density assessment system. One thousand mammograms belonging to 500 pairs of subsequent screening exams were randomly selected from the Dutch breast screening program. The serial mammograms, which had an average 30-month interval between them, were categorized into either two-category (“fatty” versus “dense”) or a four-category (BI-RADS 4th Edition: 1, 2, 3 or 4) density classes by four readers, including three specialized breast radiologists, and by using Volpara Density Grades (VDG), which are analogous to the BI-RADS (Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System) density categories.In addition, to better replicate clinical practice, a “group reading” was performed. In these group readings, each mammogram set was scored by randomly selecting one of the four radiologists’ scores and assigning it to the study; the intention here was to emulate the fact that serial mammograms are usually read by different radiologists.Volpara identified a significantly higher percentage of women who did not exhibit a change between two-point density categories (90.4 percent) compared to the group reading of radiologists (86.8 percent). Volpara’s agreement to its own readings between serial exams was significantly higher than the group radiologist readings were to each other. Volpara maintained higher kappa agreement values on both two- and four- category scales, prompting researchers to suggest that Volpara produced more consistent density readings than the radiologists.When women did exhibit a density change between screens, most of the instances of change were from the “dense” to “fatty” category (this happened in approximately 70 percent of cases of density change). Change in the other direction (“dense” to “fatty”) occurred as well, though less frequently — this could potentially be caused by use of hormone replacement therapy, weight loss or measurement error. There was no significant difference between the direction of density change between Volpara measurements and those of the radiologists.Overall, the indication was that an automated computer measurement such as Volpara provides better consistency than density readings done by radiologists, when emulating clinical screening practice. “These results are particularly important given the recent work presented by Sprague et al. The use of an automated density measurement algorithm could prove desirable in screening practice — not only because of improved efficiency in terms of time and cost, but also because of enhanced reliability. Furthermore, the results indicate that Volpara could prove useful in temporal measurements of breast density,” noted Prof. Nico Karssemeijer, Radboud University Nijmegen. “These could be valuable for examining breast cancer risk, by looking at the occurrence of age-related involution or looking at response to adjuvant or neoadjuvant hormonal therapy, which can be reflected in breast density.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 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 | 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 Related Content 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 last_img read more

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