TIFF CANCELS 1ST PRESS CONFERENCE IN LIGHT OF TORONTO SHOOTING

first_img Twitter Facebook The Toronto International Film Festival has cancelled a press conference scheduled for Tuesday in light of Sunday night’s shooting in the city.Festival officials said in a statement they have scrapped the event “out of respect for those affected.”They added: “The Toronto Danforth area is the gold standard of our city’s vibrancy and we stand with our fellow Torontonians in condemnation of this violence.”A message regarding our planned #TIFF18 press conference. #TorontoStrong https://t.co/culT8EDbbj pic.twitter.com/U12e6PLWmK— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) July 23, 2018 Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The press conference is expected to announce the first batch of titles headed to the festival, which runs Sept. 6-Sept. 16.The festival says it will make Tuesday’s announcement via press release instead.Toronto police said two people were killed and 13 others were injured in the shooting, which took place on a bustling stretch of Danforth Avenue.The suspected 29-year-old gunman exchanged fire with officers and was found dead near the scene, police said. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Monday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9849Brazil real 0.3932China renminbi 0.1931Euro 1.4926Hong Kong dollar 0.164577India rupee 0.01979Indonesia rupiah 0.0000940Japan yen 0.01133Malaysia ringgit 0.3029Mexico peso 0.06689N.Z. dollar 0.8811Norway krone 0.1572Peruvian new sol 0.3951Russia rouble 0.02218Saudi riyal 0.3423Singapore dollar 0.9424South Africa rand 0.09128South Korean won 0.001141Sweden krona 0.1536Switzerland franc 1.2877Taiwanese dollar 0.04254Thailand baht 0.03862Turkey lira 0.3394U.K. pound 1.6938U.S. dollar 1.2837Vietnam dong 0.000057

Massive python found in Matale

A massive python was found in Matale near the Ukuwela Power Station, wildlife department officials said today.The python, which is 22 feet long and weighs around 122 kilos was believed to have been the longest python found in Sri Lanka in recent times. Wildlife officials captured the snake and released it to the Elahera, Giritale forest reserve, officials said.The snake had not harmed anyone and may have come to the power station from a nearby forest area.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,119.92 up 115.04 points):Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down $1.06, or 5.22 per cent, at $19.24 on 9.86 million shares. The giant gold producer continued to fall heavily after plunging 11.5 per cent Monday to its lowest level in at least a decade. The June gold contract recovered slightly to gain US$26.30 to $1,387.40 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down six cents, or 1.08 per cent, at $5.48 on 7.1 million shares.Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK). Miner. Down eight cents, or 1.98 per cent, at $3.96 on 6.1 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 27 cents, or 2.22 per cent, at $11.88 on 5.8 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up $1.45, or 9.31 per cent, at $17.03 on 5.03 million shares.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Gold producer. Down five cents, or 0.18 per cent, at $28.33 on 4.3 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (960 up 1.74 points):Donnybrook Energy Inc. (TSXV:DEI). Oil and gas. Down eight cents, or 69.57 per cent, at 3.5 cents on 5.21 million shares.Cantex Mine Development Corp. (TSXV:CD). Miner. Down one cent, or 66.67 per cent, at half a cent on 3.53 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry (TSX;BB). Wireless technology. Up 20 cents, or 1.43 per cent, at $14.21 on 2.46 million shares. The new BlackBerry touchscreen smartphones are not being returned at an unusually high rate, despite suggestions to the contrary, according to an industry observer who has completed his own checks. Jefferies telecom analyst Peter Misek, who has watched the BlackBerry company for years, says he considers the number of new BlackBerry Z10 phones being returned by customers “normal” for a new phone launch. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 16, 2013 4:57 pm MDT read more

The As Changed Baseball Once They May Be Changing It Again

Tigers144914481441-7-8 Brewers151015191515-4+5 White Sox145714371441+4-16 Pirates148314831493+10+10 Athletics149015281551+23+61 Blue Jays150714881480-8-27 Angels151015141511-3+1 Marlins144314491439-10-4 The well-traveled, and perhaps forgotten about, Jackson has given the A’s 60 quality innings this season — not bad for a guy playing on his 13th(!) MLB team. Jackson has done this by getting crafty: reducing the use of his fastball from 35.3 percent last season (47.9 percent for his career) to 16.2 percent this season.Among the changes Fiers has made since joining the A’s is creating more separation in height between his fastball and curveball, as Jeff Sullivan found for FanGraphs. He has a 1.47 ERA in three starts with Oakland.Saving more runsThe makeshift pitching staff is also aided by one of the best infield defenses in the game. That’s an effort led by Chapman.While Chapman is an excellent hitter, he’s the best third base defender in the game according to Defensive Runs Saved — and it’s not close. In fact, his 26 Defensive Runs Saved are the best in the game at any position. The next closest third baseman is Travis Shaw of Milwaukee with nine.Chapman leads an elite Oakland infield defense. According to DRS, the A’s also rank second in DRS at first base and eighth at shortstop in the majors. Moreover, Oakland trails only the Arizona in the difference between expected opponent batting average — based on opponent exit velocity — and actual opponent batting average. The A’s are getting to more ground balls and line drives relative to their infielder rivals. Phillies149015071496-11+6 Padres145514461444-2-11 Giants149415021490-12-4 Rays1495151915190+24 The A’s meteoric riseMajor league teams by change in Elo from the preseason and the All-Star Game, as of Aug. 22 Diamondbacks152315231536+13+13 Rockies150315101519+9+16 Royals145914081407-1-52 Twins151014941493-1-17 Mariners150815221507-15-1 Nationals154615221524+2-22 Rangers149714801492+12-5 Braves147415101519+9+45 Red Sox154915901602+12+53 Indians157615551566+11-10 Treinen also has a slider and cutter that baffle opponents. Cardinals152215081540+32+18 Mets149114641484+20-7 Dodgers156815601553-7-15 Cubs155815681543-25-15 TeamPreseasonAll-Star GameCurrentAll-Star GamePreseason EloChange from … Yankees156515891571-18+6 So how did the A’s get here? This isn’t another “Moneyball” story. The once-undervalued metric of on-base percentage is no longer baseball’s best-kept secret — and it’s not even an Oakland staple. The A’s have instead pursued different paths to become one of the better teams in the major leagues despite opening the season with the game’s lowest payroll.Keeping it in the airBecause fly balls and line drives are so much more valuable than ground balls, more and more individual players are trying to launch balls into the air. But the A’s have acquired, and ostensibly tried to develop, the skill at a teamwide level since 2013. As MLB.com’s Mike Petriello found, the A’s have posted five of the eight lowest ground-ball seasons since 2004, including this season’s mark so far. Their average launch angle of 14.9 degrees leads baseball.3The MLB average is 11.7 degrees.While they have acquired fly-ball hitters like Jed Lowrie, Matt Joyce and Khris Davis, they have also developed anti-grounder sluggers in Matt Olson (2012 first-round pick) and Matt Chapman (2014 first-rounder). Lowrie told FiveThirtyEight that he never sat down with an A’s official to talk about his batted-ball profile, but the Stanford University product does use the technology available in the home batting cage for tracking his exit velocity and launch angle to fine-tune his swing.“My guess is they probably identify guys like that to try and acquire [the skill],” Lowrie said of the A’s front office. “It’s part of their calculus.”What on-base percentage was to the Moneyball A’s, fly-ball percentage is to this group of upstarts. That’s made them the league’s fourth-most efficient offense despite a near league-average on-base mark of .322.The A’s are also adapting to their environment. Lowrie notes that Oakland Coliseum is one of the most difficult places in the game to drive the ball, and while the A’s have the lowest ground-ball rate on the road in the majors at 37.8 percent, that rate spikes to 40.9 percent at home, good for eighth-lowest. While Lowrie says teammates Davis, Olson and Chapman can hit the ball “out of Yellowstone,” other A’s alter their approach depending on the ballpark environment. The A’s lead baseball in offensive efficiency on the road with 119 weighted runs created plus (wRC+), a stat that adjusts for park and run environment, with 100 representing league-average performance. But Oakland is only about average at home, with 96 wRC+.Lowrie noted that the A’s set a record for most consecutive road games with a home run this season4They hit at least one homer in 27 straight road games. and that they’ve done much more damage on the road. The Athletics rank 18th in the majors in home runs at home with 67, but they lead the majors in road homers with 106. They are one of the best road teams in baseball at 37-26.“We are playing on a [home] field that is below sea level, with swirling winds that are generally blowing in from right field,” Lowrie said. “We’ve pitched much better at home,” with a 3.32 home ERA vs. 4.30 on the road. “We’ve found different ways to win at home and on the road.”Always be closingThe early 2000s A’s rarely overpaid or valued relievers, believing them to be highly fungible. This Oakland team has the most dominant reliever in the game in Blake Treinen and has further bolstered its strong bullpen with trade acquisitions of Jeurys Familia (2.02 fielding-independent pitching, 19 strikeouts in 15 innings with the A’s) from the Mets and former Twins closer Fernando Rodney.Acquired as a buy-low target with a 5.73 ERA last July in a trade that sent Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington, Treinen is second in the majors in relief WAR and owns a 1.00 ERA.While WAR may not be the optimum way to measure a reliever’s value, win probability added (WPA) accounts for the change in win expectancy between every plate appearance. According to WPA, Treinen has been the most valuable pitcher in baseball this season — ranking ahead of aces Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom and Aaron Nola. His sinker leads the majors in whiffs per swing, and when put in play, it produces 4.6 ground balls for every fly ball. Per FanGraphs pitch values, it’s the fifth-best sinker in the majors. The pitch, with its combination of elite velocity and movement, can make opponents look foolish. The Moneyball A’s didn’t prize defense, fly balls or ace relievers, but this club does. While the formula is different than in the early 2000s, what remains the same is that the A’s are finding value where other clubs are not.Check out our latest MLB predictions. At midseason, the American League seemed decided. The number of tanking teams — some intentional efforts, some unintentional — combined with the AL’s super teams1The top four teams by run differential reside in the AL: the Red Sox, Astros, Yankees and Indians. were conspiring to strip the league of postseason races. The league’s playoff teams seemed all but set by the All-Star Game.But then the Oakland A’s came charging out of the baseball wilderness to give us some late-summer drama.After three consecutive last-place finishes, the Athletics began the year with a 16 percent probability of reaching the postseason and a 6 percent chance of winning the AL West. And just two months ago, they were as many as 11.5 games behind the reigning World Series champion Astros. But after winning 42 of their last 58 games entering Friday, the A’s have cut that deficit to 1.5 games, and they now have an 89 percent chance of advancing to the postseason and a 22 percent chance of winning the AL West.The surge is no fluke. Oakland has the game’s eighth-best run differential, at +94 runs, and has seen the greatest improvement in FiveThirtyEight’s team rating since the start of the season.2As of Aug. 22. Reds146514841474-10+9 Diversifying their pitchesWhile the A’s have a dominant star in the bullpen, the story is different in the rotation. In the early 2000s, the A’s had a trio of front-line starters in Barry Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson. This year’s A’s team has a rotation populated predominantly by reclamation projects like Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Mike Fiers and Edwin Jackson. Without a legit ace — or even a household name — the A’s rank second to the Red Sox in pitching WPA.Signed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract in the winter, Cahill has become one of the biggest bargains in baseball in part by reducing the use of his fastball and generating more swing and miss with his slider, more than doubling its usage. Cahill has a 3.44 ERA, and his 2.1 WAR according to FanGraphs is the second-best mark of his career.Cahill had once been heavily dependent upon his sinker, but he told FiveThirtyEight that the A’s have given him “weighted pitch” data, which he’s used to diversity his overall pitch mix. For the first time since 2012, he has four above-average pitches, according to FanGraphs linear weights.“If you can throw four different pitches, and they are doing different things in the zone, it’s tough [for batters] to guess,” Cahill said.The A’s also have pitch-tracking Rapsodo technology for use in between appearances, which Cahill uses to monitor his release point and the underlying characteristics of his pitches — like spin rate — between starts.“I go look at my curveball and see if the spin rate is higher,” Cahill said. “I look at where I am releasing it.” Astros157715991585-14+8 Orioles147514221416-6-59 read more

Universities should introduce privilege flags so admissions tutors know if students are

Dr Rachel Carr OBE, chief executive of IntoUniversity, a charity that raises aspiration among underprivileged children, said this would allow institutions to see who has had a “better start” in life. “Lots of universities already use participation flags to identify students,” she said. “How about we also use ‘privilege flags’ so we can see the students who already have a much better start and a much better likelihood of success.” Dr Carr said such a move was not intended to “deny” anyone a place at a top university, but would enable admissions tutors to… Universities should introduce “privilege flags” so admissions tutors know when students are from affluent backgrounds, it has been suggested.

MacBook Air graphical glitch solved with OS X 1065

first_imgAt the beginning of November a graphical glitch was discovered in the brand new MacBook Air range. It occurs on both 11 and 13″ models, and plays out as your Air freezing then the screen flickering like in the video above.Apple has now fixed the issue but forgot to tell everyone. The fix was included in the Mac OS X 10.6.5 update which was released last week. There’s was nothing in the release notes to say the graphical glitch had been resolved, but an update on the Apple support forums confirms it has:SymptomsAfter waking from sleep, your MacBook Air display may flicker or fade from light to dark repeatedly.ResolutionDownload and apply the Mac OS X v10.6.5 update to resolve this issue. If you have a MacBook Air then download the Mac OS X update and the display should stop flickering or won’t happen now if you’ve been lucky enough to avoid it so far.Read more at TUAWlast_img read more

I didnt want to be any bother Older people urged to ask

first_img‘I didn’t want to be any bother’: Older people urged to ask for help this Christmas A charity for older people wants to remind them they deserve to live with dignity. Short URL By Michelle Hennessy Dec 2nd 2016, 3:01 PM 8,876 Views 12 Comments Friday 2 Dec 2016, 3:01 PM http://jrnl.ie/3116195 Source: ALONEIreland/YouTubeA NEW CHRISTMAS advert is urging older people not to be afraid to ask for help during the festive period.The ad highlights the simple tasks, like changing a lightbulb, that cause difficulties for older people and that they often require help with – though many would not want to burden someone with it.Sean Moynihan, CEO of Alone said this year’s ad is about rights. It is about reminding older people they not only deserve to live with dignity, but they have the right to.“We want them to know that they have a right to be supported, to receive the care they need and to live in a place of their own choosing,” he said.Many older people think that by asking for help and support they are bothering people. We want them to know that they deserve more than a little help and support and they shouldn’t be afraid to ask for it. For those who may feel that they have no one to ask for help, Alone offers supports and services that can link older people back in with their community and neighbours.Moynihan said Christmas can be an especially isolating time for older people, particularly those who have no loved ones to share it with.“Our campaign is reminding the Irish public that many older persons within their community need help and support. We are asking people to check in on their older neighbours, for a cup of tea, a quick word of kindness or just to see if they need a lift to the shops,” he said.The charity’s volunteers will be visiting older people each week in the run up to Christmas, it will host a dinner dance and deliver hundreds of Christmas hampers and dinners.Read: Drink soup, don’t drive: Japan police tell the elderly>Read: This heartbreaking video should stop drink drivers in their tracks this Christmas> Share31 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Des doigts fossilisés pour révéler la sexualité des hominidés anciens

first_imgDes doigts fossilisés pour révéler la sexualité des hominidés anciensDans une étude publiée récemment dans la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society, des chercheurs britanniques se sont penchés sur les proportions entre les doigts fossilisés de divers hominidés pour tenter d’établir s’ils étaient monogames ou polygames.”On pense que les androgènes (hormones) prénataux affectent les gènes responsables à la fois du développement des doigts, des orteils et du système reproductif. Nous avons montré récemment que les espèces de primates polygames avaient un faible ratio entre taille de l’index et taille de l’annulaire, alors que les espèces monogames avaient un ratio élevé. Nous avons utilisé cela pour évaluer le comportement social de grands singes et d’hominidés éteints”, explique Emma Nelson, de l’école d’archéologie de l’université de Liverpool.L’exposition prénatale à des hormones telles que la testostérone, influant sur l’agressivité et les habitudes sexuelles, a ainsi été “déchiffrée” sur les mains de Néandertaliens et d’Homo sapiens préhistoriques. Ceux-ci jugés plus âpres compétiteurs et de mœurs plus “légères” que les hommes actuels. Ces recherches ont aussi été effectuées sur un Australopithecus afarensis (l’espèce de Lucy), probablement monogame, et sur un Ardipithecus ramidus, dont les habitudes sont estimées proches de celles des singes actuels. Le 7 novembre 2010 à 20:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Messi is fine but frustrated Mascherano says

first_imgArgentina’s participation in the World Cup so far has been a shock for everyone in the football world, and especially how is Messi going to handle it.There have been rumours of Jorge Sampaoli’s future being questionable, arguments between the players after the defeat to Croatia and even that the players could be choosing the team for the game against Nigeria.However, Javier Mascherano stepped up to clear the air.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“Leo is fine, we all have our frustration. Like everyone else, he is frustrated because things aren’t working out. He’s human, and like all of us, he is eager to change our situation,” Mascherano said, according to BarcaBlaugranes.“We had a meeting with the aim of working out this situation, to improve and achieve the objective to qualify for the round of 16. Unfortunately, all the noise does not help us. We lived in the past with that and now we try to do it in the present.””We are trying to focus on what we can control and what we can control is the game on Tuesday, the situation is complex and we are responsible for that, we try to find solutions while we still have the chance,” Mascherano went on to add.last_img read more

Griezmann I dont care how France win

first_imgAntoine Griezmann is unconcerned with how France play in Sunday’s World Cup final against Croatia – as long as they winDidier Deschamps’s side have been widely criticised for their unattractive football in the knockout stages of the tournament.Following Tuesday’s semi-final defeat to Les Bleus, Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois branded France’s tactics as “anti-football” and captain Eden Hazard also admitted his disappointment with how they played against them.But for Griezmann, all that matters is the victory as France look to win a second world title this weekend at Moscow.“Thibaut Courtois, he played at Atletico, he was a Spanish champion. With Chelsea, does he believe he is playing the football of Barcelona?” said the 27-year-old, according to ITV.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“I don’t care how. I want a second star to be on this shirt, and if I have the star, I do not care about the game we have done.”The Atletico Madrid forward is convinced that France’s progress to the final is down to teamwork.“We thought we needed to be a solid block, hard to beat. It is improved over time,” said Griezmann.“We know that we can be offensive at any moment, but the defence remains our base.”Griezmann has scored three goals and provided two assists for France at the World Cup.last_img read more

Bielsa drops nonperforming coaches from matches Mendy claims

first_imgThe Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has described Leeds United Coach Marcelo Bielsa as a workaholic who doesn’t tolerate non-performing coaches during training.The French International worked under the coach, nicknamed El Loco, at French club in Marseille from 2014 to 2015.Mendy told Canal Plus via Daily Mail:“Concerning his staff, if he says that you have to place a cone at 10 meters and you place it at 11 metres, maybe because of that you will not be selected in the group to go on the next trip with the team. His staff had to work well during the week to be in the group.Five players who might struggle at Manchester City Taimoor Khan – August 4, 2019 Manchester City are definitely the strongest team in England and for the players it is not easy to nail a spot in the starting…”The first game of the season we did was friendly and we left with only a doctor. He did not even speak our language and there was no assistant coach. The others hadn’t done a good enough job.”There are many stories about Bielsa, now manager at Leeds United, and it’s pretty certain the 63-year-old lives up to his nickname.Sportsmail revealed how every morning, Bielsa and his assistants respond to letters from admirers around the world.last_img read more

Turks and Caicos Storm CleanUp Budget Passed

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 20, 2018 – Grand Turk – The budgetary changes which needed to be passed at the House of Assembly are done; the PDM Government Administration had reorganized and re-prioritized spending to dedicate monies to the rebuilding plan – and the two political sides with the Governor’s appointed members pushed the budget supplementary through parliament and now cleanup of public buildings will begin.“The Ministry of Finance did not act in haste, neither did it make a determination on its own, that a deficit budget was more likely than not.  It would be fool-hearted Mr. Speaker, that the Ministry of Finance observing the trend in revenue decline, observing it to the end of the third quarter, to project anything other than deficit budget.  Mr. Speaker we were criticized about our open for business campaign, but Mr. Speaker as I said already we made every effort to assist resorts in reopening their doors.”Finance Minister, Premier Sharlene Robinson and her budget team did not have an easy time of it; Juxta-positioning monies which meant significant cut backs and projects being scrapped altogether, for now.In December, the country learned that it the United Nation ECLAC team put hurricane Irma and Maria damage costs for the Turks and Caicos Islands at just under $290m and losses at just over $230m, with additional losses approximated at $38 million.  Whopping half a billion dollars to recovery from the historic storms for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, which is about an entire year’s budget.“The UN ECLAC report has estimated our country’s damages at $289,625,726 (two hundred and eighty-nine million, six hundred and 25 thousand, seven hundred and twenty-six dollars).  And losses at $230,439,488 (two hundred and thirty million, four hundred and thirty-nine thousand, four hundred and eighty-eight dollars) with additional losses at approximately $38,000,000 (thirty-eight million).  This puts our damage and losses at over half a billion dollars.With just two months left in the fiscal year, the monies will go to clean up work.  Reconstruction will not begin until the new financial year which starts on April 1, 2018.#MagneticMediaNews#cleanupbudgetpassed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Major Magazine Wholesaler Announces Rate Hike

first_imgAnderson News, the wholesaler which represents more than 20 percent of mass-market magazine distribution, has announced a 7-cents-per-copy price increase on all copiesdistributed.Anderson also said that publishers must bear the inventory cost attached toscan-based trading (SBT).The deadline for signed agreements isFebruary 1. Non-compliers, the company said, will be refused distribution. The news is just the latest blow for an industry reeling from layoffs, cutbacks and a deep advertising slowdown. On Tuesday, the Publishers Information Bureau released year-end figures which showed consumer magazine ad pages plummeted 11.7 percent, the biggest drop in more than a decade. ‘The Business Has Not Been Profitable’ During a conference call Wednesday, Anderson CEO Charlie Anderson detailed his company’srequirements, which he said he has been reviewing in meetings with publishingCEOs over the last couple days. “The business has not been profitableand has not been for a very long time,” Anderson said. “What we are trying to do is give some stability to the channel.Short of that, there will be an implosion in the business.” Anderson said that he believes three of the four major wholesalers arelosing money, which underscores the on-the-bus or off-the-bus severityof Anderson’s position.“The last thing we want to do is exit the business,” Anderson said. “But why shouldwe be in a business that doesn’t give us any return? We don’t want toget rich, but we want a fair return and that’s all we’re asking for.” The 7-cent figure represents about a 3.5 percent increase. Discussions with Comag resulted in three percentoffer and separate talks with Time Inc. arrived at 5 percent. The 3.5percent—“a fair rate,” said Anderson—split it down the middle.Anderson said the pricing is non-negotiable (“We really belive theseven-cent number is the number”) and publishers that don’t sign theagreement will effectively be dropped from distribution.But Michael Sullivan, president of Comag, which is owned by Hearst and Condé Nast, told the New York Post his clients have nointention of paying. “As we understand it, Anderson’s proposal is a unilateral effort toshift substantial costs to magazine publishers and does nothing toaddress the fundamental inefficiencies in the newsstand-distributionchannel.”Time Inc. said it is evaluating its options. Scan-Based Mess The second and likely more onerous part of Anderson’s programoutlines the wholesaler’s exit from bearing the costs of scan-based trading. “We areno longer going to participate in investment of scan-based trading,”Anderson said, and added that they had already invested $70 millioninto inventories for four major customers.Anderson noted that the greeting card industry, which also uses scan-based trading,passes the cost on to the manufacturer. “We think it is only fair thatthe manufacturer bear the cost,” he said.Currently, Anderson has SBT relationships with Wal Mart, Paradise,Walgreens and Kroger. The latter will be online with SBT on March 1.last_img read more

Florida Lawmakers Urge Congress to Support Request for 2B to Begin Rebuilding

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Florida’s two senators and the congressman representing the area neighboring Tyndall AFB last week asked House and Senate appropriators to support the Air Force’s request for $2 billion to repair buildings that can be saved after Hurricane Michael swept through the installation in October and begin the planning necessary to rebuild other facilities. “We urge you to support the amount requested by the Air Force to fulfill immediate requirements to the sum of $2 billion,” Sens. Marco Rubio (R) and Bill Nelson (D) and Rep. Neal Dunn (R) wrote the chairman and ranking members of both chambers’ Appropriations committees.“Half of this urgent need would allow Tyndall to salvage what buildings can be saved, make repairs, and begin the planning and design necessary to follow the military construction requirements to ensure Congress can adequately justify the funding. The other half of this amount would cover costs relating to personnel reassignments as the recovery progress continues, and the cost of sending the F-22 Raptors to other locations to ensure the Air Force mission is not impacted. This funding is needed now,” the delegation stated.The letter highlighted the Air Force’s long-term plan to replace Tyndall’s operational F-22 unit with three F-35 squadrons starting in 2023. “Basing F-35s at Tyndall in the wake of hurricane damage allows the Air Force to use recovery funds to rebuild the base in a tailored way to accommodate the unique needs of the F-35,” the lawmakers wrote.Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sean Carneslast_img read more

NASAs Insight sees cloudy days on Mars so why does it never

first_imgThe Mars Insight Lander and its connected seismograph device take in a cloudy Martian sunset. NASA Watching the Martian clouds roll by is apparently a good way to pass time if you’re a NASA robot hanging out on the surface of the red planet just listening for Marsquakes and hammering away at buried rocks. The Mars Insight lander sent back the above photo from its perch in the flatlands of Elysium Planitia showing some drifting clouds at sunset on April 25.  We think of Mars as being largely cold, dead and dry, but we were all taught that clouds are made of water vapor: water vapor that eventually falls to the surface as rain or snow. And yet, there’s neither on Mars, so what gives here? A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy What will NASA InSight find on Mars? (The 3:59, Ep. 494) Share your voice 1 4:35 17 Photos “There is actually more water vapor in the Martian atmosphere than in the upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere,” NASA’s Armin Kleinboehl explained back in 2013.  The clouds on Mars are probably made up of water ice, like the thin ice fog and haze that can form on very cold days without ever precipitating. While the red planet’s thin atmosphere and bitter cold temperatures keep these frozen clouds from ever falling in the form of rain and snow we see here on Earth, there is actually a type of precipitation on Mars.  “This precipitation most likely takes the form of frost,” NASA explains. “The ground is likely to be colder than the air (especially on cold clear nights), and so air hitting the ground cools and the water freezes to the ground as frost. Viking II (a Mars lander in the 1970’s) saw frost on the ground some mornings.” Cloudy nights and frosty mornings on Mars; all the more reason to get a new base built on the red planet in order to get a Starbucks up and running. Such conditions demand a warm latte! NASA Space Sci-Tech Tags Comment Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Indonesia fireworks factory fire leaves 23 killed

first_imgIndonesian forensic policemen work after a fire disaster in Tangerang Kota, Banten province. Photo: AFPNearly two dozen people have been killed and dozens injured in a blaze that tore through a fireworks factory outside the Indonesian capital, police said Thursday, triggering explosions and sending plumes of black smoke into the air.The fire broke out at an industrial complex in Tangerang, a satellite city of Jakarta.“There are 103 workers in total at this factory, 43 are injured and being treated in three hospitals, the remains of 23 victims have been found,” Nico Afinta from Jakarta police told Kompas TV.A firefighter on the scene said the victims had been burned beyond recognition.“Those who died are completely unrecognisable, totally burnt,” Oni Sahroni told Metro TV.Parts of the building collapsed after being gutted by the blaze which scorched nearby cars. Witnesses reported hearing two major blasts erupt from the site.The factory—part of a complex that borders a residential area—had only been operating for six weeks, district government official Toni Rustoni told Metro TV.The blaze, which broke out in the morning, was brought under control by late afternoon and authorities were working to recover the victims’ bodies from the building.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more May 7, 2009 – McKesson announced today that Maria Parham Medical Center of Henderson, N.C., has implemented Horizon Medical Imaging picture archiving and communications system (PACS), which is part of a larger healthcare IT investment and lays the foundation for an electronic health record (EHR). The EHR also includes access to patient images and reports at remote-care facilities and throughout the 102-bed acute-care hospital. The medical center’s investment in IT resulted in an extremely well-organized and professional department that worked closely with McKesson’s implementation team to enable a go-live with their integrated RIS/PACS in less than 45 days. Additionally, the medical center is live on McKesson’s Paragon HIS and is implementing Paragon’s suite of clinical systems. The IT staff also is deploying McKesson’s document imaging system to review, analyze, code and complete electronic patient records. “We are a small community hospital, but we have an image and information volume of a hospital twice our size,” explained Randy Williams, director of information technology at Maria Parham Medical Center. “Our market is continually changing, and we needed a healthcare IT strategy that included a flexible, scalable PACS to meet these demands and enable us to provide the greatest level of physician and patient satisfaction. McKesson’s disruption-free implementation eased user adoption, and its superior solution in terms of value, functionality and integration with our core solutions helps ensure we are prepared for the next level of healthcare delivery.” Previously, technologists, radiologists and physicians had difficulty accessing the radiology results and mammograms performed each year. Radiologists had to retrieve archived images and load them to various, modality-specific workstations for comparing and reporting studies. Without integration to the hospital information system, radiologist productivity and workflow were affected, and physician satisfaction was negatively affected. With the integrated McKesson solutions, Maria Parham can provide access to medical images and reports as part of the enterprise-wide EHR. With anywhere access from any location, workstation or desktop, physicians no longer experience delays waiting for patient information that may delay patient diagnosis. As a result, physician referrals are up, but most important the hospital reports that patient care and safety are enhanced.For more information: www.mckesson.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Related Content News | May 07, 2009 Maria Medical Center Implements McKesson PACS, Linked to EHR News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read morecenter_img A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | 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 | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more last_img read more

Costa Rica rises in global ranking of travel tourism competitiveness

first_imgCosta Rica ranks among the top tourism economies in Latin America, according to theresults of a report released this week by the World Economic Forum (WEF).The country ranked 42 among 141 countries evaluated by the WEF in its Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015. That’s five steps higher than the country ranked in the WEF’s previous report.The ranking took into account a total of 90 indicators in 14 different areas.In Latin America, only Brazil, Mexico and Panama scored better.Costa Rica’s best scores were achieved in three areas: tourism infrastructure development, visitors’ safety and security, and government prioritization of travel and tourism.Hermes Navarro del Valle, Director of Investment Attraction at the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) said he considered the results very positive. But he said the report also highlighted problems the country has struggled with for many years.“We are happy with the ranking’s results, but we cannot be fully satisfied as we believe Costa Rica can rank higher. We also know that there are still many areas in which we can improve,” he said Friday.He also said Costa Rica’s position within the region is very flattering “considering both Mexico and Brazil are world giants and Panama in recent years has increased its investment in tourism promotion and infrastructure.”President of the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR) Pablo Heriberto Abarca, on the other hand, was not as positive about the report’s findings. He said the country’s rank in the WEF report “can and should be improved.”As for the parameters that gained the country its highest scores, including tourism infrastructure development, Abarca was emphatic in his disagreement with the results.“It is clear for us that the country’s performance in those three indicators are not as good as they should be,” Abarca said.Improvement needed in cultural tourism, infrastructureThe country’s weak spots, according to the report, include the lack of options for cultural and business tourism, and insufficient development of air terminals and port infrastructure.Navarro said these results are highly subjective as the WEF investigation mostly evaluated quantity over quality.“The evaluation took into account, for example, how many World Heritage and World Cultural Heritage sites each country has, how many museums and even how many football stadiums a country has. This is completely subjective and purely based on quantity,” he said.CANATUR’s Abarca agreed that there’s a greater need for improvement in other areas.“These aspects are important, but for us the main aspect to be improved is the government’s priority for the [tourism] sector,” he said.A step toward upping tourism on the government’s priority list might have come this week. President Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree Thursday making tourism a national economic sector within the government’s structure. The Solís administration had previously considered tourism a sub-sector of the economy, under the supervision of the Economy Ministry.Navarro said he hopes Solís’ decree will have a positive impact on the next release of the World Economic Forum evaluation.The tourism industry is one of Costa Rica’s main income sources. Last year the sector saw increases in both revenues and visitation, according to official data.Tourism officials in January reported that revenues from Costa Rica’s tourism sector last year totaled $2.6 billion, an 8.3 percent increase over the $2.4 billion registered in 2013, according to figures from the Central Bank.Officials credited the 2,526,817 international arrivals registered in 2014, an increase of 4.1 percent over the previous year. Those visits represented an increase of 98,876 arrivals by air, land and at ports, ICT reported. Facebook Comments Related posts:Upbeat outlook for Costa Rica tourism, as visitors, revenue up in 2014 Tourism entrepreneurs to present President Solís with a plan to further develop sector Singing animals will ‘save the Americans’ (and the Canadians) in a new Costa Rica tourism ad campaign Costa Rica TV spot competes in World Tourism Organization contestlast_img read more

Poet Jorie Graham receives prize from Library of C

first_imgPoet Jorie Graham receives prize from Library of Congress by The Associated Press Posted Nov 1, 2018 7:35 am PDT Last Updated Nov 1, 2018 at 8:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Poet Jorie Graham is receiving an award from the Library of Congress.Graham is this year’s winner of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the library announced Thursday. She was cited for her 2017 collection, “Fast,” in which Graham wrote of her battle with cancer and the global crises of war and ecological damage. Graham will receive $10,000 and will be honoured at the library on Dec. 6.Graham is known for works such as “The End of Beauty” and “The Dream of the Unified Field,” winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1996.Previous Bobbitt winners include W.S. Merwin, Gerald Stern and Claudia Rankine.last_img read more