Halifax Regional Municipality Storm Damage to Area Roads

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first_imgMotorists are advised to use care when traveling in areas damaged by Tropical Storm Noel in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal crews are repairing several roads damaged by the storm. Crews are repairing a washed out portion of Trunk 3 at Queensland Beach. Motorists should expect delays of about 15 minutes. Conrad’s Road at Queensland Beach is closed. Alternate access is available to residents. Paddy’s Head Road is down to one lane and is passable with caution. Road shoulders have been washed out in several areas, including Route 333 in the Peggys Cove and Dover areas, Route 207 at Lawrencetown Beach , Trunk 7 at Musquodoboit Harbour, and portions of West Lawrencetown Road. -30-last_img

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Messi should take a break from internationals Kempes

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first_imgBuenos Aires: Argentine football great Mario Kempes said on Saturday that Lionel Messi should take a break from international football in his and his team’s interests. “As things stand I think that giving Messi a break would not be a bad thing,” the 1978 World Cup winner told TyC Sports. “Or maybe he should take a decision to have rest.” The comments come as the Albiceleste run the risk of being eliminated from the Copa America in Brazil before reaching the knockout stage, Xinhua news reported. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev Lionel Scaloni’s men lost their first match against Colombia 2-0 before salvaging a 1-1 draw with Paraguay on Wednesday thanks to a second-half Messi penalty. The two-time World Cup winners must beat Qatar in their final group match on Sunday and rely on favourable results from other matches to progress to the quarterfinals. “The players feel the need to give him (Messi) the ball. There is a lack of personality,” Kempes said. “What would happen if you take Messi out of this team? Why don’t we (rest him) and try to form a team without Messi? That might allow some other players, who are very good for their clubs, bloom for the national team.” Messi, who turns 32 next week, is Argentina’s all-time leading scorer with 68 goals in 132 appearances. But the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has yet to win silverware for Argentina, whose title drought in major tournaments dates back to 1993.last_img read more

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UN needed more than ever after remarkable and extraordinary year – Ban

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The United Nations has “never been so needed” to deal with the planet’s most pressing challenges, from the impact of climate change to growing demands for human rights to helping people facing humanitarian crises, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a year-end press conference today.“This has been an extraordinary and remarkable year,” Mr. Ban told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York, citing the so-called Arab Spring, the birth of South Sudan as a new nation and UN Member State, and promising political developments in Myanmar as examples.“I believe we are at an inflection point in history. All is changing. The old rules are breaking down. We do not know what new order will emerge. Yet we can be confident: the United Nations will be at the fore.”Mr. Ban, who completes his first term as Secretary-General on 31 December, said that since he became the UN chief in January 2007 he has “sought to advance a practical, action-oriented vision of the UN as the voice of the voiceless and the defender of the defenceless.”He said the UN spoke out “early and forcefully” as the Arab Spring unfolded across the Middle East and North Africa, “calling on leaders to hear the voices of their people.”The Organization “played an essential role in the liberation of Libya. We stand ready to continue to help Tunisia and Egypt at their request. The agreement mediated by our UN envoy in Yemen sets the stage for an end to fighting – and the creation of a new government of national unity.”The Secretary-General noted that events in hotspots worldwide “continue to test our resolve” and demand a concerted, united response from the international community.“In Syria, more than 5,000 people are dead. This cannot go on. In the name of humanity, it is time for the international community to act,” he said.“In Afghanistan, we face continued insecurity. Last week’s conference in Bonn re-affirmed the international community’s commitment to our partnership through 2014 and beyond. With the help of the [Middle East diplomatic] Quartet, we must continue to push for peace between Israel and Palestine. In the Horn of Africa, people still face famine.”But he stressed that the UN had helped ensure substantial progress on several fronts, including at the recent climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, and in advancing the principle of “responsibility to protect.”“In Côte d’Ivoire, [former president] Laurent Gbagbo sought to subvert the will of his people. We stood firm for democracy – and today he is in The Hague. We stood, as well, against Muammar al-Qadhafi when he vowed to slaughter his people like ‘rats.’“These are important victories for justice and international law. During the last five years, we have stood repeatedly for accountability against impunity. We have strengthened the rule of law and the International Criminal Court (ICC), now ratified by 120 nations with more soon to come.”Mr. Ban – who will next month outline a plan of action for his second term in office – also noted that an increased UN emphasis on preventive diplomacy and mediation has “produced encouraging results,” in countries as diverse as Sierra Leone, Kyrgyzstan, Cyprus, Nepal and Guinea.In addition, he cited a strengthened UN commitment to the rights of women and children, ongoing efforts to promote UN reform and preparations for the landmark conference on sustainable development to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June next year. 14 December 2011The UN has “never been so needed” to deal with the planet’s most pressing challenges, from climate change to human rights to helping people facing humanitarian crises, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

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WatchTSX takes a hit from falling gold prices as US markets climb

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TORONTO — A steep decline in gold prices left a dent in the Toronto stock market.The S&P/TSX composite index pulled back 41.67 points to 15,304.77, dragged lower mainly by weakness in the gold sector.June bullion lost $16.20 to settle at US$1,186.90 an ounce.Energy stocks were higher as the June crude contract moved down 45 cents to US$56.16 a barrel.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 88.68 points to 18,038.27. The Nasdaq advanced 21.07 points to 5,035.17 and the S&P 500 gained 10.67 points to 2,107.96.And the Canadian dollar was up 0.35 of a U.S. cent at 81.78 cents.

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Manmohan to decide on Sri Lanka

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“The party told the Prime Minister, reiterating DMK president M. Karunanidhi’s statement, that the DMK will not compromise anything less than a full support of the resolution [against Sri Lanka],” The hindu quoted Baalu as saying. Mr. Karunanidhi, in a statement issued in Chennai, had urged India not to back Sri Lanka at any cost at the UNHRC meeting though Colombo had claimed New Delhi’s support. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday reportedly assured the DMK in Tamil Nadu that he would talk to External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and take appropriate action on a request of the party to support a resolution to be moved by the U.S., France and Norway against Sri Lanka in the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for “human rights violations.”According to The Hindu newspaper DMK Parliamentary Party leader T.R. Baalu met Dr. Singh and presented a memorandum containing the DMK’s resolution passed recently in this regard. He told The Hindu that Dr. Singh promised to get back to the DMK after discussing the issue with Mr. Krishna. read more

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Two cops suspended as detainee commits suicide

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Two policemen of the Pussellawa police station have been suspended after a detainee committed suicide.The detainee committed suicide while being detained at the Pussellawa police station.

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UN agency still struggling to feed Afghans hit by worst winter in

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Although road clearance and air drops have sped up emergency operations in Afghanistan, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is still struggling to reach the most isolated areas in central areas, where thousands of people struck by the country’s harshest winter for years urgently need assistance.Bad roads are delaying the delivery of emergency food to some 14,000 people in different parts of central Uruzgan province. Over 230 tons of food, dispatched to Gizab, Chora and Khas Uruzgan districts on 24 February, have reportedly passed Uruzgan’s capital Tirinkot, but have still not reached the almost 2,300 families in need.In a dramatic change of seasonal temperatures, the Central Highlands experienced spring-like weather with the heavy snowfalls already beginning to melt and several avalanches have been reported. UN agencies in Bamyan will be joining forces with governmental and non-government partners to organize a disaster mitigation response in the event of spring flooding or landslides.As in Uruzgan, adverse road conditions continue to hamper humanitarian operations in Ghor province, although clearance of critical access roads and air drops by United States-led coalition forces have brought in assistance.In Zabul province, WFP has now completed the distribution of 515 tons of food to almost 55,000 people, including 85 tons airlifted by military helicopters to remote areas that were impossible to reach by land. The agency is ready to continue providing relief for extra needs that have reportedly arisen.WFP’s emergency response is part of the wide scale humanitarian relief operation launched by the UN in support of Government efforts to aid those worst-hit by the weather. read more

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Mens soccer looks to bounce back against Oakland

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Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov (32) takes a goal kick during a game against Northwestern Oct. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 0-0.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is getting a break from its Big Ten schedule Wednesday, when it welcomes the Oakland Golden Grizzlies to Columbus.Oakland (5-3-5, 3-0-1) is a member of the Horizon League, but Buckeye coach John Bluem said his team would be wrong to take the small conference school lightly.“We’ve played Oakland many times before and they are a very good attacking team,” he said. “One of the things we’ll have to make sure we do is to first, (is) bounce back after (Sunday’s game). It’s a short turnaround to play again on Wednesday night. We’ll also have to make sure we respect our opponent, we can’t look at Oakland and say, ‘This is a team from a smaller conference and we should be able to win.’ Well you know, that’s not how it’s going to happen for us, we’re going to have to fight every single game as hard as we can if we want to get a result.”Oakland enters the match against the Buckeyes (2-6-5, 0-2-2) coming off a 3-0 loss to another Big Ten team, then-No. 14 Michigan State. The Grizzlies sit in second place in the conference.Defense has been crucial to The Golden Grizzlies’ success this season, as they have only allowed an average of 1.23 goals per game this year. Oakland junior forward Joey Tinnion leads the team with 14 points (six goals and two assists) in 2013.Bluem said the Buckeyes have been “riding the coattails of an incredible goalkeeper this year,” and the defense will have to remain strong in Wednesday’s match.OSU redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov said his job is to keep the team in the game at all times and that the team needs to remain focused in its upcoming matches.“It’s very important to keep the spirits of the younger guys up and make sure that they’re still checked in and focused on the season,” he said. “(The season) is still not over — everything is up for grabs. I think because we’ve been so close, the soccer gods will come through. We’ll get something eventually.”Three of OSU’s last four opponents have been ranked in the top 20 at the time it played them. Sophomore midfielder Zach Mason said confidence from playing those teams, after tying all three of them, will help the team finish the season strong.“We’re going to do what we’ve been doing (in practice),” he said. “I think we have a lot of confidence. You know, we’ll stick to the basics, stick to what we’ve been doing, we’ve been really close and I think we are right there.”Wednesday night’s game is set for 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The team’s next match is scheduled against Cleveland State Oct. 27, before it resumes conference play against No. 13 Penn State in Columbus Nov. 2.An earlier edition of this story noted that OSU had lost to the last three ranked teams it had played. The Buckeyes have in fact tied all three of these opponents. read more

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Man charged for allegedly assaulting couple

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Ruimveldt technician charged for assaulting manOctober 5, 2018In “Court”Repeat gold chain thief jailedApril 10, 2018In “Court”Teen accused of attempted murder remandedFebruary 20, 2018In “Court” A West Ruimveldt, Georgetown man, who allegedly attacked and wounded a woman along with a man was on Monday morning answerable to the court for the offence.Fifty-eight-year-old, Mark Khan appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and denied to Magistrate Judy Latchman that he wounded Deane Shawn and Faruk Mohammed on July 3, 2018 at West Ruimveldt.The defendant, who is known to the two Virtual Complainant’s (VC’s), showed up at a place where the duo were staying and demanded that they open a door.When Mohammed opened the door, he was allegedly dealt several cuffs by Khan. Shawn who went to the assistance of Mohammed was also allegedly dealt several cuffs to her face.The two were treated for injuries received and Khan was picked up and later charged.He was bailed in the sum of $160,000 to return to Court next on August 13. read more

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Why you should be very wary of signing this insurance form on

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first_img 92 Comments Why you should be very wary of signing this insurance form on arrival at an Irish hospital Signing up for private health care where none is available increases your bill ten times, and sometimes the situation can be even worse. By Cianan Brennan Share Tweet Email85 132,918 Views Apr 17th 2017, 12:05 AM http://jrnl.ie/3341372 center_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article What if you enter a hospital and sit beside a bed for a few hours? The bill is still the same.Jewell raises another serious issue – the fact that insurance is not necessarily guaranteed at all Irish hospitals. Which means that if you waive your right to public treatment, you may end up getting stuck with a mammoth private bill yourself.“When it comes time to go to hospital, the insurers would say ‘you need to ring us beforehand, so that we can confirm that if you opt for private you’re covered’,” he says.Unfortunately most people will not do this – they want to get to hospital as soon as possible. But then if you opt for private you’ll pay what’s in the contract if it turns out that the hospital is not covered by your insurer.This is correct – here is the relevant segment of the form:Click here to view a larger imageWe asked Irish Life about what can happen in this kind of situation. The answer will not fill insurance-holders with confidence:“Irish Life Health will pay for the cost of treatment that is appropriate to the cover a customer has under their health insurance plan. If a customer signs a waiver form in a hospital not covered under their health insurance plan, the decision on whether they will need to pay the private charge will be between the customer and the hospital,” a spokesperson said.Insurance Ireland’s Thompson meanwhile guarantees that if a patient chooses not to sign the form “they can be reassured that their insurer will still cover their costs”. But no mention of what happens if they DO sign and the hospital isn’t on a list of covered institutions.“It’s a very, very difficult situation,” says Jewell, adding that one solution would be to find a way for hospitals to provide a bill based on costs per the standard of care provide – after that care has been delivered.“Our advice is, if you do have a problem, try and go back to the hospital, explain the issue, try and see if they’ll negotiate with you.”He adds, however, that it’s hard to hold all this against the hospitals – they’re just doing what the Health Care Amendment Act says they should do:It may be unacceptable from a consumer point-of-view, but they’ll say ‘we asked a patient was he covered, he said he was and signed the form, what are we supposed to do?’.At present then, it seems the best advice someone heading for hospital can follow is to be as sure as they can be that signing the Private Insurance Patient Form on admittance will see them receive the private care they’re paying 10 times the public rate for, either by asking the hospital on admission or, if possible, in advance.If the standard of care will be no different, it is hard to say how doing so makes any sense.Read: The average age for Irish brides and grooms is getting older and olderRead: Thousands of families to lose out on money for childcare as Revenue can’t give data to government Monday 17 Apr 2017, 12:05 AM Source: Shutterstock/teamernaIF YOU HAVEN’T been to hospital in recent times as a patient, but you are a holder of private health insurance, there’s a facet to such medical treatment you may not be familiar with.Upon arriving in hospital you will be asked whether you would like to sign a Private Insurance Patient Form.The result of this is that if you choose to sign, you are waiving your right to public treatment.Click here to view a larger image‘But why would I want public health care when I’m paying for private?’ you may ask. The reason you may want to ignore the form is the discrepancy in price between the two.Private health care is charged at a rate of €813 per day. Public care is charged at €80 per day, capped at €800 for a full year. Both are charged through your insurer, despite the fact public care is funded via general taxation.That’s not a typo. Private care is 10 times more expensive than the public variety. And unless you know that you can be guaranteed a private or semi-private room, the treatment you will receive is exactly the same. Even if you are unlucky enough to be lying on a trolley for a matter of days, if you’ve signed the form you’ll be billed at the higher rate.Health Amendment Act 2013This issue has its roots in the Health Amendment Act which was passed by the Oireachtas in 2013, and which in effect sees patients with insurance being charged a private rate for a hospital stay regardless of the treatment they receive – if they sign the form.The problem is to be found in the form itself – arriving to hospital is a time when naturally people are likely to be in something of a vulnerable state. Signing a form they don’t necessarily understand may be the last thing a person is expecting, certainly assuming it is their first such visit, and there are very real repercussions for doing so.Further confusion can be added to the situation by the fact that oftentimes, in anecdotes heard by TheJournal.ie, those placing the form beneath a patient’s nose are not necessarily entirely familiar with its true nature either.Budgeting for health is a headache that every government has to deal with. In 2013, the amendment (which also affected the Nursing Home Supports Scheme and charges for long-term residential care, amongst other things) was effectively used as a way to shore up a budget deficit in the Department of Health. Simon Harris Source: Sam BoalBefore the introduction of the amendment, if you stayed in a public bed, you paid the lower public rate. In seeking the permission of private policy holders to charge them (via their insurer) the higher rate, the last government was seeking to raise in the region of €45 million a year (this figure was contained in a letter from the Department of Health to the chair of the Insurance Ireland health council on 29 November 2013).In reality, as Minister for Health Simon Harris told Dáil Éireann last November, that figure worked out as being approximately €196 million between July 2015 and July 2016.The insurersThis means that, while the individual patient may not see the costs involved in any concrete manner straight away, they will still come back to bite them in a way they can’t help but notice – their premium.Recently Irish Life Health wrote to its customers giving them a tutorial regarding the waiver form, ostensibly to keep them ‘informed about their rights as taxpayers’. Which is all well and good but the implication seems clear – if you’re going to get the same care regardless of whether you sign or not, don’t have your insurer foot an unnecessary bill.Industry body Insurance Ireland conducted an Ipsos MRBI nationwide poll on the subject in January. It found that 65% of adults surveyed had no idea that the form they were being asked to sign waived their right to public treatment.Of those admitted to a public hospital in the previous 24 hours, just 30% were aware of the form’s purpose. 62% were unaware that private charges for those signing the form are 10 times greater than the public rate.The vast majority of those asked said they consider the process to be unacceptable – 82% of those with insurance said as much, and 73% of those without insurance agreed.“It is important that patients understand what they are being asked to sign when presented with this form in A&E,” says Kevin Thompson, CEO of Insurance Ireland, adding that the poll “confirmed that there is a lack of public awareness of the practice or indeed the cost implications of health insurance customers waiving their right to public treatment”.We believe that asking private health insurance customers to pay twice for a service they are already entitled to, once through taxation and again via their health insurance, is not fair or equitable and amounts to double taxation.Speaking to RTÉ’s Today with Seán O’Rourke last month, Harris acknowledged that the impact of the act had “actually gone too far”, and said that it was “time to review the policy… hospital by hospital to see the impact of it”.“The idea of throwing a sheet of paper in somebody’s face and they’re vulnerable, sick and waiting in a crowded emergency department and saying ‘sign that’ is not acceptable and that is why I have asked to review the policy,” he said.TheJournal.ie asked the Department of Health for clarity as to how that review is progressing: Dermott Jewell Source: Graham Hughes/Rollingnews.ie“The Department’s statistics and analytics unit is currently analysing data regarding bed-type occupancy in public hospitals during the period 2012 to 2016 and this analysis is near completion,” a spokesperson said.The consumer sideSo that’s how insurers and the government feel about the issue. But what about surely the most important demographic – the patients?“It’s something that’s a great source of frustration,” says Dermott Jewell, policy adviser with the Consumers’ Association of Ireland.There is no question that this is one of the reasons why private health insurance is so expensive in Ireland. The disparity of cost between the two is absolutely extraordinary and ridiculous – it’s a one-size fits all charge.last_img read more

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Paper Dele Alli injury blow for Spurs

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first_imgTottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli will reportedly be on the sidelines for around a month with another injuryAlli had only returned to action last weekend at Brighton & Hove Albion, where he came on as a substitute after recovering from a hamstring injury.The 22-year-old sustained the injury while with the England squad during the recent international break earlier this month.Now the Daily Mail claims that Alli began to feel sore on Friday’s practice session at Spurs’ Enfield Training Centre.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.It means that Alli will now likely miss another batch of matches for both Spurs and England as he recovers from this latest setback.The loss of Alli could not have come at a worst time for Spurs with the club set to face off against Barcelona away in the Champions League next week.Mauricio Pochettino’s side will take on Huddersfield Town later today at the Kirklees Stadium in the Premier League.last_img read more

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Portrait of Kim Jonguns grandfather and father smashed by North Korean rebel

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first_imgThe video has got almost than 20,000 views on YouTube.YouTubeOn Thursday, March 21, Cheollima Civil Defense released a video on YouTube showing a person, whose face has been blurred, removing portraits of current leader Kim Jong-un’s grandfather and father from a wall and smashing them on the ground. The video has got more than 20,000 views on YouTube.The 34-second clip that has been doing rounds on the internet, captions in Korean and English put into words the scene as occurring recently on “our homeland’s soil”, followed by captions – “Down with Kim family rule!” and, “For our people, we rise up! Long live Free Joseon!””A shadowy dissident group dedicated to overthrowing the North Korean regime has released footage purporting to show a person inside the totalitarian state destroying portraits of national founder Kim Il-sung and second-generation dictator Kim Jong-il,” reported the South China Morning Post.As we all know that free speech does not exist in North Korea. It is not only forbidden to express reservations about Kim’s divine status; staying alive requires regularly proclaiming one’s devotion. Thus, desecrating the image of the ruling Kim dynasty is considered a heinous crime across the country.Ken Eom, a former North Korean military officer who defected to South Korea in 2010 said, “Without question, you’d be executed by firing squad.”However, Eom said he had serious doubts that the video was filmed inside the North, especially as the room resembles an institute where North Koreans are forced to study the Kims’ family history.Free Joseon is the name that Cheollima, which describes itself as a government in exile, intends to use for a future state after the “liberation” of the North, which the Kims have ruled with an iron fist since 1948.The group also advertised that it would sell 200,000 “visas” using the blockchain technology behind cryptocurrency to visit Free Joseon – the name the movement plans to give North Korea upon its liberation. The visas are expected to go on sale on the website from Sunday, March 24, at a price of one unit of Ethereum digital currency per 1,000 visas.last_img read more

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Muggers stab dead man

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first_imgA man was allegedly stabbed to death by muggers in Saidabad of the capital early Friday.The deceased is Ibrahim, 36, son of a certain Bazlur Rahman, hailing from Khulna, reports UNB.Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police outpost sub-inspector Bachchu Miah said a gang of muggers attacked Ibrahim while walking by the rail track in the area after getting down from a bus around 4:30am.The muggers stabbed him indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured.Ibrahim was brought to the hospital where physicians declared him dead around 6:00am, he said.last_img

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer Is a Chilling Final Fight for

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first_img Forget winter, the Army of the Dead is coming. Game of Thrones’ Season 8 trailer is finally here and it teases a cold and brutal final showdown for the Iron Throne contenders, as they prepare to fight the Night King and his undead fleet.HBO released the Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer on Tuesday morning, and it gives all the chills. The footage reveals clips of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark, and other favorite characters joining forces at Winterfell before the Army of the Dead arrives to kill them all. Game of Thrones’ final season will premiere on HBO on April 14.“They’re coming. Our enemy doesn’t tire,” Snow says in the trailer. “Doesn’t stop. Doesn’t feel.” The Night King and co. are on their way, and Winterfell might be running out of time. As the temperature drops, the wind howls, and an arctic blast hits Westeros, the Iron Throne contenders will have one shot to fight for the living in an almost impossible power struggle.Stream Game of Thrones Season 8 on HBO and follow Game of Thrones’ Twitter account for more updates on the show’s cast, plot, and behind-the-scenes footage.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Actors Reportedly Collapsed While Filming Season 8 Battle‘Game of Thrones’ Teases Fierce Season 8 Character PostersHBO Reveals ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First-Look Photos Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future last_img read more

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Microsoft creates mood sensing software for smartphones

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first_img Most people realize that their smartphone has a lot of embedded technology in it that interacts with the world at large—GPS hardware, accelerometers, etc. all monitor activity and use that data to provide useful functions, such as automatically switching from landscape to portrait mode when a phone is rotated. In this new effort, the researchers sought to discover whether software that monitors phone activities could reveal the users’ moods.To find out, the team wrote code that monitored email, texting, app usage, phone calls, location information, and browsing history, then added algorithms to guess mood based on that data. Next, they enlisted the assistance of 32 volunteers to help them test the accuracy of their code. The volunteers were asked to use the system for two months while also completing mood assessments to provide data for comparison. With no training or tweaking, the software was found to provide answers of happy, tense, calm, upset, excited, stressed, or bored that matched the actual mood reported by the volunteers, on average 66 percent of the time. After optimizing the system for the individual habits of each of the volunteers, the rate increased to 93 percent.The researchers suggest third party hooks could be added to the software to allow for automatically transmitting user moods to applications like Facebook. They also acknowledge that privacy concerns could arise if the software were to be delivered to the public, but suggest the benefits of such software would likely outweigh such concerns. They note that sites like Netflix or Spotify could use data from MoodScope to offer movies or other content based on specific users’ moods. MoodScope: Smartphone Mood Sensing The team presented their findings at MobiSys 2013 held in Taiwan last month. Citation: Microsoft creates mood sensing software for smartphones (2013, July 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-microsoft-mood-software-smartphones.html Explore further Feature stops apps from stealing phone users’ passwords More information: MoodScope Building a Mood Sensor from Smartphone Usage Patterns: research.microsoft.com/apps/pu … fault.aspx?id=194498Research paper: www.ruf.rice.edu/~mobile/publi … amwa2013mobisys2.pdfcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Microsoft Research Asia has been working on creating software called MoodScope that notes how a user uses his or her phone, and then uses that information to guess that user’s mood. Initial testing of the device has shown it to be 66 percent accurate; when tailored to an individual user, the team reports that the accuracy rate jumped to 93 percent. The research team includes Nicholas Lane and Robert LiKamWa of Rice University, and Lin Zhong and Yunxin Liu from Microsoft Research Asia. They built a prototype and posted their test study results on Microsoft’s website. The circumplex mood model. Credit: Robert LiKamWa et al.last_img read more

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first_img News | Information Technology | June 25, 2019 Barco Launches Smart Solution for Remote Radiology Reading Barco’s new remote radiology reading solution ensures dependable imaging when radiologists are working outside the ho read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Related Content News | Ultrasound Imaging | May 22, 2019 Philips Lumify Earns U.S. Army Airworthiness Certification Philips announced that Philips Lumify, a point-of-care ultrasound device, has earned the U.S. Army Airworthiness… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | June 04, 2019 Client Outlook’s eUnity Smartviewer Selected by Duke University Health System Client Outlook Inc. announced that Duke University Health System has implemented eUnity for enterprise viewing… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Mobile Device App Viewing in Radiology Mo… read more center_img News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more November 21, 2012 — MIM Software Inc., a global provider of medical imaging software, announced that Mobile MIM has exceeded 250,000 downloads on the Apple App Store.Through the development of Mobile MIM and other new technologies, MIM Software has achieved distinction in the medical imaging field and is influential in initiating and driving market standards. Mobile MIM was the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration- (FDA) cleared medical imaging app for the Apple iPad and iPhone, and provides remote diagnostic viewing of computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), ultrasound and X-ray, as well as radiation therapy treatment plan review and approval.Mobile MIM was designed to equip physicians with diagnostic tools for remote consultation with peers, specialists and referring physicians. The accessibility provided by Mobile MIM can limit redundant and unnecessary imaging procedures across facilities and simplify communication between caregivers to provide the best possible patient care. The app was included in the Apple App Store Rewind for Best Medical Software in 2011, and was named Best New Radiology Software by AuntMinnie.com the same year. For more information: www.mimsoftware.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | November 21, 2012 Mobile MIM for Diagnostic Imaging Surpasses 250,000 Downloads 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 The Ambra Health mobile app provides medical image access across Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists’ 21 locations.last_img read more

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Shimadzu Medical Systems Releases RADspeed Pro Edge Digital Radiography Package

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first_img 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 Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Related Content Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | August 12, 2016 Shimadzu Medical Systems Releases RADspeed Pro Edge Digital Radiography Package DR table features optional applications for tomosynthesis, dual-energy subtraction and advanced auto-stitching Video Player is loading.Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … 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 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more 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 Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more August 12, 2016 — Shimadzu Medical Systems USA has launched a new radiographic table system called the RADspeed Pro featuring an optional Edge package of advanced applications. The RADspeed Pro is the latest evolution of Shimadzu’s RADspeed series and with the optional advanced applications that the Edge package offers — such as tomosynthesis, dual energy subtraction and advanced auto-stitching for supporting diagnostics in clinical applications — a routine rad table now takes on a completely new role in any diagnostic department.General radiography systems are used for imaging various parts of the body, such as the chest, abdomen, or bones and joints for orthopedic surgery, making these systems essential tools for the initial diagnosis of a wide variety of diseases.In recent years, general radiography systems equipped with flat panel detectors have become increasingly popular, with digital image processing technology used for various application-specific functionality providing images with superior diagnostic capabilities for clinical applications.In particular, the RADspeed Pro with Edge package system inherits the easy operability and extensive functionality for reducing exposure levels from conventional radiographic systems, with the addition of various optional advanced applications, including:TomosynthesisShimadzu’s experience with tomosynthesis applications for fluoroscopy systems is now offered in the RADspeed Pro’s optional Edge package for general radiography. Tomosynthesis allows you to quickly and easily obtain multiple digital cross section images from a single linear tomography scan. The raw scan data can then be used to reconstruct cross sectional images from any height, as many times as desired. Furthermore, it offers the flexibility of scanning patients while applying loads in the standing position, in the supine position on the table, or with elbows or knees bent. Because it inhibits metal artifacts that can make diagnostic imaging difficult, it also makes it easier to evaluate the bones near metal objects, such as used for checking the bone union status of areas fastened with bolts or plates in the follow-up examinations after orthopedic surgery.This package also includes Shimadzu’s proprietary independent tomosynthesis workstation (optional), which enables users to perform tomosynthesis processing in parallel with examinations. This further improves examination throughput and reduces the stress on patients by resulting in shorter wait times and shorter examination times.Dual Energy SubtractionDual energy subtraction utilizes the difference in X-ray absorption levels of bones and soft tissues to generate separate images of soft tissue and bone tissue, in addition to plain radiographic images, by successively applying high- and low-voltage exposures and then using an algorithmic process to separate them. This enables rendering of nodes obscured behind ribs in soft-tissue images of the chest area or calcifications in bone images, which are especially useful for diagnoses of the chest area, such as with lung cancer.Auto-Stitching RadiographyA newly developed Bucky table is able to obtain 120 cm long view images in the supine position (what the company calls the longest in the industry, and 40 cm longer than the previous Shimadzu model). The Bucky stand can obtain long view images up to 160 cm long. This makes it possible to view the entire spine or entire lower extremities, even for large patients or patients with difficulty in standing. Additionally, one of the key features the RADspeed Pro series inherits from the previous model is the automatic linking of the X-ray tube support actions to the Bucky stand or Bucky table, facilitating capturing the long view images that are automatically stitched together.For more information: www.shimadzu.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.ITN Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance AthletesPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 1.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Graphic courtesy of Pixabay 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 morelast_img read more

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Zeit releases Serverless Docker in beta

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first_imgZeit, the organization behind the cloud deployment software Now, yesterday launched Serverless Docker in beta. The concept was first discussed by the Zeit team at Zeit Day 2018 back in April, but it’s now available to use and promises to radically speed up deployments for engineers. In a post published on the Zeit website yesterday, the team listed some of the key features of this new capability, including: An impressive 10x-20x improvement in cold boot performance (in practice this means cold boots can happen in less than a second A new slot configuration property that defines resource allocation in terms of CPU and Memory, allowing you to fit an application within the set of constraints that are most appropriate for it Support for HTTP/2.0 and WebSocket connections to deployments, which means you no longer need to rewrite applications as functions. The key point to remember with this release, according to Zeit, is that  “Serverless can be a very general computing model. One that does not require new protocols, new APIs and can support every programming language and framework without large rewrites.” Read next: Modern Cloud Native architectures: Microservices, Containers, and Serverless – Part 1 What’s so great about Serverless Docker? Clearly, speed is one of the most exciting things about serverless Docker. But there’s more to it than that – it also offers a great developer experience. Johannes Schickling, co-founder and CEO of Prisma (a GraphQL data abstraction layer) said that, with Serverless Docker, Zeit “is making compute more accessible. Serverless Docker is exactly the abstraction I want for applications.” Others on Twitter were also complimentary about Serverless Docker’s developer experience – with one person comparing it favourably with AWS – “their developer experience just makes me SO MAD at AWS in comparison.” Combining serverless and containers One of the reasons people are excited about Zeit’s release is that it provides the next step in serverless. But it also brings containers into the picture too. Typically, much of the conversation around software infrastructure over the last year or so has viewed serverless and containers as two options to choose from rather than two things that can be used together. It’s worth remembering that Zeit’s product has largely been developed alongside its customers that use Now. “This beta contains the lessons and the experiences of a massively distributed and diverse user base, that has completed millions of deployments, over the past two years.” Eager to demonstrate how Serverless Docker works for a wide range of use cases, Zeit has put together a long list of examples of Serverless Docker in action on GitHub. You can find them here. Read next A serverless online store on AWS could save you money. Build one. Serverless computing wars: AWS Lambdas vs Azure Functionslast_img read more

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Britain Tunisia honor 38 victims of beach resort attack

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first_img Comments   Share   LONDON (AP) — People around Britain paused in streets and workplaces, in churches and mosques, in railway stations and at the Wimbledon tennis tournament Friday to honor the victims of an Islamic extremist’s rampage at a Tunisian beach resort.Flags were lowered to half-staff at Buckingham Palace and U.K. government buildings to remember those killed in Tunisia’s deadliest attack. Thirty of the 38 dead were British tourists, the youngest a 19-year-old university student and the oldest an 80-year-old retired scientist. Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister David Cameron were among those who observed a minute’s silence at noon Friday, a week after the attack.Mourners paused also outside the stadium of Walsall Football Club in central England, where supporters have left flowers and team flags in honor of three fans — all members of the same family — who died.Crowds held a moment of silence late Thursday in Tunisia’s capital. People from many religions joined as Muslims broke their Ramadan fast.A ceremony was planned Friday at the Imperial Marhaba hotel in the Mediterranean resort town of Sousse, where the attack happened.The gunman was killed by police and the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the massacre, a blow to Tunisia’s budding democracy and tourism industry.The first inquest for a British victim of the attacks opened Friday at a London court. A police officer told a coroner that 59-year-old Stephen Mellor of Bodmin in southwest England died from gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen. Inquests are held in Britain to determine the facts in cases of violent or unexplained death.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How do cataracts affect your vision? Mesa family survives lightning strike to home People observe the minute silence for the victims of the shooting in Tunisia last week, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday July 3, 2015. Fans and staff at Wimbledon observed a minute’s silence for the victims of last Friday’s attack in Tunisia, in which 30 Britons were killed in a shooting rampage at a beach resort in Sousse. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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MGIC INTEGRA Partner to Offer Insurance Through LOS Platforms

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first_img “”Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation””:http://www.mgic.com/ (MGIC), the nation’s largest private mortgage insurer based on insurance in force, announced the availability of mortgage insurance through “”INTEGRA Software Systems'””:http://www.integra-online.com/ loan origination software (LOS) systems, Destiny and DestinyXpress.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Through the integration, Destiny and DestinyXpress users can order MGIC rate quotes, check eligibility, and order mortgage insurance without ever having to leave the platform. The automation of data exchange saves customers data entry time and improves accuracy.””In an effort to constantly add value for our clients nationwide, we are pleased to add MGIC to our list of mortgage insurance partners,”” said INTEGRA president Jerry Pratt. “”INTEGRA’s seamless integration with MGIC provides for the electronic ordering and delivery of mortgage insurance rates and certificates without the user ever having to leave the system. This intuitive and easy to use approach ensures efficient and accurate delivery of information to better meet the demands of timely disclosures.””””Automated access to MGIC mortgage insurance, rates and eligibility allows customers to further streamline their loan origination processes,”” said Sal Miosi, VP of marketing at MGIC. “”We’re pleased to partner with INTEGRA. It demonstrates our continued dedication to automating access to our mortgage insurance programs and services.”” Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. Mortgage Insurance Processing Service Providers 2013-04-10 Tory Barringercenter_img MGIC, INTEGRA Partner to Offer Insurance Through LOS Platforms April 10, 2013 449 Views last_img read more

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