Morocco Day in Washington Celebrated Beauty of Zagora Gate to Sahara

Rabat – The culture and traditions of Morocco’s gate to the Sahara Desert, Zagora, charmed the attendees of the first Morocco Day in Washington, D.C.The Moroccan American Network (MAN), an organization that creates opportunities for Moroccan small businesses in the US chose the city of Zagora as the first guest of honor of the symposium, which will be held annually.In addition to Zagora, the Moroccan American Network is seeking to spotlight several other cities to honor the twelve regions of Morocco. The CEO of the MAN, Mohamed Hajjam, said that the program will be “extended” until the network goal is achieved.Read Also :‘Morocco Day’ Festival Expands to Another US CityThe network’s goal, according to El Hajjam, is to highlight regions unknown to Americans. The program seeks to contribute to the development of the regions for the interest of its residents.Morocco DAY in Washington D.C. Photo Credit: Shaifa 24Discover the beautiful southern city, ZagoraMoroccan musician Nouamane Lahlou attended the symposium, where his song “Beautiful Zagora” was played.The song describes Zagora’s traditions and hospitable people. Zagora is known for its palms and the river which passes through the city.The region is home to many palaces and fortresses, called ksours and kasbahs, which attract local and international tourists.Moroccans and US citizens celebrated Morocco Day on March 29, after the mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser, declared the day “Morocco Day.”On that day Mayor Justin Wilson of the nearby city of Alexandria, Virginia, announced that he would make June 9 an annual day to celebrate Moroccan culture and history. The event will feature Moroccan Gnawa music and jazz. read more

Loblaw tests out smaller discount grocery store format in Calgary

Canada’s largest grocer is trying out a new discount small-store format in a bid to attract more customers in urban areas.Loblaw Cos. Ltd. (TSX:L) said it opened the new 10,000-square foot store a few weeks ago in Calgary.The location, named The Box by No Frills, offers “hard discounts and an everyday low price” on groceries and other merchandise, Sarah Davis, Loblaw’s chief financial officer said in a conference call Wednesday.“We are trying that as a pilot to see, ’Is it something that we can infill in a lot of areas of Canada because it’s only 10,000 square feet?’ ” she told investors from the company’s Brampton, Ont.-headquarters.Loblaw’s discount chain of stores, No Frills, are typically 25,000 square feet. The company also operates a number of other banners including Real Canadian Superstore, which has a large format and wide range of general merchandise in addition to groceries.The new Box format is being tested as the company creates one of Canada’s largest commercial real estate trusts with its grocery property assets, and prepares for stiffer competition from Target, Wal-Mart Canada and Sobey’s, which recently announced a $5.8-billion deal to buy Safeway Inc. in Western Canada.Davis said if the small-box format is successful, the grocery chain will buy new property to develop them into more locations under The Box banner.“From that perspective, it’s not reformating properties that have gone into the REIT, but trying out new formats with new real estate,” said Davis.Loblaw first announced plans to turn its properties into a REIT last December.It values its property holdings at $7-billion, and said the trust will help the company optimize the value its real estate portfolio, lower the cost of capital for real estate and increase the speed of development of new retail sites.The new Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust will hold 415 retail properties, one office complex and nine warehouse properties totalling 35.3 million square feet of gross leasable area.Loblaw, which will own a stake in Choice, is Canada’s largest grocer with more than 1,000 corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast. The company and its franchisees employ approximately 134,000 full-time and part-time employees.Among the companies banners are: Loblaws, Zehrs, Provigo, Fortinos, Liquorstore and SaveEasy and among its brands are President’s Choice, No Name and the Joe Fresh line of clothing. read more

Talks to form SLPPled broad alliance underway

However, he says today the SLPP is a strong force and so the SLPP will lead a new alliance. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) says talks are underway to form a broad alliance which will be led by the SLPP.Parliamentarian Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that in the past a broad alliance has always been led by a strong political force. Abeywardena noted that in the past, alliances were formed around the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP). He said that the SLPP is being further strengthened to lead a new, broad alliance. (Colombo Gazette)

Competition Bureau gives OK to Burger King deal to buy Tim Hortons

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 28, 2014 9:58 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Competition Bureau gives OK to Burger King deal to buy Tim Hortons OTTAWA – Canada’s Competition Bureau has approved Burger King’s plan to buy Tim Hortons Inc. (TSX:THI).The federal regulator says it issued a “no action letter” after concluding the deal was unlikely to reduce competition.Burger King has offered US$11 billion for the Canadian coffee chain.The deal still faces a review under the Investment Canada Act and requires approval by Tim Hortons shareholders.

Former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter arrested for violating bond

Former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter is again in trouble with the law. According to multiple reports, Schlichter, 51, appeared in federal court Thursday accused of having cocaine in his system twice during his house arrest in the last few months and refusing to provide urine samples on multiple occasions. He was arrested Wednesday in his Columbus home and will appear before the U.S. District court Friday for a hearing on his charges. He will spend the night in Franklin County jail according to the Columbus Dispatch. Steve Nolder, who has served as Schlichter’s public defender, did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. Schlichter has had well-documented problems with the law. He most recently pleaded guilty to fraud for his part in a ticket scheme which started in 2008 that cheated more than 50 people out of $2.5 million. Schlichter agreed to a plea bargain that would have him serve a sentence of more than 10 years behind bars, but the agreement is awaiting a judge’s approval. While waiting for approval of the deal, Schlichter had been under house arrest. Schlichter played quarterback for OSU from 1978-1981 and was an All-American in 1979. The Baltimore Colts selected him with the fourth pick in the 1982 NFL Draft. Gambling problems dating back to his college days continued into the pros and began to cause Schlichter problems. Threats from bookies led Schlichter to reveal his gambling problems to the FBI. Shortly after, the NFL discovered his gambling problems and suspended him until the 1984 season. His problems continued to persist and Schlichter was banned from the NFL in 1987 after pleading guilty to illegal gambling. After being released from prison in 2006, Schlichter tried to turn around his life. He founded Gambling Prevention Awareness, a non-profit organization, which tried to help compulsive-gamblers with their addiction. And in 2008, Schlichter was hired to cover OSU football by the Columbus radio station 610 WTVN. “I have two kids that I love and I wanted to be there for them, but for many years I wasn’t,” Schlichter said in a phone interview with The Lantern in 2010. “Now that I am, it feels good. Same with my mother. It’s good to be there for her.” But beginning in 2011, Schlichter was connected to a ticket fraud scheme that would eventually get him in more trouble with authorities. He has served more than 10 years in prison since 1994 for a variety of charges including fraud and theft according to multiple reports. read more

Best Buy adding Samsung Stores in time for Galaxy S4 launch

first_imgOver the last two years, Best Buy stores have dramatically increased the number of smartphones and tablets they carry. Starting next month, you may find that Best Buy employees are much more inclined to offer you a Samsung product from their new Samsung section in the mobile department.The Apple section of a Best Buy is unlike anything else in the store. Intentionally, this section of the PC department looks as though a piece of an Apple store was removed and then directly installed into a Best Buy. The displays are well spaced and allow a personal experience between you and the demo unit you are touching, instead of the cramped tables in the rest of the department where you’re bumping shoulders with the next prospective PC buyer. Even when there are lots of people in the Apple section of a Best Buy, you can still walk around and see all of the products. The employees tasked to those areas are always knowledgeable and friendly as well, it’s as close to an Apple store experience as you can get in a Best Buy. No other brand in a Best Buy gets this treatment in the PC section, but starting in about a month Samsung is going to have a similar section in the mobile department.Geek.com has been told that the first wave of high traffic Best Buy locations will soon be receiving instruction to remove two aisles next to their mobile department and prepare to install a new Samsung store. This new section will be dressed in large Samsung signage and offer custom demo stations for many of Samsung’s products. Locations with the new section will be issuing special training sessions for employees in the mobile department, focusing heavily on how to show off Samsung-specific features.The then newly released Galaxy S4 is expected to be the star of the show, but Samsung will also be using the space to show off their other smartphones and tablets. Later in the year, a second redesign wave will hit other Best Buy stores, ending eventually with a Samsung store in every Best Buy.Best Buy’s role in the mobile space as become increasingly active, starting with pre-orders for new smartphones and tablets that often end in lines wrapping around stores. A heavy Samsung focus should be cause for concern for other manufacturers of Android handsets. The Galaxy S3 helped Samsung grab a major share of Android market, and even with impressive phones like the HTC One looking to steal some of it back this year, the new Galaxy S4 is widely anticipated to be the star of 2013. Having a special section in a retailer that already makes it easy for users to come in and demo products will be a significant advantage for Samsung, and could help Best Buy in the long run.last_img read more

Les gagnants du National Geographic Traveler bientôt annoncés

first_imgLes gagnants du National Geographic Traveler bientôt annoncésDepuis le 5 avril et jusqu’à lundi dernier, les lecteurs du National Geographic, amateurs de photographie, étaient invités à soumettre leurs plus beaux clichés de voyages pour un grand concours. Les noms des gagnants seront connus dès le 1er août. En attendant, Maxisciences vous dévoile son coup de coeur pour un photographe français.Des images de lieux, de nature ou d’habitants qui “rendent les voyages aussi mémorables, évoquant un sentiment de grande joie, de découverte, voire des deux”. Voilà ce qu’attendait le National Geographic pour cette 23e édition du grand concours annuel organisé par le magazine Traveler (lien non disponible). L’an dernier plus de 3.700 photographes du monde entier avaient soumis près de 11.000 images, mais seules quelques unes ont été primées. Cette année, le National Geographic n’a pas encore dévoilé de chiffres, mais les photographies sont réparties sous quatre thèmes : “portraits de voyage”, “scènes de plein air”, “sentiment de lieu” et “moment spontané”. Dès à présent, le magazine doit choisir les plus belles photos parmi celles envoyées depuis le mois d’avril. Leurs auteurs seront récompensés le 1er août prochain.  Le premier prix du concours National Geographic Traveler est une expédition, pour deux, de 14 jours dans les îles britanniques et irlandaises à bord du National Geographic Explorer. Par ailleurs, les photos gagnantes seront publiées dans le numéro de novembre/décembre 2011 du Traveler.À lire aussiVus de loin, ces célèbres monuments sont moins merveilleux qu’on ne penseParmi les participants français, le photographe Emmanuel Coupe a particulièrement attiré l’attention de Maxisciences, avec des images exceptionnelles de lacs gelés au Canada, comme celle que vous pouvez admirer ci-contre. L’homme n’a pas hésité à braver les températures négatives pour immortaliser ces paysages froids, aux dominantes bleues et blanches. Vierges de toute empreinte humaine, ils n’en sont que plus majestueux.Découvrez quelques uns des clichés réalisés par Emmanuel CoupeLe 12 juillet 2011 à 13:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Men robbed after trying to meet up with female

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two robberies in which men were duped into thinking they were meeting up with a female they connected with online, but instead were robbed by a group of people.At 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, a 23-year-old man arrived to meet a female he thought he had connected with on a website called meetme.com, according to the sheriff’s office. He agreed to meet her at Harry S Truman Elementary School, 4504 N.E. 42nd Ave., but when he got there, four or five males wearing masks “came out of the shadows and displayed hand guns and demanded all of the victim’s money,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.After robbing him, one suspect ordered the man to run, and he did. The man waited until Tuesday afternoon to report the robbery because he was embarrassed, the sheriff’s office said.Then, at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies responded to the elementary school again for a report that another 23-year-old man had been robbed there. This man had made arrangements to meet a female through the Tinder app, police said.When he arrived at the school, he was confronted by four of five males armed with handguns. They took his 1995 Subaru Impreza and fled the area, according to the news release.last_img read more

The Prize Of Xenophobia And Ethnic Loyalties

first_imgIn a sovereign republic sovereignty resides in the people. Hence there should be no discrimination on the basis of language grouping or ethnicity or religion, colour, political affiliation, gender or any other demographic characteristic.However if the citizens of a sovereign republic are gripped by xenophobia and display hatred against other groups on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religion or other reasons, national unity, cohesion and peace would be the casualty. No nation could be at peace with itself if its people are divided into sectarian groups. Hatred could only breed more hatred until a country is consumed by civil war.This is why a country as rich as Democratic Republic of Congo is still wallowing in poverty despite all its mineral resources. The same goes for South Sudan. Mineral resources or oil would not benefit a people at war. Peace is a greater source of prosperity than mineral and oil resources.last_img read more

Interested in Joining the ADC Board

first_imgADC is accepting nominations for candidates to join the association’s board of directors for a term starting in June. A total of five seats are up for election in 2019, with four of those held by members running for re-election. All seats carry a three-year term. In an effort to ensure a simple majority of the board is from the public sector, the nominations committee is specifically interested in applications from such members.The committee is looking for board members that represent a spectrum of roles critical to ADC, including: (1) community advocates; (2) experts in installation management or redevelopment; (3) leaders in military-community partnerships; and (4) individuals knowledgeable about national defense policy issues. Eligible candidates must be ADC members in good standing and serve in a leadership role for their current organization. To submit a nomination to become a candidate for the board, review the criteria and instructions on the ADC website. Nominations are due Jan. 31. The nominations committee will select candidates to be interviewed on March 3 in Miami, prior to the 2019 Installation Innovation Forum. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Challenges and joys of crafting a Yupik ballot

first_imgThe state’s Division of Elections is required to translate ballots and create an elections glossary in six dialects of Yup’ik and also Gwich’in. Those are the terms of a lawsuit settled last year by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. But as Alaska Public Media’s Anne Hillman learned – that process isn’t easy.Download AudioA group of Yup’ik translators meet to develop a glossary of election terms in Yup’ik. (Hillman/KSKA)Think about these words – candidates for elected office are running for a seat. What image pops in your head? Retired Yup’ik professor Oscar Alexie says not a political event.“I’m thinking of people like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump and all those guys at the race line waiting for someone to say ‘Go!’” And whomever gets to the chair first is the boss, Alexie said.Alexie is part of the eight-person team that’s trying to translate election materials into Yup’ik. He said it’s not easy because the words need to mean something in Yup’ik, not just be literal translations from the English. So one word in English – like candidate – ends up being a phrase in Yup’ik.But technical ballot language in English is dense. Something like “candidate statement” isn’t straightforward.“So we’re going to come across a number of statements in the election that are official,” explains Language Assistance Compliance Manager Indra Arriaga to the group of translator.She tries to get across the exact legal meaning of the term – it isn’t obvious – and it technically matters that the statement is in writing. But when the explanation gets translated into Yup’ik, it becomes redundant.“It’s almost like saying, you know, this is what he said: ‘That is his bicycle with two wheels,’” Alexie interjects and the group laughs. “You’re adding too much to it like where it’s almost like you are trying to talk to fools, and I don’t like being talked to like that, you know,” Alexie said.Arriaga quickly explains that’s not what she meant, and others jump in with solutions to ease the frustration and refine the translation. They know they are working together as a team.The process of translating 300 words into six dialects requires lots of cooperation between the translators and Arriaga as they discuss the nuances both of the English terms and the different dialects. It is lengthy and arduous. But for Mike Toyukuk, “It’s really good. I like it.”Toyukuk is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led to the language assistance settlement.Thanks in part to him, ballots will be translated into the Yup’ik dialects, Gwich’in, and eventually Inupiaq. Elections workers will be trained to help voters understand the materials in their own languages. He said, through interpreter John Toopetlook, translating the elections glossary and all state and federal ballots will solve a major problem for some rural communities.“When he was working with the lawyers,” Toopetlook said. “He and they found out a lot of Natives would go vote and not understand what they were voting on.”As a result, one community in the Yukon didn’t get funding for a new school. People didn’t know to vote in favor of the bond, Toyukuk recalls.Division of Elections Director Josie Bahnke, who is Alaska Native herself, said the translation process is doing more than just making basic voting rights accessible to Alaska Native communities.“We’re building a bridge of trust and faith between the Alaska Native community and the State of Alaska,” said Bahnke. “And I think you can see that in the way that we’re sitting down and pairing up. The whole process and the interaction between our division and the translators has been pretty powerful to see and watch.”Bahnke said the group of translators will meet for a second time in the summer. Initially they thought the group would only have to meet once. The division plans to finish the glossary of election terms in time for the primaries in August. Each of the 29 communities involved with the legal settlement will also have sample ballots translated into the local languages and people will be able to listen to translations on a computer.last_img read more

HighTech fishing net finalist for Dyson Award

first_img Citation: High-Tech fishing net finalist for Dyson Award (2012, August 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-high-tech-fishing-net-finalist-dyson.html Explore further More information: www.jamesdysonaward.org/Projec … gionId=19&Winindex=0 The rings are big enough for small fish to swim through, but not so big that larger fish can do the same. They are sewn into the net, in effect, creating holes, just at the part of the net where the fish are pushed due to current flow. The rings also light up, helping the little fish see where the outlets are, serving as guide signs. And that’s not all, one variant of the rings uses kinetic energy derived from water rushing through the rings to power the lights, the other uses batteries.The James Dyson Award was established by the James Dyson Foundation to reward innovative designs and to inspire new ways of thinking by college students or those, such as Watson, who have recently graduated. The winner, in addition to worldwide accolades also receives £10,000 for him or herself, another £10,000 for their school and a certificate.Because the rings are made of hard plastic, they prevent the collapse or tears that would occur were the nets to simply have small holes cut in them. Watson has already sea tested the nets, of course, and the results were good enough to push him to the finals. He believes that if commercial fishermen would add the rings to their nets, on average about 20 would be needed for each net, fish populations would rise and fishermen would save time on not having to cull. He expects the rings would cost about £25 apiece once produced in mass quantities. Researcher shows fishing has reduced salmon size in Alaska (Phys.org)—Dan Watson, a Glasgow School of Art graduate, has won the UK leg of the James Dyson award for his innovative fishing net rings that light up and guide smaller fish through nets meant for larger prey. Called SafetyNet, the rings prevent smaller fish being thrown back dead into the sea after being culled. He along with seventeen other finalists will vie for the prestigious grand prize which will be announced November 8. Trawler fishing is where boats move slowly over the surface of the water with nets hanging down to capture fish swimming below. Unfortunately, the nets catch everything in their path, including those that are too small to sell. Fishermen are forced to sort out the big from the small resulting in a lot of time spent and dead fish being tossed back into the sea. Watson, with his SafetyNet, hopes to change that. © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Bitcoin Exchange Mt Gox Apologizes About Crippling Hack Says Withdrawals to Resume

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read February 17, 2014 Mt. Gox, the world’s first Bitcoin trading exchange, issued an apology today for the recent freeze in external transfers of the virtual currency due to a recent, crippling hack. The Tokyo-based company also announced in its official statement that Bitcoin withdrawals should be able to resume again soon, though at a slower pace “and with new daily/monthly limits in place” to protect against future threats.The statement, released on the Mt. Gox website, noted that the company has rolled out a solution for the recent Bitcoin software transaction malleability woes that will allow withdrawals to resume. Exactly how soon, though, is anyone’s guess at the moment.The company also announced that it has added a new login system that notifies customers by email when they successfully access their accounts. “This is an additional security layer, but as always we strongly encourage our customers to use the 2-step authorization options available in our Security Center,” Mt. Gox said in the letter.Related: JPMorgan Slams Bitcoin as Exchanges Halt WithdrawalsThe popular Bitcoin storage and trading platform, once the largest, is slowly rebounding from being rocked last week by a “massive and concerted” denial-of-service attack. Two days later a similar attack halted customer withdrawals at Slovenia-based Bitstamp, which is now the world’s biggest Bitcoin exchange. Bitstamp has since restored withdrawals.Meanwhile, frustrated Mt. Gox customers, including a handful of protesters who picketed outside the company’s headquarters, continue to demand answers as to how the exchange safeguards their funds.Earlier today, Bitcoin was trading at almost $250, according to Mt. Gox. It dipped down to $220.29 from a high of $540. However, on the Bitstamp exchange, the virtual currency is still riding as high as $643.99.Related: Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Blocks Withdrawalscenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case Available to Help Assess Radiation Safety Concepts

first_imgNews | Radiation Dose Management | December 09, 2015 Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case Available to Help Assess Radiation Safety Concepts New Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case available: C-arm based cone beam CT in interventional radiology  360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more The eighth Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case — C-arm Based Cone Beam CT in Interventional Radiology — is now available to help radiologists, imaging technologists and medical physicists assess their understanding of important radiation safety concepts — including dose monitoring and optimization. This is the newest in a series of free, online and mobile-compatible Image Wisely educational offerings, developed with the assistance of the American College of Radiology (ACR).This case explains the basic concepts of C-arm based cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and the differences in determining radiation dose between cone-beam CT and multidetector CT. “C-arm based CBCT— with its ability to depict vessels in multiple planes and also to show soft tissue contrast — has the potential to substantially improve the outcomes of interventional radiology procedures,” said Sharjeel Sabir, M.D., University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, who co-authored the case with Kyle Jones, Ph.D., also of UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. “There are many benefits to C-arm based CBCT, but there is a learning curve involved for equipment setup. In addition, it is important for operators to think carefully about the radiation exposure to patients during C-arm based CBCT, since traditional dose metrics currently used in MDCT and fluoroscopy do not directly apply to CBCT.”Several radiation safety cases are presented throughout the year. Case content includes embedded questions that provide expert feedback as well as references and resources for further study. Continuing education credit for radiologists, imaging technologists and medical physicists is available. This case is directed primarily toward physicians, residents and interventional technologists.“Care should be taken when performing CBCT scans to limit the number during a procedure to only those necessary for meaningful imaging and patient safety,” said Donald J. Peck, Ph.D., FACR, director of the Image Wisely Radiation Safety Case series and member of the Image Wisely executive committee. “Imaging professionals are encouraged to complete these free radiation safety cases to reinforce their knowledge on these important topics,” he added.The eighth case, C-arm Based Cone Beam CT in Interventional Radiology, offers a total of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits; 0.5 MPCEC Credits by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs Inc.; and 0.5 Category A Credits of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.Image Wisely is an initiative of the ACR, the Radiological Society of North America, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists with the objective of lowering the amount of radiation used in medically necessary imaging studies and eliminating unnecessary procedures. Image Wisely offers resources and information to radiologists, medical physicists, other imaging practitioners and patients.For more information: www.acr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more center_img News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read more Related Content Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more last_img read more

General Cañas Highway closed at nights starting Monday

first_imgNo related posts. General Cañas Highway, which connects La Sabana Park in western San José to Juan Santamaría International Airport in the province of Alajuela, will be closed Monday night for repairs.Roadwork will take place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The section under repair is in the direction of San José to Alajuela only, and begins from the bridge over the Virilla River to the junction with the Real Cariari Mall.Traffic police will close access to the Juan Pablo II Bridge in La Uruca, west of San José, and all transit will be redirected through the provinces of Heredia and Alajuela.Transit Police Director Diego Herrera said the work will take no less than a week, and he asked drivers to be patient and use alternate routes. Facebook Commentslast_img

Qatar is building seven cities just to house its World Cup migrant

first_imgQatari officials announceda plan this week to erect seven whole new “cities” to accommodate more than a quarter-million migrant laborers tasked with completing the myriad stadium and infrastructure projects associated with the 2022 FIFA World Cup.The new “accommodation centers,” as a report by Agence France Presse dubs them, are part of the Qatari government’s attempt to upgrade living conditions for the hundreds of thousands of migrants toiling in the tiny, petro-rich kingdom. The blueprint for the largest project — unimaginatively named “Labor City” — involves 55 buildings, including a mall, a health clinic, a cricket stadium (since many workers in Qatar hail from countries in South Asia, a cricket hotbed) and what may become Qatar’s second-biggest mosque.“There are in the pipeline [several] cities around the nation. I know our people want to have better accommodation for their laborers,” Qatari labor and social affairs minister Abdullah bin Saleh al-Khulaifi told the AFP. Mubarak, a laborer from Bangladesh, rests in his bedroom at a private camp housing foreign workers in Doha, on May 3, 2015. Marwan Naamani/AFPAuthorities expect to finish this construction — also on the backs of migrant labor — by the end of 2016. This basic infrastructure will need to be in place should Qatar hope to realize its eye-catching World Cup plans, which include raising nine new stadiums from the desert and building a city for a half-million people, replete with man-made islands and a sanitation system that moves waste through pneumatic tubes. Kupttamon, an Indian laborer working in Qatar, washes his bed blankets at a private camp housing foreign workers. Marwan Naamani/AFPQatar’s 2022 bid has been shrouded in controversy since it was first accepted, dogged by corruption allegations and concerns over the country’s beastly hot summers. FIFA, soccer’s governing body, recently confirmed that the tournament would be played in the winter.Underlying all this are larger fears over the treatment of the countless migrants employed in Qatar, a country whose fewer than 300,000 citizens are a fraction of the nearly 2 million people who make up its population. Numerous reports by rights groups and journalists last year tracked the horrendous conditions at building sites and migrant hostels in Qatar. An investigation by Britain’s Guardian newspaper found that Nepalese laborers in the country were dying at a rate of one a day.Earlier this week, it emerged that Qatari authorities had detained a German TV crew filming a documentary on labor conditions in the country in March. Their camera equipment, notebooks and personal cellphones were taken by state officials; when they were returned, much of their footage had been deleted.At the root of the problem is the “kafala” system, a process of employment practiced in various gulf countries that critics liken to a system of indentured servitude. That has led to widespread abuse. The Qataris say they plan to end the system this year. The creation of these new labor cities are meant to be a sign of their seriousness about improving living standards for foreign workers.“We have labor accommodation standards and we are monitoring them and penalizing those who are violating [the rules],” Khulaifi said. “Our business community knows we are taking it very seriously.” “The Qatar World Cup Memorial project is a scalable building that raises awareness about the number of workers who died during the construction of the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. It is in the form of a tower made of concrete modules, each one representing a deceased worker. The higher the number, the higher the tower,” 1Week1Project writes on its website. (Via 1Week1Project Facebook)Far removed from the epic visions of Qatari officials, a French design firm last year published a blueprint (see above) for a hypothetical memorial to Qatar’s dying migrant laborers. A long, spiral tower would be shaped by interlocking rectangular stones, each representing a migrant fatality. If some predictions proved accurate, the structure would dwarf every other building in the country by 2022. Foreign laborers work at the construction site of the al-Wakrah football stadium, one of the Qatar’s 2022 World Cup stadiums, on May 4, 2015, in Doha’s Al-Wakrah southern suburbs. Marwan Naamani/AFP© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:World Cup sponsors Coke, Visa also concerned about Qatar labor conditions World Cups and Olympics should be auctioned FIFA: Sponsor pressure mounts ahead of World Cup draw Real Madrid thrown out of Spanish Cup over ineligible player, federation confirmslast_img read more

Central American countries agree to safe passage for Cuban migrants marooned in

first_imgAfter Central American countries spent months at loggerheads over what to do with thousands of Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica en route to the United States, a solution finally has been reached.Cuban migrants with temporary Costa Rican transit visas will be allowed to fly from Costa Rica to El Salvador, where they will be allowed to travel by bus through Guatemala and Mexico and up to the United States border, according to a statement from the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry Monday evening. If they can manage to set foot on U.S. soil, the Cuban migrants can claim refugee status and permanent residency, thanks to the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act.The flights out of Costa Rica could start as early as next week, according to a statement from the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry. Migrants will be expected to pay for their own flights and bus transportation. The exact details of the agreement and the logistics have not been publicly released, including what will happen to migrants who cannot afford the plane fare to leave Costa Rica.Costa Rica’s Immigration Administration has issued 8,000 temporary visas to Cuban migrants since Nov. 14 and there are 37 temporary shelters housing many of them across northern and central Costa Rica.President Luis Guillermo Solís is scheduled to meet with U.S. Rep. Kay Granger and Rep. Henry Cuellar, both from Texas, at the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the immigration crisis.Monday’s meeting in Guatemala was the first success in a series of frustrated attempts to secure a regional agreement to allow the Cubans to pass through the isthmus. Cubans typically require restricted visas to travel to Central American countries and Mexico.After one failed meeting earlier this month, President Solís announced that Costa Rica would suspend political participation in the Central American Integration System, or SICA, a body designed to address issues that affect the isthmus. Solís was exasperated by the perceived “lack of solidarity” between Central American nations over the crisis.The Cuban migrant crisis started on Nov. 10, when Costa Rican authorities dismantled a human smuggling network that ferried migrants from Panama, through Costa Rica and into Nicaragua on their way north. Costa Rica announced it would close its border to the migrants, and a crowd of more than a thousand Cubans quickly amassed at the Costa Rica-Panama border checkpoint at Paso Canoas.Costa Rica started issuing temporary transit visas to Cubans on Nov. 14, but the Nicaraguan military violently turned back hundreds who tried to cross the border en masse on Nov. 15. The migrants continued arriving in Costa Rica until the government stopped issuing the temporary visas on Dec. 18.The Solís administration previously said that it would not deport any Cubans back to the island who were in the country with a visa, but the same courtesy would not be extended to those entering the country after Dec. 18. The Immigration Administration recently announced it would deport 56 Cubans who arrived after the visa deadline. Facebook Comments Related posts:The fate of thousands of Cuban migrants will be determined at a Quality Inn Cuban migrant airlift from Costa Rica starts Jan. 12 Costa Rica declares ‘success’ after first airlift of Cuban migrants Cuban migrant airlift set to continue but could take monthslast_img read more

US raises new concerns over Dubai hunger striker

first_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipes More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img He urged authorities to release Shahin on bail and consolidate several separate pending cases against him.UAE officials had no immediate comment.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi is raising new concerns about the health of a jailed American businessman on hunger strike in the United Arab Emirates.Zack Shahin has been held in Dubai for more than four years on corruption allegations, but has yet to stand trial. He has denied any improprieties and began a hunger strike on May 14 to demand authorities hear his case.Embassy official L. Victor Hurtado said in a statement Friday that “obviously there are serious concerns about Mr. Shahin’s health” after more than six weeks without food. Hurtado is the U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires and visited Shahin this week.last_img read more

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first_img33) Before Sunday, Palmer had never thrown three deep-ball touchdowns (ball travels 15 yards beyond the line-of-scrimmage) but completed four against Cincinnati. –ESPN Stats & Info34) The only two receivers with 40 receptions and no drops are Danny Amendola and Larry Fitzgerald. — ESPN Stats & Info35) The Patriots have at least 10 games in a season for 13 straight years, second longest streak in NFL history. — ESPN Stats & Info36) The Patriots were shutout in the fourth quarter ending their scoring streak of 38 straight quarters. — ESPN Stats & Info37) New England has never lost a game at Gillette Stadium when leading at halftime. — ESPN Stats & Info 19) In the fourth quarter, Matt Ryan completed six passes to the Falcons for no touchdowns and two passes to the Colts for one touchdown that tied the game at 21. — ESPN Stats & Info20) Ryan Fitzpatrick went 0-for-6 on passes traveling 25 yards in the air Sunday, dropping his deep ball completion percentage to 12.5 percent, worst in the NFL. — ESPN Stats & Info21) Winston was 5-for-25 when throwing the ball into the end zone before Sunday and 3-for-6 with a bad drop, which should have been his sixth TD pass of the day. — ESPN Stats & Info22) The Broncos offense was so dramatically different with 17 more dropbacks with the QB under center and 16 more rushing plays with the QB under center than any time since Peyton Manning was signed. — ESPN Stats & Info23) Since the Bears had to honor the bootleg and the passing game, Denver rushed for a season high 170 yards. – ESPN Stats & Info24) Every Ravens victory has come on field goals on the final play of the game by Justin Tucker, who is 16-for-17 in his career in fourth quarter/OT with a chance to tie the game or put his team ahead in his career. — ESPN Stats & Info25) Sunday will be the first game the Ravens start a quarterback other than Joe Flacco since he was drafted. — ESPN Stats & Info Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 34-31. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Every week as part of my show prep (and because I’m genuinely interested), I read through as many research notes I can find.  Sometimes I research my own stats to see if there’s a statistical trend that backs up what I think I’m seeing when I watch games.  Unfortunately for my time-efficiency, occasionally those stats show me nothing and I throw them out.Here are the stats (or interesting tidbits) from the NFL and college football that I’m using on the show this week. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 9) Jameis Winston and Ray Buivid of the 1935 Chicago Bears are the only rookies in the NFL to throw for five touchdowns with no picks in a single game. — NFL press release10) The Bengals have never won in Arizona. — Cardinals press release11) Tony Romo has thrown more touchdown passes to Dez Bryant than Troy Aikman threw to Michael Irvin. — NFL press release12) For the third week in a row, Arizona is the only NFL team to rank in the top five in both offense and defense. — Cardinals press release13) The Cardinals are 15-0 when Carson Palmer has better than a 100 passer rating. — Cardinals press release14) Palmer is the best quarterback in the NFL according to passer rating. — I looked it up after Brady struggled on MNF15) Palmer has three games with four touchdown passes in 2015 but from his rookie year until his second ACL tear, he threw for four TDs in a game once. — Cardinals press release16) Detroit is the first team in NFL history to score exactly 18 points in two straight games. — Elias17) Palmer only needs 2,100 yards to pass Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas on the all-time list. — Cardinals press release18) Blake Bortles’ 83.3 percent completion percentage versus standard pressure was a career high. Entering Thursday, Bortles had the third-lowest completion percentage (60.1 percent) and yards per attempt (6.7) against standard pressure among qualified quarterbacks in the last two seasons. — ESPN Stats & Info 26) When tied or leading in the fourth quarter, Tony Romo is 3-0 while the combo of Weeden/Cassel was 0-6 for Dallas. — ESPN Stats & Info27) Cam Newton and Jameis Winston have both won a national championship, both were drafted number one overall to play quarterback for NFC South teams, and each threw for five touchdowns and 246 yards, while beating an NFC East team by 28 points and neither threw an interception. — ESPN Stats & Info28) The Packers hadn’t recorded a blitz-less sack (rushing four or less) since September but sacked Teddy Bridgewater with standard pressure four times. — ESPN Stats & Info29) Russell Wilson is the first quarterback in eight years to be perfect against the blitz (11-for-11; 3 TDs) on double-digit attempts. — ESPN Stats & Info30) In his five years in Seattle, Marshawn Lynch never rushed for as many yards as Thomas Rawls did against the 49ers. — ESPN Stats & Info31) On 16 of Thomas Rawls’ rushes, the 49ers only put six in the box and Rawls gashed San Francisco for over 160 yards on those 16 carries. — ESPN Stats & Info32) Palmer threw three touchdown passes in a quarter for only the third time in his career Sunday. — ESPN Stats & Info 1) The Cardinals had at least a .500 record at home eight times at Sun Devil Stadium and have nine times at University of Phoenix Stadium. — Cardinals press release2) Brock Osweiler is the only quarterback in history to win his first career start on his birthday. — NFL press release3) As much as the Seahawks love to brag about the “12s,” Seattle has the same home record as Arizona since the hiring of Bruce Arians. — Cardinals press release4) This was the first NFL weekend of the season where a Denver quarterback didn’t throw in interception. — ESPN Stats & Info5) The only player with more multi-sack games (19 games in five seasons) to start a career than J.J. Watt is Reggie White. — ESPN Stats & Info6) In the last two weeks, Arizona has faced the top two scoring defenses and scored 73 points. — Cardinals press release7) The Eagles’ defense is the first home team in history to give up five TD passes to a quarterback and 200 yards rushing to one running back in the same game. — NFL press release8) Despite six games still remaining, the Cardinals have scored more points in 2015 than they scored last year. — Cardinals press release Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more