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Jerry Lewis Honoured By Australian Boy At Melbourne International Film FestivalJerry Lewis Honoured By Australian Boy At Melbourne International Film Festival

first_imgJerry’s House, the global initiative that carries out activities to teach sick children the connection between laughter and healing, was introduced by 13-year-old Australian boy Lochie Graham at Melbourne International Film Festival this past Saturday.Lochie spoke in honour of Jerry Lewis’ 90th birthday year at MIFF’s comprehensive retrospective program. A video message from Jerry Lewis was introduced by Lochie about Jerry’s passion for raising money to find ways to help sick children: Donate Here.After walking the MIFF2016 red carpet gala opening, Lochie introduced the featured Jerry Lewis film classic The Nutty Professor.A 7-Year-old Boy Inspires a Vision of Hope & HealingLochie inspired the Jerry’s House charity when he first met Jerry Lewis at the final Muscular Dystrophy American Telethon. Jerry held a picture of them as he spoke to the American public about how Lochie Graham understood his legacy – carrying it into the future with Lochie’s vision for a house where children who live with chronic illness find joy and learn to heal using humour.Speaking to a full house at MIFF2016 Lochie explained his philanthropic involvement. At 13 Lochie has been a foster brother, worked overseas in children’s charities, is a young ambassador to The Foundation for Young Australians and is often seen helping Sam Lipski at The Pratt Foundation.“As a foster brother, it seems to me that every child’s world is better when they can laugh–despite the terrible things in their lives. It’s my hope that one day children around the world will have a place where they can learn to heal through laughter,” says Lochie Graham.Jerry has inspired Lochie’s show-business acting career too, garnering many comedic accolades for various roles in commercials (AFL) and recently in a leading role for a children’s TV comedy show.last_img read more

The Grammys finally embrace technologyThe Grammys finally embrace technology

first_imgWelcome to the future, Grammys! Great to have you.For the first time in the show’s history, the Grammys is doing away with traditional ballots and switching over to online voting.Very hip, Grammys. Nice move. Advertisement According to the Los Angeles Times, the Recording Academy hopes the transition to online voting will bring new life to the voting process, while simultaneously increasing voter turnout among the younger demographic. After all, if you want today’s youth to pay attention to something, you’ve gotta incorporate technology, right?Seems like a pretty chill plan.This only affects voting members of the Recording Academy, who must have at least six credits on commercially released tracks.READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Mastour Left Milan Because He Didnt Want to Sit on theMastour Left Milan Because He Didnt Want to Sit on the

Rabat – Hachim Mastour’s move to Malaga FC is seen as an attempt by the young Moroccan to develop his skills and get more first-time football. The 17-year-old, who is regarded one of the top young talents in European football, moved to the Andalucian side Monday on a two-year loan deal from AC Milan.According to media reports, Mastour decided to join Malaga on loan because he did not want to sit on AC Milan’s bench under Serbian manager Siniša Mihajlovi. The playmaker, who is to make a senior appearance for AC Milan, is still under contract with the Rossoneri until June 2017.A statement from Malaga read: The young Moroccan player from AC Milan, Hachim Mastour, arrives to Malaga CF on loan for the next two seasons and completes Malaga’s roster for the 2015-16 campaign.”The loan provides the right of purchase for Malaga and the right to re-purchase in favour of Milan.Malaga are still winless after two games of La Liga. The La Rosaleda side drew 0-0 in their opening game against Sevilla before losing to Barcelona 1-0 over the weekend. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Spanish Media Criticizes Real Madrid and BarcelonaSpanish Media Criticizes Real Madrid and Barcelona

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Despite their good technical play, La Liga’s giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid showed a lack of balance during their Saturday’s games.The results of Saturday’s two games in the Spanish league is a clear indication of what has been happening this season. Real Madrid conceded a draw on Saturday against Atletico Madrid while Barcelona was been beaten on the same day by Malaga. Spanish press has been severe in its analysis on the last two games and concluded that neither team are taking the competition seriously due to different reasons.Barcelona’s loss took everyone by surprise and the defeat against Malaga led to a flurry of criticism in Spanish media, who laid the blame squarely at the feet of coach, Luis Enrique. Spanish media outlet, Sports, called the changes made by Luis Enrique during the last game very puzzling. It added that they came at a time when the team was virtually at the top of its technical game.Real Madrid could not escape the harsh analytical criticism of the Spanish press either. According to Marca, the player rotation utilized by Real Madrid’s coach, Zinedine Zidan, during their Saturday match against Atletico Madrid was an example of very bad decision-making. Spanish sports outlet, AS said that, “It seems a little complicated to understand the significance of changing best midfielder of Real Madrid, Toni Cross.”In response to the reckless decision taken by Zinedine Zidane, Diego Simeone succeeded in blocking the scoring of his opponent by pushing midfielder Angel Correa at the expense of striker Fernando Torres.The change seems to have been someone’s attempt to play in a defensive manner. Atletico Madrid, however, took advantage and scored a surprising equalizer against its rival.As a result of these rash changes, Spanish media is predicting a dramatic end to La Liga’s, where everything has become unpredictable.Real Madrid and Barcelona are scheduled to meet on April 23  in an encounter that could be very critical in the fate of the Spanish league competition. read more

UN and partners step up response to cholera epidemic in HaitiUN and partners step up response to cholera epidemic in Haiti

Efforts to contain the spread of the disease are the top priority for humanitarian agencies, which are trying to prevent the epidemic from reaching camps housing up to a million internally displaced persons (IDPs) left homeless by the massive earthquake in January, which devastated the capital Port-au-Prince and several other cities.“The consequences of the epidemic reaching the cities – a very real prospect – would be devastating to all, including those still living in camps after the earthquake,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) cautioned.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) and Haiti’s health ministry have confirmed five cholera cases in Port-au-Prince, but the patients were people who got infected while visiting Artibonite department and then travelling to the capital.“This is an extremely serious situation and based on experience with epidemics elsewhere it would be irresponsible to plan for anything but a considerably wider outbreak,” said Nigel Fisher, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti. “We are particularly concerned about Port-au-Prince and those in the slum areas as well as in the camps, but we are also preparing for outbreaks in the rest of the country.”The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is helping the National Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation (DINEPA) to distribute more than 800 kilograms of chlorine powder to piped water distribution points in some of the worst affected areas along the Artibonite river, according to OCHA.Humanitarian agencies in the water and sanitation cluster are working to ensure that people have access to clean water, assessing hygiene conditions at water points, distributing soap and carrying out an awareness campaign in affected and at-risk areas.They have particularly targeted the 17 communal sections along the Artibonite river, which is believed to be the source of the epidemic, for distributions of water purification tablets, soap and oral rehydration salts.“While we have sufficient supplies to handle this crisis at present, we must look at ensuring additional personnel and bringing in more supplies and support so we are ready to cope if this outbreak spreads further,” said Mr. Fisher.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has commenced the distribution of ready-to-eat meals as well as high energy biscuits to hospitals in affected areas, in en effort to ensure people do not eat food that could have been cooked with contaminated water.Outstanding needs in the efforts to contain the spread of the disease include additional medical personnel in Artibonite, support for the public information campaign on prevention and response, and facilities in which patients with confirmed symptoms can be isolated as they receive treatment.Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by eating food or drinking contaminated with the bacterium known vibrio cholerae. Symptoms include watery diarrhoea which can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if not quickly treated. Vomiting also occurs in most patients. 25 October 2010The spread of the cholera outbreak in Haiti is beginning to slow down, even as humanitarian agencies continue to step up treatment and preventive measures, with the number of cases having risen to more than 3,000, including 254 deaths, the United Nations reported today. read more

As floods continue in Fiji UN stresses need to boost preventive measuresAs floods continue in Fiji UN stresses need to boost preventive measures

A 15-day state of emergency has been declared in Fiji’s west coast areas, and a flood watch is currently in place as more rains are expected to hit the country. Population in vulnerable areas have been advised to evacuate. “These types of events are likely to continue to occur,” said Angelika Planitz, sub-regional coordinator for the Pacific for the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).“Scientists are exploring the evidence that climate change and developments in low-lying flood-prone areas such as Nadi and Ba are contributing factors. In the interim, improved preparedness and early warning, two important elements of disaster risk reduction, will have to remain important and urgent priorities.” According to UNISDR, eight people have died and there have been 51 reported cases of water-related diseases, including diarrhoea and typhoid, as a result of the floods. In addition, some 1,300 have been evacuated from their homes, and the damage caused is estimated to be about $30 million.A recent publication produced by UNISDR and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) warned that in western Fiji, high-intensity floods would become more frequent. In the Nadi area, for example, these type of floods used to occur every 190 years, but by 2100 it is projected that they will occur every 25 years, making it essential for the Government to prepare.Two of the affected cities, Nadi and Ba, are participating in UNISDR’s ‘World Disaster Reduction Campaign – Making Cities Resilient’ – an initiative to reduce urban risks from climate-related disasters.“In Nadi, an Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) helps to reduce the risk of flooding from low- to medium-intensity rainfall. Mitigating impacts from intensive rainfall, however, remains a challenge,” said Ms. Planitz.“More low pressure systems are likely to approach Fiji in the coming days. It will be important to warn already affected populations of the potential threats. Getting the messages out to remote areas which are still out of electricity is an important priority,” she added.The IWMP is funded by UNDP – Global Environmental Facility (GEF) with support from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 3 February 2012The United Nations disaster risk reduction agency stressed today the need to boost preventive measures in Fiji, as heavy rains are predicted to occur more frequently in the archipelago nation, which has been ravaged by severe floods over the past week. read more

Canadas topearning families claimed majority of education tax credits PBOCanadas topearning families claimed majority of education tax credits PBO

Canada’s top-earning families claimed majority of education tax credits: PBO by The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2016 8:33 am MDT Last Updated May 5, 2016 at 3:39 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The country’s highest-earning families benefited disproportionately from tax breaks and incentives designed to help people save and pay for post-secondary education, says a new report from the budget watchdog.The parliamentary budget officer says in 2015, families that were among the top 20 per cent of earners received 37.7 per cent of the total non-refundable tax credits for education, textbook and tuition expenses.The report says over the last decade, those top-earning households have received a larger chunk of the credits, much as an internal government review found the same group has benefited disproportionately from registered education savings plans.The analysis says while the highest-earning families claimed the majority of the tax relief, the per-family benefits were more evenly distributed regardless of income.The education and textbook tax credits are being eliminated under the Liberals’ first budget, with the money targeted at more non-repayable grants and help with loan repayments. The report said these moves should make post-secondary education more affordable for lower-income students.Michael McDonald, executive director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, said the report shows the inefficiencies in the system, built on inadequate credits and savings programs.The alliance and its counterpart, the Canadian Federation of Students, have long called for changes to the grants and loan system to offer more money in up-front grants to low-income students rather than have them pay for tuition and then claim credits later.The Liberal budget increased spending by $684 million over the next two years on non-repayable student grants to middle and low-income students, broadened eligibility for federal student loans and eliminated several tax credits to help cover the cost of the changes.The budget didn’t increase funding for a program aimed at helping aboriginal youth pay for college or university — a promise the Liberals made during the election.The PBO report said that without any change in policy direction, inflation-adjusted spending will decline by 6.7 per cent over the next five years.Bilan Arte, national chairperson of the student federation, said the report should be a warning for the federal government to start thinking about giving money to provinces specifically for post-secondary education to drive down tuition costs.“It’s becoming evident to us that we can’t just put a Band-Aid on a problem that is increasing becoming a crisis in Canada,” she said. “We need a bold new plan.”The report says even though education is generally a provincial responsibility, the federal government contributed $12.3 billion to post-secondary education in 2013-14. Changes in the Liberal’s first budget are expected to push that spending to $15.7 billion by 2020.It also says in 2011 Canada spent 2.8 per cent of its gross domestic product on post-secondary education — more than any other OECD country.The budget watchdog warned that determining federal spending on post-secondary education is not an exact science because billions provided to provinces through one transfer payment could be spent on any number of social programs.Unlike transfer payments for health care, provinces don’t have report how the social services transfers are spent, nor are they subject to parliamentary review. University of British Columbia students attend spring convocation in Vancouver in a May 20, 2015, file photo. The parliamentary budget officer says in 2015, families that were among the top 20 per cent of earners received 37.7 per cent of the total credits for education, textbook and tuition expenses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck read more

Convocation preview Monday June 4Convocation preview Monday June 4

Brock University’s 103rd Convocation kicks off Monday inside Ian Beddis Gymnasium. The first two ceremonies of Brock’s Spring Convocation will take place at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively and will both be for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.Giving the Convocation address at the morning ceremony will be Dr. James Orbinski, Director, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research at York University, who will be receiving an honorary doctorate. The global health humanitarian collected the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 on behalf of Doctors Without Borders, where he was serving as President.At the afternoon ceremony, Professor of Kinesiology Philip Wilson, recipient of the FAHS Research Award, will give the Convocation address.Two high-profile graduates will also cross the stage during the afternoon ceremony. Jessica Lewis will graduate with a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Known as the golden girl of Bermuda sports, she represented Bermuda at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. She was selected as the Most Fascinating Person of Bermuda for 2015.Anthony Romero will also graduate with a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies. The Welland native is an up-and-coming professional MMA fighter who has yet to lose a fight.All of the Convocation ceremonies are free to attend and no tickets are required. Parking is free for guests throughout the week. Free Wi-Fi is also being provided to guests throughout Convocation week. The BrockEvents Wi-fi network can be accessed using the username: BROCKGRAD and password: welcome2brock!For those who can’t make it to the Brock Campus for Spring Convocation, all of the ceremonies will be streamed at read more

Spain gives London attack skateboard hero medalSpain gives London attack skateboard hero medal

first_imgA Spanish man hailed as a “skateboard hero” after he died trying to defend a woman from one of the assailants during the London attack has been awarded a posthumous medal, Madrid said Friday.Ignacio Echeverria, an HSBC expert in fighting money-laundering who lived in London, was one of eight killed in last Saturday’s attack that saw three men mow down people in a van before going on a stabbing spree in the Borough market area.The 39-year-old had rushed over to help a woman being assaulted and tried to defend her with a skateboard he had with him, prompting British media to dub him the “skateboard hero.” Spain was highly critical of the sluggish pace of the identification process.Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis even intervened earlier this week when the family was told they would not be able to see Echeverria’s body until Friday at the earliest, even after positive identification, prompting British authorities to allow them to be with their son and brother earlier. Spain’s government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said Echeverria had been awarded the Great Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, which recognises “extraordinary services” by Spanish and foreign citizens.”He was a good man, an exemplary citizen who on this tragic evening had the courage to face the terrorists to try and save the life of a young woman who was being attacked,” he told reporters.Echeverria was listed as missing for close to four days after the attack as British authorities identified the body, leading to an excruciating wait for his family members.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Taoiseach This is the Haddington Road Agreement it will not be renegotiatedTaoiseach This is the Haddington Road Agreement it will not be renegotiated

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has asked secondary teachers planning industrial action to consider the implications of such action on children and their parents.Kenny was speaking during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil this morning when he said that savings of €1 billion in public sector pay must be achieved and insisted there is no scope for renegotiation of the agreement.He was responding to questions from Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald about the ASTI rejection of the Haddington Road Agreement and planned industrial action by its 17,000 members in secondary schools next week.“This is the Haddington Road Agreement, it will not be renegotiated,” he said calling for the ASTI leadership to consider “the implications for the children, for the parents, and indeed for their own members” of industrial action and rejection of the public sector pay deal.Education Minister Ruairí Quinn suggested last night that ASTI members could lose protection from compulsory redundancies in the wake of their rejection of the deal.Kenny said he is “disappointed” that teachers have rejected the deal.He continued: “I think in a time of national response where we’re clearly making progress, difficult though it is, I am disappointed that this was their decision.”Evictions and BudgetEarlier the Taoiseach was asked by Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin about the case of a couple with three young children in Cork who are facing eviction from their family home.Kenny said that there is an option for a court to implement a stay on all legal proceedings until all options are explored.“The government have made it perfectly clear that repossession of houses should be a case of very last resort,” Kenny said amid accusations from Martin that he was “washing your hands of the issue”.In his first outing at Leaders’ Questions, the independent TD Stephen Donnelly asked the Taoiseach if there is scope for reducing the level of austerity planned in next month’s Budget.Donnelly said there is a “compelling case” to use €1 billion for economic growth but Kenny said that the government does not have all the economic figures at its disposal to reach agreement on the amount of Budget adjustment.“Clearly if monies are available at the end of the presentation of all the figures the government will make its choices as to what extent of that can be applied for job creation,” Kenny said in response.ASTI: ‘If they impose further changes we will be forced to react’Ex-IMF mission chief: ‘Ireland needs a new jolt of growth’last_img read more

Poll The €100000 Quinn wedding cake do you carePoll The €100000 Quinn wedding cake do you care

first_img I care about what it cost (816) No,  I don’t care about it at all (1582) Poll Results: THE IRISH DAILY Mail has a picture of that €100,000 wedding cake bought for the nuptials of Seán Quinn’s daughter Ciara.It emerged last week that the cake was flown over from New York in November 2007 and was charged to a subsidiary of the Quinn Group, along with the rest of the wedding costs.The cake stood six feet tall and travelled with its own staff. Each slice was worth around €250.Last month up to €2 million in pledges was made by people in support of the Quinn family. Ireland’s one-time richest man and his family are currently representing themselves across various legal battles with IBRC, the former Anglo Irish Bank.The cake is hitting the headlines, but do you care about what it cost, or who paid for it, or both? Tell us why in the comments section below… I care about who paid for it (868) Yes, I do care about the cost and payment (947) Yes, I do care about the cost and paymentI care about what it costI care about who paid for itNo,  I don’t care about it at allVotelast_img read more

How much can you get for a used iPad 2How much can you get for a used iPad 2

first_imgThis may be the week of the iPad 3, but you could also say that it’s the week of the Great iPad 2 Sell-off. Many tablet owners have already posted their previous-gen iPads on Craiglist or eBay, but many more will take the plunge after that Retina Display is unveiled on Wednesday.If you’re one of the numerous owners looking to trade-in their iPad 2 this week, you may be wondering just how much cheddar your old slate will fetch. We’ve investigated some of the most popular outlets for iPad resales, and can give you a good idea of what to expect.eBayeBay is one of the first places that you’ll want to consider for selling your iPad 2. If you have the patience to post an auction, you may be able to get more than you will elsewhere.We surveyed a small sample of recently completed listings, and found that the 16GB WiFi-only model of the iPad 2 fetched an average of $391. We excluded brand new iPads, as well as ones that included accessories.Keep in mind, though, that this price included shipping fees. An iPad will probably cost at least $10-15 to ship. In addition, eBay and PayPal both take a percentage of your final sale. After all of this is taken into account, you may end up with about $325 for your iPad 2.As for other models (higher storage and 3G), you can expect something in the following ranges. Note that these are rough estimates based on completed listings from the last few days. Your price can vary based on condition, included accessories, and your eBay seller rating:Craigslist and other optionsThough these resale prices on eBay aren’t exactly sky-high, they may be more than you’ll get elsewhere. However, there are other options that could be worth a look.Craigslist can potentially yield a nice offer, and there are no seller or shipping fees involved. The downside, of course, is that you may end up floating facedown in the river. Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh, but it’s always smart to conduct Craigslist transactions during the day, in a public place. You can also be careful about who you deal with, based on your initial communication with the potential buyer.If you go the Craigslist route, you can probably expect a bit more than the above-listed eBay prices (by $20-50 we’re guessing). There may, however, be several days full of lowballers, sketchy characters, and overseas Paypal scams before you get to that point.Amazon is another option for selling your old iPad. It’s quick and easy to post your items, and they’ll be seen by Amazon’s millions of customers. Like eBay, though, you’ll have to pay a portion of your selling price, and you’ll have to honor Amazon’s return policies if the buyer changes his mind.Instant cash sites like Gazelle and eBay Instant Sale will help you to avoid the hassle of posting an auction or messing with Craigslist, but you’ll get significantly less. Of these two options, eBay offers more up front: $275.16 for the 16GB WiFi-only iPad 2, compared to $214 from Gazelle. It’s worth noting, though, that eBay Instant often drops the offer price after inspecting the item (even for minor defects).So if you don’t mind doing a little work, you’ll probably get the most money from Craigslist, eBay, and Amazon. For other options, you get significantly less; but you may find it worth it to make the process easier.Further reading: See our coverage of iPad trade-ins when then iPad 2 was about to arrive.last_img read more

Ask a Climatologist Bitter cold makes a comeback in AlaskaAsk a Climatologist Bitter cold makes a comeback in Alaska

first_imgAlaska has settled into a notable stretch of seriously cold weather. Communities around the state are enduring low temperatures they haven’t seen in a few years. And for more than a week, the average statewide temperature index has registered below normal- by far the longest stretch this year.Brian Brettschneider is a climatologist in Anchorage who closely tracks Alaska climate data and trends. Alaska’s Energy Desk is checking in with him regularly as part of the segment, Ask a Climatologist.He spoke with Energy Desk editor Annie Feidt.Listen NowInterview transcript:Brian: For example in Fairbanks, they reached minus 31 on Tuesday morning and that’s the first time they’ve been below -30 in two winters. In a typical winter, that happens about 20 times a year.Annie: What’s causing this?Brian: With the lack of sun — solar energy in the winter — if you can keep the warmth from the ocean away, cold air tends to build up in the high latitude areas. And those cold air masses, they move with the upper air flow, the jet stream and right now we’re in a pattern where the flow is bringing some of the cold air that’s been slowly building up over the last few weeks, it’s dragging that into Alaska and so we’re all experiencing those below normal temperatures.Annie: So for the entire state we have the first below normal stretch…Brian: Right, so basically in the last 10 or 12 days, we’ve been below normal most of that time, which has been the first stretch of below normal days we’ve had in 2016. We’ve even had a significantly below normal day, the first one of 2016.Annie: And you put this out on social media. What was the reaction you got?Brian: Well, the reaction from some people is global warming, climate change, it’s over now, since temperatures have become more Alaska-like. But I want to caution people, even the warmest year on record for Alaska, 2014, we still had about 60 significantly below normal days. We’ve now had one. And we’ll probably add to that here in the next two weeks, but even still 2016 is an almost 100 percent lock to be the warmest year on record in Alaska.Annie: Even if we spend the rest of the year below normal?Brian: We’d have to have the coldest December of the last 40 years to not have the warmest year on record, so it’s pretty much a done deal.last_img read more

Chennai floods to weigh significantly on earnings in OctDec quarter TCSChennai floods to weigh significantly on earnings in OctDec quarter TCS

first_imgWhile Chennai is just starting to recover from the recent floods, India’s largest IT firm, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), said that its third-quarter revenues will be significantly impacted by the worst floods witnessed in the city in nearly 100 years. TCS’ earnings have already disappointed the Street’s expectations in the past several quarters.The Mumbai-based IT major, which employs over 65,000 people in Chennai, said employee attendance is lower than normal despite many of its facilities in the city started operating from 7 December.”While majority of facilities in Chennai opened for normal business functioning on 7 December, 2015, attendance rates were lower than normal as employees were still recovering from the flood’s aftermath,” said TCS in a filing with the BSE.”Chennai is one of TCS’ largest delivery locations with over 65,000 employees,” it said.TCS said other than mission-critical activities, normal business functioning of its Chennai facilities had to be halted all week since December 1 due to the extreme weather conditions and flooding of the city after incessant rain.”This is expected to have a material impact on the company’s revenues in the seasonally weak third quarter ending 31 December, 2015,” it said.Earlier this week, the company said it had set aside Rs 1,100 crore for its flood-hit employees in Chennai.Under the Rs 1,100-crore relief fund, the Mumbai-based IT major will extend interest-free cash advances to its employees advances “in the range of Rs 1 lakh and up to a maximum of equivalent to three months’ gross salary.”last_img read more

Germany set to deport two home grown terror suspectsGermany set to deport two home grown terror suspects

first_imgGermany said Tuesday it will deport two men arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack, despite the fact that while their parents are foreigners, they were both born in the country.This is the first time in Germany’s history that such a decision has been taken, said a spokesman for the region’s interior ministry, quoted by the German news agency DPA.The country, like many European states, has historically subscribed to the idea of “jus sanguinis”-citizenship is determined by the nationalities of one or both parents and not by one’s place of birth.The decision also seems to be a first step in the country’s hardening anti-terrorism efforts, three months after a Tunisian national hijacked a truck and rammed it into a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.The two men, a 22-year-old of Nigerian origin and a 27-year-old of Algerian descent, were arrested in a police raid on February 9 in the central city of Gottingen, the region’s interior minister Boris Pistorius said.He confirmed that the federal administration court approved the deportation order after a petition by his ministry.The men, classified as “dangerous” by police, were known to authorities through their affiliation with Salafists.In a series of raids, police found an Islamic State (IS) flag and seized a gun in Gottingen where both men lived with their families.However, police could not determine whether the suspects intended to use the firearm in a possible terror plot. Investigators then declined to pursue criminal proceedings.The men will likely be deported quickly and will be barred from Germany indefinitely, DPA reported.Germany has remained on high alert since the December 19 attack by Anis Amri in Berlin that also injured 56 people.Four days after the attack, Amri, 24, was shot dead by Italian police after travelling through several European countries before heading to Milan.The rampage in Berlin was claimed by the Islamic State group, which released a video in which Amri is shown pledging allegiance to IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Germany had rejected Amri’s asylum application half a year earlier, but he could not be expelled because of Tunisian bureaucratic delays.That led German Chancellor Angela Merkel to urge North African states to step up border controls and expedite procedures to repatriate migrants whose asylum applications are rejected.last_img read more

Bangladesh wont repatriate any Rohingya by forceBangladesh wont repatriate any Rohingya by force

first_imgForeign minister AK Abdul MomenForeign minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday said Bangladesh does not want to do anything by force and laid emphasis on removing trust-deficit among Rohingyas who refused to return to their homeland, reports UNB. “It’s regrettable… what else you can do!” the foreign minister said while talking to a small group of reporters at his office. Momen said there is a trust-deficit among Rohingyas and reiterated Bangladesh’s call to take 100 “majhis” or Rohingya leaders to Rakhine State, and show them what measures and arrangements are taken to welcome Rohingyas to their own homes as they fear about their safety and security. The foreign minister said he is thinking about forming a commission with people from various countries to go and see the development in Rakhine and inspect whether peace and stability are prevailing there or not with required steps. “Myanmar should prove that development is there and peace is prevailing,” he said adding that Myanmar can also take journalists there to see the situation on the ground. Foreign minister Momen said Myanmar should come forward if they remain honest and should give access to Rakhine to see the situation there. Responding to a question about Rohingyas’ demands, the foreign minister said they cannot be hostage to their demands. “They (Rohingya) need to realise their demands by going back to their homes.” Momen said they were hoping that the repatriation would begin today (Thursday), at least on a small scale, but it’s yet to begin. “We’re still waiting with a high hope. Myanmar has created the problem and solution lies there, too. We don’t want to do anything by force,” he said adding that representatives of Myanmar, China and Bangladesh governments were present there. Responding to another question, the foreign minister said they will identify those distributing leaflets, supplying English-written signboards and carrying out campaigns encouraging Rohingyas not to return to Myanmar. “We’re identifying them,” he said adding that steps will be taken. He indicated about slower fund flow — both from locally and internationally — which might create problems for the Rohingyas though they are living a comfortable life now. “For their own better future, they should go back.” The foreign minister said their efforts will continue for voluntary and safe return of Rogingyas to their place of origin. Responding to a question, he said there are both positive and negative aspects of welcoming Rohingyas in 2017, and Myanmar did never say they will not take back their nationals. Despite all the preparations, no Rohingya turned up on Thursday to avail of the “voluntary” repatriation offer given to them to go back to their place of origin in Rakhine state of Myanmar prompting the authorities to suspend the repatriation process for the day. While briefing reporters, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam said they interviewed the listed Rohingyas over the last couple of days and encouraged them to return to their homeland. But nobody did show up at Ghumdhum transit point on Thursday, he said adding that five buses were kept ready to take the Rohingyas to Myanmar’s Rakhine state, their place of origin. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country since 25 August, 2017. The two countries signed a repatriation deal on 23 November, 2017, but there has been little progress. On 29 July, Bangladesh handed a fresh list of 25,000 Rohingyas from around 6,000 families to Myanmar for verification before their repatriation to Rakhine state. With the latest list, Bangladesh has so far handed the names of around 55,000 Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities and around 8,000 of them have been verified. Myanmar only cleared 3,450 Rohingyas for beginning the repatriation. On 16 January, 2018 Bangladesh and Myanmar inked a document on “Physical Arrangement”, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland. The “Physical Arrangement” stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start. The first batch of Rohingyas was scheduled to return on 15 November last year but it was halted amid the unwillingness of Rohingyas to go back for lack of a congenial environment in Rakhine. On 20 August, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said both Bangladesh and Myanmar were “fully ready” to resume the repatriation of Rohingyas to their homeland but some Rohingya leaders and NGOs are reportedly discouraging them to return. “We’ve heard some Rohingya leaders emerged there. They don’t want the return of any Rohingya (to their homeland). They’re trying to stop returnees. Some INGOs and NGOs are instigating them (Rohingyas),” he told a small group of reporters at his office. He said Bangladesh wants to see Rohingyas’ return to Rakhine state as soon as possible.last_img read more

The Ataribox Looks Slick But What the Heck Does it DoThe Ataribox Looks Slick But What the Heck Does it Do

first_imgRight after this year’s E3 had finished, Atari announced it would be releasing a new console. This reveal was accompanied by a brief video showing bits and pieces of the upcoming system. Today, the legendary gaming company has released official images of this Ataribox. Images, but not much else.There are two variations of the Ataribox. One features a wood front, while the other has black glass. Both have ribbed black plastic, which is reminiscent of old Atari systems. There are also a number of ports on the back of the machine. Aesthetically speaking, this is a great redesign of a classic system.AdChoices广告This is what an email sent to Ataribox list subscribers says: “As you can guess, those ports suggest modern internal specs. It also means that while we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content.”That part of the email is admittedly a bit vague, so let’s try to break it down. Since there is no cartridge slot on the system, we have to assume it plays “classic gaming content” by way of emulation. Think of the NES Classic Edition. Then there’s the part about “current gaming content.” What is that supposed to mean? Does Atari plan on releasing brand-new games for this system? That is what the email seems to suggest.Atari goes on to say: “We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, features, pricing, timing etc. We’re not teasing you intentionally; we want to get this right, so we’ve opted to share things step by step as we bring Ataribox to life, and to listen closely to Atari community feedback as we do so.”Right now, this seems to be Atari’s answer to the NES Classic Edition. But if it can also run newer games, that would help it from being another “me too” system. Stay tuned for more news on the Ataribox as it develops.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Feature | January 27, 2010 | Dave Fornell Cardio PACS Not Just for Pictures Anymore News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Related Content Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read 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 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Several vendors explained recent trends in cardiac PACS during the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting Nov. 29 – Dec. 3 in Chicago. Industry experts from Siemens, Infinitt, McKesson, Agfa, Visage, Thinking Systems, Brit, Fuji/ProSolv, Carestream, and ScImage all agreed on the following points:More Than Pictures“People will still say ‘I want a cardio PACS,’ but what they really want is the whole package,” said Robert Baumgartner, RN, product marketing director for McKesson’s medical imaging group.Vendors say it is no longer good enough to just store and retrieve an image. As cardiac PACS evolve, the lines are increasingly blurred for what were previously self-contained IT systems for imaging, advanced visualization, cardiac image reports, echo image management, ECG management, inventory control, billing, and cath lab and hemodynamic reporting.Vendors said new integrations in 2010 will include inventory control systems, computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and cardiac department scheduling.“The trend is definitely moving toward a single solution, consolidated PACS,” said Lisa Braunreuther, global business manager, Agfa cardiology IT. She said the goal is to take isolated islands of information scattered between various software systems and consolidate it into one place.“I see a lot of confusion in the cardio space,” said Chris Carr, marketing manager for ScImage. “There are separate systems for electrophysiology, cath lab, ECG, imaging, and vascular, and all these specialties are starting to see there is a benefit to consolidating their PACS and reporting systems.”Cardio PACS are bridging the gap between these specialties and separate imaging and diagnostic modalities. “Cardiology is putting its people under a PACS administrator,” said Karen Boltich, RTR, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, senior cardiovascular product line manager for Fujifilm Medical Systems USA.Workflow EfficiencyImprovements to increase efficiency are a key trend, Baumgartner said. Structured reporting can help auto complete final reports. Structured reports also allow data to be mined for clinical information used for registries or comparative effectiveness studies. He said these time-saving features are part of the physician “buy-in” for these systems.Vendors are also improving efficiency by offering more customized report templates and how images are displayed, sometimes down to individual user preferences.ConnectivityVendors say connectivity is rapidly becoming the No. 1 end-user request – they want to be able to network the software and devices they prefer. This is easier said than done, and it is not enough to simply have HL7 or DICOM based systems. Several PACS vendors said they are working closely with industry partners to increase interoperability with “vendor-neutral” and “open-architecture” systems. They are also partnering to take advantage of best-of-breed software for advanced visualization and cath lab analysis modules.Remote AccessMany cardio PACS are now offered as Web-based solutions that can be accessed anywhere without the use of dedicated workstations. Since many cardiologists work with multiple hospitals or have separate office locations, they want remote access to DICOM images, Braunreuther said. They don’t want reference images, they want full, high-resolution images and the ability to complete and file full reports, she said.New features being rolled out include DICOM file sharing that can be e-mailed directly to a referring physicians, instead of overnighting hard copies or CDs. New viewers also allow PACS images to be launched directly from a patient’s EMR. 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Barco Shares Latest Advances in Multimodality Diagnostic Imaging at RSNA 2017Barco Shares Latest Advances in Multimodality Diagnostic Imaging at RSNA 2017

first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Flat Panel Displays | November 13, 2017 Barco Shares Latest Advances in Multimodality Diagnostic Imaging at RSNA 2017 Company’s display monitors provide high-quality visualization for breast imaging and multimodality enterprise imaging Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play 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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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content 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 | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more November 13, 2017 — Barco will host presentations at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago, to address the pressing challenges of diagnostic accuracy and workflow efficiency in radiology. The company will demonstrate how its technologies help hospitals, radiologists and information technology (IT) managers improve performance and cost containment in this rapidly evolving era in healthcare.  Barco is hosting a series of booth talks designed to arm organizations with real-world solutions to their most pressing radiology IT challenges. Sessions include:Assuring compliance of the healthcare enterprise — With the proliferation of reading environments and changing regulatory requirements, it can be difficult to ensure compliance across all locations. Barco will demonstrate how to improve quality assurance/quality control via an automated, online management of all flat panel display assets.Important considerations for multimodality breast imaging — Learn how to transform breast imaging workflow to improve efficiency and working comfort while reading the multitude of imaging modalities, from 2-D and 3-D mammography to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound (US). Attendees will see how bringing all exams onto a single screen improves comparison in accordance with new ACR-AAPM-SIIM Practice Parameter Determinants of Image Quality in Digital Mammography.Optimizing lifecycle management of diagnostic displays — Barco will also help attendees maximize return on investment (ROI) and ensure perpetual compliance by understanding the critical lifecycle factors affecting display investment. See how an online quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) service can automatically track and manage display compliance, conduct data analytics, support decisions and improve lifecycle planning of assets.Barco is also providing displays for the Image Perception Lab, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s, and Harvard Medical School. Barco will also conduct an experiment on “The effect of color rendering alternatives on detectability of clinically relevant features in PET-CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography).”Barco will present its portfolio of mammography and general radiology displays, designed to reveal the subtlest details and improve precise detection at the earliest stages of disease, according to the company.The company’s optimized display systems enhance reading speed and accuracy, with many featuring intuitive workflow tools and, all supported by Barco’s automated QA and compliance solution, MediCal QAWeb.The Coronis Uniti is the only multimodality breast imaging display that also allows viewing of picture archiving and communication system (PACS) images, according to Barco. Radiologists can view grayscale and precisely calibrated color, and clearly see subtle details to improve clinical decision-making. Complete studies can be conducted without multiple monitor setups, boosting workflow efficiency and reducing visual fatigue.The Coronis Fusion 6MP is designed as a workhorse for multimodality imaging. The brightest 6MP available, it delivers superior image quality while increasing productivity, according to Barco.The Nio Color 3MP brings hospital-quality imaging to radiologists’ home office desktops, helping clinicians discern even tiny details, thanks to high brightness (500 cd/m2) and contrast ratio.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative 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 morelast_img read more

Costa Rican neoNazi cop shown in Nazi salute on FacebookCosta Rican neoNazi cop shown in Nazi salute on Facebook

first_imgRelated posts:Human rights group asks Costa Rica to close down shop that displayed Nazi collectibles Is it fair to fire the cop for his Facebook pictures? Yes. His beliefs don’t belong in the ranks of the National Police.  No. Everyone has the right to express personal opinions. No opinion Neo-Nazi cop poll Authorities are investigating a Costa Rican police officer whose Facebook profile shows him posing in a Nazi salute with a Nazi flag and other symbols of the defunct German fascist party.Murdock Ronald Herrera, 26, has been a member of the National Police since 2009, and according to Public Security Vice Minister Celso Gamboa, an investigation of the photos is underway, although Herrera’s Facebook profile was deactivated on Monday  afternoon.The news of the neo-Nazi cop was first published by Tico blogger “El Chamuko” on his site “El infierno en Costa Rica” (Hell in Costa Rica), where he also published some of Herrera’s Facebook pictures.Herrera spoke to the daily La Nación on Monday and confirmed that he has worked for the National Police in San Pedro, east of San José, since November 2006. He said the pictures had caused him several problems and resulted in threats against his family. He did not say why he hadn’t removed the photos earlier.Herrera also said he was sent home from work  Monday, after social media sites and mainstream news outlets covered the story.According to Herrera, the photos depicting Nazi gestures where taken before he joined the National Police, but he acknowledged that “a few of his fellow police officers share his neo-Nazi ideologies.”National Police Director Juan José Andrade said Monday that Herrera’s case is under investigation to “verify if some of his actions are against the institution’s values and principles.”Tico blogger El Chamuko was more succinct: “It’s clear that even Jack the Ripper could pass psychological evaluations required to carry arms [in Costa Rica]. This public official [Herrera] shouldn’t even have a permit to carry a water pistol.”On Tuesday, Security Minister Mario Zamora said he asked for Herrera to be fired, because “no one linked with Nazism should be in the police force”. Facebook Commentslast_img read more