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Seattle NHL teams crackdown on ticket brokers bad for consumers says reseller

first_imgSEATTLE (NEWS 1130) – Seattle’s soon-to-be NHL team won’t hit the ice for another two years, but the club is already cracking down on so-called ticket brokers.The idea, according to the team’s president, Tod Lieweke, is to keep tickets in the hands of fans and prevent them from being resold“We want to make sure tickets are in the hands of true fans, and to secure the distribution of tickets and prevent fraud,” he says. “NHL Seattle is committed to ensuring that the dedicated hockey fans have the opportunity to purchase tickets.”The team is calling all known brokers among the 32,000 people who have paid a hefty deposit to reserve a season ticket, scratching them off the waitlist and giving them refunds.Vancouver ticket reseller Kingsley Bailey does not like it. He claims any time a team dictates policy in a monopolistic, way it’s never good for the consumer.“Sports organizations are manipulating the marketplace and this is just another one of those ways to manipulate the market place,” he says.Bailey adds if Seattle’s hockey team isn’t as successful down the road, you may see the club change its tune, and try to attract ticket buyers.“I don’t really see any pros to that because I see a lot of cons,” he says. “When the team suffers, they will be begging for fans to come back and do whatever they can.Lieweke says they don’t want anyone camping out with the aim to simply resell.With files from Sonia Aslamlast_img read more

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Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt loses riding

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Stephen Harper government’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt has gone down to electoral defeat in his New Brunswick, swept away in a red wave washing over the Atlantic Canada region on Monday evening.As the votes came in early Monday evening, Valcourt was barely hanging on to third place in his riding of Madawaska-Restigouche in northwestern New Brunswick, leading to a quick projection of his loss.Valcourt was beat by Liberal candidate Rene Arseneault.Valcourt was controversial during his time as Aboriginal Affairs minister. Appointed to the post in February 2013, Valcourt was minister when the Idle No More movement burst onto the national scene.Valcourt ended his term as minister facing a court challenge from several First Nations over his First Nation Transparency Act, which forces bands to post their financial information online.He also presided over the unraveling of the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act, an education bill that died on the order paper after the majority of chiefs opposed it becoming law.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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In Middle East Ban urges Gaza rebuilding amid efforts to resolve root

During a visit to the cities of Ramallah and Jerusalem, where he met in the morning with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and, in the afternoon, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Secretary-General called on all parties to stop the “endless, needless, mindless cycle of suffering” that has continued to inflame tensions throughout the region and spawned decades of instability. “Ultimately, the situation can only be resolved as part of a broader political horizon that ends the nearly half century of occupation and leads towards a two-state solution where the State of Palestine co-exists with Israel in peace and security,” Mr. Ban said during his press conference in Ramallah with Prime Minister Hamdallah.“Time is not on the side of peace,” he continued, warning that the world needs to act immediately to prevent the deepening of “an already unsustainable status quo.”“The United Nations, all systems, will continue to fully support all efforts to achieve a negotiated two-state solution,” added Mr. Ban. The two-pronged trip to the Israeli and Palestinian seats of political power comes on the heels of a weekend conference held in Cairo in support of the UN-backed plan on reconstruction of Gaza following a 51-day conflict in which entire neighbourhoods were flattened and almost one-third of Gaza’s population was uprooted. The violence also killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and more than 70 Israelis. Tomorrow, the Secretary-General’s trip through the region will take him to Gaza, where he will visit several sites destroyed during last summer’s conflict, including a compound belonging to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a UN Development Programme (UNDP) Fishing Project and the Jabalia school. In addition to visiting Gaza, he will also go to an Israeli kibbutz that was hit by rockets from Gaza during the conflict. In Ramallah today, the Secretary-General recalled his last visit to the region during that “tremendously difficult time” and said that in his current visit he brought with him “the hope of rebuilding Gaza and creating a brighter future for the people.” According to initial reports, in fact, donors attending the Cairo conference have pledged $5.4 billion for the reconstruction of Gaza – an amount exceeding the original $4 billion requested by Palestinian authorities. “The amount which has been committed, pledged by the international community, is quite encouraging considering current international situations, the crisis happening here and there,” Mr. Ban stated. “I was very much encouraged by such a strong support.”Speaking in Jerusalem later in the afternoon during his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Secretary-General underscored that a UN-brokered agreement allowing for “a temporary Gaza reconstruction mechanism” would not only kick-start the much-needed rebuilding of the devastated territory, but would also take “fully into account Israel’s legitimate security concerns.”The trilateral agreement, coordinated between the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, was reached in September and enables work at the scale required in the Gaza Strip, involving the private sector and giving a lead role to the Palestinian Authority in the reconstruction effort while providing security assurances through UN monitoring that these materials will not be diverted from their entirely civilian purpose. The Secretary-General noted that rebuilding would help prevent a return to economic degradation for Gaza and the Palestinians which, he warned, would merely reset the clock for “more instability, underdevelopment and conflict.” “Economic revival, which requires the predictable exit and entry of goods and people, can change the dynamics on the ground and ultimately enhance stability in Gaza, which in turn will improve Israel’s security,” said Mr. Ban. The Secretary-General also addressed the recent announcement of Israel’s plans to advance settlements in East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law, stating that he was “very concerned” about the developments and warning that they could have a deleterious effect on any progress towards a definitive peace. “This does not send the right signal and I urge the Government of Israel to reverse these activities,” he added. “Unilateral action is no foundation for the future. The two-state solution is the only way to bring peace to both sides.”Mr. Ban reiterated this message during his visit with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin later in the day when he warned that the region could no longer afford distractions from tackling “the fundamental cause of strife, namely the absence of a comprehensive peace settlement.”“Israeli-Palestinian peace is necessary and urgent because it is the only route to securing long-denied Palestinian rights and to Israel’s lasting security,” he concluded. read more

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Bahrain UN special adviser stresses urgency of deescalating tensions sparked by protests

Adama Dieng, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide also called on the protestors to exercise their rights peacefully and to avoid any act of violence, as well as on all decision-makers, in the country and at the regional level, political parties and groups, military, religious, tribal and community leaders to exercise restraint and to take all possible measures to prevent the further increase of tensions.According to a statement by his office today, the Special Adviser noted that the 20 June action by the Interior Ministry of Bahrain to revoke the citizenship of Sheikh Issa Qassem, a Shia religious leader, is the latest in a series of actions by the authorities in recent weeks that have further restricted space for public participation and the enjoyment of human rights in the country.Yesterday, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concerns at crackdown on human rights and political opposition groups including the action against the Shia religious leader, the re-arrest of Nabil Rajab, a prominent human rights defender, the dissolution of Al Wefaq, Bahrain’s largest opposition political grouping, the interrogation of five Shia clerics, and the travel bans on a number of human rights defenders.Moreover, on 16 June, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern at the situation in the country and noted that such actions by the State authorities could potentially damage the human rights situation in the country as well as undermine the reforms undertaken by King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa.In his view, Mr. Dieng said, “the country and the region are facing a critical moment. It is now even more crucial for the authorities and for all relevant parties to recommit to an inclusive national dialogue in the interest of all people of Bahrain.” read more

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UK can be centre of excellence for new lowcarbon and high value

Addressing the 2011 SMMT International Automotive Summit, Stephen Odell, Ford Group Vice President and Chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe, said that the UK could be world leaders in new and high value technologies. Odell opened his speech by highlighting the footprint of Ford in Britain, celebrating its “deeply-rooted” position in the UK in its centenary year, before presenting an overview of UK automotive. Odell mentioned the 700,000 jobs across vehicle and component supply that the industry supports, and the fact that it contributes £8.5 billion added value to the economy.“But it’s so much more than manufacturing and sales,” said Odell. “The UK can be a centre of excellence for the new low-carbon and high value technologies that offer the most growth potential for higher cost European economies.”Speaking about support from government, he added, “We have here the potential to build upon world-class design, engineering and manufacturing expertise, but I worry that we will not achieve that potential unless there is a greater commitment to help deliver a stronger British auto industry.“I’m not talking here just about grants or financial assistance. Rather, I’m talking about ensuring we have the right skills base and the right pro-industry policies in place to make investing in Britain of benefit to all stakeholders concerned.”He went on to discuss the impact of decisions taken at the European level on the UK industry. In the EU, automotive accounts for 10 per cent of all manufacturing by output, and 35% by employment. It provides direct employment for 2.3 million people, and a further 10.4 million indirect jobs.“Whatever the outcome over the next year or so, Europe needs to remain focused on supporting its industrial base,” said Odell. “That base is vital for our continued economic well-being. If we throw away this opportunity to create a more holistic and encompassing industrial policy now, we will regret it for generations to come.”Click through to download the full transcript of Stephen Odell’s keynote address at the 2011 SMMT International Automotive Summit.Click through for more information, news and photos from the 2011 International Automotive Summit.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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SMMT Update 207 – 2 March 2012

SMMT’s weekly round-up, including all the latest news from UK automotive and a message from our Chief Executive.Read SMMT Update 207 online.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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The Great Ball Contraption the ultimate Lego challenge has been perfected

first_imgOf all the things made with Lego, my favorites are inevitably the Great Ball Contraptions. GBCs, as they are know for short, are Rube Goldberg-style machines designed with the sole purpose of moving tiny balls through a circuit. The mechanisms that move the balls through the loop are generally as complex as possible, using clever actions that are reminiscent of the workings of a factory right out of How It’s Made.This GBC is particularly special. It uses a brilliant design and has the added bonus of being featured in a high quality, well produced video. The popularity of all too many Lego projects is held back by poor video work. That’s not the case here — YouTube user and creator Philip Verbeek did an incredible job this time around, setting a new bar for GBCs and GBC videos.Verbeek’s GBC 5 uses six discrete modules. Modules are simple machines (like an Archimedes screw) that work together to create the entire circuit. The more modules, the more complex the GBC. Module design is quite varied from one builder to another, but the point is that they would theoretically be able to work together, even though the standards for GBC modules seems to be quite loose.Verbeek’s creation used about 2500 Lego pieces and two motors, a Lego XL and one for the 9V pneumatic pump. The controlls are provided through Lego’s NXT 1.0, which also handles the counting of the balls as they work their way through the circuit.Verbeek’s GBC modules don’t all have formal names, but he was nice enough to describe the mechanisms for us (you can see them all in the gallery):Push: Pushes balls from the left and right side to the middle track.Accelerator: Shoots balls to the other side.Splitter: Makes balls go left and right in pairs. Two balls go left and then two balls go right.Stop-go #1: Stops balls and lets them go by at the right time.Stop-go #2: Same function, in another position.Stop-go #3: Same function, in a third position.Shoot: Shoots balls using a normal Lego spring.Cardan gear: Moves trolley back and forth.Tilt trolley: Dumps balls to another track.Pneumatic scissor lift: Adjusts height.Pneumatic switch: Controls air flow.So, yes, it’s a very complex device, but it does its job extremely well. Verbeek’s usages of simple machines — like the Cardan gear, which converts circular motion into linear motion — might seem simple in concept, but as you can see in the gallery images, the implementation of these concepts is much move complex. And then designing a machine from scratch that uses all these mechanisms is certainly the most impressive part of the GBC. Even for the advanced adult fan of Lego (AFOL) the GBC is a huge challenge and time-consuming undertaking.[Image credit: Philip Verbeek] VIEW PHOTO GALLERY GBC – Accelerator 002GBC – Accelerator 002GBC – Stop-go mechanismGBC – Splitter 01GBC – Splitter 02GBC – Accelerator moduleGBC – Push Mechanism, undersideGBC – overviewGBC – overview 002GBC – overview 003GBC – ball on railGBC -basinGBC – controllerGBC ball stackGBC – Pneumatic switchGBC – Pneumatic scissor liftGBC – Stop-go 3 – 001GBC – Stop-go 3GBC – Tilt trolley 02GBC – Tilt trolleyGBC – Cardan gear 03GBC – Cardan gear 02GBC – Cardan gearGBC – Stop-go 2GBC – spring mechanismlast_img read more

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The Greek Ethnic School of Saint Anna keeps busy with traditions

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram End of Year Concert 2018Administrator of the Greek Ethnic School, Anthoulla Nides, assistant to the Administrator, Eleni Paris and Principal of the school Mrs Vicki Giannopoulos presented encouragement awards to the students. Miss Stephanie Sakley, an outgoing Year 12 student was acknowledged with a gift. We wish Stephanie well in her future studies and career.Left, Administrator – Anthoulla Nides and her assistant Eleni Paris entertain the students with a giant koala bear.Also on the day, gifts of thanks were given by the Ladies Auxiliary to all the teachers, namely the Principal Vicki Giannopoulous, Effie Bachlinzanakis, Katerina Kalogeropoulos, Vivian Kalas and our Adult Greek Teacher Mrs Georgia Kalas. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication throughout 2018. At the same time the Ladies Auxiliary presented a thank you gift to our Dancing teachers Sally Cominos-Dakin and Effi Petridis-Alvanos. We thank Sally and Effi for their time and efforts throughout the year.Father Romanos blessing (agiasmos) with the children of the Greek School.Blessing of Greek Ethnic School of St Anna 2019On Wednesday the 27th of February 2019 Father Roman conducted a blessing (agiasmos) for the commencement of the Greek Ethnic School of St Anna. After the ceremony Father Roman blessed all the Greek school students, Teachers, Greek School Coordinators, and the parents of the school students.Priest tables with Agiasmos and the biblelast_img read more

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Sevilla rule out impossible signing for Morata

first_imgSporting director Joaquin Caparros announced that Sevilla have ended their interest in Alvaro Morata after Chelsea’s “impossible” demandsLos Rojiblancos were strongly linked with a six-month loan deal for Morata in this month’s transfer window after the Spaniard’s agent, Juanma Lopez, allegedly met Caparros to begin talks.But, upon completing the signing of Munir El Haddadi from Barcelona, Sevilla have ended their pursuit of the former Real Madrid striker.“Sevilla are an appealing team for a lot of players and Morata wanted to come,” said Caparros, according to Evening Standard.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We had talks but when we started talking about fees, we quickly realised that it was impossible and we gave up.“We focused on those who have come, with whom we are very happy. Munir was wanted by a lot of other teams but he wanted to come with us.”Morata, who has scored five goals in 16 Premier League games this season, has also been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

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Myanmar assures Bangladesh of quick Rohingya repatriation

first_imgAmid no visible progress over Rohingya repatriation, Myanmar on Thursday assured Bangladesh of accelerating verification process to start repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar, reports UNB.”We’re here for that and we’ll accelerate the (verification) process,” permanent secretary at Myanmar foreign ministry Myint Thu told newsmen when his attention was drawn about delay in Rohingya verification process.Bangladesh handed over a list of 1,673 Rohingya families (8,032 individuals) to Myanmar on 16 February to start the first phase of repatriation of Rohingyas to their homeland in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.Myanmar has so far verified less than 900 Rohingyas out of 8,032 names of Rohingyas after verification in several steps.Myint Thu said they will work hand in hand with Bangladesh to address the challenges and hoped that they will start the repatriation in the near future.Earlier, Bangladesh and Myanmar held a marathon meeting at state guesthouse Meghna that continued even after lunch starting from 11:00am.Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque and his Myanmar counterpart Myint Thu led their respective sides at the meeting.Myint Thu said they need to work to promote awareness about repatriation and mentioned that they will be providing information to Bangladesh regarding repatriation complexities.”We’ll be having more meeting and then we’ll set out mechanism to commence repatriation,” he said.Terming Rohingya repatriation very complex and difficult, Bangladesh said it is trying to work together with Myanmar for quick repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar.”You know such repatriation is always very complex and difficult matter. But we feel this repatriation starts as early as possible. We don’t have any disagreement over it,” foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque told the newsmen at state guesthouse Meghna on Thursday afternoon.”There is progress in our discussion. Both Bangladesh and Myanmar sides realised the need for quick repatriation of Rohingyas,” he said adding that they discussed all the issues related to Rohingya repatriation.The foreign secretary said both sides – Bangladesh and Myanmar – are trying to work together to make sure that repatriation process gets expedited.Responding to a question, whether Bangladesh will hand over a new list of Rohingyas, he said, “Let’s hope for the best. We’re hopeful.””We raised all issues. We wanted to know what they are doing in Rakhine state for the smooth return of Rohingyas,” a senior official, who attended the meeting, told UNB.He said the Myanmar side could not give any satisfactory reply on many issues Bangladesh side raised.Responding to a question, the official said Myanmar could not complete verification of first list. “So, there’s no hurry to place the second list. I don’t know how much time they will take to verify others mentioned in the first list.”The joint working group, dedicated to overseeing the repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar, sat in meeting again after the lunch to identify ways for expediting the verification and repatriation process of Rohingyas.The JWG held the first meeting in Myanmar on 15 January.Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation agreement on 23 November last year. On 16 January, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on ‘Physical Arrangement’ which will facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh.The ‘Physical Arrangement’ stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start of repatriation.Bangladesh currently has a Rohingya population, which is far more than Bhutan’s entire population.Bhutan has around 800,000 people whereas Bangladesh had to give shelter to some 1.2 million Rohingyas.last_img read more

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S Koreas Moon sacks finance minister policy chief

first_imgThis picture taken on 8 November shows South Korea`s Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon at a parliamentary committee session in Seoul. Photo: AFPSouth Korean president Moon Jae-in sacked his top two economic officials Friday, the government said, as the world’s 11th-largest economy struggles with slowing growth, rising unemployment and persistent income gaps.Finance minister Kim Dong-yeon and presidential chief of staff for policy Jang Ha-sung had both been replaced, top Blue House spokesman Yoon Young-chan said in a televised statement.The pair had reportedly been at odds with each other.Moon’s global profile has been dominated by his role in the rapid diplomatic rapprochement with nuclear-armed North Korea but at home his handling of the economy has become increasingly controversial, contributing to falling poll ratings.His administration has steeply raised South Korea’s minimum wages, cut working hours and converted temporary staff to permanent in a series of redistributive moves it says will lead to what it calls “income-led growth”.It is a marked change from the growth model of the past, driven by exports and investments by the South’s major companies, that has seen the South rise to become Asia’s fourth-biggest economy.And critics say the moves have had the opposite effect to what was intended, worsening the situation of many low-income earners and seeing small businesses cut staff, while big firms hold back investment in the face of tougher regulation.Last month, the central Bank of Korea cut its growth forecast for this year to 2.7 per cent, down from the 3.1 per cent achieved in 2017.Unemployment jumped 0.4 percentage points to 3.8 per cent in the third quarter, with youth joblessness at its highest since 1999 at 9.4 per cent.Political bickeringJang was the architect of the “income-led growth” policy and wanted to maintain it, while Kim had called for reining it in.But despite Jang’s sacking, officials indicated the approach would continue.Government policy would focus on “income-led growth, renovation-centred expansion and a democratic economy”, Yoon said, with the aim of creating “a benevolent state where all are better off”.Kim was replaced by Hong Nam-ki, a veteran civil servant, while Jang was succeeded by Kim Soo-hyun, currently Moon’s top social affairs adviser.”This does not mean any major policy changes,” political analyst Choi Jin told AFP.”The bickering between the two outgoing officials threatened to spread throughout the government and Moon had no choice but to remove them both.”Earlier Friday, Moon himself said at a meeting with government officials: “We have to be well off together. A fair economy will be the key.”Sprawling family-oriented conglomerates known as chaebols were instrumental in South Korea’s transformation from war-ravaged ruin to an industrial power.But as GDP growth has slowed, public frustration with the likes of Samsung and Hyundai has mounted. They are accused of choking off innovation, distorting markets, and engaging in corrupt practices to ensure founding families retain control.Centre-leftist Moon has vowed to step up measures to monitor the chaebols and stop them exploiting small businesses and subcontractors.last_img
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Shanahan takes Pentagon helm after Mattis

first_imgUS president Donald Trump, flanked by deputy secretary of defence Patrick Shanahan, holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, US on 9 May. Photo: ReutersPatrick Shanahan, who on Tuesday becomes the acting US secretary of defence, takes the helm of America’s massive military machine at a critical time.Shanahan is moving up from his position as deputy defence secretary to the top spot following the resignation of Jim Mattis, who quit over long-running — and ultimately irreconcilable — disagreements with president Donald Trump.Little known outside business and Washington circles, Shanahan will be thrust onto the world stage at a time of tumultuous changes and unpredictable foreign policy moves under Trump.The president this month ordered the withdrawal of all US forces from Syria and, according to US officials, a 50 per cent draw down in Afghanistan — momentous decisions that have left lawmakers and international allies fearing for what comes next.Shanahan must now oversee the US withdrawal from Syria and play a key role in helping Trump decide the pace of the pull out.Another consideration he must weigh is what, if any, protections should go to Kurdish forces that the US military had been backing to fight Islamic State jihadists.Turkey views the Kurdish YPG fighters as “terrorists” and has vowed to attack them in northern Syria.While Shanahan has not always had day-to-day involvement in thorny geopolitical issues like this, Pentagon officials say he is ready to tackle them.”He’s had 18 months to observe all of these operations, he’s been in all of the meetings, he’s been in all the discussions, he’s briefed the White House,” Shanahan’s spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Joe Buccino, told AFP.A Washington state native, the 56-year-old Shanahan spent more than three decades at Boeing, where he became senior vice president, worked on missile defense systems and was general manager of the 787 Dreamliner program.Trump announced Shanahan’s appointment in a 23 December tweet that also brought Mattis’s planned departure date forward by two months.According to US media, Trump was angry over news coverage of Mattis’s stinging resignation letter that laid bare his fundamental disagreements with the president.Fox in the henhouse?Despite a lack of foreign policy or military experience, Shanahan’s executive and technical knowledge made him well suited for the Pentagon’s number two position, which focuses more on the Defence Department’s business side.In his time as deputy, the soft-spoken Shanahan played a key role in helping Mattis and others develop vital policy documents such as the National Defence Strategy (NDS), a sweeping review that highlights a new era of “Great Power competition” with Russia and China.He also has voiced support for Trump’s aim of creating a “Space Force,” a sixth branch of the military that still needs approval from the US Congress.Buccino pointed to the NDS as a key area for Shanahan’s focus.”He sees the national defence strategy as the blueprint, as the guide for all actions, directions, policies for the Pentagon,” Buccino said.Before starting at the Pentagon in July 2017, Shanahan’s lack of foreign policy chops got him in hot water with the late John McCain, the senior Republican senator who led the Senate Armed Services Committee.At his confirmation hearing, an irascible McCain said a lack of detail in some of Shanahan’s foreign policy answers was “almost insulting.”McCain also expressed concerns that putting a former executive from a defence industry giant in the Pentagon could be akin to putting a fox “back in to the henhouse.”International allies will look to Shanahan, as they did to Mattis, for reassurances about America’s commitment to longstanding alliances — even as Trump assails partner nations for not paying more for their defence.Shanahan must tread a careful line with the mercurial president, especially if he wants to get rid of the “acting” prefix of his job title.Trump has shown an aversion to listening to dissenting advice, and has parted company with many of the top aides to have challenged him.He fired secretary of state Rex Tillerson, former national security advisor HR McMaster resigned, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is on his way out the door.An official close to Shanahan said he would feel comfortable giving Trump an opposing opinion if necessary.”His entire adult life, Shanahan has provided a dissenting voice to leadership when needed,” the official said.”He would have no qualms doing that.last_img read more

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PlayStation Vita game box for MLB 15 The Show is empty

first_imgWe just got some copies of MLB 15: The Show in for review, and one of them is a little strange. The PS3 version is a standard PS3 game box with a disc inside. The PS4 version is a standard PS4 game box with a disc inside. The PS Vita version is a standard PS Vita game box with a download code inside. And nothing else. Wow, is it stupid.I understand why game publishers sell retail download codes of games. Some gamers want to play a new release, but don’t have a credit card and can’t buy directly through the PSN Store. You go to a GameStop with cash (or a dishearteningly tall pile of games) and you can get the download code to get it over the PSN Store without a credit card. The difference is that these download codes usually come on a paper card or on the receipt.This is a physical game box. With a space for a game card. It’s a chunk of plastic Sony manufactured, printed labels for, and shipped to retail stores as if there were a physical product inside. There is no reason for it to be a box and not a smaller, cheaper, disposable card. Game codes are disposable anyway; once you register them, they’re completely worthless.This makes absolutely no sense. The physical box adds no value for the gamer (unless they really need a spare box for one of their Vita cards?). It just adds overhead to Sony when compared to a paper card with a game code on it. I can’t think of any reason for the game to come like this. It’s ridiculous.last_img read more

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CM inaugurates Biswa Bangla Gate doors to open for public on Feb

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Biswa Bangla Gate from the dais of the 43rd Kolkata International Book Fair on Thursday afternoon.The Gate will be opened for the public on Saturday. The visitors will have to book tickets online and entry fee will be Rs 100. Forty five visitors will be allowed at a time and they can spend one hour. There will be a coffee shop where snacks will be sold. There will also be a shop to sell souvenirs, as well as a selfie zone. The gate will be opened at 12 noon and closed at 6 pm. There is a viewers’ gallery where the visitors can enjoy the beautiful skyline of the city. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe opening of the Biswa Bangla Gate before the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) which is scheduled to be held on February 7 and 8, adds a new feather to the cap of New Town which is coming up as a major cultural, business, educational and tourist hub. To make the Biswa Bangla Gate a secure one, experts of RITES had been appointed to conduct a study. They had submitted a report and their suggestions have been incorporated. A team from Kanpur IIT had conducted the wind tunnel test for the structure. The visitors’ gallery is around 25 metres above the ground. Visitors can use the lifts on one side of the gate to reach the gallery and the cafeteria. The visitors’ gallery along with the cafeteria has been surrounded by glass, which will be part of the wall. The construction of the gate has involved around 70 tonne of steel. The idea of the gallery has been conceived from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, while the cafeteria has been inspired by the hanging cafeteria of Malaysia. The construction of the gate had begun on March 6, 2017. Though the construction ended as per schedule, Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) had left no stones unturned to examine the safety features.last_img read more

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Is Google Wallet the Next Step in Mobile Payments

first_img min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. When it comes to reinventing the way people pay for goods and services, Google is ahead of the pack with its Google Wallet Android application, available on the Sprint Nexus S 4G phone. It allows users to transfer money directly to merchants using a smartphone app that runs on devices that are enabled to accept “contactless” payments.While other, similar systems — such as Exxon and Mobil’s Speedpass program — exist, Google Wallet is the first major deployment of the technology with wider retail functionality. And although the service is still largely in the roll-out phase, and it isn’t perfect, it does offer some tantalizing possibilities for businesses considering the future of mobile commerce.What is it: Google Wallet lets consumers to pay for goods and services by using virtual credit card information stored on a smartphone that communicates wirelessly with a nearby payment terminal. The transaction works by tapping a smartphone against a special reader — for now, MasterCard PayPass — that merchants install at their point-of-sale terminals. Register Now » Google Wallet doesn’t change the relationship between small businesses and their financial institutions any more than an old-fashioned leather wallet. It’s just an intermediary. A transaction processed using Google Wallet still goes through the traditional route including banks and credit card companies. There are no added fees for accepting Google Wallet payments, but merchants will still pay the same credit card company transaction fees. What you might like: It’s an interesting new way to accept payments that fits the way smartphone-tethered consumers live their lives. Google Wallet also opens up promotional opportunities. Consumers will be able to use their phones to redeem “Google Offers” — Google’s version of daily deals. Small businesses will be able to offer customers digital loyalty cards through the app.What you might not like: Google Wallet is still in the early stages of deployment. For now, the only virtual credit cards supported are a Citibank MasterCard or a Google Prepaid card, although users can add money to a Google Prepaid card using any credit card.A business also needs the infrastructure in place to accept payments. That requires upgrading your point-of-sale with a MasterCard PayPass terminal, with varying cost.The app is only available on the Sprint Nexus S 4G right now. So, presumably a fraction of your customers will be immediately able to use the service.Bottom line: Google Wallet is a lot like many things Google does: It’s a marvelous idea that is a step or two ahead of its time. For businesses that serve a niche market, with dedicated smartphone-using customers, there could be near-term upside in supporting the technology.center_img October 11, 2011 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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RIMs Mobile Fusion Phone Management Tool Not for All Small Businesses

first_img Canadian smartphone giant Research in Motion is supposed to be synonymous with business mobility. But if its latest mobile management tool is any indication, small businesses are less and less part of the company’s plans.The latest example is the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, a new mobile device management tool RIM recently unveiled. Mobile Fusion allows for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android devices to be remotely managed in shops that also use BlackBerry Enterprise Server, RIM’s business management software package for mostly larger firms. The service is expected to be ready in March. Closed-beta testing begins in January.We broke down the new app’s small business feature-set ahead of the official release. Here’s what we found: Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals December 9, 2011center_img min read The good news: RIM is bringing mobile ‘bring-your-own-device’ management to Blackberry shops. As more employees use personal devices for work, the trend is: They’re opting for consumer-friendly smartphones like the iPhone or Droid as well BlackBerrys. Mobile Fusion allows businesses that have traditionally used RIM phones to protect company data stored on non-RIM personal devices. Users running BlackBerry Enterprise Server will be able to lock and wipe remote devices, set Wi-Fi and email settings for BlackBerry, iOS and Android tools. And they can do it all from the same central control panel.Related: Five Rules for ‘Bring Your Own Device’ TeamsThe bad news: Mobile Fusion is aimed at larger companies and probably won’t be much of a small business solution. For instance, it requires deploying BlackBerry Enterprise Sever, which costs $3,999 for 20 users on top of the cost of existing Microsoft software, dedicated IT support and time to train your employees.The cost and complexity puts this tool out of reach of for many small firms.More bad news: Small companies will be stuck cobbling together their own mobile device management solutions. Smaller companies that use RIM devices can try to emulate some of the Mobile Fusion features, but it will require integrating other tools. For example, RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express and BlackBerry Management Center can manage email and security for RIM tools. Both are free, but they do not manage Apple’s iOS or Android devices. To support those, companies will require third-party tools such as MobileIron which is priced at $4 per device per month, or $75 with a perpetual license, which offers comprehensive cross-platform management solutions.Bottom line: Medium- and large-size companies could find a role for this tool. But for the vast majority of small businesses that hope to run BlackBerrys as well as iPhones and Droids, Mobile Fusion will be of little value.Related: Dumping Your BlackBerry? Join the Club Register Now »last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | October 29, 2008 | Cristen C. Bolan RIS/PACS in a Web 2.0 World What is missing in your PACS and what Web 2.0 tools can help your workflow? Some Web 2.0 tools are features commonly used among consumers to better communicate and gather information. Such tools are being adapted for and adopted by radiologists. Many radiologists already tap into instant messenger, digital reference libraries, access radiology chat rooms and more. But will these capabilities be added to the arsenal and integrated into the radiologist’s workflow and embedded into the next generation of RIS/PACS offerings?To discern which Web 2.0 tools might enhance the radiologist’s experience, we examined the biggest challenges facing today’s RIS/PAC systems and what key capabilities could be added to a future RIS/PAC system.At the Pediatric Diagnostic Imaging (PDI) center, founder Robert Wells, M.D., and a team of pediatric radiologists, nurses and technologists, work with a multimodality integrated RIS/PACS from Merge Healthcare to manage images generated by MRI, CT, ultrasound, fluoroscopy and general X-ray. Dr. Wells is a renowned and respected pediatric radiologist. Dr. Wells spoke with Imaging Technology News regarding some of the biggest challenges with today’s RIS/PAC systems and what are important features to have in any RIS/PAC system. He also identified the features critical to the streamlining the radiologists’ workflow and identified capabilities that are lacking in today’s standard RIS/PAC system. Cycling TimeAn important consideration in a PACS workstation is the cycling time between imaging studies. When performing hundreds of interpretations a day, every few seconds of cycle time adds up to a lot of wasted time. Our current PACS has a fast cycle time.RIS/PACS IntegrationA second issue is having a fool-proof correlation between the images presented on the PACS viewing screen and the patient information on the radiology information system, to assure that the radiologist is dictating for the correct patient and study. That’s one of the advantages of having an integrated RIS and PACS — they should always correlate. Providing the interpreting radiologist with accurate clinical information always improves the quality and efficiency of the image interpretation process. The usefulness and quality of the radiologist’s report directly correlate with the quantity and quality of the clinical information that the radiologist has while viewing the study. Presenting the Information The better job a RIS/PAC system does at presenting information in a user-friendly manner, the more efficient the radiologist will be. There is a marked variation between vendors in regard to what information is gathered and how it is presented. Finding PriorsAnother factor is how efficiently a system presents information about prior examinations. It is important, first of all, to know if there was a prior examination. Then, I want to be able to view the report quickly. The system should make it easy to compare the images of the new and old exams. Our system does a good job of presenting prior studies, but many PACS fall short. I work with another PACS that doesn’t give you any clue that there was a prior study. You have to guess that there might have been one or rely on a heads up from the technologist, and then use the patient i.d. number to manually search the PACS records. In addition, you have to close the exam that you are looking at in order to perform the search. That is one example of a system that is extremely “user unfriendly”. The system we use from Merge presents on the main screen a list of everything we have ever done on that patient; the information is at your fingertips, and the images are immediately available. 3D CapabilitiesSome radiology practices may rely on 3D capabilities more heavily than we do. The nature of our work does not require it. Having 3D capabilities is a useful feature, but I don’t consider that to be a crucial workstation feature. When we do need 3D image presentation, we have the technologist set up the study on another workstation. I would rather not have to go through the process of manipulating the images. Worklist ProtocolsIt can be useful to have the ability to manage the worklist protocols to correspond to your personal workflow. Customizing your worklist is particularly important in a large practice. Also, being able to readily identify cases that need to be looked at immediately is important. If there are multiple radiologists working concurrently, being able to automatically direct to the appropriate radiologist is useful. Critical Results An optimal PAC system would have an embedded solution for critical results reporting and documentation. It would present you readily with the appropriate person and phone number to call, and then have a simple way of documenting that you made the call, and then be able to provide a confirmation of the call. Some PACS vendors are considering embedding this functionality. Currently, we document critical results on paper. I believe there is at least one vendor offering software to manage critical results documentation. Quality Assurance Another potential ancillary RIS/PACS function, like a critical results management solution, is quality assurance. It would be nice to have it embedded in the system. One of our main QA techniques is to review the images and report from prior studies during the routine interpretation of current exams. Instead of filling out a data entry card or jumping to another computer screen, it would be useful for the RIS/PACS to present with a text box to click on in order to indicate agreement or disagreement with what the interpretation of the prior radiologist. This technique meets quality assurance criteria. It would be more efficient to have the radiologist response opportunity embedded. Another ancillary function, is the ability to mark a case for future reference and record comments about why you are saving it, and then being able to easily retrieve those cases for teaching or QA. Image Interpretation ToolsFor the PAC system itself, the image interpretation process should be a simple, rapid technique. Efficient use of the various tools is important — being able to pull up the zoom or pan features, or change the layout or magnification, or change the window and level. You don’t want to have move through multiple venues to get the tool you need. This is made more difficult by the presence of so many tools in a modern PACS — you have to pick one off a list of 40 choices. All the vendors are coming up with ways to address this problem, but the solutions that I have seen are all a little bit cumbersome.Those of us who use multiple PAC systems suffer with the problem of inconsistency of functions. The right mouse usually does one thing on one system and it does something different on the other. That can be very difficult, since it is distracting to have to stop and think about which button to push. The mouse controls from different PACS usually do different things – this slows down the image evaluation process for the radiologist. For instance, on the system that I usually use, the right mouse controls window and level; but on another system that we use, the middle button controls window and level, and if I accidentally click the right mouse, it takes me to a menu that is very hard to get out of again. Not all systems are easily customizable to instruct the mouse on what specific commands to use. The more user-customizable the controls are, the better the system.Hanging ProtocolsFunctional hanging protocols is another issue. The concept of hanging protocols sounds good, but in day-to-day practice they are often so difficult to set up or they fail so frequently, that many disable the function. InteroperabilityInteroperability can be an issue particularly from different modalities. Some PAC systems have trouble with the images coming from different modalities, or from modalities from different vendors. On our Merge system at our imaging centers we have no troubles, but I have observed problems with other systems.Viewing All the ImagesAnother feature of PACS that I think would be useful is feedback about whether you have viewed all the images in a study. You may be looking at a study that consists of one or two images, or 450 images. Your responsibility to the patient requires that you look at every single image. With the “old days” of X-ray films, it was easy to see the entire study hanging on the viewboxes, and readily identify everything you had to look at. Now, it is pretty easy to miss a series or some images in a series, unless the PACS gives you a simple way to cycle through all of them. With a good PACS, when you are closing the exam, it would be optimal to have a warning that you haven’t seen all of the images. I know this feature is on the radar screen of vendors. Although our system does not have this feature, it does have a simple system to cycle through the entire study. Web 2.0 ToolsOur current RIS/PACS from Merge has the ability to send typed messages back and forth between radiologists – similar to instant messenger. Anyone signed in to a workstation can send and receive these instant messages. There are instances where it is more useful than the phone because the other person can finish what he/she is doing before responding. Also, you can give them typed information, such as a name or number that is more cumbersome to give over the telephone. The message sits on the receiving radiologist’s screen until he/she responds. We find this is a useful way to communicate even when there are only two people working, but would be especially helpful with several radiologists working at different sites. Decision Support ToolsDecision support tools are either a reference to a peer review journal or reference to images of similar cases. For many radiologists and residents, the modern technique to search for reference information is to access Google. People don’t get up and refer to a book anymore. It would be quite useful to have something more than what Google provides, which is looking for the diamond in the rough. In many instances, Google may find pertinent abstracts, but you aren’t allowed to see the full text and images. While there are free radiology reference sites such as MyPACS.net, where findings by radiologists are uploaded, and Yottalook.com, the Google site for radiology, Dr. Wells added that there is something lost by radiologists not using books. Lots of times the information on the Internet is superficial or just flat out wrong. The physicians in training rely so much on the Internet and have given up on using reference books. I think that the combination of the two is probably optimal – using the web to supplement reference books. The Internet by itself is not a complete substitute for textbooks and journals.Reference: Robert G. Wells, M.D., founder of Pediatric Diagnostic Imaging, holds an associate clinical professor position at the Medical College of Wisconsin and has been active in the pediatric radiology community for over 20 years. He is active in medical student, resident and fellow education. Dr. Wells has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters. He also coauthored a comprehensive pediatric radiology textbook. He is a frequent participant at conferences, seminars and other educational meetings. 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GOPcontrolled House backs state medical marijuana laws

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Most Republicans opposed the idea and the Senate is in GOP hands this year, so the outcome could still be reversed. But Senate advocates of medical marijuana won a test vote in the GOP-controlled Appropriations Committee last month.On Wednesday, 67 Republicans, including libertarian-minded lawmakers such as Thomas Massie of Kentucky, combined with all but a handful of Democrats in support of states that allow doctors to prescribe pot for medical uses, such as improving the appetites of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.Almost half the states allow medical marijuana, which remains an illegal drug under federal law. But the federal government has adopted a hands-off approach to states that have adopted lenient marijuana laws. The Justice Department has issued guidance to governors in such states — including the four that have enacted laws permitting pot possession for recreational use — that it won’t challenge those laws so long as marijuana is tightly regulated.“The medical marijuana train has definitely left the station,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.The government is instead focusing on preventing distribution to minors and keeping pot profits from going to organized criminal enterprises. Still, marijuana is a Schedule I drug under a landmark 1970 drug law, meaning the government deems it to have “no currently accepted medical use” and a “high potential for abuse.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government would be unable to block state laws permitting the use of medical marijuana under legislation approved Wednesday by the GOP-controlled House.But lawmakers narrowly rejected an amendment that would stop the Justice Department from interfering with states like Colorado and Washington that permit the recreational use of marijuana.The 242-186 vote on medical pot was a larger margin than a tally last year, when the House first approved it as part of a bill funding the Justice Department. Wednesday’s vote was to renew the pro-pot language as part of a bill providing funding for the coming fiscal year. The overall measure passed by a mostly party-line vote. How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories The underlying $51 billion spending bill only partially funds President Barack Obama’s request for new community policing initiatives, such as funding to help local police purchase body cameras to record their interactions with the people they’re assigned to protect.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   center_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice The Treasury Department has also issued guidance intended to clarify that financial institutions can offer services to businesses that dispense marijuana, though industry advocates say most banks are still reluctant to do so for fear of prosecution.The amendment to allow recreational pot use, offered by conservative Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., was rejected by a surprisingly narrow 222-206 vote. McClintock’s measure had less GOP support and more Democratic opposition than did the amendment on medical marijuana.“This is not an argument for or against marijuana,” McClintock said. “This strictly involves the rights of citizen in various states to regulate commerce that occurs entirely within their own borders.”Voters in Alaska and Oregon last year approved ballot measures legalizing marijuana, bringing the number of states permitting legal pot possession to four.Opponents say marijuana remains dangerous even as laws get more lenient.“A study recently found that even casual users experience severe brain abnormalities … and that pot smoking leads to a loss of ambition, to lower IQs, and that it impairs attention, judgment, memory and many other things,” said Rep. John Fleming, R-La. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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The next big thing in Crete

first_imgIn a genius move, the Greek island of Crete is using its tradition of fresh local produce to further advance tourism.Source: BBClast_img

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Airlines are leaving no stone unturned as they att

first_imgAirlines are leaving no stone unturned as they attempt to save on fuel costs, the Telegraph reports.A number of innovative approaches have been devised by carriers as they seek to lower the weight of their aircraft and reducing fuel consumption, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).Measures include downsizing cutlery and dispensing with in-flight magazines and Paul Steele, director of the environment at IATA, believes they could be deceptively effective.Commenting on the decision of JAL of Japan to trim its cutlery as part of an effort to save money in the recession, Mr Steele told the news provider: “When you are talking about a jumbo jet with 400 people on board, being served two to three meals, this can save a few kilos.”You work out how much fuel that consumes over a year, and you can be talking about a considerable amount of money.”JAL offers passengers a number of different routes, including flights to Tokyo from London Heathrow.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedGreen Skies: Environmentally Friendly FlyingSkyscanner investigates flying and the environmentNew flights to Kuressaare unveiled by Estonian AirEstonian Air will launch new flights from Tallinn to KuressaareeasyJet cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowanceDon’t get caught out by easyJet hand luggage allowances; here are the latest baggage restrictions, plus a few tips on how to avoid paying cabin bag fees:last_img read more

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