Minister Issues Directive

first_imgNova Scotia’s Attorney General and Justice Minister Murray Scott has issued a directive to the Public Prosecution Service to ensure everything possible is done to protect public safety and security. “Nova Scotians, including those who work to enforce the law, are growing increasingly concerned about the level of violent crime in our communities,” said Mr. Scott. “We need to send a strong message to those who ignore the law and inflict harm on the citizens of our province.” Mr. Scott has directed the prosecution service to use every possible measure to deal appropriately with people who commit violent crimes, or continue to commit crimes when they are released into the community and ordered to follow conditions. Specifically, Mr. Scott directs the prosecution service to employ every appropriate means to ensure that individuals who appear before the courts after allegedly committing violent crimes are detained until they are dealt with through the court process, particularly when a weapon has been used. When an offender is released on bail or conditions, Mr. Scott also directs the prosecution service to pursue the most appropriate remedy available if the individual breaches their conditions or other terms of their release. “Whenever possible, violent offenders should be held in custody until trial and if not, they should be dealt with strongly if they continue to break the law while in the community,” said Mr. Scott. “This directive, along with provincial funding for new police officers and other enforcement initiatives, is another step toward doing all we can to help ensure public safety.”last_img read more

Rabat Rome sign two cooperation agreements in legal field

first_imgRabat – Morocco and Italy signed, on Tuesday in Rabat, an additional agreement to the legal cooperation agreement on carrying out sentences and extradition of criminals, concluded in 1971, in addition to an agreement related to the transfer of convicts. The additional agreement to the legal cooperation agreement, signed by the Minister of Justice Mustapha Ramid and the Italian Minister of Justice Andrea Orlando, concerns the amendment of some clauses and the addition of others relating to the extradition of criminals to fill the gaps noticed in the implementation of the 1971 agreement.The agreement on the extradition of convicts is part of the commitment of both countries to resolving issues related to the transfer of convicts to enable them to serve their sentences in their home country.last_img read more

Statistics Canada says trade deficit in April shrank to 966 million

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country’s merchandise trade deficit shrank to $966 million in April, the smallest deficit since October last year.The result for the company compared with a revised trade deficit of $2.3 billion in March compared with an initial reading of $3.2 billion.Economists had expected a deficit of $2.8 billion for April.The smaller-than-expected deficit in April came as exports rose 1.3 per cent in the month to $50.7 billion, as exports of metal and non-metallic mineral products climbed 15.0 per cent, boosted exports of gold.Imports fell 1.4 per cent in April to $51.7 billion as imports of aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts fell 23.6 per cent.In volume terms, exports were up 2.0 per cent, while imports fell 1.9 per cent.

Diono Canada recalls Dreamliner travel bassinet

Diono Canada is recalling approximately 1,853 Diono Dreamliner travel bassinets after Health Canada determined that they do not meet the Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets regulations in Canada.The affected bassinets come in grey (model 71001) or teal (model 71002) and were sold at various retailers between April 2016 and May 2017.They have a steel frame, a mattress, and fabric sides with large mesh panels for ventilation, as well as an adjustable hood with integrated insect net. The company says as of May 25 they have yet to receive any reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.If you have an affected bassinet, you should immediately stop using the product and return it to Diono for a full refund. The company says the refund will include the bassinet price, tax, and shipping cost.Consumers can complete the return process through the Diono website. read more

28yearold man killed in Haldimand ATV collision

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Haldimand County Detachment is investigating a fatal all terrain vehicle collision on  Robinson Road near Dunnville.Tyler Forrestell, 28, of Haldimand died in the collision.OPP, Haldimand County Fire Department and Haldimand County Paramedic Services responded to  the  single ATV collision on Saturday at about 4:38 p.m.Haldimand OPP say Forrestell was operating an ATV eastbound on a rail trail about one kilometre from Robinson Road. He was being followed by two other riders, when he lost control and was ejected off the ATV which then landed on him.Forrestell suffered major injuries and died at the scene.Technical Traffic Collision Investigators are assisting with the investigation.Victim Services of Haldimand and Norfolk assisted with the notification process and are providing assistance to the Forrestell’s family and friends.The investigation is continuing. read more

Brewers dont offer Schoop contract for next season

MILWAUKEE — The Brewers allowed former All-Star second baseman Jonathan Schoop to go free, failing to offer a 2019 contract.The 27-year-old spent his entire career with Baltimore before Milwaukee acquired him at the July 31 trade deadline for second baseman Jonathan Villar and a pair of prospects, right-handed pitcher Luis Ortiz and infielder Jean Carmona.Schoop hit .202 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 46 games for the Brewers, then was 0 for 8 in the post-season.“We looked at what was a best-educated prediction of what we could expect going forward and the potential price tag for that, then compared that to some of our internal alternatives and what is potentially available externally and we decided to go in this direction,” general manager David Stearns said. “Look, it was a bad deal, and that’s on me. We made a trade for a player we thought was going to be here for basically a year and a half, and I was wrong.”Milwaukee also failed to offer contracts to left-handers Xavier Cedeno and Dan Jennings. The Brewers agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year deal with infielder-outfielder Hernan Perez and an $887,500 deal with infielder Tyler Saladino.___More AP MLB: and Associated Press read more

The Knicks Cant Even Get The Draft Lottery Right

YEARORIGINAL PICKKEY PLAYER*PLAYER WIN SHARES WITH KNICKSPLAYER STILL WITH KNICKS? When the Knicks actually make picks, they tend to draft pretty well. They’ve made 12 first-round selections since 2001, and many of them, including Nenê and Kristaps Porzingis, have turned out to be pretty good or even great picks. But the Knicks traded a lot of those guys away and got relatively little in return.Holding onto picks before the draft is one step out of this downward spiral for the Knicks. Holding onto them after will be another. In the meantime, a little bit of luck with the pingpong balls at tonight’s lottery won’t hurt.Check out our latest NBA predictions. PICK TRADED FOR … 20167Andrea Bargnani**2 200118Glen Rice6 Let that sink in for a moment. Over the past 16 years, the only teams with worse average draft position than the Knicks were the Spurs, Mavericks, Heat, Lakers and Pacers. These are all successful teams that generally picked late because they were good at basketball. Not surprisingly, the Knicks own the largest average discrepancy between where they should have picked in the draft and where they actually picked.Bad lottery luck has played a part. Since winning the Ewing sweepstakes in 1985, the Knicks haven’t moved up a single draft spot via the lottery — that is, when they’ve been one of the teams in the lottery, the drawing hasn’t led to them picking any earlier than they would have if draft order were determined by record alone. They fell four spots in 1986, three in 1987,5This knocked New York out of the top three, which, under the terms of a previous trade agreement, enabled Seattle to swap first-rounders with the Knicks and draft Scottie Pippen. one in 2008 and two in 2015. The only other time a pick that would have belonged to the Knicks landed among the top three in the lottery, New York had given Chicago the rights to that spot under the terms of the Eddy Curry trade. (The Bulls selected LaMarcus Aldridge second overall in 2006.)And that’s really the bigger problem. Most of the damage the Knicks have suffered was self-inflicted. In the 16 drafts since the infamous Ewing-to-Seattle deal in 2000, the team has worsened its own position eight times by either trading away the rights to its top pick or allowing another team to swap first-round spots.6This includes drafts in which the Knicks still picked in the first round but the terms of a deal caused them to pick later than they would have otherwise. Houston had the option to swap 2011 first-round picks with the Knicks via the Tracy McGrady deal but did not do so, so that is not included. In five cases, the pick New York gave up became a lottery spot, including the pick the Bulls used to draft Aldridge in 2006. And even when the Knicks hang onto their first-round pick until draft night, they can still manage to lose it: In 2002, they drafted Nenê with a lottery pick, then traded him away that same night for Antonio McDyess, who delivered the Knicks 0.6 win shares over 18 games before being packaged for Stephon Marbury.7Nenê, meanwhile, has produced 69.3 regular-season win shares over 15 seasons.The Nenê trade isn’t the exception, either. For the most part, all this wheeling and dealing has left New York no better off than they were when they started. Update (May 16, 9:20 p.m.): After the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the Knicks are now slated to pick eighth; they would have gotten the seventh pick if draft order were decided by record alone.When the NBA holds its annual draft lottery tonight, the New York Knicks will have a 5.3 percent chance of winning the top pick in next month’s draft and an 18.3 percent chance of landing in the top three. Their fans will be keeping their fingers crossed for a little good news — for once.Since trading franchise icon Patrick Ewing before the 2000-01 season, the Knicks have won one playoff series and amassed the league’s third-worst regular-season record.1Through the 2016-17 season. Coming into this season, the Knicks had the 4th-worst regular-season record since 2000-01. Fans of dreadful teams can usually cling to the likelihood of high draft picks and the hope for the future they bring. But the Knicks have managed to bungle that too.I compared teams’ regular-season performance2In terms of average regular-season rank at season’s end, which is the primary basis for determining draft order. For the first four seasons of my analysis, the NBA had 29 teams. I adjusted those ranks to 30-team equivalents. I adjusted for ties too; if two teams were tied for the 5th-best record, for example, I assigned both a rank of 5.5. These adjustments help normalize rankings. to their average position in the drafts following each of the 16 seasons from 2000-01 through 2015-16.3Based on which team officially made each selection on draft night. Team averages include drafts in which they had no first-round picks, either because of trades or violations. I captured franchise history according to official records, so the Hornets’ 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons belong to Charlotte, not New Orleans. I assigned the 2002 draft to New Orleans. As a result, Charlotte has 14 seasons and 14 drafts from the 2000-01 season through the 2016 draft, while New Orleans has 14 seasons and 15 drafts. All other teams have 16 seasons and 16 drafts. In general, good teams should have bad picks and bad teams should have good picks. That’s how the system’s designed, after all. If your team stinks, at least you have a shot at the best players in the draft.As one of the worst teams in the NBA since 2000-01,4In terms of average rank at the end of the regular season, the Knicks were worst in the NBA from 2000-01 through 2016-17 and 3rd-worst from 2000-01 through 2015-16. (As noted, ranks are adjusted for ties and number of teams.) the Knicks should have had one of the best average draft positions. Instead, New York’s front office fumbled its way to the 6th-worst average in the league, combining on-court ineptitude with draft-night hopelessness. 201412Carmelo Anthony44✓ 20079Eddy Curry9 20027Antonio McDyess1 200416Stephon Marbury28 20062Eddy Curry9 *All trades involved multiple players.**The Knicks gave Denver the right to swap 2016 first-round picks in the Anthony trade. They traded away the pick entirely in the Bargnani trade.Source: The Knicks have stunk at trading first-round draft picks since 2001 201216Tracy McGrady0 20109Stephon Marbury28 read more

Without a truly iconic tourist attraction Ireland banks on billioneuro encounters with

first_imgWithout a truly iconic tourist attraction, Ireland banks on billion-euro ‘encounters with locals’ Airbnb and the like are lining up to sell punters travel ‘experiences’. By Fora Staff 44,216 Views “You don’t want them to get out of the car and take a picture of a castle and go. You want them to want to know more, to get under the hood a bit.”Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Image: PA Archive/PA Images Take me to Fora Share14 Tweet Email11 Short URL Jun 11th 2017, 7:00 PM “Our industry is so heavily based on encounters with people. That’s as experiential as you can get.”Corry said without a truly iconic tourist attraction, Ireland has had to pitch itself as an experience- and culture-rich destination.The issue is particular true of the country’s cities, which lack world-renowned drawcards such as major museums or monuments to rival the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Barcelona’s Gaudi-designed gems.“People come to Dublin not because they want to see a famous art gallery like the Louvre. They come because they want to sit in pub and listen to someone playing Irish music.”He said peer-to-peer companies like Airbnb would be “very stupid” not to try to exploit that.It’s difficult to measure how much the ‘experiential’ market is worth because it’s not an official category that’s monitored by tourism officials.However, a 2013 report by Fáilte Ireland suggested the activities sector alone brings in just over €1 billion a year from overseas visitors.The marketing messages for the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East are “very much rooted in visitor experiences and experiential activity”, according to Fáilte Ireland’s head of communications Alex Connolly.“If Ireland wants to continue to win visitors, we have to root everything we do through the visitor experience,” he said. Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 7:00 PM AS TRAVEL STARTUPS look to differentiate themselves from traditional tour operators, the concept of ‘experiential tourism’ has become increasingly key.The buzzword has been embraced in marketing circles as a tool to promote activities that claim to be more unique – and social media-friendly – than the bog-standard tour package can offer.‘Experiential’ has played an important role in shaping the brand identity of the likes of home-sharing site Airbnb.By bunking down with ‘hosts’ instead of hoteliers, Airbnb suggests guests are given a more ‘authentic’ and ‘immersive’ experience that will take them to the lesser known corners of the city they’re visiting.Last year, the company launched its ‘experiences’ service, which lets users book tours and activities with locals as well as accommodation.Dublin was added to the platform last month. Some of the activities on offer include a U2-themed tour of the Docklands and a trip to the Abbey Theatre’s costume department. Airbnb Experiences home page Source: AirbnbA number of young travel companies have followed Airbnb’s lead, bypassing traditional tour guides for knowledgeable natives.For example, the French startup Tripnparty – which lets users find “unique, authentic” drinking spots through a local guide – recently went live in a handful of European cities, including Dublin.“Our goal is to propose an authentic evening with a local,” said founder Simon Godreau at the time of the launch. “The traveller will spend a singular evening, away from the standard touristy places while the local can be enriched with intercultural encounters.”In Ireland, party-package startup Hen and Stag Sligo differentiates itself from traditional operators with its team of on-the-ground chaperones.They guide brides and grooms-to-be on their last night of freedom through Sligo Town, bringing them on a series of “funky activities” from nude drawing classes to cocktail-making sessions.Hen and Stag Sligo founder Fergal Quinn told Fora that having a local guide on hand makes the experience “a bit more seamless” and “makes the group feel a bit special”. The Hen and Stag Sligo team Source: Suzy McCanny Photography & FashionTraditional companies were ignoring Sligo Town in favour of Westport and Carrick-on-Shannon, which was hurting Quinn’s pub and restaurant trade.By taking a hands-on, tailored approach with visitors and offering them more unique experiences, groups were more easily lured to Sligo Town.“Our business is based around positive experiences,” he said. ”The more unique activities we can get on the site the better.”Encounters with peopleThe uptake in ‘experiential travel’ has been good for the Irish tourism industry as a whole, according to Eoghan Corry, editor of Travel Extra trade magazine.“The reality is Ireland’s entire tourism industry is based not on our landscape or our sun, God help us, but our people,” he told Fora. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: 17 Comments Image: PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Planning permission refusal for Irelands first injecting centre branded reprehensible

first_imgPlanning permission refusal for Ireland’s first injecting centre branded ‘reprehensible’ Merchants Quay Ireland has appealed against the decision by Dublin City Council. File photo of a discarded syringe in Dublin’s south inner city. Monday 26 Aug 2019, 5:18 PM 19,412 Views THE DECISION BY Dublin City Council to refuse planning permission for a new injecting centre is “reprehensible” and a represents “a dereliction of duty” according to an appeal lodged by a homeless and addiction charity. The appeal lodged by Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI) against the council’s decision to refuse planning permission for MQI’s contentious proposal – the first of its kind in Ireland.Consultants for MQI Brock McClure also claim that the council’s refusal for the Medical Supervised Injecting Facility (MSIF) “flies in the face of stated Government policy and efforts of the stakeholders within the health field to reduce drug related deaths”.Brock McClure state that the refusal is “unwarranted and does not stand up to scrutiny”.The centre – consisting of seven injecting rooms – is planned to be housed in the basement of Merchant’s Quay existing Riverbank building at 13/14 Merchants Quay, Dublin 8.Brock McClure states that in the refusal, the council “has egregiously disregarded the clear policy direction” contained in the Programme for Government, the National Drugs Strategy and the City Development Plan.In total, 99 objections were lodged against the plan including a number from hotels and restaurants in the area over concerns that the MSIF would contribute to a decline in tourists and trade.However, in the appeal, Brock McClure argues that “Copenhagen, Barcelona, Paris and Sydney have MSIFs within their city centre and there is no documented evidence of the tourist industry suffering unduly as a result”.Brock McClure argues that given that the planned MSIF “is untested in Ireland, the board should rely on valid international evidence which demonstrates that such facilities can result in a reduction of public drug use and public disorder”. The consultants that in this regard, the council’s assertions “that the proposed would have an injurious impact on amenities are unfounded and should be dismissed by the board”.A central plank of the council refusal was the absence of a “robust” policing plan for the MSIF.However, leading legal authority on planning in Ireland, Eamon Galligan SC argued in a nine-page legal opinion that the council was going beyond its powers in requiring a policing plan.Galligan stated that it is not within MQI’s power to deliver a policing plan – it is a matter outside its control.Galligan also pointed out that a detailed policing plan is a requirement that is not relevant to planning in that planning authorities have no expertise or competence in adjudicating on policing plans or their adequacy. Related Reads 23.04.19 The Explainer: Why haven’t any supervised drug injection centres opened in Ireland? Short URL By Gordon Deegancenter_img Aug 26th 2019, 5:18 PM Share18 Tweet Email1 File photo of a discarded syringe in Dublin’s south inner city. 09.05.19 Dublin’s first injecting centre delayed further as Merchants Quay needs more time to address planning concerns Brock McClure also stated that two Garda members attending a meeting concerning the MSIF advised that the request for the policing plan was beyond the remit of a planning application.In the appeal, Brock McClure stress that the inner city location for the MSIF was required by the HSE tender.The MSIF proposal lies in close proximity to a local primary school, St Audoen’s National School.The board of management at St Audoen’s NS claimed that the MSIF “will only compound an already horrendous and intolerable situation” for the school.The school claimed that the planned new facility “represents an unjustifiable risk to the pupils and staff who attend the school”.Dublin City Council will be given an opportunity to respond in writing to the points made by the MSIF appeal.A decision is due on the appeal in late December. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 95 Comments last_img read more

Apple buys Snappycam app

first_imgSnappy Lab founder, John Papandriopoulos, is on the road to becoming wealthy after selling his Snappycam app to Apple which promoted the application to the top selling camera app for the iPhone. The exact figure paid by Apple, is estimated at a few millions of dollars, according to Australian news sources. Dr John Papandriopoulos, 35, developed the Snappycam app with the aim to optimise the iPhone camera performance, but managed to turn it to a full action camera, capable of shooting 20-30 high quality photos every second, a speed significantly higher than the phone’s burst mode. Soon after the project was launched, tech giants and investors of the tech coterie expressed interest in acquiring it. Users welcomed the product which had already sold tens of thousands of copies at the 99-cent price. According to Dr Papandriopoulos, his invention can turn out to be quite useful for everyday photography especially when taking photos of kids and pets, which never seem to sit still or even for people who want to analyse their swings in golf and softball. The eminent app developer started writing software at the age of 12 and has his father – who pursued electronic engineering studies before moving to Melbourne in 1956- to thank for inheriting his passion for technology. “When I learned how to connect electronics to the computer, and control it through the joy stick and printer ‘ports’ I was really hooked”, he said to Neos Kosmos in an interview last September. While studying for his PhD at the University of Melbourne, he created an algorithm to increase the speed in ADSL connections. His project impressed Stanford University engineering professor John Cioffi, who was one of the external experts reviewing the research- Dr. Cioffi, known by some as the “father of the DSL modems”, offered Mr. Papandriopoulos a position at his start-up company, ASSIA, at Silicon Valley. Having won the US Green Card Lottery gaining permanent US residency, Melbourne – raised John Papandriopoulos has been living in Silicon Valley, California for the past five and a half years. The Snappycam application has been removed from Apple’s iTunes site and the SnappyLabs website is inaccessible, thus fuelling rumours that the software will in the near future be incorporated into iPhones as a standard app for free. Sources: Fairfax Media, Herald Sun Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Boat carrying many migrants capsizes at least 27 dead

first_imgVALLETTA, Malta — For the second time in a week, a smugglers’ boat overloaded with migrants capsized in the Canal of Sicily on Friday as it made the perilous crossing from Africa to Europe. At least 27 people drowned, but 221 people were rescued in a joint Italian-Maltese operation, officials said.Helicopters ferried the injured to Lampedusa, the Italian island that is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland and the destination of choice for most smugglers’ boats leaving Tunisia or Libya. It was off Lampedusa that a migrant ship from Libya capsized Oct. 3 with some 500 people aboard. Only 155 survived.Friday’s capsizing occurred 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of Lampedusa, but in waters where Malta has search and rescue responsibilities. The two shipwrecks were the latest grim reminder of the extreme risks that migrants and asylum-seekers often take in an effort to slip into Europe every year by boat. Facing unrest and persecution in Africa and the Middle East, many of the migrants think the Lampedusa escape route to Europe, which is barely 70 miles (113 kilometers) from northern Africa, is worth the risk. “They do know that they are risking their lives, but it is a rational decision,” said Maurizio Albahari, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. “Because they know for a fact they will be facing death or persecution at home — whatever remains of their home, or assuming there is a home in the first place.”What drives them is the hope that they’ll have a better life in Europe for themselves and their children, he said. “It’s either perish or go somewhere.”last_img read more

Postal customers workers protest proposed changes

first_imgSome 40 local residents didn’t bother using the U.S. Postal Service on Friday morning, choosing instead to personally deliver messages to local congressional staff members in support of Postal Service functions threatened by federal mandates to the Postal Service. The sign-carrying protesters organized by Communities and Postal Workers United walked peacefully from Esther Short Park, along Evergreen Boulevard, to the Marshall House on Officer’s Row. There they met jointly with aides of Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray. They made another stop at the office of Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, in the O.O. Howard building for a meeting with the congresswoman’s aide.In both meetings, they requested support from the congressional members for two proposed bills that would preserve home mail delivery and ease the Postal Service’s financial obligation to pre-fund its employee pensions. The protesters also urged Murray to sign what is called a “Dear Colleague” letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, which calls for a one-year moratorium on plant closures and the reinstatement of June 2012 delivery standards. (In Washington, the Postal Service says it intends to close mail processing facilities in Seattle, Tacoma and Wenatchee in 2015.) Cantwell has signed the letter, but David Hodges, who directs Murray’s Southwest Washington staff, noted that Murray sees little sense in signing the letter since she serves on the Appropriations Committee. Vancouver resident David Goldberg, 54, said he took a lead in organizing the protest because of his personal concern about the future of mail service. Goldberg, a pizza delivery driver, reached out to Jamie Partridge, an organizer with Communities and Postal Workers United, for help in launching the event. Activities like Friday’s protest help stir people to action, he said. “We lose our sense of community when we lose our valued institutions,” Goldberg said.last_img read more

Bankers Drop Lawsuit Against Annie Leibovitz

first_imgRenowned photographer Annie Leibovitz has come to an agreement with New York City-based bankers Art Capital Group that extends the previous September 8 deadline for the $24 million loan the group provided Leibovitz late last year.As part of the agreement, Leibovitz—whose iconic work has appeared in magazines like Vogue and Rolling Stone over her four decade-long career—purchased from Art Capital the rights to act as the exclusive agent in any sale of her fine art, intellectual property and real estate assets. Art Capital filed a lawsuit against Leibovitz [pictured] in July claiming the photographer refused to cooperate in the sale of her assets in order to repay the loan.As a result, Art Capital has agreed to withdraw its lawsuit. When contacted by FOLIO:, an Art Capital spokesperson declined to say how much Leibovitz paid to reacquire the rights from the group to sell her assets. He also declined to say what the new deadline is for Leibovitz’s loan. In a statement, Leibovitz said: “In these challenging times I am appreciative to Art Capital for all they have done to resolve this matter and for their cooperation and continued support.” According to Art Capital, Leibovitz approached the firm in June 2008 seeking a loan to help restructure debts she acquired from mortgage obligations, tax liens and unpaid bills to service providers and other creditors. Initially, Art Capital supplied Leibovitz with a $22 million secured credit facility but, after “several months,” Leibovitz requested that the group increase the facility to $24 million and lower the interest rate. Art Capital agreed but, according to legal documents, entered into a sales agreement with Leibovitz that authorized the group to act as her “irrevocable exclusive agent for any sale of fine art and intellectual property owned and created by Ms. Leibovitz.”last_img read more

How A Nonprofit Is Using Video Games To Strengthen Students Writing Skills

first_imgListen X – / 6Ten-year-old Jose is showing me how to get through a video game without the character dying — and it’s pretty tricky. It takes speed and agility on the character’s part to leap from one square to another without falling into one of the many canyons of blank space, while slaying plenty of villains along the way. But Jose isn’t having much trouble getting through the game. He’s the one who wrote it.He’s showing it off at a recent Game Jam and Story Slam at the United Way of Greater Houston, where about fifty elementary and junior high students came out to share their stories, play each other’s games, and give feedback.It’s part of a program by the Houston-based non-profit Writers in the Schools, or WITS, an organization that works to strengthen the writing skills of students. In this case, it’s through video games based on stories they’ve written.“It really is hiding the vegetables in the meatloaf,” explains Najah Callander, who handles community investment with the United Way. “It’s giving them something that they need, but dressed up as something that they want.”But some may be asking: “Don’t kids already play enough video games?”“It’s one of the things that I hear most often when I talk about this program,” says Robin Reagler, Executive Director at WITS, who says there’s a difference between being the player versus being the creator.  “It reverses the position of each student from being a sort of passive consumer to actually creating a video game him or herself,” she says.WITS has paired up with Histrionix, a company that creates game-based curriculum for learning. Some people may not see an obvious connection between gaming and writing at first glance, but Histrionix CEO Rick Brennan sees it as a natural fit.“Game design is a lot like storytelling,” he says. “You go from brainstorming and outlining, (to) rough drafting and editing.”Some of the students’ stories are autobiographical, some are fantasy, and some are a little of both.“So they might literally translate their story into a game using Gamestar Mechanic,” Brennan explains. “Or they might find a nuance to connect their poetry or their storytelling to a game.”Part of the funding for the program is coming from Houston Arts Alliance’s first-ever Jamail Innovation Grant, established to encourage arts groups to develop innovative partnerships with organizations who may not be art-related.  WITS will receive $50,000 over the course of two years to grow the program with Histrionix.“This is an influx of capital to help them gain that freedom to think,” says Richard Graber, HAA’s director of grants. “Allow themselves to explore and try that one-off thing, that experimental show, or bring technology into their work.”Which is pretty empowering for the hundreds of students participating in the program, thanks to the grant. Kids like Jose, who’s near the end of his game.  He’s just entered the level where his character receives the coveted prize at the temple.There’s a little chime that sounds similar to a slot machine after a winning pull. “And now you have power,” he says, smiling. 00:00 /03:34 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

MBK Center presents Amazing Carnival festive lights and decorations

first_imgYou can read full article here: LGBT tourist hotspot Puerto Vallarta celebrates half-naked go-go boys and drag queensVallarta Pride brings in the clowns to celebrate Puerto Vallarta CentennialRecord numbers of international LGBT+ travel industry exhibitors at ITB Berlin eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) MBK Center, one of the most-visited shopping malls in Bangkok, is presenting ‘The Amazing Carnival’ festive lights and decorations, from now until 31 January 2018.The highlight, the 18m Christmas tree, is uniquely decorated with Krajang, Thai double-leaf patterns, reflecting the Thainess of MBK Center. It also sets the tone for all decorations in the forms of fantasy circus that perfectly infuses both Thai and international elements.The amazing caravan itself is led by Nong Mangkud, the largest character of the showcase, surrounded by a circus car from space. Nong Mangkud is described as a 14-year-old girl with purple skin, holding acenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… SAWASDEE:last_img read more

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News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more It’s been nearly a decade since vendors first floated the idea of 3T as the new clinical benchmark in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Finally, it looks like their prediction is about to come true, but it wasn’t clinical advances that paved the way. Those were achieved years ago. It was an economic breakthrough in the form of a brand new MR scanner priced at about what 1.5T systems were a few years ago, namely, Siemens’ Magnetom Spectra, which was launched a few weeks ago at the European Congress of Radiology.Usually vendors launch new imaging products, especially MR scanners, months earlier and on the other side of the Atlantic at the RSNA meeting, a fact that Christiane Bernhardt, director of Outbound Marketing for Siemens MR, acknowledged. More important than the venue is the product, which is scheduled to begin shipping in the second half of this year for a price “half of what 3T systems cost five years ago,” Bernhardt told me.My memory recalls a price-point back then of about $3 million, which Bernhardt said was a little bit high. So, by the powers of interpolation, this new system will go for under $1.5 million. It’s probably not a coincidence that 1.5T scanners were commanding this price when they were at the top of the MR food chain. And purchase price is only part of the story.Bernhardt and Spectra product manager Richard Winkelmann, Ph.D., talked repeatedly about the low TCO (total cost of ownership) that accompanies this product. Underpinning the savings is an undersized bore with a 60 cm diameter, versus the 70 cm that has come to characterize MR scanners of late. Those extra 10 cm mean less expensive gradient coils for one thing, and a more compact design for another, which translate into a lower cost to manufacture and less space required for installation. TCO is further minimized by the zero helium boil-off, which puts a cap on energy costs, Bernhardt noted.None of these cost-cutting measures degrade the clinical capability of the system, she said. Spectra is built on the same technology platform as Siemens’ Skyra 3T and Aera 1.5T systems, which were introduced a little over a year ago at RSNA 2010. Therefore, Spectra supports all the same applications, according to Bernhardt. It is also equipped with Tim 4G, the company’s fourth-generation total imaging matrix, and the company’s Dot (day optimizing throughput) technologies.“The key points are quality and usability,” she said, giving a nod to the affordability of the system.“Really it’s this combination that makes the system unique,” Winkelmann added.And while the name implies that the Magnetom Spectra is capable of MR spectroscopy – and it is, they assured me – this particular application is not why the name was chosen. Pressed for the underlying rationale, Bernhardt said, “because it’s ‘spectracular.’”Who says Germans don’t have a sense of humor? Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 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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Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | March 23, 2012 3T Reaches High-Field Price-Point Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al.last_img read more

TAT joins hand with Baidu to attract quality tourists from China

first_img THAI Airways Internationalbook your flights to Thailand hereSource = Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT joins hand with Baidu to attract quality tourists from ChinaTAT joins hand with Baidu to attract quality tourists from ChinaMr. Yuthasak Supasorn, the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and Mr. Hu Yong, the General Manager of the Global Business Unit of Baidu, a leading search engine company headquartered in Beijing, China, mutually signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism Cooperation between TAT and Baidu in TAT Head Office, to boost and elevate the number of quality tourists from China and improve tourism earnings in 2016 to 509,135 Million Baht, a 35.4 percent increase from the previous year.The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding paves the way for a closer mutual cooperation to develop strategies and enhance communication channels online to promote tourism to the people of China. TAT and Baidu will publish tourism products and services information for tourists to seamlessly plan their trips, encompassing both the popular tourism destinations and the newer unseen ones which help development in secondary cities and towns.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “TAT aims to restructure the market by expanding to high-end tourists from various cities of China like Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing and Chengdu. This cooperation will allow TAT to reach this target group directly and rapidly. Through this effort with Baidu, Chinese tourists will have a wealth of information even before their departure and can always find more information upon their arrival in Thailand.”Mr. Hu Yong, General Manager of the Global Business Unit of Baidu said that Baidu is honored that TAT recognises the importance of the Chinese tourist market and selects Baidu as a strategic partner. This signing aims to stimulate tourism in Thailand even further and also support systematic, accurate and quality information for the Chinese tourists and this elevates the relationship of our two countries to the next level.Baidu is ready to support and share relevant information which is beneficial to Thailand such as the trends of Chinese tourists. This will help the efforts to adapt and innovate tourism strategies in the future.Baidu is also unveiling their new Baidu Map, a modern mapping service technology that will assist Chinese tourists to experience travel abroad especially to Thailand. Location of tourist attractions, restaurants, products and services in Thailand are now easily accessible via Baidu Map. Currently, there are more than 500 million Baidu Map users. Baidu Map is another channel that Thai businesses can optimize to reach a wider Chinese audience.Baidu is a leading service provider of Chinese search engine as well as a developer of various applications aiming to provide the best channel to online searchers and also provides an array of platforms for businesses in various fields. From statistics, there are estimately ten billion searches per day. Baidu’s shares are listed in NASDAQ stock market in United States of America under the symbol “BIDU” since 2005. Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

The Week Ahead Taking Stock of Housing Market Trends

first_imgHere’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead:FHFA House Price Index (June 25) Census Bureau New Residential Sales survey (June 25)NAR Pending Home Sales Index (June 27) Share CoreLogic will release its latest Case Shiller Home Price Index (HPI) on Tuesday, June 25, hoping to improve on March’s increase of 3.7%. March’s increase was a slight dip from February’s 3.9% growth. The HPI’s 20-City Composite posted a 2.7% year-over-year gain, down from 3.0% the previous month.Las Vegas, Nevada, Phoenix, Arizona, and Tampa, Florida, had the highest year-over-year gains of the 20 cities. Las Vegas led the nation in May with an 8.2% increase from 2018.“Home price gains continue to slow,” says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “The patterns seen in the last year or more continue: year over year price gains in most cities are consistently shrinking. Double-digit annual gains have vanished.”Dr. Ralph McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Economist and Executive of Research and Insights at CoreLogic, noted what the latest HPI’s data means for the housing market.“The U.S. housing market moderation has now lasted a year, driven by considerable slowing in the nation’s most expensive markets,” McLaughlin stated. “While the slowdown is most pronounced in these areas, all of the 20-city markets are slowing, suggesting the cooldown has broken from its confines in the West. However, with the 10-year treasury falling, we can expect mortgage rates to continue to decline this spring. This should help to take the cold edge off what has otherwise been a market slow to thaw from the winter months.”Redfin reported last week that home-sale price increased 3.6% from 2018 to an average price of $315,700—the largest annual price increase in seven months.Just six of the 85 largest metro’s tracked by Redfin saw year-over-year declines in their median sale price. San Jose, California’s 6% drop was the biggest in the nation, and was followed by New York, New York (-2.5%), and Honolulu, Hawaii (-2.2%). CoreLogic Home Price Index NAR 2019-06-21 Mike Albanese The Week Ahead: Taking Stock of Housing Market Trends in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News June 21, 2019 455 Views last_img read more


first_img CAPTION CORRECTS THE NAME – Henrietta Schubert , left, and Christopher Bromberg, right, grandchildren of Henry and Hertha Bromberg, listen to speeches next to the oil work entitled ‘Triptych of the Crucifixion’ attributed to Flemish painter Joachim Patinir during a ceremony of restitution at Culture ministry in Paris, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. The French state has given back to its rightful owners a 16th century painting spoliated by the Nazis in the Second World War. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) France gives long-unclaimed artwork to Jewish couple’s heirs by The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2018 8:50 am PDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2018 at 4:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img PARIS – A 16th century oil painting that fell into Nazi hands during World War II was returned by France’s government to a Jewish couple’s heirs Monday.The Flemish painting “Triptych of the Crucifixion” is attributed to Joachim Patinir and it had sat unclaimed in a French museum for seven decades.French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen presented it to the grandchildren of Hertha and Henry Bromberg during a ceremony at Paris’ culture ministry.The Jewish couple sold works under duress to secure their passage from Nazi Germany to the United States.“The feeling of thanks and gratitude is more valuable than the painting itself,” said a grandson, Christopher Bromberg.France has in recent years stepped up efforts to identify the owners of lost or looted World War II treasures.last_img read more

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