“The availability of laparoscopic surgical techniques in our hospital improves medical services in Mosul, and credit must go to the support we have received from the WHO and United States Aid Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA),” said the Hospital manager Dr Nashat Ganim Al-Khaiat, in a press release.“I suffered from recurrent cholecystitis which required gallbladder removal which I couldn’t afford to have done privately,” said Nadia, 48, the first patient to receive the new treatment at the hospital.“I had the operation in Al Jumhori Hospital, and now I am recovering quickly. My life is returning to normal,” she added.Nadia had recently returned to Mosul with her family after more than 3 years in a camp for internally displaced people. In September, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) report, concluded that nearly four million people had managed to return home overall.Throughout Mosul some 40,000 homes still need to be renovated and more efforts and resources are needed to meet the growing demand for health care services from millions of returnees and displaced people, who are gradually heading home, hoping to rebuild their lives overall.WHO thanked the OFDA. The UN heath agency is working in hard-hit governorates like Ninewa, Anbar, Salah Aldin and Kirkuk – along with local authorities, donors and partners there – to guarantee medical services to the most vulnerable people, coping mainly with emergency recovery needs.WHO delivered 2.5 tons of front-line medicines on Wednesday, to support primary health care centers and mobile medical clinics just in the Ninewa governorate alone.Mosul was liberated by an Iraqi Government-led coalition last July, after ISIL, or Da’esh seized the second-largest city in the country in June 2014. The campaign to expel the terrorists lasted for months, involving street-to-street fighting and the destruction of much of the city. Thousands of civilians died and more than 900,000 were displaced.At the Al Jumhori Hospital, previously known as Al Athba Field Hospital, in West Mosul, doctors are starting to perform surgeries that are life-changing for patients who only recently returned home to reconstruct their city.The facilities built in 2016 by the UN health agency to treat trauma patients during the liberation operation, are now offering specialized health treatments that include laparoscopies, a surgery that uses small incisions in the abdomen or pelvis, with the aid of a camera to examine the organs. read more

Tales of family heroics inevitably become exaggerated and embellished over time. But the descendants of Sir Thomas Noel Harris, a British Brigade-Major in the Battle of Waterloo, can finally rest assured that their ancestor really did play a pivotal and death-defying role in the decisive conflict. So when a jacket purporting to belong to the officer came up for auction, his family bought it and asked forensic experts at Cranfield University to find out whether it was the genuine article and if it backed up his story. Not only were scientists able to say with certainty that the uniform was… Family legend and diaries suggested Sir Thomas had been shot, and had his arm amputated on the battlefield. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgProductivity is the current catch phrase for the industry, and energy productivity has a large role to play where low grade orebodies are processed in remote locations. It is estimated 3 % of the world’s electrical energy is used to crush rock, therefore any productivity improvements in comminution will result in improved business performance. CEEC is a global industry body who aims to focus attention on proven benefits of efficient processing strategies, with a view to improving results for all mining operators.OZ Minerals’ strategy is to create value for its shareholders and other stakeholders, with a focus on four areas: lean business, multiple assets, copper core and customer focus. Sponsoring CEEC is directly in line with these. Improving processing productivity delivers a lean business result.“The resources sector and cycle is shifting rapidly,” said Andrew Cole, Managing Director and CEO. “OZ Minerals’ response is to become a leaner, highly agile and decisive company focused on growth and creating long-term value. We have, and will continue to make changes across the entire business from a position of operational and balance sheet strength. Our new strategy will touch every part of our operation and demand a new way of working.“The Company is ideally positioned to maximise cash generation from Prominent Hill as open pit waste movement falls and copper production continues at a strong run-rate.“Changes in the resources cycle bring opportunities and this strategy is about ensuring we have the foundation and appropriate culture and discipline to capitalise on those.”OZ Minerals joins industry leaders such as Antofagasta Minerals, Anglo American, MMG, Barrick Gold and leading METS companies in supporting CEEC’s work.CEEC aims to raise awareness of beneficial alternative comminution strategies with the objective of improving earnings, achieving lower processing costs and gaining energy productivity in the mining sector. CEEC is the acronym for the Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution. It was established by a visionary group of mining industry leaders, who recognised the need to provide a platform for effective communication of the latest technical findings on efficient comminution practices.Extensive research and improved engineering design has established that a range of improved blasting, crushing, sorting and grinding techniques may lower project costs. These include relatively straight forward strategies such as removing waste material before size reduction, a better combination of grinding technologies and targeting larger grind sizes where mineralogy allows.CEEC is funded wholly by industry sponsorship from – Anglo American, Barrick Gold, IMARC, CITIC-HIC, Antofagasta Minerals, Oz Minerals, Gekko Systems, Ausenco, Glencore Technology, Outotec, Orica, New Gold, Derrick Corp, Metso, AMIRA International, MMG, Weir Minerals, Multotec and FLSmidth.last_img read more

first_imgWith every generation of console hardware inevitably people try and usually succeed at cracking the security, producing a modchip or workaround, and allowing games to be played using alternative or unofficial media.In the case of the Nintendo Wii, a modchip was created called the Wiikey that acted as an optical drive emulator and allowed games to be played from any USB media. The installation of the chip involved dismantling your Wii, but afterwards it could receive firmware updates via a DVD and worked with pretty much all generations of the hardware.Now the same group that developed the Wiikey is claiming to have cracked the Wii U, and will be introducing a new optical drive emulator called the WiikeyU or WiikeU. However, there’s no evidence of their crack yet, just a claim on the official Wiikey site that the team has “completely reversed the Wii U drive authentification, disk encryption, file system, and everything else needed.” If that’s true, we can expect the new modchip to appear very soon.Nintendo doesn’t believe them, though. They have seen no evidence that the Wii U has had its systems cracked and no reports of unauthorized games being played. Even if the claim turns out to be true, Nintendo has the ability to update the Wii U’s firmware quickly and block the use of a mod chip. Of course, that depends entirely on the method used to bypass the system’s security measures. Is it easy to close that security hole?If the Wii U has been compromised this early in its lifecycle then that’s a bit embarrassing for Nintendo. Depending on how quickly they can fix the problem it could impact the console and games releases negatively–not because people will stop buying games, but because publishers and developers may ignore the platform thinking  it is a new hive of piracy.last_img read more

first_imgNew signing Rhys Marshall named on the bench as Munster make four changes for Ospreys clashUlster without Jackson, Cave and Wilson as Kiss names team for Edinburgh clash Fun afternoon at St Mary’s rugby club here in Dublin #futurestars pic.twitter.com/Kmai9TiInh— Dan Carter (@DanCarter) November 3, 2016 ‘Ireland will have to play out of their skins for 80 minutes to have any chance’ Dan Carter says it would be a huge shock if New Zealand are beaten tomorrow, but the beauty of sport means you can never say never. Nov 4th 2016, 7:30 AM Add us: the42.ie 30 Comments By Ryan Bailey Image: James Crombie/INPHO Carter shaking hands with Sexton after the 2010 Test match in Dublin. Image: James Crombie/INPHO IT’S A SIMPLE question, and one which has been asked all week, but in 18 attempts no side has been able to answer it; how do you go about beating Steve Hansen’s All Blacks?Not since Australia put 27 points past New Zealand in August of last year have the world champions been beaten as they’ve embarked on a unprecendented winning streak, sweeping aside any challenger with such conviction.Joe Schmidt’s Ireland have two opportunities to plot the downfall of a side widely-heralded as one of the greatest of all time, although not many observers are giving them much chance this weekend.New Zealand’s formidable form, coupled with Ireland’s short preparation window and the absence of experienced heads like Sean O’Brien and Peter O’Mahony, means the odds are heavily stacked against Ireland causing an upset in Chicago.And All Black great Dan Carter admits it would be a huge shock if Hansen’s all-conquering side weren’t to extend their streak to 19 tomorrow, even if he is allowing for the unpredictability of sport.“All the favours are with the All Blacks continuing their winning streak but it is the beauty of sport and why we watch it,” the legendary out-half said in Dublin yesterday. Carter was in Ireland on Thursday to launch SoftCo10. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“Anything can happen on the field and playing with the All Blacks, in my experience, is a game that opponents love to get up for. They can grow an arm and a leg in these matches. Anything is possible.“They are going to have to play out of their skins for 80 minutes until the final whistle to have any chance. You never rule it out but the All Blacks are playing with a huge amount of confidence off the back of a pretty awesome season. I’m pretty confident they’ll continue that pattern and hopefully get the win.”The long-standing rivalry between the two countries will be renewed at Solider Field for the first of two November Test matches, with Schmidt’s charges chasing history in America by hoping to become the first Irish side to topple the All Blacks.The task, however, has never been as great with this New Zealand side continuing to evolve and progress under Hansen since lifting the World Cup a little over 12 months ago. The gulf in class between them and the rest has widened.“It’s been great to sit back and watch them and just see the progress from after the World Cup,” Carter, who retired from international rugby after lifting the Webb Ellis Cup, said.“Where as a lot of teams put so much emphasis on the World Cup and didn’t really know what they were going to do afterwards and you’ve seen teams have taken a big dip since. The All Blacks have just continued to get better and that’s off the back of some strong foundations which have been put in place for many years. Carter in action at the Aviva Stadium in 2010. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“Same coaching staff and management and they’ve kept things rolling. It’s not a surprise to me as when I was involved in the All Blacks we were bringing a lot of these younger guys up into leadership roles and now a few of the older players have moved on and it’s been a natural evolution of those younger players to lead the team.”Many of those younger players were coming through the ranks during Carter’s final years in the side and have emerged to take up the mantle and ensure the All Blacks’ enduring success remains.Aaron Cruden was one of the players he took under his wing and nurtured and it was he who deputised for an injured Carter for the last meeting between the nations; that, haunting, almost unmentionable, game three years ago.Cruden kicked a penalty and three conversions at the Aviva Stadium that day and although that was the closest Ireland have ever come to defeating the All Blacks in 28 attempts, Carter admits there’s huge respect in New Zealand for Irish rugby.“There’s huge respect for the Irish side, it’s always a huge Test match,” he continued. 20,012 Views center_img https://the42.ie/3061133 Carter shaking hands with Sexton after the 2010 Test match in Dublin. Share45 Tweet Email “You only have to look back a few years ago. It’s probably still giving a few Irish people nightmares and that game was extremely close and there’s such a great rivalry between the All Blacks and Ireland.“We’re very lucky we have an amazing history with the success we’ve had against the Irish teams and every time there’s a game there’s always that question, is that history going to change? It brings a bit of edge to the Test match and adding to being such a great occasion, being played in Chicago. Neutral ground, although it probably won’t be neutral as there will be twice as many Irish supporters there than All Blacks supporters.“It’s a great occasion and the All Blacks have had a lot of success this year but I know they would have been working extremely hard for this game and giving the Irish team the respect they deserve. Lifting the Webb Ellis Cup to mark the end of an illustrious All Black career. Source: PA Archive/PA Images“The All Blacks really like Ireland’s humility. They often see a lot of similarities between the All Blacks and Ireland, they’re very humble in success, they’re a hard-working side, and they play the game with great spirit. We would enjoy catching up with them as well afterwards. When you have those values and attributes, then you naturally give them plenty of respect.”After surviving that scare in 2013, Hansen and his players won’t be taking this weekend’s challenge lightly. They know what Ireland can bring to the party and, according to Carter, will be wary of what masterplan Schmidt might have up his sleeve.And if Ireland are to have any joy tomorrow evening, Carter, like so many others, places huge importance on the bench and its capacity to come on and not only change the game but keep up to speed with the All Blacks in the closing stages. It is during that period in which they are so clinical and devastating.“You need huge confidence in your bench. It’s almost become a speciality role. Something that we have put a lot of emphasis on in the last couple of years is that you’re not on the bench because you’re the second best player or something.“You’ve got to be there to add an impact. Obviously, you might be coming on for an injury, but the reason is for a specific role. Whether that’s for the last ten minutes, twenty minutes, the coaches have their plans around that. I’ve seen a lot of teams match the All Blacks intensity and really take it to them, but to be able to do that for 80 minutes, it takes its toll on players. Friday 4 Nov 2016, 7:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Dan Carter/Twitter Short URL “That’s where you need that impact, so Ireland obviously need huge games from the guys that come off the bench, and just need to play at a speed and physicality level that matches the All Blacks, but also forces the All Blacks into being put under pressure.“It’s not easy to do, but in sport, momentum is a big part of the game and if Ireland can get some momentum going for a period of time they can then they can put the All Blacks under pressure.“I’m not a coach so I haven’t really thought about what I’d do against the All Blacks. We’ve got so much work done in different aspects of the game that if you play conservative, we have an answer for that. I’m not sure if you want to pack up shop and play a defensive game. I don’t have an answer for that, to be honest.”We’ll soon find out if Joe Schmidt has the answer.SoftCo, the leading provider of finance software formally launched SoftCo10 and announced Dan Carter as its Brand Ambassador. The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add!last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As the most common genetic disorder worldwide, it’s amazing how many people have never heard of thalassaemia. Alternatively, for the Greek community it is rare to come across someone that hasn’t been touched by the blood disorder. One in ten people in Southern Europe carry the genetic code for the disease. Those who have thalassaemia major are no strangers to blood transfusions. At least every three weeks, it takes a sufferer anywhere from six hours to complete a lifesaving blood transfusion. Australian thalassaemia patients take up 20 per cent of the Australian blood supply, and as a form of anemia, they suffer from an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and kidney problems. There is no cure, and the best preventative measure is for couples to get tested before they start their families. But, for current sufferers, there is still hope. At a thalassaemia fundraiser on Thursday at the Cell and Gene Therapy Group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Dr Jim Vadolas says a cure can be found with gene therapy. “Therapies are adequate now but they are by no means perfect,” he said. “One approach involves gene therapy. This involved the introduction of healthy genes and patient stem cells which would end the need for regular blood transfusions and prevent subsequent complications.” The first patient to be treated with gene therapy in the US is now transfusion free for five years. But more research needs to be done to get gene therapy more consistent, so that healthy cells take to the patients bloodstream more often. “Research is needed to keep the introduced gene intact and retain its normal function,” says Dr Vadolas. For the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, their main aim is to get clinical trials up and running to get testing for a cure as soon as possible. The Institute’s new director, Professor Kathryn North AM says clinical trials will make Australian patients some of the first to reap the benefits of further research. “The biggest [new venture] is developing and establishing a purpose built clinical trial unit,” she tells Neos Kosmos. “Clinical trials are a way that you provide the latest in therapies for kids, for any therapy developed anywhere in the world, including our wonderful discoveries here. “Gone are the days when you need to go overseas to get the latest therapies.” During the event, it was comforting to see the room filled with not just your usual adult supporters, but some children who suffer from the disorder. Thalassaemia is diagnosed at birth, so a child grows up knowing nothing different to a world of blood transfusions every three weeks. A stigma still follows them around at school and in the playground, something that the event hoped to counteract. Awareness is the best possible treatment. In Greece, with awareness so high, couples routinely get blood tests before they start to have children to avoid transmitting the disorder. Raising awareness in Australia will make thalassaemia more preventable and hopefully make couples take the initiative to get tested. For more information, visit the World Health Organisation’s website at www.who.int or Thalassaemia Australia’s website www.thalassaemia.org.aulast_img read more

first_imgFrontier Capital Group’s (FCG) Hotel Stotsenberg is set to open its new casino, Fortunegate Clark Casino, this month.The mass market-focused casino, located within the Clark Freeport Zone in the Philippines, will include 28 gaming tables, 134 slot machines and a money wheel as well as some VIP rooms, an entertainment space, a bar and other non-gaming facilities, Casino General Manager Eduardo Dacanay told local media.The Australian-listed FCG first revealed its plans to resume casino operations at Hotel Stotsenberg in March after confirming it has the necessary funds to settle a Php225 million (US$4.4 million) PAGCOR escrow payment.FCG completed a takeover of Hotel Stotsenberg in February 2016 for a cost of AU$26 million (US$18.1 million) but was forced to close casino operations on 5 February 2017 after the Philippines gaming regulator ordered the escrow payment.last_img read more

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man accused of trafficking heroin went in front of a judge, Thursday.Luis Manuel Charchabel was arrested overnight during a drug bust in a Southwest Miami-Dade home where police seized cash and over two kilograms of heroin and fentanyl mix.The bust took place near 207th Street and 123rd Avenue.Fentanyl is said to be 50 to 80 times stronger than heroin.Charchabel was charged with three counts of illegal trafficking in heroin and three counts of possession of fentanyl with intent to deliver.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s annual Fun on the Fourth festival is right around the corner. WCTV will be there for parts of the long weekend and are seeking volunteers to help out.Family Fun Day – Saturday, June 30thThis is going to be our BIG day, with live coverage all morning long from the Town Common. Interested in helping out behind the scenes or on-camera? Let us know. The more members we can get involved here, the better. And if you can only stop by for an hour or so, that’s OK! This is a great way to experience the action on the Common as part of the WCTV team.*Note that we will be getting set up on the Common early in the morning. So if you’re an early bird and want to lug some gear out, sign up!!Other Times That We’re Hoping To Have Coverage:– Friday night is the kick-off evening with a Road Race and the Blueberry Pie Eating Contest– Sunday evening is the Ladies 2-mile walk and the Hospital Bed Race– Monday evening is the official Opening Ceremony at 7:30, followed by music and the fireworks at 9:30.If you’d like to cover any of these for WCTV or be part of a staff-led crew, contact the station at 978-657-4066 or wctv@wctv.org to become a member (it’s free!) and receive any necessary training.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Community Television.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: WCTV Looking For Volunteers To Film Upcoming Community EventsIn “Community”last_img read more

first_img Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET Turo Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It 7 Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Modern Family. Tony Rivetti/Getty In the words of the great Phil Dunphy: “I’ve always said that if my son thinks of me as one of his idiot friends, I’ve succeeded as a dad.”Modern Family has taught us a lot. How to bring a family together with inappropriate songs. How to make Halloween scary with an attempted American accent. How to handle your runaway child at Disneyland.Sadly, those highly useful life lessons, delivered in heartwarming sitcom form, are coming to an end. Modern Family, which is currently airing its 10th season on ABC, will end after its 11th season airing in 2019 to 2020.”Chris and Steve have created one of the most seminal and iconic comedies in television history,” said Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment in a statement Tuesday, referring to creators Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd.”In its final season, there will be more milestone events that anyone who has been a fan of the series won’t want to miss.”Cast member Jesse Tyler Ferguson tweeted a sad goodbye following the news: “Will be hard to say goodbye. Love my family.” See It HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Best Buy DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $999 The Cheapskate Share your voice $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $6 at Tidal Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. In its 10-year run (it premiered in 2009), Modern Family has racked up a pile of awards, including 22 Emmys and a Golden Globe for best TV series, comedy or musical.In saying goodbye to the Dunphy family, we again turn to the wisdom of Phil: “Always keep the rhythm in your feet and a little party in your shoulders.” $210 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET $59 at eBay Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Tags $999 $999 TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See at Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sprint Boost Mobile Read the Rylo camera preview $299 at Amazon Rylo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Will be hard to say goodbye. Love my family. ❤️ @ModernFam https://t.co/9RxSBbwAoC— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) February 5, 2019 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the AirPods review See it An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See at Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple iPhone XS Read Google Home Hub review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 1 $520 at HP $155 at Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Comment Comments Turo: Save $30 on any car rental The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Amazonlast_img read more

first_imgMale: A former vice president of the Maldives, who was arrested after fleeing to India to avoid questioning over the alleged embezzlement of state funds, has been taken to a Maldives detention center after being returned to the country. India had refused entry to former vice president Ahmed Adeeb on Thursday. Maldives police later confirmed that they had arrested him. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us Ahmed Adeeb was brought to Male, the Maldives’ capital, late on Sunday night in a navy ship. Early this morning, he was taken to Dhoonidhoo detention center. Adeeb had his passport confiscated by a court order because of pending court cases, according to police. He had recently been freed from a 33-year jail sentence over corruption and terrorism.last_img read more

first_imgNicky Ouellet /MTPRHigh school students in Columbia Falls, Mont., walked out of class to show their support of the Second Amendment on Wednesday.More students walked out of their high schools on Wednesday, but this time they were walking out to support the right to bear arms.“Stand for the Second” was organized by Will Riley, an 18-year-old high school senior from New Mexico. “It all starts [with] myself and a few of my friends in my living room, making calls,” he told NPR.The walkout comes on the heels of several larger, nationwide demonstrations that saw hundreds of thousands of students and other protesters call for gun control.Riley said he decided to act after the March For Our Lives rally, on March 25, in which survivors of the school shooting in Parkland Fla., led students across the U.S. to call for tougher gun legislation.He said he felt his generation was being portrayed as a unified front. “But we are not unified on this — there are two sides to every story.”In a fiery op-ed in The Washington Examiner, Riley wrote, “I am disgusted by how these students and their adult handlers are trying to define my generation.”He said, “These Parkland high school students do not speak for my generation,” adding that there is “a battle for the very heart and soul of our country.”Wednesday’s walkout was scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. and last for 16 minutes — one minute fewer than another walkout, on March 14, that honored the 17 people who died in the Parkland school shooting.Riley said that more than 500 schools in nearly every U.S. state participated in the walkout. In his hometown of Carlsbad, N.M., he said that between 500 and 600 students took part. NPR could not verify these numbers, however.In northern Montana, about 100 students left their classrooms in Columbia Falls High School to stand outside on a grassy area near the gym, Montana Public Radio reported. They were mostly boys holding banners supporting President Trump, the Second Amendment and the U.S. flag.“Students like ourselves recognize the attacks on our rights and our future,” said Braxton Shewalter, who led that walkout. “We also know that our silence won’t cut it anymore, and we won’t be silenced in the national debate.”In Michigan, between 50 and 100 students gathered outside Grand Ledge High School, according to member station WKAR. A senior named Zach Bell, standing by a military honor guard, asked fellow classmates to remember the work of police officers and soldiers.“In some of my classes, I took a lot of flak for wanting to do this,” the 18-year-old told WKAR. “But having all these students out here supporting me is really big to me, because it’s a lot more than I had previously expected.”Photos and videos of other students were posted on Twitter.Today brave students all over our great nation walked out of class in support of our Second Amendment and our Great President #StandSecond pic.twitter.com/CvDy4mlyM4— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) May 3, 2018 Across America, students are standing up for the #SecondAmendment today! #StandForTheSecond #TeaParty #2a pic.twitter.com/SaZaq7PcIR— Jenny Beth Martin (@jennybethm) May 2, 2018A day after the walkout, Riley said he’s thinking about what comes next. Stand for the Second, he said, is “basically just myself and a few of my friends, like four of us who are really organizing. … We are all volunteers.”But the effort did receive some support. The National Rifle Association provided them with some media contacts and recommended that they issue a press release to contacts in New Mexico, Riley said.The Tea Party Patriots also got involved. The conservative group published a sign-up sheet for students to attend or organize a walkout and hosted a map of participating schools and sent stickers with ‘Stand for the Second’ on them. “They helped me write up an organizer guide to help people really make sure it stays civil, make it a peaceful protest and help [students] organize at their schools,” Riley said.“We’re not done for standing up for constitutional rights.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgTwitter followers versus number of scientific citations for a sort-of-random sample of researcher tweeters. Red crosses represent female tweeters and blue crosses represent male tweeters. The black trendline describes the best fit to the data. Those individuals with a highly overinflated number of followers (when compared with the number predicted by the trendline) are highlighted by the area labeled Kardashians. Credit: Hall , Genome Biology 2014 15:424 doi:10.1186/s13059-014-0424-0 Citation: Tongue-in-cheek ‘Kardashian-index’ raises awareness of cult of celebrity in sciences (2014, August 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-tongue-in-cheek-kardashian-index-awareness-cult-celebrity.html How science can beat the flawed metric that rules it Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —Neil Hall, a genomics professor with the University of Liverpool, has kicked up a bit of an Internet storm. He’s written a paper and has had it published in the journal Genome Biology, suggesting (with tongue firmly in cheek) that some scientists are getting more attention than they deserve, due to their heightened social standing. He’s even come up with a way to measure it, his so-called “Kardashian-index” or more simply, K-index—it’s derived by noting how many people are following the scientist on Twitter and then dividing that number by followers the scientist probably should have due to papers written and associated citations for it, i.e. proof of actual work done.center_img The index is named after Kim Kardashian (and her family) of course, who have become famous for being famous—they don’t actually do anything. And that’s the point of Hall’s paper—is the scientific community in danger of being overrun by scientists who make a lot of noise in the social media world, but do very little actual scientific work? Hall notes that there seems to be times when scientists are asked to give talks at conferences based more on their social standing than on work they have actually done. This begs the question, are scientists (regardless of field) just as susceptible to the cult of celebrity as everyone else and if so, is it harming science?Hall’s K-index isn’t going to help answer such questions, after all, a high index could mean that a scientist simply has an engaging social presence that has nothing to do with his or her professional life or accomplishments. But even that fact gives cause for wonder—if a scientist becomes famous among non-scientists (despite having done very little actual science) and is trotted out on talk shows and is proclaimed a prominent expert in their field, what impact does that have on non-scientists watching? Is it possible we could see scientists who become the academic world’s version of pop singers who succeed due to their media presence rather than their (auto tuned) talent? It’s hard to say of course, though not impossible to imagine.Hall also notes something very serious he came across in his research, the lack of female scientists with a strong social presence—it’s all related to a long history of women scientists being ignored by the scientific community, he bemoans, listing multiple examples of women that have been ignored by not only those in their field, but the general populace. Let’s hope a high K-index isn’t the fix. More information: The Kardashian index: a measure of discrepant social media profile for scientists, Genome Biology 2014, 15:424 DOI: 10.1186/s13059-014-0424-0 , http://genomebiology.com/2014/15/7/424AbstractIn the era of social media there are now many different ways that a scientist can build their public profile; the publication of high-quality scientific papers being just one. While social media is a valuable tool for outreach and the sharing of ideas, there is a danger that this form of communication is gaining too high a value and that we are losing sight of key metrics of scientific value, such as citation indices. To help quantify this, I propose the ‘Kardashian Index’, a measure of discrepancy between a scientist’s social media profile and publication record based on the direct comparison of numbers of citations and Twitter followers. Journal information: Genome Biology © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more

first_img(AP) – Syria welcomed a Russian proposal Monday to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control and then destroy them. The plan did not include a time frame or other specifics.The announcement by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem during a visit to Moscow appeared to be an attempt by President Bashar Assad’s regime to avoid an American missile strike over an alleged toxic gas attack last month that Washington blames on Damascus. Since the uprising against Assad began in March 2011, his regime has a history of striking last-minute deals with the international community _ cease-fires, Arab League monitors _ and then breaking it commitments.While the U.S. and its allies take stock of the Assad regime’s announcement, here’s a look at some of the chemical weapons that experts believe are in the Syrian government’s arsenal:_ NERVE AGENTSThe most toxic of the chemical weapons, nerve agents affect the nervous system and are hazardous in their liquid and gas states. They can be delivered in missiles, bombs, rockets, artillery shells and other large munitions.The Syrian regime is believed to possess tabun, sarin and VX. Absorbed through the skin or inhaled, these agents can _ within seconds or minutes depending on the dose _ cause extreme runny nose and salivation, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and convulsions. Death is generally caused by paralysis of the respiratory system, which causes the victim to suffocate.Germany developed the first nerve agents before and during World War II, although the Nazis did not use them during the war. The only time nerve agents are believed to have been used on the battlefield was in the 1980s Iraq-Iran war. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy _ MUSTARD GASOne of the best-known chemical weapons, mustard gas is a blister agent that attacks the eyes and skin, causing severe blisters. If inhaled, it can also damage the lungs and other organs. The gas does not cause immediate symptoms, which means those exposed to it can unknowingly take high dosages. While not usually lethal, exposure to mustard gas is generally debilitating.Mustard gas was first used by the German army in World War I against British forces. Saddam Hussein was accused of using the gas in Iraq’s war with Iran, as well as in his 1987-1988 crackdown on the country’s Kurdish minority. The most notorious case was on the village of Halabja, which killed some 5,000 people in what was the deadliest chemical weapons attack ever against civilians.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

first_img What’s on the horizon for consumer sentiment?The University of Michigan’s Survey of Consumers collects data from approximately 500 households and asks questions pertaining to consumer attitude and consumer sentiment on their financial status and attitudes about the economy. The sentiment index level for January was at 98.5 percent, which is a 0.3 percent increase from December 2016.Richard Curtin, the chief economist of the Consumer Survey, stated that consumers “anticipated the most positive outlook for their personal finances in more than a decade” in last month’s findings.Business Insider noted that consumer confidence has surged in the wake of the election of President Trump, as improved outlooks for growth and jobs have strengthened the index.Curtin cited that the consumer sentiment might have led to an increase in mortgage rates. “Consumers have become more convinced that the stronger economy would finally prompt the Fed to increase interest rates at a quicker pace, which caused one-in-five consumers to favor borrowing-in-advance of anticipated increases in mortgage rates, the highest level in more than twenty years,” he said.Will consumer sentiment remain on the ascent for February?DS News Speaks with Adam JohnsonNext week, DS News will speak with Adam Johnston, Chief Appraiser and Director of Investigations for Genworth Financial’s U.S. mortgage insurance business and board member at the Appraisal Foundation. Genworth will also release their latest financial results next week.In his role with Genworth, Johnston manages a team of review appraisers who provide appraisal support to all U.S. mortgage insurance functions.  In addition to his 25 years of appraisal experience, he is a former police officer and served in the United States Marine Corps. A Certified Residential Appraiser in several states, Johnston is a designated member of the Appraisal Institute, with the SRA and AI-RRS designations.Johnston will talk about what his focus will be as a board member for the Appraisal Foundation, and why the appraisal industry is largely overlooked in the mainstream media despite being so important to the homebuying process. He’ll also talk about the effects Dodd-Frank had on the appraisal industry, and what changes he believes needs to be made in the industry going forward. This Week’s ScheduleMonday, February 6Labor Market Conditions Index, 10 AM ETThursday, February 9Jobless Claims, 8:30 AM ETFriday, February 10University of Michigan’s Survey of Consumers, 9:00 AM ET The Week Ahead: Consumer Sentiment on the Rise in Headlines, News 2017-02-05 Staff Writer February 5, 2017 666 Views Sharelast_img read more

first_img You might also be interested in April 12 , 2019 U.S.: Northwest cherry crop set to be area’s “thir … Dutch fruit and vegetable company The Greenery reports a notable decrease in both its net turnover and net profit for 2018 from the previous year.Specifically, its net turnover fell €11.3 million (USD$12.7 million) from 2017, resulting in a final total of EUR€991.9 million, while its net profit fell over €10 million, giving it a final figure of €2 million.According to The Greenery, the drop is partly the result of the year’s extreme summer weather. Many product groups were negatively affected by the long, hot season, experiencing higher costs in the supply chain due to the industry’s smaller volumes, poorer quality, and sharp fluctuations in supply and demand.This had a substantial impact on business operations and, consequently, on The Greenery.Another factor in the company’s latest financial results was increased competition, particularly in Germany.2017, on the other hand, was more lucrative due to a number of “one-off gains,” says the company. For example, The Greenery invested in new (online) clients and programmes, the construction of new distribution centers for The Greenery and one of its subsidiaries (Hoogsteder), staff training, ICT infrastructures, and digitization.While the company’s gross contribution (net turnover minus cost of sales and subcontracted work) increased by EUR€2.9 million in 2018, this was not enough to make up for the year’s losses and was insufficient to cover The Greenery’s higher costs.Unfortunately, this meant pay rises required under the collective labor agreement (CAO), higher pension costs, the additional use of temporary staffing, and EBITDA were all slashed – the current total (decreased €4.5 million) less than a third of what it was in 2017.As for the capital base, at 55.9% of the balance sheet total (2017: 58.5%), it remains at an acceptable level. Greenyard in “full swing” to implement recovery pl … center_img U.S: Solid export campaign for Northwest cherries … Still, The Greenery says it made “significant progress” last year with the implementation of its ‘Growing Together 2022’ strategy.”A digital vision was developed, which relates to the strategic objective of becoming digital supply chain manager, and the transition from a supply-driven organisation to an organisation that responds rapidly to market opportunities,” explains the company.”In this vision, the company makes a distinction between new digital solutions for clients, enhancing clients’ and growers’ digital experiences and using digitisation to make processes more efficient and faster.”The initial results are already evident with the introduction of a new digital growers’ portal, the first steps towards developing a new client portal, which will be ready for use in 2019, and the developments in the field of robotisation,” it adds.When it comes to 2019, the company says it will implement this new commercial strategy.It plans to continue cooperating with UK firm APS in hopes of enabling further growth in the UK, though it’s wary of possible disruptions caused by events of the Brexit process.Finally, The Greenery says it will complete two important logistical projects this year – the final phase of construction on its new distribution center (DC) in Barendrecht and the completion of the new office and DC for subsidiary Hoogsteder in Bleiswijk.The latter facility will serve an important role – all of the Hoogsteder Group’s units will be brought together here, giving it space to “achieve its growth plans”, says the company.It expects to finish the Barendrecht DC by the first half of 2019 and the second construction project in Bleiswijk around the middle of the year. U.S.: Avocado price spike ‘largely the result of u …last_img read more

first_imgDuring his time in Arizona he never showed an ability to lead and his lack of arm strength was apparent. He also never showed a propensity for throwing more touchdowns than interceptions either. (He finished his ‘illustrious’ Cardinals career with 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.)Leinart won’t let that get him down though.“I am not going to give up,” Leinart said. “I am not going to say it has been unfair, but I am just hoping for the opportunity to come.”Whoever takes that next chance on the former Trojan will do so at their own risk. Leinart hasn’t thrown a pass in an NFL game since January of 2010 and hasn’t thrown a touchdown since December of 2008. After being cut by the Cards at the end of training camp, he spent the entire 2010 season as the third string quarterback with the Houston Texans.While very few around the NFL and even fewer in Arizona believe that Leinart will become a quality starter in the league, he still seems to have plenty of confidence in himself. You just have to wonder where that went when he was on the field for the Cardinals? Matt Leinart would like you to know that his NFL career has been a roller coaster. Arizona Cardinals fans would like Leinart to know watching him left them feeling like they had just gotten off one.The Daily Trojan, USC’s student newspaper, caught up with the former Heisman quarterback and Cards draft bust this week and he opened up about his time in Arizona and where he sees his career heading.“You can either give in to all of the criticism, or you can use it as fuel and motivation,” Leinart said. “I know what I can do. I am just waiting for the opportunity to go show it.”Waiting for an opportunity to show it? Exactly how far under the surface is it hidden? Apparently the 17 starts Leinart got in his four seasons with the Cardinals wasn’t enough for it to emerge. 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

first_imgLISTEN: Larry Fitzgerald, AZ Cardinals WR Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments   Share   Top Stories Because even a declining Fitzgerald is valuable, and it never hurts to add a player who has already racked up 846 catches, 11,367 yards and 87 touchdowns, a total that will most certainly be added to this season, which will be his 11th.Rest assured, Fitzgerald will have options, even if he’s not thinking about that right now. The way the 30-year-old sees it, he’s kind of looking at things on a season-by-season basis.“I think that we all are on a year-to-year basis,” he said. “This is not the NBA, this is not Major League Baseball where your contract is fully guaranteed regardless of anything. Football, everybody is on a year-to-year.” – / 21 Larry Fitzgerald’s contract status is going to be a topic of conversation until it’s resolved.The veteran receiver restructured his deal in February to clear up cap space for the Cardinals, but in doing so made it so that his 2015 cap number is north of $23 million.That’s a hefty price to pay for anyone, let alone a receiver who while still effective, is most certainly on the downside of his career.center_img So, the belief is, 2014 may be the future Hall of Famer’s last campaign in the desert. A guest of Doug and Wolf’s on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday, the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns said he’s not too focused on what the future may bring.“Honestly it never really crosses my mind, to be honest with you,” he said. “So much is out of my control. All I can do is focus what I have control over and that’s just going out every day and working to improve and get better.“That’s really what my mindset and my focus is, things that I can control.” That makes sense.The Cardinals have long maintained a desire to keep Fitzgerald for the duration of his career, and the eight-time Pro Bowl selection has never given any indication he’d like to play somewhere else.But with the emergence of Michael Floyd and John Brown at receiver — along with an emphasis on featuring running back Andre Ellington in the passing game, as well — it’s not out of the question that Fitzgerald’s value to the Cardinals may not match his value as a player. If that ends up being the case, he may find a more lucrative offer elsewhere. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

first_imgWith the aim of collecting money in support of the ‘A dream a wish’ association which seeks to help children suffering from cancer, motorcyclists for the 17th consecutive year set out on a four-day ride around all districts in Cyprus.In addition to financially supporting the association the event is aimed at increasing awareness of the many problems the children face.For two days the cyclists travel around the Limassol area where they visit schools, companies and other organisations and during the weekend they will reach out to communities and municipalities elsewhere.For the seventh time, the annual ‘Journey of love’ is being organised in cooperation with the police motorcycle squad, the Limassol-based Egophobia motorcycle club and the association for children with cancer and related illnesses.‘A Dream a wish’ was founded in 1997 by a group of parents and friends of children suffering from cancer, leukaemia and other blood diseases. The main lines of activities are the fulfilment of wishes of children with cancer, the economic support of their families and to provide psychological support for both children and their families.“Together we can bring a smile to the faces of our young fellow citizens who are suffering. Let none of their dreams be out of reach,” the announcement of the association said. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more