Pipeline fight continues federal decision does not reduce spill risk Horgan

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier John Horgan says he will continue the fight to protect British Columbia’s coast from the consequences of an oil spill regardless of who owns the Trans Mountain pipeline.The federal government’s decision to take over the pipeline from Kinder Morgan doesn’t change his government’s position to oppose the expansion project from Edmonton to Burnaby or its decision last month to pursue a reference case to the B.C. Court of Appeal, Horgan said Tuesday.“I believe we have an obligation to ensure that we are doing everything we can to avoid the catastrophic consequences of a diluted bitumen spill,” he said.Horgan said Ottawa’s decision to buy the pipeline does not reduce the risk to B.C.’s environment and economy, which is why the province is asking the court whether it has jurisdiction to protect itself from a spill. The fact the pipeline is about to be owned by a federal Crown corporation doesn’t affect the reference case, he added.But the federal government’s decision to take over the project puts Ottawa in charge of managing the pipeline, including its risks, Horgan said.“I do believe the federal government now is totally accountable, not just for regulation and approval of a pipeline, but they now are responsible from wellhead to tidewater and beyond,” he said. “That allows us now to have more candid discussions with the owners of the pipeline than I would have been able to when they were shareholders in a Texas-based oil company.”B.C.’s Opposition Liberals said Horgan is about to be given the cold shoulder by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government.“This is a bad day for B.C. because John Horgan has decided to kick the feds in the shins,” Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said. “This is a government that is creating investor chaos here in B.C.”Political experts said relations between B.C. and the federal government and neighbouring Alberta are strained over the ongoing pipeline dispute, but Trudeau’s Liberals have the most to lose with the pipeline purchase.The move could backfire politically in B.C., where the federal Liberals hold 14 seats, and globally on the environmental stage because the government has committed to fight climate change but has chosen to buy a pipeline, said Prof. Kathryn Harrison, an expert on federal-provincial relations at the University of British Columbia.“By repeatedly saying the pipeline will be built, prime minister Trudeau has painted himself into a corner where this was the last and only option,” she said in an interview.Prof. David Tindall, an expert on climate change politics at UBC, said Horgan has gained support in B.C. for his calm and focused approach to the pipeline debate.“He’s really emphasized the issue of trying to avoid oil spills and protecting the coast,” he said. “That’s one set of environmental issues, I think, that has broad support.”Horgan also gained support by not appearing as an environmental ideologue through his comments that endorse oil refineries over pipelines and his backing of liquefied natural gas projects, said Tindall.The federal decision to buy the pipeline could prompt further legal challenges by Indigenous Peoples, said Prof. Margot Young, a constitutional law and Indigenous legal rights expert at the University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law.“What is clear is that local and Indigenous opposition to the project can only be inflamed by this federal move,” she said. “And that opposition is independent of any constitutional decision reached by the courts.”(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

Buses still weak coaches improve slightly in April

•          Small, 7.4% rise for small buses in April and up 21.5% year to date. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) “April saw big bus registrations fall. With recent orders well down, such developments are to be expected and the outlook for the big bus sectors will be weak, particularly for firms dependent on UK demand,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “By contrast, Spring has seen a seasonal and welcome rise in big coach registrations, though from a very low base. As our new government establishes itself, the priority must be to sustain and strengthen the economic recovery with particular focus on encouraging the availability of more and better priced finance.” •          Big coaches up 78%, building on recent trend. •          Big buses fall 43% with sharp falls for single and double decks. Buses still weak, coaches improve slightly in April read more

Ohio State football battles heat cramps during win over Buffalo

Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior quarterback, Braxton Miller, falls on the field. The Ohio State football team beat the University of Buffalo, 40-20, Aug. 31 at Ohio Stadium.When heat combines with the opening game of a college football season, player conditioning gets tested. That combination took its toll on the Ohio State football team in their season-opening win against Buffalo on Saturday.Two key players for the Buckeyes — arguably their most important player in the game on each side of the ball — missed time in the game due to cramping.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier left the game and was eventually carted to the locker room in the second quarter, but returned to the game in the third. Junior quarterback Braxton Miller went down twice on the field with cramps in the third quarter, but returned to the field for the team’s first series in the fourth quarter.Shazier said it was only the second time he had suffered cramps in his life.“I really haven’t had trouble with cramps,” Shazier said. “Coach Mick (strength coach Micky Marotti) said I was probably just a little bit too hyped … it just drained my energy, but then the heat took over things and made me cramp up.”For Miller, it was the second consecutive season that cramps got the best of him in the Buckeyes’ season opener. He called the situation a “repeat” of the Buckeyes’ season-opening win against Miami (Ohio) in 2012, a game in which Miller completed 14 of 24 passing attempts for 207 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for 161 yards and a touchdown on 17 rushing attempts.Having suffered from cramps last year, Miller said he “knew” that he would have to deal with a second cramp soon after he first went down on the field. After the second cramp, Miller said the trainers used “some type of cream” to help relieve the pain.“I don’t know what type of cream it was … but it worked,” Miller said.The official game temperature was recorded as 79 degrees, but according to Weather.com, the temperature reached a high of 87 degrees at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday.OSU coach Urban Meyer described the temperature as a “hot mother,” but said the cramping was still a concern.“I know our strength staff and training staff work hard on the hydration, and I’m not sure if Buffalo cramped. That’s the thing I keep asking myself,” Meyer said. “Of course we’re going to work on it and we’re concerned.”Junior wide receiver Evan Spencer also had issues with cramps Saturday, Meyer said. Spencer left the game for the end of the second quarter, and limped back to the locker room after initially coming out to the field for the start of the second half. He eventually returned to the game in the fourth quarter.Meyer only mentioned Shazier, Miller and Spencer when asked about cramps, although sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry also left the game in the third quarter with what also appeared to be cramps. An OSU athletics spokesman did not have an update on Perry’s injury following the game.The cramps forced the Buckeyes to adjust. Freshman linebacker Trey Johnson took Shazier’s spot on the field. Redshirtsenior quarterback Kenny Guiton, who Meyer said played with a broken finger, came into the game for Miller.Spencer’s injury allowed more playing time for the Buckeyes’ other top receivers: senior Corey “Philly” Brown, junior Devin Smith and redshirt senior Chris Fields, who is listed as an H-back on the team’s depth chart. Sophomore linebacker Camren Williams replaced Perry on the field when the team used three linebackers in their base defensive set.Buffalo scored one of their two offensive touchdowns when Shazier was out of the game. Even though he was not on the field, Shazier said he felt responsible.“When something happens on any side of the ball, I feel like it’s always my fault,” Shazier said. “When I was in here and I was hearing the sounds of the crowd, I can tell if they’re scoring … I feel like with me not out there, it hurts the team.”Guiton threw just one pass in Miller’s place, but it was a 21-yard touchdown completion to Fields in the end zone. He also had one rushing attempt for 6 yards. (Guiton also scored twice on two-point conversions, one passing and rushing, but those plays were not because of injury).Guiton said he knew coming into that game that he needed to be ready to play.“Cramping is something you really can’t control and I knew I needed to be ready at any time, being as how much we run the QB and everything,” Guiton said.In limited action, Shazier recorded 6.5 tackles (one for loss) and a pass breakup. Miller completed 15 of 22 passing attempts for 178 yards and two touchdowns, while he had a total of 77 yards on 17 rushing attempts. Spencer caught two passes for 16 yards, while Perry recorded two tackles.Shazier admitted that the combination of heat and the first game was challenging, but said it was not an excuse for the cramps forcing him to miss time.“The thing is, we practice for this all day, every day,” Shazier said. “Us cramping and everything, that’s not really acceptable. We’re supposed to be having our bodies ready for the game … I don’t feel like I hydrated enough. We just got to do a better job, we practice for this, that’s what camp is for, for situations like this.”Redshirt sophomore safety Ron Tanner, who recorded an interception for the Buckeyes on Sunday, said he focused on staying hydrated given the heat.“Drinking a bunch of Gatorade, Pedialyte and just doing what you can to stay hydrated to prevent cramps is important,” Tanner said.Shazier said he expects the team to address the concern quickly.“Next week, I doubt we’re going to have any cramping,” Shazier said.The Buckeyes’ second game of the season is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff versus San Diego State next Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Football OSUs success motivated by enjoying the little things

The OSU football team and cheerleaders sing “Carmen” following the Buckeyes 62-3 win over Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes were riding high until they ran into a roadblock at Penn State. OSU lost its first game of the season after multiple games that sprung criticism of the offensive play-calling. The defeat prompted OSU coach Urban Meyer to give an alarming opinion on where the team should be at the moment.“We’re not a great team right now,” Meyer said after the Penn State game. “We gotta come back and keep swinging.”Since then, OSU has been playing its best football of the season and is in the heart of the College Football Playoff picture. But the turnaround after Penn State wasn’t the easiest thing. Several players vocalized the importance of learning from the humbling experience. However, it’s one thing to say it, and it’s another thing to actually learn from the mistakes and apply those lessons.For OSU, it is the appreciation of the little things that has made a difference.“If you don’t appreciate the little things of life, those things go away,” said redshirt junior guard Billy Price. “You just have to appreciate winning around here. Wins in the Big Ten are hard; I mean really, really hard. So you have to appreciate every little thing.”Price and the rest of the offensive line were responsible for six sacks and 11 tackles for loss against Penn State. The unit gathered itself and returned to give redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett the pocket he needed to make plays in the passing game. Barrett had arguably his two best games of the year against Nebraska and Maryland. Combined, he gained over 600 yards and has been responsible for eight touchdowns the past two weeks.On the defensive side of the football, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said that the Silver Bullets are also buying into the little things since the Penn State game. He said that the unit was already strong, but adversity brought them together. He added that the bond among the players is paramount in November.“I think we’re only guaranteed like 13 more days together. These seasons, they roll by and people move on,”  Lewis said. “You have to value that time and that bond with your brothers because you’ll never get it back.”The timing of three top-four teams losing and OSU hitting its peak production couldn’t be better. OSU’s offense scored 60 points in back-to-back games for the first time in 20 years. Ranked No. 2 in the College Football Playoff poll, OSU looks to be in a prime spot to make its second final four in three seasons.Michigan’s loss to Iowa on Saturday makes the path to the Big Ten Championship Game a bit complicated for OSU. If OSU and Penn State both win out, the Nittany Lions will represent the Big Ten East in Indianapolis on Dec. 3 by way of a head-to-head tiebreaker. Despite that, Barrett and redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard voiced their opinions on the team’s CFP fate.They see it like this: OSU wins out, the Buckeyes are in.However, the team is focused on Michigan State. Following the Maryland game, Meyer made that apparent.“November is here and we got a big one coming one week from today,” he said. read more

Hospitals make £120 million charging patients staff and visitors to park

first_imgThey are taking money from the sick and vulnerable to top up NHS coffersKatherine Murphy, Patients’ Association More than half of trusts who responded to the FOI request are making more than £1 million in car park fees every year, with some also handing money to private firms.In London, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust made £968,170 in car park charges, but a further £1,262,194 was kept by the private firm Apcoa under a private finance initiative (PFI) contract.The trust made £28,449 from car parking fines and the private firm kept a further £25,990 in fines in 2015/16. Over four years, Apcoa has kept £167,357 in fines under the terms of the PFI contract. 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. Many trusts defended their revenues, saying some or all of the money was put back into patient care or was spent on maintaining car parks or grounds.Shadow community health minister Julie Cooper said: “These new figures reinforce the worrying trend that hospitals across England are increasing hospital car parking charges and making record amounts of money.”Raising car parking charges has a knock on effect on patients, carers and family members who have no choice but to pay.””The Government urgently needs to address this situation and take steps to cap the amount hospitals can charge for car parking fees.”Rosie Downes, campaigns manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “The last thing that somebody going through cancer treatment should be doing is worrying about whether there is enough money in the parking meter.” NHS Trusts are making more money than ever from car parking charges with revenue rising by five per cent in the last 12 months despite pledges of a clampdown.Hospitals across England made more than £120 million from charging patients, staff and visitors for parking in the last year, according to data collected by the Press Association.And more than half are still charging disabled visitors in defiance of guidance by the Department of Health. Two years ago, Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary promised to clamp down on ‘unfair’ parking charges saying it made an already stressful situation worse.Yet in the 2015/16 financial  year NHS trusts netted £120,662,650 in in car park charges, up from £114,873,867 the year before.Some 27 trusts provided data on parking fines, showing they made £2,300,208 in fines over a four year period. In 2015/16 alone, £635,387 was made from fining patients, visitors and staff on hospital grounds.Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association , said it was unfair that hospital parking in Wales and Scotland was largely free but that patients in England were still forced to pay.”The shocking reality about car parking charges is that they are taking money from the sick and vulnerable to top up NHS coffers,” she said. “This is not what car parking charges should be used for.  We take a very clear line that car parking fees need to be scrapped or strictly capped.”We are not talking about insignificant amounts of money, either. It is alarming that trusts think it is okay to charge people so much money for visiting a hospital, as it makes patients question the values of the people leading the organisation.”The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust came out top when it came to parking income, making £4,841,108 across the year. This included £3,465,357 from patients and visitors and £1,375,751 from staff. Almost £40,000 was collected by the trust in car park fines.last_img read more

New version of software simplifies job for mine planners cuts costs through

first_imgGemcom Software International has released Gemcom MineSchedTM 6.1, the latest version of its next generation scheduling software for surface and underground mines of all sizes and types, improving productivity and profits beyond what could be achieved by manual scheduling. MineSched incorporates a unique four-step scheduling workflow and visual scheduling canvas to enable mine planners to create better schedules more quickly compared to other software, the company reports. MineSched 6.1 offers an unprecedented ability to accommodate for the unique planning characteristics found in every mining project and includes customer-driven enhancements such as linking MineSched to external Microsoft® Excel® workbooks for easy integration to existing planning processes. Combined with new features to allow mine planners to more intuitively manipulate, analyse, and report their scheduling scenarios, MineSched 6.1 helps produce practical schedules for any mine planning situation.“We use MineSched for weekly, mid-range and long-term scheduling. It is a user-friendly software product that is easy to set up and learn. In fact, it’s so easy to use that it has increased my confidence and passion for scheduling,” said Ruth Menz, Mining Engineer, Golden Star Resources, Bogoso/Prestea gold mine. “With the software we are able to set realistic targets for the company and we know the life-of-mine at any point in time in just a few clicks. MineSched has also helped increase our efficiency, saving costs and reducing scheduling time, enabling us to spend more time using the end results it outputs. In addition, the software’s seamless workflows have reduced errors as there is no longer a need to manually input block model attributes.”“At Gemcom, we engage with our customers and others in the industry to learn about their needs and objectives, both from a business and user perspective, and how software can better support them,” said Eli Alston, Gemcom’s Product Line Manager, Scheduling and Optimisation. “This has led us to focus on ensuring we deliver the best software user-experience possible by providing solutions which are easy to use. By doing so, both the software user and their organisation benefit because the user becomes more proficient with the product faster and has the intuitive tools needed to develop mine plans that lower the cost of mining and processing. Further, this means that when a mine planner leaves an organisation, their position can be filled more readily as new users can be trained quickly.”MineSched 6.1 benefits include:Integration with other Gemcom systems including Gemcom SurpacTM, Gemcom GEMSTM, and Gemcom MinexTM, creates a complete mine planning solution, through which many manual and routine tasks can be automatedDecreased implementation and ongoing support costs due to reduced reliance on vendor setup services compared to other scheduling systemsMore powerful scheduling scenario manipulationFine-tuned underground development schedulingEnhanced visualisation and analysis of scheduling scenarios.last_img read more

6 poets to stir up some secondary school memories

first_imgTODAY IS WORLD Poetry Day and according to the UN: Poetry contributes to creative diversity, by questioning anew our use of words and thingsUnless you’re a divil for the poetry in your adult years, most of your exposure came while studying for your Junior and Leaving Cert back in the day.Whether you devoured every word Emily Dickinson wrote or found Seamus Heaney a bit tedious we’ve all got a school related poet we can’t shake.Here are some of our favourite poets from our school days.1. Seamus HeaneyWho doesn’t have time for a bit of Heaney?He’s one of our best known poets and you’ll recognise more of his work then you realise.Two of his works jump out for us, the story of his family working on the bog in Diggingpoetictouch2012 / YouTubeand the quiet but powerful look at grief in Mid-Term Break:poetictouch2012 / YouTube2. Emily Dickinson Dickinson’s dark pieces were certainly bleak but undoubtedly appealed to countless moody teenagers.There was the eerie imagery of I Felt A Funeral, in my Brain:poetryoutloudvideos / YouTubeand the slightly more upbeat tone of Hope is the Thing With Feathers:mystanzachannel / YouTube3.  W.B. YeatsWho could forget the good old Lake Isle of Innisfree?awetblackbough / YouTubeor his political work like Easter 1916:SpokenVerse / YouTube4. Eavan BolandOf the many Irish poets you may have studied at school, it was hard not to be impressed by the work of Boland.There’s the powerful romantic imagery of Love and the tackling of Irish history in The Famine Roadjoraf991 / YouTube5.  Patrick KavanaghKavanagh is one of our best-known poets and you can’t deny the gloomy impact of his best work.Mind you this reading of Inniskeen Road July Evening is a bit melodramatic:Brendan Ross / YouTube6. Philip LarkinIf you’re going to learn about classic poets in school at least you get to learn about Philip Larkin’s work.And This Be The Verse had swearing in it. About your parents. That was always fun.Although someone has animated Larkin reciting it and it’s a bit creepy:poetryreincarnations / YouTubeOf course this is just the briefest of selections. Let us know who your favourites where.Which ones had you scrawling notes into your copy of Soundings?Twitter is 7… here’s why we love and loathe it>10 reasons Girls Aloud are irreplaceable>last_img read more

Le lapin Karotz obtient lintégration Facebook et Twitter

first_imgLe lapin Karotz obtient l’intégration Facebook et TwitterLa version US du lapin de Violet Karotz a obtenu une mise à jour incluant l’accès aux fameux réseaux sociaux. Grâce au petit robot en forme de lapin, les utilisateurs pourront se connecter directement sur leurs comptes, pour envoyer des messages ou des fichiers audios. La nouvelle intégration de Facebook permettra au lapin Karotz de lire les messages textes reçus ou encore, chose primordiale, de pouvoir jouer avec ses oreilles (des lumières multicolores clignotent en plus…). Une webcam intégrée dans son museau peut être utilisée pour afficher des images directement sur votre profil ou ailleurs, alors que le micro servira pour des clips audio ou dicter du texte sur votre mur (sous entendu de Facebook bien sûr).Une application compatible est disponible sur smartphones iOs et Android pour les heureux possesseurs américains de petits Karotz…Ces derniers sont vendu à 130 dollars avec puces RFID permettant d’intégrer les applications, et il y a toujours l’avantage de ne pas avoir à nettoyer leurs cages quotidiennement… Le 13 janvier 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

BRIKAMA NAWETTAN FINALISTS YET TO BE PAID

first_imgBy Sulayman BahForoyaa Sport understands the finalists of the Brikama Nawettan league are yet to be settled of their money prizes.Fortune met Yarambamba in the finals of the Africell sponsored Brikama nawettan league with the former beating off competition from the latter to the staked prize.However, many weeks after that evening of football razzmatazz, eventual winners Fortune FC, a highly placed source intimates, are still unable to lay claims on their winners’ money prize from tournament organisers Brikama Youth and Sports Committee (BYSC).The prolong wait and BYSC’s inability to settle the winners camp have gotten myriad of rumours flying amid suggestion the Brikama sports committee are cash-strapped and are teetering on the brink of ‘bankruptcy.’But reached for comment BYSC’s president Basirou Bajo didn’t waste words to laugh off the reports.‘Some people have their hidden agenda,’ he told Foroyaa sport yesterday afternoon.On the reason for the delay in payment, Basirou elucidated, ‘The league is being sponsored by Africell. It happened that our final was delayed. There wasn’t that cash flow (from the league sponsor). It was the same teams that went to the finals of the league and knockout. BYSC is sponsoring the knockout. A day after the knockout final, the teams received their money. We were expecting that Afriell were going to pay the following week unfortunately this coincided with the end of their financial year. They explained (that) to us and we have to understand (too). So once their officials are back in the country to get their new budget approved, the teams will get their money, is as simple as that.’Concluding, the Brikama Youth and Sports Committee head concedes blame for the delay leading to this issue.‘We can’t blame the teams because we delayed the finals because of the (ongoing) Super Nawettan (then) and other things.’  ]]>last_img read more

ASA Urges Congress to Support Funding for Food Aid and Inkind Commodity

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) along with 40 other commodity and maritime groups sent a letter to the Committees of jurisdiction in early March, urging them to support full funding of the Food for Peace Program. The letter also urged support for in-kind food aid and warned against efforts to convert in-kind assistance to cash.This letter comes after President Barack Obama’s budget sought to reduce the Food for Peace Program, which provides the largest amount of federal funds for in-kind food aid. The President’s budget also sought to move away from in-kind food aid towards more cash based and regionally purchased food. The Letter signed by ASA was led by the maritime industry with strong support from the agriculture community. ASA signed onto a nearly identical letter in 2013.Click here to read the letter.last_img read more

Industry Notes Dallas Cowboys Magazine Says Farewell

first_img Revenue jumped by more than 60 percent year-over-year in 2016, according to the memo, which goes on to describe the brand’s ambitious goals for 2017, including hiring more journalists and sales and marketing staffers to its outposts in Africa, Asia, and Europe, and adding more designers and developers to the brand’s New York headquarters. 1105 Media’s Virginia-based public sector group, which publishes titles like FCW, GCN, and Defense Systems, among others, launched today the latest addition to its brand portfolio: Government Cloud Insider, a digital-only brand covering cloud computing initiatives at the federal, state, and local government levels. Quartz — Atlantic Media’s digital-only offshoot, which has attracted an impressive lineup of both journalists and top-tier sponsors in its four-and-a-half-year existence — has achieved profitability, editor Kevin Delaney and president and publisher Jay Lauf revealed last week. The final issue of Dallas Cowboys Star Magazine was released this week, with a retro-inspired cover featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy White, who appeared on the very first issue of the magazine — then known as Dallas Cowboys Weekly — in 1975. The full-time role is based in AMG’s Boston office. 10+ years of experience preferred. See the full program and register here. “We cover cloud in all our publications, but we wanted to offer one source for the reader to find focused coverage about how cloud is changing the government IT ecosystem,” said Anne Armstrong, co-president and chief content officer of the company’s public sector media group.  “Government Cloud Insider will provide case studies, news analysis and technical tips to help executives understand the issues and make informed choices.” Join us at the National Press Club! A can’t-miss event for anyone in the association media world, the program features speakers from several of the largest and most influential associations and non-profits in the country, including AARP, SHRM, the NAACP, and ASAE. The magazine — which chronicled each Cowboys season in weekly issues from August to January, plus monthly offseason supplements — once reached a high of over 100,000 subscribers, according to the team, but more recent circulation data is elusive. Quartz reaches profitability. The secret to Quartz’s success, according to Delaney and Lauf, is a continued focus on the user experience. The brand has bet on advertisers’ willingness to pay premium rates to deliver their messages to an audience rich in both influence and spending power, and that bet appears to be paying off.center_img The final issue is a retrospective, with articles on the magazine’s founder as well as its longtime editor, plus tributes from the various Dallas-area reporters who contributed to the magazine over the years and helped usher in the national prominence that “America’s Team” enjoys today. The non-profit Appalachian Mountain Group, one of America’s oldest outdoor groups and conservation advocates, seeks a chief marketing officer, responsible for the 100,000-member organization’s marketing, communication, and media strategies. See this listing and more at careers.foliomag.com. 1105 Media aims for the clouds. The end of an era in the Lone Star State. The “the first and only publication dedicated exclusively to cloud in government,” according to 1105, Government Cloud Insider’s founding sponsors include tech firms Gigamon and Tintri, as well as Amazon Web Services. The team’s publications department will continue publishing special issues centered around training camp previews, the NFL Draft, and the Cowboys’ cheerleaders, according to a notice published on its website. It’s not too late to register for the Folio: Association Media Summit, next week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “Creating a quality digital publication that is sustainable over time is central to Quartz’s founding mission,” wrote Delaney and Lauf in a memo to staffers. “We’ve all kept our heads down and executed against that approach — and today, amid industry hand-wringing about advertising and business models, we are among the rare digital media startups to have achieved profitability.” From the job board…last_img read more

HPD Releases Surveillance Video Of Person of Interest In Boys Fatal Stabbing

first_imgEditor’s Note: Corrected from earlier version, which called person a suspectHouston police homicide investigators released surveillance video Thursday as they investigate the May 17 fatal stabbing of 11-year-old Josue Flores.The sixth-grader was stabbed to death in the 1900 block of Fulton Street, just north of downtown Houston, while he was walking home from school.Investigators said Josue was southbound on the sidewalk at about 4:45 p.m. when he was approached by an unknown male walking northbound on the same sidewalk.Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. The reward has increased to $45,000. Sharelast_img read more

Liberia Reports Dozens of New Ebola Cases on Border

first_imgIn this photo taken Thursday Nov. 20, 2014, Kissi Dembadouno, center, is comforted by relatives outside his home in the Guinean village of Meliandou, some 400 miles (600 kms) south-east of Conakry, Guinea, believed to be Ebola’s ground zero. Demnadouno lost his wife, daughter and two grandchildren to the deadly disease. He is Etienne Ouamouno’s father in law. The first reported case of Ebola is Etienne’s son, Emile, who passed away late Dec. 2013. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Dozens of new Ebola cases have erupted in Liberia, near the border with Sierra Leone, Liberian health officials warned Monday, marking a setback amid recent improvements.The flare-up is due to a number of factors including people going in and out of Liberia and traditional practices such as the washing of bodies, said Liberia’s Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah.Forty-nine cases were reported in in western Grand Cape Mount County between December 1 and 25, Nyenswah told state radio.“In a very small population, an increase in the number of (Ebola) cases raises high level of concerns that we need to take very seriously as people of Liberia and people of Grand Cape Mount in particular,” he said.Nearly 3,400 people have died from Ebola in Liberia over the past year with nearly 8,000 cases total, though health officials say the situation has improved, especially in the capital, Monrovia.Sierra Leone, in comparison, has now eclipsed Liberia with more than 9,000 Ebola cases, according to the World Health Organization.last_img read more

Cardinals Win Silver and Set American Record at World Championships

first_imgStory Links The University of Louisville Cardinals made a splash that included a podium appearance and an American record on the opening day of the FINA World Championships in Gwangzu, Korea.  In the women’s 400M Freestyle Relay, Team USA with Mallory Comerford and Kelsi Worrell Dahlia,  won a silver medal with a time of in 3:31.02. Comerford put up 52.98 lead-off split, touching just behind Australia. Team USA teammate Abbey Weitzeil put up a 52.66 on the second leg to take the lead, passing Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (53.88) and Australia’s Brianna Throssell (53.34). Kelsi Dahlia split 53.46 for the Americans, handing off to Simone Manuel who produced a 51.92 to pull ahead of Canadian anchor Maggie MacNeil (53.18) for silver. In the 50m Fly, UofL redshirt freshman Haridi Sameh took the lead in heat 7 in a time of 23.54 to rank 15th to qualified for semi-finals, then finished 16th in the semi-finals with a time of 23.68.center_img In the 100M-fly, Kelsi Dahlia won her first heat to qualify for semi-finals,  In the semi-finals, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom put up an initial split of  26.12, finishing in 56.29. Canadian Maggie MacNeil finished with a 56.52, while Kelsi Dahlia touched third to finish in  57.06, good for 7th overall. In the 400 M free, Louisville’s distance specialist Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador finished 7th in his heat  in a time of 3:55.06 to touched 7th in heat 3 for a final ranking of 31st. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Tallness in Herzegovinian men linked to gene passed down from ancient big

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from Montenegro, the Czech Republic and Croatia has found a possible genetic link between early big-game hunters of the Upper Paleolithic Gravettian culture and modern Herzegovinian men. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes how they surveyed a large number of Bosnian and Herzegovinian men and compared what they found with a gene believed to be at least partly responsible for causing people to grow taller than average. More information: Pavel Grasgruber et al. The mountains of giants: an anthropometric survey of male youths in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Royal Society Open Science (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.161054AbstractThe aim of this anthropometric survey, conducted between 2015 and 2016 in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), was to map local geographical differences in male stature and some other anthropometric characteristics (sitting height, arm span). In addition, to investigate the main environmental factors influencing physical growth, the documented values of height would be compared with available nutritional and socioeconomic statistics. Anthropometric data were collected in 3192 boys aged approximately 18.3 years (17–20 years), from 97 schools in 37 towns. When corrected for population size in the examined regions, the average height of young males in BiH is 181.2 cm (181.4 cm in the Bosniak-Croat Federation, 180.9 cm in Republika Srpska). The regional variation is considerable—from 179.7 cm in the region of Doboj to 184.5 cm in the region of Trebinje. These results fill a long-term gap in the anthropological research of the Western Balkans and confirm older reports that the population of the Dinaric Alps is distinguished by extraordinary physical stature. Together with the Dutch, Montenegrins and Dalmatians, men from Herzegovina (183.4 cm) can be regarded as the tallest in the world. Because both nutritional standards and socioeconomic conditions are still deeply suboptimal, the most likely explanation of this exceptional height lies in specific genetic factors associated with the spread of Y haplogroup I-M170. The genetic potential for height in this region could then be the greatest in the world. Future studies should further elucidate the roots of this intriguing phenomenon, which touches an important aspect of human biodiversity. Human chromosomes during metaphase. Credit: Steffen Dietzel/Wikipedia Explore further A tall story: Why do the Dutch tower over us? © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img 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. It has been noted that men from Herzegovina are taller on average than men in other places—the average male height is just over six feet. But why the men there are so tall has been a mystery, especially considering the relative poverty of the area for very long periods of time. The region, in the Dinaric Alps, actually boasts the tallest average male height, though the Netherlands, a country that has enjoyed a high standard of living and thus a strong diet for a very long time, holds the record for tallest average for an entire nation. To understand why men in Herzegovina are so tall, the researchers started by looking at the I-M170 chromosome, which prior research has shown is highly prevalent in Herzegovinian people—approximately 70 percent have it.The new research entailed surveying 3,207 Herzegovinian men between the ages of 17 and 20 regarding details on height and other body measurements—they found the average male height to be 181.2 cm. They then noted that prior research has shown that people of the Gravettian culture were exceptionally tall, as well, many of them averaging over six feet. They also noted that people in Herzegovina tend to ingest more calcium than people elsewhere due to minerals in the limestone bedrock in the area making their way into food sources. Putting all the data together, the researchers concluded that the most likely cause of larger-than-average height of Herzegovinian men is lifestyle during the Paleolithic—men hunted large animals such as mammoth for survival—such a diet, heavy in protein, combined with small population densities, would have provided ideal conditions for height selection, resulting in increasingly taller men who passed the trait down through their I-M170 chromosome to future generations. Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Citation: Tallness in Herzegovinian men linked to gene passed down from ancient big game hunters (2017, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-tallness-herzegovinian-men-linked-gene.htmllast_img read more

New Material Could Create a Better Recyclable Chip Bag

first_imgCurrent food packaging often contains films that must be removed before recycling, increasing costs. (Credit: Lunatictm/Shutterstock)Rip open a bag of chips and you’ll find a shiny, silver material staring back at you. This metallized film helps keep packaged foods like cookies and energy bars tasting fresh by preventing gases from leaking out (or in). The material is the industry standard for flexible, shelf-stable food packaging. But it’s not so great for the environment.To recycle the lustrous wrappers, the film has to be separated from the rest of the packaging material. The process is complicated and many recycling centers simply do not accept the material, meaning the single-use packaging ends up in landfills.But a team of researchers is working to change that. The scientists created a new food packaging film that is transparent and “offers new recycling opportunities,” they announced Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. Modern MaterialThe scientists were up against two major challenges: figuring out how to make a stable, non-toxic film and doing it with existing, commercial coating techniques. For a more environmentally-friendly new film to gain traction, it needs to be made in a way that’s economical for producers.The new material is made from a very thin layer, called a nanosheet, of non-toxic, synthetic clays. The researchers stabilized this nanometers-thin layer with amino acids, chemicals that form the basic building blocks of proteins in plants and animals. Then they applied the film as a coating to a common and highly recyclable plastic called polyethylene terephthalate or PET, the same plastic that water bottles and other beverage and food containers are made from.Not So Fragile FilmWith the new material in hand, the researchers challenged it with several tests. First, they measured the amount of gas the new film would allow through. It turned out to be 50 times less permeable than the PET film currently in use.Next, the researchers subjected their material to a few beatings. They put the new film through a simulator to test how the film would hold up to the stresses of food packaging during manufacturing, handling and distribution. Even after bending it 200 times, the surface remained smoothed and did not show any defects, the researchers report.How soon the new films might hit supermarket shelves is unknown. But the researchers say using their material to make flexible, and likely recyclable, food packaging is their first priority.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | September 03, 2008 Siemens ARTISTE Offers Comprehensive Image-Guided Treatments Feature | March 24, 2015 First Patients Treated on Integrated Brainlab ExacTrac/Elekta LINAC System Brainlab announced first patient treatments on a fully integrated radiation oncology solution that combines ExacTrac… read more News | September 02, 2014 Elekta’s Enhanced Collaboration With Toshiba Strengthens Position in Japan September 2, 2014 — In an agreement signed in Tokyo, Elekta Japan will grant Toshiba Medical Systems Corp. (TMSC) wider… read more Dr. Kristin Higgens from Emory Explains a Novel PET-CT Linac SystemVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:48Loaded: 2.79%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:48 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Videos | October 29, 2018 VIDEO: Biologically Guided Radiation Therapy Using Real-time PET Imaging Kristin Higgins read more News | June 19, 2015 William Beaumont Hospital and Elekta File Patent Lawsuit Against Varian On June 16, 2015, William Beaumont Hospital and Elekta Ltd. filed a patent infringement suit against Varian Medical… read more News | Radiation Therapy | September 04, 2015 France’s Gustave Roussy Comprehensive Cancer Center Chooses Elekta’s Versa HD Gustave Roussy has awarded Elekta with an order for four Versa HD linear accelerators, replacing their existing… read more News | July 18, 2014 Varian Unveils Work-in-Progress Cloud-Based QA System July 18, 2014 — Varian Medical Systems will introduce Qumulate QA, a new cloud-based QA data management and analysis… read more Image courtesy of Elekta News | June 11, 2014 Dutch Cancer Patients to Benefit From Erasmus Medical Center’s New Linacs June 11, 2014 — Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, announced the purchase of… read more News | June 23, 2015 ECRI Institute Offers Guidance on Choosing a Linear Accelerator The ECRI Institute released a new techIQ brief on key factors to consider when purchasing a linear accelerator (linac)… read more News | October 02, 2013 Elekta Opens Global Education Center for Oncology and Neuroscience Professionals Elekta unveiled a state-of-the-art learning center at its North American headquarters, in conjunction with the 55th… read more Related Content The recently FDA-cleared ARTISTE linear accelerator from Siemens Medical has recently gone clinical in three prominent cancer centers around the world, according to Siemens. Dozens of patients have been treated to date at MAASTRO Clinic in the Netherlands, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany, and Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center in Louisiana.The ARTISTE is engineered specifically for Adaptive Radiation Therapy (ART). The linear accelerator is an integrated imaging and workflow solution that offers a comprehensive portfolio of image-guided and advanced treatment delivery protocols, including in-room CT imaging capabilities and a new multileaf collimator, 160 MLC. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | June 23, 2015 First Patients Treated on Elekta Linear Accelerator with Integrated Brainlab ExacTrac X-Ray Brainlab announced first patient treatments in March on a fully integrated radiation oncology solution that combines… read more last_img read more

5 developers explain why they use Visual Studio Code Sponsored by Microsoft

first_imgVisual Studio Code has quickly become one of the most popular text editors on the planet. While debate will continue to rage about the relative merits of every text editor, it’s nevertheless true that Visual Studio Code is unique in that it is incredibly customizable: it can be as lightweight as a text editor or as feature-rich as an IDE. This post is part of a series brought to you in conjunction with Microsoft. Download Learning Node.js Development for free from Microsoft here. Try Visual Studio Code yourself. Learn more here. This means the range of developers using Visual Studio Code are incredibly diverse. Each one faces a unique set of challenges alongside their personal preferences. I spoke to a few of them about why they use Visual Studio Code and how they make it work for them. “Visual Studio Code is streamlined and flexible” Ben Sibley is the Founder of Complete Themes. He likes Visual Studio Code because it is relatively lightweight while also offering considerable flexibility. “I love how streamlined and flexible Visual Studio Code is. Personally, I don’t need a ton of functionality from my IDE, so I appreciate how simple the default configuration is. There’s a very concise set of features built-in like the Git integration. “I was using PHPStorm previously and while it was really feature-rich, it was also overwhelming at times. VSC is faster, lighter, and with the extension market you can pick and choose which additional tools you need. And it’s a popular enough editor that you can usually find a reliable and well-reviewed extension.” Read next: How Visual Studio Code can help bridge the gap between full-stack development and DevOps [Sponsored by Microsoft] “Visual Studio Code is the best in terms of extension ecosystem, language support and configuration” Libby Horacek is a developer at Position Development. She has worked with several different code editors but struggled to find one that allowed her to effectively move between languages. For Libby, Visual Studio Code offered the right level of flexibility. She also explained how the team at Position Development have used VSC’s Live Share feature which allows developers to directly share and collaborate on code inside their editor. “I currently use Visual Studio Code. I’ve tried a LOT of different editors. I’m a polyglot developer, so I need an editor that isn’t just for one language. RubyMine is great for Ruby, and PyCharm is good for Python, but I don’t want to switch editors every time I switch languages (sometimes multiple times a day). My main constraint is Haskell language support — there are plugins for most IDEs now, but some are better than others. “For a long time I used Emacs just because I was able to steal a great configuration setup for it from a coworker, but a few months back it stopped working due to updates and I didn’t want to acquire the Emacs expertise to fix it. So I tried IntelliJ, Visual Studio, Atom, Sublime Text, even Vim… but in the end I liked Visual Studio the best in terms of extension ecosystem, language support, and ease of use and configuration. “My team also uses Visual Studio’s Live Share for pairing. I haven’t tried it personally but it looks like a great option for remote pairing. The only thing my coworkers have cautioned is that they encountered a bug with the “undo” functionality that wiped out most of a file they were working on. Maybe that bug has been fixed by now, but as always, commit early and commit often!” “As a JavaScript dev shop, we love that VSC is written in JavaScript” Cody Swann is the CEO of Gunner Technology, a software development company that builds using JavaScript on AWS for both the public and private sector. “All our developers here [at Gunner Technology] use VSC. “We switched from Sublime about two years ago because Sublime started to feel slow and neglected. “Before that, we used TextMate and abandoned that for the same reasons. “As a JavaScript dev shop, we love that VSC is written in JavaScript. It makes it easier for us to write in-house extensions and such. “Additionally, we love that Microsoft releases monthly updates and keeps improving performance.” Read next: Microsoft Build 2019: Microsoft showcases new updates to MS 365 platform with focus on AI and developer productivity “The Visual Studio Code team pay close attention to the problems developers face” Ajeet Dhaliwal is a software developer at Tesults. He explains he has used several different IDEs and editors but came to Visual Studio Code after spending some time using Node.js and React on Brackets. “I have used Visual Studio Code almost exclusively for the last couple of years. “In years prior to making this switch, the nature of the development work that I did meant that I was broadly limited to using specific IDEs such as Visual Studio and Xcode. Then in 2014 I stated to get into Node.js and was looking for a code editor that would be more suitable. I tried out a few and ultimately settled on Brackets. “I used Brackets for a while but wasn’t always happy with it. The most annoying issue was the way text was rendered on my Mac. “Over time I started doing React work too and every time I revisited VSC the improvements were impressive, it seemed to me that the developers were closely paying attention to the problems developers face, they were creating features I had never even thought I would need and the extensions added highly useful features for Node.js and React dev work. The font rendering was not an issue either so it became an inevitable switch.” “I have to context switch regularly – I expect my brain to be the slowest element, not the IDE” Kyle Balnave is Senior Developer and Squad Manager at High Speed Training. Despite working with numerous editors and IDEs, he likes Visual Studio Code because it allows him to move between different contexts incredibly quickly. Put simply, it allows him to work faster than other IDEs do. “I’ve used several different editors over the years. They generally fall under two categories: Monolithic (I can do anything you’ll ever want to do out of the box). Modular (I do the basics but allow extensions to be added to do most the rest). “The former are IDEs like Netbeans, IntelliJ and Visual Studio. In my experience they are slow to load and need a more powerful development machine to keep responsive. They have a huge range of functionality, but in everyday development I just need it to be an intelligent code editor. “The latter are IDEs like Eclipse, Visual Studio Code, Atom. They load quickly, respond fast and have a wide range of extensions that allow me to develop what I need. They sometimes fall short in their functionality, but I generally find this to be infrequent. “Why do I use VSCode? Because it doesn’t slow me down when I code. I have to context switch regularly so I expect my own brain to be the slowest element, not the IDE. Learn how to develop with Node.js on Azure by downloading Learning Node.js with Azure for free, courtesy of Microsoft.last_img read more

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first_imgIn conjunction with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, roomsXML is helping to make a Thai Trip even more relaxing by offering a 60 minute massage voucher with every booking made  between now and Dec 31* in the following cities:Bangkok –  8 locationsChiang Mai – 2 locationsPhuket – 2 locationsPattaya – 1 locationSamui – 1 locationHua Hin – 1 locationKrabi – 1 locationAs soon as you make a Thai booking,email at au.support@roomsxml.com or Freecall 1800-766-679 to receive your voucherTerms & Conditions* Voucher is valid until 31st March 2017 for 1 hour Traditional Thai Massage or for 1 hour Foot Massage at all “Lets Relax” branchesVoucher may not be used in conjunction with other promotionsNon-Exchangeable, non-transferable and not redeemable for cashPlease reserve a space in advance for your convenienceKindly present this voucher upon arrival Book Thailand with roomsXML for Free Massage Vouchers roomsXML.comconnect today roomsXML.comdiscover more here Amazing ThailandSource = roomsXML.comlast_img read more

The great thing about football is you cant cheat it Its

first_imgNorthwestern’s latest installment of “The Foundation,” which provides an unparalleled look inside of Spring ball in Evanston, is full of some really good content this week.Sitting down with offensive coordinator Mick McCall, offensive line coach Adam Cushing, you get a really good feel for how Northwestern handles their business on the offensive side of the ball.The best nugget in the entire video probably comes from Cushing, who, when talking about his very first meeting with his offensive line, explained, “I tell my guys that the minute they walk in the door with us as Freshman that I’m, going to attack problems, and not people on the field.” You might want to write that one down to share with your guys come fall. I definitely did.And as someone who lives in the heart of Big Ten country, this quote from a Wildcat defensive player also caught my attention.“In the Big Ten, everyone is big, everyone is strong and everyone is fast, but the guys that really separate themselves from the pack are the guys who are relentless and who give great effort each play.” Northwestern Junior defensive end Dean Lowry shares during the clip.At the end of the clip, as Pat Fitzgerald addresses the team after practice, he shares with his guys that practice simply “wasn’t good enough”.“Today wasn’t good enough. But that’s the great thing about football men, you cannot cheat it. It’s just like life – if you try to cheat life, you’ll get exposed. That’s how you beat yourself.” Fitz explained. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more