With its abundance of salt- and fresh-water environments, Nova Scotia is perfectly situated to produce high-quality aquaculture products. The cold, clean salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean provide excellent growing conditions for a variety of finfish and shellfish. Atlantic salmon and steelhead salmon (rainbow trout raised in salt water) begin their lives in fresh-water hatcheries at inland locations before being moved to ocean sites. And other species like Arctic char are grown to market size at fresh-water aquaculture operations. Aquaculturists are legitimate users of Nova Scotia’s aquatic resources, and take a very conscious, responsible approach towards environmental management. Since aquaculture processes rely on high-quality aquatic resources, producers have a vested interest in promoting and maintaining the quality and integrity of the aquatic environment. Like traditional land farmers, the aim of the aquaculture producer is to grow safe, healthy food in environmentally sustainable ways. Every food-production sector on Earth leaves some kind of an environmental food print. Although aquaculture is no exception to this rule, it is generally accepted that growing fish compares favorably in terms of its relatively low environmental impact. And the aquaculture industry continues to work in collaboration with researchers, environmentalists and government representatives to reduce the environmental impacts of aquaculture production. An enormous amount of research and field trials are conducted around the world to ensure that aquaculture continues to progress in a safe, efficient and responsible manner. To ensure that aquaculture was developed in an environmentally responsible manner, the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia recognized the need to introduce an environmental monitoring program and they asked my department to develop one. Aquaculturists demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability through regular assessments. I am particularly proud of the work performed in this area by members of my department’s aquaculture environmental monitoring program team. In 2007, they won the Premier’s Award of Excellence for the development and implementation of the first comprehensive environmental monitoring program. Since then, they have employed it at more than 330 marine aquaculture sites throughout the province. The baseline data collected acts as a guide for assessing the environmental performance of aquaculture operations. Our environmental monitoring program is recognized as innovative and effective by other jurisdictions and is one of the few monitoring programs that samples diverse aquaculture sites in a variety of marine ecosystems. The environmental monitoring team’s work has generated interest from across Canada, and as far away as Chile and Norway. I want to assure Nova Scotians that my department is actively monitoring the environmental performance of all aquaculture operations and, if necessary, we will take action, in partnership with other provincial or federal regulators, to mitigate any potential adverse effects. Respecting and protecting Nova Scotia’s environment is essential. It’s worth repeating that our aquaculture industry depends on pure, clean water and we are working to have a solid, sustainable and environmentally secure aquaculture industry in Nova Scotia. -30-
Nova Scotia’s first shale gas production lease has been approved in principle by Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt. Elmworth Energy, the Canadian subsidiary of Triangle Petroleum Corporation, received approval in principle to develop shale gas in the Windsor area of Hants County, and in Kings County. This production lease represents the province’s first onshore shale gas development, which is natural gas produced from shale. “This project has the potential to generate substantial economic benefits for Nova Scotia,” said Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt. “I look forward to working with Elmworth as it moves forward with the project.” “Elmworth is very pleased to gain approval in principle for the next phase of our Windsor block project,” said Howard Anderson, president of Elmworth. “Nova Scotia is a great place to do business, and we hope our development will bring a new source of energy and continued economic benefits to the region.” The production lease will cover a 10-year period. The company will require additional government approvals for specific activities within the lease, including any new seismic programs drilling and pipeline construction. Although this is the province’s first shale gas production lease, it is the province’s second onshore production opportunity. Stealth Ventures was granted a production agreement for coalbed methane or natural gas from coal in November 2007. Elmworth Energy is an exploration company focused on emerging Canadian shale gas projects in Eastern Canada. Elmworth opened an office in Halifax in the fall.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Comcast’s NBC is airing both the Super Bowl and the Olympics in February, a double-whammy sports extravaganza that the company expects to yield $1.4 billion in ad sales, helping it justify the hefty price it’s paying for both events.NBC is banking heavily on these sports events since traditional TV ratings have slumped in recent years. Live sports are marquee TV events that draw most of the largest TV audiences, but even those ratings have declined. More Americans are dumping their cable packages — Comcast lost 33,000 video customers in the fourth quarter and 151,000 for all of 2017 — and advertisers are following consumers to their phones.Spending on U.S. TV ads is expected to grow an anemic 0.4 per cent this year, according to eMarketer.In the October-December quarter, NBCUniversal’s broadcast TV ad revenue fell 6.5 per cent, after a boost in 2016 from election ads. As it adapts to a slowing TV market, NBC is continuing some digital efforts from Rio and expanding others to meet viewers wherever they are — whether in front of a TV or not.THE SUPER BOWLThe Super Bowl reaches more than 100 million people in the U.S., outstripping every other TV event. It’s the most expensive ad time on TV.This year’s Super Bowl is Feb. 4 and follows a two-year slump in regular-season NFL ratings, according to ESPN . But NBC has said it is not worried about a lack of interest. The game is an event that “transcends sport and even the game itself,” Dan Lovinger, an NBC Sports ad-sales executive, said in January, about three weeks before the game.NBC said then that it had nearly sold out Super Bowl ad spots and that on average, companies are paying more than $5 million for 30-second ads during the game. Kantar Media expects rates slightly higher than last year’s $5.05 million.Fox aired the Super Bowl in 2017, and said it had $500 million in ad revenues for the day. NBC has predicted about $500 million for the game and associated events this year.NBC also makes money from ads during events before and after the game and a special episode that day of its hit drama, “This is Us.”For the first time, it’s selling ads for the game that will only appear on its app or website.ADS FROM PYEONGCHANGNBC is paying $963 million for the broadcast rights to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which follow a Summer Olympics in Rio two years ago that disappointed in some ways.NBC ruled the airwaves during the Rio Games, besting other networks, and raked in $250 million in profit. But ratings for the prime-time broadcast declined compared to the London Olympics in 2012, so NBC had to give advertisers some extra ad slots to make up for it.This time around, NBC will sell ads for this Olympics based on total viewership, counting cable and digital viewers as well as those who tune into NBC proper. That gives them more leverage with advertisers, said Brian Wieser, an ad analyst for Pivotal Research Group.NBC expects to sell more than $900 million worth of ads for the Olympics, which it says would be the highest ever for a Winter Games. (Summer Games are more popular.) The company is offering more hours of programming this year, both on TV and online, than it did for the Sochi Games in 2014.KEEPING FANS HAPPYPast Olympics have been criticized by fans for tape-delayed events. This year, NBC will air its nightly prime-time broadcast simultaneously across the country. That means the West Coast evening broadcast will start early, at 5 p.m.The company says it will be able to show many Olympics events live for the U.S. audience, including skiing, snowboarding and figure skating. (U.S. prime time starts at 10 a.m. Korean time.) But some popular events will be live at odd hours in the U.S. Speed skating will take place in the evening in Korea, for example — but morning in the U.S.NBC will stream the opening ceremony at 6 a.m. Eastern on Feb. 9, but only for cable customers. A delayed version will air on prime time. And it’s not yet clear whether exciting medal-round events will be shown at the best time for NBC’s ratings, said Kantar Media chief research officer Jon Swallen. NBC just says that all figure skating, alpine skiing and freestyle snowboard finals will be aired live in either prime time or what it calls “prime-time plus,” which stretches from 11:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. Eastern.GOING DIGITALAs it did during the Rio Olympics, NBC has again partnered with BuzzFeed to make videos on Snapchat, a messaging app popular with millennials. These will include behind-the-scenes videos posted by Snapchat users, clips of athletes and Olympics venues shot by BuzzFeed, and snippets of NBC’s own Olympics coverage. NBC’s revenue from its Snapchat deal is in the tens of millions, said an NBC Sports spokesman.The broadcaster is also teaming up with the online news site Vox to make a daily Olympics podcast for the 18 days of competition. NBC parent Comcast is showcasing both NBC’s Olympics broadcasts and streaming video for its home cable customers in a way that will be easily searchable on TV sets.In its fourth-quarter earnings report on Wednesday, Comcast said its net income soared to $15 billion, or $3.17 per share, from $2.3 billion, or 48 cents per share, because of a one-time impact from tax changes recently signed into law. Revenue climbed 4 per cent to $21.92 billion.
“The Rwandan civilians, mainly women and children, say that they are returning home willingly,” Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said, noting that so far this year the agency’s teams have assisted 1,417 Rwandan civilians to return. This morning more than 200 civilians were slated to go to a reception camp in Rwanda from Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province, where the agency has a transit centre, into which hundreds continue to arrive from assembly centres around the province, many walking for days from their villages to reach them.“Some say they were told by their leaders it is time to return home. They are generally in good health, although visibly tired after long walks and truck journeys from UNHCR assembly points to Bukavu,” he addedMr. Redmond said that the aspiring returnees are most likely escaping a joint Rwandan/Congolese military offensive against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda), which consists of Hutus who fled Rwanda after the Hutu extremist genocide of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus and have since contributed to the turmoil in strife-torn eastern DRC.Indeed, many of those being assisted to repatriate from Bukavu are arriving from Walikale, a territory in neighbouring North Kivu province with a significant presence of FDLR rebels, he said. Former FDLR combatants wanting repatriation are presenting themselves to the UN peacekeeping mission known as MONUC, which is responsible for their disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation, reinsertion, and reintegration.In Uganda, meanwhile, UNHCR started to move Congolese refugees from the Matanda transit centre near the border with the DRC into a newly-designated settlement area called Kyangwali, 420 kilometres northeast. Some 41,000 Congolese, mostly women and children, have fled fighting in North Kivu province to Uganda since August 2008, overcrowding the previously-designated Nakivale refugee settlement.The UNHCR operation in Uganda assists more than 155,000 refugees, the agency said, mostly from the DRC and Sudan. 6 February 2009As an offensive against Rwandan Hutu militias continues in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a growing number of Rwandan civilians, many of whom have been there since the 1994 genocide in their country, are emerging from remote areas to go home, the United Nations refugee agency said today.
He also said that the frequent and indiscriminate use of R2P risks eroding its credibility, or worse, threaten international peace and security.“We believe that the concept of R2P should not become a political weapon, or applied selectively to fulfill geo strategic interests. The unilateral determination of the existence of situations justifying the application of R2P must be avoided. We must develop satisfactory multilateral mechanisms for this purpose,” Dr. Kohona said. Dr. Kohona said that the application of R2P has implications to the principle of sovereignty, long a fundamental element of international relations. Sri Lanka says the “The Responsibility to Protect” system, or R2P, should not become a political weapon, or applied selectively to fulfill geo strategic interests.Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Palitha Kohona, in a statement at the UN, said that the R2P concept has raised considerable sensitivities because the circumstances when it could be employed are still to be determined to the satisfaction of most of the international community. “In an international political framework that is characterized by power asymmetrics, “sovereignty” places all states on an equal footing. The United Nations Charter clearly acknowledges this. Article 2 Paragraph 7 of the United Nations Charter prohibits the UN from intervening in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of states without prejudice to the application of chapter 7,” he said. He also said that the international community should assist states to protect their populations, including from terrorism, by building national competences and capacities.“There are many instances where a state may not be able to do so, mainly due to the lack of resources. Having said this, assistance provided should be sensitive to the cultural and governance systems in the recipient states. It should not be prescriptive and instead be guided by the priorities of the recipient state. Too often we have witnessed prescriptions being offered through megaphones,” he said.Dr. Kohona says rhe application of R2P in certain situations in the recent past has given rise to concern that those relying on R2P approaches are guilty of double standards. (Colombo Gazette)
by Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2013 1:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nova Scotia premier not fazed by Muskrat Falls opposition as hearings conclude HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter says a barrage of criticism from consumer groups during regulatory hearings into the Muskrat Falls project that wrapped up Thursday in Halifax doesn’t faze him.The province’s consumer and small business advocates as well as an alliance of industrial customers that includes Michelin and Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) have all raised concerns about a proposal by utility company Emera (TSX:EMA) to build a subsea cable that would ship Muskrat Falls hydroelectricity to Nova Scotia. That proposal is before Nova Scotia’s Utility and Review Board, which is expected to issue a ruling by the end of next month.Lawyers for those groups have hammered away at the idea during the proceedings, questioning whether it would benefit Nova Scotia energy customers who would foot the $1.5-billion bill for the 180-kilometre Maritime Link. In exchange, the province would receive 20 per cent of the power from Muskrat Falls — or about 10 per cent of Nova Scotia’s needs.At one point earlier this week, Peter Gurnham, the chairman of the panel hearing the proposal, wondered aloud why no consumer groups back the Maritime Link if it is the best option for Nova Scotia’s future needs.Dexter said Thursday he is not perturbed by the chorus of criticism, saying it’s the raison d’etre for consumer groups to question such developments.“If you have a consumer group that endorses things that come along, they’re out of business,” he said.“The simple reality is that this is a project that … will change our energy landscape in this province for many, many years.”Dexter said he stands by his position that the Maritime Link is in Nova Scotia’s best interests and nothing said during the hearings changed that view because it is a visionary project that will help wean the province off of dirty, coal-fired power plants.“It’s a good opportunity for Nova Scotia no matter what,” he said.Opponents have argued during the hearings over the past two weeks that the initial block of power will be expensive and there are no guarantees that Nova Scotians will be able to purchase electricity beyond their allotted amount.Gurnham has said it’s likely conditions would be attached should the board approve the Maritime Link. Emera has said there are no definite backup plans for a revised Maritime Link development if the regulator doesn’t accept its proposal.Emera CEO Chris Huskilson said Thursday that if the board’s decision calls for major changes, the deal with Nalcor Energy, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown energy company, isn’t guaranteed to survive.“This is a deal we constructed over years,” he said. “If the conditions become so fundamental that they change the deal, then we’ll have given back the decision to Newfoundland.”Both opposition parties have also voiced their objections to the Maritime Link proposal. On Thursday, Liberal Opposition Leader Stephen McNeil said the 35-year deal warranted greater scrutiny by the government.“This … is further proof that the NDP are guided by the interests of Nova Scotia Power and Emera more than the residential and business ratepayers in this province,” McNeil said in a statement.
“The parties reiterated their conviction that there can be no alternative to peace in Libya outside this dialogue process, which sets the framework for a comprehensive political settlement that is achieved through consensus,” said a statement issued yesterday by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) at the end of the latest round of talks. Presiding over the talks, UNSMIL chief and the UN Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino León, explained to the parties how discussions would proceed on the annexes to the Libyan Political Agreement, as well as on formation of the Government of National Accord.The parties expressed optimism that the dialogue process was approaching its final stages. In this regard, the statement added, the participation of a number of political party leaders heralded a positive step towards the convergence of the various dialogue tracks, particularly those of the political parties and political activists, as well as municipalities.“Parties described this as key to enabling representatives from all swathes of the Libyan population to work jointly together in order to expedite a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Libya, as well as ensuring wider buy-in from the Libyan population.”According to UNSMIL, the parties underscored their determination to conclude the dialogue process as soon as possible, with a target date within the coming three weeks. Finalization of the process would pave the way towards final adoption by the parties of the Libyan Political Agreement, to be followed by its formal endorsement at the beginning of September.“The different political leaderships present at the talks signalled that they would move to encourage relevant security actors to commence consultations with UNSMIL and provide their inputs on ways of operationalizing the security arrangements outlined in the Libyan Political Agreement,” the statement concluded.
Such crises are an obstacle to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Countries in Africa and elsewhere have been accruing debt while their ability to repay shrinks. Falling commodity prices, a rising dollar, and the prospect of higher interest payments are making repayment even less likely. “Sovereign nations do not have the protection of bankruptcy laws to restructure or delay their debt repayments in the same way that private debtors do,” said UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi in a news release issued ahead of the meeting. He warned that “while creditors cannot easily seize non-commercial public assets, sovereign debt faults bring major problems in terms of reputation and access to further loans.” In the past, debt crises have led to highly speculative funds run by non-cooperative or hold-out bankers, including by “vulture funds,” which aggressively pursue debt repayments, rendering them expensive and potentially disruptive. Since 2000, hedge funds have been the primary plaintiffs in 75 per cent of all litigation cases against sovereign debts.New research will be published next month in a report, indicating that the latest round of borrowing dates to 2006, when the Seychelles issued a sovereign bond, making it the first sub-Saharan African country to do so in the past 30 years, with the exception of South Africa. In the subsequent decade, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia have accrued more than $25 billion in bonds, with a principal amount of more than $35 billion.The report’s researchers, Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven and Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, say that many African countries are now facing repayment difficulties, pointing to Ghana as an example. “Ghana is in a difficult, yet unfortunately common position, as it depends on commodity exports such as gold, oil and cocoa,” they said. “With falling commodity prices, the country faces a decline in revenue and a growing current account deficit,” they added, pointing out that Ghana’s total debt, both external and domestic, is more than 55 per cent of its gross domestic product.Last year, after research contributed by UNCTAD, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution stating that sovereign debt restructuring processes should be guided by basic international principles of law such as sovereignty, good faith, transparency, legitimacy, equitable treatment and sustainability. The resolution reflected a growing concern about renewed sovereign debt crises and long-term debt sustainability in the context of continued global economic fragility.
Brock University will host the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2014, an honour granted recently after a competitive bidding and review process.“Winning a bid to host Congress 2014 is like winning a bid to host the intellectual Olympics,” stated Noreen Golfman, president of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS). “Congress will help put both Brock and the surrounding region on the map as an international destination for knowledge and research.”Board members from the Federation made their decision based on factors like state-of-the-art facilities, energetic staff and significant community support.“This is one of the greatest opportunities to showcase our University and research community,” said Liette Vasseur, vice-president of Research at Brock. “This is a great occasion to promote our Niagara region and regional partners. Furthermore, it will enhance our profile as a research-intensive university in a region with a great quality of life in a beautiful setting. Brock is very happy to have been selected as the host for 2014.”Congress representatives noted that they were impressed with the well-orchestrated site visit, citing the enthusiasm and support of community partners as a key contributor in their evaluation of Brock’s bid.Vasseur noted partners in Brock, St. Catharines and Niagara were essential to making the bid a success.The event has the potential to generate economic spinoffs of upwards of $10 million to the local host region — requiring some 17,000 to 20,000-room nights in local hotels and University residences.Organized annually by the CFHSS, congress brings together thousands of scholars, students, practitioners and policy makers in a different city each year to share ideas, debate and enrich their research. As such, it is the largest multidisciplinary academic gathering in Canada, attracting delegates from every province and territory and from around the world.Brock hosted congress in 1996. Hosting the congress in 2014 will coincide with celebrations for the University’s 50th anniversary, as well as the culmination of events commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812.Congress 2009 was hosted by Carleton University in Ottawa. Congress 2010 will be hosted by Concordia University in Montreal from May 28 to June 4, 2010.
Radio Leeds with a lovely tribute to…Ian Brady! 🙄https://t.co/DOWP5pkqIJ— Darren (@MFCDarren1) May 22, 2017 One Twitter user wrote: “What next @RadioLeeds ? A musical quiz about Auschwitz ?”Another said: “I’ve never heard anything on the radio that is in such poor taste. Staggering. #radioleeds”Brady and his accomplice Myra Hindley murdered five children in the 1960s, and buried four of their bodies in Saddleworth Moor in the south Pennines. A local BBC station has come under fire for their lighthearted ‘guess who it is from the songs’ game – in which the answer was Moors murderer Ian Brady.On BBC Radio Leeds, listeners were told to look out for clues in the songs to see who they were about.During the Sunday morning show, guest-hosted by BBC York’s Nathan Turvey, he played music including the theme song for The Brady Bunch, and The Smiths’ song Suffer Little Children. Unbelievable this went out on BBC Radio Leeds. Like a Brass Eye parody. https://t.co/nQprZbVkkL pic.twitter.com/wlEdpToKad— John Plunkett (@johnplunkett149) May 22, 2017 They also played All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople and Psycho Killer by the Talking Heads.The post with the clip has been deleted from Facebook after outcry, and has been removed from iPlayer. 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. They never said where they buried the body of the fifth child, and Brady carried the secret with him to his death when he died last week.A spokesperson from the BBC said: “This is clearly unacceptable and we apologise.” That Ian Brady “comp” was disgraceful. He should be utterly ashamed of himself. And fired.— Betty Kitten (@BettyKitten) May 22, 2017
Source: Sheep purpleUnless you’re living in a fancy dancy new apartment block (which can have its own set of problems), it’s unlikely your apartment building will have a lift.This makes moving, and life generally, difficult.The inefficient heating systems Source: pigpogmIf you live in an abode with gas powered central heating you are blessed, friends, because the storage heater is rife in rented accommodation.No one knows how to properly use it, but everyone knows it eats up money.Our kingdom for a radiator!Decor that hasn’t been updated since 1962 Source: PunkToadRental properties in Ireland are frequently acquired via the death of older relatives, many of whom haven’t changed a thing since 1962.Imagine living with a paisley carpet with a hangover! Not good.Bad furniture Source: Terrible Real Estate PhotosClearly the landlord has either cobbled what’s there together from various elderly relatives (and you know that the stuff that your elderly relatives don’t want anymore ain’t good) or bought the cheapest furniture money can buy.We’ve even heard reports of garden furniture being passed off as a kitchen table and chairs.All too often, damp and mould Source: sermoaHow can landlords think it’s ok to rent somewhere with mould on the walls? How is this still happening?!?The rubbish landlords/Management companies Source: ImgurThere are many varieties of rubbish landlords and management companies.There are the ones who arrive regularly unannounced, the ones you call over and over to deal with an issue who never respond, and then there are the ones who try to rip you off when the time comes to get your security deposit back.If you find a good one, hold on to them, beacuse they’re worth their weight in gold.The fact that you don’t have a choiceFor many Irish people, renting is not a choice but the only option. The only infuriating, miserable option.Sad times.This stop-motion movie made from Instagram photos is brilliant>Check out the terrifying view from the world’s tallest water slide> ACCORDING TO A new report, renting in Ireland is more desperate than ever.There are fewer places to rent, and as a result, lots of people are being forced to accept sub-standard places.This is bad news, as renting here has never really been a delight, has it? In fact, there are those who would say it’s the worst.Here are eleven reasons why.The hours spent trawling through Daft Source: Daft.ieAt first it’s fun. Each time you log on you are filled with hope. Perhaps this would be the magical search which bestows upon you countless options regarding your future abode!The thing is, it never is. You’ll eventually start checking out anything that seems remotely inhabitable, including, DUN DUN DUNNNNNN, ads without photos.Misleading photos Er, does the mountain come with the apartment? Source: Daft/RedditUnfortunately, even the posts that do have photographs are regularly made up entirely of lies.What looks like a spacious double bedroom is in fact a walk-in wardrobe given the fisheye lens treatment. This results in hours of your time wasted on viewing completely unsuitable gaffs.The competition Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandEven in those completely unsuitable gaffs, you will have to face the competition.As mentioned before, the supply of rented accommodation is shrinking and as a result, each viewing is filled with people, all desperate to find a place.You’ll queue, all the while feeling more desperate and paranoid that you might be missing out on something great even if the place is a cesspit.The desperate attempts to impress the person showing the place Source: ShutterstockShould you finally find somewhere you want, you’re forced to enter into immediate negotiation with whoever is showing people around.You breathlessly tell them how much you looooove the place and how you’ll take great care of it, exclaiming, ‘Look! I have references! And money! Here! Take it!’It rarely pays off.The frequent lack of lifts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgTEpl0Yyiw(YouTube: radiovaticanavideo)A NEW POPE has been elected to lead the Catholic Church.In the last few moments, white smoke has emerged from the roof of the Sistine Chapel, where the 115 voting-age cardinals have been deliberating since Tuesday.The white smoke means that a candidate has won the approval of 77 of the cardinals, meaning a two-thirds majority – and will now take command of a religion with an estimated 1.2 billion followers worldwide.The identity of the new pontiff, and the papal name they are to adopt, will be announced shortly.More to follow…
EVERETT — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is returning to Washington.The New York businessman is scheduled to hold a rally in Everett at Xfinity Arena at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Trump last visited the state in May, when he held rallies in Spokane and Lynden.A counter rally protesting Trump is planned before the Everett event. The city’s mayor, Ray Stephanson, and other officials are scheduled to lead a protest at 4 p.m. in Clark Park before moving to the arena to rally outside.A recent Elway Poll showed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with a double-digit lead over Trump in Washington, 43 percent to 24 percent. The state hasn’t voted for a Republican candidate for president since 1984.
Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to win 100 games in the Champions League following Juventus’ 1-0 victory over Valencia on TuesdayThe Portuguese superstar started up front at Turin alongside Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala as Juventus booked their last-16 spot in the tournament.However, things didn’t really pick up until after the break with the strike trio struggling to break down Valencia’s defence.But, following Wojciech Szczesny’s save from Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby at point-blank range, Ronaldo sent the ball across the box for Mandzukic to tap in.The Croatian’s 59th-minute goal was enough to seal the three points for Juventus and Ronaldo’s 100th win in the Champions League.The 33-year-old, who has scored a record 121 Champions League goals, is chasing his sixth title this season.Afterwards, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted that they were required to be patient and intelligent against a well organised Valencia.“In the first half we didn’t finish off many moves,” Allegri told the club website.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We failed to get the space we needed and were too often hurried. Then we were more aggressive and deserved to win.“We played well though we could have done better. Some chances we should have put away.“We gave the ball away a few times between the lines and conceded one dangerous free kick.“However, this team is constantly improving – they’re passing and putting a play together more quickly.”Juventus will next take a trip to Fiorentina in a Serie A match on Saturday.💯 up for @Cristiano 🏆 pic.twitter.com/i73IZw0fIh— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 27, 2018
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took an elderly man and a woman to the hospital after her car rolled over onto the man’s front lawn in Fort Lauderdale.Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash in the area of Northeast 18th Avenue and 56th Street, Monday afternoon.Officials said the woman was driving her car when it rolled into the elderly property. He was cutting the grass at the time of the crash.Firefighters were forced to extricate the driver from her vehicle.Paramedics transported both victims to an area hospital in unknown condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A Little Haiti art gallery that was vandalized with hate-filled symbols has gotten a fresh look.Vandals tagged the Yeelen Gallery studio at Northwest Second Avenue and 54th Street with offensive graffiti and hateful symbols, including a swastika, Saturday morning.Members of the Miami Police Department’s police explorers program showed up on Wednesday to paint over the offensive images.The vandals have not been caught.If you have any information on who vandalized the gallery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
9 Photos 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse Hatchbacks Performance Cars Now playing: Watch this: The Hyundai i30 Fastback N has familiar ingredients in… More From Roadshow Review • 2019 Hyundai Veloster N review: The performance junkie’s hot hatch Enlarge ImageThe wrap will come off next month. Hyundai Hyundai’s N division has a treat coming to the Frankfurt Auto Show next month in the i30 N Project C. Let us break down that name in the following text.The i30 is a rather standard hatchback model Americans know as the Elantra GT. The i30 N is the Hyundai performance division’s hotter version, which lacks a US analogue (for now, we hope). Thus, the i30 N Project C will be even spicier. The brand detailed some of the preliminary details of the hatchback in a Tuesday release ahead of its Frankfurt debut next month, and before you ask, no, it’s not coming to the US. Here, we get the Veloster N as somewhat of an i30 N equivalent.To start, the Project C will be lighter than a standard i30 N. Hyundai credits carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic materials and 19-inch wheels that take lessons from motorsport. A few extra aerodynamic cues should help make the hatchback a slicker thing, too. No word on if there’s more power included, but less weight and more aero are always good even without more power. The standard i30 N makes 271 horsepower.As for the letter C, the N division named the car after the Area C development track situated in the Namyang R&D center in South Korea. Clearly, Area C is where all the fun stuff happens.We mentioned the i30 N Project C won’t be heading to our shores — 600 of them will be made for European buyers — but it’s possible we’ll see the Veloster N get a little more love. After all, the i30 N and Veloster N served as the performance division launch models for Europe and the US, respectively. There’s nothing like refreshing often to keep interest high in sports cars. Share your voice Tags Post a comment 8:36 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke… Preview • 2019 Hyundai Veloster N: Dial N for Nürburgring 0 More about 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 Hyundai 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Hyundai i30 N Project C gets racier Hyundai
News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more July 31, 2014 — An innovative new data collection system could revolutionize the way doctors provide treatment, helping them improve outcomes and decrease side effects for cancer patients, according to research presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).Oncospace is a data mining system designed by medical physicists that collects comprehensive information on head and neck cancer patients to provide guidance in developing high-quality patient-specific therapy. The database contains insights on more than 500 patients and continues to grow.“Radiation therapy protocols are based on clinical trials, but represent care given to fewer than five percent of patients, take years to get results and generally don’t reflect standard practice,” said Todd McNutt, Ph.D., lead author of the study, and associate professor of medical physics and director of clinical informatics in radiation oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore. “This system taps into the vast knowledge that exists in data resulting from routine clinical care. It enables us to capture meaningful information in real-time to help design individualized treatment plans and increase the likelihood of success.”Using Oncospace, healthcare providers continually input information about cancer patients, ranging from family history, medications, surgical procedures and test results to specifics about the tumor (type, stage, size, shape), treatments — including radiation received (dose and target area) — and outcomes. Aggregating the information from all patients, researchers can detect patterns, predict the likelihood of side effects and gather other insights that help them design the best plan for new patients individually.For example, based on information from 513 head and neck cancer patients, researchers found those who had high doses of radiation to small areas of the larynx, esophagus and muscles of the throat were more likely to have difficulty swallowing, whereas dry mouth was more likely to occur in patients who had lower doses of radiation to larger areas of the salivary glands, inside of the mouth or lower jaw. In new patients, doctors can plan for those side effects — such as by using prophylactic medications or placing a feeding tube before treatment — or lessen or avoid them by revising the radiation treatment plan to minimize the risks.“The ultimate goal is to use ‘big data’ to provide personalized medicine, meaning for each new patient we’ll have information from the database that can help us predict how well that patient will do, whether he or she is likely to suffer specific side effects and the success of each treatment, and then design the best therapy for that individual,” said McNutt. “The system combines the real-world and ongoing information gathered in a registry with the research-level data collected in a trial.”The researchers are gathering information on other cancers as well, including pancreas and prostate. The plan is to grow the program and eventually share it with other institutions to compare practices and continually improve treatment.In addition to McNutt, co-authors of the Oncospace research presented at AAPM are: S. Robertson, H. Quon, A. Kiess, J. Moore, W. Yang, Z. Cheng, and A. Sharabi.For more information: www.aapm.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | July 31, 2014 Innovative Data Collection System for Cancer Patients Developed to Improve Care Outcomes Real-time insights designed to provide personalized approaches for head and neck cancer News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. Related Content News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more
If someone says Eclair, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, or Jelly Bean then apart from getting a sugar rush, you will probably think of Android OS. From just being a newly launched OS, filled with apprehensions, to being the biggest and most loved operating system in the history, Android has seen it all. The OS which powers our phones and makes our everyday life simpler recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Android’s rise from the ashes The journey to become the most popular mobile OS since its launch in 2008, was not that easy for Android. Back then it competed with iOS and Blackberry, which were considered the go-to smartphones of that time. Google’s idea was to give users a Blackberry-like experience as the ‘G1’ had a full-sized physical Qwerty keypad just like Blackberry. But G1 had some limitations as it could play videos only on YouTube as it didn’t have any inbuilt video player app and Android Market (now Google Play) and had just a handful of apps. Though the idea to give users blackberry like the experience was spot on, it was not a hit with the users as by then Apple had made touchscreen all the rage with its iPhone. But one thing Google did right with Android OS, which its competitors didn’t offer, was customizations and that’s where Google scored a home run. Blackberry and iPhone were great and users loved them. But both the OS tied the users in their ecosystem. Motorola saw the potential for customization and it adopted Android to launch Motorola Droid in 2009. This is when Android OS came of age and started competing with Apple’s iOS. With Android OS, people could customize their phones and with its open source platform developers could tweak the Base OS and customize it to their liking. This resulted in users having options to choose themes, wallpapers, and launchers. This change pioneered the requirement for customization which was later adopted in iPhone as well. By virtue of it being an open platform and thanks to regular updates from Google, there was a huge surge in Android adoption and mobile manufacturers like Motorola, HTC, and Samsung launched their devices powered by Android OS. Because of this rapid adoption of Android by a large number of manufacturers, Android became the most popular mobile platform, beating Nokia’s Symbian OS by the end of 2010. This Android phenomenon saved many manufacturers like HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Sony for losing significant market share to the then mobile handset market leaders, Nokia, Blackberry and Apple. They sensed the change in user preferences and adopted Android OS. Nokia, on the other hand, didn’t adopt Android and stuck to it’s Symbian OS which resulted in customer and market loss. Android: Sugar, and spice and everything nice In the subsequent years, Google launched Android versions like Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Ice cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, and Marshmallow. The Android team sure love their sugars evident from all Android operating systems named after desserts. It’s not new that tech companies get unique names for their software versions. For instance, Apple names its OS after cats like Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard. But Google officially never revealed why their OS is named after desserts. Just in case that wasn’t nerdy enough, Google put these sugary names in alphabetical order. Each update came with some cool features. Here’s a quick list of some popular features with the respective versions. Eclair (2009): Phone which came with Eclair onboard had digital zoom and flashlight for photos for the first time ever. Honeycomb (2011): Honeycomb was compatible with a tablet without any major glitches. Ice cream Sandwich (2011): Probably not as sophisticated as today but Ice cream sandwich had facial recognition and also a feature to take screenshots. Lollipop (2014): With Android Lollipop rounded icons were introduced in Android for the first time. Nougat (2016): With Nougat update Google introduced more natural looking emojis including skin tone modifiers, Unicode 9 emojis, and a removal of previously gender-neutral characters. Pie (2018): The latest Android update Android Pie also comes with a bunch of cool features. However, the standout feature in this release is the Indoor navigation which enables indoor GPS style tracking by determining your location within a building and facilitating turn-by-turn directions to help you navigate indoors. Android’s greatest strength probably is its large open platform community which helps developers to develop apps for Android. Though developers can write Android apps in any Java virtual machine (JVM) compatible programming language and can run on JVM, Google’s primary language for writing Android apps was Java (besides C++). At Google I/O 2018, Google announced that it will officially support Kotlin on Android as a “first-class” language. Kotlin is a super new programming language built by JetBrains, which also coincidentally develops the JetBrains IDE that powers the Android Studio. Apart from rich features and strong open platform community, Google also enhanced security with the newer Android versions which made it unbeatable. Manufacturers like Samsung leveraged the power of Android with their Galaxy S series making them one of the leading mobile manufacturers. Today, Google have proven themselves as strong players in the mobile market not only with Android OS but also with their Flagship phones like the Pixel series which receive updates before any other Smartphone with Android OS. Android today: love it, hate it, but you can’t escape it Today with a staggering 2 Billion active devices, Android is the market leader in mobile OS platform by far. A decade ago, no one anticipated that one mobile OS could have such dominance. Google has developed the OS for televisions, smartwatches, smart home devices, VR Headsets and has even developed Android Auto for cars. As Google showcased in Google I/O 2018 the power of machine learning with Smart compose for Gmail and Google Duplex for Google assistant, with Google assistant now being introduced on almost all latest android phones it is making Android more powerful than ever. However, all is not all sunshine and rainbows in the Android nation. In July this year, EU slapped Google with $5 billion fine as an outcome of its antitrust investigations around Android. Google was found guilty of imposing illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and network operators, since 2011, in an attempt to get all the traffic from these devices to the Google search engine. It is ironic that the very restrictive locked-in ecosystems that Android rebelled against in its early days are something it is now increasingly endorsing. Furthermore, as interfaces become less text and screen-based and more touch, voice, and gesture-based, Google does seem to realize Android’s limitations to some extent. They have been investing a lot into Project Fuschia lately, which many believe could be Android’s replacement in the future. With the tech landscape changing more rapidly than ever it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Android but for now, Android is here to stay. Read Next 6 common challenges faced by Android App developers Entry level phones to taste the Go edition of the Android 9.0 Pie version Android 9 pie’s Smart Linkify: How Android’s new machine learning based feature works
Smooth movements, clean technique, and becoming one with the silks while dancing in the air: With the music on, Carolina Cabañas approaches the aerial silks, lifts her feet off the ground, and starts to fly. Rather than defy gravity, she makes it her friend. Soon enough, it disappears, letting her almost float while dancing five meters above the floor.Cabañas is one of the pioneers of aerial acrobatics in Costa Rica. The artist started dancing ballet at the age of nine, and tried many disciplines like jazz, flamenco and hip hop, among others. However, dancing in the ground just wasn’t enough for her, and she took it to the next level when she discovered aerial dance as a teenager. Cabañas now practices aerial hammock, aerial silks, trapeze and aerial hoop, and has tried “everything” in aerial disciplines.Eight years ago, Cabañas founded the Danzaire Company, a group of artists creating and performing all around the country; three years ago she founded the Danzaire Aerial Dance School, where she trains students and teachers. It was thanks to Cabañas that the first International Festival of Aerial Dance of Costa Rica (FIDACR), a Danzaire initiative that she directed, took place in early 2016.The Tico Times visited Danzaire to talk to the artist about her role as a pioneer of the discipline in the country, and how it has influenced her entire life. Excerpts follow.How did you get into aerial dance?I was in high school. I was dancing ballet, and during one staging the director said she wanted an aerial performance. At that time, 16 years ago, no one was doing this [in Costa Rican performances], but by chance, I found a sign about [aerial acrobatics] classes. A man called Heiner and a dancer named Carolina Hovenga taught aerial silks and trapeze. As far as I know, they were the very first ones teaching aerial acrobatics here. Those were introductory classes, no mats or anything.More people started practicing at the Culture Ministry and at Metamorfosis [artistic group]. Eventually that initial group was disbanded, but I, along with some other friends, kept practicing a lot. I wanted to take it seriously. I was self-taught… I couldn’t even watch videos because by that time there was almost nothing, so I was just exploring, doing research, studying. After a while, the Culture Ministry brought in the French artist Fred Deb, who has her own aerial dance teaching methodology. Through the social project Parque La Libertad, a program for circus-school trainers got underway, and they brought in companies from Spain, Argentina, Colombia.[Eventually] Fred Deb took me to France to work with her. I met a lot of people there, and when they organized festivals in different parts of the world they invited me to work with them. Amanda Zúñiga/The Tico TimesWhat was the main objective of the first International Festival of Aerial Dance?We designed it taking into account that Costa Rica is different from the United States or Europe, where they have the necessary resources. We created our festival in order to generate resources so aerial dance can be practiced and developed. In Costa Rica there are not many spaces to perform, to discuss, to talk about what is being done, to practice, to learn new techniques, and meet artists from abroad: if you can’t go to Europe to see those artists, we bring them here. To watch them is a blessing. Those performances… open your mind, your eyes, and your heart. That’s another objective, to generate audience. Here in Costa Rica art is a luxury, I mean, it isn’t a priority for some people, that’s why they don’t see it as something serious. In many South American and European countries art is part of the society. Here, people look at you as if you’re a weirdo, like “You do what? And you hang where? And why do you do that?” They don’t believe that what you do is something serious. Amanda Zúñiga/The Tico TimesWhat do you love about aerial dance?When I move in the air, I’m moving in another dimension…. I’m taking advantage of the challenges gravity presents. It’s an infinite world of possibilities and creativity, and the source of inspiration never ends. I never get bored. Sometimes it’s difficult to consider myself a normal person, to have a conversation with someone about something else. I’m like, “What am I gonna talk about?”I tried to study nutrition and gastronomy, I tried to finish university, but life always gave me opportunities to work as a dancer. So I never graduated. I did get into a dancing program at the University of Costa Rica called Danza Abierta [Open Dance]. It’s a training program for dancers that lasts 4.5 years. Amanda Zúñiga/The Tico TimesHow has aerial dance influenced in your life?In every aspect. On a personal level, it has helped me a lot… I was always an insecure person, perhaps due to some situations where I grew up. Aerial dance has helped me to have confidence in myself, to feel part of something. There are people who are doing something with their lives but are not happy; maybe they are not doing what actually fulfills them. I feel really lucky to be able to do what I want, even though it’s difficult. I don’t live like a queen. But abundance is in your inner happiness, in the heart. Thanks to aerial dance I have my friends, my family. Thanks to aerial dance, I met the father of [my son]. And now it has given me a job. It has given me so much, on an emotional, economical and professional level.Also, it has also been really nice to see how the country, through Danzaire, has been able to generate that platform, and show it’s not an empty practice. We try to make a difference. People know us because we are a serious group and we are commited to what we do, and that has also opened doors for us. Amanda Zúñiga/The Tico TimesWhat’s the future of Carolina Cabañas and Danzaire?I would really like to expand Danzaire, both nationally and internationally. I’d like to introduce more formative programs and generate awareness… expand the teacher training course and make people want to learn more and improve, for generations to come.As for the festival, we want to make it an annual event, because people are now contacting me saying they want the festival to return soon. We have to take advange of that interest. Danzaire Company performing (Courtesy of Danzaire)Read our first-ever Weekend Arts Spotlight from August 2015, “6 questions for an aerial acrobat,” here.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook Comments Related posts:5 questions for blues musician Steve Arvey 5 questions for a Costa Rican oxcart painter 5 questions for a Costa Rican cartoonist 5 questions for a couple of clowns in Costa Rica