first_imgIndex and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index climbed higher in late-morning trading, boosted by the energy sector which benefited from higher oil prices.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 77.21 points at 14,494.10.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 180.44 points at 23,856.08. The S&P 500 index was up 19.45 points at 2,565.61, while the Nasdaq composite was up 46.54 points at 6,830.45.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.52 cents US compared with an average of 74.33 cents US on Tuesday.The February crude contract was up US$1.56 at US$48.16 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down 25.8 cents at US$3.58 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$5 at US$1,258.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 2.40 cents at US$2.69 a pound.last_img read more

Rabat – Casablanca will host the city’s first ever Shopping Festival between July 5 and 16, with the aim of boosting the local economy.Using the slogan “Shop in Casablanca”, this festival will provide Moroccans with a new shopping experience.This event is organized by Casablanca’s Local Development Firm (SDL), whose objective is to increase the attractiveness of the city. To do this, SDL propose events and festivals to attract local, national and international visitors. The shopping festival also aims to raise awareness of Moroccan brands at both national and international levels. Consequently, Moroccan shopping centers including Morocco Mall, Anfa Place, Tachfien Center and Alpha 55 will all take part.“Through this first edition, dedicated to clothing and accessories, the shopping festival will also be an opportunity for Casablanca people as well as foreign visitors to discover the city from a different angle,” announced Casa-Events and Animation Society (CEA).The company aspires to make the event an annual festival.Hotel Sofitel will hold the festival’s press conferences as well as masterclasses in cooperation with fashion schools, according to Moroccan media platform, L’Economiste. read more

26 February 2007The United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries today expressed concern about the increasing involvement of private military and security companies in countries facing conflict, including their work protecting mining companies and the effect this has on local communities. During a week-long session, which ended last Friday, the Working Group addressed a whole range of issues, including emerging trends regarding mercenaries or mercenary-related activities and the impact of private companies offering military assistance, consultancy and security services on human rights. “The group expressed concerns on the effects of the increasing phenomenon of the recruitment of nationals from countries in many regions by subsidiaries of transnational private military and security companies with legal personality in another country, and providing services in countries experiencing violent conflict,” it said in a press release. “It expressed concern also on the phenomenon of conflicts involving private companies that provide security to installations and facilities of extractive industries and the effects on local communities and the enjoyment of land rights and a clean environment.” It also commended Honduras and Ecuador for moving towards acceding to the International Convention against the Use, Recruitment, Financing and Training of Mercenaries, and welcomed the fact that Peru will soon become the 29th State party to this Convention. The Working Group was established in 2005 by the now-defunct Commission on Human Rights, which was replaced last year by the strengthened Human Rights Council. The Group’s mandate includes monitoring the impact of the activities of private military and security companies on the enjoyment of all human rights. It has also been requested to prepare draft international basic principles that encourage respect for human rights on the part of those companies. It is composed of five independent experts serving in their personal capacities, and headed by its Chairperson-Rapporteur, José Luis Gómez del Prado (Spain). The other experts are: Najat al-Hajjaji (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya), Amada Benavides de Pérez (Colombia), Alexander Nikitin (Russian Federation) and Shaista Shameem (Fiji). read more

MONTREAL — Opponents of oil and gas development in Quebec say they’re prepared to ramp up their fight amid expectations that the provincial government could release new regulations on resource extraction in the coming weeks.At the end of last year, the government passed legislation to enable production of oil and natural gas. In May, Natural Resources Minister Pierre Arcand said rules governing that activity would be released a month later and since then, both industry and opponents have been eagerly waiting for them.Carole Dupuis of the Regroupement vigilance hydrocarbures Quebec, which opposes oil and gas development, said her group will take their battle to communities in an effort to prevent an energy industry from taking off in the province.“If our politicians aren’t there to defend us, the public will defend itself,” said Dupuis.Patrick Bonin, a climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace, said the push towards fossil fuel development runs counter to the province’s global commitment to combat greenhouse gas emissions.“If the government was serious about its intention to respect the Paris Accord, then obviously there wouldn’t be any project to get the green light,” he said.While the province may be better known for its wealth of hydroelectricity, it has plenty of natural gas. According to both the Quebec Oil and Gas Association and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, it’s believed to have enough natural gas to meet its needs for at least a century.About 15 per cent of the estimated 176.7 trillion cubic feet of gas mainly in the Utica Shale formation along the St. Lawrence River is believed to be recoverable, the Canadian Energy Research Institute says. A similar proportion of the 43.6 billion barrels of oil is recoverable primarily beneath Anticosti Island, though on Friday the government announced an end to drilling there.The regulations will permit fracking — which has riled some — but questions remain over where drilling will be allowed.A de facto moratorium on fracking has been in place since 2012, but the law passed in December will allow for it as long as companies secure authorization under the Environment Quality Act and social licence (though it’s still unclear what constitutes social licence).Arcand was unavailable for comment, but a spokesman said the government’s goal is to have the strictest legal framework on energy development in North America.Pierre-Olivier Pineau, a professor specializing in energy at the University of Montreal HEC business school, said the government can’t politically afford to have regulations that aren’t stringent, even if the chances of widespread production are slim.Junex (TSX-V:JNX) and Petrolia (TSX-V:PEA) are seeking to extract oil and gas in remote regions of Gaspe, and Pineau said he believes they won’t face much opposition, partly because they’re in economically stressed areas.Neither energy producer responded to requests for comment.Michael Binnion, CEO of Calgary-based Questerre Energy Corp. (TSX:QEC) and president of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association, said he hopes the regulations will be strong enough to gain public confidence that their water, air and land will be protected.It will then be up to energy companies to secure social acceptance from communities, something Binnion concedes is largely lacking. Questerre Energy has drilled test wells on about 405,000 hectares it holds in the Utica Shale formation.“We don’t think the regulations by themselves are going to open a floodgate at all,” he said. “We think the regulations could open the door to a discussion about the benefits and impacts.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. read more

Spokesman Fred Eckhard told a press briefing that the discussions would open on 1 May and span three days instead of the anticipated two because the Secretary-General may be called out of town on 2 May. The talks had originally been scheduled for 18-19 April.Mr. Eckhard said the Secretary-General’s delegation would include Hans Blix, the Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and Mohammed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Iraqi delegation will be headed by Foreign Minister Naji Sabri.The talks will follow on meetings between the Secretary-General and Foreign Minister Sabri held in New York on 7 March. Mr. Blix had attended that round while Mr. ElBaradei had not, according to the spokesman. “The objective is for Iraq to come into full compliance with Security Council resolutions which specifically – and probably first and foremost as far as these talks are concerned – means allowing UN inspectors to go back to Iraq to finish the verification of disarmament in terms of weapons of mass destruction,” said Mr. Eckhard. UN inspectors have not been able to operate in the country since 1998.In another development, the UN Office of the Iraq Programme, which runs the ‘oil-for-food’ humanitarian scheme, reported today that Iraq had maintained its suspension of petroleum exports over the past week. The suspension is expected to result in a $1.3 billion revenue loss for the effort, which allows Baghdad to use a portion of its crude export earnings to purchase relief supplies. read more

“The Boko Haram crisis lingers on and is far from over,” said Kelly T. Clements, Deputy United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, at the appeal launch in Niger’s capital Niamey. The 47 UN agencies, including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and humanitarian organizations participating in the 2018 Nigeria Regional Refugee Response Plan will provide support to some 208,000 Nigerian refugees and 75,000 of their hosts in Niger, Cameroon and Chad. “The world should not forget the victims of this deadly conflict, especially as there appears to be little hope for a return to peace and stability in the near future,” Ms. Clements underscored. Nigerian refugees continue to arrive in very remote, impoverished communities in neighbouring countries. Since it started in 2013, the Boko Haram conflict has internally displaced another 2.4 million people in north-east Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. UNHCR called the menacing threat of food insecurity and severe malnutrition “one of the most devastating side effects of the conflict.” Please see the UN relief wing’s snapshot of the Lake Chad Basin Crisis hereLast September more than 7.2 million people in the Lake Chad Basin, which spans seven countries, including most of Chad and a large part of Niger, were food insecure. Across the vast region, food insecurity and malnutrition have reached critical levels, a situation only made worse over the eight years of the Boko Haram insurgency. “The future of young generations in the region is at stake, as food insecurity not only affects the dignity of families, but has serious consequences on the physical and cognitive development of children,” stressed Ms. Clements. In a region where education levels were already among the lowest in the world, the conflict has had a devastating impact – forcing hundreds of schools to close, making education inaccessible and causing school attendance rates to drop. Refugee-hosting communities are also in dire need of assistance, as their capacity, including basic services infrastructure, is stretched to the limit. Humanitarian aid is needed to uplift services, including in the shelter, health, education, and water and sanitation sectors. In 2017, a $241 million appeal was only 56 per cent funded. read more

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given a hint on his squad list ahead of their FA Cup third-round tie at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday evening.The Spaniard is set to be given the nod in n the Reds’ backline at Molineux to make his fifth appearance of the season so far, with Simon Mignolet also in line to begin the clash.Klopp revealed the decision during a pre-match briefing with journalists at Melwood, via the club’s official website.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“100 per cent, 100 per cent. Alberto is another example for being an unbelievable professional person and a really important part of the dressing room. He is from the positive side of the planet I would say.“He is very often in very, very good shape, he loves training, loves playing and loves all these things and he is really good with all the boys. I can say Alberto will play as well, there is no doubt about that. He has to play, that’s clear.”last_img read more

first_imgThe U.S. Coast Guard is still months away from making a decision that could make or break the Columbia River Crossing. How to submit comments to the U.S. Coast Guard on the Columbia River Crossing:o Online: Click here.o By mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20590-0001o Fax: 202-493-2251.o In person: Public meeting 5 p.m. June 5 at Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St.But the Coast Guard on Tuesday formally kicked off the comment period inviting the public to speak directly to agency that essentially holds veto power over the project.Comments will be accepted between now and June 20. A pair of public meetings — one in Portland, one in Vancouver — will also gather feedback on June 4 and 5. The Vancouver meeting is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. June 5 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St.The Coast Guard is mulling whether to grant the CRC a crucial bridge permit, which the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement needs to move forward. Coast Guard officials are aiming for a Sept. 30 deadline to make the decision.The CRC filed its initial bridge permit application in January. Later told by the Coast Guard that more information was needed to begin the review process, the project sent additional documents last month.last_img read more

first_imgThe new helicopter takes off from Akutan, bound for the airport on Akun Island. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)Yesterday, we reported that Akutan residents are pleased with their new airport taxi — a helicopter that came online in February. The Aleutians East Borough is already running out of money to pay for it. Today, in the second part of our series on the struggle to connect Akutan to its airport, the borough settles on a permanent solution. It’s one they rejected a decade ago.Download AudioAkutan’s airport is unique in a lot of ways. For one, it’s not on Akutan – it’s seven miles away, on Akun Island.That means airport operations are a little more complicated than normal. So, they’re divided up among three groups: the city of Akutan, the Aleutians East Borough and the state of Alaska.One major task is getting people from Akutan to the airport. Sean Holland, of the state department of transportation, says that job falls to just one entity:“The Aleutians East Borough agreed to provide and fund the operation of the marine link between the city of Akutan and the island of Akun,” he says.The borough started exploring their options almost a decade ago. A boat seemed like the obvious choice. But they could also try a hovercraft or a helicopter — whatever was cheapest and most reliable.They hired a maritime engineering firm to figure that out. Glosten Associates said a hovercraft would be able to make the trip to the airport 90 percent of the time, at a cost of just over a million dollars a year. They said that made it cheaper and more efficient than a boat.That was in 2005, years before borough administrator Rick Gifford was hired. But he knows the history. Based on Glosten’s work, Gifford says the borough was prepared to cover the million-dollar annual cost:“It was kind of estimated that between charges for passengers and for freight, that they might be able to recoup up to half a million dollars of that,” he says.And he says they agreed to pay another half a million out of pocket.The borough was able to save money by recycling a hovercraft they’d already bought for King Cove. It stopped running there in 2010 after it proved too costly and unreliable.In March 2010, the state broke ground on the airport. Construction was going well for about a year – until the Aleutians East Borough hit a snag.At a meeting in 2011, the borough assembly re-calculated how much money the hovercraft would bring in. Their estimates were a lot lower than what Glosten Associates had told them years before — and the assembly wasn’t completely sure why.KUCB reached out to Glosten about the alleged discrepancies, and the firm wouldn’t comment.Whatever the reason, the assembly was no longer sure if the hovercraft could work long-term.So they had a choice: Go back to the drawing board, pick a different vehicle, and possibly delay construction – or let it keep going. The state would finish building the airport around the hovercraft. And the borough could eventually use those same facilities for a helicopter, in hopes of saving some money.And that’s exactly what they decided to do. Three years later, Rick Gifford, the borough administrator, says things have gone about as well as the assembly expected:“As it’s turned out, the hovercraft cost three times more than a million dollars — it cost over $3 million,” he says. “They’re just not willing to do that. They can’t sustain it.”In February, the borough made the switch to the helicopter. It’s going to cost $2 million a year — which is less than the hovercraft, but, Gifford says, still not cheap enough.So after a decade, the borough is looking once again for a permanent way to connect to the airport. Their only option now is a ferry. Gifford says it’ll take at least five years and millions of dollars to set one up on Akun.“A dock and a breakwater is not cheap. It’s a major capital item up front,” he says. “So it’s going to take some money to get it started. … but once those dollars are put in up front, then you’ll reduce the annual operating cost to the point where it’s feasible.”Sean Holland, of the DOT, says the state has money left over for the Akutan project. It could help pay for the dock — but Holland isn’t sure if they could use it for the helicopter.And that’s a problem for the borough: administrator Rick Gifford says they’re running out of money.“So unless we get some financial help from the state and the users, primarily Trident Seafoods, I just don’t know … how long the borough will be willing to sustain that higher amount that it’s costing them,” he says.Ideally, he says the borough would split the cost of the helicopter with Trident and the state. Trident’s processing plant in Akutan is the biggest in North America. They fly in thousands of workers every year — but they’ve already made contributions to the airport. As for the state: the legislature declined to pitch in last year.Gifford says the borough has about six months before they can’t afford to run the helicopter anymore. It’s not clear what that would mean for the 90 residents of Akutan Village.Mayor Joe Bereskin says they’ve been in limbo for a long time, and it’s starting to feel like the norm.“It’s a revolving door that we have to go through until we get some sort of structure on Akun for some sort of conventional vessel out there,” he says. “It’s just what we’re faced with out here, and we’ll deal with it, best of our abilities.”There’s not much else he can do. It’s up to the Aleutians East Borough to bridge the gap for good. The only question now is if they’ll have to do it on their own.last_img read more

first_imgDonald TrumpFacing a White House which has been unrelenting in its attacks on the media, news organizations are struggling to find the right balance in covering US president Donald Trump’s administration.Reporters and media groups are increasingly finding they are part of the story, after Trump’s denunciation of “fake news” and his branding of media groups as “the enemy of the people.”Most news organizations have promised to fulfill their responsibility to report aggressively, without being vindictive.”The goal is to be tough, but to be fair. The fairness part is an important part of the equation,” said Richard Benedetto, an adjunct professor of journalism at American University who was a White House correspondent for USA Today.The White House may have some justification for claiming the press is unfair: an NBC survey last month found 53 percent of Americans believed the media was exaggerating problems in the Trump administration.”There seems to be a lack of concern about being fair,” Benedetto said. “It’s become kind of personal.”Before Trump’s inauguration, Politico writer Jack Shafer said the press “ought to start thinking of covering Trump’s Washington like a war zone, where conflict follows conflict, where the fog prevents the collection of reliable information directly from the combatants, where the assignment is a matter of life or death.”Dogged, and impartialReuters editor-in-chief Steve Adler said the news agency planned to do its job in Washington as it does in other countries where governments are hostile to the press.The agency responds to difficult conditions “by doing our best to protect our journalists, by recommitting ourselves to reporting fairly and honestly, by doggedly gathering hard-to-get information — and by remaining impartial,” Adler said in a January memo to staff.Karen North, a professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, said objectivity has become complicated as more journalists feel a need to connect with readers by offering personal thoughts on social media.North said some reporters feel a need to rebut the president on his favorite platform, Twitter.”We have the president speaking directly to the people through Twitter,” North said.In the fast-paced Twittersphere, she said, reporters are not just churning out facts but “they’re also putting out their opinion through social media.”North noted that news organizations are also struggling for ways to keep the attention of their viewers and readers.”Especially with the internet, with digital media, news has to compete with entertainment,” she said.”So there’s a huge mandate now for news to be entertaining or at least to be engaging in a way that draws attention.” Crossing a lineNew York Times public editor Liz Spayd acknowledged that some reporters in their Twitter messages during the campaign may have gone “over the line” and cast doubt on their objectivity.Trump has tested the limits of the media meanwhile not only by attacking the press as “dishonest,” but by stretching or ignoring facts about the economy, crime, and the probe into his own circle’s contacts with Russia during the campaign.Some newspapers, notably the New York Times, have decided to brand Trump’s statements “lies.”The Wall Street Journal has ordered a more restrained interpretation of Trump’s conduct, drawing protests from the editorial staff against chief editor Gerry Baker.There are no shortage of opinions on how the press should deal with the Trump problem.Some analysts say the media should turn the other cheek, others say they should boycott or ignore Trump’s efforts. Some news organizations are stepping up their investigative efforts.Nic Dawes, a former journalist who now works for Human Rights Watch, says the news industry has a difficult task in dealing with an administration hostile to the press.Trump is seeking “to undermine the basic information infrastructure of democracy. His ultimate target is accountability in the largest sense,” Dawes said in a blog for the Columbia Journalism Review.”The war for freedom of the press in the Trump era must be fought on many fronts,” Dawes wrote.”If journalists insist on appearing neutral, they will avoid asking hard-edged questions or calling a lie a lie.”last_img read more

first_imgAmazon topped Wall Street expectations for the fourth quarter of 2018, posting revenue up 20%, to $72.4 billion, and a record net profit of $3 billion.However, Amazon’s revenue guidance for the first quarter of 2019 was below analyst forecasts, sending the stock down as much as 2% in after-hours trading. The company, which is facing regulatory obstacles in India with the country’s ban on internet retailers from selling products via vendors in which they have an equity interest, said it expects Q1 net sales of between $56 billion and $60 billion (below analyst estimates of $60.8 billion).For Q4, the ecommerce giant’s net income increased 58%, to $3.03 billion, or $6.04 per diluted share. That’s even more impressive considering that the fourth quarter 2017 included a provisional tax benefit for the impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 of approximately $789 million. Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky, on the Q4 earnings call, declined to quantify the company’s spending on Prime Video but noted it has been increasing and that Amazon expects it to increase further in 2019. He added that Amazon continues to see strong usage of Prime Video, boosting Prime renewal rates and engagement.In announcing results, Amazon also highlighted awards recognition for Amazon Studios. That includes film “Cold War,” which nabbed three Oscar nominations (for foreign-language film, director for Pawel Pawlikowski, and cinematography for Lukasz Zal). The company noted that Amazon Studios had 10 Golden Globe Awards nominations and won two, with Rachel Brosnahan picking up the trophy for actress in a TV comedy or musical for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” for the second year in a row and Ben Whishaw winning supporting actor in a series, limited series, or made-for-television movie for his role in “A Very English Scandal.”Last November, Amazon announced its “HQ2” plans for a second base of operations in North America would be split between Long Island City, in the New York City borough of Queens, and the Crystal City neighborhood in Arlington just south of Washington, D.C. That came after a 14-month public contest in which 200 cities vied to grab the brass ring dangled by the ecommerce company, which said it expects to invest $5 billion and create up to 50,000 jobs for the New York and Northern Virginia campuses. Amazon’s picks generated controversy, as some critics and politicians knocked the nearly $2.1 billion in tax incentives it was awarded. Popular on Variety Wall Street analysts on average expected revenue of $71.87 billion and EPS of $5.67 for the fourth quarter of 2018, which marks the critical holiday-shopping period. It was Amazon’s fifth straight quarter reporting over $1 billion in profit. For the full-year 2018, sales increased 31% to $232.9 billion and net income more than tripled, to $10.1 billion.Amazon claimed that during the holiday quarter, “tens of millions of customers” worldwide started free trials or began paid memberships of its Prime program and that it added a record number of Prime members in 2018. But as has been its practice, the company didn’t disclose a current count for Prime members; Amazon announced in April 2018 that the company had topped 100 million Prime members globally.The company notched significant advertising gains in Q4, reporting a 95% increase in its “other” category — which primarily comprises advertising services — from $1.74 billion a year ago to $3.39 billion (however, $1 billion of that increase was related to an accounting change under which advertising services are now classified as revenue rather than cost of sales). The Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud division continued to soar, with revenue climbing 45% to $7.43 billion in the fourth quarter.Amazon had $31.75 billion in cash and equivalents at the end of 2018, up 55% from $20.52 billion a year earlier. Headcount grew 14% last year, to 647,500 full- and part-time employees.Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, as he has done previously, in prepared remarks focused not on financial performance but instead touted the company’s Alexa voice assistant, noting that Amazon’s Echo Dot was the No. 1 best-seller across all products during the holiday season.“The number of research scientists working on Alexa has more than doubled in the past year, and the results of the team’s hard work are clear,” Bezos said in prepared remarks, noting that customers spoke to Alexa “tens of billions more times in 2018 compared to 2017.”On the video front, Amazon called out the December launch of Prime Video on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 in the U.S., as well as IMDb’s launch earlier this month of free, ad-supported VOD service Freedive. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_img Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet Staying on top of your health, especially physical activity, isn’t always an easy task. Investing in a good fitness tracker, such as the Fitbit Charge 3, could boost your daily workout routine and give you important stats on your heart rate, sleep, and more.According to our sister site, the Fitbit Charge 3 is one of the best fitness trackers you can buy at just $149.95. A longer battery life, new sensors, a sharper screen, and more detailed phone notifications make the Fitbit Charge 3 a great pick if you’re looking for an everyday wearable that monitors your wellness and exercise sessions. The Fitbit Charge 3 is available on Amazon and Fitbit’s website.The Fitbit Charge 3 is a slight upgrade from the Fitbit Charge 2: Its monochrome OLED touch screen is much larger, so you won’t struggle to read text messages and other phone notifications that come in on your smartphone. Appearance-wise, it has a more streamlined look that’s not bulky and allows you to interchange straps to dress it up or down.Using the Fitbit Charge 3 is seamless, since the screen’s touch sensitivity is pretty good and provides easy navigation. From the main screen, swipe up to see your daily stats. Swipe left to move around the app menu and swipe down to access notifications. Short presses on the left button take you back to the previous screen, while a longer press enables you to tweak notification and screen settings.Now, for the cool specs: When you’re working out, your most likely not thinking about your heart rate or SpO2 (also known as the peripheral capillary oxygen saturation in elaborate bio terms). The Fitbit Charge 3’s sensors will monitor your heart rate and estimate the amount of oxygen in your blood with an SpO2 sensor.It also logs in your daily steps, so you’ll be able to see how much you’ve walked or ran throughout the day. An important note is that the Fitbit Charge 3 doesn’t do as well with indoor distance tracking, so you might want to keep that in mind for your fitness activities. While you’re on the move, the Fitbit Charge 3 syncs up with the Fitbit app, which will tell you about calories, daily sleep quality, and other wellness stats.To top things off, this wearable device also packs in about seven days worth of battery on a single charge, which is a plus if you’re going to wear it frequently. The one downside is that you’ll have to shell out cash if you need to replace a Fitbit Charger.For more specs on the Fitbit Charge 3, be sure to read the extensive review over on our sister site And, if you still need some inspiration on which fitness tracker you should buy, check out our fitness tracker roundup for tech lovers.More on Pick: Blue Snowball Ice MicrophoneGeek Pick: Pokemon Poke Ball Waffle Maker for Epic Meal TimeGeek Pick: Harry Potter Ultimate Trivial Pursuit Is #GameNightGoals Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img Updated Tuesday, 2/2/16 10:00 amRafi and Benny Fine took to Medium to respond to the vocal fan furor to their proposed licensing program, REACT WORLD, and their application to trademark “React.”Beginning with an apology, the brothers said that they would withdraw the applications they submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, shut down the REACT WORLD program and would “release past Content ID claims,” explaining that Content ID is “YouTube’s copyright system that automatically flags content that looks like or sounds like copyrighted content.”Original story follows:Can you trademark videos of something that we all do every day? Not without some controversy, as popular YouTubers the Fine Brothers have learned in abundance over the past several days.Back in July, Rafi and Benny Fine, the sibling duo behind Fine Brothers Entertainment, filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the word “React.” The creators, best known for their series of popular reaction videos that are housed in a dedicated “React” channel, last week announced a new licensing program to broaden the scope of the React videos called REACT WORLD.Related: 7 YouTube Channels Crushing It That You Can Learn FromAs laid out in the video and a Medium post, the Fines said that through REACT WORLD, creators would be able to license the format of their shows, and the company would assist them with production, trademarks, graphics, promotion and other revenue opportunities. The brothers’ company would then take 20 percent of advertising revenue and 30 percent of brand deals from the licensee, but would not require a large upfront fee like a TV licensing deal might.The brothers explained that the program was borne out of wanting to help safeguard the work of their fellow creators, and wanting to stand apart from the more corporate elements of the digital media world.Related: YouTube’s Biggest Star Is Getting His Own Network From Disney”Part of why we believe this initiative is important is due to witnessing many creators, ourselves included, having their shows and formats blatantly stolen by companies and people both online and on television. And we implore everyone not to support those companies and channels. When you notice someone ripping someone’s format off, don’t stand for it,” said Rafi Fine in the announcement video.While the brothers’ intentions appear to be focused on protecting their brand, fans have viewed the program as more of a litigiously-minded cash grab rather than a global call to protect intellectual property. Over the last week, the channel has seen a loss of subscribers, a social-media campaign with the hashtag #unsubfinebros and a sizable collection of critical reaction videos to the news.Related: Will People Pay for YouTube? After 1 Month, ‘Red’ Seems to Prove They Will.Over the weekend, the Fines posted a follow-up video simply titled “Update,” which has been viewed more more than 3 million times, with 54,890 likes and 261,000 dislikes.The duo apologized for any confusion surrounding the program, and went on to field a few of the main questions they were getting about their intentions with REACT WORLD. With regard to the trademark application, the brothers said that it was filed with an aim to prevent their channel from being taken over by someone else, not as a means to take down similar videos with impunity.”We were never trying to say that every video where someone reacts to something else is something we would try to control. When we reference licensing the react format, we only meant our specific series, not the overall genre of reaction videos. We do not own the genre,” said Benny, likening the REACT WORLD experience to becoming a franchisee.Whether that message changes the minds of angry fans remains to be seen.The “React” franchise initially launched in 2010 with “Kids React,” and in the intervening years, series such as “Teens React,” “Adults React” and “Elders React” have joined the stable of popular shows. All told, the brothers have three channels with about 20 million subscribers and garner more than 150 million views each month.Related: YouTube Will Spend Up to $1 Million to Defend Certain Creators Facing Copyright Disputes Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. February 1, 2016 4 min readcenter_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

first_img Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Related Content In addition to receiving the grants, all winning programs will be featured in an AHRA publication. The Putting Patients First program is funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.For more information:; FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  News | January 28, 2015 AHRA, Toshiba Announce 2014 Putting Patients First Imaging Grant Winners Program grant total reaches $425,000 through 43 grants Pediatric and overall care grants have been awarded to:Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (Los Angeles) – will review computed tomography (CT) exam history to determine ways to increase the utilization of Rapid-Sequence MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and reduce radiation exposure for the evaluation of hydrocephalus in pediatric patients.SUNY Upstate University Hospital (Syracuse, N.Y.) – will create a child-friendly environment in its fluoroscopy and nuclear medicine rooms to reduce radiation dosage and sedation usage, and increase patient and family satisfaction.University of Maryland Medical System (Baltimore) – will create a new training program to teach its radiology technologists how to approach and interact with children undergoing medical imaging.Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette (Gravette, Ark.) – will establish a comprehensive pediatric program called KidSTRONG to reduce radiation dose, improve comfort and increase understanding of procedures for both patients and parents.  Providence Healthcare Network (Waco, Texas) – will integrate an “implant alert” into its electronic medical record system to improve the screening process and safety of patients undergoing MRI.Metrohealth System (Cleveland) – will research the issue of “alarm fatigue,” where technologists become desensitized to the constant noise during MRI exams and miss critical warnings. 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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more January 28, 2015 — Seven leading healthcare providers were selected as recipients of 2014 Putting Patients First grants and now, using these grants, can create or expand education and training to improve the patient experience and safety in diagnostic imaging.In the seventh year of the grant program, AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) and Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. awarded one grant of up to $20,000 to an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN)/hospital system and six grants of up to $7,500—three focused on pediatrics and three on overall patient care.The IDN grant has been awarded to:Nemours Children’s Health System (Orlando, Fla.) – will create an interactive application to be used at the point of care to reduce anxiety and provide patients and their family members with more detailed information on upcoming diagnostic exams.center_img Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… 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.  Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. 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first_img Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like The loss is particularly poignant for the zoo. Two female giraffes that were with Tofik in his enclosure during the May attack died of complications because of the stress.“It is a very bad year for us,” she said. “It is hard not to talk of bad luck.”The endangered animals earned widespread media attention and compassion in Poland after hooligans tossed garbage cans and benches near their enclosure _ frightening the normally skittish animals. In a nation that loves its creatures, the public was horrified that anyone would attack helpless zoo specimens.After Tofik was left alone, zoo officials brought in three other giraffes to mate with him and keep him company, hoping that it would help his recovery. They had been doing well until he fell ill.New management at the zoo, appointed after the May attack revealed shortcomings in security, would like to bring in a new male in due time, Janiszewska said.x(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) – Tofik, a male giraffe who won sympathy in Poland after he lost his two female companions in the wake of an attack by hoodlums near their zoo enclosure, has died during surgery for digestive problems, zoo officials said Monday.The 5-year-old Rothschild giraffe died Sunday, said Magdalena Janiszewska, the head of the zoo in Lodz, some 75 miles (120 kilometers) west of Warsaw. His stomach condition is believed to not be related to the attack. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

first_img–MIDAS has had multiple, evolving missions.Government reports describe MIDAS as a resource for producing analytical reports. But it also seems to have evolved into a linchpin for data transactions with health insurance companies and state Medicaid agencies.MIDAS gathers information from many other systems that serve the health care law’s insurance markets.The MIDAS privacy assessment says policies about personal data have changed over time to allow additional uses and disclosures. The scope of data collected also has been widened.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Some details about MIDAS, gleaned from interviews and publicly available documents:–The administration launched MIDAS without a complete privacy assessment.The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said in a report last year that the system went live without a thorough examination of privacy risks. Without such an analysis “it will be difficult for (the administration) to demonstrate that it has assessed the potential for (personal information) to be displayed to users … and taken steps to ensure that the privacy of that data is protected,” the GAO said.The privacy assessment was not completed until mid-January, well into the health law’s second sign-up season.–The privacy analysis is vague on key details.In a section that asks how many individuals have personal data in the system, the administration’s privacy assessment says “1 million or more.”It’s probably a lot more. In addition to the 10 million currently enrolled, MIDAS also keeps information on former customers, on consumers who started applications but never finished them and on people determined eligible for Medicaid.The administration says “1 million or more” is a standard category — but won’t specify the number. Sponsored Stories MIDAS has been criticized in opinion articles by former Social Security commissioner Michael Astrue, a Republican who disapproves of Obama administration policies. Independent experts on technology and privacy echoed some of the concerns.“I accept they have an operational reason, if not a legal obligation, to keep data for a reasonable period,” said Astrue, commissioner from 2007-2013. But there’s no justification for keeping data indefinitely, he added. “I don’t think they should be allowed to do it.”Michelle De Mooy, deputy director for consumer privacy at the Center for Democracy & Technology, said consumers have no way of knowing that their data is being routed to MIDAS. It’s not mentioned on the website.“When people go to government services sites, they don’t have a choice,” De Mooy said. “That means the privacy and security bar should be very high.”Although the privacy policy does not mention MIDAS specifically, administration spokesman Albright says its general functions are described.MIDAS stands for Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System. It’s owned by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and operated by a major government technology contractor, CACI. The administration says the contract is currently worth more than $110 million from 2011-2017. That’s an increase of more than 85 percent from $59 million when it was awarded. Known as MIDAS, the system is described on a federal website as the “perpetual central repository” for information collected under President Barack Obama’s health care law.The information stored includes names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, phone numbers, passport numbers, employment status and financial accounts.The vast scope of the information — and the lack of a final plan for destroying old records nearly four years after the system was commissioned — have raised concerns about privacy and the government’s judgment on technology.“A basic privacy principle is that you don’t retain data any longer than you have to,” said Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.“Even 10 years feels long to me,” Tien said.The Obama administration says MIDAS is essential to the smooth operation of the health care law’s insurance markets and meets or exceeds federal security and privacy standards. “MIDAS is a critical piece of the marketplace ecosystem,” said spokesman Aaron Albright.But Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, called the administration’s approach “careless.” Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “Despite (a) poor track record on protecting the private information of Americans, they continue to use systems without adequately assessing these critical components,” said Hatch, an opponent of the health care law.Electronic record-keeping systems are standard for businesses and government agencies. They are supposed to have limits on how long they store personal data.In the new wired world, every few weeks brings another security breach. Personnel records of millions of federal employees, including background information for security clearances, were compromised in the latest attacks making headlines. Earlier this year, health insurer Anthem reported that information on 80 million customers was hacked.Before went live in 2013, Obama administration officials assured lawmakers and the public that an individual’s personal information would be used mainly to determine eligibility for coverage, and that the Affordable Care Act would have a limited impact on privacy.Marilyn Tavenner, the Medicare administrator at the time, told a congressional hearing: “We especially focused on storing the minimum amount of personal data possible,” she added. Check your body, save your life New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — A government data warehouse that stores personal information on millions of customers is raising privacy concerns at a time when major breaches have become distressingly common.A government privacy assessment dated Jan. 15 says data “is maintained indefinitely at this time,” but the administration said Monday no final time frame has been decided, and the National Archives has recommended a 10-year retention period. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

first_img The Arizona Cardinals signed former Detroit Lions tackle Storm Norton to the practice squad and released offensive lineman Javarius Leamon, the team announced Monday.Norton was signed by the Lions in May as an undrafted rookie free agent from Toledo. The 6-foot-8, 311-pound lineman appeared in 46 games for the Rockets during his career. He earned a first-team All-MAC selection his junior season in 2015.Norton split time between the practice squad and active roster before he was released by the Lions on Oct. 30. He did not appear in any games while active. Detroit Lions offensive tackle Storm Norton (65) defends the line during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Leamon was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent in May. The 6-foot-7, 332-pound South Carolina State product was released on Sept. 2 and signed by the Cardinals Oct. 30.Leamon’s stint with the Cardinals lasted just one week. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades has explained his proposal aiming at returning to Geneva for peace talks that would create the preconditions for a political settlement to the EU High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.Anastasiades met Mogherin on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum being held in Jordan.He submitted the proposal earlier this week during a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Moustafa Akinci in the framework of UN-led negotiations on the Cyprus problem. On Wednesday Anastasiades said the Greek Cypriot side had submitted a concrete, creative proposal that could really create the preconditions for a Cyprus settlement.He also said that if his proposal were to be accepted by the Turkish Cypriot leader, then a solution could be reached before the presidential elections expected to be held in February 2018. The President said that he would explain his proposal to the people on Monday.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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