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Germany faces tighter public finances as growth slows

BERLIN — Germany’s government is grappling with the prospect of tighter public finances over the coming years as economic growth slows. It is insisting it will stick to its policy of running up no new debt.News agency dpa reported Monday that the government faces a budget shortfall of 24.7 billion euros ($28.3 billion) through 2023, compared with previous predictions. It cited a document sent by Werner Gatzer, a deputy finance minister, to other ministries.Germany long enjoyed better-than-expected tax revenues as Europe’s biggest economy motored along but Finance Minister Olaf Scholz warned last month that “the fat years are over.” The government recently cut its economic growth forecast.The finance ministry wouldn’t confirm the shortfall figure but said maintaining a balanced budget remains “the clear proviso” in government planning.The Associated Press read more

King Mohammed VI Meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

Rabat – Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi has met King Mohammed VI.Bin Zayed shared a series of pictures of himself and King Mohammed VI on his Twitter from the King’s visit to the UAE on Monday, September 10.“I was delighted to meet with HM King Mohammed VI, our nations continue to coordinate and consult for our mutual benefit,” said the crown prince. Commenting on the diplomatic ties between the UAE and Morocco, bin Zayed said that “the UAE and Morocco have strong, historical & brotherly ties. We look forward to extending our cooperation to all fields.”In the presence of the King, bin Zayed also received the UAE jiujitsu team that won nine medals in the recent Asian Games in Indonesia.I was delighted to meet with HM King Mohammed VI, our nations continue to coordinate and consult for our mutual benefit. The UAE and Morocco have strong, historical & brotherly ties. We look forward to extending our cooperation to all fields. pic.twitter.com/JdR1ISZ67g— ???? ?? ???? (@MohamedBinZayed) September 10, 2018Bin Zayed’s pictures also show the King greeting the UAE jiujitsu team.The King also visited the UAE on August 29, before his trip to the Seychelles, where he arrived September 2.In the presence of the Moroccan King and the Ajman Ruler, Mohamed bin Zayed receives the UAE Jiu-Jitsu team that won nine medals in the recent Asian Games in Indonesia. pic.twitter.com/jfAX1illGb— ???? ?? ???? (@MohamedBinZayed) September 10, 2018In January, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and his Emirati counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed fraternal relations, reviewing ways to enhance diplomatic ties between the two countries.The officials also showed interest in expanding relations in the best interests of the two people, according to Emirates Business. read more

UN refugee agency seeks 120 million to shelter floodhit Pakistanis

25 August 2010The number of people in need of shelter in flood-devastated regions of Pakistan has continued to rise as more areas become inundated, the United Nations refugee agency reported today, revising upwards the amount of funding it requires to ensure the homeless have emergency accommodation. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it will now need $120 million, up from the $41 million the agency sought previously, to enable it provide emergency shelter and other forms of assistance to an estimated 2 million people during the next four months.The agency said that its field staff have reported that encampments were mushrooming across Sindh province as the floods spread into new areas of southern Pakistan over the past few days.“Our field staff report that some 700,000 displaced people are living in 1,800 settlements – many of these located in schools or colleges or in the few camps set up by the Government,” said Andrej Mahecic, UNHCR’s spokesperson in Geneva. “UNHCR is distributing tents and other relief items and providing technical advice to local officials on camp management and camp coordination issues,” he added.In Balochistan, people are taking shelter on the rooftops of Gandhaka after more high tides hit the area, according to UNHCR.The floods, the result of unusually heavy monsoon rainfall, are now estimated to have affected more than 17 million people. At least 8 million of those affected are believed to be in need of humanitarian assistance. Over 1.2 million homes have been damaged or destroyed. read more

Upcoming General Assembly session to address global lack of adequate shelter

Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), told a press briefing today that the General Assembly’s special session on the implementation of the Habitat Agenda – a global plan of action adopted five years ago at a UN conference in Istanbul – would focus on accomplishments to date. “Basically, this special session is not negotiating anything new; it is a stock-taking exercise to try to see what we have achieved, what progress has been made, and what have been the problems,” she said.While implementing the Habitat Agenda might appear simple, the task had proved complex, she said. “Fifty per cent of humanity is now marching to cities, we are still faced with the challenges of increasing homelessness, the challenge of increasing inadequate shelter,” said Ms. Tibaijuka. She noted that currently, 1.2 billion people worldwide lacked proper housing. While there had been some progress since the 1995 Habitat Conference, many people – particularly in the developing world – were crowded into squatter settlements, she observed. “But also all is not well even in the North,” Ms. Tibaijuka added, pointing out that in the developed world, “there is a high level of exclusion, inner-city decay continues, and the net effect of poverty is inadequate shelter.” The three-day special session, which starts on Wednesday, will be accompanied by a number of parallel events, including a “Meeting of Mayors” which will bring together municipal leaders from around the world. read more

Annan calls for solidarity and respect as UN indigenous peoples forum opens

Opening the Third Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Secretary-General said despite a dramatic shift in global attitudes, indigenous peoples still suffered disproportionately from extreme poverty and faced serious barriers to health care and basic education.Such threats would only “fester and deepen” without immediate and decisive action, he added, calling for particular focus on promoting the rights of indigenous women and encouraging their greater involvement in decision-making.Some 1,500 people from about 500 groups will meet over the next two weeks at UN Headquarters in New York to focus attention on indigenous women and girls, whose well-being is critical to the survival and prosperity of their peoples’ unique culture in this age of globalization.As keepers of gender-specific traditional knowledge, it is mainly through the indigenous woman that traditional language and culture is transmitted from one generation to the next. Their vulnerability has been amply demonstrated, and this year’s Forum is an opportunity to exchange good practices in protecting and supporting indigenous women.”For far too long the hopes and aspirations of indigenous peoples have been ignored,” Mr, Annan said in his opening address, recalling that “partnership in action” was the motto of the UN International Decade of the World’s Indigenous people. “The time has come to give concrete meaning to those words.”But, he warned, partnerships among governments, the UN, civic action groups and private businesses will only work if there is genuine participation of indigenous peoples in the decisions that affect them – and if there is a genuine sensitivity towards their cultures.The Forum advises and makes recommendations to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on social development, economic, cultural, human rights, environmental, education and health issues.This year’s session will feature a number of panel discussions and round-table meetings with indigenous and women’s rights experts, including former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, now the Chairperson of the Council of Women World Leaders and Executive Director of the Ethical Globalization Initiative. Video of event: – Morning session [1hrs 05mins]- Afternoon session [2hrs 30mins] read more

UN peace messenger Michael Douglas backs UN conference on gun trafficking

The UN Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons will be held in New York from 26 June to 7 July.“The Conference is an opportunity for UN Member States to build on the Programme of Action and to encourage countries to strengthen their laws on the illicit trade,” says Mr. Douglas of the plan unanimously adopted by Member States in 2001 to combat illegal small arms and ensure that they are kept out of the wrong hands.Part of a UN public information campaign, the announcement calls attention to the dangers posed by the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, including their humanitarian and social impact on children and the civilian population in general.Award-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas was appointed a Messenger of Peace by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1998. As a Messenger of Peace, he has focused his advocacy on disarmament, including nuclear non-proliferation and stemming the spread of small arms, as well as on human rights. read more

UN expert urges US authorities to focus on childs rights in Cherokee

“Veronica’s human rights as a child and as member of the Cherokee Nation, an indigenous people, should be fully and adequately considered in the ongoing judicial and administrative proceedings that will determine her future upbringing,” said UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya.“The individual and collective rights of all indigenous children, their families and indigenous peoples must be protected throughout the United States,” he added.At issue is who should raise the child: a South Carolina adoptive couple or the girl’s biological father, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation. The girl’s birth mother, who is not Native American, put Veronica up for adoption while still pregnant. South Carolina authorities have attempted to force Veronica’s father to release custody of her, charging him with custodial interference for his refusal to do so. On 3 September, the Oklahoma Supreme Court took up the case, granting a temporary stay of an enforcement order and allowing him to keep Veronica pending further proceedings.“I urge the relevant authorities, as well as all parties involved in the custody dispute, to ensure the best interests of Veronica, fully taking into account her rights to maintain her cultural identity and to maintain relations with her indigenous family and people,” said the UN Special Rapporteur.The independent expert pointed out that these rights are guaranteed by various international instruments subscribed to or endorsed by the US, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.In his 2012 report on the situation of indigenous peoples in the US, Mr. Anaya noted that the removal and separation of Native American children from indigenous environments is an issue of longstanding and ongoing concern. “While past practices of removal of Indian children from their families and communities have been partially blunted by passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978, this law continues to face barriers to its implementation,” Mr. Anaya stated.Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Trinidadian Sprinter KellyAnn Baptiste Tests Positive for Banned Substance

The banned substance saga has continued in the world of track and field.Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste has tested positive for a banned substance, according to the Trinidad Express. The sprinter ultimately withdrew from the World Track and Field Championships currently taking place in Moscow.“She has voluntarily withdrawn from the competition and is heading back to her base,” Trinidad and Tobago team manager Dexter Voisin told the newspaper.However, he refused to comment on what banned substance Baptiste had in her system. “I can’t disclose anything pertaining to that.”Baptiste trains with Tyson Gay, the U.S. sprinter who has seen success this year, after being sidelined by agonizing injuries in the past. Gay failed multiple drug tests this year causing him to withdraw from the championships as well. Baptiste was entered in the 100-meter, 200-meter and the 4×100 relay in the world championships with her first event, 100-meter, beginning with heats Sunday.The Trinidad and Tobago sprinter was the bronze medalist at the 2011 World Championship in the 100-meter. She joins a long list of track athletes including Gay, Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Sherone Simpson who all recently tested positive for banned substances. read more

Love Islandobsessed teenage girls are undermining MeToo cause claims headmistress

This year, more people applied the the show than for Oxford and Cambridge combined. The contestants’ objective is to make sure that they have secured a partner of the opposite sex – known as “coupling  up” – by the end of each week.”Love Island is a really good microcosm,” Ms Lunnon said. “It is saying you deserve to be in a relationship if you look this way – you are basically ignoring the things that really make relationships work and make human being rich, interesting, powerful people.”She said there is still a “battle to be fought” for feminism and women may have to “decide which camp we are in”, between Love Island or ‘Me Too’.“I really worry that we ask to be taken seriously – but we patently are not taking ourselves seriously by  glorifying things that are trivial and insignificant at best. I think we have a problem,” she said.   Love Island, which won a Bafta television award last month, is a dating reality show centred around a group of young men and women who stay on a luxury villa in Majorca.Such is the popularity of Love Island that it has become ITV2’s most-watched show ever, attracting almost three million viewers for the opening night of its fourth series earlier this month.  Such is the popularity of Love Island that it has become ITV2's most-watched show ever The popular reality television show Love Island is a prime example of the kind of “trivial nonsense” that many teenage girls are obsessed with, she said.  Jane Lunnon, head of Wimbledon High School Jane Lunnon, head of Wimbledon High School Such is the popularity of Love Island that it has become ITV2’s most-watched show ever Teenage girls risk undermining the “Me Too” movement by focussing on “trivial” things like make up and Love Island, a leading headmistress has said.It is hard for women to be “taken seriously” when they spend their time “glorifying” pursuits which are “insignificant at best”, according to Jane Lunnon, headmistress of the £18,800-a-year Wimbledon High School.“I am really interested in the whole drive to empower women, to make sure that they have a voice, they have agency,” she said.“If we want to be taken seriously, the ‘Me Too’ debate – can we also be saying [that] this trivial nonsense matters? I think there is a real question around that.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Ms Lunnon said that many young women are overly concerned with aesthetic and superficial matters such as how they appear.They spend “an awful lot of time” worrying about “what brand of false eyelashes” they should buy or “what kind of mascara” to wear, she added.Ms Lunnon said: “The concern is around what a lot of young women are doing to their bodies. There is so much around ‘how do I look? How am I presenting myself?’ rather than ‘What am I saying, what are my views, what are my values, what matters to me, how am I helping to shape the world I live in?’” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Two journalists receive death threats from paramilitaries

first_imgTWO JOURNALISTS IN Northern Ireland have received death threats from loyalists paramilitaries.Politicians have been urged to speak out against those responsible for the threat against the reporters, who have not been identified, and the National Union of Journalists has called for the threats to be withdrawn immediately.“Threats such as these cannot be tolerated,” said Barry McCall, the president of the NUJ said. “Journalists in Northern Ireland have a proud record of refusing to be intimidated by such threats but they should not be subject to them in the first place.”Michelle Stanistreet of the NUJ said that anyone making threats against journalists for carrying out their work “attempts to undermine democracy as well as press freedom”.“Threats against journalists from any quarter must stop,” she said.The union said those responsible for issuing the threats should withdraw them immediately, and called on public representatives representing the groups to issue a statement to that effect.There have been a number of threats to journalists in Northern Ireland over the past year. In January, the PSNI intercepted a letter containing a bullet addressed to a Belfast-based journalist who had been reporting on loyalist rioting in the wake of the Union flags protests.Separately, the UDA denied it had been involved in death threats sent to a journalist in Belfast last year after the reporter was named in graffiti along with his mobile phone number in a number of locations which, the NUJ said, was designed to intimidate.Previously: Loyalist group denies making death threats to Belfast report >last_img read more

Order Dominos Directly From Your Cars Touchscreen

first_img It’s been a long day. You’re stuck in traffic. A bubbling pizza pie would really hit the spot right now…Thanks to a new partnership between Domino’s and in-vehicle commerce company Xevo, you’ll soon be able to order dinner from your car’s touchscreen.Starting this year, the restaurant’s AnyWare pizza ordering platform will come pre-loaded in “millions” of vehicles fitted with Xevo (though a list of compatible cars has not been revealed).Gluttons for punishment can already use Ford Sync Applink to “place my easy order” without leaving ’10 and 2′ on the steering wheel.“At Domino’s, we want pizza ordering to be simple and always within reach, no matter where a customer happens to be,” Chris Roeser, director of digital experience at Domino’s, said in a statement.“This new AnyWare platform will make ordering pizza easy,” he continued, “whether you’re in the car waiting for the kids to finish soccer practice or you’re on your way home from work.”Once logged in, customers can choose a saved Easy Order or most recent order, then using Domino’s Tracker to follow their pizza’s progress. Xevo’s in-car interface also makes it easy to local your local store or call in an order.“We’re excited to work with Domino’s,” Xevo Chief Marketing Officer Brian Woods said, calling the pizza chain “technological innovators.”“Xevo Market makes it possible for Domino’s to reach people directly in cars, streamlining mobile ordering to help busy consumers save time,” he added.Domino’s AnyWare software already exists in a number of forms; folks can place orders using voice assistants Google Home and Alexa; social media services Slack, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter; or apps for mobile phones (Zero Click), smart watches, and Samsung Smart TV.More on Geek.com:Watch: This Maggot ‘Fountain’ Can Consume a Pizza in 2 HoursThis High-Tech Pizza ATM Is #CollegeDietGoalsThis Slice of Pizza Will Outlive YouMuseum of Pizza is Cheesiest Art Exhibit Ever Stay on target Las Vegas Pizzeria Offers ‘Grasshopper Pie’ Amid Insect Inva…Domino’s Brings Autonomous Pizza Delivery to Houston last_img read more

Citing the Need to Find Common Ground ASA Revises Position on Farm

first_imgIn an effort to resolve longstanding differences on new farm legislation and address higher projected costs, the American Soybean Association (ASA) announced today that it will support a 2013 Farm Bill which includes updating and extending the current Counter-Cyclical Program (CCP). ASA will continue to support the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) included in both the House and Senate versions of last year’s farm bills as a complement to federal crop insurance. ASA will also support offering a choice between “higher options” for these two programs, recognizing that producers in different growing regions have different priorities for protecting farm income.ASA President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss., stated that “ASA strongly supported the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program in the Senate bill last year as an effective risk management tool designed to work with crop insurance. However,” Murphy said, “because of ARC’s higher cost and the need to find additional savings in the farm bill, we have decided to support updating and extending the CCP program included in current law.” Murphy added that “the decoupled CCP allows producers to respond to market signals rather than government programs in making their planting decisions, which has been a key priority for ASA during the farm bill debate. It also provides a safety net against several years of low prices, which has been important to supporters of the House bill.” Murphy added that “the SCO will provide revenue protection at the county level and is more defensible because, like crop insurance, it requires farmers to pay part of the cost of the premium.”Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found both the Senate and House bills to be more expensive than it estimated last year. While the savings required for deficit reduction under any Congressional budget agreement have yet to be determined, the Agriculture Committees would need to find an additional $8 to $10 billion to achieve the same level of savings provided under their original bills.Under its proposal, ASA would set Target Prices under the CCP at levels that reflect an average of recent market prices. Payments under the CCP are based on the underlying crop acreage bases on a farm rather than on current-year plantings. This is important in the event prices for commodities fall below their Target Prices, which would otherwise become a factor in planting decisions and could distort production. ASA’s support for a price-based program is contingent on decoupling program payments from current year production to avoid planting distortions.”Agriculture faces a major challenge in getting the various stakeholders to find common ground and finish a comprehensive, long-term farm bill,” Murphy continued. “This policy adjustment demonstrates that ASA is committed to working with other commodities as well as both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to support a safety net that can work for all farmers. It also addresses the need to provide savings for deficit reduction and make farm programs more defensible, while ensuring that our farmers have the risk management and crop insurance safety net they need.”In addition to modifying its position on risk management policy, ASA continues to support extending the Marketing Loan Program, eliminating the ACRE program, and reducing or eliminating Direct Payments, provisions which were included in last year’s Senate and House farm bills. ASA also supports the Senate version of the cotton STAX program. ASA urges the Agriculture Committees to protect the current crop insurance program as the foundation of the farm safety net, and to adopt improvements that would make it a more viable risk management tool for producers of all commodities in all regions of the country.Recognizing differences between commodities and growing regions, and depending on cost, ASA will support allowing producers to choose between higher Target Prices under the decoupled CCP program if they forego eligibility for SCO, or a higher premium subsidy under SCO if they forego eligibility under the CCP. “Providing options has been a priority for some producers, who prefer a choice of programs over a ‘one size fits all’ approach,” Murphy said.”We recognize that ASA is making a significant change in our policy recommendations” said ASA First Vice President Ray Gaesser, a soybean farmer from Corning, Iowa. “But we must accept budget realities and the need to find additional savings if we are going to get a new farm bill done. Agriculture is the only sector that has been willing to reduce spending for deficit reduction. We’re prepared to make adjustments, provided we have policies that maintain a viable safety net for farm income and preserve planting flexibility.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Danny Murphy, ASA President, 601-906-3809, dpmurphy@bellsouth.netRay Gaesser, ASA First Vice President, 641-344-2327, gaesserfarms@gmail.comPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

Spokane deputies choke hold killed suspect

first_imgSPOKANE — The Spokane County medical examiner’s office says a man who died in the custody of sheriff’s deputies in June died of oxygen deprivation to the brain.The office ruled the death of 34-year-old Will Berger a homicide.The Spokesman-Review reports two deputies shocked Berger with a Taser and wrestled him to the ground in a choke hold after he became agitated at a gym and ran into traffic.The case remains under investigation by the Washington State Patrol.last_img

This is how Joel Marion helps people to have fitness and healthy

first_imgJoel MarionPR HandoutAlong his friend Josh Bezoni, Joel Marion started a company called BioTrust, through which he is not only helping people to have fitness and healthy lifestyle, but also doing several charity works.A journey towards change is a journey that is worthwhile. And the journey that begins with the hope to help the ones in need is sure to reach a fulfilling destination. There are examples of people and companies that have risen from nothing to millions, simply by their undaunted willingness to help people globally.BioTrust is such a company. One of the leading health and nutrition organizations in the world, it was founded by two friends- Joel Marion and Josh Bezoni. The two friends developed their brainchild to be able to help the ones in need. However, as life moved on, so did they, leaving behind their dream of serving people.Then, years away from when they first started off, came a day when both the friends questioned their decision. This was when Josh’s uncle had expired prematurely. This was the turning point of their lives as they both acknowledged the fear they had about the health of their families. This made them produce organic products for their families.The positive aspect of their products became evident in their loved ones, who were using them. Thus, the duo decided to share their formulae with the world to help them stay healthy and then started the company that was to help millions in the future.This is how the journey of Marion and Bezoni started all over again. Soon enough, their hard work paid off. In the first, proper business year of BioTrust, the company had sold over one million products!”With great success comes great responsibility. It is challenging work, but we are living the American Dream, and our passion to help others fuels our efforts.”-Joel MarionHowever, this was not enough for the power duo. They had to find other ways of helping others. They collaborated with No Kid Hungry Campaign, where they provided a meal to a hungry kid against every product they sold. They soon collaborated with Make-A-Wish to fulfill the wishes of kids with chronic diseases. They also built schools in partnership with Water.org and Pencils of Promise.Apart from helping people around the world, Joel hosts one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes- ‘Born to Impact.’ He has written extensive articles about keeping healthy. He has been a best-selling author five times and has appeared on television networks such as NBC, CBS, and ABC. Marion has also been featured in magazines like Men’s Fitness, MuscleMag International, Woman’s Day, Clean Eating, besides other reputed journals.The BioTrust Team is currently invested in adding new products to their catalogues. Their product suggestions comes mainly from its customers through their podcasts. Customers suggest what they require and the company renders it to the best of their abilities. Their products are spread along with four categories: protein products, anti-aging products, digestive health products, and products for healthy living. The team is continuously expanding these categories and bringing to the people what they need the most.last_img read more

Blizzard community manager warns gamers Diablo III isnt awesome

first_imgDiablo fans are a patient bunch of gamers. It’s been nearly 12 years since Diablo II saw a release, and Blizzard keeps delaying the launch of Diablo III. It was meant to come out in 2011, then Blizzard said sorry and pushed it back to early 2012. Earlier this month we were told it could now be June before it appears.Regardless of whether it’s next month or three months from now, fans are very excited about Diablo III. However, one of Blizzard’s community managers named Bashiok is concerned there’s too much hype, and has gotten quite serious about it in the Battle.net forums.Bashiok explains that part of his role as a community manager is to manage the expectations of gamers. He feels the expectations people have for Diablo III are, quite frankly, way too high. He compares it to M. Night Shyamalan movies, suggesting the third game in the series is no Sixth Sense, it’s more like a sequel to The Happening. If you’ve watched both those films, that’s a pretty damning statement to make.The one mistake Bashiok made was to not explain himself properly. His comments could be interpreted as a warning that the game isn’t very good, but I don’t believe that is what he is trying to say. Diablo III isn’t bad, it’s just not going to be a breakout title like Diablo was because it can’t be. It’s still going to be a fantastic gameplay experience, but it’s basically more of the same, which is what fans want in an up-to-date graphical form on modern hardware. if you expect anymore than that then yes, you will probably be disappointed.I’m quite confident Diablo III will appear at some point in 2012 and the majority of gamers will be happy with what they get. I’m also equally sure that someone high up at Blizzard is having a chat with Bashiok about his post, and why he should probably get a second opinion in future before hitting publish.More at Battle.net, via Massivelylast_img read more

Right on the Cowboys not winning the Super Bowl Wrong on Aaron

first_imgWhere Colin was RightThe Cowboys didn’t win the Super Bowl – Colin came around on the Cowboys as one of the dominant teams in the NFL after having initial doubts, but before the playoffs he said they wouldn’t win the Super Bowl.He didn’t see any way that the Cowboys could survive a gauntlet of opposing quarterbacks that potentially included Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan and Tom Brady, or even a Giants defense against whom they lost twice during the season. Colin loves the Cowboys roster, but they had an uphill climb to make it to the Super Bowl. It turns out, they couldn’t get past Aaron Rodgers.  Colin was right.From 56 YARDS, Mason Crosby is GOOD! 31-28, Packers. #GoPackGo #GBvsDAL pic.twitter.com/RavmdoOpV7— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) January 16, 2017 Every Monday in The Herd, it’s time for Colin to count the wins and the losses from another week of predictions in Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrong.This week, there’s a whole bunch of right and wrong after the NFL Playoffs Divisional Round. Colin was right about the Cowboys getting buried by a slow start against the Packers and not winning the Super Bowl; wrong for having buried Aaron Rodgers after a 4-6 start; wrong about the Chiefs after they laid a playoff egg against the Steelers; and 100% right about the Knicks with Derrick Rose becoming a complete disaster.Here’s the right and the wrong from an NFL Playoff weekend: Where Colin was RightSeattle’s subpar o-line was their downfall –  Russell Wilson was injured or running for his life for most of the year behind a below average offensive line that was exposed again against the Falcons. Colin said repeatedly that they couldn’t win with the youngest, lowest paid o-line in the NFL. They looked bad again against the Falcons on the road this weekend. Colin saw this one coming. Right.Russell Wilson gets picked off by Ricardo Allen, potentially sealing the win for the #Falcons! #RiseUp #SEAvsATL #NFLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/T38uFf4jlZ— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) January 15, 2017Where Colin was WrongThe Chiefs and Andy Reid laid an egg at home – Colin thought the Chiefs defense, and Andy Reid coming off a bye week (19-2 career record) would get the job done at home against the Steelers. He was wrong. Pittsburgh completely dominated Kansas City in a game that had no business being as close as the final score made it appear. In the end, Andy Reid had a curiously coached second half and Alex Smith cemented his reputation as a quarterback who refuses to throw the ball down the field with any effectiveness. Colin was wrongHere’s the successful, negated two-point conversion and the one that failed. 18-16, #Steelers up. #chiefskingdom #HereWeGo #PITvsKC pic.twitter.com/Z2v5nVrSxf— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) January 16, 2017 Where Colin was WrongThe Timberwolves are not a playoff team – Like many, Colin fell in love with the super talented core of young stars in Minnesota. He predicted they would be a surprise playoff team in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves are 14-27, and despite three players (Towns, Wiggins, LaVine) averaging 20+ points a night, they don’t play defense, don’t have a bench, and aren’t close to being ready to compete this year. Tom Thibodeau might turn this thing around, but it’s gonna take some time. Colin was wrong.Karl Anthony Towns Steals and Finishes with the Ferocious Slam Dunk!! #NBA #PowerOfThePack pic.twitter.com/Ut0dAnHGbA— All Sport News (@All_SportNews) December 14, 2016 Advertisement Where Colin was WrongMatt Ryan is way better than “Andy Dalton in a dome” – Colin admits, calling Matt Ryan, “Andy Dalton in a dome” is a great line, and he may have said it because he knew it would piss off Jason Whitlock on Speak for Yourself. In previous years, Ryan hadn’t separated himself a great deal from “The Red Rifle.” This year, however, Ryan is having an MVP year and the Falcons might have the best offense left in the playoffs. On Saturday, he carved up the Legion of Boom for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns. Colin was wrong.Matt Ryan finds a WIDE OPEN Tevin Coleman in the end zone to give the #Falcons the 19-10 lead! #RiseUp #SEAvsATL #NFLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/h7yZS2Sg20— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) January 14, 2017center_img Where Colin was WrongAaron Rodgers and the Packers weren’t done at 4-6 – Colin buried Green Bay when they were 4-6, Rodgers had been playing poorly for about a year and their defense was beset with cluster injuries in the secondary.Since then, Rodgers has turned it on and is the best player in the NFL, and their defense got healthy and has been respectable. The Packers run shows the value of having a superstar quarterback, and how a team can ride one playing at the level of Rodgers deep into the playoffs. Colin was wrong.3rd and 20. Aaron Rodgers hits Jared Cook for 36. Unbelievable. #Packers will have chance to win it. #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/6tWW5j3sqI— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) January 16, 2017 Where Colin was RightThe Cowboys were killed by a slow start – In his Blazin’ 4, Colin took Green Bay and the 4.5 because he thought the Cowboys were likely to get off to a slow start after a prolonged layoff and end up in an early hole. They did. Rodgers and Green Bay jumped out to a 21-3 lead and Dallas was left clawing their way back into the game for the rest of the afternoon. Long layoffs are a problem.Micah Hyde jumps the screen pass for the interception for the #Packers! First turnover of the game. #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/Wkukg2WBjK— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) January 15, 2017 Where Colin was RightThe Knicks are imploding – The Knicks have won 2 of 12 and are coming off a week where Derrick Rose disappeared from the team without letting them know his whereabouts, and Carmelo Anthony was confronted with rumors that Phil Jackson wants to get rid of him.Anthony is unhappy. Rose is unhappy. When Phil Jackson signed Derrick Rose in the offseason, Colin said it may sell tickets, but they would never win anything with Rose or Anthony as the centerpieces. The Knicks ship is sinking and it looks like they’re headed into another full-blown rebuild. It’s officially a disaster, and it wasn’t even interesting.Derrick Rose speaking with the media today at the Knicks training facility pic.twitter.com/RS2cTyIq2Z— ?StrictlyKnicks™? (@StrictlyKnicks1) January 11, 2017 Where Colin was RightThe Texans hung around against the Patriots – the Texans didn’t cover the 16 against the Patriots, but, just as Colin said, their defense allowed them to hang around and be competitive in a game they had no chance to win with Brock Osweiler at quarterback. Colin thought the Texans would play well after being nationally mocked as a walk-over for Brady and the Patriots. If they had a real quarterback, they could have won this game. Colin was right.The Texans pick off Tom Brady for the 2nd time tonight! #WeAreTexans #HOUvsNE #NFLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/uD8OyQPgjf— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) January 15, 2017last_img read more

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first_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Case Study | March 12, 2012 Transforming MRI Liver Imaging Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more 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 | 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 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Related Content Dot (Day optimizing throughput) engine helps to take away the complexity of MR scanning.Liver imaging is a complex magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination and requires experience to reach consistent image quality. Abdomen Dot (Day optimizing throughput) engine provided by Siemens Healthcare helps to take away the complexity of abdominal imaging through guidance and sophisticated automation. This enables optimized scans tailored to every patient yielding consistent, high-quality results and enhanced staff efficiencies. Learn how Abdomen Dot engine helped to improve image consistency, patient throughput and standardization of body imaging workflow for 30-minute time slots. View a case study.Abdomen Dot engine is available on MAGNETOM Aera and MAGNETOM Skyra MRI systems. Dot helps provide improved diagnostic confidence and image consistency through new features like auto align, auto FoV and auto bolus detection. The introduction of strategies and guidance can help improve productivity. For more information: www.usa.siemens.com/dotAbout Siemens HealthcareThe Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology, and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source—from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better, and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. For further information, please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare. Dot (Day optimizing throughput) engine helps to take away the complexity of MR scanning. MAGNETOM Aera, redefining 1.5T economics FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 last_img read more

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first_imgNews | November 12, 2014 St. Mary’s Health Care System Expands Cardiac Imaging With New MRI System Upgrade promises improved cardiac services for entire Athens, Ga., region Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al.center_img News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more November 12, 2014 — St. Mary’s Health Care System installed two Vantage Titan 1.5T MR (magnetic resonance) systems from Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. St. Mary’s utilizes the systems to enhance its cardiac imaging program and for advanced imaging studies that include myocardial perfusion and stress MR.“Toshiba’s Titan 1.5T MR systems have allowed us to push the needle forward by improving our cardiac services so that nearby cardiology groups can feel confident in referring their patients to St. Mary’s,” said Jeff Brown, R.T., director, radiology and cardiovascular services, St. Mary’s Health Care System.“In order to build a state-of-the-art cardiac imaging program, cardiac MRI capability is crucial, and Toshiba’s Titan 1.5T MR systems exceeded our expectations with image quality,” said Erick Avelar, M.D., medical director of cardiac MRI and CT (computed tomography), Oconee Heart & Vascular Center, St. Mary’s Health Care System, who started the cardiac MRI program in Athens, Ga. “Additionally, no matter the clinician skill level, exam times and operator errors have reduced significantly with Toshiba’s CardioLine.”  As the official healthcare provider for the University of Georgia Athletic Association, St. Mary’s also uses the Titan 1.5T MR systems for musculoskeletal and body imaging of injured athletes.The Titan 1.5T offers patient-friendly features, including a 71-cm bore and feet-first exams to reduce claustrophobia. Toshiba’s exclusive Pianissimo noise-reduction technology, advanced non-contrast imaging, integrated coils and M-Power user interface make the system easier to use for the clinician and more comfortable for the patient. CardioLine is a fully automated cardiac positioning alignment tool that automatically detects anatomical landmarks for accurate and reproducible positioning to complete alignment of six standard cardiac views without any operator interaction. For more information: www.medical.toshiba.comlast_img read more

Venezuela outraged by murder of a former beauty queen

first_img Facebook Comments Monica Spear poses after being elected Miss Venezuela, in Caracas, on Sept. 23, 2004. Andrew Álvarez/AFP No related posts.center_img CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelans kill each other by the tens of thousands every year, making this South American nation one of the world’s most violent.But the slaying of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear at the hands of roadside bandits Monday night has shaken this country like no other recent crime. Beauty queens are as revered here as top athletes and movie stars, and the government of President Nicolás Maduro is scrambling to contain the public outrage.Disgusted Venezuelans berated the government on social media and in street protests Wednesday, while Maduro summoned the country’s governors and big-city mayors to an emergency meeting in the capital.“This is a blow to all of us,” he said on state television. “I share the pain, sadness and condolences that the nation feels,” he added, warning that the killers would be dealt with “an iron hand.”Security, like almost everything else in Venezuela, is heavily politicized. Although the government says crime is falling, an independent group, the Venezuelan Violence Observatory, said killings rose to 24,763 last year, leaving the oil-rich nation (population 30 million) with one of the world’s highest murder rates.By comparison, the United States has about 14,000 homicides a year, despite a population 10 times that of Venezuela.“It is a lack of basic law enforcement,” said Roberto Briceo León, director of the Violence Observatory. He said that during the 15 years that Hugo Chávez ruled the country before his death last March, crime and violence “were viewed as the product of capitalism and poverty,” which Chávez’s socialist revolution would eliminate through preventative measures and social spending.Instead, high crime rates and killings only worsened.Most of the dead are poor Venezuelans living in the slums of Caracas and other cities. But Spear, 29, was someone with a special status here, a “Miss.”She was fatally shot in an apparent robbery attempt Monday night on a dark stretch of highway along with her ex-husband, Thomas Henry Berry, 39, as their 5-year-old daughter looked on. The child was shot in the leg but survived.Spear, who was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004 and competed the following year in the Miss Universe pageant, didn’t even live in Venezuela. She left the country for Florida in 2011 and worked as a soap opera actress on the Telemundo network, according to media accounts.Spear returned to Venezuela for the holidays to vacation with her daughter and ex-husband, posting family photos and videos to Twitter and Instagram of horseback rides and sunsets.On Monday night, during the drive back to Caracas, the family’s car blew a tire, possibly because the assailants placed puncturing objects in the road to disable the vehicle and carry out the robbery.The attack began as a tow truck arrived. The family locked the vehicle doors, but the assailants opened fire, blasting through the windows and door panels. Maduro said Wednesday that one suspect was in custody and that police were searching for others.The news agency AFP reported Thursday that Venezuela’s Public Prosecutor’s Office had arrested seven suspects.Other high-profile crimes have brought similar pledges to improve security, with few results. In 2006, three brothers from Canada, ages 17, 13, and 12 were abducted along with their driver and found dead in a ditch a month later.In 2011, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped during a trip back home. He was later freed, unharmed.© 2013, The Washington Post last_img read more

No offence for Britons at 2010 Olympics

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J In preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London, British Tourist Authority, VisitBritain have prepared a list of etiquettes outlining cultural differences to prevent British people offending visitors. The Telegraph reported the list originally created to help waiters, taxi drivers and hotel to maximise business by understanding tourist needs, has been updated for the event to include “a rundown of holiday patterns of each country’s inhabitants”. VisitBritain Chief Executive Officer, Sandie Dawe said it is important to provide a friendly and understanding environment because “overseas visitors spend more than £16 billion a year in Britain, contributing massively to our economy and supporting jobs across the country”. “With hundreds of thousands of people thinking of coming to Britain in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, this new advice is just one way of helping the tourism industry care for their customers – wherever they come from.”Service industry employees are cautioned to avoid eye contact with the Japanese, resist offering bacon to someone from the United Arab Emirates and not take offence to Australian and New Zealanders pom jokes.last_img read more