first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — Citizens’ Services Minister Jinny Sims announced yesterday that the provincial government will contribute $7 million for Shaw Communications to build a fibre-optic cable along the Hart Highway between Prince George and Dawson Creek.The fibre optic line that will be built from the Northern Cariboo to the Peace Region will be just over 400 kilometres in length, and is one of four connectivity projects being funded by the B.C. government. Shaw has had issues serving the Peace Region in the past, and yesterday’s announcement came just one day after an issue with a fibre line caused Shaw customers in Fort St. John, Taylor, and Dawson Creek to experience a service interruption. Last year, Shaw customers in the Peace experienced three separate outages due to issues with the company’s network.On Tuesday, Sims announced that the Province and Feds are both partnering with internet service providers on $38 million worth of Internet infrastructure across B.C., with the provincial government contributing $11.3 million in total. “This is not just an investment in high-speed internet, it’s an investment in the future for those living in rural, First Nations and Indigenous communities, so they have access to cutting-edge emergency services, high-quality health care, world-class education and improved ability to participate in the growing digital economy,” said Sims. “By working with our federal and local partners, we are leveraging relationships to give people in these communities the same internet access as those living in major urban centres.”The announcement was part of an event hosted by Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, as the federal government committed a further $19,748,063 to the four projects.“Access to high-speed internet is not a luxury, it’s essential,” said Bains. “High-speed internet service is a basic tool that all Canadians should have access to, regardless of their postal code. Canadians need this service to do business, upgrade their education and build stronger communities. Thanks to our Connect to Innovate program, more Canadians will be able to participate fully in the digital economy.”last_img read more

4 March 2010The top United Nations humanitarian official today called for “radical” changes in Israeli policies towards the occupied Palestinian territory to allow people to carry out normal and dignified lives. “For this to happen, marginal improvements here and there are not enough,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes underscored in Jerusalem while on a visit to the region.In Gaza, border crossings must be re-opened, while in the West Bank, illegal demolitions and evictions should stop, he said. In the so-called Area C, which covers 60 per cent of the West Bank and remains largely off limits to Palestinians, he called for the allowing of natural development.In Shu’fat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, Mr. Holmes saw first-hand the impact of the barrier – which Israel says it is building to keep out suicide bombers and other attackers – on the Palestinian community. It has curtailed access to health, education and other basic services, while also limiting livelihood opportunities.He also witnessed the effects of continued demolitions and forced evictions in the Arab neighbourhoods of Al Bustan and Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem, where many families have been forced from their homes and many more are at risk of displacement.“I was moved by what I saw and heard today during the discussions I had with Palestinian families forced out of their homes,” Mr. Holmes, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said.“The recent decision of the Jerusalem municipality to delay the planned demolitions in Al Bustan is a positive step, but what is really needed is the cancellation of demolition orders and evictions in Palestinian areas,” he added.In Area C, the Under-Secretary-General visited a school in the Al Jahalin Bedouin community, which has been in the area for generations. It has come under pressure recently due to a nearby settlement and restrictions on building permits and access to the area.The school, built with the help of the UN and its partners, has been marked for demolition, which he says cannot be justified. “The case of this school shows how difficult it has become for herding communities to continue living in Area C and for humanitarian agencies to assist them,” he noted.In the West Bank city of Ramallah, Mr. Holmes met with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, expressing his support for the Palestinian Authority and the UN’s determination to continue helping vulnerable people in the occupied Palestinian territory.Earlier this week, the UN official saw for himself the conditions in Gaza, just over one year after the end of the three-week Israeli military offensive, known as operation “Cast Lead,” which had the stated aim of ending rocket attacks by militants operating in the area.The fighting left more than 1,400 people dead, injured 5,000 others and reduced homes, schools, hospitals and marketplaces to rubble.“I have a lot of admiration for the resilience and ingenuity of Gaza residents in trying to cope with the present circumstances,” he said. “The work of relief agencies to assist those who have to endure hardship is also remarkable.”But he stressed that it is “disturbing” that one year after the fighting ended, “no meaningful reconstruction has yet started.”Mr. Holmes is scheduled to leave Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory tomorrow. read more

Media reports indicate Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal were released earlier today and have since flown out of Iran, more than two years after they were arrested while hiking near the Iranian-Iraqi border and a month after they were each sentenced to eight-year prison terms on espionage-related charges.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban “appreciates the decision of the Iranian authorities to positively respond to international appeals on humanitarian grounds. He commends all parties who helped to secure their release.”A third US national, Sarah Shourd, who was arrested at the same time as Mr. Bauer and Mr. Fattal, was released by Iran last year. 21 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed today’s release from an Iranian prison of two United States men who had been convicted and jailed over spying allegations. read more

Police updated details to a deadly crash Monday night. 33-year old Gordon Hall from Beamsville was ejected from the vehicle after a crash on the QEW in Niagara Falls. He was then run over by another vehicle that didn’t stop. Hall’s Father said that just as Gord was turning things around, his life was cut short.Gordon Hall, or Gord as many called him is being remembered by his Father as a Son who was trying his best to make his life better. A recovering drug addict, Gord had a job opportunity in Niagara Falls and was temporarily living with his Father William and Step-mother Joanne in Beamsville.William Hall said: “He was very good hearted. Would help anybody, made me proud.”But Gord was killed in Niagara Falls Monday night on the QEW at McLeod Road. Derrick Burgess of Grimsby spoke with CHCH News on the phone. Derrick was a passenger in the car and Gord’s long-time friend. When the car crashed, Derrick says he and Gord were thrown from the Buick Allure. Neither of them were wearing seatbelts. Gord’s on and off girlfriend Terry Nicholson of Hamilton was driving.Derrick says Terry had been drinking alcohol. Terry and Gord were arguing in the speeding vehicle. As Terry became more upset, her driving became more erratic. Derrick says he asked Terry to stop the car and let him out, then suddenly the car crashed.”Derrick says he was lying in the ditch and saw another car run over Gord. The car did not stop. The Ontario Provincial Police want to talk to that driver.William said: “I hope the driver comes forward who ran him over. That bothers me that they wouldn’t stop.”He feels like his heart is in pieces. “Come to grips. Can’t believe he’s gone eh?”The Ministry of Transportation had to repair the damage to the highway where the crash happened. As the Halls prepare to bury their son, the driver, Terry Nicholson, is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Derrick Burgess says he’s been released with some bumps and bruises and is ok. Police are asking any witnesses to the crash to come forward. They would like to speak to the driver who hit Gord and didn’t stop. read more

Toronto’s transit commission says the majority of its new streetcars have to be returned to their manufacturer for repairs.The first 67 streetcars out of 89 produced for Toronto by Bombardier Transportation will be sent back for preventative repairs of “inferior frame welds,” TTC spokesman Brad Ross said Wednesday.The defect poses no safety risk “in any way,” he added.“(Bombardier) advised us last fall,” Ross said. “We directed them to develop a program for repair that will permanently fix the cars while minimizing service impacts.”The streetcars will be returned three or four at a time, and will all be fixed by 2022, Ross said.Bombardier will cover the cost of the repairs, which will take place at its Welding Centre of Excellence in La Pocatiere, Que., company spokesman Eric Prud’homme said.“Welding issues are not uncommon in the industry, but, in this case, Bombardier has been proactive and responsible to ensure the cars meet the expected longevity, all in full transparency with TTC and their riders,” Prud’homme said.Some 25 to 30 employees will work daily on this maintenance program until it is completed, delaying some of the planned layoffs, he said.“Until our preventive welding maintenance program is performed, we fully guarantee the strength of the existing welds.” The problem identified by Bombardier 18 months ago involves work completed in Mexico.Bombardier has been contracted to provide the TTC with a total of 204 streetcars by the end of 2019, Prud’homme said.The welding defect and necessary repairs will not prevent Bombardier from meeting that goal, he said. The transportation company has met its quarterly objectives by delivering 27 new cars to the TTC in the first half of this year. It plans to deliver 38 in the rest of the year and 77 more in 2019. read more

While, overall, more young people have greater educational opportunities than in the past, there are still some 75 million adolescents who are out of school, denied the quality education they deserve and unable to acquire the skills they need, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted in his message for the Day, observed on 15 July.“We may see an understandably frustrated youth population, but that picture is incomplete,” said Mr. Ban. “With the right skills, these young people are exactly the force we need to drive progress across the global agenda and build more inclusive and vibrant societies.”He went on to say that skills development reduces poverty and better equips young people to find decent jobs. It triggers a process of empowerment and self-esteem that benefits everyone. And it strengthens youth capacity to help address the many challenges facing society, moving us closer to ending poverty hunger, injustice and environmental degradation.“On this Day, I call for investing politically and financially in developing the skills of young people so that they can help build a more just and sustainable future for all.”The UN General Assembly declared 15 July World Youth Skills Day to raise awareness of the importance of developing youth skills. The Day is also in line with the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which Member States are expected to adopt in September, that include two goals on education and skills for employment.Goal 4 is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, while Goal 8 is to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, marked the Day in Addis Ababa, where representatives of governments, the private sector and civil society have gathered for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development with the aim of launching a renewed global partnership for sustainable development. Ahmad Alhendawi talks about the importance of investing in youth and ensuring their access to decent jobs. Credit: UN News Centre“When we think of about financing for development, we better think about investing in the largest asset that the world has today – its young people,” Mr. Alhendawi said in an interview with the UN News Centre. “The smartest investment any country could make is to invest in its youth,” he emphasized. “That’s true in all countries around the world. That’s even more true in developing countries, where 90 per cent of young people today are found.”According to the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), around 600 million jobs will be needed in the next 15 years to tackle youth unemployment. read more

OSU center Pat Elflein (65) looks across the line of scrimmage during the second half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorLast Saturday, Ohio State struggled in pass protection with a team that averaged just a half sack a game in Michigan State. Buckeyes’ quarterback J.T. Barrett was hurried three times, and hurried seven of his passes. Barrett, who threw for just 86 yards against the Spartans, has taken a high level of abuse in recent weeks, carrying the ball 35 times in the last two weeks, on top of being sacked. This year, OSU has allowed its quarterbacks to be dropped in the backfield 17 times through 11 games.Although OSU has given up over a sack a game, Michigan’s defensive line is a different kind of beast with pass rushing. On defense, the Wolverines have 36 sacks, more than the team had all last season, including bowl games.The tendency of quarterbacks to be injured by the Michigan defense this season has been noted by coaches from Jim Harbaugh’s staff. So far, five opposing starters have been knocked out of games with injuries when playing against the Maize and Blue. When asked about the topic, Michigan junior defensive end Chase Winovich said it is never something that teams take pride in, but it’s just a matter of fact when playing a sport as physical as football. After Maryland starter Perry Hills hurt his shoulder against the Wolverines, Winovich was unapologetic in his answer to why so many quarterbacks have been injured against his team.“It’s a violent game,” he said. “Nobody makes it out alive. Nobody’s safe in this game, especially if you’re playing quarterback against us. We’re coming.”While Winovich did express his desire for a quick recovery by Hills, the message was clear. Michigan pulls no punches when hitting opposing signal callers. OSU players were asked about the strange statistic on Monday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Adding to an already heated rivalry with serious playoff implications, many members of the team did not seem pleased with the comments made by the Michigan defensive end.Among them was redshirt junior guard Billy Price. Cooler heads prevailed for Price, who said he understood the tall order of keeping Barrett off the long list of injured starter“If you have a defensive line making a statement like that, that’s a challenge,” Price said. “We look forward to getting after it and protecting J.T.”Historically, the battle up front between Michigan and OSU has determined the outcome. The last time the Wolverines topped the Buckeyes, then-OSU quarterback Braxton Miller was dropped four times. Without time to pass, the Buckeyes could be in for a long game. Although OSU’s offensive attack depends mostly on running the ball and wearing down a defense, Michigan is allowing just 108 yards rushing per game to opponents.Even more frightening, Michigan has given up just four rushing touchdowns this season, one of the lowest marks in the entire NCAA. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein has been pitted against the Wolverines before, and has witnessed firsthand the physicality of the trenches in The Game. OSU has faced more than one stout defensive front this season, but Saturday will be the ultimate test.Even with a formidable defense wanting nothing more than to drag Barrett down in the backfield, Elflein remains confident in his unit’s ability to dictate the outcome and is unaffected by the comments made by Winovich.“I know they’re a good defensive line,” he said. “We’ve faced good defensive lines this year and I don’t really care about any (talk) because we are going to do our job and we’re going to run the ball and protect our quarterback.”Elflein and Price will get their chance to back their claims on Saturday in Ohio Stadium against Michigan. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFixtures for 2019 Hero CPL announcedMay 28, 2019In “latest news”Fixtures for CPL 2018 announced as Russell, Holder ‘can’t wait to be back’June 5, 2018In “Sports”HERO CPL 2018 VENUES AND TIMES CONFIRMEDJuly 27, 2018In “latest news” (Jamaica Observer) The Caribbean Premier league (CPL) has announced the line-up for the final week of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League following the victory of the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots over the Barbados Tridents in the final group match of the season.CPL said the win by the Patriots means they will face the Trinbago Knight Riders in the play-off match on Tuesday, 5th September. The winner of that game will go straight to the final on Saturday 9th September.The first eliminator match will occur on Wednesday, 6th September, and will see the Jamaica Tallawahs take on the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The winner of that match will play the loser of the play-off game with the victor making through to the final.Play-off: Tuesday, September 5 — 8:00 pmTrinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts & Nevis PatriotsEliminator 1: Wednesday, September 6 — 8:00 pmJamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon WarriorsEliminator 2: Thursday September 7 — 8:00 pmLoser of Play-off v Winner of Eliminator 1 read more

EHFjunior handball wch 2013 Preliminary Round at Junior WCh 2013 in Bosnia and Herzegovina is finished. The best 16 teams will continue to fight for the glory and some others will be remembered as dissapointments as Russia or Qatar…Group AFriday the 20th July:Tunisia: France 33:28 (15:15)Russia: Denmark 21:30 (12:17)Angola: Serbia 22:28 (12:12)Table:1 Denmark  5 – 92 Serbia 5-73 Tunisia 5-64 France 5-45 Russia 5-46 Angola 5-0Group BFriday the 20th July:Netherlands: Algeria 30:24 (20:11)Switzerland: Qatar 27:29 (12:12)Croatia: Germany 21:22 (8:9)Table:1 Germany 5 games – 10 points2 Croatia 5-83 Netherlands 5-44  Switzerland 5-45 Qatar 5-46 Algeria 5-0Friday the 20th July:Congo: Slovenia 23:42 (11:21)South Korea: Hungary 31:33 (13:13)Bosnia and Herzegovina: Argentina 30:25 (15:13)GROUP CTable:1 Slovenia 5 – 10 points2 Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-73 Hungary 5-64 Argentina 5-45 South Korea 5-36 Congo 5 – 0Group DFriday the 20th July:Chile: Kuwait 32:33 (14:18)Brazil: Egypt 24:27 (12:12)Spain: Sweden 27:37 (12:17)Table:1 Sweden 5 – 10 points2 Spain 5-73 Egypt 5-74 Brazil 5-45 Kuwait 5-26 Chile 5-0 ← Previous Story Germans decided to set new world record – 50.000 fans to watch handball match! Next Story → Junior WCh 2013 TOP 16: Germany VS France, Hungary against Spain! read more

first_imgThe inaugural Open Core Summit will be running September 19-20th in San Francisco. InfoQ recently sat down with the founder of the summit, Joseph Jacks, and explored his motivations for running this event and discussed why he believes new commercial open source software businesses should focus on creating the maximum level of value possible, but be comfortable accepting the fundamental reality that they can only capture a small fraction of that value.As reported previously by InfoQ, generally there is no industry consensus on the best method of funding open source development. Many continue to believe that open source software should be completely free (“as in beer”), but models such as “open core” or “dual licensing” appear to be the most promising approaches for supporting future commercial open-source companies.Cloud providers are also now adopting open-source software and making it commercially available as software-as-a-service (SaaS), without necessarily adding value or supporting future development. While open-source development is not going to disappear overnight, the future of commercial open-source vendors has become a talking point amongst many within the industry.The increasing cloud-based adoption of certain software has also triggered some open-source projects to recently change their licensing modes. For example, late last year Confluent announced changes to the license for some components of their Confluent Platform, a streaming platform which provides capabilities to transport data, and tools to connect systems and data sources. The license changes specifically focus on restricting the usage of these components by SaaS providers.It is within this nascent mix of evolving licenses and changing software consumption models that the inaugural Open Core Summit (OCS) is being arranged, and the goal of the event is to provide a meeting and learning place and global platform for industry participants (founders, developers, cloud vendors, VCs, analysts, people working within the enterprise space, and more) to share their experiences and ideas.InfoQ sat down with Joseph Jacks, founder of OCS, with the goal of learning more about the inaugural conference.InfoQ: Can you introduce the Open Core Summit (OCS) conference? What inspired you to arrange this type of event? InfoQ: What type of attendees are you expecting at the event? And what do you hope the biggest/clearest takeaways will be? Jacks: Focus on creating the maximum level of value that you can, and accept that capturing a tiny amount of that value is not only the most effective way to scale, but it is the best way, and will make the world a truly better place.Yes, this is highly counterintuitive to the traditional wisdom of capturing as much value as you can. Ultimately, though, COSS embodies a somewhat novel kind of capitalism that I like to call “meritocratic capitalism,” as opposed to “monopolistic capitalism”. This is highly nuanced and something we plan to expand on and write about in the future.For a bit more on this, read this blog post: “COSS Company Value Creation and Capture Fundamentals”. Jacks: We have previously written “COSS Business Model Progressions”, that explores the evolutionary dynamics related to how COSS companies commercialize across a kind of spectrum: services, support, packaging, distro, *aaS and so on.Over time, we expect to see significant business model evolution. Licensing models are orthogonal to business models. InfoQ: Can you introduce readers to the co-evolution of software models and business models? Over the years we have seen licensing around commercial software, free software, and open source etc, and with commercializing we have seen support and services, open core, and SaaS. Jacks: Ultimately, we strongly believe that founders should embrace highly standardized open-source licensing models at the core e.g. A2.0, MIT, GPLv3, etc. there are many options — COSSI reflects much of the core licensing implementations that the top 40+ COSS companies use. For readers wanting more insight, on a recent Software Engineering Daily podcast I also expanded quite extensively on my personal thoughts.One of my partners at OSS Capital, Heather Meeker, has been at the heart of all of these licensing evolutions, given her track record and work in COSS licensing going back 20+ years. Of course, Heather’s clients in private law practice do ask for specific constraints and as a lawyer, Heather has served her clients’ needs/asks.One exciting recent development we expect to see more news around is the PolyForm project, spearheaded by Heather: InfoQ: What are your thoughts around the recent open-source license changes that are being seen in relation, for example, to several popular database products that have been hosted on public clouds? InfoQ: What are the biggest challenges for anyone looking to start a business based on open core/source software? What advice would you give them? More information about the Open Core Summit can be found on the event’s website. Joseph Jacks: OCS was Marco Palladino’s idea, kindly seeded to me over a fun conversation Marco and I were having at AWS re:Invent in late 2018. Marco is a dear friend and a truly brilliant COSS founder/CTO of Kong.OCS is the global COSS ecosystem conference. OCS was founded to celebrate the burgeoning Commercial Open-Source Software (COSS) category of software.COSS represents the fusion and embrace of an open core built by OSS developers with a differentiated user experience for customers wrapped around that open core (the crust). This crust may or may not include proprietary code. In the case of Red Hat for example, their value added crust is their insurance policy business model. COSS is business model agnostic. It serves simply to codify a different category. COSS companies are defined as fundamentally existing because of the tautological existence of an open source core project. For example, Cloudera would not exist without Hadoop, Databricks would not exist without Spark, GitLab/GitHub would not exist without Git, HashiCorp would not exist without Vagrant and a handful of other open core projects, etc.We believe several key things are true: that most companies are becoming tech companies; and the best tech companies are fundamentally highly proficient software companies; and the best software companies fundamentally build vastly on open source; and we believe the next multi-trillion dollar category of software companies will be COSS companies. This shift is extremely profound — bigger than cloud computing — and will change the world forever. Jacks: We expect a mix of enterprises, investors, founders, OSS maintainers, COSS founders, analysts and executives.The goal of OCS is to bring together all of these constituents to share, learn, collaborate and build consensus on best practices and innovation in the explosively exciting COSS category!last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Sunday memorialized the victims of last week’s Washington Navy Yard shooting by urging Americans not to give up on a transformation in gun laws that he argued are to blame for an epidemic of violence. “There is nothing inevitable about it — it comes about because of decisions we make or fail to make,” Obama said.Reprising his role of the nation’s consoler in chief after yet another mass shooting, Obama issued a call to action on gun control measures that failed to pass earlier this year and show no new momentum in the wake of last week’s rampage at a military installation just blocks from the Capitol.“Our tears are not enough,” Obama told thousands gathered to mourn at the Marine Barracks. “Our words and our prayers are not enough. If we really want to honor these 12 men and women, if we really want to be a country where we can go to work and go to school and walk our streets free from senseless violence without so many lives being stolen by a bullet from a gun, then we’re going to have to change.”Obama said when such senseless deaths strike, “it ought to be a shock to all of us, it ought to obsess us. It ought to lead to some sort of transformation.”But, Obama said, “nothing happens. Alongside the anguish of these American families, alongside the accumulated outrage so many of us feel, sometimes I fear there is a creeping resignation that these tragedies are just somehow the way it is, that this is somehow the new normal. We cannot accept this. As Americans bound in grief and love, we must insist here today there is nothing normal about innocent men and women being gunned down where they work.”last_img read more

first_imgCrumpled CNG-run auto-rickshaw. Photo: Alam PalashAt least nine people were killed in separate road accidents in Chandpur, Feni, Chuadanga and Lakshmipur on Sunday, reports UNB.In Chandpur, at least six people, including a woman and her son, were killed after a bus hit an auto-rickshaw in Shahrasti upazila.The deceased were identified as Jannatul Ferdous, 28, her son Ruman, 8, Ranjit Chandra, 52, Fakhrul Islam, 75, Mohammad Shahjahan, 45 and Abul Kalam, 62.Five auto-rickshaw passengers were killed on the spot and two others injured in the accident on Chandpur-Cumilla regional road in Kakoirtola around 9:00am, said Shah Alam, officer-in-charge of Shahrasti police station.Among the injured, Shahjahan died on the way to a hospital.In Feni, a man was killed and two others injured after a truck hit an auto-rickshaw at Anandapur in Fulgazi in the morning.The deceased was Khorshed Alam, 45. The injured were admitted to Feni Sadar Hospital.In Chuadanga, a motorcyclist died after being hit by a truck.Police named the victim as Shanto Miah, 30, son of Asir Uddin, resident of Makhaldanga village.The accident took place on Chuadanga-Meherpur road at Bhalaipur intersection in Sadarupazila around 5:00am, said Abdus Salam, deputy director of Chuadanga fire service.In Lakshmipur, the death of a madrasa student in a road accident sparked protest at Shakchar area in Sadarupazila in the morning.Yasin, class III student of local Hamid Miazi Madrasa, was killed after a speeding pickup van hit him while he was crossing the road for on his way to the madrasa around 10:00am.Agitated locals blocked the road and halted vehicular movement.Police later intervened and brought the situation under control, said Md Lokman Hossain, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bangladesh High Commission celebrated Bangladesh at the Indian Habitat Centre in the Capital from Thursday to Friday. The numerous people who filled the stein auditorium experienced not only one form of expression but many. Together, at the same time, we were all a part of poetry, music, dance, drama, recitation, expressions and Tagore! The Commission had gathered a rather gifted troupe from Shadhona, led by prominent dance proponent, Lubna Mariam from Dhaka showcasing the brilliance of the Bengali performing traditions from Bangladesh for the evenings! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first day of the event saw From Finite to Infinite: The Spirit of Bangladesh. From Finite to Infinite, or Atma theke Paramatrna, was a presentation of the mystic musical- dancing traditions of Bangladesh which inherently believe that the finite body has the potential to realize the infinite creative principle through earthly practices. Through centuries these practices have empowered the common man to think beyond the normative confines of sectarian beliefs. The performances, including Buddhist Charya, Vaishnava Manipuri, Brahrro and Baul, give a historical perspective of the traditions, through music and dance; while reflecting the essence of the spirit of Bangladesh. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn the second day we had Towards Light or Alor pane praner chawla. It is a geeti-nritya alekhya, or presentation through words and movements, that describes the, almost, indescribable journey of our prana, or life force, towards the illuminating light of gyaan or knowledge. It was based on excerpts of songs and poems by Rabindranath Tagore, who himself was continuously journeying towards enlightenment. Lubna Marium — aesthete, danseuse, dance pioneer, teacher, choreographer and impresario is a pioneering figure in the contemporary South Asian cultural scenario. Daughter of illustrious parents Colonel Quazi Nooruzzaman and Professor Sultana Zaman, Lubna Marium has dedicated a lifetime to the promotion of culture, particularly dance and other performing arts. She is the director of Shadhona — a center for promotion of South Asian performing arts, and principal of Kalpataru — a school of dance, music and arts in Dhaka.  Shadhona has done some pioneering work in reviving almost extinct dance/martial arts forms – Lathi Khela and Charya dance. Lubna Marium in an interview says, ‘at Shadhona, we have been working on a folk-narrative, and needed movements that better express the narrative. That started me off on a search for indigenous dance forms. I was astonished to find, in Bangladesh, some beautiful performing traditions which included vibrant dance forms – Padmar Nachon, Lathikhela, Jari. We couldn’t just learn these traditions and ignore the practitioners who have nurtured and preserved them with almost no patronage. Thus the ‘Robi Cholo Lathi Kheli’ project started. Similarly, we are working on a Buddhist narrative, which incorporates the ancient “Charyapada” lyrics. Again, I went a-searching and found Charya Nritya – a tantric dance which has its own set of hand-gestures. This led me to researching into the origins of our language of hand-movements. In fact, my interest is in the entire gamut of work dealing with the body-mind connection, on which practices like ‘yoga’ are based.’ Bangladesh of course gave its best! And let’s say, Delhi welcomed Bangladesh with warm hearts.last_img read more

first_imgThey were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood history. But Robert Redford and Natalie Wood had an interesting history beyond the big screen. The two first met as teenagers, at Van Nuys High School in California — and let’s just say, their initial encounter was not a friendly one. Redford, hot-shot athlete, graduating senior, and, yes, senior class golden boy, was on duty as a school assembly guard, standing guard at one of the entrances to the auditorium, when Wood, late for registration, raced up to him, pleading to be let in. Redford said nothing doing.Natalie Wood is held by Robert Redford in a scene from the film ‘Inside Daisy Clover’, 1965. Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty ImagesAs he recounted to Suzanne Finstad in her biography of the actress, Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood: “There were about four or five doors going all the way around the oval-shaped auditorium, and each door had an alphabetical sequence over it — A through F, G through L. … We were all ready to shut the doors and this little girl comes running down — tiny little thing — and wants to come in the door.Natalie Wood with her sister Lana Wood in 1956And I was just being a complete jerk. I said, ‘Hold on. What’s your name?’ I didn’t have a clue who she was. … I said, ‘Hold it,’ and then it becomes sort of this machismo bull****: ‘Where are you going?’— giving her a hard time.”Wood, of course, starts with a W, and Redford wouldn’t budge, sending her to the other side of the auditorium. Meanwhile, another student, standing with Redford, recognized the movie star and was silently freaking. Wood, more than a little miffed, called Redford an SOB and walked away.Natalie Wood in Penelope (1966)The two wouldn’t cross paths again for ten years, when Wood and her Splendor in the Grass co-star (and then-boyfriend) Warren Beatty stopped backstage to meet Redford, after catching his performance in the Broadway play Sunday in New York. (And no, Wood claimed she didn’t remember the high school rebuff.)Robert Redford in the film ‘The Great Waldo Pepper’ (1975)Redford, who was making a name for himself as a young actor on the rise, had been on Wood’s radar for some time, and she convinced studio honchos to cast him in the role that launched his movie career, playing a closeted movie star in 1964’s Inside Daisy Clover.Publicity photo of Natalie Wood for the film ‘Inside Daisy Clover’ (1965)The two hit it off during filming and would remain good friends for years. “I think that Natalie, underneath everything, was a very sweet, genuinely down-to-earth person who was slightly colored by the warped life of being a star at such an early age,” Redford would say, years later. “But she herself, as a human being, shone through that. She was a real person. And I responded to that.”Related Video: 60s And 70s Celebs doing Vintage TV CommercialsAmerican actors Natalie Wood and Robert Redford on the set of ‘Inside Daisy Clover’ based on the novel by Gavin Lambert and directed by Robert Mulligan. Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty ImagesThe two would team up once again in 1966’s This Property Is Condemned. Wood also appeared in the 1972 political drama, The Candidate, when her old friend asked her to do a cameo. Wood and Redford lost touch shortly after that. Their last encounter was in 1980 when Redford was trying to cast his directorial debut, the gut-wrenching drama Ordinary People, about a family torn apart by a young son’s passing.Robert Redford at an event at the US Embassy in London.Wood, whose career had cooled by this time, coveted the role of the cold, distant mother (which eventually would go to Mary Tyler Moore), but Redford didn’t think she was right for the role.Read another story from us: The One Thing More Powerful than Chuck Norris is this Article about Chuck NorrisJust a year later, on November 29, 1981, Wood would drown off the coast of Catalina. Redford was heartbroken. Not only did he like Wood immensely — he was grateful to the actress for giving him his big break and launching a career that’s lasted till this very day.last_img read more

first_img IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more GE’s Senographe Essential is the digital mammography platform for the future. It allows precision imaging women in a single exposure or view. The enlarged detector easily accommodates large breast images without degradation of small breast images. Digital capabilities optimize workflow and connectivity, while providing 3D images and capacity for interventional mammography procedures.- Large detector designed specifically for mammography offers 24-by-31- cm size – the largest field of view in the industry – Seamless integration and optimized image matrix improves workflow – Ergonomic design supports productivity for entire clinical staff – FFDM enhances clinical efficiency FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | October 26, 2008 Single-Exposure Senographe is Future FFDM Platform News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more center_img Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Related Content News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire.last_img read more

first_img 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. May 21, 2015 — Blackford Analysis announced that its Smart Localizer product will be officially launched at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting in Washington, D.C.Designed for users of Philips picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), including Philips iSite 3.6 and IntelliSpace 4.4 PACS, the Blackford Smart Localizer facilitates radiologic comparison of imaging findings across magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography/CT (PET/CT) studies by automating volume registration of current and prior imaging studies before the radiologist reads.Blackford initially revealed details of Smart Localizer in late 2014, and the company has conducted final developments and testing in the run-up to SIIM. The software is designed to overcome the differences that typically exist between comparison studies performed on different modalities and by different vendors.The Blackford Smart Localizer can increase radiologist productivity by 10-20 percent per study, when reading comparison studies. For particularly challenging exams, like lung nodule comparisons, the productivity increase may reach 50 percent. This leads to improved clinical confidence, customer service and reading capacity, ultimately resulting in both improved quality of care and incremental revenue.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Related Content 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 Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more Technology | May 21, 2015 Blackford Analysis Launches Smart Localizer for Comparison of Multimodality Images Image comparison software integrates with Philips PACS user interfaces Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read morelast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. Immigration Administration officials will work on an extended schedule this week due to the large number of people applying for a passport this month.Applicants can process their requests from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The extended hours continue through Thursday.The measure aims to reduce waiting times and deliver more documents daily.Immigration authorities estimate that the expanded schedule will allow them to serve some 120 people more than the daily average.They also said that appointments for issuing or renewing residency permits scheduled for Jan. 2-4 will be rescheduled for the week of Dec. 17-21.Immigration officials are currently locating all these people to inform them of the change in the dates. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgMinistra de Salud: María Elena López Núñez— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Public Works & Transport Ministry: Carlos Segnini Villalobos Ministro de Obras Públicas y Transporte (MOPT): Carlos Segnini Villalobos— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Planning Ministry: Olga Marta Sánchez Oviedo Health Ministry: María Elena Lopez Núñez National Insurance Institute: Sergio Iván Alfaro Salas Ministra de Planificación: Olga Marta Sánchez Oviedo— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Ministra de Educación Pública (MEP): Sonia Marta Mora Mora— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía (MINAE): Edgar Gutiérrez Espeleta— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Instituto Costarricense de Turismo: Wilhelm Von Breymann Barquero— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Ministro de la Presidencia: Melvin Jiménez— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Ministra INAMU: Alejandra Mora Mora— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 National Institute for Women: Alejandra Mora Mora President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís presented the first half of his Cabinet ministers Monday, appearing to begin his deficit reduction plan by cutting down the number of ministers. He assigned Vice President Helio Fallas to double duty as finance minister, and eliminated the communications minister post altogether.Although the incoming president presented the first round of his Cabinet assignments at the National Children’s Museum in San José, several posts still must be filled. Solís, a former diplomat, did not name a foreign minister and held back several other announcements, saying the rest of the government team would be presented on April 28.The president-elect also announced he would start his traditional tour of Central American states and the Dominican Republic on April 22. However, Solís would not visit Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega, he said, citing Costa Rica’s pending disputes with its northern neighbor at the International Court of Justice.Fallas, 67, said he hoped to cut Costa Rica’s deficit of 5.4 percent of gross domestic product by one percent in a year’s time through improved tax collection and reducing the government budget. The finance minister-to-be told The Tico Times that the exact shape of his dual duties was still inchoate, but that he would meet all his ministerial duties and coordinate dialogue between the presidency and the finance ministries on economic issues.The vice president has a master’s degree in economics from the University of the Andes and previously served as minister of planning (1990-1991) and housing (2002-2005).Solís named Celso Gamboa, the current vice minister of public security and head of the Costa Rican intelligence agency, as his new public security minister.Gamboa, 37, told The Tico Times that prevention would be the primary focus of his term as chief law enforcement officer. “I prefer that no one gets killed so that we don’t have to go out and catch them. I’d prefer the event never happens in the first place.”The vice minister, the only holdover from President Laura Chinchilla’s administration, said he would direct resources to at-risk youth crime prevention programs.“That’s where we need to put all our resources, because they’re the Costa Rica of tomorrow,” he said.Gamboa described himself as a technocrat and said he had no political tint when asked if there would be any issue serving in two governments of different political affiliation.Solís named Carlos Segnini, a 44-year-old lawyer, to head the troubled Public Works and Transport Ministry, or MOPT. The Citizen Action Party leader said that revamping MOPT and re-establishing its ability to perform large public works projects, especially in transportation, was a top priority of his incoming government.Solís said he would not name anyone to the communications minister post, adding that his government would have a more “austere” publicity budget than Chinchilla’s government. Solís joked to a scrum of reporters that they were all professionals and the he intended to continue Costa Rica’s tradition of access to ministers.Solís, who plans to freeze ministerial salaries, said none of his Cabinet nods turned down the position because of pay.Here’s a full list of the posts Solís announced Monday:Presidency Ministry (Chief of Staff): Melvin Jimenez Marín Ministerio de Trabajo: Víctor Morales Mora— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Finance Ministry: Helio Fallas Venegas Energy and Environment Ministry: Edgar Gutiérrez Related posts:Costa Rica’s health minister steps down President Chinchilla angling for recognition in Solís’ choice to lead Security Ministry 9 things we can expect from Costa Rica’s new president, Luís Guillermo Solís Cabinet appointment of Lutheran bishop is unconstitutional, says Government Attorney’s Office Education Ministry: Sonia Marta Mora Escalante Presidencia del Banco Central de Costa Rica (BCCR): Olivier Castro Pérez— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Ministerio de Seguridad Pública: Celso Gamboa Sánchez— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014center_img Ministro de Comercio Exterior: Alexander Mora Delgado— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Foreign Trade Ministry: Alexander Mora Delgado Public Security and Interior Ministry: Celso Gamboa Sánchez Economy Ministry: Welmer Ramos González Culture and Youth Ministry: Elizabeth Fonseca Corrales Ministra de Deportes: Carolina Mauri Carabaguías— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Sports Ministry: Carolina Muari Carabaguías Costa Rican Electricity Institute: Carlos Manuel Obregón Quesada Costa Rican Tourism Institute: Wilhelm von Breymann Barquero Labor Ministry: Víctor Manuel Morales Mora Presidente Ejecutivo del Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE): Carlos Obregón Quesada— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 National Water and Sewer Institute: Yamileth Astorga Espeleta Central Bank: Olivier Castro Pérez Ministro de Economía: Welmer Ramos Gonz— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Ministro de Hacienda: Helio Fallas— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Ministra de Cultura: Elizabeth Fonseca— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Presidente Ejecutivo Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS): Sergio Alfaro Salas.— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014 Mixed Institute for Social Aid : Carlos Alvarado Quesada(Not Pictured) Facebook Comments Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AYA): Yamileth Astorga— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) April 14, 2014last_img read more

first_imgRepresentatives of the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Cathay Pacific joined the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Sydney (HKETO) to celebrate the Year of the Rooster at an event on Monday evening at the Sofitel Wentworth Sydney.The event was co-hosted by HKETO, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Invest Hong Kong, Hong Kong Australia Business Association and Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association. The Sydney event was attended by more than 400 guests comprising business, community and political leaders.The Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Sydney, Mr Arthur AuSpeaking at the reception, the director of HKETO Arthur Au, said Hong Kong and Australia continued to enjoy a strong bilateral economic relation.“Hong Kong is Australia’s sixth largest export market for goods, sixth largest services trading partner and sixth largest investor.”Au said, amid the challenging global economy in 2016, Hong Kong continued to serve as the “super-connector” between Mainland China and the rest of the world by virtue of its dual advantages of “one country” and “two systems”.Mr Au and other officiating guests are on stage for a toast to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the RoosterHe also highlighted Hong Kong’s developments on financial services and innovation and technology in the past year, which would provide good opportunities for companies and talents in Australia. Au said Hong Kong’s innovation and technology ecosystem was growing fast with nearly 2,000 start-ups in Hong Kong, a growth of 25% compared with 2015. 2017 is a special year for Hong Kong as it marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.“In Australia, HKETO will organise a series of celebration activities including cultural performances, business forums and a Hong Kong carnival. We will bring our children, youth and arts performing groups from Hong Kong to celebrate the 20th anniversary with people in Australia,” Au said. Cathay PacificChinaHong KongHong Kong Tourism Boardlast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterPolin Waterparks has launched the new Land of Legends Theme Park in Antalya, Turkey. The entertainment facility features a long and varied list of attractions – from a five-star hotel to a dolphinarium, a wildlife park and a very promising waterpark. The waterpark part of the project is called “Legends of Aqua.”Developers of the project are a collaboration between Rixos World Parks & Entertainment (Serik, Turkey), Emaar Real Estate (Dubai, UAE) and global cultural creativity brand Dragone Productions (La Louvière, Belgium). Multidisciplinary design firm founder Jack Rouse was in charge of developing specialised zones for the facility and oversaw its master planning, concept and schematic designs. Polin Waterparks delivered a wide assortment of waterslides, in addition to a water playground, a spray zone, wave and river systems, a SurfStream®, a Wave Ball and an entire hydromechanical system, including water circulation and filtration to the park.A world-class destinationThe US $1 billion facility opened its first phase 1 July with a giant wave pool at its centre, acting as the heart of the park. The park already has been dubbed a “world-class destination” by inaugural guests.The family-friendly facility – designed with a Roman Empire and Greek Poseidon theme – is located in a picturesque setting between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Covering 639,000 square metres, Land of Legends includes a 196,000-square-metre shopping boulevard; a luxurious 17,000-square-metre five-star hotel; a 146,000-square-metre wildlife park; and a viewing terrace that reaches 111 metres in height. In addition, the park is host to 72 waterslides plus many additional aquatic attractions.Dr. Kubilay Alpdogan, the Director of Sales and Design for Polin Waterparks, says Polin considers the project to be a pinnacle of its achievements for 2016. “It’s truly our ‘project of the year,’” he says. “No other waterpark has been built to rival Land of Legends – at least not in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region of the world. It was a huge project – and one of which we are immensely proud. It’s truly a new opportunity for families to enjoy time together.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more