Apple to let users hear podcasts straight from web

first_imgSan Francisco: Users will no longer have to download iTunes to listen to Apple’s podcast episodes with the company now allowing them to play these directly from its website. A podcast is an episodic series of digital audio or video files, which can be downloaded for listening. Apple’s redesigned webpage for podcasts features a built-in web playback feature and a streamlined design which is easier to navigate, MacRumors reported on Wednesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Each new page features a clear recap of each episode along with a “play” button. Clicking on an episode’s name would open up a full page for episodes, showing complete details about their content to help a user decide what to listen to, the report said. The prior design for podcasts on the web was just a list of episodes that redirected users to iTunes with no web playback option available. The iPhone-maker is now planning to bring a standalone podcasts app with the launch of macOS 10.15, the report noted.last_img read more

Morocco’s Acima Supermarkets to stop selling alcohol beverages

first_imgRabat- According to Le360, the SNI holding decided to forego selling alcoholic beverages in both its distribution groups, Marjane and Acima. The decision is reportedly inevitable and will be executed in stages in 2014. Expanding this decision from Marjane to Acima came as a shock to some. “We felt it coming , but we didn’t want to believe it; This decision is a disaster for all professionals in the sector”, confessed a Marjane-Acima provider. He also added that Marjane and Acima represent roughly 30-40 % of the market’s sale of alcohol in Morocco. “The sale of alcohol in Marjane is worth more than 900 million dirhams in turnover, with a net profit of 300 million dirhams ” the provider précised.Marjane and Acima’s general administrations chose not to comment on the news. However, a testimony was collected from a Marjane isle manager. “The store staff is very happy. Our salary is no longer containing Haram Dirhams”, he expressed. Of 32 Marjane supermarkets, only eleven still sell alcohol and “the permanent closure of Alcohol’s sections should come in full effect following a previously established and irrevocable schedule”, says the same source. The SNI hasn’t justified the decision, and clients and providers alike wonder about the reasons that prompted the holding to stop selling alcoholic beverages.This scheduled closing should be completed by early 2014, for Marjane and by the end of the same year for the 33 stores outlets of Acima supermarkets.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Myanmar Ban reviews latest developments with Group of Friends

The Group of Friends on Myanmar, which comprises 14 countries and one regional bloc, also unanimously backed the Secretary-General’s good offices on this issue and its implementation through his Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari. The Group’s comments were made in a statement issued by the spokesperson of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who convened and chaired a high-level meeting of the countries in New York today. That statement described today’s meeting as “a useful and constructive discussion,” and noted that the involvement of so many high-level officials indicated “the importance that the international community attaches to the situation in Myanmar.” The participants included the Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the High Representative of the European Union (EU), as well as government ministers from concerned countries, according to the statement. “While noting the recent actions taken by the Government of Myanmar, members of the Group also further encouraged it to work more closely with and respond more positively with the United Nations good offices to address key issues of concern to the international community, especially the release of prisoners, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and the initiation of an all-inclusive dialogue between the Government and the opposition.” Ms. Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for 12 of the past 18 years and her current period of detention started in 2003. The Group of Friends also “encouraged all parties in Myanmar to seize the opportunity of the UN good offices, while stressing the responsibility of the Myanmar Government to demonstrate its stated commitment to cooperation with the good offices through further tangible results.” The Group, founded in December last year, represents a balanced range of views on Myanmar and was set up to hold informal discussions and develop shared approaches to support UN efforts. The Friends are: Australia, China, the EU, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Russia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Viet Nam. 27 September 2008Members of a group of nations helping Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his efforts to spur change in Myanmar today encouraged the Government of the Asian country to work more closely with the UN to deal with issues of concern, including the release of the long-detained political prisoner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. read more

African governments on the improve but corruption on the rise – UN

The second edition of the African Governance Report, an overview of the state of governance in 35 African countries, highlighted a 3 per cent decline in the corruption control index.“Corruption remains the single most important challenge to the eradication of poverty, the creation of predictable and favourable investment environment and general socioeconomic development in Africa,” said the report, which was recently released by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).A key finding of the report shows that although elections in Africa are more regular, they are still flawed and in many countries the quality of the elections remains suspect, with incumbent parties remaining hostile to the opposition which is unable to be competitive. Despite a negative performance on issues involving corruption, there has been a two per cent increase on governance indices overall, including in areas of human rights, the rule of law, the effectiveness of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary, as well as independence of civil society organizations and the media.Positive trends in the continent’s economies and the role of women in public life were also spotlighted in the report, with indices indicating a six per cent rise in pro-investment policies, up to 3 per cent increase in efficient economic management and tax systems, and more women represented in national parliaments than anywhere else in the world. 16 October 2009African nations have made marginal progress in the core areas of governance over the last four years, according to a new United Nations report, which has expressed concern over a rise in corruption in the continent’s authorities in the same period. read more

Class action suit over Bell Mobility prepaid wireless services gets court approval

TORONTO — An Ontario court has certified a class-action lawsuit against Bell Mobility alleging that expiry dates on its pre-paid wireless services should not be allowed.The suit argues that the services should be treated like gift cards and not have an expiry date.The decision Friday by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice allows the case, which has not been proven in court, to proceed.The suit was filed on behalf of anyone in Ontario who had bought pre-paid wireless services since May 2010 from Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile or Solo Mobile — all brands of Bell Canada.Bell said it complies with the law and looks forward to addressing the case in court.“Keep in mind that the threshold for class-action certification is quite low and doesn’t address whether the claim has any merit,” Bell spokeswoman Jacqueline Michelis said in a statement.The Canadian Press read more

PA police chief open to idea of backalley curfew

Prince Albert police work to address roots of crime after spike in thefts, violence Prince Albert city council exploring a curfew bylaw for back alleys and walkways PRINCE ALBERT — Prince Albert Police Chief Jon Bergen says he supports conversations around a possible back-alley curfew.“When I look at what that would offer for policing, I think that if there’s no lawful purpose to be in an alleyway, as it’s not as well lit as … the streets, the sidewalks, (having) some restrictions around there are some good discussions to have,” Bergen told reporters last week during a news conference about crime in the city.If an area draws activity that is unlawful or unwanted, the police force would support imposing restrictions, he said, adding that he doesn’t believe the bylaw would put a further drain on police resources.Coun. Ted Zurakowski initially proposed the idea of a back-alley curfew last year and brought the motion forward again at a meeting last month. Zurakowski said such a curfew would be similar to the city’s parks bylaw, which says people can’t be in parks between midnight and 6 a.m.Mayor Greg Dionne said he supports a back-alley and walkway curfew “100 per cent,” but added that it would be costly to make a reality because the city would have to put signs up at the entrances of every alley and walkway. Council voted last month to postpone a vote on the back-alley curfew until budget time, which would allow councillors and city administrators time to figure out more details before council votes. Related read more

Sony tries again Limited Interview release gives moviegoers chance to send protest

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Dec 23, 2014 11:14 pm MDT Brandon Delaney, general manager of the Plaza Theatre, in Atlanta, Ga., finishes hanging the marquis Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 to announce that the theatre will be showing “The Interview.” “The Interview” was put back into theaters Tuesday when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited Christmas Day theatrical release for the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its cancelled release. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray) Sony tries again: Limited ‘Interview’ release gives moviegoers chance to send protest message ATLANTA – Sony’s flip-flop on releasing “The Interview” shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political and public-opinion minefields.Although analysts don’t believe the decision will have any effect on Sony’s image, it will at least give the movie-going public a chance to vote with their wallets and send North Korea a protest message.Last week, Sony cancelled the Christmas Day release of “The Interview” in the wake of an extensive hacking attack and release of confidential emails by a group linked with North Korea. The movie stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists tasked by the CIA with killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The hackers threatened violence if Sony didn’t pull the movie. Sony did so after major theatre chains decided not to screen it.But the company then wavered in the face of public outcry and criticism from President Barack Obama. On Tuesday, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said Seth Rogen’s North Korea farce “will be in a number of theatres on Christmas Day.”The film is set to open in over 200 theatres, down from an original release planned in 3,000. Atlanta’s Plaza Theater and 16 theatres that are part of the Alamo Drafthouse chain in Texas are among those that plan to show it.Lynton said Sony also is continuing its efforts to release the movie in more theatres and through more platforms — namely digital channels, such as Internet streaming or video on demand on cable systems. But Sony isn’t offering specifics. Starz, which has first pay TV and streaming rights to Sony releases, didn’t respond to requests for comment. Streaming service Netflix declined comment, while YouTube didn’t respond to requests.Plaza Theater owner Michael Furlinger said he was thrilled to be showing the movie. He cancelled plans to fly to Long Island, New York, to see his parents for the holidays.“We play a lot of controversial pictures, things I don’t necessarily agree with, but I will never censor them,” he said. “It’s not for me to decide. It’s for the customer to decide. If they want to come, they’ll spend their money. If they don’t, that’s their choice. It should not be the choice of somebody from North Korea or China or anywhere else.”Atlanta Police spokesman Sgt. Greg Lyon said police will monitor the location for potential threats, but he wouldn’t discuss specifics. Furlinger said the theatre will take some precautions, though he said he wasn’t worried about the threats.If anything, the controversy has raised awareness about the movie. Although fewer theatres are showing it, those theatres might be more packed than they would have been otherwise.Anthony LoRusso, 54, of Atlanta, thought the premise of the movie was “silly” and initially planned to wait for the DVD. Now, he plans to see it at The Plaza.Colby Cohen, 29, of Atlanta said he probably would have seen it anyway, but the brief cancellation made him want to see it more.“I’m going to get to fight terrorism on Christmas Day now,” he said.Because Sony has been wavering on its release of “The Interview” since last week, deciding to release it after all should not have a major effect on its image. Laura Ries, president of Atlanta-based branding consulting company Ries & Ries, said most moviegoers don’t tie movies with the studio that makes them in the first place.If Sony ends up expanding the theatrical release and sells the movie through digital channels, it could end up recouping some of its box offices losses. Doug Stone, president of film industry newsletter Box Office Analyst, had estimated domestic box office for the movie would be $75 million to $100 million, of which Sony keeps about 55 per cent. But the release is too limited so far to give Sony much of a financial bump.Furthermore, costly damage from the email leaks to relationships and future projects cannot be recouped, and there is a threat of more leaks as Sony plans on releasing the film now.“Panic-based decisions are not sound crisis management,” said Jonathan Bernstein, president of Los Angeles-based crisis management company Bernstein Crisis Management. The studio is making decisions too quickly and could face more embarrassment if hackers leak additional documents and emails in retaliation for showing the movie, he said. He said Sony should have waited until it is sure it can protect itself.Still, moviegoers seemed enthusiastic Tuesday. Isaac Sokol, a 21-year-old university student in the Dallas suburb of Richardson, bought two tickets for a Christmas night show at the Alamo Drafthouse theatre in Richardson.“The only way to tackle world conflicts and human rights violations and all of the dreaded things around the world is to take them with a grain of salt,” he said. “If you don’t, it’s going to just be sadness.”The Alamo Drafthouse said many showtimes across the chain were selling out for Christmas Day, but the company did not provide specifics.Once James Wallace, the Richardson theatre’s creative manager, received word Tuesday morning that the movie was back on, the theatre got to work preparing for several shows. Among other touches, the theatre will offer a patriotic menu featuring burgers, “freedom fries” and apple pie.“You better believe it’s going to be all-American,” Wallace said.___AP Film Writer Jake Coyle in New York and AP writers Kathleen Foody in Atlanta, Nomaan Merchant in Dallas, Joseph Pisani in New York and Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to this report. read more

UN chief voices concern over ban on protests in Bahrain

“The Secretary-General believes these restrictions could aggravate the situation in the country and urges the Government of Bahrain to lift them without delay,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a news statement.Mr. Ban also called on protesters to “ensure that any demonstrations are, in fact, peaceful,” the spokesperson added, noting that “recent violence that reportedly killed two police officers is unacceptable.”According to media reports, the Government declared the restrictions on 30 October amidst clashes in recent weeks between anti-government protesters and police. In addition, a senior interior ministry official reportedly said that “repeated abuse” of the rights of freedom of expression could no longer be tolerated.Mr. Ban reiterated his appeal to the Bahraini authorities to “abide fully by international human rights standards, including respect for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and association,” the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said.The Secretary-General “reaffirms his belief that there needs to be an all inclusive and meaningful national dialogue that addresses the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis, as this is the only way towards greater stability and prosperity for all Bahrainis,” the spokesperson noted.He added that Mr. Ban also called on the Bahraini Government to “complete the full implementation” of recommendations contained in the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, which the King of Bahrain established in June 2011 to investigate incidents that occurred during unrest in the small-island Middle Eastern state that year. read more

First vegan cinema advert reported to ASA by pig farmers

first_img 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. The film depicts her “dancing with joy” at going outside for the first time, and contrasts this with film of what it says are the poor conditions most pigs are kept in. The charity hopes to reach 2.25m people with the advert. In a post announcing the campaign, charity founder Juliet Gellatley said:  “In a world inundated by advertising, it takes something unique to make people stop and listen. Hope’s rescue has given us the opportunity to do just that.”Mr Lister runs a pig farm in Boroughbridge, north Yorkshire.A spokesman for Viva said: ““Viva! supplied evidence backing our claims that the Hope advert showed a true representation of the British pig industry to the CAA (Cinema Advertising Association), specifically that 90 per cent of pigs are factory farmed in Britain. The CAA was satisfied and passed the advert for distribution.”It said its evidence included a PDF from the British pig industry which states that 95 per cent of “growers” and 99 per cent of “finishers” are farmed indoors. The UK’s first vegan cinema advert has been reported to the advertising watchdog by pig farmers who claim it is misleading.   Richard Lister, chairman of the National Pig Association, said his organisation had referred the advert, by vegan charity Viva, to the ASA earlier this month. He said its claim that 90 per cent of pigs are factory farmed was not accurate. “It’s totally misleading. The UK pig industry is rightfully proud of its welfare, it’s got the highest level of welfare in the world, in excess of 90 per cent of the pigs belong to the Red Tractor assurance scheme”, he said.”All farms are visited on a quarterly basis and as far as we are concerned the advert is misleading, as the Viva campaign has been throughout the year.”The advert was crowdfunded by the charity’s supporters, who raised more than £102,000 to fund it. Its month-long run began at the start of December and is due to end on January 4. The charity’s website says it has been shown ahead of films including Star Wars, Pitch Perfect 3 and Murder On The Orient Express.The advert, titled “Hope not Hell”, shows a sow named Hope and her piglets, who the charity says was rescued from a pig farm. last_img read more

Cineworld evacuated because of power outage

first_imgOthers were worried about the timing…But most were appeased with free replacement tickets…# Image: James O’Reilly on TwitterCINEMA-GOERS IN Dublin were disappointed tonight as they were asked to leave the 17-screen Cineworld theatre due to a power outage.A message on the ticket booking line confirms that there has been technical difficulties at the Parnell Centre on Parnell Street.Some were still perplexed having missed the end of their film….last_img

He has that Paul OConnell DNA in him being a Munster man

first_img https://the42.ie/3455234 Murray Kinsella reports from AucklandOF ALL THE storylines we had anticipated in New Zealand this summer, Peter O’Mahony captaining the Lions in a Test match hadn’t really entered into the thinking.The Ireland blindside had done well to make the tour after starting just once in this year’s Six Nations, an opportunity that only came about when Jamie Heaslip suffered an injury in the warm-up before the England fixture. Peter O’Mahony, Lions Test captain. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOAnd even with Sam Warburton picking up an ankle issue in the opening game, O’Mahony and the Lions captaincy didn’t quite connect in our minds.When the Cork man was handed the skippership for the Lions’ clash with the Māori All Blacks, however, it finally clicked. A week out from the first Test, Warren Gatland was backing O’Mahony and his “Munster mongrel” to inspire.The 27-year-old, having been excellent a week before against the Crusaders, delivered another superb display as the Lions’ balanced back row of O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien and Taulupe Faletau showed its quality once again.And suddenly it was a very real prospect. We began to hear of how well respected O’Mahony had become within the Lions squad, how much his words were hung onto, how he was demanding more from others on the training pitch.His history is that of a pure leader, having led essentially every team he has played for since first taking on the job with Cork Con’s U12s.And today came the confirmation – Peter O’Mahony will captain the Lions in Saturday’s first Test against the All Blacks, becoming the 11th Irishman to lead the Lions in a Test.Gatland and his coaching staff would obviously have loved to have a fully-fit and firing Sam Warburton ready for this series opener, but they have utter faith in O’Mahony’s ability to lead the Lions.“He’s got the respect of the group, that’s for sure, by his actions and not just by what he’s been saying as a captain,” says Lions assistant coach Graham Rowntree. O’Mahony has a strong history of leading teams. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“Get on with things – it’s that Munster kind of aggression around everything we do in training, determination, almost ‘Follow me, lads.’“He has that Paul O’Connell kind of DNA in him, being a Munster man. He’s a good guy as well, very diligent, not afraid in training of saying, ‘Lads, this isn’t good enough.’ He’s pulling along the standards, along with the coaches.“You look at his game last Saturday night [against the Māori All Blacks] – involvements high and effective, aggressive. I thought he dealt with the referee well as well, respectfully speaking to the referee without being in his ear too much.“I’ve enjoyed working with him. I’ve coached against him for a long time and he’s always a bloody handful when you’re playing against Ireland, but I’m delighted he’s on the tour.”It’s a remarkable rise for O’Mahony, though few would have doubted his future Lions credentials when he was first breaking through into the Munster and Ireland set-ups.The former Pres boy suffered a ruptured ACL in the 2015 World Cup and missed a year of rugby, only getting back onto the pitch with Munster this season.There was naturally a period of finding his feet again but his form with Munster grew and grew, putting him in the frame for the Six Nations, before a hamstring issue ahead of the opener against Scotland cut him down.But for that final opportunity against England, many have suggested O’Mahony wouldn’t have made this Lions tour, but Rowntree reveals that the Irish back row is a man who was always going to be in the mix. O’Mahony is respected in this Lions squad. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“I think he was one player who would have been earmarked from an early stage for a Lions tour. He’s exactly the character you need – a guy who would get on with things even if he wasn’t involved in the Test squad.“He would pull along the rest of that group and we need that on Lions tours. His form at the end of the Six Nations and for Munster, and he’s led Munster well after the Six Nations, that’s got him on the tour.”O’Mahony can come across as an intense individual from the outside, with his piercing stares during press conference rarely breaking into smiles.He is a no-nonsense sort of character, although Rowntree says there is a lighter side to O’Mahony within the squad and stresses the importance of that.“He’s a good fella, he’s able to relax. I can’t speak highly enough of the fella. He’s been great, he’ll be great for the group. The lads respect his actions and want to follow him.“This is as intense a gig as I have ever done. We seem to have been in a hundred hotels in the last week. You need to switch off. You need guys who can flick in and out of intensity. He has got that. Off the field, you don’t see him growling at people in the dining room.”Perhaps not, but O’Mahony is ready to growl at the All Blacks and back it up with a bite.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Lions have earned respect in New Zealand but they’re still outsidersFormer Scottish and Lions player reveals that he is suffering with motor neurone disease Follow us: the42.ie ‘He has that Paul O’Connell DNA in him, being a Munster man’ Cork man Peter O’Mahony will lead the Lions out for the first Test against the All Blacks. Short URL 63 Comments By Murray Kinsella Share272 Tweet Email2 26,416 Views Jun 21st 2017, 10:00 PM Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 10:00 PMlast_img read more

Staring at Seagulls May Help Avoid Food Theft

first_imgStay on target ‘Exotic’ Bird Turns Out to Be Curry-Covered SeagullThese ‘Seagull Patrol’ Dogs Protect Diners’ Food in Sy… Next time a seagull starts eyeing your meal, challenge it to a staring contest.Glaring at the birds, according to new research, discourages them from stealing food.A team at the University of Exeter tested this theory by leaving a bag of chips fries on the ground, then timing how long it took herring gulls to approach when a human was and wasn’t watching.On average, gulls waited 21 seconds longer to advance with someone staring at them.Researchers attempted to test 74 gulls, though most flew away or wouldn’t come near; only 27 made contact, with 19 brave birds completing the “looking at” and “looking away” assessments.“Gulls are often seen as aggressive and willing to take food from humans, so it was interesting to find that most wouldn’t even come near during our tests,” lead author Madeleine Goumans, of Exeter’s Center for Ecology and Conservation, said in a statement.“Of those that did approach, most took longer when they were being watched,” she explained. “Some wouldn’t even touch the food at all, although others didn’t seem to notice that a human was staring at them.”“We didn’t examine why individual gulls were so different,” Goumas continued. “It might be because of differences in ‘personality’ and some might have had positive experiences of being fed by humans in the past. But it seems that a couple of very bold gulls might ruin the reputation of the rest.”The study was conducted in coastal towns across Cornwall on England’s rugged southwestern tip. With its picturesque harbor villages and seaside resorts, the peninsula is rife with summer holiday makers and beach barbecuers—and seagulls.“Gulls learn really quickly, so if they manage to get food from humans once, they might look for more,” senior study author Neeltje Boogert said, advising folks to stay alert.“Watch out for gulls approaching, as they often appear to take food from behind, catching people by surprise,” she explained. “It seems that just watching the gulls will reduce the chance of them snatching your food.”The natural diet of herring gulls—on the decline in the UK—is fish and invertebrates. Moving forward, researchers will investigate how eating human food affects the fowl (and their chicks) in the long term.Read more about the original study in a paper published this week by the journal Biology Letters.More on Geek.com:‘Exotic’ Bird Turns Out to Be Curry-Covered Seagull‘Seagull Patrol’ Dogs Protect Diners’ Food in SydneyOrphaned Otter Dies After Eating Human Food at Tennessee Parklast_img read more

Preparation underway as President Trump plans visit to view border wall prototypes

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Friends and foes of President Donald Trump alike plan to rally in San Diego Tuesday ahead of Trump’s expected visit to the border wall prototypes.Trump will be traveling to Otay Mesa to view the 30-foot-high prototypes after he arrives at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar at 11:30 a.m.Official details of Trump’s first visit to California since being elected have been scant. But hearing that he’ll travel by helicopter from the Miramar base to the border, the organizers of Women’s March San Diego announced plans to erect a large sign urging Trump to “build bridges, not walls” with the hope that he’ll be able to see it while landing at the nearby prototype site.The largest planned anti-Trump protest is scheduled at a San Ysidro Catholic church that offers a full view of the nearby border. Scheduled to appear at Our Lady of Mount Carmel at noon are state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, and ACLU and labor leaders.“Neither the United States, California, nor our local communities need this costly and divisive wall,” according to a statement from the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. “What we need is action to ensure DACA recipients and their families are safe from deportation.”The hundreds expected at the San Ysidro rally will also hold up California immigration policies as ones that should be emulated on a national level — the same policies that have caught the ire of the Trump administration.Trump’s visit comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week sued California over three of its so-called sanctuary laws. Sessions said the laws, which restrict how local law enforcement can cooperate with federal immigration officials, are unconstitutional and undermine national security.Sessions has also threatened obstruction of justice charges against Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who recently warned constituents of impending raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.Vocal Trump critic Gov. Jerry Brown tried to find common ground with the president: In a Monday letter he invited Trump north to the Central Valley to tour the bridges and viaducts being built for the state’s high-speed rail line.Despite the terse relationship between Trump and Golden State, Californians in support of the “big, beautiful wall” plan to come out in full force to welcome the president.“The public has been expressing a strong desire to publicly show their overwhelming support for President Trump’s visit and his commitment to securing our border and homeland,” said Jeff Schwilk, Founder of San Diegans for Secure Borders.That group is helping organize a rally with other conservative groups planned for 7425 Bristow Court in Otay Mesa beginning at 10 a.m.Speakers set to appear at the rally include gubernatorial candidate and Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, author and documentarian Trevor Loudon, and former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.According to the White House, Trump will speak to military personnel at Miramar at 2 p.m. before heading to the Los Angeles area for a Republican National Committee fundraiser. Dan Plante March 12, 2018 Dan Plante, Posted: March 12, 2018center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Preparation underway as President Trump plans visit to view border wall prototypes Updated: 10:26 PMlast_img read more

Pentagon Report Details FarReaching Scope of Water Contamination

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A recent report prepared by the Pentagon in response to a congressional mandate reveals that more than 100 active and closed installations across all four services have reported elevated levels of the contaminants PFOS and PFOA in either their drinking water systems or groundwater supplies. At 36 installations, drinking water systems tested above the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines for the chemicals, reported Army Times. Ninety installations reported contaminant levels above EPA’s lifetime health advisories following groundwater testing at on- and off-base locations, according to the March 2018 report. As of August 2017, DOD identified 401 active and BRAC installations in the United States with at least one area where there was a known or suspected release of PFOS or PFOA. The contamination is believed to stem from the use of firefighting foam. The department quickly moved to address the 24 drinking water systems that were contaminated in which it managed the water supply. At 12 others, however, a vendor or local utility provides drinking water. Cleaning up contaminated groundwater supplies, though, will take years and cost an estimated $2 billion, according to Maureen Sullivan, DOD’s deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and occupational health. Air Force photo by Grace Nicholslast_img read more

Stree Vision Saluting Indian Women

first_imgIndian women are the forerunners in all fields of life whether it is science, arts or politics; and fittingly Lalit Kala Akademi has decided to bring an exhibition of works by these superwomen. The choice to include only women was a powerful statement, a pointed perspective. Eschewing the categories of Life Cycles, Identities, Emotions, and Politics, the exhibition is divided into more literal themes: Motherhood; Sexuality and the Body; Self as Subject/Object; Cultural Encounters; and Power, Violence, and Protest. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTitled ‘Stree Vision’ (Contemporary Indian Women Printmakers), the show is being organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, and Eugeniuz Geppert Academy of Art and Design, Wraclow, Poland. It will be inaugurated by Jacek Sutryk, Prezydent Wroclawia on June 12, at Gallery Betonowy in Eugeniusza Gepperta Academia of Art and Design Wroclaw – most beautiful space in the Geppert Academy. It is also one of the oldest and most visited galleries in the Akademi of Fine Arts. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe show is inclusive of 51 works of Indian Women Printmakers carefully selected from all over India, namely Anita Das Chakraborty, Anu Gupta, Anupam Sud, Hem Jyotika, Hemavathy Guha, Jin Sook Shinde, Jyoti Deoghare, Kanchan Chander, Kaika Shah, Kinnari Tondlekar, Kshitij Bajpai, Lajja Shah, Lina Ghosh, Medha Satpalkar, Naina Dalal, Nandini Pantawane, Neha Jaiswal, Paula Sen Gupta, Pushpa Dullar, Rajani Sahani, Rini Dhumal, Satwinder Kaur, Seema Gondane, Seema Kholi, Shalini, and others. Dr Uttam Pacharne, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, stated, “I am thankful to Eugeniuz Geppert Academy of Art and Design, Wroclaw, Poland for giving us this opportunity to hold the current exhibition comprising of 51 Indian women printmakers in their university. This exhibition is the gateway to a long-lasting association between both countries. The Indo-Polish ties run deep. The first agreement concerning cultural co-operation between India and Poland was signed in 1957. It is an art show to be presented when the friendship moves to its 61st year. Akademi’s collection also has the works of many polish artists. The show is a landmark event in art.”last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Technology | October 19, 2011 Sectra Highlights RIS/PACS Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Contentcenter_img Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more For more information: www.sectra.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 At RSNA 2011, Sectra will highlight the latest development within its radiology IT suites, including features in its North American Radiology Information System (RIS) that support certification criteria to meet meaningful use objectives under the ARRA’s electronic health record (EHR) incentive program to increase customers’ profitability.Sectra Diagnostic Imaging Suite features Sectra’s Web-based RIS/PACS solution optimized for efficient radiology workflows. Sectra Diagnostic Imaging Suite significantly increases efficiency by coordinating all components of enterprise workflow, including efficient planning, ADT, order-entry, scheduling, optimal patient throughput and documentation, reporting, follow-up and billing.News at RSNA includes:A single workstation reporting solution with embedded speech recognition within Sectra PACS, regardless of RIS or HIS, to further streamline the radiologist’s workflows.A Patient Portal within Sectra RIS for North America, that supports certification criteria to meet meaningful use objectives under the ARRA’s EHR incentive program. It provides an e-mail notification to patients when clinical results are ready, and displays all relevant healthcare information such as demographics, insurance, reports, exam history, drug treatments, etc.Additionally, Sectra RIS for North America offers the flexibility of a PACS-driven reporting workflow (with any PACS) or the existing RIS-driven reporting workflow through its embedded Nuance PowerScribe Speech Recognition solution.Sectra Referring Physician Suite features product and services for top-of-the-line service to referring physicians.Sectra RIS/PACS Web-based access offers referring physicians all the functionality they require, including on-line ordering, full access to reports and images and advanced imaging tools such as pre-operative planning tools and volume visualization. Extensive HIS/EPR integration provides a single point of entry to complete patient overviews in EPR, including thumbnails of both radiology and non-radiology images.News at RSNA include:Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) for the North American market, through its referring physician portal, that support certification criteria to meet meaningful use objectives under the ARRA’s EHR incentive program. The portal includes order entry using the ACR Appropriateness Criteria, and a Lab Test ordering, tracking and reporting module.Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) for the Northern European market with support for referring physicians to book appointments that automatically are verified and registered in RIS. This novelty is available through a Web interface or in HIS via HL7 and reduces the need for radiology resources for request handling.Sectra Cross Enterprise Suite features products and services to facilitate cooperation between multiple sites. Built on the unique Sectra RapidConnect technology, Sectra RIS/PACS allows radiologists to work from any location that offers reasonable Internet access, and to easily share images and information between multiple locations. Sectra will showcase an advanced, future-proof solution for cross-enterprise image sharing built on XDS-I. Full patient history from all connected enterprises is available as if it were a single RIS/PACS system. Apart from images, all existing reports are also shared.Within this product suite Sectra also highlights:Sectra Image Central—A solution for non-radiology images. With Image Central, all images and film clips, regardless of format and from any discipline, are included in the cross-enterprise workflow.Sectra Open Archive—A central archiving solution that provides healthcare organizations with a safe, robust, cost-efficient long-term storage of images across all diagnostic imaging. 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 News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | June 04, 2012 Infinitt Selects InterSystems Ensemble to Provide Advanced Integration Platform News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more June 4, 2012 — Infinitt North America, a provider of image and information management solutions, announced they have become an application partner with InterSystems Corp., headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. InterSystems is a global provider of database, integration, analytics and strategic informatics technologies. The partnership will enable Infinitt to support complex interfacing for multi-facility, disparate PACS (picture archiving and communications system) reading environments.Through this collaboration, Infinitt will be able to offer InterSystems Ensemble’s rapid integration platform functionality with its own high-end viewing application to address the workflow obstacles radiologists and teleradiology groups face when reading studies from disparate PACS and multiple healthcare facilities.When reading studies that are sent from disparate PACS, radiologists typically have to log out of one system and log into another, each with its own user ID and password, viewing tools and results reporting workflow. In contrast, Infinitt’s Unified Worklist application receives HL7 orders from the remote sites, converts the incoming messages to a standard data feed, and presents both HL7 messages and DICOM (digital imaging and communications in medicine) images to the Infinitt PACS Viewer.Transparent to the end user, InterSystems Ensemble carries the messages from one or more systems, reformats them to a consistent format for viewing/reading and contains all logic for routing the images back to the originating site in the correct format. It is fully integrated with the Infinitt PACS, supports web services and all HL7 standard schemas, and offers built-in alerting and monitoring features. For more information: www.infinitt.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more 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 | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read morelast_img read more

American held in Yemen freed French hostage pleas for help

first_img SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A freelance journalist who was among several Americans held by Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen was set free Monday as a French hostage abducted in Yemen by an unknown party appeared in a video pleading for help.State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that freelance journalist Casey Coombs, who was injured, has been released and is in Oman.The rebels, known as Houthis, seized Yemen’s capital last year and have been the target of a U.S.-backed and Saudi-led air campaign since March 26. Neighboring Oman mediated the deal to release Coombs, a freelance reporter working for The Intercept online news website and other publications. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Emails to the Intercept seeking comment were not immediately returned. Coombs reported in the Intercept in early May that he was having trouble leaving Yemen.A video meanwhile surfaced showing Frenchwoman Isabelle Prime, a World Bank consultant who was kidnapped in February, pleading for help. The Associated Press viewed the video on Monday.Prime was abducted in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, along with her Yemeni translator, who was released shortly afterward. There has been no word until now on her fate.The Houthis control the capital and much of northern Yemen, but the country is also home to a powerful local al-Qaida affiliate that has carried out attacks in Sanaa and abducted foreigners in the past to trade for ransom or imprisoned militants.In the video, Prime appeared sitting in the desert dressed in a black robe and looking frail and anguished. She addressed French President Francois Hollande and Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi by name, saying, “Please bring me to France fast because I am really, really tired.”French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said his government has verified the authenticity of the video and that it was filmed in April. Nadal said officials from the ministry will meet with the Prime family on Tuesday. He told AP that the French government is “mobilized to obtain the release” of Prime.Word of four abducted Americans first surfaced on Friday when The Washington Post reported that three held private sector jobs, and that the fourth holds dual U.S.-Yemeni citizenship. It said the Americans are believed to be imprisoned in Sanaa. Harf said the State Department was working to win the release of several Americans detained in Yemen.Another American, Sharif Mobley, has been held in unclear circumstances for more than five years. Terrorism charges against him were dropped by a court during the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 after massive protests. But Mobley was never released, and was accused of killing a prison guard during an escape attempt. He is now believed to be in the custody of the Houthis, who are allied with Saleh.The Post report said the four most recently detained are among dozens of Americans who were unable to leave Yemen or who chose to remain in the country after the U.S. closed its embassy following the Houthis’ capture of the capital.The Saudi-led coalition launched its air campaign on March 26 in a bid to roll back the rebels and restore to power President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled to Saudi Arabia that month in the face of a rebel advance on the south. But two months of bombing have done little to push back the Houthis and allied military units loyal to Saleh. The airstrikes and ground fighting have killed more than 1,000 civilians and displaced a half million people, according to the U.N.On Monday, coalition warplanes bombed the capital, targeting weapons depots in nearby Noqoum mountain. Heavy smoke rose from the mountain as explosions rocked the area.The ongoing fighting forced a ship carrying food aid to change course. The ship, chartered by the United Nations World Food Program, was destined for the Yemeni port of Aden, but port authorities warned it to change direction because of the fighting and head to the western Red Sea port city of Hodeida, a statement from the group said.___Associated Press writer Sylvie Corbet in Bonn, Germany, and AP Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona In this image made from a militant video posted on YouTube on Monday, June 1, 2015 which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, Frenchwoman Isabelle Prime, who was kidnapped in February while working for a consultancy firm with ties to the World Bank, addresses the French president, in Yemen. Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal told The Associated Press that officials from the ministry will meet Tuesday with the family of hostage. The identity of her captors is unclear. (Militant video via AP) Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

Travel Associates

first_imgTravel Associates Travel Associates has appointed Sally Sylvester as general manager. Sylvester brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked for Flight Centre Travel Group for more than 18 years.She began her career as a sales consultant, progressing through the ranks to team leader and then employing and developing staff as an area leader.Prior to her appointment as GM for Travel Associates, Sylvester spent eight years in charge of strategic plans and deployment of the Flight Centre Brand Retail operation in New South Wales and the ACT.last_img read more

Chicago police union wants federal probe in Smolle

first_imgChicago police union wants federal probe in Smollett case by The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2019 9:04 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img CHICAGO — The Chicago police union’s president alleges that the county’s top prosecutor interfered with the investigation of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett before recusing herself and wants the Justice Department to determine if she broke any laws.WLS-TV in Chicago reports that Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham wrote the Justice Department following reports that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx asked Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to let the FBI investigate Smollett’s allegations that he was attacked by two masked men after the former chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama informed Foxx that Smollett’s family had concerns about the probe.The police kept the investigation and Foxx recused herself. Her office charged Smollett with lying to police.Foxx’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The Associated Presslast_img read more