House of Commons passes symbolic Remembrance Day bill wont mean new holiday

first_imgOTTAWA – The House of Commons has passed legislation giving Remembrance Day the same legal status as Canada Day and Victoria Day.It is mainly a symbolic move, as the Commons can’t make Nov. 11 a statutory holiday across the country, because that is a matter for the provinces.Currently, Remembrance Day is a holiday in all provinces and territories except for Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.Federal employees also get the day off.The legislation, introduced by Nova Scotia Liberal MP Colin Fraser, followed a number of failed efforts to single out Remembrance Day.One problem is that the Royal Canadian Legion has worried that making Nov. 11 a legal holiday would change people’s attitudes and they might not bother making the effort to attend local ceremonies.In debate this week, Fraser said his bill would affirm Parliament’s commitment to Nov. 11 as a solemn day of remembrance.“I believe it is important for us as parliamentarians to shine a light on the significance of this day and state clearly why it is unique and deserving of prominence,” he said.The bill passed by a 205-36 margin, with most of the opposition coming from the Conservative benches.last_img read more

Ryerson and MLSE announce sportstech startups to support through incubator

first_imgTORONTO — Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and Ryerson University are funding a handful of tech startups to drive innovation in the sports industry.The pair have chosen six early-stage companies to provide with mentorship through their Future of Sport Lab Incubator and opportunities to pilot their concepts with MLSE teams and venues.Brain imaging assessment business Performance Phenomics, e-sports scouting reports company Rival.ai and women’s sports news organization the Gist are all Toronto-based and have been accepted into the incubator.Rounding out the ventures accepted to the incubator are Saskatoon-based athlete evaluations business SkillShark and New York startups Spalk and Stakes, which specialize in virtual sportscasting and real-time sports wagering between friends, respectively. Each of the businesses will spend four months in the incubator and will get access to business guidance and Ryerson’s resources.MLSE says the ventures may also find support and potential growth opportunities with their teams and venues, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors, Argonauts, Marlies and Toronto FC.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC plans to use fair share pipeline money on environmental fund

VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark says British Columbia will create an environmental fund with money that it expects to receive as part of a deal to support Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion project.Clark said Thursday one of B.C.’s conditions for her government’s acceptance of the $6.8 billion Trans Mountain project involves negotiating a fair share agreement with the energy company that reflects the risks associated with an oil pipeline and increased marine tanker traffic.B.C.’s five conditions for government support for oil pipeline projects include world-leading marine and land oil spill response and prevention, First Nations participation, a fair share of economic benefits and successful environmental reviews.“If, in an agreement with Kinder Morgan, there is a direct economic benefit or a piece of the profits for B.C. we will devote all of that to areas of environmental protection,” Clark said at a news conference following a speech to the B.C. Road Builders Association.“All of the money, I think, needs to go back into making sure that we mitigate the risk that British Columbians are taking with our land base and on the marine side by allowing heavy oil to be shipped through our province,” she said.Clark said she wanted fair share talks with Kinder Morgan to start soon.Kinder Morgan President Ian Anderson was unavailable for comment on Thursday, but said Wednesday in a conference call that progress is being made on every condition, including condition five which calls for B.C. to receive a fair share of the fiscal and economic benefits from a pipeline project.A B.C. government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the province has a general sense of the amount of money it expects to receive as its share for the risk the province will bear from the pipeline and an increase in tanker traffic on the West Coast.The official did not suggest the amount of money the province is eyeing, but said negotiations will determine if the province receives a one-time payment or payments by instalment.The talks will begin in earnest if the project receives approval in an ongoing B.C. environmental assessment review, the official said. The results of the review are expected within weeks.Dirk Lever, head of energy infrastructure research at AltaCorp Capital, said it would not be out of the ordinary to see such an agreement take the form of a pipeline toll to move oil across the province.“I think this happens all the time, it’s just called different things,” he said. “It’s called rent, it’s called easement payments. Is it out of the question? No, it would not be.”Lever speculated the incoming United States government could end up seeking a similar toll or rent charge if the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to Texas is resurrected.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Kinder Morgan pipeline approval Tuesday, saying the project is in the national interest. The pipeline expansion comes with 157 conditions before it’s approved.The project would triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline, from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels a day, and add 980 kilometres of new pipe along the route from near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.It would also increase the number of tankers leaving Vancouver-area waters from five to 34 per month, prompting fierce opposition from local mayors, First Nations and environmental groups who say any risk of a diluted-bitumen spill is unacceptable.___With files from Ian Bickis. B.C. plans to use ‘fair share’ pipeline money on environmental fund by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 1, 2016 2:24 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 1, 2016 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

MIWSFPA Green Room getting a new name

The Brock University community will celebrate alumnus David MacKenzie (BA ’74) during a private reception to name the Green Room in the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts on Wednesday, Jan. 6.A fundraising initiative, spearheaded by MacKenzie’s former classmate and longtime friend Dan Livermore (BA ’69), made the naming of the Green Room possible. The reception will serve as a thank you to the many generous donors, comprised of his friends and family, who contributed to the initiative.“Green Room” is the name traditionally given to a place where performers can rest and prepare before a production. With this naming, Brock Drama’s past is forever linked to its future. This mirrors the way the past and future are linked architecturally in the structure of the downtown building.“We are so thankful for the gifts contributed in honour of Dave and his dedication to Brock. His positive impact on the Brock community will forever be remembered by this designation,” said Pamela Shanks, Executive Director, Development & Alumni Relations.MacKenzie has maintained a close relationship with Brock including serving as a board and committee member, participating in theatre productions, designing the official Brock University Alumni Tartan, and contributing to the classics and archaeology departments. He has also donated to several areas within the University and encouraged others to do the same. He is known for his common sense, community spirit and dedication to advancing the cultural and intellectual life of the Niagara Peninsula.To make a contribution to the David MacKenzie Green Room or for more information about additional naming opportunities at Brock University, please contact the office of Development and Alumni Relations at (905) 688-5550 ext. 4190. read more

Bright teenagers risk having university plans scuppered by bad Alevels advice Russell

Research by the Sutton Trust,  a social mobility charity,  found that bright but disadvantaged students are only half as likely as their wealthier peers to take academically rigorous A-level subjects.Dr Bradshaw gave the example of a “gifted pupil,” from a deprived part of the country, whose dreams of getting on to a marine biology degree were “scuppered” because no one had advised her that a BTEC in health and social care was not right way to achieve this.Writing in Indi Voices, he said that such “information imbalances”  between wealthy and poor students must be corrected.“Tackling the inequalities that affect the life chances of young people has many facets, from raising aspiration to ensuring all pupils receive a quality education,” he said. “Achieving greater parity in the advice they can access matters greatly too.”The Russell Group conducted its own research which found that almost all 15 and 16-year-olds they surveyed thought that  choosing the right A-level subjects was less important that getting high grades, giving a good interview and writing a strong personal statement. Private school pupils in year 10 were more likely than their peers at comprehensives to aspire to university, Russell Group research found 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. State schools are preventing pupils from getting into top universities by allowing them to do easy A-level subjects, the Russell Group has suggested.Bright teenagers risk having their plans for higher education “scuppered” by teachers advising them to pick subjects based on how high a grade they can achieve rather than how useful it is.The Russell Group, which represents the country’s 24 leading universities including Oxford and Cambridge, has launched a new advice site for students aimed at steering them towards good A-level subjects.They previously published a guide for teachers on A-level choices with a list of “facilitating subjects” featuring Maths, Further Maths, English Literature, Languages, History, Geography, Physics, Biology and Chemistry.But Tim Bradshaw, chief executive of the Russell Group, said this list had been “misinterpreted” by schools which are incorrectly advising students that they need to do all of these subjects or at least one of them to get into a prestigious university.In fact, the list was aimed at bright students who wanted to go to university but had not yet decided which course to apply for.The Russell Group has replaced its teachers’ guide with a new website, called Informed Choices, aimed at advising students directly on which A-levels are useful for particular degree courses. Private school pupils in year 10 were more likely than their peers at comprehensives to aspire to university, Russell Group research found It also showed that private school pupils in year 10 were more likely than their peers at comprehensives to aspire to university, meaning they choose their A-level subjects with this in mind. Dr Bradshaw said that despite being “hugely important” for getting into university, subject choice is often “overlooked” by students.Chris McGovern, a former Government advisor and director of the Campaign For Real Education, said: “This is a welcome move by universities to bypass schools and get the right message to young people.“Schools should put the interests of youngsters first when advising them on A-levels, but too many are focussed on their league table position. It’s easy enough to get top grades if you choose easy subjects – but good grades don’t matter as much as good subjects.” “The renewed guidance is particularly targeted towards supporting less advantaged pupils, who may not always receive the same level of advice as their better off peers,” the Russell Group said. read more

Alleged mastermind in carjacking ring gets reduced bail

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEx-Policeman latest to be charged in carjacking ringFebruary 16, 2018In “Court”2 vehicles intercepted, 4 detained as carjacking busts continueMarch 22, 2018In “Crime”Alleged phone thief granted bailApril 24, 2015In “Crime” The ex-policeman who was held in the carjacking probe and placed on one million dollars bail was on Thursday granted a bail reduction after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates Court before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Accused: Jason HarryJason Harry a resident of Monument Hill, at Kuru, Kururu on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway was slapped with five charges of allegedly receiving stolen cars.He was granted $200,000 bail on each allegation of feloniously or unlawfully obtaining five Toyota motorcars.However a bail reduction application was made by attorney Dexter Todd. Harry was only required to pay $500,000 after the reduction.Harry denied multiple allegations detailing that between August 2017 and February 2018, at Georgetown, he committed the fraudulent acts. Police, however, alleged that Harry stole Elizabeth Martin’s $2 million Fielder motorcar, HC 6999; Delon Skelky’s Spacio, PVV 9742, valued $2.5 million; Saravety Narine’s Allion, PNN 1871, worth $1.7 million; Samuel Monroe’s Spacio, PMM 7517, worth $2.9 million; and Treshel Powers’ Allion motorcar, PVV 6791, valued at $2.3 million.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore objected to Harry being placed on bail, citing a fear that Harry, if granted bail, could tamper with another accused that is yet to be found. This objection was, however, overruled.The matter was adjourned until April 18.During February last, Harry was apprehended at Monument Hill, Kuru Kururu when “A” Division ranks swooped down on a property and discovered vehicle parts. Harry, who proclaims himself a taxi service owner, had on February 16 denied that, while being armed and in the company of others, he had robbed Phillip King of his Toyota Premio motor car valued at $3.2 million, along with other items.Police have disclosed that Harry, when placed on an identification parade after being apprehended, was positively identified by King.Several persons have so far being charged in connection with these matters.Shawn Archibald and Timothy Waldron have also been accused of carrying out a series of carjackings.Police ranks from the Major Crimes Investigation Unit had swooped down on premises at North Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara and found several car mirrors with engraved licence plate numbers; doors, lights, wipers and other vehicle parts for Toyota Allion, Spacio and Premio motor cars. Those premises were occupied by a 29-year-old taxi driver and his 25-year-old wife. read more

Climate Change Could Be Responsible For Fall Of Roman Empire

first_imgClimate change may seem like a recent phenomenon, but the Earth has undergone several significant environmental shifts in the past. In fact, climate change may have been one of the contributing factors to the fall of the Roman Empire.In addition to various political and cultural influences, researchers say that the centuries of unpredictable weather experienced by the Romans is likely one of the key components to the empire’s demise. The researchers analysed tree rings from over 9,000 trees to determine the environmental history of Europe over the last 2,500 years.“Relatively modest changes in European climate in the past have had profound implications for society,” Penn State’s Michael Mann told New Scientist.This isn’t the first time that climate change has been linked to cultural changes. For years scientists have debated whether or not climate change can be linked to civil wars in Africa.last_img read more

Mozilla Foundation moves in next door to Google in San Francisco

first_imgGoogle‘s corporate headquarters is in Mountain View, California, just under an hour from downtown San Francisco. That doesn’t stop the search giant from keeping a well-staffed office downtown however, and now the Mozilla Foundation is opening up a brand new office in the same building. To make matters more interesting, the Mozilla Foundation’s headquarters is also in Mountain View, not too far from – you guessed it – Google’s campus.San Francisco and the surrounding area – what most of us call Silicon Valley – have long been a booming center for high-tech companies looking to set up shop or find office space and talent for their startups. The Mozilla Foundation has been in the area since its inception. Plus, it’s no coincidence that they want to keep their offices parked next to the folks at Google, and that they want to be near the heart of the action in downtown San Francisco. They go where the talent is.AdChoices广告Mozilla says their new offices at Hills Plaza will be designed for volunteer activities and collaborative work, which probably means lots of open workspaces and conference rooms as opposed to offices and closed doors. They also noted that the San Francisco office will be a hub for industry events and meetings, where they can invite partners and other tech companies to come and meet to exchange ideas.The city of San Francisco is pretty happy to have the Mozilla Foundation downtown as well. According to a statement from Mayor Edwin Lee, “Mozilla joins San Francisco’s robust and growing tech industry, and I am thrilled to welcome Mozilla to San Francisco.”According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the number of high-tech workers in the immediate area is getting close to the numbers seen during the 2000s-era dot-com bubble. Last year over 32,000 tech jobs were in the city, compared to just over 34,000 in 2000.Read more at SFGatelast_img read more

Young Greek of the Week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram NameAndreas Solomou, 16. Your greatest achievement? This year our indoor soccer team won the Under 17 indoor soccer league and I received a trophy. We were mucking around and I didn’t think that we’d actually win.How did you get to where you are now? I grew up around Bentleigh Greens (soccer team). My brother used to play for them and I started playing last year. My friend then asked me to join an indoor soccer team this year and I thought why not, it’ll keep me fit.Your greatest challenge?Finishing school.Goal(s) for the future?To get my driver’s licence.   Best moment of my life?When I went to Cyprus and saw my mum’s and dad’s house which was on the Turkish side. One word that describes you the best? Funny.Person(s) you most admire and why? My brother because he’s like a father figure to me.Best thing about being Greek-Australian? Greek Easter; celebrating with family and gathering together. If I could say anything to the Greek community…Xristos Anesti.Funniest Greek (family) moment:When I went to Cyprus my uncle got a hat and looked like a gyspy.Favourite place to go or hang out at?Bentleigh Greens Soccer Club.Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment?Hero by Akon.Favourite Greek food?Souvlaki. I can’t live without…Soccer.If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would… Give out more money to stimulate the economy.last_img read more

Cunningham hails Cardiffs deserved victory

first_imgCardiff City defender Greg Cunningham says hard work paid off for them in their shocking 1-0 victory at Leicester City on Saturday.Víctor Camarasa hit a stunning injury-time strike to hand the visitors their first away win of the season after James Madisson failed to score from the penalty spot.It was an impressive result for Cardiff City who moved further clear of the relegation zone, and Cunningham is proud of his team’s display at the King Power Stadium.“I don’t think he could have hit it any sweeter,” Cunningham told the club’s website, speaking of Camarasa’s goal.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“That’s the quality that he possesses and we’re very grateful to have somebody of his caliber at the Club.“Away from home it’s vital to stay as solid as possible and the longer we hold on, the more the opposition will get frustrated. They’re the home side and have added pressure to entertain their home fans.“Everyone’s been working so hard and putting a shift in and it’s a deserved result.”last_img read more

Hearing devices feel the vibes hide in your ear canal at CES

first_img $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Tags Some of the hearing aid products introduced at CES 2019 are still very expensive, but one starts at just $300. Here’s a look.Avnet Music: Not ImpossibleA wristband designed to help deaf people “hear” music at concerts Angela Lang/CNET While there are plenty of gadgets that transform sound into vibration, they’re mostly designed to enhance games or movies in the home. Avnet’s Music: Not Impossible is meant to be worn at music events. The inventors say that the wristband or the vest could be hired out by music venues or artists to the deaf to use. At a suggested cost of around $10 to $15 per concert, the device would then pulse in time with the music.The company showed footage of a Greta Van Fleet show it had organized where half of the audience was deaf and all people were wearing Music: Not Impossible products. The company said the devices allowed the crowd, deaf and hearing alike, to better experience the concert together.Eargo Neohearing-aids-ces-2019-9The Eargo Neo is designed to look like you’re not wearing a hearing aid. Angela Lang/CNET Eargo’s “invisible” hearing aid, the Neo, fits fully inside your ear canal. You cannot see the device even when you’re up close to the wearer, which should help people who don’t want the potential stigma wearing a hearing aid could bring. 27 Photos 2:46 $999 See It Apple iPhone XS CES 2019 Health and Wellness Share your voice 0 Boost Mobile $999 Gadgets See it $999center_img Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Best Buy Though it’s not usually something you can buy at your local store, hearing aids and associated devices are nonetheless out in full force here at CES 2019. There’s a device designed to help the deaf experience music at concerts, a truly invisible hearing aid that goes deep in your ear canal and an improved Cochlear “bionic ear.”Hearing loss affects millions of Americans, especially older adults, and two out of three people over 70 have hearing issues. But only 20 percent of adults who have a hearing loss get a hearing aid, according to a report in CBS News. A new law, the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act signed into law in 2017, is designed to increase access to hearing aid products — and a big part of that is reducing the price.  CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 85 Photos See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Neo is good for a full day of use (20 hours) and comes with an AirPod-like case to charge it overnight. To achieve the invisible look, each earpiece features a small cable at the end which a user grips to pull out. The aid comes with three modes of increasing strengths and the user taps each ear to change the mode.I tried the hearing aid and found it wasn’t uncomfortable in the way that some in-ear headphones like Etymotics are for me. I was able to change modes easily, and everything did seem clearer on the lowest settings. However one of my ears picked up more metallic noise from the crowded CES floor than the other.hearing-aids-ces-2019-8 Angela Lang/CNET The only real problem I had was in trying to remove it. In attempting to grab the cable I managed to push the device further in, which was very uncomfortable. “There is a trick to it”, the Eargo CEO told me, and after assuring me it wasn’t too far in he then fished it out for me with his fingers.The Eargo is a Class 1 medical device and while it isn’t available on insurance the company sells it for $2,750. The company also offers more affordable options from a little over a thousand dollars.Cochlear Nucleus 7hearing-aids-ces-2019-3The Cochlear implant restores hearing to the deaf. Angela Lang/CNET Unlike the other hearing aids I saw, the Cochlear “bionic ear” is an implant. It’s obviously not able to be “tried on” as the functioning part of the device wraps around inside your inner ear. Its purpose is to restore hearing to the profoundly deaf. The company introduced me to a woman who had the device implanted and she told me it had changed her life.The company highlighted the newest Nucleus 7 Sound Processor — which it says is “the world’s first and only Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor”. Users are able to communicate with the device via their phones over a low-power Bluetooth connection.The devices aren’t cheap, with the implant and associated therapy costing between $40,000 and $100,000 the staff at the Cochlear stand told me, but they added the device is covered under insurance in the US. The company has been offering the technology since it started in Australia in the ’70s while the bionic ear has been Stateside for almost 30, Cochlear said.Starkey Hearing Technologies Livio AIhearing-aids-ces-2019-6The Livio AI is the world’s first Healthable. Angela Lang/CNET The Livio AI loops over the back of the ear like a normal hearing aid but the main difference is that it has a bunch of sensors onboard. Billed as the world’s first Healthable, the Livio AI is able to detect falls and alert the user and/or family if there is no response. It can also do other health tracking such as physical activity and “cognitive health” in social situations. Depending on the users’ needs, the hearing aid can cost between $1,000 and $5,000.Zvox VoiceBud VB20zvox-vb20-voicebud-in-beigeThe Zvox VB20 is available for $300. Zvox While Zvox isn’t officially at CES 2019, it is showing off its latest hearing device at a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The VoiceBud VB20 hearing device is designed to be discrete, and features an onboard dual-microphone and associated phone app. Its 1-inch-long housing sits behind the ear and is connected to the earpiece by a translucent cable. The onboard battery is good for three to four days of use. The VB20 is available for $300. 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With an Anchorage audience look into whales death begins

first_imgBiologists and veterinarians work Tuesday to cut blubber off a young humpback whale that washed up on a popular beach in Anchorage. (Casey Grove/Alaska Public Media photo)The extraordinary sight of a 30-foot long dead humpback whale that washed up on a beach area in Anchorage has drawn dozens of onlookers to gawk at its carcass.Listen nowAmong them Tuesday were veterinarians working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who got a much closer look as they began a necropsy in the hopes of figuring out how the young whale died.It’s a short walk from Kincaid Park to the dead whale, which, for now, sits in the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. NOAA biologist Barbara Mahoney was happy about the easy access.“It’s affordable. There’s no helicopters involved, we can have a big crew here, so this is actually a great opportunity,” Mahoney said. “And it’s a lovely day!”Mahoney and her crew, which included veterinarians, hauled coolers, knives and other gear down a hill to the stinking, rotten whale carcass. When they arrived, multiple people, many with small children, were on the beach looking at the whale, which had been cordoned off with plastic orange fencing.NOAA had issued a warning the day before, saying people and pets should stay away from the whale. That’s in part because of the risk of disease — they don’t know yet how it died, and it could be infectious. There’s also the risk that the smell of hundreds of pounds of whale flesh will attract bears and cause possible interactions between bears and humans.Despite the warning, NOAA Fisheries law enforcement officer Noah Meisenheimer said he was not surprised to see so many people around the whale, which could help keep bears away.“Bear activity’s going to be limited,” Meisenheimer said. “I mean there might be some bears that may come out at night, but during the daytime with this many people, I doubt they’ll be making a showing.”With all their gear strategically laid out in a semi-circle around the whale carcass, veterinarian Kathy Burek gave a safety briefing to the team conducting the necropsy. That included warnings to avoid slipping on blood or blubber and staying hydrated.Also, there’s the smell.“Some people, depending on if they’re not used to being around things that smell bad, we have had people pass out, so it’s nothing to be ashamed of, but just kind of be aware of that,” Burek said. “If things are kind of closing in on you, just go ahead and sit down.”After Burek shared a few more tips and tricks, the team set to work, first measuring the whale, then using long knives and hooks to cut and peel away the blubber. That allows them to get at internal organs like the stomach and bladder, to conduct further sampling.Burek said they hope to examine the whale’s ear wax, which builds up annually like the rings of a tree and can tell them the whale’s age. For now they are describing it as a yearling.Mahoney, the NOAA biologist, said there are no obvious signs of broken bones that might indicate the whale was struck by a ship.The biologists don’t know when they’ll have answers or if they can determine the precise cause of the whale’s death, because of the decomposition.last_img read more

Did You Know

first_imgWhile an institution is not permitted to provide athletics equipment to a high school, it is permissible to donate equipment to a bona fide youth organization, such as the YMCA, a youth scout troop or a summer recreation league. See Bylaw 13.15.1.6.1 for more information. Story Links Did you Know…?center_img 13.15.1.6.1 Athletics Equipment. A member institution may not provide athletics equipment to a high school. However, a member institution is permitted to provide athletics equipment to bona fide youth organizations (e.g., the YMCA, YWCA, Boy Scout troops, Girl Scout troops, a summer recreation league) that may consist of some prospective student-athletes, provided the issuance of equipment is in accordance with the institution’s regular policy regarding the discarding of equipment. [D] (Revised: 4/26/01, 4/26/12 effective 8/1/12)Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Venture capital firm – Quantum Wave Fund – looking to invest 100

first_img More information: qwcap.com/ In their press release, representatives for the firm, also known more commonly as Qwave, said that they believe their fund is the first of its kind to offer funds for commercializing quantum technology – in this case focusing on three specific areas: New materials, security and new kinds of measurement devices such as super accurate clocks. They won’t be offering funds for those working on early research however, they are primarily interested in academic or commercial groups who have already demonstrated some success in creating an actual product.The Russian influence is strong with the group, its initial members are venture partner Serguei Beloussov, scientific advisory board member Vladimir Shalaev and managing partner Serguei Kouzmine. The team notes that funding for highly sophisticated and capital heavy investment in the tech sector has been rather thin since the 1970’s, with most venture capital funds of late going to software and Internet related technologies. They add that they’ve also noted that many promising quantum research efforts go un-commercialized because the teams working on them don’t have the expertise to take products from the small scale to the large scale, a problem they intend to address directly.To improve their chances of choosing ventures to fund that will pay off eventually, the Qwave partners say that have put together a team of top-notch physicists, computer scientists and other science and management experts who have proven track records in taking new technologies to market. They suggest also that quantum technology is on the verge of providing the types of huge breakthroughs that previously have brought us game-changing technologies such as semiconductors and lasers. Such new technologies they add are likely to include faster and safer data transmission, optical transistors and more accurate measurement systems. Citation: Venture capital firm – Quantum Wave Fund – looking to invest $100 million in quantum physics (2012, December 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-venture-capital-firm-quantum-fund.html Explore further (Phys.org)—Venture capital firm Quantum Wave Fund has announced that they have raised $30 million of their goal of $100 million to invest in quantum research efforts. The group is based out of Boston though its members have mostly Russian backgrounds. They also have offices in Moscow and New York. The stated purpose of the firm is to seek out research teams who have made progress in developing quantum technologies and then to offer them funding to help bring the technology into the commercial sector.center_img © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. TechCrunch founder starts venture capital fundlast_img read more

Girl dies of fever at private hospital swine flu suspected

first_imgKolkata: A girl died with swine flu like symptoms at a private hospital at Park Circus after she was kept on ventilation support for the past 18 days. The incident occurred six days after a 6-year-old girl died at the same hospital with similar symptoms.The state Health department is yet to confirm if the death was caused by swine flu.The hospital sources, however, claimed that the girl died of swine flu symptoms. The victim, Barsha Biswas, a resident of Dhantala in Nadia complained of high fever with respiratory distress nearly a month ago when her family members took her to a hospital in Ranaghat. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAs her health condition deteriorated, the patient was shifted to Kalyani JNM Hospital. However, the patient was shifted later to a city hospital.The victim was brought all the way from Nadia and admitted to NRS Medical College and Hospital. After a brief treatment at NRS Medical College and Hospital, the victim was again shifted to a private child hospital at Park Circus.The family members of the victim alleged that before being taken to the child hospital, two private hospitals in the city denied her treatment. According to the sources at the child hospital at Park Circus, the patient’s condition was critical when she was brought to the hospital. The patient was kept on ventilation support for the past 18 days. Despite the efforts by the doctors, the patient’s fight for life ended on Tuesday morning. It was also learnt that the private hospital authorities have decided to waive the costs of the patient’s treatment to some extent as she was from an underprivileged family. It can be mentioned that a 6-year-old girl from Bankura died at the same hospital on September 19 with swine flu-like symptoms. The victim, Sritama Roy (6), had been from Kotolpur village in Bankura. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state Health department has sought a report from the private hospital relating to the death of the victim.The Health department had earlier issued instructions to all the government-owned hospitals in the state to admit patients with swine flu like symptoms in isolation wards.It had also instructed the hospitals to put in place adequate arrangement to run the isolation ward smoothly so that patients with flu like symptoms can be treated there.last_img read more

iOS 11 Adds PeertoPeer Payments and Siri Translation and Overhauls App Store

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now June 5, 2017 Apple’s iOS 11 will give Venmo a run for its money with person-to-person payments within Messages, the company announced at WWDC today.The App Store is also getting a makeover, as is the Control Center and Notifications menu. And Siri will be doing battle against Alexa with upgrades like on-the-fly translations and a smoother voice.The Apple Pay upgrade will be integrated with Messages as an iMessages app. You can then send funds to friends, who have three options: add it to an Apple Pay cash card, which you can use to buy apps and other Apple services; send it to someone else; or withdraw it and add it to your bank account.Cupertino also promised more apps and stickers within Messages, but most notably, Messages will be stored in the cloud. Content will be synced across devices but also optimized on the device, so only the most recent messages are cached on your device, freeing up space.Siri is growing up, with a “more natural and expressive” voice, Apple says, and an upgraded user interface. If you’re traveling, meanwhile, you can speak to Siri and ask her (or him) to translate it to one of five languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish.Apple says Siri will also take note of your activity across the OS, displaying things of interest in news, providing a location for an appointment or assisting in making a calendar appointment. What Siri learns about you will also sync across your Apple devices.Control Center, the menu that emerges when you swipe from the bottom, is also getting consolidated. It’s a bit more cluttered than the interface in iOS 10, but things like music, which was relegated to its own screen in iOS 10, is now together with everything else for one-swipe access. Apple also teased easier-to-manage notifications and upgrades to its Photos app.If you use Apple Maps, the company talked up the improvements for drivers. A Do Not Disturb mode will help you keep your eyes on the road. If anyone texts you during your drive, Maps can send them an automatic text, telling them you’ll call or text back when you arrive at your destination. In the case of an emergency, there is the option to allow certain people to break into your drive, even with Do Not Disturb on.Though hardware isn’t usually on the agenda at WWDC, Apple revealed a new iPad Pro, which will take advantage of some powerful multi-tasking features in iOS 11. That includes drag and drop and an easier-to-use app picker menu. The slide-over menu is still there, but you can also organize your apps at the bottom of the screen, peeling off specific apps and moving them around the screen.The new iPad Pro is shipping now, but will get iOS 11 in the fall. Developers can get their hands on a beta version of iOS 11 today; a public beta is expected next month. 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_img April 16, 2013 — RaySearch Laboratories AB (publ.) has entered into a license agreement with GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany regarding techniques for calculating radiobiological effective dose in ion beam treatments.Ion beam therapy is the most advanced form of external radiotherapy where the tumor is irradiated with protons or carbon ions. Compared to conventional radiotherapy, where the tumor is irradiated with photons, the energy deposition of the ion beams can be controlled much more effectively. This means that the radiation dose can be delivered even more precisely and as a result, the unwanted dose to healthy tissues can be reduced, leading to a reduction of treatment-related side effects. However, the biological effect of ions on tissue is different compared to traditional photon beams and this difference must be accounted for during treatment planning for ion beams.The Biological Modeling research team at GSI, led by Dr. Michael Scholz, has for a long time developed and refined the so-called Local Effect Model (LEM) for calculating the relative biological effectiveness during irradiation with therapeutic carbon ion beams. In the LEM model the survival of cells irradiated with ion beams is predicted based on their response to photons. In the 90s the group at GSI pioneered the optimization of radiobiological dose within the framework of the LEM model. The technique is now well established in the field of carbon beam therapy and was in clinical use at GSI for a decade (1997 to 2008) and is currently used at the carbon therapy centers HIT in Heidelberg, Germany, and at CNAO in Pavia, Italy, and soon also at the Shanghai Proton and Heavy Ion Hospital in Shanghai, China.The new agreement, licensed through the Patent and Technology Transfer department at GSI, gives RaySearch the right to integrate algorithms and know-how from GSI related to the LEM in RaySearch’s RayStation treatment planning system. The LEM and RaySearch’s algorithms for dose calculation will be built into the system’s module for carbon treatment plan optimization.“We are happy to have RaySearch as a strong partner in the field of therapy planning systems, and we are confident that this assures continuous support of ion beam therapy centers with state-of-the-art biophysical modelling for treatment plan optimization. We also hope that this represents the starting point for a long-term cooperation that will help to facilitate the translation from cutting edge research to clinical applications”, says Michael Scholz, Head of the Biological Modelling research group at GSI.For more information: visit www.raysearchlabs.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | April 16, 2013 RaySearch Licenses Ion Beam technology From GSI The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

Man sues British Airways for seating him next to obese passenger

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: British Airways Man sues British Airways for seating him next to obese passenger Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, November 19, 2018 LONDON — British Airways is being sued by a man who says he suffered personal injury while seated next to an obese passenger.Stephen Prosser, 51 of south Wales, is suing the airline for £10,000 after being forced to endure a 12-hour flight from Bangkok to Heathrow while seated next to a man “the size of Jonah Lomu”, the late New Zealand rugby player.While in Pontypridd county court last week, the self-employed civil engineer said his requests to cabin crew to be seated elsewhere were turned down due to the fact that the Boeing 777 was fully booked. He also claimed the crew did not permit him to swap seats with another passenger.As a result, Prosser, who is 5’3”, was forced into a “position of unnatural posture”. He described the obese passenger as being 6’4” and over 300 pounds, whose body was “overspilling into my seat by some inches”.Prosser also noted that the passenger had to “force his buttocks between the arm rests of the seats” and that, due to his size, his arm would rest on Prosser’s arm rest, inadvertently turning up the volume of his audio “to an extremely loud volume each time.”More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesOh, the horror.Prosser went on to say that as a result of the uncomfortable flight, which took place in January 2016, he was left with continual back spasms and in injury that caused his sacroiliac joint at the bottom of his spine to malfunction, reports The Guardian. The incident also re-aggravated a 12-year-old spine injury, prevented him from working overtime, affected his relationship with his partner, and forced him to give up mountain biking.British Airways representative Timothy Salisbury said cabin crew described the passenger as “tall but not overweight so had had encroached on the other seat”.The customer service manager onboard the flight also said in a witness statement that Prosser did not appear to be in any discomfort during the flight and was seen asleep at times.last_img read more

Brian Grow Appointed as President of Morningstar Credit Ratings

first_imgBrian Grow Appointed as President of Morningstar Credit Ratings Share in News, Origination February 18, 2018 514 Views center_img Credit Market Economy Lending Morning Star Credit Ratings 2018-02-18 Radhika Ojha Chicago-headquartered Morningstar Credit Ratings has announced the appointment of Brian Grow as President of the company. In his new role Grow will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company’s business and will be based out of New York. He will report to Haywood Kelly, Head of Global research at Morningstar, the company said in a statement.“Brian has proven to be an extremely effective leader and has helped take Morningstar Credit Ratings from a single-asset class to a full-service and diverse rating agency,” said Kelly. “His analytical and technical expertise, high-quality standards, and history of strategic decision-making will support Morningstar in its mission to help investors reach their financial goals. I look forward to working closely with Brian to continue building our ratings and research offerings.”Grow joined Morningstar Credit Ratings in 2011 and most recently he was managing director of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and asset-backed securities (ABS) at the company. In his previous role, he spent 10 years in various leadership roles at Standard & Poor’s in its New York and Melbourne, Australia offices. He has also worked for JPMorgan Chase Bank and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.“I’m excited to lead our talented team, better understand investor needs, and respond with innovative products,” said Grow. “Morningstar’s long-term perspective allows us to continue building tools and providing insight into the credit market during dynamic economic cycles.”Grow holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree in business administration from Yale University. He succeeds Vickie Tillman, who retired as president of Morningstar Credit Ratings at the end of 2017.last_img read more

Anastasiades heads to Brussels for EU Brexit council

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades will travel to Brussels Saturday evening to attend the EU27 extraordinary Council Meeting on Brexit the following day at which EU leaders will meet British Prime Minister Theresa to sign off on promises to keep close ties with London, following the UK’s exit from the EU in March.On the sidelines of the European Council, the President will meet with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani.The President, who will be accompanied by Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou, returns home on Sunday evening.EU diplomats and officials said there was still no clear breakthrough on Saturday morning, hours before some of the other leaders must set off for Brussels ahead of the breakfast summit – few will be happy if plans change.Brussels diplomats and representatives of other governments across Europe said they did not believe Madrid would upset the careful choreography of Sunday’s summitry, when May and her 27 EU peers will fly in for a couple of hours in the morning.Spain can expect its European allies to swing more clearly behind its 300-year-old claims to sovereignty over Gibraltar, also known as The Rock, a British naval base on its southern coast that is home to some 30,000 people whose economy faces major questions after Brexit.But demands that extensive treaty documentation recently agreed between Brussels and London be tweaked to give Spain a bigger say over its implementation in regard to Gibraltar face resistance from Britain and EU allies who are wary that the whole edifice of the long-negotiated deal might unravel.May is due to meet EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker on Saturday at 6pm and diplomats say that should be the moment they confirm that the Gibraltar issue is settled. May will then meet summit chair Donald Tusk.In Germany, a government spokesman was confident a solution would be found in time for Sunday’s summit.Berlin had earlier said there could be no more technical negotiations at the summit, and that Chancellor Angela Merkel could skip it if all the texts are not ready in advance.The biggest obstacle to the Brexit accord overall is the vehement opposition in the British parliament. Without its approval, Britain could leave the bloc on March 29 without an agreement to mitigate economic and legal disruption.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more