DFDS Loses English Channel Ferry Gig

first_imgzoom Danish passenger and freight shipping company DFDS Seaways said it will terminate operations on the publicly owned ferry route between Dieppe in France and Newhaven in England after the company’s current contract expires at the end of 2015. The Syndicat Mixte de Promotion de l’Activité Transmanche (SMPAT), the public owner of the ferry route, announced that the ship management and route operation will not be tendered for 2016, and that SMPAT will start running the service itself as of January 1, 2016.DFDS will thus cease to operate the route connecting East Sussex with the European continent at the end of the year. However, DFDS will reportedly continue to handle bookings and marketing on the route until the end of March 2016 to allow smooth transition.The route has been bringing DFDS around DKK 300 million (USD 45.4m) in annual revenue.All seafarers and the majority of the shore-based organisation related to the route will be taken over by SMPAT, according to the statement.last_img read more

Man who trademarked name of his own county hands it over to

first_imgAn Ontario man who managed to trademark the name of the county he lives in says he has decided to relinquish the trademark to the local government.Michael Stinson caused a stir among Haliburton County officials when they learned last week that he had trademarked the word Haliburton, despite federal rules that say names and words representing a geographic location are not allowed to be trademarked.Stinson — who sells T-shirts and other merchandise with the name Haliburton at his shop, The Haliburton Store — said he trademarked the name to prevent anyone from tarnishing the name of his county.He insisted that he never intended to deceive or harm anyone and always had the county’s best interests at heart.“I always wanted to put Haliburton on the map with the co-operation of the county, I guess I have done it now,” Stinson said in a statement Friday.“I can assign the Haliburton trademark to the county which will allow for better marketing opportunities than I ever imagined. It was fortunate for me to get the trademark versus another individual who does not have the best interest of Haliburton in mind.”Trademarking is a process that gives a person exclusive use of a brand name, and protects the brand from misuse by others.As the owner of the trademark, Stinson is allowed to collect royalties from anyone selling merchandise with the name Haliburton on it.The situation had Haliburton County officials prepared to go to court after they said the federal office for trademarks advised them that legal action was the only way to overturn Stinson’s trademark.On Friday, however, both Stinson and Haliburton County’s warden, Brent Devolin, said they had reached an agreement to have Stinson give up the trademark, with no strings attached.“He irrevocably, without condition, will either transfer rights to the county of Haliburton, or have them expunged form the (trademark) directory, whichever is our preference,” said Devolin.County officials will decide later this month whether or not they will keep the trademark, Devolin said, noting that Stinson’s co-operation on the matter will save time and money for the local government.“I have to thank Mr. Stinson for that, he could have told us to go pound salt,” said Devolin.The county warden said, however, that he wants to speak to the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development about what happened and ways in which similar situations can be handled without legal action.“The (Trademarks) act has no provision when there is clearly an error made,” said Stinson. “There needs to be a mechanism in it that when there is something clearly contrary to the act, that there’s a mechanism for it to be fixed.”The ministry did not respond to questions about how Stinson was able to get his trademark.Stephanie Chong, a trademark lawyer with Hoffer Adler LLP, said that transferring a trademark generally requires one party to draft an assignment document, which would then be agreed to by the party receiving the trademark. She noted, however, that the process could differ from case to case.last_img read more

On Vancouver Island trees are vanishing…

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, timber poaching is exactly what it sounds like: People entering public forests, chopping down trees and carting them off. It’s not an easy way to make a buck, and it’s not legal either, but some people are desperate.What’s driving the spike in poaching of Vancouver Island’s forests? How does the changing makeup of the island contribute to it? How awful a crime is it, really, to take a single tree from a forest full of them? And also, how exactly is it done?GUEST: Lyndsie Bourgon, The AtlanticAudio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_06172019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

Morocco Asks France 24 to Correct Mistake of Airing Footage of

Rabat – The Moroccan Minister of Communication and Culture, Mohammed Laarej, has asked France 24 Arabic to correct the mistake it made when it aired footage of protests in Venezuela and claimed they were those taking place in Al Hoceima.Laarej addressed a letter to Marie-Christine Saragosse, CEO of France Médias Monde, the national French media group which includes France 24, RFI and Monte Carlo Doualiya.“That footage, which presented Venezuelan protesters as young Moroccans chased by law enforcement elements in Al Hoceima in northern Morocco sought sewing confusion and misleading the TV channel’s viewers,” the minister said in his letter. He expressed the Moroccan government’s “indignation” over the error and demanded that this “professional mistake” be corrected.“What France 24 has committed stands in total contrast with the most basic journalism rules that every media, preoccupied with the transparency and objectivity of the news aired on its programs, is obliged to respect.”On July 13, a video clip aired during a news program broadcast by the French news channel two days earlier, was shared on Youtube showing Venezuelan protesters trying to hide from security forces firing at them.The scene was shown during a conversation with Mohammed Ziane, a member of the defense team representing detained Rif protesters, implying the footage was from Al Hoceima.The “blunder” is not the first committed by the Arabic language French channel.In June, France 24 used images of marches related to International Labor Day on May 1 during a program about protests in Al Hoceima. read more

Sharp growth in Asias labour force poses economic environmental challenges – UN

13 August 2007Asia’s vast labour force, already estimated at some 1.8 billion workers, is expected to grow by more than 200 million by the year 2015, posing a series of environmental, economic and social challenges to the region’s rapidly growing economies, according to a new report by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO). Asia’s vast labour force, already estimated at some 1.8 billion workers, is expected to grow by more than 200 million by the year 2015, posing a series of environmental, economic and social challenges to the region’s rapidly growing economies, according to a new report by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO). “One thing is clear: doing business as usual is not sustainable over the long term,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said of the report, “Visions for Asia’s Decent Work Decade: Sustainable Growth and Jobs to 2015,” which is being discussed at the three-day ILO Asian Employment Forum opening in Beijing today. “Asia is experiencing unprecedented growth and development. At the same time, vulnerabilities arising from environmental pressures, economic insecurity, shortcomings in governance and unequal income distribution pose a threat to the region’s future development.” The report notes that expanding output would not be enough to create the jobs needed to reduce poverty and the massive informal economy, and that there remained “a great deal of serious work to be done” to improve the quality of the jobs that are created and to ensure that the benefits of Asia’s future economic growth are more equitably distributed. The Forum is the first major gathering of senior government, labour and employer representatives from some 20 countries in Asia and the Pacific since the launch of the Decent Work Decade at the ILO’s Asian regional meeting a year ago. The service sector will be the main source of job creation and by 2015 will become the largest sector, representing about 40.7 per cent of the region’s total employment, the report says. The share of industrial employment is expected to increase from 23.1 per cent in 2006 to 29.4 per cent in 2015, while the share of agricultural employment is projected to decline from 42.6 per cent to 29.4 per cent between 2006 and 2015. But the report also identifies major challenges requiring significant attention to ensure social and environmental sustainability. Despite a decline in the number of working poor living on less than $2 per person per day since 1996 by some 123 million, over 1 billion, or 61.9 percent of the region’s workforce, still work in the informal economy with little or no social protection and often in low-productivity jobs. While this share has dropped from 67.2 per cent a decade earlier, it is not likely that there will be a major reduction in the relative size of the informal economy by 2015. The report calls for an effective balance between flexibility, stability and security through improved labour market governance, including the adoption and adherence to international labour standards, improving accountability and transparency, and building the capacity of employers and workers to engage more effectively in serious dialogue. It also warns that growth and sustainable development could be seriously undermined by environmental degradation, depletion of natural resources and climate change, and stresses the need for governments, employers and workers to develop policy tools aimed at achieving environmentally sustainable development and job creation. Other challenges include an ageing labour force that is expected to see between 1 in 10, and in some cases 1 in 4 people in some countries, over 65 years of age by 2015; the need to improve job quality and ensure equal opportunities between young women and men; increasing migration that will see millions of workers leaving each year to work abroad; and accelerating rural-urban migration that will see the urban population grow by 350 million by 2015 while the rural population will increase by only 15 million. The inability of wage growth to keep pace with labour productivity growth in some countries, rising income inequalities between extreme poor and other workers, and between rural and urban workers, and long working hours becoming the norm in many parts of Asia, are also factors that have to be taken into account. “Meeting the challenges facing the region will require far-sighted thinking and careful planning,” Mr. Somavia said. “We all need to work together to make globalization and economic growth more inclusive.” read more

Force commanders of three UN missions in West Africa to meet Friday

The officials heading deployments in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone will discuss disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-fighters in the sub-region, co-operation among the three missions and cross-border operations, according to a statement issued by the UN Mission in Cote d’Ivoire (MINUCI).A senior UN official, Tuliameni Kalomoh, told the Security Council last month that appreciable progress had been made in strengthening security in the sub-region – a major concern in a post-conflict area with footloose ex-combatants – but warned that much more remains to be done to consolidate the gains achieved so far. read more

Sleep Country revenues jump 11 per cent in Q2 on mattress and

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 5, 2015 4:08 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sleep Country revenues jump 11 per cent in Q2 on mattress and accessories sales TORONTO – Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc. (TSX:ZZZ) says revenues grew nearly 11 per cent in its second quarter, helped by stronger sales of mattresses and accessories.The Toronto-based retailer, which returned to the public markets last month after seven years as a private company, posted revenues of $102.5 million in the quarter, compared with $92.7 million a year earlier.The stronger results were mainly from growth of 7.7 per cent in same-store sales, an industry barometer that tracks locations open more than a year.On an adjusted basis, net income increased 91 per cent to $7.5 million from $3.9 million.Mattress sales increased 9.8 per cent, while accessory revenue grew 14.5 per cent, it said.The financial results reflect the business of Sleep Country Canada Inc. before it was acquired by the holding company as part of its initial public offering.“The company is well-positioned to continue to produce growth, by both increasing same store sales and expanding our store network,” said CEO David Friesema in a statement late Wednesday.“We intend to cost-effectively open between eight and 12 new stores annually over the next five to seven years.”Sleep Country owns and operates 218 stores across Canada under its own name and the Dormez-Vous? banner. read more

TV weatherman Fred Talbot jailed for sexually abusing boys on school trips

first_imgFred Talbot Fred Talbot, the former TV weatherman, has been jailed for four years for a string of sex offences against schoolboys on trips to Scotland more than three decades ago.The 67-year-old indecently assaulted seven teenage boys in his care during camping and boating trips in the 1970s and 1980s while working as a biology teacher at a school in the Manchester area. He is already serving a five-year sentence imposed in Manchester in 2015 for indecently assaulting two other schoolboys.During a nine-day trial at Lanark Sheriff Court last month, Talbot denied the allegations. But a jury took four hours to convict him of seven of the nine historical abuse charges against him.The four-year sentence is due to start from August, at the end of the punishment part of his current jail term.The television personality, who regularly appeared on a floating weather map in Liverpool’s Albert Dock for ITV’s This Morning show for several years, stood and nodded as Sheriff Nikola Stewart delivered her sentence on Thursday afternoon. She said he “grossly abused the trust” placed in him as a teacher with “systematic” abuse of schoolboys.”It is beyond doubt these trips were organised with sexual exploitation of these boys very much in mind,” Sheriff Stewart said. Sheriff Stewart said he had “utter disregard” for his duties as a teacher and the boys he preyed on were “too embarrassed and disempowered” to report his “disgraceful behaviour”.Dressed in a grey shirt and striped tie, Talbot was led down from the dock before being transported back to prison.Fraser Gibson, procurator fiscal for South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway, said: “Fred Talbot was in a position of trust and abused that to prey on vulnerable boys.”For over 10 years he may well have thought that he had escaped justice but he was wrong and thanks to the courage of his victims in coming forward to report what happened to them is now paying the consequences for his actions. “By denying your guilt and insisting on a trial, you put each victim through further trauma.”In mitigation, Talbot’s defence lawyer Alan Gravelle said it was recognised that there is no alternative to a prison sentence, but asked the sheriff to take into account his age and lack of offending over the last three decades.The lawyer said: “His reputation is damaged beyond repair. With this second case in Scotland, my lady, his shame is now complete.”Sheriff Stewart said the pupils that went on trips organised by Talbot had all trusted and liked the teacher.”They were all utterly unsuspecting of the sexual threat you posed,” she told the former weatherman. Fred Talbot at courtcenter_img “I would urge any victims of sexual crimes, even ones which occurred decades ago, to come forward and report them. They will be treated with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity by the police and our expert prosecutors and we will do all we can to deliver justice.” Fred Talbot arriving at Minshull Street Court at a previous hearngCredit:Lynne Cameron/PA Talbot assaulted seven teenage boys in his care during camping and boating trips in the 1970s and 80sCredit:Greater Manchester Police 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.last_img read more

GreekCanadian bride drowns in wedding dress tragedy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek-Canadian woman has drowned after being dragged by a strong current near a waterfall in Quebec, Canada.Maria Pantazopoulos, 30, was being photographed in her wedding dress whilst standing in the water by the waterfall when she slipped and was swept away by the river. Her body was found four hours later, 30 metres away in a river basin. Ms Pantazopoulos was married on June 9 and was having photos taken in her dress with the picturesque Dorwin Falls as a backdrop in Rawdon, north of Montreal.Police reported that she was being photographed with her feet in the water when the dress became saturated with water, leaving her unable to stay above water. Sergeant Ronald McInnis said the photographer and a bystander tried to rescue Ms Pantazopoulos but were unable to because of the weight of the dress.“She had her wedding dress on and she said, ‘take some pictures of me while I swim a little bit in the lake’, she went in and her dress got heavy, I tried everything I could to save her,” said photographer Louis Pagakis, Canadian broadcaster CTV reported.It was understood that Ms Pantazopoulos may have been doing a “trash the dress” wedding photo shoot, where the bride has her picture taken in an unusual location.last_img read more

Marvels Falcon Turns 48

first_imgStay on target Forty-eight years ago, Sam Wilson aka Falcon hit the pages of Marvel Comics. To help celebrate his birthday, I’ve put together a brief history of this groundbreaking character in the comics and on the big screen.Sam Wilson aka Falcon was created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan back in 1969 for Captain America #117. He was also the very first African American superhero in mainstream comics. That’s not to say he was the first black superhero, however. That honor goes to Black Panther created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966 for Fantastic Four #52. DC Comics would premiere their first black superhero in 1971 with John Stewart in Green Lantern #87 by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams.Sam Wilson, a Harlem native, had a trained falcon named Redwing. Being adept at training falcons, he answered an ad for someone looking for just that. Unfortunately, the people behind the ad turned out to be in league with the Red Skull. Steve Rogers would go on to train Sam to confront them, later revealing he’s Captain America. After training Sam, the two became fast friends and teammates.By issue #134 in 1971 the title of Captain America was changed to Captain America and The Falcon. The two were primarily based in New York City defending the streets. This lasted until issue #222 in 1978 with all but one of the issues in between going by that title, so nearly all of the 70’s. From there Falcon would have a brief stint at The Defenders before settling in with The Avengers. Outside of a four part miniseries on 1983, Falcon has spent most of his time as a supporting character in Captain America comics or being an increasingly important Avenger. This culminated in October of 2015 when Sam Wilson donned the mantle of Captain America in Steve’s absence. I can’t think of anyone who would have been more suited. In the movies, Falcon is portrayed by actor Anthony Mackie and made his debut in Captain America: The Winter Soldier where he was integral in defeating Hydra. He would return in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Captain America: Civil War. Catch Anthony Mackie donning the wings once again in Avengers: Infinity War May 4th, 2018.There are so many comics you can read and movies to watch to help celebrate forty-eight years of Falcon. Just don’t forget to wish him a happy birthday!Here’s a gallery of our favorite fan art to celebrate.View as: One Page Slides1. Spider Guile2. Aiko Aiham3. Abby Shaffer4. Lyn Draws5. Rizurin6. E Melon7. Abby Shaffer8. Abby Shaffer9. Arfa10. Asher Dumonchelle11. Abby Shaffer12. Rachel R13. Daniel Acuña14. Amba Yeah15. Dima IvaanovLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 last_img read more

Search underway for 2 car burglars in West MiamiDade

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A search is underway for two crooks suspected of being responsible for a string of car burglaries in West Miami-Dade.Surveillance video captured one of the burglars rummaging inside a woman’s car for valuables on Coral Way near 148th Court, Thursday.The other man could be seen in the video serving as a lookout.The victim said she believes the same duo has been breaking into vehicles all over the neighborhood.“We’ve been having car break-ins for the past year or so, more or less, and it’s just getting more and more frequent, and it’s the whole block,” said victim Zunnette Artiaga. “It’s really upsetting that you wake up in the morning, and you feel violated when you get to your car and you see that your glasses are missing or your makeup, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Cops turn saviours rescue 23 Medaram devotees

first_imgWarangal: Cops turned Good Samaritans by helping out 23 devotees, including four children who were stranded on the other side of the overflowing Dayyalavagu near Project Nagar in Pasra Police Station limits in Mulugu district on Wednesday. Have the cops not responded in time, it would have been a disaster for the devotees who were on their way back after offering prayers at Sammakka Saralamma shrine at Medaram. The devotees, who headed back to their destination in cars, got stuck in floodwaters midway passing through a causeway. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us It’s learnt that they failed to notice the ever-raising flood. Though those behind the wheels tried their best to get past the overflowing causeway, their cars stuck with the floodwaters entering the engines. With no way out, the devotees sought the solace of the police by dialling 100 explaining their situation to the authorities. Following which Mulugu DSP J Vijaya Saradhi was alerted and he along with Pasra Inspector A Srinivas, Sub-Inspector M Mahender, four apiece CRPF and fire department personnel rushed to the spot. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us With the help of life jackets, ropes, lifebuoy rings, they pulled the devotees out of floodwaters. Inspector A Srinivas got into floodwaters to pick up children. The devotees who breathed a sigh of relief thanked the police for saving their lives. On the other hand, the vehicles that stranded in floodwaters are yet to be pulled out. The police arranged vehicles to send the devotees to their destination. Mulugu Superintendent of Police Sangram Singh G Patil said that five of the devotees are from Armoor, 17 are from Warangal and one is from Pasra. Advertise With Us Meanwhile, Cheekupally stream, source of Bogatha waterfalls, is overflowing due to incessant rains in upstream Chhattisgarh forest region. With the viewing area at Bogatha waterfalls is overwhelmed by floodwaters, the forest department closed it for the tourists. The authorities appealed to people not to turn to waterfalls for at least a couple of days, it’s learnt. In Mangapet mandal, the Narasimhasagar project was filled to its capacity of 28 feet. Several roads disconnected due to overflowing of streams and rivulets in Mangapet mandal.last_img read more

PG shifting away from unprofitable businesses in India

first_imgU.S.-based multinational consumer goods company Procter & Gamble or P&G has announced it is shifting away from “unprofitable” businesses in India. The company, which released its quarterly results in the U.S. on Wednesday, said it seeks to improve its domestic performance.For the past three quarters, P&G has been saying that its India business of skincare, hair care and detergent products is growing in single digit numbers. Its Global Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller said on Wednesday that the company had made a conscious decision to “de-prioritise” various unprofitable businesses that had a negative impact on growth rates, Business Standard reports.”The strategic portion of our India business is growing at a high single-digit pace. Sales in the portions we are fixing or exiting have been down 30 percent. This top-line pain is worth it. We are making significant progress in improving local profit margins, up about 700 basis points,” Moeller said during investors call, Business Standard reported.P& G reportedly follows a July-June financial year.The company is likely to exit Duracell (batteries), AmbiPur air freshness, Old Spice, which is men’s after-shave lotion and Oral-B toothpaste. “It could de-focus on lower on Tide detergent and Wella hair care products business,” Abneesh Roy, associate director of research at Edelweiss, said in a report, Business Standard added.In its 2014-15 financial year, which ended on June 30, 2015, the company’s business grew at 12.7 percent and clocked at Rs. 10,347 crore.During its quarterly results announcement, P&G posted profit that beat estimates. The rise in profit was due to higher selling prices of products and cost-cutting measures, Reuters reports.Sales of P&G, however, declined for the seventh quarter in a row, as higher pricing weighed down on volumes. Its organic sales, increased by 1 percent in the third quarter that ended in March 2016.last_img read more

Obama warns Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal

first_imgBarack ObamaUS president Barack Obama on Monday marked the first anniversary of the nuclear deal with Iran by emphasising its “significant and concrete results” and warning the incoming Trump administration against undoing a pact supported by the world’s major powers.In language clearly directed at Donald Trump, who is set to take office on Friday, a White House statement said “the United States must remember that this agreement was the result of years of work, and represents an agreement between the world’s major powers—not simply the United States and Iran.”It added that “a diplomatic resolution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is far preferable to an unconstrained Iranian nuclear program or another war in the Middle East.”Trump has often denounced the nuclear deal, and in a Sunday interview with the Times of London and Bild newspaper of Germany he continued his criticism, saying, “I’m not happy with the Iran deal, I think it’s one of the worst deals ever made.”But he declined to say whether he intended to “renegotiate” the deal, as he asserted regularly during the presidential campaign.The White House insisted Monday that despite US reservations about other actions by Iran—including its support for “violent proxies” and “terrorist groups”—Tehran was upholding its nuclear commitments.Iran, it said, had “reduced its uranium stockpile by 98 percent and removed two-thirds of its centrifuges.”The White House stance was backed up by a statement from Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped negotiate the deal.The agreement, Kerry said, had “resolved a major nuclear threat without firing a shot or sending a single soldier into combat. It was endorsed unanimously by the United Nations Security Council and earned the support of more than 100 countries across the globe.”last_img read more

In Texas And Beyond Some Watch Mexican Presidential Campaign With Free Trade

first_imgSome business leaders in Mexico, Texas and elsewhere in the United States are nervous about what a potential victory by López Obrador could mean for international trade, the bread and butter for several border economies. Texas is Mexico’s No. 1 trade partner. From January to November of 2017, the Laredo and El Paso customs districts saw $270.2 billion and $85.5 billion in two-way trade with Mexico, respectively, according to WorldCity, a Florida-based economics think tank that uses U.S. Census data to track trade patterns.“He has tapped into a growing nationalist sentiment in Mexico, perhaps due to President [Donald] Trump’s rhetoric [about Mexico],” said Jon Barela, the CEO of the Borderplex Alliance, a nonprofit focused on promoting business and economic development in Ciudad Juárez, El Paso and New Mexico. In September, Barela compared López Obrador to former Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez, a socialist and American adversary who was highly critical of U.S. economic and foreign policies.Obrador has initially said the North American Free Trade Agreement is a bad deal for Mexico and called for the delay of talks to rework the trade pact until after the Mexican elections. When coupled with the anxiety that Trump’s view of NAFTA has caused some Texans, the Mexican elections have sounded alarm bells for border industries who have thrived since the pact’s inception in the early 1990s.“I do think if he wins, it will be a very different presidency and administration, and it will be one that fundamentally questions Mexico’s model of the last three decades,” said Shannon O’Neil, the vice president, deputy director of studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank. “And that’s a model that’s very closely tied to Texas and to trade back and forth with Texas, to companies that exist on both sides of the border — that is a model that he will question.”Barela said he was encouraged by recent statements the front-runner has made on NAFTA, indicating he’s softening his stance and open to a dialogue on the trade pact.According to his campaign platform, López Obrador acknowledged that NAFTA was important to the Mexican economy and “a demonstrated useful instrument” Politico reported. “It’s gotten better, but not by a lot,” he said. “It’s been a disaster” overall.Once known as the deadliest city in the world, Ciudad Juárez has enjoyed some relative calm since a cartel war was responsible for the deaths of more than 10,000 people from 2008 to 2011. But 2017 was the deadliest year since 2012, with more than 770 homicides, and 25 people were murdered in just two days there last week.That failure to sustain peace in the country will ultimately be part of current President Enrique Peña Nieto’s legacy, said Vanda Felbab-Brown, a a senior fellow in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings Institute. And that could sink that party’s chance at re-election.“The Peña administration failed fully in its key security promises,” she said. “One must say [it failed] in all of its promises regarding security.”Though El Paso remained one of the safest cities in the country during the mayhem across the Rio Grande, it didn’t stop people who didn’t know any better from assuming the violence was spilling over into Texas, Barela said. He’s always worried about what a repeat scenario could mean for investment in Texas.“I think people are frankly fed up with a lot of talk and no action when it comes to the violence and the threats of violence [in Mexico],” he said. “And because of violence, businesses people are sometimes skeptical to invest in our region.”O’Neil said that with so many candidates, the eventual winner could only need to secure about 30 percent of the vote, as only a plurality is needed to win the office.“That isn’t much of a mandate,” she said. David FulmerEl Paso, TexasCIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — On a recent evening in this sprawling border city’s downtown, Alfredo Santiago treated passers-by to an electric, instrumental version of Santana’s cover of “Oye Como Va,” the famous Tito Puente standard. That was before he launched into the unmistakable riffs of ZZ Top’s “La Grange.”It was just another day’s work for Santiago, 65, who started playing guitar for money when he was no longer able to work in the construction industry, where he toiled for decades. He likes his current gig, he said, but it’s also the only way he can make a living these days. On a good day, he said, he’ll collect about 100 pesos.That’s one reason why, like the rest of his fellow Mexicans, Santiago is now paying closer attention to the field of candidates vying to become Mexico’s next president, who will be chosen July 1. Santiago said he’s more concerned about the country’s economy than security, although the latter is a close second. He’s pulling for former Mexico City Mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO, as he’s known in this country. A poll conducted last month showed the outspoken populist and candidate for the National Regeneration Movement, or MORENA, with an 11-point lead over the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI’s, Jose Antonio Meade. President Enrique Peña Nieto, also a PRI member, cannot run again because of term limits. “There’s a long time between now and the Mexican election, but I am hopeful that should he be elected that a level of pragmatism certainly would be in order,” Barela said. “He seems to have tempered some of this remarks on free trade.”But O’Neil said that might have more to do with messaging and a more sophisticated campaign style than when López Obrador ran for the presidency in 2006 and 2012.“He has some people around him who have a different communication style, and he’s set out a proposal that’s more broad,” she said. “But when you see him out on the stump, he really hasn’t changed.”Meanwhile, Meade, who was polling at about 20 percent, is considered the candidate that would keep Mexico’s current economic policies largely unchanged. That’s why O’Neil thinks Texas business and political leaders might pull for him or Ricardo Anaya, a former National Action Party, or PAN, leader who has aligned with the center-left Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD. Anaya is also supportive of Mexico’s current institutions and was polling at 19 percent. Two other major candidates — Margarita Zavala, the wife of former President Felipe Calderón, and Nuevo Leon Governor Jaime “El Bronco” Rodríguez — polled at 10 and 2 percent, respectively.“I think the challenge Meade has is that PRI legacy, and it’s a legacy of increasing violence, it’s a legacy of high-profile corruption,” O’Neil said.Meade, a former economic and foreign affairs minister, is a familiar name in Texas political circles. In 2015, he visited Austin and met with Gov. Greg Abbott, where the two talked about several issues, including security, trade and infrastructure.O’Neil said Meade could have momentum because he isn’t an elected official. But as the PRI’s current choice, he must also push back against that party’s legacy of corruption and ineffectiveness in combating violence, she added.For Santiago, the street musician, the violence and the PRI’s inability to effect change on that issue is a reason he’s aligning himself with the populist candidate. Sharelast_img read more

State govt to interlink Artificial Intelligence application within 3 depts for humancentric

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government is planning to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the dissemination of human-centric data by forming a linkage between three government departments that provide direct services to the common people.”We feel that it is necessary to have a framework through which departments under the state government can be interlinked so that we can share human-centric data. A high-level meeting on how AI applications can be used in various areas related to agriculture, transportation and health was held on Monday. IIT Kharagpur will guide us and research scholars from the premier institute will be in constant touch with us so that we can establish a human-centric database combining the three departments. We are hopeful that this will create new avenues in various areas,” a senior official of Information Technology & Electronics (IT&E) department said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWebel Informatics Limited (WIL), the Education & Training arm of West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation (WBEIDC) will take the lead in this endeavour. “We will begin with three state departments — Transport, Health and Agriculture and after getting the desired results we will proceed further,” the official said. The high-level meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary IT&E Debashis Sen along with key officials of Transport, Health and Agriculture department and IIT Kharagpur Director Dr Partha Pratim Chakrabarti. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA private company — PRM Fincon at Rajarhat is working on knowledge of actual case developments of AI in Bengal. The company uses AI to analyse the risk profile of companies and thus advise investors to invest wisely. “They are working on video analytics and their laboratory level prototype is already able to use AI to analyse CCTV feeds to flag if vehicles were crossing lanes and if a two-wheeler rider is wearing a helmet or not and whether it is a soft cap or a proper hard helmet. This would be a great case to improve road safety in accordance with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s “Safe Drive, Save Life” campaign. We have asked Prithwiraj Mukherjee, CEO of the company, to explore the possibilities of developing it further and use it in curbing accidents in New Town,” the official added. IIT Kharagpur’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence that was set up in April 2018 has been applying its research in AI for solving industrial, scientific and social problems such as retail, industry 4.0 and manufacturing.last_img read more

Wheres My Mammogram Campaign Helps Women Own Breast Health Records

first_imgNews | Breast Imaging | October 10, 2018 “Where’s My Mammogram?” Campaign Helps Women Own Breast Health Records Mammosphere leads campaign to provide tools to women to secure their own breast images and health history from their physician offices 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more October 10, 2018 — Mammosphere launched “Where’s My Mammogram?,” a public service campaign to help women obtain copies of prior diagnostic breast images from their physicians. The campaign is intended to empower women to become active participants in their breast health, and to improve clinical outcomes of regular breast cancer screening for women over 40.Under current federal law, women can request copies of their mammograms from their doctors, who are obligated to provide them in whatever format patients request at a reasonable expense, and within 30 days. Having prior images and health history available to clinicians at the time of diagnosis has long been shown to significantly improve clinical outcomes and save lives.“Our campaign, which will run during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is intended to help women play an active role in managing their breast health,” said Kathryn Pearson Peyton, M.D., a breast-imaging radiologist who founded Mammosphere and serves as chair of its Women’s Health Advisory Board. “Many women aren’t aware of the importance of having their past mammograms available for comparison at the time of screening. And navigating the healthcare system to get those prior medical records can be daunting. Where’s My Mammogram? aims to make it easier.”When doctors have immediate access to prior breast images, false positives are reduced by 40 to 60 percent; 30 percent of actual cancers are caught earlier, and diagnosis of breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes is reduced by 12 percent, according to clinical studies.Information on how to obtain prior diagnostic images and other useful information is available at http://info.lifeimage.com/mammosphere/wheres-my-mammogram.Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D., founder of Are You Dense Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy Inc., said, “We join in supporting Mammosphere’s efforts to ensure that doctors and their patients have readily available access to complete patient prior imaging, enabling informed breast health decisions without delay.”Tools available at the website include a letter template for requesting breast images in writing, a telephone script for asking for images by phone, and facts about the importance of having prior images available during regular breast cancer screenings.Women are guaranteed access to their health records, including prior diagnostic breast images, under HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, a landmark federal law regarding health records.For more information: www.mammosphere.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Related Content News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more read morelast_img read more

Home Prices Continue Upward Trend

first_imgHome Prices Continue Upward Trend January 4, 2016 488 Views Share Black Knight Financial Services Home Prices October 2015 2016-01-04 Staff Writercenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News If you thought home prices would shift directions and head downward as the winter season moves in full swing, think again.Black Knight Financial Services’ Data and Analytics division released its October 2015 Home Price Index (HPI) report Monday, finding that U.S. home prices rose marginally by 0.2 percent.However, despite the small month-over-month increase, home prices are up 5.5 percent year-over-year.The HPI reached $254,000 in October and is now just 5.3 percent off its June 2006 peak of $268,000. In addition, the HPI is up over 26.9 percent from the market’s bottom in January 2012.Leading the gains among the states for the fourth consecutive month in October 2015 is New York with a 1.1 percent month-over-month home price increase. Wrapping up the top five states with the largest monthly HPI changes are Nevada (0.8 percent); Utah (0.8 percent); South Carolina (0.7 percent); and New Jersey (0.7 percent).In October, Black Knight reported that Connecticut once again saw the most negative movement, as home prices declined 0.6 percent month-over-month. Minnesota (-0.5 percent); Ohio (-0.3 percent); California (-0.2 percent); and Missouri (-0.2 percent) followed with negative home price appreciation.New York City, New York  and Reno, Nevada led the metros with the largest home prices gains, with prices increasing 1.2 percent in October, according to the report. Sebastian, Florida (1.0 percent); Cape Coral, Florida (1.0 percent); and Carson City, Nevada (1.0 percent) wrapped up the top five metros with the largest home price appreciation.On the other hand, Bakersfield, California (-0.9 percent); Bridgeport, Connecticut (-0.8 percent); Norwich, Connecticut (-0.7 percent); Atlantic City, New Jersey (-0.6 percent); and Cleveland, Ohio (-0.6 percent) held the top five positions of metros with the largest home price declines.The data also showed that all five California metro areas were among the nation’s 40 largest saw home prices fall in October, as the state did as a whole.The data showed that New York, Tennessee, and Texas all hit new home price peaks again in October at $356,000, $178,000, and $216,000, respectively.Seven of the nation’s 40 largest metros reached new peaks in October including Austin, Texas ($286,000); Dallas, Texas ($220,000); Denver, Colorado ($328,000); Houston, Texas ($220,000); Nashville, Tennessee ($220,000); Portland, Oregon ($322,000); and San Antonio, Texas ($196,000).Click here to view the full report.last_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals have flopped in signing agin

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals have flopped in signing aging veteran free agents in the past. See Alan Faneca, Joey Porter, Emmitt Smith, Edgerrin James. Sometimes you catch lightning in a bottle (Kurt Warner) but most times you don’t. You get an aging star trying to cash in with one last paycheck. I don’t see that being the case with John Abraham. Since he was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round in 2000, he has been one of my favorite players in the league. A hard-working, team-leading, quarterback-sacking badass. And even at the ripe old age of 35, I don’t see this as a guy coming to Arizona to cash in on one more paycheck and pick up some golf clubs. Abraham is the consummate professional; he gives it his all game in and game out and doesn’t take plays off. Comments   Share   He is the active career sacks leader for a reason, but sacks aren’t all he does. Abraham, as you will soon see, is someone who makes game-changing plays. He has 44 forced fumbles in his career, and if its not a sack it’s a hurry, a pressure or a knockdown. He’s just a guy that everyone will enjoy playing with and a guy you want in the trenches with you — a guy quarterbacks fear.How much he has left at his age is yet to be determined, but based on his play last season, that tank isn’t even half-empty. With the Cardinals, he will be part of a linebacking corps that consists of a lot of new players — Karlos Dansby, Jasper Brinkley and Lorenzo Alexander — and they drafted Kevin Minter and Alex Okafor. So that’s a crowded position, but Abraham is too good to not be a contributor and earn his playing time. He had always been a down lineman as a defensive end until last season with Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator in Atlanta where he played in the 3-4. He will likely be out there on passing downs, but not dropping into coverage covering tight ends. But he is also a depth provider on the defensive front. So you may see him play both defensive end and linebacker. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals may be thinking of him as a 40-45 snaps per game player, but if he does what he has always done, that number will go up. That the Cardinals got him on a two-year deal for around $6 million is a solid signing. I can’t wait to watch him play. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more