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APTN News U.S President Donald Trump has once again taken to Twitter to use what many call a racial slur in reference to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren.“Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.” Trump wrote in a tweet posted Friday morning.Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017Warren, who has said in the past that she has Cherokee blood, has been the focus of Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ attacks in the past.Trump has referenced Warren by that name a number of times including on the campaign trail in 2016.It’s a name Indigenous peoples oppose for sexualizing Indigenous women and turning them into a cartoon character.Terrill Tailfeathers, from the Blood Tribe south of Calgary, called on Twitter to act.“Please report this tweet for targeting a race,” he tweeted.Please report this tweet for targeting a race. https://t.co/JmymGFn2fW— Terrill Tailfeathers (@Terrilltf) November 3, 2017 Warren responded with a shot of her own.“You might think your tweets are cute, @realDonaldTrump, but they won’t stop Mueller’s investigation or keep your people out of jail.”You might think your tweets are cute, @realDonaldTrump, but they won’t stop Mueller’s investigation or keep your people out of jail.— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) November 3, 2017Mueller is Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller who is leading the probe into alleged Russian intervention in the 2016 U.S. election.Meanwhile, three days ago, Trump declared November National Native American Heritage Month.“During National Native American Month we honor and celebrate the first Americans and recognize their contributions and sacrifices,” Trump said in the proclamation. Barbara Low, a Mi’kmaq woman from Nova Scotia, followed suit.“I reported. Asking followers to do the same. @Twitter are you listening? #IndigenousPeoples are on this platform too.”I reported. Asking followers to do the same. @Twitter are you listening? #IndigenousPeoples are on this platform too. #WeAreStillHere https://t.co/akFF2ZYhRT— Barbara Low (@BarbaraXLow) November 3, 2017American actor George Takei also took their side.“1) You’re a racist. 2) You want to investigate political opponents like a tinpot dictator. 3) When are you resigning? Asking for a country.”1) You’re a racist. 2) You want to investigate political opponents like a tinpot dictator. 3) When are you resigning? Asking for a country. https://t.co/g9j4EZMkNn— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 3, 2017
11 August 2010The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today unveiled a new online portal to help countries monitor fires and protect property with data from satellites operated by the United States space agency NASA. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today unveiled a new online portal to help countries monitor fires and protect property with data from satellites operated by the United States space agency NASA. The new Global Fire Information Management System (GFIMS) shows fire hotspots almost in real time, with a lag of 2.5 hours between when satellites pass over fires to when information is available. Developed with the University of Maryland, it also allows users to receive email alerts, allowing them to react quickly. The launch of GFIMS comes at a time when the incidence of megafires is on the rise, according to Pieter van Lierop, an FAO Forestry Officer responsible for the agency’s activities in fire management. “The control of these fires has become an issue of high importance, not only because of the increasing number of area burned but also because of the relations with issues of global interest, like climate change,” he stressed. The unprecedented heat wave in Russia, which saw temperatures soar to 40 degrees Celsius and winds of up to 20 metres per second, have caused more than 14 million acres to burn. Forest fires have already claimed more than 50 lives this summer in Russia. Globally, vegetation fires affect some 350 million hectares of land annually, with half or more of this area situated in Europe. Until recently, people managing natural resources faced hurdles in obtaining timely and satellite-driven information on vegetation fires. “The information was very fragmented because it was gathered from various sources making it unsuitable for precise analysis and identifying trends,” said John Latham, Senior Environment Office in FAO’s Natural Resources Management and Environment Department. GFIMS, he said, delivers essential data to its users while fires are still burning.
Releasing its latest Foodcrops and Shortages report, the agency reported that emergencies currently plague 17 countries in Africa, 12 in Asia, 2 in Latin America and 2 in Europe. This is down from the 36 countries that FAO reported were facing food emergencies in the April edition of Foodcrops and Shortages. At that time, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe were facing emergencies, while Turkmenistan – now on the list – was not.The report, which contains a region-by-region breakdown, notes that in eastern Africa, food supply prospects have improved with favourable rains over most of the region and good secondary season harvests in parts of it. However, difficulties caused by recent drought or civil strife persist. In Southern Africa, cereal production is sharply down from last year, mainly due to dry weather and reduced plantings. Agricultural activities continue to be hampered by civil strife in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. FAO reports that several Asian countries have been hit by adverse weather threatening their food security. In Afghanistan, the third consecutive year of drought has intensified the severe food crisis “pushing millions into destitution.” The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is experiencing a serious drought following the coldest winter in decades, while Mongolia is recovering from two consecutive extremely harsh winters that killed millions of livestock. Parts of China, India and Pakistan are also experiencing drought.In areas of the Commonwealth of Independent States some 4 million people need food assistance to survive, according to the report, which also notes that in Central America and the Caribbean, some 800,000 people affected by natural disasters are receiving international food assistance. Food assistance also continues to be necessary in the Balkans and in Chechnya, Russian Federation. Elsewhere, two earthquakes in June damaged property and infrastructure in Papua New Guinea, leaving many people homeless. In the Solomon Islands, the food situation remains tight, particularly for internally displaced persons and returnees.
Pragati Pascale told reporters in New York that Assembly President Jan Eliasson has received support for his proposals to appoint lead negotiators on those issues.The proposals are contained in a letter sent by the President to the 191 Member States late last week. In it, he assesses progress achieved so far in implementing the Summit’s “Outcome Document” and charts a course for future action.Talks on the Peacebuilding Commission, which would aim to help post-conflict countries, have been “constructive,” he wrote, predicting that the new body would be operational by the end of the year.Negotiations on the new Human Rights Council, slated to replace the Commission on Human Rights, will intensify at the end of this month, according to the letter. “We must aim to reach an agreement before the end of the year, also for budgetary and practical reasons,” the President wrote. “The earlier we have a decision establishing the Council, the earlier we can start working on the necessary transitional arrangements with the present Commission on Human Rights.”Also expected to be ready by the end of this year is a comprehensive convention against terrorism. “In the wake of recent terrorist atrocities, we must redouble our efforts to bring this about,” he urged.On humanitarian issues, he said that the need for the Central Emergency Revolving Fund to finance relief efforts has been “dramatically underlined by recent natural disasters.”In order to achieve “balanced and comprehensive progress,” he called for work on development – specifically aimed at meeting international targets for cutting poverty – and management reform. Towards that end, he proposed a consultation process geared towards advancing agreement.The General Assembly President said the very credibility of the body he now leads is at stake. “As we continue our work, we must not lose sight of this unique opportunity to reassert the relevance of the General Assembly to the major international issues of our age,” he wrote to the members.
Business report: Big Canadian banks gear up for busy spring real estate market AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Mar 27, 2014 6:19 am MDT Some banks are offering ultra-low mortgage rates, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. Banks|business report|mortgage rates|real estate market
Deciding what to do after you complete your undergrad degree can be stressful for students.Between balancing schoolwork, jobs and extracurricular activities, some students don’t have time to visit the universities where they are interested in continuing their studies at the graduate level.To alleviate any undue stress on students, this year, the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Brock University is launching its first Virtual Open House on Nov. 15 to educate prospective students about the various graduate programs offered at Brock.“The grad studies Virtual Open House is a great opportunity for students to connect directly with faculty and staff from their intended field of study,” said Jens Coorssen, Dean of Graduate Studies. “This allows students to gain a better understanding of each program without leaving the comfort of their home, dorm room or favourite coffee hideout.”This free virtual event is available to students from across the world who are interested in learning more about Graduate Studies at Brock. This event will allow students to connect with admissions representatives and Faculty members from our Faculties ofApplied Health Sciences, Education, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, Social Sciences, and the Goodman School of Business.“Students often ask us very specific questions about their program of interest, “ said Lauren Berwick, of the Graduate Recruitment Team. “We typically have to refer them directly to the appropriate Graduate Program Director, which can sometimes be a timely process but with the Virtual Open House, students are able to ask questions and get a same-day if not real-time response.”Brock University’s Graduate Studies Virtual Open House is being held on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 5 p.m – 8 p.m. Students can register for the Virtual Open House at www.careereco.com/events/BrockOpenHouse.
This view suggests the U.S. may have reached a new plateau. The performance of the 2002 team, for instance, is problematic from this vantage point. If the U.S. fails to beat Belgium on Tuesday, that means it will have gone three World Cups without equaling (much less improving upon) the 2002 team’s performance. Perhaps we’re left with the global soccer equivalent of the Atlanta Hawks: a team that will usually make the “playoffs” then lose in the first round.This might seem like a contrived reading of the evidence. But mapping the Americans’ trajectory from 1986 onward is also selective: It’s easy to make an upward pattern look more impressive by starting from what you know to be a low point.There’s a credible story behind each theory. Under the steady-improvement theory, the story is one of demographic and cultural trends abetted by some measure of self-perpetuating success (a positive feedback loop). Soccer has been a big youth-participation sport since the 1970s, but immigration from Latin America may be giving the U.S. even more young athletes who are interested in soccer. The occasional successes of the U.S. men’s national team, along with an increasingly popular domestic league (and improved television visibility for the English Premier League and Liga MX) may motivate some of these young athletes to play soccer professionally instead of transitioning into baseball, football or another sport.The punctuated-equilibrium theory suggests that the U.S. was badly underachieving its soccer potential for many years. Then it got its act together when it was chosen to host a World Cup: better facilities, more investment in the national team, a sustainable domestic league and so forth. But it was picking low-hanging fruit. It shouldn’t be that difficult for a super-wealthy country like the United States, which excels at so many other sports, to be half-decent at soccer if it tries.What’s more challenging is going from a country that sometimes makes the knockout phase to one that sometimes makes the World Cup semifinals — or beyond. It’s not clear that the U.S.’s wealth, or its athletic prowess, implies that it ought to be much more successful at soccer than it has been in recent years. For instance, we can compare each country’s GDP (taken as a natural logarithm) against its soccer team’s Elo rating as of June. There’s certainly some relationship, but it’s rough (soccer is a comparatively inexpensive sport). The trendline in the chart implies that a best guess for the United States is an Elo rating somewhere in mid-1,800s, almost exactly where it is today.The same story holds if we compare the number of medals each country has won at the Summer Olympics since 2000 (again taken as a natural logarithm5Because a number of countries have won no medals since 2000 — meaning that their natural logarithm would be undefined — I instead take the log of the number of medals won plus one.) against its soccer team’s Elo rating.There’s a high margin of error on these estimates. China’s GDP (and its Olympic medal count) is just a little less than the United States’ — but its soccer team has qualified for only one World Cup and has gotten worse in recent years. Germany also has a big economy and a big medal count — and its soccer team is great. The point is that the U.S. men’s national team is no longer underachieving reasonable expectations, as it was before the 1990s. Nor is it exceeding them. Perhaps what we’ve seen is about what we’re due to get in a populous, wealthy, athletic country — where interest in soccer is average, at best, by global standards.The success of the U.S. women’s national soccer team stands in contrast to that of the men’s. But soccer players are among the highest-profile female athletes in the U.S., suggesting that part of the problem for the men’s side is competition from other sports.The punctuated-equilibrium theory would imply that it may take some time for the U.S. men’s team to reach the next plateau. Perhaps an external catalyst would help: another American World Cup, a run to the World Cup semifinals, the emergence of an American soccer player who is recognized as among the best in the world. (Personally, I’d hope for him to be as brash as Cristiano Ronaldo, the better to spark headlines and stoke rivalries with other countries.) But it could be a long while before any of those things happen, and there could be some further delay before their feedback effects kick in.Or it could be that the steady-improvement theory is right. It also reflects a reasonable interpretation of the evidence. The data on youth interest in soccer is very encouraging, for instance.Tuesday’s game against Belgium will provide us with one data point — but just one. Unlike in the past, however, we might not need to wait four years for the next one. Instead, in 2016, the United States will host the Copa América Centenario, a special one-off tournament that will feature the best teams from both North and South America. It could serve as a preview of our soccer future. Playing at home produces the equivalent of an 100 Elo-point bonus — equal to eight years of improvement for the U.S. based on its 1986 to 2014 trajectory. If the U.S. will be ready to compete with the Colombias and Argentinas and Brazils of the world on neutral turf by 2022 and 2026, it should be able to do so on home soil in 2016.CORRECTION (July 1, 4:54 p.m.): A chart in an earlier version of this post mislabeled the Elo ratings vs. Olympic medal counts for China and Russia. The chart has been updated. For the United States, almost every recent World Cup match has been billed as the most important game in the history of the men’s national team. Its knockout-stage match against Belgium on Tuesday isn’t receiving quite as much hype.1The New Republic does describe the U.S.-Belgium game as the “most important sporting event in American history.” That’s apparently a joke, however. But a win would advance the U.S. to the World Cup quarterfinals for a Saturday afternoon match against Argentina or Switzerland. That would probably be the most-watched game in U.S. soccer history — the first World Cup quarterfinal that many American fans would ever see their men play live.2The U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals in 2002, but its game against Germany was played in South Korea at 7:30 a.m. Eastern time on a Saturday morning — not ideal viewing hours. The U.S. also advanced from its group to the semifinals in the inaugural World Cup in 1930, but that was when just four teams made the knockout stage.It’s tempting to say that these matches are the soccer equivalent of political “game changers” — much-ballyhooed events that seem exciting at the time but which rarely have as much lasting impact as the pundits claim. But it’s not unreasonable to feel as though every World Cup game is more important than the last. It’s a consequence of the long-term state of U.S. soccer.On the one hand, expectations are getting higher. The U.S. advanced from the group stage in 1994, 2002, 2010 and now 2014. Matches against England or Portugal or Germany are now thought of as opportunities rather than sure losses. On the other hand, the men’s national team has never quite had its breakthrough moment.When might the bar be raised? When might U.S. fans view a Round of 16 exit as a travesty and not a triumph?If you’re in your mid-30s, like me, the advance of the U.S. men’s national team might seem as inevitable as that of gay marriage. You’ll be just old enough to remember that the U.S. was once a soccer backwater. But you might not remember how long it took the Americans to get where they are today. The trajectory since the 1980s has always been upward:This chart shows the Elo rating for the U.S. in each World Cup year3Specifically, it shows the U.S.’s Elo rating as of the date of the World Cup final — whether or not the U.S. actually qualified for the tournament. For 2014, I’ve used the U.S.’s Elo rating at the end of the group stage. since 1986 — the last World Cup where the Americans failed to qualify, and the last one before 1988, when FIFA declared the 1994 World Cup would be played in the U.S.From this perspective, the upward trend has been extremely steady. In fact, other than the 2002 team arriving in the quarterfinals a little ahead of schedule, it’s been almost perfectly linear. Since 1986, the U.S.’s Elo rating has improved by almost exactly 50 points every four years.Imagine that the trend continues. Right now, the U.S. team’s Elo rating is nearly 1,850, which places it 15th in the world. Add another 50 points, and by 2018 it would be at 1,900 — somewhere around eighth or 10th in the world and near where Belgium and Uruguay and France are today. That’s a team that could be a dark-horse World Cup contender. By 2026, its Elo rating would be 2,000 — not far from where Argentina, Germany and the Netherlands began this year’s tournament. So in just 12 more years — in a World Cup that could possibly be held in the United States — the U.S. will be a global soccer powerhouse.Or perhaps not. Consider another look at the evidence, one where we run the numbers back further. For much of the 1970s, there was a lot of hope surrounding the growth of U.S. soccer, but the men’s national team repeatedly failed to qualify for the World Cup. In one year, the U.S. failed to win a single qualifying match. But let’s go back ever further, to 1950. This tells a different story. The men’s national team got worse from 1950 to 1958, bottomed out for almost 30 years with no sign of life, improved rather sharply in a concentrated period from 1986 through 2002, and has been fairly steady since.Yes, the U.S. has still gotten better by this reckoning — but it looks more like a case of punctuated equilibrium — a sudden change after years of stasis.4The so-called punctuated trend in the chart is drawn by fitting a regression with a dummy variable that is taken as zero between 1950 and 1986 and one between 2002 and 2014 and allowed to vary at a linear rate only in the intervening years.
Dijana Stevin, a Serbian national team player, decided to join Buducnost and play as second right back in pair with Bulatovic. She has before this played for Kikinda and Zajecar. She won the Serbian cup with Zajecar few days ago. Now with Stevin joining, and with Dragana Cvijic having joined before, Buducnost becomes even stronger and next season we might see them even reaching the final, after this year they went out in the semi-final losing to Larvik. ← Previous Story Kristian Kjelling stays at Aalborg! Next Story → HK Viborg doesn’t want Savic and Amariei
GERMAN AUTHORITIES TODAY charged an 88-year-old former member of an SS armored division with 25 counts of murder over allegations that he took part in the largest civilian massacre in Nazi-occupied France.Cologne state court spokesman Achim Hengstenberg said suspect Werner C., whose last name wasn’t given in accordance with German privacy laws, was also charged with hundreds of counts of accessory to murder in connection with the 1944 slaughter in Oradour-sur-Glane in southwestern France.Dortmund prosecutors allege that the suspect shot 25 men as part of a firing squad, and then helped as troops blockaded and then set fire to a church, in which dozens of women and children were burned alive.In total 642 men, women and children were killed.The suspect’s attorney, Rainer Pohlen,said that his client doesn’t deny being at the village but said he never fired a shot that day and was not otherwise involved in any killings.“My client contests any participation in this massacre, which he finds a truly terrible act,” he said, adding that he had fully cooperated in giving statements to investigators.The court now needs to decide whether to move ahead with a trial, but the suspect first has until 31 March to respond to the charges.If the case does go to trial, it is possible it would be held in a juvenile court because the suspect was only 19 at the time.The suspect was part of the 3rd Company of the 1st Battalion of the “Der Fuhrer” regiment of the fanatical SS’s “Das Reich” division.On 10 June, 1944, just four days after the D-Day landings in Normandy, the company attacked Oradour-sur-Glane in reprisal for the French Resistance’s kidnapping of a German soldier.The troops herded the civilians into barns and into the church, blocked the doors and then set fire to the entire town. Those not killed in the blazes were shot as they tried to flee, though a handful managed to escape.German President Joachim Gauck, Robert Hebras, one of two survivors still alive and French President Francois Hollande, walk through the ghost city. Pic: (AP Photo/Michel Euler)Oradour-sur-Glane today remains a phantom village, with burned-out cars and abandoned buildings left as testimony to its history.Former president Charles De Gaulle had ordered that the town shout not be rebuilt as a reminded of Nazi brutality in occupied France.In September, German President Joachim Gauck and France’s Francois Hollande met in the ghost town in a visit aimed at underscoring French-German postwar reconciliation.Gauck told a crowd there at the time that he shared their “bitterness over the fact that the murderers have not been brought to justice.”Read: Most-wanted Nazi war crimes suspect dies >Read: Hitler’s last bodyguard dies at 96 >
Four people were affected early Saturday after a fire in an apartment in Vancouver.The fire was reported at 4:16 a.m. in an apartment at 1351 Lincoln Ave., in the Lincoln Place apartment complex, according to dispatch records.Vancouver Fire Department Battalion Chief Rick Steele said the fire was limited to a room and its contents.The American Red Cross provided assistance to four adults affected by the fire, according to a press release issued later Saturday.
Black History Month is Shared in Many Ways Hello everyone, Happy Valentine’s Day weekend. This is a “Sweetheart Weekend.” This is also Black History Month and people all over the community and the country find ways to represent that. Here in Baltimore Lexington Market is doing a month long celebration, “Salute to African American Culture.”James Wright, President of the Writer’s Guild and author of several books, is at Lexington Market with many other authors, crafts and art vendors celebrating Black History month from now thru February 28th.During the month Tuesday through Saturday, guest authors and local artisans will showcase their works inside the Market Arcade. Handcrafted jewelry, sculptures, painting, photography, books and vintage memorabilia are some of the items that will be available for purchase. Through February, Lexington Market will host special events that are free and open to the public during regular market hours. Events include the Baltimore Talent Showcase, on February 16 and “Girls Rockin’Out” featuring Bella Afrika Creative Movements, on February 22, among others.The Masons and Eastern Stars filled the Murphy Fine Arts Center for the Black History Month Celebration 2018.The 2nd Annual Thurgood Marshall Black History Month Celebration entitled “Voices of Triumph” is hosted by the Most Worshipful Prince Grand Lodge on February 17 honoring Marylanders who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to progress, advocacy, and social justice in the African American community with the “Golden Trowel Awards.”Kweisi Mfume, Chairman of the Morgan State University Board of Regents will be a Life and Legacy honoree at the Thurgood Marshall Black History Celebration hosted by the Most Worshipful Prince Grand Lodge on February 17th at Murphy Fine Arts Center.Those who will be receiving this honor are : yours truly, Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor-Trusty, Erika L. Alston-Buck, Larry Young, Carl O. Snowden, Herman Williams Jr., Kweisi Mfume, Michael Cryor, A. Adar Ayira, Norma I. Barkley and Dr. A. Skipp Sanders. The Hon. Emanuel J. Stanley is our Most Worshipful Grand Master. For more information, call 410-466-3855.Branford Marsalis is featured at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival on February 15 through February 17 at the Hilton Washington at 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland.In conclusion, the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival will be celebrating Black History Month by hosting a jazz festival for the jazz lovers that will blow your mind. The festival event will feature such jazz greats as Branford Marsalis, Regina Carter, Sean Jones, Jackie Ryan, Freddie Hendrix, Chelsey Green, Kenny Washington, The Lori Williams Group, Brian Lynch, Charles McPherson, Paul Carr, Ralph Peterson, Jr., and so many more, on February 15 through February 17 2019. The festival will be at the Hilton Washington at 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland.Joey DeFrancesco, master organist to release his new album, “In the Key of the Universe” on Mack Avenue Records. See his live performance at Blues Alley in Washington, DC from February 28 thru March 3.Well my dear friends, I am out of space and out of time. I have to get ready to finish planning my brother, Joseph C. Pryor’s funeral. Joseph H. Brown Funeral Home, 2140 N. Fulton Avenue has his body. February 19th, 4-8 p.m. is the viewing and Wednesday, February 20th, the wake is at 10:30 a.m. Funeral services follow at 11 a.m., all at the funeral home. Condolences and cards can be sent to: Rosa Pryor, 214 Conewood Avenue, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136. I appreciate all the cards, love and the condolences I have received from friends and fans. It means so much to me. I also want to thank the musicians who called and want play at the funeral. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at email@example.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.
Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall Stay on target Art conservators cleaning a “fake” Sandro Botticelli painting were in for a major surprise when they discovered that it actually came from the artist’s Florence-based workshop.English Heritage, a U.K.-based conservation charity, recently announced that the painting, which was supposed to be a replica of Botticelli’s Madonna of the Pomegranate masterpiece, is actually a real piece of art, CNN reported. Deep cleaning revealed the painting’s true hues, which were hidden under a thick varnish layer, English Heritage said in a press release. Long thought to be an imitation Botticelli, it turns out this painting is actually from the studio of the man himself! https://t.co/rcGPqyl1kh pic.twitter.com/oZf5d5Sd71— English Heritage (@EnglishHeritage) March 28, 2019“Madonna of the Pomegranate (Madonna della Melagrana), was supposedly painted around 1487 by the Italian master,” English Heritage told CNN in a press statement. “It shows the Madonna and the Christ Child holding a pomegranate — which symbolizes Christ’s future suffering — with four angels around them.”Botticelli’s original Madonna of the Pomegranate is currently displayed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and art experts originally believed that the “fake” painting, which was under the care of English Heritage, wasn’t real because of the yellow varnish and other detail variations.Photo Credit: English HeritageEven though this painting was thought to be an imitation, infrared studies, pigment analysis, and X-ray testing suggested that it came from Botticelli’s Florence-based workshop, BBC News noted.Back in the 15th century, some workshops produced many versions of a well-liked painting, so it’s possible that this painting could have been one of the copies Botticelli sold to his patrons at the time. It’s also likely that the painting was done by one of Botticelli’s assistants, who might have worked at the Renaissance artist’s workshop.Photo Credit: English Heritage“Being able to closely examine and conserve this painting for the first time in over 100 years has really given us the chance to get up close and personal with the paintwork,” Rachel Turnbull, English Heritage’s senior collections conservator, told CNN in a statement. “I noticed instantly that the painting bore a striking resemblance to the workshop of Botticelli himself; stylistically it was too similar to be an imitation, it was of the right period, it was technically correct, and it was painted on poplar, a material commonly used at the time.”English Heritage consulted with experts from the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, who confirmed the Botticelli painting’s origins. Starting April 1, the colorful artwork will be exhibited at Ranger’s House in London with the Wernher Collection, an assortment of approximately 700 works bought by Julius Wernher, a diamond magnate, in the 19th century.More on Geek.com:‘Nude Mona Lisa’ Sketch Might Have Been Drawn by Leonardo da VinciThis Is the Oldest Cave Painting of an Animal Ever FoundWatch: This Artist Transformed Trash Into Robotic Sea Creatures
Providing help to friends, acquaintances, and even strangers can reduce the effects of daily stress on our emotions and our mental health, says a study.“Our research shows that when we help others, we can also help ourselves,” explained study author Emily Ansell of the Yale University School of Medicine in the US. “Stressful days usually lead us to have a worse mood and poorer mental health, but our findings suggest that if we do small things for others, such as holding a door open for someone, we won’t feel as poorly on stressful days,” Ansell noted. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the study, people used their smartphones to report on their feelings and experiences in daily life. A total of 77 adults, ranging from 18 to 44 years old, participated in the 14-day study.The participants received an automated phone reminder every night that prompted them to complete their daily assessment. They were asked to report any stressful life events they experienced that day across several domains such as interpersonal, work/education, home, finance, health/accident, and the total number of events comprised the measure of daily stress. The results indicated that helping others boosted participants’ daily well-being. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA greater number of helping behaviours was associated with higher levels of daily positive emotion and better overall mental health.“It was surprising how strong and uniform the effects were across daily experiences,” Ansell said. “For example, if a participant did engage in more prosocial behaviours on stressful days, there was essentially no impact of stress on positive emotion or daily mental health. And there was only a slight increase in negative emotion from stress if the participant engaged in more prosocial behaviours,” Ansell pointed out.The study was published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science.
Advertisement Today in The Herd, Nick Wright filled in for Colin, and pointed out that even though Harbaugh might be the best football coach on any level, throwing temper tantrums to local reporters over nothing questions isn’t a good look.“When you make 35 times what the governor makes, you’re gonna have to answer questions like the governor. That’s the rules. And to get so abrasive about it. Like those guys are asking you, ‘What did you and your wife do last night?’ They’re not. You had some players missing, two of them were suspended, which two? That’s part of the job.”Harbaugh and the Wolverines are a preseason Top 5 team in many preseason polls, but the question with Harbaugh isn’t whether he’ll win, it’s how long does he stay before his abrasive personality wears out his welcome with his employer. Enjoy every second of Harbaugh, Michigan fans, you never know how long it’s gonna last before he takes a blowtorch to the whole thing.Bet YES on both of these:Jim Harbaugh coaches in National Championship in next 3 yrs & isn’t at Michigan in 5 yrs.https://t.co/X6nl0ZR7Tb— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 16, 2016 Jim Harbaugh is the Gary Busey of college football coaches. Part of the Harbaugh secret sauce is that he’s always unpredictable and has a look in his eye like a guy that could shank you with a toothbrush. He gets people out of their comfort zone and revels in the awkward aftermath. To his utter delight, he has gotten under the skin of Nick Saban and other coaches by aggressively pushing the envelope in recruiting with satellite camps and other nontraditional tactics, including, but not limited to, sleepovers and rap video cameos.When dealing with the media, Harbaugh often looks like he would prefer ripping their still-beating hearts out of their chests and howling maniacally in the moonlight while bathed in their blood, rather than answering basic questions.Yesterday, Captain Comeback had another cringe worthy exchange with the local press. He got testy when asked follow up questions about two players that were suspended and did not appear in the team photo. He wasn’t amused with follow up, and walked out of the press conference, in vintage Harbaugh fashion.Jim Harbaugh was pissed at this press conference today ? pic.twitter.com/SVgVs9XG4t— Kenny E (@Kenny_623) August 16, 2016
Feature | June 12, 2008 | Dave Fornell The Nuts and Bolts of Mobile Computing New technology helps increase accuracy, speed and patient face time Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Related Content 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 | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more The key front-line element in going to a paperless electronic medical record system and increasing speed and accuracy in recording real-time patient information, is use of mobile computers at the patient’s bedside. Healthcare facilities that converted to mobile computing for patient data entry say the system has allowed for more time with patients, since clinicians don’t have to write down the information and then go down the hall to enter it into a desktop computer. They also say the elimination of transcription has led to greater accuracy and the information being immediately available to doctors. “Mobile computing is getting ready to explode in healthcare,” said John L. Waller, M.D., director of informatics and professor at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. His hospital made the conversion to mobile computing from pen and paper charting and data entry at a central nursing station last summer. The nursing staff uses wireless Motion Computing’s C5 tablet PCs with attached bar-code readers. The tablets, which run the McKesson Horizon Clinicals application, are mounted on Rubbermaid carts, but Dr. Waller indicated they easily detach to be hand-carried. He noted the carts offer the advantage of having a normal keyboard for data entry instead of just using the tablet stylus. Vital sign information is entered by clinical assistants who are issued Motion Computing LE1700 tablet computers without bar-code readers. “Using tablet PCs pushes the nurses to interact more with the patients,” Dr. Waller said. “The timeliness and accuracy in getting the information entered has been something that we have seen improvement in.” In the initial pilot of McKesson’s clinical documentation and bar-code medication administration solutions with the C5, the hospital saw an 18 percent improvement in patient vital sign charting accuracy and a significant reduction in charting delays, says Marilyn Schaffner, Ph.D., R.N., CGRN, chief nursing officer at MUSC. Dr. Waller says the time saved in charting has allowed nurses to spend more time with their patients. Patient information has also been much easier to access and more up-to- date than with the previous system, he adds. The bar-code readers are used primarily for medication administration. Each patient has a unique bar-code on their hospital-issued ID wristbands that is scanned and cross-checked along with the bar codes of medication being administered to check for potential interactions or drug allergies, according to Dr. Waller. While MUSC currently uses 50 tablet PCs for nursing documentation, its goal is to add more and increase their usage in other areas, including more physician interface, Dr. Waller notes. Carting It Around The computers used in mobile computing are generally smaller hand-held tablets, thin-client or laptop models. While some of these machines are carried from room to room, many are mounted on small carts. Installing computers on carts has several advantages over carrying tablet PCs, says Jon Lewis, R.N., director of administrative operations for St. Mary’s Dean Ventures, a chain of four joint venture surgery centers operated by Dean Healthcare System and St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI. In early 2007 nurses there began using 63 Wyse V90 thin-client computers with sealed keyboards with run Epic OpTime OR management software. The computers are mounted on Flo Healthcare 1750 carts. Lewis said he is very happy with the computers and the carts, which have significantly helped the surgery centers convert from paper charts to an electronic medical record system. The carts allow staff to have their hands free to work with patients, monitor equipment and to more easily enter information into the computer, according to Lewis. Smaller tablet computers that use a stylus can be cumbersome if they are hand-held, he adds. The small footprint of the carts allows them to easily be maneuvered into patient rooms and around obstacles such as tables, chairs and equipment stands. The base of the Flo 1750 carts is weighted, which Lewis indicated helps add stability and prevent them from tipping over. The computer is actually installed inside the cart to prevent it from being stolen, and the cart also protects the expensive computer from being dropped or jarred, as might happen with hand-held computers, he notes. Such protection should help to extend the service life of the computers, he adds. Lewis says the system allows nurses to be more efficient and data to be entered into patient files immediately. As nurses enter patient information, the patient information is immediately updated on large monitor “grease boards” at the central nursing stations. The information is also automatically entered into the patients EMR in the central server. “The nurses had to have the ability to enter information in real time with the patient,” Lewis said. “It offers so many advantages over a paper record. It’s more efficient and there is more accuracy, which means better patient care because of reduced transcription errors.” Evaluators from St. Mary’s Dean Ventures looked at various carts and chose one they thought would be ideal. However, when the nursing staff began testing it on a daily basis, they were quickly dissatisfied and asked for a smaller cart that was more maneuverable and had better ergonomics. “The important thing with a cart is to use it and test it in the environment where it will be used,” Lewis said. Making The Connection Another key to successful conversion to mobile computing is reliable wireless service throughout the hospital. The cart-based computers St. Mary’s Dean Ventures use interface with a central server via wireless Wi-Fi. Lewis says the Wi-Fi system had to be installed throughout the centers to accommodate mobile computing, but will also serve other new technologies, including the introduction of Vocera voice-activated badges for instant communications between staff anywhere in the buildings. MUSC had to upgrade its Wi-Fi capability to handle the increased load mobile computing brings to a wireless network. Dr. Waller says hospitals need to coordinate in advance with their software, hardware and wireless vendors to ensure a smooth transition to a new mobile computing system. He says it is very important to ensure a Wi-Fi system can maintain constant connectivity from one Wi-Fi zone to another as computers are moved around the building. If not, he says they will constantly have to be rebooted. 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Source = TravelManagers Australia Seventh agency collapse – How many more before government takes action to protect consumers?With the announcement this week that Parramatta based Value World Travel in New South Wales has collapsed with “hundreds of travellers being left $3 million out of pocket and others stranded” as reported in Wednesday’s issue of news.com.au, the question must be asked how many more agency collapses will it take for Government to take action.Since the disestablishment of the Travel Compensation Fund (TCF), Value World Travel makes seven travel agencies being reported to have collapsed since 5th May 2015 with consumer losses as a direct result of these collapses to date, estimated to have reached in excess of $4.5 million.“If nothing else, these losses alone prove consumer protection against fraudulent actions of their travel agency is clearly no longer existent,” says TravelManagers’ Chairman Barry Mayo.Mayo strongly believes it is the state governments that are guilty of disbanding the TCF without ensuring the travelling public was provided with an effective form of consumer protection against travel agent insolvency.“It can no longer be disputed that consumer losses now being experienced is as a direct result of state governments disbanding the TCF and replacing it with an ill thought out industry accreditation scheme that failed to demand robust financial criteria or deliver consumer protection. Government and individual members of the industry need to acknowledge these consumer losses are not going to cease and recognise that an accreditation scheme without consumer compensation is worthless from both consumer and industry perspectives.”It is important to remind the travel agency community that $25 million dollars of TCF funds contributed by travel agents remains intact.“Immediate steps need to be taken to ensure these funds are used to reinstate a more robust financial oversight of the industry and provision of consumer protection. If action is not taken quickly to secure these funds to be used to protect the consumer as originally intended, this money paid by the travel agency community will be swallowed up into government funds and be accounted for as part of general revenue.”Mayo recognizes that these travel agencies may have also have failed under the TCF. However, their customers would not have been out-of-pocket.“We recognize there were shortcomings in the TCF as it previously stood and that with goodwill and common purpose these can be addressed to ensure a new replacement to the TCF is more equitable than some may have perceived.”The situation being experienced by these customers is precisely what TravelManagers and CHOICE Consumer Advocacy (CHOICE) were fearful of in their original submissions to Government.TravelManagers is a true customer advocate and Mayo has passionately lobbied from the outset that the industry needs to offer some form of universal consumer protection, sentiments that were also echoed by submissions from CHOICE to the Council of Australian Governments back in October 2012 in response to the COAG’s Draft Travel Industry Transition Plan.“CHOICE does not agree with the core proposition of the Travel Industry Transition Plan (‘the Plan’) which calls for the abolition of the Travel Compensation Fund (TCF). We are not convinced that the replacement initiatives proposed (such as private insurance and credit card chargebacks) will satisfactorily address the problem of consumer loss due to agent insolvency.”Thirty years ago, uniform legislation was first introduced throughout Australia to provide consumer protection for the customers of defaulting travel agents. The Bills purpose was simple – to provide for the licensing of travel agents. It was seen as an important advance in consumer protection, as it was recognised that the incompetence or dishonesty of a travel agent could destroy a trip for which ordinary people have saved for a long time and which they may never have the chance to repeat.“This sentiment is still as real and valid as it was thirty years ago, however with the abolishment of the national scheme including the TCF, which provided consumers with some recourse, should their travel agent become insolvent is no longer. It is the consumer that is the biggest loser combined with declining consumer confidence in travel agencies growing with each negative media report,” reflects Mayo.About TravelManagers TravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 480 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases. Join TravelManagersbecome a Personal Travel Manager here
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