RCMP descends on Mikmaqled antifracking blockade

first_img(Elders drum pray and cry as RCMP officers move in to enforce injunction against anti-fracking barricade. Ossie Michelin/APTN)By Ossie Michelin APTN National News REXTON, NB–RCMP officers moved in early Thursday morning to enforce an injunction against a Mi’kmaq-led barricade that has trapped exploration vehicles belonging to a Houston-based firm conducting shale gas exploration in New Brunswick.An eye-witness who left the barricade after police moved in said a Molotov cocktail was thrown and that some warriors claimed they were “willing to die” holding the line. The eye-witness also said the RCMP officers moved in with guns drawn.Miles Howe, a journalist with Media Co-op, also said in a Facebook posting that Molotov cocktails had been thrown at police and that rubber bullets had been fired in the surrounding woods.“Currently still in standoff,” he wrote in the posting on wall of Facebook group, Shale Gas Alerts New Brunswick.Police arrested some of the activists as residents from the Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog, which has been at the heart of the anti-fracking movement, swarmed to the site.Drumming, cursing, crying and barking dogs echoed through the air as the activists at the barricade clashed with police.The blockade against SWN Resources Canada sits just off Route 135 and about 80 kilometres north of Moncton and 15 km northeast of Elsipogtog. The blockade was the latest salvo in a battle against SWN’s shale gas exploration that raged throughout this past summer and led to dozens of arrests.The blockade has been anchored by the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society which, at one point, blocked the highway completely. The warriors opened up one lane for traffic last week.Mi’kmaq, Acadian and Anglophone residents in the area believe the discovery of shale gas will lead to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and they fear the extraction method poses a threat to the area’s water and environment.SWN received an extension to the injunction against the blockade which had set to expire on Oct. 12.Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock had been in talks with New Brunswick Premier David Alward in hopes of finding a peaceful end to the blockade.More to comeomicheline@aptn.ca@Osmichlast_img read more

Grain producers still pushing for improved rail service

first_imgThe Senate is being urged to pass Bill C-49, ensuring long term solutions to rail transportation, to improve farmers’ ability to get their grain to market.A group of farmers recently made a presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications explaining the impact of rail service problems.They are not pleased with the ongoing situation and want to see the system fixed long-term.The passing of the bill, which will include reciprocal penalties, was delayed before Christmas.Alberta Wheat Director Warren Sekulic said the rail service has been poor and seems to be collapsing.“CN right now has only delivered on the last — the latest shipment — it’s only delivered on 17 per cent of their car orders,” he said.“So, what that means for farmers is that the grain is sitting in storage on farms, or in elevators and it’s not being moved to port.”Sekulic said they felt their concerns were met by a lot of sympathetic ears, although he said he still does not have a clear timeline on when it will be passed.last_img read more

Another Caribou Recovery Discussion Postponed

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The scheduled Caribou Recovery Discussion hosted by the Resource Municipalities Coalition for January 11th, 2019 has been postponed.This discussion was an opportunity for the Provincial Government and First Nation leaders to come together and to speak to Caribou Protection. A roundtable discussion would follow this conversation and would be based on the plan discussed to find a balance between protecting Central Caribou herds and economic development. Following the roundtable discussion would be a panel discussion with Government, First Nations and other Stakeholders regarding the findings of the roundtable discussion to be able to provide recommendations for a Private Members Bill for our MLA’s and MP to address.The West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations are willing to have an open discussion with Stakeholders as soon as all sides are willing. At this time, without a draft agreement in place, the Federal Government and Provincial Government prefer to not discuss this issue. With this in mind, the Coalition felt it best to postpone the Caribou Recovery Discussion.The Resource Municipalities Coalition is working to develop Private Members Bills that focus on a process with respect to future dialogue concerning issues that impact our region and continuing to work with Government, First Nations and industries to promote the interests of our communities.To learn more about the Resource Municipalities Coalition CLICK HERElast_img read more

Morocco Suspends Teacher For Shooting Video Mocking First Grade Student

Rabat – The Ministry of National Education has decided to suspend teacher involved in the shooting of a video that shows a first grade student named Nadia being mocked for her inability to write number 5 properly on the blackboard.The Ministry said in a statement that it was able to identify the teacher who was mocking Nadia while making everybody else in the class laugh at her for her inability to write number 5.The Ministry added that the committee that was sent on Monday December 1st to conduct a thorough investigation on the subject with all involved parties, has found that the video was indeed recorded by a teacher of primary education who works in a school located in the city of Kenitra. The Ministry said that, given the seriousness of this act, it has decided to suspend the teacher from his duties and to present him before a disciplinary board.The video, which surfaced last week stirred a controversy in the country, with thousands of people sharing it on social media and condemning the behavior of the teacher.Given the widespread condemnation caused by the video , the teacher posted another video on YouTube over the weekend in which is apologized for his act. read more

7 Ways to Make Your Google CCAI Deployment Successful

For example, the user may want to “book a hotel reservation in New York, next Wednesday evening.” In order to complete the transaction, you’ll need to update a back-end reservation system like Amadeus HotSOS. Without a virtual agent platform, this is done directly in Dialogflow, and as I explained in my first point, this will require someone who understands JSON and JavaScript programming. At Inference, it is our mission to build a platform for intelligent virtual agents that makes it easier for businesses to deploy self-service applications powered by conversational AI APIs provided by vendors like Google. We’ve learned that although conversational AI has made incredible gains in both quality and ease of deployment, it’s still by no means a solution that you just deploy and expect to work out of the box. I had the privilege of speaking on this topic with Google’s Adam Champy and Call Miner’s Jeff Gallino during an Enterprise Connect session led by Brent Kelly of KelCor. In this post, I’d like to share some of the things we’ve learned while working with our partners to build and deploy CCAI applications. I hope that these suggestions help you as you develop your own CCAI development and deployment plans. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? In fact, developer adoption of Dialogflow, Google’s development suite for creating conversational interfaces, has grown by nearly 600% in just two years, as Google product manager Shantanu Misra shared on stage at Next ’19. That alone is an incredible endorsement for just how valuable both AI-powered agent assistance and intelligent virtual agents are to businesses. Schebella_CCAI_1_774.png However, the platform is still an environment best suited for developers. One of the major benefits offered by modern cloud contact center platforms is the ability for non-technical users (e.g. call center managers) to manage operations without being dependent on IT. In a similar fashion, if you plan to build virtual agents, a software platform that offers a no-code, drag-and-drop solution for building virtual agent applications will also eliminate your dependence on professional services or dev teams to build, deploy, and modify applications. Building Dialogflow agents can be a challenge if you’re not a developer. A good virtual agent platform will enable you to bring your own virtual agents or use a set of pre-built Dialogflow agents. 3. Being ’on-net’ offers strong economic benefitsConsumers still overwhelmingly use the telephone to contact customer service, so a critical element of a CCAI deployment will likely include telephony. As Adam Champy pointed out at Next ‘19, enterprises purchase CCAI through a contact center partner like Cisco, 8×8, or Five9. You can also get access to CCAI through your telecommunications carrier. In many cases, an enterprise will purchase a package of minutes, based on a per-minute cost from an over-the-top (OTT) provider. They will be charged for calls coming into their call center (especially for toll-free numbers), and they’ll be charged for the leg of the call that connects to a live agent (especially if that agent is working from home or in a remote location). If you’ve been following industry news on No Jitter, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the rapid adoption of Google’s Contact Center AI (CCAI). At Enterprise Connect last month and Google’s Cloud Next ’19 event last week, there was a wave of announcements from systems integrators, contact software vendors, and developers declaring support for Google’s CCAI. CCAI and Google’s NLP solution Dialogflow are red-hot right now. On No Jitter, Beth Shultz did a great job of summarizing the recent announcements and Sheila McGee-Smith wrote a detailed article describing the Google/Salesforce CCAI announcement and their work with Five9 and Hulu. So, we know that vendors are supporting CCAI and that enterprises are demanding the type of improved customer experience that it’s poised to offer. The next question for enterprises should be, “How can I deploy a solution that harnesses all of this powerful new technology and ensure that it solves real-world business problems for my customers?” 2. Fulfillment is one of the most important challengesWith CCAI and Dialogflow, you program the system to have a conversation with the user. During the course of the conversation, you may use text-to-speech to ask the user a question, speech recognition to transcribe the response into text, and Dialogflow to determine what the user is actually asking the virtual agent to do (also known as “intent matching”). 1. The tools you decide to use will have a great influence on the team you’ll need to succeedWith CCAI, the technology you need to build your applications is now available to you, as a service, in the Google Cloud. This includes Speech-to-Text, WaveNet Text-to-Speech, and Dialogflow. The quality of these API-driven solutions is superb because Google’s Neural Nets are being training by millions of consumers having millions of conversations with their Google Home and Android devices every day. See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » Continued on next page: Points four through sevenTags:News & ViewsContact Center AIGoogleconversational AIvirtual agent platformDialogflowContact Center & Customer ExperienceAI & AutomationAI & Speech TechnologiesReal-Time CommunicationsSpeech TechnologiesTechnology TrendsVendor Perspective12nextlast Articles You Might Like Log in or register to post comments AIAgent_774.png Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI These telephony charges can quickly add up. A common retail use case is for a retailer to accept an inbound call and enable the caller to have a conversation with a virtual agent. The caller may then ask to be connected to a local store (or department) to speak to a live sales rep. If the retailer has deployed the virtual agent “on-net” through their telecommunications carrier, then this transfer should be no different than transferring to a local extension. These types of transfers are typically free, as they are considered to be within the same enterprise. This can make a huge difference in the economics of the overall solution. How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. read more

Rec and Leisure prof partners on reflective journaling book for educators

Tim O’Connell, professor and chair of the Department of Recreation and Leisure, and Janet Dyment, a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania, have published a new book for edcuators about reflective journaling. It’s something Tim O’Connell and Janet Dyment have been reflecting on for years.Reflective journaling has inspired the duo to produce more than a dozen peer reviewed research papers over the past 12 years, all of it culminating with O’Connell and Dyment’s newly published book Theory into Practice: Unlocking the Power and the Potential of Reflective Journals. It’s a book written for higher education instructors, pre-service and high school teachers, and outdoor educators to turn them on to the power of their students putting pen to paper and writing down their thoughts.The point is to encourage students to critically reflect on what they’re learning at school and connect those lessons to their everyday lives.“It’s putting the pieces together of what’s happening inside the classroom and outside,” explained O’Connell, professor and chair of Brock’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. O’Connell and Dyment, a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania, have both been avid journal writers throughout their lives.“As kids, we recall keeping secret journals that were hidden away from our siblings and friends,” they wrote in Theory into Practice. “As teenagers, we remember writing in journals to sort out the angst and tensions of changing emotions, bodies, hearts and thoughts.“As young practitioners in the field of outdoor education… we kept journals of our expeditions, adventures, students and learnings. We both have boxes of these old journals, stored in our homes – and enjoy a quiet moment every few years to peek back into those time capsules.”O’Connell and Dyment met while teaching at Lakehead University’s School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, and connected over their mutual interest in journal writing as a teaching tool.Both lamented that the journal entries they received from their students lacked “reflection, critique and engagement.” Instead, the pages were filled with descriptive accounts of events.So the duo began researching the art of reflective journaling, its benefits, how to support and train students to become better at chronicling their thoughts, and helping them to find their own voice.They boned up on other academic writing about the topic to gauge the unknowns about journaling, held journal writing workshops, interviewed students and instructors and, as part of their research, analyzed more than 880 journal entries from students.Then they reflected.They spent six months synthesizing their findings, including their own previous research, then planned the manuscript for Theory into Practice, ensuring they tailored the book to suit the needs of both academics and practitioners.The result is a book that’s both a mix of theory and practical concepts but it’s one that doesn’t necessarily need to be read page by page.“We tried to write each chapter so if someone is just interested in a particular component of journaling, they could just read that chapter,” O’Connell explained.“The book is written to be of interest to a range of readers, irrespective of their academic discipline,” Dyment added.While both O’Connell and Dyment are big advocates of journaling and use it as a teaching tool in their own classes, they acknowledge it’s something that should be used with care.“You don’t want to journal students to death and you can’t just hand them a blank journal and expect success,” Dyment said. “Students need proper training and scaffolding.”Still, they say the practice of keeping a reflective journal related to learning means students are better able to integrate theory and practice so what they learn “becomes something deeper and richer for them,” Dyment noted.It also serves as a sort of recordkeeping of experiences for students, which can come in handy during job interviews, for example.With the book fresh off the press, O’Connell and Dyment are continuing their research into journaling, including examining why more experienced educators may have stopped journaling, what tools they’re using to reflect instead, and how they reconcile their lack of journaling with using it as a teaching tool.They are also looking into how social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, blogs, electronic portfolios and discussion boards can be used to support students’ reflective journaling efforts. read more

Greed fear and the US election make your portfolio presidentproof

Greed, fear and the U.S. election: make your portfolio president-proof OTTAWA – The U.S. election promises to be a wild ride to Nov. 8 and stock markets could be taken along for the volatile trip to voting day.With that in mind, experts are urging investors to resist falling prey to emotion and see past the short term while remaining focused on their plans.“You can’t kind of go from greed to fear to greed to fear,” says Chris Catliff, CEO of BlueShore Financial.“You need to keep it in check.”Britain’s surprise vote in June to leave the European Union sent stock markets into a tizzy. An upset win by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, despite polls suggesting only a slim chance of victory, could result in similar convulsions.But people should remember that while stock markets sank in the wake of the so-called Brexit vote, they also bounced back in the weeks that followed. Those who sold their holdings in the immediate aftermath missed out on the rebound.Those who are nervous about the short term moves on the market may have too much risk in their portfolios.Catliff says the Canadian dollar and peso have rallied when Hillary Clinton, the presidential nominee for the Democrats, has done well in the campaign.Trump, on the other hand, has injected a little more uncertainty into the markets when he performs well, Catliff says.“I think that’s because people haven’t figured him out yet necessarily,” he says.“He is a bit whimsical in his policy thoughts, they’re not well thought out and he doesn’t really have a guiding ideology maybe like Clinton does.”Stan Wong, portfolio manager at Scotia Wealth Management, says investors need to remember that the U.S. is Canada’s largest trading partner and the largest economy in the world.“So anything that happens in the U.S., they are the elephant,” he says. “If they move, its going to affect us.”In a report to clients, Scotia Wealth Management said a Republican win may have mixed results for Canada, initially striking a positive note, before problems creep up in the medium- to long-term as anti-immigration, anti-trade and U.S. government debt weigh on the U.S. economy.The report said a Democratic win would be a relatively status quo scenario.Wong says Trump favours the energy producers in the U.S. and that could spur new investment spending on pipelines and drilling.When it comes to Clinton, he says, health care has been under a microscope and may continue to face scrutiny, which could affect some companies in the U.S. and Canada. Clinton has said drug companies should have to explain price increases and show what benefits and value have been added.“It looks like financials might be under the microscope as well with someone like Clinton,” Wong says.Shailesh Kshatriya, director of Canadian strategies at Russell Investments Canada, notes both are promising fiscal stimulus in the form of infrastructure spending that should be good news for economic growth.“It does seem like fiscal policy will likely be a bit of a tailwind for growth in the U.S. and that’s not a bad thing if you’re invested in equities,” he says.At the end of the day, Kshatriya says the markets will ultimately react to fundamentals over, in this case, politics.“Politics can cause short-term noise and anxiety, but over the longer term I think the market will react more to the fundamentals,” he says. by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 20, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 20, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Teen who revealed scoliosis pain on Late Late Show has surgery delayed

first_img Megan with her mother, Sharon, on the Late Late Show Image: RTÉ via Youtube 20,028 Views Teen who revealed scoliosis pain on Late Late Show has surgery delayed AGAIN Megan Halvey-Ryan was due to have surgery at Our Ladies in Crumlin next week Mar 2nd 2017, 11:05 AM Share1292 Tweet Email 53 Comments Megan with her mother, Sharon, on the Late Late Show Short URL Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 11:05 AM http://jrnl.ie/3266790 Image: RTÉ via Youtube By David Raleigh Source: The Late Late Show/YouTube“She has an 83 degree thoracic curve which is a curve on the top of her spine, and she has a 65 degree lumbar curve on the base of her spine,” Halvey-Ryan said.She has extreme high rib rotation and it is now having major effect on her organs – her bowel; her stomach; her lungs.Packing a travel bag for her daughter at their home in Dooradoyle, Halvey-Ryan said: “I can’t miss this appointment. We have got to go up to Crumlin for this post-op assessment.”She said Megan’s spinal curve is likely to be far worse than what it was eight months ago – the last time her daughter was assessed for surgery.“She did the post op assessment eight months ago; it’s a medical assessment which will examine her respiratory system, and her bloods, and she’ll undergo more x-rays on her spine.”We only found out two days ago that her surgery for the 9 March was cancelled. We understand emergencies happening at the hospital, but if my daughter’s scoliosis is not an emergency I don’t know what is – in my opinion she is extremely ill.“Scoliosis is considered an elective surgery so whenever there are a lot of emergency surgeries to be performed at the hospital the scoliosis patients get bumped down the list. It happens all the time.”Halvey Ryan added: “This has happened to us before. That’s why I said (on the Late Late) that I was sceptical about Megan’s surgery going ahead on the 9 March.”“I’ll only believe it when she is actually on the operating table in the surgical theatre.”Fianna Fáil TD, Niall Collins said he will be raising the matter in the Dail today.“It’s shocking. This family has been let down and failed again by the HSE,” Collins said.I’ll be calling on the Minister for Health today in the Dáil to confirm that the new date for surgery will be honoured.Read: We used to screen for scoliosis in schools, so why was it stopped?Read: ‘Her spine has a 97 degree curve but she doesn’t know what’s wrong and can’t describe her pain’ AN “EXTREMELY ILL” Limerick girl who was scheduled to have surgery to help correct a massive double curvature on her spine has had her operation delayed again.Thirteen-year old Megan Halvey-Ryan’s plight sparked national outrage after she appeared on Late Late Show last month to highlight delays in her surgery.Despite being on a surgical waiting list for the past 18 months, Megan received word from the HSE a few hours before her Late Late appearance that her operation was booked for next Thursday 9 March.However, Megan’s mother Sharon confirmed this morning that she received communication from the HSE last Tuesday, informing her that her daughter’s surgery had been cancelled due to a high number of emergency surgeries scheduled at Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Dublin.Halvey-Ryan told RTÉ’s Ryan Tubridy Show they have now been told Megan’s surgery is rescheduled for March 23.“We’re devastated,” she said.Speaking this morning as she and Megan prepared to travel from their home in Limerick to Crumlin for a series of post surgery tests, Halvey-Ryan said her daughter was “extremely ill”.Outlining her daughter’s present condition, she said: “Megan is not great, she’s very upset. She can’t eat and she is finding it very hard to breath and sleep at night.”Photos of Megan’s twisted spine were shown with her permission on the Late Late Show in order to raise awareness about scandalous delays on surgical waiting list for scoliosis sufferers. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

RIGIDITY IS NOT THE SIGN OF MATURE GOVERNMENTS

first_imgThe battle for political power could take many forms and those who govern have more interest in a contest for political power which takes place under a climate of peace and tranquility.Political figures could have their intentions but the material conditions dictate how a society is transformed.No political leader can force the people to take course of actions which they are not ready to take to effect change.No political leader who controls political power could prevent change when the people are ready for it.Hence, every political leader should pay heed to the dictates of times and circumstances.The incidents of 14 and 16 April should be put in their proper context regardless of the legal implications, they are politically motivated. If one focuses on the political motivation and rely on political means to address the problems arising from them, a solution would be found that would be considered appropriate by all reasonable citizens of the country.Election is just six months away. People are capable of making a decision in support of any political leader or shade. It is necessary to contain the tension by doing what is right and just to create an atmosphere favourable for holding of free, fair and credible elections. Flexibility is what is needed to make good judgments and decisions.last_img read more

Heres everything we know about Android Automotive in the Polestar 2

first_img 0 Post a comment Tags The upcoming Polestar 2 will be the second model from the Volvo-spinoff Polestar premium electrified vehicle brand, but will be its first mass-produced, fully electric model after the limited edition Polestar 1 hybrid. The P2 will also be one of the first vehicles to feature the all-new Google-powered Android Automotive OS infotainment experience in its dashboard. Sounds impressive, right? But what does that mean exactly? What is Android Automotive OS?Simply put, Android Automotive OS is a new version of the Android operating system for use in the vehicles. Where Android Auto lives on the user’s phone and is merely projected onto a dashboard display, Android Automotive is an operating system that lives in the car itself and works independently whether there’s a phone connected or not. Think Samsung or LG’s Android-powered smart refrigerators, but on wheels. And less dumb… Of course, it’s a tad more complex than that and we’ll dig into the nuances shortly, but that’s the basic idea. Android Auto? Android Automotive? Aren’t those names a bit confusing?Yep. Android Automotive may sound a lot like Android Auto, but it’s a fundamentally different approach to an app-based dashboard. Polestar What advantage does one offer over the other?Because Android Auto lives on the phone in your pocket, the entire experience comes with you from vehicle to vehicle. For those who drive a different car every week — users of car-sharing services, frequent travelers and automotive journalists, for example — it’s great because after sitting down in an Android Auto-compatible car, you just plug into USB and click “confirm” and all of your podcasts, playlists, contacts, navigation settings and destinations are projected in the dashboard the same as they were in the last car. However, Android Auto has disadvantages for the rest of you who drive the same car every day. For starters, being powered by phone apps can hamper the in-car experience with compromises that developers make to get those apps to run well on a wide variety of smartphones and specs. I met with Android Automotive Lead Product Manager Haris Ramic, who explained, “When you’re developing for mobile, you’re constantly thinking about battery management. ‘Am I consuming too much battery?’ So, things like GPS, for example, update very irregularly, which impacts the mapping experience while you’re driving. The developer has to ask, ‘Why am I polling for GPS this way? Because it’s a phone? And which kind of phone?'” Because Android Automotive lives permanently in a car, its apps can be optimized around more generous power requirements and hardware that is specific to the vehicle. Ramic goes on to say that an onboard navigation app can ping GPS more frequently without worrying about killing a phone’s precious battery and offer even more accurate positioning in, say, a parking garage or tunnel by using data pulled from the car’s ground speed sensors and compass to dead-reckon its location. Apps can be optimized to behave consistently whether or not there’s an internet connection — perhaps by caching offline data or music in the vehicle’s onboard storage — and can even take advantage of multiple displays or input methods. Google Maps, for example, can also display a live map in the Polestar 2’s digital instrument cluster. palestra-2-android-automotive-2Being a permanent part of the vehicle means that Android Automotive OS can integrate seamlessly with the car’s hardware. Polestar Android Automotive’s permanence means that the software ties closely into bespoke vehicle functions in ways that Android Auto’s simple single screen projection can’t. Anyone who’s ever used Android Auto knows that the neglected fifth icon on its bottom bar — where vehicle-specific apps are supposed to live — is really only used to leave the Android Auto sandbox to access the rest of the car’s infotainment functions. Android Automotive is the onboard infotainment, so climate controls, audio settings, vehicle options, even battery and range data for an EV are all integrated, which makes the entire interface more consistent and safer to use on the road. “For example, with the Polestar 2, we take into consideration the charge level as well as the battery’s performance and we can merge that with a mapping data and assure that you’ll have enough charge for a point A to point B experience. It is an electric car and some drivers still have range anxiety and this can help those people,” Ramic explains. “We’re definitely building on our knowledge from Android Auto, but our point is to make it as seamless as we can so people are not constantly flipping between the two systems.” Does that mean there’s a little Polestar climate control app running in 2’s dashboard?Yep, and it could even be updated over the air or through Google Play Services, if the automaker decided to go that route. Like we’ve already seen with Tesla, the idea of vehicle software updates opens some interesting possibilities. Ramic speculated that the climate control interface that the Polestar 2 launches with could be significantly different a year later. New modes could be added, the organization of menus or onscreen buttons could be changed and the in-car experience could get better over time based on customer feedback. It could also get worse or more confusing if the automaker changes too much too quickly, but that’s the chance you take with any updatable software. GOOGLE POLESTAR INCAR COMMAND MODULEDriver profiles allow different users to keep all of their apps, preferences and accounts separated.  Polestar How do driver profiles work with Android Automotive?We heard a lot about Google Assistant during the I/O 2019 keynote this week. The AI-powered voice assistant is a big part of Google’s current strategy, so it’s no surprise that the “Hey, Google” query is a big part of Android Automotive’s promise. Polestar 2 drivers will be able to use Google Assistant commands to take advantage of Android Automotive’s connections with the vehicle’s hardware to, for example, adjust the climate controls or tune the radio to a selected station. Assistant will also be able to select destinations for navigation, send text messages or initiate calls, save memos and reminders, get answers to questions and access all of the services and smart home integrations that you could get on your phone. A complex request like, “Hey, Google, remind me to grab milk on the way home tomorrow” made using a Google Nest Hub in the morning could result in a prompt on the car’s display when you start it after work and a suggestion to navigate to a market between the office and home. But, with Google Assistant getting more and more customized this year, it’s important that Android Automotive knows that you’re you, so your family members don’t get reminders to do your chores when they borrow the car. Ramic said, “The Polestar 2 can use a Bluetooth-paired smartphone as a key to identify the driver, unlock the doors and start the car, so Android Automotive can use that same Bluetooth-paired smartphone to distinguish you from a spouse or housemate that shares the car. It could also use a conventional smart key fob to differentiate drivers or allow users to manually toggle profiles via an onscreen menu. Each of those profiles will have its own onboard apps with their own settings. One user might see Spotify and NPR in their source list while another sees YouTube Music when they’re behind the wheel and both will have different saved destinations and vehicle settings.” GOOGLE POLESTAR INCAR COMMAND MODULEThe Polestar 2 features a digital instrument cluster that is also powered by Android Automotive OS and Google Maps. This dual-screen setup wouldn’t be possible with the current Android Auto tech. Polestar Because these apps are separate from the ones on the phone, users will need to log in to them again in the car. Google is encouraging simplified logins where, for example, the app in the car displays a unique short PIN you enter in an app on your phone to sync an account without having to type your hard-to-guess 24 character password with special characters. Ramic tells me that the process is very similar to logging into YouTube or Hulu on an Xbox or Android TV. What if I don’t want to log in?Of course, Google would prefer that you log in to get access to all of its fancy recommendations, cloud-stored preferences and user customization, but the Polestar 2 and other vehicles that use Android Automotive software don’t require an account and will feature a Guest account that saves no data. Offline Android Automotive should work almost exactly the same without logging in. Most of the vehicle apps should work, the air conditioner will still blow cool air and many of the third-party apps should work independently of a Google account. Voice commands will also still be accessible. Ramic joked, “You won’t be able to say, ‘Navigate home’ because it won’t know where your home is, but you should still be able to say navigate to a specific [place] and get where you’re going.” This separation is important for Android Automotive in markets where Google Services are not available. A vehicle that’s sold and driven in China — where Google Play Services is not available — would need the freedom to adopt region-specific apps for navigation, messaging or voice command or use a different carrier for software updates. The open-source roots of Android mean that a Polestar 2 rolling around the US could feature Google Maps, Messenger and Spotify while another future Android Automotive vehicle in China might use Baidu Maps, WeChat and QQ Music. It’ll be interesting to see if or how the Chinese-produced Polestar 2’s dashboard might differ in its home country. What will Android Automotive apps look like?With Android Auto, Spotify looks exactly the same whether you’re in a Honda Civic or an Audi A8. And Spotify looks a lot like YouTube Music which looks a lot like Audible Audiobooks. Thanks to specific design guidelines and strict media templates that fit Google’s Material Design standards, the Android Auto interface is consistent from car to car and, from app to app, the play button is always where you expect it to be. This aids muscle memory and reduces distraction. GOOGLE POLESTAR INCAR COMMAND MODULEAutomakers and app developers have a bit more leeway when designing Android Automotive apps, but there are still standards and guidelines for safety. Polestar Design guidelines are still around for Android Automotive. However, the automaker has more freedom in deciding what those media templates look like. Polestar’s designers, for example, don’t have to stick to Material Design standards and can pick typefaces, colors or button shapes that will best integrate with the overall design of the Polestar 2 specifically. The automaker has control over how design elements are laid out on the 2’s vertical screen and what information is displayed. The concept of media templates is still there, so the Polestar’s play button for Pocketcasts will be in the same place it is for Pandora. However, both apps might look slightly different in, say, a future Android Automotive-powered Volvo XC40. App design for Android Automotive also has to tackle a wider range of challenges than Android Auto. For example, the aforementioned sign-in screens and menus specific to managing offline content, for example, are new challenges that Google, adopting automakers and app developers will need to work to address. When does it get here?I should point out that Android Automotive isn’t even the first implementation of Android for cars. Automakers have been bending Google’s mobile OS to their needs for nearly a decade now. Honda’s current-generation HondaLink infotainment system, for example, is powered by a heavily customized version of Android 4.x Jellybean. If you swipe deep enough into the menus of certain models, you can even find the stock Android calculator and settings apps hiding. And there are countless other vehicles on the road that don’t advertise Android in their dashboards. 2021 Polestar 2 Polestar The fully electric 2021 Polestar 2 will be the first vehicle to get the full Google Play Services blessing and Android Automotive treatment when it begins production in 2020, featuring an 11-inch infotainment in its dashboard, the Google Play Store serving up apps and Google Assistant serving as a sort of cloud-based concierge. In the meantime, developers interested in engineering apps for upcoming vehicles featuring Android Automotive can check out Google’s Android Developers site for details. For those interested developing for the Polestar 2 specifically, Polestar also has its own developers’ portal at https://developer.polestar.com/. More From Roadshow Auto Tech 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 review: Let it semi-autonomously chauffeur your chauffeur 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Share your voice 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Plugging in for performance Polestar Google Hondalast_img read more

Jon Watts reveals details about Nick Furys role in SpiderMan Far From

first_imgTom Holland on the poster of Avengers: EndgameInstagramSpider-Man: Far From Home filmmaker Jon Watts is spilling details about the sequel! And he has something interesting to say about Samuel L Jackson’s character, Nick Fury, in the upcoming Spider-Man film. While he remained tight-lipped about Avengers: Endgame, he did divulge into details about what kind of role Nick Fury would play in the movie.Speaking to USA Today, Watts quoted how an experience from his childhood brought about specific characteristics to Peter Parker’s role. He said, “I have this memory of being a kid and wanting so desperately to be treated like an adult. And then there’s one day, suddenly, where everyone does treat you like an adult and you start to think, ‘Oh, I liked it better when I was being treated like a kid. Could I go back?’ But by the time that happened, you’re never allowed to go back.”Further discussing the same, Watts said, “If Tony is like the supportive cool uncle, Fury’s more like the mean new stepdad. Fury doesn’t see himself in Peter Parker. Fury sees Peter Parker as an asset that he needs who is too preoccupied with a bunch of high school problems. Part of my pitch for the very first movie was bringing Nick Fury in and making him the mean substitute teacher.”For the uninitiated, the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home’s plot centres around Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland) heading for a Euro Trip with his crush MJ (played by Zendaya). Amid the trip, weird elemental antagonists start to wreak havoc on earth. Along with the bad guys is the mysterious Mysterio (played by Jake Gyllenhaal). Obviously, considering the situation, SHIELD Agent Nick Fury recruits the friendly neighbourhood web-slinger for the mission. Samuel L Jackson on the poster of Avengers: EndgameInstagramDuring one of the interviews of Kevin Feige, he told Newsweek, “It’s the end of the third phase.”Clearly, a fourth phase hasn’t been confirmed by Marvel which makes fans question how they will approach the upcoming Black Widow standalone as well as other franchise films. Spider-Man: Far From Home is set to release on July 2.last_img read more

Political Roundup Trumps Arizona Speech And Bannon Departs

first_img Share It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye to how it all might affect Houston and Texas.On this week’s edition, we discuss Pres. Trump’s rhetoric in his speech in Arizona, and the departure and possible future for former chief strategist Steve Bannon.Today, our guests are: Jay Aiyer, from Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast; Dr. David Branham, professor of political science at the University of Houston-Downtown; and Craig Goodman, assistant professor of political science at the University of Houston-Victoria.last_img

Swamp Chic Goes Mainstream This Summer With Algae Shoes

first_imgShoemaker Vivobarefoot is preparing an “ultra-eco” take on footwear.This summer, the London-based firm will launch a new version of its amphibious Ultra III sneaker—made using algae rescued from waterways.Along with partner Bloom—which uses algae biomass to make ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foams out of non-fossil fuels—Vivobarefoot aims to clean up the global shoe industry.“Our goal is to deliver the most performance-driven materials in the most environmentally responsible manner,” Bloom CEO Mike Van Drunen said in a statement. “It is a goal we constantly strive to improve upon, and we are excited to collaborate with Vivobarefoot on the new Ultra line.”Expected for release in July, the “ultimate amphibious adventure shoes” boast real-world rewards. For instance, a single pair of men’s size nine sneakers returns 57 gallons of clean water to habitats and prevents 40 balloons worth of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.“This is a true revolution for the footwear industry with the first plant-based alternative to the petro-foams in ubiquitous use,” Galahad Clark, founder of Vivobarefoot, said.via VivobarefootAccording to the firm, harmful algal blooms threaten marine environments by releasing damaging toxins, depleting oxygen in the water, and blocking sunlight, crippling ecosystems.“We are thrilled to be the first company to use Bloom in our shoes and further our mission to make the perfect shoe,” Clark said. “Perfect for feet and minimal impact on the planet.”Bloom recently gained international fame thanks to world champion surfer Kelly Slater, who released surfing traction pads using the eco-friendly foam.Adidas, meanwhile, last year launched a new shoe made from trash scooped out of the ocean, namely discarded fishing nets. The German manufacturer also introduced well-ventilated runners made from Biosteel—”the strongest fully natural material available.”Energy company NRG also joined the eco club by making a shoe built almost entirely out of carbon dioxide emissions.last_img read more

Switch Games That Arent Zelda NBA Playgrounds

first_img If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.I don’t care about sports at all. I had some fun playing soccer and tennis throughout school, but overall I find sports boring, stagnant, and overly complicated. And I straight up hate the vice grip sporting institutions have on culture.However, I do enjoy games, and if nothing else, sports are made up of some very interesting pure game mechanics. That’s why I enjoy sports video games that don’t care about being stodgy “realistic” simulations and instead take the ideas of sports in wacky, alternative directions. This puts me in the minority, though, since outside of the consistent Mario sports games the once omnipresent arcade sports genre is no longer on fire.That’s why I was so intrigued by NBA Playgrounds. If there were a bunch of other modern arcade sports games, as well as a bunch of other Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda, NBA Playgrounds wouldn’t feel quite so special. But if things were different then they would be different. So here we are.While NBA Street fans may appreciate NBA Playgrounds’ outdoor, rule-free vibe, the game takes most of its framework from the legendary arcade basketball game NBA Jam, one of my personal favorite games of all time. You and a friend (or the AI) control big-headed cartoon caricatures of current and classic NBA players from any team in 2-on-2 games that reward spectacular dunks more than grounded technical play. On the Switch, using the two sideways Joy-Con makes multiplayer even more accessible. It’s also available on other consoles.But Playgrounds isn’t exactly NBA Jam, the original or the EA remake. The game has a casual progression system. As you keep playing as your favorite athletes, from LeBron James to George Mikan, they’ll gain experience and unlock new moves and animations. You also have an overall profile level that fills as you play matches and win tournaments. Leveling up grants you virtual foil card packs. Tear into them and unlock random new players. I’d be lying if I said the anticipation didn’t get to me every time. But while the game’s brash personality certainly evokes NBA Jam, the new commentators and their quips just can’t compare to Tim “Boom ShakaLaka” Kitzrow.On the court, the similarities and differences between Playgrounds and Jam become even clearer. For better or worse, Playgrounds is slightly more of a simulation. Timing when you press and release the button is crucial for landing shots, even dunks. It can be kind of brutal for newcomers (like my cousins), but practice quickly makes perfect. Rebounds are also tough to nail. The skill ceiling slows down the game’s pace somewhat.But again, 2K this is not. It doesn’t have a Spike Lee story mode. If anything, the game is potentially even crazier than Jam since the Lotto Pick system offers a wider variety of wacky, borderline broken powers. Fill the meter with flashy moves (while not depleting it with dirty shoves), and you can whip out skills like lightning balls that always hit their mark, special spots that double or triple points or a drastically decreased shot clock for your opponent. It’s the Mario Kart thing where the items are just fun enough to make up for the frustration that comes when they screw you over.The biggest knock against Playgrounds compared to Jam, though, is just that Playgrounds has a thin but noticeable layer of jank over the entire experience that the incredibly polished Jam incarnations do not. It’s issues like long load times or staggered online play rollouts, a bootleg theme song, weird rumble, or how much blurrier the game looks as a Switch handheld game (issues that also plagued fellow quick Unreal Engine 4 Switch port Snake Pass). It’s the general feel of the game. At $20, the game’s budget is never forgotten.Fortunately, the developers at Saber Interactive want to treat NBA Playgrounds like a platform and have pledged to offer free updates. New players, balance changes (stealing is overpowered), and other features are hopefully on the way.We’ve been playing a lot of NBA Playgrounds here in the office. The core arcade basketball gameplay is more than fun enough. And it’s not really fair to put the entire weight of the arcade sports genre on its shoulders at the moment. However, if there was more competition, I’d be less willing to forgive its shortcomings. It’s basketball. It’s on the Switch. It’s not Zelda.Review code provided by Saber InteractiveWant to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessories Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Researchers find that users do not get rid of their old technology

first_img To find out what happens as technology marchers forward, with a never-ending stream of new product introductions for consumers to buy, the researchers scoured publicly available databases that hold consumer buying habits and trend information. They also searched for and found consumer reports and survey information data that has been harvested over the years. Putting it all together, the team created their “ecosystem” for the years 1992 to 2007, a span that saw cathode ray television sets begin to give way to those based on LCD’s, among other developments.In looking at all their data, the team found that Americans do not get rid of old gadgets just because they buy new ones—instead the old devices get moved to other locales, where they are still used. Buying a new big-screen, flat TV, for example, typically meant moving the old CRT model to the kid’s room. That caused the average number of electronic devices in American homes to skyrocket from an average of four, in 1992, to thirteen in 2007. The problem with that, the researchers report, is that older CRT TVs and other devices use far more electricity than new sets based on LCDs. Also, older TV sets (and other devices) typically were not sold with energy saving features, such as timers that turned them off after a certain time period. The result is more energy use, and more strain on the environment as utilities burn more coal in attempting to keep up with the demand. The researchers found that in addition to having more devices, users tended to use them more—the advent of video games for example, has led to more time spent staring at a screen.The researchers than went one step further, calculating how much energy would be saved if Americans replaced their legacy devices with new more efficient equipment, and found it came to a whopping 44 percent. They note that adding new features to such devices in the future could cut consumption even more—such as combining capabilities. Since it does not look like consumers are going to change their habits, it appears average consumption will not come down till the old devices fail, they conclude. (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology has found that despite dramatically reduced power requirements for new electronic gadgets, the average American home consumes more power than ever—because consumers keep using the old-school technology devices, along with the new, adding to the total number of devices used. In their paper published in Environmental Science and Technology, Erinn Ryen, Callie Babbitt and Eric Williams describe how they looked at gadgets in the average American home as an ecosystem made up of electronic virtual organisms and what they found in doing so. Cumulative daily screen time linked to teen sleep problems More information: — Lifecycle Assessment at the Product Community Scale: Assessing Impacts of Household Electronics (PDF)— Consumption-Weighted Life Cycle Assessment of a Consumer Electronic Product Community, Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAPDOI: 10.1021/es505121pAbstractA new approach for quantifying the net environmental impact of a “community” of interrelated products is demonstrated for consumer electronics owned by an average U.S. household over a 15-year period (1992–2007). This consumption-weighted life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology accounts for both product consumption (number of products per household) and impact (cumulative energy demand (MJ) and greenhouse gas emissions (MT CO2 eq) per product), analyzed using a hybrid LCA framework. Despite efficiency improvements in individual devices from 1992 to 2007, the net impact of the entire product community increased, due primarily to increasing ownership and usage. The net energy impact for the product community is significant, nearly 30% of the average gasoline use in a U.S. passenger vehicle in 2007. The analysis points to a large contribution by legacy products (cathode ray tube televisions and desktop computers), due to historically high consumption rates, although impacts are beginning to shift to smaller mobile devices. This method is also applied to evaluate prospective intervention strategies, indicating that environmental impact can be reduced by strategies such as lifespan extension or energy efficiency, but only when applied to all products owned, or by transforming consumption trends toward fewer, highly multifunctional products. Journal information: Environmental Science and Technology Explore further Citation: Researchers find that users do not get rid of their old technology when buying new and use more power (2015, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-users-technology-power.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more

The Bizarre Mysteries and Conspiracies of Denver International Airport

first_imgEver since the day it opened on February 28, 1995, after months of delay and after going way over the initial budget by an extra $2 billion, the Denver International Airport has raised enough suspicion and become a favorite airport among conspiracy theorists. The airport’s bizarre reputation is due to a variety of strange airport art seen at its premises, dubious functionality of some of its expensive amenities, and rumors that there are underground “buried” facilities beneath.There is also the sheer vastness of the airport. With its astonishing 35,000 acres, Denver Intl Airport is the largest the U.S. by area, though not the most frequented airport around.Denver International Airport interior with travellers, shops and restaurants. The teflon-coated fiberglass roof is one of the major architectural features.What airport visitors can quickly notice over their layover periods is really the weird combination of artwork such as sculpture and murals. Add to that a strange selection of symbols and the runways which when seen from above have reminded some people of the heinous Nazi symbol–the swastika.There probably aren’t too many airports in the world which have a creepy story of how their most prominent sculpture fell on its maker and caused him to die.Denver International Airport by dusk.But that is exactly what happened when a large section from the 32-feet-tall, 9,000 pound horse sculpture called Blue Mustang, fell on its author Luis Jiménez in 2006 after which the man fatally succumbed to the injury. The fiberglass statue has been nicknamed the “devil horse” and “Blucifer” and features eerie, some say demonic, laser red eyes.Blue Mustang, or “Blucifer”. Photo by Mike Sinko CC BY-SA 2.0More creepiness radiates from the airport murals. One of them is called “In Peace and Harmony With Nature” and is supposed to tackle the issue of environmental degradation. One of its sister murals, by the same author Leo Tanguma, “Children of the World Dream of Peace” addresses yet another cause, that the world should settle for peace, not violence.Denver International Airport mural. Photo by Donal Mountain CC By 2.0Had it not been for the strange imagery, the pieces would have probably not attracted much controversy. At least not until stumbling upon another spine-chilling artwork that contains a sinister-looking Nazi soldier, his face covered with a gas mask, carrying an automated weapon in one hand and a huge sharp saber pointed at a white pigeon in the other.This unusual choice of art, some of which has already been removed, is just one segment that has fueled the public imagination to think something insidious is really being hidden there. Theories include both that underneath the airport there is a huge network that belongs to a secretive Nazi service or that this is the shelter for the President of the United States in case of an end-of-the-world scenario.Denver International Airport Mural. Photo by VasenkaPhotography CC By 2.0The presence of more ‘mysterious’ symbols around the airport has not eased the proliferation of such conspiracies either. In fact, the one insignia that people find most provoking can be spotted on the airport’s dedication stone itself.The dedication stone includes the well-known Masonic square and compasses and the aligned text informs that the main sponsor of the airport was a mysterious organization dubbed the “New World Airport Commission.”Denver airport dedication stone. Photo by F4ith.H0p3.Ch4r1ty CC BY-SA 4.0Besides the fact that the existence of such an organization has been questioned by conspiracists as well as other researchers, the intriguing association the name has with the notorious “New World Order” has also not been missed. Perhaps, that bit of mystery will be resolved only at the end of the century, in the distant year 2094, when a time capsule buried beneath the stone is scheduled to be opened.Yet, probably the wildest airport theory says that when the airport was under construction, at least five huge buildings were built with huge inaccuracies. Instead of being disassembled or demolished those buildings were somehow buried underground. A whistleblowing construction worker who allegedly witnessed this development has also cited this as a major reason why the airport opening was delayed.The Air Traffic Control Tower at Denver International Airport with a United Airlines Boeing 737-800 below. Photo by Bmurphy380 CC BY-SA 4.0A more probable reason for the delay may have been the airport’s automated baggage system. The system in question reportedly cost a fortune but then was never actually used. Eventually, it was entirely abandoned, questioning whether its sky-high expense was really necessary, or maybe was just a decoy explanation for why tunnels were built at the airport.About those tunnels, if we listen to conspiracists, they really lead to a huge underground shelter, the secretive seat of the U.S. government or even worse, the secretive seat of a global government whose intentions are up to no good.Earlier in 2018, the Denver International Airport began refurbishing its Great Hall, and after years of silence, airport officials finally decided to answer the abundance of theories. Posters were placed on walls, which aimed to hide the refurbishing work, and asked: “What’s happening behind this wall?” To achieve an effect they also printed green alien figures on the posters.Read another story from us: Mad conspiracy theories that turned out to be trueThe airport has since also launched the Den Files page on their website which featured all the conspiracies in one place, including the one which says the airport accommodates the Illuminati headquarters. As they confirm, this can be assumed from the airport’s dedication stone date, that is March 19, 1994, “and if you add those numbers together (1+9+1+9+9+4) you get 33–the highest level one can achieve in Freemasonry, aka perfection.”last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | January 20, 2014 Fujifilm SonoSite, Vivid Medical Promote Video Intubation Device 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Developed by Vivid Medical, this pocket-sized, single-use device features a built-in anti-fogging lens and magnified field of view, providing high-resolution images to aid in accurate tube placement and first-pass intubation. VividTrac is a single-use device with an integrated endotracheal tube (ETT) channel, negating the need for sterilization or special capital equipment purchases. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more For more information: www.sonosite.com  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … 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). News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Related Content read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more VividTrac’s is being modified to enable compatibility with SonoSite ultrasound systems to provide simultaneous video airway management and ultrasound play in resuscitation.  January 20, 2014 — Fujifilm SonoSite Inc., bedside and point-of-care ultrasound provider, will partner with Vivid Medical to co-promote the VividTrac Video Intubation Device. VividTrac is a single-use, “open access” video intubation device with a USB interface that connects to a variety of display options to provide clinicians access to high-resolution video intubation in an effort to enhance patient safety and care.  last_img read more

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first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Related Content August 4, 2014 — A two-step decision tree analysis, incorporating Donabedian’s model, is a feasible process to evaluate and distill the many available quality standards, guidelines, recommendations and indicators in order to update national and international quality standards for radiation therapy, according to a study published in the July/August 2014 issue of Practical Radiation Oncology (PRO), the official clinical practice journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).Guidelines, recommendations and indicators may be utilized to develop new “best practice” standards through a formal consensus process and evaluation of the evidence base. The appropriate requirements and criteria for redeveloped standards, however, are not as well defined. This study, “Quality standards in radiation medicine,” was designed to identify and validate an appropriate approach to collate, catalogue and analyze existing quality standards. A two-step decision tree method allows for the organization of numerous different standards issued by a range of national and international organizations and identifies duplicate standards as well as gaps in the standards.Quality-related documents were identified using Google Scholar and Discover and three selection criteria: 1) national or international; 2) contain statements or questions related to measuring quality in a broad sense in radiation medicine programs; and 3) written in English. Technical quality control standards were not included in this analysis. From this analysis, eight publicly available documents were used to identify 454 radiation therapy quality standards or groups of standards. Each of the five study authors completed two exercises to categorize the 454 identified standards to Donabedian’s structure, process or outcome, and also to the target of the standard: patients, staff, equipment or clinical process, or organization, for a total of 12 primary categories.In exercise one, the 454 standards were categorized using a two-step process. The first step was to categorize the standards according to the Donabedian model, which provides a framework for examining health services and evaluating quality of care using three categories: structure, process and outcome. This categorization resulted in groups of approximately 150 standards each, making an in-depth analysis difficult.To reduce the size of the groups, a second step was implemented to classify the 454 standards according to each standard’s target group (patients, staff, equipment or clinical process, or organization). This two-step process resulted in 12 primary classifications with an average size of 40 standards. The resulting smaller group size helped in identifying duplicate standards and key quality measures. The evaluators’ responses were examined for reliability using the Fleiss free marginal kappa. The agreement between the evaluators was fair (k from 0.21 to 0.40) or moderate (k from 0.41 to 0.60), meaning three or more reviewers assigned the same categories in both steps to 67 percent (304) of the 454 quality standards. In the Donabedian model step, three or more evaluators agreed on the classification for 93 percent (422) of the 454 standards.A second exercise was conducted, to determine if greater consistency in categorizations could be achieved. The evaluators reassessed any standards that did not receive unanimous categorization (n=290) in the first exercise. The standards were again categorized using the Donabedian model. When the 290 reevaluations were combined with the 164 that received unanimous agreement in exercise one, the free marginal kappa improved to 0.71, which shows substantial agreement (k=0.61 to 0.80). In exercise two, 64 percent (290) were classified as structure, 26 percent (116) were classified for process, and 10 percent (45) were classified for outcome.“This research provides a sound basis for refining the global approach to improving quality and safety in radiation therapy. Although there is no agreed upon ‘best practice’ to use as the basis for revising standards, the methodology used in our study may be helpful for organizations interested in a formal consensus process for revising documents,” said Peter Dunscombe, Ph.D., University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, and co-author of the study. “The analysis has already influenced refinement of the Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiotherapy’s Quality Assurance Guidance for Canadian Radiation Treatment Programs guideline document, supporting the CPQR’s work in further enhancing the high standards of Canadian radiation therapy treatment.”For more information: www.practicalradonc.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more center_img News | August 04, 2014 Two-Step Decision Tree Analysis Feasible Method to Manage Updates of Radiation Therapy Best Practices News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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World tallest and shortest men meet on Guinness Records Day

first_img@alroker is working hard just under halfway into #rokerthon pic.twitter.com/T8KpxvtDHQ— Jason Deaderman (@Lederman) November 13, 2014 At the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris, dancers set a new benchmark for the “most simultaneous demi-grand rond de jambe cancan kicks by a single chorus line in 30 seconds,” with a total of 29.Frenchman Nicolas Pihiliangegedara also secured the record for most spinning splits in 30 seconds with 36, while Greece’s Adonis Kosmadakis got his leg behind his head 30 times in 30 seconds.In Phoenix, Arizona, Harlem Globetrotters star Thunder Law set a new record for the farthest basketball shot made backwards, netting from 25 meters (82 feet). It did not even touch the backboard.“Everyone around he world is trying to break the records and it’s an unbelievable experience,” he said. In Japan, 19-year-old Katsumi Tamakoshi set a new record for the fastest 100 meters on all fours, finishing in 15.86 seconds.And more than 750 students in Ibaraki Prefecture set a new record for the most paper aircrafts made in five minutes — 4,880.Headbangers and high heels In Armidale, Australia, 320 pupils rocked their way into the record books for the most people headbanging simultaneously, thrashing out to AC/DC’s track “It’s A Long Way To The Top.”And Anthony Kelly added yet another world record to his list: most spears caught from a spear gun underwater, catching 10 in a minute.Records tumbled in China, where 25,703 people took part in the largest line dance in Hangzhou.Meanwhile the record for the most people eating breakfast in bed went to 388 people at Shanghai’s Pudong Shangri-La hotel, spread across 202 beds in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Participants aim at breaking the Guinness World Record for most people to have their breakfast in bed, in a ballroom in Shanghai Pudong Shangri-La Hotel, on Nov 12, 2014. A total of 388 participants were offered a 15-minute in-room breakfast. Jia Ru/AFPAnd in Changhua City, Taiwan, record-breakers cooked up the largest-ever rice mosaic, measuring 1,798 square meters.In London, 373 people have waddled their way to a new record for the largest gathering of people dressed as penguins.U.S. fashion house Kenneth Cole set a record for the world’s largest high-heeled shoe, at 1.85 meters tall.Brewing firm Guinness launched their famous records book in 1955 to settle disputes among drinkers. The books have sold more than 132 million copies in more than 100 countries. All the record attempts are assessed by adjudicators from the organization.Recommended: Snake on a (Nicaraguan) bus Facebook Comments Watch Thunder Law break the record last year for the longest forward shot, at 33 meters (109 feet, 9 inches):center_img LONDON – The world’s tallest and shortest men came face to shin on Thursday to celebrate the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day, as people across the globe set several new bonkers benchmarks.Turkey’s Sultan Kosen, who stands 2.51 meters (8-feet, 9-inches) tall, met with Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal, who measures just 55 centimeters (21.5 inches).Kosen, a 31-year-old farmer, stooped down to shake the world’s biggest hands — 28.5 centimeters (11.22 inches) — with 74-year-old Dangi opposite the Houses of Parliament in London.“I was very interested how tall he was going to be, about how far up my legs he would go, and of course once I saw him I realized how tiny he was,” Kosen told AFP.He said meeting Chandra was “amazing,” although he admitted bending the long, long way down for photographs was difficult.“I do have problems with my knees so if I stand too long I do get tired,” he said.Kosen added: “Even though he is short and I am tall, we have had similar struggles throughout our lives, and when I look into Chandra’s eyes I can see he is a good man.”Meanwhile Dangi, a primordial dwarf who makes placemats, is the shortest adult ever certified by Guinness World Records.“I was very pleased to see the tallest man in the world; I was curious to meet my extreme opposite,” he told AFP. Dancers of the Moulin Rouge perform in a bid to break the record of the most simultaneous French cancan fan/round kicks by a single chorus line in 30 seconds under a Guinness Records book judge’s control on Nov. 7, 2014, in front of the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris. Miguel Medina/AFPRecords smashed at Moulin Rouge Around the world, participants were having a go at setting all sorts of weird and wacky new world records.NBC weatherman Al Roker was attempting the longest uninterrupted live weather report, with only a five-minute break per hour permitted. He was still going strong more than 14 hours in. Related posts:Costa Rican Embassy opens to public for Washington’s annual ‘Passport DC’ festivities A look back at a different world: Remembering the Fourth of July Picnic, 1965 Welcome to Bound Brook, New Jersey, ground zero of Costa Rican migration to the US Michael Jackson fans: 20 unfinished tracks are stored on sound engineer’s computerlast_img read more

North Korean eatery in Amsterdam closed

first_img Top holiday drink recipes Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day AMSTERDAM (AP) – A North Korean restaurant in Amsterdam staffed by cooks and waitresses from the isolated country has closed its doors.Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported Thursday that Pyongyang Restaurant’s closure was permanent and stemmed from a disagreement between its Dutch owners and North Korean staff.The restaurant was an oddity, believed to be the only of its kind in Western Europe, though there are similar restaurants in Asia. Dutch labor authorities say North Koreans can get work visas for Europe under standard rules, but few do. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationcenter_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories A woman who answered the phone at the restaurant said the establishment was closed. She couldn’t say for how long because she was not authorized to do so. Its website says it is closed “due to holidays.” Phone calls to the owner Thursday went unanswered.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more