UN agency welcomes donation from EU to feed Bhutanese refugees in Nepal

5 April 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today hailed a €1.5 million donation from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) to feed over 108,000 Bhutanese refugees in eastern Nepal who are unable to work outside the camps in which they reside. Since 1992, WFP, in close coordination with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has being providing food for the Bhutanese refugees at the request of Nepal’s Government.WFP aims to feed the Bhutanese refugees, who arrived in Nepal 16 years ago after the introduction of strict citizenship laws in their homeland, at a cost of almost €18.5 million over the next two years, of which donors have already contributed €8.5 million. In the past six years, ECHO has donated €13.4 million towards WFP’s efforts.“We are very pleased that ECHO has decided to once again support the refugees,” said Richard Ragan, WFP Country Director in Nepal. “The Commission has consistently been on of the biggest providers of humanitarian support to the refugees.”Frustration has been growing among the Bhutanese refugees as they have seen no solution to their situation over the last 16 years. A substantial offer of resettlement places by the United States was made last year, and Canada and Australia have also shown interest, but resettlement has yet to take place.Last November, UNHCR and the Nepalese Government began taking a census of refugees, in which any existing information will be validated, cross-checked, updated and recorded in a new database, and refugees will have their photographs taken for identity cards. read more

Venus Williams Gives Deposition In Fatal Car Accident

Venus Williams didn’t attend the summer hearing stemming from the fatal accident she was involved in. (Philippe Crochet/Getty Images)Venus Williams visited her lawyer’s office Thursday, Nov. 9 to sit for a deposition in the fatal car accident she had in June. The 7-time Grand Slam winner was photographed walking into Malcolm Cunningham’s West Palm Beach, Fla., office space. There, she’ll give sworn evidence on the case that led to a wrongful death lawsuit, ABC News reported.After the deposition, TMZ reported the case could move to trial.Linda and Jerome Barson’s daughter filed the suit against the tennis pro after Williams’ SUV and the Barson’ car, which Linda, 68, drove, collided. The Barsons’ were hospitalized and Jerome Barson, 78, died of organ failure two weeks later.The accident occurred as Williams was exiting her gated Palm Beach Gardens community June 9. The athlete entered an intersection when the light turned green. As she turned left, Williams stopped her Toyota Sequoia to allow another car through. When Williams continues straight, the Barson’s Hyundai Accent struck the right side of her SUV.Other News About Venus Williams’ Fatal Car CollisionFla. Cop In New Body Cam Video Isn’t Sure Who’s to Blame for Venus Williams CrashVictim’s Attorney In Venus Williams’ Wrongful Death Suit Says Tennis Champ Accelerated Through Intersection After Light ChangedPolice: Venus Williams Legally Entered Intersection Before Crash, New Video Confirms ClaimBarson family attorney Michael Steinger said surveillance video showed Williams caused the crash by “violating the Barsons’ right of way.” However, after police initially said Williams was believed to be “at fault” for the collision, they said Williams legally entered the intersection. Body cam footage of the scene later showed a cop admitting he was unsure of who was to blame.Williams hasn’t commented on the matter except for when asked about it at a post-match press conference at Wimbledon.“There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and — yeah,” Williams said. “I’m completely speechless. It’s just — yeah, I mean, I’m just …”She also issued a statement on Facebook offering her thoughts and prayers to the Barsons and said she was “devasted and heartbroken by this accident.”Williams is not alone in being involved in fatal car collisions. Singer Brandy reached an undisclosed settlement in the 2006 crash that killed a mother of two. Former Olympian and reality star Caitlyn Jenner was involved in a  2015 multi-car crash that killed a 70-year-old woman. Jenner wasn’t charged in the crash but the woman’s children sued her for wrongful death. read more

Man stabbed to death brother injured suspect in custody

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: 19-year-old peacemaker stabbed to deathAugust 27, 2017In “Crime”Essequibo man stabbed to death by nephewFebruary 3, 2019In “Crime”Upper Mazaruni farmer stabbed to death avenging brother’s assaultJuly 16, 2018In “Crime” Police have in custody a 44-year-old unemployed male resident of Williamsburg after he reportedly wounded two brothers, resulting in the death of one during an altercation.According to the police, around 02:20h on Sunday, Vishram Mohabir, 19, a labourer of 258 Williamsburg, Corentyne witnessed the suspect, armed with a knife, wounding his  brother Kunal Singh ,30, at which point he intervened and was stabbed multiple times, twice to his neck, once to the right and once to the left side.The victims were rushed to the Port Mourant Public Hospital where Kunal Singh was treated and sent away and his brother Mohabir was transferred to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital where he died about 05:00hrs,whilst receiving treatment.The suspected murder weapon, a knife, has been retrieved.The arrested 44-year-old suspect, the Police noted,  is assisting with the ongoing investigation. read more

ASOBAL BM Granollers beat La Rioja in EHF CL race

16.Gijon182016425:4984 1.Barcelona181800688:46936 13.Zamora186111465:51513 3.Granollers191414518:49129 14.Huesca186012486:52112 8.Puerto Sagunto188010532:55516 5.Benidorm181017463:46421 BM Granollers celebrated an important away win in the ASOBAL race for the place at the VELUX EHF Champions League 2015/2016. Since Spanish league lost the financial power, only one team alongside FC Barcelona could win the ticket for the prestigious handball club’s competition, and two biggest contenders and the rivals are BM Granollers and Naturhouse La Rioja.BM Granollers beat La Rioja on their home ground 33:30 and maintaed the chances for the second spot.30 – NATURHOUSE:Aguinagalde (p), Sánchez Migallón (3), Stenmalm (3), Rocas (5), Cacheda (5), Ángel Fernández (4), Eilert, Gómez Lite (p), Juanín García (1p), Luisfe (6), Víctor Vigo (2), Pedro Rodríguez, Jonovski, Javier García y Romero (1).33 – GRANOLLERS:Pejanovic (p), Blanxart (1), Marc García, Resina (1), Álvaro Ruiz (5), Grundsten (4), Guilherme de Toledo (5), Del Arco (8), Pol Sastre (p), Marc Cañellas, Adriá Pérez (5), Adriá Figueres (3), Solé (1p) y Salvador Puig.STANDINGS: ← Previous Story KIF Kolding want to keep Kim Andersson, but: PSG can offer twice more! Next Story → Chambery Savoie extend contract with TOP scorer Edin Basic 2.La Rioja191603605:51932 6.Anaitasuna18918496:50119 11.Cuenca187011465:50314 10.Guadalajara187011486:50014 12.Genil187011477:50114 7.Ademar18837539:54119 4.Morrazo Cangas181026495:50022 15.Aragon184212464:53010 9.Villa de Aranda18639515:51115 ASOBALBM GranollersNaturhouse La Rioja read more

14 very important tips for dealing with the snow

first_imgIT’S SNOWING IN lots of places around Ireland today!That’s pretty exciting, even if it does lead to a few delays at the airport. But snow can be difficult to deal with. It can be bewildering. It can leave you feeling lost, alone, and cold.So here’s our essential guide to coping with the snow.Don’t have snow? Never fear. You can always make your own!1. Get excited!OakleyOriginals/FlickrOn the inside, we all make this face when we first see snow.2. When walking, adopt a special technique3. Make your markFor example, with a Sneachtapus:Built by Paul Bloof and Sarah Murphy in Dublin 6Or a model of Walter White from Breaking Bad:By @TweetingBogartOr a full-size replica of the Taj Mahal:Flickr/-just-jen-4. Sledging is fun Flickr/Mini D8. Also, you should probably steer clear of anywhere with this weather Flickr/Rob Lee5. And if you don’t own a sledge, steal one6. But be careful out there! The roads are treacherousYouTube/finnstertrax7. Which is why they had to invent this sign Flickr/Gwydion M. Williams9. And avoid this penguin10. Keep your roof clear of snow at all timesYouTube/MostFunnyReactions11. When making a path for your fellow human beings, take the most direct route possibleYouTube/wingmor12. Or decide that paths are for suckerscenter_img 13. Finally, avoid becoming a slow-mo replayYouTube/UltraSloMo14. And whatever you do…………………………………BEWARE………………OF THE FEARSOME………………SNOW THIEF!……………… Flickr/O hai :3More: The snowmen of 2013>SNOW DAY: Canal icicles, dogs and daffodils>last_img read more

How to play the best games on a Mac

first_imgWith the gargantuan popularity of Apple’s iOS devices, many long-time Windows users are making the switch and buying Macs. If you’re new to Mac OS X, you’ll probably be immediately happy with how smooth, intuitive, and attractive the UI is. You may not, however, be so happy with Mac gaming. While it’s been improving lately, gaming has long been OS X’s Achilles’ heel. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you to rise above those limitations.Mac App StoreThe Mac App Store has brought some quality titles to OS X. Several popular iOS titles are also on Mac, including Real Racing 2, Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, and several Gameloft console clone titles.The Mac App Store also houses some older high-end games. Rocksteady recently released Batman: Arkham Asylum into the Mac App Store (though there is no Arkham City). Rockstar has ported over the GTA III trilogy (Grand Theft Auto III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas). Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is available as well (not to be confused with the new MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic).SteamIf you insist on native Mac apps and are wanting to look beyond the Mac App Store, then you’ll want to give Steam a looksy. Steam’s Mac selection is piddly compared to its Windows library, but there are a few quality titles like Portal, Portal 2, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Civilation V, and Left 4 Dead 2.While there are a few great titles on Steam and the Mac App Store, it isn’t nearly enough to satisfy a hardcore gamer. Fear not, though, as there are other options.OnLiveCloud gaming, which sounded at first like a novelty, is starting to pick up some momentum. OnLive sells some popular PC titles, which you can play on a Mac.How does it work? The company’s servers are full of high-end Windows gaming machines, which you can play remotely. You provide the input and receive the output, but all of the processing happens on OnLive’s end. It sounds like a disaster, but if your internet is fast and uncongested you’ll forget that you aren’t running it natively.In our tests, a 5-6Mbps connection was all that was needed for lag-free, real-time gameplay, but it will need to be relatively uncongested. When two other devices were hogging bandwidth (one was streaming Netflix, the other playing an MMO), the connection suffered and OnLive became unplayable. On a 25Mbps WiFi network, there were no problems even when other devices were streaming.OnLive sells its own $50 controller, but you can save money on a third-party accessory. We picked up a $25 GameStop-branded (wired) Xbox 360 controller, and it worked with OnLive. You may need to install Mac drivers first; if so they can be found here. Of course mouse and keyboard controls will work natively.OnLive has popular titles like Batman: Arkham City, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and L.A. Noire (currently on sale for $25) available in its library.Boot CampWhile the combination of the Mac App Store, Steam, and OnLive can give you a solid game library, you still have an ace up your sleeve that will turn your Mac into a gaming powerhouse: install Windows. As bizarre as it is to see Microsoft’s OS running on a Mac, it’s relatively easy to do and it won’t disrupt your installation of OS X.After you install Windows, the quantity and quality of games that are playable on your Mac will explode. You can download from Steam’s vastly-superior Windows library, install games from retail DVDs, or use any other method that works on a PC.If you’re running OS X Lion, then Apple’s Boot Camp app will only let you install Windows 7 (no Vista or XP). You’ll need a Windows 7 installation DVD, which can be purchased legally from many retailers both on and offline. Once you have your Windows 7 DVD in hand, simply open the preinstalled Boot Camp Assistant app and follow the instructions.You’ll need to choose a partition size for Windows; that will depend on a) how big your hard drive is, b) how much free space you need left for OS X, and c) how many games you’ll be installing in Windows. 100GB should be enough for the Windows installation plus four or five current-generation games.How to resize a Boot Camp partitionIf you make the partition too small, it’s relatively easy (though time-consuming) to expand your Boot Camp partition. Say you set aside 70GB for Windows, but you find that you want some extra space. Here are the steps you’d take:1. Get a free Mac app called Winclone2. Use Winclone to backup your Boot Camp partition3. Use Boot Camp Assistant to delete the Windows partition4. Open the OS X app called Disk Utility. Use it to create a new partition (sized as you wish). When it asks what kind of formatting you want to use, choose Windows NT File System.5. Open Winclone again, and restore the previous Windows backup into the new NTFS partition.Transferring files between OS X and WindowsOnce you install Boot Camp, you may also want to look into an app called Paragon NTFS. The $20 app lets you drag and drop files from OS X to your Boot Camp partition. Once you have Windows on your Mac, you may want that extra convenience of easily transferring files.Whatever your Mac setup is, I think you’ll agree the gaming options you have more than make up for the lack of titles targeted specifically at Mac OS X. With the new year weekend fast approaching there’s no better time to experiment with one or more of the above options and experience some of the best games of 2011.last_img read more

Nao humanoid robot clever enough to climb spiral staircases

first_imgCreating robots that can climb a typical straight staircase is hard enough, but researchers at the University of Freiburg’s Humanoid Robots Laboratory have developed one that is capable of climbing spiral staircases.Spiral staircases are more challenging for robots because of the way the stairs curve and the step surface changes size/shape. Nao overcomes this by using two low cost monocular cameras in combination with a Hokuyo 2D laser scanner mounted on the robot’s head. The 2D laser range data localizes the robot and the camera placed below the eyes detects the edges of the stairs, meaning Nao can calculate where to safely place its feet.The robot is very slow at climbing the stairs, with the video above showing a sped up version of Nao’s ascent. However, it’s impressive how accurate the robots movements are. Nao starts by scanning the area and using its cameras to detect the edges of the next step before moving it’s feet right up to the edge of the step and continuing to climb.The research paper on Nao (PDF) explains that just using laser-based localization meant the robot couldn’t climb many stairs before either falling down or bumping into the handrail. But when the team used the edge detecting technology as well, Nao became very accurate. In ten subsequent real-world tests, Nao achieved a success rate of 97%.Nao still has a few issues that need to be solved, though. The major one being that sometimes the edge detecting technology detects textured wood and shadows as edges, which obviously causes a few problems.via Engadgetlast_img read more

Theresa May tells MPs We could have actually been outside the EU

first_img Apr 10th 2019, 6:20 AM This is why I believe we should also discuss an alternative, longer extension… The flexibility would allow to terminate the extension automatically, as soon as both sides have ratified the withdrawal agreement.This longer extension will allow the UK to leave “whenever it is ready”, he said. It is not clear at this stage how palatable this would prove to May’s government. We still don’t know when Brexit will be happening, but today could fix a new departure date for the UK to finally leave the EU.  As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: It is a little difficult to hear [Blackford] week after week say that the UK should stay in the EU, when Scottish Independence would have meant taking Scotland out of the European Union.The Prime Minister answered questions from MPs since noon, and will then fly to Brussels later to formally request an extension by addressing EU leaders at 5pm.“I believe a Conservative government will make a success of any situation,” she told the House of Commons today when asked about the UK leaving the EU without a deal. Above all, we want the withdrawal agreement to be ratified so that negotiations can begin on a future relationship, we I hope and expect can be a new economic partnership between the UK and the EU that is as close as can be achieved. The Fine Gael leader added that Ireland’s European colleagues “fully understand the challenge here” and stood with Ireland in this regard.“The EU is a home that we have helped to build and whatever happens we will stay at its heart,” he said.May-Corbyn talks to approve a dealWith the extension the UK has asked for, Prime Minister May has pinned her hopes on reaching a compromise with the Labour Party to finally find a way of getting her Withdrawal Agreement through parliament.There’s been little progress here so far, as hardline Tories have expressed outrage at May reaching out to the opposition in what they fear could result in a softer Brexit.Both the Conservatives and Labour acknowledged they wouldn’t reach an agreement ahead of today’s EU summit yesterday evening. “We have had further productive and wide-ranging talks this afternoon, and the parties have agreed to meet again on Thursday once European Council has concluded,” a spokesman for the UK government said. Source: DPA/PA ImagesMay has also been speaking to fellow EU leaders, asking Macron and Merkel yesterday to back her planned extension to 30 June.Both leaders are said to be open to a longer extension than this, which would give more clarity and remove uncertainty with May still unable to secure a consensus at home.In a letter to leaders ahead of tomorrow’s meeting, EU Council President Donald Tusk urged them to back the extension, but not the one Theresa May wants.“However, our experience so far, as well as the deep divisions within the House of Commons, give us little reason to believe that the ratification process can be completed by the end of June,” he said. “In reality, granting such an extension would increase the risk of a rolling series of short extensions and emergency summits, creating new cliff-edge dates. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 26,709 Views Share18 Tweet Email Source: Steve Bray #FBPE #RevokeArticle50 #StopBrexit/TwitterPRIME MINISTER THERESA May has said that she still intends to ask for an extension until 30 June today, despite suggestions of a ‘flexible’ year-long extension.“We could have actually been outside the European Union by now,” she told the House of Commons this afternoon.When asked by the SNP’s Ian Blackford, who said May was in her “final days as Prime Minister”, whether a second referendum had been discussed with Labour, she replied:“My position on a second referendum has not changed, the House has rejected a second referendum two times. When we come to a deal there may be those who push that issue, but my position on this has not changed. Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 12:42 PM Theresa May tells MPs: ‘We could have actually been outside the EU by now’ Theresa May has asked to extend Article 50 to 30 June, and EU leaders will decide today on whether to grant that. 29 Comments Updated Apr 10th 2019, 12:42 PM By Sean Murray Short URL To be able to leave in an orderly way, to be able to leave with a deal. There are members of this house that don’t want to honour the results of the referendum – I do. May also responding to questions by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn about the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, calling it “an important moment in Northern Irish history”.  Source: Joey D’Urso/TwitterTaoiseach Leo Varadkar is in Brussels today for a special meeting of the European Council, where EU leaders will decide whether to grant Theresa May another delay to the Brexit date (aka an extension to Article 50).As it currently stands, the UK is due to leave the EU this coming Friday and still hasn’t ratified a withdrawal agreement in parliament.A no-deal is the default position in this case, but the Prime Minister is seeking a further extension to Article 50 until 30 June in order to give herself more time to win over her opponents in the House of Commons.Following on from his recent talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, Varadkar will attend meetings with European counterparts from 2pm Irish time today. Source: House of CommonsPrime Minister May also spoke with her French and German counterparts in a bid to convince them to back her extending Brexit again, after the initial leaving date of 29 March was postponed.The formal meeting of the European Council will get under way at 5pm Irish time but the indications are that leaders will back granting the UK a further extension.  ‘Wouldn’t be forgiven’Last weekend, the Taoiseach said he was confident that EU leaders would ratify an extension to Brexit.He said that any country that vetoes it “wouldn’t be forgiven”, considering the risk of a no-deal to the economies of Ireland and the UK’s other close neighbours.However, Varadkar also said that Ireland didn’t want to grant an extension that “just allows for more indecision”. This has been echoed by other EU leaders who are seen to prefer a longer extension to Brexit for the time being.“From Ireland’s perspective, we are open to extending the deadline to allow time for these discussions to run their course and come to a conclusion,” he told the Dáil yesterday. https://jrnl.ie/4583698 last_img read more

Diamond Dallas Page at Performance Center Randy Ortons most sadistic moments in

first_img Pinterest Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WWE has posted a clip of Diamond Dallas Page talking about his recent experience at the Performance Center in Orlando and getting to use DDP Yoga with the talent.You can check out the interview above courtesy of WWE.Randy Orton’s most sadistic moments in WWEWWE has posted a Top 10 of Randy Orton’s most sadistic moments in WWE.Some of the moments including Orton attacking John Cena’s father at ringside, kicking Mick Foley down a stairwell, setting The Undertaker on fire, attacking Jeff Hardy recently on Smackdown Live and kissing Stephanie McMahon as Triple H could only watch.center_img Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

Bale ruled out of Wales game against Spain

first_imgWales manager Ryan Giggs confirmed that Gareth Bale will not take part in their friendly against Spain on Thursday and is “50/50” for the game with IrelandThe 29-year-old winger has now missed all three of Wales’ training sessions this week as he continues to struggle with a groin injury.Bale sustained the injury in Real Madrid’s 1-0 defeat at SD Alaves in La Liga last Saturday and had to be taken off in the final 10 minutes.Wales are worried that it’s a recurrence of the groin injury that forced Bale to miss Real’s Champions League defeat to Russian side CSKA Moscow last week.“Gareth has got a little bit of muscle fatigue and he won’t be involved against Spain,” said Giggs on Sky Sports.“We don’t want to take any risks and we are monitoring it every day. I would say he is 50-50 at the minute for the Ireland game.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Derby County winger Harry Wilson has already volunteered to take Bale’s place as Wales’ main free-kick.“If he’s not on the pitch for one reason or another, I’ll be putting my name forward,” said Wilson“I think Gareth is definitely top of the pile when it comes to taking them, and rightly so.”“He (Bale) always can’t wait to meet up with us and it’s great to have your talisman here,” said Stoke’s Joe Allen.“Hopefully he’s going to be all right and it goes without saying how important he is to us.”last_img read more

Drug use among juvenile arrestees reaches highest rate since 2000

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Drug use among youth booked into Juvenile Hall reached its highest rate since 2000, with 58 percent of those interviewed testing positive for an illicit substance last year, according to a report released Tuesday by the San Diego Association of Governments.Fifty-five percent of 109 juveniles interviewed for the report tested positive for marijuana, also the highest rate since 2000, according to SANDAG data.Ninety percent of individuals interviewed from detention facilities in 2018 reported trying marijuana, compared to 88 percent for alcohol and 71 percent for tobacco, according to the report. Overall, 96 percent of juveniles reported trying some kind of substance.Forty-five percent of respondents also said marijuana was the first substance they had tried, compared to 43 percent for alcohol.Overall, those who had used marijuana, alcohol and tobacco reported getting started at or before age 13, on average.When asked to rank how harmful they thought specific drugs were on a four-point scale, 11 percent of respondents said marijuana was “very bad” or “extremely bad.”Thirty-three and 60 percent of youths interviewed thought the same for alcohol and tobacco, respectively.Among other findings:— 91 percent of those interviewed said it was easy, or very easy, to obtain marijuana and 87 percent of those interviewed said the same about alcohol.— 57 percent abused prescription or over-the-counter drugs last year, with 83 percent of those reporting that they had used tranquilizers, such as Xanax, and 56 percent saying they had tried codeine;— 10 percent of interviewees tested positive for methamphetamine, down from 11 percent in 2017. KUSI Newsroom Drug use among juvenile arrestees reaches highest rate since 2000 Posted: July 30, 2019last_img read more

Gift of excess fresh produce sought for needy

first_imgA local leadership group has an idea for what you can do with this August’s inevitable bumper crop of zucchini — besides ditch them on your neighbors’ doorsteps at midnight.A Leadership Clark County group has stepped in to help encourage growers of all stripes to donate their extra harvest, or even plant extra rows, to help feed those who need it most.Six members of this year’s graduating class came up with the idea of bringing fresh produce to the tables at four area nonprofits. “We realized community gardens were kind of a hot topic,” group member Cheree Nygard said. “We knew there is a huge need for donations.”While Clark County has numerous nonprofit organizations that serve prepared meals, they often contain canned or processed food, Nygard said. So when they contacted four agencies to see if they’d be interested in taking on a gardener or farmer’s extra bounty of cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables, she said they were eager to get in on it.last_img read more

Weather accelerates strawberrypicking season local growers say

first_imgIt wouldn’t be a good idea to procrastinate this year on buying local strawberries for jam or preserves. This year’s strawberries are already a delicious-looking red, and local growers advise buyers to head to the farm store or farmers market before it’s too late.“Strawberries are coming in the earliest I have ever seen them in my life, and I have been growing strawberries since 1956,” said Joe Beaudoin of Joe’s Place Farms, 701 N.E. 112th Ave. Beaudoin says his farm began picking on May 16, in sharp contrast to last year when only a few berries were ready to pick even by June 1.The same is true at most other Southwest Washington berry farms. At Thoeny Farms in Woodland, picking began May 18, and the crop probably won’t stretch into July, said Erin Thoeny. Those who wait until school is out or — worse — the Fourth of July to buy berries may find themselves outwitted by nature, she said.“People aren’t mentally ready to do jams and freeze,” said Thoeny, who sells berries at the Vancouver Farmers Market and other mobile locations. “If they wait, there won’t be any.”last_img read more

These AIgenerated Christmas songs are so freakin festive

first_img Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express This AI gave classic cookies the nuttiest new names AI valentine candy heart ideas: ‘Stank love’ and ‘I honker’ What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $155 at Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview 0 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Rylo Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental The things AI does Read DJI Osmo Action preview Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 12 Photos $6 at Tidal DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Chris Monroe/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It Get in the holiday spirit with songs from a neural network. John Kim/CNET Ding-a-ling. It’s impossible to escape the chiming melodies of holiday songs this time of year. Swedish AI company Made by AI decided we didn’t already have enough jangling Christmas melodies haunting our every move, so it set an artificial-intelligence system loose to create some new ones.The Christmas AI-generated tunes have some outstanding names, such as Peaches Twinkleleaves and Syllabub Chocolatebells. They’re all jaunty and chime-y, and would be the perfect soundtrack for inside a shopping mall elevator.  Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Artificial intelligence (AI),I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Comments Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See at Turo $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The Cheapskate Read Google Home Hub review Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Post a comment Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Share your voice 7 Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Read the AirPods review Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Amazon Turo I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Random The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Made by AI dropped some details on how they achieved this festive musical accomplishment. It involved feeding a hundred Christmas tunes in MIDI format to a neural network, which surprisingly didn’t turn evil on its human makers. Made by AI says it’s happy with the results of its Christmas hack, but the company wishes it had more time to also generate lyrics to go along with the songs.You can download your own AI Christmas song with your choice of bells, clarinet or glockenspiel as the main instrument. If you can’t beat the Christmas music, you might as well join it. Sprint Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $999 $210 at Best Buy See it Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Boost Mobile See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Best Buy Tags $59 at eBay Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $60 at Best Buy $520 at HP Tags Angela Lang/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Apple iPhone XS Geek the halls with nerdy Christmas ornaments (pictures) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $299 at Amazonlast_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 Bran Stark is the Lord of Light

first_imgHBOGame of Thrones season 8 has entered its supernova stage. The acclaimed TV show is going to end in May and there are hundreds of theories about it. However, as per a recent theory, it looks like Jon Snow will kill the Night King but the process to reach there would cost him a lot and his younger brother, Bran Stark, is the Lord of Light.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 is going to feature the epic battle between Jon Snow and Night King’s army. On one hand, Jon Snow has Daenerys Targaryen, her two dragons, allies from the North, and Jaime Lannister. But Night King is a man who could not be killed until and unless one has Dragon Stone and a sword made of Valyrian Steel.In the recently released trailer of Game of Thrones, Arya Stark was shown holding the Dragon Stone and it is well established that fan favorite Jon Snow has a Valyrian Steel sword. As per a recent theory on Reddit, there was a reason to introduce such amazing stuff in the early episodes of HBO’s epic fantasy drama series.In addition to Valyrian Steel and Dragon Stones, we have seen Jon Snow and Beric Dondarrion coming back to life, Daenerys Targaryen’s uncanny relation with fire, Dondarrion flaming up swords, and Bran Stark seeing everything that happened in the past.As per a Game of Thrones fan, Jon Snow, Beric Dondarrion, Daenerys Targaryen, and Bran Stark will have to come together to destroy the Night King. Kit Harington as Jon Snow with Liam Cunningham as Davos SeaworthHBO”Dany sacrifices herself, (maybe protecting her dead dragon?) for Jon to plunge his Valyrian steel into her flaming insides, Mel induces some vudu (voodoo) to put magic on the whole thing may be trying to save Dany, Bran distracts the night king by warping into his mind, Arya kills a WW to get close to Night King, Jon wields light bringer and destroys night king,” speculates the fan.At the same time, fans have argued that Bran Stark is not the Night King but he truly is the Lord of Light and somehow he is able to protect everyone. As we all know, there has been too much foreshadowing and even callback events, so anything can be possible.As we know, Lord of Light is a god who speaks to his followers through visions. Back in GoT season 7 episode 5 “Beyond the Wall,” it seemed that the Lord of Light ordered The Hound, Beric, and Thoros to face the White Walkers, only for them to get defeated in the end. At the same time, it was also shown that Bran Stark sent Jon Snow a raven in which he told him that the Night King was coming. Fans were quick to notice that Maesters would ignore his request of gathering everyone and that is why he sent the message to Jon. A fan has also pointed out that Bran Stark is “living in an alternate future timeline where the Others/White Walkers have taken over the planet.”The above theory seems good but it was shown in season 7 that Thoros of Mir was dead and Beric won’t be resurrected from the dead.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | January 09, 2009 Society of Gynecologic Oncologists Hosts 40th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in February January 9, 2009 – The Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) will host its 40th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer from Feb. 5-8, 2009 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. This year’s meeting will feature more than 360 scientific presentations in addition to lectures, workshops, symposia, surgical labs and postgraduate courses that focus on emerging science, clinical trials and treatment advances for physicians and health care professionals in the field of gynecologic oncology. This year’s meeting had 639 research and clinical trial abstracts submitted from all over the world for consideration in the program.The educational programming offered at the Annual Meeting mirrors the core competencies of gynecologic oncologists — surgical disease management, medical/oncologic/radio-therapeutic treatment, preventative medicine and scientific research. The meeting traditionally attracts medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, obstetrician/gynecologists, oncology nurses and allied health professionals who care for women with gynecologic malignancies.For more information: www.sgo.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content 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 | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more last_img read more

NEC Display Solutions Exhibiting New 21inch Diagnostic Monitor at RSNA 2015

first_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more October 1, 2015 — The 21-inch NEC MultiSync MD212C2 referral-grade widescreen diagnostic display from NEC Display Solutions is designed for the demanding needs of healthcare professionals in medical imaging and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). This model has an IPS panel to provide precise color reproduction and wide viewing angles, as well as an integrated front sensor which constantly monitors and adjusts brightness to maintain the factory DICOM GSDF calibration. The MD212C2 also includes a human presence sensor that can automatically dim the screen to conserve power, a Quick QA function for checking DICOM conformance without a computer, and its stand has four-way ergonomic functionality, including height-adjust, swivel, tilt and pivot. The display has the ability to schedule self-calibration and self-measurement using the included front sensor without a computer. This will ensure stability even if the connected PC is turned off. The display offers DisplayPort, DVI-D, HDMI and VGA inputs, built-in three-port USB hub with DisplaySync Pro, 14-bit lookup tables (LUTs) with 1,024 levels of gray for smooth images and hardware calibration.For more information: www.necdisplay.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Flat Panel Displays | October 02, 2015 NEC Display Solutions Exhibiting New 21-inch Diagnostic Monitor at RSNA 2015 New features include automatic brightness adjustment, quick DICOM quality assurance checks News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Related Content Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 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 Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more 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 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more last_img read more

CT Scans of Dinosaur Skulls Reveal Interior Structure to Researchers

first_img Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 0.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. This is a reconstruction of the left inner ear of PawPawsaurus from the first-ever CT scans of the PawPawsaurus skull. Image courtesy of PLosOne/SMU.Well-known armored dinosaur Ankylosaurus is famous for a hard knobby layer of bone across its back and a football-sized club on its tail for wielding against meat-eating enemies.It’s prehistoric cousin, Pawpawsaurus campbelli, was not so lucky. Pawpawsaurus was an earlier version of armored dinosaurs but not as well equipped to fight off meat-eaters, according to a new study, said vertebrate paleontologist Louis Jacobs, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Jacobs is co-author of a new analysis of Pawpawsaurus based on the first computed tomography (CT) scans ever taken of the dinosaur’s skull.A Texas native, Pawpawsaurus lived 100 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period, making its home along the shores of an inland sea that split North America from Texas northward to the Arctic Sea.Like Ankylosaurus, Pawpawsaurus had armored plate across its back and on its eyelids. But unlike Ankylosaurus, Pawpawsaurus didn’t have the signature club tail that was capable of knocking the knees out from under a large predator.Ankylosaurus lived about 35 million years after Pawpawsaurus, around 66 million years ago toward the end of the Cretaceous. During the course of its evolution, ankylosaurids developed the club tail, and bone structure in its skull that improved its sense of smell and allowed it to hear a broader range of sounds. “Stable gaze” also emerged, which helped Ankylosaurus balance while wielding its clubbed tail.”CT imaging has allowed us to delve into the intricacies of the brains of extinct animals, especially dinosaurs, to unlock secrets of their ways of life,” said Jacobs, a professor in the SMU Department of Earth Sciences.While Pawpawsaurus’s sense of smell was inferior to Ankylosaurus, it was still sharper than some primitive dinosaur predators such as Ceratosaurus, said vertebrate paleontologist Ariana Paulina-Carabajal, first author on the study.”Pawpawsaurus in particular, and the group it belonged to — Nodosauridae — had no flocculus, a structure of the brain involved with motor skills, no club tail, and a reduced nasal cavity and portion of the inner ear when compared with the other family of ankylosaurs,” said Paulina-Carabajal, researcher for the Biodiversity and Environment Research Institute (CONICET-INIBIOMA), San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. “But its sense of smell was very important, as it probably relied on that to look for food, find mates and avoid or flee predators.”Most dinosaurs don’t have bony ridges in their nasal cavities to guide airflow, but Ankylosaurs are unique in that they do.”We can observe the complete nasal cavity morphology with the CT scans,” Paulina-Carabajal said. “The CT scans revealed an enlarged nasal cavity compared to dinosaurs other than ankylosaurians. That may have helped Pawpawsaurus bellow out a lower range of vocalizations, improved its sense of smell, and cooled the inflow of air to regulate the temperature of blood flowing into the brain.”First CT scans shed light on Pawpawsaurus’s sensory toolsPawpawsaurus is more primitive than the younger derived versions of the dinosaur that evolved later, Jacobs said, although both walked on all fours and held their heads low to the ground.”So we don’t know if their sense of smell also evolved and improved even more,” Jacobs said. “But we do suspect that scenting the environment was useful for a creature’s survival, and the sense of smell is fairly widely distributed among plant eaters and meat eaters alike.”The team’s measurements and conclusions are reported in the journal PLOS ONE in the article “Endocranial Morphology of the Primitive Nodosaurid Dinosaur Pawpawsaurus campbelli from the Early Cretaceous of North America.” It is published online at http://bit.ly/1TpWiYE.The skull was identified in 1996 by Yuong-Nam Lee, Seoul National University, Korea, a co-author on the paper, who was then a doctoral student under Jacobs.The team’s discoveries emerged from Computed Tomography (CT) scans of the braincase of Pawpawsaurus campbelli’s skull. Pawpawsaurus belongs to one of the least explored clades of dinosaurs when it comes to endocranial anatomy — the spaces in the skull housing the brain.The Pawpawsaurus skull was discovered 24 years ago by 19-year-old Cameron Campbell in the PawPaw Formation of Tarrant County near Dallas. Conventional analysis of the skull was carried out years ago to identify it as a never-before-seen nodosaurid ankylosaur. However, these are the first CT scans of Pawpawsaurus’s skull because it’s only been in recent years that fossils have been widely explored with X-rays.In humans, a medical CT will scan the body to “see inside” with X-rays and capture a 3-D picture of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissue. In fossils, a much stronger dose of radiation than can be tolerated by humans is applied to fossils to capture 3-D images of the interior structure.From the scans, paleontologists can then digitally reconstruct the brain and inner ear using special software.”Once we have the 3-D model, we can describe and measure all its different regions,” Paulina-Carabajal said. “We can then compare that to existing reptile brains and their senses of hearing and smell. Hearing, for example, can be determined from the size of the lagena, the region of the inner ear that perceives sounds.”The size of the lagena in Pawpawsaurus suggests a sense of hearing similar to that of living crocodiles, she said.Olfactory acuity, the sense of smell, is calculated from the size ratio of the olfactory bulb of the brain and the cerebral hemisphere.”In Pawpawsaurus, the olfactory ratio is somewhat lower than it is in Ankyloxaurus, although both have high ratios when compared with most carnivorous dinosarus,” Paulina-Carabajal said. “They are exceeded only by carcharodontosaurids and tyrannosaurids. The olfactory ratios of ankylosaurs in general are more or less similar to those calculated by other authors for the living crocodile.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 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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The bone is rendered semitransparent to show the endocranial cavity in dark blue and the nasal cavities in light blue. Image courtesy of PLosONE/SMU. Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more 12PreviousNext Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 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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NonPrime Loan Share on the Rise

first_imgNon-Prime Loan Share on the Rise As the creation of new mortgage account originations continues to slide, non-prime borrowers are grabbing a greater share of the market, TransUnion reported in a new release.The latest numbers released by the credit reporting agency show 53.47 million mortgage accounts as of the first quarter of 2014, up slightly from 53.06 million a year ago.Still, that’s down nearly 10 million from the same period in 2008, TransUnion reported.Looking back a quarter, the company says new account originations in Q4 2013 totaled just 1.39 million, down by nearly a million from Q4 2012. New account statistics are examined a quarter behind “to ensure all accounts are reported and included in the data.”While overall new loan activity was slow, participation increased among the non-prime population—defined by TransUnion as those with a credit score lower than 700 on the company’s VantageScore 2.0 model. According to the report, the share of non-prime originations rose more than 2 percentage points over the year to close 2013’s final quarter at 7.21 percent.TransUnion ascribes the latest increase in non-prime share to declining refinance activity, which has shifted the shape of the market.“While still far from levels seen six years ago, non-prime borrowers are taking a larger share of new originations,” said Steve Chaouki, head of financial services for the credit firm. “We have not seen this in quite some time.“Even so, mortgage underwriting remains conservative relative to the other primary credit products in the marketplace,” he added. in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Sharecenter_img Credit Scores Credit Standards non-prime lending TransUnion 2014-05-07 Tory Barringer May 7, 2014 472 Views last_img read more

Housing Policy Left in the Dark at the State of the Union

first_imgHousing Policy Left in the Dark at the State of the Union Addresss Housing Policy President Barack Obama State of the Union Address 2016-01-12 Seth Welborn January 12, 2016 650 Views In his final State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama spoke of the progress the country has made economically and the programs he believes the country needs to embrace in the years to come in order to make more progress.To close his speech, President Obama boldly declared that “The State of the Union is strong” as his second term winds down. While the president did briefly mention the financial crisis during Tuesday’s speech, however, one crucial element of economic recovery was noticeably absent from his speech—housing policy.After barely glossing over it in last year’s speech, when he mentioned only the then-recent reduction in FHA mortgage insurance premiums, President Obama did not mention housing policy at all in Tuesday night’s address, nor did he even approach the subjects of homeownership, mortgage credit availability, or building wealth through home equity, which has been touted as a key to saving for the future.The president did touch on economic and job growth early in the hour-long speech, saying that “The United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world. We’re in the middle of the longest streak of private-sector job creation in history. More than 14 million new jobs; the strongest two years of job growth since the ’90s; an unemployment rate cut in half.”Republicans have been skeptical of the economic progress the Obama Administration claims to have made during the president’s seven years in office. Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) tweeted on Tuesday, “The labor force participation rate is near an all-time low that we have not seen since the 1970s—62.8 percent.” Newly installed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who sat behind the president as he delivered his speech, tweeted on Tuesday, “Our economy is weak. Wages are stagnant. 45 million people are living in poverty. This is not good enough, Mr. President.” Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, was even more concise with his assessment, tweeting, “If tonight is the president’s victory lap, it should be the shortest speech in history.”Our economy is weak. Wages are stagnant. 45 million people are living in poverty. This is not good enough, Mr. President. #LastSOTU — Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 13, 2016The labor force participation rate is near an all time low that we have not seen since the 1970’s – 62.8%. #LastSOTU — Rep. Bill Flores (@RepBillFlores) January 13, 2016And in the Republican response to the State of the Union address which was broadcast immediately following the president’s speech, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley said, “As he enters his final year in office, many Americans are still feeling the squeeze of an economy too weak to raise income levels. We’re feeling a crushing national debt, a health care plan that has made insurance less affordable and doctors less available, and chaotic unrest in many of our cities.”Despite all the criticism about overblowing or exaggerating the extent of the country’s economic recovery, Obama said, “Anyone claiming the American economy is in decline is peddling fiction.”Housing, and homeownership in particular, is one area that will be a key to the future economic health of the nation—just as it played such a large role in the financial collapse and subsequent Great Recession in 2008. And while default metrics are way down and even approaching or lower than pre-crisis levels, the homeownership rate in the U.S. is at its lowest point in nearly five decades, and mortgage credit has become less available to Americans instead of more available in the years since the crisis.Obama did not mention any of this in his address on Tuesday. Will he attempt to address any of the country’s homeownership issues in his last year in office? The industry hopes so.“I congratulate President Obama for his efforts leading our country over the course of two terms in office,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute. “He has had several successes in his tenure and did what was necessary to affect calm in the economy—but there is a degree of uncertainty regarding the future of homeownership in the United States.”“The housing sector of the economy, in particular, needs to be re-evaluated. Although the housing market made strides this past year, the homeownership rate now stands at the lowest level in 48 years, millennials are saddled with $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, and job prospects for recent grads are bleak. As such, President Obama’s efforts on the housing front cannot be counted as a victory. There now exist barriers  of entry for homeownership among first-time homebuyers, millennials, and minorities.”While the president has viewed his policies as the driver of economic growth and success, some expressed concern about overregulation, particularly for the mortgage industry. Rep. Jeb Hensarling stated, “Since Dodd-Frank became law, we’re losing an average of one community financial institution per day under the sheer weight, volume, and complexity of Dodd-Frank’s 400 regulations—making it harder and harder for Americans to buy a house or get a loan to start a small business.”According to Delgado, “Instead of resolving homeownership issues on a broad scale while introducing fair and responsible solutions designed to expand the promise of homeownership, government officials have instead overregulated the industry and measured the success of recovery based upon the size of fines and penalties assessed, Bottom line—it is harder today than at any time in recent history to get approved for a mortgage loan—a condition amplified buy a burdened industry reeling from reform and restriction.”Delgado continued, “Not enough was done to create a lasting solution to bolster homeownership in the U.S. What the Obama Administration did was provide a temporary feel good solution, not a long term right solution.”Click here to read the full text of President Obama’s State of the Union address.Click here to read South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s Republican response.Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of The MReport and TheMReport.com.center_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more