Sia CoDesigns Dog Toy Benefiting Animal Havens Recovery Road

first_imgIn celebration of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month in October, BARK, the company behind BarkBox, today unveiled Sia’s Lickalike – a new limited-edition BARK Original dog toy in partnership with singer-songwriter, Sia.Sia’s Lickalike – a new limited-edition BARK Original dog toy in partnership with singer-songwriter, SiaFor every Lickalike toy purchased, BARK will donate all profits to Animal Haven’s Recovery Road. BARK customers and Sia fans can buy the toy here at barkshop.com.“Since the early days of BARK, we’ve looked for ways to help and support dogs in need,” said Matt Meeker, BARK co-founder and CEO. “We’re thrilled to team up with Sia to give her fans and dog people everywhere a fun way to support the phenomenal work by our friends at Animal Haven.”A BARK Original toy, Sia’s Lickalike was co-designed by BARK and Sia, and features a toy version of BARK’s iconic doodle character wearing Sia’s signature wig. Priced at $15, all profits from the limited-edition toy will go to Animal Haven to help dogs in need find their forever home – a potential donation of up to $24K. Now that’s something to BARK about!“I’m excited to have collaborated with BARK to help raise money for Animal Haven and bring further awareness to Adopt a Shelter Dog Month,” said Sia.Both BARK and Sia are longtime supporters of Animal Haven. Sia has volunteered at Animal Haven for years – even prior to her international success – and has since teamed up for the organization’s fundraising videos and performed at its events. BARK often features Animal Haven dogs in social media content to help get the pups adopted by putting them in front of the company’s 6M+ audience, and several employees have adopted Animal Haven’s dogs into the BARK family. BARK has also supported the Animal Haven’s efforts financially.Animal Haven’s Recovery Road fund is designed to help animals at the shelter that need extra medical care. Whether it’s a life-saving surgery or a simple procedure to alleviate pain and discomfort, Animal Haven counts on the generosity of The Recovery Road Fund to give these animals a second chance.For more information about Sia’s Lickalike, click here.last_img read more

UN official embarks on trip to boost support for International Compact with

A senior United Nations official has embarked on a week of travel to Europe and the Middle East in a bid to build support for the International Compact with Iraq, a five-year plan for peace as well as political, economic and social development in the war-torn country.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Advisor, Ibrahim Gambari, is in the United Kingdom today, and will travel from there to Kuwait, Bulgaria and Belgium before returning to New York next week, according to a UN spokesperson. He is accompanied by the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq.The Compact will be launched formally early next month in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, culminating a preparatory process that began last July and was initiated by the Iraqi Government to establish a new partnership with the international community.Mr. Ban announced earlier this month that he and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki would attend the launch on 3 May.The preparatory process was co-chaired by Iraq and the UN, through Mr. Gambari, and has also had the support of the World Bank. 23 April 2007A senior United Nations official has embarked on a week of travel to Europe and the Middle East in a bid to build support for the International Compact with Iraq, a five-year plan for peace as well as political, economic and social development in the war-torn country. read more

Two senior UN appointments outlined by SecretaryGeneral Ban

13 May 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the details of two new appointments in senior positions in the world body in areas ranging from internal management of the Organization to economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the details of two new appointments in senior positions in the world body in areas ranging from internal management of the Organization to economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Angela Kane of Germany, currently serving as Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Political Affairs, becomes the new Under-Secretary-General for Management, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters. The experienced UN official has also previously served as Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management and in senior posts in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and the Department of Public Information (DPI). In addition, she has field experience with the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) and has been posted to Jakarta and Bangkok. Ms. Kane will replace Alicia Bárcena Ibarra of Mexico, who will move to become the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Ms. Bárcena Ibarra is herself succeeding José Luis Machinea of Argentina, who is retiring from the position of head of ECLAC, which is based in Santiago, the Chilean capital. The Mexican national, who has worked often in the sustainable development field, served as deputy chief at ECLAC earlier in her career and was also Chef de Cabinet to the former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan before taking up her current post. read more

Ban calls for boosting womens participation in peace efforts

“Many existing challenges reflect the fact that women continue to be considered as victims and not as key partners in addressing and resolving situations of armed conflict,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report on the implementation of resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Resolution 1325, which was adopted by the Council in 2000, stresses the importance of giving women equal participation and full involvement in peace and security matters and the need to increase their role in decision-making.Mr. Ban noted that one of the most persistent obstacles to women’s full and equal participation in post-conflict peacebuilding and reconciliation is the threat of further violence even after the fighting has ended. “Threats of violence and abuse often remain long after armed conflict ceases, intimidating women and preventing them from engaging fully in rebuilding their societies,” he said. The Secretary-General also cited cultural challenges to women’s participation, including traditional views about women’s roles, as well as socio-economic factors such as low literacy rates and poverty.He underscored the pressing need to focus on gender considerations as an integral part of peace processes rather than as an “add-on.”Specifically, he said States should ensure the representation of women at all decision-making levels of peace processes. They should also not only condemn violations of the rights of women and girls during armed conflict but also take swift action in prosecuting those who commit gender-based violence.In addition, the Security Council should vigorously pursue a strategy to ensure an increase in women’s participation in all peace processes, particularly in negotiation and mediation, as well as in post-conflict governance and reconstruction. It should also urgently establish a monitoring mechanism for the implementation of resolution 1325 at the global, regional and national levels.Mr. Ban suggested that the Council use next year’s commemoration of the tenth anniversary of resolution 1325 to organize a high-level ministerial event to generate renewed and revitalized momentum towards fully implementing provisions of the text. 30 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the need to strengthen the involvement of women in peace processes worldwide, noting that nine years after the adoption of a landmark United Nations resolution on the issue, obstacles to their full participation remain. read more

More of the worlds grape and wine insiders are coming to CCOVI

Charles Bénard is close to the wine industry, but far from home. His parents manage the Champagne Bénard-Pitois vineyard and winery in France, and Bénard himself is a second-year student at AgroSup Dijon, the French national institute for food and agronomic sciences.But for his internship he chose to come to Canada, specifically to Brock University’s grape and wine research centre, the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).Bénard feels a CCOVI internship will further his knowledge about the sector, and says being exposed to research at Brock will advance his career goal of working in the grape and wine industry.“Brock and CCOVI works a lot on wines, and since I am from Champagne, I didn’t see a lot of different methods [at home],” he said. “I saw that Canada makes a lot of wines with different grapes, so I said it would be great to observe this in another country with different methods than in Champagne.”The young French national is a sign of the times.Google the name Denis Bunner, and the Deputy Cellar Manager from France’s renowned Bollinger Champagne pops up in blogs, articles and conference notes from South Africa to Britain to Finland.You can now add Canada to that list. Bunner visited the Brock campus this month for the Shaping Bubbles seminar, where 50 Canadian winemakers gathered to hear European industry leaders talk shop about Champagne, Prosecco and other production methods of sparkling wine.The event, sponsored and organized by Nuance Winery Supplies, was part of a growing calendar of industry events held at CCOVI that attract Canadian and global speakers and students who, in turn, grow its reputation as a hub for grape and wine education and research.CCOVI draws experts from places like Australia, Germany and France to host workshops, contribute to discussions or participate in seminars. Even the annual CCOVI Lecture Series has a global audience, with more than 1,100 viewers from 43 different countries logging on in recent years to stream the lectures online. Similarly, events like CCOVI’s 2014 Ontario Sparkling Wine Symposium drew international speakers and 120 attendees.Last summer, CCOVI’s rising profile also helped Canada’s first-ever successful bid to host the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium. The event, which will be held at Brock in 2020, take place every four years and attracts hundreds of grape and wine researchers, trade professionals and media from wine regions around the world.At the Shaping Bubbles seminar, Bunner — who split keynote duties with Italian winemaker and industry consultant Marcello Galetti — welcomed the opportunity to share his decades-old practices with a Canadian audience, but says he also learned a few things from the industry here in Ontario.“I have a culture of sharing knowledge and craftsmanship,” said Bunner, “and I think it’s interesting to show people another way of doing things.“(But) it was also very interesting to see how you prevent frost in your country and the different products you can have. You are in a good climate position to produce sparkling wines, you have this freshness and fineness — which are important for sparkling wines.”Sparkling wine is hugely popular with consumers, and the Shaping Bubbles seminar examined how Canadian products are pushing their way into the spotlight. While famous names like Champagne and Prosecco still command a large share of retail shelf space, domestic brands are rivalling the Europeans. In Ontario, overall sales of Ontario VQA sparkling wines are up 13 per cent over last year, and Vintage VQA sparkling wine sales have increased by a remarkable 25 per cent.In this era of new market opportunities, Thierry Lemaire, who owns the Canadian company Nuance Winery Supplies, sponsored the Shaping Bubbles seminar, brought in the speakers and worked with CCOVI senior oenologist Belinda Kemp, who prepared a presentation analyzing the rise of Ontario sparkling wines.Lemaire said CCOVI has a “major place in the wine industry in Ontario and in Canada,” which made Brock an ideal venue for hosting international speakers of this calibre.“CCOVI is the natural place where people come with questions,” he said. “They are centred in the industry, and a lot is happening here. People recognize that, and they want to be a part of that.”Keynote speakers Denis Bunner, left, and Marcello Galetti at the sparkling wine seminar held recently at CCOVI this month. read more

Brazil deserves to host Olympics more than US

Last Friday the International Olympic Committee was in a very tough position — four countries from across the globe were vying for the chance to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. The voters were in a crux, ultimately handed with the decision of whether to give this honor of hosting the Olympics to the same typical economic power or to take a chance with a spectacular, albeit unproven city. That city was Rio de Janeiro and it really didn’t matter who was up against it in the voting.It just so happened that Tokyo, Madrid, and our beloved Chicago were the three other cities seeking the same spot. One could argue that Madrid couldn’t happen because London, a European city, was already hosting the 2012 Olympics. Similarly, Tokyo was a long shot not only because the city already got its chance to host the games (1964) but also because the recent Olympic spectacle that occurred right next to it in Beijing.Dismissing Chicago as the host city is a more difficult task. First of all, the United States hosted the Olympic summer events four times in the past 100 years. Also, it just wasn’t the right time for the United States to hold an international event of this caliber. Hosting the Olympics in Chicago was so filled with qualms that even the powerful triumvirate of Oprah, Barack, and Michelle couldn’t help out in the end.Rio, though, deserved to win and the decision to choose them as the host was the right one.On a small scale, it was about how Brazil really deserved to host an Olympic event. Try as they might (and they already tried four times to host it), it just seemed like the international community harshly dismissed Brazil time and time again. The advancements and triumphs the country of Brazil had in the past few decades more than show just how ready it was for this.And of course on a much bigger scale, one must bring up the point that in the more than one hundred years of the modern Olympics’ games, South America has hosted them exactly zero times. This crucial decision not only marks an acceptance of this continent and brings it into the international fold, but also gives much needed hope to Africa, the other continent that has yet to host.Rio was the right host. It just couldn’t be denied much longer and it truly deserved hosting, even if that means it would trample over our city. Everyone has known that in their heart, perhaps for years, and the IOC ended up doing the right thing. Finally. read more

Commentary Sophomore kicker proving to be surefooted force

After hitting 12 straight field goals, sophomore Drew Basil is quickly becoming the sure-footed kicker Ohio State is looking for. To begin the year, Basil was struggling to find his groove, missing two attempts in the Buckeyes’ first two games. Since then, the right-foot from Chillicothe, Ohio, has not missed an attempt. In the first game of the season against Akron, Basil had two opportunities to convert the first field goal of the season. He missed an unofficial 45-yard attempt because of an offside penalty against the Zips. After resetting five yards closer, he missed the 40-yard attempt. In the second game against Toledo, Basil missed a 47-yard attempt. Through two games, Basil had failed to convert. Since then, he’s been perfect. Hitting 12 field goals in a row, Basil is the kind of reliable option OSU has been used to thoughout the years. In the past ten years, OSU has not had a problem making just about every field goal it attempts, thanks to Aaron Pettrey, Devin Barclay and Mike Nugent. Basil has converted on all 26 extra point attempts on the season. Including the 12 field goals, he has accumulated 62 points on the season. Despite his recent success, Basil apparently had not shown the OSU coaching staff everything they needed to see in order to trust him fully. On Oct. 8 against Nebraska, OSU was leading Nebraska by seven points when they had the ball in Nebraska territory. OSU had the ball for a second-and-13 at the Nebraska 32 yard line. From that point, a 49-yard field goal try was an option. After two incomplete passes, the Buckeyes opted to punt instead of trying the field goal. Basil’s long field goal on the year was from 47 yards against Colorado. Talking with Basil during media day, Basil said he was very consistent from 52 yards. However, the coaching staff has not given him an opportunity all year longer than 47 yards. Head coach Luke Fickell said after the game at Nebraska that a field goal try from 49 yards was “a little out of our range.” Basil has now converted on 12 straight, and each of them have been splitting the uprights and have had distance to spare. Basil, only a sophomore, will be that reliable special teams force the Buckeyes are used to. read more

TShirt Tuesday The Best Tomb Raider Shirts

first_img Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail-order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: Lara Croft returns to the silver screen with a new Tomb Raider movie and you can dress the part.I Only Hunt For SportThis stylish design by Keilvory depicts Lara in profile, surrounded by a totemic circle of icons that relate to her multiple adventures. We’re going to see many of the adventurer’s different faces in this roundup of shirts, from the overstuffed sex symbol of the early 2000s to the grittier, more realistic reimagining of the recent games. We’re not making any judgments as to which is the “real” Lara Croft, because that’s not how we roll.$20, buy it here.Classic Sexy LaraSome people will always love the classic overstuffed Lara Croft with the impractical boobs, and this shirt’s for them. Artist Eliaschatzoudis pumps up the pin-up style for his dynamic shot of Lara popping a cap into some unseen enemy, with all the forced perspective and midriff-baring your poor little heart can handle. Some really pro-looking modeling and color work on display here.$20, buy it here.Low-Poly Lara CroftArtist LordZord goes way back to the old school, when our tomb raiding adventuress was composed of a measly 540 polygons – that’s a fraction of the 41,000 that 2013’s game used to render her. And yet, even in such a minimalist manner you can recognize Lara Croft, which is the mark of truly legendary character design.$20, buy it here.Tomb Raider LogoA pair of twin Magnum pistols has always been Lara Croft’s sidearm of choice, but the logo for the Alicia Vikander Tomb Raider film indicates that she might be going a little more old-school in this one with a bow and arrow. It’s a striking bit of typography that really illustrates the character’s lean and mean re-invention, so kudos to Happyantsstudio for bringing it to a T-shirt.$20, buy it here.Indiana CroftOne of the most visible inspirations for the Tomb Raider series is, of course, the adventures of swashbuckling archaeologist Indiana Jones. So it’s not a big surprise that artist CoinboxTees decided to mash the two together with this dynamic shot of a weary Lara exiting a freshly raided tomb. A hot color scheme makes this shirt a real eye-catcher.$20, buy it here.Let’s RaidThere are a lot of emotions present in Lara Croft’s life journey, but one that has kind of fallen to the wayside in recent years is the exultant joy of exploration and discovery. She obviously doesn’t need to be raiding tombs for a living, so she has to enjoy it a little bit. Artist sewarren71 does a tremendous job capturing the facial expression of a woman who really loves her job.$20, buy it here.Wolf SilhouetteWe really like the technique on display from Aleecat in this T-shirt, taking a lushly painted image of Lara in a windy ruin landscape and encompassing it in a striking silhouette of a baying wolf’s head. It’s a really slick and clever design that does the character justice without being overtly fannish. The same artist has a bunch of other Tomb Raider shirts, so they obviously love the franchise.$20, buy it here.Lara’s LetterThe selection of Alicia Vikander to play Lara Croft went over pretty well, with artist akyanyme especially excited. So excited, in fact, that they knocked out a really cool shirt depicting the actress in the role along with a letter penned by Lara Croft. It’s an elegant composition that brings a solid sense of realism to the sometimes exaggerated character.$20, buy it here.Croft ArmsWhen you’ve got a pair of handguns, the world is your oyster. Lara Croft toted the same pair of dual pistols throughout the first five games, and for some magnificent reason they were gifted with infinite ammunition. Hunting down bullets would distract from the spelunking fun, so Crystal Dynamics made a compromise with reality. Designer JohnLucke pays tribute to those heady days with this gritty T-shirt.$20, buy it here.Fight Like A GirlThe world of video games had seen female protagonists before Lara Croft, but something about her mixture of sex appeal and take-no-prisoners attitude really struck a chord. How many other female video game characters have helmed multiple movies? I mean I guess Bloodrayne but we’re not going to count Uwe Boll here, that way lies madness. Artist lewisrj takes the modern Croft on a heather gray shirt and gives you some potent words to live by.$20, buy it here.Tomb RiderBig props for the quality of illustration by artist RicoMambo in this shirt, depicting Lara roping down a crumbling tomb while a wild jungle closes in. Just a really tight composition with controlled, intelligent linework and a subtle and effective color scheme combine to make a fine shirt to close off our list. We’re not 100% sure exactly what she’s doing, but it looks cool.$20, buy it here. T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Monster Hunter ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Gundam Shirts Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Watch Nosey Bear Tries to Break Into Cozy Cabin in California

first_imgStay on target A woman’s peaceful vacation turned into a hair-raising affair when a nosey bear tried to enter her cabin near Lake Tahoe, California.George Foster, a former NFL player who is friends with the woman, recently shared the video of the bear “break in” on Twitter, The Press Democrat reported. “FAM. This is one of my schoolmates from college. She’s NUTS for recording this,” Foster wrote on Twitter. The video has been viewed more than five million times and received more than 150,000 likes so far.FAM. This is one of my schoolmates from college. She’s NUTS for recording this pic.twitter.com/82yLvXz0re— FOST (@GeorgeFoster72) July 13, 2019The woman, who’s name was not identified at this time, recorded the bear, as it walked near an open window and stuck its nose inside the cabin. The video cuts out when the bear decided to push its front legs through the window and try to climb through the space. Thankfully, a police officer arrived at the scene and was able to scare away the large animal.Bear encounters could happen in multiple areas in the U.S., including the Lake Tahoe vicinity in California. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says bears shouldn’t be confronted by humans if they break into structures, including cabins and homes.If a black bear enters your home, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says don’t go near it, move away to a safe spot, and do not block exit points. If the bear does not find an escape route and leave, it’s recommended to stay in a safe place and call 911 for help. For bears that come through your yard, there’s a good chance that they will move away, however, if they don’t, use noisemakers or blow a whistle to get them to leave the area.More on Geek.com:Watch: Fearless Dog Chases Black Bear From New Jersey Backyard‘Delinquent’ Colorado Bear Breaks Into Car, ‘Butt-Shifts’ It DownhillBrown Bear Put Down After It Breaks Into Lodge in Alaska Watch: Young Black Bear Breaks Into Bathroom, Falls Asleep in SinkWatch: Deputies Help Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in Dumpster last_img read more

Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone Else

first_img MIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the BrainStarship Robots to Deliver Food to More University Campuses A human who plays a robot on TV and an actual humanoid robot walk into a bar…In a short film released this week by Futurism Studios, actor Evan Rachel Wood meets Sophia, Hanson Robotics’ “most advanced” product.At Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Hotel—to the tune of a lobby pianist and clinking cocktail glasses—Wood is startled (rightfully so) by the twitchy, silicone-faced automaton.“Oh, Sophia. I didn’t see you there,” she says, looking like most women who are approached at a bar by a stranger.Wood makes uncomfortable small talk, asking about the bot’s relationship with Will Smith, with whom Sophia went on a date last year.“Friends, yes,” the machine interjects, staring down the actor with unnerving coolness.“Evan, I must be honest with you. It’s no accident, you and I running into each other like this,” she continues, unsettling Wood even further.A self-proclaimed “big fan” of Westworld—HBO’s popular sci-fi western about an amusement park populated by android “hosts,” including Wood’s Dolores Abernathy—Sophia offers some of her own suggestions for the show’s next season.“I think this is a more authentic direction for the series,” she says.SophiaWorld parodies the show’s seemingly endless layers, plunging viewers into an ominous realm that makes you question reality—and how long it will really take for AI to inherit the Earth.Designed to look like Audrey Hepburn (I don’t see it), Sophia is described as “an evolving genius machine,” whose increasing intelligence puts her at the forefront of the robot revolution.She has traveled to more than 25 countries, appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan, met German Chancellor Angela Merkel, addressed the United Nations and NATO, and earned Saudi Arabian citizenship.But does she have the patience to wait for the third season of Westworld, scheduled for broadcast in 2020?Watch: Autonomous Robot Is Making Gardening a Whole Lot EasierMore on Geek.com:Sophia the Robot Has a Cute Little Sister That Teaches Kids to CodeJimmy Fallon, Sophia the Robot Make Oddly Beautiful Music TogetherRobot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save Lives Stay on targetlast_img read more

Inter Milan to sue Tebas

first_imgInter Milan are planning to sue La Liga president Javier Tebas over his comments regarding the club’s pursuit of Luka Modric.Tebas made strong remarks about the Milan based club over their possible raid of Real Madrid for star midfielder Luka Modric and the Italian club have announced they would take legal action against him.Madrid have made an official complaint to FIFA regarding Inter’s pursuit of Modric and Tebas, during an interview with ABC criticized the Italian giants.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Tebas accused Inter of offering Modric a lot of money, despite the club having no money and those comments have angered the Nerazurri.Inter is moving to institute legal actions against the president of La Liga Tebas.“Inter announces that it will take legal action against Mr Javier Tebas in the face of statements made today in the press,” the club said in an official statement, according to Goal.last_img read more

Truck spills load onto Highway 14

first_imgAn accident involving a truck hauling scrap metal has blocked westbound Highway 14 east of Washougal.The driver of the other vehicle was identified as “Fight Club” author Chuck Palahniuk, who lives near Washougal. For a full story click HERE.The accident occurred about 10:30 a.m. Friday at Milepost 22, near the Clark/Skamania county line. Two cars and a tractor-trailer rig loaded with scrap metal were involved.The truck ended up on its side, according to an alert from the state Department of Transportation.Tow trucks and traffic flaggers are on the scene. WSDOT estimates the highway will reopen in both directions later today.As of 2 p.m. the truck was righted, but debris was still keeping one lane of the roadway closed. Cleanup is under way.There was no word about any injuries.last_img read more

Where Should Aggregators Draw the Line

first_imgNews aggregators vs. content creators. When does linking and excerpting news stories by third parties cross the line? It was the topic discussed in detail Wednesday during a session at Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s annual Media Summit in New York. As Barbara Wall, Gannett Co.’s senior associate general counsel, put it: “There is an array of impacts from aggregating stories, but I’m not sure anyone has an answer on how exactly it’s affecting our business.”Aggregators—whether online or through e-newsletters, etc.—collect editorial produced by content creators and often sell ads around the aggregation “service.” While not technically doing any original reporting, aggregators claim they help drive traffic to the content creators’ Web sites.But not always without legal consequences. In 2008, New York Times Co.-owned Boston.com launched a hyper-local site that featured links to news stories aggregated from other news organizations. That same month, the parent company was sued by fellow publisher GateHouse Media which alleged copyright infringement based on the site’s use of GateHouse’s headlines and leads. Session panelist Richard Samson, who serves as senior counsel for the New York Times, told attendees that the eventual solution was that GateHouse used technology to block Boston.com’s automated aggregator from accessing their content while Boston.com agreed not to circumvent that technology. “We thought it was a win-win for GateHouse to have so much traffic from a large news site, but that was not so,” Samson said. “It’s a complex issue. We have to figure out where to draw the line.”One question considered during the session was whether aggregators are actually driving any significant traffic to publishers’ Web sites. Do users of sites like Google News actually click through to a publisher’s site when they could potentially get all the information they want/ need from the headline and excerpt?“I think it depends on what the news is, but if written right, the headline and lead sentence should be a potent summary of the story,” said Wall. She said it’s “dangerous” for content creators when aggregators use both because users, especially those on mobile devices, never actually click through.Web sites like the Huffington Post have made serious money linking to and excerpting from publishers’ Web sites. I can think of at least one well-known media news aggregator who not only pulls publishers’ headlines and leads for his e-newsletters but posts full news stories, verbatim—and sells ads against them. Sure, he links back to the original story, but who is going to click back to the publisher’s Web site when they can read the whole piece directly from the newsletter? In an age when publishers are struggling mightily to make nickels from their online endeavors, shouldn’t this aggregator offer some sort of revenue sharing program?UPDATE: Anonymous blogger Dead Tree Edition wrote a follow-up to this post. Read it here. Do news aggregators cross the line of fair use?YesNoVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.com Should aggregators share revenues with content creators?YesNoVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comlast_img read more

Smith Makes Case for Rightsizing Defense Infrastructure

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Language prohibiting the Defense Department from launching a new round of base closures appears to have survived the House Armed Services Committee’s consideration of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill after Adam Smith (D-Wash.) on Wednesday offered and withdrew an amendment that would have lifted the ban and introduced a number of changes to the BRAC process.“The central cloud hanging over this committee is we don’t have the resources to do what we have to do,” said Smith, the committee’s ranking member. “In a situation like that, you try to save resources wherever you can save them. [Base closures] would be one way of doing that.”Smith withdrew his amendment for procedural reasons, but plans to offer it again when the House considers the annual defense policy bill, reported the Hill.Smith’s amendment would provide Congress an opportunity to block a BRAC round from going ahead after the defense secretary certifies that base closures are necessary as part of a report on infrastructure and capacity. Other changes to the BRAC process include a cost cap on each closure recommendation based on estimates submitted by the independent commission. The proposal also would prohibit recommendations that do not yield savings within 20 years and emphasize closures that break even within five years. It would create a single office to manage property disposal across the services.“I know the committee by and large is not fond of the B-word, but if we’re looking at saving money in a responsible way, it’s better than the ad hoc way the military is doing it now,” Smith said.Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) reiterated his opposition to a new round of base closures, citing the cost of the last round and the decision to base DOD’s excess capacity analysis on force structure levels he believes are inadequate.“I don’t personally have the information I need to say, ‘Yes, we need another round of BRAC,’” he said. “I don’t know anybody that wants to repeat 2005. We have not yet broken even from the cost of the 2005 round of BRAC. We’ve got to do better than that if we’re going to have it. So I certainly have not ruled it out, but my personal opinion is we do not yet have the information we need to authorize it,” Thornberry said.The committee approved the Readiness Subcommittee’s portion of the authorization bill by voice vote and is expected to finish its markup Thursday morning.last_img read more

DC Resident Dolores Frances Williams Celebrates 100th Birthday

first_imgDolores Frances Williams, a long time fixture of the District, turned 100-years-old on June 6.Dolores Frances Williams turned 100 on June 6. (Courtesy Photo)“I would say she definitely was a super woman,” her daughter Betty Lorraine Briscoe told the AFRO.  “She was a loving mother and still is. She has handled many trials in her life with the utmost grace. She is a vibrant and intelligent woman.”Even though the Washington D.C. native has seen and endured loss during her lifetime, she keeps moving forward, putting one foot in front the other. “I feel fine so far,” Williams told the AFRO.” I don’t feel any different really except aches and pains.”To remain active, Briscoe said Williams visits the Hayes Wellness Center in northeast D.C., has lunch outings and enjoys Lipton Black tea every day. According to Briscoe, Williams is independent, mobile and still lives at her home in northeast D.C., which she has owned since 1949.Williams grew up in the Anacostia neighborhood in southeast D.C., where she attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, part of the historic Black church that served Black Catholics in the area. The church is also celebrating its centennial year.  In 1963, she worked as a clerk at the General Accounting Office, which is now the General Accountability Office. Williams was also a skilled seamstress. “Back then people didn’t buy a whole lot of things, that’s what they had to do to survive, “Briscoe said.Williams had seven children: Harold, Shirley, Yvonne, Betty, Joseph, Gilbert, and Albert. To date, Yvonne, Betty and Albert are still living.“You need patience,” Williams said. “When you have quite a few children you have to know patience, get along with them, and of course faith.”last_img read more

Pomegranate juice may protect unborn babies brains

first_img I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Which medications are most effective for chronic asthma? Find out on Allmedx.com. We recommend Privacy policy What is the dosage for mepolizumab? Visit Allmedx.com for Prescribing Information. What treatments are available for severe asthma? Find out the latest treatments on Allmedx.com. AllMedX Powered by How is eosinophilic asthma best managed? See the latest information on Allmedx.com. What drugs can be used to treat severe asthma? Find out on Allmedx.com. Yes No AllMedX AllMedX What is the mechanism of action for mepolizumab? Read about it at Allmedx.com. AllMedX AllMedX Google Analytics settings Affecting one out of every 10 infants that are still in the womb, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a potentially-serious condition that can limit brain development. According to a new study, the mother’s consumption of pomegranate juice could help keep that from happening.IUGR often occurs due to problems with the placenta, which ordinarily brings oxygen and nutrients to the fetus. Because those aren’t being delivered in sufficient quantities, the baby ends up being small for its gestational age. Its brain is thus also sometimes not as developed as it should be.Additionally, the actual birthing process can decrease blood flow to the infant’s brain. The result is a condition called hypoxic-ischemic injury, which is responsible for approximately one quarter of newborn deaths worldwide.That’s where the pomegranate juice comes in. Pomegranates are a good source of polyphenols, which are antioxidant molecules that are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier. In previous studies, the juice has been shown to protect animals against neurodegenerative diseases.With that in mind, scientists from the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital set out to determine if pomegranate juice could also help protect the brains of unborn babies.For the randomized and double-blinded study, 78 pregnant mothers were enrolled, all of whom were carrying fetuses that had been diagnosed with IUGR at 24 to 43 weeks’ gestation. Half of the women drank 8 oz (237 ml) of pomegranate juice daily until delivery, while the other half drank a taste- and calorie-matched placebo that contained no polyphenols.Once the babies were born, it was found that the actual body and brain growth of both groups were about the same. By measuring synchronous blood flow and making visual observations, however, the researchers determined that the placebo babies’ brains were less “connected,” in that there was less communication between the different regions of the brain.A larger trial is now underway.”Our study provides preliminary evidence suggesting potential protective effects for newborns exposed to pomegranate juice while in utero,” says Terrie Inder, chair of the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine at the hospital. “These findings warrant continued investigation into the potential neuroprotective effects of polyphenols in at-risk newborns, such as those with hypoxic-ischemic injury.”Source: Brigham and Women’s Hospital AllMedX last_img read more

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first_img News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content 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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Enterprise Imaging | July 02, 2019 Reducing Complexity and Cost at CarolinaEast Health System — A Transformative Approach Quality care matters deeply to CarolinaEast Health Syst… read more Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 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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MedXT brings the power of RIS/PACS (radiology information systems/picture archiving and communications systems) to clinics and practices by enabling clinicians to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients remotely using its easy-to-use, flexible universal image viewer. Already receiving images from hundreds of hospitals and clinics, MedXT offers an efficient image-sharing network that allows outpatient clinics and primary care providers to not only minimize imaging storage and maintenance costs but also satisfy the access requirements of patients and their community providers.“We have a complex workflow with mobile X-ray and ultrasound and physicians in 10 states,” said Thomas Ross, CEO, Critical Medical Solutions. “The MedXT solution is excellent. It is easy to use and customize for our practice’s needs.”With the MedXT FDA-cleared universal image viewer, all providers within a practice or healthcare clinic can access images without the need to replace existing infrastructure or download additional software or apps. The zero-download digital imaging viewer can be accessed quickly and easily, allowing physicians to see images on any browser-based electronic device. This improves access to images while also lowering IT costs.“Our workflow requires acquiring images and reports from many different sites, as well as documenting and communicating findings to International Association of Cardiology (IAC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR),” said Patrice Thomas, CEO, Certify Labs. “MedXT made it possible for us to upload image data, export DICOM [digital imaging and communications in medicine] files and communicate confidently with the people at the facilities via the secure MedXT messaging platform.”? MedXT supports modalities such as radiology, ophthalmology, pathology, cardiology video and more. Other features include:Hyper specialization: Routing complex cases to the top specialist in that field for consults instead of relying on who is locally available.Increased throughput: In the future, nurses, assistants and technologists will scan, sample and examine patients, and experts will be behind the digital curtain planning care. This approach can “lever up” the experts, allowing them to more efficiently treat patients.Internet of medical devices: Robotic surgery devices, monitoring lab equipment, orthopedic planning tools, etc., today have very long R&D cycles because they are not online and cannot improve in real time. That will change, and MedXT will help link them together as telemedicine advances.“Today’s social-networked patients expect a personalized experience in healthcare, just like in all other aspects of their lives,” said Cody Ebberson, CEO and co-founder at MedXT. “Unfortunately they are expecting this experience from healthcare professionals who are still forced to work with antiquated systems which aren’t Internet-connected, let alone mobile. We are pleased to finally change this and bring the critical field of imaging into the digital age in a powerful but affordable way.”MedXT offers multiple language interfaces for all users. Currently, the company offers English, Spanish, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Chinese.For more information: www.medxt.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Technology | August 01, 2014 MedXT Launches Medical Imaging Cloud Solution Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 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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Court dismisses manslaughter charges against former transport minister

first_imgNo related posts. An Atenas criminal court on Tuesday dismissed manslaughter charges against former Public Works and Transport Minister Karla González (2006-2009) in a case involving a 2007 landslide that killed 14 people in the province of Alajuela, northwest of San José.The tragedy occurred Oct. 11, 2007, in Bajo Cacao, a small town in the canton of Atenas. Fourteen people died when a contention wall on a roadway project collapsed.The court also dismissed criminal charges against two former directors of the National Roadway Council, Alejandro Solis and José Chacón, former Atenas Mayor Wilbert Aguilar, businessmen Reinaldo Hernández and José Martin Hernández and engineer Luis Carlos Gómez. Judge Mario Oconitrillo issued the ruling.González resigned her position in September 2009, following a separate scandal that occurred when a cable on a wooden suspension bridge snapped under the weight of a full school bus, which fell six meters into the Río Tárcoles near Turrubares, a canton of San José. Five people were killed. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Mexican airline offers onedollar flights to returning migrants

first_imgRelated posts:VIDEO: New Costa Rican documentary explains forced Central American migration Costa Rican government applauds U.S. decision to stop ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy on Cuban migrants Migration issues dominate Tuxtla Summit speeches in Costa Rica Migrants dreaming of US brave hellish Panamanian jungle odyssey A Mexican airline is offering one-dollar flights to undocumented migrants wishing to return to Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala as the country struggles to curb arrivals from Central America.The Reuniting Families program, announced by Volaris on Thursday, aims to “to assist in the repatriation of migrants,” the airline said on its Twitter account.The offer will run until June 30 and is open to Central Americans in an “irregular migration situation” who wish to depart from airports in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez — both close to the US border — or Guadalajara and Mexico City.Passengers must be willing to board “the next available seat” in order to take advantage of the ultra-cheap fare, which does not include taxes.Mexico City’s airport charges an airport use fee of $45 for international flights.Adult migrants must identify themselves with their unique identity document and minors must show a passport or birth certificate.A wave of Central American migrants has arrived in Mexico in recent months after the government of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office on December 1, declared that he would have a more flexible immigration policy.However, the United States has registered record numbers of mostly Central American migrants crossing into the US illegally, which has sent tensions soaring between the two countries.Following a threat by US President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on Mexican imports, both governments reached an agreement and Mexico has reinforced surveillance along its southern border, as well stepped up the number of arrests and deportations of migrants. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Wells Fargo Sees Boost From Q2 Profits

first_imgWells Fargo Sees Boost From Q2 Profits in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Improvements in mortgage banking and credit quality helped “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ see income gains for the second quarter of 2012. [IMAGE]On Friday, Wells Fargo reported a net income of $4.6 billion, or $0.82 per share. The reported earnings for the most recent quarter was an 18 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago, when net income was $3.9 billion, or $0.70 per share. Net income for the most recent quarter was also up from the previous quarter when net income was $4.2 billion, or $0.75 per share. Mortgage banking noninterest income increased to $2.9 billion, up $23 million from the first quarter. [COLUMN_BREAK]The San Francisco-based bank also saw originations increase to $131 billion compared to $129 billion in the first quarter of 2012. Mortgage applications improved to $208 billion, up from $188 billion in the prior quarter.Credit quality improved for the bank as well, with net charge-offs down to $2.2 billion in the second quarter from $2.4 billion in the previous quarter. Non-performing assets were $24.9 billion, down by $1.8 billion from the first quarter. The loan loss reserve release was $400 million, unchanged from the previous quarter. Loans 90 days or more past due totaled $1.4 billion at the end of the second quarter compared with $1.6 billion at the end of the first quarter. “”Credit performance over the past two years has steadily improved and the second quarter results continued that trend. Absent significant deterioration in the economy, we expect continued but more modest improvement for the remainder of the year, and we continue to expect future reserve releases in 2012,”” said Chief Risk Officer Mike Loughlin in a statement. The bank provided $669 million for mortgage loan repurchase losses, compared with $430 million in first quarter. Wells Fargo said the increase in the repurchase provision was mostly due to an increase in projected demands from the GSEs on loans sold between 2006 and 2008. Sharecenter_img July 13, 2012 420 Views Agents & Brokers Company News Fixed-Rate Mortgage Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Debt Mortgage Servicing Rights Processing Profits Quarterly Earnings Service Providers Wells Fargo 2012-07-13 Esther Cholast_img read more