NELSON, B.C. — The owners of two cheetahs will not be allowed to return the large, African cats to southeastern British Columbia to use them as ambassador animals promoting conservation of the endangered species.Following a multi-day hearing last fall, the Environmental Appeal Board, which considers issues raised under B.C.’s Wildlife Act, has refused to overturn a 2017 ruling denying a permit to move the cheetahs to Crawford Bay, north of Creston.The appeal by Earl Pfeifer argued the permit denial relied on allegedly unsupported details about the danger posed by cheetahs, as well as charges that were laid by the province but later dropped, after one of the cats escaped in December 2015.In a 37-page decision, the appeal board says Pfeifer and his partner Carol Plato have not offered any special circumstances that would allow the province to override legislation written in 2007 after a captive tiger fatally mauled a woman at a zoo-like attraction near Williams Lake.The board panel, chaired by Linda Michaluk, questions Pfeifer’s commitment to his own safety protocols and his ability to control the seven-year-old cheetahs, Robin and Annie, which were described as “undisciplined” by a wildlife park operator in Alberta who briefly housed the cats.Pfeifer and Plato had hoped to bring the pair to a property in Crawford Bay to use them for “education and outreach” aimed at children, after acquiring them from a South African reserve.Without the permits, the cats remain in Ontario where Pfeifer testified he now rarely sees them.A team member with Cheetah Outreach in South Africa told the hearing that cheetahs are the most docile of the large cats and that Robin is blind but both he and Annie, “are well socialized and suitable as ambassador animals.”Linda Rosenlöf said she worked with the two felines in South Africa in the year after they were born and before they were shipped to Pfeifer and Plato in Ontario in 2013.She testified there is no formal study program to become a cheetah trainer but the panel referred to a textbook co-written by cheetah biologist and handler Laurie Marker, who testified on behalf of B.C.’s director of wildlife.“Cheetahs are not pets; they are wild animals and should be treated as such,” says the textbook “Cheetahs: Biology and Conservation.”“Working with cheetahs requires extensive previous experience with animal training and handling. There are both courses and books that teach training practices that use positive reinforcement. Additionally, trainers new to cheetahs must begin their hands-on work with a mentor or with experienced cotrainers,” the textbook says.Given that description, Michaluk writes that the panel “has concerns” about Pfeifer’s level of formalized training and with the consistency of care he could offer the cheetahs, especially during the daily walks and exercise he told the panel they would require outside the enclosure.“Of particular concern is the evidence regarding Annie’s escape (in Crawford Bay) in December 2015. This reflects on the Appellant’s abilities as a handler, although the Panel accepts that this incident raises more issues than simply handling expertise,” writes Michaluk, adding that Pfeifer brought the cheetahs to B.C. shortly before Annie escaped, even though he knew he lacked the required permit.“The Appellant, in short, has demonstrated a disregard for the BC laws and regulations regarding (species such as cheetahs,) and for safety procedures and protocols of his own design, and of others,” she writes.“In conclusion, the Panel cannot conceive of any additional “special circumstances” that support this particular applicant receiving a possession permit for these particular prohibited species.”The Canadian Press
KATOWICE, Poland — Campaign group Climate Action Network says one of its employees has been allowed to enter Poland after earlier being stopped by border guards citing unspecified security threats.The group, an alliance of hundreds of organizations from around the world, said Polish authorities gave Belgium-based activist Zanna Vanrenterghem permission to continue to the U.N. climate summit in Katowice early Saturday.The Belgian ambassador in Poland, Luc Jacobs, said Polish border guards had provided him with no details about the case but confirmed that Vanrenterghem was admitted into Poland overnight.CAN had no immediate information about 12 other activists deported or denied entry to Poland in recent days.Environmentalists plan to stage a march Saturday through Katowice, where delegates from almost 200 countries are holding a two-week meeting on curbing climate change.The Associated Press
Tokyo: More than 600,000 Japanese people over 40 are living in complete isolation from society, staying at home for more than six months without social interaction, the government estimated on Friday. The phenomenon is so widespread in Japan it even has its own name — hikikomori — defined as someone who does not go to school or work for six months and does not interact with anyone outside their family during that time. A government survey published on Friday estimated there were 613,000 hikikomori aged between 40 and 64, nearly three-quarters of whom were male. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The number was bigger than we had imagined. Hikikomori isn’t an issue only for younger people,” a Cabinet Office official in charge of the survey said. Until recently, it was thought to be an issue mainly affecting teenagers and people in their 20s but ageing Japan is seeing a growing number of middle aged hikikomori cloistering themselves away for longer periods of time. Around half of those included in the survey had been reclusive for more than seven years, the government said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe figure is higher than the estimated number of hikikomori under the age of 39, thought to be around 541,000 according to a similar government survey published in 2016. Many of the hikikomori are thought to be financially dependant on their ageing parents. Rika Ueda, who works for a non-profit group that supports parents of hikikomori children, said she was not surprised by the survey. “The government data backs our own survey showing there are many older hikikomori,” Ueda said. “But we were unaware that there are those in their 60s,” she said.
He was speaking at an event hosted by the High Commission of India today at India House in Colombo where the Indian expatriate community in Sri Lanka celebrated the 71st Independence Day of India. “We consider the MoU for cooperation in joint economic projects signed during the visit of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to India in April this year as an important milestone in our bilateral economic engagement. The MoU identifies specific projects for cooperation in Sri Lanka in sectors such as energy, power, roads, ports, railways etc. We are closely working with Sri Lankan leadership for timely implementation of these projects,” he added.He also said that India and Sri Lanka continue to enjoy a strong defence partnership and common security concerns, especially the protection of important sea lanes in the immediate maritime neighbourhood, guide the bilateral defence engagement, marked by regular high level exchange of visits, joint training and exercises as well as ship visits. (Colombo Gazette) “India will continue to remain engaged with Sri Lanka and offer our support in a spirit of partnership and cooperation. With investments in each other’s countries in infrastructure, manufacturing, health, education, science and technology, we are positioning ourselves well for further deepening our cooperation,” he said. “Sri Lanka is India’s one of the most valued partners. There has been continuous momentum in bilateral ties between India and Sri Lanka in recent times,” the High Commissioner said.He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka as the Chief Guest for the International Day of Vesak in May 2017, at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, took Sri Lanka and India’s relationship to new heights. India says it has an abiding interest in the security of Sri Lanka and remains committed to Sri Lanka’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity.The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu said that India has always supported efforts to preserve Sri Lanka’s character as a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-religious society in which all citizens can live in equality, safety and harmony, and prosper and fulfill their aspirations.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 21, 2012 5:50 pm MDT Tablet computers use only trickles of electricity; could help lower overall power consumption NEW YORK, N.Y. – That coffee you’re drinking while gazing at your iPad? It cost more than all the electricity needed to run those games, emails, videos and news stories for a year.The annual cost to charge an iPad is just US$1.36, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, a non-profit research and development group funded by American electric utilities.By comparison, a 60-watt compact fluorescent bulb costs $1.61, a desktop PC adds up to $28.21 and a refrigerator runs you $65.72.The group, known as EPRI, studied the power consumption of Apple Inc.’s iPad to determine the effect that the newly-popular devices might have on the nation’s electricity use.The answer: not much.If the number of iPads triples from the current 67 million, they would need the electricity from one small power plant operating at full strength.But if people are using iPads instead of televisions to play video games, or ditching their desktop computers for iPads, the shift to tablets could mean lower overall power consumption. A desktop computer uses 20 times more power than an iPad.Baskar Vairmohan, the EPRI researcher who conducted the iPad test, said the group is now studying usage to understand whether the explosion of tablets is adding to power consumption, or reducing it.Residential power demand is on track to fall for the third straight year, according to the government. A weak economy is keeping people in smaller houses and shacked up with others. At the same time, efficiency programs are pushing more efficient light bulbs, air conditioners and other devices into homes. Refrigerators use a quarter of the power they used a generation ago, according to EPRI.For the iPad test, Vairmohan measured the amount of power used to charge up an iPad with a drained battery. He assumed that users would charge up every other day. Over a year, the latest version of the iPad consumed 11.86 kilowatt-hours of electricity. (Older versions consume somewhat less power.)The juice would cost $1.36 at the U.S. average residential price of 11.49 cents per kilowatt-hour.But there’s an even cheaper way to go than the iPad. EPRI calculated the cost of power needed to fuel an iPhone 4 for year: just 38 cents.Follow Jonathan Fahey at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey .
by The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2013 6:13 pm MDT Judge orders Macy’s, Penney and Martha Stewart Living into mediation to resolve dispute AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A New York State Supreme Court Judge has ordered Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Martha Stewart Living into mediation in a bid to resolve a dispute over a partnership with the Martha Stewart brand.The development Thursday comes as the companies were wrapping up the third week of a trial over whether Macy’s has the exclusive rights to sell some Martha Stewart-branded merchandise, including bedding, cookware and bath items.Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. sued New York-based Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. for allegedly breaching their long-standing contract when it signed a deal with J.C. Penney Co. in December 2011. That deal was for opening Martha Stewart mini shops in most of Penney’s stores this spring.In a separate lawsuit, Macy’s sued Penney, which is based in Plano, Texas, claiming it had no regard for Macy’s contract with Martha Stewart Living and that Penney was out to steal a business that Macy’s had worked hard to develop.The two lawsuits were consolidated for the bench trial presided over by Judge Jeffrey Oing, who ordered the mediation.Among witnesses who have testified are Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren, Penney’s CEO Ron Johnson and Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living.Last July, Macy’s won a preliminary injunction against Martha Stewart Living that would prevent it from selling Martha Stewart branded housewares and other exclusive products at Penney. In August, the judge granted permission for Penney to open Martha Stewart shops as long as the items under exclusive contract with Macy’s are not sold.Penney said Thursday it won’t sell any products that are being designed by Martha Stewart and are deemed exclusive by Macy’s before April 8, when the hearings are scheduled to resume.Penney has plans to sell products that are part of Macy’s exclusive agreement in May, but the goods will be branded under “JCP Everyday,” a new brand reserved for the Martha Stewart merchandise. But Macy’s lawyers are seeking to extend the injunction to cover products labeled JCP Everyday.Penney also plans to sell products such as curtains and stationery that are not part of the exclusive Macy’s contract under the label “Martha.”In another breakthrough Thursday, officials at Martha Stewart Living confirmed Stewart and Lundgren had their first conversation since Dec. 6, 2011, when Stewart called Lundgren to inform him that she had signed a deal with Penney. Lundgren testified last week that he was so shocked that Stewart did not approached him in advance about the deal that he hung up on her.Stewart testified on Tuesday that she was “quite flabbergasted” when Lundgren hung up on her.On Thursday, Stewart and Lundgren had “a productive conversation regarding the ongoing contract dispute,” Martha Stewart Living said in statement prior to the judge’s order that the parties enter into mediation.“We view today’s actions as a positive step forward and welcome a prompt and fair resolution,” the statement added.
The installation of 11 Bloomberg terminals were thanks to the 2013 donation from alumnus Roelof Makken (BAdmin ‘85, BA ‘85), founder of Tern Analytics.For most Brock students, the computers in the second floor lab of Taro Hall look unusable.After all, with their multi-coloured keyboards and dual screens with scrolling market data, these computers don’t resemble your average desktop.But for finance students like Tim Adams (BBA ’14), past president of Brock Finance and Investment Group, these computers, known as Bloomberg terminals, represent a powerful tool to access finance data and the key to his career success.The Bloomberg terminals allow students to tap into real world markets in real time. For Adams, access to the terminals meant gaining a competitive edge in his post-university job search.He’s heading to a new position in Alberta, where he’ll show partners at a Calgary-based investment firm some “tricks and tools” of the Bloomberg terminals.“The partners liked the fact that I had the experience with the Bloomberg terminals,” says Adams, who used the terminals for both his classes and personal use. “I found them very intuitive and just took [learning them] step-by-step. I’ve impressed my professors with some of my charts.”While most Ontario business schools have at least one Bloomberg terminal, it’s unusual to have as many as 11 available to students. The installation of the terminals were thanks to the 2013 donation from alumnus Roelof Makken (BAdmin ’85, BA ’85), founder of Tern Analytics, which provides financial and risk management and advisory services to Fortune 500 enterprises.For Makken, stories of career success like Adams’s make him extremely happy.“The terminals are a phenomenal interactive tool,” Makken says. “I’m pleased that Tim’s expertise made him stand out from the crowd. His experience was exactly what I was hoping for. It’s important to expose students to these tool kits.”Since the terminals were installed, usage has been high — more than 620 students and faculty have used the labs as a resource to support their course work and even their personal investment trading. In total, that adds up to a total usage of 11,311 hours — or the equivalent of 471 days of usage.The popularity of the terminals is due in part to finance professors that integrate the terminals into their courses. Ernest Biktimirov, finance professor and associate dean of research and graduate programs in the Goodman School of Business, regularly includes Bloomberg Essentials Certification as part of the requirements for his undergraduate and graduate courses.“Bloomberg is a powerful tool, but it isn’t easy to use,” he says of his rationale behind including certification as part of his course curriculum. “We want to encourage students to use the terminals and not just as part of their courses. We want students to put it on their resumes.”
German Rhein Neckar Lowen will be one of the serious contender for the trophies on domestic, but also international level. Uwe Gensheimer and his team-mates are well prepared for all the battles in current season. How they prepare for the clashes, you can see from the VIDEO in which they reinforce fighting spirit with traditional HAKA dance from New Zealand. ← Previous Story Gudmundsson is new Danish head-coach from July 2014! Next Story → SG FLENSBURG SAID “NO” TO SERBIA: Vladan Matic to lead “Eagles” at EHF EURO 2014!
Photo credit: Facebook Cristina Neagu buducnostCristina NeaguDenmarkKatarina BulatovicmONTENEGRORomania ← Previous Story Onesta with 17 players to Krakow Next Story → Polish 16 for the EHF EURO 2016 start 2015 Mizuno Player of the year, Cristina Neagu, has extended her contract with Zrk Buducnost, the reigning Champions League title holder. The Romanian left back signed a new contract that will tie her to the Montenegrin powerhouse until May of 2017. The 27-year-old, who was also named Best Romanian Player of the Year by the FRH (Federaţia Română de Handbal), explained to Handball-Planet.com her reasons for staying in Adzic’s team: “I chose to stay in Buducnost because here I feel the best, from all points of view. I really believe in the power of this team and its possibilities to perform. I took the decision that I think is the best for me at the moment”.Her contract extension is not the only one that Buducnost has nailed down this week, as right back Katarina Bulatovic, line players Dragana Cvijic and Suzana Lazovic, and left wing Biljana Pavicevic also signed until the summer of 2017. The left-handed Montenegrin expressed on the EHFCL website: “I am very happy to stay for another season, also because we will keep this year’s team, which will be our advantage next season.”When asked about the recent success of the Romanian national team at the World Championship in Denmark and the upcoming challenge on the Olympic qualification tournament, Neagu told Handball-Planet.com:-Of course that the performance of the national team, the bronze medal, made everyone happy and it is considered as a big performance of the Romanian handball. This was the second medal for Romania in World Championships in the last ten years (silver in Russia 2005) and my first one personally. After five years, when we won the bronze medal in the European Championship in Denmark/Norway, here we come with another medal; it’s not the most shining one but it’s a medal, but it’s not the same as a fourth place and I think everyone should be proud in Romania.– You’ve been named best left back and MVP of the World Championship and had an amazing year with Buducnost, winning the Champions League and being top scorer of that tournament, do you agree with those who say that you are the best handball player in the world right now?– I cannot say that I disagree, really. I’m pleased to hear these kind of opinions, I have heard it a lot during the World Championship. I’m just happy to be playing handball, I want to enjoy handball. I’ve had lots of physical problems so I don’t know how many years I can still play, so I’m trying to enjoy and to remain healthy for as long as possible.Photo credit: Stephane Pillaud/IHF–Finishing third in Denmark gave you a spot in the Olympic qualification tournament, what are your expectations for it?– I am expecting a “life or death” tournament. Every athlete in the world wishes to participate at the Olympic Games, which I consider as the highest achievement of an athlete, handball player in my case. We have a very hard group. Denmark has the advantage of the home court. I am expecting a hard game against them, twice as hard as the one at the World Championship. Montenegro is also a very strong team that showed so much quality in the last years, so they want to go to the Olympic Games as much as we do. I don’t know too many things about Uruguay at the moment, but for sure they will try to fight for their chance.The Romanian star will continue to delight handball fans in Montenegro and worldwide, and this Sunday, the match against Vardar for the second round of the Champions League’s Main Round will be a great chance to see her and the defending champion in action. The conducted by Dragan Adzic, who lead group 2 along with Györi Audi ETO with 7 points, will try to get their first victory of 2016 in the race to defend the European title, after last week’s defeat against the Hungarian side that finished with a 22 undefeated match streak in the tournament.
THE FORMER CHIEF Executive of the semi-state forestry company Coillte received €88,000 in pay for 2013 despite leaving the company at the end of March that year.David Gunning is currently pursuing Coillte in the courts over the terms of his exit from the company.Company accounts in the annual report released today show that his total remuneration package was broken down into €88,000 in salary for 2013 itself, and a further €34,000 relating to salary for the period 2008-2013, and €20,000 in lieu of accrued leave.The total paid was €195,000.Gunning’s remuneration makes up the vast majority of payments to the board of directors, which came to €267,000 in 2013, down from €516,000 in 2013 when the former chief executive’s share was €372,000.Pension schemeThe company’s net pension liability also decreased by just under €31 million after an improvement in the value of plan assets to just below €224 million, up from €196 million for 2012.The scheme is currently the issue of a dispute before the courts, with Justice Peter Kelly earlier this week setting a date to hear an action by the trustees of the scheme. The trustees are claiming a €23 million judgement against the company.The commercial court will hear the case next month.Profits on the upOverall the company recorded a €25.8 million profit in 2013, an increase of €25.8 million on 2012.Group turnover also increased by €13.6 million, up to €275.7 million, with Coillte saying that the increased profit was largely thanks to greater sales volume and improving panel board prices.The company is continuing a significant capital investment programme, with €41.2 million spent on works, largely to enhance and maintain the forest estate.Export sales accounted for 59% of group turnover and 64% of this figure was sold into the UK market.Acting chief executive Gerry Britchfield said that he supported a recent move by the Government to kick off a joint venture between peat landlord Bord na Móna and Coillte, focusing on energy, shared services and green tourism.“Over the past two years Coillte has worked constructively with Government to determine how best to capture the significant future opportunities for growth available to the company and optimise its performance and contribution to the state, and we believe that the Government decision this week represents a practical approach to delivering additional value for the State as shareholder.”Read: Coillte and Bord na Móna come together in joint venture>Read: Sale of Irish forest ‘cannot be justified’ on economic grounds>
Cancer : les fruits et légumes peu efficaces ?États-Unis – Consommer des fruits et légumes en suivant les recommandations de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) ne réduirait le risque de cancer que de 3%, selon les chercheurs de l’École de médecine Mount Sinaï à New York.Leur étude basée sur les données de l’Epic (European prospective investigation into cancer and nutrition) a été menée auprès de 478.000 personnes de dix pays européens de 1992 à 2000. Au cours de cette période, 30.000 personnes ont développé un cancer. Les chercheurs ont constaté qu’en réalité, le risque de développer un cancer serait réduit de 3% pour chaque portion de 200 grammes de fruits et légumes consommée quotidiennement. En manger davantage réduirait faiblement (2%) ce risque et ce, uniquement chez les femmes. L’effet serait cependant notable chez les gros fumeurs et consommateurs d’alcool qui sont généralement plus sujets aux cancers des poumons, de l’œsophage, de la gorge et de la bouche. Mais si le bénéfice est faible en ce qui concerne la réduction du risque de cancer, les fruits et légumes permettent de maintenir une bonne santé générale, soulignent les chercheurs. Ils ont à ce sujet noté que les personnes intégrant les fruits et légumes à leurs repas quotidiens avaient une hygiène de vie plus saine. Généralement, ces personnes ne fument pas, ne boivent pas et pratiquent une activité physique, trois facteurs qui limitent la survenue de cancers. Le professeur Walter Willet de l’Université Harvard, ajoute dans un éditorial que les fruits et légumes aident également à diminuer le risque de maladies cardiovasculaires. Il ajoute cependant qu’il serait désormais préférable de se concentrer sur les bienfaits spécifiques de certains fruits et légumes comme la tomate, qui contient du lycophène, une substance qui aide notamment à prévenir le cancer de la prostate. Les conclusions de cette étude ont été publiées en ligne mardi dans le Journal of the National cancer institute.Le 11 avril 2010 à 12:38 • Emmanuel Perrin
Pilule contraceptive : 30 nouvelles plaintes seront déposées en janvierUne première plainte avait été déposée le 14 décembre dernier par une jeune femme handicapée suite à un AVC qui accuse une pilule contraceptive de 3e génération des laboratoires Bayer de l’avoir mise dans cet état. La plainte déposée le 14 décembre par une jeune femme victime d’un AVC ne restera pas sans suite. Comme le révèleen effet Le Parisien, 30 nouvelles plaintes devraient être déposées en janvier par des femmes qui se disent également victimes d’une pilule de 3e ou de 4e génération. Outre les laboratoires Bayer, les plaintes devraient viser d’autres fabricants comme Schering, Merck et Pfizer.Me Philippe Courtois, l’avocat de Marion Larat, la jeune femme handicapée à 65% suite à un AVC, a déclaré que sa cliente et lui avaient reçu “des dizaines de lettres et de coups de fil. A l’heure actuelle, nous avons reçu 30 dossiers complets, en plus de celui de Marion”. Selon lui, “ce chiffre devrait augmenter dans les semaines qui viennent”. Les 30 nouvelles victimes, âgées de 17 à 48 ans, ont souffert de graves problèmes de santé allant de l’AVC, pour 15 d’entre elles, à l’embolie pulmonaire, pour 3 autres, mais également aux thromboses veineuses et autres phlébites. Certaines ont gardé d’importantes séquelles (tétraplégie, hémiplégie, épilepsie et aphasie) et l’une d’elles est même décédée. Alors qu’il s’agit d’une première en France, Bayer a déjà fait l’objet de 13 500 plaintes contre sa pilule YAZ aux États-Unis. Rappelons que Marion Larat avait déposé plainte pour “atteinte involontaire à l’intégrité de la personne humaine”. Plusieurs alertes ont pourtant été lancées par l’agence française du médicament au sujet des risques thrombo-emboliques des pilules de troisième génération. Malgré ces alertes, près de 2 millions de femmes en prennent toujours aujourd’hui en France. Enfin, suite à une décision prise après les conclusions rendues par la Commission de transparence de la Haute autorité de santé (HAS), qui a relevé “un risque de complications thrombo-veineuses (les phlébites) deux fois plus élevé que chez les femmes sous pilules de 2e génération”, la ministre de la Santé Marisol Touraine a annoncé mi-septembre que les pilules de 3e et 4e génération ne seraient plus remboursées par la Sécurité Sociale. Cette décision ne prendra effet qu’à compter du 30 septembre 2013. Le 30 décembre 2012 à 12:42 • Maxime Lambert
NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America’s Dad.Cosby, 80, could end up spending his final years in prison after a jury concluded he sexually violated Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He claimed the encounter was consensual.Cosby stared straight ahead as the verdict was read, but moments later lashed out loudly at District Attorney Kevin Steele and called him an “a–hole” after the prosecutor asked that the former TV star be immediately jailed because he might flee. Cosby denied he has an airplane and shouted, “I’m sick of him!”The judge decided Cosby can remain free on bail while he awaits sentencing. No sentencing date was set.Cosby waved to the crowd outside the courthouse, got into a car and left without comment. His lawyer Tom Mesereau declared “the fight is not over” and said he will appeal.Shrieks erupted in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, and some of his accusers whimpered and cried. Constand remained stoic, then hugged her lawyer and members of the prosecution team.
The first evening of the Defense Communities National Summit will conclude with a networking reception for congressional staff, providing an opportunity for conference attendees to meet staff members of their congressional representatives.The reception will be held on Monday, June 22 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Capital Hilton in downtown Washington, the site of this year’s summit.The reception will follow a briefing for congressional staff to kick off the Defense Communities Caucus for the 114th Congress.Please contact the staff for your congressional representatives to encourage them to attend the briefing and reception. ADC AUTHOR
By Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROOn July 19, the Baltimore church and gospel community lost an icon with the death of Thomas “Tommy” Randall Roberts, Sr. at the age of 72.Roberts, born October 10, 1945, attended Dunbar High School and pursued post graduate studies at Morgan State University and what was then known as the Community College of Baltimore (now Baltimore City Community College). Known for his melodious voice, Roberts was a founding member of The Gospel Leaders, a group famous throughout the gospel music industry. In 1967, he played a pivotal role in forming the Maryland chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America.Baltimore gospel icon, Thomas “Tommy” Randall Roberts. (Courtesy Photos)Roberts shared the stage with many notable gospel artists including Rev. James Cleveland, Myrna Summers, Aretha Franklin, Shirley Caesar, Keith Pringle, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Edwin and Walter Hawkins, and many others. Scores of singers, musicians, pastors, family members and friends gathered at The Church of the Redeemed of the Lord on July 28 to say their final goodbyes. Singers from all over the city formed a mass choir to pay tribute to Roberts’ musical legacy.“To me he was a Baltimore legend, a humble man of God, a true family friend,” said Randy Scroggins, co-founder of the Men in Worship Citywide Male Choir, and a member of the Gospel Leaders.“In the early 90’s, I remember being asked to join the newly formulated Tommy Roberts singers, attending rehearsals at his new studio on 25th street. The group was excited and proud of his accomplishments,” said Dianne Cupid, former member of the Tommy Roberts Singers.“In working with Tommy and the Gospel Leaders (as their musician), I had an opportunity to play at many cities on the East Coast and Midwest. He encouraged me to do my best,” said musician Howard “Stubby” Smith. “He was a great supporter in my music ministry. He introduced me to recording and produced my choir’s first album “Time is Running Out.” It was always a blessing to accompany him.”“I met Deacon Tommy Roberts in the early 70’s while playing for the Jones Tabernacle Baptist Church. Such a musical genius,” said James “JD” Alston, minister of music at New Psalmist Baptist Church. “It was his musical gifts that got Baltimore highly recognized through gospel music. He produced several local church choir albums. The man with the golden voice will be greatly missed.”Roberts’ son, Thomas (Randy) R. Roberts, Jr., shared fond memories of his father. “One of my favorite memories of my Dad and myself was when I had the opportunity to play drums for him at the Civic Center (now the Royal Farms Arena), when he shared the stage with my Godfather James Cleveland [who was known as the King of Gospel Music]. That was major for me as a kid to be on such a major stage with them,” said Roberts, Jr. “My dad was very influential in my music ministry and career. I would watch him as a child and young man rehearse with his all male group or choir and say to myself, ‘I wanna do that and be just like my Dad.’”Roberts, Jr. saw firsthand the effect his father’s music and ministry had on the city. “My dad’s music had an impact on the Baltimore community early on. Church choirs and such would sing his music on Sunday mornings. My Dad was also a producer, songwriter and arranger for various artist near and far,” said Roberts, Jr.“He was a very strong, spiritual man who loved serving his community and local church. He had a heart for helping others. His legacy is music, entrepreneurship and power.”
October 17, 2011 “How you connect to your listeners and the adjustments you make based on their reception is what makes the presentation work.” –Whitey BluesteinPhoto© Eva KolenkoQ: What are the best tools and methods for killer presentations?A: Leaving everything up to PowerPoint is not really an option anymore (if it ever was). No number of creative infographics, nifty tools or new gadgets can save your presentation if you don’t have a good understanding of your audience and a strong desire to engage with them.”I always come back to the notion that the best presentations are based on the value of the content, the skill of the delivery and the charisma of the speaker,” says Whitey Bluestein, a strategic advisor to mobile companies and other technology startups. “As a presenter, how you connect to your listeners and the adjustments you make based on their reception is what makes the presentation work.”Bluestein often presents to clients in a variety of situations and to various group sizes–and the early stage companies he works with do the same. Although he does use PowerPoint, it’s mostly to organize his thoughts. “PowerPoint has its place, but it is cursed as much as it is praised,” he says. “It’s tight-scripted and very one-way. When I present, I feel it has to be interactive. I would create a PowerPoint, but make it available as a leave-behind.”Bluestein suggests that one of the best general technology tools a speaker can adopt is actually a medium: video.”A lot of companies can just make a YouTube video demonstrating their product, and it’s a great thing to show people,” he says. “I have seen companies try to do live demos at big shows, and sometimes it doesn’t work because you don’t have control of everything. A video is cheap and easy to do in an environment where you have control.”The most valuable specific technology tool for presentations may be the iPad, Bluestein says. “It’s easier to travel with, and easier to share, and there are apps you can use during your presentation.”Here are some iPad apps Bluestein suggests trying out for your next gig:Idea Flight: This app allows a pre-senter to become a “pilot,” sharing a presentation with a group of users and having them follow along on their own iPads. Bluestein likes the idea behind it but notes that it’s limited to situations where everyone has an iPad.Evernote: Bluestein uses Evernote, one of several personal file organization apps for the iPad, to easily store a document and quickly retrieve it later to share during a presentation.join.me: This app from LogMeIn enables screen sharing among iPads, similar in some ways to WebEx.Keynote: The Mac world’s version of PowerPoint has all the enabling features for creating presentations that also can be converted to or from PowerPoint.Aside from iPads, some of the more traditional tools of the presenter continue to change. Portable projectors are helpful, Bluestein says, and have come down in price and form factor in recent years. Laser pointers now come stocked with more capabilities, like Bluetooth connectivity and USB storage.The apps and gadgets, however, don’t come with a method for lengthening a rapidly shortening audience attention span. “You have to wonder what the standard for presentations is going to be in five years,” Bluestein says. “Increasingly, people want them to be brief. They want to touch and feel what you’re telling them about, and they want to do it now.” This story appears in the October 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » 4 min read
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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 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. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. Photo courtesy of Siemens HealthcareJanuary 21, 2014 — Virtual Radiologic (vRad) reported location-based variances in CT scan findings in its Radiology Patient Care (RPC) Indices. 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For more information: www.vrad.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more 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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Hotel Indigo Saigon The CityIHG to debut Hotel Indigo in Ho Chi Minh CityAs one of South East Asia’s fastest-growing destinations, Vietnam has seen a rise in visitors seeking authentic and truly memorable experiences. Poised to meet the needs of curious travellers, IHG®, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with Europe Trading Investment Company Limited for Hotel Indigo Saigon The City. This is the second Hotel Indigo to be signed in Vietnam and will be the country’s first when it opens its doors in 2019.The new-build hotel will boast a central location along District 1’s Ly Tu Trong Street, just six kilometres away from the airport. Rich with historic character dating back to the French era, the hotel’s locale is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most timeless neighbourhoods — Ba Son. The neighbourhood sits on the site of the former Ba Son Naval Shipyard — previously an arsenal compound in the city’s port — and home to a fascinating assortment of local cafes, restaurants and shops.Just as no two places are alike, each Hotel Indigo is different. Hotel Indigo Saigon The City, which has been named in homage to the city’s history, will be specially designed to reflect the unique character and stories of its surrounding neighbourhood — from thoughtful decor that lends a local touch to its 150 guest rooms and three meeting rooms. The hotel will also feature a unique street-front destination neighbourhood cafe serving Vietnamese-inspired cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. Immersed in the lively pulse of the neighbourhood, which boasts a bustling street food scene, guests will also be able to explore famed attractions just a short walk away, including the Saigon Opera House and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica.Commenting on this landmark signing, Rajit Sukumaran, Chief Development Officer, EMEAA East, IHG, said: “Since IHG introduced Hotel Indigo to South East Asia in 2015, the hotel brand has enjoyed great success across the region. Set in one of Vietnam’s most visited cities, Ba Son’s intriguing heritage makes it the perfect next step for Hotel Indigo’s regional growth. We are confident that Hotel Indigo Saigon The City will be an ideal choice for travellers who value an authentically local experience, with the consistency of one of the world’s leading hotel groups.”The developer, Europe Trading Investment Company Limited, owns several hotels. The group has plans to expand its existing portfolio with a special focus on the lifestyle segment.Mr. Lau Duc Duy, General Director, Europe Trading Investment Company Limited said: “Ho Chi Minh City has much to offer, and we are excited to partner with IHG to tap into the strong potential that this market holds. With today’s travellers increasingly prioritising locally immersive, authentic and personally enriching experiences, Hotel Indigo will be the perfect addition to our portfolio and we know that the brand’s compelling positioning, coupled with the hotel’s excellent location, will be a big hit when it opens in 2019.”IHG currently operates three Hotel Indigo hotels across South East Asia, including Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach, which launched in 2017 as the first Hotel Indigo in a resort location. As part of IHG’s continuing efforts to expand its upscale lifestyle portfolio in the region, there are a further nine Hotel Indigo properties in the development pipeline for the next three to five years. In Vietnam, Hotel Indigo Saigon The City is just the first of several properties under the brand to be launched, with Hotel Indigo Phu Quoc Starbay to follow in 2021.Globally, IHG has 80 Hotel Indigo properties open and 83 hotels opening over the next three to five years. In Australia, IHG has signed two Hotel Indigo properties, Hotel Indigo Brisbane Fortitude Valley and Hotel Indigo Melbourne Docklands, that will open in the next couple of years.Source = InterContinental Hotels Group
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