John Dunsworth best known as Trailer Park Boys Mr Lahey dies at

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement John Dunsworth, left, as Mr. Lahey on “Trailer Park Boys.”  (SHOWCASE)   Twitter “With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away,” the statement said.“John left this world peacefully after a short and unexpected illness. The family would like to request that our privacy is respected during this time of grief.” Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement John Dunsworth on the red carpet at the 2010 Genie Awards. Dunsworth, originally from Bridgewater, N.S., is known for playing Mr. Lahey on the “Trailer Park Boys,” but was also involved in community theatre for decades. (KEITH BEATY / TORONTO STAR) Actor Bernard Robichaud, who portrays Cyrus on the show, called Dunsworth a Canadian icon.“My theatre teacher, a loving father, husband, and a friend to many, you will be greatly missed,” he wrote on Twitter.American comedian Tom Arnold also expressed his sympathies, writing on Twitter: “So sad. RIP John Dunsworth. One of the finest men and most brilliant actors I’ve ever had the honour to work with.”Fans were recalling some of his most notorious moments on the Trailer Park Boys, including when Mr. Lahey declared: “I am the liquor.”Dunsworth was also known for playing reporter Dave Teagues on the supernatural drama series, Haven.By ALY THOMSON – The Canadian Press Dunsworth’s daughter Sarah, who is also a star of the Trailer Park Boys, shared the same statement on her own Twitter feed.pic.twitter.com/7H1KkEOsiR— Sarah Dunsworth (@SarahDunsworth) October 16, 2017Dunsworth, originally from Bridgewater, N.S., is known for his portrayal of Mr. Lahey on the Trailer Park Boys, a frequently drunk former police officer turned trailer park supervisor.He was also involved in community theatre for decades.A post on the Trailer Park Boys Facebook page Monday evening said: “We’re all in shock and heartbroken by the sudden loss of our dear friend.”Condolences for the beloved actor were pouring in on social media, including several from his fellow Trailer Park Boys cast members.Mike Smith, known as Bubbles on the Trailer Park Boys, tweeted that he is “beyond devastated.”“John was a beautiful guy. Brilliant and fascinating. I am forever grateful for having known him. RIP my friend,” Smith said. HALIFAX—John Dunsworth, known for his portrayal of Jim Lahey in the comedy series Trailer Park Boys and revered as a brilliant actor with a warm heart, has died.He was 71.The news was confirmed in a statement posted on his Twitter feed Monday evening. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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EN Marche MP Mjid El Guerrab in Custody Future of Career

Rabat – French-Moroccan member of French parliament M’jid El Guerrab is currently in custody while under investigation for “aggravated violence” after he hit Boris Faure, a member of the French Socialist Party, with his motorcycle helmet during a verbal argument, sending him to the emergency room.El Guerrab, who represents French President Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche! Party, was placed in police custody on Wednesday afternoon for “aggravated violence” by the Paris prosecutor’s office.His hearing before the investigators of the judicial police continued until Friday night, according to French news website, Le Figaro, quoting judicial sources. Shortly before he was interviewed by the police, the Moroccan-born MP took to Facebook and announced that he would a break from his parliamentary group “in order to allow the investigation to proceed in the most serene way possible and to shed light on what happened,” adding that he “naturally [hopes] that Mr. Faure will be able to recover quickly.”El Guerrab’s lawyer, Eric Dupond-Moretti, indicated that the MP hadturnedhimself inat the police station and waived his parliamentary immunity, relinquishing the right to refuse to be testified against by a witness, knowing that he would be under detention of police custody.However, since the offence was unrelated to his parliamentary practices, the waiver of immunity was not taken into account, said Le Figaro.Future at StakeAside from having his legal record tainted, El Guerrab also risks losing his position in Macron’s political party.Arnaud Leroy, a member of the collegiate leadership, said that the member had been summoned at the beginning of the week for an interview at the party headquarters to hear his version of the incident.“We took note of the fact that he is taking leave of the party, but we must act. We will see what the investigation also gives,” he explained, adding that “En Marche condemns the all forms of violence.”Olivier Faure, president of the New Left Group in the Assembly of En Marche,has demanded that the party takes strict measures against El Guerrab. “No one imagines that M’jid El Guerrab can still embody the Republic and be an example,” he said, questioning the political future of the parliamentarian.A Hamlet, a Dirty Arab, and a HospitalizationThe incident between the two politicians happened in rue Broca in the fifth district in Paris. During the brawl, El Guerrab hit the Socialist politician twice with his helmet on the side of the head, leadingFaure to betaken to the hospital.An eyewitness told news site Marianne that the heated debate had started once the two men met. El Guerrab then hit his rival twice with his helmet, causing him to fall down in blood.A source close to El Guerrab told Marianne he had been provoked by the Socialist politician, who he said called him names and hit him in the arm.“He told him he was an impostor, a sh–ty communitarianist and dirty Arab. M’jid only defended himself with his helmet. That was all. It was an instinctive reaction,” said the source. read more

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UN genocide tribunal upholds life imprisonment for excouncilman in Rwanda

21 May 2007The United Nations tribunal set up to try the worst crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide today upheld the life sentence in prison given to a former councilman convicted of genocide, rape and murder as crimes against humanity. The five-member appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, confirmed the trial chamber’s decision in 2005 to convict and sentence Mikaeli Muhimana, who had been councillor for the Gishyita Sector in Kibuye Prefecture during the genocide.Although the judges allowed two of Mr. Muhimana’s 16 grounds of appeal, reversing his convictions for the rape of two women and the murder of a pregnant woman, they said these errors did not invalidate either the convictions or the sentence, given his numerous other crimes.At his trial Mr. Muhimana – also known as Mika – was found guilty of mobilizing people and distributing guns and grenades to them on 14 and 15 April 1994. In June 1994 he lured Tutsis out of hiding with false promises of medication and then ordered armed assailants to kill more than 2,000 of them. The former businessman also personally attacked and killed civilians at various locations inside Kibuye Prefecture, including inside several churches.He raped numerous women, including nine inside a hospital and several in his home, and handed over two Tutsi women for two members of the notorious Interahamwe militia to rape.An estimated 800,000 Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were murdered between April and June 1994 across Rwanda, mostly by machete. The Security Council set up the ICTR in November that year to prosecute people responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law. read more

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ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Thursday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close WedNov. 492.30 500.50 492.30 500.00 492.70Jan. ’18 496.60 505.20 496.60 504.50 497.30March 499.50 508.10 499.50 507.60 500.60May 505.40 509.80 505.40 509.60 502.10July 510.00 511.30 508.70 510.60 503.70Nov. 475.30 475.70 475.30 477.60 470.70Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 478.40 471.50March 0.00 0.00 0.00 481.10 474.20May 0.00 0.00 0.00 481.10 474.20July 0.00 0.00 0.00 481.10 474.20Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 481.10 474.20Barley (Western): Open High Low Close WedOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Thunder Bay CW: $178.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $512.00 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $530.00 (November 2017) read more

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Senior UN envoy to Somalia welcomes Governments pledge for renewed peace talks

François Lonsény Fall, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, said in a press release from Nairobi that President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi gave him their assurances during meetings yesterday in Baidoa, where the Government is based.“They also told me they would welcome the Speaker, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, back in Baidoa in spite of his recent initiative to visit Mogadishu [the capital] for discussions with the Courts, without their agreement or that of the Transitional Federal Parliament,” he said.Mr. Fall told the Security Council earlier this month that the third round of peace talks between the warring parties, scheduled to be held on 30 October but postponed after disputes over preconditions, is now slated for mid-December.The talks are designed to discuss security and power sharing in the impoverished and drought-stricken nation, which has been wracked by factional fighting and has had no functioning national government since President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991. The Union of Islamic Courts now controls Mogadishu.Saying he was encouraged by yesterday’s meetings, Mr. Fall added that he was accompanied by members of the International Advisory Contact Group for Somalia, established earlier this year to assist the peace process.The envoy also addressed the Somali Parliament in Baidoa, urging members to resume peace negotiations as soon as possible and telling them that the strength of the country’s Transitional Federal Institutions depended on their unity. read more

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Samsung Note 7 recall to cost at least 53 billion

A woman walks by an advertisement of the Samsung Electronics Galaxy S7 Edge and S7 smartphone in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Samsung Electronics said Friday that the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 would cost the company about $3 billion during the current and next quarters, bringing the total cost of the recall to at least $5.3 billion. The company said it will expand sales of two other smartphones released in spring, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, quashing rumors that it may try to release updated versions of those devices. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Oct 14, 2016 2:31 am MDT Last Updated Oct 14, 2016 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Samsung Note 7 recall to cost at least $5.3 billion SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics said Friday that discontinuing the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, which is prone to overheat and catch fire, will cost it about $3 billion in the current and coming quarters, raising total costs from the recalls to at least $5.3 billion.The Note 7 discontinuation will cost in the mid-2 trillion won range during the October-December period and another 1 trillion won ($884 million) during the January-March quarter, the company said in a statement.Samsung already slashed its third-quarter profit forecast by $2.6 billion earlier this week, an amount that could wipe out its entire mobile business profit. That did not include the cost of Samsung’s first recall, which analysts estimated at 1 trillion won to 2 trillion won.Samsung has enough cash and other businesses to absorb the shock from the phone recall. It said it expected to generate 5.2 trillion won ($4.6 billion) in operating income during the third quarter after the recall cost. Analysts said most of the income will be generated by sales of advanced displays and semiconductors.Samsung added that it will make significant changes in its quality assurance processes to improve product safety. It did not elaborate.The company said it will expand sales of two other smartphones released in spring, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, quashing rumours that it may try to release updated versions of those devices. Samsung usually releases a new iteration of the Galaxy S series in spring, so the company may have to provide a strong incentive to sell the 6-month-old phones, such as lowering their prices.More than 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones were recalled due to the unexplained overheating problems before Samsung gave up the product earlier this week, just two months after its launch in August.In the United States, 1.9 million Note 7 phones are subject to the two recalls. Samsung also recalled about 200,000 phones in China and about half a million phones in South Korea.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there were 96 reports of batteries in Note 7 phones overheating in the country, including 23 new reports since the first recall announcement last month. The company received 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damage associated with the phones.“Consumers should immediately stop using and power down all Galaxy Note 7 devices, including Note 7 devices received as replacements in the previous recall,” the agency said.The botched recall raised questions about Samsung’s initial analysis of the Note 7 phone’s problems. At first, Samsung said a minor manufacturing error in the batteries for the Note 7 was causing the phones to overheat.The problem with the replacements is still unclear. Experts say Samsung may have rushed to conclude the Note 7’s problem was a battery issue and it may take a long time to find the real cause.Seeking to retain customers, Samsung is giving an incentive of a $100 credit to Note 7 owners who switch to another Samsung phone.The Note 7 device was one of the most expensive smartphones in the market with all the latest technologies from Samsung, including the ability to unlock the phone by scanning a user’s iris. It was sold for between $850 and $890.__Follow Youkyung Lee on Twitter at twitter.com/YKLeeAPHer work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/youkyung-lee read more

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Countries violate rights over climate change argue youth activists in landmark UN

Ranton Anjain, 17, from the Marshall Islands, speaks at a press conference announcing a collective action being taken on behalf of young people facing the impacts of the climate crisis. UNICEF/Radhika Chalasani“We fully support children exercising their rights and taking a stand. Climate change will impact every single one of them. It’s no wonder they are uniting to fight back.”The complaint was filed through the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a voluntary mechanism which allows children, or adults on their behalf, to appeal directly to the United Nations for help if a country that has ratified the Protocol fails to provide a remedy for a rights violation. The UN agency added that it supports the child petitioners exercising their right to bring complaints via the communication procedure of what is known as the Third Optional Protocol. Last Saturday, students and activists met at United Nations Headquarters for the first-ever youth Climate Summit, demanding world leaders “stop wasting time” and work harder to curb carbon emissions. About the Convention on the Rights of the ChildAdopted on 20 November 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is an international human rights treaty outlining the civil, economic, social, political and cultural rights of children – without discrimination of any kind. It is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. Complaints filed under the CRC’s Third Optional Protocol are adjudicated upon by the Committee on the Rights of the Child – a group of independent experts. The Committee is able to receive complaints from children, groups of children or their representatives against any State that has ratified the Protocol. Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg who hit out at global inaction during Monday’s Climate Action Summit, and American Alexandria Villaseñor – who has been spending her Fridays on climate strike outside UN Headquarters in New York –  have been joined by others aged eight to 17, from a dozen different countries including Brazil, India, Nigeria, France and South Africa, in signing the complaint.  The group alleges that under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Committee should order Member States to take action to protect all children from the devastating impacts of climate change.  “Change needs to happen now if we are to avoid the worst consequences. The climate crisis is not just the weather. It means also, lack of food and lack of water, places that are unliveable and refugees because of it. It is scary”, said Ms. Thunberg, at a press conference hosted by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, on Monday at UN Headquarters. Although it supports their complaint, the agency is not a party to it and will not play any part in the Committee’s decision. “Thirty years ago, world leaders made a historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Today, the world’s children are holding the world accountable to that commitment,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Charlotte Petri Gornitzka. read more

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Womens basketball Ohio State clinches a share of the Big Ten title

Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell pulls up for a shot in the second half against Wisconsin at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 19. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe 12th-ranked Ohio State women’s basketball team (25-5, 15-1) defeated Rutgers 73-45 to clinch its 15th Big Ten title. The Buckeyes stellar defense was the driving force in capturing the program’s first title since the 2009-10 season.With Sunday’s win over the Scarlet Knights (6-23, 3-12), the Buckeyes have clinched the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament.Sunday’s game was OSU’s first in their last eight games that the team failed to score at least 87 points. The Buckeyes usually rely on their offensive output to win their games, but it was stellar defensive play that allowed OSU to pull away with the win. Junior guard Kelsey Mitchell led OSU with 21 points and five assists, her 10th straight game with 20 or more points. She was followed by senior forward Shayla Cooper — a player that has stepped up since the injury to junior forward Stephanie Mavunga — with 12 points and seven rebounds. For the first few minutes of the game, OSU’s 63 percent shooting on Monday didn’t carry over, but the Buckeyes 2-2-1 press forced nine Rutgers turnovers that turned into a 15-0 run that lasted for the majority of the first quarter.OSU continued the steady offensive pace into the second quarter with consistent outside shooting. The Buckeyes shot well from deep, hitting 50 percent in the second quarter, and knocking down four shots from 3-point range. On defense, the Buckeyes continued to throw off Rutgers, switching from a man defense to a 2-3 zone, then to a 3-2 zone. Those different looks prevented Rutgers from getting into an offensive rhythm, leading to a miserable 22 percent from the field. The Buckeyes led 37-17 at halftime.At the start of the third quarter, Rutgers got the ball out quickly to avoid full-court pressure and ran the ball up the floor. The Scarlet Knights hit five consecutive shots midway through the quarter and stayed in the game with 57 percent third-quarter shooting. The Buckeyes fired back by penetrating the basket, grabbing their own points from the field, and ended the quarter maintaining a 17-point lead, 53-36.In the last quarter of play, OSU reestablished their defense and slowed down the Scarlet Knights with its full-court press. On offense, OSU outscored Rutgers 20-9 and made three 3s to keep any chance of a comeback at bay. Ohio State is set to play the winner of No. 8 seed versus the No. 9 seed on March 3 at noon. The final Big Ten standings have yet to be determined. read more

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Central Bank director Fiona Muldoon resigns

first_imgFIONA MULDOON, ONE of the directors at the Central Bank of Ireland, has resigned her position, the bank announced today.Moldoon, who is Director of Credit Institutions and Insurance Supervision will remain at the bank until 1 May next year.Today Muldoon said she had joined the bank at a time of “great challenge for the financial services industry and for the country”.“It has been a privilege to work with so many others on the pressing economic and regulatory issues of the day,” she continued. “I hope I have made a meaningful contribution towards resolving some of those challenges and to the bank during my time here.”Commenting on the announcement today, Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan said the director brought “great leadership strengths and practical knowledge of the financial services into the role”. She has been instrumental in many of the initiatives undertaken by the bank to address the role of the regulator, the mortgage and SME arrears issues and the stabilisation of the banking sector. She has made a significant contribution to the development and implementation of our prudential regulatory strategy in the banking, insurance and Credit Union sectors.Honohan thanked her for her service and said he wishes her well in the future.There has been no immediate comment on who will replace Muldoon in her role in the bank. She is the second Central Bank director to resign this year, with Director of Enforcement, Peter Oakes, stepping down in January.Read: Director of Enforcement to step down from Central Bank>last_img read more

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Logitechs M305 retrofitted to create steampunk mouse

first_imgOld typewriter keys are used in all sorts of recycled products. Most are used to make things like necklaces and cuff links, but there’s also the geeky trend of making steampunk keyboards. We have to admit, it’d look a little strange to be using a shiny new wireless Logitech mouse with an old-timey looking keyboard. The solution comes via Aaron Ristau, an artist from Loveland, Colo.Ristau creates wireless computer mice that take on the steampunk look with two old-fashioned typewriter keys taking the place of the normal left and right buttons. According to his website, Ristau focuses on art that “blends nostalgic aesthetics with modern function.” He uses a Logitech M305 wireless mouse for the bones of the creation, but unless you turn the mouse over, it looks like something from the 50s or 60s.The mouse comes in chrome as well as various painted colors. It can even be customized to the characters of your choice. Are you a fan of the semicolon? You can have one on your mouse. Most people would opt for their first and last initials, but it’s really up to you. It runs off of an AA battery that lasts for a few months. Once it runs out, you’ll have to unscrew four tiny screws on the bottom of the mouse to switch it out.Of course, it’s not the most ergonomic mouse, but it still looks really cool, and it even has the M305’s scroll wheel. Some of the mice even have spikes, which I’m curious if they’d bother your hand. Unfortunately, the mouse is a little on the expensive side. Though the M305 has a list price of $39.99, you’ll be paying $180 for this retro-looking rodent. However, that price may be worth it for the geek-chic value.Check out the mouse in action in the video below.Read more at AaronRistau.com, via SlashGearlast_img read more

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The Walking Dead creator turns family car into zombie survival machine

first_imgAny time you get a group of geeks together, the conversation will eventually drift into this same topic. What would you do in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse? What weapons would you opt for, what buildings to occupy, and what you have done to prepare your home for the coming horde. Everyone’s got a different strategy, and they go from incredibly minimal to extremely extravagant.If you are someone like Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, you’ve probably given your plan a fair bit of thought. In fact, you might have gone a little overboard compared to the average person. The result of such planning has given birth to the Hyundai Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine.When planning for Z day, I don’t know many people that plan explicitly for mobility. Kirkman’s design isn’t just for a car to get around during a zombie overrun, but to be able to live and fight in the vehicle for extended periods of time.The back seats have been removed to allow for food and water storage, as well as for a more comfortable recline during naptime. The camera on the back of the vehicle is still functional, and the rear hatch opens up to reveal some high powered lights and a net for when you need to slow something down. The sunroof has been replaced with a pop up lid, allowing you to jump up and take a few zombies out. The front of the car and the wheels are designed to help make a quick and dirty getaway. And the plow on the front has been modified with massive spikes, while the wheels all have removable spinning blades to make sure you aren’t chased for very long. All of the windows are covered in bars too, although there’s room to get an arm in there to take a swipe at you.Of course, a real Elantra couldn’t handle all of this. All of the “heavy armor” on this model is just a prop, save for the wheel spikes and the bars on the windows. Robert Kirkland won’t be plowing through the mean streets in this sick looking toy, but if you’re going to have a car in your garage to show off it might as well look like it’s got some teeth right?Hyundai and Design Craft Fabrication built this vehicle with Kirkland in celebration of the 100th issue of his comic. So far, no one is talking about this car showing up in the AMC television series, but maybe one day you’ll get lucky and see Kirkland making a 7/11 run in his new Z day car.last_img read more

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15 Historical Figures Who Appeared on Doctor Who

first_imgStay on target Henry Avery“The Curse of the Black Spot,” 2011Hugh Bonneville as Henry Avery (via BBC)Following a distress signal, the TARDIS lands aboard a 17th-century pirate ship, captained by Henry Avery (Hugh Bonneville). An English pirate who operated in the Atlantic and Indian oceans in the mid-1690s, Avery, “The King of Pirates,” probably used several aliases, including Benjamin Bridgeman, and was known as Long Ben to associates. Madame de Pompadour“The Girl in the Fireplace,” 2006Sophia Myles as Madame de Pompadour (via BBC)When the TARDIS materializes on a spaceship drifting in the 51st century, the Tenth Doctor and his friends are surprised to find an 18th-century French fireplace, through which the Time Lord meets Reinette, aka Madame de Pompadour (Sophia Myles)—the mistress of King Louis XV. Wyatt Earp“The Gunfighters,” 1966John Alderson as Wyatt Earp (via BBC)In search of a dentist in Tombstone, Ariz., the First Doctor meets local marshal Wyatt Earp (John Alderson)—one of the very few real-life Americans to make the Time Lord’s acquaintance. An Old West lawman and professional gambler, teamster, and buffalo hunter, Earp owned several saloons, maintained a brothel, mined for silver and gold, refereed boxing matches, and sported a wicked mustache. Charles Dickens“The Unquiet Dead,” 2005Simon Callow as Charles Dickens (via BBC)The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and companion Rose Tyler travel to Victorian Cardiff on Christmas Eve, 1869. They team up with writer Charles Dickens (Simon Callow) to investigate sightings of strange gas-like creatures—not so different from the ghosts in Dickens’ classic stories. George Stephenson“Mark of the Rani,” 1985Gawn Grainger as George Stephenson (via BBC)Strapped to a trolley atop a cart speeding down a slope to the entrance of the mineshaft, the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) is in trouble. Luckily, George Stephenson (Gawn Grainger) steps in. The “Father of Railways,” Stephenson pioneered rail transport and invented the standard rail gauge. Winston Churchill“Victory of the Daleks,” 2010; “The Wedding of River Song,” 2011Ian McNeice as Winston Churchill (via BBC)The Eleventh Doctor and Amy arrive in London during the Blitz, where Winston Churchill (Ian McNeice) has employed Daleks as weapons in the war effort. The former British Prime Minister, meanwhile, makes a subsequent appearance in an alternate timeline as Holy Roman Emperor. Queen Victoria“Tooth and Claw,” 2006Pauline Collins as Queen Victoria (via BBC)Wandering the Scottish moors in 1879, the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose Tyler encounter Queen Victoria (Pauline Collins), who invites the pair to spend the night at the Torchwood Estate. Little do they know the property has been captured by warrior monks who intend to use an alien werewolf to take over the British Empire.Other royal Doctor Who appearances include Richard the Lionheart (“The Crusade,” 1965), Charles IX and Catherine De Medici (“The Massacre,” 1966), King John I (“The King’s Demons,” 1983), and Charles II (“The Impossible Astronaut,” 2011). William Shakespeare“The Shakespeare Code,” 2007Dean Lennox Kelly as William Shakespeare (via BBC)The Tenth Doctor takes his new traveling companion Martha Jones on her first trip in space and time. Their destination: the Globe Theater in 1599, where they chance upon playwright William Shakespeare (Dean Lennox Kelly), under a spell by three witchy Carrionites to rewrite the end of his play and set free the rest of the Carrionite race. Vincent van Gogh“Vincent and the Doctor,” 2010Tony Curran as Vincent van Gogh (via BBC)Intrigued by an ominous figure in one of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings, the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy Pond travel back in time to meet the artist (Tony Curran). Their attempt, however, to show van Gogh his legacy by bringing him to the future proves some evils are out of the Doctor’s reach. Napoleon Bonaparte & Maximilien Robespierre“The Reign of Terror,” 1964Tony Wall as Napoleon Bonaparte (via BBC)The First Doctor, his granddaughter Susan Foreman, and teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright arrive outside Paris in 18th-century France, where they witness the coup against Maximilien Robespierre (Keith Anderson) by young Gen. Napoleon Bonaparte (Tony Wall). HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Adolf Hitler“Let’s Kill Hitler,” 2011Albert Welling as Adolf Hitler (via BBC)The Eleventh Doctor, Amy, and Rory Williams crash land in 1938 Berlin, accidentally saving Adolf Hitler (Albert Welling) from torture by the time-traveling Teselecta justice department. Thankfully, the Ponds’ childhood friend Mels (Nina Toussaint-White) shoots the mustachioed Nazi (before she regenerates into River Song). Queen Nefertiti“Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” 2012Rian Steele as Queen Nefertiti (via BBC)While in 1334 BC Egypt with Queen Nefertiti (Rian Steele), the Eleventh Doctor gets a call from the future about a spaceship about to crash into Earth. Taking the Great Royal Wife of Akhenaten with him, the Time Lord once more saves the day. Neferneferuaten Nefertiti was made famous by her bust, one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt.More Doctor Who coverage on Geek.com:Episode 3 Recap: Team TARDIS Tackle Greatest Villain of All: RacismEpisode 2 Recap: Team TARDIS Unites for Old-Fashioned Alien RompRecord ‘Doctor Who’ Ratings Prove Jodie Whittaker Brings Big Audiences When you travel through all of space and time, you’re bound to bump into some famous faces.In light of the Thirteenth Doctor’s emotional encounter on Sunday with civil rights activist Rosa Parks, here is a look at some of the other historical figures the Time Lord has met in the past.Marco Polo“Marco Polo,” 1964Mark Eden as Marco Polo (via BBC)When the TARDIS lands in the Himalayas in 1289, the First Doctor (William Hartnell) is picked up by Marco Polo’s (Mark Eden) caravan on its way along the Silk Road to see Emperor Kublai Khan (Martin Miller). Unfortunately, the fourth serial is lost forever, all seven episodes erased by the BBC in 1967. Agatha Christie“The Unicorn and the Wasp,” 2008Fenella Woolgar as Agatha Christie (via BBC)Set in an English manor house in 1926, this murder-mystery finds the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble at a dinner party with Agatha Christie (Fenella Woolgar) on the day the crime novelist inexplicably disappears for 10 days. They can’t meddle with history, but they can help defeat a giant shape-shifting wasp. Richard Nixon“The Impossible Astronaut”/”Day of the Moon,” 2011Stuart Milligan as Richard Nixon (via BBC)Tricky Dick first surfaces in a short prequel scene, in which the 37th President of the United States (Stuart Milligan) receives a phone call from a little girl begging him to look behind him. He later briefly encounters the Eleventh Doctor, on a quest to find the girl.last_img read more

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Congress Kisan cell sees scam worth Rs 300 crores in Markfed

first_imgHyderabad: Kisan Congress national vice chairman M Kodanda Reddy on Saturday alleged that a scam worth Rs 300 crore has taken place in the Mark Fed and demanded an enquiry. Addressing the media, along with chairman of Telangana Kisan Congress Anvesh Reddy, he said that as much as 4.61 lakh metric tonnes of maize was given to the leaders of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Through this, the TRS leaders benefited up to Rs 300 crore. He alleged that the government has been protecting the interests of the businessmen than the farmers. He alleged that the purchase of maize was done through the Mark Fed through an underhand deal. He said that when the farmers have questioned this the officials have been escaping from giving answers. Anvesh Reddy said that the government has given the maize purchased from the farmers to the businessmen at a low cost.last_img read more

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This Houston Nonprofit Helps LowIncome Daycares Recover From Harvey With An App

first_img Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaMelanie Johnson, CEO of Collaborative for Children, says the childcare app does the work of one employee a daycare center wouldn’t have to hire. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /04:03center_img Share Daycare deserts are a problem in some of Houston’s low-income neighborhoods – especially after Harvey damaged many of them.As part of an effort to help struggling daycare centers recover, the nonprofit Collaborative for Children has partnered with app company Brightwheel to provide the expensive daycare app to 50 childcare centers, free of charge. “Our childcare centers, most of them, were affected dramatically by Hurricane Harvey,” Melanie Johnson, president and CEO of Collaborative for Children, said. “Ten percent of those centers closed down, leaving whole communities in a quality childcare desert.”As part of an ongoing Harvey recovery effort for Houston area daycares, the nonprofit is footing the bill for the Brightwheel app, which gives daycare centers administrative support as well as interface with parents.Brightwheel agreed to offer a discounted rate for this program.“This Brightwheel app allows [daycare centers] to strengthen resilience so that for the long term they’ll be able to provide the services that they wouldn’t have the resources to do that with,” Johnson said.Some of the requirements the chosen centers had to meet include being licensed or registered with the state, participating in the state’s quality improvement rating system Texas Rising Star, being located in a low-income area and serving families who receive child care subsidies.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview with Melanie Johnson. Xlast_img read more

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Microsoft Nintendo and Sony to Disclose Loot Box Odds by 2020

first_imgAccording to the Entertainment Software Association, Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony will require new and updated games that feature loot boxes to reveal the odds of receiving specific items by 2020.Michael Warnecke unveiled the news at an FTC panel on loot boxes that took place in Washington, DC on Aug. 7.”That said, we are doing more,” Warnecke said. “I’m pleased to announce this morning that Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony have indicated to ESA a commitment to new platform policies with respect to the use of paid loot boxes in games that are developed for their platform. Specifically, this would apply to new games and game updates that add loot box features. And it would require the disclosure of the relative rarity or probabilities of obtaining randomized virtual items in games that are available on their platforms,” he continued.”As well, many of the leading video game publishers of the Entertainment Software Association have decided that they are going to implement a similar approach at the publisher level to provide consumers this information and give them enhanced information to make purchase decisions.”RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus Hands-on: What’s New, What’s DifferentThe Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus offer sleeker designs, better cameras for video and new S Pen tricks. Here’s how they stack up.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTech This Out: New Nintendo Switch Battery, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, iPhone 11 Launch03:16Live00:0005:2805:28 The three titans aren’t the only ones working toward this initiative. Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bethesda, Bungie, Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast  are also working on greater transparency for in-game purchases.Some notable developers that haven’t made the commitment are developers such as 505 Games, Capcom, CI Games, Deep Silver, Disney Interactive Studios, Epic Games, Focus Home Interactive, Gearbox Publishing, GungHo, Intellivision Entertainment, Kalypso, Konami, Magic Leap, NCsoft, Natsume, Nexon, Rebellion, Riot Games, Sega, Square Enix, THQ Nordic, Tencent and Marvelous.While it’ll be interesting to see how this affects loot box-heavy games like Overwatch and FIFA, it’s still unclear when exactly this initiative will take effect next year.PS4 vs. Xbox One: Which Console Is For You?last_img read more

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Citizen scientists set new record for accelerating Alzheimers research

first_imgAbout the Author A team of researchers at the Human Computation Institute and Cornell University seek to understand what causes a 30% reduction of blood flow to the brain in Alzheimer’s patients.Preliminary findings from the Schaffer-Nishimura Biomedical Engineering Lab suggest that restoring blood flow to the brain could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and restore cognitive functioning. But there is too much data to sift through, and the blood flow imagery is too subtle for most algorithms to classify into capillaries that are either flowing or stalled. So instead, citizen scientists are helping analyze the videos in a gamified effort called “Stall Catchers” — and, through this crowdsourcing effort, are doing so at a much faster rate than the lab.By playing Stall Catchers, participants make annotations of the vessels as “flowing” or “stalled,” earning points and competing against other users to correctly classify more videos.History was made on April 13, 2019. This year’s Citizen Science Day featured the inaugural Megathon for Stall Catchers. The epicenter of the Stall Catchers Megathon was hosted on the Microsoft Redmond campus, with thousands of catchers across five continents joining virtually and on a livestream video.Citizen Science Day is an annual celebration presented by SciStarter and the Citizen Science Association in an effort to connect people to real research in need of their help. Leading up to this year’s event, the Human Computation Institute and SciStarter, with support from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region and the Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society, activated over 30 public libraries in Megathon planning efforts. Their goal was to galvanize libraries as hubs for citizen science, and many of these libraries participated in the Megathon livestreamon April 13. At the end of the weekend, citizen scientists had accomplished 2,566 research hours, or 3.5 months of lab-equivalent research time.Through a National Science Foundation (NSF) Big Data Hubs collaboration, Microsoft Research (MSR) Outreach, which manages research engagements and partnerships with the academic community globally, partnered with Pietro Michelucci, Director of the Human Computation Institute, and visiting professor at Cornell University. Michelucci’s EyesOnAlz team had developed Stall Catchers that uses a crowdsourcing approach to tackle Alzheimer’s disease.“Our greatest opportunity for problem-solving comes not from humans alone or from Artificial Intelligence (AI) alone, but also by combining human and artificial intelligence techniques.  Crowd science leverages the abilities of humans and machines through citizen science allowing us to create unprecedented capabilities,” said Michelucci.With Microsoft’s support, EyesOnAlz has been migrating the Stall Catchers storage and pre-processing pipeline to Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and services. Pietro Michelucci spoke about this project at MSR’s Data Science Innovation Workshop in Redmond, October 2018.This led to deeper collaboration beyond the workshop: the MSR Data Science Outreach team partnered with the Human Computation Institute and our partners in CELA and Azure FastTrack to host the Megathon.  The aim was to gather thousands of citizen scientists, anywhere of any age, to play the game and answer a key research question about Alzheimer’s disease.“Stall Catchers is a fun and engaging game with just the right amount of challenge in classifying whether blood is flowing or stalled in vessel segments, “ said Vani Mandava, the Director of Data Science for Microsoft Research Outreach. “Being able to use the cloud for the end-to-end workflow that includes running the analytic pipeline efficiently and hosting the game is an exciting approach that could be extended to many other crowdsourcing problems. This was a remarkable opportunity that started with a seed of an idea, an Azure grant, and several external and internal teams that came together in this massive consensus driven impact that anyone can participate in.”Eventually, Megathon players analyzed 76% of the dataset and accomplished 2.5 months of lab-equivalent research over the weekend. This is 10x more research than any previous Stall Catchers event, so the Megathon achieved an order of magnitude increase in analytic throughput and research impact.Participants at the Stall Catchers Megathon epicenter at Microsoft Redmond included both members of the public and employees of Microsoft. “Participating in this Megathon was a powerful experience, and I hope Microsoft does more to engage citizen scientists in solving real-world problems,” said a Microsoft employee.Public participants reported that they enjoyed the experience. One individual who visited Microsoft Redmond for the event said, “I attended the Megathon with my brother and we both enjoyed reading the scans, even when they were challenging, and it was cool to be with so many other people all around the world! I’m glad to have contributed to such a great cause.”Citizen Scientists playing Stall CatchersJohn Kahan, Chief Data Analytics Officer, spoke during the Megathon about Microsoft’s commitment to this project and the AI for Good initiative.  “This is a fun way to give back and help advance the AI/Data Science work going into Alzheimer Research. You have world-class data scientists on one side and world-class medical researchers on the other. Being able to have everyone together, along with citizen scientists, to be able to engage on those projects and play a role in being able to accelerate research is something that we could only dream of a short time ago.”Kicking off the Megathon with Vani Mandava (Microsoft), Pietro Michelucci (Human Computation Institute), Chris Schaffer (Cornell University), John Kahan (Microsoft), Lori La Bey (Alzheimer’s Speaks)There was strong effort by many to technically prepare the platform, conduct load testing (testing the platform to handle increased amounts of users), and coordinate global and local event logistics and promotion for this event that was live streamed to locations across the U.S., Africa, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Ultimately, almost one million people were reached through social media due to the combined efforts of many, including the Human Computation Institute and their partners.Citizen science is all about everyone pitching in, not only as volunteer citizen scientists, but also as a community of scientists, engineers, technicians, and public affairs experts working together to create these platforms for public participation in research. The Megathon demonstrated the potential for citizen science efforts to help accelerate the artificial intelligence and data science furthering Alzheimer’s research. “Microsoft will continue to collaborate with partners as we enthusiastically look to the future at these socially meaningful approaches that lead to scientific breakthroughs for other disease research,” said Mandava.“Megathon Infographic” by Human Computation Institute is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 Leila StevensonLeila Stevenson is a program manager consultant for Microsoft Research Outreach, and a former Microsoft employee who managed company-wide events for Microsoft engineers.last_img read more

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first_img The University of Southern California is developing an algorithm to produce animated MRI scans of anatomy in motion. The University of Southern California is developing an algorithm to produce animated MRI scans of anatomy in motion. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more The University of Southern California is developing an algorithm to produce animated MRI scans of anatomy in motion. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative 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. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Two big advances in cardiac advanced visualization software were highlighted in December at the 2010 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago. TeraRecon highlighted a computer-aided detection (CAD) software module to detect coronary artery stenosis. Ziosoft showed the latest version of its PhyZiodynamic software, which creates a video loop of a 3-D beating heart from a computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) dataset. Both of these advances were shown as works-in-progress at RSNA, but are expected to be commercially released in 2011. Two other advances in advanced visualization at RSNA included software now being accessible on via the Internet on thin-client computers, and compatibility with the iPad.3-D Hearts in Motion Advanced visualization can make great pictures of 3-D anatomy, but in the case of the heart, it has so far failed to show functionality and natural movement during the cardiac cycle. Picture archiving and communication system (PACS) users can flip through sets of stacked images from a computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) dataset to make a sort of primitive cartoon, but it lacks the smooth flow of real anatomical motion.Using supercomputing algorithms previously used to forecast weather, Ziosoft developed the PhyZiodynamic software to take a CT or MRI data set and put it into motion. At its RSNA booth, Ziosoft offered a full 3-D rendering of a heart in motion (5-D) and invited attendees to rotate and virtually dissect it slice-by-slice while it continued to beat. This offered views of the myocardium and valves in motion as only previously seen by surgeons during open-heart procedures. The views also showed the movement of the valve leaflets and the chordae tendineae. The user could also use the mouse to navigate in the 3-D lumens of the coronary vessels.The software also has a velocity mode feature, which uses a color-coded overlay to show the stress/motion of the tissue. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are using this velocity mapping feature in a study to determine viable tissue for the optimal placement of the third lead from a unique defibrillator for very sick patients.The main application of this technology is in structural heart surgical and transcatheter procedure planning, including transcatheter valve replacements and septal shunt occlusion. It may also allow a new breed of hybrid imaging in the cath lab, where live angiography X-ray could be synchronized with a 3-D cardiac reconstruction in motion. This would enable a real-time synchronization of the images with the motion of the beating heart rather than a fixed/frozen reference image, as is the current hybrid imaging standard.PhyZiodynamic processing of CT datasets is giving new insights into cardiac dynamics and valve function, said John A. Rumberger, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, director of cardiac imaging, The Princeton Longevity Center, Princeton, N.J. Standard advanced visualization software allows users to flip through a stacked deck of images in a sequence to create a crude representation of motion. However, Rumberger said there is data missing from image to image, so the movement is unnatural and incomplete. He said it is also difficult to assess when a heart valve is at its highest and lowest peaks to accurately assess valve function.“The traditional reconstruction of the valves is okay, but not great,” he explained. “But Ziosoft’s system is great. It helps fill in the blanks between, voxel-by-voxel, for a smooth transition. It connects the dots. It’s really an incredible step – it’s an amazing technology.”He showed the new technology to cardiac surgeons who are performing transcatheter valve implants. They said they believe this will be a new way to examine valve function, plan procedures and review post-procedure success. “I don’t think the standard reconstruction of the aortic root is sufficient to make these evaluations,” Rumberger said.Another application for the PhyZiodynamic software might be to evaluate coronary artery plaque and perfusion in the myocardium. He explained the system eliminates gaps in data from frame-to-frame and its noise filtering algorithms might overcome the hurdles that prevent total CTA analysis. The technology might be able to cut the number of diagnostic catheterization angiograms.“If I can start looking at the dynamics of plaque in the coronary vessels, that is the holy grail,” Rumberger said. “If I can use a CT image to look at perfusion, I don’t need anything else.”Years ago, Rumberger worked on experiments using electron beam CT to evaluate cardiac perfusion, but beam hardening caused issues with noise and image artifacts. He said PhyZiodynamic appears to correct these beam-hardening artifacts. Iterative reconstruction software offered by many CT vendors as a way to lower radiation dose helps filter much of the noise on CT scans. PhyZiodynamic works in a similar fashion, but can clean up image quality on noisy CT datasets that are months or even years old, Rumberger said. “That’s an incredible advantage,” he said. It might also be possible to use the software to help make better reconstructions of lower-dose CT scans moving forward.Supercomputing has overcome the first major obstacle to this technology by enabling massive amounts of computing power to reduce the dynamic image processing time. At the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting in March 2010, the PhyZiodynamic software took about eight hours to process a cardiac cycle dataset, which limited its practical application. However, by RSNA 2010, the company cut the processing down to about 45 minutes and is working to reduce it further.The second obstacle that needed to be overcome to make this technology viable was new filtering technology to remove noise, motion and stitching artifacts from the video loop. The first version of the software previewed at ACC filtered about 80 percent of the blood/noise artifacts in the ventricles and vessels. By RSNA the software was able to filter about 99 percent of the noise artifacts.While PhyZiodynamic works well with high 256- and 320-slice scanners, Ziosoft designed the software so it’s compatible with the standard 64-slice CT systems most hospitals use.The company hopes to have a commercialized version of the software available in 2011.Heart CAD is Close to Release Computer-aided detection (CAD) software algorithms are currently used to help spot potential areas of interest to a radiologist, such as possible breast lesions in mammograms or early lung cancer. The system acts as a second set of eyes to read imaging exams. TeraRecon is about to introduce the first CAD system to help detect coronary artery stenosis from CT or MRI datasets.The company displayed its Centerline Crossline Analytics plaque analysis software at RSNA. It automatically analyzes the datasets to find the coronary vessels. It then pinpoints areas of interest, such as severe coronary stenosis, with a dot. TeraRecon President and CEO Robert Taylor, Ph.D., hopes the new feature will be released in the middle of 2011.Cloud-Computing, iPad Functionality In the past couple of years, cloud-computing has been introduced, allowing the computing power of a large server to be accessed by smaller, thin-client computers via the Internet. This allows computing-power hungry software, such as advanced visualization, to be accessed and used by physicians on their PCs from any location without having to load the software on their own computer. Vital Images, Shina Systems, TeraRecon and Ziosoft all offer cloud/Web-based applications.Rumberger uses both Ziosoft and TeraRecon’s advanced visualization cloud-computing applications. He is amazed at the computing power he can now access. “I can do all the advanced visualization on my laptop as opposed to using my desktop workstation,” he said.“We believe that the future of medical imaging will inevitably consist of a combination of on-site software, cloud-based hosting and meaningful integration with other enterprise healthcare informatics systems,” Taylor said when TeraRecon launched its iNtuition Cloud software last year.Cloud-based computing also enables small computers to manipulate large datasets. One of the biggest trends at RSNA 2010 was advanced visualization and PACS software integration with iPad devices so medical images and reports can be accessed and edited anywhere. This introduces a new concept of what constitutes a workstation and unchains the radiologist or cardiologist from their desktop, thick-client computer. Many vendors also believe being able to call up images anywhere will enhance collaboration between physicians in different hospital departments, referring physicians and patients.In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared Mobile MIM, the first mobile radiology application that allows physicians to view and make a diagnosis from medical images on the Apple iPhone and iPad. The FDA said the application is not intended to replace full workstations and is indicated for use only when there is no access to a workstation.However, the application’s clearance will likely be the first of many, as physicians are rapidly adopting iPads as a replacement for traditional clipboards. The device offers a mobile workstation to access and enter information for patient records, images and test results. RSNA 2010 event was unofficially dubbed “the year of the iPad” by many due to the vast number of vendors showing new iPad applications to access and manipulate radiology images. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more The University of Southern California is developing an algorithm to produce animated MRI scans of anatomy in motion. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Using supercomputing algorithms, Ziosofts PhyZiodynamic software takes CT or MRI datasets of full cardiac cycles and puts them into a smooth video loop for true 5-D function analysis.center_img Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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This release… 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 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. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Using supercomputing algorithms, Ziosofts PhyZiodynamic software takes CT or MRI datasets of full cardiac cycles and puts them into a smooth video loop for true 5-D function analysis. 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PureScript npm installers infected dependencies prevented it from running successfully

first_imgEarlier this month Harry Garrood, a PureScript maintainer found that PureScript’s npm installer is infected by some malicious code. Though the issue is now addressed, developers are recommended to update the installer as soon as possible. Which dependencies of the PureScript npm installer were infected Garrood got suspicious when some developers started submitting an issue on the GitHub repository of PureScript’s npm installer saying that it gets stuck during installation. He found that the code was added to various dependencies of the installer, specifically the ones that were maintained by @shinnn, the original author of the PureScript npm installer. It was first inserted into the load-from-cwd-or-npm (version 3.0.2) npm package and later into the rate-map (version 1.0.3) npm package. @shinnn and the maintainers of rate-map and load-from-cwd-or-npm said that the malicious code was published by an attacker who gained access to their npm account. The purpose of this code was to sabotage the PureScript npm installer to prevent the download from completing. This halted the installer during the “Check if a prebuilt binary is provided for your platform” step. In the first attempt of this exploit, the ‘load-from-cwd-or-npm’ package was infected so that any call to the ‘loadFromCwdOrNpm()’ method would return a ‘PassThrough’ stream instead of the expected package. In the second attempt, a more advanced version of the exploit was done by modifying the source file of ‘rate-map’ to prevent a download callback from firing. The resolution and next steps All the dependencies maintained by @shinnn as of v0.2.5 are now dropped. Also, all the previous versions of the PureScript installer are now marked as deprecated. If you have installed any version of PureScript npm package prior to 0.13.2, you will still be downloading packages maintained by @shinnn. It is recommended that you update the installer as soon as possible. Npm has also removed both ‘load-from-cwd-or-npm@3.0.2’ and ‘rate-map@1.0.3’ from the registry. Garrood further suggests, “If you want to be absolutely sure you do not have malicious code on your machine, you should delete your node_modules directories and your package-lock.json files, and set a lower bound of 0.13.2 on the purescript package.” This news triggered a discussion on Hacker News. While some think that the community etiquette is here to blame, others believe that npm packages can be easy targets of such attacks. A user commented, “This is not the first time this year we see an npm issue, and it could have been much worse than this. All package managers, in general, create risks, but how the community etiquette evolves around package managers is just as important. Something is wrong with the latter here.” Another user added, “Part of the problem is the bounty for attacking NPM packages is high. You get a high profile exploit and lots of people talking about it, or you can even get some of your evil JS code running on thousands of sites on the back end or the front end. Compounded by the fact there is no decent base class library for JS like you’d get for .NET [0]. Want to do anything you could do by default with .NET BCL? Like open a url, save a file (with nice api) or parse some XML? Then npm i … it is. And hope it doesn’t pull in an exploit. As a mitigation I recommend people consider writing their own code (NIH) for simple stuff not npm i all the things. [0] I’m comparing to .NET but same could be said of Java/ Python/Ruby etc.” To know more in detail, check out Garrood’s blog post. Read Next Is the Npm 6.9.1 bug a symptom of the organization’s cultural problems? Surprise NPM layoffs raise questions about the company culture npm Inc. announces npm Enterprise, the first management code registry for organizationslast_img read more

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Why Innovation In Renewables Is Driving Electrification Worldwide for 2019 and beyond

first_imgInnovation In Renewables Is Driving Electrification Worldwide Over 840 million people worldwide do not have reliable access to energy. The United Nations notes that this number has been reducing gradually since it launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. The UN’s 7th goal reads as: “Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”. SDG7 aims to promote electrification in developing nations, while also improving global access to renewable energy and clean technology.All UN member states are currently working towards reaching the 17 goals set out by the SDGs, encouraging innovation as the deadline for completion approaches. New technology has opened the door for more renewable energy projects across the world, and countries across Africa are seeing radical change through the implementation of pico-solar and mini-grid installations.Small-Scale OptionsMost existing electrical infrastructure across sub-Saharan Africa relies on fossil-fuel generators and power plants, but it is not extensive enough to provide energy for all the communities across the continent, particularly those in rural areas. It is estimated that there are 600 million people living without electricity access across Africa, 100 million of whom live in major urban centers.Faced with a growing need to supply access to clean, renewable energy, governments have invested in creating an environmentally-friendly grid that is easy to access and can be expanded if needed. As a result of these needs, mini-grids have become very popular. These small decentralized grids can run on solar, and provide electricity for local consumption, reducing the need for diesel generators and large coal-based power grids.A steady, local supply of energy ensures not only that the community can become self-sufficient, but also improves quality of life. A mini-grid in the village of Bisanti, Nigeria is able to support 340 households as well as the community’s small businesses, the school and the local clinic. Having dependable access to energy ensures that commerce can thrive by opening for longer hours, gives clinics the opportunity to store medicines in cold storage, and provides individuals with the ability to power their fridges, phones and fans.Global prices for solar PV solar module prices dropped 80% between 2009-2015, which has helped lead a revolution in Africa’s energy sector. Along with the implementation of batteries, mini-grids are giving governments across the continent an option for a transition away from fossil fuels while providing energy access for rural communities.Isolated villages or smaller communities also face a more specific energy access issue: low demand. In areas where setting up a mini-grid is not economical, pico-solar installations have become a go-to. Pico-solar installations function as miniature battery packs powered by a small solar cell, they enable communities to use them to power for phone chargers, electric lamps, and small household appliances. In some cases, larger pico-solar can even be used to service larger electricity demands such as televisions and freezers.Described as a “development that is currently unfolding at an incredible speed and yet continues to occur somewhat below the radar” by the United Nations Environment Program, pico-solar has seen widespread implementation across Sub-Saharan Africa. These projects are much smaller than mini-grids, making them cheaper to set up and maintain.Their size makes them very cost-effective units and they are used in conjunction with popular mobile phone payment schemes that make them very cheap alternatives over diesel or kerosene power generators. Traditional stoves and kerosene lamps can cost a household more than a third of its monthly income, pico-solar reduces the cost of energy by providing clean and easily accessible power.Global ImpactsThe International Energy Agency predicts that by 2040, 70% of Africa’s rural energy supply will be supplied by mini-grids and pico-solar installations. Additionally, a study by the Global Green Growth Institute shows that a transition away from fossil-fuel generators could save 470 million metric tons of CO2 per year – the equivalent of Brazil’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are some barriers currently limiting the growth of small scale solar infrastructure. There is an inadequate regulatory framework in place to define how developments should be carried out, while a lack of business models and financing has further limited implementation of these options.A recent report by the Powering Jobs Census has shown that the continued growth in electrification and improving global energy access would also generate job opportunities and reduce inequality. This is welcome news for the African and Asian regions who are looking to bring electricity to 840 million people. Mini-grids and pico-solar could yield the answer to “jobless growth” by providing employment opportunities in the development and maintenance of their installations.In Kenya, decentralized energy companies already employ over 10,000 people, with that number expected to climb as the market for small-scale solar developments grows. Meanwhile, in Tanzania, the implementation of pico-solar projects in various communities has resulted in a 500% surge in local employment rates.The 17 SDGs have been put in place to fight climate change and decrease world inequality while promoting sustainable development. Not only that, but it is also set to revolutionize how we use renewable power as a tool to improve energy efficiency and community well-being. While SDG7 focuses on global electrification, it emphasizes clean, renewable power – ensuring that access will not just benefit the 840 million people that desperately need it, but also the remainder of the world’s ever-growing population.By Teague Egan, who is an American businessman, entrepreneur, investor, inventor, and philanthropist. He is the founder and CEO of EnergyX, a sustainable energy company focused on lithium extraction, separation, recovery, and refinery technology, as well as solid-state battery storage.Standard Microgrid Project Engineer Admire Ncube accesses usage and performance data from the micro-grid in Ngwerere, on the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia. REEEP/JASON MULIKITADespite significant progress in recent years, the world is falling short of meeting the global energy targets set in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030. INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY AGENCY (IRENA)rene Electrification, renewables, energyA solar home system sold by M-Kopa, a Kenyan solar energy company headquartered in Nairobi. MKOPAMore information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. 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