How major US stock indexes fared Monday

first_imgStocks plunged Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling 653 points following President Trump’s tweet attacking the Federal Reserve and its independence.Technology companies, health care stocks and banks took some of the heaviest losses in the broad sell-off. Trading volume was low as the market closed early ahead of the Christmas holiday shutdown.On Monday:The S&P 500 index slid 65.52 points, or 2.7 per cent, to 2,351.10.The Dow sank 653.17 points, or 2.9 per cent, to 21,792.20.The Nasdaq skidded 140.08 points, or 2.2 per cent, to 6,192.92.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 25.16 points, or 2 per cent, to 1,266.92.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 322.51 points, or 12.1 per cent.The Dow is down 2,927.02 points, or 11.8 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 710.47 points, or 10.3 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 268.59 points, or 17.5 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

World Famous Vlogger Nas Daily Visits Morocco Food Culture Human Stories

Rabat – World famous vlogger Nuseir Yassin or Nas Daily, shared five of his famous one-minute videos during his visit to Morocco, which celebrated the food, culture, and story of US’ first friend.Sponsored by Royal Air Maroc and Joby Camera accessories, Daily arrived in Morocco with five of his fans from Mongolia, New Zealand, Poland, India, and Syria.All travel expenses paid, Daily and his team embarked on a journey to discover Morocco. First thing on the list: food. In a Facebook post, Daily said that he almost never makes videos about food, but Moroccan food is “too royal” to overlook.From tajine to couscous,mint tea to snails, the vlogger dubbed the famous Moroccan dishes a “royal experience.”The video, entitled “The Most Royal Food,” has attracted more than 793 thousand likes and over 2 thousand comments.The comments on the video came from all around the world, sharing their experiences in Morocco.“Moroccans are the most welcoming and simple people I have ever met. I went to the desert, and people that live in houses made out of mud will offer you bread, sweet oil, and mint tea. They received me as if they were expecting someone. Kids were happy, just because someone would play football with them. The most simple and happy people I have ever met,” Joaquín Llamazares said. His post received over 600 likes.After their stomachs were filled, Daily and the other video producers explored Moroccan culture in Fez and the University of Al Quaraouiyine.“When you think of the oldest universities in the world, you think of Harvard, Cambridge, and Oxford. But all of these are wrong,” Yassin said, introducing to his worldwide fans to the oldest operating university in the world: Fez’s University of Al Quaraouiyine.In the Facebook video, viewed over 1.8 million times, Nas explained that “The university was founded by a Muslim woman 1300 years ago. It offers a library and a top-notch education, and its students were Jewish, Christian, and Muslim.”“This is surprising to you and to me because we don’t hear about this stuff anymore,” he said. The Palestinian-born vlogger added, “If we were once great, we can be great again.”Roaming in the city of Fez, Nas met Ahmed Ghareb, an unlicensed tourist guide. Nas recounts his story as a 41-year-old guide, who’s never been to school and got arrested four times for unlicensed work, but also as someone who worked with tourists so much that he learned seven languages, including English and German.Ghareb’s story attracted more than 650,000 views. Some of the commentators even asked Yassin where to find Ghareb, including Oran Aviv, who wrote in the comments section, “So how does one find Ahmed since you have convinced all of us to go visit Morocco!” Yassine responded saying, “Go to Fez, Morocco, and then go to the tannery (one of the oldest in the world) and look for a tour guide there! You’ll find Ahmed!”Nas and his team departed from Fez to Tangier to discuss “the US’ first friend…not someone you’d expect.”Nas later reported that “Morocco was the first country to recognize the US as an independent country and for the last 250 years the two countries have been trading together.”He visited the first US diplomatic house outside of the US, which is situated in Tangier. “Right now in the news, we hear about the US trying to limit, disparage, and even ban Muslim countries, but how quickly we forget that the first country to recognize the US is a Muslim one,” he said, concluding his visit to Morocco. read more

Burkina Faso UNbacked project boosts education health care for women farmers

6 May 2010A United Nations-backed pilot programme that supplies electric generators to rural women farmers in Burkina Faso, freeing them from lengthy chores so that they can devote more time to education, childcare and health care, is to be adopted on a national scale. “I think this technology makes a huge difference to women’s lives,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark told beneficiaries yesterday in Kienfangué, a town of 2,500 inhabitants near Ouagadougou, the capital of the poor West African country. “Pounding rice by hand is very hard and it takes a long time, but the generator can do it quickly.” The energy and food processing programme, which is turning the women into entrepreneurs while promoting local access to energy, has helped to install 441 diesel-run generators mounted on a chassis to which a variety of processing equipment can be attached, including mills, alternators and battery chargers.“By easing some of the women’s most difficult and time-consuming chores, such as fetching water, grinding and milling, the scheme has helped to free up a daily average of two to four hours for these women, which they have been able to spend on education, childcare, improving their health and generating additional sources of revenue,” UNDP said in a news release issued today.By reducing the time required for processing agricultural outputs, women farmers also have less need for their daughters to help with household tasks, leading to increased school attendance. An evaluation conducted in 14 villages in the Eastern region of Burkina Faso shows that literacy has risen from an average of 29 per cent to 39 per cent after the installation of the generators.Recognizing these results, the Government has already signed on to scale up to national level a programme that is also under way in Mali and Senegal. Six other countries in West Africa – Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger and Togo – have introduced their own pilot versions of the programme.“Having tools like this right across the villages of Burkina Faso would make a huge difference,” Miss Clark said. “The women are able to get into business activities, they have more time. I understand that more women are learning to read because they have more time. It has many, many benefits.”In Kienfangué, the technology is used by 30 women who have created a cooperative called Association Faso Solidarité. They use the generator to grind cereal, pound rice, and charge dozens of batteries as well as generating electricity for several buildings. They thus have raised additional revenue, most of them by selling increased quantities of rice.“I used to have trouble selling my rice because it would take me a whole day to pound it by hand and the result was of poor quality,” Maminatou Tassembédou said. “A 50-kilogram sack of rice could stay with me for two weeks without being sold and I would only make $1.47 per sack. Now it only takes me 30 minutes to pound the rice and I can sell two sacks in a single day, coming home with $4.90. With this money I can buy millet to eat at home and soap. I can also pay for my children’s schooling and even place some of my money in a savings fund.”Miss Clark, on a four-country visit to Africa which began in Mali earlier this week and will also take her to Tanzania and South Africa, also said she had seen huge progress in combating HIV and AIDS in Burkina Faso, in bringing clean drinking water to people, and in education. read more

TSX higher amid dismal economic data from the eurozone

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was modestly higher Thursday amid dismal economic data from Europe.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 32.42 points to 15,295.15.The Canadian dollar was up 0.12 of a cent to 91.72 cents US, a day ahead of the release of revised employment data for July. Statistics Canada said earlier this week it had discovered an error in the jobs data that was originally released last Friday.U.S. indexes registered small gains as Wal-Mart cut its annual profit forecast with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 11.78 points to 16,663.58, the Nasdaq was 4.45 points ahead to 4,438.57 and the S&P 500 index climbed 2.96 points to 1,949.68.Wal-Mart also reported net income of $4.09 billion, or $1.26 per share, compared with $4.07 billion, or $1.24 per share, in the same quarter a year ago. Ex-items, earnings were $1.21 per share, which met analysts’ expectations. Revenue rose roughly 3% to $119.34 billion, a shade ahead of expectations for $119.06 billion and its shares rose a penny to $74.04.There was grim news from the eurozone as Germany’s economy, the region’s biggest, shrank by a quarterly rate of 0.2%, held back by weaker investment by business and by fears over the crisis in Ukraine.“The decline was more than expected and casts a shadow over the ’strongman’ of the region,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Jennifer Lee.“And, it certainly doesn’t help that businesses are increasingly nervous over the rocky relations with Russia, and the sanctions imposed,” Lee said.France, the region’s second largest economy, showed zero growth for the second straight quarter. Third-ranked Italy shrank.Ukraine fears have only grown since the end of the quarter on June 30, particularly after a Malaysian airliner was shot down in mid-July by a missile from territory held by pro-Russian separatists, according to the U.S. and Ukraine.Meanwhile, a large Russian aid convoy resumed its journey toward Ukraine Thursday, taking a road leading directly toward a border crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels.Moscow has insisted it co-ordinated the dispatch of the goods with the international Red Cross. But the Red Cross is unable to confirm where the convoy is headed.On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Moscow of possibly planning a “direct invasion of Ukrainian territory under the guise of delivering humanitarian aid.”Tech stocks led TSX advancers.The energy sector rose 0.2%, while September crude in New York declined 51 cents to US$97.08 a barrel.The gold and base metal sectors were both flat with September copper down a cent at US$3.10 a pound, while December gold was $1.30 lower to US$1,313.20 an ounce.In other earnings news, Iamgold Corp. has reported a US$16-million net loss and $8.8 million in adjusted earnings for the second quarter. The adjusted earnings, reported in U.S. currency, amounted to two cents per share, a penny below analyst estimates. Its shares rose 16 cents to $4.36.Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. is in discussions about making its experimental Ebola drug available to infected patients, but says there is no guarantee the treatment can be used to help quell the outbreak in West Africa. The Vancouver-based company also said Wednesday that its net loss in the second quarter was $6.1 million, or 28 cents per share, widening from $3 million, or 21 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier and its shares fell $1.20 or 5.89% to $19.18. read more

At Security Council senior UN envoy cautions against unilateral action in Middle

In his first briefing of the year, Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Council that tensions flared following the December adoption of resolution 2334 (2016). Passed with14 votes for and one abstention, the resolution condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank and reiterated international support for a two-state solution. “In the aftermath of the vote, emotions on the ground have been heightened,” Mr. Mladenov said, adding that “divisive positions risk destroying the prospects for peace.” “All stakeholders must avoid any unilateral action that would prejudge a negotiated final status solution.” Among other issues raised in his briefing, Mr. Mladenov noted that for the first time in two decades preparations are underway for a regular session of the Palestinian National Council. He encouraged all factions to work towards genuine reconciliation. Mr. Mladenov’s briefing followed an international conference this past weekend in Paris, France, where participants reaffirmed their collective support for a two-state solution and readiness to support both parties in returning to meaningful negotiations. Stressing that opportunities for peace are rare and must be seized, he said that in recent weeks the international community has expressed its continued commitment to the two-state solution. “But resolutions and communiques alone will not achieve a just and lasting peace. What is required is action, first and foremost by the parties themselves.”Increasing tensions in GazaDespite some successes in the Gaza Strip, such as an averted electricity crisis, the situation remains tense, the UN Special Coordinator said. “I remain greatly concerned by increasing tensions in Gaza exacerbated by the continued closures and the protracted humanitarian and development situation,” Mr. Mladenov told the Council members. He voiced particular concern about Hamas’ crackdown on peaceful demonstrators protesting restrictions on electricity in Palestinians’ homes. “The right to freedom of expression, peaceful protest and assembly in Gaza must be respected fully by all,” said Mr. Mladenov.Positive developments in LebanonThe situation in Lebanon has positive signs, the senior UN official said, following the formation of a Government on 18 December by President Michael Aoun and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.“These moves signal cautious optimism and the potential for consolidating Lebanese institutions,” Mr. Mladenov said, noting that the Government outlined its priorities and vision for the country reflecting its determination to tackle key challenges. read more

Largest peanut allergy study points to lifesaving treatment

Professor George du Toit, paediatric allergy consultant at Evelina London and the study’s chief investigator, said: “Peanut allergy is extremely difficult to manage for children and their families, as they have to follow a strict peanut-free diet.”Families live in fear of accidental exposure as allergic reactions can be very severe, and can even lead to death.”Until recently there has been nothing to offer peanut allergy suffers other than education around peanut avoidance and recognition and self-treatment of allergic reactions.”Sophie Pratt, 44, from Kentish Town in north London, enrolled her six-year-old daughter Emily, who has had a peanut allergy since she was one, on the study.”The study has completely changed our lives,” she said. “Before Emily took part we were uncomfortable being more than twenty minutes away from a hospital and she wasn’t able to attend play dates or parties without me or my husband being there.”We had to constantly study food labels to ensure peanuts were completely eliminated from Emily’s diet. Her allergy was very severe so even a small amount of peanut could lead to a very serious reaction. The impact on our family life was huge.”Ms Pratt said by the end of the year-long trial Emily was able to tolerate around seven peanuts. Peanut allergy, a potentially life-threatening condition, has doubled over the last two decades and affects about 1 in 50 children in the UK.The allergy is rarely outgrown and is the most common cause of food allergy deaths.The PALISADE study was funded by Aimmune Therapeutics, which manufactures the peanut protein used during the trial. Peanut allergy sufferers have been given new hope following the results of the largest study of its kind in the world.Children diagnosed with a severe allergy took part in a trial where they were given increasing amounts of peanut protein over a year.The landmark trial found that participants not normally able to tolerate exposure to even a tenth of a single peanut could eventually cope with two whole peanuts.It is believed that by gradually building up tolerance levels, allergy sufferers could protect themselves from accidental exposure.Researchers from Evelina London Children’s Hospital and King’s College London took part in a study which suggests immunotherapy treatment, already used to treat pollen and bee sting allergies, could protect people from life-threatening reactions.The PALISADE study recruited nearly 500 children aged four to 17 from the US and Europe to take part in the largest-ever peanut allergy treatment trial.Participants were split into groups who received either a capsule of peanut protein or a dummy powder.Doses were gradually increased every two weeks for a period of six months, before continuing on a “maintenance dose” of peanut for a further six months.The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found about two-thirds (67%) of children and teenagers could tolerate at least 600mg of peanut protein, compared with just four per cent of participants on the dummy placebo. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Man accused of killing boy by reversing car seat into him is

Court sketch of Stephen Waterson and Adrian HoareCredit: Elizabeth Cook Former Eastbourne MP Nigel Waterson Waterson replied: “I’m not untouchable.”Ms Thorne went on: “You like it to be known your father is a lawyer don’t you?”You would say that your father is an important person, not just a lawyer but he used to be a government minister and you were so powerful because you had these connections.” Former Eastbourne MP Nigel Waterson Court sketch of Stephen Waterson and Adrian Hoare Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Under cross-examination, Katy Thorne QC, for Hoare, suggested Waterson told police he had “powerful parents”.She said: “In that interview you used the fact you have got powerful parents, it seems to you, because you like to drop it into conversation all the time.”You befriend vulnerable people and you are exerting your will over them, making them feel special, and what you do Mr Waterson is you used the fact that your parents are powerful people to make you untouchable.” Waterson replied: “I don’t know why this is relevant and we are talking about my parents. I’ve never used my parents to control anyone.”Waterson has denied deliberately moving his seat back into Alfie after losing his temper on the journey home from Sutton in south London.He told jurors he moved his seat no more than an inch, then forward again when he was asked to.Ms Thorne said: “On your account Mr Waterson, it could not have been the seat that caused his death and you have been framed horribly for Alfie’s death.”Waterson replied: “That’s correct.” A man who allegedly squashed his girlfriend’s young child to death by reversing a car seat has been accused of using the fact his father is a former Tory minister to make himself “untouchable”, a court has heard.Stephen Waterson, 25, from Croydon, allegedly pushed his car seat into three-year-old Alfie Lamb in the footwell behind, causing his death by crush asphyxia, in February last year. In an interview with police, the nightclub worker name-dropped his adoptive father Nigel Waterson, a former minister and lawyer, jurors at the Old Bailey were told.Nigel Waterson was the Conservative MP for Eastbourne from 1992 until 2010 and was a junior minister in the government of John Major. Stephen Waterson and Alfie’s mother Adrian Hoare, 23, have denied manslaughter but have admitted lying to police. read more

Allergic reaction fears over fashionable dairyfree ice cream

“Halo Top’s labelling is not only confusing, but it’s misleading as well. It says ‘dairy-free’, but then basically admits it contains dairy because it’s made on the same production line as other ice-cream. I understand that it is simply impossible to perfectly clean a production line every time, with the only way to be safe being to move production to an entirely separate facility.”Mr Stone, 31, a financial investment manager from Newport, south Wales, added: “The product is labelled ‘vegan’ – I’m not a vegan, but I’m unsure as to how happy I would be knowing that the product could contain animal ingredients.“I don’t know if the product is aimed at dairy allergy sufferers, or just those making lifestyle choices, but regardless, we are the ones at risk of being caught out. It is not an exaggeration to say that this could have deadly consequences.”In December 2017  Celia Marsh, 42, collapsed and died after eating a “super-veg rainbow flatbread” she bought from Pret a Manger in Bath.This contained yoghurt that was meant to be dairy-free, but was later found to be contaminated.UK and EU law does not cover claims about ‘dairy-free’ products and is limited only to ‘gluten-free’ claims, where producers are legally bound to state whether the product contains any trace at all of gluten. Oliver Stone suffers from a severe dairy allergy and has criticised "misleading and confusing" labelling by Halo Top ice cream The FSA says any ‘free-from’ allergen claim should only be used following a “rigorous assessment of the ingredients, process and environment”. Keith Millar, head of the FSA Allergy and Intolerance Team said: “Dairy generally means ‘any food made from milk or milk products’. There are no established legal limits for dairy free or milk free claims; but it is illegal for any claim made on a product to be misleading.”Allergy UK, which campaigns on behalf of people with allergies, called for more accurate labelling on food products.Carla Jones, Allergy UK’s chief executive, said: “Inconsistent application of precautionary allergen labelling such as ‘may contain’ and ‘produced in a factory which also handles…’ have reduced consumer’s ability to make informed choices about the food they are buying and could result in increased risk-taking.“We believe that the food industry needs to do more than just the bare minimum when it comes to catering for the allergic community, this includes improving accessibility to clear and accurate allergen information on both packaged and non-packaged foods.”Halo Top was founded in 2011 by Justin Woolverton, a former lawyer who was concerned about the amount of sugar in most ice-creams. The success of the brand saw it at one stage outselling industry giants such as Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen-Daz in the US and following its launch in the UK in January 2018 it made £15 million in the first three quarters of the year. Oliver Stone, who suffers from a severe dairy allergy, told The Telegraph: “I could go into anaphylactic shock should I come into trace contact with any form of milk protein; items such as milk, cheese, butter, cream and any derivatives. I have to carry an adrenaline auto-injector with me at all times in case an accident occurs. A fashionable low-calorie ice cream may contain traces of milk despite being called dairy free, prompting anger among allergy sufferers who describe its labelling as “misleading and confusing”. Halo Top Creamery, a Los Angeles-based firm founded by a former US lawyer, produces two flavours of dairy-free ice-cream – peanut butter cup and sea salt caramel – but critics say there is a risk these in fact contain traces of milk, putting those with severe dairy allergies at risk.While they are promoted as ‘dairy-free’, the small print on the label carries a disclaimer stating: “This product has been processed on equipment that sometimes processes other tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat and peanuts”.This means the ice-cream may potentially contain enough minute traces of dairy to affect someone with a severe allergy.The Food Standards Agency has now said there is a danger that customers could be misled by terms such as ‘dairy free’ and urged consumers who are confused by packaging claims to complain either to the manufacturer or to the local authority where they bought the item to begin action to force a change to the labelling.Allergy sufferers have said anyone with an allergy who failed to properly read or understand the small print on Halo Top’s ‘dairy free’ range could be in danger. A spokeswoman for Halo Top emphasised that its dairy free products contain no dairy ingredients and that its labels comply with all applicable laws and regulations.She added:  “Our ‘processed on equipment’ statement strictly is a voluntary statement to warn our consumers of the possibility of cross-contamination during production. The equipment that may have been in contact with any potential dairy undergoes rigorous cleaning and testing before any of our non-dairy tubs are produced. “Our consumers can be assured that our manufacturing facilities have strict allergen programs in place to prevent cross-contamination; our equipment goes through a detailed sanitation process and are tested to verify allergens are removed.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Oliver Stone suffers from a severe dairy allergy and has criticised “misleading and confusing” labelling by Halo Top ice creamCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph read more

Senet wins Axmin job in Central African Republic

first_imgThe Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) for Axmin’s Passendro gold project on the Bambari-Bakala Permits, Central African Republic, has been awarded to Senet of South Africa. Senet, which is currently building three gold projects in west Africa, will work in conjunction with consultants SRK (UK) (resources/reserves, mining, geotechnics, hydrogeology), AMEC Earth and Environmental (tailings, waste rock), SGS Lakefield of South Africa (metallurgy) and Golder Associates (UK) (environmental and social impact assessment) to compile the BFS for a 200,000 oz/y gold plant with submission of the completed study scheduled for mid-2007. Axmin CEO, Dr Jonathan Forster comments “We are very pleased to have been able to assemble such a formidable team of consultants to undertake the Passendro feasibility study. Each brings extensive experience of developing gold projects in Africa that will be necessary for the development of the 200,000 oz/y Passendro project in a country where, as yet, there is no commercial scale mining sector. Importantly, not only does Senet bring its experience of gold plant design but it also has practical experience in three French speaking countries in west Africa, where it is currently constructing similar gold projects. With the combination of engineering skills available and the ongoing work by Axmin to target expansion of resources and reserves, I feel confident that Passendro will successfully progress towards development with significant increases in both reserves and resources.” Feasibility study drilling at Passendro to expand reserves has been ongoing from early 2006 in anticipation of the positive engineering study at pre-feasibility level, which highlighted the economic robustness of a 3 Mt/y gravity-CIL plant. As a consequence, some 12,500 m of RC drilling and 8,000 m of core drilling has already been completed at Passendro for infill purposes which, in part, includes extending Axmin’s knowledge to depth. This data has recently been submitted to independent consultants SRK Consulting for a further update on resource and reserve estimates. Drilling will continue throughout the remainder of the year, both to enable necessary engineering and metallurgical studies to be completed, and for the expansion of resources and reserves to continue within the Passendro area in readiness for final reserve modelling for the BFS study in 2007.last_img read more

Initial emerald production and start of bulk sampling program at the Coscuez

first_imgFura Gems Inc has commenced its bulk sampling program at the Coscuez emerald project in Boyacá, Colombia.Fura owns a 76% beneficial interest in the Coscuez Emerald Mine which covers a total area of 46 haThe program has been initiated and a total of 30,000 t of material from the mineralized body is expected to be collected in the first phase of the program on or before 31 December 2018 using existing tunnelsThe main purpose is to collect the most representative samples from the mineralized body at different levels from all accessible tunnels and workings within the Coscuez emerald mineData collected from the program will then be modelled to permit Fura to better understand the mineralized grade and prepare a mining planDuring the initial phase of bulk sampling, a total of 1,720 ct of emeralds were mined, out of which 826 ct were high quality emeraldsSince February 2018, the company has been upgrading the safety standards at the Coscuez mine to create a safe environment for the commencement of the bulk sampling programDetailed geological and topographic survey programs have been initiated and to date, 24 historical workable tunnels, consisting of 17 km, have been surveyed and mapped out of 23 kmThe Fura management team has started designing the pilot wash-plant to support the bulk sampling process with a rated capacity of 30 t/h and expects such plant to be commissioned on or before 30 June 2018.Dev Shetty, President & CEO of Fura, commented: “Fura has achieved an important milestone by commencing the bulk sampling mining operation at the Coscuez emerald mine within eight weeks of the completing the acquisition of the mine.“The initial production of 1,720 ct of emeralds, including 826 ct of top quality emeralds, during the early stage of the program further confirms the quality of the Coscuez emerald mine. We will continue to build our geological knowledge of the license area and also strive to modernize the Coscuez emerald mine. Fura has now become the first publicly listed company in the world to commence a bulk sampling operation in Colombia, the world’s largest supplier of emeralds.”last_img read more

282 Youngsters in first FortisTCI Youth Football league

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 14, 2017 – The coming of a Youth League for football was historically announced last week by the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association and their partner in the effort, FortisTCI.  In fact the league, which is the first for the TCIFA is to be called the FortisTCI Youth League and it begins on March 4, 2017.  At the announcement of the major venture and investment in sports development and our youth, FortisTCI President, Eddinton Powell said:  “The Company is pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with the TCIFA on what will undoubtedly be an experience of a lifetime for these young and talented football players.  Organized sports do far more than provide a positive outlet for our youth.  Well run organizations such as the TCIFA, and others that we sponsor promotes the development of young people in a particular area and provides life skills that will be useful once these children become young adults and enter society on their own.”  Once the matches begin, the 22 teams will be competing for the coveted FortisTCI Cup#MagneticMediaNews President of the TCIFA, Sonia Bien-Aime was beaming at the merger.  “We recognize that the growth and development of football in TCI has its genesis in our grassroots and youth programs. It is on this infrastructure that we build towards our national teams, and as such, we eagerly embrace this sponsorship by one of the leaders in our corporate community.”  Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting And the support will undergird 22 teams; eight boys and eight girls teams for U11 and U9 and U13 six co-ed teams for the children who are all under 13 years themselves and number 282.  ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Before the first match, FortisTCI and the TCIFA say there will be a parade of the youngsters in uniform at an opening ceremony where the coaches, teams and players will be formally introduced to the country.  last_img read more

The Sun Is Also A Stars Charles Melton Jake Choi and Nicola

first_img Aug 28 • In pursuit of perfect ice Tags 0 Charles Melton, Jake Choi and Nicola Yoon talk The Sun… 30:44 CM: These are real relationships people have despite where you come from, the color of your skin or whatnot. The relationships with your parents. In certain households your parents, especially in Asian culture, they have this idea of what they want you to be. They have dreams and aspirations for you and that’s all fine and dandy, but sometimes that might conflict with your own personal passion. How far am I willing to compromise what I want in order to accommodate what my parents want for me? You have that dynamic within the film that I believe that a lot of people relate to.Also, there’s Daniel Bae’s older brother Charlie. Usually the oldest in the household sets the tone. He’s supposed to be the leader and set the example but Charlie isn’t that. He had his own personal things he was dealing with and that puts a lot of pressure on to Daniel to live up to his parents’ expectations and wanting to make them proud.JC: I think that was great on Nicola’s part because it’s so true, not just of Korean households, but a lot of households.NY: Right. These are universal things. You don’t have to be an immigrant to struggle with identity and to struggle with what your parents want for you versus what you want for yourself. Everyone can relate to having a sibling that’s kind of a pain in the butt. Often when we talk about stories with minority characters people say they can’t relate or it’s not universal but it is universal. We’re all people. We have a common humanity. If I can feel it, anyone can feel it.charles-melton-nicola-yoon-jake-choi-5Jake Choi opened up on playing Miggy on the show Single Parents. Angela Lang/CNET In the film, Daniel is being pushed to be a doctor. In real life did your parents want you to pursue acting or being a novelist?JC: My mom wanted me to pursue whatever made money. When I was a kid I wanted to be a firefighter. I wanted to be a veterinarian. I wanted to work with lizards and dog and snakes and stuff. And she said, “Son, there’s no money in that.” Be a doctor, be a lawyer, or a businessman because there’s money in it. And there was this tension with my idea of money growing up. I wanted to just get away for money. And now, of course, you get older and you are making money and you’re like, “This is nice. I kind of like money.” Then Wu-Tang came out with a song called C.R.E.A.M. — cash rules everything around me, cream — and I’m like now I really got to get money.So you’re saying you became an actor because of Wu-Tang?Yes, I did, that’s exactly what I’m saying. Stepping away from the film for just a moment. Charles, you were a college football player, then you became a model, and then you became an actor. How did you do that?CM: I wanted to be an actor ever since I was in the third grade. When I was 21, I packed up my bags I told my parents I was moving out to Los Angeles. I didn’t know anyone. But my parents were always supportive. My mom packed me 60 cans of chicken noodle soup, 60 packets of tuna and I had $500 in my account. And I made the drive out there with just a dream. It’s funny when people ask me, when did you make it? It wasn’t with Riverdale. It wasn’t with Glee. It wasn’t with anything that I’ve done. I made it the day that I drove out at 4 in the morning to Los Angeles.Let’s talk a little bit about Riverdale. You came on the second season as Reggie. What was it like taking over someone else’s role?CM: It was cool because Riverdale was such a hit show. I knew that I can never be anybody else as an actor. This is my take, this is my version. I’m going to bring what I can bring. I’m going to do the work that I need to do, and do a service to the character, Reggie Mantle, instead of doing a service to what the actor did prior.And follow up question, what’s going on between Reggie and Veronica this season?CM: [long pause] A lot.Luke Perry passed away early this year. Can you share what it was like to work with him and his influence on you?CM: Luke Perry was a great man and his legacy will live on. Every person he met he treated the same. He affected people in a way that when you walked away you didn’t just say that was Luke Perry but that’s a great man. And he’s a great man. He really is. You see all these different elements that are representative of what this country is. The melting pot of America. Charles Melton on filming in New York TV and Movies Jake, some people might know you from Single Parents which is hysterical. Is it hard playing someone that dumb?JC: It’s easy if you don’t fall into the trap of playing dumb. The writers wrote this awesome character. What I lean into is how confident he is in thinking he knows everything and knows what he’s talking about. That’s why he comes across so dumb and clueless. To a person that’s semi-conscious and aware you think this plan will never work, it’s unfathomable. But he doesn’t know that it’s a dumb idea. When you see someone being fearless pursuing something, we relate to that more than actually what they’re doing. It’s the passion and intent behind the person.CM: That’s dumb, but I respect you. But you’re dumb.NY: Dumb people don’t know they’re dumb.Going back to The Sun Is Also A Star. Nicola, is it based off a true story?NY: You know everyone always asks that. I am Jamaican American and Natasha in the film is. My husband in real life is Korean American and also in the film. But it is not based on real life. I was not almost deported. A lot of the cultural stuff, in the book and in the film, is based on my real life. I love karaoke. My husband sings me Japanese love songs strangely in karaoke.How closely were you involved with the film?NY: Once you sell your book to a studio, no one has to pay attention to you. Seriously, the rights are gone. But fortunately, between my previous book [Everything, Everything] and this one, Warner Brothers has been really gracious. I got to give notes on the script which was nice because no one really has to listen, but they did. Then, I met Ry and we just got along very well.charles-melton-nicola-yoon-jake-choi-1Jake Choi (right) drops a Bruce Lee quote to describe his feelings on love at first sight. Angela Lang/CNET In the film there’s so many beautiful and unique shots of New York. The DP was Autumn Durald Arkapaw. What was it like filming with her in New York?CM: Autumn is Filipino and she is such a talent with the work that she did with this project. The city of New York is another character. It’s great to see the diversity, from shooting in Harlem to Koreatown to Grand Central, Chinatown. You see all these different elements that are representative of what this country is. The melting pot of America. I fell in love with New York City filming there every day. There’s just something about the atmosphere of the whole city that really is very romantic and beautiful.Obviously, this film is about love. Do you believe in love at first sight?CM: Yes, I do. Love at first sight… it’s a hopeful curiosity, you know. It’s something you really can’t explain. There’s no method to love at first sight. It’s just… there’s this moment of “Who is?” It’s this sense. [quietly] Yes, I believe in love at first sight.Nicola, how about you?NY: I mean I definitely do. But I believe more in love at second sight which is something I talk about in the book. It happens with friendships, too. You have a sense of someone else that you just know there’s a connection. And I believe it because I’ve experienced that and then I married the boy that I experience it with. And it’s been 17 years.What about you, Jake?JC: I am going to quote the late great Bruce Lee who once said: I do believe in love at first sight, but I also believe in taking a second look. I’ll never forget that quote.Why do you think people should see this film especially considering what’s going on in our society and politics right now?NY: We often think that because we don’t share the same race or religion or sexuality with someone else, that we are so different. But it is not true. We live in a world right now that’s telling you that these things make you so different and so far apart. But we share a common humanity. As Maya Angelou says in Human Family, “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” I hope that from the book and the movie that we can see that. That we can open ourselves up to the world, and treat each other with a little bit of grace and kindness (I will not stop saying this) see the connections between us and really see each other as people.CM: That’s amazing.charles-melton-nicola-yoon-jake-choi-3-1Nicola Yoon shares what it’s like to have a book adapted into a film. Angela Lang/CNET JC: First and foremost it really helps to bring empathy and compassion to someone who’s going through this conflict of deportation. This is very timely and very real and reflects what’s going on in our world right now. But, also, you’ve seen this kind of love story before many times. It’s just that you have two people of color now in the front and center of the narrative. We’re people, too. We fall in love in real life. And it’s nice to see us. It’s centered on our story and I think that’s big.NY: Once I was doing a book signing and there was this Chinese American man, he was maybe 45 to 50. He came up to me and he was quite complimentary about the book. Then he said, “You know I never see Asian guys get the girl. It just doesn’t happen in books and movies.” And then he started crying. It was a disaster because then I started crying. And there were people around us and they started crying. And I was like my God, what is happening?But just to go on about what Jake was saying, it’s true. Everyone gets to fall in love. Everyone gets to see themselves as the hero of the story. That’s how it should be.Daniel is the poet. The artist who’s being driven to be a doctor. Natasha is a scientist. She’s pragmatic. It’s a reversal of what’s normally portrayed in a romance on screen. How aware were you about balancing the two characters?NY: I was definitely conscious of flipping the stereotype, but I was also an electrical engineering major in college. I knew girls who loved science and loved that world. I am one of them. Then I went to graduate school for writing and I knew a lot of poetic boys. So these people exist. We just don’t see them in media. I just wrote them down.My last question is actually for Charles. At some point in The Sun Is Also A Star, you wear glasses. I’m wondering if you’re aware that, the DC Extended Universe is without a Superman right now. Would you consider playing Clark Kent and Superman?CM: 100 percent. I’m from Kansas, too so… But that would be cool. CNET Magazine • The Sun Is Also A Star is a film based on the young adult book of the same name by New York Times Bestselling author Nicola Yoon. It’s a love story that is simultaneously hopeful and grounded. It follows Natasha Kingsley, played by Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi, who was born in Jamaica and is fighting her family’s impending deportation. She meets Daniel, played by Riverdale’s Charles Melton, a first-generation Korean American who is torn between his parent’s hopes and his dreams of being a poet.The gorgeous film, directed by Ry Russo-Young and shot by Autumn Durald Arkapaw, captures New York in a uniquely modern light that feels timeless. There are echoes of the film West Side Story. But it’s the onscreen love between Daniel and Natasha that really drives the story. Daniel describes it as the “X factor” and both he and Natasha have it. Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown: ‘Acting is about reconnecting with a sense of play’ CNET Magazine Now playing: Watch this: Jun 14 • The secret screen life of Being Frank star Jim Gaffigan See All Share your voice Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown on voicing a not-always-perfect pig reading • The Sun Is Also A Star’s Charles Melton, Jake Choi and Nicola Yoon talk love Post a comment Melton credits a pop tart Yashidi shared with him for breaking the ice during an onscreen chemistry test.”She brought a pop tart. We shared the pop tart. It was a homemade pop tart. And this trust developed.”During a live CNET Q&A at our San Francisco headquarters last week, I spoke with Melton and Yoon along with Jake Choi (Single Parents) who plays Daniel’s older brother Charlie. We discussed the film, Riverdale, Luke Perry’s influence and the importance of having Korean and Jamaican characters as the leads in a big screen romance.”You’ve seen this kind of love story before many times. It’s just that you have two people of color now in the front and center of the narrative,” said Choi. Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation.How would you describe The Sun Is Also A Star?Charles Melton: It’s an aspirational love story. Two diverse people meet on a single day. My character, Daniel Bae, he’s a hopeless romantic. His parents have dreams for him to be a doctor so he’s dealing with that. He meets this girl on the day of his alumni interview, Natasha, played by Yara Shahidi and uses the Times test to prove to her that love is real and it can be scientifically proven. If we asked each other 36 questions and then stared into each other’s eyes for four minutes without saying a word, scientifically, we’d fall in love.I’d pretty sure that would happen. Yeah. Jake Choi: I could see it happening. I would put money on it. You two would fall in love.CM: On this day Natasha is fighting to stay in America because her family’s getting deported the next day. Everything becomes very time sensitive. She’s very practical and logical.Nicola Yoon: And scientific. And she does not think that Daniel will be able to convince her to fall in love in 24 hours. But Daniel’s persuasive. He does alright.Charles Melton talks about taking an on screen chemistry test with Yara Shahidi. Angela Lang/CNET Charles, how did you become part of this film?CM: I believed in the script, and I was very passionate about it. And Nicola, 10 months prior, posted on Instagram asking who should play Daniel Bae. A bunch of people were tagging me from these fan accounts — [joking] over 200 fan accounts that I created. JC: Shh, you’re not supposed to tell them that.That’s the part you leave out.CM: That same day, I bought the book. I read it in two days. What’s great is that as an actor, I can go beyond the script and understand the character more. When it came to the process of filming, our phenomenal director, Ry Russo-Young, really set the tone as far as creating a space that we felt comfortable in. It was very organic and seamless. We rehearsed for three weeks prior. Taking things out, changing things a little bit, understanding what’s going on aside from all the personal things we brought to it being a first-generation American.JC: If you read the book, you know the brother is a straight up asshole. He’s very deplorable. The film adaptation was very close to the book so I spoke with the director and I said that we should really humanize this character because anyone can be a one dimensional dickhead. The movie is not about him but at least let’s make him someone who we kind of like to hate as opposed to we just hate.One thing that you hope for with an onscreen romance is that the actors have chemistry. How did you Yara find that chemistry?CM: This is a script and a story that we both believed in. We met each other at the chemistry read. Basically what they do is you meet for the first time and we had two scenes. There was a scene where we’re in this coffee shop and everything is very easy. Then we went from that to a very emotional, heavy scene. That was within the first 20 minutes of meeting each other. In between the scenes, she brought a pop tart. We shared the pop tart. It was a homemade pop tart. And this trust developed. We connected with our characters on so many levels.The whole process for me was really embodying the character I was portraying. There was an aspirational love, romanticism that I do strive for. My eating habits changed. The music that I was listening to changed. What you’re listening to?CM: I was listening to Tom Misch. I had a ritual every morning and listened to Say A Prayer For Me. I was listening to a lot of Frank Ocean. I wasn’t eating as much. I was writing a lot. I’ve always been a writer, but the character really inspired me to do a lot of different things like that.JC: I met Charles and Keong [Sim], who plays our dad, the first day of the rehearsal. Keong is a theater actor like me. It was great to rehearse for a long time, break down the script and put it on our feet. That really helped a lot because there’s a lot of scenes where we are on our feet and there’s a lot of blocking. It was cool to have three Korean actors in one room with the director. There were moments where I’d be like, “Yo, Charles. Would your mom let you say that? I don’t know if my mom would let me say.” Or Keong would be like, “Well, I think like this in Korean… my father, I don’t think he would say it like this, he would be more direct.” So there were these back-and-forths where, if you grew up Korean-American and you have these shared experiences that you can only really understand as a Korean-American. You bring that to the table and you put it into the script. That specificity makes the audience’s experience more relatable and universal. You don’t have to be an immigrant to struggle with identity and to struggle with what your parents want for you versus what you want for yourself. Nicola Yoon The CWlast_img read more

41 killed after Russian plane catches fire during emergency landing in Moscow

first_imgAt least 41 people were killed and several others were injured after a Russian plane burst into flames while attempting an emergency landing at the Moscow airport. Videos of the incident from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport show panicked passengers using emergency exit slides to escape from the burning aircraft. The tail end of the Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 can be seen completely engulfed by fire, discharging thick, black smoke to the atmosphere.Aeroflot, Russia’s national carrier, revealed that the plane was forced to return to the Sheremetyevo airport due to technical reasons, but it failed to survive the emergency landing. The aircraft departed Sheremetyevo airport at 6.02 pm local time to the city of Murmansk, and soon after the takeoff, the crew issued a distress signal. The plane’s engine caught fire on the runway after the hard landing, and soon emergency crew rushed to the spot. Aeroflot revealed that the emergency crew did everything to save the passengers, and many of them were evacuated within 55 seconds from the plane.Russian media has reported that two children and a flight attended are among the ones who were dead. As per reports, the plane was carrying 78 passengers and five crew members during the time of the mishap, and the latest tally reveals that 37 people have survived the accident.Initially, it has been reported that the death toll of the incident is 19. However, it rose sharply later, as Russian emergency workers retrieved bodies of the dead people from the burning wreckage. YouTube ScreenshotVeronika Skvortsova, head of Russia’s ministry of health, revealed that six people are now admitted to the hospital, and out of them, three are critically injured.Russian president Vladimir Putin and prime minister Dmitry Medvedev issued condolences to the family members of the deceased people. Murmansk’s Acting Governor Andrey Chibis apparently revealed that the families of the people who killed in the fire will each receive one million rubles, while the injured ones will receive 5,00,000 rubles. 41 killed after Russian plane catches fire during emergency landing in Moscow IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/0:50Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:45?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Closelast_img read more

Norman Brings Starz24 Foundation to DC

first_imgJosh Norman, a 29-year old cornerback for Washington’s NFL team, is bringing hope and help to the youth of the Washington, D.C. area by opening a branch of his foundation in the city. Norman’s Starz24 foundation was founded in his hometown of Greenwood, S.C. The foundation works to bring youth enrichment programs to disadvantaged children.Washington Quarterback Josh Norman launched his Starz24 foundation in D.C. on June 13. (Photo by Michael Wertheim)On June 13, the foundation launched – in its second market – at The Hawthorne, located on the city’s iconic U Street in northwest D.C.Sean Cox, the foundation’s marketing communications manager, says Norman spoke with students at Jefferson Middle School Academy in Southwest, D.C. on April 27 to stress the importance of education, hard work, and determination. According to Cox, Norman uses Starz24 to show students they can achieve their goals despite the environment or social economic class they are in. “He wants to now help kids in that direction, and to be smarter with their time. That’s really the big thing,” Cox told the AFRO.Starz24 provides enrichment programs and character development activities using sports and educational programming and events, including school assemblies and goal-setting sessions, to get kids to think about their future. There are also volunteer drives to provide children with backpacks and school supplies.“The goal is to have . . . a takeaway,” Cox said. “Not necessarily just that momentary motivation, but to really plant a seed in these kids that using Josh as an example or using other people as an example where hard work, team work, leadership, focus, drive, can get you in.”Until recently, Norman self-funded the foundation’s events and programs with help from some small, local, in-kind donations. However, according to his communications team, as the foundation expanded, Norman has been able to develop a donations team to gather funds and expand outreach. According to Cox, the foundation focuses on youth in underserved areas. Starz24 has successfully raised $30,000 for programming for the D.C. area youth. According to Cox, the funds will be delegated for a back-to-school program to help provide school supplies to children in need for the 2017-2018 school year. “There is a lot of need in our community and I’m here to make sure the kids have resources and the motivation to excel in school and life,” Norman told guest at the launch event.last_img read more

Over 20000 attend this years Jerusalem Pride

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Over 20,000 people took to the street for Jerusalem Pride on Thursday (2 August).The crowd size was estimated as the largest Jerusalem Pride march ever. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Thousands march in largest-ever Jerusalem Pride Parade for #LGTB rights and tolerance.— Xavi Ruiz (@xruiztru) 2 August 2018 It’s called #Pride because we’re so proud to be marching for #LGBTQ #Equality and #equal #rights for all! #JerusalemPride— IRAC (@Israel_RAC) 2 August 2018The Pride march saw a heightened security presence.Thousands of police and security personnel (both uniformed and plainclothes) were on hand to monitor the event.#JerusalemPride attracted about 30,000 people, making it the city’s largest #pride ever. It comes after protests against surrogacy law that excludes same-sex couples, and 3 years after a deadly knife attack by an ultra-Orthodox man. #LGBT #LGBTQ #LGBTpride — LGBT+ News (@mondokoosh) 2 August 2018The lead-up to the march had been hit by controversies and security concerns.Last month, there were protests throughout Israel after gay couples were denied rights to state-sponsored surrogacyBut on the day of the Pride march, Jerusalem Pride was met by an outpouring of support from both those in Israel and abroad.U.S. Jerusalem Consulate staff are marching in Jerusalem Pride. What would Mike Pence think?— Haggai Matar (@Ha_Matar) August 2, 2018center_img Largest U.S. Gay Pride Los Angeles in West Hollywood under attack?Police are deploying water cannons against anti-LGBTI group at Jerusalem PridePride leader got hundreds of death threats in just one day in MauritiusRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Joining the diverse crowd at the biggest ever #Jerusalem March for #Pride & Tolerance— EU in Israel (@EUinIsrael) 2 August 2018There were also remembrances of Shira Banki, a 16-year-old was fatally stabbed by an Orthodox extremist at Jerusalem Pride in 2015.While 20k marched in Thursday’s #JerusalemPride parade, this dear Hassidic man stood near the spot where a teenage marcher was murdered 3 years ago by a religious fanatic. He is holding a sign that says: “You will love your neighbor as yourself.”— Michael S. Lipkin (@yonidoe) 3 August 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Apple QuickTake — Voice Controlled Concept Camera By Joseph Dumary

first_imgEver wondered if Apple decide to design a camera what would it look like? Well, here is the answer. Joseph Dumary, an Apple-fanboy, has created a concept design named “Quicktake” which according to him the company would make if they decide to design a camera of their own.Quicktake concept looks pretty similar to the Apple iPad, made with glass and recycled aluminium and includes innovative features such as bigger HD display that can be turn around to take self-photos, rotating lens for improved focus and a 32MP camera to capture images (normal + panoramic) as well as 1080p video recording without compression. Other features would include GPS, Wi-Fi, AirPrint, AirPlay, light sensor to adjust screen brightness, one touch zoom and voice control.The voice control feature would let users to take photos just by saying “Cheeeeeese!”, select different options, adjust settings, record sound while eliminating unwanted noise around and even focusing on a particular sound while minimizing others.Dumary claims that it would be the world’s first camera with a rotating lens and Eyefocus+ technology.The Eyefocus+ can target the person by reproducing the effect of the human eye, (the camera lens can be rotated a few milli-meters to the left and right as human eyes to capture more images) creating an unprecedented focus effect. There are different modes, such as slow motion video, 3D panorama mode, HDR, the burst mode at 60 frames per second, image stabilization, smile detection and tracking of the eyes, never to lose the only right time, anti blur mode, most advanced in the world.In our opinion, even with all these awesome features this concept looks more like a tablet with camera-like-features rather than a camera with tablet-like-features. Let us know what you think of this in the comments below.[via Yanko Design]last_img read more

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first_img Feature | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 | Niki Fitousi, Ph.D., and An Dedulle Can CT Image Truncation Cause False Dose Alerts? One of the main benefits of a radiation dose management system is the possibility to automatically generate alerts when… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more June 12, 2013 — UltraSPECT, a provider of nuclear medicine (NM) image reconstruction technology that reduces radiopharmaceutical dose and acquisition time, announced the installation of its proprietary Wide Beam Reconstruction (WBR) software at nearly 10 healthcare facilities. The installations came as a result of the recent agreement between UltraSPECT and radiopharmaceutical provider PharmaLogic, under which PharmaLogic offers the WBR software as part of its patient-centered approach.WBR addresses concerns about patient radiation exposure and improved image quality. It enhances the performance of existing NM cameras, enabling a 50 percent reduction in ASNC-recommended radiopharmaceutical injected dose, reducing imaging scan time up to 50 percent while maintaining the full level of image quality. The technology, sold as part of the UltraSPECT Xpress.Cardiac, Xpress3.Cardiac and Xpress.Bone products, can be utilized with most major manufacturers’ NM systems, as well as all clinical software packages. “The industry’s growing interest to reduce radiation exposure to patients and to the technologists performing the exams led us to look for a cost-effective, low-dose solution, resulting in our incredibly successful partnership with UltraSPECT,” said Steve Chilinski, president and CEO of PharmaLogic. “We believe these initial installations are just the start of a growing demand for the solution as all of our nuclear medicine customers see that everyone from patients and technologists to physicians, pharmacies and pharmacy staff will benefit.”UltraSPECT is the only company to offer the proprietary software solution — approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — that can be retrofit into existing SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) imaging systems. The UltraSPECT Xpress line of products can be readily installed on current gamma camera systems. Utilizing the proprietary WBR iterative reconstruction algorithm, which simultaneously addresses resolution recovery and noise reduction for low-count density, it provides high image resolution for greater lesion localization, raising diagnostic confidence and precision. The products minimize radiation exposure for both patients and technologists, while abbreviated acquisition times reduce the possibility of patient motion artifacts and enhance patient throughput and comfort. For many WBR users, the result is enhanced equipment utilization, revenues, patient satisfaction and referrals.Huntington Internal Medicine Group (HIMG), Huntington, W.Va., recently selected the UltraSPECT Xpress.Cardiac and Xpress.Bone solutions as part of their partnership with PharmaLogic. “When we learned about UltraSPECT’s WBR technology, we knew immediately that we needed it, and the results have been even better than what we had expected,” said Juanita Dempsey, cardiology and radiology manager at HIMG. “Not only does the ability of the software to enable half of the radioactive dose help protect our patients, but it’s greatly protecting our technologists who are overseeing the procedures again and again.”UltraSPECT is highlighting its WBR software at the annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), being held in June 9-12 in Vancouver, British Columbia.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Figure 1: Example of an intentionally truncated CT image. The truncation percentage was calculated as the ratio of the patient border touching the field of view to the total patient border (red/(read+blue)). Image courtesy of Qaelum. News | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 Mirion Showcases Instadose2 Wireless Dual Detector Dosimeter at AAPM and AHRA Featuring dual detectors, the Instadose2 dosimeter addresses international requirements for independent deep [Hp(10)]… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | June 12, 2013 Patients and Technologists Benefit from Image Reconstruction Software UltraSPECT partnership with PharmaLogic results in quick success with hospitals Related Content 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 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. Technology | Radiation Dose Management | July 11, 2019 Fluke Biomedical Introduces RaySafe 452 Survey Meter Radiation measurement often requires different devices for varying applications, adding to the cost and complexity of… read morelast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | February 19, 2015 Tau PET Tracers Expanding Alzheimer’s and Frontotemporal Dementia Research New technology allows imaging of amyloid plaques and tau tangles in living people News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more February 19, 2015 — One of the hottest topics in current Alzheimer’s research is brain scans that visualize tau pathology in living people. With the advent of positron emission tomography (PET) tracers that label neurofibrillary tangles, researchers are now able to “see” and quantify both hallmark pathologies defined by Alois Alzheimer in 1906: amyloid plaques and tau tangles. Tau tracers dominated the agenda when 340 researchers convened in Miami Beach, Florida, recently to debate the current edge in human amyloid imaging.Previously, researchers could only detect plaques and tangles by examining brain tissue postmortem. PET also enables researchers to track pathology as people age. PET of amyloid plaques has been around for a decade, but tau PET is new.Data is pouring in as academic and commercial labs test the current front-runner, T807/AV1451. The tracer is being validated in postmortem tissue and, as advertised, proves to bind phosphorylated tau aggregated into paired helical filaments. Researchers were excited to see the tracer bind in brain regions where neuronal metabolism crashes, and that this appears to match up with the symptoms that characterize both Alzheimer’s in its various forms and the frontotemporal dementias.More work is needed to sort out the tracer’s technical features, but early indications of how A? and tau amyloids deposit as people age are widely considered to be highly promising. The field is getting crowded: New tau tracers debuted at the conference, and more are expected to come out soon.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more last_img read more

Mozambique Spitting Cobra found in Lobelia Street

first_imgA highly dangerous Mozambique Spitting Cobra has been caught at a house in Lobelia Street.The snake was 1.2 metres in length.Snake removal expert Fanie Cilliers was called out to the scene, and managed to successfully remove and relocate the reptile.Fanie wore a mask to protect his eyes from the venom, as a Mozambique Spitting Cobra is known to aim for the eyes.No injuries were sustained to either the snake or the people on the property.This is the 5th Cobra that Fanie has caught in the area during the course of the week. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Heartbroken Hong Kongers head to China

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Although known for its romance, 11 percent of Hong Kongers said Paris would be the perfect cure for a broken heart. Image: Hong Kongers travelling with a broken heart say China is the “hottest” place to help ease their sorrows.According to the latest ZUJI Travel Index, more than 28 percent of respondents said they would travel to China to move past their ex while only 16 percent said they’d go to Japan.Although best known for its romance, Paris came in third, with only 11 percent of Hong Kongers choosing the ‘city of love’ to cure a broken heart.The study also found, individual bookers dominated Hong Kong’s travel market in 2012, with 63 percent of all departures compared to 8.4 percent in 2011.The online group found booking rates during 2012 were up 20 percent on the prior year, with particularly strong preferences for destination like Taipei and Bangkok.last_img read more