TORONTO – The offspring of Toronto’s wandering capybaras now have names — Alex, Geddy and Neil, for members of the band Rush.The High Park Zoo says the “capybabies” were born in February to famed escape artists Bonnie and Clyde.The elder capybaras, which resemble oversized tail-less beavers, became celebrities when they escaped last May and eluded zoo staff and animal detectives for weeks.Their daring escape led to dozens of sightings. One capybara was eventually caught June 12 and the other remained free until June 28.The zoo has said the couple credits their “long time apart” for kindling the passion that led to the birth of the three pups.Coun. Sarah Doucette, whose ward includes High Park, says nearly 45,000 people voted in a contest held to determine the triplets’ names.Runners-up included “Snap, Crackle and Pop”, and “Mocha, Chino and Latte.”Doucette says the winning set of names received more than 30,000 votes.
VANCOUVER — A judge has ordered the RCMP to provide copies of the content on seven electronic devices to an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies after they were seized when she was arrested at Vancouver’s airport.Justice Heather Holmes of the British Columbia Supreme Court says the RCMP must make copies for Meng Wanzhou of data on an iPhone, an iPad, a Macbook Air, a Huawei phone, two SIM cards and a flash drive.In the order issued today after a brief hearing in court, Holmes says that within three days a representative of the Mounties must provide the electronics to the force’s technical crime unit so content can be extracted onto devices provided by Meng.Two sealed copies of the data are to be transferred onto devices provided by the RCMP, which must keep them in a secure exhibit locker until they are provided to the court, along with the seized electronics.The items were confiscated on Dec. 1 when Meng was taken into custody at the request of the United States, which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges. Meng has been free on bail since Dec. 11 and is living in one of her two multimillion-dollar homes in Vancouver while wearing an electronic tracking device and being monitored by a security company.She and Huawei have denied any wrongdoing.The Canadian Press
Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement The subscription service, called Apple News Plus, will cost $12.99 a month after a free preview month. It already counts The Toronto Star, La Presse, CTV and Global News as Canadian content suppliers.Subscribers will also have access to articles from hundreds of magazines, including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and Cosmopolitan and some newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times.The free version will remain available and both news services require an update of the operating systems to iOS 12.2 for iPhone and iPad mobile devices or to macOS 10.14.4 for Apple laptops.The tech giant said the News Plus service will not track what you read and that article recommendations will be made on your device, not Apple’s servers, and advertisers won’t be able to track you.That sets it apart from other places people read news, such as Facebook and Google. Facebook, for instance, might target ads based on your past reading of specific publications or topics, such as gun control or the environment.The new subscription is a way for Apple to bring in revenue from selling digital subscriptions as sales of the iPhone decline. Apple says 5 billion articles are read on its current Apple News app each month.The news industry has struggled for years as advertising dollars shift to social media and other digital media. But some publishers are wary to participate in Apple’s news service because the company is reportedly taking 50 per cent of subscription revenue. The exact financial terms of the agreements between Apple and the publishers weren’t immediately available.Apple CardApple is launching its own credit card, called Apple Card, that can be used anywhere Apple Pay is accepted.Apple says the card will make it easier to see what merchants charged you. It uses Apple Maps to show users where they spend their money. This is in contrast to the sometimes-confusing alphabet soup people can see on their credit card statements.The company is also emphasizing privacy and says it won’t know what you bought or where.The card will live in the wallet section of the iPhone, though customers will also get a physical card made of titanium.It will include a rewards program of 2 per cent back on all transactions. Apple says the card has no late fees, annual fees or fees for going over the credit limit. It’s a Mastercard issued by Goldman Sachs. Apple ArcadeApple will launch a subscription service for games this year called Apple Arcade.Subscribers will get to play more than 100 games, curated by Apple which will be exclusive to Apple’s service.Games can be downloaded and played offline on the Apple-made iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV.Notably, Apple says all games in this service will allow unlimited play and will have no in-app purchases, which are common on mobile games. Though many mobile games are given out for free, players can rack up hundreds of dollars for optional extras such as virtual weapons.Apple says the Arcade subscription will be available this fall. The company did not say how much it will cost.Google announced its own video game streaming service last week. That service focuses more on traditional video games, though it will also allow games to be played on phones and tablets Facebook Advertisement From left, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg pose for a photo outside the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Monday, March 25, 2019, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Apple TV PlusApple’s long-awaited video streaming service will be called Apple TV Plus and include original programming that CEO Tim Cook says will show “great storytelling.”The new service will put Apple in direct competition with big streaming services including Netflix and Amazon Video.The service will be available this fall, but the company isn’t saying yet how much it will cost or when exactly it will launch.The streaming service will be free of ads and will be available across Apple devices, some smart TVs and the Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV streaming devices. That’s unusual, as Apple has historically limited its availability on streaming devices to its own Apple TV.Apple brought out several celebrities during its announcement, including Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Momoa and Steven Spielberg. They are all involved in making exclusive shows for the new service.Aniston will star with Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell in a show called “Morning Show.” Spielberg will direct a sci-fi show called “Amazing Stories,” inspired by stories his dad used to read as a kid.Momoa will star in a show called “Sea” taking place in a world devastated by a virus that wiped out most of the population, leaving survivors blind. Big Bird of “Sesame Street” also showed up to promote a new show for preschoolers.Winfrey says she has two documentaries in the works for Apple TV Plus and is planning “the most stimulating book club on the planet.” The TV magnate says that will include streamed conversations with authors.Winfrey received a standing ovation during her appearance where she told the audience, “There has never been a moment quite like this one. We have this unique opportunity to rise to our best selves in how we use, and choose to use, both our technology and our humanity.”“I’m joining forces with Apple. They’re in a billion pockets, y’all,” she said.Streaming video services have skyrocketed in popularity in the past several years. Research firm eMarketer expects 205 million people in the U.S. will watch streaming video this year.Apple is a late entrant to the streaming market, where Netflix has been dominant for more than a decade. Some analysts say it’s not clear yet whether Apple will be able to get ahead.Colin Gillis of Chatham Road Partners says Apple’s TV Plus service is “not going to be a Netflix killer.” He noted that Apple lacks “polished offerings” in cloud services, voice search and artificial intelligence, and video streaming won’t save the company if the iPhone market declines.Paul Verna of eMarketer, meanwhile, says Apple left many details out of the initial announcement, making it hard to compare with rivals.While Apple brought on some big names for original content, Martin Garner of CCS Insights says so far the service lacks “the full range and diversity of content available through Netflix, Amazon and others.” That will limit its appeal.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Apple announced several new services on Monday, making its foray into the subscription news and video streaming arena as well as gaming and credit cards.The series of announcements were made at an event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, to emphasize paid services on its devices.Apple News PlusThe news service expands on Apple News, a free service already available on Apple devices — now also available in Canada. 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APTN National NewsA lot of pressure is put on athletes competing in the games.But coaches aren’t the only ones behind the scenes making sure these athletes are in tip-top shape.Parents and family are there for the youth everyday leading up to the games and it hasn’t always been easy.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has this story.
Novartis will supply the new therapy, called Coartem, to WHO for use in developing countries where parasites are resistant to chloroquine and other common malaria treatments. Each tablet will cost approximately 10 cents, amounting to less than $2.50 per full treatment for adults and considerably less for children.According to WHO, chloroquine is totally ineffective in treating malaria in over a dozen African countries and is of only marginal effectiveness in a further 20 States. “The clock is ticking,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland at today’s ceremony. “The day will soon come when chloroquine is totally ineffective throughout the continent.”As part of the agreement, WHO will appoint a group of experts to review requests for supplies and to distribute the drug through non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as governments in malaria-endemic countries. Specially designed packs of Coartem have been developed to facilitate proper use by children and people who cannot read. Dr. Brundtland observed that some developing countries will need help to purchase Coartem even at cost, but she expressed confidence that with efforts now under way to establish a global fund to fight infectious diseases “this combination therapy will save the lives of a large number of people, especially children, who otherwise would die from lack of effective medication.” “We must insist that the days of using poor anti-malarial drugs for poor people are over,” the Director-General stressed. WHO estimates that every year malaria afflicts over 300 million people and kills 1 million. Despite efforts to combat the disease, malaria continues to account for at least 20 per cent of under-five mortality in Africa, and constitutes 10 per cent of the continent’s overall disease burden.
A statement issued by a spokesman for the Secretary-General said Mr. Annan “feels that there is a growing momentum for the resumption of the six-party talks, thus advancing the Beijing process intended to resolve the nuclear and related issues in the Korean Peninsula.”In urging the parties to the talks to intensify their preparations, Mr. Annan “is encouraged by the recent statement by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as well as the response to it by the countries concerned,” the statement said.China, the DPRK, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States held a series of talks last year in Beijing on Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. The DPRK withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) at the beginning of last year and has since been reported to have said it would develop nuclear weapons and might carry out tests.
VIDEO: UN Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick tells UN News international community should act to reverse the “man-made crisis” in Yemen In an interview with UN News, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said he met with Member States this week in New York and asked them to provided more funding. Mr. McGoldrick also met with those involved in the conflict and reminded them of their obligations to abide by international humanitarian law. “Enough is enough,” he said. “The suffering should not be the DNA of the people in that country.” “Despite the extraordinary scale of the suffering linked to the brutal conflict, including the threat of famine and the world’s worst cholera outbreak, Yemen does not receive the international attention it deserves,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock told a high-level event held in the margins of the General Assembly. Mr. Lowcock, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, noted that nearly 21 million people are in need of emergency aid or protection, most of them children, and that this year’s humanitarian response plan for Yemen is just 45 per cent funded, which means short-changing famine prevention efforts, and discontinuing programmes. The World Food Programme (WFP) did reach 7 million people last month, helping to avert potential famine – but this came at the cost of cutting rations for about half of recipients to 60 per cent of the normal level. “Yemen is an absolute catastrophe,” WFP Executive Director David Beasley said at a separate event today. “Of the less than 30 million people that live there, 20 million literally don’t know what’s going to happen from day to day; 17 million of them are on the brink of famine.” He noted that WFP has received about half of the funds its needs, adding that the Gulf States, in particular, need to “step up and fill in the gap.” Mr. Lowcok called on donors to provide full funding for the Humanitarian Response Plan, noting that the Yemen Humanitarian Fund is one of the quickest and most effective ways to support the most urgent priorities. Although only negotiations and a political settlement can put an end to this appalling, man-made crisis, all parties to the fighting in Yemen must be repeatedly reminded to comply with international humanitarian law, taking constant care to spare civilians and civilian infrastructure, he said. The coordinated effort by partners in all sectors is making an enormous difference, he added, but much more remains to be done. Among the other challenges faced, Mr. Lowcock cited the delay or blockage of humanitarian assistance or the movements of humanitarian staff – including for the cholera response by de facto authorities in Sana’a; commercial imports restrictions; the closure of Sana’a airport to commercial traffic; and salary arrears for health workers, teachers and water and sanitation staff that are accelerating the collapse of essential services. “Overcoming each of these obstacles is within the reach of the international community,” said Mr. Lowcock.
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. Heap arrives at the Bulford Court MartialCredit:Solent News and Photo Agency A Royal Navy Commander drunkenly slapped a fellow officer’s bottom so hard he left her buttock “sore”, a court martial heard on Monday.Steven Heap, who received an MBE from Prince Charles in 2013, had been drinking for several hours when he followed a fellow Commander onto the dance floor at a Navy base party and slapped her as she danced.When the shocked woman allegedly fled and later returned to the dance floor, his right hand struck her backside a second time.A court martial heard the 48-year-old accepts he slapped the senior officer’s bottom, but claimed he was simply “joking about”.Heap, who was based at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth at the time, joined the Navy 30 years ago as a submariner and now works as a nuclear force inspector.The court martial heard Heap had been at a Navy base Christmas party when he drunkenly slapped his alleged victim’s bottom.Prosecutor Wing Commander Michael Saunders told the court Heap initially approached the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at the bar earlier in the evening.Despite her allegedly wanting nothing to do with him, he then followed her to the dance floor and twice sexually assaulted her, the court heard.The prosecutor said: “There was a function, which started at midday and lasted until late at night. Giving evidence on Monday at the trial, the woman told the court a drunken Heap had left her “sore” from the “firm” slaps at the party.She said: “I was having a private conversation with a friend at the bar when he came over and was disturbing that conversation. That was the first time I had met him.”He was clearly very drunk, staff had said they were not going to serve him anymore, I found out, and based on my interaction with him at the bar, I wanted nothing more to do with him.”I was in civilian clothing at the time and I was enjoying myself with friends. But I became aware of somebody on my right hand side. “Sometime after 6pm, after a band had started playing, the defendant slapped the buttock of the complainant on two occasions.”The facts are not in dispute, the defendant accepts he did behave in that way. He says it was not sexual, he was simply joking about.”In essence though, he came up to her, pointed at something behind her and slapped her backside.”Then, 20 minutes later she went back onto the dance floor. He approached her again, slapped her bottom again in a similar fashion.” “The defendant pointed to something and I went to turn to see what it was and felt a slap to my right butt cheek. It was a firm slap with his right hand.”I was very taken aback by what happened. I did not confront him, I just removed myself from the situation.”She added: “I was trying to enjoy myself still and put what had happened behind me. I thought maybe it was just a mistake.”I didn’t want it to ruin my evening, so again I went back on to the dancefloor – the band were very good.”But again, I was aware of him in close proximity to me and there was a second slap to the buttock.”It was much the same as the first one, with his right hand to my right buttock, which was already sore from the first slap.”Again I thought it was weird and inappropriate, but he was really drunk and I wanted to get the hell out of there.”It was disturbing my evening and I just thought there was no point in trying to rationalise with this person.”Heap, of Poole, Dorset, denies two counts of sexual assault. The trial at Bulford Military Court, Wiltshire, continues.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr has maintained the UN approved name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia despite receiving correspondence from MP Harry Jenkins to do otherwise. Last week Neos Kosmos reported on a letter sent to the Foreign Minister by MP Harry Jenkins urging him to formally acknowledge FYROM as the Republic of Macedonia.A spokesperson for Senator Carr told Neos Kosmos his contribution of the Australian Macedonian community should “not be read to imply any shift in Australian Government policy on the ‘name issue’.” “I recognise that many Australians identifying as Macedonian originate from the Greek province of Macedonia. The Australian Government will continue to use the term former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) until the name issue is resolved between the governments in Athens and Skopje,” they said. Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced in a statement this week that relations are strong between Australia and FYROM and said “much of the vibrancy in our bilateral relationship derives from the human links which tie our countries together.” The Pan Macedonian Association felt compelled to write to the Foreign Minister to condemn Mr Jenkins letter and campaign for the name to remain the same. “Any reference to the FYROM as “Republic of Macedonia” is historically incorrect, provocatively confronting and – therefore – understandably offensive to Australians of Greek heritage who view this as an appropriation of the (Greek) name Macedonia which is integral to Greek identity and history, over thousands of years,” they said in their letter. Victorian coordinator of the Australian Hellenic Council of Victoria, Mr Peter Jasonidis, told Neos Kosmos Mr Jenkins’ letter provokes the already good relationship Greeks and those Australians from FYROM have. “We’re coexisting with the Australians from FYROM and we’re enjoying a good relationship of coexistence that we have had for a number of years, these sorts of utterances definitely inflame the situation and it’s unfortunate coming from such a senior politician. Perhaps he’s got nothing better to do than involve himself and find something to make himself be more relevant,” he said. Mr Jenkins has denied multiple attempts by Neos Kosmos for an interview and has said nothing to help his strong Greek electorate understand why he has gone to these measures. The Macedonian name issue has been a strong point of difference between both communities for many years. Mr Jasonidis believes much of the work done to repair a rocky relationship with the Macedonians has been trampled on by Mr Jenkins actions. “Unfortunately these sorts of stances fuel fire and create community unrest,” he said. There are more than 250,000 Greek speakers in Australia, with just under 69,000 FYROM language speakers according to the 2011 census. In his statement, Senator Carr praised the Australian community originating from FYROM in enriching Australian culture. “The Macedonian community in Australia has made significant contributions to business, sport, education and industry,” Senator Carr said. “Australian society has been enriched by Macedonian culture, heritage and traditions.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
With researchers working around the world to develop effective treatments for dementia, the unfortunate truth is that there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s. Available medications may reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life for some, but they do not stop the disease’s progress. The disease is also becoming more prevalent, and in the absence of any significant developments in terms of a cure, even conservative estimates suggest there will be 900,000 Australians with dementia by 2050. This equates to the staggering number of 7,400 new cases each week.According to Maree McCabe, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria, one new case of Alzheimer’s is registered approximately every six minutes in Australia.Furthermore, 25,000 people are annually diagnosed with Younger Onset Dementia, affecting individuals under the age of 65, including people as young as 30.Neos Kosmos has previously investigated issues arising from the increase in dementia cases within the Greek community, and it is essential to see how these new figures will impact our elders and those around them.Jim Scantsonihas, Fronditha Care’s general manager of operations, said that a total of 53,201 retirement-aged individuals of Greek heritage are currently living in Victoria. Of this total, 34,145 were born in Greece – and half of them are likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s.“The numbers of Greek background patients are staggering,” Mr Scantsonihas tells Neos Kosmos, adding that “more than 50 per cent of residents in government-subsidised facilities have dementia”.The federal government is providing an additional $200 million for dementia research over the next five years, making it the third largest area of aged care spending.In March, intense media coverage followed the announcement that an experimental drug slowed the decline in mental function brought on by the disease, but it is difficult to read too much into what was a small early-stage trial.“There have been a number of Alzheimer’s disease drugs that looked promising … but unfortunately have not worked in larger trials, so we look at studies like this with cautious enthusiasm,” Mrs McCabe said.Both Mr Scantsonihas and Mrs McCabe suggest that patients of Greek origin find it difficult to come to terms with the disease – often living in denial while their symptoms worsen, making the prognosis even more pessimistic. Meanwhile, patients of Anglo-Saxon heritage are far more likely to knock on a neurologist’s door upon noticing any possible symptoms. On average, symptoms of dementia are noticed by families three years before a professional diagnosis is made. “There may also be a misconception that dementia is a normal part of ageing and that it is usual for older people to display these symptoms,” Mrs McCabe said.“Part of the reason is insufficient access to bilingual doctors … as well as a lack of culturally-appropriate diagnostic tools – that can impede diagnosis for people from migrant backgrounds. The stigma associated with a diagnosis of dementia can be a barrier to people seeking advice.”The National Cross Cultural Dementia Network, in collaboration with Fronditha and Alzheimer’s Australia, can help patients, families and carers reach an accurate diagnostic assessment, based on research which focuses on special needs of people coming from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. For information on dementia, call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. You can also access Alzheimer’s Australia Greek language help sheets at vic.fightdementia.org.au/about-dementia-and-memory-loss/information-in-other-languages/greek Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s health secretary resigned Friday, after his costly travel triggered investigations that overshadowed the administration’s agenda and angered his boss. Tom Price’s regrets and partial repayment couldn’t save his job.The Health and Human Services secretary became the first member of the president’s Cabinet to be pushed out in a turbulent young administration that has seen several high-ranking White House aides ousted. A former GOP congressman from the Atlanta suburbs, Price served less than eight months.Publicly, Trump had said he was “not happy” with Price for repeatedly using private charter aircraft for official trips on the taxpayer’s dime, when cheaper commercial flights would have done in many cases.Privately, Trump has been telling associates in recent days that his health chief had become a distraction. Trump felt that Price was overshadowing his tax overhaul agenda and undermining his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” of corruption, according to three people familiar with the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity.On Friday the president called Price a “very fine person,” but added, “I certainly don’t like the optics.”The flap prompted scrutiny of other Cabinet members’ travel, as the House Oversight and Government Reform committee launched a governmentwide investigation of top political appointees. Other department heads have been scrambling to explain their own travel.
Pep Guardiola has brushed aside suggestions the Premier League schedule will have an impact on the title race between Liverpool and Manchester City.City are currently four points behind League leaders Liverpool but have a chance to heap the pressure on them in their next two matches.The Citizens go to Newcastle United on Tuesday with Liverpool hosting Leicester City the following day, and the Reds’ subsequent game at West Ham next Monday comes 24 hours after Guardiola’s men welcome Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium.Guardiola, however, is adamant the fixture list won’t influence the course of the title run-in.“In both situations, playing before or after, we have to win the games or it’s over,” he told reporters.“Every game is a final, cups are also a final, Burnley [on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth round] was a final. What should we do playing after? We have to win. Before? We have to win. Simple.“All the teams want to fight for the title and feel the pressure. We have it and we feel it, we have to handle it. So many, many points to play [for] – many, many games – a lot of games in our legs and minds, change competitions day by day.Mourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“Believe me we don’t think about that, don’t get distracted from what we have to do. Same against Burnley, imagine what Newcastle will do in the game and focus on what we have to do. That’s the only way to be consistent and try to win every game.”Guardiola equally spoke about the opposition’s approach knowing fully well they are renowned for their defensive approach.“Newcastle play quite similar to Burnley, the setup will be quite similar,” he said. “Of course every team is different with the setup and in our experience with Newcastle in the last two seasons against my colleague it’s always tough – 0-1 there, 3-1 here – so it was tight.“It will happen tomorrow as they defend really well but also at the same time I feel we attack better against this type of defence. We control their counter-attacks better and we concede a few set pieces and we attack more fluently.”Guardiola says it doesn’t matter if City play before or after Liverpool – they just have to win #MCFC pic.twitter.com/M0o3cFZUHI— Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) January 28, 2019
Drivers can expect detour signs when traveling in one Clark County neighborhood.Road construction began this morning on Northwest Second Avenue near H.B. Fuller Park in Salmon Creek. The street is being resurfaced as part of Clark County’s annual road maintenance program. The part of the road receiving the overlay treatment connects with Northeast 139th Street, the locale of one of the county’s most significant road projects in recent years.The work is being performed near the Salmon Creek Interchange Project at Northeast 139th Street. The interchange project will relocate a northbound Interstate 5 ramp from Northeast 134th Street to Northeast 139th Street. It will connect Northwest 10th Avenue with a widened Northwest 20th Avenue. The county’s contractor was making assorted pavement repairs Monday on Northwest Second Avenue ahead of actual pavement repairs, which are scheduled for one day, said Jeff Mize, a spokesman for county public works.The county plans to hold a ribbon cutting for it on Wednesday.On Northwest Second Avenue, flaggers have been stopping and directing traffic.
Australian record label Future Classic and Dropbox team up to ignite creative opportunity for up-and-coming talentNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 30, 2019 – 4:51 pm The creative collaboration between Australian tastemaking indie label Future Classic and data storage provider Dropbox continues with their announcement of plans to partner for a Los Angeles studio residency program for emerging artists. The two companies began their collaboration last year, opening a studio together in L.A.’s Frogtown neighborhood. For their new residency, they’ll be selecting two artists to receive two weeks of studio time and industry mentorship with flights included.”We’re so excited to be partnering with Future Classic for the second year in a row, this time with a program that leverages Dropbox Paper as a tool for artists to express themselves and communicate how they are so much more than the music they create,” said Dropbox head of brand partnerships Liz Armistead. “The Future Classic x Dropbox Studio continues to be a great place for artists to connect and collaborate, and the Studio Residency will allow up-and-comers to leverage technology and mentorship that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.” Future Classic’s roster includes GRAMMY winner Flume, GRAMMY nominee SOPHIE and Aussie electronic duo Flight Facilities. They also just released the new album by Nick Murphy (formerly known as Chet Faker), Run Fast Sleep Naked. Together in their shared creative studio with Dropbox, they’ve hosted a wide variety of artists including Moses Sumney, JPEGMAFIA, Glass Animals, Aloe Blacc and more. Future Classic founder and CEO Nathan McLay adds, “The partnership with Dropbox has been incredibly organic, we share the same ethos when it comes to creative collaboration, and we’re delighted they are as intrigued as we are to experiment with new technology and create opportunities for artists. We’ve always been inspired by discovery and creative-driven artist development so I can’t wait to start digging through the artist submissions and see where it leads.” In celebration of the new studio residency, Future Classic and Dropbox will be hosting parties in L.A., London and Sydney. For more information and to apply, visiting the project’s website.Nick Murphy Talks New Album, Touring Again & Taking Rick Rubin’s Advice Email Facebook Read more Twitter News Apply: L.A. Studio Residency For Emerging Artists new-la-recording-studio-residency-help-develop-emerging-artists New L.A. Recording Studio Residency To Help Develop Emerging Artists
Ashwani Mahajan, chief of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) economic group Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM)ReutersAn influential Hindu nationalist group close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party has demanded his government review its plan to raise money by selling foreign currency bonds.They say it is anti-patriotic as it could create long-term risks for the economy, potentially allowing rich foreign nations and their financial institutions to dictate the country’s policies.”We can’t allow this to happen,” declared Ashwani Mahajan, the co-convenor of Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), the economic wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).The RSS was the key founder of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and has people it nurtured in top positions in the government, including Modi himself.Declaring that the SJM will campaign against the plan by convening meetings of influential economists, Mahajan said: “We are confident that government will withdraw its decision on these bonds.””We must look at the experience of countries that have taken loans from international markets to meet their government deficit. The experience of these countries has been far from good,” he said, citing Argentina and Turkey as examples.Mahajan said going overseas to borrow may mean that the rupee currency depreciates at a faster rate and allows foreign governments to demand tariff reductions.A Finance Ministry spokesman declined to comment for this story.Speaking at a business summit in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed hope that the Indian government would choose the British capital as the location to issue its first international sovereign bonds.New Delhi has not so far given any details about where they will be issued.Subhash Chandra Garg, the top official at the Finance Ministry, told Indian business leaders last week that the overseas debt move was part of efforts to bring down real interest rates for Indian firms, to help the economy grow faster.”We will have a very open attitude to welcome foreign investment and savings because that is what would be required,” he said.Garg said that the problem with relying so much on domestic debt was that the government tapped into nearly 80 per cent of total savings in the economy, leaving little for private companies. As a result, those businesses are forced to pay up to 12-13 per cent in interest rates on bank loans.The government has in the past considered raising funds from overseas markets but those tasked with determining the feasibility of such a plan have ended up recommending against it.”Most of the debt is of domestic origin, insulating the debt portfolio from currency risk,” India’s previous finance minister, Arun Jaitley, wrote in a paper on public debt in February last year.’FADDISH INVESTORS’ It is not only the RSS’ economic branch that has criticised the government’s proposal.India should worry about short-term “faddish investors buying when India is hot, and dumping us when it is not”, former central bank governor Raghuram Rajan wrote in an article for the Times of India newspaper last Saturday.The SJM has shown it can mobilise opinion to change government policy on several occasions in the past few years, including pushing it to take a harder line against genetically modified crops and a more protectionist stance on trade issues.It helped to pressure the government into introducing new e-commerce regulations in February that upset two American behemoths, Amazon.com Inc and Walmart. The US companies said the move discriminated against them and favoured domestic retailers.But the BJP may not bend on this occasion.Gopal Krishna Agarwal, the BJP’s national spokesman on economic affairs, said that despite some risks highlighted by the critics, the sovereign bonds were the “best alternative” at this point, considering the government’s massive investment plans.The government’s goal of keeping real interest rates low makes it difficult to raise funds in the domestic market at reasonable rates, he added.Agarwal cautioned, however, that the government has to stick to its fiscal deficit target of 3.3 per cent of GDP for the current year ending next March and ensure that overseas borrowing does not lead to a higher deficit.LOWER COSTS Based on its sovereign credit rating, which stands at ‘BBB-‘, analysts suggest India would be able to raise U.S. dollar funds overseas at about 3.2 per cent at current market rates, though that figure would rise once hedging costs are taken into account.The 10-year government bond, the most liquid paper in the domestic debt market, closed at 6.33 per cent on Tuesday.Overseas borrowing exposes the government’s liabilities to currency fluctuations and can therefore impact domestic interest rates.”India’s vulnerability to external events is very high given its disproportionately high dependence on imported oil,” said Rupa Rege Nitsure, chief economist at L&T Financial Holdings.
Britons poisonedTwo British citizens are critically ill after they were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent that struck down a former Russian agent and his daughter in March, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer said on Wednesday.The pair, a local 44-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, were hospitalised after being found unwell on Saturday in Amesbury, just miles away from Salisbury where ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked in March.”I have received test results from Porton Down (military research centre) which show that the two people have been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok,” Neil Basu, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, told reporters.Britain has accused Russia of poisoning the Skripals with Novichok – a nerve agent developed by the Soviet military during the Cold War – in what is the first known offensive use of such a chemical weapon on European soil since World War Two.Russia has denied any involvement in their poisoning.UK counter-terrorism police are now leading the investigation, though Basu said it was unclear how the two people came into contact with the nerve agent or whether they had been specifically targeted.”I don’t have any intelligence or evidence that they were targeted in any way,” Basu said. “There is nothing in their background to suggest that at all.”Amesbury is located seven miles (11 km) north of Salisbury, where Skripal – a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain’s MI6 foreign spy service – and his daughter were found slumped unconscious on a bench on March 4.Around 100 counter-terrorism officers are working on the case and police have cordoned off at least five different areas, including a park and a property in Salisbury, as well as a pharmacy and a Baptist church community centre in Amesbury.The March attack prompted the biggest Western expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War as allies in Europe and the United States sided with Prime Minister Theresa May’s view that Moscow was either responsible or had lost control of the nerve agent.Mystery surrounds the attack and the motive is unclear, as is the logic of using such an exotic nerve agent which has overt links to the Soviet military during the Cold War.Russia, which is currently hosting the soccer World Cup, has denied any involvement in the March incident and suggested Britain had carried out the attack to stoke anti-Moscow hysteria.Moscow also hit back by expelling Western diplomats, questioning how Britain knows that Russia was responsible and offering rival interpretations, including that it amounted to a plot by British secret services. Russian officials questioned why Russia would want to attack an ageing turncoat who was pardoned and then traded in a Kremlin-approved 2010 spy swap.Novichok AgainHealth chiefs said on Wednesday the risk to the public was low, though the exposure of two people apparently unconnected to espionage or the former Soviet Union will stoke fears that traces of the nerve agent remain in the area.”As the country’s chief medical officer, I want to reassure the public that the risk to the general public remains low,” England’s chief medical officer Sally Davies told reporters.Prime Minister May’s spokesman said the government’s emergency response committee had met to discuss the incident. Home Secretary Sajid Javid will chair a meeting of the emergency response committee on Thursday.”The Amesbury investigation is ongoing and the police must be given the space they need to continue establishing the full facts,” Javid said.”My thoughts at this time are with the two individuals affected. The government’s first priority is for the safety of the residents in the local area, but as Public Health England has made clear, the risk to the general public is low.”After the Skripal poisoning, police investigators in protective hazmat suits scoured the ancient English cathedral city of Salisbury. Basu cautioned that police in protective clothing would return to the area.Paramedics were called on Saturday morning to a house in Amesbury after the woman, named by media as Dawn Sturgess, collapsed and returned later in the day when the man, Charlie Rowley, also fell ill.The pair, who are being treated at Salisbury District Hospital, were initially believed to have taken heroin or crack cocaine from a contaminated batch, police said.But tests showed they had been poisoned with Novichok.”We are not in a position to say whether the nerve agent was from the same batch that the Skripals were exposed to,” Basu said. “The possibility that these two investigations might be linked is clearly a line of enquiry for us.”The hospital is where the Skripals also spent weeks in a critical condition before slowly recovering and being discharged.Yulia told Reuters in May: “We are so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination. Our recovery has been slow and extremely painful.”Russia has said it does not possess such nerve agents, did not develop Novichok, and president Vladimir Putin dismissed as nonsense the notion that Moscow would have poisoned Skripal and his daughter.
Share Twitter user @KatherineNC9Gasoline prices rose several cents overnight amid continuing fears of shortages in Texas and other states in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s strike on the Gulf Coast.The national average for a gallon of regular gas rose in one day from $2.45 Thursday to $2.52 Friday, the American Automobile Association reported .At least two major pipelines — one that ships gasoline across the southern United States and to New York, and another that flows north to Chicago — have been slowed or stopped because of flooding and damage.Gas prices rose at least .15 cents in 24 hours in several metropolitan areas including Dallas; El Paso, Texas; Athens, Georgia; and Dayton, Ohio, AAA reported Friday.My mom sent me this photo from Austin. Gas lines were so long it took her an hour to get to the pump. Prices were up too. #Harvey #gasprices pic.twitter.com/BRT1LaxEp6— Brent Remadna (@RemadnaWKRN) September 1, 2017The average price of a gallon of gas had soared by at least .10 cents in eight states since Thursday: South Carolina, Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Texas.Among those states, the highest 24-hour rise on average was in South Carolina, AAA reported. It’s among several southern states that are heavily reliant on the Colonial Pipeline for deliveries of gasoline.Part of the pipeline that runs through Texas is shut down and inspections must be done before the entire system can be fully operational again, Colonial Pipeline spokesman Steve Baker said Thursday. The Georgia-based company remains able to operate its pipeline from Louisiana to states east and northeast of there, though deliveries will be “intermittent,” the company said. It hopes to return more sections of the pipeline to service by Sunday.In Dallas, drivers lined up at gas pumps Thursday as some stations ran out of fuel.One Chevron station in downtown Dallas that sold regular gas for $2.29 a gallon just before the storm was charging $2.99 Thursday. Others charged well over $3, and one downtown Shell station charged $3.97 for a regular gallon of gas.The crunch prompted QuikTrip, one of the nation’s largest convenience store chains, to temporarily halt gasoline sales at about half its 135 stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Instead, gasoline deliveries are going to designated stores across all parts of the metro area, QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh said.Analysts are cautioning drivers not to panic as some gas stations run low on gasoline.If people start hoarding gas, as some have in Texas, “that’s going to make the problem worse, and prices shoot higher and the event will last longer, with more disruption and shortages,” said Patrick DeHaan, an analyst with GasBuddy.com.His advice: “Try to have a sense of calm.”
Peter Dazeley/Getty ImagesChances are, you — or someone you know — has suffered from lower back pain.It can be debilitating. It’s a leading cause of disability globally.And the number of people with the often-chronic condition is likely to increase.This warning comes via a series of articles published in the medical journal Lancet in March. They state that about 540 million people have lower back pain — and they predict that the number will jump as the world’s population ages and as populations in lower- and middle-income countries move to urban centers and adopt more sedentary lives.“We don’t think about [back pain] the same way as cancer or heart attacks. But if you look at disability it causes, especially in middle- and low-income where there isn’t a safety net, it impacts half a billion people,” says Roger Chou, a physician who is a pain specialist at the Oregon Health and Science University and a co-author of the articles.Disability from chronic back pain can hurt a person’s ability to earn a living. One of the Lancet studies found that among rural Nigerian farmers, half reduced their workload because of back pain — an example of how the disability could contribute to the cycle of poverty in countries that lack benefits such as sick days or a social safety net.Another study from Australia found that people who retired early because of back pain potentially lost out on hundreds of thousands of dollars of accumulated wealth when compared with healthy people who worked all the way to 65.An overarching issue with back pain management is that the treatments doctors prescribe are often the wrong ones, the report concludes. Also, in many low-income countries, accessing health care is challenging — and getting appropriate care of back pain, specifically, is even harder. In some poor parts of Asia, pain medications are hard to come by and doctors may not have been trained on the most effective treatments.“For chronic back pain, ineffective therapies are used way too often, and things that are shown to work are significantly underused,” says study co-author Judith Turner, a clinical psychologist specializing in pain management at the University of Washington School of Medicine.For most people with back pain, guidelines developed by pain management specialists at the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians recommend staying active, using cognitive behavioral therapy and techniques like focused breathing, and getting regular exercise. But doctors are more likely to recommend rest, decreased physical activity and treatments such as surgery or injections.Why the disparity?Lack of awareness among both the general public and doctors who are not pain management specialists is a big reason. Another reason many doctors aren’t following the guidelines is because, in countries like the U.S., surgeries, injections and medications, like opioids, tend to be better covered by insurance than psychological interventions like cognitive behavioral therapy or patient training.“Our understanding of what causes low back pain is very limited. We have very little knowledge about what exactly is causing the pain,” says Andrea Furlan, a pain researcher at the Institute of Work and Health in Toronto and a pain management physician at the University of Toronto School of Medicine.A complex matrix of factors is implicated in back pain including genetics, social and psychological causes, and chronic conditions like obesity, smoking and insomnia. Treatments such as surgery, injections and opioids only address a narrow subset of those factors. It has been difficult for researchers to tease out how those causal factors interact, so the ability to treat back pain is still rudimentary.Pain management doctors and researchers say they would like to see a shift toward evidence-based treatments that recent guidelines recommend — emphasizing nonpharmacological treatments for most patients.In 2010, the back and neck pain group at Cochrane, a nonprofit organization that reviews and analyzes medical literature, assessed 30 studies of behavioral therapies for back pain, which included almost 3,500 patients. Andrea Furlan is also an editor for the group. The researchers found that cognitive behavioral therapy and other behavioral therapies were more effective at relieving pain than what is usually prescribed — physical therapy and medication. The team also reviewed the literature and found that individual patient education classes about coping with back pain helped.Furlan says she worries about deaths from opioid overdoses that started with a prescription for back pain — and complications of surgeries and injection treatments.“This is a big part of the origin story of the opioid epidemic,” says Steven George, a physical therapy researcher at Duke University. Like Furlan, he was not involved in writing the Lancet overview. He noted that the series of articles explain “why chronic pain is such an important issue and why we haven’t been able to make inroads.”But moving closer to the guidelines would require more access to treatments other than medication, greater insurance coverage of these treatments and greater training for doctors in alternate treatments.Turner says such training is already happening for health care providers from Southeast Asia.What’s clear is that the solution “has to be tailored,” she says, to the culture and health care system that already exists in a country.Rina Shaikh-Lesko is a science journalist who writes about medicine, global health and the life sciences. She can be reached @rinawritesCopyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
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News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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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Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more February 28, 2014 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted 510(k) clearance to Siemens Healthcare for the Ysio Max, a digital radiography (DR) system offering Multiple Advances in X-ray (MAX), including time-saving user support features and X-ray detectors.The Ysio Max DR system includes features that collectively support the user much like a personal intelligent assistant. The MAXalign feature displays the current detector angle on the system’s MAXtouch display screen, eliminating guesswork regarding the angle of the X-ray tube. With MAXalign, users can align the X-ray tube according to the detector angle shown on the screen for enhanced exam quality and consistency. MAXalign can help technologists reduce repeat exposures, saving time and resources for the health care organization as well as dose for patients.The MAXtouch feature of the Ysio Max provides all necessary information regarding the exam on a large, color touchscreen, allowing users to quickly change all key image parameters directly on the tube. MAXtouch also generates status messages, providing guidance for the technologist and helping to increase safety by reducing the amount of time a patient spends alone in the treatment room.The Ysio Max DR system also offers three specialized system detectors to maximize performance throughout the radiology department. The MAX wi-D detector is Siemens’ lightest 14×17” wireless detector with a handle; it weighs 6.6 lbs. and is.7” thick to help improve utilization for technologists. The new MAX Mini, a 10×14” wireless detector weighing 3.5 lbs. and with a thickness of 0.6”, is designed for orthopedics, pediatrics and trauma exams. The 17×17” MAX static detector covers virtually every patient type and is ideal for most exams.The Maxswap feature of the Ysio Max enables use of the MAX wi-D and MAX mini detectors with multiple other Siemens radiography, fluoroscopy and urology systems, including the Luminos dRF Max, Luminos Agile Max, and UROSKOP Omnia Max systems. Maxswap allows the user to add more detectors to accommodate the growing and changing needs of the health care organization.For more information: www.healthcare.siemens.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | February 28, 2014 FDA Clears Siemens Ysio Max Digital Radiography System DR system helps optimize workflow across multiple systems with detectors, software enhancements 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 Related Content Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more