U of W is on the right track for Indigenization – but

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsNearly 50 people gathered at the University of Winnipeg for a discussion on the perspective of Indigenization on the campus.The event was put on by the university’s student association.“I think that often we’re excluded from main discussions and I think we’re excluded from the discussions of Indigenization itself,” says Morgan Brightnose who helped organize the event.“I think it’s important the student union provides a platform to centre our voice.”Brightnose is the president of the student’s association.He says Indigenization is the process of influencing the way other people view Indigenous culture.He says he thought this event would be a good opportunity for non-Indigenous students listen and learn about the Indigenous perspectives on the issue.In 2016, University of Winnipeg introduced a mandatory Indigenous course requirement for enrolled undergraduates.Cameron Adams is a student on campus who’s working towards obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies.He says this requirement is a move forward.“This can bring accountability, as well as educate people, so we don’t have people in 10 years saying, ‘What’s residential schools? What was the sixties scoop?’  We actually have that knowledge because with knowledge comes accountability and action,” he says.Lorena Fontaine is the Indigenous academic lead in the Office of Indigenous Affairs at the university.She says she remembers when she first started teaching at University of Winnipeg 10 years ago.“There may have been a few Indigenous students in my class and now, the classes that I do teach are full of Indigenous students,” she says.Fontaine says she’s happy with how the beginning stages of indigenization are working out on campus, but there’s still a lot more opportunity for change, “I think that the most important thing for indigenization is to look at the students needs.”abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

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Nicaraguan elected to head next session of General Assembly

Mr. d’Escoto, 75, will assume the post on 16 September, the first day of the 63rd session of the Assembly. His election follows the unanimous endorsement of his candidacy in March by the Group of Latin American and Caribbean countries (GRULAC) within the United Nations, whose turn it was to nominate a president under the principle of regional rotation.After the election, Mr. d’Escoto told the Assembly that it was vital for Member States to work together on goals ranging from the maintenance of peace and security to the battle to eradicate poverty and hunger to ensure that the UN lives up to its name.“Our nations must be united in the struggle to democratize the United Nations, united in their determination to preserve the world… for the sake of present and future generations,” he said.The current Assembly President, Srgjan Kerim, congratulated Mr. d’Escoto – who served as foreign minister in Nicaragua between July 1979 and April 1990 – on his appointment.“Throughout his life, Mr. d’Escoto has worked with great dedication to help people living in poverty, to overcome social injustice and by assisting in the aftermath of several natural catastrophes,” he said.Mr. Kerim stressed the importance of continuity in the Assembly’s work, particularly in such priority issues as the current global food crisis, climate change, international terrorism and flagrant abuses of human rights.Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said Mr. d’Escoto’s “long and varied career” in the international and humanitarian arenas would serve him well at the UN.“The world is increasingly turning to the United Nations to solve global problems, and the work of the General Assembly is critical to meeting these high expectations,” she said. “By joining forces under the leadership of the President, we can forge effective responses that will make a difference in the lives of millions of people across the world.”Today the Assembly also selected the Member States whose representatives will serve as the 21 vice-presidents during the next session. Those countries are Afghanistan, Bolivia, Cameroon, China, Egypt, France, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Solomon Islands, Spain, Togo, the United Kingdom and the United States. 4 June 2008The former Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann will become the next President of the General Assembly after the 192-member body elected him today by acclamation. read more

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A380 Blowout Blamed on Design Flaw Material

first_imgQanatas CEO Alan Joyce thinks he knows what caused this week’sblowout of an Airbus A380 engine–a design flaw with one of the plane’s Rolls-Royceengines.“We believe this is probably most likely a material failureor some type of design issue,” the executive told the press. “Wedon’t believe this is related to maintenance in any way.”AdChoices广告One of the plane’s four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines blewout briefly after taking off from Signapore on the way to Sydney.The plane shed pieces of metal and was ultimately forced to make an emergencylanding.last_img read more

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Fun poll Which do you enjoy more Christmas or Easter

first_imgFun poll: Which do you enjoy more – Christmas or Easter? Your daily bite-sized ballot break. 23 Comments Poll Results: Apr 17th 2017, 12:45 PM Easter is most eggcellent (2570) Christmas is treemendous (10661) http://jrnl.ie/3339134 CHOCOLATE HANGOVER ASIDE, we hope you’ve had a nice Easter weekend.While not all of us (hello from TheJournal.ie offices) are lucky enough to get a three- or four-day break, Easter is a nice pitstop on the way to summer for most.It has a lot in common with Christmas – as well as the religious connotations, it’s traditionally a time for family, overindulgence (well, from Sunday on), treats and a big roast dinner.If you really had to choose, which would be your favourite – Easter or Christmas? And if you need to boil this down to lamb vs turkey, go right ahead. And no, we’re not giving you an option to not like either. Image: sarah1810/LStockStudio via Shutterstock Image: sarah1810/LStockStudio via Shutterstock Easter is most eggcellentChristmas is treemendousVote 20,404 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Fora Staff Short URL Share Tweet Email Monday 17 Apr 2017, 12:45 PMlast_img read more

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WalMart close to opening Neighborhood Market in Vancouver plans another at old

first_img o What: Vancouver’s first Walmart grocery-only concept store, opening July 17 at Vancouver Plaza.o Where: 7809 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive.o Employees: 65 to 80.o What’s next: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has submitted plans for a second Neighborhood Market at a former Fred Meyer store site on Fourth Plain Boulevard and Grand Avenue.Just as it is about to open Vancouver’s first Neighborhood Market store at Vancouver Plaza, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is moving forward with plans for another of its small stores in the city.The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer is named on final site plans for a grocery store on the former Fred Meyer site at Fourth Plain Boulevard and Grand Avenue. Wal-Mart officials have long declined to comment on the site. Its plans, now being reviewed by the city, call for construction of a 41,100-square-foot store that would border East 20th Street with an expansive parking area stretching to Fourth Plain. The company confirmed its plans to The Columbian on Friday, with a spokesman saying the store is expected to open next year.In the meantime, workers at the new store at 7809 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive are stocking that 42,000-square-foot store’s shelves with nonperishable foods. Frozen foods, dairy, meat and produce will arrive at the last minute, said Troy Hannah, store manager.“We’re receiving freight and getting ready to welcome customers,” Hannah said. The store will open at 8 a.m. July 17.Smaller than Walmart’s SuperCenter concept, its Neighborhood Market stores are designed for smaller spaces to bring affordable groceries to residential areas. The food-only stores have just recently been introduced to the Portland-Vancouver metro area, said Hannah, who previously opened a similar store in West Linn, Ore. Employees Shelby Johnson, foreground, Rebecca Jennings, back left, and Stuart Lee stock shelves with food at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market.last_img read more

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Davie Police hire departments first therapy dog

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Davie Police Department has hired a therapy dog named Rocky for children who become victims of crime.Two-year-old Rocky, a chocolate Labrador retriever, joined the Davie Police, Thursday, and will be used to help children who are the victims of crime.According to the department, when Rocky is around, children will feel more comfortable giving important details that can help track down criminals. “Instead of the fear of talking to an adult, they see the dog, which gives them comfort,” said Davie Police Detective Lisa Choquette. “It reduces their anxiety, and they feel more comfortable talking to us as investigators.”Rocky comes as part of a program that began in Central Florida: rescuing shelter dogs, then training them for the force.Rocky is registered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. He and Choquette attended an extensive, 40-hour training course in August.Choquette said Rocky is an integral part of the department. “I previously did investigations without Rocky, and it was very difficult to sit with a 5-year-old, a 6-year-old, a 7-year-old, because they’re looking at us as we are: adults,” she said. “They don’t know us, they don’t know who we are, and for them to tell their horrific story to us has got to be very stressful.”The canine has reportedly already seen some success with a 15-year-old victim who refused to talk to investigators. “Without him there, we would have never received from her, we would have not known who she was, where she was from and what had happened to her,” Choquette said. Rocky sits with the victims through each interview and as they meet with attorneys. “You need the dog to be there for you when you’re not having a good day, when you need somebody sitting there with you to comfort you and let you feel loved,” Choquette said. “That’s what Rocky does. Rocky brings that to these victims that need that during this crisis in their lives.”Part of Rocky’s training includes going to the library where he sits with children as they read books aloud. After he first meets the victims with police, officers are introduced as “Rocky’s friends.”Rocky is currently the only law enforcement therapy dog in Broward County.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Workshop on IOT concludes Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala

first_imgVijayawada: The Computer and Electronics department of Siddhartha Mahila Kalasala organised three-day training and workshop on ‘Internet of Things (IOT) using Raspberry’ concluded on Tuesday. The three-day programme was commenced on June 30. The chief guest of the programme was C Sudhakar Reddy, Research and Development engineer at Hyper Techno Solutions. Addressing the students, Sudhakar Reddy explained the importance and uses of Internet of Things for the coming generations in this technology-growing world. Also Read – TDP holds protests over sand scarcity in Ongole Advertise With Us He further explained about the hardware, software programming and applications that can be developed using IOT. The students learned about Home automation, Robot, Waste Bin and other live projects at the three-day training and workshop. The students developed applications and coding at the workshop. The college director Dr T Vijaya Lakshmi said that these workshops would enable to bring out creative skills from the students. The college principal, M Nalini, computer science department head K Anita, electronics department head JP Kanti and other faculty members along with students were present.last_img read more

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All Andhra infra projects to be reviewed by judicial panel

first_imgAmaravati: All infrastructure projects in Andhra Pradesh valued Rs 100 crore and above will be reviewed by a judicial commission before inviting tenders. The YSRCP government on Friday tabled the Andhra Pradesh Infrastructure (Transparency through Judicial Preview) Bill, 2019 in the state Assembly. According to its provisions, a sitting or retired high court judge will head the commission, which will review all projects including Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects of the value of Rs 100 crore and above to ensure conformity in procedure rules and guidelines. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Tabling the bill, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the government was determined to create world-class infrastructure in an efficient manner while following the principles of equal opportunity, cost and quality consciousness. This would ensure optimum utilization of public resources in public interest, use of efficient methodologies such as reverse tendering, he said. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us According to the statement of objects and reasons tabled with the bill, the government endeavours to fast track infrastructure development with transparency. The government will submit all documents related to the project the commission. The commission will place the tender related documents in public domain for a week and invite suggestions. Advertise With Us After preview and discussions, the judge may suggest modifications which will be binding on the government. The bill provides for making necessary staff and relevant experts available to the commission to discharge its functions. Technical or other committees may also be constituted to assist the judge. During the debate on the bill, Finance Minister B. Rajendranath Reddy alleged that there was corruption and irregularities in awarding contracts by the previous TDP government. He said the previous government resorted to corruption in the name of Swiss Challenge. He termed the bill a historic move by Jagan Mohan Reddy government to root out corruption.last_img read more

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John McCain Angelina Jolie urge USA to help save Rohingya Muslims

first_imgNaikhangchhari Rohingya campArizona senator John McCain and Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie have urged the United States to lead the efforts to save Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority who fled to Bangladesh after facing persecution in their homeland.They said that the United States also should lead the efforts to implement the report of Kofi Annan’s Advisory Commission on Rakhine state and to extend citizenship to the Rohingya people.They made the observation in a joint opinion piece in New York based newspaper the New Work Times. McCain was also the Republican nominee for president of the United States in the 2008 election. The op-ed was published in New York Times print edition on Friday. Titled “John McCain and Angelina Jolie: America Should Lead in Saving the Rohingya”, the opinion piece also suggests that the United States should support the efforts to ensure accountability of those who committed atrocities in Myanmar. “Our failure to hold accountable those who commit mass atrocities and human rights abuses will lead to more violence and instability,” the opinion piece reads.A crackdown against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state triggered humanitarian crisis in this state of western Myanmar. More than 700,000 Rohingyas fled to neighbouring Bangladesh amid arsons, killings and rape in Rakhine state. Nearly one million Rohingya people fled to Bangladesh for the last few decades.Angelina Jolie, John McCainLast week, the UN assistant secretary-general for human rights Andrew Gilmour said that Myanmar’s “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims is continuing.“I don’t think we can draw any other conclusion from what I have seen and heard in Cox’s Bazar,” Gilmour said in a statement.In their opinion piece, McCain and Angelina said that the US also should support increased medical assistance for the Rohingya minorities. “We must support increased medical assistance for the Rohingya who have been subjected to unspeakable abuse. According to recent reports, many survivors are still not getting proper assistance because of a lack of funding for gender-based-violence programs. Addressing these shortfalls and taking steps to protect Rohingya refugee women and girls from further sexual violence should be a priority for the United States and like-minded countries,” the op-ed reads.In their opinion piece, they suggested that Rohingyas have been facing atrocities for long.“Attacks against the Rohingya, who are denied citizenship under Burmese law, are not new. They have faced decades of repression, discrimination, harassment and violence. In recent months, thousands of Rohingya have been slaughtered, countless women and girls have been gang-raped, civilians have been burned alive, and villages have been razed,” the op-ed reads.last_img read more

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Millennial Entrepreneur Makes Helping Haute

first_imgAshley Smith is the owner of Haute Society. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Smith)In June 2013, Ashley Smith hosted her first event as owner of multipurpose event planning firm, Haute Society. “I love to go into a space that’s empty and completely transform it,” Smith told the AFRO. “The biggest part for me is making that dream a reality because when you see your client’s face after you’ve gone from zero to reality, its amazing to watch.”Since the age of 14, the Chicago native has cultivated her event planning skills working with non-profit organizations, youth centers, and foundations. When she moved to Washington, D.C. to attend Howard University, she began hosting events with campus organizations like the Undergraduate Student Association and Chicago People’s Union as well as off campus with organizations like the Congressional Black Caucus. As a psychology major and African-American studies minor, her educational background informs her work.“[My studies have] really helped me to dive into who I am as a person and I really wanted to share that with everybody. When you’re enriched in your culture you appreciate yourself more,” she says.Through Haute Society, Smith has created events that celebrate African-American lifestyles from dance and poetry to art and education. She’s also avid about creating a business model that elevates minority business owners. “We want to have our own network base so whatever a client needs – from makeup to nails to fashion to photography –the goal is that we can utilize our entrepreneurial network base of Black businesses,” she says.As a millennial entrepreneur at the cusp of her professional career, she knows just how difficult it is to get started.Many of the company’s first events were in her home, before they branched out to local parks and larger venues. Not only does she want to be an example to her demographic, but also provide guidance and education for budding startups in the city.“I feel as though I was put on earth to help others, and everything I learn, I want to share with African-American people,” she says. “It’s definitely possible to get through those first struggles when you have people who’ve done it already there to advise you.”As her May 2015 graduation approaches, Smith reflects about her progress and future growth. “It started from just these ideas in my head and so for people to now appreciate that and want to utilize Haute Society is amazing,” she says. “That’s just the first goal of the company.”For more information, Ashley can be reached via email at hautesocietyllc.com. You can also find the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HauteSocietyLLC.last_img read more

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Underwater Photography Shines Light on Bizarre Creatures

first_imgStay on target View as: One Page Slides1. Compact camera: First place(via Jamie Hall)2. Compact camera: Second place(via Yap Katumbal)3. Compact camera: Third place(via Ferenc Lőrincz)4. Wide-angle: First place(via Alex Dawson)5. Wide-angle: Second place(via Karen Smith)6. Wide-angle: Third place(via Tom St. George)7. Conceptual: First place(via Conor Culver)8. Conceptual: Second place(via Lucie Drlikova)9. Conceptual: Third place(via Christian Vizl)10. Macro: First place(via Cai Songda)11. Macro: Second place(via Christian Bachmann)12. Macro: Third place(via Rafael Fernandez Caballero)Did you know the cuttlefish population is actually growing? Or that anglerfishes’ bioluminescence comes from bacteria? Learn this and more in our Ocean section. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Best conceptual photo:First place: Conor CulverSecond place: Lucie DrlikovaThird place: Christian Vizl Best macro photo:First place: Cai SongdaSecond place: Christian BachmannThird place: Rafael Fernandez Caballero Best wide-angle photo:First place: Alex DawsonSecond place: Karen SmithThird place: Tom St. George ‘Mouth Fighting’ Worms Make One Hell of an Underwater RacketWatch: Divers Spot Giant Jellyfish the Size of a Human Off British Coast With the advent of waterproof cameras and phone cases, anyone can be an underwater photographer.But not everyone can be an award-winning underwater photographer like Rodney Bursiel.A self-proclaimed competitive swimmer and Christopher Moore fan, Bursiel is no stranger to accolades: According to his personal website, the Texan has “won a bunch of awards for photos I have taken all over the world.”AdChoices广告The latest: Top prize in Scuba Diving magazine’s 2018 “Through Your Lens” contest.“The underwater photo contest continues to be one of our favorite issues to produce,” the magazine staff wrote in a recent announcement. “For the 14th year, we’ve asked underwater photographers of all skill levels to submit their best work … and we marvel at how many beautiful images you all have shared.”More than 2,100 entries were narrowed does to a “dozen or so” winners across four categories—wide-angle, macro, conceptual, and compact camera—plus Bursiel.“After spending an entire day searching for whales, our boat was gifted with a magical encounter with a curious and interactive mother and calf,” he explained. “As the mother hovered at 30 feet, her inquisitive calf would make its way to the surface to breathe, coming in close to inspect each of us.”Captured near Tonga in the Pacific Ocean, the stunning image earned Bursiel $1,000 cash and a liveaboard trip on the Oman Aggressor boat.“Some of my favorite photos of marine life are shot from behind,” he said. “Here I attempted to create a unique perspective by flipping the image upside down so the whale appears to be floating just above the surface in full breach.“Storytelling isn’t always about the reality of what was seen,” Bursiel continued. “I hope the image shares with others my take on the mystical world I find myself in each time I dip below the surface.”Check out all 13 winning photographs in the slideshow below.Best compact-camera photo:First place: Jamie HallSecond place: Yap KatumbalThird place: Ferenc Lőrinczlast_img read more

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After years of forensic investigation Somerton Mans identity remains a mystery Part

first_imgActual photograph of Somerton Beach on the day the body was found. For Abbott, the biggest motivating factor in identifying the Somerton Man is somewhat of a moral human principle: even when a person has lost everything, including their life, they should still have their name. (Top) Actual scrap of paper found in the Somerton Man’s pocket. The phrase means “finished” or “ended” and was ripped from a book of poems called The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. Credit: Derek Abbott, University of Adelaide. (Bottom) The “code,” consisting of 5 lines of letters written in the back of the copy of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám from which the words “Tamán shud” were torn. Explore further New research indicates homosexuality prevalent in early Christian Rome (Phys.org)—As one of Australia’s most infamous cold case mysteries, the enigma of the Somerton Man deals with a haunting situation: a man is found dead on a beach, and no one steps forward to identify him. While it’s common for people to go missing and never be found, this case is the opposite: a person’s body is found, but no one seems to have missed him. Citation: After years of forensic investigation, Somerton Man’s identity remains a mystery (Part 1: History and Code) (2015, June 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-06-years-forensic-somerton-identity-mystery.html Reconstruction of the two horseback riders on Somerton Beach discovering the body. Credit: Australian Broadcasting Corporationcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “Governments today sponsor DNA identification of WWI and WWII unmarked graves in order to bring closure to families,” Abbott said. “Our individual identities are fundamental to being human, and this is why we are all given names at birth. Civilized societies always strive to preserve the identities of the dead, whether it be the result of accident, crime, war, or natural disaster. Thus there is the social imperative to improve our forensic methods, and apply modern science, to mitigate the ultimate dehumanization: identity loss.” Tamám shudPerhaps the most unique piece of evidence in the Somerton Man case is a tiny piece of paper found in the man’s pocket containing the printed words “Tamám shud,” which means “finished” or “ended” in Persian. Sometimes the case is even called the “Tamám shud case.” A journalist at the time named Frank Kennedy quickly recognized the paper to be torn from the last page of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, a book of collected poems by Omar Khayyám, an 11th century Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer. In July 1949, weeks after the inquest ended, a man brought in the exact copy of the book from which the paper was torn, saying that the book had been tossed into his open car window while parked on the street, around the time the corpse was found.In the back of this book are five lines of letters that appear to be some kind of code. Although many people have tried to decipher it, no one has figured out what the code means, or even proven that it is for sure a code at all. But the fact that this mysterious string of letters exists suggests that the circumstances of the Somerton Man’s life may be at least as perplexing as those of his death.In an attempt to find some answers, Abbott has approached the “code” from many angles, though so far with minimal results. First, to test the hypothesis that the letters are just random jottings, he had a group of students write letters as they randomly came to mind (first sober, then after alcohol), but the results were the same: the letters in the book seem to bear a structure, as they aren’t statistically distributed in the way that humans would produce random letters.Then Abbott and his students tried to see if the letters matched any of the ciphers that were known during World War II. Two of Abbott’s students, Stephen Maxwell and Patrick Johnson, won a prestigious award—Australia’s 2011 Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Surveillance Systems Undergraduate Prize—for eliminating more than 20 types of ciphers. Great investigative work, but disappointing results.To see if they could statistically match the letters to a language, Abbott and his students compared them to the letters in the Declaration of Human Rights, as it is a large document that has been translated into every extant language in the world. Using an automated approach in software, they found no match to any language. However, when running the test again and limiting it to only the first letters of words, English turned up as the closest match. More information: More information on the Somerton Man:Reddit thread discussion with Prof. Abbott on the Somerton Man case Crowdsourcing campaign for research funds, to go toward more sophisticated DNA tests and to pay research assistants to process DNA and isotope data. (The project has so far been done without external funding.)Change.org petition for the exhumation of the Somerton Man to assist in his identificationThe Unknown Man by Gerry Feltus”The Somerton Man: An Unsolved History” paper by Ruth Balint Taman Shud: The Somerton Man Mystery by Kerry Greenwood At this point, the team is investigating two possibilities: that the letters are either a kind of one-time pad code that exploits initial letters, or that they are simply the first letters of a phrase of English words. If the letters are a one-time pad code, the code could be deciphered only by knowing the secret key, or “pad.” The obvious one-time pad would be something in The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam. In the coming months, the researchers plan to use systematic computer searches to check this hypothesis. However, if the one-time pad comes from another book, then it would be all but impossible to ever decipher the code.To investigate the second possibility, that the code consists of the first letters of a phrase, the researchers built their own search engine that can use “wildcards”—symbols that represent any letter—to search for phrases that begin with these letters. Unfortunately, Google does not offer this wildcard capability. However, the researchers quickly realized that their homemade search engine greatly lagged behind Google in speed.”Trawling the web with one PC takes an eternity,” Abbott explained. “Google has a server farm, and they then index the web, so your searches are on a post-trawled web index. Because you don’t actually trawl, your search is blindingly fast.”To give you an example of how dumb we were, after making a search engine that could use wildcards, we trawled the web looking for any phrases that began with these letters from the code: MLIAB. For just that one short sequence, it took 18 hours just to get one hit. It came up with the phrase ‘my love is a butterfly.’ We obviously weren’t going to try that again, however, interesting that the first hit we got was something of a romantic genre.”Abbott then inquired with Google for permission to access their web index directly, but to no avail. Now the researchers plan to use Google’s publicly available N-gram data—vast numbers of phrases that contain up to five words—to further their search. While this approach can never reliably reconstruct the original message, it might deliver clues to the general nature of the message by finding unique phrases that fit the letter sequences.”Part 2: DNA, isotopes, and autopsy” is here: http://phys.org/news/2015-06-years-forensic-somerton-identity-mystery_1.html. © 2015 Phys.org Who was the Somerton Man, and where did he come from? Many people have been trying to answer these questions for a long time with little success. Recently, investigators have applied the latest forensics science techniques to the case in hopes of finding some answers, although the mystery is still far from being solved.Over the past few years, one of the principle scientific investigators of the case has been Derek Abbott, a professor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia, the city in which the incident occurred. December 1, 1948At around 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 1, 1948, two horseback riders on Adelaide’s Somerton Beach were the first to notice a man’s body lying in the sand, his head propped up against the retaining wall near the stairs, and inspect closely enough to confirm that he was indeed dead. The evening before, a few people reported seeing a man “sleeping” in the same location, but suspected that he was drunk. The man had a bus ticket in his pocket that he had bought earlier that day, suggesting that he had arrived at the beach no earlier than that afternoon.An autopsy revealed that the man was in his early 40s, was physically fit, and had a healthy heart. It found no signs of violence and no poison (cyanides, alkaloids, barbiturates, or carbolic acid) in his system. However, his organs were filled with blood, and his spleen was three times its normal size. Although heart failure was determined to be the immediate cause of death, the cause leading up to heart failure was unknown, and the death was deemed unnatural. The case received prominent media coverage at the time, and over the next six months, dozens of people came to look at the embalmed body in search of missing friends and relatives, but no one could accurately identify him. The following June, an inquest concluded that both the cause of death and the man’s identity were unknown. The body was buried in a graveyard in Adelaide, with a tombstone that reads “Here lies the Unknown Man, who was found at Somerton Beach, 1 Dec. 1948.”Although the case is still considered open by the South Australian Major Crime Task Force, it has largely been forgotten until the past few years when Abbott and other investigators have taken a renewed interest in it, hoping that a combination of modern forensics techniques, old-fashioned detective work, and a little luck may shed some light on the mystery. last_img read more

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Water dimer captured inside a fullereneC70

first_img More information: Rui Zhang et al. Synthesis of a distinct water dimer inside fullerene C70, Nature Chemistry (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2464AbstractThe water dimer is an ideal chemical species with which to study hydrogen bonds. Owing to the equilibrium between the monomer and oligomer structure, however, selective generation and separation of a genuine water dimer has not yet been achieved. Here, we report a synthetic strategy that leads to the successful encapsulation of one or two water molecules inside fullerene C70. These endohedral C70 compounds offer the opportunity to study the intrinsic properties of a single water molecule without any hydrogen bonding, as well as an isolated water dimer with a single hydrogen bond between the two molecules. The unambiguously determined off-centre position of water in (H2O)2@C70 by X-ray diffraction provides insights into the formation of (H2O)2@C70. Subsequently, the 1H NMR spectroscopic measurements for (H2O)2@C70 confirmed the formation of a single hydrogen bond rapidly interchanging between the encapsulated water dimer. Our theoretical calculations revealed a peculiar cis-linear conformation of the dimer resulting from confinement effects inside C70. Water has some rather unique properties. For example, water has an exceptionally high melting and boiling point thanks to its intermolecular hydrogen bonding network. It is this bonding network that makes isolating two water molecules very difficult. Investigating a water dimer would allow researchers to gain further insight into water’s intermolecular bonding network. Furthermore, water dimers have been observed in atmospheric water vapor.Prior studies have successfully isolated a single water molecule within a fullerene-C60. Fullerenes are hollow carbon spheres whose interior is isolated from the surrounding environment. Researchers have isolated highly reactive species within a fullerene such as metals or a nitrogen atom. The interior cavity of the fullerene-C60 is 3.7Å in diameter, which is too small to house a water dimer so Rui Zhang, Michihisa Murata, Tomoko Aharen, Atsushi Wakamiya, Takafumi Shimoaka, Takeshi Hasegawa, and Yasujiro Murata from Kyoto University focused on fullerene-C70, which has an ellipsoid shape with a long diameter of 4.6 Å.Zhang, et al. used a technique, known as molecular surgery, to insert one and two water molecules into a fullerene-C70. The molecular surgical method involves making a “hole” in a fullerene-C70 via a chemical reaction, inserting the target molecules under extreme conditions, and then closing the hole to reform the C70 sphere. Zhang, et al. developed a novel way to open the fullerene-C70 cage.There are two reactive sites on the surface of a fullerene-C70, α and β bonds that are good candidates for alkene addition. While α bonds are more reactive, focusing the addition reaction on the β bonds yielded a larger pore size. Once Zhang, et al. achieved a sufficiently large pore size through sequential C=C cleavage, they then forced water into the fullerene cavity under high pressure (9,000 atm) and heat (120oC). They were able to restore the fullerene’s cage using a two-step process and isolated fullerene-C70 with a single water molecule from empty fullerene using HPLC. Proton NMR and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry confirmed the presence of a single water molecule within the fullerene. X-ray diffraction studies indicated that the water molecule is off-center within the cage and that there is still pore space available for the possibility of an additional water molecule.Indeed, Zhang, et al. found a trace product that they isolated using HPLC. Mass spectrometry and NMR studies provided compelling evidence that this was a water dimer encapsulated by fullerene-C70. The dimer has a single hydrogen bond between and the two molecules adopted a different conformation (cis-linear) from water’s normal conformation (trans-linear). Additionally, infrared studies clearly distinguished the empty C70 from the C70 containing one water molecule and the C70 containing two water molecules, providing further insight into the differences between the three species. This research provides an excellent opportunity for further studies to understand this water’s unique conformation in a confined space, as well as the nature of the single hydrogen bond. Scientists build world’s smallest ‘water bottle’ Explore further Journal information: Nature Chemistry © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img Structures of fullerene C60, C70. Credit: (c) Nature Chemistry (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2464 Citation: Water dimer captured inside a fullerene-C70 (2016, March 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-dimer-captured-fullerene-c70.html (Phys.org)—Researchers from Kyoto University have, for the first time, isolated a water dimer. Using a technique known as molecular surgery, they encapsulated the dimer within a fullerene-C70 molecule. Their work appears in the recent issue of Nature Chemistry. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_imgShift is different from moving forward or moving backward. It means moving along the lateral. And among all physical mobilities-pushing, pulling, picking or dropping, shifting is the most challenging. Curated by Joyoti Roy, the painting and photography exhibition Shift Collective displays the works of Suman Sengupta and Amit Dey that challenge their own subjects and metaphors. It is familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. The artistes come from the mainstream visual media. The major shift in the manner in which the artists have challenged their mainstream work is the real creative genius of this exhibition. This is an internal journey but so daring that it should be thrown up in the open to be watched and interpreted.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the 22 works in this exhibition, viewers will see a gradation in the development of the ideas of the artists in this scheme, how each concept has been meticulously developed and rendered. So shift your gears and enjoy this ride. It is going to be an act of handling weight, direction, tact and impact, all at the same time.Suman’s paintings are bold, honest, simple and driven, essentially, by passion and love for the vocation. His paintings are often his tool of reaction to the world around him. He has been inspired by the works of Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Piccasso and Bikash Bhattacharya all known to be passionate painters, who painted because of an urgent need to express without a care for consequence and attaining the heights of unique, often assertive, interpretations of life around. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAmit Dey is one of the rare photographers who have achieved commercial success and critical acclaim in equal measures. Based in New Delhi, India, he has been involved in creating many different types of images, ranging from fashion to architecture, lifestyle to concepts… and many things in between.Cherishing his artistic freedom, he loves to experiment, and refuses to be tied to any particular genre or style.When: December 21-27 Where: Lalit Kala Akademi Gallery 5 Kasturba Gandhi Marglast_img read more

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first_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 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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Currently, North Dakota has equipment operating regulations for radiographers, radiation therapists and nuclear medicine technologists, but the regulations are not recognized as formal licensure by the state attorney general. “As medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals, patient safety is our number one goal,” said Amy Hofmann, legislative chair of the NDSRT. “Unfortunately, medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals in our state are limited in their ability to provide a full scope of patient services, which can slow down operations and delay patient treatment. As a result, it’s important to provide these highly-trained health care professionals with the ability to be active partners on the health care team.” If SB 2236 is enacted, the state will create the State Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Medical Examiners. The nine-person board will oversee the licensing requirements for the personnel who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures. In addition, the board will be responsible for administering disciplinary measures and penalties. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  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 Systemscenter_img A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. 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News | February 17, 2015 North Dakota Radiologic Technologists Seek Efficiencies in Providing Medical Imaging to Patients Medical imaging and radiation therapy personnel currently bound by restrictive regulations Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… 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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Avoyas 2018 conference to take place on land and at sea onboard

first_img Travelweek Group Avoya’s 2018 conference to take place on land and at sea, onboard new Norwegian Bliss
 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tuesday, November 14, 2017 center_img Share FT. LAUDERDALE — Avoya Travel plans to host its 2018 Annual Conference both on land and at sea, May 22 – 27, 2018, in conjunction with the inaugural preview cruise of NCL’s Norwegian Bliss from Long Beach, California.Avoya says the event will serve as a forum for it “to continue its collaborative innovation for a different and better vacation planning experience and to celebrate record success of the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network”. Avoya has a small but growing number of home-based agencies in Canada.Avoya’s 2018 conference will bring together independent agencies in the Avoya Network, preferred supplier partners, and Avoya support staff for education, networking and celebration.New for 2018 Avoya is offering additional educational programs with its new ‘Pre-Conference Day’ with specific sessions designed for the rapidly growing number of new-to-travel independent agency owners, as well as supplier one-on-one meetings and peer-to-peer best practice sharing.Avoya says its overall conference program is set to focus on new developments that deliver the best experiences to customers, building industry-best Independent Agencies sales, and will feature top-attended events such as the Chairman’s Gala.Avoya has a buyout at Hotel Maya, Hilton Hotels’ newly renovated Long Beach oceanfront property, to host the land component of the conference May 22 – 25. After which attendees will board Norwegian Bliss for its highly invitation-only inaugural sailing May 25 – 27.“We’re thrilled to welcome the elite Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network to be among the first travel professionals to experience our newest and most incredible ship, Norwegian Bliss,” said Camille Olivere, Senior Vice President, Sales for Norwegian Cruise Line. “Norwegian Cruise Line shares a passion with Avoya Travel for innovation in travel and providing our mutual guests with exceptional cruise vacation experiences, so we’re honored to be their Annual Conference partner once again.”Registration is now open and details about programing, keynote speakers and events will be announced soon, says Avoya. Tags: Avoya Travel, Spherelast_img read more

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Qatar Airport City masterplan

first_imgMasterplanners OMA beat out international competition to develop the new 10km² Airport City in Qatar.The development will provide work and housing for 200,000 people through a series of four circular districts, surrounding and linking the new Hamad International Airport (HIA) with Doha, Qatar.Each of the four districts of Airport City will be unique within the master plan’s overall identity; the business district, the aviation campus, the logistics district and the residential district.“We are delighted and honoured to participate in the exciting growth of Doha, in a project that is perhaps the first serious effort anywhere in the world to interface between an international airport and the city it serves,” OMA founder Rem Koolhaas said.OMA expect the project to be mostly complete by the time the 2022 World Cup is hosted by Qatar.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Developers to complete project in time for 2022 World Cup.last_img read more

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MSC Cruises ups fleet expansion plan through 2026

first_imgMSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and CEO of STX France Laurent Castaing cut the first steel of the newly named MSC Virtuosa.MSC Cruises ups fleet expansion plan through 2026Newly-ordered fifth Meraviglia class vessel brings to up to five total of MSC Cruises’ LNG-powered ships on orderThree MSC Cruises’ ships now under simultaneous construction at STX France as construction on MSC Virtuosa beginsMSC Cruises and STX France signed an order for the construction of a fifth Meraviglia class cruise ship. Due to be delivered in 2023, this vessel will be equipped with a new generation of dual-fuel engines designed to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). She will also feature other innovative environmental technologies, notably including an advanced wastewater treatment system compliant with the world’s most stringent regulatory standards, including the provisions enshrined in Resolution MEPC.227 for the Baltic Sea.This announcement was made at a unique ceremony held at the Saint-Nazaire shipyard in the presence of Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of the Economy and Finance. STX France and MSC Cruises celebrated three major ship building milestones: the Steel Cutting Ceremony of the 4th Meraviglia class vessel where MSC Cruises announced that the ship will be named MSC Virtuosa; the Coin Ceremony of MSC Grandiosa; and the Float-out of MSC Bellissima. For the first time in Saint-Nazaire’s history, three cruise ships belonging to a single cruise brand are under simultaneous construction at the shipyard.Speaking before opening the valves to flood the dry dock where MSC Bellissima has been assembled, Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman, said: “With the announcement of yet another new vessel, the 13th under our 10-year investment plan, we are affirming our commitment to sustainable growth for our Company. I say this while three more next-generation MSC Cruises are now simultaneously under construction.Mr Vago added, “Our fifth Meraviglia class cruise ship will bring a new generation of cutting-edge environmental technology to the market, benefiting from a new generation of LNG-powered engines. This will help us further reduce our environmental footprint and advance in our journey of constant improvement. She will be joined at sea by up to four World Class LNG-powered ships, as part of our overall commitment to environmental stewardship through this and other next-generation technologies and solutions deployed fleet-wide.”The agreement for the additional Meraviglia-Plus ship represents an additional investment of €900 million.About MSC Bellissima and MSC GrandiosaMSC Bellissima will be christened in Southampton on 2nd March 2019 whilst MSC Grandiosa will be christened in Hamburg in November 2019.MSC Bellissima will also be the first ship to feature the industry’s first digital cruise personal assistant, Zoe, as a new feature of MSC for Me, the Company’s digital innovation programme. A bespoke device is being designed specifically for use in the cabins on board and will be available in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Brazilian Portuguese and Mandarin. This digital service will provide guests with a simple and stress-free way to find out information that traditionally is asked in person at the Guest Relations desk. This way the guest can find the information without having to leave their cabin. This will then also be available on MSC Grandiosa.Both ships will bring offer two brand new shows from Cirque du Soleil at Sea, created exclusively for MSC Cruises guests. This is part of a long-term partnership between MSC Cruises and Cirque du Soleil, the world leader in artistic entertainment that will result in a total of eight original shows that will be available on MSC Cruises’ four Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus generation ships – two different shows on each ship.MSC Grandiosa will showcase an even larger Mediterranean-style promenade, the ground-breaking feature unique to the Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus prototypes, that serves as the social hub of the ship with an array of shops and specialty restaurants as well as a new bar and lounge, L’Atelier Bistrot that will offer lounge seating with a stage and a dance floor, impressionist art will be on display in this space will also have “terrace “seating with Parisian Bistrot tables and chairs on the Promenade Throughout the day and the evening, this award-winning promenade hosts surprise performances, including flash mobs and themed parties, as well as the awe-inspiring projections on the even longer 98.5-metre, LED Sky screen.MSC Cruises’ award-winning family offering will also see some new features and on MSC Bellissima this will see the introduction of a fun Grand Canyon theme for the Aquapark and a host of new magic inspired kids entertainment for kids of all ages. The family deck will include the DOREMI Studio Lounge, a dedicated lounge for all family activities, DOREMI Tech Lab, a must visit destination for kids who love technology, as well as facilities designed in partnership with family experts including the LEGO Group and Chicco.The five Meraviglia class ships are;o   MSC Meraviglia, launched 2017o   MSC Bellissima, launching March 2019.   Float out ceremony 14/6/18.o   MSC Grandiosa, launching November 2019. Coin ceremony 14/6/18.o   MSC Virtuosa, launching 2020. Name announced at Steel cutting ceremony 14/6/18.o   Meraviglia Plus ship launching 2023The three ships under construction at STX France are MSC Bellissima, MSC Grandiosa and MSC Virtuosa.Source = MSC Cruiseslast_img read more

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Eye on the Industry Updates on New Technology and Partnerships

first_imgEye on the Industry: Updates on New Technology and Partnerships Share Hubzu, an online real estate marketing platform, announced the launch of new mobile technology features including a mobile app and SMS notifications. These features allow Hubzu users to further engage and interact during the search and online auction phases by receiving real-time notifications regarding auction outbids, auction end times, foreclosure auction alerts, auction bid prices, and new properties.Bids can now be placed directly through the mobile app and via SMS, a feature—providing users the flexibility they need to remain connected during an active auction.The Hubzu marketplace features more than 3,500 active properties available for sale, and the new mobile offerings provide additional options for Hubzu users to search, learn, bid and buy through the tools that they are most comfortable using. Hubzu’s data shows that more than 50 percent of users who visit the website are doing so via a mobile device. Through mobile app push notifications and real-time SMS notifications, users can stay in the know about relevant property auctions and the latest bids.______LoanScorecard, a provider of non-agency automated underwriting systems (AUS), recently announced that it has partnered with Nations Direct Mortgage (NDM) to power DirectQual, a pricing and scenario tool designed to provide preliminary pricing for various loan scenarios.Powered by LoanScorecard’s Portfolio Underwriter technology, NDM’s DirectQual allows brokers, even if they are not yet approved NDM Mortgage Broker Partners, to import scenarios directly from Calyx Point or via 3.2 file upload and determine eligibility across NDM’s Non-QM loan programs. This not only simplifies the Non-QM loan process, but also helps brokers quickly find the right Non-QM program for their borrowers.“We were looking for a solution that would help us engage with more brokers, educate them on our Non-QM products, and provide rapid pre-qualification answers brokers can depend upon,” said Martin Warren, Director of Lending at NDM. “This engine is a tremendous tool for our brokers to simplify the pre-qual process and get results for their Non-QM borrowers—consistently and quickly.”_______LoanScorecard recently announced that NewFi Wholesale has implemented LoanScorecard’s product and pricing engine, Pricer1, and non-agency AUS, Portfolio Underwriter, as its Non-QM Pricing & Scenario Tool.Founded in 2015, NewFi Wholesale is a wholesale mortgage lender headquartered in Emeryville, California, with expertise in government, jumbo, and non-qualified mortgage (non-QM) lending. The company is licensed to do business in California, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington.Powered by LoanScorecard’s Pricer1 and Portfolio Underwriter technology, NewFi Wholesale’s Non-QM Pricing & Scenario Tool allows approved and potential broker partners to run loan scenarios in Calyx Point or on the lender’s website. Brokers can then quickly determine eligibility and pricing across NewFi Wholesale’s proprietary non-QM products: Sequoia Portfolio Plus, Sequoia Portfolio Expanded, Sequoia Investor Pro and Sequoia CPA.“By combining our broad range of loan products with innovative technology we are reshaping the way our broker partners shop for and close loans,” said Steve Abreu, CEO of NewFi Wholesale. “We chose to partner with LoanScorecard because they allow us to provide brokers, whether or not they are approved partners, greater value by accessing our proprietary guidelines directly in their LOS. In addition, we didn’t need to spend significant time and resources building our own AUS. LoanScorecard’s implementation process was so smooth that we were up and running in less than a month.” Eye on the Industry FinTech Tech 2019-07-25 Seth Welborncenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Technology 8 days ago 151 Views last_img read more

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