APTN National NewsProtestors took to the streets of Edmonton recently to speak out against what they are calling a national crisis.They are challenging the Alberta government’s proposal to establish a provincial water market.APTN’s Keith Laboucan has this story.
A statement issued by a spokesman for Mr. Annan said the Secretary-General “condemns in the strongest possible terms as a cowardly act of terrorism” the killing of 24 Kashmiri Hindus that took place near the town of Shopian.The Secretary-General also sent his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, the statement said.
Review: Yes, the iPhone 5 is improved – but it’s still just a phone by News Staff Posted Sep 24, 2012 3:55 am MDT TORONTO – The iPhone 5 is just a phone.Sometimes it bears repeating, given the inescapable hype that surrounds just about every product launch Apple orchestrates.If you knew nothing about technology, you might reasonably assume that Apple’s new phone must be a revolutionary technological marvel, based on the breathless news coverage that started months ago and TV footage of long overnight lineups for the gadget.But the iPhone 5 is just a phone. A great one, yes, and arguably the best you can buy right now. It’s certainly the best Apple has ever produced, a seemingly slight but marked upgrade over its already powerful predecessor. But the iPhone 5 doesn’t represent a paradigm shift in mobile technology, there’s no killer feature that renders the iPhone 4 or 4S â€” or other high-end competitors made by the likes of Samsung â€” obsolete.But it still must be said that Apple has taken a phone that was already at the top of its class and undoubtedly made it even better.The improved look and feel of the iPhone 5 is immediately apparent. It’s a shiny, slick device with a luxurious look to match its hefty price tag. Compared to the previous iPhones, it’s been stretched out vertically by just under a centimetre, which allowed Apple to increase its screen size by about 1.25 centimetres diagonally, giving it the 16:9 aspect ratio used for high definition video. The extra-tall screen means there’s an additional row of icons on the home screen, more of a web page is displayed before having to scroll and watching a HD movie fills the screen fully. But as of now, not all apps have been optimized for the new display, so users may find black bars at the edges of the screen in some apps. Some consumers may be disappointed that Apple didn’t make the new screen even larger. Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III has a screen that’s a full two centimetres larger when measured diagonally and while bulkier to handle, it’s still manageable to carry around and stick in a pocket. I can’t say one screen size is better than another, it’s a matter of personal preference.Apple also boasts its new phone is 18 per cent thinner and 20 per cent lighter than the last iPhone. The iPhone 5 does feel like it’s a hollow shell compared to the iPhone 4S. But while it’s no doubt a technological feat, practically speaking, its feather-weight feel isn’t really a feature.Like with most new models, the processing power has got a major boost in the iPhone 5, giving it the potential to be twice as fast as the iPhone 4S. In reality, app programmers still haven’t had a chance to really take advantage of that extra power, so the iPhone 5 doesn’t actually work twice as fast as the last phone. But it is noticeably quicker in responding to most tasks, including launching apps and using the web browser.Part of the zippy web browsing experience is linked to the phone’s ability to tap into a newer kind of high-speed mobile network called LTE, a major step up from 3G. At the best of times, LTE even smokes most residential Internet connections. At home, I subscribe to a plan that lets me download data at up to 16 megabits per second, while a test on Rogersâ€™ LTE network produced speeds that were occasionally three times as fast. The blazing speed isn’t always appreciable during web browsing but it’s evident when tapping on a video link. Try browsing through the video section at the New York Times, where gorgeous-looking video opens instantly and requires no buffering whatsoever. The iPhone 5 isn’t the first phone to connect to LTE networks and most smartphones going forward will have that connectivity option. Just be warned that watching video over mobile networks will quickly chew through your data plan and streaming too much can be very costly.One change thatâ€™s sure to annoy longtime users of Apple products is the new slimmer Lightning connector, used for plugging in a power cord or connecting to iPhone-compatible peripherals. Those who invested in iPhone docks, alarm clocks or have a surplus of charging plugs wonâ€™t be able to use them with the iPhone 5 without purchasing an adapter. Apple’s cheapest sells for $35, so here’s hoping generic-brand adapters start flooding the market soon.The other major knock against the iPhone 5 is that it no longer has Google Maps data baked into its software. Apple has gone with another supplier for its maps and it’s clearly inferior. Still, despite a major backlash suggesting the new maps app may be unusable, it really isn’t that bad. There are plenty of reports of major errors in the mapping data and embarrassing graphic glitches but it generally has the basics covered. Its ability to provide turn-by-turn directions makes separate GPS units unnecessary. And if users really miss Google Maps, it’s still available within the browser and a link to the website can be added to the home screen.The iPhone 5 also comes preloaded with a new version of Siri, the voice activated personal assistant, which can now respond to queries about local points of interest, provide directions, check sports scores and search for movie screenings. But it remains a very hit and miss experience, which means it’s not always a time saver and is often an annoyance. During testing, Siri frequently couldnâ€™t understand when I said â€œTorontoâ€ and often thought I was referring to Trenton or Toron Tow. On the other hand, dictating emails generally worked very well, with only the odd mistake that needed correcting. Apple continues to say that Siri is in “beta” mode, meaning they don’t consider it a fully polished product and more of a work in progress.There’s no such thing as a perfect product so belabouring any of the iPhone 5’s few negatives is really nitpicking. It’s a powerful pocket-sized computer that browses the web, runs apps and games, takes great photos and video, and works like a MP3 player, GPS and TV screen. It also makes phone calls.But it must be said that its two predecessors, the iPhone 4 and 4S, still stand up remarkably well to the latest and greatest. Both can be loaded with iOS 6, the latest operating system for iPhones, iPod Touchs and iPads, although many features won’t work on the iPhone 4.There are Apple users who will always want the newest model, so the decision to upgrade will be automatic. Those who recently purchased an iPhone 4S may want to fight any jealousy they might be harbouring and hold out at least another year to see what Apple comes out with next.For a first time smartphone user who doesn’t read tech blogs and is still learning the difference between a megabyte and gigabyte, I’d suggest there’s a strong case to be made for going with the still very-capable iPhone 4, which offers incredible value given that it’s basically free when signing a three-year contract. The biggest two features missing on that phone, Siri and FaceTime video chatting, are certainly non-essential. The iPhone 4S lacks LTE connectivity but can do most else that an iPhone 5 can do, albeit maybe a little slower. It’s only $80 on a three-year contract. Or for $100 more you can buy the new iPhone 5 on contract, which is clearly an improvement over the other iPhones but for the average consumer, maybe not by much.Or you can go the more expensive route and purchase an unlocked phone without a contract, which frees you from getting stuck with one mobile provider for three years and allows you to travel with the phone and buy a local pay-as-you-go SIM card to avoid costly roaming fees. The incentive to save money by buying an older iPhone is even greater when looking at unlocked models. The iPhone 4 is $450, the iPhone 4S costs another $150 more, and the iPhone 5 ranges between $700 to $900. That’s a lot of money for technology that falls out of fashion so quickly.At those prices, consumers might want to remind themselves: it’s just a phone. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
DeGeneres works with ‘Bridesmaids’ director on Oscar promo, says she’s angling for film role by The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2013 11:55 am MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Ellen DeGeneres wants to be in “Bridesmaids 2.”The returning Oscar host says she’s working with “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig to promote the Academy Awards because she’s angling for a part in the “Bridesmaids” sequel, even though no such film has been announced.In a video released late Thursday by the film academy, the 55-year-old funny woman says: “Two plus two: great Oscar promo, ‘Bridesmaids 2,’ cha-ching!”Feig has demurred about a “Bridemaids” sequel since the movie’s groundbreaking success in 2011. The director’s most recent film, summer’s “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, also blasted box office expectations and inspired rumours of a sequel.___Online:www.oscars.org/herewego AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
“The imperative remains to provide protection for people fleeing deadly violence, and we are concerned that this decision, though temporary, may compound the anguish for those it affects,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a news release, adding that his Office (UNHCR) has long been a partner for the US in finding solutions to refugee problems, “and we look forward to continuing this partnership.”Mr. Grandi’s statement follows the signing earlier today by US President Donald Trump of an Executive order that, according to news reports, would, among other things, suspend the country’s refugee programme for 120 days. It would also bar for 90 days travel to the US by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.Today’s measure follows a similar Order signed by the US President on 27 January, which barred all nationals from several majority Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – from entering the US for 90 days. Under that Order, Syrian refugees were barred indefinitely. In the wake of the new Order, the UN refugee agency reiterated its readiness to engage constructively with the US Administration to ensure all refugee programmes meet the highest standards for safety and security.“Americans have long played a crucial role in promoting global stability while simultaneously exemplifying the highest humanitarian ideals, from support for refugee emergencies overseas, to welcoming some of the most vulnerable refugee families in the United States to rebuild their lives in safety, freedom and dignity,” said UNHCR.“This is the gold standard in refugee protection and a powerful model for all countries,” it said, adding that at a time of record-high levels of forced human displacement, “this kind of humane leadership is needed more than ever.” read more
The NFL season is more than a week away, but fans across the country are already gearing up for fantasy football. Whether you are your league’s reigning champion or perennial laughingstock, here are a few tips that could help you take home a title this season. Sleepers In my opinion, you cannot win a fantasy league with your top picks. Generally, the difference in production between players drafted in the first round is fairly negligible. But for that very reason alone, you can definitely lose a fantasy league with your first few picks. Stay away from high-risk players early on, and then target low-risk, high-reward players later in the draft. If they turn out to be gems, their performance could propel you to a league title. Jay Cutler (Quarterback, Chicago Bears) In 2008, Jay Cutler threw for more than 4,500 yards and 25 touchdowns in his last season with the Denver Broncos — his best statistical year to date. Now in Chicago, he has been reunited with quarterbacks coach, Jeremy Bates, and wide receiver, Brandon Marshall, both new additions to the Bears, that helped him reach those numbers. If you aren’t keen on spending a top pick on one of the league’s elite quarterbacks, Cutler could be a steal later in your draft. Greg Little (Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns) Little is the No. 1 wide receiver for a team that lacks exceptional playmakers. The Browns’ offense will almost certainly struggle again this season, but rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden will look Little’s way early and often. If you’re in a league that awards points per reception, Little is even more valuable. Keepers If you’re in a keeper league, which allows you to retain up to two players the following year, then rookies will be in high demand. For that reason, the obvious first-year players such as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will likely be overvalued and picked too early. Don’t make that mistake: select veteran players that will contribute to your squad right away during the middle rounds, and then steal one of the following under-the-radar rookies late in your draft. Coby Fleener (Tight End, Indianapolis Colts) While your opponents reach on Luck, you should patiently wait for Fleener and select the first-year tight end toward the end of your draft. Fleener and Luck were teammates for three years at Stanford, so Fleener will likely be one of Luck’s top targets in Indianapolis. Their immediate chemistry should translate well on the field, and for your fantasy team. Fleener had 667 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns last season at Stanford. Doug Martin (Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Martin flew under the radar while putting up impressive numbers during his collegiate career at Boise State, and will likely be undervalued in your fantasy draft. Starting as a rookie, Martin is Tampa Bay’s present and future. He is a perfect fantasy bench player that could evolve into your team’s future star. Busts Many people consider “busts” to be players that simply have terrible seasons, but I believe that a player can have a good season and still be considered a bust, as long as they were overvalued during a fantasy draft. Why spend a first-round pick on a wide receiver like Calvin Johnson, when you can receive similar production from a seventh-round pick? Calvin Johnson (Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions) One year after leading all wide receivers in yards and receiving touchdowns, expect a drop in production from Calvin Johnson. Johnson could very well be one of the top fantasy receivers again this year, but is he really worth a first-round pick? As I mentioned above, you can get similar production from receivers picked in the fifth, sixth or seventh rounds. The same cannot be said for running backs. Use your first-round pick on one of them, and then worry about getting a top receiver. In the pass-happy NFL, there are plenty of them. Michael Turner (Running Back, Atlanta Falcons) New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter favors a pass-heavy offensive attack, and the Falcons have a plethora of playmakers that will succeed in his system. Turner, however, is not one of them. The veteran running back has averaged just 10 receptions per season since 2008, and his backup, Jacquizz Rodgers, is a capable receiver out of the backfield. Turner will likely have a limited role in 2012. read more
← Previous Story The 4th FOR THE SEASON: Irina Dibirova (Poltoratskaya) is new WHC Vardar coach! Next Story → Maik Machulla to replace Vranjes at SG Flensburg Handewitt! RK PPD Zagreb won important battle for EHF Champions League TOP 16 against RK Celje Pivovarna Laško 23:21 (14:10) at Arena Zagreb. The Croatian champions had last 79 seconds to keep the ball in the last attack and save two-goals win which was enough to put Slovenians out of the European elite competition.Belarussian referees Andrey Gusko and Siarhei Repkin gave the sign for “passive play” at 59:40, exactly 59 seconds since Celje’s last goal for 23:21. Home players used the rule of “six passes” to keep the ball until the end without shot on the goal!In the first match of two rivals, Celje PL beat PPD Zagreb 30:28, so now Croatian best side is on the sixth place and wait result from Skopje, where Vardar and IFK Kristianstad will play on Saturday.The Swedish team needs a point to qualify for EHF CL TOP 16 ahead of Balkan teams. read more
You can always spot someone who cares at least a little more about their audio by their headphones. If you see those little circular earbuds in white, black, or grey, chances are that person wouldn’t know audio quality if it bit them on the derriere.At a minimum, anybody who aims to truly enjoy their music will not use the headphones that came with 95% of devices, unless they have no other choice. Thankfully some technology is coming better equipped on the audio front, like some of HTC’s products that use Beats audio software and come with Beats headphones as well. Opinions on value aside, a set of Beats headphones is worlds ahead of what the fruit-shaped omni-corp gives you.For everyone else, picking up a set of headphones from the aftermarket is crucial. There are a lot of options, but there are a few brands that stick out in value and quality: Shure, Sennheiser, Skullcandy (lot’s of S’ in there), and others. While not generally synonymous with value, there is also the highly contested Bose.Known for its design, sound, and price tag, Bose brand audio products are the start of the premium products. While many people don’t realize you can spend thousands of dollars, even just on headphones, Bose truly is the entry-point for high end audio.Bose’s AE2i headphones are an interesting hybrid. They have iPhone/iPod compatible controls and a built-in mic, but have a studio-style over-the-ear setup instead of an in-ear speaker. This typically allows for much better sound quality, though less noise isolation than an in-ear design.Bose is all well known for very rarely being sold below the company’s MSRP, at least through authorized retailers. That’s why this particular deal is especially hot, as we found a massive 25% savings on these premium headphones, bringing the price down to $134.95 with free shipping.Visit LogicBuy for the Bose AE2i Headphones read more
Short URL Share145 Tweet Email4 http://jrnl.ie/3874065 Image: Shutterstock/Burlingham Connolly said people may be unable to get prescriptions in the coming days and should “ensure they have enough of their essential medication to last them until the beginning of next week”.He also urged members of the public to check that older family members and neighbours have all their required medications and, if not, to contact the person’s pharmacy.Snow-ice warnings A status orange snow-ice warning will be in effect for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Wicklow and Meath from 3pm today until 11am tomorrow.A status yellow snow-ice warning will be in place for Kilkenny, Longford, Wexford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford from 6pm today until 11am tomorrow.There’s a chance the warnings will be extended to other counties and/or upgraded to red, the highest level. Accumulations of 4 to 6cm of snow are expected in some areas by tomorrow morning and temperatures are set to dip to -7 degrees Celsius.Read: Minister tells older people to stock up on fuel now and pay laterRead: ‘Beast from the east is coming our way’: Leo says weather advice will be clear about whether to stay home from work Feb 27th 2018, 10:03 AM 36 Comments PEOPLE ARE BEING advised to have an adequate supply of essential medicines at home as the country braces itself for Storm Emma.Snow and “exceptionally cold” weather is expected in the coming days, according to Met Éireann.The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) has warned that the bad weather could lead to both patients and pharmacists experiencing “significant disruption for several days”.Daragh Connolly, President of the IPU, said: “The extremely cold weather and snow storms predicted for Ireland may make it difficult for people to visit their local community pharmacy.While all pharmacies will try to remain open during the poor weather, there is a risk of disruption if individual pharmacies are forced to close. Similarly, disruption to supply could occur in localised areas if road conditions are poor. Pharmacists urge people to ensure they have ‘supply of essential medicines’ before storm hits The Irish Pharmacy Union has warned that patients could experience “significant disruption for several days”. Image: Shutterstock/Burlingham 11,762 Views By Órla Ryan Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 10:03 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article read more
WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN Assange will stand by his offer to be extradited to the US to face charges there, one of his lawyers has suggested.Assange last night welcomed the decision by US President Barack Obama to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified US documents, while calling for an end to a “war on whistleblowers”.“I welcome President Obama’s decision to commute the sentence of Ms. Chelsea Manning from 35 years to time served,” Assange said in a statement sent to AFP by one of his lawyers.He said Manning should never have been convicted and described her as “a hero, whose bravery should have been applauded not condemned”.“In order for democracy and the rule of law to thrive, the government should immediately end this war on whistleblowers, and publishers such as WikiLeaks and myself,” Assange added.Manning was convicted in August 2013 of espionage and other offenses after admitting to leaking 700,000 sensitive military and diplomatic classified documents to WikiLeaks.A transgender soldier, she was sentenced by military court martial as Bradley Manning and has since been held in an all-male prison, where the 29-year-old has attempted suicide twice.Earlier this month WikiLeaks said on Twitter that Assange would agree to US extradition if Obama were to grant Manning clemency.Assange made no mention of this in statement last night. However, Melinda Taylor, one of his lawyers, suggested he wouldn’t go back on his word.“Everything that he has said he’s standing by,” she said in a brief telephone conversation with The Associated Press. Share15 Tweet Email1 Short URL Source: WikiLeaks/Twitter Jan 18th 2017, 9:46 AM 80 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3192073 Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 9:46 AM If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case https://t.co/MZU30SlfGK— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 12, 2017 Assange ‘standing by’ offer to be extradited to US – lawyer Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Dominic Lipinski Image: Dominic Lipinski Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where he faces sexual assault allegations, claiming he fears he would be extradited from there to the US over his role in the leaks.Following the White House announcement that Manning will now be released in May, Assange’s legal team did not immediately comment on whether Assange’s promise still stood.Washington has maintained the threat of prosecuting Assange over the 2010 leak, though no charges have been filed.With reporting from AP- © AFP, 2017Read: Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea ManningRead: Former US President George Bush Sr hospitalised in Texas 25,958 Views By AFP read more
The Croatian manager coached Eintracht Frankfurt last season, winning the German Cup, but this season he has had many troubles with the Bundesliga giantsIf somebody knows current Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac is Eintracht Frankfurt president Peter Fischer.After all, Kovac spent two years with Frankfurt, lifting the German Cup trophy, the first title for his team since 1988.But now, the Croatian is having a hard time coaching FC Bayern Munich.“Niko is an incredibly possessed, fair, diligent person,” Fischer was quoted by Bavarian Football Works.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“That comes to a great extent from his faith. Faith balances him. He’s thus also not an unfair person; he can’t put up with injustices hardly at all.”“Niko is a coach people follow and can trust. With him, yes means yes and no means no. That’s not true of every coach,” he added.“At Frankfurt, Kovac was where scarcely a single player had won anything. Munich, in contrast, is full of everything-winners.”“Bayern’s players have high self-confidence and a high self-understanding and had to adjust to a new coach who did a ton of things differently,” he concluded. read more
Consumer finance business Non-Standard Finance and law firm Womble Bond Dickinson are among the employers included on the shortlist for Best benefits communications, small employer, at the Employee Benefits Awards 2019.This award will celebrate the achievements of an organisation with fewer than 1,000 employees, which has used effective and innovative communications to engage staff with its benefits offering.The full category shortlist is:Non-Standard Finance (entered by Computershare)Secure Trust Bank Group, Boost – Benefits with real powerUniversity of Lincoln, Linc-On Benefits PlatformWomble Bond Dickinson (UK), Benefits Roadshow 2018The winning employer will be announced over a lunch-time ceremony, hosted by actor and comedian Kerry Godliman at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party on Friday 7 June 2019.Taking place at The Pavillion at the Tower of London, the awards ceremony will be followed by a summer party, during which attendees will be able to network, celebrate and discuss best practice at an iconic London location.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table. read more
OAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured a thief stealing a woman’s purse from her car outside a daycare in Oakland Park, in November.The video shows the woman leaving her vehicle and walking into Tot’s Town Daycare, located near Northwest 31st Avenue and Oakland Park Boulevard.Moments later, a man could be seen opening the unlocked door and grabbing the woman’s purse.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. read more
Share your voice Originally published Nov. 15, 2018. Update, Aug. 6: Adds new ABC information. Marvel Target ABC Tessa Thompson played a Valkyrie warrior in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel With a new live-action series focused on Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) called WandaVision headed to the new Disney Plus streaming service. And now it looks like ABC might be eyeing a Marvel female superhero series for its own network.”I have spoken to Marvel and we are in active talks about one project in particular,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke told Deadline on Monday. Burke said the character would be “something brand new, mostly” to align with ABC’s strategy of focusing on female superheroes.While we’re excited that both ABC and Disney Plus are exploring more Marvel characters for upcoming shows, we have our own list of female superheroes we think deserve their own TV series.Enlarge ImageShe-Hulk in the Marvel comics. Marvel 1. She-Hulk When lawyer Jennifer Walters gets an emergency blood transfusion from her cousin Dr. Bruce Banner, she ends up getting a milder case of his Hulk condition. Unlike Hulk, Walters can keep her emotions in check when she transforms into She-Hulk. The lawyer-by-day, vigilante-by-night angle worked well for the Marvel character Daredevil in the hit Netflix series, so why not She-Hulk? Perhaps ABC or Disney Plus can relaunch She-Hulk as a Law & Order-type drama, or maybe even an Ally McBeal comedy. In the comics, She-Hulk was also a member of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the Defenders and S.H.I.E.L.D., so the crossover potential is endless. 2. Black WidowNatalia “Natasha” Romanova/Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson in the MCU) was a Russian spy and adversary to Iron Man. She ultimately defected to the US and joined S.H.I.E.L.D. Later, she became an important member of the Avengers. Black Widow is already getting her own prequel movie where we see how she transformed from spy to superhero, but what about a series with Black Widow as a teenager? High school Natasha Romanova could be like Riverdale with a lot more fighting.Enlarge ImageThe fictional nation of Wakanda in “Black Panther” was guarded by the Dora Milaje, which took inspiration from a real group. Marvel Films 3. The Dora MilajeThe warrior women of Wakanda from Black Panther are fierce and fabulous, so why not give them their own women-centric spin-off series? Black Panther director Ryan Coogler recently commented that he’d be interested in making a spin-off movie about them. Even the real-world 19th-century Dahomey Warriors — the all-female military regiment who inspired the Dora Milaje — are getting a TV series. It would be interesting to see how the Dora Milaje came to be, before Wakanda was revealed to the outside world. 4. X-23Laura Kinney AKA X-23 was created to be the ideal killing machine thanks to Wolverine’s stolen DNA. In the Marvel comics, Laura’s mother Dr. Sarah Kinney was hired by a top-secret program to recreate the Weapon X experiment that originally turned Logan into Wolverine. Laura — named X-23 — was a clone created from these experiments and trained to kill. But she eventually escaped and eventually found Charles Xavier and joined the Avengers Academy. Imagine what she could do with her own TV series?Enlarge ImageZoe Saldana as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel 5. Gamora Then there’s the female space assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Her character’s complex history would make for an ideal ABC series, particularly if the show focused on why she’s the last of her species (Zen-Whoberis) after everyone was exterminated by the Badoon. Overcoming her tragic past to later rise up as one of the deadliest assassins in the universe is inspiring to say the least. 6. Danielle Moonstar It’s about time fans were introduced to one of the first female Native American characters in a series all her own. Danielle Moonstar is a mutant raised as part of the Cheyenne Nation. Under the guidance of X-Men’s Professor Xavier, she learned to hone her ability to create images of people’s greatest fears. This series could either focus on her life with other teen mutants at the school, or the superhero she became later as an adult.7. A-Force The Avengers might have felt like the superhero all-stars in their heyday, but the all-female A-Force is even cooler. This lineup consists of Captain Marvel, Dazzler, Medusa, She-Hulk, Singularity, Nico Minoru and a female Thor who band together to fight evil. That alone sounds like the best series ever. Enlarge ImageSpider-Gwen in action. Marvel Animation 8. Spider-Gwen Peter Parker’s flame Gwen Stacy is living her own web-slinging adventures as Spider-Gwen in an alternate universe. It would be refreshing to have a Spider-Man series with a female lead for a change. Plus considering how much fans were excited to spot her as an Easter egg in Avengers: Endgame, now might be the perfect time for a Spider-Gwen TV series. 9. Misty Knight When police officer Misty Knight lost her arm in battle, she soon got an bionic arm and became the kind of superhero New York City deserved. We’ve already seen her character (played by Simone Missick) impress fans in the Netflix series Luke Cage, but it might be time to shine the spotlight more on Misty to tell her full story. 10. Kamala Khan as Ms. MarvelMeet 16-year-old Pakistani-American Kamala Khan from Jersey City, New Jersey. She idolizes Carol Danvers and wants to follow in her superhero footsteps. In 2014, Khan was given her own Ms. Marvel comic book series by Sana Amanat, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona. She is the fourth character to take the name Ms. Marvel. She’s also the first Muslim superhero character to headline her own comic series. This could be a great character for Disney or ABC to explore more, giving their network some much-needed diversity.11. The Valkyries Fans got a glimpse of the female demi-goddesses known as the Valkyries in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok. Actor Tessa Thompson stole the movie as the hard-drinking character Scrapper 142, previously a legendary Valkyrie warrior. A prequel series all about this character could show how the Valkyries came to be, and why they were ultimately defeated. The 15 most powerful female superheroes right now (pictures) Tags Comments 6 TV and Movies 17 Photos read more
The rising cost of Medicaid to the state of Alaska has been the target of criticism during the first two days of state Senate Finance Committee hearings.Listen nowThe state added $100 million in additional Medicaid expense for this year, after the Legislature passed the budget.Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon criticized the extra Medicaid spending. This money was part of more than $170 million in supplemental spending added to the budget.“It’s just unacceptable and it’s out of control,” she said. “I think everyone in the Legislature wants to make sure that families in need have access to medical care and that we can support them where we can, but we do not have 170 million in extra money.”State budget director Pat Pitney said the costs were due to unexpectedly high Medicaid enrollment. Some was from the Medicaid expansion enacted by Gov. Bill Walker.Pat Pitney, Director, OMB, in Senate Finance, Feb, 3, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Pitney added that the federal government is covering 90 percent of the cost of the expansion.She said this spending helps make health care one of the only industries that’s growing in the state.“Our state budget on Medicaid today is the same as it was in fiscal year ’15 and we’re serving over 75,000 more people (who) have had access to health care,” she said.Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche said the administration needs to stay within the budget.“When Medicaid was expanded, it was expanded with a set of assumptions that were simply incorrect,” he said. “There has to be a point where we have a bottom line of understanding what the end result is going to be. I mean, it is literally an open checkbook.”Pitney said the administration is in the middle of making changes to Medicaid that it expects will save money. The state also is considering a new health care authority that would aim to lower the health care costs of state workers and retirees.Pitney noted Alaska has the highest health care costs in a country that has the highest health care costs in the world.She said the state doesn’t have any choice but to try to keep costs down. read more
TATA STEELReutersAn appeals board of the World Trade Organization has ruled that the duties United States levied on Indian steel were in contravention of WTO rules and asked Washington to bring the duties in line with the regulations. The case has been considered one of the most complicated ever handled by the 19-year-old Appellate Body of the WTO.The latest ruling reverses the decision made by a three-member panel in July, noting that US duties had wrongly penalised India for subsidising Tata Steel’s export of its manufactured products.The US imposed duties on Indian steel pipes as a portion of the iron ore used for its manufacture came from India’s top iron ore miner NMDC, a state-run organisation. The company also supplies other private steel manufacturers.US Trade Representative’s office said through a spokesman that it considers the result ‘mixed,’ even as a vast majority of over 80 challenges of India’s appeal had been rejected.It added that the findings help preserve the US ability to address ‘unfair subsidization’ using anti-subsidy tariffs to create a level playing field for American manufacturers and workers.The case was launched in 2012 after the US said that NMDC was selling the ore for less than its worth, terming the move as implicit subsidy for private-sector enterprise.USDC Classification ‘erred’The appeal board noted in its ruling that it found the US Department of Commerce had erred in calling the NMDC a ‘public body,’ under WTO rules. ReutersThe board also noted that the US law was wrong in the way the US International Trade Commission was allowed to assess the impact of dumped and subsidised imports.American Iron and Steel Institute’s president and chief executive, Thomas J. Gibson, said that the WTO ruling had significantly weakened the effectiveness of the US trade law.He said that the ramifications are bound to go beyond the Indian case; adding that the trade body differed with the findings of the trade negotiators and that the ruling affected the domestic industries ability to effectively fight against dumped and subsidized imports.He called the ruling ‘detrimental to steel businesses and workers.’US steel imports stood at about 30% for the month ended.US steel makers United States Steel Corp, JMC Steel Group, Allied Tube and Conduit and Wheatland Tube petitioned the government in 2011 for import relief, leading to the case being filed. read more
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Study of more than 9,000 patients finds contrast group five times less likely to need repeat exam with earlier hospital discharges News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more August 7, 2019 — Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for ordering an inpatient transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE). Research presented at the 30th Annual American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Scientific Sessions shows patients who received an echocardiogram with contrast were less likely to require repeat tests and had shorter hospitalizations overall. This study shows the value of contrast (ultrasound enhancing agent/UEA) for improving clinical care and potentially decreasing healthcare costs.Lead author Katherine C. Lee, Piedmont Heart Institute and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, said, “The appropriate use of echocardiography is one of today’s most challenging issues, having significant implications for both the quality and cost of care for patients with heart failure. An echocardiogram is the recommended first diagnostic test for heart failure and also the most common test performed for heart failure. With this retrospective analysis, we looked to analyze the relationship between contrast echocardiography and repeat echo testing among 9,115 patients who were admitted to the hospital with the diagnosis of heart failure over a four-year period. We found that patients who received a contrast echocardiogram as their first test were five times less likely to require a repeat echo and were discharged earlier from the hospital than those who did not receive contrast. This result highlights the importance of quality imaging (namely contrast echocardiography) in improving patient care, with the added benefit of generating potential cost savings to hospitals nationwide.” Ultrasound contrast used to enhance echocardiographic images is not the same type of contrast used in invasive catheter-based procedures such as angiography. Ultrasound contrast is comprised of tiny microbubbles and is commercially available from three different vendors in the United States. It has no renal side effects, is rapidly metabolized and is safe for use, with the only side effect being rare allergic reactions (approximately 1/10,000, comparable to other imaging contrast agents).For more information: www.asecho.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The multi-year… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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The JCCT, established in 1983, is meant to resolve conflicts over trade issues before they disrupt trade.The U.S. delegation to this week’s meeting was led by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. In addition to Wang and Niu, the Chinese delegation was led by a deputy finance minister, Zhu Guangyao.The United States and China have one of the world’s most active trade relationships, with total commerce of some $500 billion a year, but ties are fraught with tension over Beijing’s multibillion-dollar trade surpluses and complaints about market barriers.On Friday, China’s product quality agency announced it has rejected 12 batches of U.S. corn totaling 545,000 tons that were found to contain an unapproved genetically modified strain.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share Check your body, save your life BEIJING (AP) – China promised Friday to ease restrictions on imports of U.S. beef and to speed up work on opening its market for government purchases of software and other goods.The pledges came as American and Chinese envoys ended a meeting of the annual U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade amid disputes over market access for goods from solar panels to genetically modified corn.A Chinese deputy commerce minister, Wang Chao, said at a news conference the two sides agreed to “promote U.S. beef exports to China” but gave no details. A deputy agriculture ministry, Niu Dun, said the two sides will work on technical issues but gave no timetable for when full-scale imports might be allowed. Beijing banned U.S. beef in 2003 due to fears of mad cow disease. It has promised in recent years to ease those restrictions but effectively maintained its ban.Wang said Beijing also committed to submitting a new proposal next year to join the Government Procurement Agreement, which extends the World Trade Organization’s free-trade principles to purchases by governments.Government agencies, hospitals and other official entities in China are major purchasers of software and other goods. Business groups say extending the GPA to China could create multibillion-dollar new opportunities for foreign suppliers.Beijing promised to join the GPA when it became a WTO member in 2001. But the United States and other governments complained its proposed terms were unrealistic. They would have kept large areas of government purchasing off-limits on security grounds and allowed Beijing to wait up to 18 years before implementing all of its promises.Wang, the commerce official, said Beijing promised next year’s offer would be in line with proposals by other countries.The two governments also pledged to strengthen cooperation in criminal enforcement of trade secrets and in combatting violations of patents, copyrights and other intellectual property. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day read more
Chief Appraiser Landmark Network Valuation Management Services 2016-04-04 Staff Writer in Headlines, News, Technology Share Landmark Network, Inc., a provider of valuation management services and technology for lenders and brokers, announced the addition of John Dingeman to their team as Chief Appraiser.In his role, Dingeman will be responsible for all planning, organization, and supervision over appraisal quality control functions.“I am extremely honored and fortunate to have this opportunity; an opportunity to join a team of like-minded, dedicated and driven individuals who are interested in serving our clients, valued panel appraisers and especially the consumer,” Dingeman stated. “Together we will work towards our continued success and escalate our status as the preferred Appraisal Management Company for all lenders and a trusted partner for all appraiser vendors.”Dingeman is a California, Arizona, and Nevada Certified Residential Appraiser and registered Property Tax Agent in Arizona. He also serves as the Past President and Lobbyist for the Coalition of Arizona Appraisers (CoAA), and is the current VP of the National Association of Appraisers (NAA).He has extensive experience in the appraisal of single-family residential dwellings, small income producing properties, and vacant land. He is also an FHA appraiser and specializes in HUD/REO properties. Dingeman has assisted in the development of continuing education course materials approved by the Arizona Board of Appraisal and is a faculty member and continuing education instructor for the Columbia Institute.“We’re excited to have John join the Landmark team. He brings a solid reputation and years of appraisal industry experience to the position and we look forward to him strengthening both our client and vendor relationships,” said Hunter Gorog, President and COO at Landmark. Landmark Network Welcomes New Chief Appraiser April 4, 2016 639 Views read more
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