Saskatchewan Chief will not receive severance

first_imgAPTN National NewsCouncillors in the Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation have done an about face when it comes to a decision to pay it’s disgraced chief a severance package.Chief Terrance McArthur was forced to resign and eventually sentenced to 9 months in jail for sexually assaulting a minor. McArthur is appealing the charge and is on bail.Some people in the community want the entire council dismissed.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf reports.last_img

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Forgoing staffers many businesses turn to freelancers

NEW YORK — It hasn’t been lost on small business owners that Uber and other ride-sharing services are enormously successful without having employees doing the work. It’s one of the reasons why small companies are forgoing employees in favour of independent contractors.Todd Miller transformed his small business a year ago, shifting Classic Metal Roofing Systems of Kentuckiana from a company with employees to one using independent contractors. The change gives Miller more flexibility in doing roof replacements than he had with a small group of full-time employees.“We can hire independents who have the experience and skills that we need for each individual project. With employees, you are often asking people to do things they are not terribly experienced at,” Miller says.Using independent contractors or freelancers has many benefits besides flexibility. In a tight job market, owners can more easily find independents rather than full-time employees. Owners can also save on overhead, hiring only when they need help. They don’t have costs like employment taxes and insurance, nor do they face the administrative and management tasks that go along with having employees. But the government has rules about the use of independent contractors, contending that some owners misclassify employees and call them independents to avoid the costs associated with employees — starting with Social Security and Medicare taxes that combined cost owners 7.65 per cent of staffers’ compensation.Although companies have used independent contractors for generations, many small businesses began using them for the first time during the Great Recession and its aftermath. Owners have become more cautious about hiring employees unless they’re certain that they have enough revenue to justify the added risk and expense. The growth of Uber and other ride-sharing services has encouraged owners in other industries to adopt a similar business model, hiring independents to do the work. That has created another potential legal issue — Uber drivers have sued the company in several federal courts, seeking to be declared employees. So far, there’s been no definitive ruling.The IRS has criteria to determine if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor, including how much control a company has over a worker’s behaviour and the financial aspects of the job. How long the relationship between company and worker is expected to continue, and whether the services a worker performs are a key aspect of the company’s business are also factors.Owners are found to be misclassifying workers when they’re audited, increasingly by state officials who want the payroll taxes they’re owed, says Nannina Angioni, an employment law attorney with Kaedian LLP in Los Angeles. Owners can also land in legal trouble when there is a dispute with a worker classified as an independent contractor; when the worker complains to the government or files a lawsuit, the employment arrangement can come under scrutiny.But owners may not have ulterior motives in using independent contractors rather than employees, says Kyle Lawrence, owner of Berkshire Payroll Tax, a Sandisfield, Massachusetts, company that helps businesses comply with employment tax laws.“They’re busy running their businesses and they may not necessarily understand the nuances or the risks of classifying someone as an independent contractor,” he says.Eric Stanton consulted with attorneys and accountants before deciding to use independent contractors for his pool cleaning business, Thousand Oaks, California-based Stanton Pools. The people working for him have their own vehicles and buy their own equipment and chemicals and Stanton does not require them to take on a job.“It’s an option. If I got a call from a potential customer, I’ll say, ‘it’s on your Wednesday route, are you interested in taking it on?’” he says. Stanton says he has structured the business, which he says resembles the Uber model, so he could be in compliance with federal and state law. California’s Supreme Court last year issued a ruling that created more stringent tests for determining whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor.Many owners use a mix of employees and independent contractors. Chris Richardson has three full-time employees at Talent Response, a website that helps small businesses find freelancers. He uses independents when he has a surge in demand or he needs expertise that his staffers don’t have.“Independent contractors are less risky, particularly in 2019’s uncertain macro-economic environment. Should business contract, it is much easier to end a project with a contractor than to pay severance or unemployment expenses associated with a layoff,” says Richardson, whose company is based in Boston.Richardson also doesn’t want to hire employees and then devastate them if business drops off.“It’s not responsible to be making fulltime hires if you’re going to be letting them go a few months,” he says.Many owners can’t afford to hire the people qualified to do the work they need. Jodi Echakowitz used an independent contractor for the first time in 2003, when she needed help for her then two-year-old public relations firm but couldn’t pay someone to work full-time. Echakowitz continued to use that strategy, partly because she wanted experienced people skilled in specific areas.“If I were to build a team of employees, each with at least ten years of experience, the salary cost would be way too high,” says Echakowitz, whose company, Boulevard Public Relations, is based in Thornhill, Ontario.One of Echakowitz’s 17 contractors lives in Quebec, handling projects for French-speaking clients. Another has expertise in financial services. All her contractors work for other companies.“Because they are working on other opportunities, they can bring diverse experiences and expertise to me and my team, and the clients we support,” Echakowitz says.___For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

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Annan makes impassioned plea for rich countries to open up trade for

“You, the world’s trade ministers, must show those people that you have heard their cries for fairness,” Mr. Annan said in an opening message to the ministerial meeting of the 146-nation World Trade Organization (WTO) in Cancún, Mexico. The message was delivered on his behalf by Rubens Ricupero, the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).”You must give them confidence that, from now on, your negotiations and decisions will really meet their needs and reflect their aspirations. You have an awesome responsibility, and a great opportunity. Your decisions can make the difference between poverty and prosperity, and even between life and death, for millions upon millions of people.”Here in Cancún, I implore you to say: ‘No!’ to trade policies that aggravate poverty and ‘no!’ to trade practices that undermine aid. And I urge you so say ‘yes’ to bold but sensible steps that will revive the global economy and set a new course for development,” he added.Noting that the reality of the international trading system did not match the rhetoric, Mr. Annan declared: “Instead of open markets, there are too many barriers that stunt, stifle and starve. Instead of fair competition, there are subsidies by rich countries that tilt the playing field against the poor.”It was a “moral imperative” to follow through on a preliminary agreement at a meeting in Geneva making it easier for poorer countries to import cheaper generics made if they are unable to manufacture them themselves to fight diseases like AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.On agriculture, Mr. Annan said: “We must eliminate the subsidies that push prices down and make it impossible for poor farmers in developing countries to compete…These barriers and subsidies in developed countries must be phased out as fast as possible.”Opportunities must also be opened for developing countries through effective liberalization of trade in textiles, by specific agreements allowing them to participate actively in the growing trade in service and by faster transfer of technology, he added.”The answer is not to turn our backs on the potential of open markets. That would be disastrous,” he declared, noting that too many countries had been left on the margins.”The answer is to unleash their potential. Just as we need to improve the multilateral security framework, so we must rebuild faith in the multilateral trade framework. Without progress now, today’s bitterness may well become tomorrow’s backlash.” read more

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Despite setbacks political will to end Yemen war stronger than ever top

Martin Griffiths, said in a newspaper interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, and in a series of tweets reflecting his remarks, that the “biggest challenge is not to fail the people of Yemen” as the Government forces and their coalition backers, attempt to secure the first stages of a tentative peace deal with rebel Houthi leaders, that was inked in Sweden last December, and brokered by the UN.Mr. Griffiths said that a deadline set for the withdrawal of Houthi fighters in Hudaydah, the crucial port that carries the vast majority of life-saving aid and goods into the country, had been delayed, and said that planned prisoner exchange talks, were still a work in progress.We have seen the two parties demonstrate remarkable political will, first to reach a ceasefire agreement, and then to abide by it. What we need to see now is the implementation of the provisions…fully and rapidly – UN Special Envoy, Martin GriffithsHe also confirmed that the retired Dutch General Patrick Cammaert, who has been leading an advance UN mission tasked with overseeing the ceasefire deal, and talks between Government and Houthi negotiators who are part of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), was stepping down. He denied that any disagreements had resulted in his resignation.”There is no element of truth to such reports. As a matter of fact, General Cammaert and I have been working closely to close the gap between the two parties on the operational implementation of the Hodeidah Agreement”, he told the Arabic language newspaper.“Our meetings with all the parties were very constructive last week. General Cammaert’s plan was to stay in Yemen for a rather short period of time, to activate the RCC and lay the ground for establishing the Hodeidah mission,” he added.The Special Envoy said that it was “important not to lose sight of the big picture necessary to resolve the conflict in Yemen. A framework that will draw a road map towards a political agreement will provide us with a basis for the end game; that is the political solution for the conflict there.”He added that “we have seen the two parties demonstrate remarkable political will, first to reach a ceasefire agreement, and then to abide by it. What we need to see now is the implementation of the provisions of the agreement, fully and rapidly.”He acknowledged that “we have seen the timelines for implementation extended, both in Hudaydah, and the prisoner exchange agreement. Such changes in timelines are expected. The initial timelines were rather ambitious. We are dealing with a complex situation on the ground.”He “categorically rejected” a call from the Saudi-led coalition which is backing Yemeni Government to declare the ceasefire over or apportion blame to one party, for attempting to nullify the hard-won Stockholm agreement.“We are planning to convene the next round of political consultations soon,” he told the newspaper. “As I mentioned, we do not want to lose the momentum created in Sweden. However, we all are on the same page that we need to see progress in implementing what was agreed in Sweden before convening the next round of consultations. We hope we will be able to announce the date of the next round of consultations very soon.”“There is a window of opportunity that was opened for Yemen in Sweden, and it is important to seize this opportunity, and to capitalize on the momentum we have seen during and after Sweden”, he said. read more

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Torbjørn Bergerud joins SG Flensburg Handewitt in summer 2018

Transfer bomb in Flensburg! It is already known that Mattias Andersson and Kevin Moller will leave the team in summer 2018. On their places between the posts will come to younger goalies. SG Flensburg Handewitt announced on Friday that Norwegian goalie Torbjørn Bergerud (23) will join the team from the next season!One of the biggest Norwegian stars at Men’s World Championshi 2017 in France signed three years contract. ← Previous Story Algeria 2017: The “BIG FOUR” for the medals Next Story → Andrea Lekic and Rastko Stojkovic – the best Serbian players 2016/17

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A twisted web Credit cards foreign trips and 5 other things we

first_imgHe described how his home was “literally besieged for days by journalists, forcing myself and wife to leave” and said he meant no “disrespect” to the committee.Conlan also claimed that the media had portrayed the top-up issue as one in which there was a special bank account to pay top-up. PAC chair John McGuinness asked for examples.Conlan had none and McGuinness said his claims were “nonsense”.4. Conlan was part of a CEO recruitment process before a subsequent recruitment panel hired… himNote: Following contact from representatives of Conlan, this section has been amended. Conlan succeeded Kiely as CEO in July 2013 – he resigned four months later – but claimed ignorance about the process under which he was recruited.That was until members of the Oireachtas committee were handed the minutes of a special meeting that took place in the Spring of last year and discovered he was in fact part of an initial CRC panel commissioned by the board to work on the recruitment process.Conlan and another CRC official met with recruitment consultants MERC to discuss using them to find a CEO, but MERC were not subsequently appointed. Conlan told the committee he attended “just one” meeting.Conlan told the PAC he had been asked to serve on that panel, but at that stage had “no intention” of becoming CEO. Eventually, Amrop was appointed to head to recruitment process.YouTube: Sinn FéinConlan’s representatives have told TheJournal.ie that he “was not on the recruitment panel that subsequently ran the recruitment process” and selected him.Conlan gave evidence as to the names of the three CRC board members that were on the recruitment panel that interviewed him along with an executive from Amrop.Conlan said he did not become interested in the position until he saw “the internal ad, the job spec”. McGuinness accused him of being “economic with the truth here, with the facts”.5. Credit card used for travel and entertainment expenses Conlan admitted that CRC Medical Devices Ltd – a failed business venture which has since been sold – had a credit card which was partly used to pay for “certain amounts of travel” and “certain amounts of entertainment”.This amounted to €14,000 on travel and €3,900 on entertainment in 2012, Conlan said. He did not have figures for how much the CRC itself spent on travel and entertainment.“What we’re dealing with, chairman, is a pretty twisted web now.” – Fine Gael TD John Deasy said during the hearings today.6. There were foreign trips… lots of foreign trips Towards the end of proceedings, independent TD Shane Ross, probed the issue of foreign travel. Firstly, Conlan admitted he “forgot” about a trip to Dusseldorf in Germany in 2006.Ross than listed trips made by CRC employees to Nashville, Tennessee in 2006 and 2013; Orlando, Florida in 2007 and 2009; Vancouver, Canada in 2010 and 2012; New Delhi, India in 2012; and Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011 and 2010. Another trip to Vancouver is planned in March of this year.There was also the European Seating Symposium (ESS) which Ross said is organised by the CRC and which involves “extremely successful” ESS Study Days which took place in Slovenia, Norway, Spain, Portugal, France, and Malta.“Is that justifiable expenditure?” asked Ross adding that the “CRC is extremely generous in the way it sends people around the globe”.Conlan said that he did not know about every trip and said that in his four months as CEO “I don’t believe any trips happened”. He added that the ESS “was profitable” to the tune of €80,000 last year and had been successful both for the CRC and the country’s economy.Ross said that Conlan “ought to know” about the trips and added: “There’s a lot of travel going on that you don’t seem to know anything about.”7. There’s more to come, including possible garda involvement The HSE’s Barry O’Brien informed the committee that further audits of CRC spending will be finished by the end of the first quarter of this year.He said that all remaining matters will be examined and that the HSE “may seek the assistance of An Garda Siochána” over issues that arise.The committee also agreed to arrange for the now ex-board members of the CRC, including former chair Jim Nugent and ex-CEO Paul Kiely, to come before it to explain their version of the matters that have arisen today.- additional reporting from Michelle Hennessy First published 3.17pm‘Shameful’: Ex-CRC chief got €473k retirement pay-off – all of it from charitable funds Update 5.10pmTHE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Committee has held nearly four hours of revelatory hearings on spending by the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) with it disclosed that hundreds of thousands of euro of charity money was used to pay-0ff at least one outgoing executive.The main revelation today has been that former CRC chief executive Paul Kiely received a retirement pay-off more than double what he had previously disclosed to TDs on the powerful Oireachtas committee.But as Kiely’s successor Brian Conlan gave evidence there were also fresh claims about the use of thousands of euro for travel and entertainment as well as foreign trips – all allegedly funded by the CRC.Here’s what we found out today…1. Paul Kiely’s pay-off was more than he said it was The HSE’s Barry O’Brien told TDs that the CRC’s interim administrator, John Cregan, found that €700,000 was taken from the charitable fund, Friends and Supporters of the CRC, to help fund Kiely’s retirement package.The package included a €200,000 tax-free lump-sum and a €273,336 taxable payment, in total amounting to €473,336.There was also €268,689 was paid to Mercer’s to ensure pension and lump sum benefits would not be less than if Kiely had continued as CEO until November 2016.This meant a total of €742,025 was paid out in respect of Kiely’s pension and pay-off.This €700,000 was disclosed on the CRC’s draft accounts as a ‘donation’ – a move which was described by Fine Gael TD John Deasy as deceitful.Kiely (above) told the committee in December that he received a lump-sum pay off of €200,000 and would be getting an annual pension of €98,000, but did not disclose the €273,336 taxable payment.There have been calls for Kiely to pay back the money and the HSE did not rule out seeking repayment.2. Brian Conlan did not know about his predecessor’s pay-off Conlan, who stepped down in November, said he was not aware of the Kiely pay-off arrangement until this morning and said that he was on holiday when the board meeting to approve the pay-off would have been agreed.Fine Gael’s Simon Harris said “a man blindfolded on a galloping horse would have been more aware of what was going on” and asked Conlan if he had read the minutes of that meeting when he returned to work.“Did you not scan the minutes and think: ‘Jesus, God, Paul’s getting a lot of money there, isn’t he?’” the TD asked. It appears Conlan did not read the minutes.“I was not privy to Mr Kiely’s pension settlement,” he said. “That is the truth. I was not part and parcel of the remuneration committee.”He also said: “I would say that the decisions made by the board to award Mr Kiely [that] level of remuneration in his pension was wrong.”He later admitted to Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald that he bore responsibility for the decision of the board to remunerate Kiely to that level.3. Conlan was “overwhelmed” by media coverage The CRC scandal was all over the media last month and Conlan’s initial refusal to appear before the PAC led to it seeking ways in which him to compel him, before he relented and agreed to appear.Speaking today, Conlan said that when he was first asked to appear he was “not in a position to be an effective witness”.“I had just returned from my honeymoon in the US,” he said, adding that he was “overwhelmed” by media coverage.He later said: “Circumstances surrounding my return from US in December were quite stressful, I wouldn’t have been an effective witness, I had no documentation and I couldn’t get into my home.”last_img read more

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Games edited into movies The 10 best video game films

first_img 1 2 3 … 5 Say what you will about the users of Reddit, but you can’t call them lazy. Whether they’re starting entire memes around certain subreddits or mobilizing for large-scale political action, Reddit users love to be active, and particularly they like variations on a theme.The latest theme is quite a bit better than most — it’s video game cut scenes edited together into movies. Some games naturally lend themselves to this kind of gerrymandering (mostly those that don’t advance the story within gameplay). Taking into account the video and editing quality, along with the quality of the content itself, it’s remarkable how good some these little films can be. If nothing else, they envision a future in which in-engine movies (or “machinima”) could be a real option for indie filmmakers.A new subreddit dedicated to these YouTube machinima films, r/gamesthemovie, already has hundreds of links and thousands of subscribers. Unfortunately, after just a few days on the case Reddit has already managed to dilute the best pieces out of visibility.Don’t worry, we’ve done the work for you. Here are ten of the best, to get you started.Injustice: Gods Among UsThis brand new fighting game comes from the developers of Mortal Kombat, and many are saying it’s the best use of the DC Comics universe that video games have ever seen. Reviews of the fighting system are more mixed, though — if you liked the new Mortal Kombat reboot, you’ll probably like Injustice. Not everybody likes fighting games, but everybody likes watching superheroes beat each other senseless. Injustice takes the Justice League into an alternate universe, and sets them against evil versions of themselves — including Supes!This is a seriously well-made little movie, and since it’s a fighting game the cut-aways for gameplay are very unobtrusive. More than just about any game I can think of, the story mode of Injustice seems to be tailor made for this sort of treatment.Uncharted 1-3The video above is for the best of the three game-movies, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. See also, the great movie versions of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Note that these are all by the same editor, just one of the many dedicated fans putting many hours into adapting these things.The Uncharted games are almost universally loved, and much of that comes from the audience’s affinity for the characters as for the gameplay. Much of the gameplay in the Uncharted series is almost as cinematic as cinematics themselves. This is particularly true in the third installment, with its experimental gameplay-cutscene mash-up portions. This video is able to preserve more of the original story by including some gameplay portions that don’t break the movie-like feel. These come in at around 2-3 hours apiece, a long, but not unmanageable adventure movie.Next page: You know what game would have been a great movie?last_img read more

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Verizon Wireless confirms the HTC One is headed for Big Red

first_imgWhile it has not been made public why it is that the One took so long to come to Verizon Wireless, there’s plenty of room to guess. Verizon has a history of taking their sweet time approving phones, and we know production issues delayed the One’s initial launch so that might have affected this release as well. Neither HTC or Verizon are willing to comment any further about the availability or pricing of the phone, or if the One will include a great deal of additional software when it lands on Big Red.If “later this Summer” means closer to August, there will be a lot of eager people who will be left with the choice of grabbing the already available Galaxy S4 or waiting even longer for the One. Hopefully HTC’s recent ramp up in production means the phone will be here sooner rather than later. After much speculation and guessing, Verizon and HTC have finally confirmed that the One will be headed to Verizon Wireless’ network.HTC has had a pretty good launch so far with the One, having recently announced that over 5 million units had been sold. The One is an impressive phone, and has served as the only real Android-based competition for the Galaxy S4. While the recent confirmation of a Google Edition HTC One has excited many, the lack of availability on every US network hurt the manufacturer. The one big thing that Samsung has been able to hold over HTC is that HTC’s flagship, the One, wasn’t on Verizon Wireless. This dealbreaker has finally been handled, as the companies have announce the One will be in VZW stores later this summer.It’s coming – the HTC One will be available on the #Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network later this summer #HTCOne @htcusa— Verizon Wireless (@VZWnews) June 3, 2013last_img read more

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Obama commits to help Tsipras

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram President Barack Obama reiterated Washington’s promise to keeping Greece in the eurozone in a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, where they discussed Europe’s refugee crisis and the Cyprus issue.In a statement, the White House said there was no formal meeting between the two men, noting that “there could have been a casual, unplanned interaction somewhere on the margins of the United Nations”.Tsipras indicated that Greece’s appeal for debt relief had been received far better in New York than in Brussels, continuing his US visit, which included talks with Secretary of State John Kerry.“The Greek government has found far more open ears [here] than in Brussels for the need for there to be a fair resolution of the crisis and a necessary reduction of the unbearable and unsustainable public debt that has accumulated all those years,” Tsipras told reporters.He was speaking on the fifth day of an official visit to the US and following meetings with representatives of the Greek American community in New York, who he described as “the best ambassadors for Hellenism in the US, a country which plays the most significant role globally in all the crucial decisions that relate to our country’s future”.Tsipras said Greeks have been “the victim of choices that led to the gradual erosion of the country’s national sovereignty and to the need for borrowing which resulted in the enforcement of measures which have … weakened the production base and the economy”.The comments came just a few days before representatives of Greece’s international creditors are to return to Athens for negotiations on the prior actions that Greek authorities must legislate to secure crucial rescue loans.In preparation for what promises to be a difficult period ahead, Tsipras has made some changes to his team of aides. State Minister Nikos Pappas, a close associate and friend who is with Tsipras in New York, is to oversee the government’s push to draw sorely-needed investments while retaining his position as the premier’s chief of staff and monitoring the General Secretariat for Information and Communication.Deputy Prime Minister Yiannis Dragasakis is to remain in his role coordinating economic and social policy but will no longer be involved in negotiations regarding debt, a task that will fall squarely in the hands of Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos.Meanwhile, back in Athens, opposition parties were critical of Tsipras’ performance on Sunday night at an event organised in New York by former US president Bill Clinton.New Democracy’s interim leader Evangelos Meimarakis accused Tsipras of attending the event “unprepared” and took a jab at the premier over his less-than-perfect English.“It’s not a bad thing to have an interpreter with you,” he said.A statement by ND was harsher, accusing Tsipras of “defaming and undermining” the country after saying that investors have to pay under the table.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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OGM une étude révèle leur toxicité pour les animaux

first_imgOGM : une étude révèle leur toxicité pour les animauxLes organismes génétiquement modifiés (OGM) seraient nocifs pour les animaux qui s’en nourrissent. C’est ce que tend à prouver une étude menée sur 19 OGM, des variétés de soja et de maïs, et qui a révélé des signes de toxicité sur le foie et les reins des animaux.Sur son site Internet, le Comité de recherche et d’information indépendantes sur le génie génétique (CRIIGEN) fait part des résultats d’une étude sur l’impact sanitaire des OGM avec lesquels sont nourris des animaux. Dirigée par Gilles-Éric Séralini, professeur à l’Université de Caen et président du conseil scientifique du CRIIGEN, cette étude s’est en effet intéressée à la possible toxicité de 19 variétés de maïs et de soja représentant plus de 80% des OGM cultivés dans le monde.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Les travaux des chercheurs, publiés dans la revue Environmental Sciences Europe, ont ainsi porté sur les données de tests réalisés sur des rats nourris pendant trois mois par des compagnies de biotechnologies. Ils ont analysé les paramètres biochimiques du sang et de l’urine des animaux, explique le CRIIGEN, et ont ainsi mis au jour des signes de toxicité. Si les scientifiques ne peuvent pas parler de toxicité chronique des OGM, en raison de la brièveté des tests, voulue par les industriels, ils ont observé dans les reins et les foies des rats des signes “qui pourraient signifier l’apparition de maladies chroniques”. Les chercheurs souhaitent désormais mener de plus longues études avant de déterminer avec précision le niveau de toxicité que peuvent présenter les OGM, regrettant qu’aucune durée minimale ne soit à ce jour imposée lors des tests sur les organismes cultivés à grande échelle. Un fait que Gilles-Éric Séralini juge “socialement inacceptable en terme de santé publique”. Par ailleurs, les scientifiques ayant participé à l’étude prônent “une alternative aux essais d’alimentation conventionnels afin de comprendre la signification biologique des différences statistiques”. Le 17 juillet 2011 à 18:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Les Espagnols dil y a 7 000 ans parents des actuels Européens

first_imgLes Espagnols d’il y a 7 000 ans, parents des actuels… Européens du NordPubliant leurs travaux dans la revue Current Biology, des chercheurs espagnols ont analysé le génome de 2 fossiles humains du Mésolithique découverts dans leur pays et ont établi que ces anciens ibériques étaient bien plus apparentés aux Nord-Européens qu’aux Espagnols d’aujourd’hui.  Une équipe de scientifiques dirigée par Carles Lalueza-Fox, du CSIC (Conseil national de la recherche espagnol) a pu analyser respectivement 1,34 % et 0,5% du génome de 2 squelettes humains fossilisés. Ces restes ont été découverts dans la grotte de La Braña-Arintero, à Valdelugueros (Espagne) et présenterait un génome vieux de près de 7.000 ans : ce qui correspond à une période appelée Mésolithique, intermédiaire entre le Paléolithique (âge de pierre) et le Néolithique (au cours duquel l’agriculture est peu à peu apportée par des immigrants venus du Proche-Orient).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Or, les résultats de l’étude se sont révélés plutôt surprenants. En effet, il s’avère que l’ADN mitochondrial de ces anciens habitants de la péninsule ibérique est très différent de celui des occupants actuels de la région, les Espagnols d’aujourd’hui. Il est en revanche très proche de l’ADN de leurs contemporains mésolithiques d’Angleterre, d’Allemagne, de Lituanie et de Pologne, avec qui ils partageaient le même mode de vie de chasseurs-cueilleurs nomades et la même origine. Il est également proche de l’ADN des actuels Européens du Nord, qui pourraient avoir absorbé une partie de leur héritage génétique. Autrement dit, ces ancêtres ibériques seraient génétiquement bien plus proches des Européens du Nord que des Espagnols actuels. Mais ce n’est pas le seul point important de l’étude : celle-ci porte sur les plus anciens génomes préhistoriques d’Europe jamais étudiés, puisque celui d’Ötzi, le célèbre homme du Néolithique retrouvé congelé dans un glacier des Alpes, n’a ‘que’ 5.000 ans environ, soit 1.700 ans de moins que celui de ces squelettes espagnols. “L’arrivée de la période néolithique a entraîné un remplacement des populations et pourrait avoir causé des changements génétiques dans des gènes associés à des nouvelles maladies infectieuses ou à des processus métaboliques liés à des changements d’alimentation. Par conséquent, toutes les informations extraites [dans cette étude] sont absolument importantes”, conclut Lalueza-Fox.Le 1 juillet 2012 à 11:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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2 hurt after truck overturns on US 27 in Pembroke Pines

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Two people have been taken to the hospital after a waste removal truck overturned on U.S. 27 in Pembroke Pines, Tuesday.The truck was heading southbound on U.S. 27 when it collided with a Volkswagen sedan. The truck driver, who is in his 60s, was airlifted to the hospital with a head injury. The driver of the Volkswagen was transported by ground with injuries that were not life-threatening.Pembroke Pines Police and Fire Rescue, along with Davie Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene.Officials closed the southbound lanes of U.S. 27 at Griffin Road until the scene was eventually cleared.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Wilmington School Lunch Menus Week of August 26 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of August 26, 2019.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, August 26, 2019NO SCHOOLTuesday, August 27, 2019EARLY RELEASEWednesday, August 28, 2019Hamburger, Cheeseburger, or Veggieburger on a Wholewheat Roll; Oven Fries; Apple SlicesThursday, August 29, 2019Chicken Nuggets; Wholewheat Roll; Whipped Potatoes; Carrots; PeachesFriday, August 30, 2019NO SCHOOLLunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryWilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, August 26, 2019NO SCHOOLTuesday, August 27, 2019EARLY RELEASEWednesday, August 28, 2019Hamburger or Cheeseburger on a Wholewheat Roll; Oven Fries; Apple SlicesThursday, August 29, 2019Chicken Nuggets; Wholewheat Roll; Whipped Potatoes; Carrots; PeachesFriday, August 30, 2019NO SCHOOLLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, August 26, 2019NO SCHOOLTuesday, August 27, 2019NO SCHOOLWednesday, August 28, 2019NO SCHOOLThursday, August 29, 2019NO SCHOOLFriday, August 30, 2019NO SCHOOLLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online HERE. The cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau’s Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of June 9, 2019)In “Education”last_img read more

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Motorola adds 5G compatibility to a 2017 phone if you buy the

first_img Phones Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 5G Motorola,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Apple iPhone XS Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read DJI Osmo Action preview The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Read Google Home Hub review 0 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The Cheapskate See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $299 at Amazon See it Best Buy $999 Post a comment Turo Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Amazon See at Turo Verizon 5G speed test vs. 4G Share your voice Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $520 at HP Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET See It 0:57 $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $6 at Tidal Boost Mobile Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. 7 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Chris Monroe/CNET $60 at Best Buy See It Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Rylo Read the Rylo camera preview Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $210 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Now playing: Watch this: HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sprint $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 16 Photos See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Juan Garzon/CNET Motorola and Verizon are bringing 5G compatibility to another phone this week, the Moto Z2 Force, with an update to its $350 5G Moto Mod. Motorola on Thursday said updates to the 5G Moto Mod now allow compatibility with the Z2 Force, along with “better battery life and faster speeds across the entire Moto Z family.” The expensive Moto Mod launched in April and enabled Verizon’s Moto Z3 to become the “world’s first commercially available smartphone to connect to 5G” in Chicago and Minneapolis. In the meantime, Verizon has expanded its 5G coverage to Denver, Providence, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Indianapolis, St. Paul and Washington, DC. Motorola also rolled out 5G compatibility for the Moto Z4. As well as offering a snap-on modem upgrade, the 5G Moto Mod behaves like a backup battery and can charge or be charged by the connected Motorola phone. CNET’s initial tests of the 5G Moto Mod on the Moto Z3 were inconsistent, and next-gen 5G networks are still in their infancy and waiting on key technologies. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $155 at Google Express Here’s everything that 5G can do for you Share your voice Read the AirPods review $999 Tags $59 at eBay Comments Angela Lang/CNETlast_img read more

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The Real Story of the Haunted Doll which Inspired a Horror Franchise

first_imgAnyone watching the Child’s Play films from the 1980s might find themselves laughing at the dated special effects and the amusing idea that a harmless kid’s toy could wreak such havoc. For those who’ve come across Robert the Doll, the idea of a haunted toy is not so amusing.Robert was a toy owned by Robert Eugene Otto. The doll’s beginnings are uncertain, though some say that he was a gift from a maidservant in the Otto household. She had suffered some unknown wrongdoing at the hands of the family, and she cursed a doll using voodoo before presenting it to the young boy.Actress Catherine Hicks and child actor Alex Vincent with Chucky in a scene from the film ‘Child’s Play’ (1988). Photo by United Artists/Getty ImagesHowever, another version is that the doll was a present from Otto’s grandfather in 1904. Since the Fort East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida has managed to trace the doll’s manufacture back to the Steiff company in Germany, this seems the more likely story.Whatever his origin, Robert became a firm favorite of Otto’s. Because Otto was known by his middle name of “Eugene,” he decided to call his new toy Robert. The doll even had a place at the dinner table with the family.Robert the Doll. Photo by Cayobo CC BY 2.0Otto’s association with his doll has been described as “unhealthy” by some, including Cori Convertitio, the curator of the Fort East Martello Museum in Key West, where Robert the Doll now resides.Cori went on to say: “He brought the doll everywhere, he talked about it in the first person as if he weren’t a doll, he was Robert. As if he is a live entity.”The stories go that as well as treating Robert like a real person, Otto began to blame accidents on the doll as well. At first, that was just dismissed as childish games, but then stranger things started to happen.Child actor with Chucky in a scene from the film ‘Child’s Play’ (1988). Photo by United Artists/Getty ImagesPeople reported hearing Otto talk to the doll and then a completely different voice answer back. Neighbors and friends related how Robert would blink, laugh, and walk around the house when the Otto family were out.When he grew up, Otto moved into what he called “The Artist House.” Robert went with him.At the insistence of Otto’s wife, the doll was kept in a turret room. However, people reported hearing footsteps above them when they were in the room below. Those who ventured into Robert’s room heard giggling or claimed the doll moved.Robert the Doll on display at Fort East Martello Museum, Key West, Florida. Photo by Cayobo CC BY 2.0Occasionally, Robert could be seen in an upstairs window, and passing schoolchildren swore that he would disappear and reappear, or change which side of the window he was sitting on.Otto and his wife died in the 1970s. Myrtle Reuter bought The Artist House, which came with Robert. Visitors to her new home reported hearing footsteps and giggles. Some even said that Robert’s expression changed if anyone in the room bad-mouthed Otto.Her daughter, in particular, was terrorized by Robert, claiming that the doll tried to attack her several times.Robert the Doll by RICKFRIKY CC BY 2.0In 1994, Reuter decided enough was enough and donated him to the museum.But Robert’s antics haven’t stopped there. He has received around one thousand letters from museum visitors who have suffered accidents or mishaps after visiting. They apologize for disrespecting or upsetting him. Some people even send him boxes of candy.Chucky. Photo by Luis Villa del Campo CC By 2.0At the museum, Robert is kept in a glass case where he has been provided with his own toy to cuddle. He’s taken out once a year to check for any sign of deterioration but has traveled a convention in 2008 and to Las Vegas in 2015.Robert is such a famous figure that he has his own Twitter and Facebook page. When he receives letters from children, Convertito tries to respond to them: “Gene always had that childlike temperament around him and we feel like Robert would want to be kind to children.”As well as inspiring the Child’s Play franchise, Robert also had a film devoted to him called Robert (2015). This spawned three sequels: The Curse of Robert the Doll (2016), The Toymaker (2017), and The Revenge of Robert the Doll (2018).Read another story from us: History’s First Talking Doll – The Creepy Voice that Terrified ChildrenOtto might have gone on to become an eccentric artist, but his doll gained its own notoriety too. It is only the very bravest visitor to the Fort East Martello Museum that will dare to disrespect Robert the doll or his previous master.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | March 19, 2014 ICPME Offers Molecular Breast Imaging CME Course Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content March 19, 2014 — Molecular breast imaging (MBI) Clinical Indications, Benefits and Challenges is the focus of a new CME credit course to be offered by ICPME. It is funded in part by Gamma Medica Inc. and in part by GE Healthcare. The one-hour online session will provide a thorough overview of MBI, which is a growing imaging technology for women with dense breasts and certain difficult-to-image cancers.Research has shown that for women with dense breasts, MBI technology outperformed mammography in finding more cancers. This makes MBI, which has the ability to detect breast cancer lesions as small as 5 mm, a highly effective secondary diagnostic tool. This is particularly true for women with dense breast tissue and who have inconclusive results on their initial mammograms.MBI’s ability to detect smaller lesions lies in its ability to use molecular functional imaging, allowing for breast abnormalities to be detected based on altered characteristics of the tissue. Functional imaging is important for distinguishing between a viable and nonviable mass because functional changes precede anatomical changes in breast tissue.The certified pre-recorded session is presented by Stephen W. Phillips, M.D., FACR, medical director of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Breast Center (MSLH), assistant professor of radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, and formerly assistant professor of radiology at Mayo Clinic. Since 2012, Phillips has played a role in MBI clinical research at MSLH, where he currently utilizes MBI as a contributor to the general health and well-being of women in the greater Texas area.The course assesses the role of MBI as a complementary tool to mammography, describes patient indications for use, evaluates MBI benefits and challenges and covers the counseling of patients with dense breast tissue. It is accredited for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit and participants can register on the ICPME.For more information: courses.icpme.us FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more center_img News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more 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 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read morelast_img read more

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Costa RicaColombia Free Trade Agreement could be signed this week

first_imgNo related posts. Technical advisers from Costa Rica and Colombia could complete a final round of negotiations this week for a free trade agreement between the two countries.“We have made progress in talks to achieve a positive balance between our offensive and defensive interests as we enter the final stage, and we are very close to completing the process,” Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González said.González and Colombia’s minister of commerce, industry and tourism, Sergio Díaz-Granados, will meet on Wednesday in San José to finalize the negotiation process.In four previous rounds of negotiation commerce officials made significant progress on market access for goods and on the agreement’s specific rules and regulations.For Costa Rica, an agreement with Colombia would increase trade links, but also it would open the possibility of the country becoming a full member of the Pacific Alliance, an organization that groups Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, which represents nearly 36 percent of Latin America’s gross domestic product. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Aussie travellers seek safe adventures in Canada

first_imgThe tenth edition of the Global Peace Index released in June 2016 by international think-tank Institute for Economics & Peace ranks Canada 8th most peaceful country in the world, ahead of Australia and Japan.As the gap between the most and least peaceful countries continues to widen, due to increased terrorism and political instability, Australian travellers are seeking destinations like Canada that offer incredible experiences without the threat of violence or unrest.“In 2015, more than 279,000 Australians travelled to Canada, and this figure is set to rise again in 2016,” said Donna Campbell, Managing Director Destination Canada, GSA Australia.“We know that Australian travellers want to get off the beaten track, explore amazing wilderness, witness incredible wildlife, and immerse themselves in local culture, but they want to do it in a safe environment.”Predictably, the Global Peace Index ranks Canada much higher for safety than the USA (ranked 103), and also places it ahead of Singapore, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK.“With the increasing number of terrorist attacks in Europe, mass shootings in the US, as well as political unrest in Asia and the Middle East, Canada is becoming the ideal destination for outdoor and urban adventures in a safe, non-violent environment,” Donna said.“One thing is certain: Australians won’t stop seeking new experiences in far-flung destinations, and every year more and more Aussies are travelling to Canada for some of the world’s best road trips, events, urban adventures, wildlife, and winter sports, in destinations that are exhilarating, yet free from terrorism and conflict.”Getting there: Air Canada flies daily from Sydney and Brisbane to Vancouver, connecting through to the eastern provinces. For great Canada travel deals and packages click HERE.About the Global Peace IndexThe Global Peace Index is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). It gauges ongoing international and domestic conflict, safety and security in society, and the degree of militarization in 163 countries and territories by taking into account 23 indicators. Explore CanadaSource = Destination Canadalast_img read more

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