first_imgThe Rustlers Mens 35’s arrived in Coffs Harbour yesterday for the 2005 Asics National Touch League with nothing except the clothes on their back, after thieves stole their trailer containing all of their gear. The team had stopped to grab a bite to eat at the Toombul shopping centre and came back out to discover the trailer was gone. Now this was a mini bus and a trailer, not just a bag or suitcase. So somebody or several somebody’s removed the trailer and pulled it away, all while the team was in the shopping centre grabbing some food. Fortunately for the Rustlers boys the trailer was found…unfortunately for the Rustlers boys, everything of any value had been stolen…clothes, playing gear, shoes, personal items, anything and everything. Thankfully, the Rustlers administration managed to collect and scrape together an entire new set of uniforms for the Mens 35’s. Bronwyn Holland is not quite sure how they did it, must have been a miracle, sort of like the fish and the loaves story in the bible. “I don’t exactly know how we managed to get another whole set of uniforms for the guys, but thankfully we have scraped it together and they can take the field for the NTL,” she said. All the Rustlers players from the other divisions also came together to support their Mens 35’s. They did a quick collection amongst themselves to raise $700 so the men could buy some clothes to wear. ATA also kicked in with a deal so they could all afford to buy some new shoes for their matches. So the Rustlers Men have one thing to ask…if you see anyone who looks nothing like a Rustler Touch player running around in Brisbane wearing Rustlers clothing, get in touch with police, report it. If the Rustlers clothing appears on the black market or e-bay, you know where it came from. We just want to wish the team good luck, you certainly deserve it and obviously need it. By Rachel Moyle, read more

Nerdy No More: 12 great short sleeve button-ups

first_img How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts Once considered a fashion “don’t” in menswear circles because of their association with dweeby accountant types and Lewis and Gilbert in “Revenge of the Nerds,” short sleeve button-ups  have shed their F-grade stylistic reputation in recent years and emerged as current and fresh summer must-haves. Designers and tastemakers overturned the old longstanding fashion rule of “if you want short sleeves just roll up your long ones” several seasons ago and these arm-revealing tops are now considered key pieces for today’s sharply dressed man. As designer Robert James of By Robert James recently told me: “I would say that if you don’t have a short-sleeved shirt in your wardrobe, get it done. A few years ago it had to be rolled up but now, no.”Just like their long-sleeved brothers, those with slimmer fits tend to be most flattering and they can be worn tucked or untucked or with a proportionally apt necktie. It really just depends what looks best with the bottoms you pair them with and how you tend to roll (or not roll in this case).Here are a dozen smart short sleeve collared options that are currently available for sale online. Pick one or a few to add some instant cool to your warm weather wardrobe.Marl Shirt by Ben Sherman, $70.99Non-Iron Regent Fit Framed Short-Sleeve Dress Shirt by Brooks Brothers, $59Matty Green Print Shirt by By Robert James, $128Matty Grey Stripe Shirt by By Robert James, $128Short Sleeve Button-Down in Clear Sky Cotton by DDugofff, $175Azteca Print Shirt by Descendant of Thieves, $89Shades of Blue Plaid Shirt by Descendant of Thieves, $89High Boy Short Sleeve Shirt in Steel by Kennington, $54Naked Truth Short Sleeve Shirt by Kennington, $54Slim Fit Shirt with Fish Print by Michael Stars, $138Oxford One Short-Sleeve Shirt in White by Schnayderman’s, $189Wenlock Chambray Shirt by United By Blue, $72 The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weatherlast_img read more

Action needed following Tina Fontaine report FN advocate

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsAn Indigenous organization says more investments need to be made at the grassroots level.This comes after Manitoba’s children’s advocate says there are hundreds of at-risk youth with stories similar to Tina Fontaine.In her report on the death of Fontaine released this week, Daphne Penrose wrote that her office is working with 17 youth needing treatment.But Cora Morgan, who is the First Nations Family Advocate, says work is already being done to support at-risk youth, the government just needs to recognize

Lowes Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Lowe’s Cos. (LOW) on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $1.68 billion.The Mooresville, North Carolina-based company said it had net income of $2.14 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $2.15 per share.The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2 per share.The home improvement retailer posted revenue of $20.99 billion in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Ten analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $20.98 billion.Lowe’s expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.45 to $5.65 per share.Lowe’s shares have increased 6% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 16%. The stock has fallen almost 1% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on LOW at Associated Press read more

Payouts from insurance policies may fuel ransomware attacks

CHICAGO — The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000.No way, thought County Commission President Vidya Kora. But less than a week later, officials in the county southeast of Chicago agreed to pay a $132,000 ransom, partially covered by $100,000 from their insurance provider.“It was basically an economic decision,” Kora said. “How long do you keep all these employees sitting, doing nothing? Whereas if you pay this, we can be back up and running.”That’s precisely the calculation hackers count on. Now some cybersecurity professionals are concerned that insurance policies designed to limit the damage of ransomware attacks might be encouraging hackers, who see insurers covering increasingly large ransoms and choose to target the type of institutions likely to have coverage.“Once a cybercriminal finds a formula that works for them, they’re going to stick to it,” said Tyler Moore, a cyber security professor at the University of Tulsa. “If you’re a company or a city that has this coverage, the decision of whether to pay is quite clear. It gets more difficult when you take a step back and look at the societal view.”This year alone, the average ransom payment climbed from $12,762 at the end of March to $36,295 by the end of June — a 184% jump — according to Coveware, a firm that negotiates on behalf of ransomware victims.Officials have cited insurers’ help paying ransoms in recent high-profile hacks, including those in several Florida cities that paid six-figure ransoms. Elected officials reassured the public that taxpayers were only accountable for a deductible.The mayor of New Bedford, Massachusetts, acknowledged this month that city officials offered to pay $400,000 after ransomware locked up 158 city computers in July. The hackers had demanded $5.3 million.In a statement released two months later, Mayor Jon Mitchell said he was initially reluctant to negotiate, but he eventually concluded that it would be “irresponsible” to dismiss “the possibility of obtaining the decryption key if insurance coverage could cover the full cost of the ransom payment.”New Bedford never received a counteroffer from its hackers. Insurance coverage through AIG is expected to help with the cost of recovering lost files and upgrading security, Mitchell has said.The earliest use of ransomware came in the late 1980s. Attackers often launch their assaults via email containing malicious links or attachments. Once they have access, they encrypt files, databases and entire computer networks until the ransom is paid.In recent years, ransomware has become much more common, fueled by cryptocurrency that makes it easier for hackers to receive and then spend the payouts. Twenty-two local governments in Texas were hit in August . Businesses aiming to thwart hackers or repair their damage have grown rapidly in response, including insurance providers offering policies that cover ransom payments.Insurers do not release detailed information about clients’ experience with ransomware, so it’s difficult to know how often victims agree to pay. One 2016 study by the non-profit Cloud Security Alliance found that companies with insurance were more likely to pay a ransom to hackers threatening to release sensitive information — 28% compared with 22% for companies without insurance.La Porte County officials purchased a cyber security policy in 2018, months before they got hit, Kora said. The insurance company, Travelers, sent a law firm and a cybersecurity team to try to restore the computer systems and simultaneously negotiate with the hackers. The county also reported the ransomware to the FBI.No one was able to free the encrypted information, Kora said. For days, the county’s criminal and civil courts stalled without access to records, databases and payment systems. Employees in other county offices had no access to email or electronic records.LaPorte County’s policy covered up to $100,000 toward a ransom payment. Feeling trapped, county commissioners decided to cover the remaining $32,000.Texas officials have released little information on the ransomware that hit local governments, including the hackers’ specific demands. The Texas Department of Information Resources said in a statement released Sept. 5 that it was not aware of any community paying a ransom.According to the FBI, more than 1,400 instances of ransomware were reported last year, and victims reported paying $3.6 million. But former officials said that’s undoubtedly a fraction of the true picture because many victims don’t report, fearing damage to shareholders and loss of customers’ trust.Government agencies often don’t have the option to keep quiet.Cindy Pfeifer, clerk and treasurer of the Wisconsin village of Nashotah, was facing deadlines for property tax collections, budget preparations and completion of employees’ tax documents when she began a late November workday. But her computer was useless. It had been locked by hackers demanding $10,000.“My stomach still clenches when I think about it,” Pfeifer said.Technology staff for the village of 1,357 residents negotiated the hackers down to about $2,500. Officials paid, fearing that rebuilding records would cost much more.Josephine Wolff, a professor of cybersecurity policy at Tufts University, fears that insurance coverage of ransom payouts gives victims distance from the ripple effect of their decision.“By saying, ‘Oh, this is just something my insurance covers,’ they’re forgetting that is contributing direct financial resources to future criminal operations,” Wolff said.That effect has kept some targets from making ransom payments. After hackers locked systems for vendor and employee payments at the Colorado Department of Transportation, state officials resolved not to give in. Restoring the systems cost up to $1.5 million.“We don’t know what that ransom payment is going to fund,” said Brandi Simmons, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office of technology. “As a state government, we don’t want to be in a position of funding cyberterrorists.”Insurers said the decision about paying a ransom is ultimately the victim’s and not dictated by the terms of a policy, but it does require consideration of practical questions, said Michael Tanenbaum, head of the Cyber North America division for Chubb insurance.How long can they operate without access to the data? Do they have functioning backups to use while experts try to get the data back? What if the stolen data can’t be recovered?Executives of a multinational company that makes $10 million a day may not blink at paying $10,000 to get data back. A $10 million ransom, though, would take more thought, said Howard Marshall, a former deputy assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, who now leads the cyber threat intelligence team at the consulting firm Accenture.“The time for that thought process is well in advance,” he said, “not when the attacker’s clock is ticking.”Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press read more

UN envoy urges donors to support rebuilding Afghanistans police force

The top United Nations envoy for Afghanistan has urged international donors meeting in Doha, Qatar, to support the development of an Afghan police force that was better able to restore law and order and combat the misrule of local militias.Speaking at a two-day conference on police reconstruction in Afghanistan, which wrapped up yesterday, Jean Arnault, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said there was a common consensus among Afghans for an expanded and better trained security force.He added that, although much has been accomplished over the past two years, building a police force in Afghanistan remained a key task for the Afghan Government and its international partners.

Applications for US unemployment aid rise to highest in 10 weeks though

WASHINGTON – More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the trend in benefit applications in the past month remained low.The Labor Department says that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, the most since late June. Still, the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose just 750 to 304,000. The average is 7.1 per cent lower than it was a year ago.The data covers the week ended Sept. 6, which included the Labor Day holiday. Unemployment benefits data can be more volatile around holidays.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The four-week average fell to a seven-year low of 293,750 last month. Generally, fewer applications indicate employers are holding onto their staffs. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 11, 2014 6:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Applications for US unemployment aid rise to highest in 10 weeks, though trend remains low read more

Creative directors behind SickKids VS campaign to speak at OMalley Lecture

The imagery is powerful. Emotional. Unforgettable. All are important attributes of a successful advertising campaign.The SickKids Foundation’s ‘VS’ campaign launched in 2016 was hailed as a massive success. It won awards and helped raise money and awareness for the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.Two men behind the campaign — Peter Ignazi and Carlos Moreno — will deliver the 17th annual Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at Brock University.Ignazi and Moreno, from Cossette Communication, have twice made the Top 10 list of the most awarded copywriters and art directors in the world. In 2013, they were ranked as the No. 1 creative directors in Canada. In 2015, they joined Cossette, where they’ve worked on campaigns for McDonald’s, General Mills, TD Bank, SickKids and many others.The annual Terry O’Malley Lecture, along with the Grant Dobson Case Competition held with students earlier in the day, is hosted by Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film. The lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.Created by St. Catharines native and advertising icon Terry O’Malley, the lecture honours O’Malley’s legacy as one of the most legendary creative talents in modern Canadian advertising. For the past 16 years, the lecture series has exposed Brock students to some of North America’s top marketing and business communicators.Complimentary tickets to the event are still available for faculty, staff, students and the Niagara community through the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film website.What: 17th annual Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and AdvertisingWhen: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.Where: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock UniversityWho: Free tickets available to faculty, staff, students and the Niagara community read more

England beat West Indies in 4th ODI

(AFP) England beat West Indies by six runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method to win the rain-affected fourth one-day international at The Oval on Wednesday. Victory saw England take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, with just Friday’s finale in Southampton to come.England, set 357 to win after West Indies made 356 for five, were 258 for five when rain stopped play 35.1 overs.Moeen Ali made a blistering 102 in England’s winThat left them just ahead of where they needed to be on D/L to win at that stage.Moeen Ali, who made a blistering 102 in England’s win in the fourth ODI in Bristol on Sunday, helped get England above the required run-rate with a dashing 48 not out.Together with Jos Buttler (43 not out), he put on an unbroken 77 in eight overs after recalled opener Jason Roy made 84 on his Surrey home ground.Defeat was cruel on the West Indies for whom Evin Lewis (176, retired hurt) and Alzarri Joseph (five for 56) produced ODI-best performances.West Indies 356-5, 50 overs (E Lewis 176 ret hurt, J Holder 77; C Woakes 3-71)England 258-5, 35.1 overs (J Roy 84; A Joseph 5-56)Result: England won by six runs (D/L method)Series: England leads the five-match series 3-0 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLewis, Joseph denied by England’s late DLS dashSeptember 27, 2017In “Sports”England beat Windies as Bairstow’s hundred sets up stroll to 4-0September 29, 2017In “Sports”England complete big win over West IndiesFebruary 12, 2019In “latest news” read more

At least 254 dead including 43 children as toll from Colombian horror

first_imgAt least 254 dead, including 43 children, as toll from Colombian horror mudslide continues to climb The deadly landslide, which struck late on Friday evening, resulted from days of heavy rains. 4 Comments By AFP We offer our prayers for all of them. We send our condolences and the entire country’s sympathies to their families.More than 200 were injured in the disaster.Survivors and rescuers kept up a bleak search for victims in the muck and debris.Covered in mud, 38-year-old Marta Gomez told of going to search for her missing niece – and making a chilling find instead.“I went to look for her, but I couldn’t find her. I dug and dug and found what turned out to be a baby’s hand. It was horrible,” she said in a shelter set up for the newly homeless.As she stood in line waiting to register for government assistance for those who lost their houses, Gomez told AFP she had given up on finding her niece. Soldiers rescuing landslide victims in Mocoa on Saturday, 1 April Source: SIPA USA/PA Images“The mud took her away. I’ll never see her again,” she said, clinging to the leash of her equally muddy German shepherd.Rescuers worked in stifling heat under a cloudy sky in the remote Amazon town, the capital of the department of Putumayo.Debris left by the mudslides is everywhere: buried cars, uprooted trees, children’s toys and stray shoes sticking up out of the mud.Pope’s prayersThe torrent of mud, boulders and debris struck the town with little warning late on Friday after days of heavy rains that caused three area rivers to flood.It swept away homes, bridges, vehicles and trees, leaving piles of wrecked timber.Most of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in the town of 40,000 are poor and populated with people uprooted during Colombia’s five-decade-long civil war.A “profoundly saddened” Pope Francis said he was praying for the victims.Santos declared an emergency to speed up aid operations.Health authorities said they had dispatched sanitation specialists in the hopes of preventing outbreaks of disease.Santos said four emergency water treatment plants would be set up “to avoid an epidemic and an even bigger public health crisis”.An unexpected offer of help also came from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the leftist rebel group engaged in a historic peace process with the government.It said FARC members were prepared to help rebuild the town.‘People screamed, others cried’Marta Ceballos, a 44-year-old street vendor, said she lost everything, but is thankful her family is alive.“Dear God, I don’t want to even remember that,” she said.To see how some people screamed, and others cried, ran, tried to flee in cars, on motorcycles, and how they were trapped in the mud. It’s all too, too difficult.“The only things I fortunately did not lose were my husband, my daughters and my nephews,” she said.Electricity and running water have yet to be restored to Mocoa. Local authorities said repairing the electrical substation would take time.There were reports of people looting stores searching for bottled water.“There are lots of people in the streets, lots of people displaced and many houses have collapsed,” retired Mocoa resident Hernando Rodriguez, 69, said by telephone.“There were no preparations” for such a disaster, he said.Several deadly landslides have struck Colombia in recent months.One example last November killed nine people in the rural southwestern town of El Tambo, officials said.The previous month, 10 people lost their lives in a mudslide in the north of the country.The Pacific rim of South America has been hard hit in recent months by floods and mudslides, with scores killed in Peru and Ecuador.© – AFP, 2017Read: Russian paper says gay men are being arrested and killed in ChechnyaRead: Six Irish children sent to psychiatric units abroad in last two years – but ‘no records exist’ before that Monday 3 Apr 2017, 7:09 AM Apr 3rd 2017, 7:09 AM 8,092 Views center_img Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos comforts a child affected by Friday’s mudslide in Mocoa Source: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA ImagesDEVASTATING MUDSLIDES IN the Colombian town of Mocoa have killed at least 254 people, including 43 children, President Juan Manuel Santos said as survivors described gruesome scenes amid the ruins.Santos, who traveled to the southern town to personally oversee relief operations, warned the toll could keep climbing.“Unfortunately, these are still preliminary figures,” he wrote on Twitter, after giving an earlier toll of 210. Share132 Tweet Email1 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Bob did his best Zimbabweans divided as State funeral held for Robert

first_img Mugabe’s coffin arrives for a state funeral for at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. Image: Themba Hadebe/PA Images 10 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9,508 Views ‘Bob did his best’: Zimbabweans divided as State funeral held for Robert Mugabe While Mugabe leaves a divided legacy, no expense was spared for his funeral in Harare today. By AFP Short URL Members of the public sing as they gather in the stands. Source: Ben Curtis/PA Images“You can’t talk about Zimbabwe without Bob. Zimbabwe is Bob. It took a man like Bob, his bravery, to get independence,” said Norman Gombera, 57, a school principal in Harare. “Bob did his best under the circumstances. There is no country without a problem.”Bitter legacyA young Mugabe was once jailed in the former British colony Rhodesia for his nationalist ideas. But he swept to power in the 1980 elections after a guerrilla war and sanctions forced the Rhodesian government to the negotiating table.Though still lauded as an African icon, at home many Zimbabweans will remember Mugabe more for the increasingly tyrannical rule and economic mismanagement that forced millions to flee the country during decades of crisis.Many are struggling to survive despite Mnangagwa’s vows of more investment and jobs in the post-Mugabe era.“The fruits of his tenure are the shortages. That is what we remember him for,” said Steven, a consultant shopping near the stadium.“He has made sure there is no opposition and he succeeded. There is no reason to go to his funeral.” Source: Ben CurtisMugabe’s funeral arrangements were caught up in a dispute between Mnangagwa and the family over where and when the former leader should be buried.The two parties yesterday finally agreed he should lie at National Heroes Acre monument. But the final ceremony would take place in about 30 days, once the new mausoleum was built for him there.The “heroes” monument, where more than 130 national figures are buried in black marble tombs, sits on a hilltop overlooking Harare. Mugabe’s first wife, Sally, is also buried there. Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa (centre). Source: Ben Curtis/PA ImagesHis family are still bitter over the role Mnangagwa played in his ouster and had pushed for Mugabe to be buried in his homestead of Zvimba, northwest of Harare.A former guerrilla who fought alongside Mugabe against colonial forces, Mnangagwa was fired as first vice president by Mugabe in 2017. Mugabe had branded him a “traitor”.Soon after, protesters took to the streets and military officers pressured Mugabe to step down in what was widely seen as a struggle between Mnangagwa’s faction and loyalists to Mugabe’s wife Grace inside the ruling ZANU-PF party.- © AFP 2019  Mugabe’s coffin arrives for a state funeral for at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 2:49 PM Image: Themba Hadebe/PA Images ZIMBABWE GAVE FORMER leader Robert Mugabe a state funeral today with African leaders paying tribute to a man they lauded as a liberation hero but whose 37-year rule was defined by repression and economic turmoil.Mugabe, who died in Singapore last week aged 95, left Zimbabwe deeply divided over his legacy with his country still struggling with high inflation and shortages of goods after decades of crisis.He died on an overseas medical trip almost two years after former army loyalists forced him out in 2017, following a power struggle over what was widely perceived as a bid to position his wife Grace as his successor.Former and current African leaders, including South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, arrived to crowds chanting and drumming liberation songs at the less than half-filled 60,000-seat national stadium in Harare.Mugabe’s casket, draped in the green, black, gold and red Zimbabwe flag, was marched slowly into the stadium, accompanied by a military band and an escort of officers. His wife Grace, in a black veil, and family followed behind. Women in the stands at the funeral. Source: Ben Curtis/PA ImagesAfrican leaders and officials from Cuba, Russia and China all praised Mugabe as a pan-African hero for his past as a colonial-era guerrilla leader.“We honour and remember our African icon. He had many allies and followers… Our motherland is in tears,” Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said.South African leader Ramaphosa’s speech was briefly interrupted by jeers and whistles from the crowds until he apologised for recent xenophobic attacks on African migrants, including Zimbabweans, in Johannesburg.Mugabe’s final burial at a national monument will only happen after a new mausoleum is built in about 30 days. That decision was taken after his family ended a dispute with Mnangagwa, a former ally who turned against his rule in 2017. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta delivers a speech. Source: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/PA ImagesMugabe’s body was returned from Singapore on Wednesday to a country he helped found as an anti-colonial rebel who helped end white-minority rule.Later, Mugabe turned to repression and fear to crush dissidents and govern for nearly four decades during which he become an international pariah for his takeover of white-owned farms. Sat 2:49 PM Share4 Tweet Email last_img read more

Prévoir la météo sur un an avec un algorithme

first_imgPrévoir la météo sur un an avec un algorithme ?Une hypothèse intéressante est en train de faire son chemin : il serait envisageable grâce à un algorithme, d’obtenir des prévisions météo jusqu’à 12 mois en avance.Quel temps fera t-il dans un an ? Avec les technologies actuelles, il est impossible de le prévoir mais des scientifiques ont développé une idée surprenante. En s’aidant d’un algorithme, il serait possible de prédire la météo jusqu’à 12 mois à l’avance. Improbable ? Pas tant que cela… Pour démontrer les grandes capacités de ces suites d’opérations, évoque notamment l’exemple du site de musique Pandora. Celui-ci est capable de prévoir le style de chansons que ses utilisateurs veulent écouter en passant au crible les composantes des chansons qu’ils aiment pour les retrouver dans d’autres morceaux. Il n’est donc pas si étonnant que le blog Freakonomics se soit interrogé au sujet des algorithmes et de leur usage possible dans des prévisions météo sur le long terme. Celui-ci révèle ainsi l’existence d’une petite entreprise nommée Weather Trends International qui a justement réussi ce tour de force en projetant des tendances de températures, de précipitations et de chutes de neige pouvant aller jusqu’à un an à l’avance partout dans le monde, et avec plus de 80% d’exactitude.Pour cela, ils ont eu besoin de se procurer autant de données et de renseignements historiques sur la météo que possible. Puis, ils ont rentrés ces éléments dans un algorithme afin d’en sortir leurs prévisions. Une technique qui s’avère différente de celle qu’emploient la majorité des météorologues avec leurs modélisations.Des prévisions utiles à l’industrieÀ lire aussiProduits bio, maquillage et la foudre : les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 6 juinConnaitre un an à l’avance les coins de vacances ensoleillées facilite grandement l’organisation de ses futurs congés. Mais outre cela, dans un tout autre objectif, disposer de prévisions météorologiques sur un an peut se révéler fort utile dans certaines industries. En effet, Weather Trends International a entre autres, vendu ses services à une entreprise qui produit de la bière, arguant que celle-ci vend 1% de bière en plus pour 1°C de température en plus. Puisque la bière peut être faite et embouteillée des mois en avance, plus tôt cette entreprise saura quel genre de printemps se prépare, plus tôt elle pourra adapter sa production, d’où l’intérêt d’une telle technique. Mais apparemment, les prédictions à 12 mois ne s’arrêtent pas en si bon chemin. A l’issue d’une étude menée par le département des sciences atmosphériques et océaniques de l’Université de Californie à Los Angeles, des scientifiques affirment être en mesure de prédire la météo pour les 16 mois à venir. Ils précisent toutefois que ces prévisions sont bien plus générales que celles à court terme. Mais celles-ci sont susceptibles d’avoir un impact sur l’agriculture ou d’autres industries, et donc sur l’économie. Pour vous faire vous-même votre idée, Weather Trends International a mis un site à disposition du grand public où il est possible d’obtenir les prévisions de nombreuses villes. Le 2 octobre 2011 à 15:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Camas woman hopes to stem progression of MS with treatment in Mexico

first_imgDebra Weidner dreams of a day when she can go skiing with her husband, Paul, and 10-year-old daughter, Zoë. She longs to go on weekend hikes or have family nights at the bowling alley.Those are her dreams. She’d settle for just being able to walk from her kitchen to her laundry room without difficulty.Over the past decade, multiple sclerosis has robbed Debra of many of the things she dreams of doing. Fatigue makes it difficult to do more than one thing per day, whether it’s laundry or making dinner. She sleeps 10 to 12 hours each night and takes a two- to three-hour nap every day, yet she never feels rested. The right side of her body has slowly gotten weaker, and foot-drop has left her reliant on a cane. Falls have become a common occurrence.“I find it difficult to imagine where I’ll be five, 10, 20-plus years from now,” Debra said. “Truthfully, I don’t want to watch my life slowly deteriorate.”So in March, Debra, 51, will pack her bags and head to Puebla, Mexico, to undergo a treatment for MS that is considered experimental in the U.S. The Camas woman will spend 28 days in Puebla, receiving treatment at Clinica Ruiz with her mother-in-law, Karen Fitzsimons, serving as her caregiver.last_img read more

Legislature looks to draw funds from Power Cost Equalization fund

first_imgThe state House and Senate are trying to work out their differences over a bill that would draw money from the Power Cost Equalization Endowment Fund.Download AudioSenator Lyman Hoffman. Hoffman drafted the bill that would limit the ways that money from the PCE is drawn from.(Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)The $900 million fund subsidizes the high cost of electricity in rural areas. Because the state government has a $4 billion deficit, some lawmakers have suggested drawing money from the fund to pay for other state costs.Bethel Democratic Senator Lyman Hoffman crafted a bill that would limit the draw from the PCE fund to years when the fund earnings are more than what’s needed for the power cost equalization program. This program costs about 40 million per year.The Senate unanimously passed the measure, Senate Bill 196.But the House made changes to the bill. These changes made it less likely that excess fund earnings would be redirected back into the fund.Those changes concern Hoffman. When it was time for the Senate to decide Wednesday whether it would agree with the House’s changes, Hoffman spoke up.“They changed the formula on how the excessive earnings will be distributed and I believe that that formula will potentially put the fund in jeopardy and want to go back and revisit the differences between what the Senate has done, which is a more sound approach to the fund,” Hoffman said.As a result, there will be a conference committee to rewrite the bill so that both houses can agree to it.Hoffman will be the Senate chairman of the committee, which will also have Eagle River Republican Senator Anna MacKinnon and Fairbanks Republican Senator Click Bishop. The House members will be chairman Dillingham Democrat Bryce Edgmon, Eagle River Republican Dan Saddler and Fairbanks Democrat Scott Kawasaki.The Legislature formed the conference committee on what was an otherwise quiet day in the Capitol.last_img read more

Finland police arrest 5 after stabbing spree

first_imgRescue personnel have cordoned off the area at the Turku Market Square in the Finnish city of Turku where several people were stabbed. Photo: AFPFinnish police arrested five people in a Turku apartment overnight in their investigation into a stabbing rampage that left two people dead, they said Saturday.Police shot and wounded a knife-wielding suspect on Friday, arresting him minutes after an afternoon stabbing spree at a Turku market square. Police on Saturday raised the number of injured in the attack from six to eight.“There was a raid and we have now six suspects in custody, the main suspect and five others,” detective superintendent Markus Laine of the National Bureau of investigation told AFP.“We are investigating the role of these five other people but we are not sure yet if they had anything to do with (the attack)… We will interrogate them, after that we can tell you more. But they had been in contact with the main suspect,” Laine said.Police have not confirmed the identity of the suspect, but Laine said investigators were “pretty sure” they knew who he was.Police have so far only described him as “a young man of foreign origin”, providing no other details except to say they were collaborating with the Finnish Immigration Service.The suspect is being treated in hospital in intensive care for a gunshot wound to the thigh.The motive for the attack was not yet known, and police have refused to confirm if it was terror-related.“We haven’t yet interrogated the main suspect because of his medical condition,” Laine said.Media reports in Finland said police believed the suspect had picked his victims at random, but Laine could not confirm that.Police have said it was likely the suspect acted alone, but added they were looking for “other possible perpetrators.”Central Turku was swiftly cordoned off after the attack, which occurred just after 4:00 pm (1300 GMT), although the area was reopened several hours later.Finland also raised its emergency readiness across the country after the stabbing, increasing security at airports and train stations and putting more officers on the streets.In June, Finland’s intelligence and security agency Supo raised the country’s terror threat level by a notch, from “low” to “elevated”, the second notch on a four-tier scale.It said at the time it saw an increased risk of an attack committed by the the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.last_img read more

Alien Descent LocationBased VR Experience Coming to Southern California Mall

first_img Popular on Variety “VR attractions bring together immersive entertainment with social experiences that can’t be replicated in the living room,” said FoxNext president Salil Mehta in a statement. “The rich storytelling opportunities in the Alien universe makes it a perfect fit for cutting-edge destination entertainment. Plus, who doesn’t want to battle Xenomorphs and save the world?”“Alien:Descent” lasts about 15 minutes, and tickets are $22 per participant. Consumers can order tickers for the experience at the The Outlets at Orange online now. FoxNext plans to announce additional locations for “Alien:Descent”  in the near future.Fox isn’t the first studio to embrace this kind of location-based VR. Sony Pictures previously cooperated with The Void for a Ghost Busters-themed VR experience that plays in the Void’s Times Square location. The startup has also worked with Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab on “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire,” a VR experience that’s been playing in multiple locations across Southern California and Florida and that is set to come to Las Vegas later this month. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Fox is bringing an Alien-themed virtual reality (VR) experience to a mall in Southern California: “Alien: Descent,” a VR experience that can be experienced by a group of up to 4 players, opens its doors at The Outlets at Orange in Orange County, Calif. on April 26.“Alien: Descent” has been produced by Pure Imagination Studios and FoxNext Destinations, the location-based entertainment arm of 20th Century Fox’s and Fox Networks’ next-generation media unit FoxNext.It’s a free-roaming experience, meaning that players get outfitted with special wireless VR headsets that do away with the need for  any additional cables. This allows players to freely walk around on a stage that incorporates physical cues for better immersion.In the experience, players get to  join an elite squad of Colonial Marines tasked with investigating a distress signal sent from a mining outpost. Of course, there are also plenty of aliens to be fought, which is why every player gets their own VR weapon. Movements of players are tracked with special motion sensors attached to players’ arms and legs.last_img read more

The North Face Turned Recyclables From National Parks Into Clothing

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. This Fabric Automatically Cools or Heats Depending on ConditionsNike Announces Paul George 3 ‘NASA’ Sneaker and Clothing Line Like most folks who wear its clothing or use its outdoor gear, The North Face is a big fan of our national parks. This week, the company announced a new way it’s helping to keep our parks clean and beautiful.The North Face will be donating a portion of the sales from a new clothing line to The National Parks Foundation. Funds contributed by TNF have been earmarked for sustainability projects including water bottle refilling stations and bear-proof recycle bins.That’s not the only way the company is helping out, however. It all started with the raw materials. The new clothes are actually made from plastic bottles that were collected from three of America’s most-loved parks.AdChoices广告More than 160,000 pounds of plastic was collected from Grand Tetons, Great Smoky Mountains, and Yosemite National Parks. It’s easy enough to see where all those bottles came from. Those three parks see a total of around 20 million visitors each year.The North Face has Bottle Source shirts for the whole family up for sale — including the excellent “John Muir is My Homeboy” tee that pays homage to the father of the National Park system. You can find them on its website and in U.S. stores. There’s also a limited edition tote that you can use to carry around your park necessities in a sustainable way.Its new Bottle Source range isn’t the only way The North Face supports sustainability efforts. The company also uses recycled polyester insulation in some of its core products like the Denali jacket. The same fill adds warmth to TNF’s Re-source hoodies and its signature packable blanket.The North Face has also started using Climate Beneficial wool. What’s Climate Beneficial wool, you ask? It’s wool sheared from sheep that graze on a carbon farm. The farms utilize “inexpensive organic management practices” to offset the greenhouse gasses produced by the flock.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_img Feature | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 | Niki Fitousi, Ph.D., and An Dedulle Can CT Image Truncation Cause False Dose Alerts? One of the main benefits of a radiation dose management system is the possibility to automatically generate alerts when… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 Mirion Showcases Instadose2 Wireless Dual Detector Dosimeter at AAPM and AHRA Featuring dual detectors, the Instadose2 dosimeter addresses international requirements for independent deep [Hp(10)]… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Image courtesy of BiodexDecember 4, 2014 — Biodex showcased its latest line of medical imaging tables and Clear-Lead Shielding at RSNA 2014.Biodex C-Arm Tables are designed for image-guided procedures where stability, access and precise, quiet, vibration-free positioning are essential, such as: surgical, pain management, urology, brachytherapy and 3-D imaging. The products functional design provides complete access while minimizing radiation exposure to clinicians.With a large radiolucent area, free-float X-Y tabletop, motorized control of height, lateral roll, Trendelenburg motions and the catheter tray extension, the Surgical C-Arm Table – 840 is ideal for cardiovascular procedures. It offers quick and safe tabletop positioning ensured by the portable hand-held and foot operated controllers, which can be positioned from any point around the table.Biodex’s 3-D imaging C-Arm Table – 820 is designed for use with 3-D C-Arms for seed implantation, urology, thoracic/vascular and other general C-Arm applications. The narrow, low-attenuation carbon-fiber tabletop is cantilevered to accommodate portable 3-D C-Arms.In addition to its line of C-Arm Tables, Biodex featured the SoundPro Combination Table, designed to accommodate both ultrasound and echocardiography procedures.  Recent ergonomic enhancements include a cardiac drop-down cushion, which releases from either side of the table, providing open access to the patient’s thorax area for an unencumbered apical approach and flush-mounted side rails, enabling closer access to the patient, without sonographer contortion.  The side rails stow beneath the table when not in use, eliminating obstruction. The Clear-Lead Personal Mobile Barrier and Clear-Lead Mobile X-Ray Barrier provide .5 mm LE radiation protection. The Personal Mobile Barrier has a unique hourglass design allowing hands-on patient access. This versatile, lightweight barrier offers height adjustability to protect the user, whether seated or standing, essential for urologists, anesthesiologists, pain-care physicians, X-ray technologists and more.  The window is anatomically positioned with cutouts for the user’s arms, allowing continuous contact with the patient while maximizing protection.The unique hour-glass contour of the Personal Mobile Barrier provides “hands-on” patient access while providing radiation protection (0.5 mm LE) where it’s needed. This versatile, lightweight barrier offers the distinct convenience of height adjustability to protect the user, whether seated or standing. This feature is an essential advantage for all urologists, anesthesiologists, pain-care physicians, x-ray technologists and more. Constructed of Clear-Lead acrylic, the window is anatomically positioned with cutouts for the user’s arms to maintain continuous hands-on contact with the patient while maximizing protection. Featuring an easy-roll, four-caster base and two grip handles, the lightweight barrier (51 lb) is easy to maneuver and positions flush to the table for total patient access.The Mobile X-Ray Barriers provide ionizing radiation protection and is durable, shatter resistant and easy to manuever. For more information:  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Technology | December 01, 2014 Biodex Featured New Line of Imaging Tables and Clear Lead Shields at RSNA 2014 New products focus on accessible methods for patient procedures News | Radiation Dose Management | July 09, 2019 Radcal Exhibits Accu-Gold Touch Systems at AAPM 2019 Radcal Corp. will be presenting the new Accu-Gold Touch platform, a multi-analyzer the company says is the latest in X-… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | July 11, 2019 Fluke Biomedical Introduces RaySafe 452 Survey Meter Radiation measurement often requires different devices for varying applications, adding to the cost and complexity of… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Related Content News | Radiation Dose Management | May 31, 2019 Applications Open for ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical’s Safety FiRsT Grant Program The ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical Systems are now accepting applications for the 2019 Safety FiRsT grant program,… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Figure 1: Example of an intentionally truncated CT image. The truncation percentage was calculated as the ratio of the patient border touching the field of view to the total patient border (red/(read+blue)). 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Belfast baker guilty of discrimination over gay cake snub

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean She said the bakers knew the customer, Gareth Lee, was gay and they would have provided him a cake bearing a message that supported traditional heterosexual marriage.The judge ordered the family-run Ashers Bakery to pay Lee 500 pounds ($775) and legal costs, which have run into the tens of thousands.Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission pursued the lawsuit on behalf of Lee, who had ordered the cake for a gay rights event. Same-sex marriages were legalized last year in the rest of the United Kingdom but remain unrecognized in Northern Ireland.“This is not about the cake,” said Michael Wardlow, chief commissioner of the Equality Commission. “It’s about whether someone like Gareth must walk into a shop or hotel or restaurant and wonder: Can I be served here because they may have a different religious opinion of me?”Ashers Bakery initially accepted Lee’s order but called him two days later to cancel it, citing the bakery owners’ evangelical Christian beliefs. Lee had wanted the cake to depict “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie alongside the pro-gay marriage slogan.Opinion polls indicate majority opposition to gay marriage in Northern Ireland. In March, thousands rallied in support of Ashers Bakery. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top Stories The bakery owners’ son, Daniel McArthur, said their family would refuse to make the cake if asked again.“We just want to live and work in accordance with our religious beliefs,” he said. “We know we’ve done the right decision before God, and we’ve no regrets about what we’ve done.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DUBLIN (AP) — A Northern Ireland bakery was found guilty Tuesday of discrimination for refusing to make a cake bearing the slogan “Support Gay Marriage,” a verdict welcomed by human rights activists but denounced by Christian conservatives in the British territory.In her ruling, Belfast Judge Isobel Brownlie called the bakery’s cancellation of the order “direct discrimination for which there can be no justification.” The judge said the bakery was a business, not a religious organization, and therefore had no legal basis to reject an order based on a customer’s sexual orientation or beliefs. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more