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first_imgWASHINGTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t ruling out the possibility that Canada will ratify its new North American trade deal with the United States and Mexico even if U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum exports are still in place.In an interview with CNN, portions of which are airing as U.S. voters cast ballots in pivotal midterm elections, Trudeau says Canada still wants the tariffs lifted before the new version of NAFTA goes into effect.But when asked if he trusts U.S. President Donald Trump to honour the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Trudeau says his father taught him to trust Canadians.He says it was Pierre Trudeau’s way of telling him that he didn’t have to scare or pander to voters in Canada, since they are capable of making intelligent, rational choices.Pressed on the question of whether he trusts Trump, Trudeau says he respects the fact that every leader has a different approach to the job of defending their country’s interests.Trump is using national security grounds to justify tariffs of 10 per cent on aluminum produced outside the U.S. and 25 per cent on steel, and has not lifted his threat to impose a similar 25 per cent tariff on autos.“What my father taught me was to trust Canadians,” Trudeau said when asked whether the elder Trudeau’s advice to “trust people” would apply to the U.S. president.“It was a way of looking at the electorate as saying you don’t have to dumb it down for them, you don’t have to scare them into this or that — you can actually treat people like intelligent, rational actors and they will rise to the occasion.”Trudeau was pressed on whether he trusts Trump to stand by the terms of the USMCA.“Every leader has the job of sticking up for their own country, and they will do it in their own ways,” he said.“I respect the fact that people have different approaches to it. My approach is to trust Canadians and deal in a way that is direct with other leaders.”last_img read more


first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to face a fresh round of questions on the SNC-Lavalin controversy today when he hands out some money to a technology firm.Trudeau will be in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata to announce $40 million of federal money for BlackBerry, the one-time smartphone leader that is now working on software to enable self-driving cars.BlackBerry says its QNX software is already in tens of millions of cars, guiding systems related to driver assistance, hands-free features and entertainment consoles.A government official says the federal money, to come from the Strategic Innovation Fund, will go towards software development and skills training for workers.The company is putting $300 million of its own money into the initiative, expected to create 800 jobs over the next decade at BlackBerry’s Kanata campus as well as support 300 existing jobs there.But the federal announcement could well be overshadowed by ongoing fallout over allegations of undue political pressure on criminal justice.Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from the federal cabinet this week, leaving unanswered questions about whether Trudeau’s aides leaned on her to help engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.Trudeau has denied Wilson-Raybould was pressured to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin rather than pursue a criminal trial on charges of bribery and fraud linked to the company’s efforts to secure business in Libya.He says Wilson-Raybould should have come to him with any concerns she might have had about the matter.The Liberal-dominated House of Commons justice committee has agreed to hear from a handful of witnesses, but the list does not include Wilson-Raybould.Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion has begun his own investigation into the matter, specifically whether there’s been a violation of the Conflict of Interest Act.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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Rabat- The four Gulf countries pledged to grant Morocco a total of  $5 billion between 2012 and 2016, $1.25 billion from each, to assist the North African country with its development projects. According to recent data from Morocco’s treasury, Saudi Arabia and UAE’s grants amounted to $80 million between January and October 2018, compared with last year’s $480 million grant in the same period. The two countries fulfilled only 10 percent of the expected sum, however. Read Also: Global Oil Prices Continue to Drop, Morocco to BenefitQatar and Kuwait met their promises in August, while UAE’s grant reached $1.03 billion and Saudi Arabia only managed to disburse$868 million in the same month.The ministry’s report, the 2019 finance law, maintains that Morocco’s “inability to receive the full pledged sum is due to UAE and Saudi Arabia’s delay in fulfilling their commitment.”Although reasons for the delay are not clear, pan-Arab media outlet, The New Arab, reported that Morocco was not the only country at the receiving end of the delay.The newspaper noted that countries like Jordan and Bahrain have also not received promised aid package from the other Gulf countries, suggesting that the drop in oil prices created a financial crisis for the countries, which has hampered their ability to fulfill their commitments. read more


In a special media release this evening, the police media unit said that the teens were arrested following an operation conducted by the highway patrol unit. Following the incident a special operation was launched and the teens were later arrested. The teens were produced in court today.The police media unit said that the 19 year old was remanded till the 24th of this month while the other two, who are considered underage, were handed over to a rehabilitation home. Meanwhile the Magistrate has also ordered that the three teens meet a psychologist. The police said that the teens had pelted stones at a Maruti car on the highway yesterday causing damages to the vehicle. The police say they have arrested three teenagers, aged 19, 16 and 15, for pelting stones at vehicles on the southern expressway. read more


Two people have been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a Haldimand County man.Jason Robert Kerr. a 32-year-old Hagersville man, died of a drug overdose on Feb. 1, 2019.Hillary Elizabeth Robertson,  29,  and Terry Anthony Wood, 32, both of Haldimand County, have been charged with manslaughter,  criminal negligence causing death and trafficking the drug carfentanyl.Jesse Ross Wellings, 27, also of Haldimand, has been charged with possession of carfentanyl for the purpose of trafficking.The three were held in custody and were scheduled to appear in court in Cayuga on Thursday morning.Ontario Provincial Police stated there is a continued focus on making those involved in the illegal drug trade accountable for their role in the opioid crisis.“The OPP is committed to supporting safe, healthy communities for all Ontarians,” Haldimand OPP Detective Inspector Randy Gaynor, said in a press release.  “As a law enforcement organization, the OPP’s role in this crisis is to investigate opioid-related incidents with an acute focus on the apprehension of those who produce, import, and traffic illegal drugs,”Earlier this year, two people were charged with manslaughter following the drug-related death of Port Dover’s Ashley Gravelle on March 2, 2019. read more


By Julie JohansenEmery County Commissioners and the Emery County Public Lands Council hosted a public information meeting on Tuesday evening in the county administration building in Castle Dale. This meeting was requested by the OHV community at the commission meeting on Jan. 22. Hundreds of people filled the halls and three large rooms seeking information about the effects and parameters of the Emery Country Lands Bill.Country officials filled the Swell Conference Room with tables upon which large maps showing the lands included in the land bill were placed. There was also a commissioner and/or land council member at each table to be of assistance in reading the maps or answering questions.The Canyon Room and Emery County Commission Chambers had guest presenters who addressed the huge crowds and answered questions. During the first hour of the room rotations, David Orr and an assistant from the SITLA (State Institutional Trust Lands Administration) office were in the chambers. They had maps prepared to show the SITLA land exchanges included in the bill. The duo also explained the importance of the revenue from those lands to the schools of Utah. While some were afraid that the bill would eliminate mining in three of the land exchanges, Orr explained that the opposite would be true if the bill passes. The revenue from the SITLA land exchanges was one of the main things gained from the compromise on the bill in December because of the increase in mineral lease money the county and schools would receive from those exchanges, Orr said. His assistant director explained how the roads to the designated minerals extraction sites would be protected.Romel Nicholas, former assistant to Senator Orrin Hatch, spoke and took inquiries in the Swell Room. He explained how the bill got to where it is now. He related that when Bears’ Ears National Monument was created, it became very evident that the San Rafael Swell was next on the list. When the previous PLI (Public Lands Initiative) was defeated, work increased on the Emery County Lands Bill.“It became a model lands bill for other areas because it was so well written,” he said. It also became one of the main pieces of legislation that Sen. Hatch pushed to be enacted before his retirement at the end of 2018.Nicholas explained the mandated steps required to become a piece of legislation, many different procedures and steps, and how the office and staff worked to push it forward because of its importance to Emery Country and all of Utah and even the Western United States. He stated that a monument has never been created over a piece of legislation designating public lands. The only thing that can stop an executive order is legislation by Congress.Following the presentations, each presenter opened the floor for questions and answers. Then, the speakers changed rooms instead of the audiences due to the large crowd. Most questions were regarding recreation opportunities being curtailed, hunting, mineral extraction, handicapped accessibility, and road or trail closures. There were also concerns about the Bureau of Land management Travel Plan not being completed if the bill passes and what effect that will have on roads on the Swell. It was explained this will take place regardless of the bills status, but roads designated now as legal roads according to the BLM, are protected in the bill.The meeting was scheduled for two hours, but because of the number of people, it went longer. A majority of the crowd was local OHV enthusiasts, but many came from much longer distances. read more


first_imgPeople have been hacking together ways to control their Windows PCs using Microsoft’s Kinect motion controller for months now. Microsoft had promised for months that they would open up the Kinect to developers looking to use it for PC applications and games, but never said when that development kit would be ready. Today, Microsoft finally took the wraps off of the Kinect for Windows SDK and made it available to the public.Microsoft Research‘s official Kinect SDK is free, in beta, and available to any interested developer looking to come up with a way to use Kinect to control a Windows PC application or interface. Microsoft also says they’re working on a version of the SDK specifically for commercial applications. The goal is to give the Kinect new life as a PC peripheral and not just an attachment for the Xbox 360 games console.AdChoices广告The SDK can be downloaded from the Microsoft Research website, and both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions are under 22MB. The kit includes a smaple game which you can see a video of below:Microsoft wants to see Kinect motion controllers used in kitchens, doctor’s offices, or repair shops, where people often have dirty fingers or difficulty using a computer while doing their job at the same time. Ideally you could use a Kinect to interact with a PC while you’re cooking without having to run and wash your hands to use a keyboard and mouse, or in a doctor’s office where you’ve already washed up but don’t want to risk contamination from using a computer.It remains to be seen if there’s real demand for Kinect on the PC beyond tech demos of future user interfaces and interesting but unrealistic ways to play PC games like World of Warcraft with motion control. Now that the SDK is official and a commercial one is on the way, we may see some fresh interest at least in the short term.Learn all about the SDK at Microsoft Research, via GeekWirelast_img read more


first_imgSosh : un forfait sans engagement à 9,90 eurosDans la guerre des forfaits mobiles, Sosh propose un forfait de 2h de communication avec SMS et MMS illimités pour 9,90 euros par mois.Face à Free, la marque Low Cost d’Orange n’allait pas rester sur le banc ! Dorénavant, elle proposera elle aussi son forfait à bas prix, avec deux heures de temps d’appel, l’envois de SMS et MMS illimités et la connexion WIFI illimité (via les hotspots WIFI Orange). Le bémol principal étant l’absence d’Internet/Mails sur le réseau 3G+. Une autre (identique à tous ces opérateurs pas cher) soucis pouvant être le fait qu’il n’y a bien évidemment pas de téléphone inclus. Pour palier à ce manque, il faudra donc le prendre à part, ce qui viendra irrémédiablement augmenter les frais.Mais l’offre étant sans engagement, on pourra en changer rapidement si cela ne convient pas. Parallèlement à cette offre, deux autres versions du forfait sont disponibles, comprenant chacune l’accès à internet (fair use 1Go) pour quelques euros supplémentaires.Le 27 janvier 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgThere are festivals for drinking beer. There are festivals for eating food. There are festivals for different cultures. Now there’s a festival for your mind and body.The first Camas Wellness Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday spread across six locations in downtown Camas, is dubbed as “a resource for empowering families within the community of Camas,” according to the festival website. There are more than 35 different sessions offered. The festival is free.Festival organizer Erika Levy, a yoga instructor, said she was moved to create the festival after teaching some Kindness Camps in Camas last summer.“I wanted to do more for the community and do something on a bigger scale to bring awareness to social and emotional well-being,” said Levy, who specializes in women and children’s yoga, and lives with her husband, Juan, daughter Ariana, 5, and son Niko, 3.The festival includes workshops, speakers and activities that center around well-being and mental health. There are sessions for youth suicide prevention, academic pressures and stress and creating queer spaces, as well as live music and dance and yoga sessions. There are also workshops aimed at all ages of women that focus on self-love and acceptance.last_img read more


first_imgHighlights from Comic-Con Day 2 from all around the Gaslamp District 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJust down the street from Dan, KUSI’s Mark Mathis was enjoying the evening and having fun with all of the attendees in costume. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsFriday evening, KUSI’s Dan Plante spent some time in the Gaslamp District checking out the chaos and fun that Comic-Con brings to downtown San Diego. Dan’s live shots from the Gaslamp are below. SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Friday is day two of Comic-Con and the cos-players are not slowing down. There’s tons of celebrities there, and some making surprise appearances.If you missed it, KUSI’s Allie Wagner has you covered. Updated: 5:33 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings KUSI Newsroom, Allie Wagner, Dan Plante, Mark Mathis KUSI Newsroom, Allie Wagner, Dan Plante, Mark Mathis, July 19, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Posted: July 19, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


first_imgHyderabad: As many as 14 resolutions have been passed in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) standing committee meeting which was held on Thursday under the leadership of GHMC Mayor Bonthu Rammohan.Resolution regarding 150-ft road from Ali Cafe to Nalla Chervuv via Patel Nagar STP and Nagole Metro station was passed at the standing committee meeting. Also Read – International Persian Summer School concludes at MANUU Advertise With Us The panel also okayed widening of the 65-metre wide stretch from Gachibowli to BHEL Junction via the Central University of Hyderabad. It also gave its go-ahead for 18-metre road widening from Tolichowki flyover to Golconda fort via military area and 30-metre road widening from Banjara Dharwaja Junction to Telangana Social Welfare Boys Junior College. Also Read – Concerns of marine and fresh water pollution must be addressed on priority basis: Vice President Advertise With Us A 45-metre road widening will be taken up from Kukatpally Housing Board flyover to Bharat Nagar railway goods shed. In view of the monsoons, purchase of tyres, tubes, batteries, tarpaulin sheets for GHMC vehicles at a cost of Rs 2.95 crore was approved. A major resolution was regarding construction of storm water box drain at a cost of Rs 10.5 crore from Vanasthalipuram Cross Roads to Mansoorbad Pedda Cheruvu. GHMC Commissioner M Dana Kishore, standing Committee members Sangeeta Prashanth Goud, Tonta Anjaiah, M Mamata, Mohammed Abdul Rahman, Majid Hussain, Ravula Sheshagiri, GHMC officials Adwaith Kumar Singh, Musharaff Ali, Shruthi Ojha, Srinivas Reddy and others were present at the meeting.last_img read more


first_imgBy DAVID CRARY, AP National WriterNEW YORK (AP) — No one has been hurt or killed — at least, not yet. But the wave of mail bombs targeting prominent Democrats this week has angered and dismayed some of the people affected personally by past acts of political violence in the United States.In the past 60 years alone, there have been scores of deadly incidents motivated by ideology. The perpetrators range from Ku Klux Klan racists to members of the far-left Weather Underground to anti-abortion extremists who killed abortion-providing doctors.Lisa McNair discusses the death of her older sister in the bombing of a Black church 55 years earlier during an interview in Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. Denise McNair, 11, was one of four Black girls who died when a bomb planted by Ku Klux Klansmen exploded outside the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963. The 2018 mail-bomb scare has reopened old wounds for Lisa, whose life has been shaped by a deadly blast that occurred a year before she was born. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)The mail-bomb scare has reopened old wounds for Lisa McNair, whose life was shaped by a deadly blast that occurred a year before she was born: the Klan bombing that killed four Black girls at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, on Sept. 15, 1963. Her sister, Denise, just 11 years old, was the youngest victim.“It’s like, ‘Ugh, again.’ When are we going to get this right?”  McNair said. “It’s been 55 years since Denise was killed. Why do we keep going there in America? Why do we keep going there as a world and human beings?”The United States, founded in a war that began as a political rebellion, likes to pride itself on a political system that discourages violence and emphasizes dialogue — no matter how loud and contentious. But in times of deep division throughout American history, angry words have occasionally turned to angry acts and left devastated citizens in their wakes.Some of those directly impacted by political violence say they struggle to remain optimistic in this contentious era. Others say their perspectives have evolved over time, and they believe they have insights to share.The Rev. Rob Schenck was a fiery leader in the anti-abortion movement 20 years ago when an extremist’s bullet killed abortion provider Dr. Barnett Slepian as he heated soup in the kitchen of his home outside Buffalo, New York.The killing changed Schenck. He concluded that the language of his cause — “innocent, deliberately hyperbolic rhetoric meant to drive home a point”— produced deadly consequences.Schenck said he’d thought in recent weeks about sending a memo to President Donald Trump, to convey the lesson he’d learned firsthand and recommend a toning down of vitriolic oratory.“The president may honestly believe that no one who supports him is capable of acting with lethal violence, but the sad fact is he can never know that,” Schenck said.Hearing about the pipe bombs “sickened” him.“My first thought was, ‘Here we go again.’ In the worst possible way,” he said.Another abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller, was shot dead by an abortion opponent in Wichita, Kansas, in 2009.One of Tiller’s colleagues, Julie Burkhart, currently operates abortion clinics in Wichita, Oklahoma City and Seattle. She says the mail-bomb scare has prompted her to doublecheck security measures.“I’m scared to death for this country,” Burkhart said in a telephone interview.“The gulf between Republicans and Democrats, pro-choice   and anti-choice — it’s a huge canyon now,” she said. “There’s all this pent-up anger and frustration, and we’re going to be taking it out on each other even more.”Similar concerns came from U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican wounded last year by a gunman who attacked a GOP baseball practice. He lamented “the disturbing frequency of politically motivated threats and violence.”“Too many Americans are becoming isolated and obsessed by what divides us,” Scalise wrote in an opinion piece for Fox News. “If we are to stem the tide of violence and violent rhetoric, then it is crucial we all do our part to break down the divisions in our country and reach out to those with different beliefs than our own.”Optimism is elusive for Andrea Chamblee, the widow of sports writer John McNamara. He was one of five employees of The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, who were killed in June by a gunman with a history of harassing the paper’s journalists.“We allow ourselves to be misrepresented by politicians who are too divided and blinded by hatred, greed and self-interest to work together,” she said. “We’re making it harder for people in the middle to be heard, not easier, and I don’t see how it can get any better.”The mail-bomb scare felt unnervingly familiar to Mohamed Omar. He is executive director of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center, a mosque in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington that was attacked by a pipe bomb in August 2017.The center was bombed just before morning prayers when the attackers broke a window to the imam’s office and threw a pipe bomb containing black powder inside, sparking a fire that caused extensive damage. Three men from Illinois were charged in the attack; according to charges, one of them said the purpose was to “scare” Muslims out of the United States.Omar said the new mail-bomb case and the attack on his mosque were both intended to “create fear and terrorize people.”“It’s very difficult for us to go through what we went through — and now it’s more difficult. It’s becoming the norm,” he said. “Nobody died. But the hope died and the sense of security died.”Cleve Jones’s close encounter with political violence came in 1978. Working as a student intern, he returned from lunch to find the bloody body of his boss, San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, on the floor, shot several times by former Supervisor Dan White in a double assassination that also killed Mayor George Moscone. Milk was a prominent gay-rights activist, and Jones saw him as a father figure.“I had never seen a dead person before,” Jones, 64, said in a phone interview Thursday. “The sheer horror of seeing up close what bullets do to flesh and bone and brain… I think I was in shock for months.”Jones says news of the pipe bombs— coming after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the constant calls by Trump to discredit the media, and deadly clashes last year at a White nationalists’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia— serves as another reminder of the violence he experienced.“It’s just very real to me, and it just makes me want to take people by the shoulders and shake them and scream at them, ‘Don’t you see where this is going?’” Jones said.Pam Simon also experienced traumatic violence firsthand . She’s a survivor of the 2011 rampage outside an Arizona grocery store where a gunman killed six people and wounded then-U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and 12 others.Simon, a Giffords staffer who was shot in the wrist and chest, remembers the political atmosphere growing sour in the years preceding the shooting. She recalled Giffords getting booed at public meetings, and her office being vandalized after she voted for Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.“I remember a sinking feeling in my stomach, thinking, ‘What’s happening in this country?’” Simon said.There was a brief call for more political civility immediately after the Arizona attack.“After that moment of self-reflection, it seems to have gotten worse,” Simon said.While some incidents of political violence quickly fade from public awareness, others have been memorialized.In Oklahoma City, for example, there’s an outdoor memorial and a museum commemorating the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which killed 168 people.In Birmingham, the 16th Street Baptist Church is a somber tourist attraction now, and just one of the convicted bombers remains alive in prison. But echoes of the crime still follow the McNair family.“That will be something we will always carry, and it will be in our family,” said Lisa McNair “It will never leave us.”___Associated Press writers Brian Witte in Annapolis, Maryland; Amy Forliti in Minneapolis, Jay Reeves in Birmingham, Carolyn Thompson in Buffalo, New York, Janie Har in San Francisco and Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix contributed to this report.last_img read more


first_img More information: Q.H. Song and H. Cao, “Improving Optical Confinement in Nanostructures via External Mode Coupling,” Physical Review Letters (July 2010). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.053902 . New nano color sorters from Molecular Foundry Citation: Confining light for use in nanophotonic devices (2010, August 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-confining-nanophotonic-devices.html Explore further Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img Cao is a scientist at Yale University, and she explains that the biggest issue with creating nanoscale photonic devices to replace electronic devices, as in optical interconnects, is that the light won’t stay confined on the nanoscale. “The photons leak out quickly, so there has to be a way to keep them in place so that there is enough time for them to perform functions. It is also necessary to make small light sources, such as nanolasers on chips,” she says.In an effort to move nanophotonic devices a step closer to realization, Cao and Q.H. Song, also at Yale, worked out a way that it might be possible to confine light in nanostructures. Their work is described in Physical Review Letters: “Improving Optical Confinement in Nanostructures via External Mode Coupling.””Consider two modes, both of which are pretty leaky,” Cao explains. “There is an A mode and a B mode. These two modes can be couple so that mode A gives part of its leakiness to mode B. Mode A becomes less leaking, while mode B becomes more leaky. As a result, you have efficiently increased the lifetime of mode A.” The increase in the lifetime of one of the modes in this coupling provides just what is needed to create a situation in which the light is confined. “It is no longer leaking out as much for light in mode A, and there is more time for functions to be performed,” Cao says. She also points out that this type of external coupling has been successful in other fields. “It’s somewhat fundamental, and once you have the ability to keep light in a nanostructure, it becomes possible to contemplate smaller photonic devices with speed capabilities beyond our current electronic devices.”So far, Cao and Song have only presented their ideas in the form of numerical simulations. “We don’t have experimental results yet, but our extensive numerical calculations indicate that this should be possible, and a similar concept has been used in other fields, such as resonance trapping in atomic and molecular physics. However, this approach has not been used in nanophotonics yet.”Cao thinks that the main obstacles to experiments with this idea include fine control over nanostructures, as well as access to the proper facilities. “There is a challenge in fine control of nanostructures, but the technology does exist to overcome this,” Cao says. “Mainly we are looking for access to the kinds of facilities that can fabricate the type of structure we propose. I think this kind of structure can be made using nanofabrication technology, with the right set up.”As long as an experiment can be performed to back up the numerical simulations performed by Cao and Song, there is a chance that this technique could help advance the use of nanophotonic devices. “It’s kind of novel, the way we use fundamental physics to solve this problem,” Cao says. “It’s also realistic, and something that could be used practically in the advance of nanotechnology.” “There is a strong drive to make smaller and smaller devices,” Hui Cao tells PhysOrg.com. “However, there are limitations to what we can do. We want faster devices than what we can get from electronics, so we are looking to photonics. Unfortunately, photonics, while having the potential to be much faster, are larger in size. Devices using electrons are smaller, on the nanoscale, while photonic devices are still on the microscale-defined by the wavelength of light.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


first_imgThe Chateau Marmont has a spectacular history, built in 1929 as an apartment complex and opened as a hotel in 1931; it has survived five earthquakes and, thanks to a renovation effort in 1990, it has been saved from dereliction to become as iconic as the celebrities who pass through its doors. Architecturally, the Chateau was inspired by the Château D’Amboise in the Loire Valley.It was initially designed to be the first earthquake-proof apartment building in L.A. As the Chateau states on its website the rooms are ‘perfect for hosting an impromptu party, our thick soundproof walls ensure privacy’.Chateau Marmont Hollywood Photo by Tony Hisgett CC By 2.0Somewhat unfortunately, the build was finished just as the Great Depression hit Hollywood and the developers found themselves without tenets and bills to pay.The building changed hands in 1931 and its new owner, Albert E. Smith, opened it as a hotel. Smith had great vision and maintained most of the rooms as apartments, with a kitchen and seating area, enclosed balconies and some with a dining room.Harry CohnSmith also took advantage of the Depression-era estate sales to deck out the place with antiques and luxury items.Thanks to its soundproof walls, exceptionally discreet staff and private living spaces, it was an immediate hit with the film elite of the 1930’s. Harry Cohn, former head of Columbia Pictures is famously quoted as telling his actors, “If you are going to get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont.”Chateau MarmontAnd get in trouble they did, most famously perhaps is the story of Jean Harlow and Clark Gable having a passionate affair while Harlow was honeymooning at the hotel with her third husband; maybe it’s the rumor that Howard Hughes would use binoculars to spy on starlets at the pool from his balcony in room 64.Clark Gable and Jean Harlow in Hold Your Man, 1933It’s often speculated  that F. Scott Fitzgerald had a heart attack outside the entrance while buying cigarettes. However, according to Mental Floss the heart attack happened  across the street, at Schwab’s Drug Store, in 1940.Château Marmont Photo by Claude PIARD CC By SA 4.0Harry Cohn’s sentiment has become an informal coat of arms for the hotel that has seen James Dean jump through a window in his audition piece for Rebel Without A Cause and Jim Morrison jump out of another window during a stay at the hotel that he would later say “used eight of my nine lives.”Publicity still of James Dean for the film Rebel Without a CauseAs one can imagine from a hotel with soundproof rooms, some stories will remain behind closed doors, but some are too salacious, fabulous or downright tragic to stay out of the public lexicon for too long. Peter Pavel, the manager of Chateau Marmont, said when asked by the New York Times about the outlandish behavior: “People do things here that they wouldn’t dare think of doing at the Peninsula or the Four Seasons, and we think that’s a good thing.”Tales of excess from the Chateau include Led Zeppelin riding their motorcycles through the lobby of the hotel and Billy Idol having the police called on him when he trashed his room while naked.Photo of LED ZEPPELIN (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)More recently, Lindsay Lohan was banned in 2012 for racking up a $46,000 room service tab and refusing to pay while Britney Spears was banned in 2007 for smearing food all over her face and upsetting other diners, we now know that she was in the grips of a nervous breakdown at the time.Chateau-Marmont Mark Fugarino CC BY 2.0Of course, the Chateau is full of stories of celebrity hookups, from Dennis Hopper’s 50-woman orgy to Benicio Del Toro and Scarlett Johansson’s 2004 tryst in the elevator, things can get a little steamy at the Chateau Marmont.Among the most tragic are the untimely deaths of actor John Belushi from drug-related asphyxiation in 1980 and the 2004 death of photographer Helmut Newton after he crashed his car into the hotel driveway wall.Read another story from us:  The “Cursed” Mansion – Tudor Estate with a Harrowing Past now up for SaleTo visit the Chateau Marmont today is to spend the day among the Hollywood elite. When questioned about its continuing allure, Lisa Love, Vogue West Coast Editor is quoted in the New York Times as saying “There’s nothing precious about it, it’s just a huge bohemian scene. It is like an extension of your living room.” Except this living room is full of antique furniture, gourmet food and A-list celebrities.last_img read more


first_imgFeature | December 10, 2012 New Studies Show Effects of Mammography Guideline Changes News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Mammography image of a woman in her forties with no family history of breast cancer who underwent a mammogram in 2010. Mammography image (from 2012) of a woman in her forties with no family history of breast cancer who missed a year of screening and in the interval developed suspicious right upper out calcifications [ ] and a suspicious mass { }, both of which underwent biopsy, yielding invasive carcinoma.December 10, 2012 — Researchers assessing the impact of revised guidelines for screening mammography issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found evidence that the new recommendations may lead to missed cancers and a decline in screening, according to two clinical studies presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).Routine screening mammography has traditionally been recommended by both the USPSTF and the American Cancer Society for all women over the age of 40. In 2009, the USPSTF issued controversial new guidelines recommending routine screening with mammography every two years for women 50 to 74 years old. In the studies being presented at RSNA 2012, researchers analyzed the impact of the new guidelines on women between the ages of 40 and 49 and the Medicare population.”Recommendations on screening mammography are extremely important public policy and we wanted to contribute to that dialogue,” said Elizabeth Arleo, M.D., assistant professor of radiology at New York – Presbyterian Hospital — Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. “We get questions all day long from patients and referring physicians on the appropriateness of screening mammography. The inconsistent information is very confusing for everyone.”For her study, Arleo and a team of researchers analyzed data on screening mammography at New York – Presbyterian Hospital — Weill Cornell Medical College between 2007 and 2010. Over the four years, 43,351 screening exams were performed, which led to the detection of 205 breast cancers.”Nearly 20 percent of cancers detected with screening mammography were found among women in their 40s, Arleo said. “It seems unacceptable to potentially miss nearly 20 percent of the breast cancers we are identifying. This, in our view, would represent a substantial degree of under-diagnosis.”Of the women screened in the study, 14,528, or 33.5 percent, were between the ages of 40 and 49. Of the 205 breast cancers detected, 39 (19 percent) were found in the 40-49 age group. Of those cancers, more than 50 percent (21 of 39) were invasive. Only three of the women between the ages of 40 and 49 diagnosed with cancer had a first-degree relative with pre-menopausal cancer.”Our data favor the American Cancer Society recommendations of annual mammograms starting at age 40,” Arleo said.In the second study, a team of researchers analyzed data from The Medicare Part B Physician/Supplier Procedure Summary Master Files for 2005-2010. They calculated the following annual utilization rates for screening mammography per 1,000 female Medicare beneficiaries: 2005, 311.6; 2006, 312.4; 2007, 316.2; 2008, 320.1; 2009, 322.9; and 2010, 309.1.From 2005 to 2009, the compound annual growth rate for screening mammography utilization was 0.9 percent, compared to a 4.3 percent decline in the utilization rate from 2009 to 2010.”There was considerable controversy over the task force guidelines, but it was unclear how much they would influence women’s choices about screening,” said David C. Levin, M.D., professor and chairman emeritus of the Department of Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. “We’re not able to tell from the data whether this significant drop in utilization was a result of women deciding to wait another year to have their mammogram, or women over the age of 74 not having the exam. But, clearly, the new USPSTF guidelines have had an effect.”Levin said the drop in the mammography utilization rate is especially concerning, given that the 2009 rate of 322.9 per 1,000 women wasn’t particularly high.”We’ll never see 1,000 out of 1,000 women getting a screening mammogram, but you’d like to see that number closer to 1,000, and certainly higher than 322,” he said. “We need to continue to follow these numbers and to watch the breast cancer mortality statistics.”Coauthors of Arleo’s research are Melissa B. Reichman, M.D., Ruth Rosenblatt, M.D., Kemi T. Babagbemi, M.D., and Brittany Zadek Dashevsky, M.D., Ph.D.Coauthors of Dr. Levin’s research are Andrea J. Frangos, M.P.H., Vijay M. Rao, M.D., Laurence Parker, Ph.D., and Richard Sharpe, M.D., M.B.A.For more information: www.rsna.org/press12 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Mammography image of a woman in her forties with no family history of breast cancer who underwent a mammogram in 2010. 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 Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Mammography image (from 2012) of a woman in her forties with no family history of breast cancer who missed a year of screening and in the interval developed suspicious right upper out calcifications [ ] and a suspicious mass { }, both of which underwent biopsy, yielding invasive carcinoma. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The two mammography images on the left are from a woman in her forties with no family history of breast cancer who underwent a mammogram in 2010 and missed a year of screening. In the interval, her mammogram images from 2012 (two shown on the right) show she developed suspicious right upper out calcifications [ ] and a suspicious mass { }, both of which underwent biopsy, yielding invasive carcinoma. center_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 12PreviousNext 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 | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… 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 | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read morelast_img read more


first_imgCosta Rica’s Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) smashed an international gun and drug running operation supposedly linked to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the San José neighborhood of Barrio Escalante – just a few kilometers from The Tico Times office – on Thursday night, according to OIJ Director Francisco Segura.The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration alerted authorities two months ago that criminals had been ferrying heavy arms through Costa Rica, including AR-15 rifles. An OIJ agent successfully infiltrated the criminal organization, leading to the arrests.Authorities confiscated 27 rifles, seven pistols, one revolver and a silencer. OIJ agents also seized 492 kilograms of cocaine during one of the raids that took place in capital neighborhood of Sabana Sur, Curridabat, and Barrio Escalante Thursday evening.Five Colombians and a Nicaraguan, who have been in Costa Rica legally for between eight months and four years, were arrested. Segura said an alleged connection existed with the FARC, an armed leftist guerrilla organization in Colombia that has alleged ties with drug trafficking, but would not elaborate. The U.S. government considers FARC a terrorist organization. The guns originated in Germany and arrived in Costa Rica, where the suspects filed off the weapons’ serial numbers and possibly made other modifications, including alternations to make them automatic weapons, before sending them on to Mexico, according to Segura. The Chiribogo gun store in Barrio Escalante, where the gunrunners operated, had legal permission to sell weapons.“Let’s not kid ourselves, these weapons are here for illicit reasons,” Segura told reporters during a press conference on Friday.Acting Costa Rican Attorney General Carlos María Jiménez said the suspects could face up to 20 years in prison if charged and found guilty.Segura added that the DEA did not have a police presence in the raids and only participated in intelligence-sharing.OIJ said the investigation is ongoing. Correction Nov. 1, 2:22 p.m.: This report originally misspelled the name of the gun store as “Chiripago.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more


first_imgThose totals would be at a much more efficient rate. His pace of 140 targets on the season would be only his seventh highest total of the ten seasons that qualify. Some would attribute that to better quarterback play with Carson Palmer.Fitzgerald joins former Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles on the list, who qualified as the “best head-coaching hire.” Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) makes a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) While the Chris Johnson signing and other transactions by the Arizona Cardinals have been making the headlines, the contract restructuring of Larry Fitzgerald went under the radar.ESPN.com has changed that with its “Ten offseason moves that stand out” list and Fitzgerald made the cut.Best veteran contract resolution: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona CardinalsHigh salary-cap numbers made Fitzgerald’s contract a burden in Bruce Arians’ first couple seasons as head coach. The way Arians is featuring Fitzgerald suggests the coach has a greater appreciation for the franchise icon he inherited. Getting Fitzgerald’s contract situation settled this past offseason seemed like an important step. Fitzgerald has 55 receptions for 706 yards and seven touchdowns through eight games, putting him on pace to threaten career highs. He finished last season with 63 catches for 784 yards and two scores.The third overall pick in 2004 is making that move seem better week by week, as he is on his way to one of his best seasons ever. The former Pittsburgh star is currently on pace for his highest receiving yards total (1,412) since 2008 (1,431) and the highest receptions total (110) of his career. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


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first_imgBy Evie AndreouThe education ministry said on Friday in a letter to teachers’ unions that it had been warned last year by the public service commission, that unless it took measures, the bulk of its budget for the next five years would go only on salaries.In addition, the government’s decisions on the streamlining of the use of teachers in state schools, which has led to threats of strike by unions, involved only 13 per cent of the overall exemptions from teaching time, the ministry said.The information was included in a 30-page memo the education ministry sent on Friday to teaching unions along with a letter inviting them to continue the dialogue that was halted last week due to disagreements as to how to streamline public education.In the memo, published by daily Politis, the ministry said that it had been warned last year by the public service commission, that unless it took measures, the bulk of its budget for the next five years would go only on salaries, without being able to cover any other expenses such as new programmes and projects, buildings and other infrastructure. It also warned that “any delay in the implementation of substantive measures would cause a greater crisis than the one that could arise from the implementation of the measures.”The ministry – citing results of international and European studies- reiterates in the memo that, in Cyprus, despite the fact there is greater funding in state education “both the educational staff and schools fare worse than EU and OECD countries.”Cyprus is one of the states that spend comparatively a bigger chunk of its overall budget on public education, it said, ranking sixth worldwide in terms of the share of education expenditure in its gross domestic product (GDP). With 5.7 per cent GDP public expenditure on education, it said, Cyprus was significantly higher than the EU average in 2016 which was 4.9 per cent.It also said that Cypriot educators had fewer teaching hours and fewer pupils per teacher compared with other EU countries.Therefore, it said, although the Cypriot state is spending relatively more than the other European states, “and despite the favourable conditions of the school system for the number of pupils per class or per teacher, the results are inferior.”The memo also said that a relatively large proportion of the total annual expenditure of the education ministry – eight per cent – is spent on covering exemptions from teaching hours, either for extracurricular activities or due to seniority exemptions. In total, it said, the cost is €52.7m per year, which is eight per cent of the total budget.In addition, it said, these exemptions mean that some hundreds of additional teachers are required at the beginning of each school year, even if education needs have not increased.It also referred to a letter from the attorney-general and a number of reports by the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission’s Eyridice programme, and Education at a Glance OECD Indicators on exemptions from teaching hours, and that salaries and teaching hours of Cypriot educators are more favourable than their European counterparts.Currently, primary education teachers see their 29 teaching hours per week reduced by two after 15 years of service and two more after 21 years, or after they reach 50.In secondary education the 24 teaching periods are reduced by two after eight years of service, by another two between 16 and 19 years of service and drop to 18 after 20 years.The education ministry also commissioned in 2016 a study by Ernst & Young, on the streamlining as regards reduction of teaching time for seniority reasons and exemptions from teaching.The cabinet, it said, applying slightly amended suggestions, decided to increase the teaching time and reduced the need for additional temporary teachers to 159 (compared with 373 initially).Amongst the 60 categories of exemptions from teaching time that apply at all levels of public education, it said, the Cabinet’s decision of July 4, affects only four.This concerns reduction by one teaching hour instead of  two as regards exemption for seniority and abolition of the practice for new entrants.Abolishing the reduction of teaching time according to years of service for deputy head teachers in some educational levels, was another measure.The cabinet also decided on the exemption by one instead of two teaching hours for form-teacher duties, and abolition of exemptions granted to officials of teaching unions.“In total, these measures increase the teaching time in the equivalent 214.7 teachers,” the letter said.The measures in effect concern only 13 per cent of the overall exemptions that apply in state schools.The general philosophy of the government, it said, was for extracurricular activities to be replaced by a merit system within a general system for the evaluation of the educational work and the teacher, which may be combined with the creation of additional promotion positions that will bring benefits in terms of payment without being accompanied by a reduction in teaching time.Additionally, it said, certain special allowances may be introduced for additional duties teachers are likely to undertake.The savings that will result from this, it said, will be given to specific actions / sectors, which are a priority for the ministry and are related with the well-being and support of pupils but also the professional support and development of teachers. Teaching unions will respond to minister’s new invitation to talk ‘when they’re ready’Teaching unions will respond “when they’re ready” to the letter sent to them by the education minister urging them to continue the dialogue on the streamlining of state schools, the head of Poed primary education union, Fylios Fylaktou said on Friday.Education Minister, Costas Hambiaouris, on Friday sent all teaching unions – primary education’s Poed and secondary education’s Oelmek and Oltek – a letter inviting them to a continuation of the dialogue. The letter also includes the positions of the education ministry on the need for streamlining.The head of Poed, Fylios Fylaktou told the Cyprus News Agency that the boards of the unions will convene on Monday to assess the content of the letter before responding.The three unions, Fylaktou said, will coordinate, and they will most likely give a joint response to the ministry, when they are ready to do so as the documents are very long.“They must be thoroughly studied and assessed by our collective bodies,” he said.On Monday, officials of the education ministry are to have separate meetings with each of the three unions, but also with organised parents.  A joint meeting with all unions and the ministry is to take place on Tuesday.The dispute between the two sides is a government decision to abolish reductions of hours according to the length of service as well as exemptions from teaching time for extra-curricular activities. Thousands of teachers took to the streets in July to protest and are expected to do so again at the end of this month if the issue is not resolved.The intensive dialogue between the ministry and the teaching unions – launched earlier in the month on the initiative of President Nicos Anastasiades – ended last week with unions announcing they would strike in September after not being satisfied by the response of Hambiaouris to their counter-proposals as regards streamlining of state schools.Unions had said that the new measures will lead 300 contract teachers to unemployment, but the ministry said that this year the total number of teachers set to be appointed to permanent positions will be 159 more than last year. The total for the 2018-2019 school year is set to be 844, while last year only 685 new teachers were appointed, it said.The teaching unions had proposed, among other things, that the ministry could instead reduce teacher secondments to the ministry, suspend teacher training programmes, transfer permanent teachers who have become superfluous due to lack of interest by pupils in their subjects to other posts, and offer incentives for early retirement. You May LikeDailyChoicesTop Richest Pastors Around The WorldDailyChoicesUndovortexpure.comWhat chemicals are lurking in your tap water?vortexpure.comUndoOpoopa6 Harmful Effects of Using Too Much Headphones You Never Knew! | my.opoopa.comOpoopaUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more