first_imgIf you’re a bug nerd, the federal government needs your help.Natural Resources Canada is looking for so-called citizen scientists to help in its battle against spruce budworm, a moth that has devastated forests in parts of Eastern Canada.The program, spearheaded by the Canadian Forest Services, is entering its third summer and now has more than 400 members of the public counting bugs in six provinces and Maine, U.S. The endeavour is part of a collaboration with various ministries, businesses and universities.“The idea is to use people to help us form an early warning system to know where the moths are,” said Chris MacQuarrie, a research scientist with Natural Resources Canada. After an outbreak, the moths’ larvae devour spruce and fir trees.The science is pretty simple, MacQuarrie said. After signing up on www.Budwormtracker.ca, a trap will arrive in the mail to be hung from black and white spruce trees, and their favourite conifer, the balsam fir.A pheromone — a sex hormone — inside the small green bin lures in unsuspecting male moths.“It’s a little thing you hang that makes it smell like a female moth,” explained MacQuarrie.“We only get the males. It turns out female moths are really hard to catch, but males are much easier and they fly right into the trap.”Citizen scientists then count the dead moths every week and upload that information on an app. The bugs are also sent to the department’s main research laboratory in Fredericton, N.B.The results are already paying off just two years in.“The data are showing us that moths are dispersing to many more places than we previously thought, but when they arrive they don’t always kick off an outbreak,” MacQuarrie said.“This tells us we still have a lot to understand about the biology of the insect.”Currently, there are outbreaks in New Brunswick and parts of Quebec, which usually come about every 30 years, he said. Previous outbreaks in those provinces were so massive that they were captured on radar.The weekly data collection has also added a real-time component previously unavailable to researchers.“For me to do that as a scientist, I’d have to take a summer student and stick them in the woods somewhere to empty a trap for every week and that’s expensive and time consuming and probably not great for the student,” MacQuarrie said.He also said the growing network of bug enthusiasts has allowed rapid responses to calls to collect moths in a “mass-dispersal event,” like what happened in Campbellton, N.B. last summer, when millions of moths emerged from their caterpillar state and descended on the area, covering trees, roads, cars and people.First, like Batman’s bat signal, “the program activated the budworm tracker network” to scramble citizen scientists to collect moths, he said.“Having a large group of people on the ground willing to help makes it easier to collect a bunch of data quickly so we can better understand what the insect was doing,” MacQuarrie said.“Previously to have collected a large number of insects from a bunch of places would have meant we’d need to send crews roaming about the province looking for bugs. Now we have ‘boots on the ground’ that we can call on when we need to.”MacQuarrie hopes to get more interest in the program in Ontario, which only has 34 members, mainly in Sault Ste. Marie, where one of the Natural Resources laboratories is located.“This year we’re trying to expand it a little more into the northwest and northeast,” he said, adding that it isn’t as great a concern in the south.But they also want more in Ontario because they’re waiting for the big one — the massive outbreak that occurs every 30 years — because it’s overdue.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – Members of the Trump administration have dropped several hints in recent days that withdrawing from NAFTA is not in their current plans — and the latest such example came Thursday.A congressional gathering heard Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin express some optimism about getting a deal. He based that on what he said were weekly meetings with U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer.”I’m cautiously hopeful that … (he) will be renegotiating this deal,” Mnuchin told the House of Representatives’ budget committee.”It is a major priority of ours to renegotiate the deal.”He refused to even discuss the possibility of U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA when asked to do so. Republican lawmaker Darin LaHood pressed Mnuchin to analyze the possible consequences of withdrawal, something the Illinois congressman said would be a mistake.”I would hate to see us shoot ourselves in the foot by withdrawing from NAFTA,” LaHood said.”I look at those negotiations, and where we’re headed, that causes me a lot of concern.”Again, Mnuchin reaffirmed his view that cancellation is not imminent: ”I don’t want to go through the consequences — because, again, that’s not our first priority. Our priority is to renegotiate the deal,” said the treasury secretary.It’s the third such hint from a prominent member of the administration in recent days.In a public meeting this week, Lighthizer said progress is being made in the renegotiation. He described the anxiety about a U.S. withdrawal as something in the past tense.”There was a lot of anxiety at one point as to whether we would be in a position where we would have to withdraw in order to get a good agreement,” Lighthizer said, with President Donald Trump looking on.”I think we’re making progress on NAFTA … I think we’re making real headway — in particular with respect to the Mexicans.”Lighthizer has stated his view that negotiations have been harder with Canada. His relations with Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland have been bumpier, although a spokesman for the minister described their meeting Wednesday as “cordial and constructive.”And in a closing news conference at the last round, Lighthizer described his Canadian and Mexican counterparts as friends.Another Trump cabinet member also expressed optimism about NAFTA a few days ago. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he expects a NAFTA deal by year’s end.Extending the talks into 2018 would have some drawbacks: Both Scotiabank and the Bank of Canada say uncertainty over the investment situation would shave about one-fifth of one per cent from Canada’s economy by next year.This week also provided examples of the uncertainty in Canada-U.S. trade.The U.S. opened an investigation into possible punitive duties on certain types of Canadian pipes — following similar moves on lumber, paper, and a thwarted effort to slap duties on Bombardier airplanes.In addition, Trump made cryptic comments about an import tax — later played down by the White House. He also appeared to nod in agreement during a meeting as a Democrat called for Buy American provisions to be added to a major infrastructure bill.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Freeland did not meet Lighthizer during her most recent visit to Washington.last_img read more

first_imgDirk Meissner, The Canadian Press VICTORIA — A British Columbia coroner’s inquest jury recommends improvements in provincial substance abuse treatment, detection and prevention services for young people following an inquest into the overdose of a Victoria-area teen.The jury cites B.C.’s health and education ministries and the Vancouver Island Health Authority in its recommendations after hearing from more than 40 witnesses into the April 20, 2018, death of Elliot Eurchuk.The jury concludes the 16-year-old’s death was accidental, resulting from a mixed intoxication of drugs that included fentanyl, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.The jury recommends the education ministry develop programs for early detection of mental health and substance use disorders at schools and implement plans to ease the transition back to school for students who undergo drug treatment programs.It also says the health ministry should provide youth with more long-term residential substance use treatment facilities throughout B.C.Eurchuk’s parents, Rachel Staples and Brock Eurchuk, testified their attempts to help their son were thwarted by outdated privacy policies.The BC Coroners Service called the inquest saying there was a public interest in hearing the circumstances of the teen’s death, and that a jury would have the opportunity to make recommendations to prevent similar deaths.Eurchuk’s parents said at the conclusion of testimony that they don’t want others to endure the trauma of not being able to help children when they need it most.“At numerous junctures the health-care system failed Elliot,” said Brock Eurchuk. “The education system failed Elliot. The laws that we’re trying to parent our children with are fraught with flaws.”He said current privacy laws prevented them from knowing the full extent of their son’s substance abuse because he consistently denied using drugs and when he finally disclosed to his family doctor, he asked that his parents not be told.Eurchuk said current laws were designed decades ago to guarantee young people privacy about birth control and sexuality issues.“Let’s dial it up 30 years later and talk about the opioid crisis and what these kids are exposed to on a daily basis,” he said. “It’s a challenging, dangerous new world.”Staples said the family wasn’t able to receive detailed medical information about Eurchuk’s addiction, which prevented them from developing a united strategy and treatment plan.“That’s what it creates, because the parents are trying to make a child understand an adult’s perspective when a child has a child’s brain that’s been hijacked by opioids,” she said. “Family dynamics are disrupted.”Staples, a dentist and also a mother of two sons younger than Eurchuk, testified she was shocked in 2016 to discover her son had sedation drugs from her dental office stashed in his bedroom. She said she suspected her son was perhaps smoking marijuana, but had no idea about other drugs.The mother testified she watched Eurchuk slide over three years from a bright, but under-achieving student and talented athlete to drug-sick teen.The inquest heard from Kelowna pediatrician Tom Warshawski who described an overdose as a life-and-death situation where a young person’s brain and actions are being controlled by potentially deadly drugs.He said he supports placing young people in treatment facilities against their will if they’ve suffered an overdose.Warshawski said committing young people to secure treatment facilities under B.C.’s Mental Health Act, where they can’t leave for a time period of about one week, allows doctors to help clean the drugs out of their systems and open their minds to the possibility of future treatment.The inquest heard Eurchuk’s parents placed their son in secure care after he overdosed on illicit drugs at the hospital. At the time, he was undergoing treatment for a blood infection that is common to intravenous drug users.Staples said the move only further alienated their son from the parents because he felt they had betrayed him.Dr. Perry Kendall, B.C.’s former provincial health officer, told the inquest jury he wasn’t a supporter of involuntary care for youths with drug issues. He said there is not enough evidence showing such treatment programs work.last_img read more

first_imgMcCartney said the Feb. 22 deadline is just way too short for a thorough review. Accordingly, his organization withdrew from the review and returned the funding given to help it gather research to make its case.Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs said the fact that environment groups are already planning another lawsuit is proof of the energy industry’s contention that environmentalists don’t want proper consideration given to the project, but rather want to delay it enough to eventually kill it.“They will just do everything to stop it.” “They’re going through the motions but they’ve already made up their mind,” he said. “I don’t know what confidence they’re trying to inspire in people to trust this review.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said many times the pipeline is going to be built. His government stepped in to buy it and build the expansion itself when political opposition left Kinder Morgan and its shareholders unwilling to continue. In an interview last week Trudeau said any decision to move forward again will be made as the review process is completed.“What’s at issue here is not just this pipeline,” he said. “It’s our capacity as a country to get our resources to market.”However, McCartney said the government’s actions suggest the Liberals are going to approve it again no matter what and he warned they should expect another lawsuit as a result.“Absolutely there will be,” he said. “People are already talking about that.”The federal cabinet approved Trans Mountain in the fall of 2016. That approval was challenged by several environment groups and Indigenous communities who argued the original review didn’t properly consider impacts on marine life from the extra oil tankers required to carry more oil away from the marine terminal where the pipeline ends. OTTAWA, O.N. – A Vancouver-based environment charity is readying itself to go back to court if, or they believe when, the federal government re-approves the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion next year.The Wilderness Committee returned $25,000 in participant funding to the National Energy Board last month citing the short timeline for the board’s new review on the marine impacts of the proposed expansion.Peter McCartney, climate campaigner for the committee, says the timelines are so short it underscores his belief the government is doing this just to fulfil the Federal Court of Appeal’s concerns with the original review, rather than to seriously reconsider the approval given to the project.center_img Indigenous communities also felt their concerns had not been addressed as is required by the constitutional duty to consult them.The Federal Court of Appeal agreed and in August tore up the cabinet’s approval for the project, halting construction in its tracks.In response, the federal Liberals ordered a new round of Indigenous consultations and also asked the NEB to go back and do a more thorough look at marine impacts. There is no specific timeline for the Indigenous consultations but the government gave the NEB only until Feb. 22 to complete its work.The NEB’s original review did conclude that there would be negative impacts on marine life, including killer whales. But the board said marine impacts were outside its jurisdiction and, therefore, had no impact on its decision to approve the project.last_img read more

Rabat – On Thursday, appearing to have put behind him the tense backlash of the Jamal Khashoggi saga, the Saudi crown initiated a scheduled series of diplomatic trips which the Saudi royal court has called “a world tour to enhance diplomatic relations with Saudi partners.”The United Arab’s Emirates (UAE), a staunch Saudi ally, was MBS’s first destination. Cheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nayhan, the UAE’s crown prince, warmly welcomed his Saudi counterpart in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.The Emirati prince tweeted afterwards: “Delighted to welcome our state guest, brother Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We’re proud of our deep-rooted ties. Close cooperation and a fruitful partnership lies in store for our countries. The UAE will always be a loving and supportive home for our brothers in Saudi Arabia.” According to Riyadh, MBS’s “world tour” testifies to the kingdom’s readiness to cooperate with “strategic partners” and “brotherly countries” to improve ties “in all areas.” As the tour comes just a week from the G20 summit to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, observers have been quick to suggest that MBS’s Arab tour is a pre-G20 summit exercise in high-profile public appearance.Earlier this week, the Argentinian government said that it was highly probable that MBS would attend the summit. “The prince is on the list of attendees and so far we have no information saying he is not coming,” the Guardian quoted Argentina’s presidential press adviser Pablo Di Nanno as saying.While Riyadh has not released details about MBS’s world tour itinerary, countries like Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Mauritania, and Tunisia have been said to be on the Saudi prince’s destination list following his Thursday premiere in Abu Dhabi.Quoting Algerian diplomatic sources, Algiers-based outlet TSA reported yesterday that authorities in the North African country “are preparing to host the Saudi crown prince in December.” While nothing certain has been shared about the date and the agenda of MBS’ visit to Algiers, “there is one certainty: the Saudi prince will soon come to Algeria,” the newspaper wrote.Meanwhile, Morocco, a traditionally strong Saudi ally, is conspicuous by its absence from the Saudi’s itinerary, leading to concerns over where the two kingdoms stand with each other in terms of strategic bilateral ties.In the buildup to the 2026 World Cup bidding process in June, Saudi Arabia sparked uproar in Morocco.In addition to voting for the US-led North American bid, the Saudi kingdom rallied a number of Arab countries in smashing Morocco’s World Cup aspirations. The Saudi move did not sit well with Moroccans, who, in great number on social media, called for a revision of Morocco’s diplomacy vis-à-vis Riyadh.In the meantime, observers suggested that Riyadh’s anti-Moroccan sentiments at the time were meant to punish Rabat for failing to follow suit with other Arab countries in the latest Gulf crisis that saw Saudi Arabia set up a blockade against Qatar.On November 18, Saudi Arabia appointed Abdullah bin Saad Al-Ghariri as the kingdom’s ambassador to Rabat. The move, coupled with a good personal relationship that Morocco’s Mohammed VI maintains with the Saudi king, was quickly seen as a further move to water don recent tensions between the two allies.But MBS’s deliberate snub of Morocco signals that Riyadh is yet to make peace with Morocco’s “constructive neutrality” in the Gulf crisis. Saudi Arabia has still not swallowed Rabat’s refusal to diplomatically isolate Qatar, many sources—diplomatic and academic—have concurred. read more

3 August 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is sending up to three months worth of emergency rations to some 60,000 flood victims in Nepal after incessant rains over the past three weeks wrought havoc across the Himalayan country. “In response to the Government’s request for humanitarian assistance, we are making available an initial $500,000 for procurement of immediate food assistance,” WFP country representative Richard Ragan said.“However, given the number of families affected and the remoteness of the impacted areas, we estimate that we will need to raise approximately $1.5million to meet the basic food requirements of the flood victims,” he added.An estimated 200,000 people currently face food shortages due to displacement, loss of livelihoods and damaged homes. WFP’s initial response is based on needs identified by the Government and the Red Cross. The agency will work closely with both partners over the next few days to identify the people and communities most in need of aid, providing sufficient rice, lentils, oil and salt to feed 60,000 people for 90 days.“Given that many of these affected areas are located within the Eastern Terai – districts that have been impacted by months of violence and insecurity – we appeal to all parties to support WFP’s efforts to deliver food aid to the most vulnerable communities within these areas,” Mr. Ragan said.Clashes between the Madheshi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF) and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) in the central Terai region have claimed scores of lives in recent months.Food, drinking water and temporary shelter have been identified as the major needs in the flood-stricken areas. There is a heightened risk of increased deaths and illness in the coming weeks and months due to outbreaks of communicable diseases, most importantly acute respiratory infections, diarrhoeal diseases, vector-borne diseases and snake bites.UN agencies are already providing water purification tablets and of oral rehydration salts as well as tarpaulins, water buckets and blankets, while UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) helicopters have flown in rescue teams from the Nepal Army, police and Red Cross. UN agencies have also been providing emergency aid such as basic sanitation, safe drinking water, medicine and shelter materials in India and Bangladesh, which together with Nepal have suffered from the worst monsoon rains in South Asia in years, with flooding reportedly killing hundreds of people and affecting at least 20 million others. Meanwhile, in Pakistan UNICEF is providing school supplies for thousands of children and trying to help reopen hundreds of schools in time for the new year, which begins in mid-August, after floods caused by cyclone Yemyin in late June washed away more than 200 schools. Many that remain are either under water or being used as shelters. read more

Reza Hedjazi is believed to have been executed on 19 August and Behnam Zaare on 26 August. They are reported to have been 15 and 16, respectively, when they committed their crimes. “These executions appear to be in clear violation of international law which contains an absolute prohibition of the death penalty for juvenile offenders,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told a news conference in Geneva.Mr. Colville pointed out that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, both of which Iran has ratified, prohibit the death penalty for crimes committed by people below the age of 18. OHCHR is also concerned that two other juvenile offenders, Mohammad Fadaaee and Amir Amrollahi, also face an imminent risk of execution.“We urge the Government of Iran to stay the executions of both of them in strict compliance with its international human rights obligations, and not to impose the death penalty for juvenile offenders in the future,” said Mr. Colville.OHCHR is also concerned over reports of a recent increase in the number of executions in Iran, noting that more than 220 people, including six juvenile offenders, are believed to have been executed this year. 2 September 2008The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has urged Iran not to impose the death penalty on juvenile offenders, following reports that two minors were recently put to death, in violation of the country’s obligations under international law. read more

2015SEC119+9.2+1.7+25.6+5.9 American72-9.5-2.5-3.0-1.5 ACC118+10.3+3.2+18.5+5.0 Independent22-8.5+0.4-6.1+0.5 MAC60-4.5-2.1-5.7-2.3 After Oklahoma cruised past Auburn in Monday night’s Sugar Bowl, college football’s 2016-17 bowl season is nearing its finale. The only game left? Next Monday’s national championship game between Alabama and Clemson, a rematch of last year’s title tilt. That game — a 45-40 Alabama victory — concluded a dominant season for the Crimson Tide’s Southeastern Conference, one that punctuated the first nine-win bowl season by a single conference in college history.But in a surprise twist, it’s Clemson and the Atlantic Coast Conference — not Alabama and the SEC — that are winning the bowl battle once we adjust for expectations. And with the Tigers carrying the conference’s banner into the title game, the ACC has a chance to top last year’s SEC for the most impressive bowl season ever.The ACC has gone 8-3 this bowl season, already the second-most wins by a conference in a single bowl season since the AP poll era started in 1936. (Of course, because bowl season has become so bloated in recent years, this year’s ACC teams have also played in the third-most bowls ever, tied with four other conferences since 2013.) But the ACC’s record is still notable because of its difficulty: FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings — which estimate the relative quality of every FBS team — would have expected an average team to go 3-8 against ACC teams’ bowl opponents, losing by an average of 2.7 points per game. Instead, ACC teams have won by 7.6 points per game. That five-win gap between the ACC’s bowl record and what Elo would have expected from an average group of teams is easily the biggest of any conference this season: 1996SEC55+10.0+2.2+27.0+4.0 SEC126-0.5-0.3+11.0+2.7 Sun Belt64+5.8+1.7+1.4+1.0 VS. EXPECTEDVS. FBS AVERAGE 2007SEC97+4.3+2.6+15.7+4.9 2016ACC118+10.3+3.2+18.5+5.0 Expected wins and point differentials are according to pre-bowl Elo ratings. Conferences classified as “independent” were excluded from the ranking.Source: College Football at Sports-Reference.com 2002Big Ten75+8.9+2.6+19.8+3.9 CONFERENCEBOWLSWINSPOINT DIFF./GAMEWINSPOINT DIFF./GAMEWINS Big 1264+7.3+0.9+19.1+2.7 2006SEC96+9.7+2.1+20.7+4.1 Which conference is winning the 2016-17 bowl season? Most dominant bowl seasons by conference, 1936-2016 It’s also the second-biggest gap for any conference since 1936, trailing only the SEC’s 5.9 excess wins of a season ago.1If you’re curious, here’s the all-time top 10: MWC74+2.9+0.1+2.9+0.1 2014SEC127-0.5+0.0+14.0+4.0 VS. EXPECTEDVS. FBS AVERAGE 2008SEC86+7.0+2.3+18.1+4.2 1998Big Ten55+9.7+2.5+25.9+4.2 CUSA74+1.2+0.5-2.1-0.0 2013SEC107+3.1+1.0+19.5+4.6 Expected wins and point differentials are according to pre-bowl Elo ratingsSource: College Football at Sports-Reference.com Big Ten103-4.2-1.5+6.4+0.8 YEARCONFERENCEBOWLSWINSPOINT DIFF./GAMEWINSPOINT DIFF./GAMEWINS Pac-1263-10.3-0.4+5.8+1.5 If Clemson knocks off the historically dominant Crimson Tide in the CFP championship game — and Elo gives that scenario a 33 percent chance of happening — the ACC would take over the No. 1 slot.2Again — this is, in part, a function of there being so many more bowls nowadays. If we limit ourselves to conferences with at least six bowl entries since 1970 (the year bowls stopped matching Division I-A/FBS teams with non-FBS ones), the 2015 SEC ranks seventh on a per-game basis, and the 2016 ACC 16th. But it’s also worth remembering that as a conference’s bowl contingent grows, the quality of its worst bowl-bound teams also decreases, depressing its per-game rating.Now, there are a few caveats to be had there. Although the ACC has won far more than we’d expect against a very tough slate of opponents, it’s also gotten a little lucky in the process. According to the Pythagorean formula, which generates an expected record based on the points a team scores and allows, the ACC’s bowl record should be more like 7-4 than 8-3, which matters when discussing the razor-thin margins atop all-time leaderboards. Relatedly, its adjusted scoring margin (+18.5) doesn’t even rank No. 1 this season; the Big 12 has a +19.1 mark, albeit in half as many games. By contrast, the SEC was +25.6 in bowls last season.ACC teams were favored by Elo in only four of the conference’s 11 bowls, and although one of those favorites lost (Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl), the rest of the ACC’s bowl teams picked up the slack with five upset victories. (Including Clemson’s 31-0 rout of Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.3Although Vegas listed Clemson as 1-point favorites, computer power rankings such as Elo and ESPN’s Football Power Index were (wrongly) slightly higher on the Buckeyes.) When the SEC won nine bowls last season, it was only a slight improvement on the 7.3 they were expected to win going into the bowls. The ACC’s eight wins this year are much more out of step with the 4.8 wins Elo would have predicted, a gap that will grow to 5.5 wins if Clemson upsets Alabama.Regardless of how much good fortune has been involved, however, the ACC has been the class of this year’s bowls. And a Clemson victory on Monday night would add more than just one bragging right to the conference’s trophy case. read more

Fourteen protesters on a civil rights march through the Catholic Bogside area of Londonderry were shot and killed and another 14 wounded. It will be his lawyer telling him if, after more than 47 years, he is to be charged over the events of Bloody Sunday, one of the darkest days of The Troubles. His wife died last year and he lives… Three years ago, Sergeant O – he has anonymity along with the rest of 1 Para – was interviewed under caution, accused of attempted murder. He is 77 now, an old man and grandfather partly paralysed down one side after a massive stroke that left him largely wheelchair bound. Sergeant O is dreading March 14. He will be sat at home in England waiting for the phone to ring.

first_imgThe goal of the Raspberry Pi Foundation in releasing limited quantities of the Raspberry Pi was to accelerate the development of software for the machine before targeting schools. It seems to be working, and anyone lucky enough to have received their Raspberry Pi will soon be enjoying a much faster operating system.The reason for this is the development of the Raspbian Linux distribution. It is a distro based on Debian, but with all the packages optimized specifically for the Raspberry Pi. While multiple flavors of ARM-friendly Linux are already available for the tiny machine, Raspbian is the first to target it specifically and focus on performance. The new OS also takes full advantage of the floating point hardware the board’s processor contains–something previous distributions haven’t been able to do.One of the Raspberry Pi developers, going by the name of Dom, has been experimenting with Raspbian and the performance improvements it brings. He’s also managed to successfully overclock the board to run at 1GHz instead of the stock 700Mhz the ARM11 chip ships at.The combination of an overclock and optimized operating system make the Raspberry Pi noticeably faster and lightning quick at loading web pages. Even without the overclock, Raspberry Pi users are promised a number of speed improvements.Check out the video above for an idea of just how quick the Raspberry Pi can be when running Raspbian. And if you want to overclock your board, it’s really simple as the values you need to change are just stored in a text file. Fusionstrike has a guide you can follow to push up the speed. Be warned though, if you start messing around too much (over volting) you may void your warranty.Read more at Raspberry Pilast_img read more

first_imgAlways willing to show that he gets the importance of social media, Barack Obama has taken to Reddit to answer questions from ordinary everyday users. In his post, the president tersely wrote: “Hi, I’m Barack Obama, President of the United States. Ask me anything. I’ll be taking your questions for half an hour starting at about 4:30 ET.”He provided a link to his official Twitter account with a post proving that he is the real deal. Within just a few minutes, the Reddit post has blown up with several hundred responses. It will no doubt be a Herculean task to keep on top of the buzz for the next 30 minutes, but Obama has proven he can be a maven of social outreach, so he should be up to the task.This post will be updated with highlights of the “Ask Me Anything” session once it begins.5:05 PM EST Update: Due to huge user response, Reddit has been kicked offline, but not until after Obama had a chance to chime in on  a handful of questions ranging from space exploration to Internet freedom.5:20 PM EST Update: Obama’s unprecedented 30-minute ride on Reddit has come to a close, and despite there being thousands of user-submitted questions, the president only had a chance to answer a select few.One question was about Internet freedom and the ever-growing issues of piracy, privacy, and censorship. Obama said he cares passionately about Internet freedom. It was a political response by all measures, but he did say that he wouldn’t stray from the principle that the Web should remain “the open forum for everybody – from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business.”He also answered a question about space exploration, something he has been criticized for after NASA’s mission was radically altered under Obama’s administration. Nevertheless, he said there is much to be discovered, and that there is currently a mission in progress which could be “a prelude to a manned Mars flight.”As for the softball of the afternoon, Obama took a minute to respond to the question of what he’ll do after the election results come in on November 7.“Win or lose, I’ll be thanking everybody who is working so hard – especially all the volunteers in field offices all across the country, and the amazing young people in our campaign offices,” he said.Read it at Obama Reddit AMAlast_img read more

first_imgUne espèce rare d’araignée trouvée dans un cimetière londonienSelon la BBC, des spécialistes britanniques ont annoncé que de nombreux spécimens d’une espèce d’araignée rare en Angleterre ont été découverts à l’intérieur d’un caveau, dans un célèbre cimetière de Londres.  C’est dans un caveau de l’allée dite ‘égyptienne’ du cimetière de Highgate (district d’Islington, dans le nord de Londres) – le cimetière où est enterré Karl Marx -, qu’a été réalisée l’inattendue découverte. En ces lieux, ont été dénichées environ une centaine d’araignées tisseuses et insectivores de l’espèce Meta bourneti, qui vit en Europe et en Afrique du Nord mais est assez rare au Royaume-Uni.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ces arthropodes, qui mesurent plus de 30 mm, craignent la lumière et redoutent même la faible luminosité nocturne. L’obscurité totale de ce caveau londonien aux pierres scellées, dont certaines tombes remontent aux années 1830, constitue donc pour eux un milieu idéal. D’ailleurs, ils n’ont sans doute pas été dérangés depuis des décennies.Selon des experts, c’est la première fois que cette espèce a été recensée à Londres. “La découverte de cette population importante d’araignées dans le cœur de Londres montre à quel point les cimetières comme celui de Highgate peuvent être de précieux refuges pour la faune”, a souligné Tony Canning, du London Wildlife Trust, une ONG environnementale locale.(crédits photo : Oscar Mendez – Flickr) Le 22 janvier 2013 à 20:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgA Saturday evening fire did major damage to an outbuilding in Brush Prairie, but did not spread to a nearby home, according to Clark County Fire District 3.The fire was reported at 6:55 p.m. at 12310 N.E. 151st St. in Brush Prairie.Capt. Jason Mansfield crews brought the fire under control at 7:14 p.m. and prevented the blaze from spreading to the house, which was about 20 feet away. No injuries were reported.Units from Fire District 3, Clark County Fire & Rescue, the Vancouver Fire Department and the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office responded.The cause of the fire is under investigation.The 400 square-foot building was owned by Brian and Rosa Wilson, according to county property records.last_img

first_imgWith the merger, Accounting Today’s circulation will jump from 30,000 to 60,000. Its frequency will be reduced from 22 times per year to 18. Accounting Technology and Practical Accountant both carried circulations of 30,000 and frequencies of 11 times per year.Jim Callan, who also oversees Source’s benefits titles, will serve as group publisher. Source Media has merged Accounting Technology and Practical Accountant into the group’s flagship title, Accounting Today. The merger is effective after the June issues.As a result of the merger, three staffers—all from editorial—were let go.“When you have three books that occupy the same space there are obviously some overlaps,” Accounting Today editor-in-chief Bill Carlino told FOLIO:. Carlino also serves as editorial director of Source’s accounting group.“We thought it would best serve our readership to move forward with one ‘super-publication’ that features the best content from the three magazines,” he said. “Under one umbrella, we’ll be stronger and more efficient, and be able to better tie in the magazine with our Web portal, WebCPA.com.”last_img read more

first_imgAbhishek, Aaradhya and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the Mumbai airport and in the Maldives.InstagramAbhishek Bachchan, Aaradhya Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are enjoying their summer vacation in the Maldives, and the pictures have gone viral. This trip is also to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan. The two Bollywood stars had got married on April 20, 2007, in Mumbai.Earlier, the Bachchan family was seen at the Mumbai airport’s Terminal 2, leaving for the Maldives. Abhishek and Aishwarya held on to Aaradhya, as they arrived at the departure gate of the airport. After reaching Maldives, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan shared a picture on her Instagram of a swimming pool overlooking the beach and the sea.Abhishek Bachchan also shared Instagram stories of their activities in the Maldives, including cycling for the three! The actor also posted a photo of a property titled ‘Bachchan’s Family Home’ in the island nation. Celeb photographer Viral Bhayani shared an exclusive photo of the Bachchan family from the Maldives. However, the Bachchans got trolled for what seems like a normal summer vacation.One Bhanushree G on Instagram commented on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s photo, “now what about ur daughter schooling,,,I don’t think there r holidays rite now in Mumbai school”. While Abhishek Bachchan got a comment on being sponsored by a resort in Maldives, written by the same person. It read, “@bachchan sir ab niyamamaldives ke sponsership karke paisa Kama rahe ho,itne burey din agaye,this shows u hve no films to do “. Take a look. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gets trolled for summer vacation with Aaradhya.Instagram Abhishek Bachchan trolled for sponsored vacation in Maldives.InstagramThe Maldives has of late become the favourite nearby destination of Bollywood celebrities, overtaking Goa and Bangkok. The beautiful island destination offers great views of the sea and the sun, with plenty of activities to keep the family and kids occupied. It’s a great destination to simply relax.Recently, we saw Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor’s pictures from the Maldives. In September 2018, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Taimur took off to the Maldives for some fun on the beach. They were accompanied by Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu, who shared pictures of their travel to the Maldives! Take a look at some more pictures of Abhishek, Aishwarya and Aaradhya Bachchan. Abhishek, Aaradhya and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan enjoy summer vacation in Maldives.Instagramlast_img read more

first_img.A man was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with the members of Detective Branch of police in Khejurbagh area in Keraniganj of Dhaka early Saturday.The police have claimed that he was a drug peddler.According to police, a team of DB police signalled a CNG-run auto-rickshaw to stop on Dhaka-Mawa link road around 2:30am.Sensing danger, drug peddler Al Amin and his associates opened fire on the law enforcers, forcing them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight, claimed officer-in-charge of DB (Dhaka South) Dipak Chandra Saha.At one stage, Al Amin, 33, hailing from Sreenagar upazila of Munshiganj, was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot and his cohorts managed to flee.Later, his body was sent to Mitford Hospital morgue, said the OC adding that Al Amin was wanted in some 14 cases filed with several police stations.Two cases were filed in this connection.last_img read more

first_imgMusic video streaming company Vevo has hired Scott Anderson as its new senior vice president of engineering and product, the company announced Wednesday morning. Anderson is joining the company from healthcare startup Conversa Health, where he served as chief technology officer.Prior to that, Anderson worked as director of engineering for Walmart Labs, developing mobile apps for the e-commerce giant.“I am very happy to be joining the team at Vevo, their positioning at the intersection of music and technology was a real draw for me and leveraging my experience will be key to ensuring we can provide first class services and platforms to our clients and partners,” Anderson said in a statement.“Scott is a great addition to our team – his expertise in engineering and product spaces will really help shape our organization and deliver the best experience to our customers and clients,” added Vevo CEO Alan Price. “Scott has a proven track record building teams that are self-motivated to innovate, and I look forward to working with him.” ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Anderson joins Vevo after the company largely moved away from running its own consumer-facing apps and website, instead refocusing on distribution partners, with a big emphasis on YouTube. As part of that strategy, Vevo has been looking to optimize its YouTube presence, which includes picking better pictures to increase video views.last_img read more

first_img News | Digital Radiography (DR) | May 29, 2019 Dynamic Digital Radiography Used to Assess Undifferentiated Dyspnea A clinical study presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2019 annual meeting, May 17-22 in Dallas, described… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Despite its fully independent maneuverability, the ddRCruze is always connected to the hospital network. With its Wi-Fi connectivity and radiology information system (RIS)/picture archive and communication system (PACS) compliance, it seamlessly integrates into the hospital’s network and optimizes workflow.  Images taken with the ddRCruze can be wirelessly transmitted to the PACS in seconds.   Technologists appreciate the total flexibility of the lightweight (6.2 pounds) ddRPortable detector. Radiologist like the ddRCruze because it offers excellent image quality from the ddRPortable’s CsI flat panel technology, and due to the ddRPortable’s wireless connectivity to the ddRCruze, there is no need for cumbersome cables that restrict workflow or pose a tripping hazard. News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Related Content Its compact dimensions make the ddRCruze the ideal system for limited spaces and corridors, while the large wheels make tight turns in small elevators and driving up ramps and on uneven floors effortless. One person can easily control the system. News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more center_img Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more For more information: www.swissray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Technology | October 17, 2014 Swissray’s ddRCruze Offers Lightweight, Wireless, Mobile DR News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more The ddRCruze is a fully motorized mobile DR system with effortless system operation, wireless connectivity and premium diagnostic image quality. It offers technologist-designed features, including a viewing monitor for image review and system setup, which can be positioned on any side of the system for added convenience and a front-view camera for safe maneuverability. Every system includes an easy detector-bagging device for infection control and an extendable telescopic arm that provides maximum flexibility for patient examination.  News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more Swissray’s ddRCruze provides increased flexibility for digital radiography (DR) systems at modern healthcare facilities. The vendor asked technologists to help design the mobile X-ray system. last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLeading luxury and experiential travel trade exhibition, Luxperience, is pleased to announce valued partner Tourism New Zealand as its Diamond Partner at this year’s event.This year Tourism New Zealand is continuing its familiarisation programme with the support of Air New Zealand.Tourism New Zealand Director Trade, PR & Major Events, René de Monchy, says they are excited to attend Luxperience 2016.  “Luxperience is a key event on the luxury travel trade calendar that we have supported since its inception five years ago. Returning this year as Diamond Sponsors will see us continue to maximise the opportunities the event presents for the premium market – connecting us with the right global luxury travel sellers and media to increase high-value visitors to New Zealand.“Ahead of the event we will host a select group of luxury travel sellers in New Zealand, showcasing some of the amazing luxury product available and enabling them to experience it first-hand, hopefully resulting in their endorsement of our premium offering.”Director of Sales and Partner Alliances for Luxperience, Eric Lewanavanua, says: “Our partnership with Tourism New Zealand truly embodies the Luxperience philosophy and brand values. It’s a privilege to work with the New Zealand tourism industry to help foster inspiring, meaningful connections for some of the world’s most inspiring travel products and experiences.”The industry-leading business exchange will take place at the Australian Technology Park from 18 to 21 September 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgOne of Cyprus’ most controversial yet colourful figures, Larnaca businessman Antonis Fanieros died on Monday from cancer. He was 73.A fixture in the island’s public life, Mr Antonis as he was widely known, was revered by many for being a generous individual, but he was also rumoured to be a gambling kingpin.In 2016, the previously convicted Fanieros filed an application at the district court to restore his rights so that he could run in the parliamentary elections.“We need an independent voice that will be guided by the best interests of ordinary people,” Fanieros said at the time.Fanieros had two previous convictions: one in relation to gambling in 1986, when he was jailed for four years, and in 2001 when he got five years for his part in a scam to cash £143,000 (€244,000) worth of someone else’s shares.In his 2016 court appearance, Fanieros, who famously survived a drive-by machine gun attack in May 1997, attracted a large crowd of cheering friends and relatives.The attorney-general filed an objection to his request, and the court said the law did not allow for the expunging of sentences longer than four years.However, the court did approve the request to strike off the 1986 conviction.Making his case, Fanieros argued that since his release on a presidential pardon for the 2001 conviction, he had incurred no further sentences.He told the court that in recent few years he had helped many people in need, and that due to his social and political beliefs he had been encouraged to run for parliament so that he could make a contribution to the country.In 2010, Fanieros’ interests were targeted by a police anti-gambling raid at a time when he was again toying with the idea of running for office.“It makes me think. Maybe they heard I will be standing as an independent candidate and they want to silence me,” he said. “I will speak in parliament for the ordinary people, the poor, who are not allowed to voice their complaints.”Fanieros denied being involved with online gambling and a much-publicised extrajudicial ring that collects private debts.He said a woman had simply asked for his help in collecting a debt and he invited the debtor for coffee. There, they agreed for the debtor to pay off his debt in three months.And he paid for the coffees without receiving anything for his services, he said.Fanieros said he dealt with real estate and that all his affairs were crystal clear.Reports said that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer recently and had been undergoing treatment. He died in a private hospital in Nicosia.His funeral will be held in Aradippou on Wednesday at 3pm.  You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more