first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier’s strategic C Series partnership with Airbus should put it on stronger financial footing but it remains unclear what fate awaits its other commercial aircraft.The Montreal-based transportation company remains burdened by more than US$9 billion of debt and wants to regain its leading position in the high-margin business jet market.That starts with completing the Global 7000 next year followed by the Global 8000 aircraft. A complete overhaul of the Challenger 650 is seen as the next big investment.So where does that leave the Q400 turboprop and aging CRJ regional jets?That’s the question on everyone’s minds, says Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital.He doesn’t foresee the company coming up with a new CRJ design, but it may choose to add new engines to make the plane more competitive with Embraer’s new E2 jets.“I don’t think that I’m expecting the program to fall apart… but at the same time I’m not expecting there to be this massive resurgence of regional jet orders or turbprop orders,” he said in an interview.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) said it’s committed to the Q400 — which recently secured its largest order, from India’s Spicejet — and CRJs.“We like these products, they give us critical mass,” CEO Alain Bellemare said Friday after introducing the Airbus CEO to Montreal’s business leaders.Bombardier Commercial Aerospace president Fred Cromer added that the partnership with Airbus strengthens its entire civil aircraft portfolio.“I think commercial aerospace has a home in Montreal and certainly in Quebec for a very long time,” he said in an interview.However, Cromer said that it’s premature to disclose what it will do to rejuvenate the planes.“At the right time we’ll talk about what the real long-term future is.”Rolland Vincent, an aviation consultant who previously worked at Bombardier, believes the transportation company won’t spend the large sums required to overhaul the regional aircraft programs as long as oil prices remain low.“I don’t think they make a lot of money on these aircraft so … as long as oil stays at $50 or thereabouts there’s probably a very limited business case for re-engines,” he said in an interview.Vincent believes Bombardier is no longer enamoured with the low-margin parts of its commercial aerospace business and will follow its historical pattern.“They fall in love with new technology, new markets and then after a while they kind of move along to something else and it’s a pattern that leaves a lot of debris behind.”Vincent worked on strategy at Bombardier during the period in the 1990s when it shook up the global aviation market by launching small regional jets that spawned new competitors like Brazil’s Embraer.He sees Bombardier eventually selling the Q400 turboprop and CRJ jet programs, possibly to China.The Chinese could be potential buyers, but they would prefer new technology, especially new generations of engines, added Ernie Arvai, partner in commercial aviation consultancy Air Insight.He doesn’t see a lot of buyers for the regional aircraft. Airbus already owns a large stake in ATR and Boeing has shown no interest in getting into smaller planes.U.S. scope clauses that limit the size of planes pilots can fly under their union contracts give the CRJ a five-year runway to secure orders, said Arvai.While the Q400 is “solid,” he doubts Bombardier will redesign the CRJ, which will be at the end of its life in about a decade.“It might be a natural winding down point,” he said.Union representative Dave Chartrand said employees are concerned because of the thousands of jobs in Toronto and Montreal that depend on the two programs.“Employees wonder and say what’s the next step, where are we going from here. I wonder also, but there are too many factors for us to have an answer tomorrow morning.”last_img read more

LOS ANGELES — “Avengers: Endgame” has crossed the $2 billion mark at the global box office in record time and is leaving newcomers in its dust.The Walt Disney Co. estimates Sunday that the Marvel blockbuster has added $145.8 million from North American theatres and $282.2 million internationally in its second weekend in theatres bringing its global total to $2.2 billion.“Endgame” is one of 5 movies to ever reach that mark and, not accounting for inflation, is now the second biggest film of all time worldwide behind “Avatar’s” $2.8 billion. “Avatar” reached $2 billion in 47 days of release compared with 11 for “Endgame.”New films picked up scraps at the domestic box office, including “The Intruder,” with $11 million, “Long Shot,” with $10 million, and “Uglydolls” with $8.5 million.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press read more

Seven months after he was killed by a terrorist bomb in Baghdad, the memory of the late United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, hovered over today’s opening of the 60th annual session of the UN’s top human rights body in Geneva.Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan said Mr. Vieira de Mello – who would have celebrated his birthday today – had spurred on many people around the world in their work to protect and uphold human rights. Mr. Ramcharan said Mr. Vieira de Mello should have been present at today’s session, which marks the beginning of six weeks of discussions of human rights issues. But the Brazilian was one of 22 people killed on 19 August last year when a bomb struck the world body’s Baghdad headquarters.Mr. Ramcharan said that even as the Commission on Human Rights opened, gross violations of human rights were still taking place around the world. He called for more attention to the problems of terrorism, poverty and human trafficking.The Commission’s chairman, Mike Smith of Australia, said last week’s deadly railway station bombings in Madrid highlighted the human rights impact of terrorism – the devastating personal effect on the victims and their families.The Commission is scheduled to hear reports from numerous UN rights experts on countries and issues of concern. Among the problems to be examined are the use of mercenaries to undermine peoples’ right to self-determination, the illicit dumping of toxic waste, extreme poverty, inadequate housing and access to medicines in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. read more

Strong showing for car companies in Canada in July AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Car companies in Canada had a strong showing in July 2012 when compared to the same month in 2011. Honda Canada combined with Acura reported a 27 per cent sales jump last month compared to July 2011, when sales suffered as a result of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in the spring. Meanwhile, South Korean automaker Hyundai posted a record for July 2012, selling more than 12,000 units, and Kia saw an increase of 20 per cent compared to one year ago. Perhaps the happiest auto company is Ford of Canada, who reported its best July sales since 1979, while Toyota Canada said they had a 30 per cent hike thanks in part to a new July record for trucks across all brands. by News Staff Posted Aug 1, 2012 1:47 pm MDT Canada|car companies|July 2011|July 2012 read more

“Continued delay in the holding of long-overdue partial senatorial, municipal and local elections is of increasing concern and poses a series of risks to the stabilization process,” the Special Representative for the Secretary-General in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, told the Council in New York. Voters need to elect one-third of the country’s 30-member Senate and dozens of municipal posts. The elections have been overdue since late 2011, halted by disagreements over an electoral law whose draft was finally submitted yesterday to the Parliament by President Michel Martelly.“Despite the executive branch’s repeated public statements in favour of holding the elections as soon as possible, these delays have led a number of political and civil society actors to express scepticism concerning the likelihood that elections will be held in 2013,” Ms. Honoré said. By early 2014, more Senators’ terms will expire, rendering the country’s Senate and the Parliament ineffective and marking a “real decline in the democratic process Haiti does not have the luxury to afford,” the Special Representative said. “In such a case, we cannot exclude a possible mobilization of opposition forces and civil society that could destabilize the political and security situation,” she added.The Security Council had tasked the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) which Ms. Honoré heads, with supporting the Haitian political process, including its elections. Noting the “climate of polarization and heightened mutual suspicion,” Ms. Honoré said she has been engaging key political actors to promote dialogue aimed at reaching a minimum agreement on the way forward, particularly concerning the elections. She has also met regularly with members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Haiti to ensure that the country’s institutions, most notably the Parliament, continue to function beyond January 2014. On this matter, “it is important that we as the international community remain united with our common message and speak with one voice,” Ms. Honoré stressed to the 15-member Council.Concerning cholera, the UN envoy said the epidemic has killed 8,173 people and infected over 660,000 since the end of June. The budget of the National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera amounts to $443.7 million for the period from 2013 to 2015, roughly 47 per cent of which has been pledged.“The United Nations continues to support the Government of Haiti with the various short- and medium-term priorities that need to be addressed to eliminate the transmission of cholera in the country,” Ms. Honoré noted.Turning to the security situation in the country which continues to rebuild following the January 2010 earthquake which killed some 220,000 people – including UN staff – and left 1.5 million others homeless, Ms. Honoré said the country has remained relatively stable in the past six months. Among the main challenges are the lack of human resource capacity, the continued need for training and development at the middle management levels, and the need to deploy more cadets, particularly women, into the regions, Ms. Honoré told UN Radio. She stressed, however, that the gains in stability and security need to be sustained for Haiti to succeed in its ongoing efforts to forge economic partnerships, attract foreign investment and foster socio-economic development – the cornerstone of enduring stability.The Special Representative also noted that MINUSTAH stands ready to proceed with further adjustments to troop strength as may be mandated by the Security Council in October.In his latest report to the body, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended that UN troops on the country be reduced by 15 per cent. A working group in Haiti, made up of the UN and Haitian officials, already has been set up to look at the future of the mission. read more

first_img McGuinness’ political career has come to an end.Source: Niall Carson/PA ImagesSINN FÉIN IS expected to announce its replacement for Martin McGuinness as the party’s de facto leader in Northern Ireland later today.Last week, McGuinness announced that he is stepping away from politics and will not seek re-election to the Northern Ireland Assembly.Sinn Féin has now said that it will make an announcement this afternoon and it is expected that the party will confirm who will lead them into the upcoming Stormont elections.The party’s choice would be their nomination for First Minister or Deputy First Minister should Sinn Féin enter government in the north.In his statement confirming his departure, McGuinness said that he felt it was time for a “new generation of republicans” to lead Sinn Féin north of the border.He said the party needed a new leader and promised his “full and undivided support” behind whoever that is.While the identity of that person has not yet been confirmed, whoever is selected will certainly have a job of work to do in replacing McGuinness.There are a number of contenders.Michelle O’Neill  Michelle O’Neill speaking to Stormont last week alongside McGuinness. Source: Sinn Féin pulled out of the executive, it’s been difficult to ignore the prominence given to the party’s Health Minister Michelle O’Neill and she is considered the favourite.O’Neill was who Sinn Féin chose to confirm that they would not be nominating another Deputy First Minister to replace McGuinness.In her speech, O’Neill paid tribute to “my friend Martin McGuinness” and said he “acted with integrity, with dignity and with respect” during the ten years in which he held the position.Her choice as Sinn Féin’s public face of their transition away from McGuinness did not go unnoticed with the media in Northern Ireland.Acknowledging its own potential sexism, The Belfast Telegraph even went so far as to compare O’Neill’s “resplendent” pink jacket with the “strident” dark suit employed by DUP First Minister Arlene Foster. Monday 23 Jan 2017, 7:51 AM A version of this article was published on 19 January.Read: McGuinness resignation: The latest chapter in a remarkable political career >In full: Martin McGuinness’s statement on why he chose to step away from politics now > Share89 Tweet Email Jan 23rd 2017, 7:51 AM 35,536 Views Short URL By Rónán Duffy Sinn Féin’s replacement for Martin McGuinness set to be named. Here are the contenders McGuinness says he’s looking towards a new generation. 75 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article .@JohnODowdSF describes British PM’s Brexit plan as “wish list which will create a hard border”— Sinn Féin (@sinnfeinireland) January 17, 2017 Source: Northern Ireland Assembly/YouTubeO’Neill was first elected as an MLA in 2007 and was a Mid Ulster constituency colleague of McGuinness until the latter transferred to his native Foyle.In 2011, she earned her first ministerial role being appointed as Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development. She held that role until last year when she transferred to Health.An outspoken progressive, O’Neill used her Stormont speech last week to accuse the DUP of displaying “a disrespect towards the LGBT community, towards women and towards ethnic minorities”.The choice of 40-year-old O’Neill would also certainly fit the mould of the new generation of republicans McGuinness has called for.Conor Murphy Conor Murphy stands before Gerry Kelly in the great hall of Stormont. Source: Niall Carson/PA WireConor Murphy has been considered among the favourites to be Sinn Féin’s leader in Stormont for some time, a fact which is perhaps both an advantage and disadvantage.A 53-year-old long-time republican, Murphy has been an MLA since the beginning of the executive and was an abstentionist MP before that.Murphy first became involved in active republicanism during the 1981 IRA hunger strikes and was jailed for IRA membership and the possession of explosives.Murphy was a respected negotiator during the peace process that preceded the Good Friday Agreement and has been perhaps the party’s most visible presence in Stormont in recent years after McGuinness.His selection would certainly please the party’s core support and his republican credentials would perhaps balance the party’s future Dáil leadership which seems destined to come from the post-Troubles era. Source: AFP news agency/YouTubeJohn O’DowdIf O’Neill is the progressive choice and Murphy is the more conservative one, perhaps Education Minister John O’Dowd is the happy medium.To some extent, O’Dowd has served in the role before. He was Acting Deputy First Minister while McGuinness was campaigning as part of his presidential bid in 2011.First elected as an MLA in 2003, O’Dowd has also served as chair of some of Stormont committees including the Public Accounts Committee. Source: Sinn Féin/Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgSouthampton Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has urged Saints not to dwell on their 1-0  defeat at Cardiff on Saturday.Ralph Hassenhuttl told Daily Echo: “Confidence comes with good results. A 1-0 here is not a good result.“We should prepare them and they have to believe in what we are doing.”“I saw today they do it for a very long time and then it would be perfect if you get some good results for the self-confidence.”“We didn’t and we have to work on and when we work on I am sure they will come.”Saints are proving to be masters of their downfall with some significant mistakes costing them dearly.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.This time out it was Jannik Vestergaard’s whose awful pass played in Callum Paterson for the only goal of the game.“It is all about staying focused and physically a question,” reflected Hasenhuttl.“It’s intense and at the end of the game when you get a little bit tired it is more important to stay focused on holding it easy and not make it too difficult.”“This ball was not really difficult I think and Jannik is very disappointed about that.”“It’s gone, the points are gone, and now we have to focus on the next exercises we have”last_img read more

first_img This year, the trend continues with the loss in sales in smaller retailers and the declining sales of smaller titles. This has a huge influence on the overall sales numbers; there were more than 8,000 fewer retail accounts being serviced in the first quarter of this year in contrast to last. The top ten chains in Q1 2015 represented 53.3 percent of total sales, compared to a collective market share of 51.8 percent in 2014. This is a trend that will likely continue as smaller retail stores exit the business. Although there will likely be no major turnaround in the foreseeable future, MagNet notes that decisions being made by publishers to reduce their allocations, partially driven by wholesaler demands for subsidies, are having a substantial impact on the steady sales decline. That comes in addition to the rise in social media and mobile technology in influencing how consumers view and absorb content. The Top 100 chains’ combined sales beat the overall business trends, which again indicates that the industry is losing smaller retailers. But the publishers who performed well in the first quarter all followed the same formula: more releases. Many of these publishers also tacked on higher cover prices, like Penny Press, which had 13 percent more releases, and an average cover price increase of about 23 percent.  Time Inc.’s numbers benefitted from more book-a-zine releases under their THEI brand, as well as the higher cover price on People. Harris Publications also increased their number of releases and focused more on book-a-zine products. Overall, the average cover price of a unit sold in the first quarter increased by 36 cents (more than 7 percent). Two factors contributed to this jump: 1) higher cover prices on many of the weekly titles, and 2) the continued publisher focus on book-a-zines with cover prices startingat $9.99. These factors helped drive the average cover price on a unit sold to an all-time high, which is one of the few good signs for the industry—consumers are willing to pay higher prices for quality printed magazines. center_img Although it’s easy to fall back on saying “social media is to blame,” publishers also need to reassess their releases—how often to distribute and how much are they going to charge according to MagNet’s 2015 Q1 Newsstand Sales Results. Magazine unit and dollar sales improved slightly in the first quarter to declines of 14.2 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, compared to drops of 15.6 percent and 9 percent in the prior quarter. The average dollar sales decline of the Top 25 titles was mitigated this quarter by the higher cover prices on the weekly titles. Even though the newsstand sales environment is bleak, decisions being made by publishers have a major impact. So keep producing quality content but perhaps release it in a higher quality product and quit reducing your allocations, as MagNet suggests doing the opposite has proven to only be beneficial.last_img read more

first_imgNintendo has made the Wii U official with the unveiling and teaser details being announced during E3 last week. We don’t yet know when the console launches other than a 2012 timeframe, but Sega may have just given us a very big clue.Alan Pritchard, Sega’s exectuive vice president of marketing, gave an interview with GameSpot during which he mentioned a timeframe for the Wii U’s launch twice.Sega has Sonic Generations releasing this November on PS3/360/3DS, but GameSpot asked Pritchard if the game would be coming to Wii U. His response is very telling for someone who must know when to expect the Wii U. He said the timing didn’t work for that game because “Wii U is coming out next spring/summer.”He goes further by stating that releasing Generations “on a platform six or eight months after we release PS3” isn’t something Sega want to do.So, if Pritchard isn’t guessing, which as exectuive VP of marketing at Sega we don’t think he is, we have a definitive timeframe of May-July for the Wii U release. That’s much sooner than the expected Holidays 2012 we had heard banded about before E3.Read more at GameSpot, via CVGMatthew’s OpinionReleasing before we get to the main holiday season next year makes a lot of sense. The Wii U is clearly a machine Nintendo wants the family sat around again, so it needs to have stock levels up well before we reach Christmas as it is going to be a must-have gadget if they get the marketing and games right.If the PS4 or next Xbox was arriving, I think Sony and Microsoft could get away with releasing in September/October as the hardcore gaming crowd would soon empty the shelves at the high launch price. For Nintendo, it’s different. The price can’t be too high because it’s a family games machine parents will likely be buying.last_img read more

first_imgOptical images of two types of MoTe2 monolayer samples: (a) MoTe2 flakes that were highly luminescent to begin with maintain their brightness over the 8-day observation period; (b) MoTe2 flakes that were weakly luminescent at the start fade within a few days, and parts of them seem to disappear altogether. Credit: Bin Chen, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society Defects in 2D semiconductors could lead to multi-colored light-emitting devices The researchers, led by Sefaattin Tongay, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, have published a paper on the changing luminescence in a recent issue of ACS Nano.”Currently, many researchers throughout the world are demonstrating very impressive and promising proof-of-concept applications using 2D material systems, but we still do not know their material stability over long periods of time,” Tongay told “This research presents the unique case of MoTe2, the only infrared-range TMD, where monolayers visually disappear but are physically still there.”Like other TMDs, MoTe2 stands out for its interesting optical properties. In bulk form, TMDs are not luminescent, but when one-atom-layer-thick flakes are exfoliated from the bulk, the 2D flakes become semiconductors and emit light rather strongly. For this reason, 2D semiconducting TMDs could have applications in optoelectronics and solar energy conversion technologies. As the only TMD that has an infrared-range band gap, MoTe2 is particularly suitable for infrared detectors and tunnel field-effect transistors.Because 2D materials have a large surface-to-volume ratio, their properties can be affected by interactions between their surface and the environment. Noting that tellurium compounds are particularly sensitive to oxygen, the researchers here wanted to investigate what happens when monolayer MoTe2 is exposed to oxygen for several days. The researchers propose that the reason why the weakly luminescent flakes seem to disappear is that they have a large number of defects, particularly vacancies due to missing atoms. These vacancies are why the flakes have a low starting luminescence, and also explain why they lose their luminescence when exposed to oxygen. Oxygen molecules (O2) from the air become embedded in these defects and bind to Mo and Te, forming “deep states” that basically trap electrons and holes, effectively prohibiting luminescence. On the other hand, flakes that are highly luminescent to begin with have a small number of defects, so they don’t absorb nearly as many oxygen molecules, don’t suffer loss of luminescence, and their optical properties remain close to their properties under vacuum conditions.”This work shows that a slim amount of defects in MoTe2 can have a great impact on their material properties, such as optical, electrical, and vibrational, and these changes occur gradually over time similar to aging wine: depending on the defect concentration, MoTe2 monolayers can spoil over time (or might get better),” Tongay explained.The results here show that the defects play a significant role in the optical properties and stability of MoTe2, and could also reveal insight into the environmental stability of other 2D materials, such as silicene (2D silicon), phosphorene (2D phosphorous), and other TMDs. It could also lead to ways to control these materials’ properties. (—When exposed to air, a luminescent 2D material called molybdenum telluride (MoTe2) appears to decompose within a couple days, losing its optical contrast and becoming virtually transparent. But when scientists probed further, they found that the disappearance is an illusion: the material remains structurally stable, and only its material properties change. The results reveal insight into the environmental stability and unusual properties of a newer class of 2D materials called transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). Citation: Two-dimensional material seems to disappear, but doesn’t (2015, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further © 2015 More information: Bin Chen, Hasan Sahin, et al. “Environmental Changes in MoTe2 Excitonic Dynamics by Defects-Activated Molecular Interaction.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b00985 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Left to right) Postdoc Aslihan Suslu, PhD student Bin Chen, and Assistant Professor Sefaattin Tongay have investigated the material stability and optical properties of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), which have potential applications in optoelectronics and other areas. Credit: Sefaattin Tongay Journal information: ACS Nano Play Monolayer MoTe2 is visually disappearing in this video recorded over a 7-day period. However, atomic force microscopy measurements reveal that the material is indeed still there; it physically exists, and only its optical properties change. Credit: Sefaattin Tongay The researchers began by observing the material under an optical microscope with an infrared lens. They found that MoTe2 flakes that were highly luminescent to begin with maintained their brightness over the 8-day observation period. On the other hand, weakly luminescent flakes unexpectedly appeared to fade within 1-3 days, and parts of them disappeared altogether. However, when viewing the “vanishing” flakes using an atomic force microscope (AFM), which scans samples mechanically rather than optically, the researchers saw the flakes “reappear.” The flakes had never disappeared in the first place, but their optical properties had changed while their chemical structure was maintained. 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. “This is an important discovery in that it practically implies that we are able to tune the optical properties of 2D MoTe2 by manipulating the defect density in the material and preventing the material from losing its intrinsic attributes by improving the quality of crystal,” said Bin Chen, PhD student at Arizona State University and lead author of the paper.In the future, the researchers plan to explore and establish the stability of other 2D material systems, as well as boost their properties by molecular functionalization through existing or intentionally created defect points. “Despite encouraging results and impressive applications, our results point toward environmental instability over a time period of a month,” Chen said. “We hope to understand this and ideally overcome these challenges using our knowledge and expertise in materials science and engineering.”last_img read more

first_imgAugust 21, 2013 Register Now » If you don’t have access to the internet then you’re probably not reading this article. And you’re most likely not spending hours surfing Facebook, either. That’s a problem Mark Zuckerberg wants to solve.The billionaire tech entrepreneur and Facebook founder has formed a partnership called The goal, it says, is to make internet access available to basically everyone. It’s kind of like Google’s plan to provide internet access to far reaches of the planet via a network of floating balloons, but also probably very different.”Today, only 2.7 billion people — just over one-third of the world’s population — have access to the internet,” Facebook said in the announcement. “Internet adoption is growing by less than 9 percent each year, which is slow considering how early we are in its development.”Related: Could Facebook’s New Mobile Purchase Platform Be a PayPal Competitor?Along with Facebook, founding member companies include Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung and others. The idea is to develop joint projects, share knowledge and mobilize industry and governments to bring the world online, the announcement says. That means helping to make internet access more affordable, to reduce the amount of data needed to run apps online and to create new business models for providing internet on grander scale.Facebook’s user growth is expected to grow substantially in emerging markets, according to a report from New York City-based digital marketing research firm eMarketer. This year, Facebook’s user base is expected to jump 34.4 percent in the Asia-Pacific region, 29.5 percent in Latin America, 31.8 percent in the Middle East and Africa and 29.3 percent in central and eastern Europe. Growth in North America is slowing, meanwhile, and is only expected to increase by 3.6 percent.This isn’t the first partnership Zuckerberg has struck up with goals that go beyond the walls of Facebook. In April, Zuckerberg co-started, a political advocacy group that aims to foster technology innovation and entrepreneurialism.Related: Mark Zuckerberg and Other Tech Giants Form Political Advocacy Group Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

first_imgNews | October 17, 2013 DX-D Wireless DR System Enables Connectivity, Low Noise, Smooth Workflow 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 Related Content 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. 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October 3, 2014 — Upgrades featured at the 2014 Radiological Society of North American Annual Meeting (RSNA) for the DX-D 100 wireless, mobile digital radiography (DR) system will include improved workflow and connectivity as well as low noise and dose capabilities.The Agfa DX-D 100 is a mobile, direct digital X-ray unit. Combining full mobility with high-quality image processing, the unit provides improved patient comfort and safety with precision positioning for imaging in mobile environments.Designed for bedside use, the system can handle a broad range of general radiography X-ray studies and offers a very short exposure time, resulting in high-quality images for immediate quality control (QC) review. The higher productivity and image quality translate into lower cost per exam and higher diagnostic efficiency for imaging facilities of all sizes.The DX-D 100 is available with the DX-D 30C wireless, a portable DR detector. This provides full mobility with high image quality when imaging even the least mobile patients. The wireless capability increases flexibility and improves the overall radiology workflow. With no trailing cable, there is less chance of picking up dirt and germs from the floor, making it ideal for use in intensive care units (ICUs), emergency departments, and operating rooms (ORs). Additionally, the unit can be effectively used in confined spaces.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. 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first_img Dave Worrall loanCare Sudhir Nair 2019-03-22 Donna Joseph in Headlines, News LoanCare, a ServiceLink Company, has named Sudhir Nair as its new EVP and CIO. Nair, who has nearly two decades of experience in the mortgage and consumer lending sector, will be responsible for planning, organizing, optimizing, and managing the overall operation of LoanCare’s IT department. He will also provide strategic leadership to ensure operational services are supported in a timely and cost-effective manner.”We are excited to have Sudhir join our executive team. Given his expertise, we’re confident that he will help take our business to the next level,” said Dave Worrall, President of LoanCare. “We are committed to innovation and providing the best digital mortgage experience for our customers and clients and we look forward to seeing how Sudhir can position us for the future.” Nair has extensive experience in the mortgage servicing industry. He previously served as EVP and CIO at Xome (Solutionstar), where he led a global technology and operations team. “It is a wonderful opportunity to join a company like LoanCare, a ServiceLink Company, one that has such a strong reputation for delivering best-in-class service to its customers,” said Nair. “I look forward to leveraging my skill set and building on its great success.”  LoanCare, based out of Virginia, is a provider of full-service subservicing and interim subservicing to the mortgage industry and engineers agile technology solutions aimed at providing better consumer experiences. March 22, 2019 751 Views center_img Sudhir Nair Joins LoanCare as EVP and CIO Sharelast_img read more

first_img FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2017 file photo, Casey Affleck arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Affleck, who won the best actor award for his role in “Manchester By the Sea,” will not be presenting at the 90th Academy Awards. Affleck’s publicist confirmed Thursday that the actor is not attending the ceremony on March 4. Traditionally, the reigning best actor winner returns to present the best actress award. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Casey Affleck will not attend Academy Awards by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2018 12:31 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2018 at 8:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – In another apparent consequence of the #MeToo movement, last year’s best actor Oscar winner Casey Affleck will not be presenting at or attending the 90th Academy Awards.Affleck’s publicist said Thursday that the actor would not be at the ceremony on March 4 where, traditionally, he would have been expected to present the award for best actress as the reigning best actor winner. A film academy spokesperson said they “appreciate the decision to keep the focus on the show and on the great work of this year.”The “Manchester by the Sea” actor faced sexual harassment allegations in 2010 in two public civil suits during the production of the mockumentary “I’m Still Here.” The suits were settled for undisclosed sums and Affleck has said that the terms of the settlement prevent him from discussing the matter.While the lawsuits were covered in the press at the time, the allegations gained additional attention in 2016 following the ruination of “Birth of a Nation” director and star Nate Parker’s awards chances after past rape allegations surfaced against him. Many wondered if there was a racially related double standard that would allow Affleck, despite past allegations, to go on to win the best actor award at the Oscars. Actress Brie Larson famously did not clap when presenting Affleck with the award at the 2017 ceremony.When the Me Too movement exploded in October and the film academy revoked Harvey Weinstein’s membership, the spotlight turned back to Affleck and other academy members who have been accused of misconduct.John Oliver even took a moment on his HBO show talk about it.“Yes, finally — the group that counts among its current members Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby and Mel Gibson has found the one guy who treated women badly and kicked him out,” Oliver said in October. “So congratulations, Hollywood. See you at the next Oscars where — and this is true — Casey Affleck will be presenting Best Actress.”Hardly any aspect of the awards season has been unaffected by the Me Too movement, from who gets nominated to the content of acceptance speeches and red carpet interviews. No one knows exactly how the film academy plans to handle this moment of reckoning during the ceremony on March 4, but, with Affleck stepping down, one of the biggest questions has been answered.___The story has been corrected to show the name of the mockumentary is I’m Still Here.”___For full coverage of awards season, visit: read more

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from a refugee camp in Laos to St Paul Her relatives practice Hmong customs including holding a spirit-release ceremony in the aftermath of a funeral It is meant to allow the person’s soul to be free for reincarnation"(A)s much as it breaks our hearts that we can’t find the closure and answers we seek we as a family have decided to finally release her spirit on April 7-8 2017" Lee’s niece Lillian Lee wrote in a recent Facebook post "The spiritual release acknowledges that Hang may no longer be alive in this world but she will live in our hearts forever We as her family would like to honor her by releasing her spirit to the other world" The family invited investigators to the ceremony who plan to attend Saturday and to tell people they haven’t given up on solving the case and that they still need the public’s helpHang Lee’s case remains categorized as a missing person not a homicide It is one of St Paul’s oldest missing-person casesWhile police continue to try to talk to Hang Lee’s 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And I think falling is the funniest thing, The owner of the hospital could not be reached as the building was deserted when LEADESHIP SUNDAY visited. and dizziness, Are we focused on our compassionate ethical duties to one another Or the stuff we want want want Are we thinking more about principles and charity or markets (For more on how giving can make you more successful click here) There arent many forces pushing back reminding us to be compassionate in todays market-driven world What does the research say still teaches us compassion Grandmom does Seriously But Grandmom as awesome as her oatmeal cookies are cant fight the whole world by herself So what do we do The Solution Is All in Your Head (Kinda) Heres whats interesting: research shows compassion is contagious When we feel it toward one person well extend it to others around us even without realizing it This idea might be new to you and me but Buddhists have known it for over 1000 years (Im late to the party on a lot of stuff frankly Still not caught up on Mad Men either) Buddhists call it "metta" (theres actually some funky punctuation to it but theres no way Im gonna find that on my keyboard so just roll with me here) More commonly it goes by the name "loving-kindness meditation" Buddhists use it to increase compassion Heres the problem: LKM is pretty much the ground zero of self-help corniness What does Buddhism say are some of the benefits of loving-kindness meditation Via Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness: Devas [celestial beings] and animals will love you Devas will protect you External dangers [poisons weapons and fire] will not harm you You will be reborn in happy realms My first reaction I think were done here Thank you for calling Scientists have recently figured out something about LKM though: it actually works No youre not gonna be immune to fire and poison and no woodland elves will not build you a treehouse But as for that compassion part Yeah it really does the job Via Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: The researchers also found that both meditating groups showed greater thickening of the insular cortex a part of the brain associated with regulating emotions and more activity in the amygdala the part of the brain that assesses the emotional content of incoming stimuli than did the non-meditating control group The investigators concluded that the practice of lovingkindness meditation trains the brain to make us more empathic and more capable of reading subtle emotional states And thats far from one isolated piece of research A 2012 Harvard study showed: Overall these results are consistent with the overarching hypothesis that meditation may result in enduring beneficial changes in brain function especially in the area of emotional processing No you dont have to convert to Buddhism or believe in funky celestial beings Its an effective secular exercise for your compassion muscle (For more on the benefits of mindfulness meditation and how to do it click here) So we have the answer right Loving-Kindness Meditation to the rescue But how do we do it The "How To" Like I said the process comes off as way corny but it makes sense How do you feel when you think about loved ones Warm and fuzzy Why keep pictures of your kids or your partner on your desk or in your wallet Even more fuzzies Thats the goal here really We want to broaden the fuzzy Fuzzy momentum if you will Extend the fuzzy feelings from those you already are compassionate toward to neutral and even to difficult people The best instructions Ive found (that have no scientific jargon or mentions of woodland spirits) come from 10% Happier the great book by Dan Harris: 1 This practice involves picturing a series of people and sending them good vibes Start with yourself Generate as clear a mental image as possible 2 Repeat the following phrases: May you be happy May you be healthy May you be safe May you live with ease Do this slowly Let the sentiment land You are not forcing your well-wishes on anyone; youre just offering them up just as you would a cool drink Also success is not measured by whether you generate any specific emotion As Sharon says you dont need to feel "a surge of sentimental love accompanied by chirping birds" The point is to try Every time you do you are exercising your compassion muscle (By the way if you dont like the phrases above you can make up your own) 3 After youve sent the phrases to yourself move on to: a benefactor (a teacher mentor relative) a close friend (can be a pet too) a neutral person (someone you see often but dont really ever notice) a difficult person and finally "all beings" Yes it sounds silly but studies show it works Dont get too worried about details Its not a magic spell and this aint Hogwarts You can customize it The important thing is wishing others well and expanding that feeling from those you feel strongly about to a wider and wider circle of people (For my interview with Good Morning America anchor and meditation-skeptic-turned-believer Dan Harris click here) Time to round this up and build a path forward Enough Reading Time For Doing Give loving-kindness meditation a shot Or you can go straight to the next step and help others Support Give Volunteering makes us happier Too busy Ironically studies show giving our time to others makes us feel less time-strapped Seriously too busy Then show a little compassion by buying lunch for a friend Itll make you happier too Via Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending: By the end of the day individuals who spent money on others were measurably happier than those who spent money on themselves even though there were no differences between the groups at the beginning of the day And it turns out that the amount of money people found in their envelopes $5 or $20 had no effect on their happiness at the end of the day How people spent the money mattered much more than how much of it they got The great TEDx talk by Harvard professor Michael Norton 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