A unique fashion show

first_imgA fashion show on hospitality industry was organised on August 9, 2019, at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida. In the show, models showcased different hospitality industry related dresses to be used by hotels. The categories were chef uniforms, receptionist, house keeping, security, to name a few. The highlight of the show was uniform of stewards and bar tenders. The event was held as part of second edition of IHE’19, in which master chefs from across the world are hosting culinary classes. The 4-day expo has received phenomenal response from the audience so far and is expected to attract more visitors on the last day.last_img read more

Final 11 accused in big Mob bust in Quebec see charges stayed

first_imgMONTREAL – The last 11 people accused in a massive Quebec Mob bust dubbed Project Clemenza saw the charges against them stayed Monday at the request of the prosecution.A spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada said a stay of proceedings was a discretionary decision by the Crown and was the only possible move.“The request for disclosure from the defence raised very complex issues and, despite all the efforts, the prosecution was not in a position to meet its disclosure obligations,” the agency said in an email.The accused were among those charged in a major police operation targeting organized crime between 2014 and 2016 that led to dozens of arrests.Prosecutor Andre Albert Morin told reporters the Crown asked for the stay after speaking to investigators in the RCMP-led case and concluding it wouldn’t be able to provide answers to pointed technical questions from the defence.At the time of the first wave of arrests, the RCMP proudly boasted about an investigative tactic that saw more than one million private PIN to PIN BlackBerry messages intercepted between 2010 and 2012 and analyzed.Morin said the accused are now free without any further court-ordered conditions.Technically, the prosecution has 12 months to refile charges according to the Criminal Code, but Morin wouldn’t say what he planned to do.In March, the federal Crown used its discretion in a similar fashion to have charges stayed against 36 people arrested in Clemenza.In that instance, a prosecutor told reporters that numerous factors played a part in the decision, including a recent Supreme Court ruling that set strict time limits for cases to get to trial.But Montreal La Presse reported the Crown’s decision was based on the quality of the evidence and the techniques used to gather it.One criminal attorney not connected to the current case says it could cause problems down the road.“If they want to use this investigative technique in the future to gather evidence to charge someone, the accused will still be allowed to obtain all the evidence against them,” said Walid Hijazi, a defence lawyer.“So it’s a delicate problem that the authorities will have to solve.”Clemenza was the biggest anti-Mafia police sweep by federal authorities since its takedown of the Rizzuto crime family during Operation Colisee in 2006.The suspects in question faced an array of charges, including trafficking, importation and production of drugs, and others related to weapons, arson and kidnapping.“Project Clemenza is now finished,” said Morin.— with files from Cogeco Nouvelleslast_img read more

Shaquille ONeal To Host SHAQaCLAUS Event Today

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Lakers Center, NBA legend, and philanthropist Shaquille O’Neal will host SHAQ-a-CLAUS on Monday, December 23 at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.As part of his longstanding dedication to advocating for youth development, the former All-Star has arranged for more than 300 kids to experience the ultimate holiday carnival amid “snowfall” in sunny California.“Every kid deserves a memorable holiday season,” said the four-time NBA champion. “The Boys & Girls Club of Venice serves as a home away from home for young people who need encouragement. Although there are no chimneys involved, SHAQ-a-CLAUS is definitely coming to town.”Dating back to 1992, SHAQ-a-CLAUS has showered thousands of at-risk youths with gifts during the holiday season. O’Neal, who is a Boys & Girls Club alumnus, continues his long tradition of helping those in need.An estimated 350 pre-registered Boys & Girls Club of Venice members will receive a JAKKS toy from Shaq-a-Claus, shoes from Crocs, support from Feed The Children, and lunch courtesy of Panda Express. Shaq has even paid to have the party dusted with snow.“Shaquille O’Neal’s support for the Boys & Girls Club of Venice means the world to the kids who come through our doors each day,” said Monique Brandon, Executive Director of the Club. “We salute his extraordinary generosity and applaud him for coming back to Los Angeles to spread hope and cheer.”The Boys & Girls Club of Venice delivers exciting youth development programs in academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship to more than 4,000 youths annually. The Club appreciates the sponsors for their generosity and support of SHAQ-a-CLAUS.Event registration has reached capacity and is now closed.last_img read more

Gordon Pinsent to receive Stratford Festivals Legacy Award

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: He won the Best Actor Genie and ACTRA awards in 2006 for his work in Sarah Polley’s Away From Her, and the Genie for Best Actor in The Shipping News, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Annie Proulx.Pinsent, who was born in Grand Falls, N.L., and started out in radio drama, is a companion of the Order of Canada and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He’s received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, the Earle Grey Award for lifetime achievement in television and a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Facebook Advertisement Twitter Acclaimed Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent is being honoured with this year’s Legacy Award by the Stratford Festival, where he performed early in his stage career.Pinsent, who joined the company in 1962 with roles in Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest and Cyrano de Bergerac, returned to Stratford in the mid-’70s as a leading player.Pinsent went on to almost 150 film and television credits.last_img read more

Manitoba Liberals hope law will help workers talk about incident that killed

first_img(Barry Swan, centre bottom, speaks at the Manitoba Legislature)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsManitoba’s Liberals are poring over the province’s Workplace, Safety and Health Act hoping to find a part that will help protect workers willing to come forward to talk about an incident that killed a First Nations man in January.Todd Maytwayashing, 22, was working for the Manitoba Hydro contractor Forbes Brothers Ltd., when he was struck by a piece of falling steel at a job site near Gillam, Man.Liberal MLA Jon Gerrard said people working for Forbes, which is building a transmission line to carry power to Hydro’s $8.7-billion under-construction Keeyask Generating Station, want to share inside information.But they fear dismissal.“I understand there are others…who are ready to come forward to talk about the situation but are reluctant to do so for fear of losing their jobs,” said Gerrard (River Heights).Gerrard originally pitched the idea of expanding the Whistleblower Protection Act to Premier Brian Pallister earlier this week, suggesting coverage for employees at contract companies was needed to get information the Maytwayashing family wanted.But Gerrard switched gears Friday saying existing Workplace, Safety and Health legislation should provide the needed protection to get people to come forward.Maytwayashing’s father, Barry Swan, says he’s been hearing about “bullying and harassment and safety” from other workers.But he says those workers aren’t ready to share details with provincial Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) investigators without assurance their jobs are protected.“They are quite afraid and I am very afraid for them because they got young ones, they got mortgages, car loans, and if they’re black-balled from industry I wouldn’t want that to be our fault,” Swan said in an interview Thursday.Pallister, who paid a condolence call to Maytwayashing’s family last month, says he will personally look into the fatal workplace incident at the mega project.He also encouraged workers to speak up.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.“I would give assurance to anyone who has information that they would like to bring forward in the process of investigating this tragedy to bring that forward without fear of repercussions of any kind,” he told the Legislature Wednesday. “They deserve to feel entirely confident and safe in doing so.”Swan says he “was honoured” to have Pallister in his home.“He assured me that Hydro would come to my house and apologize face-to-face,” Swan said. “And he assured me this investigation would not be tampered with.”Gerrard said Friday he believes the WSH Act has enough teeth to protect workers who want to contribute information to the investigation.Swan says he just wants to know what led to his son’s death.“We’re trying to work with workplace safety to have an honest and fair investigation,” he said. “If Hydro and Forbes are willing to share information with us that doesn’t jeopardize anything is what we’re looking for at this point.”Meanwhile, Forbes has completed its own investigation.Senior manager Brenda Madley says Maytwashing was doing a “high-risk” part of the job when he was killed and the company has since made changes to try and reduce the danger of loading and unloading material.“Fatalities don’t occur very often at Forbes,” she said, noting the death of Maytwayashing and two others in eastern Canada last summer during a tower collapse “are the only three fatalities that we’ve had in 40 years.“Our workers are part of our family. I mean I can’t even tell you how difficult it is on every single individual that’s in the organization,” she added in a telephone interview from Edmonton.Madley said workers shouldn’t fear for their jobs if they want to report problems.“We want to know about unsafe conditions so that we can correct them,” she said.“We have several safety advisors on our Manitoba project. They are encouraged to report unsafe conditions.”Maytwashing’s is the second death at a Keeyask-related site since the project began in 2014. Carpenter Joseph Head suffered a brain bleed in 2017 that ultimately led to a fatal heart attack.His widow is suing Hydro alleging her husband died a “wrongful death.”last_img read more

Brantford police locate missing 14yearold girl

UPDATED Brantford police are thanking the public for their help in locating a missing 14-year-old girl. The teen was last seen in the 100 block of North Park St. on March 11 around 5:20 a.m.Shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, police said she had been located safe. “Brantford Police Service extends thanks to all of our media partners for their assistance and professionalism,” said police in a news release.

Port Dover featured in TVO video

TVOntario (TVO) has featured Port Dover in one of its Main Street documentary videos.The video series is to highlight the main streets of smaller communities, and the events that happen within them.The Port Dover video covers the beginning of the Friday the 13th tradition, and follows it through to what it has become now.From 16 people to 200,000, it follows events that have happened on the 13th since 1981.The video has interviews with locals including Adam Veri and Peter Knechtel, as well as interviews with people that have attended the event for years.The video appears below.astaylor@potmedia.comGet your motors runnin’ and head out on the highway with this #MainStreetOntario short showing the history of #PortDover’s famed #Fridaythe13th #Motorcycle Rally that can attract tens of thousands of enthusiasts. #PD13 @Taleofatown pic.twitter.com/cM8dv5zQ9y— TVOdocs (@TVOdocs) June 21, 2019 read more

NCAA will no longer allow videogame maker EA Sports to use its

by Ralph D. Russo, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 3:04 pm MDT NCAA will no longer allow video-game maker EA Sports to use its name and logo AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Hang on to NCAA Football 14, video game fans. It will be a collector’s edition.The NCAA said it will no longer allow Electronic Arts Inc. to use its logo starting next year. The move ends a lucrative business deal with the gaming industry giant and comes as the NCAA fights a high-profile lawsuit that says the governing body owes billions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used for free.The NCAA said it won’t seek a new contract with EA Sports, which manufactures the popular game, beyond the current one that expires in June 2014. However, that won’t stop EA Sports from producing a college football video game depicting powerhouse schools like Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon, and the Redwood City, Calif.-based company made that clear Wednesday.“EA Sports will continue to develop and publish college football games, but we will no longer include the NCAA names and marks,” said Andrew Wilson, executive vice-president. “Our relationship with the Collegiate Licensing Co. is strong and we are already working on a new game for next generation consoles which will launch next year and feature the college teams, conferences and all the innovation fans expect from EA Sports.”The company reported $3.8 billion in net revenue during its last fiscal year and, aside from its NCAA Football franchise, is well known for Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer and other games.EA Sports first began making an NCAA Football game in 1998 and it has generated more than $1.3 billion in sales in the U.S. alone, according to a spokesman for market tracking firm The NPD Group Inc. It wasn’t known how much of what EA makes from NCAA Football goes back to the NCAA and its members in licensing deals.Todd Mitchell, senior analyst with New York-based Brean Capital LLC, said losing the NCAA brand isn’t likely to hurt EA Sports. He estimated NCAA Football accounts for only about 5 per cent of EA Sports’ revenue, or about $125 million.“It’s nice to have the brand, but it’s more about the characters,” he said.Analyst Colin Sebastian of R.W. Baird said EA Sports likely expected to lose its partnership with the NCAA.“I’m sure they have thought about this because of this pending litigation and the worst case scenarios,” Sebastian said by telephone from San Francisco. “I don’t expect it to have a significant impact on their business.”NCAA Football allows participants to play as any major college football team, though unlike in its professional sports games, the names of players are not used. The similarities between the avatars in the game and actual college athletes are at the root of a fight that could alter the way the NCAA does business in the future.The NCAA is in the midst of a long court battle that started with a lawsuit filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon after he was shown a video game with an avatar playing for the Bruins that played a lot like him.The antitrust lawsuit also names EA and the Collegiate Licensing Co. that handles trademark licensing for dozens of schools, the NCAA and various conferences. The suit has expanded to include several former athletes who claim the NCAA and EA Sports used their names and likenesses without compensation and demand the NCAA find a way to give players a cut of the billions of dollars earned from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales and video games.“We are confident in our legal position regarding the use of our trademarks in video games,” the NCAA said. “But given the current business climate and costs of litigation, we determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA.“The NCAA has never licensed the use of current student-athlete names, images or likenesses to EA. The NCAA has no involvement in licenses between EA and former student-athletes,” it said in a statement.Still, the NCAA said its members can seek arrangements with video game manufacturers if they wish.“Member colleges and universities license their own trademarks and other intellectual property for the video game,” the NCAA said. “They will have to independently decide whether to continue those business arrangements in the future.”Michael Hausfeld, the lead attorney on the O’Bannon case, said the NCAA cutting ties with EA could provide greater freedom for EA to make deals with conferences, schools and even players.“No longer would EA have to pretend the avatars are not the likenesses of the real players,” he said. read more

More vehicles recalled for problem Takata air bag inflators that can deploy

Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. are expanding their recalls over problem air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. by another 6.5 million vehicles, including about 81,500 in Canada.Toyota said Wednesday it was recalling nearly five million more vehicles globally to fix an air bag inflator problem while Nissan is recalling an additional 1.56 million vehicles globally for problems related to its Takata inflators.Most of Toyota Canada’s recall involves RAV4s from the 2004 and 2005 model years. It’s recalling 14,570 RAV4s as well as 3,803 Tundras and 606 Sequoias from the 2003-04 model year.Nissan Canada’s recall affects a total of 62,538 Pathfinder, Sentra and X-trail vehicles produced between January 2004 and March 2007.Nissan says that in some areas of high humidity, such as the U.S. Gulf Coast region, the passenger side air bag inflators have already been recalled and will be replaced without testing. In other cases, Nissan dealers will test the inflators and replace them as necessary.Tokyo-based Honda and its Canadian subsidiary, which have previously recalled vehicles because of Takata air bag problems, said Wednesday there hadn’t been a decision yet about expanding their recalls.Even before the latest recalls, 10 automakers recalled more than 17 million cars and trucks in the U.S. and 22 million worldwide because of the Takata air bag problem.The Takata air bag problems began surfacing about a decade ago. Takata uses a different kind of inflator propellant from rivals, ammonium nitrate, which can burn too fast if subjected to prolonged exposure to airborne moisture.In Toyota’s latest recall, the company says the front passenger and front driver-side air bag inflators can deploy abnormally, or rupture, and put a person in a crash at greater risk.This is different from an earlier problem with Takata air bag inflators that deployed with too much force, which has affected a range of automakers including Honda Motor Co., Chrysler, BMW and Ford Motor Co. At least six people have died worldwide due to that defect.NHTSA, the government authority in the U.S., which oversees recall, as well as Takata and the auto industry, have been trying to pinpoint what’s causing the inflator problems.Takata has been fined US$14,000 per day by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since Feb. 20 for allegedly dumping documents on the agency without the legally required explanation of what’s in them. The fines have reached about $1 million. Takata has denied it is not co-operating fully with the investigation.— with a file from The Canadian Press FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, child seats manufactured by Takata Corp. are displayed at a Toyota Motor Corp.’s showroom in Tokyo. Toyota and Nissan Motor Co. are expanding their recalls over problem air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. Toyota said Wednesday, May 13, 2015, it was recalling nearly 5 million more vehicles globally for the air bag inflator problem. Some 637,000 of them in the United States. In Japan, it is recalling nearly 1.4 million vehicles. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File) More vehicles recalled for problem Takata air bag inflators that can deploy abnormally by The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2015 2:38 am MDT Last Updated May 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock grad returning home to give back

George Adjabeng was born in Ghana and lives in the United States. But, he still considers Brock University his home.While he completed his Master’s in Chemistry at Brock, Adjabeng says he learned effective researching and the value of collaboration.The education I received at Brock really prepared me for what I’ve been able to accomplish.“The education I received at Brock really prepared me for what I’ve been able to accomplish,” he says. “It gave me the ability to be innovative and creative.”Adjabeng is at Brock Friday, March 18 to talk to students about his career path and donate a piece of equipment to the Chemistry department.After graduating from the University of the Cape Coast in Ghana, Adjabeng came to Brock to do his Master’s in Chemistry, graduating in 2003. He worked for almost a decade for major pharmaceutical research companies before completing a post-graduate degree at Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Two years ago, he set up his own firm Ecodyst, a unique scientific instrument company in the U.S.His company has the patent for the instrument he’s donating to Brock, the Ecochyll is a refrigeration accessory to rotary evaporators. It keeps the evaporators cool without the need for water or dry ice.“This is my small and humble way of saying thank you to Brock and show my appreciation,” says Adjabeng. “This is a small gesture.”The Echochyll has a retail value of more than $13,300.Adjabeng recalls working in the Brock labs with fellow students and professors. He’s never forgotten the spirit of collaboration and camaraderie.“The professors take a really serious interest in seeing their students succeed,” he says.Adjabeng is working with International Student Services to present the career talk as a way to give back for the help they offered him when he came to Canada to study at Brock.“That help was instrumental in making my international student experience a positive one,” he said. “I felt at home at Brock University.”Adjabeng will give his talk from 3-4 p.m. in TH253. To register visit http://brocku.ca/international-services/student-services read more

Veszprem and Kielce staying in Europe – Medvedi out

5. Chekhovskie Medvedi10343291:276(15)10 2. MKB Veszprém KC10604266:266(0)12 1. BM Atletico Madrid10721318:285(33)16 Final Day in the Group C was decisive for the TOP 16 qualification. Vive Targi Kielce played very tought match with Chekhovskie Medvedi 26:26 and celebrate on the end, while MKB Veszprem (Atletico Madrid 28:27)  and Fuchse Berlin (BSV Silkeborg 28:27). ← Previous Story Men’s EHF CL (Round 10): “Matches of the Year” in Veszprem and Kielce! Next Story → Medvedi lost TOP 16 place in Kielce, Maximov: Referees stopped us” 4. Füchse Berlin10514296:292(4)11 6. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg100010253:315(-62)0 3. KS Vive Targi Kielce10514295:285(10)11 read more

Median gross base salary for UK entry level roles is £26000

first_imgThe median gross base salary for entry level professionals in the UK is £26,000 a year, according to research by Willis Towers Watson.Its Global 50 Remuneration Planning Report, which collates pay and benefits information for 50 positions across 60 countries worldwide, found that the UK’s median gross entry level base salary ranks 14th out of the top 20 European economies.Switzerland, on the other hand, reports a median gross base salary of £68,959 for its entry level professionals. This is followed by Denmark, where entry level professionals have a median gross base salary of £45,194, and Norway, which offers its entry level staff a median gross base salary of £42,822. Poland pays its entry level professionals the least, according to the research, with a median gross base salary of £11,628.The median gross base salary for middle managers in the UK is £69,480, which ranks 10th out of the top 20 European economies. Switzerland tops this list, paying middle managers a median gross base salary of £125,890, followed by Germany (£85,261), Denmark (£85,038) and Luxembourg (£82,540). The research found that Slovakia pays its middle managers the least, with a median gross base salary of £35,239. Poland (£37,011) and the Czech Republic (£38,899) also feature at the bottom of the list.When the median gross base salary is adjusted for purchasing power parity, which reflects the tax burden and cost of living across the respective countries, the UK ranks eighth for entry level employees, offering £29,739. It ranks fourth for middle managers, with a median relative buying power of £57,129.Switzerland has a median relative buying power total for entry level professions of £47,202, and £77,963 for middle managers. This places it highest for both among the top 20 European economies. Luxembourg comes second, with median relative buying power figures of £44,011 for entry level staff and £73,876 for middle managers, while Germany is third, with £36,511 and £66,615 respectively.Slovakia places last for median relative buying power, as entry level professionals have £13,587 and middle managers have £33,465.Tom Hellier, UK practice lead, rewards at Willis Towers Watson, says: “Although dependent on prevailing exchange rates, this data shows that from a cost perspective the UK remains relatively attractive for business compared with European peers. However, staying open to talented [employees] with fast-growing emerging economies will be critical to realising the UK’s long-term growth potential, and employers also need to be mindful of the total package; for example in some countries such as the UK, annual bonuses play a more prominent role in addition to base pay.“Increasing competition for talent, amplified by medium-term uncertainty from Brexit, highlights the need for organisations to position themselves as an employer of choice and look at the overall perceived value of their offer. Enhancing the non-financial aspects of the deal, such as career-advancement opportunities, learning and development programmes and flexible work arrangements are key to improving retention and ensuring [organisations] remain competitive across the region.”last_img read more

SR 826 northbound ramp reopens after tractor trailer rollover

first_imgMEDLEY, Fla. (WSVN) — A tractor trailer rollover crash forced officials to close the State Road 826 northbound ramp in Medley for hours, Monday.Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene, at around 4 p.m., shortly after the tractor trailer rolled over on the ramp from Northwest 74th Street to the northbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway.The wreck caused traffic backups during rush hour. The northbound ramp has since reopened.No one was injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

State lawmaker introduces bill to offer free college tuition for Florida residents

first_imgTALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WSVN) – A new bill filed in Florida’s House of Representatives would provide free college tuition to thousands of students, as long as they agree to live and work in the Sunshine State after graduation.Rep. Shevrin Jones, a Democrat from West Park, filed House Bill 181, which would establish the Sunshine Scholarship Program. The proposal would cover 100 percent of tuition for public colleges and universities in the state for in-state residents whose annual household income is under $125,000.The student must enroll in at least 30 credit hours per academic year, and will have to live and work in Florida for the same amount of time they received funds from the program. They must also maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average.If passed, the program would pay for 120 credit hours for bachelor’s degrees, or 72 credit hours for associate’s degrees. It would go into effect in July of 2018.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Meghan Markle humiliates Kate Middleton in Chelsea Flower Show despite royal intervention

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England.Photo by Clive Mason/Getty ImagesFollowing the news of the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from Kensington Palace, there have been many reports that suggested that tension has developed between both the Duchesses.And going by the recent event, it is clearly evident that the two sisters-in-law are not on the same page. Both backed different gardens at the annual event. Kate has designed her own nature-themed garden, while the Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry opted to support an African-styled entry.Meghan’s entry looks at the ecological African culture and is already a firm favourite among gardeners. Julie Miller, who hosts ‘In the Limelight’ for Vanity Fair, said this put Kate’s in the shade. She further said, “If I was Kate I’d be humiliated they went down this route. I would be angry they hadn’t swapped notes before.” Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesKate’s garden features a treehouse, a waterfall, wild strawberries and a campfire where children can toast marshmallows. Elsewhere, Meghan’s garden features a breeze-block school house surrounded by crops that girls can learn to grow, such as peanuts and okra, as well as solar panels and smart irrigation system.Megan’s garden is run by Camfed, an organisation which is trying to eradicate poverty in Africa through the education and empowerment of girls and young women. Kensington Palace has already stopped Meghan and Harry from overshadowing Kate’s garden by forbidding Camfed to use a photograph of Harry for the publicity of the garden.As a royal biographer, Sally Befell Smith puts the character of the two duchesses by comparing their gardens. “They’re two very, very different women, with different backgrounds, different interests, temperaments, and personalities.”last_img read more

Research trio suggest lowrelief mountain surfaces due to river network disruption

first_img Geologists discover ancient buried canyon in South Tibet Citation: Research trio suggest low-relief mountain surfaces due to river network disruption (2015, April 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-trio-low-relief-mountain-surfaces-due.html More information: In situ low-relief landscape formation as a result of river network disruption, Nature 520, 526–529 (23 April 2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14354AbstractLandscapes on Earth retain a record of the tectonic, environmental and climatic history under which they formed. Landscapes tend towards an equilibrium in which rivers attain a stable grade that balances the tectonic production of elevation and with hillslopes that attain a gradient steep enough to transport material to river channels. Equilibrium low-relief surfaces are typically found at low elevations, graded to sea level. However, there are many examples of high-elevation, low-relief surfaces, often referred to as relict landscapes, or as elevated peneplains. These do not grade to sea level and are typically interpreted as uplifted old landscapes, preserving former, more moderate tectonic conditions. Here we test this model of landscape evolution through digital topographic analysis of a set of purportedly relict landscapes on the southeastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau, one of the most geographically complex, climatically varied and biologically diverse regions of the world. We find that, in contrast to theory, the purported surfaces are not consistent with progressive establishment of a new, steeper, river grade, and therefore they cannot necessarily be interpreted as a remnant of an old, low relief surface. We propose an alternative model, supported by numerical experiments, in which tectonic deformation has disrupted the regional river network, leaving remnants of it isolated and starved of drainage area and thus unable to balance tectonic uplift. The implication is that the state of low relief with low erosion rate is developing in situ, rather than preserving past erosional conditions.Press release (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers, two with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the other with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, claim to have found evidence that suggests low-relief mountain surfaces are due to river disruption, not tectonic uplift. In their paper published in the journal Nature, Rong Yang, Sean Willett and Liran Goren describe how they showed that a portion of the Tibetan Plateau likely did not come about due to tectonic uplift and instead suggest an alternative explanation. Jérôme Lavé with Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques in Rome offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the trio in the same journal issue. This beautiful scenery in Yunnan Province, China, at 3000 m asl is not likely a time capsule that preserved a relict lowland landscape. It must have formed over million of years in situ. Credit: Giuditta Fellin / ETH Zurich For many years geologists have puzzled over flat plains that exist at high altitude in mountain ranges. Common sense suggests mountains should be jagged, especially those that formed due to pressure between the Earth’s plates. Over the years, a grudging consensus has been reached—the flat plains must have got to where they are by simple uplifting—whole sections of flat earth were pushed up intact, along with the other parts of the mountain as plates collided. This idea has not been wholly embraced of course, because in many ways it seems to defy logic. In this new effort, the three researchers started out as skeptics, in looking at a part of the Tibetan Plateau known as the “Three Rivers Region”—where the Yangtze, Mekong and Salween rivers incise the plain, they could not find a way to simulate the area being uplifted, so they began to look for another explanation. To do that, they input geologic data that describes the area into a model, one that took into account the unexpectedly shallow tributaries in some parts of the Plateau and also others that were steeper—evidence, they suggest, of recent drainage.The model the trio came up with shows that the Plateau came about due to a reorganization of the river network after uplift, because parts of them became isolated. Subsequent erosion of the resultant landscape led to the flat terrain as it can be seen today. Lavé allows that the model does show what the trio suggest, but also notes that it does not seem to work as well when shifting the focus farther north in the region. He suggests future modeling should take into consideration the new findings, however, as it appears the research trio have come up with a new way of thinking about low-relief mountain surface formation.center_img Explore further © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | September 29, 2010 First Breast Cancer Patient to Receive Treatment Using Gated RapidArc Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more September 29, 2010 — A 51-year-old breast cancer patient from Switzerland has become the first person in the world to be treated using Gated RapidArc, which makes it possible to monitor patient breathing and compensate for tumor motion while quickly delivering radiotherapy during a continuous rotation around the patient. This development from Varian Medical Systems enables the use of RapidArc radiotherapy technology in combination with respiratory gating – a process of turning the beam on and off in synchrony with the patient’s breathing. This technique increases the precision of treatment delivery by compensating for tumor motion.The treatment took place at the Istituto Oncologico della Svizzera Italiana (IOSI) radiation oncology unit in Bellinzona, a public comprehensive cancer center serving 330,000 inhabitants in southern Switzerland and part of Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale at San Giovanni Hospital.Dr. Giorgia Nicolini, medical physicist at IOSI, said, “This is a very fast and straightforward procedure for the patient, who doesn’t speak the local language, Italian, but in any case has found it very easy to follow instructions for gating. She has been fully cooperative, and the part of the treatment time taken up by breathing management is decreasing after the first sessions. She also appreciates having to spend less time on the treatment couch.”The hospital has used breath-hold gating as part of the treatment procedure for all left breast cancer patients since 2005 to better spare the heart and lung from exposure during radiotherapy treatment. Prior to Gated RapidArc, conventional seven-field gated intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatments would have taken 15 minutes to deliver. Using two-arc Gated RapidArc, the treatment is concluded in around four minutes.Dr. Nicolini said clinicians at IOSI compared RapidArc and IMRT treatment plans for the patient and decided RapidArc offered the better opportunity to spare nearby organs from exposure and target the tumor. “The use of two partial arcs enables us to shape a better dose distribution and do a better job of sparing the opposite breast,” said Antonella Richetti, M.D., head of the IOSI Radiation Oncology Department. In addition, RapidArc enabled the dose to be delivered using fewer than half the dose monitor units needed for an equivalent conventional seven-field IMRT treatment.“We are now using Gated RapidArc to treat all left-sided breast cancer patients when there is a need to include the supraclavicolar and/or internal mammary chain lymph nodes, or when chest wall anatomy will affect the dose to organs we want to protect,” said Dr. Nicolini. “We are also planning to use the technique for lung and other thoracic and abdominal tumors when suitable.”Gated RapidArc is a standard feature on the new TrueBeam system and is available as an option or upgrade on the Trilogy and Clinac iX accelerators from Varian.For more information: www.varian.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read morelast_img read more

Urban flocks Part 1 5 common birds of San José

first_img The clay-colored thrush can be distinguished from similar brown birds by its red iris and pale yellowish bill. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)Clay-colored Thrush (Turdus grayi)Spanish & Costa Rican local names: Mirlo Pardo, YigüirroThis drab species (formerly known as clay-colored robin) doesn’t seem like the obvious choice for Costa Rica’s national bird, but it was chosen for its song, not its looks. According to local lore, the Yigüirro “calls the rain” just before the rainy season, with its long, wandering song:The clay-colored thrush is often seen hopping on the ground, as it forages actively for invertebrates. It belongs to the Turdidae family, which includes thrushes, robins, solitaires, and others. In good light, the blue-gray tanager’s plumage shows striking shades of blue, but in low light it tends to look dull gray overall. (Courtesy of Andy Morffew/Flickr)Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupus episcopus)Spanish & Costa Rican local names: Tangara Azuleja, Viudita, ViudaTanagers are among the most colorful birds in the neotropics, and this species is no exception. Blue-gray tanagers prefer open and semi-open areas, and are commonly found along roads and in urban parks and gardens. They are monogamous, and typically travel in pairs (sometimes forming small flocks) year-round. They eat berries and other fruits and also forage for arthropods. They belong to the Thraupidae family. A group of male great-tailed grackles points skyward during a breeding display. Males look black, but actually have an glossy purple sheen, while females (not pictured) are duller brown overall.  (Courtesy of Joyce Cory/Flickr)Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)Spanish & Costa Rican local names:  Clarinero, Zanate Grande, SanateFew birds can match the attitude of the great-tailed grackle, which can be seen strutting around parks and plazas throughout Costa Rica, flashing its piercing yellow eyes and trailing a giant V-shaped tail. Grackles are highly intelligent (many have been observed stealing dog food and soaking it in water to soften it), and are considered pests in some parts of the world where their populations have expanded rapidly. Grackles belong to the Icteridae family, along with orioles and blackbirds. They produce a variety of bizarre sounds: Inca doves have a scaled pattern and black bill, and are significantly smaller than common city pigeons. (Courtesy of Sebastian Wallroth/Wikimedia Commons)Inca Dove (Columbina inca)Spanish & Costa Rican local names: Tortolita Colilarga, San Juan, TórtolaThese tiny doves can often be seen walking on the ground in pairs or small groups, foraging for seeds. As if their mutual preening weren’t cute enough (see video), they also engage in “pyramid roosting,” wherein as many as 12 birds will pile up 3 layers high to sleep. Inca doves belong to the Columbidae family, along with pigeons. Related posts:Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José Urban flocks (Part 2): 5 more common birds of San José Grab your binoculars: It’s Christmas Bird Count season in Costa Rica! Urban flocks (Part 2): 5 more common birds of San José * All Spanish and local species names are taken from the Asociación Ornitológica de Costa Rica.Check out other “Into the Wild” columns here.Robin Kazmier is general manager of The Tico Times Publications Group, editor of various field guides and natural history books, and author of the forthcoming National Parks of Costa Rica (with photographer Greg Basco). She lives in San José. “Into the Wild” is published monthly – stay tuned for the second installment in this guide to city birds. Facebook Commentscenter_img The Tico Times is pleased to welcome Robin Kazmier, the general manager of our Publications Group, into an additional role: at the helm of  “Into the Wild,” the monthly wildlife column written by Lindsay Fendt over the past year. This column will continue to explore all kinds of species found in Costa Rica, but with an emphasis on birds for the next few months.Despite the best efforts of many a telescope-wielding nature guide, I fell in love with birds while sitting at my desk in San José, editing a field guide to the birds of Costa Rica in my previous job. As it turns out, birding is the nature-lover’s antidote to living in the city, because birds are everywhere. And the ones you see while sitting in traffic are no less amazing than those deep in the rain forest.So, if you find yourself in a jungle of the concrete variety, here’s a quick introduction to some of the most common birds of San José (and many other urban areas of Costa Rica). This is the first in a two-part series. The great kiskadee has several lookalikes in Costa Rica, but is distinguished by its large size, rufous (reddish-brown) tint to its wings and tail, and white “eyebrows” that join on the back of its head. (Courtesy of Andy Morffew/Wikimedia Commons)Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)Spanish & Costa Rican local names: Bienteveo Grande, Cristo Fue, Pecho Amarillo*The great kiskadee is a raucous bird whose name is derived from its call in both English (“KIS-ka-DEE”) and Spanish (“bien-te-veo”). Here’s what a group of great kiskadees sounds like:Great kiskadees are common in gardens and open areas throughout the country; in San José they perch in trees and on utility wires, and make an enormous amount of noise. They belong to the tyrant flycatcher family (Tyrannidae).last_img read more

The Housing Freeze Is Weather Really to Blame

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News The Housing Freeze: Is Weather Really to Blame? Home Sales Housing Starts Trulia 2014-02-18 Tory Barringer As the year kicks off to a mediocre start for housing, two camps have emerged: those who say trends indicate a sour turn for the housing market, and those who are more apt to dismiss the worst news as an effect of the last few months’ harsh weather. With major reports on construction and sales data on the way, Trulia chief economist Jed Kolko looked at historical patterns to determine—how much has the weather really influenced housing numbers?Reasoning that “polar vortex” will be the first words on many commentators’ lips should the latest round of data prove disappointing, Kolko calculated the historical relationship between “abnormal” weather and monthly changes in five areas of housing activity: construction starts, permits, new home sales, existing-home sales, and pending home sales.His findings?“Applying the historical patterns to last month’s actual temperature and precipitation shows that January weather probably contributed to a small decline in all five housing activities,” he said. “The January month-over-month housing data coming out in the next two weeks should be 1-2 percent lower than it would have been if last month’s weather had been in line with January norms.”Kolko’s conclusion breaks down to three points:While last month was cold, it was only a few degrees below the historical norm in many areas around the country. “In fact, the Midwest had a slightly colder January in 2009, and the Northeast had colder Januaries in 2003, 2004, and 2009, too,” he said.Temperature isn’t the only factor to consider—precipitation affects housing activity, and all four of the country’s regions ranged from dry to normal throughout the month.The weather was harshest in the Midwest and the Northeast, the two regions that account for the smallest amount of housing activity, while the South and West remained relatively unaffected. “The impact of January’s weather on starts should be most negative in the Northeast and Midwest, so if starts decline most in the South and West, then weather’s not the culprit,” Kolko said.Because of these factors, the economist says that while small declines in housing metrics may reflect the effects of winter storms, any losses beyond a few percentage points may indicate other factors at play.“January’s polar vortex should knock construction and home sales activity down, but only by 1-2 percent,” he concluded. “If sales, starts, or permits drop by more than that, don’t just blame the weather.”center_img February 18, 2014 465 Views Sharelast_img read more

Busy year for Cyprus energy prospects

first_imgCyprus’ energy agenda in 2016 will be extensive, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Monday.Within a few weeks, he told reporters, the entry of British Gas (BG) into the Block 12 consortium should be completed.In late November, BG Group announced it acquired a 35 per cent stake in the block following an agreement with concession holder and operator Noble Energy. The agreement is subject to government approval.Lakkotrypis said a number of developments should be expected vis a vis exploration for hydrocarbons.“We are hoping for at least one drill [in 2016], but also exploration activities by the other companies which hold concessions [in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone].”On the tripartite meeting between Cyprus, Israel and Greece – the first at the level of heads of state – to be held in Nicosia on January 28, the minister said the Presidential Palace was currently drafting the agenda.“It is very important to promote geopolitically our bilateral and trilateral meetings, perhaps even four-way meetings,” Lakkotrypis noted.Asked if he was alluding to Jordan as the potential fourth party, he declined to elaborate.“Let us not jump the gun. We have ahead of us a very important trilateral, between Cyprus, Greece and Israel, and from there on an effort will be made to expand it,” he noted.The first trilateral political consultations at the foreign ministry level were held in Athens on November 12 , 2014. The three parties focused on the prospects for cooperation in the fields of energy development, immigration, combating terrorism, tourism, the environment, water management, and research and technology.The January 28 tripartite will be held just as Israel and Turkey are initiating talks to normalise their relations, after the two countries fell out over the deadly storming by Israeli commandos in 2010 of a Turkish aid ship, the Mavi Marmara, bound for Gaza. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more