first_imgImpath Networks Canada Corporation is the latest company to join Nova Scotia’s growing high-tech sector. The Ottawa-based developer of video surveillance solutions is expanding its headquarters to Halifax. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), worked to secure Impath Network’s head office relocation and is investing $2 million as the company expands in Nova Scotia. “Impath Networks recognizes the value of doing business in Nova Scotia,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Economic Development. “The company’s move and expansion in Halifax demonstrates that our innovative province is the ideal location for world-class research and development.” The company is a provider of video surveillance solutions for markets including transportation systems, bridges and tunnels, government and military facilities, airports and seaports, city centres, border crossings, and correctional facilities. “Our move to Halifax will enable Impath Networks to build and promote research and development in Nova Scotia,” said Carlo Shimoon, CEO of Impath. “Nova Scotia’s thriving high-tech sector offers more opportunities to grow our business.” NSBI Venture Capital, a division of NSBI, works closely with companies, providing capital, strategic direction, and advice to support growth in the province. “NSBI Venture Capital is all about helping businesses in Nova Scotia reach their next level of growth, and we help leverage additional investment,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “With GrowthWorks also at the table, our co-investment in Impath is a great example of just the kind of partnership NSBI is proud to help grow.” GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund is also investing $1 million to support Impath Networks. “One of the key focuses for us when choosing to make an investment in a company is the management team,” says Tom Hayes, president and CEO of GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund. “Along with great technology, Impath brings a solid management team which we believe can really drive the growth of this company.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services. NSBI Venture Capital is a mid to late-stage investor focusing on Nova Scotia businesses in five key sectors: information and communications technology, defence and aerospace, energy, advanced manufacturing, and life sciences. More information on NSBI Venture Capital is available on the website at .last_img read more

A senior UN official, who had just returned from Herat, told reporters in Islamabad today that he had been struck by the changed situation in the city. “Despite great poverty, things are looking up,” said Antonio Donini, the UN’s Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan. “The people seem to be comfortable with the new authorities and there is a sense of optimism in the air.” As of tomorrow, he added, there will be 23 international UN staff in Herat and foreign staff of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were also beginning to return.The situation in the camps for displaced persons seemed to be under control, as there had been no disruption of food aid to the camps since 11 September, Mr. Donini said. Moreover, large amounts of life saving non-food items were coming in from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). “While conditions in the camps in Herat are well below international standards, people will have enough food, warm clothes, blankets and shelters to survive the winter,” he said.Meanwhile with the changing events in Kandahar over the past 24 hours, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it hoped it would soon be able to start moving supplies into the city as soon as security conditions on the ground permitted.”WFP is extremely concerned about 238,000 people living in the city of Kandahar and its surrounding areas that we have not been able to reach since September due to the insecurity there,” said spokesman Lindsey Davies. “As soon as the situation stabilizes in Kandahar and the road from Quetta to the city is safe enough – so the truckers feel confident to move along it – we are ready to move in.”The spokesman said the agency had plenty of food stocks in Quetta to feed the people in the Kandahar region, and that its trucks and staff were on standby.In other news, the UN Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees, Kamal Morjane, met with Pakistani officials today to brief them on the agency’s voluntary repatriation plan for Afghans. Mr. Morjane, who arrived in Islamabad on Thursday, also requested the government’s continued engagement in working jointly with UNHCR in assisting the returns of refugees.For his part, the Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Northern Areas and States & Frontier Regions, Abbas Sarfraz Khan, re-assured Mr. Morjane that added security would be provided to UNHCR staff, following an attack last Tuesday. read more

by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press Posted Oct 22, 2013 5:32 am MDT Tobacco company Reynolds American 3Q profit up 9 per cent on higher prices, lower legal costs RICHMOND, Va. – Reynolds American’s third-quarter profit rose about 9 per cent as higher prices and lower expenses from a legal settlement offset a decline in cigarette sales.The nation’s second-biggest tobacco company owns the Camel and Pall Mall brands. Reynolds American Inc. and other tobacco companies are also focusing on cigarette alternatives such as snuff, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes as tax hikes, smoking bans, health concerns and social stigma make the cigarette business tougher.CEO Dan Delen said the company made progress in a highly competitive marketplace and a tough economic environment.Its financial results matched Wall Street estimates. But its shares slipped 91 cents, or 1.8 per cent, to $49.90 in midday trading.Reynolds earned $457 million, or 84 cents per share, for the quarter ended September 30, up from $420 million, or 74 cents per share, a year ago. Adjusted earnings were 86 cents per share, matching Wall Street expectations, according to FactSet. That excludes a benefit from credits for disputed payments under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement in which some cigarette makers are paying states for smoking-related health care costs.Its revenue, excluding excise taxes, increased about 1 per cent to $2.14 billion, also matching expectations.The number of cigarettes sold by its R.J. Reynolds Tobacco subsidiary fell about 4 per cent during the quarter to 16.7 billion. When adjusting for trade inventory changes, the company estimates that industry cigarette volumes fell 3.5 per cent.Volumes for Camel rose 4 per cent and volumes for Pall Mall fell more than 2 per cent. The brands now account for almost 70 per cent of the company’s total cigarette volume. Shipments of its other brands, which include Winston, Kool, Doral and Salem, fell about 13 per cent.Camel’s market share increased 0.4 percentage points to 8.9 per cent of the U.S. market, while Pall Mall’s market share grew 0.3 percentage points to 8.9 per cent. The company has promoted Pall Mall as a longer-lasting and more affordable cigarette as smokers weather the weak economy and high unemployment.The number of Natural American Spirit cigarettes it sold grew nearly 22 per cent to about 1 billion cigarettes.Volume for its smokeless tobacco brands that include Grizzly and Kodiak rose 7 per cent compared with a year ago. The brands had a 33.4 per cent share of the U.S. retail market, which is tiny compared with cigarettes.The company launched a revamped version of its Vuse-brand electronic cigarette in Colorado in July, with its sights set on expanding nationally. In a conference call with investors, Delen said early results of the test market are “significantly exceeding expectations,” with the brand taking market-leading position in the state and seeing high levels of repeat purchase.It’s also moving ahead with its nicotine gum under the Zonnic brand, which is meant to help people stop smoking. In 2009, Reynolds bought the Swedish company Niconovum AB, which makes nicotine gum, pouches and spray products.Reynolds on Tuesday narrowed its adjusted profit outlook for the year to between $3.17 and $3.27 per share. Analysts expect $3.24 per share.___Michael Felberbaum can be reached at . AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mrs Challen was able to appeal her murder conviction following a change in the law in 2015 which recognised psychological manipulation, or coercive control, as a form of domestic abuse and a crime.Judges ruled that new evidence from a psychiatrist that she was suffering from two mental disorders at the time of the killing undermined the safety of her conviction.Her murder conviction was quashed following a psychiatric report which concluded she was suffering from an “adjustment disorder” at the time of the killing, the lesser charge of manslaughter was yesterday accepted by the CPS.Mrs Challen, a former Police Federation office manager, who has been on bail since April, has always denied murdering the car dealer, but was convicted following a trial and sentenced to 22 years behind bars. Her sentence was later reduced by four years on appeal.Mrs Challen was released on conditional bail in April almost ten years after she was sentenced for his murder at Guildford Crown Court in 2011. A mother who bludgeoned her abusive husband to death in a hammer attack has revealed that she “still loves him” after walking free from court.Georgina Challen, known as Sally, 65, said she killed 61-year-old Richard Challen in the kitchen of their Surrey home in August 2010 after decades of being coerced and humiliated by him. She had been in prison for almost a decade.However, following a string of unprecedented legal wranglings at the country’s highest courts, Mrs Challen finally walked out of the Old Bailey as a free woman after Mr Justice Edis sentenced her to nine years and four months in jail – time she has already served in custody.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today accepted her plea of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.“I still love Richard and I wish that none of this had happened,” she said in an emotional press conference, flanked by her family, legal team and the Justice for Women campaign group.She described her ordeal as a “long road” and said that her family “served my sentence with me”, adding: “Many other women who are victims of abuse and violence are in prison today serving life sentences, and I know this because I have met them. “I’ve had therapy to try and explain it. Five years of therapy. “Richard was a salesman and he could charm birds out of trees. He’d done sales all his life. I met Richard when I was 15 and he was 21.”The court heard the description of their relationship, was summed up by one of Mrs Challen’s relatives, as: “Richard pulled the strings, and Sally danced.”Mrs Challen, who described herself in police interviews as being made to feel like “a meek little mouse”, and her husband had been married for 31 years when she “flipped”, pulled a hammer from her handbag and hit him over the head 20 times in the kitchen of their £1million Surrey home on 14 August 2010. He had been unfaithful to her for years while manipulating and controlling her.She had an abortion aged just 17, and after discovering he was cheating on her, took an overdose which left her hospitalised. After approaching her husband from behind while he ate lunch, she battered him with a hammer  before driving Beachy Head, a notorious suicide sport in East Sussex, where she told a chaplain who arrived as part of an intervention team: “I killed him with a hammer. I hit him lots of times. If I can’t have him, no-one can.”She had appeared in the dock for the hearing at the Old Bailey today, overlooked by her sons David, 31, and James Challen, 35, other relatives and a public gallery packed with women’s rights campaigners.When Mr Justice Edis announced that he was going to impose a substantial custodial sentence – which she had already served – there were cheers from spectators. Show more “They have suffered abuse and other miscarriages of justice and should be serving sentences for manslaughter and not murder.”A tearful Mrs Challen, who still wears her wedding ring, later told The Telegraph:  “I loved the ideal of Richard if that makes sense. I suppose it doesn’t make sense She had to buy her own wedding ring, he posed on a Ferrari next to top models and had the photo made into a Christmas card sent to their mutual friends and he made “humiliating comments” about her weight and criticised her “at all turns”. It was only when she saw a news item about a brothel she believed her husband frequented having trafficked women inside that she resolved to leave him in 2009.However she always returned because, the court heard, “she had no identity of her own”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_img When the @nzherald uses a picture of Ryan Dunn instead of a fallen solder. #rip #ballsup— Mike Bickers (@like_a_sheep_) July 28, 2014 Source: NZ HeraldCurrie also wrote that he has spoken to the the family of Boyland and said that they have been “remarkably forgiving” in the circumstances.Read: The Sun criticised for ‘irresponsible’ front page of boy with ‘devil mark’ >Read: ASAI rules that Paddy Power’s controversial Oscar Pistorius ad WAS offensive > Our apologies to Guy Boyland’s family for the wrong photo on this morning’s lead story.— nzherald (@nzherald) July 27, 2014 Source: nzherald/Twitter Source: Mike Bickers/Twittercenter_img The incorrect pictures were used both in print and online versions with editor Shane Currie explaining in an apology that they were taken from Boyland’s Facebooke page by mistake: Guy Boyland was a fan of comedian Ryan Dunn and had posted the photo we used on his Facebook page when the comedian died in 2011. The New Zealand Herald incorrectly sourced the image of Ryan Dunn from Guy’s page, along with several other images, believing them to be of Guy. A NEW ZEALAND NEWSPAPER has apologised after it published a photograph of the deceased Jackass star Ryan Dunn in place a photograph of a dead Israeli soldier.The New Zealand Herald’s lead story on Monday,  ’Kiwi killed in Gaza’, was about the death of soldier Guy Boyland who’s mother is Israeli and father is a New Zealander.The paper however used a photograph of Dunn, who died in a car crash in 2011 instead of that of Boyland.Later that day it was forced to “apologise unreservedly” to Boyland’s family and friends after the paper was made aware of their error.last_img read more

first_imgPersonally I have never been a fan of Google Chrome, preferring Firefox and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (well, when I am forced to use it by some 3rd party software).However, it seems that January was a good month for the search engine giant as its Chrome browser took 10 percent of the market share, which in turn helped Safari and Firefox close the gap over the domination of Internet Explorer.AdChoices广告The latter has seen a 4 percent drop in the last 10 months (resulting in a low of 56 percent of the browser market), but as Firefox has not been able to capitalize on this downfall this has left the smaller browsers, such as Chrome, to take a nice slice of the proverbial pie.Mind you, with FireFox 4 due out later this month (along with some new nifty features such as tabs that can reside in the Windows title bar and support for IndexedDB, Google’s success could be short-lived.Read more at Infoworldlast_img read more

first_imgDes chercheurs se penchent sur le mystère des taches de caféPour quelle raison les taches de café marquent-elles d’une auréole les tables sur lesquelles elles se renversent ? C’est en cherchant à répondre à cette question que des scientifiques américains espèrent trouver des moyens d’obtenir des encres ou des peintures s’étalant de façon uniforme.Constat de base : lorsqu’une goutte de café macule une surface, une fois le liquide évaporé, il reste une auréole brun foncé sur le pourtour. C’est en partant de cette observation que des chercheurs de l’université de Pennsylvanie ont compris que la forme des particules en suspension dans le café (comme dans tous les autres liquides d’ailleurs) joue un rôle déterminant dans leur accumulation sur les bords d’une tache.Celles du café sont sphériques et elles vont s’accumuler à la périphérie de la trace et y rester, produisant la fameuse auréole. “Mais si on change la forme des particules en solution, l’effet auréole de café disparaît et on obtient une couche uniforme”, explique Peter Yunker, principal auteur de l’étude publiée mercredi dans la revue Nature. Ainsi, des particules possédant une forme allongée ou ellipsoïdale se comportent différemment des rondes. En effet, elles ne subissent pas de la même façon la tension de surface à l’interface entre air et liquide, ce qui est observable par tout un chacun avec le bol du petit déjeuner comportant de légers flocons de céréales. “S’il n’en reste que quelques uns, ils vont s’agglomérer au milieu du bol, à cause de la tension de surface du lait”, précise le chercheur et c’est cette tendance à s’agglomérer qui modifie la façon dont les particules se répartissent au sein de la tache.Une découverte utile pour les encres et peintures À lire aussiUn sanctuaire romain aux magnifiques peintures découvert à PompéiLorsque des particules de forme allongée atteignent le bord d’une goutte de café, elles ne s’y accumulent pas de façon aussi dense que le font les particules sphériques. Une fois l’évaporation terminée, toute la surface peut être recouverte de façon uniforme par le dépôt. Les chercheurs ont donc cherché à ajouter des particules ellipsoïdales à une solution afin d’obtenir des encres d’imprimante, des peintures ou d’autres produits se répartissant de façon parfaitement uniforme en laissant un mince film sur une surface.”Dans certains cas, il suffit d’une petite quantité d’ellipsoïdes pour changer la façon dont les particules se déposent quand elles sèchent”, relève dans un communiqué Arjun Yodh, responsable du groupe de chercheurs. Une vidéo diffusée sur YouTube par l’université de Pennsylvanie permet de visualiser l’effet auréole de café et les moyens de l’éviter, rapporte par ailleurs TV5monde.Le 18 août 2011 à 16:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgCLEVELAND — A cracked window forced a Southwest Airlines plane heading from Chicago to New Jersey to land in Cleveland on Wednesday, just two weeks after a jet engine blew apart and broke a window in a deadly accident aboard another Southwest flight.There were no reports of injuries after Flight 957 landed safely after making an abrupt turn toward Cleveland while over Lake Erie, according to tracking data from of the 76 passengers told The Associated Press said that they heard popping and those sitting near the window moved away quickly. They said the plane’s crew handled the situation smoothly.Dallas-based Southwest said that the plane was diverted to examine damage to one of the three layers in the window, but didn’t immediately release details on how it was broken. Photos taken by passengers and posted on social media showed one window with a large, jagged crack.Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Brandy King said that the plane never lost cabin pressure — that would have triggered oxygen masks to drop down for passengers — and that the pilots did not declare an emergency before landing.last_img read more

first_imgSALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a wanted man was injured after firing at police officers during a search of his house in Salem.Salem police Lt. Jim Anglemier says police officers were responding to a call of a man carrying a rifle after a fight Thursday night. When officers arrived, the man dropped the rifle and fled on foot.They determined the man who fled as 41-year-old Ricky Wayne Lewis Jr., who was wanted for possession of Methamphetamine.Officers were able to track down the man at his house and obtained a search warrant. When officers were searching the house, shots were fired.Anglemier says officers shot back and hit Lewis, who sustained non-life threatening injuries.last_img

first_imgWorld-Tourism-DayThe World Tourism Day is being observed in the country on Wednesday as elsewhere across the globe with the theme ‘Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development’.A daylong colourful festival and musical show are set to be held at Rabindra Sarabor, one of the capital’s popular cultural hubs, to mark the day.Aviation and Tourism Journalists’ Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB), a platform of journalists covering aviation and tourism affairs, with the support from Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) is organising the festival titled ‘Tourism Fest 2017’.Different organisations are expected to showcase various tourism-related products and activities at the venue from morning while a discussion on this year’s theme of sustainable tourism will be held at 3:30 pm.Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon, information minister Hasanul Haq Inu and home affairs minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal are expected to attend the discussion.In the afternoon, a live musical show is scheduled to be staged where popular folk band Joler Gaan along with other traditional solo singers will perform.Besides, tribal and traditional dance performances are also included in the festival itinerary.In Chittagong, a rally was held in the port city this morning to mark the World Tourism Day.Addressing a press conference, H M Hakim Ali, CEO Hotel Agrabad and president of Bangladesh International Hotel Association (BIHA), on Tuesday said proper planning needed to develop tourism in Chittagong as it was blessed with a huge potential for tourism.The present government has given emphasis on the tourism industry and allocated a considerable amount for the development of the sector, said Ali adding that the tourism sector could play a vital role through promoting brotherhood among the people in this strife-torn world.Apart from bringing out the rally, Hotel Agrabad is set to arrange an art competition for children and Bangla & Sri Lankan Food Festival from 27 to 28 September marking the day.last_img read more

first_imgMaldives` former president Mohamed Nasheed speaks during a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 22 January, 2018. Photo: ReutersThe declaration of a state of emergency in the Maldives and arrest of two senior judges prompted an exiled former president to ask India on Tuesday to send an envoy backed by military to free political prisoners on the tiny Indian Ocean archipelago. Following is background to the crisis engulfing the overwhelmingly Muslim nation of 400,000 people, whose faraway islands are best known as a luxury holiday destination.KEY FIGURESPresident Abdulla Yameen declared the state of emergency on 5 Feb, having defied a shock ruling from the Supreme Court that quashed convictions ranging from terrorism to corruption and ordered the release of nine leading opposition figures, on grounds that the cases against them were politically tainted.Yameen came to power in 2013 after winning an election the opposition said was rigged. Critics accuse his government of imprisoning opponents, curbing free speech and exerting pressure on the judiciary.His rival Mohamed Nasheed, became the Maldives’ first democratically elected president in 2009, but he was forced to resign amid a mutiny by police in 2012. After losing the election to Yameen the following year, Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2015 on charges that he said were concocted by Yameen’s government.Allowed to leave jail to seek medical treatment abroad, Nasheed was granted asylum by Britain in 2016. He has said he wants to contest a presidential election due later this year, and was in Colombo when Supreme Court decision precipitated the crisis. After Yameen declared a 15-day emergency on Tuesday, Nasheed called on India, the main regional power, to intervene.Nasheed, a graduate of Britain’s Liverpool University, is well connected in the West and has been able to bring pressure against Yameen’s administration.During his imprisonment, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, the wife of Hollywood actor George Clooney, championed his cause and helped expose alleged human rights violations by Yameen’s administration.Back during his presidency, Nasheed had drawn world attention to the Maldives by conducting an underwater cabinet meeting, with the ministers wearing scuba diving suits, to highlight the dangers posed by global warming to low-lying island nations like his own.SUPREME COURT RULINGWhile quashing the convictions against Nasheed and eight other opposition leaders, and ordering the release of those in detention, the court said that they should be re-tried.It also ordered the reinstatement of 12 lawmakers who had been stripped of their parliamentary seats by Yameen’s party for defecting last year, saying their removal was unconstitutional.The reinstatement of the dozen legislators, who now belong to opposition parties, would cause Yameen’s party to lose its majority in the 85-member assembly.Should the opposition reach a majority, they would be able to unseat the speaker, who is a member of the ruling party, and pass no confidence motions against government officials.YAMEEN’S RESPONSEDeclaring the emergency, Yameen’s office issued a statement saying the court order had disrupted functions of the executive and infringed national security and public interest. It also said the constitution could eventually be undermined if the court order was implemented. ( president’s office said some rights have been restricted under the emergency and some laws suspended, though no curfew has been ordered. It gave assurances for the safety of Maldivians and foreigners.Having imposed the state of emergency, Yameen ordered the arrest of the country’s chief justice and another top judge, and security forces seized control of the Supreme Court.In a televised address to the nation, Yameen said he had acted to prevent a coup and implied the judges had sided with his enemies as they were under investigation for corruption.The president had earlier fired two police chiefs who said they would uphold the court order to release Yameen’s opponents.The army appears to be supporting Yameen. On Sunday, state television showed several police and soldiers saying they were ready to sacrifice their lives “in the defence of the lawful government”.Yameen’s supporters have shut down an independent television station.NASHEED’S REACTIONIn a Twitter post, Nasheed requested India to send an envoy, backed by its military, to release the judges and political detainees. He also urged the United States to block financial transactions of Yameen’s government.New Delhi sent troops to the Maldives in 1988 to foil a coup, purportedly involving foreign mercenaries.INTERNATIONAL REACTIONThe United States and India have urged Yameen to heed the court decision, but he has disregarded international calls to solve the crisis through dialogue.China, which has boosted its investments in the Maldives, said the crisis should be settled internally.The Maldives withdrew from the Commonwealth, the association of former British colonies and dominions, in 2016 after being threatened with suspension for failing to show progress on democracy.last_img

first_imgStatue of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney at the Maryland State House. Feb. 23, 2016. (Capital News Service photo by Connor Glowacki.)ANNAPOLIS — Legislation moving through Annapolis could put a statue of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, a Maryland native known for writing the pro-slavery Dred Scott opinion, in jeopardy.Monuments from the Civil War with ties to slavery and the Confederacy have been an increasingly controversial matter throughout Maryland in the past year. Over 20 Democratic delegates are co-sponsoring a House bill that, if passed, would remove and destroy the statue. The bill is set to be introduced to the Maryland House Health and Government Operations committee on Wednesday and has a companion bill in the state Senate, set for a hearing March 4.One of the House bill’s sponsors, Delegate Benjamin Brooks, D-Baltimore County, said that growing up in South Carolina and being subjected to racial prejudices gave him a unique perspective on this issue. “I think any symbol of racial hatred and oppression should not be something the state is endorsing,” Brooks said. “Anything and everything I can do to remove them from society, I’ll do it.” Taney was the fifth chief justice in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court and is remembered most for his decision regarding the Dred Scott case in 1857. Scott was an enslaved African American who said that he and his wife should be granted freedom because they were taken as slaves, by a white owner, to live in Illinois and the Wisconsin Territory for four years. But both those states considered slavery illegal. According to the case’s decision on the Cornell University Law School website, Taney said in the opinion, “Neither Dred Scott himself nor any of his family were made free by being carried into this territory, even if they had been carried there by the owner with the intention of becoming a permanent resident.”Taney grew up in Calvert County and practiced law for over 20 years in Frederick County before becoming a part of the Supreme Court in 1836, according to the Historical Society of Frederick County’s website. Delegate Kathy Afzali, D-Frederick, disagreed with the bill and said there were more important things that the legislature could be doing this session. She also said that there were a lot of historical figures who had prejudices, but who were also in tune with their time.“I honestly think we have parts of our history that are good and then parts that are embarrassing, but he was still a part of our history,” Afzali said.Afzali said that instead of removing the statue, there should be a plaque added to the monument detailing Taney’s decision in the Dred Scott case. However, Brooks said he would consider amending the bill to move rather than destroy the statue.“Let’s put it in a library or something. Memorialize it that way,” Brooks said.last_img read more

first_imgThere were many, many fine titles on the Nintendo Entertainment System, but no list of the console’s best games would be complete without a mention of the 1990 platformer, DuckTales. The game, based on the Disney series, had you play as the wealthy Scrooge McDuck whose miraculous cane did not help with any leg ailments, but rather served as a pogostick and golf club. The duck does not get the sort of attention that we still lavish upon Mario and MegaMan, or even at times the Rescue Rangers, but DuckTales was the NES at its finest.Today Capcom announced that Scrooge McDuck — the world’s richest duck — will return to gaming with DuckTales Remastered. The game, which is scheduled for Summer 2013, will be published by Capcom and developed by WayForward Technologies. It is slated for the Wii U, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.The 2-minute reveal trailer starts off with with an industry-mandated Tim Schafer reference, as well as Indiana Jones-type music that is befitting McDuck’s adventures in the Amazon, Transylvania, and the Moon, but then cuts to in-game footage. The pixelated 8-bit graphics have been replaced with silky HD animation. The art seems in keeping with the franchise’s rich history, and the sprite animation (after a bad guy gets killed for instance) looks particularly good.Perhaps somewhat controversial — at least insofar as a DuckTales game can get — will be the use of 2.5D graphics. This is certainly preferable to the trainwreck that a full-on 3D DuckTales game would be, but this is a 2D classic — the pinnacle of the artform — so any modern techniques will be highly scrutinized leading up to, and after, the title’s release.The game also seems to include some 3D art. If you focus closely on the treasure chests they don’t have a hand-drawn style, rather they look like they are straight out of Donkey Kong Country. Hopefully we’ll learn more about the games techniques and assets soon, but DuckTales purists may take issue with any steps that take the game away from its original video game style or, in lieu of that, Disney-inspired art. For now, the chests, gems, and health-restoring ice creams cones look completely of out place next to McDuck.Hopefully we’ll get another trailer as well as more information from Capcom soon. I, for one, am looking forward to Summer 2013.last_img read more

first_imgAn Uber self-driving car prototype on the road. Credit: UberA self-driving Uber accident that killed a homeless woman represents a somber milestone in the development of self-driving car technologies. Now a video of the accident may raise more questions about why the Uber vehicle failed to react to the woman and thereby claimed the life of the first pedestrian victim in self-driving car history.The video released by police shows two views of the accident that took place in Tempe, Arizona on the night of March 18. An outside view of the front of the car shows how Elaine Herzberg, 49, suddenly gets illuminated by the onrushing Uber SUV’s headlights as she was walking her bike across the street. Another inside view shows the Uber driver, Rafaela Vasquez, 44, appearing to look between the road and down at something inside the vehicle just before the self-driving vehicle—traveling in autonomous mode—collided with Herzberg.Warning: The video contains scenes that many may find disturbing.[embedded content]Some early statements by the Tempe Police Department seemed to generally excuse both the Uber self-driving technology and Vasquez, the backup safety driver, given the dark nighttime conditions and the fact that the victim, Herzberg, was crossing the road outside the designated intersection crosswalk. “It’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode,” said Sylvia Moir, police chief in Tempe, Arizona, in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. “The driver said it was like a flash, the person walked out in front of them.”But the newly released video seems likely to raise questions about why Uber’s self-driving car either failed to detect Herzberg with its sensors or attempt some braking or evasive action to avoid a collision. After all, the safety promise of self-driving cars is based on the idea that a smart, AI-driven vehicle—loaded with sensors theoretically capable of detecting objects in darkness and bad weather conditions—should be a safer and more capable driver than an ordinary human driver.How a Self-Driving Car Killed a PersonThe video shows that the fatal accident occurred while the self-driving car was traveling on a straight section of road during the night. Herzberg appeared to have been walking her bike at a normal pace across the roadway at the time the vehicle struck her.Such conditions should made it straightforward for the self-driving Uber to detect Herzberg well before she appeared in the headlights, said Steven Shladover, a research engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, in an interview with Wired. He pointed out that Herzberg appeared to have been walking in full view of the self-driving Uber’s sensors and at a simple 90-degree angle to the direction the self-driving vehicle was traveling.That is certain to raise questions for Uber engineers and many other experts about what exactly was going on under the hood of the self-driving vehicle. But Wired writer Aarian Marshall also draws attention to the fact that the Uber safety driver, Vazquez, did not seem ready to respond and take the wheel in the wake of the self-driving vehicle’s apparent failure to spot Herzberg. That may lead investigators to consider the training and potential limitations of the human backup drivers currently babysitting the self-driving Ubers roaming around on public roads.In any case, friends of Herzberg reacted angrily to early police statements that seemed to deflect blame from Uber to the victim. One friend told The Guardian that the case should be considered “negligent homicide” with the government also being held responsible. Another friend declared that Uber “should be shut down for it.”The Scene of the AccidentThe area where the self-driving Uber struck Herzberg was described by the Phoenix New Times as one popular among pedestrians. The newspaper also pointed out that mid-street crossing is common in the area, in no small part because the median between the two one-way roads that Herzberg was crossing contains an apparent pedestrian walkway.But the apparent pedestrian walkway is actually a trap, according to Eric Paul Dennis, a transportation systems analyst at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He pointed out that the brick-paved walking path across the median leads to no connecting crosswalks and actually has signs telling pedestrians not to use it. “This is beyond pedestrian-hostile design; it’s damn-near entrapment,” Dennis wrote in a Twitter message.Here’s an aerial view (facing south). Every entrance to that brick pathway in the median has a sign instructing you not to use it. Per the signage, it is strictly ornamental.— 🚗🚌🚚🚲 (@EricPaulDennis) March 20, 2018It’s a striking example of pedestrian infrastructure being reduced to a purely ornamental fixture for roadways primarily designed around drivers and cars. As the scene of the first pedestrian fatality in a self-driving car accident, it may also serve as a cautionary tale for cities across the United States that rush to embrace self-driving cars while neglecting public transportation or pedestrian infrastructure.“Case-in-point: Arizona received a federal grant to address their sky-high pedestrian fatality rates,” Dennis wrote. “They used the money for public service announcements and targeted enforcement of jaywalkers.”last_img read more

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News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The technology can also help differentiate cellulitis, septic effusion and soft tissue abscess; can determine whether a mass is cystic or solid; and can detect foreign bodies, such as wood.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read morelast_img read more

first_imgStar Alliance announces the 21 winnersStar Alliance announces the 21 winnersAs part of its 20th Anniversary celebrations, Star Alliance ran an online competition offering 21 winners, one from each of the 21 Frequent Flyer Programmes (FFPs) of the member airlines, one million miles or equivalent* to be credited to their selected FFP account. An independent panel selected the winning entries from a large number of high-class submissions. These feature cultural experiences from across the globe, stretching from the Grand Canyon in the USA, through the ancient cultures of South America, across various cities in Europe, to the stunning beautiful cultures of Africa and the diverse vibrance of Asia and the South Pacific. A map showing the winning entries can be found on the Star Alliance website at: Competition ran from the Alliance’s 20th Anniversary, May 14th, 2017, through to July 31st, 2017. It was based on the 20thAnniversary theme of “Connecting People and Cultures”. To enter, participants needed to upload a profile picture, or selfie, ofthemselves together with a photo of their favourite cultural experience. A unique photo tool merged the two pictures to createan overlay which formed the Competition entry picture. Entrants then provided a brief textual description of the cultural experience and its unique attributes. The text and picture were judged together to determine the winners.All entries can be found on a special map on the Star Alliance website at In line with the theme of the competition, this map can be used by other customers to gain inspiration from the cultural experiences shared.Each of the 28 Star Alliance member airlines also suggested a local cultural experience from one of their destinations, ranging from tile painting in Portugal to home cooking in Shenzhen, China, and to joining the locals in Bogota, Colombia while they turn major roads in the city into cycle paths on Sundays.The five founding carriers – Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, THAI and United – went one step further, by challenging National Geographic’s Travel Nomad Robert Reid with their own unique cultural experiences. These were filmed and made into a brief documentary series of five short video clips.This content is available at, while the five videos of the Travel Nomad’s experiences may be accessed through the Star Alliance YouTube channel at = Star Alliancelast_img read more

first_imgAtlanta’s Federal Home Loan Bank Reports Rising Income in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing July 30, 2012 447 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Lenders & Servicers Processing Profits Quarterly Earnings Service Providers 2012-07-30 Krista Franks Brockcenter_img The “”Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta,””: a federal bank aimed at providing affordable residential mortgages, recorded increasing income and an increasing annualized return on equity in the second quarter of 2012, according to information the bank “”released””: to the public Monday. [IMAGE]The bank released highlights from the second quarter in an unaudited release and will file a full report with the Securities and Exchange Commission by August 9. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta reported a net income of $60 million for the quarter, up $22 million from the same quarter last year.[COLUMN_BREAK] The bank’s annualized return on equity in the second quarter was calculated at 3.76 percent, up from 2.01 in the second quarter of 2011. The spread to average three-month LIBOR increased over the quarter to 329 basis points, up from 175 basis points a year ago. The bank’s assets have decreased $5.8 billion over the first half of this year. The 4.65 percent decline brought the assets to a total of $119.4 billion at the end of the second quarter of this year. Capital stock decreased over the same period, falling from $5.7 billion at the end of 2011 to $5 billion at the end of the second quarter of 2012. The bank’s retained earnings balance increased 7.2 percent over the first half of the year, arriving at $1.3 billion at the end of June. As of the end of June, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta held $1.42 billion in mortgage loans in its portfolio. This is down from $1.63 billion recorded at the end of 2011. One of 12 similar banks, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta serves commercial banks, credit unions, savings institutions, and community development institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Sharelast_img read more

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