Experts seek to keep atomic energy peaceful at UN safeguards meeting in

1 November 2010Over 700 experts gathered in Vienna today to determine how best the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog can prevent nuclear materials from being turned into weapons while preserving States’ abilities to benefit from the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The Symposium on International Safeguards at the headquarters of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) brings together representatives of member states, the nuclear industry and members of the broader non-proliferation community for five days of meetings at the IAEA’s headquarters in Austria. Most countries around the world use nuclear techniques for a variety of peaceful purposes, the IAEA said in a press release today. To ensure that these nuclear programmes are not misused the IAEA has developed a system of Safeguards Agreements, with around 170 states submitting nuclear materials, facilities and activities to the scrutiny of the IAEA’s inspectors. The agency currently inspects over 900 nuclear facilities, performing around 2,000 inspections in 2009. With global interest in nuclear power generation increasing, the demands on the IAEA will inevitably rise, offering both challenges and opportunities to the IAEA and its Member States, the agency stated. Topics to be addressed during the 2010 Symposium include support to the global nuclear non-proliferation regime, strengthening international safeguards, the role of non-state actors and covert trade networks, and the globalisation of nuclear information and technology. read more

Ban discusses Libya with Obama urges punishment of those responsible for violence

“We agreed that the international community must stand firmly together during this historic transition toward a more democratic, secure and prosperous Middle East,” Mr. Ban said of his talks with Mr. Obama in the Oval Office, praising the president’s “firm leadership” and telling Mr. Qadhafi that he should listen to his people’s call to leave. The crisis in Libya has seen elements of Mr. Qadhafi’s government use deadly force in its repression of protesters.Earlier Monday, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, said he would decide “without delay” whether to open an investigation into whether the violent repression of peaceful protesters amounted to crimes against humanity, stressing that there would be no impunity for guilty leaders. On Saturday, in a unanimously adopted resolution, the Security Council imposed sanctions against the Libyan authorities, placing an arms embargo against the country and freezing the assets of its leaders, while referring the ongoing violent repression of civilian demonstrators to the ICC, based in The Hague, Netherlands.Speaking to reporters at Washington, D.C.’s Holocaust Museum after his White House visit, Mr. Ban said the Council’s actions are “important and unprecedented, and I’ll make sure that these measures are implemented swiftly.” Already last week, Mr. Ban condemned Mr. Qadhafi’s actions against protestors as possible crimes against humanity, calling for the punishment of those who “brutally shed” the blood of innocents. Media reports on the number of people killed range from the hundreds into the thousands.It was a message he underscored in a statement delivered at the Holocaust Museum, in which he recalled that 70 years ago six million people were murdered at the instigation of a state.“This museum commemorates that appalling truth,” he said. “It calls upon us to remember – and to act. ‘Never again,’” the Secretary-General said. “Once again, we are being tested. In Libya, a regime that has lost all legitimacy has declared war on its people. It is up to us, the community of nations, to stand against this crime… Gross violations of human rights will not be tolerated; those responsible will be punished.” In response to a question afterwards, Mr. Ban said Mr. Qadhafi had lost his legitimacy when he declared war on his people. “I sincerely hope and urge him to listen to his people’s call,” he added. “That’s my message to him.” ‘Never Again’ is a clarion call to moral action, the UN chief said, stressing that it is for all people in all places – whether in Côte d’Ivoire where civilians are being killed as they stand for democracy, or in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, or in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the UN is working to prevent some of the darkest crimes against humanity.“History’s most tragic chapters are written when we fail to heed that call. Let us not fall short. Together, let the world speak loud and clear – through action,” he added.Meanwhile, the ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, said his office – which has to decide whether an investigation into crimes against humanity should be opened – is assessing allegations of widespread or systematic attacks against civilians, and liaising with relevant bodies, including the Arab League, African Union, UN Council on Human Rights, UN High Commission for Human Rights, and with states to collect the required information.“Information suggests that forces loyal to President Muammar Qadhafi are attacking civilians in Libya,” he said in a statement. “This could constitute crimes against humanity and must stop. The Office will act swiftly and impartially. There will be no impunity for leaders involved in the commission of crimes.”The prosecutor is interested in receiving footage and images to confirm the alleged crimes, the statement added, noting that it is liaising with Libyan officials and army officers for information on the identity of authorities with command and control over the organizations allegedly involved in the crimes.Stressing that the prosecutor has to act impartially, the statement said the next step will be to decide whether to open an investigation, and eventually collect evidence and request an arrest warrant against those identified as the most responsible. In accordance with its mandate to end impunity and to contribute to the prevention of future crimes, the prosecutor will act without delay, it added.The ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, welcomed the Security Council’s resolution from Saturday as an expression of trust in the court’s role “as the first permanent and independent international judicial institution with jurisdiction over the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole.” 28 February 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks on Libya with United States President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., today, later stating that Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s regime had declared war on its own people and must be brought to account for possible crimes against humanity. read more

ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Wednesday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close TueNov. 498.40 502.50 498.40 501.00 498.40Jan. ’18 505.50 507.90 505.50 506.40 503.90March 510.60 511.80 509.30 510.30 507.80May 514.40 514.40 514.40 513.20 510.30July 516.50 517.10 516.50 515.50 512.90Nov. 482.00 482.10 479.80 481.60 479.60Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 482.40 480.40March 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.10 483.10May 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.10 483.10July 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.10 483.10Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.10 483.10Barley (Western): Open High Low Close TueOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 141.00 141.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Thunder Bay CW: $178.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $509.00 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $524.00 (November 2017) read more

Anchoring the Buckeye defense OSU seeks depth at linebacker

While Penn State is more affably known as “Linebacker U,” OSU seems to produce All-Americans annually at the position.  Last season, OSU had to replace all-everything linebacker James Laurinaitis and longtime starter Marcus Freeman. They didn’t miss a beat, however, as Brian Rolle and Austin Spitler were productive in their starting roles.  With Spitler gone, the Buckeyes are looking for a replacement to match his production. “We’re going to play the best three linebackers,” said Luke Fickell, linebacker coach.“We’ve got a couple of older guys in Homan and Rolle who have played a lot but we’re really looking to see what the young guys can do.” OSU has several young players eager to fill the void, but it looks like it could finally be Etienne Sabino’s time. Sabino, a blue-chip prospect from Florida, might have been the most-heralded recruit in the 2008 class other than Terrelle Pryor. His size, speed and athleticism made him arguably one of the top linebacker prospects in the country. Some expected Sabino to have an immediate impact, while others looked for him to be a starter last season when OSU replaced two seniors.  It wasn’t Sabino’s extraordinary physical gifts that were holding him back, Fickell said.  “You just see him a little more confident, a little bit more of a reacting guy and attacking,” Fickell said. “In the past, he has been a cerebral guy who wants to know everything and sometimes in this sport you can’t know everything. You just have to fly and attack and react on the run.”  “Sometimes we try to study guys and how they learn, and those kind of guys who want more info just take that extra year to process it,” Fickell said, “but when they are ready to go, they’ll be good to go usually.”  Rolle said that he has always known Sabino had extraordinary talent, but at times played too mechanically or like a robot, which held him back. He said Sabino is doing a good job of playing more naturally and is preparing to make his presence known.  “He’s such a young kid,” Fickell said. “I know he is going to be a junior, but he is only 19 years old, and you would like to have some more time with him. He is really coming along and I think this is his best spring so far.” Behind the likely starters of Homan, Rolle and Sabino, the Buckeyes are still trying to find the right players who will be able to contribute.  Andrew Sweat was another highly touted recruit from 2008 who should be ready to get playing time come September. Right now, however, Sweat is still working his way back from ACL surgery. “Andrew is a guy [who thinks he is ready to roll],” Fickell said. “He is only five-and-a-half months out of ACL surgery and he is the guy we are expecting a lot from. If he was in there it would be interesting to see who our best three guys were. He is probably a month away but he thinks he is ready to go, and the other day he jumped in there and went full go.” Fickell said he would like to have as many as nine guys at linebacker who could take turns playing, and stressed the importance of having more capable players than just the three starters.  Along with Sweat, younger players such as Storm Klein, Dorian Bell, Jonathan Newsome and incoming recruits Scott McVey and Jamel Turner could add depth.  “You would like to have six guys who can play,” Fickell said. “Would I be comfortable with some of those freshman guys on the field right now? Probably not real comfortable, but how will we know until we do it? With the jersey scrimmage and the spring game and fall camp, that is when we can really get to evaluate and see what they can do.” If there is one position the Ohio State Buckeyes are known for, it could very well be linebacker. read more

Buckeye brainteasers Ohio State vs Florida

For a 12th consecutive year, the Ohio State football team is heading to a bowl game. In Luke Fickell’s final game as head coach, OSU will take on the University of Florida in the Gator Bowl Jan. 2. Here’s a look at what the Buckeyes can expect in Jacksonville, Fla. What will new OSU head coach Urban Meyer’s role be in helping prepare OSU for the Gator Bowl? Meyer said Dec. 11 that he would not travel with the Buckeyes to Florida, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t helping prepare the team before it departed. During a Dec. 4 conference call, Fickell was vague about whether Meyer would help the Buckeyes prepare for Florida, saying he would continue to focus on the coaches currently leading OSU. “I couldn’t tell you exactly how the whole situation is going to work,” Fickell said. “I don’t know that I would sit there and explain it to anybody other than our team and coaches anyway.” Fickell didn’t dismiss the idea that Meyer would assist the OSU players and the current coaches, so one might think it is likely he’ll have some level of input on the game plan. After all, Meyer recruited the majority of the players on Florida’s roster and is barely a year removed from coaching his former team. One could argue that no person outside of Florida’s current staff knows the Gators better than Meyer. What Florida players could pose a threat to OSU’s defense? The Florida offense has averaged 25.6 points per game this season which is ranked 71st nationally. Quarterback John Brantley came into Florida as a highly touted recruit and was expected to replace former Gator legend Tim Tebow, but has struggled at times moving into the offense. He’s thrown 1,912 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions on the season. The strength of the UF offensive attack is its speedy running backs Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps. Both backs are under 5 feet 9 inches, but it’s the running backs’ agility and speed that make them a threat. The Gators try to get the ball to Rainey and Demps on the edge and aren’t afraid to utilize the two in the passing game. Between the two of them, they have combined for 1,329 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. OSU defensive coordinator Jim Heacock said he’s very aware of Florida’s fast running back tandem. “They have speed in the backfield,” Heacock said. “They changed to a pro-style offense this year and I think it’s been good for them. I think they have a little more power and they are a little more physical.” Can the Buckeyes keep up with Florida’s speed? When Meyer was head coach at Florida, the Gators developed a reputation for speed. It gave Florida a multitude of options on offense and a swarming mentality on defense. OSU witnessed the danger of Florida’s speed first hand in 2007, when the Gators beat the Buckeyes, 41-14, in the BCS National Championship Game. Will Muschamp took over as Florida’s head coach and switched the offense to more of a pro-style attack, but many of the speedy players Meyer recruited are still on the roster. “You hope we can keep up with their speed,” Heacock said. “You never know until you get out in the game and see how we’re playing. I think we have the potential when we are moving fast and playing fast that we can match up. A lot of it has to do with attitude and the approach you take to the game.” But, the Buckeye players believe they have enough speed of their own to matchup with the Gators. “I think we match up (to Florida’s speed) pretty well,” freshman linebacker Ryan Shazier said. “People may overlook us just because we’re in the Big Ten and they don’t think we are fast. But I think we have just as much speed.” Can the Buckeyes put a happy ending on the turbulent year? The OSU football team has been through a lot this season on and off the field. Scandals, suspensions and six losses have made this year one that many Buckeye fans would like to forget. For the first time since 2004, OSU won’t be playing in a BCS bowl, but the Buckeye players still say they have a lot to play for. “It would mean a lot to win this game,” senior linebacker Tyler Moeller said. “You always want to finish on top. It would give the team great morale heading into next year. And for me personally, and especially the seniors, it would be great to go out with a win in the last game.” Expect the Buckeyes to do just that. A Buckeye defense that’s almost back to full health and maturing freshman quarterback Braxton Miller will lead the Buckeyes to a close victory over the Gators. Final score prediction: OSU 31, Florida 27 read more

Two men arrested after shooting in Wolverhampton which left sixyearold boy injured

A 24-year-old man and 17-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of wounding after a six-year-old boy was injured in a shooting.Officers from West Midlands Police believe a group of men fired shots at a house in Ashbourne Road in the Eastfield area of Wolverhampton at around 4pm on Friday.The injured boy, who was in the property at the time, has an injured back and remains in hospital in a stable condition.The arrested men remain in custody, West Midlands Police said.Detective Inspector Rod Rose said: “These arrests are a significant step forward in our investigation which continues at pace. Forensic officers examine the scene for evidence Forensic officers examine the scene for evidenceCredit:Jamie Ricketts/Caters News Agency Police have increased patrols and brought in extra officers following the incident.Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. “It’s a shocking incident where someone has opened fire with a shotgun in broad daylight.”The motive of this attack remains unclear and we’re working hard to try and understand what happened earlier today.” Police at the scene in Wolverhampton Police at the scene in WolverhamptonCredit:Matthew Cooper /PA 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

Industrial minerals contribute 335 billion to US GDP

first_imgAs the leading international resource for fact-based, technical information about America’s mining and related industries, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) has released a technical briefing paper addressing the economic impact the industrial minerals sector has on society. In the paper, Industrial Minerals’ Impact on the U.S. Economy, SME states industrial minerals are fundamental to the US economy, contributing $33.5 billion to the real gross domestic product (GDP) and directly employing 68,000 workers. The physical properties of industrial minerals, such as absorption, material texture and high specific gravity, allow for their use in a variety of consumer products and applications. “Although industrial minerals are prevalent in nearly all aspects of our daily lives, the general public knows very little about them,” said SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “They are the critical raw materials that support myriad market sectors from abrasives, drilling mud and pharmaceuticals, to synthetic fibres, plastics and paper.” American manufacturers currently rely on foreign suppliers for more than half of the minerals they use in finished productsAmerica is 100% dependent on imports for 19 minerals and more than 50% import-dependent for an additional 24 minerals – many of which are industrial mineralsAs the US economy continues to recover, manufacturing, construction and agriculture will drive demand for increased use of industrial minerals that will fuel the domestic engine of growthIndustrial minerals are responsible for $33.5 billion of the $232 billion value that mining adds to the US economy on an annual basisApproximately 68,000 workers are directly employed by the industrial minerals mining sector. To obtain a copy of this paper, go to: http://ow.ly/qtxrdlast_img read more

Crisis affects OECD ranking

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While Australia tops the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Developmen (OECD) index list, Greece has fallen bellow the average in most areas. Taking into account areas like housing, income, education, health and civic engagement, the list profiles 36 counties and ranks them in those areas. Australians were catagorised as the happiest, while Greece was the second lowest on the list in terms of life satisfaction. The average household net-adjusted disposable income was $US28,884 a year for Australians, while Greece languished at barely over $20 440 USD. In times of crisis, many would expect wallets to tighten, but civic duties and the willingness to help others took a back seat. Only 30 per cent of people reported having helped a stranger in the last month, “one of the lowest in the OECD”. For a country ingrained with the ideals of ‘filotimo’ (civic kindness), it shows many just can’t justify charity when they themselves are close to needing it. “A weak social network can result in limited economic opportunities, a lack of contact with others, and eventually, feelings of isolation,” the OECD report concluded. Stress might have also pushed many to take up or keep smoking, with Greece having the “highest rate of daily smokers among adults of all OECD countries with a rate of 31.9%”. There is a considerable gap between the richest and poorest – the top 20% of the population earn six times as much as the bottom 20%. While many have been vocal about Greeks being ‘lazy’, the OECD has found that Greeks work 2032 hours a year, one of the highest rates and much more than the OECD average of 1776 hours. That is if they have work. Just over half of all Greeks aged 15 to 64 have a paid job. Australians are amazingly underworked, just under the average at 1693 hours a year.last_img read more

GEEK PICK Hammer of Legend Mjolnir

first_imgThe Marvel version of Mjolnir looks like a big silver brick with a stick coming out of it. According to Viking Age iconography, that wasn’t the case. Thor’s hammer was more rounded, with a shallow triangular top instead of a completely flat surface. This Mjolnir is a shallow hexagon, squat but slightly curved and more in line with period drawings and jewelry honoring Thor.This hammer has a solid metal head, cast with Norse knotwork and given an antique, weathered bronze finish. I mean solid metal, as in a big hunk of unidentified-by-ThinkGeek (non-ferrous, and could be solid aluminum) metal that accounts for most of the hammer’s four-pound weight. This is a heavy museum piece sort of collectible, not a toy. It isn’t Uru-metal, but it can still do serious damage if you swing it around like a lunatic. We’re talking proper hammer here.The shaft is solid oak, with brass rivets and a heavy leather grip. The pommel of the hammer is also metal, with another Norse knotwork design molded into it. If you want to display Thor’s hammer, it includes a wooden wall plaque with yellow-and-black Norse art depicting Mjolnir on the front. The art is a heavy decal rather than paint, and you’ll need to poke a needle through the two holes in the back to screw in the hanging hooks for the hammer. Despite this, the plaque doesn’t look or feel particularly cheap.ThinkGeek’s Hammer of Legend: Mjolnir usually retails for $149.99, but it’s currently on sale for half that price at $74.99. For a legitimately solid, imposing piece of mythological weapondry, that’s not a bad price at all. This is a really compelling prop, tool, or decoration for anyone interested in the Viking Age or Germanic and Norse mythology. It’s a beauty of a hammer that comes at least closer to what the real Thor might have swung before Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby brought him into the modern era in Journey into Mystery #83.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Everyone likes Thor, right? Blonde, dashing, went through a satisfying character arc and became really fun and compelling in his third movie? Here’s some interesting Thor trivia: He isn’t just a Marvel character. He’s an actual mythological figure with lore reaching back over a thousand years! It’s true! And that’s why ThinkGeek’s Hammer of Legend: Mjolnir isn’t just an unlicensed collectible of the Norse god of thunder’s most famous weapon, it’s historically much more accurate than, say, Marvel’s Thor’s hammer turned into a toolbox.center_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

Queiroz explains how Iran defeated Yemen 50

first_imgThe Portuguese manager believes his team was well focused on the victory in order to avoid any surprises in the 2019 Asian Cup.After many surprises, India winning 4-1 against Thailand, and defending champions Australia losing to Jordan, Iran didn’t want to repeat any of these mistakes.Iran defeated Yemen 5-0 after a brilliant showcase from their players, and manager Carlos Queiroz has explained why they won.“I really want to congratulate my players for the way they played,” he told Fox Sports Asia.“We are still at the beginning though and we are certainly not looking at results elsewhere as it is really none of our business.”Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“Having said that, some of the games we have seen so far have been, to be honest, a great lesson for Iran,” he added.“I told my players that they had to focus on their first game, and some of the early results have proved that if you don’t play with focus any team [here in the UAE] can beat another.”“The match was a typical first game at a [major] competition as some players started a little nervously,” he explained.“However, I think after we began with such a high intensity, we started to force Yemen into mistakes and we were able to use that to our advantage.”last_img read more

4 men steal Jet Ski from Miami Gardens house

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured four men stealing a Jet Ski from a Miami Gardens home.A doorbell surveillance camera at a home near Northwest 47th Avenue and 191st Street recorded the crooks rolling the Jet Ski out of the driveway.After they managed to take the personal watercraft, early Wednesday morning, they fled.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for January 17 Man Refuses To Leave Strangers Driveway CoWorker

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, January 17, 2019:Police received a report of a man stuck in mud behind a house on Congress Street. (11:31am)Police was transferred a 911 call from a Glen Road resident, who stated there was an unwanted man on her property and then hung up. Call backs were unsuccessful. Police responded. Man was gone upon arrival. He had pulled into the homeowner’s driveway and refused to leave when she questioned him. (11:59am)Police responded to an argument between co-workers. One co-worker claimed the other threatened him and lunged at him. The other inquired about filing a restraining order. No physical assault took place. Situation OK. (1:14pm)Fire Department responded to brush fire between overpass on Nichols Street and Lake Street. (5:18pm)Fire Department responded to fire alarm in unoccupied building on Textron campus. (7:11pm)Police notified DPW that street sign for Englewood Drive was missing. (11:16pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for June 26: 2-Year-Old Locks Family Out; Co-Workers Get In Fight; Don’t Watch YouTube While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 16: Man Pulled Over For Riding Lawn Mower Down Richmond St.; Grandchild Scam ReportedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 2: Wilmington Man Arrested On Warrant; Family Causes Scene At Silver Lake?In “Police Log”last_img read more

Hunting show TV host faces federal poaching charges

first_imgClark Dixon a host of the Sportsman Channel television show “The Syndicate” is facing federal poaching charges. U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler announced the indictments Monday against Dixon, nine other individuals and two production companies. The charges cover a number of years and dozens of animals.Download Audio:U.S. Attorney, Karen Loeffler began her press conference Monday by setting the allegations in a financial picture, saying hunting in Alaska draws in billions of dollars in hunting and associated activities. She says several federal agencies, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the National Park Service cooperated in a multi-year investigation leading to Monday’s indictments. Topping the list of ten individuals Loeffler accused of poaching Monday was Clark Dixon who she says was illegally operating out of the Noatak National preserve, Northeast of Kotzebue.“Clark Dixon operated an illegal hunting camp,” Loeffler says. “He was not a resident and he was not a licensed guide. Charges show five documented illegal take of wildlife involving over two dozen big game animals.”Loeffler alleges Dixon falsely claimed to be an Alaska resident and took animals, including a grizzly bear, on same-day airborne hunts for a fee. Along with the poaching violations, Dixon and others are charged with broadcasting video of several of the hunts on the Sportsman Network show “The Syndicate,” without obtaining commercial operation permit. Two productions companies associated with the show were also issued citations in the case.The morning after charges were filed, management of “The Syndiate” TV program said Dixon and another colleague had been terminated.Clark Dixon, host of the Sportsman Channel television show “The Syndicate,” faces federal poaching charges. Photo: screen grab from “The Syndicate” Facebook page.last_img read more

ATT says Skagway network upgrades are planned before next summer

first_imgThe Ruby Princess cruise ship blocked AT&T’s microwave signal and shut down cell service multiple days during the summer in Skagway. (Raging Wire/Flickr Creative Commons)After a slew of service problems this summer, AT&T is planning upgrades to Skagway’s phone service in time for the next cruise ship season.There was a lot of phone frustration in Skagway this summer, particularly among AT&T customers.“The one common denominator is when there are a bunch of cruise ships in port, it doesn’t work properly,” said AT&T customer and Skagway resident Andrew Cremata.“Certainly after last summer we did find that there wasn’t enough capacity to have served in a way we would have like to serve,” said Chris Brown, Alaska Director of Network Services for AT&T.He says the company is planning to install a 4G LTE network that will allow for increased call and data capacity for customers in Skagway. Brown says it’s a ‘significant capacity upgrade’ that’s been planned for some time as AT&T deploys the new technology around the state.Over the summer, AT&T was using a microwave radio system that was occasionally blocked by an especially tall cruise ship. With the updated service, they’ll potentially use the microwave link in addition to fiber-optics from Alaska Power and Telephone. He says the detailed engineering isn’t put together yet, but the goal is this:“The combination of allowing more simultaneous conversations as well as more simultaneous data connections, people using data to get to the internet, whatever application they choose.”Even though there were already plans to upgrade Skagway’s technology, Brown says complaints from customers played a role in spurring the project to happen before next summer.He says for Skagway and other Southeast communities, AT&T has to factor in not just the year-round population, but the influx of service users that come in on cruise ships.“The design for capacity in Skagway is not just to support the local residents, but recognizing in Skagway the almost 10 times increase in the number of folks who may be there at any time,” Brown said.Brown says even with the upgrades, cruise ship passengers may still slow down service. But he says hopefully there wouldn’t be a high level of blocked calls or other major service interruptions.“So we’re looking forward to providing good service next summer but also providing year-round residents of Skagway superb service going forward.”Brown says they haven’t chosen a date to install the upgrades, but it’s planned before May 2016. AT&T won’t be the only phone service provider with a 4G LTE network in Skagway. Verizon installed theirs in July.Currently, AT&T does not have plans to install a 4G LTE network in Haines, according to Brown.last_img read more

AirAsia Starts Operations from Delhi Inaugural Flights Launched at ₹1km

first_imgNo-frills airline AirAsia has started operating from New Delhi on Thursday, besides expanding its list of flying destinations to Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.The capital city will act as a base for the Indo-Malaysian low-cost carrier to cater to North Indian market. AirAsia will now run flights from New Delhi to Bengaluru, Guwahati and Goa.”We are very excited to step into Delhi. The celebration today is the result of constant hard work, meticulous planning and undying dedicated spirit of our team. I would like to thank everyone associated with AirAsia India for the support. We hope to enable more people to experience air travel in India,” AirAsia India chief executive Mittu Chandilya told The Economic Times.As part of an introductory offer, the company enables the customers to book tickets at ₹1 per km to Visakhapatnam. The airline is set to run flights to the city from next month.Budget carrier opened bookings for the destination on Thursday and the offer will end on 24 May. The travel covered under the new offer is between 18 June 2015 and 31 May 2016.As per the new offer, the flight tickets from Bengaluru to Visakhapatnam will cost ₹1,400 (all-inclusive), the airline told NDTV Profit.The inaugural flights from New Delhi were also charged at ₹1 per km.Excluding the new route, AirAsia runs flights to Chennai, Kochi, Goa, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Pune with Bengaluru as South Indian hub.Even after commencing its operations almost a year ago, the company still has no plans to run flights to Mumbai. It has a fleet of 5 Airbus A320s and employs 540 people.”As an airline we are not profitable as yet, but we are very close to it,” Chandilya told Hindustan Times.Another low-cost airline, SpiceJet, launched a special discount offer ‘CelebrationSale’ on Tuesday to mark completion of 10 years in the industry. The discount offer, which commenced on Tuesday (19 May), ends on 21 May midnight and comes with fares starting from ₹1,010.last_img read more

9yearold Pune boy scales Mt Kilimanjaro in just 7 Days Sets his

first_img[Representational Image]ReutersIn just seven days, nine-year-old Advait Bhartia managed to trek Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. The expediditon ended on July 31.The mountain is 4,900 metres from the base and 5,885 metres above sea level. It is situated in Tanzania and is the highest peak in Africa.But, that’s not all.At the age of six, Advait scaled the Mount Everest base camp and after his feat at Mt. Kilimanjaro, he has set his sights on Mt Elbrus in Europe.Advait trained for two months every day continuously to prepare for his trek. His training included playing football, cricket and tennis as well as parkour and climbing 100 floors. This was part of his daily routine.This training was to include his cardio-vascular strength. He was to trek in temperatures ranging from 21 C to -25 C.Advait went with his mother on the trek but she had to stop at 1000 feet because she couldn’t handle the climate, however, Advait carried on under the supervision of the expedition leader, Samir Patham.Talking to PTI, Advait said, “This trek was really difficult but fun at the same time. When I was summitting (sic) the Everest Base Camp, we were living in wooden houses but during the Kilimanjaro trek, we stayed in tents and it was a good experience being exposed to snow and the surroundings.”He added, “I could have completed the trek faster but the mountains were very beautiful and I took a lot of breaks to take in the beauty.”last_img read more

Speechimpaired girl raped in Lalmonirhat

first_imgSpeech-impaired girl ‘raped’ in LalmonirhatA speech-impaired girl has allegedly been raped by one of her neighbours at Singadar village in Lalmonirhat’s Sadar upazila. Victim’s mother filed a case with Sadar police station on Wednesday night in this regard.Locals said Susheel Chandra, 46, son of Babu Lal of the village, raped the teenage girl finding her alone in the house on 1 September.Locals later rescued the girl noticing the incident while Susheel managed to flee.The matter went to arbitration when arbitrators, led by local union parishad chairman Moshiur Rahman, fined the accused Tk 50,000, victim’s family alleged.As the news of the incident spread around, superintendent of police (SP) SM Rashidul Haque ordered officer-in-charge of Sadar police station Mahfuz Alam to visit the spot and record a case.last_img read more

Pete Buttigieg Religious left is stirring

first_img Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Load Comments,Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This! Share This! Opinion News Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins DIY Faith • News Tags2020 campaign 2020 election Democratic Party Donald Trump faith and politics immigration Pete Buttigieg Q-and-A religious left religious right,You may also like By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has garnered a lot of attention for using God-talk during his presidential campaign. From regular discussions of his own faith to a willingness to challenge those who invoke the divine while supporting the policies of President Trump, the millennial Episcopalian has made religion a centerpiece of his pursuit of the Oval Office.RELATED: Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious leftButtigieg spoke with Religion News Service to discuss sin, immigration, being a religious millennial and whether he can rally the support of a burgeoning religious left movement. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What do you see as the appropriate role of religion in American politics?You should be able to offer (messages) that anyone — of all religions or of no religion — should find meaningful. Sometimes we’ve been afraid to use this language because we think it means not honoring the separation of church and state. For me, it means we need to honor the separation and also speak to those who are guided (by faith.)The New Sanctuary Movement has protected undocumented immigrants in houses of worship. You support legislation that would prevent ICE from raiding those churches, but would you urge your faith community take in an undocumented immigrant in defiance of a federal government?I certainly don’t speak for my church, but I can certainly speak for faith traditions that I am a part of (who are) encouraging that. Recently in Iowa a woman shared a story about being a teacher in a community where one of these raids just emptied out this rural town. Like a third of the community was effectively gone the next day. And there was a family that remained in a church and stayed there and lived there for a while.When I’ve experienced people sleeping in a sanctuary, it’s a much more tame stuff. Our church puts up a bike-and-build group that bikes across the country and builds Habitat for Humanity style projects as they go. We let them camp out in sanctuary for a day or two.But certainly that has been part of (religious history) for centuries — the idea of literally refuge in a church. It’s something that shows you just the point we’ve come to, that people feel that they need to turn to a church for physical refuge from the federal government at a time like this.You were the first candidate to hire a faith outreach director. Why intentionally target people of faith in the Democratic primary?Another way to look at it is: why not have one?I think it just makes sense to reach people where they are. Some people are brought together by ethnicity or identity. Some by experience or economic role — that’s what a union is, right? The same is true with faith. So making sure that people who are organized through faith — or perhaps come to politics by way of faith — have a way to connect with our campaign on that wavelength is important to me.It’s not that we’re going to have a different message. Our message is the same for everybody. But we might find different relationships and connections to help ensure that message reaches people who maybe have not felt welcomed or spoken to by my party for some time, even though our positions might very well harmonize with their values.A few weeks ago here in DC you showed up at the Poor People’s Campaign protest outside the White House led in part by the Rev. William Barber, but remained silent — as you put it, offered a “silent witness.” What were you bearing witness to?What I saw was a moral call coming from people of many very different faith traditions, all concerned about how policies of this White House were harming those most in need of our support. And, to me, there’s a direct line between that moral call and what is in the Christian faith. But the people who were there were not all Christian. Nobody was there as a Democrat or a Republican, which is one of the reasons why I understood that my role was simply to be there and witness.There is something going on that is so much bigger than party politics right now. It’s a kind of stirring or, or reawakening. I try to speak about this with a certain kind of humility, because there’s been this kind of progressive dimension to religious activism for much longer than I’ve been on the scene. But it seems to be asserting itself in new ways, and it should be. Because what’s happening is I think a real affront to many of the principles that faith counsels us to uphold when we come into the public square.As a millennial and a person of faith, do you feel like you have to talk differently to your own famously nonreligious demographic when discussing religion?It can feel a little bit countercultural at times. But I guess I also see it as an opportunity to be something of a bridge-builder, to point out all the ways in which these different communities can hear each other. Because there’s certainly no contradiction to me between being young, being progressive and being Christian. I think maybe just providing an example of how that can come about might help others on various sides of these divides realize that we’ve got a common cause here.You’ve criticized those who invoke Christianity while supporting administration policies such as family separation, accusing some of misusing Scripture and misusing faith. Do you see their actions as sinful?I’ll be careful to use that word to kind of point out a speck in my brother’s eye. What I would say is that it’s clear that some naked sins are being at best condoned by people who then summon religious arguments. That rings more and more hollow. It’s not just that we might have a different interpretation of faith, it’s that these arguments no longer stack up even on their own merits, right?For example: Mike Pence’s view of Christian sexuality is obviously a little different than mine. But even with his view, it makes no sense to condone this president and his behavior. So there’s two layers to this. There’s the fact that I subscribe to a vision of faith that leads me to a certain place politically. But it’s also just seeing the hypocrisy among people who now endorse people and practices that are offensive, not only to my values, but to their own. 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How One Man Used Artificial Intelligence to Generate Genuine Sales Leads

first_img Register Now » This story appears in the December 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 1, 2015 If there’s one thing software company Ebsta understands, it’s customer relationship management. The San Diego- and London-based company sells a $10 per month per user Chrome browser extension that syncs customers’ email accounts to the Salesforce database to streamline the onerous task of updating a CRM system. But finding new prospects for Ebsta is difficult and, as vice president of sales Bernhard Peters points out, expensive — especially for a company with roughly $1 million in annual revenue. “We’re still a tiny company,” Peters says. “We have to be careful who we chase; we don’t have a lot of money or manpower to spare. Buying lists never works; they’re out of date. And data-mining companies charge at least $25,000 upfront, with no guarantee of ROI.”The FixPeters was in a San Diego restaurant when he overheard Olin Hyde, co-founder and CEO of Englue, explaining how his artificial intelligence product LeadCrunch could mine the web to uncover leads based on names of a company’s best customers. It’s the same technology Englue developed for a Lockheed Martin contract with the U.S. Navy.“The Navy uses our software to identify intent,” Hyde says. “In other words, determining whether that’s a commercial vessel traveling outside of traditional shipping lanes or a Chinese destroyer up to something suspicious. It does this by categorizing millions of variables to come up with a unique digital fingerprint.” That strategy can also be used to find qualified leads for sales managers.Peters introduced himself and later handed over a list of Ebsta’s 100 best U.S. customers, which he’d identified by the length of the sales cycle, cost of acquisition and amount of revenue each brought in. LeadCrunch took the names and scanned the web to find similarities among them. Once it had developed a unique digital profile for the ideal customer, the system searched for similar prospects. Within days, Peters had a list of 100 prospects to pursue.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessThe Result“The quality of the information was so much better than anything I’d ever seen,” Peters says. “We had names and direct emails and phone numbers of the real decision-makers.” Working that list, Peters saw a 30 percent conversion rate and slashed the time between initial outreach and a face-to-face meeting from 35 days to 10.More surprising, LeadCrunch opened Peters’ eyes to bigger enterprise-level customers. “It matches our culture with any company’s culture, no matter what size,” he says. “From the outside looking in, I would have thought, ‘No way we get them as a client.’ But LeadCrunch found the person in that company who was in sync with our vibe and would be receptive to our product.”Since then, Peters has gone back to LeadCrunch, paying $250 for 200 leads at a time. With each submission, he says, the tool grows smarter, and the conversion rate holds steady. “This is the first game-changing tool we’ve ever implemented,” he says.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingA Second Opinion“What’s interesting about LeadCrunch is that it’s based on what already works, not assumptions or gut feelings about the future, yet it still has the power to open the door for unexpected wins in totally new markets,” says Kelly Kuhn-Wallace, a Minneapolis-based marketing consultant focused on seed-stage startups. She believes LeadCrunch’s technology to be sound but says its pricing structure may not be sustainable. “I fully expect the pricing to go up as people discover how valuable it really is. So try it now, while it’s still cheap.”  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

ACR Education Center Bringing Breast Imaging Boot Camp to Saudi Arabia

first_img News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Breast Imaging | May 06, 2016 ACR Education Center Bringing Breast Imaging Boot Camp to Saudi Arabia Three-day event is first in ongoing series of workshops to be held in the Middle East Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more 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). Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Related Content News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more 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 | 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 May 6, 2016 — The American College of Radiology (ACR) is partnering with GE Healthcare and King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to bring the first-ever ACR-led imaging boot camp training for breast radiologists to the Middle East. The three-day Breast Imaging Boot Camp, to be held May 23–25 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will provide up to 40 practicing radiologists in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East with intensive hands-on experience in mammography and breast ultrasonography.Attendees will interpret more than 240 digital screening and diagnostic mammograms and other medical images. Interventional workshops will also be available in breast ultrasound and stereotactic biopsy. Participants will be guided toward developing their perceptive skills with direct assistance from a panel of expert radiologists.This will be the first in an ongoing series of boot camps and fellowships for radiologists across the region. Each boot camp is run by ACR’s experts and operates under the ACR Education Center. After successfully completing a workshop, participants will receive an ACR certificate of completion.For more information: www.acr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more read morelast_img read more