The Canadian Press CALGARY — A new report from the National Energy Board says the “primary factor” in recent steep discounts on western Canadian crude is that oil production outstripped export pipeline capacity by about 365,000 barrels per day.The background report was compiled for federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi who has asked the NEB for advice on how to optimize existing pipeline and rail transport.The NEB says it has launched an online forum to gather public input and will meet with pipeline companies, producers, shippers, government officials and other experts in January to gather more answers for the minister.The report notes that about one million barrels per day of nameplate Canadian oil pipeline capacity was added between 2013 and 2016 but there has been no new capacity since then.It estimates that the available pipeline takeaway capacity from Western Canada in September was 3.95 million barrels per day but that oil production had risen to about 4.3 million barrels per day.Discounts narrowed in early December after the Alberta government announced it would impose temporary curtailments of 325,000 barrels per day on the industry starting Jan. 1, a measure designed to draw down storage and restore normal market prices.
United Nations – The European Union on Monday reiterated its “full support” the process initiated under the aegis of the United Nations to achieve a political settlement to the artificial dispute over the Western Sahara.“We reaffirm our full support to the UN efforts to reach a lasting and mutually acceptable political solution” to the Western Sahara dispute, the EU Representative said before the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly.In this regard, he added that the European Union “takes note of efforts and developments since 2006 to ensure the implementation of Security Council resolutions” on this issue. He also underlined that the EU encourages the parties and neighboring States to “cooperate with the United Nations to advance the political process, show political will and work in an atmosphere that is propitious for dialogue in order to begin more intense negotiations in good faith and without preconditions”.
Rabat – As his congratulatory messages to Muslims at the onset of every religious feast have become habit, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has once again taken to his Facebook page to wish Muslims around the world a joyous Eid al-Fitr.In the nearly one-minute long Facebook video, Trudeau appears surrounded by a group of young people packing food products to be sent to poor Muslims in Canada so that they might share in the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.“There is nothing more Canadian than helping out your neighbors,” Trudeau said in the video, captioning it as follows: “Happy Eid al-Fitr! The community spirit I felt at Ramadan food banks in Montreal and Toronto reminds us all – no matter our backgrounds, we’re in this together.” The video has received major attention. Followers of Trudeau have expressed their admiration for his positions in respecting all residents in Canada, regardless of their religion.A comment from one of them reads, “Trudeau a man who doesn’t fear Muslims and sees them as humans. A man who respects the meaning of culture. A man who doesn’t tolerate hate and ignorance. Love your neighbors like you love yourself. Trudeau has brought back the age of heroes.”In honor of the occasion, Trudeau released a statement Saturday, wishing the Muslim of community of Canada “Happy Aid,” highlighting that it is one of “most important religious holidays” for them.“Tonight at sunset, Muslims in Canada and around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, also known as the festival of breaking of the fast,” he said. “Eid al-Fitr […] marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is a time to give thanks for the spiritual growth and the blessings received throughout the holy month.”Trudeau added that on this feast “family and friends gather to attend special morning prayers, exchange greetings and gifts,” underlying the country’s cultural diversity.“Canada’s cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and sources of pride,” he said.
“Thousands of villages and towns in low-lying areas have not seen flooding on this scale in generations,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters today in Geneva.Pakistan’s Federal Flood Commission estimates that more than 300,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged, more than 14,000 cattle have perished and 2.6 million acres of crop land is inundated.So far, some 1,600 people have lost their lives in the flooding triggered by monsoon rains, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said that 6 million people are in direct need of relief.Tomorrow morning, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes and representatives of the Pakistani Government will launch an appeal, estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, to respond to the floods.“Let me stress now that we must also give thought to medium and longer-term assistance. This will be a major and protracted task,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a press conference in New York yesterday. “I appeal for donors to generously support Pakistan at this difficult time.”OCHA announced today that more than $44 million in funds have been received, with up to $91 million pledged.The Office also noted that two thirds of those in need of assistance are in Punjab province, considered to be the bread-basket of the country.UNHCR said that its relief work has been focused in northern Pakistan where flooding has been most severe.“Normally, our work there is geared towards Afghan refugees and conflict-displaced Pakistanis, but in this instance, we are working equally for all affected communities, both Pakistani and Afghan,” Mr. Mahecic said.Of the 1.7 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan, 1.4 million are living in the hardest-hit flood areas, he noted.So far, the agency has provided more than 41,000 plastic tarpaulins, 14,500 family tents, 70,000 blankets and other supplies, but deliveries have been impeded by flooded roads and other ruined infrastructure.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that weather conditions improved slightly yesterday, allowing its helicopters to take off for the first time in three days to help transport urgently-needed supplies.The World Food Programme says that weather conditions improved slightly yesterday, allowing WFP to get its helicopters off the ground for the first time in three days to help the affected people in Pakistan. Some 600,000 people had essentially been cut off in the upper Swat Valley in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (PKP) over the weekend when poor weather prevented the aircraft from making deliveries.To date, WFP has reached nearly 340,000 people with one month’s worth of food in the areas most affected by the torrential flooding.For its part, the UN World Health Organization (WHO), which is coordinating the international health response in support of the Government, is treating tens of thousands of people via mobile and fixed health facilities. Since 21 July, WHO and its partners have carried out 200,000 consultations, out of which 5,000 were for diarrhoea.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) noted that in KPK, intermittent rain continues to hamper efforts to deliver assistance, but the agency is supplying oral rehydration salts for more than 2 million children and is assisting in a measles vaccination campaign. 10 August 2010The United Nations refugee agency’s staff on the ground in Pakistan are calling the devastating floods among the most difficult situations they have faced, stressing that the catastrophe is also testing the limits of the country’s emergency response capacity, as well as that of the world body and other agencies.
There was no change to any of the key posts in the United National Party (UNP) following the Working Committee meeting held today.The UNP Working Committee meeting took place at the party headquarters in Sirikotha today. Instead the party discussed the May Day rally of the UNP and the Local Government elections. (Colombo Gazette) There were reports that a new Deputy and Assistant leader will be appointed.However the UNP said that no such decision was taken at the meeting today.
Describing the two major set of recommendations to meet global challenges that world leaders will debate and decide on at the United Nations summit in September, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on a UN-affiliated women’s group to help seize the opportunity to reform the world body.Given the women’s interest in UN reform, “it could be quite some time before we again have before us such an impressive constellation of ideas, proposals and engagement. So let us act while these stars are in alignment,” he said at the thirtieth anniversary meeting of the Women’s International Forum.The Forum groups diplomats’ spouses and women ambassadors, senior Secretariat staff members and UN-based journalists.Mr. Annan said his proposals, set out in a document released in March called “In Larger Freedom,” drew on two wide-ranging reviews produced by the 16-member High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, chaired by former Thai Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun, and by the 250 drafters of the Millennium Project on development, chaired by UN Special Adviser Jeffrey Sachs.“But I also took into account my own conscience and convictions and my strong sense of what the United Nations stands for and what it must mean to the world’s people. And that led me to pay special attention to human dignity, as embodied in the struggle for human rights and the rule of law,” he said.His report could be summarized as: “we will not enjoy development without security, or security without development, and we will enjoy neither without human rights,” Mr. Annan said, adding that he had tried to create an agenda of bold yet achievable decisions to be taken in September.They include expanding the Security Council, replacing the Commission on Human Rights with a smaller, more focused body, making commitments to reach long-established aid targets and concluding the latest Doha Round of World Trade Organization (WTO) talks, he said.“Our challenge is to get from a set of proposals to a slate of decisions. Some of my suggestions have been criticized for having opened Pandora’s Box. Others are said to have gone too far, or not far enough,” he said.Four months away from the summit, however, there should be flexibility and a willingness to respond to the needs of others, Mr. Annan said. “The bully pulpit has its place; but so does the search for common ground.”
The United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan is sheltering around 2,500 people who fled an outbreak of violence over the weekend in the eastern town of Pibor, a spokesperson for the world body said today.“The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) confirms that on Sunday, fighting erupted in Pibor market between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and unidentified armed elements,” UN spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey told a news briefing in New York.The Mission is providing medical help to the injured and helped to evacuate two people from Pibor in Jonglei state to Juba, South Sudan’s capital. The spokesperson added that the Mission “is in contact with the SPLA and authorities to defuse the situation and ascertain facts.” South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July 2011. That same month, the Security Council established UNMISS with the purpose of consolidating peace and security and to help establish conditions for development.“UNMISS remains committed to protecting civilians, but underscores that the Government of South Sudan is primarily responsible for the maintenance of security and the protection of civilians,” said Mr. Del Buey.“The Mission reiterates its call to all parties in Pibor to avoid further violence and urges the authorities to take the necessary measures to ensure security.”The fighting comes as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He called on the continent’s leaders to boost efforts to lift millions out of poverty and end recurrent cycles of violence to accelerate development in the region. In late December, UNMISS sheltered some 5,000 people seeking safety at its base in Wau amidst violence and protests that began after officials said they would move the seat of local government out of Wau.
UC RUSAL, a leading global aluminium producer, has completed engineering works and the preparation of a testing site for the world’s most powerful RA-550 reduction cell. The first cell is expected to be commissioned in the third quarter 2016. The purpose of developing the RA-550 cell is to achieve breakthrough levels of technical and economic performance in aluminium smelting. According to estimates, the new cell will have a 50-80% higher productivity compared to the older RA-300 and RA-400 cell designs, reaching over 4 t/d of metal. Also, the new technical solutions to evacuate pot gases will improve the pot sealing coefficient, enabling better environmental efficiency compared to older designs.RA-550 design was started as a project by RUSAL’s Engineering and Technology Centre in 2007. Today a pilot potroom at the Sayanogorsk aluminium smelter is assembling engineering structures and busbars in a test production area, a substation has been built, and booster units have been installed. Fabrication of pot components has been launched, too.“RA-550 is a reduction cell with a breakthrough design for future smelters and upgrade projects at RUSAL’s existing smelting capacities. Alongside the technical and process standards, it is a compulsory requirement for any modern production facility to comply with health and safety standards and to minimize hazardous emissions into the atmosphere. So all technological processes involving RA-550 cells are supported by the most advanced process control systems,” says Viktor Mann, RUSAL’s Technical Director. “Back in the days it was SAZ that tested the RA-300 technology and brought RA-300 cells, which were later installed at the Khakass and Boguchansky aluminium smelters, into full scale industrial production. For many years the company has been investing in the development of proprietary technology – no further development or retention of competitive advantages is possible without it. Moreover, with new technology at hand we can enter external technological design markets, too.”RUSAL has also become the first Russian company to join the UN IMPACT 2030 network. IMPACT 2030 is aimed to help deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a set of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and address climate change. It was initiated by a private sector led global collaboration supporting the UN Resolution adopted by the 66th General Assembly. The resolution welcomes the broader involvement of the private sector to support volunteerism, and encourages further engagement through the expansion of corporate volunteering and employee volunteer activities.IMPACT 2030 is supported by a global private sector in collaboration with the United Nations, civil society, academia and other stakeholders. The mission of IMPACT 2030 is to exchange knowledge, coordinate, develop and extend up to date tools of employee involvement into corporate volunteering.Since 2002 RUSAL has been a member of the UN Global Compact and has regularly developed, implemented and reported on Global Compact’s 10 principals of corporate sustainability. Since 2015 RUSAL has been represented in the UN Global Compact Russian Network.Since 2010 RUSAL has been implementing social programs aimed at developing the culture of charity, volunteering, social partnership between governments, businesses and local communities in the regions of operation. Particular attention has been paid to the development of volunteering, for example Believe in Miracles, Create Miracles, the large-scale Christmas and New Year charity volunteering quest run since 2011 in the framework of RUSAL’s Helping is Easy social program, and www.pomogat-prosto.ru web-portal (Russian) launched in 2014 to unite socially oriented NGOs and volunteers.In 2015 RUSAL contributed to establishing the Russian National Council of Corporate Volunteering, uniting more than 20 Russian companies and organisations.“The exchange of best practices and experiences within the global business community will create new corporate volunteering opportunities in Russia. IMPACT 2030 aligns companies, their employees and volunteers to meet today’s global challenges. Concurrently, it will help each company that joins the network to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals and also create more corporate volunteers in the process”, comments Vera Kurochkina, Director for Corporate Communications, UC RUSAL.
E3 2019 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Gods & MonstersSo this is a brand new title from the team behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which is a very good development team!What can we expect from this game? Hard to say. We saw very little, but the art style is heavily stylized and ‘cartoony’ for want of a better word. It also seems to be combat based, like sword swinging and the like. I have a feeling this could be extremely cool, but given how little they showed it’s probably a long way away. Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Share your voice Comments It all feels very seamless, transitioning between players. It’s a unique mechanic and I can’t wait to experiment with it.Also — oh my god, it’s Clint Hocking’s new game. For the uninitiated, that’s the guy behind the legendary Far Cry 2, one of the most sophisticated, influential open world games ever made. Damn.Also — you can play as a Grandma. Wow. This is an ambitious video game. There were also a number of updates on upcoming episodes, including a brand new raid.Ubisoft is also making a The Division movie with Netflix which is just insane. I misheard and though they said the movie was being directed by David Lynch. Turns out it was just David Leitch, the guy behind Deadpool 2. That’s still pretty awesome,Rainbow Six QuarantineThis looks like a three player co-op game made by a new team in Montreal. They’re hoping to reinvent co-op gameplay, but didn’t show too much.It has zombies and guns. It’s a zombie gun game. The game comes out October 4 but a beta goes live September 5.Roller ChampionsMan, this looks awesome. It’s a sports game, mixed with racing I guess?But the interesting part: an alpha is available right now on Uplay for PC.Roller Champions looks like a cross between Rocket League and that old classic game Speedball. I’m showing my age here, but I’m extremely keen on this.The Division 2The big announcement here was that, from June 13 till June 16, Ubisoft is making The Division 2 free to play. Watch Dogs 3 (2020) pic.twitter.com/OU3mNfXYJP— Foxcade (@SuperFoxcade) June 10, 2019 Ubisoft Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Ghost Recon BreakpointLook John Bernthal is no Keanu Reeves, but he’s pretty damn good! He came along with a DOG — a REAL DOG — to promote Ghost Recon Breakpoint. https://twitter.com/Joabyjojo/status/1138183572496441344I’m really excited about this lovely dog.This game is very much shooty shooty bang bang power fantasy stuff, but Ubisoft rarely makes a mess of its Ghost Recon series. This looks like it could be an interesting co-op experience. We didn’t get to see too much of the game in actual action though.Also: Ubisoft announced it would be bringing back AI players for folks who like single player. The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Uplay+Well this made things super interesting. Uplay+ kicks off much like a broad games service like Microsoft game pass in September 2019. Mainly a subscription service thUplay will be available on Stadia. This is part of what Ubisoft referred to as a “partnership”. Very interesting.More details here in our full story.Upcoming E3 press conferencesSaturday, June 8Electronic Arts — The game maker showed off 15 minutes of gameplay for its upcoming adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It also announced new features for its free-to-download Apex Legends last-man-standing battle royale game, offering a new character and weapon to play with. The company also showed off a new paid update for The Sims 4, called Island Living, that brings the series to a tropical beach. Finally, the company did discuss drama over the mixed reviews for its Anthem action adventure game, saying it “learned a lot” and had more updates and features planned soon.Sunday, June 9Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD. The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.Bethesda — Bethesda kicked off its event with humility over the mixed response to Fallout 76, but quickly went back on the offensive. Fallout 76 got a new Battle Royale mode, Wolfenstein Youngblood received a new trailer and a co-op mode. We got a new game called Deathloop from the clever folks behind Dishonored and Bethesda introduced us to Orion, a piece of tech from ID Software designed to make game streaming better on services like Google Stadia. The lion’s share of attention, however, went to Doom Eternal, which looked fantastic in both single player and multiplayer.Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — This annual PC Gaming Show is held at a theater a short walk from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but still draws a large crowd, filling the 1,700-person capacity downtown Mayan Theater. Inside, the usual suspects, from Halo to Doom, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the crowd cheered for PC-centric games including Zombie Army 4, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Terraria: Journey’s End. (No, the game sequel problem isn’t any better on PCs.) The highlight was a brief onstage appearance by legendary game designer Yu Suzuki, responsible for classics such as Hang-On and Virtua Fighter. His long-awaited Shenmue 3 is expected in November, 18 years after Shenmue 2. Ubisoft — The French gaming giant announced its next big dystopian hacking adventure game, Watch Dogs: Legion, launching March 2020. The new game is set in near-future post-Brexit London, where the economy is failing and government is breaking down. The company also announced a new television show, called Mythic Quest, that will launch on Apple TV Plus. And it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Just Dance party games. Square Enix — Aside from the Final Fantasy 7 remake release date announcement, Square Enix also showed off its new comic book tie-in, Marvel’s Avengers: A Day. Though the new game is different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some fans criticized the character’s looks. It’s coming in 2020.Tuesday, June 11Nintendo — The Mario maker surprised fans with announcement of a new Legend of Zelda game, which appeared to be a direct sequel to the critical darling The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This new title appears to be a sequel to Breath of the Wild, too. It also announced its newest Animal Crossing game is being delayed to 2020, and gave a look at Luigi’s Mansion 3, coming later this year.We’ll be thereCNET will be on the ground, covering covering E3 2019 alongside our sister site, Gamespot. We’ll update this page throughout the show as more games are announced. Tags I think that was the first playable grandma in E3 history??— Kirk Hamilton (@kirkhamilton) June 10, 2019 2 • 17 Photos The new version of Ubisoft’s hacking world game takes place in a future dystopian London. Ubisoft The Ubisoft E3 press conference just happened. That was actually pretty interesting! We saw new footage of Watch Dogs Legion and new games like Gods and Monsters and Roller Champions were announced.The E3 schedule is in full swing. Microsoft brought the heat with a new console announcement and Bethesda brought the Battle Royale and Halo Eternal. EA showed off Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and uh… not much else really.And also there was Keanu.If you need to play catch-up we have conveniently put every single trailer so far in this handy post, but there’s still plenty to come. The E3 Nintendo Direct and Square Enix’s E3 conference is still en route.But back to Ubisoft.Watch Dogs Legion Ubisoft Watch Dogs Legion leaked early doors, but at Ubisoft’s conference we got an in-depth look at what the game will look and play like.As expected Watch Dogs Legion is set in a post-Brexit dystopian surveillance state. Hacking, combat and other open world staples are a huge part of the game but — the leaks were accurate — the game also has a mechanic whereby you can recruit players and then control them in the game world. Different characters will have different skillsets and it’s up to you to figure out who’s best for which mission.Gunplay is mixed up with some really cool interactive stuff — at one point the player hacked a car to drive on its own and run over enemies. Very slick stuff. 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New Delhi: Close to 14,000 people living in low-lying areas along the Yamuna in Delhi were evacuated till Tuesday noon as the river was flowing at 206.08 metres after crossing the danger mark. The Yamuna breached the danger mark of 205.33m on Monday night and was expected to get more water by late Tuesday or early Wednesday from upstream in Haryana, a Flood Control Department official told IANS. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The water level was rising due to rains in northern India and discharge of water from Hathni Kund Barrage in Haryana. “Water is being released from the barrage every hour,” the official said, adding Haryana released 8.28 lakh cusecs of water on Sunday evening. The water discharged from the barrage — which provides drinking water to Delhi — normally takes 72 hours to reach the capital, the official said. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us Hundreds live along the banks of the Yamuna and they were being moved to safer places since Sunday. “Till Tuesday, over 13,635 people from low-lying areas across the city have been shifted and the process is still on. More people will be shifted as we are expecting more water by late Tuesday night,” the official added. The Yamuna crossed the “warning mark” of 204.5m late on Sunday night and the process of shifting people started then. Advertise With Us On Monday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged people living in the floodplains to move to the tents set up by the Delhi Government. The government has set up 46 relief camps with 2,120 tents having electricity, water, food and toilets. Haryana releases water during monsoon. In 2013 it released 8.06 lakh cusecs of water, pushing up the Yamuna’s level in Delhi to 207.3m. “Considering the huge volume of water released on Sunday, Yamuna’s water level may cross that mark this time,” the official added. Delhi witnessed the worst floods in 1978 when the river’s level touched a record 207.49m.
Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber appears on the “Fox & friends” television program in New York, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. The newly crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)Deshuana Barber, the recently crowned Miss USA, not only exemplifies patriotism through her service in the Army Reserve, but also through her willingness to serve others.“I think that it is important not necessarily to serve in the military, but to provide some sort of service to the country, because the military is not for everybody” she told the AFRO in a June 17 phone interview.The 26-year-old’s advocacy of service does not put her in favor of initiating the draft for women or men, in response to the possibility raised by a June 14 U.S. Senate vote that approved a defense bill, 85-13, that included an amendment that would require women to register for the selective service, according to news reports.“I actually don’t think that anyone should be required to enter the draft,” she said. “Only because I think that, especially my service to the military, it was a choice.”Coming from a military household where both her mother and father served in the Armed Forces, one of Barber’s top initiatives as Miss USA is to create awareness for veteran’s issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).“I’m bringing awareness to this issue,” she said. “I’m pushing families and friends that have soldiers returning from deployment to make sure that they pay attention to the soldier, that they recognize certain signs that the soldier may be suffering from PTSD that the soldier might be having an issue acclimating themselves back into state side activities.”The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports that there are anywhere from 11 percent to 30 percent of veterans suffering from PTSD, but the number can vary by gender or service area. PTSD caused by sexual assault or harassment can vary anywhere from 23 percent to 38 percent among veterans, according to the data.Winning the crown on June 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada, made Barber the ninth Black woman to win the Miss USA pageant since 1990 and the second Black woman from D.C., according to pageantnews.com.Barber is a Quartermaster Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve who was stationed in Washington D.C. She joined the Army at the age of 17.Even though Barber was employed with the U.S. Department of Commerce in D.C., she recently resigned to fulfill her duties as Miss USA, but she will continue her service with the Army Reserve. According to missuniverse.com, Barber is the first active duty soldier to win the Miss USA title.She is currently stationed in New York where she said she is preparing to “master every single category” for the Miss Universe pageant, including nutrition, fashion, fitness and the interview.“I really didn’t get that girly side or that girly aspect of my childhood, so pageants really intrigued me — the makeup, the hair styles, the dresses,” she said. “It really allowed me to get in touch with that feminine side that I really didn’t get a chance to grow up with or have it instilled with my childhood. I love pageants because it gives me the chance to feel like a woman.”
Whether you liked it or not, you can’t deny that Suicide Squad made a pile of cash for Warner Brothers. The slightly lighter tone was a relief from the grimdark that’s been the trademark of the DC Cinematic Universe, and although the plot was a disaster and the special effects lousy, some great performances from Will Smith and Margot Robbie stood out.So, because any movie that makes a fair amount of money gets a sequel, we can safely predict Suicide Squad II: 2 Suicide 2 Squad will hit theaters sometime in 2018. While Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and Captain Boomerang will obviously make their way back, the whole point of the Squad is that members are pretty much disposable.We read every single Suicide Squad comic DC ever published to come up with our list of 11 picks for the next batch. This list only includes characters who served with Task Force X in the comics, because we care about the source material. Not that we want to see any of these men and women end up with a bullet in their brains, mind you. But that’s just life in the Suicide Squad. Bronze Tiger1/11Probably the most interesting member of the original Squad who didn’t make the movie, the Bronze Tiger is a fascinating inner-city parallel of Batman. At the age of ten, he killed a burglar with a kitchen knife and unleashed a murderous rage that would haunt him for his entire life. The Tiger traveled the world, becoming one of the DC Universe’s most gifted martial artists. In the Squad, he’s there of his own free will, knowing that Waller’s missions will give him the opportunity to use his training in ways that will help the U.S. government.<><>
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The problem lies in the way findings are presented. If a group of researchers, for example, applies something (chemical, food, energy, etc.) that is to cause an effect on something else (nerve cells, populations, inanimate objects, etc.) and finds the amount of change caused by the main thing that is being studied is “significant” but the change in the control group is not, they cannot then, reasonably compare the two results and come up with something that they consider significant unless the differences between the two are actually statistically significant (based on additional research).Why such errors appear in so many research papers is open to debate. Whether it’s due to researchers wishing to overstate their findings, ignorance, or simple sloppiness, it’s clear that more scrutiny and peer review must be done by researchers before submitting their work. Of course, that’s only half the equation, why are journals who obviously take their reputations very seriously not properly vetting such papers before publishing them?In their study, the group reviewed 513 papers published in five different highly regarded journals over a two year period. They found half of the papers (where such an error was possible) had the error in them. In addition they also found that when looking at 120 articles published on Nature Neuroscience (with cell and molecular themes) that 25 had the error in them.Clearly there is a serious problem here; this research project highlights a problem that is likely present in other areas of science as well; namely the inaccuracies present in science journals, mainstream science magazines, the media and perhaps even in classroom lectures. Failing to check for and fix simple statistical inaccuracies in papers presenting results obtained in research, calls into question their very integrity.Hopefully research studies such as this one will cause alarm both in the research and publishing communities and bring about better controls on both. Citation: Study finds statistical error in large numbers of neuroscience papers (2011, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-statistical-error-large-neuroscience-papers.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Erroneous analyses of interactions in neuroscience: a problem of significance, Nature Neuroscience 14, 1105–1107 (2011) doi:10.1038/nn.2886AbstractIn theory, a comparison of two experimental effects requires a statistical test on their difference. In practice, this comparison is often based on an incorrect procedure involving two separate tests in which researchers conclude that effects differ when one effect is significant (P < 0.05) but the other is not (P > 0.05). We reviewed 513 behavioral, systems and cognitive neuroscience articles in five top-ranking journals (Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron and The Journal of Neuroscience) and found that 78 used the correct procedure and 79 used the incorrect procedure. An additional analysis suggests that incorrect analyses of interactions are even more common in cellular and molecular neuroscience. We discuss scenarios in which the erroneous procedure is particularly beguiling.via Guardian Explore further US scientists significantly more likely to publish fake research (PhysOrg.com) — Sander Nieuwenhuis and his associates from the Netherlands have done a study on one particular type of statistical error that apparently crops up in an inordinately large number of papers published in neuroscience journals. In their paper, published in Nature Neuroscience, they claim that up to half of all papers published in such journals contain the error.
Technology | January 24, 2011 Software Company Expects Increased Demand for Mobile Applications Related Content News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… 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 News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more The Ambra Health mobile app provides medical image access across Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists’ 21 locations. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Mobile Device App Viewing in Radiology Mo… read more January 24, 2011 – A medical picture archiving and communication system (PACS) is now compatible with Apple’s smart phones, portable tablets and other devices. The system, by New Mexico Software, is available on the Apple App Store.It is part of the company’s effort to engineer mobile medical applications for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android “Honeycomb” operating systems.”We are seeing increasing interest from our customers to use our software on smart phones and tablets to make them more productive,” said Rafael Rubio, vice president of product development. The company’s XR-EXpress PACS software can integrate with an existing hospital PACS to add iPad access for doctors without any major IT changes. Doctors can use this new interface so that they have the latest patient information including notes, images and complete patient files.A recent article from AuntMinnie.com cited a new study that shows that Italian radiologists reviewing CT and MR images on smart phones were as accurate as those reading images from PACS workstations. However, it noted that reading from the smaller screen smart phones produced greater eye strain, indicating that the devices are probably best used for consulting rather than primary interpretation.For more information: www.nmxc.net, www.nmxs.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | April 02, 2014 Pencil Beam Scanning Increases Precision of Proton Therapy Pencil beam scanning expands types of tumors treated at Procure Proton Therapy Center The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more April 2, 2014 — Proton beam therapy, already the most advanced and precise form of radiation therapy for the eradication of cancers, has taken a major technological leap forward with the introduction of pencil beam scanning at the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, N.J., the only proton facility in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state region. Doctors can now use an ultra narrow proton beam to deposit dose even more precisely within a cancer, thereby minimizing the dose to surrounding normal tissues to reduce the risk of side effects.Unlike conventional radiation treatments in which the beam penetrates all the way through the target tumor into the normal tissues behind the cancer, proton beams deliver their dose to the tumor without any dose reaching the deeper tissues. Pencil beam scanning couples this unique property of the proton beam with an electronically guided scanning system that delicately and precisely moves a beam of pencil point sharpness back and forth across each layer of the tumor’s thickness to paint the tumor with radiation in three dimensions while eliminating dose to the normal tissues on the other side of the cancer. This ultra precision makes pencil beam scanning an ideal treatment for irregularly shaped tumors that are located next to critical tissues and organs, such as tumors of the prostate, brain or eye.Proton therapy is clinically proven to be beneficial in treating a broad range of tumor types including prostate, head and neck, brain, central nervous system, lung, sarcomas, gastrointestinal and many pediatric cancers. Because of its unique precision compared to standard radiation treatment, proton therapy minimizes the risk of radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. The addition of pencil beam scanning enables physicians to configure the proton beam’s range and dosage to an even more precise three-dimensional target area, further limiting side-effects patients may experience.“Pencil beam scanning is one of the most highly developed tools available to radiation oncologists today, and we are very pleased to offer our patients this new dimension of precision and flexibility in planning radiation treatments,” said Oren Cahlon, medical director of the ProCure Proton Therapy Center and a partner of Princeton Radiation Oncology. “With the increased accuracy of pencil beam scanning, we can now use proton therapy to treat some of the most challenging tumors, helping to ensure that more patients will have access to a precise radiation treatment with reduced risk of side-effects.”Michael Cutilo, two-time cancer survivor and one of the first prostate cancer patients to be treated with pencil beam scanning for a recurrence after undergoing a prostatecomy, states, “Anytime you can treat someone with cancer through a minimally invasive technology such as proton therapy, it’s a step in the right direction. I’ve received proton therapy for the last month — my treatment duration has been short, and I’m feeling little to no side-effects.”While traditional proton therapy achieves treatment precision through the use of custom-made compensators and apertures designed to shape and limit penetration of the beam, these devices must be designed for each patient and changed throughout the course of therapy as tumors change shape or position. Doing away with these components through the use of pencil beam scanning technology will reduce the time it takes to deliver proton therapy to patients.“Embracing advanced technology at our center is an important element as we look for ways to provide patients with the most effective and efficient treatments,” said Cahlon. “It is our mission at ProCure to improve the lives of patients with cancer by expanding access to proton therapy to optimize both the chance of cure and the quality of life for our patients.”For more information: www.procure.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more
Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has launched themed cruises for its upcoming Australian season, including a seven-night Boutique Gin and Culinary Cruise, a five-night Military History Cruise, and a one-night in-port Fringe World event to take place aboard the newest ship to join the CMV fleet, Vasco da Gama.“We’re always excited to provide new offerings as these can really resonate with our agents’ clients,” says Darren Chigwidden, National Sales Manager (AU & NZ) of CMV Australia.“These themed sailings will provide more incentive for clients to book onto these voyages as guests will have a unique experience on board Vasco da Gama, the newest addition to CMV’s fleet.” To introduce CMV to a local audience who may not be regular cruisers, the ship will host an in-port Festival of the Fringe entertainment in Fremantle on 1 February 2020, with roving performers, live music and DJs into the early hours and overnight accommodation, breakfast and dinner onboard Vasco da Gama.Believed to be the world’s first gin-themed cruise, the Boutique Gin and Culinary Cruise, sails from Adelaide to Fremantle and will showcase the very best local produce from South Australia and Western Australia, with cooking demonstrations, lectures from gin experts and master distiller, and hosted gin tastings.Sailing from Sydney to Adelaide, the Military History Cruise will be a distinctive voyage of heritage and history, with on-board events programmed around Australia’s involvement in past conflicts and the little-known story of how close it was to arriving on our shores. The cruise will also offer shore excursions focussed on visits to historic monuments and memorials in Melbourne, lectures from ex-military personnel, and research workshops with the Virtual War Memorial Australia.*Supplementary charges may apply australiaCMVcruiseCruise & Maritime Voyagesthemed cruises
July 28, 2003ITALIAN NIGHT at Arcosanti was presented jointly by the Colly Soleri Music Center and the Italian Institute of Culture. Arcosanti residents and workshoppers gathered to prepare for this big event. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler] >>left>> Chef Robert Fresquez came from Phoenix to supervise production of the special menu. >>right>> Resident Jeff Buderer and workshopper Dana Coelho helped with food preparation. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler] The crew arranged the 300 place set-up. Sunflowers are in bloom, so Agriculture manager Adam Nordfors assembled beautiful floral arrangements for the tables. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler] The Vaults provide a dramatic ‘al fresco’ dinner setting. The menu consisted of: Antipasto – Brushetta with Black Bean Slather and Arcosanti Olives, Pasta – Penne with Rapini in the Wheelbarrow, Pollo Galatina, Rattatouille, Risotto with Mushrooms and Peas and Mixed Vegetables, Mixed Greens Salad with Chef Robert’s Special Fresh Lemon Dressing, Demi Baguette Bread and for Desert – Lemon Italian Ice with Mini Biscotti and Red Grapes. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler] >>left>> Mickey Hamil and Hiroshi Kondo prepared a wheel barrow in the Ceramic Apse. >>right>> True to tradition Paolo served the pasta dish from this wheel barrow. Workshopper Jennifer Wolf helped. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler] Paolo is served delicious chicken by landscaping employee Yvonne Brooks. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler] Since visitors filled most of the tables, residents and workshoppers got their meal sitting on the stairs beside the vaults. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler] The Concert audience filled the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. Cellist Luca Pincini and pianist Gilda Butta delighted the crowd with a program including pieces by Claude Debussy and Asta Piazzolla. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & text: Shirlee Wheeler]
One of Europe’s most prestigious conferences on health psychology will be held this year in Cyprus.The conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS 2015) will be held from September 1 to 5 at the Grand Resort in Limassol and it is expected to attract more than 700 participants from all over the world, organisers said on Monday.EHPS is a professional organisation formed to promote empirical and theoretical research in Health Psychology. Each year a four-day conference is organised at locations across Europe, with the aim of presenting the most important developments in the field of Health Psychology.The theme of EHPS 2015 is titled “Principles of behaviour change in health and illness” and it will be consisted with presentations from world renowned researchers, professors and professionals. Keynote speakers include Professors Howard S. Friedman, Susan Michie, Ronan O’Carroll and JoAnne Dahl.Ten parallel sessions with more than 300 oral presentations from a wide range within health psychology topics will take place during the conference involving symposia, roundtables, participatory sessions, overview talks and workshops.The conference is co-hosted by the University of Cyprus (Department of Psychology) and the Cyprus Psychologists’ Association.Further information on EHPS 2015 can be found on the conference’s official website: www.ehps2015.org. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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