Exclusive Interview Priyanka Chopra Talks About Miss America Family Time And SelfConfidence

first_imgLookToTheStars.org recently talked to UNICEF ambassador Priyanka Chopra about Miss America, family time and self-confidence.As Miss World 2000, how did you feel when Americans jeered at South-Asian Nina Davuluri for being an “Arab terrorist,” when she was crowned Miss America?It’s awful. It’s beyond horrific for me—she was raised and brought up in America. She is an American.I understand where some people could be coming from — Nina is not that quintessential White American girl. But, that’s not what America is anymore. It’s so many different cultures. So many different people.I think it is victory for Nina, and so many other people, and so many other ethnicities, who are raised and brought up in America: to see a little part of themselves on stage.It’s great the achievement Nina has had, and I wish her so much success.How important is dinnertime with the family?I never get time — I try and make as much time with the family as I can.Dinnertime is very, very important. It roots you. It grounds you. It gives you a feeling that you know there is someone you can fall back on.Tell me about your self-initiated It’s cool to repeat [clothes] campaign on Twitter.Everybody’s flawed in some way or another. Nobody can be perfect. And everybody will have an opinion about you differently.First and foremost, you need to accept the fact that you are flawed. And that’s what makes your beautiful.It’s cool to be yourself. Be whatever you want to be. The important thing about how to do that is to not care about what people think — it’s the hardest thing to do.We live in a society where every one will judge you. And every one has an opinion about you. But, accept yourself — it took me years to be able to do that. I had peer pressure.Accept who you are. It takes experience. It takes acceptance.It shouldn’t make you hardened — “I don’t care what people say.” I mean, it’s important to care. (You live in a society where no man is an island.) But, it shouldn’t change what you are intrinsically.If you could tell all the youth of the world one thing, what would it be?Own it.There are so many people telling you what’s cool and what’s not. There are so many people telling you what’s right, and if you speak like this, if wear this, if you like this, if you listen to this type of music, you’re cooler.But, we need to reach a point where we sit back — by ourselves — and say, “You know what? So, what if people don’t like blah-blah-blah musician? I do!” And it’s fine.Our choices should not define what we are, or what we are capable of being. We need to start saying that: “It’s my choice for now. I can change it tomorrow. It’s cool to be me.”People just need to stop being embarrassed about whoever, whatever they are.LookToTheStars.org thanks Priyanka for taking the time to talk to us.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Nutrien to sell Israel Chemical stake for expected US700 million

first_imgSASKATOON – Fertilizer giant Nutrien Ltd. (TSX:NTR) says it plans to sell all of its holdings in Israel Chemicals Ltd. in a secondary share offering for an expected US$700 million.The sale comes as one of the requirements set out by global regulators for Potash Corp. and Agrium Inc. to merge to become Nutrien.Nutrien also needs to sell its shareholdings in Arab Potash Co. and Chile-based SQM within 18 months, and had to sell off some U.S. operations and convert its holdings in China-based Sinofert Holdings Ltd. to a passive investment before it closed the merger.The company secured U.S. approval for the deal in late December to clear the way for the company to start trading on Jan. 2 as Nutrien, since approvals from Canada, India, China, Brazil and Russia were already in place.The combined company, which has fertilizer mining operations in Canada and the U.S. as well as more than 1,500 farm retail centres globally, proposed the merger as a way to expand its combined reach and achieve $500 million a year in cost savings.Nutrien, now with about a $43-billion market capitalization, is headquartered in Saskatoon with corporate offices in Calgary.last_img read more

Bank of Canada deputy Macklem sounds warning on housing market consumer debt

KINGSTON, Ont. — Bank of Canada senior deputy governor Tiff Macklem said Thursday the economy is expected to pick up this year, but sounded a note of caution amid a soft housing market and weak export demand.[np_storybar title=”Tiff Macklem emerges as front-runner to succeed Mark Carney at Bank of Canada” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2012/11/27/tiff-macklem-emerges-as-front-runner-to-succeed-mark-carney-at-bank-of-canada/”%5DBank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem has emerged as the front-runner to succeed Mark Carney as head of the central bank as it grapples with slowing growth and record consumer debt levels. Continue reading.[/np_storybar]“Near-term momentum now appears to be slightly softer than previously anticipated,” Macklem said in a speech at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.“The strength and durability of the pick-up in growth through 2013 and beyond will depend critically on how successful we are in regearing our growth to exports, investment and innovation.”The Bank of Canada is expected to update its economic projections later this month when it makes its next interest rate decision on Jan. 23.The central bank’s overnight rate has sat at 1% for more than two years.In its monetary policy report in October, the Bank of Canada predicted the economy would grow by 2.2% in 2012, 2.3% in 2013 and 2.4% in 2014.Macklem is considered by many to be the front-runner to replace Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, who is leaving later this year to head the Bank of England.These trends are not sustainableIn his speech, Macklem reiterated many of the same themes Carney has hammered on repeatedly in recent months including concerns about consumer debt.He noted that Canadians are more indebted than the Americans or the British and housing activity is at a near record share of the economy.“These trends are not sustainable,” Macklem said.“The good news is that there are now signs a gradual correction of these imbalances may be under way. It is too early to tell whether it will continue, and there are risks on both sides.”Macklem’s worries about a softer than expected economy follow a report last that month that the country’s gross domestic product rose just 0.1% in October after a flat September and a 0.1% contraction in August.However, Statistics Canada said last week that the Canadian economy created 40,000 jobs in December, adding to 59,300 created in November.The unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage points to 7.1%, its lowest rate in four years.The Canadian Press read more

Transport for London apologises after refusing to waive congestion charge fine for

Frustrated at the way TfL treated her, Hickey posted a picture of the rejection letter  on Twitter, sparking outrage from hundreds of users, including Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. TfL was forced to retract a £250 fine levied against Cairis Hickey after admitting it had sent her a “highly insensitive letter” and “handled this incorrectly”. She had appealed the fine on the basis that she had been overwhelmed with grief, but TfL had rejected her case.  “Thank you TfL for acknowledging my miscarriage would have been a ‘distressing time’,”… Transport for London has been forced to apologise to a grieving woman whom it fined for forgetting to pay the congestion charge the day after she had a miscarriage.  read more

Sandvik Minings drill compressor management system cuts fuel consumption

first_imgRecent test have indicated that the patented Sandvik Compressor Management System (CMS) has reduced fuel consumption by 20-35% as well as extend the life of the engine and compressor and lower emissions. The CMS can be installed on existing Sandvik rotary drills and was recently put to the test as Sandvik Mining teamed up with the coal producer, Cloud Peak Energy.The Sandvik CMS provides a solution to the inherent inefficiencies of rotary blasthole drills that have a direct connection between the engine and compressor. The system isolates the compressor and eliminates the need to maintain pressure when the machine is not drilling. This reduces the load on the engine, saving a significant amount of fuel and reducing wear and tear.Cloud Peak Energy chose to have the Sandvik CMS retrofitted onto a 14-year-old rotary drill at its Cordero Rojo coal mine located in Gillette, Wyoming. Once the system was installed and calibrated, Sandvik engineers used the machine’s Engine Control Module (ECM) data as a reference point.For a five week test, there was a reduction of 26.2% of fuel consumption, translating to significant savings of approximately $108,000 and more than 300 t of carbon emissions annually on fuel alone. Additional savings are expected from increasing the engine life.Mark Gilbertson, Director of Asset Management for Cloud Peak Energy said “As part of our environmental stewardship program we work to reduce fuel use and emissions. The CMS will save us thousands of gallons of fuel every year.”Cloud Peak Energy purchased two new Sandvik drill rigs for 2013 with Sandvik CMS installed.“With this customer trial, we wanted to prove that the CMS could consistently produce significant savings for our customers,” said Ken Stapylton, Vice President for Rotary and HP DTH Drilling, Sandvik Mining. “We will continue to collaborate with customers to ensure we are bringing industry-leading products to market that make mining operations safer, cleaner and more efficient.”last_img read more

Worst yet to come Greeks in Brisbane evacuate flood struck West End

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek residents in Brisbane’s West End area, have been forced to evacuate or are preparing to evacuate their homes as flashflooding worsens in the Queensland region. All of the streets that line the river in West End have been evacuated while the riverside of West End is underwater, honourary secretary of the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Brisbane, Michael Anastas told Neos Kosmos today. “West End is a central Greek population, there’s probably a few thousand Greeks living in that area,” Mr Anastas said. “The main business district, where we are based, is further back, a few hundred metres from the river, so we’re okay for now and don’t expect to be flooded,” he added. The Greek Community has already received a number of calls from their community members asking for assistance and food, Mr Anastas said. “Food supplies are depleting fairly quickly. As far as we know, out of the supermarkets that can be accessed there’s a dwindling supply of food,” he said. The Greek Community of St George is currently determining whether or not its premises can be useful for other evacuations in the area. The community’s Southside nursing home services are shut because they could not supply food to clients and because employees have been told to stay home and not risk travelling to and from work. “We’ve relocated those people and relocated people in need to other nursing homes,” Mr Anastas said. “The nursing home itself is not affected,” he said, adding “we run a number of centres and offsite nursing services and we’ve contacted all those patients and people who live at home to make sure they’re okay. Some elderly people have had to be evacuated”. The church has a register of community members who have offered to billet others in their homes whilst the community is currently running on a skeleton staff, as people have been advised not to travel, Mr Anastas said. Describing the scene, Mr Anastas said Queenslanders are currently experiencing the calm before the storm. “It’s very eerie, there’s sunshine at the moment, but we’re expecting more rain coming this afternoon,” he said. Pontoons have torn away from the shore and unpiloted boats are drifting down the river, while one boat has crashed into Victoria bridge, Mr Anastas said. NUGAS president, Lex Georgiou, who is from Brisbane but currently lives in Sydney, said her parents are among those forced to evacuate their riverside home in West End. “Where we live in West End is predominantly a Greek area. The river bank broke yesterday, our house is quite high up along the river so while other houses had started to be affected the water hadn’t reached our house yet,” Ms Georgiou told Neos Kosmos. “I was on the phone with my family all day yesterday as they were starting to pack up our house. I had ten friends go over and pack up my room yesterday afternoon and since then water has risen to about two metres and has come into the house,” she said. With furniture all packed into the highest levels of the family’s 200 year old colonial style mansion, which survived the 1974 floods, Ms Georgiou said her parents cannot leave by car and must wait for boats to pick them up. “This story is very typical of what’s going on in West End at the moment,” Ms Georgiou said. “My parents are trying not to worry, they’re just trying to get everything done”. The King Tide came in today and the river is expected to peak tomorrow, Ms Georgiou said. “The thing that concerns me is that a restaurant on the waterfront, just round the corner from our house, has sunk. Our neighbours’ jetties have become detached and are just floating; it’s going to be a very dangerous situation”. “We just don’t know how bad the damage is going to be to the house, but at the moment the amount of volunteers and people coming forward to help has been amazing,” Ms Georgiou said. Electricity has been switched off in the area and residents have been told to conserve water usage, she added. The parish priest Father Dimitri told Neos Kosmos the worst is expected to hit the sunshine state tomorrow. “We’ve seen better days,” he said, adding “a lot of the suburbs closer to the river have already flooded or are expecting to”. Father Dimitri said the most difficult part is predicting the areas that will be hit. “The city councils have flood models and are trying to predict where it’s going to happen but the rush of water is so great and the releases from the dams, which are now mandatory, are making it very difficult to predict where the floods will strike,” he said. Following the 1974 floods the Queensland government created the Wivenhoe dam to try and mitigate the flooding, Father Dimitri said. “We’re hitting the same levels now as in 1974 with the dam in place. If that dam wasn’t hit half of Brisbane would be under water already,” he said. “The magnitude of the water that’s coming down is twice the water of Sydney harbour on a daily basis”. The Wivenhoe dam, which was let out in recent days is at 200 percent capacity. “The city is at the burden of any further rain, the dam can’t mitigate the water; it’s a very unstable and unpredictable kind of event,” Father Dimitri said. “We’ve had a lot of Greeks evacuating and a lot preparing to; I’m constantly keeping an eye on streets that are flooding,” he said. The church has prepared their respite centre as emergency accommodation. “Family support is very good, there’s been some elderly people that have been taken in; we can’t do anything else” Father Dimitri said. “You have to get people high, dry and safe and really the devastation will be after it’s over”. It is estimated that 40,000 residential and business properties will be affected in the next 24 to 48 hours.last_img read more

Police in standoff with armed suspect in Hillcrest home

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 30, 2018 Posted: May 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:05 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police Wednesday morning surrounded a residence in Hillcrest and were negotiating with a distraught man who claimed to be armed with a shotgun.Officers initially responded around 7:45 a.m. to a dwelling in the 400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue where a caller reported a possible kidnapping, San Diego police Officer Steve Bourasa said.When officers arrived, two people in the residence came out, but a third person stayed inside, where he claimed to have a shotgun and a desire to harm himself, police said.Police were unable to confirm if the man had a shotgun, but as of 9:45 a.m., he was still refusing to exit the residence, Bourasa said. Negotiators were attempting to convince him to surrender peacefully.Motorists were asked to avoid the area near Fourth, Fifth and Pennsylvania avenues, portions of which were expected to be closed until the standoff ended. Police in standoff with armed suspect in Hillcrest homelast_img read more

Video shows fatal trooperinvolved crash that killed teen cyclist in SW MiamiDade

first_img“You could feel something was missing, but you could tell his presence was there at the same time,” said his friend Imani Lewis.Monday was a hard day for some students who returned to class without their friend.“The day had brought us together ’cause it made us realize we gotta love each other now instead of doing it later, ’cause nothing’s promised,” said student Daija Metayer.Lopez’s family and their attorneys are expected to speak at a press conference Tuesday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale.In the meantime, the teen’s friends are organizing a memorial for him at Ron Ehmann Park on Thursday at 7 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Newly released video shows the moments a Florida Highway Patrol trooper fatally struck a teen riding a bike in Southwest Miami-Dade.A surveillance camera from a nearby restaurant captured Friday night’s crash along Killian Parkway and Southwest 108th Avenue.According to investigators, 17-year-old Angel Lopez was riding his bicycle across the street when FHP Trooper Aliek Sierra, who was heading westbound on Killian Parkway, stuck and killed him.After the accident, FHP said, the trooper’s vehicle stopped, turned on his lights and then reversed after hitting Lopez.The victim’s friends told 7News they were all in the JROTC program together at Miami Killian High School. They also said that Monday was filled with tears, and they spent the day in counseling.They told 7News that they will remember him for how happy and kind Lopez was.“He was always hype person, he was always smiling. There was never a moment that he didn’t smile,” said a friend, Danyelle Castillo, as she became emotional. “He’s always smiling, and then you not seeing him is like, ‘Where is he?’” last_img read more

LG takes up the mantle of brewer with HomeBrew countertop beer bot

first_img $399 Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy At CES, I got a chance to look at the capsules, and the flavorings come in small containers that do look a little like Keurig cups. The three small cups contain flavor, hop oil and yeast. The main ingredients come in a big canister of wort that slides into the left side of the machine. Apparently, LG gets their wort from British company Muntons, which specializes in malt extract. You’ll also need to put water in the right side of the machine. A digital display on the front lets you control it. It seems simple enough to use.lg-homebrew-003 LG While malt, yeast and hops are the typical ingredients used to make beer, I’m skeptical of the extra “flavoring” included in each capsule. Using malt extract as a supplement to your malted grains is a common shortcut in home brewing, and perhaps that’s what LG means by “flavoring.” Nevertheless, I’m doubtful that ingredients shipped in a capsule can produce quality craft beers. On the plus side, the LG HomeBrew will control the temperature and pressure of the batch while it ferments, which will help your batch of beer avoid infection (a common issue for new home brewers). The capsule also supposedly helps keep the mess contained which is why the machine can efficiently automate sanitized cleaning after the brew. Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house 1:54 Preview • Let the beer brewing begin: Hands on with the Pico Model C LG HomeBrew brews beer from a capsule at CES 2019 Comments • Share your voice $399 Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now PicoBrew Pico Model C 19 Photos Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected See It Tyler Lizenby/CNET Editors’ Note, January 6th, 2019: Originally published on December 10th, 2018, this piece has been updated with hands on pics and impressions from CES. LG’s latest venture is well outside the company’s usual repertoire of phones, TVs, large appliances and the like. The electronics giant is stepping into the world of automated beer brewing with the LG HomeBrew. The countertop beer bot will supposedly be able to produce over a gallon of beer from single-use capsules containing malt, yeast, hop oil and flavoring. Put in your capsule and hit start. The HomeBrew will have freshly made beer ready to drink after roughly two weeks depending on the specific capsule. You can monitor the machine while it works with an app. When it’s done, you can then use the tap to serve yourself a glass and it will even clean itself to get ready for the next batch. LG announced the HomeBrew Monday evening and will be showing off the gadget at CES in January. The company hasn’t yet specified a price or a release date.LG will offer capsules for five beer styles at launch:American IPAAmerican Pale AleEnglish StoutBelgian WitbierCzech PilsnerLG hasn’t announced prices for the capsules yet either. CNET Smart Home Review • The best robot brewer yet still isn’t perfect Tags See All Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) See it Mentioned Above PicoBrew Pico Model C It’s beer o’clock and we’ve got the tech to prove it CNET Smart Home CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Still, unless the price is extremely reasonable, the HomeBrew will be a tough sell. It’s not for home brewers or aspiring home brewers. You’re not actually doing anything other than hitting a button, so it won’t teach you about the process. If you’re simply a fan of craft beer, those five options better taste great or be extremely cost effective to warrant skipping a trip to the store for a new, interesting six pack. The LG HomeBrew certainly sounds like it will be much easier to use than automatic beer makers like the PicoBrew Pico Model C — which still asks you to transfer the beer to different containers and keep everything sanitized. The Pico replicates an authentic process, though, so LG will need to prove it can cut corners and still produce craft beer that actually tastes well-crafted. 2 LG Smart Home reading • LG takes up the mantle of brewer with HomeBrew countertop beer botlast_img read more

Fourth whale harvested by North Slope Borough this year

first_imgSubsistence hunters in Alaska’s North Slope Borough have harvested a 41-foot bowhead whale, marking the fourth animal that has been captured during the borough’s spring whale hunt.Download AudioBowhead whales in the Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort Sea . Alaska holds one of the world’s five stocks of the bowhead whale. (Photo courtesy of NOAA)KTUU-TV reports Benjamin Frederick Tagarook and his crew brought in the whale on Saturday in Wainwright. The captain’s father, Terry Tagarook, says migrating whales seem to be making an appearance earlier than usual this spring.The weekend’s harvest comes after a crew in the village of Point Hope landed a whale on April 10. A 43-foot female bowhead was harvested on April 5, and a 42-foot male was captured on March 27.Whalers on St Lawrence Island landed two whales earlier this month.last_img read more

Sonis Kidnap Case Cops say kidnapper has criminal history

first_imgOngole: The Prakasam district police denied the arrest or custody of the kidnapper Ravisekhar and claimed that they do not know about the girl boarding bus to Hyderabad until the Hyderabad police inform them. But, they reveal that Ravisekhar has about 60 to 70 cases in both Telugu states, including a cheat sheet in his own town, Kankipadu of Krishna district. They said that he is a habitual offender, who tricks women in the name of jobs and sexually abuse them before getting rid of them somewhere else. The Prakasam police have also informed that the kidnapper Ravisekhar has convinced a woman from Seethanagaram in East Godavari district 10 days ago to get her daughter placed in a multinational company. He charged the woman for about Rs 60,000 in cash and forced her for intercourse. But the woman escaped from his clutches claiming that HIV positive and taking medicine for the disease. Later, he moved to Hyderabad and kidnapped the woman at Hayatnagar. The Prakasam police said that they had received information from Hyderabad police that the woman Soni boarded a bus to Hyderabad from Addanki. She called her father from the mobile of a woman sitting beside her and informed about her coming to Hyderabad, who exchanged the info with the police.last_img read more

Crazy Insane Startups Are This Tech Investors Meat and Potatoes

first_img 5 min read Bryan Johnson, a serial tech entrepreneur turned investor, isn’t interested in finding the next buzzy startup like messaging app Snapchat. Sure, he hopes to make money. But unlike many venture capitalists, he doesn’t seek to underwrite frivolous companies whose biggest innovation is getting more people to click on ads. Johnson is instead attracted to ideas that seem insane and impossible.“I want to get a company from ‘crazy’ to ‘viable,’” Johnson told Fortune. “With today’s technology, we can now create in days, weeks or months what previous generations couldn’t do in a lifetime. Where DaVinci could sketch, we can build. Yet, we don’t have sufficient resources and people pursuing these goals.”On Monday, Johnson, who is best known as a founder of online payment processing company Braintree, announced that he has created a $100 million fund to invest in startups working on outlandish projects.He has already invested $15 million in seven startups. Planetary Resources, one of those companies, wants to spark an interstellar gold rush by mining asteroids for precious metals. Another called Vicarious wants to build a computer system that learns like the human brain. Human Longevity aims to lengthen the human life span to 120 years. Meanwhile, Matternet is fine-tuning a new kind of $3,000 drone for emerging markets and third-world countries.For every startup Johnson funds, he turns away many more — at least 95% of the ones he sees.“I invest in entrepreneurs who understand generally where the world is going, the enormous power of their tools and the enormous stakes that we have,” he says.In Matternet’s case, the Palo Alto startup certainly didn’t invent drones, but the company may be the first targeting the developing world. “You can’t get critical supplies to parts of Africa and Asia today — the roads are just too bad,” explains Johnson.Matternet CEO Andreas Raptopoulous contends people who will benefit most from drones won’t be Amazon customers (sorry, Jeff Bezos), but those who need food, medicine and other basic necessities in hard-to-reach places like Bhutan, where Matternet has already experimented with a prototype capable of traveling 15 miles carrying 4.4 lbs. of cargo. A 7.5 mile drive from Bhutan’s capital of Thimpu to a remote spot takes a car between 1 and 4 hours depending on weather and road conditions, but a Matternet drone accomplished the same trip in 14 minutes.Promising as ventures like Matternet are, Johnson recognizes he’s taking a serious risk as an investor. There’s little-to-no guarantee any of the startups he invests in will make it big. “It’s much harder to vet the likelihood of these companies than it is a web startup,” he admits. “You may have a 1 in 10 hit rate for someone building software for something. Here, you have a hit rate of 1 in 100 or 1 in 1,000.”That Johnson is plowing ahead anyway isn’t surprising to those who know him well. By the time he was nine, Johnson showed a penchant for exploration, traipsing the woods in and around Springville, Utah, where he grew up.“I think it’s the culmination of what he’s been working for his whole life,” says Candace Mouritsen, Johnson’s sister and an early employee at several of her brother’s startups.Rather than chase after his own interstellar dreams, Johnson became an entrepreneur. Two startups, including an Internet voice business, went bust by 2003. Two or three years later, Johnson drummed up the idea for a credit card processing system aimed at high-tech merchants. The smartphone market was in its infancy, and the credit industry then was plagued with what Johnson calls “unscrupulous” competitors.So he left his job working in a strategy group at Sears and started Braintree. Six years later, Braintree was processing $12 billion a year in payments from clients including Uber, Airbnb and OpenTable. The business was doing well enough such that suitors came knocking, and in the fall of 2013, PayPal acquired Braintree for $800 million.Now Johnson plans to use $100 million of his own cash for OS Fund, a name he coined that refers to the technical term “operating system.” Kitschy as it may sound to some, he wants to invest in startups developing products and services that radically improve quality of life. So when Johnson refers to the OS Fund, he’s not talking about some computer operating system, but what he dubs the “operating system of life.”If his investments seem unusual and far-flung, it’s with reason: Johnson avoids startups that are more bent on commercial success than addressing deeper societal challenges. And if Johnson comes across as downright eccentric because of his fund, so be it. He’ll also be in good company for now, joining a group of forward-thinkers behind Tesla, the high-performance electric carmaker, and Google’s research lab Google X, known for working on sci-fi projects like self-driving cars and glucose-tracking contact lenses.“I think the winds will shift,” Johnson says. “There will be a shift in the kinds of things people aspire to do. Funding and supporting hard problems will become cool in a company in a couple of years.”Spoken like a true futurist. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 20, 2014last_img read more

New RADAID Program Will Provide Humanitarian Aid via Airship

first_img Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more September 13, 2016 — Straightline Aviation signed a memorandum of understanding with RAD-AID to launch a humanitarian and philanthropic medical assistance program using Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airship, uniting aircraft innovation with health technology for a new approach to global health outreach.The RAD-AID Straightline Medical Airship Program will deliver advanced radiology health services, diagnostic medical imaging equipment and medical assistance to populations that are medically underserved, remote or limited by poor access to conventional transportation infrastructure.According to the World Health Organization, half the world has little or no access to radiology (X-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging), which is essential in diagnosing cancer, trauma, infectious disease and heart disease, and is vital for both surgery and obstetrics. The absence of these assets contributes significantly to worldwide health disparity and mortality.Radiology equipment is heavy and delicate with advanced electronics and therefore difficult to safely transport to remote regions or to those suffering in the aftermath of natural disasters. The Lockheed hybrid airship is perfectly suited to this role, with heavy lift capability and vibration-free, land-anywhere flight characteristics.    This collaborative program will integrate Straightline Aviation’s airship management and operations experience with RAD-AID’s 5,200 medical professionals already providing advanced medical imaging technology assistance to over 20 developing countries. The hybrid airship health initiative will include other essential outreach programs, providing vaccinations, disaster response, patient education, screenings and treatment for common diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis.Launching in 2018/19, the initiative has already attracted support from international health organizations and medical equipment providers, with work on further funding from government programs, philanthropic donors and corporations already underway.  Daniel Mollura, M.D., founder of RAD-AID International, said, “The hybrid represents a new era for 21st century global health outreach, enabling medical personnel and advanced technologies to reach marginalized populations that are separated from conventional infrastructure. RAD-AID and SLA are optimal collaborators for integrating advanced medical intervention with aircraft innovation. Moving heavy delicate medical equipment for service delivery is a widespread challenge for global health, and this program offers a powerful solution.”For more information: www.rad-aid.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more 12PreviousNext Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | Radiology Imaging | September 13, 2016 New RAD-AID Program Will Provide Humanitarian Aid via Airship Airship will deliver radiology health services, diagnostic medical imaging equipment and medical assistance to medically underserved, remote populations Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more 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.  Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals are not known for having a dominant offensive line. The pieces have changed over the years, yet the results have been, mostly, mediocre.The longest-tenured player on the line is guard Deuce Lutui, who joined the Cardinals as a rookie during the 2006 season. After an acrimonious contract battle last year, Lutui enters this offseason as an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Re-up: Coach Ken Whisenhunt is a fan of having continuity along the offensive line, and he already has to replace his left guard, who retired. Lutui knows the system and, when motivated, is an above average run blocker. He is also a fiery player, able to get under the skin of his opponents. Certainly a good guy to have on the team. Reject: Lutui came into camp out of shape last year, showing that unless he was being paid he could not be properly motivated. What will happen when he gets a nice, new contract? Furthermore, he’s not exactly a Pro-Bowler. Lutui has been a stalwart on a line that has struggled; at what point do you cut ties and say “enough’s enough?” Comments   Share   last_img read more

Indications that gas finds will be high in block 10

first_imgBy Elias HazouExxonMobil and Cyprus could hit the jackpot later this year when the US energy behemoth bores down into the seabed in search for natural gas. But according to an energy analyst, the potential windfall could have broader ramifications for the government’s arrangements with other companies operating in the island’s exclusive economic zone.Charles Ellinas tells the Sunday Mail of highly sanguine chatter inside the industry over the potential of block 10, located southwest of Cyprus and licensed to a consortium of Exxon and Qatar Petroleum.The seismic data is extremely encouraging.Weeks ago, Ellinas was speaking to a senior executive of one of the companies that had bid for block 10 but did not get the contract.“He told me: ‘If they [Exxon] don’t find something big there, I’ll quit my job’.”The expert adds the obligatory disclaimer that nothing is for certain until drilling actually commences.But indications are so buoyant that Ellinas says that if Exxon do discover a reservoir, it may hold up to 15 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas.That alone would be enough to warrant construction of a land-based natural gas liquefaction facility with three trains (or production lines) of 5 tcf each, per the industry norm.What’s more, says Ellinas, Exxon possess the wherewithal as well as the technical know-how to finance and build the plant themselves.“Exxon always tend to go it alone; that’s how they operate, and they get things done as fast as possible.”The US company is planning two back-to-back exploratory drills in the last quarter.Assuming all goes as planned, the results could be in six months from today.But a bonanza in block 10 would be a real game changer for all players in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).Should Exxon find a significant amount of gas – even 10 tcf – it would then make sense to likewise divert the gas from the Aphrodite and Calypso fields into a land-based LNG facility.In this way, development of the (potentially) three fields could be combined, rather than developing them on a standalone basis, for example building separate pipelines.The Aphrodite play, in block 12, holds an estimated 4 to 4.5 tcf; and preliminary estimates point to anywhere from 6 to 8tcf for Calypso in block 6.It is for this reason that Ellinas advises both the government and the stakeholders – Noble, Shell and Delek – not to rush with Aphrodite.“They’ve waited years to develop Aphrodite, so what’s another six months until they see what Exxon finds?”His remarks relate to developments this week, when it came out that the Aphrodite consortium is pushing for a renegotiation of their Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with the government.The news was leaked after a briefing given to party leaders by energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis.It was reported that the Aphrodite consortium want to amend the PSC because, having crunched the numbers, they’ve found that their profits from developing the reservoir (laying a pipeline to Egypt) might not justify the investment.Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis in talks with Aphrodite consortium over a renegotiation of their Production Sharing Contract (PSC)It is believed that, under the PSC formula for Aphrodite as it stands, the Cypriot state’s share of profits is between 60 and 62 per cent.Lakkotrypis reportedly told politicians that the government saw best to continue talks with the consortium, in a bid to find a ‘sweet spot’ satisfying both sides.This suggests the government is willing to renegotiate the PSC – but that is a bad idea, says Ellinas.“If they do, it will open a can of worms, as other concession holders in the EEZ will also want to renegotiate their share of revenues. In real terms, this could mean hundreds of millions less for the Cypriot state in the long term.”Whereas the analyst understands why the Aphrodite companies are asking for tweaks to the PSC, he recommends that the government hold fast.Especially since a major Exxon discovery might be around the corner.Lakkotrypis decided to get ‘feedback’ from the political parties regarding the Aphrodite consortium’s request. He is to launch a round of meetings with the parties later this month.Then, in September, the minister will reportedly be summoning representatives of the Aphrodite consortium for new talks, aimed at hammering out a revised deal.Asked about this, Ellinas said that tactically it was a sound move by the minister.“It’s obviously aimed at putting the parties in the loop, so that they cannot later accuse the government of going it alone and fumbling the Aphrodite PSC and losing millions for the state.”On a related front, the expert brought up the matter of Energean’s pitch to Cyprus to build a pipeline from its Israeli offshore gas fields and import 0.5 to 1 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas per year to the island.Ellinas calculates that the gas could be delivered to Cyprus at less than $6.50 per million btu – substantially lower than what it would cost to import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) via the tender put out by the Natural Gas Public Company (Defa).“I don’t understand why Defa are not considering Energean’s offer. If Defa goes with its tender, the final cost – including infrastructures – works out to between $10 and $11 per million btu, resulting in higher electricity prices.“And Cyprus is already one of the most expensive countries in the EU in terms of electricity. So why are we going down this path?”Over and above these issues, there looms the threat of Turkish provocations at sea. The Turkish foreign ministry has stated unequivocally that if the Greek Cypriots proceed with exploration, “We will drill too.”Earlier in the week, Turkish foreign ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy put foreign diplomats in Cyprus on notice not to overstep, after two foreign ambassadors here hinted that their countries would come to the Republic’s aid in the event of a new standoff at sea.“The Turks will drill, after all that’s why they acquired a drilling platform. The question is where; perhaps in the undeclared EEZ to the north of the island, perhaps off the southern coast of Turkey” Ellinas says.“But not in the Republic’s declared EEZ, I don’t think. Not at this stage, at least.  Although Turkey has made it crystal clear it will stop any new exploration activities in block 3, operated by ENI.” You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoFinance101[Photos] Wait Till You See The Inside. They Were Tired of Paying Rent, So They Built Themselves A Tiny House. See What It Looks Like FinishedFinance101Undo A new way of doing businessUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Allor issues statement on Enbridge Line 5 agreement

first_img State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, issued the following statement on the legal agreement requiring Enbridge to provide more transparency and take a number of safety precautions, including replacing a section of the pipeline that runs under the St. Clair River:“This agreement, if fulfilled, is a great first step in regaining the public’s trust, which has eroded due to Enbridge’s lack of transparency and history of lying about the condition of Line 5. It is disturbing that the company’s past actions created this need for expanded state oversight, but I’m pleased to see our governor step up the efforts to demand action and hold Enbridge accountable. I also applaud the governor for calling for additional replacement options.“Although the agreement offers much-needed safeguards – such as shutting down Line 5 during periods of adverse weather – to protect our precious natural resources along the full length of the pipeline, in my opinion it doesn’t go far enough. We need to address the issue of the thick ice that accumulates in the Straits in the wintertime, and the impact it could have on preventing crews from responding in the event of a spill. I will continue to monitor the situation and fight to ensure that Enbridge is meeting their obligations.”###Note: State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, is serving her first term in the Michigan House representing the people of Alpena, Presque Isle, Alcona and Iosco counties, as well as part of Cheboygan County. She previously served three terms as a Cheboygan County Commissioner. Categories: Allor News 27Nov Rep. Allor issues statement on Enbridge Line 5 agreementlast_img read more

Rep LaFave Fiscally responsible budget focuses on schools roads and natural resources

first_imgRoad repairs. Funding will rise to the highest levels in Michigan history as the state addresses one of its most urgent needs. Overall, the state will have pumped more than $2 billion in additional funds into roads and bridges over a three-year period by the upcoming budget year – with more money coming in the future. Savings for taxpayers. A prison would be closed, reflecting successful efforts to reduce Michigan’s inmate population. Budgets for several state departments decline as state government becomes more efficient and eliminates waste. Overall, the House plan spends less money next budget year – continuing a trend of spending less annually while prioritizing what’s most important. Categories: LaFave News,News State Rep. Beau LaFave joined his House colleagues today in approving a state budget that reduces overall spending while still making record-high investments in schools and roads.“This is the first step in a long process, but today we put our best foot forward,” LaFave said.“People in the Upper Peninsula have emphasized the need for better roads, more money going directly into classrooms, and protection of our treasured natural resources,” LaFave said. “This budget is a blueprint for investing in our future with record K-12 school funding, increased investment in skilled trades, and funding to preserve and protect our natural resources. This is all achieved without growing state government.“The budget approved today also includes $2.6 million for additional wildlife testing to monitor the spread of diseases like chronic wasting disease, which could decimate our deer population,” LaFave said. “Hunting is a $2.3 billion industry in Michigan, and preventing the spread of chronic wasting disease is vital to the Upper Peninsula’s economy.”The House plan for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 focuses on:More than a quarter of the House’s overall budget proposal goes to K-12 schools, with $14.8 billion establishing a new record for K-12 investment – including the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years, ranging from $120-240 per student. Early literacy and support for academically at-risk students are priorities. Most schools in the communities I serve will receive $240 per student. Community colleges also receive a 1 percent funding increase to prepare students for the future. 24Apr Rep. LaFave: Fiscally responsible budget focuses on schools, roads, and natural resources Health care. Access to mental health services will be improved so Michigan residents can live healthier, happier and more independent lives. Services to military veterans, problem-solving courts and other efforts reflecting the House CARES initiative would be enhanced. Incentives would be added to provide more doctors in underserved rural and urban areas. Community safety. The plan funds training of 130 new Michigan State Police troopers – putting our trooper strength at its highest level in 18 years. A $1.5 million investment to further reduce the backlog for testing rape kits and develop a statewide tracking system will help ensure a backlog never occurs again. School safety. More than $25 million would be added to improve school security. Campus safety: Provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities are included. Veteran services. This budget increases funding county veteran service offices that provide vital information to the men and women who served our nation. Each county veterans service office is eligible for a grant of at least $25,000. Workforce development. More than $100 million is added to talent development and workforce preparation programs at the K-12 level, plus significant investments in other programs such as Going PRO. It’s part of the strategy to continue Michigan’s economic comeback, which has seen unemployment drop from 14.6 percent in June 2009 to 4.7 percent last month. Plan emphasizes what matters most to U.P. residents House Bills 5578-9 advance to the Senate as work to finalize the next state budget continues.###last_img read more

Greg Mortenson Explains His Downfall to NBCs Tom Brokaw

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 21, 2014; TodayIt’s difficult to know whether Greg Mortenson’s recent explanations of his fabricated Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools and of his charity’s misuse of funds are a buy or a sell. Would you buy Mortenson’s rationalizations after his mounds of made-up stories of his purported experiences in Taliban-controlled parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, or might you rate his statements in an interview with Tom Brokaw just more of what led to his public exposure and the subsequent investigations of his charity, the Central Asia Institute?At the time of the CBS 60 Minutes revelations in 2011 of the huge gaps between Mortenson’s stories and the truth, Mortenson’s advocates were sharply critical of CBS and its primary source, Into Thin Air author Jon Krakauer. NPQ covered this story in depth in several newswires. (You can find even more of our stories through our website’s search function.) Earlier this week, on the Today show, Mortenson told Brokaw that, “In maybe a strange, ironic way, I’d like to thank CBS and Jon Krakauer because, had they not brought these issues up, we could have gotten into more serious problems.”It is an odd statement, shifting from the first-person singular to the first-person plural, and he followed that with a denial that he had really lied, just that in the course of editing down his books, “The stories happened, but…not in the sequence or the timing.” It isn’t clear, for example, how that explains the statement in one of his books that in 2000 he held Mother Teresa’s hand while she was lying in state—even though she died and was buried in 1997.He told Brokaw that he has apologized “to people who were very adamant that I make changes” and he apologized more in the interview, but exactly what he’s apologizing for is unclear. When he was compelled by the Montana attorney general to repay $1 million to his own nonprofit, the Central Asia Institute, and step down from its board, he acknowledged that he “really didn’t factor in the very important things of accountability, transparency,” but that doesn’t quite get at the problems that the AG pointed out. At $1 million, Mortenson, claiming he operated from his heart, not his head, got off cheap. The AG’s investigation “found that the charity spent $4.9 million advertising Mortenson’s two books, $4 million buying copies of them to give away to schools and libraries, paid inappropriate speaking fees to Mortenson and had paid for charter flights for family vacations, clothing and Internet downloads.” Not only wasn’t the money quite going to the charity, what the charity claimed to be doing was false. “Nearly 30 of the 54 schools Mortenson’s charity built in Afghanistan…were empty, built by someone else, or not receiving support,” according to the CBS report.What exactly is Mortenson apologizing for? It’s difficult to tell, in part because Brokaw didn’t push for specifics in the interview. According to Today show co-host Matt Lauer, Mortenson’s statement about the “more serious problems” he might have endured had he not been exposed by CBS and Krakauer meant more of Mortenson’s heart condition. He didn’t talk about more problems with the charity itself or the more serious problem of Mortenson’s co-author David Oliver Relin’s suicide in 2012. Brokaw didn’t probe Mortenson’s specific lies in the books or the deeper problems in the charity’s accountability that might not have been revealed by the AG. The former NBC Nightly News anchor is a resident of Montana, like Mortenson, and actually was an early donor to the Central Asia Institute.It also isn’t clear exactly who Mortenson is apologizing to. For example, did he apologize to former Republican Rep. Mary Bono, who was quoted in Three Cups of Tea declaring “Greg is the real thing…and I’m his biggest fan,” personally connected him to high-profile powerbrokers in Washington, and even introduced legislation to give Mortenson a Congressional Gold Medal? Bono remained Mortenson’s defender even after the 60 Minutes exposé.Brokaw reminded Mortenson that America is a nation that gives people second chances, to which Mortenson responded, “I’ve been given the privilege to come back again and be committed to this and do it in a more humble and—understanding way. I’m gonna try as hard as I can never to make the same mistakes again.” For many observers, we’ll bet that they didn’t buy Mortenson’s performance. It’s a sell.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

The German competition regulator the Bundeskartel

first_imgThe German competition regulator, the Bundeskartellamt, has said it has concerns about Liberty Global’s pending acquisition of cable operator Kabel BW, which would give it control of two of Germany’s main players in the cable market.The Bundeskartellamt will reveal its final decision on December 15. However, the regulator has said that it has concerns over concentration of ownership in the cable market, with Liberty Global adding Baden-Württemberg operator Kabel BW to Unitymedia, the North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse operator that it already owns, and Kabel Deutschland being the major network operator in other German regions.Liberty Global said it would offer to provide full unencrypted digital free-to-air TV services in Unitymedia’s territories and continue to offer the same in Kabel BW’s zone of coverage to meet the regulator’s concerns.last_img read more