ClassNK Expands HKC Verification to SouthEast Asia

first_imgzoom Tokyo-based classification society ClassNK has received its first application for verification from a recycling facility in South-East Asia, Tsuneishi Ship Recycling (Negros).ClassNK completed the document review for a Ship Recycling Facility Plan (SRFP) submitted by TSRNI verifying the facility to be in line with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (HKC).Additionally, this marks the first facility designed to comply with the HKC standard from its planning stage. TSRNI would be constructed in Negros Occidental, the Philippines, and operated under the umbrella of Tsuneishi Group.In preparation for the completion of the facility, TSRNI developed the SRFP required to obtain certification by competent authority according to the HKC in the future.ClassNK reviewed the SRFP to examine that the document met with the HKC requirements. As the final part of the verification process, the classification society will conduct the on-site inspection, including checks on facilities and actual recycling practices, when ship recycling work commences at TSRNI to confirm its processes conform to the SRFP.“The maritime industry needs appropriate capacity for the safe and environmentally sound ship recycling,” ClassNK’s Junichi Hirata, Project Manager of Ship Recycling Team, said.“We are delighted that TSRNI has chosen ClassNK to verify the facility and it practices. As the first South-East Asia initiative to carry out ship recycling in line with HKC, it represents a major step forward in our mission to promote and facilitate safe and environmentally-friendly ship recycling across the world,” Hirata added.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Lunenburg County

first_imgLUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Island Bridge LaHave Island Bridge on Crescent Beach Road, about three kilometres south of Route 331, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, July 13. Traffic control people on site. Traffic delays are expected up to 30 minutes. Hours of operations from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 -30-last_img

KP still on INTERPOL list

However KP had told a journalist recently that he had been questioned by India twice on the assassination, once in 2010 and against last year. Former LTTE chief arms procurer Kumarna Padmanthan alias KP is still on the red list of wanted persons by INTERPOL.KP is wanted by India over the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The INTERPOL warrant says KP is wanted over crimes involving life and health, Terrorism and crimes involving the use of weapons and explosives.KP is currently involved in humanitarian work in the north.  (Colombo Gazette) He told journalist D.B.S.Jeyaraj that officers from India’s Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) had questioned him in Sri Lanka over his alleged involvement in the Rajiv Gandhi killing. read more

Brock getting into the spirit of Giving Tuesday

Brock University is getting into the spirit of Giving Tuesday.Refreshments will be served to faculty and staff attending Brock Alumni‘s celebration of the 2014 Brock University Family Campaign Dec. 2 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. in the Skybar Lounge.The campaign allows faculty and staff to donate to the University to help enhance the quality of education Brock delivers.If you have not made a contribution to the Family Campaign, you can do so through payroll deduction or the online giving page.Also, spread some joy and participate in the Community Care Angel Tree at the Campus Store.There are still more than 100 children’s names left on the tree who are in need of a toy this holiday season.All gifts are to be returned unwrapped by Dec. 10.Giving Tuesday is the anti-Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and is a global kickoff to the giving season. read more

Amazonca offers sameday free delivery in Toronto Vancouver to premium service offers same-day free delivery in Toronto, Vancouver to premium service TORONTO – Online retailer Amazon says customers in Toronto and Vancouver that are signed up for its Prime service are now eligible for same-day deliveries as part of their premium plan.The offer is good for eligible orders over $25.The Seattle-based company says eligible purchases placed in the morning through will be delivered by 9 p.m. the same day in areas with Vancouver and Toronto postal codes.Orders placed later in the day will be delivered to eligible areas by 9 p.m. the next day, including weekends.Amazon Prime is a premium service that costs $79 per year but eligible for a 30-day free trial. It includes free delivery within two days of orders placed through orders to locations in Vancouver and Toronto are also available to customers without a Prime membership for a fee — $11.99 per order plus an additional fee based on weight.Amazon rival Indigo offers free shipping within Canada for orders over $25 for delivery in one to nine business days. It will also deliver items to its retail stores for free, with no minimum purchase required. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2016 9:18 am MDT Last Updated Sep 27, 2016 at 10:11 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Security Council imposes arms embargo on South Sudan

Adopting a resolution by a vote of 9 in favour and none against, with 6 abstentions, the 15-member body obliged all UN Member States to immediately to take necessary measures regarding the arms embargo, that will remain in effect until 31 May next year.Côte d’Ivoire, France, Kuwait, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and United States were in favour, while Bolivia, China, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Russia abstained.Under the terms of the resolution, all Member States must prevent arms and related equipment of all types – including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and any spare parts – from entering South Sudan.The Council also renewed the South Sudan Sanctions regime until 31 May 2019 and the Sanctions Committee’s Panel of Experts until 1 July 2019.The Council also imposed a travel ban and asset freeze against two more individuals accused of fomenting violence, during the long-running civil conflict, which has driven around four million from their homes and left millions in need of humanitarian assistance.Speaking for the resolution, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said: “If we’re going to help the people of South Sudan, we need the violence to stop. And to stop the violence, we need to stop the flow of weapons to armed groups, that they are using to fight each other and to terrorize the people.”In 2016, the United States, a Permanent Member of the Council, proposed an arms embargo, but failed to get enough support for it to pass. “Since then, we can only imagine how many weapons made their way to parties in South Sudan, and how many more people had to die,” she argued.The representatives of Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea expressed concerns that further punitive measures could undermine the fragile, ongoing peace process in South Sudan.On 27 June, an agreement was signed by South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir, and his political rival, former Vice President Riek Machar, which included a ceasefire between government and opposition forces.Previous efforts to end fighting between the rival forces since 2013, have all failed to hold, leaving tens of thousands of combatants and civilians dead. read more

Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall announce birth of daughter

Ali Astall and Declan Donnelly  Used to being part of a double-act, TV presenter Declan Donnelly will now have to get used to being one third of a larger ensemble following the birth of his daughter.Donnelly said he is “head over heels” as he announced the birth of his first child with wife Ali Astall.He posted on Twitter: “Ali and I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our baby girl, Isla Elizabeth Anne, who was born just after 9 o’clock this morning.”Mother and daughter both doing well, Dad is head over heels! D x.”Donnelly, 42, also shared a picture of his baby daughter’s hand wrapped around his finger.The Britain’s Got Talent host married Astall, his former manager, in 2015, and they announced they were to become first-time parents earlier this year. Ali Astall and Declan Donnelly Credit:Karwai Tang/Wireimage The new arrival comes days after it was confirmed that Donnelly will head to the Australian jungle to present I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! later this year alongside This Morning star Holly Willoughby.Willoughby is filling in for Donnelly’s long-time presenting partner Ant McPartlin, who is taking a step back from TV commitments until next year.McPartlin admitted to drink-driving after an incident in March which saw him banned from the road for 20 months and fined £86,000. Ant and Dec have presented the reality programme together since it began in 2002. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Veselin Vujovic Three goals is not unreachable we can beat Magdeburg

← Previous Story VIDEO: Wisla Plock’s hosts Sungul Snezhinsk, atmosphere, opinions, moments of the game Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 14): TuSEM Essen takes their first season point in Wetzlar! carstenskaracicMagdeburgpetricrajkovicrakovicVardar Huge optimism is present in RK Vardar ahead of the game of the season for them. The team lost by three goals in Magdeburg, and now in the return game everybody is convinced that the team has the quality needed to overcome the strong German team’s three goal lead.“I expect 100% from all the players. Three goals is a big lead, but not unreachable. I wish that we play with patience this time, something that has not been our virtue recently. One goal more than Magdeburg every 20 minutes and the victory should come. Magdeburg is a strong team, so must stay calm and patient. My wish is that in the 58th minute we have four goals lead and an attack, and not too early to make a big lead after which Magdeburg will start playing as if they had nothing to lose” – said Vujovic.Good news for Vardar is that Stojance Stoilov is back in the team after issuing an apology to the coach and players. However, Rakovic and Petric are injured and are likely to miss the game. Karacic and Rajkovic have slight injuries, but they expressed their will to play and give everything for the win. read more

Guardians of the Galaxy director rehired after being fired last year over

first_img Short URL By Associated Press Mar 15th 2019, 10:43 PM 45 Comments Guardians of the Galaxy director rehired after being fired last year over old tweets that joked about rape The director earlier apologised for the tweets. Image: Jordan Strauss MONTHS AFTER BEING fired over old tweets, American director James Gunn has been rehired to direct Marvel’s of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.Representatives for the Walt Disney Company and for Gun today  confirmed that he had been reinstated as writer-director of the Marvel franchise he has guided from the start.Gunn was fired last July over tweets from nearly a decade ago in which he joked about subjects like paedophilia and rape.The director earlier apologised for the tweets, which he called “unfortunate efforts to be provocative”.Disney Chairman Alan Horn at the time said Gunn’s words were inconsistent with the studio’s values.The comments, made from 2008 to 2011, were brought to light by right-wing commentators Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec who combed through Gunn’s social media history after his criticism of President Donald Trump.But Gunn’s dismissal was passionately protested by many.Fan petitions circulated online.The Guardians cast, including Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and other stars, supported Gunn in an open letter.“Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man,” Pratt said.“I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the last few months,” Gunn said in a statement.center_img Image: Jordan Strauss Friday 15 Mar 2019, 10:43 PM Share295 Tweet Email 62,394 Views I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be.Gunn added a thank you to Disney and said he was excited to “continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all”.Gunn has since signed on to write and direct the next installment of Warner Bros Suicide Squad for the Marvel rival DC Comics.That film is to shoot in the autumn and be released in August 2021.A Disney spokesman declined to comment on when Guardians 3 might go into production.The first two films have made more than $1.5 billion (€1.32 billion) in worldwide ticket sales. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Collusion un outil pour savoir qui vous espionne sur le Web

first_imgCollusion, un outil pour savoir qui vous espionne sur le WebLa Fondation Mozilla lance une extension qui permet de repérer en temps réel qui regarde ce que vous faites sur Internet et qui collecte vos données.Avec Collusion, repérez qui vous observe quand vous naviguez sur le Web et surtout, qui stocke vos données. Mozilla Firefox lance en effet cet outil qui permet également de connaître les liens entre les sociétés qui s’intéressent à ces données précieuses, explique “Nous savons à quel point la transparence est importante. Les utilisateurs de Firefox seront en mesure non seulement de voir qui les suit sur le net, mais également de stopper ce pistage quand ils le veulent”, explique ainsi la Fondation Mozilla dans le communiqué de lancement de CollusionÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Beaucoup de pistages se font sans l’autorisation de l’utilisateur. Ce n’est pas possible. Vous devriez décider quand et comment vous voulez être pisté. Collusion sera un outil puissant qui pourra vous aider”, continue Mozilla, qui met à disposition la première version de l’outil à cette adresse. Une belle initiative pour essayer d’enlever un peu d’opacité à l’épineux problème de cette collecte de données personnelles par des entreprises privées. Le 5 mars 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Senate Republicans Caution White House About Military Impacts With OneYear Spending Deal

first_img ADC AUTHOR Senate Republicans are renewing concerns about a White House proposal to use a one-year continuing resolution (CR) to fund fiscal 2020 federal spending and avoid a potential October government shutdown, according to a report in The Hill.Sen. Dave Perdue (R-Ga.), a member of the chamber’s Budget Committee, issued a letter co-signed by 16 GOP colleagues last week warning that resorting to one-year CR would cause “draconian conditions” for the military, the report detailed.The Senators’ concerns were sent to senior administration officials Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought.The three administration officials have led budget talks between Democratic House leaders, Senate leaders and the White House for a two-year agreement that would lift current spending caps and avoid mandatory cuts under a 2011 budget law.The senators emphasized that a one-year CR “must be avoided” because it would leave the Defense Department “incapable of increasing readiness, recapitalizing our force, or rationalizing funding to align with the National Defense Strategy.”“As the world continues to become more dangerous, the American people rightfully expect their representatives in Washington to put aside political differences and do their jobs,” the senators wrote. “Simply put, our adversaries do not handcuff their militaries with funding gimmicks like continuing resolutions—nor should we.”The high stakes budget talks are stalled over Democrat-led House demands for a nondefense spending level that is $100 billion more than the White House has stated. House negotiators want about $647 billion in fiscal 2020 nondefense funds, while the White House is pushing for nondefense spending about 10 percent below fiscal 2019 levels.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rebekah Watkinslast_img read more

Chugiak Lawmaker Proposes Legislature Move

first_imgThe Alaska state capitol building in downtown Juneau. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Update | 4:05 p.m. Jan. 8, 2015Sen. Dennis Egan, a Juneau Democrat, says he thinks the bill “is a crock.”“I’m really dismayed that he’s pitting one section of Alaska against another,” Egan says.Through a spokeswoman, Gov. Bill Walker said he typically doesn’t commit on how he’ll deal with legislation before receiving it. But, he added, he doesn’t favor moving the capital.Download AudioOriginal post | 7:27 p.m. Jan. 7, 2015Sen.-elect Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, plans to introduce a bill to move the Alaska Legislature to Anchorage. Stoltze isn’t proposing a full-on capital move. Instead, KTUU reports that the bulk of state government would remain in Juneau and legislative sessions would be held at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.“I have always been a vocal advocate for relocation,” Stoltze told KTUU.This is the second time Stoltze has advocated for such a move. In 2008 he supported a similar bill introduced by Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake.Many attempts and discussions to move the capital have taken place since the days of Alaska’s first constitutional convention. According to a brief history compiled by The Alaska Committee, the last attempt to swing the legislature away from Juneau happened in 2002. Voters defeated a ballot measure that required the legislature to meet in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.Stoltze’s bill will be introduced as the state grapples to deal with a $3.5 billion budget shortfall and declining oil prices.last_img read more

Longevity crucial to teachers impact in classroom

first_imgWhile school is in session, students spend about 30 hours in the classroom every week. That’s more than 1,000 hours each academic year.Listen nowThis means teachers play a pivotal role, not only in a student’s education, but in their development as a person.Tom Bowerman is a music teacher, and he has been at Willow Crest Elementary School in Anchorage for 13 years. It’s not just his job to educate, it’s to inspire.Unlike most educators who work in one classroom with the same children, he spends about an hour each week with every student at Willow Crest – so he sees the students every week the entire time they’re in elementary school.A student starting in kindergarten would spend seven years with Bowerman.That’s time he spends not only building relationships with the students, “but with the parents that have five and six kids that go through your program and you see them every year,” Bowerman said. “And it’s sad when you finally get the last one is gone, you know, ‘I’m not gonna see this family again.’”“So it’s a little sad, but it’s also really happy that you’ve seen them grow from not being able to do anything, to being adjusted and ready to go onto that next level,” Bowerman added.That longevity in the classroom, and community as a whole, builds relationships that persist for years – decades, even.While music has always been an important aspect of Bowerman’s life, he remembers the impact of one particular teacher from his own formative years.“My high school choir teacher, her name was Cam Bohman,” Bowerman said. “And we just had a 50th anniversary deal last summer where kids that she taught for her 50 years all came back from all over the country, and we had a big concert at West High to celebrate her.”The turnout was impressive. Bowerman said about 150 people showed up to perform to a packed auditorium at the reunion.Though Cam Bohman’s 50-year legacy could be tough to compete with, it exemplifies the influence a single teacher can have on the lives of hundreds of students over the course of decades, and it’s an impact that might not even be recognized for years.“Music ties in with science, and it ties in with literature and it ties in with history,” Bowerman said. “And so we bring all those things together and we provide it for the kids and it helps them grow.”“They might not even realize what they’re getting, but they’re getting access to it,” Bowerman added.Bowerman acknowledges teaching music is different from teaching core subjects, like math, history and science – and he said burnout from a continually growing list of responsibilities and the prospect growing class sizes is affecting teachers’ longevity in the class, especially in light of recent layoff notices issued by the Anchorage School District, spurred by an uncertain level of state funding.“As they get bigger there’s no room in the classroom for the desks, let alone the kids,” Bowerman said. “I mean, I don’t know if you’ve seen the size of sixth graders these days, but they’re getting pretty big, you can’t put 35 of them – I mean, we’ve done it before, it didn’t last that long because kids moved out – but 35 6th graders in one room or 35-40 second graders — it’s like herding cats.”By the end of this past school year, ASD issued 225 layoff notices to teachers – five just at Willow Crest Elementary. Some, or even all, of those teachers could be recalled, depending on how much money the district receives from the state.The Senate is proposing an approximately $65 million cut to education funding, while the House is proposing a slight increase.Bowerman did not receive a pink slip, but he’s still concerned about the possible effect on classrooms. And while uncertainty surrounds the issue of potential layoffs, he says teachers knowing their impact remains important.“Teaching can drag on you at times,” Bowerman said. “Halfway through the year and you’re tired and you’ve been doing a lot, and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, one of the little kids will run up to you and say, ‘Do we have music today?’ and I go, ‘Yeah we do’, and he says, ‘Alright!’ Or they’ll see you on bus duty, ‘do we have music today?’ Yeah. ‘Good!’ And, you know that you’re connecting with them when you get that kind of response. It just validates what you’re doing.”Ultimately, Bowerman strives to inspire and to build lasting relationships with students and their families, which takes time and consistency in both an educator’s approach, and also their own future.last_img read more

4 held for Tirumala guest house theft

first_imgTirupati: Tirumala police on Wednesday arrested four persons, who were wanted in the Manimanjari Guest House theft case which created flutter as the guest house was located in the Sri Padmvathi Guest House area where VIPs coming for darshan of Lord used to stay.Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Tirumala Additional SP Maheswar Raju said that the four, who were nabbed in the desolated place behind Nandakam Guest House Complex on the hills identified as Sriram, Jagannatham, Sriram and Seethaiah while three more involved in the theft are still at large. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us On a tip about four suspicious persons quarrelling among themselves for sharing the booty near Nandakam Guest House, a police party led by Inspector D Kondaiah rushed to the area and took them into custody and recovered Rs 80,000 cash, 40 grams of gold and also five costly mobile phones including iPhone from them. The total value of the properties recovered from them including cash was valued at Rs 3.2 lakh. The gold was derived after melting one of the two stolen chains. Additional SP said that based on a complaint from Vijayasena Reddy of Hyderabad, who came along with his family for darshan of Lord, stayed in Manimanjari Guest House for two days on July 1 and 2 in Tirumala. The Tirumala police Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us registered the case and took up investigation. In the complaint to police, Sharmila Reddy, one of the family members of Vijayasena Reddy, reported to the police that she found her hand bag containing valuables including two gold chains and mobile phones missing in the room no 4 in which she stayed along with other family members after she woke up early in the morning on July 2. The total value of the properties stolen was Rs 4 lakh. Advertise With Us The theft created a flutter and TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy also sought the police to expedite the investigation to nab the culprits. Even, as the police were on the lookout for the miscreants involved in the theft, another theft took place in Sannidam Guest House adding more pressure on the police. Raju said that based on the interrogation in which the four revealed that one Ramu and two of his friends also helped them in the burglary the police stepped the search for them to nab them soon.last_img read more

Sony Shares Dive Over 8 after Company Announces Plans to Boost Image

first_imgSony Corp shares witnessed a sharp fall on Tuesday, after the electronics manufacturing giant announced that it would sell shares and convertible bonds worth nearly 440 billion yen ($3.6 billion) to raise funds to improve its image sensors business.After the announcement, stock prices of Sony plunged 8.3% to trade at 3,461.5 yen on the Japanese stock exchange. The shares have gained by 40% so far this year, while the benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose by 16%.Sony plans to invest the amount raised from the sale in increasing the production of image sensors amid soaring demand from smartphones makers.The company said that it would raise 321.5 billion yen from selling shares and 120 billion yen through sale of convertible bonds.Sony will issue shares and convertible bonds for sale to the public in Japan and abroad and it is the first sale by the company since 1989.However, analysts express concerns about the company’s fund raising program, saying that it is contradictory to the growth seen in image sensors.”The amount they are raising doesn’t correspond to the kind of growth we see in image sensors,” said Yasuaki Kogure, chief investment officer at SBI Asset Management Co.”This is pretty negative, and the share selloff shows a mismatch with market expectations,” Kogure said.In February, the company had said that it would invest 105 billion yen to increase the production of sensors so as to raise revenues from rapidly growing sensors business, as its income from TV and mobile divisions come under pressure.”We have gone through a restructuring phase and are now entering into an investment stage,” the company’s spokesman Yasuhiro Okada told Bloomberg.The company plans to use 25 billion yen of the total amount raised from convertible bond sale towards repayment of debt.The share and convertible bond sales account for 10% of current market capitalisation of Sony at nearly 4.1 trillion yen.last_img read more

China still lags US but building towards navy

first_imgThe PLA Navy is likely to secure significant new funding in China’s upcoming defence budget as Beijing seeks to check U.S. dominance of the high seas and step up its own projection of power around the globe.China’s navy has been taking an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and new Chinese warships popping up in far-flung places.Now, with President Donald Trump promising a U.S. shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.”It’s opportunity in crisis,” said a Beijing-based Asian diplomat, of China’s recent naval moves. “China fears Trump will turn on them eventually as he’s so unpredictable and it’s getting ready.”Beijing does not give a breakdown for how much it spends on the navy, and the overall official defence spending figures it gives – 954.35 billion yuan ($139 billion) for 2016 – likely understates its investment, according to diplomats.China unveils the defence budget for this year at next month’s annual meeting of parliament, a closely watched figure around the region and in Washington, for clues to China’s intentions.China surprised last year with its lowest increase in six years, 7.6 percent, the first single-digit rise since 2010, following a nearly unbroken two-decade run of double-digit jumps.”Certainly, the PLA Navy has really been the beneficiary of a lot of this new spending in the past 15 years,” said Richard Bitzinger, Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the Military Transformations Programme at the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.”We don’t how much they spend on the navy, but simply extrapolating from the quantity and the quality of things that are coming out of their shipyards, it’s pretty amazing.”RAPID DEVELOPMENTThe Chinese navy, once generally limited to coastal operations, has developed rapidly under President Xi Jinping’s ambitious military modernisation.It commissioned 18 ships in 2016, including missile destroyers, corvettes and guided missile frigates, according to state media.Barely a week goes by without an announcement of some new piece of equipment, including an electronic reconnaissance ship put into service in January.Still, the PLA Navy significantly lags the United States, which operates 10 aircraft carriers to China’s one, the Soviet-era Liaoning.Xu Guangyu, a retired major general in the People’s Liberation Army now senior adviser to the government-run China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, said China was keenly aware of the U.S. ability to project power at sea.”It’s like a marathon and we’re falling behind. We need to step on the gas,” Xu said.Trump has vowed to increase the U.S. Navy to 350 ships from the current 290 as part of “one of the “greatest military buildups in American history”, a move aides say is needed to counter China’s rise as a military power.”We’ve known this is a 15-20 year project and every year they get closer to being a blue-water navy with global aspirations,” said a U.S. administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.”What you have seen this last year and what I think you will see with the new budget is that they are moving ahead with the short-term goal of being the premier naval force in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, with the mid-term goal, of extending all the way to the Indian Ocean.”In January, China appointed new navy chief, Shen Jinlong, to lead that push.Shen has enjoyed a meteoric rise and is close to Xi, diplomatic and leadership sources say.”The navy has gotten very lucky with Shen,” said a Chinese official close to the military, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Now they know for certain their support goes all the way to the top.”Recent PLA Navy missions have included visits to Gulf states, where the United States has traditionally protected sea lanes, and to the South China Sea, Indian Ocean and Western Pacific, in what the state-run website StrongChina called Shen’s “first show of force against the United States, Japan and Taiwan”.Last month, a Chinese submarine docked at a port in Malaysia’s Sabah state, which lies on the South China Sea, only the second confirmed visit of a Chinese submarine to a foreign port, according to state media.The submarine had come from supporting anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia, where China has been learning valuable lessons about overseas naval operations since 2008.Chinese warships have also been calling at ports in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, unnerving regional rival India.”It’s power projection,” said a Beijing-based Western diplomat, of China’s navy. ($1 = 6.8640 Chinese yuan)last_img read more

Slam Vol 1 Fulfills All Your Rollergirl Dreams

first_img Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and WildVariant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18) “From the first day of Fresh Meat Orientation for the Eastside Roller Girls, Jennifer and Maisie knew they’d be fast friends. But when they’re drafted by different teams, the pull of competition – and their increasingly messy personal lives – threaten to drive them apart. In roller derby you take your hits, get back up and learn how to be a better jammer, a better blocker, a better love, and better friend. Derby can heal your heart… but it might break a bone or two in the process.”When I was in college, I used to hit up derby games almost every other Saturday. My home team, the Garden State Rollergirls, always amazed and fascinated me how much the girls showed each other love, respect and a genuine display of friendship, even towards the other team. Slam Vol. 1 reminds me of those amazing girls that beat and battered their way around the ring but still hugged after each bout.SLAM VOL. 1(W): Pamela Ribon (A): Veronica Fish (C): Brittany Peer with Laura Langston (L): Jim CampbellSlam Vol. 1 collects the first four issues of this story of realistic and passionate female friendship from Boom! Studios. Created by writer Pamela Ribon, who was a former derby girl herself for the LA Derby Dolls, and artist Veronica Fish, who’s worked on Archie, The Wendy Project and Silk, Slam! tells a positive, enlightening and warm story of female friendship and finding yourself.via Boom! StudiosWe follow the story of Maisie Huff aka Ithinka Can, a woman who’s lives a life that is slowly falling apart and Jennifer Chu aka Knockout, a woman who’s life is just a little bit lonely. Both of them benefit from derby differently, to show strength, the show confidence, to show them that they can do what they set out to do and just what they’re about.I want to say this before I get into anything. I loved this comic a lot. Pamela Ribon writes Slam! in a way that is utterly relatable to anyone. It’s funny and realistic, highlighting the importance (and sometimes disappointments) in female friendships that can make or break you.Pamela centers this friendship around the tracks which makes it all the more unique. She gives you the ins and outs, with lessons of roller derby, while slyly telling you how to get through life. You’re going to get knocked down, bruised and battered, but you get back up and skate harder than you ever have. It’s a great double lesson and wonderfully connects the reader to the story.via Boom! StudiosVeronica Fish happens to be one of my favorite artists in comics today. In Slam!, she dominates. Each character is unique to themselves – you never get the same character twice. Combining Fish’s art with Brittany Peer and Laura Langston”s (Chapter #3) colors, makes the details of Fish’s art completely come alive. I love when you read a comic, and each panel could be its own poster. If I could, I’d hang these panels on every street corner as a sneak preview for everyone to dive into this world. Yes, it’s that good.What I loved about Slam! is that it’s not just a derby comic, but a comic that highlights these ladies on the track. As I stated before, I used to watch derby girls zip around the track. Some get bruised and beaten, sometimes victorious or slain, but after each game, the girls join together, praising each other for a game well done. It’s remarkable to see that kind of friendship come alive again within this comic. It’s also amazing to see the pieces of derby that you don’t always get to see. It’s honestly inspired me to look up a local derby game soon. I hope you do the same and pick up this comic too. Slam! Vol 1 is out on August 15th in print and digitally August 2nd on Comixology.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey Stay on targetlast_img read more

VIDEO Mayweather finishes off McGregor with 10th round TKO

first_img Advertisement The Superfight of the Century is now history. Here’s how it ended:Great fight but in the end #Mayweather was the boxer & #McGregor was the #MMA fighter.?— Vance Packard (@PackardVance) August 27, 2017 Floyd Mayweather improved to 50-0 after finishing UFC champ Conor McGregor with a flurry of punches in the 10th round, resulting in a TKO to end the most hyped fight in recent boxing history.In the early rounds, Mayweather was content to let McGregor play the role of the aggressor, and was even on the receiving end of a 1st round upppercut, to the surprise of many.As the fight wore into the later rounds, Mayweather increasingly went on offense and McGregor became more fatigued.In the 10th, Mayweather finished off the fading McGregor with a flurry of punches, including several pinpoint right hands to the head, which led to the fight being called by referee Robert Byrd.last_img read more

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first_img News | PET-MRI | May 23, 2019 Study Explores Magnetic Nanoparticles as Bimodal Imaging Agent for PET/MRI Researchers from Bourgogne University in Dijon, France, showed that use of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (… read more The PET/MR at the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland.The advent of hybrid PET/MR in 2011 brought the promise of vastly improved imaging technology in the form of a new modality that combined whole body positron emission tomography (PET) with magnetic resonance (MR) technology. Following two years of using PET/MR, we are seeing clinical benefits with this system at the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland.The University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center opened in 2011 as one of the National Cancer Institute’s designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, with a mission to set a new standard for cancer care. We knew this standard should include an innovative technology that we hoped would bring to bear in a single unit: all the best of MR, the most advanced anatomical display and PET, the most advanced physiologic display. We were fortunate to be one of the first to receive the Philips Ingenuity TF PET/MR and have continued to see the benefits of this system following its U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance. PET/MR applications go beyond oncology, but we felt PET/MR would be the ultimate imaging system to have in place at a new oncologic center to diagnose, stage and evaluate response to therapy for oncologic processes. Bringing Personalized Medicine to LifeThe Ingenuity TF integrates the molecular imaging capabilities of PET with the superb soft tissue contrast of MR. We have completed hundreds of PET/MR scans since installation and these scans are becoming part of the fabric of our oncology services. The majority of our PET/MR imaging has been for the diagnosis, treatment, staging and evaluation of disease progression in head and neck cancer and lung cancer, and we are beginning to find PET/MR useful in abdominal, rectal, ovarian and uterine cancers. Additionally, PET/MR has shown a particular advantage in some very poor prognosis cancers we treat, such as pancreatic cancer, as the system can help accurately stage the disease early in its development — a crucial step in oncology management. We are also finding PET/MR useful in accurately planning for radiation oncology treatments and are beginning to use the system in pediatric oncology and neuro-oncology.One of the most compelling features of PET/MR is its ability to help bring personalized medicine to patients. PET/MR allows us to perform multi-parametric evaluations in oncology. In the past, we would quantify different parameters in separate settings at different times. Through PET, we could measure a tumor’s standard uptake values (SUV) and, through MR, determine the malignancy and aggressiveness of the tumor. We are beginning to see, in very aggressive cancers, that we can now use PET/MR to see multiple parameters with only one scan. This allows us to see very quickly, sometimes in as little as one week, if tumors are responding to therapy, and allows us to make any necessary adjustments early in the patient’s treatment process. We can never predict with certainty how a tumor or patient will respond to a particular regimen of therapy, but having the ability to monitor therapy and observe its efficacy without having to wait for a full six-week course of chemotherapy or radiation is of huge benefit to the patient and their prognosis.The combination of multiple parameters, such as diffusion-weighted imaging, activity in PET or fluorodeoxyglucose assessment is remarkable. It is particularly helpful in liver metastases, allowing us to detect active disease and potentially guide therapy of percutaneous ablations.The Evolution From PET/CT to PET/MRGenerally, in areas of the body where the primary diagnostic modality for staging and restaging is MR, we are finding several advantages in using PET/MR as a complement to, and, in some instances, in place of PET/CT. As part of our ongoing process to thoroughly understand the clinical value of this new technology, all of our PET/MR patients also receive a complementary PET/CT scan. In our evaluation of these images, along with additional research we have conducted here at Seidman, my team has not found any discrepancies between the systems from a clinical standpoint. In fact, in many of the cases at our facility, PET/MR has helped more than a PET/CT to find the location and extent of disease due to the higher soft tissue contrast and resolution of the MR.We foresee that within the next year we will begin to deploy only PET/MR scans to patients (without the follow-up PET/CT), as our clinicians grow more comfortable with the system. Typically, patients who receive a PET/MR are those who would normally have undergone both an MR and a PET/CT. Our clinicians like that we can essentially spare these patients an additional procedure and also significantly reduce dose in those instances when CT is not used.Our facility primarily uses PET/MR as a hybrid system; however, the Ingenuity TF PET/MR can also be used for stand-alone MR imaging. The sequential function offers a flexible and economic design. Overcoming Hurdles Preparing for and installing the PET/MR system in our facility took just over one year, allowing us time to assemble our team of nuclear medicine physicians, radiologists and research fellows in order to pave the ground for scientific activities and outstanding patient care. Before deploying PET/MR scans on patients, we implemented training and coordination between specialties. In the past, our radiology and nuclear medicine departments had minimal interaction, as PET/CT imaging allows nuclear medicine specialists to act independently. Now, depending on the part of the body, we have a team of specialists involved, sometimes including a neuroradiologist and nuclear medicine physician who collaborate to conduct the scan and interpret the findings.One Hurdle EncounteredIn addition to proper training and coordination across specialty groups, one of the biggest hurdles we had to overcome in implementing PET/MR imaging was that the modality requires more monitoring than a PET/CT scan. PET and PET/CT scans do not require physician monitoring — an initial dose is set and clinicians can return for the reading. MR imaging requires constant attention from the operator to adjust sequences and plans, making sure the area of interest is covered. This workflow change was an obstacle our team had to navigate following installation. The Future of PET/MRIn a little more than one year post-FDA clearance, we have seen numerous benefits and advancements in oncology imaging through the use of PET/MR and are pleased with the potential this system has demonstrated in practice. As mentioned, we are beginning to use PET/MR for neuro and pediatric oncology, and sarcomas. We are seeing the potential for very detailed and precise evaluations. Although a PET/MR system may not be an appropriate choice for all healthcare facilities, the larger oncology, cardiovascular and neurology centers will benefit from incorporating PET/MR into their nuclear medicine and radiology protocols. Eventually, we may see this revolutionary imaging system become a mainstream technology, similar to the adoption of PET/CT over the past decade. Pablo R. Ros, M.D., MPH, Ph.D., is chairman of the Department of Radiology University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He has served or serves as president, committee chair or on the board of directors of several radiological societies, such as The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA); Association of University Radiologists; Interamerican College of Radiology (CIR); Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists; American College of Radiology; and New England Roentgen Ray Society.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 David Schultz, M.D., Ph.D. Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more News | PET-CT | May 08, 2019 United Imaging Healthcare uPMR 790 HD TOF PET/MR Cleared by FDA May 8, 2019 – … read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. Tc-99m MDP bone scan (left) is negative for osseous lesions. NaF/FDG PET/MRI (right and second slide) confirms absence of bone metastases, but shows liver metastases. Image courtesy of Stanford University. Feature | February 03, 2014 | Pablo R. Ros, M.D., MPH, Ph.D. Transforming Oncology Care With PET/MR Following commercial availability of the Philips Ingenuity TF PET/MR in late 2011, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center continues to see the benefits of this hybrid modality News | PET Imaging | February 21, 2018 Axumin PET Agent Added to NCCN Guidelines for Suspected Recurrent Prostate Cancer Blue Earth Diagnostics announced that Axumin (fluciclovine F 18) injection has been added to the National Comprehensive… read more News | Teleradiology | November 25, 2018 Siemens Healthineers Showcases syngo Virtual Cockpit for More Flexible Workforce Management During the 104th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 25-30… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | February 13, 2019 Siemens Healthineers Demonstrates Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare Digitalization at HIMSS19 February 13, 2019 — At the 2019 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) global conference and e read more Image courtesy of MR Solutions. News | PET-MRI | October 10, 2018 Huntsman Cancer Institute Installs First Preclinical nanoScan 3T PET/MRI in U.S. The Center for Quantitative Cancer Imaging at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah in Salt Lake… read more News | PET-MRI | November 08, 2018 Researcher Awarded 2018 Hitachi Healthcare Americas/RSNA Grant The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research & read more News | Radiology Business | September 19, 2017 Invicro Acquires Imanova to Expand Global Imaging Capabilities September 19, 2017 — Invicro LLC, a provider of imaging services and software for research and drug development, anno read more News | PET-MRI | June 20, 2017 Dual-Agent PET/MR With Time of Flight Detects More Cancer Simultaneous injections of the radiopharmaceuticals fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) and 18F-sodium fluoride (… read morelast_img read more

International Design Festival showcases creative professionals in San José

first_imgMeet Speto. He’s an urban artist from Brazil, who draws his inspiration from hip-hop music and paints bombastic murals across São Paolo walls. He’s also one of many artists presenting this weeks’s International Design Festival (FID) in San José, which begins today.For this three-day event, diverse speakers hail from all over the world, and their presentations are multimedia feasts for the eyes. Founded in 2010, FID incorporates live music and an Art City Tour of San José, plus plenty of opportunities to sip cocktails and kibitz. The event is expected to draw about 2,000 attendees. Related posts:Tickets for Chicago’s iconic Lollapalooza music fest now on sale San José’s El Sótano catches a serious case of the blues Holocaust survivor honored for contributions to Inter-American Court of Human Rights Health Ministry shuts down Chocolate Festival Online ticket sales are no longer available, and latecomers must pay at the door. Owing to its popularity, the third edition of FID takes place at the massive Old Customs House (Aduana Antigua) in Barrio Escalante. The days are divided into themes: March 13 is the Day of Inspiration, Friday is the Day of Innovation and Saturday is the Day of Creativity. Each day is dedicated to different activities and events, exploring various aspects of design.Each day culminates in “FID Nights,” including discounted meals and libations at area restaurants and energetic after-parties. Will Club Vertigo be able to contain 2,000 bohemians for the final celebration on Saturday night? They may have to get creative.Festival Internacional de Diseño takes place March 13-14 at Aduana Antigua in Barrio Escalante, with associated events in other locations. $75-140. Info: Festival website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more