first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley wants everyone to mark her words: the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will go ahead to deliver her province’s oil to the West Coast and jobs to British Columbia.Notley says she doesn’t believe it makes much difference who is running B.C., because the federal government has already approved the Kinder Morgan (TSX:KML) project.She says the pipeline is in the best interests of Albertans and all Canadians — but adds it’s especially important to B.C. because the province’s growth can’t just be fuelled by rising house prices in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.She says B.C. needs stronger economic growth and the jobs that the pipeline will bring to the province’s interior.The pipeline’s future has been questioned given an agreement between B.C.’s New Democrats and Greens, which could lead to an NDP minority government.Both parties have voiced opposition to the project.Notley says governments that care about working people put good jobs front and centre.last_img read more


Rabat – The Arabic language daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya reported that they found the word “Daesh,” the Arabic term for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams, written on the wall by the entrance to their regional office in Fez.According to the daily, a secretary working in the regional office in Fez was shocked when she saw the word “Daech” in red on the entrance on Thursday evening..The same source added that the daily informed the authorities Friday morning. Officials opened an investigation in the incident with the help of experts from the scientific police. Mokhtar Larhzioui, the editor of the daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya, said that the office of his newspaper was also targeted three days go.“The expression of “Allah Akbar” (God is great) was painted on the door next to our office three days ago,” Larhzioui said. read more


LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer isn’t embracing a Republican-passed plan to cut high auto insurance premiums, saying it falls short and that her first priority is passing a budget that fixes the state’s roads.The Democrat’s spokeswoman, Tiffany Brown, issued a statement following the passage of legislation during a state House session that stretched into Thursday. The state Senate also approved a car insurance overhaul this week.Both bills would no longer require drivers to buy unlimited medical coverage for injuries, if people have other health insurance. The House plan would require insurers to reduce a portion of premiums.Brown says Whitmer is only interested in signing insurance legislation that’s “reasonable, fair and provides strong consumer protections and immediate financial relief,” and neither bill meets that standard.Republicans counter that residents are demanding lower premiums.The Associated Press read more


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Mar 25, 2015 11:49 am MDT Conference Board of Canada: no quick bounce back from crude downturn this time The Conference Board of Canada has some bad news for those hoping the crude oil downturn will be short-lived.In its latest report, the Ottawa-based think tank says the industry is unlikely to bounce back as quickly this time as it did after the last major drop in 2008 and 2009.Crude prices saw a much more drastic drop the last time around _ touching records above US$140 a barrel and lows around US$33 in a half-year span _ but by 2011, were back above US$100.This time, the board says prices aren’t likely to climb above US$80 a barrel in the foreseeable future _ thanks to drilling technology that has unlocked huge volumes from U.S. tight oil formations.The outlook through 2019 is about US$30 below what the board had forecast during the first quarter of 2014.The Conference Board predicts revenues will drop by 38 per cent between last year and this year and the $56 billion invested in 2014 is likely to be the high water mark for oil spending in Canada. read more


In layman’s terms, the Nets have essentially adopted the same offensive principles as the analytically friendly Houston Rockets, coached by Atkinson mentor Mike D’Antoni. (Fitting that these clubs combined for an NBA-record 106 3-point attempts in a game last week.) Russell, who leads starting ball-handlers with 61.5 pick and rolls per 100 plays, will run you around screens all day, and he and his Brooklyn teammates generally avoid midrange shots, instead probing for much higher-percentage looks. No NBA team has driven to the basket more than the Nets, and this would mark the third consecutive season that Brooklyn ranks in the top 10 in free-throw rate.Defensively, the story is much the same. The Nets have excelled at forcing opponents to walk the analytics plank, ranking among the top five in 2016-17, 2017-18 and again this season in terms of how often they coax teams into longer midrange 2-pointers. When teams are fortunate enough to get to the basket, they’re often met by 20-year-old Jarrett Allen, a big man who has erased some of the game’s biggest names at the rim while sometimes playing a one-man zone. The Nets also rank near the top of the NBA in boxing out, to finish those defensive possessions.That combination — continuing to take the most efficient shots possible on offense while taking those same shots away on the other end — has been the NBA equivalent of Andy Dufresne’s rock hammer in “The Shawshank Redemption.” The team’s strategy and talent, combined with its newfound maturation in the clutch, have finally set it free.Brooklyn basically looked shackled at the ends of games last year and at the start of this season. Whether it was inexperience, consistently bad whistles or a combination of the two, the Nets were managing to find new, devastating ways to lose close contests each night.But even that’s changed of late. The Nets, who were a dismal 4-10 in clutch situations as of Dec. 1, have since gone 11-4 in those same scenarios.One noteworthy shift there is rooted in Russell and Dinwiddie’s ability to coexist during the hot streak — something that had consistently backfired from a net-rating standpoint over the past two seasons. (Their ability to play together, or lack thereof, will be worth watching because of the decision the Nets have to make about the future of Russell, who’s a restricted free agent this summer. Yet it looks like Russell will have the show to himself, as Dinwiddie, who just signed a three-year, $34 million extension, could miss considerable time with a torn ligament in his thumb.) But other elements also stand out. Joe Harris is one of the NBA’s best perimeter shooters. Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs was a great find and is a fluid scorer at 6-foot-9.While the Nets are clearly ascending, they still have their issues, too.Brooklyn has one of the highest turnover rates in the league. The Nets can occasionally find themselves with matchup problems against teams with floor-spacing bigs because of how Allen anchors himself to the paint on defense. The lack of pressure on pick-and-roll ball-handlers hurts their ability to force turnovers. For how well the team gets to the stripe, Russell, its leading scorer, takes fewer free throws than any other volume shooter in the NBA.1This includes any player taking at least 15 field-goal attempts per game. Injuries have nagged Brooklyn all year, and while it’s fair to expect a boost from players if and when they return — especially from LeVert — key players’ roles may have to shrink to accommodate everyone once they’re back. And the Nets, who have enjoyed one of the easiest slates so far, will be thoroughly tested by their upcoming schedule — especially from mid-March to the end of the season.There’s a reason we hear so much about the Nets eventually landing a player like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler. Aside from the fact that they’re one of few big-market teams that seemingly has a direction, a blank-enough canvas (in terms of not having a star) and cap space to make something happen, they also would become an instant contender by adding someone of that caliber. Again, the decision on Russell could complicate that. Yet the reality is that getting past the second round likely requires more than this current cast, even at full strength.For the time being, though, it has been eye-opening to watch the 22-year-old Russell play this well since the turn of the new year, a span in which he’s averaged 24 points and nearly eight assists on 49 percent shooting from the floor, along with his rainbow-arc triples falling at a 44 percent clip.While he’ll never possess the sort of bounce that some of his counterparts have, the former No. 2 overall pick has leveraged the threat of his pull-up jumper into being able to beat defenders to certain spots. When he senses defenders on his hip, he’ll often make use of ball fakes to buy himself more space before shooting.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Russell.mp400:0000:0001:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.He’s been more consistent with the ball during that window, too, passing teammates open while logging a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in 2019 — up from 2-to-1 earlier this season and much better than his career ratio of 1.5-to-1 coming into the 2018-19 campaign.Certain elements of Russell’s offensive run lately, much like the team’s overall, are going to come back down to earth at some point. But with how hellish things have been in Brooklyn for much of the past five years, and with how sound the team’s strategy has been in digging out of that trench, Russell, the Nets and their fans all have ample reason to be enjoying this — even if they aren’t exactly sure what comes next.Check out our latest NBA predictions. For more than four years, the Brooklyn Nets had been more or less irrelevant on a national scale. Whenever the team came up in a larger conversation, it was usually to discuss how one of its first-round picks — dealt in that infamous trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — was benefiting another franchise that got to reap the draft payoff. You have to go back to 2013-14, a full season after the Nets left New Jersey for Brooklyn, to find the last time they finished .500.All of which makes the Nets — winners of five straight and co-owners of the NBA’s best record over the past month and a half — so compelling. At 26-23, the team is currently holding a playoff position in sixth place in the East. Coach Kenny Atkinson, again, is finding enormous success with his point guards, including D’Angelo Russell, who’s in contention for an All-Star spot. And the club, which in early December was mired in an eight-game skid and couldn’t hold late-game leads, is all of a sudden unbeatable in the clutch. And this is after Brooklyn lost perhaps its best all-around player, Caris LeVert, to a brutal long-term injury.But underneath all that past losing — and there was a lot of it, given that this team has had three consecutive seasons with fewer than 30 wins — there were several road signs that the Nets were tapping into an array of good strategies to begin a turnaround.Much of that was rooted in ideology and experimentation, necessities because of how bare the draft-pick cupboard was for a while. The team had to take some creative steps (read: accept salary dumps) in a bid to get some talent on its roster. And the club’s front office, led by Sean Marks, had to identify talent that was being ignored or undervalued, like guard Spencer Dinwiddie, and trust its own ability to help develop players like him into everyday rotation pieces.The hiring of Atkinson, a longtime NBA assistant, was a key catalyst. Well before the wins started outnumbering the losses, and before there was enough talent to expect playoff berths, the 51-year-old quickly began changing the team’s shot profile on both ends of the floor.During the 2015-16 campaign, a year before he came on, the Nets ranked 26th out of 30 in quantified Shot Quality, which measures the likelihood of shots going in, if taken by an average NBA player, according to stat database Second Spectrum. The club completely overhauled that at the start of Atkinson’s tenure, though, as Brooklyn finished fifth and fourth in 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively. And this season, the Nets rank ninth in the metric. read more


Coach Thad Matta’s starting five, laden with incumbent veterans and arguably the best freshman in the nation, doesn’t have room for Aaron Craft — a point guard who arguably could start for any other team in the country. That doesn’t mean the smallest player in the seven-man rotation doesn’t get his playtime. Averaging 28 minutes per game, Craft is fifth on the team, ahead of starting forward Dallas Lauderdale. Only the other four usual starters, junior guard William Buford, freshman forward Jared Sullinger, senior forward David Lighty and senior guard Jon Diebler play more than the freshman. He is the rotation’s only true point guard — so, what’s keeping him from starting? Barring injury, it doesn’t look like he will be slotted into the starting lineup anytime soon. Combined, the team’s four veteran starters have played 485 games, starting in 390 of them. It’s that experience which contributes largely to Matta’s thinking when deciding whom to start each game. “With who we’re starting, I love the experience that we have,” Matta said. “You’ve got four guys out there that have started a lot of games in the scarlet and gray. You’ve got a pretty good freshman in Jared, and I’ve been pretty pleased with how we’ve started a majority of our games this season.” Though he averages a pedestrian 6.8 points per game, Craft leads the team in assists, averaging 4.8, and is the team’s second most efficient offensive perimeter player. Only Diebler’s 49.5 percent from the field is better than Craft’s 49 percent. Craft also leads the team in turnovers. His 50 on the season are 10 more than Buford’s 40 while averaging 2.3 per game. Despite those giveaways, the team’s veterans consider Craft an asset. “He’s a perfect fit for us,” Lighty said. “He comes in and runs the offense and runs the team, and plays defense at the highest level I’ve seen for a freshman in college basketball.” But Craft deflects the individual praise to his team’s defense as a whole. “We’ll have times when some people play great individual defense, but at the same time it’s five guys out there. We, all five, need to be connected, and when one person doesn’t do the thing they’re supposed to, then the whole defense breaks down,” Craft said. “It doesn’t matter how great of defense you play as an individual.” Craft is a victim of circumstance when it comes to starting for this version of the Buckeyes. If he were to replace Lauderdale in the starting lineup, that would leave Sullinger as the only capable big man on the floor. It’s unlikely he would replace Diebler or Lighty either, simply because Diebler is the team’s best shooter and Matta regards Lighty as the nation’s top defender. That would leave Buford as the lone candidate to take a seat to Craft, but the junior is the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game. One thing is certain: Starting or not, Craft is gaining valuable experience in his first year as a Buckeye. “Aaron’s so unique that he would learn if he was starting (or) if he was coming off the bench, and it’s just sort of who he is,” Matta said. “I haven’t coached a lot of guys like him that think at the level that he thinks, especially at his age, and (he) really wants to understand and know everything that’s going to happen or could happen.” read more


first_imgA MUCH-HYPED protest for the right to go topless on Rio de Janeiro’s beaches fell flat yesterday when only a handful of women bared their chests for the movement.More than 100 photojournalists stampeded across the golden sands of Ipanema beach when the first woman took off her bikini top to flout Brazilian law. Just three or four other women joined in.“A breast isn’t dangerous!” said Olga Salon, a 73-year-old Rio native, as she stripped off her black tank top. “It’s a false-Puritanism and indicative of our macho culture that we have a law forbidding that a woman can go topless.”Internationally, Brazil has a reputation as a nation of liberal sexual mores, where nudity is not only tolerated but enthusiastically embraced during Carnival parades.The hundreds of thousands of foreigners who’ll descend on Brazil for next year’s World Cup and the Olympics two years later will indeed see the famed “dental floss” bikinis that expose the wearer’s rear end.But under Brazil’s penal code, which dates back to the 1940s, female toplessness is an “obscene act,” punishable by three months to a year in prison, or fines. Even the law’s critics admit few are prosecuted.Quick responseWomen going topless on any of the city’s beaches are almost guaranteed to a quick response, both from the patrolling municipal guards and fellow beachgoers.Yesterday’s protest is the latest chapter in a debate over just how much skin is too much on Rio’s beaches.Protest organisers told media they were responding to a November incident in which actress Cristina Flores was set upon by municipal guards after she removed her shirt during a photo shoot on Ipanema beach.“They came at me immediately and there were three of them, more than one per breast,” the 37-year-old Flores told The Associated Press with a laugh earlier this week. “They were shouting, ‘put your shirt on, put your shirt on’ as if a bomb were going off if I didn’t.”Flores immediately complied but said she was shocked by the violent reaction and threat of jail time.“I didn’t even know it was illegal when I did it,” she said. “But if the Brazilian constitution guarantees gender equality, why should men be able to walk around without a shirt, while when we do it it’s seen as an act of provocation?”Read: Dog survives 90km ride stuck in bumper after being hit by carlast_img read more


first_imgIn the world of online shopping everyone is trying to compete with Amazon, including retailers who have in the past relied on the presence of physical shops for their sales. The first assault on Amazon and other online retailer’s growing market share was to match online pricing in-store. Both Target and Best Buy attempted this last year with varying degrees of success.Wal-Mart is taking a different approach and has started offering same day deliveries using its own delivery trucks at some locations. But now it’s considering another, more radical online order delivery system–it wants in-store customers to deliver packages to online customers.The system would work by giving customers the option to sign up as a mini delivery service for Wal-Mart. They would agree to take packages to people in the area where they lived in return for a discount on their shopping. That discount would cover the cost of the gas they used to make the deliveries, and therefore to travel home, effectively making their shopping trip cheaper.Implementing such a service does mean a number of hurdles need to be overcome, though. Wal-Mart would need to fulfill online orders directly from stores, meaning keeping more stock at each location to meet demand–something it currently only does at around 25 stores (there are over 4,000 in total).There’s also the issue of privacy and trust to overcome. Will customers appreciate another customer delivering their package? How do you assess whether a customer can be trusted to deliver the packages they are given? And what happens if a package is damaged when it arrives?If it worked as a system, customer deliveries would allow Wal-Mart to drastically increase the number of same day deliveries it carries out, while at the same time cutting out the need to run its own vehicles and drivers. It’s therefore potentially a major cost saver as well as a new way to compete with online retailers.last_img read more


first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 3 Mar 2019, 4:00 PM Opinion: How to deal with your child’s fear of the monsters under the bed Philippa Perry writes about how not to shut children down, which might only encourage them not to talk to you about big and small things. By Philippa Perry Share2 Tweet Email12 12,889 Views center_img https://jrnl.ie/4519745 PSYCHOTHERAPIST PHILIPPA PERRY has written a new book about parenting – called The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read. In it, she explores how to parent well and give your children a healthy upbringing – while not being too hard on yourself. Here are her practical thoughts on ‘the monster under the bed’.When they are very small, children may talk of ghosts or monsters under the bed. Rather than paying attention to the story or the reason they give, pay attention to the feeling they are expressing.Instead of dismissing the idea that there are monsters under the bed out of hand, name the feeling the monsters seem to be representing. “You sound scared, can you tell me a bit more?” Or, “Let’s make up a story about these monsters. What are their names?”If you do this, you may be able to vanquish the monsters. Do whatever fits your natural style; it isn’t so much the words we use, it’s staying with our children until they feel soothed rather than dismissing them as silly.For all you know, those monsters may be representing your impatience at bedtime or something else complicated that your child can’t articulate.Even when it’s impossible to trace the source of every feeling, that doesn’t mean the feeling isn’t real. It still needs validating. And making your child feel silly with a “don’t be silly – you know monsters are made up” is unlikely to soothe them.What’s important is to keep the lines of communication open.If you dismiss your child by telling them they’re being silly, they learn not only to clam up on the ‘silly’ communications but also those you wouldn’t consider silly. The distinction between ‘silly’ and ‘not silly’ is so clear to us we might assume it is to a child as well. But nobody can help feeling what they feel, even if other people would feel differently in the same situation, even if other people think it is silly.You want to be the person your child can talk to. If you tell them they are being silly to complain when Granny made them a nice lentil stew, they may feel they can’t tell you when the creepy piano teacher puts his hand on their leg.The difference between those two things is loud and clear to us but to a child they are both filed under “something icky”. And if some icky things are dismissed as irrelevant by you, your child is likely to feel it is not worth the humiliation of sharing any more of them.You may think this is an extreme example because Granny’s stew and a piano teacher touching a child’s leg are so very different. But your child has not been in the world as long as you have, has not had all your experience, has not read everything you have read, has not yet understood sexuality.Your child may not have learned to register alarm at being touched inappropriately in the same way as they feel alarmed about eating something they don’t like.To them, both are an assault on their senses. Telling a child they are being silly about anything will close down communications from them to you, and that might be a dangerous thing to do.Taken from The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will be Glad That You Did) by Philippa Perry, published by Penguin Life, priced €14.99. Author photo by Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment. Philippa Perry 21 Comments Mar 3rd 2019, 4:01 PM last_img read more


first_imgDes piles à combustibles dans les prochains smartphones?Les batteries Lithium ont depuis quelques temps montré leurs limites dans des appareils comme les téléphones ou tablettes. La pile à combustible pourrait être la source d’énergie de demain.Tous nos équipements mobiles sont aujourd’hui équipés de batteries Lithium, une technologie qui a montré au fil des années sa fiabilité et sa robustesse. Seulement, avec l’arrivée des smartphones ou des tablettes tactiles, la petite batterie a rapidement montré ses limites. Ces appareils, munis d’écrans tactiles ou de processeurs toujours plus performants sont on ne peut plus gourmands en énergie et là où un téléphone d’il y a 10 ans pouvait tenir deux semaines sans problème, il est inconcevable de tenir plus de deux jours avec son smartphone dernier cri.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Un vrai casse-tête pour l’industrie qui pourrait arriver à son terme. En effet, selon le site SmartPlanet, le Lithium pourrait être rapidement remplacé par les piles à combustibles. Cette technologie, principalement utilisée actuellement dans les domaines militaires, pourrait s’intégrer à nos appareils nomades dans les dix prochaines années. En tout cas, l’industrie regarde ce marché avec un très grand intérêt. Toshiba ou encore Hitachi, parmi les constructeurs de ces piles, ont dévoilé des modèles miniaturisés, en tout cas assez pour entrer dans un appareil de petite taille comme un téléphone. Le cabinet d’analystes Pike Research estime qu’en 2017, 4,5 millions de ces modèles compacts seront commercialisés sous la forme de chargeurs, avec une croissance annuelle de 237% sur les six années suivants. Bref, selon les experts, cette technologie pourrait d’ici à peine 15 ans devenir viable dans nos besoins mobiles quotidiens avec pourquoi pas des batteries solaires, elles aussi sérieusement à l’étude.Le 6 novembre 2011 à 12:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgNASA : un étonnant rover piloté à distance par une console de jeux vidéoLa NASA a développé un tout nouveau rover capable de se déplacer facilement sur tous types de terrain en étant commandé seulement par un système Kinect ou par une console Wii. Le nouveau rover tout-terrain de la NASA n’a pas fini de nous surprendre ! Cet engin semblable à une énorme araignée mécanique se déplace avec une dextérité remarquable. Il marche, il monte, il descend, il saute et parfois même il danse… Mais mieux encore : tous ses mouvements peuvent être contrôlés par l’intermédiaire d’un système Kinect de Xbox ou d’une console Wii de Nintendo.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreL’énorme robot, en cours de développement, est constitué de six pattes articulées montées sur roues. Cet agencement permet de le déplacer librement sur tout type de sols y compris rocheux. Ses roues peuvent par ailleurs être bloquées de manière efficace afin qu’elles se transforment en pieds. Haut de 4 mètres, l’engin pèse près de 2 tonnes et est capable de transporter une charge utile de plus de 14 tonnes. Le dispositif a été étudié par l’agence spatiale pour l’exploration de milieux hostiles comme Mars, la Lune et même des astéroïdes. Selon les ingénieurs en charge du projet, ce genre de contrôle à distance pourrait permettra à la NASA de planifier des missions beaucoup plus efficacement sans avoir recours à une lourde formation de son personnel pour l’usage du rover.Découvrez la chorégraphie du rover de la NASA en vidéo sur MaxisciencesLe 2 février 2012 à 15:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgJust over half (54%) of employer respondents believe that having a good work-life balance makes workers feel more engaged, according to research by global computer technology corporation Oracle.The Oracle simply talent research, which surveyed 250 Western European HR decision makers, also found that 93% of respondents say that employee engagement is strategically important to their organisation. Just under two-thirds (65%) say that it positively impacts collaboration between teams, while 61% believe that engagement helps to boost business performance and 60% that it contributes to improved customer service.However, just under a third (31%) of respondents believe it is difficult to measure the impact of return on investment (ROI) of staff engagement on the organisation. In order to do so, 68% rely on standard staff surveys to measure engagement levels, while 37% use advanced analytics.The research also found:30% said it is difficult for boardroom decision-makers to understand the impact of employee engagement on the wider business.45% believe that flexible working hours can improve employee performance.58% cited that recognising the excellence of individual employees has a strong positive impact on engagement.When asked who in the business has the greatest impact on employee engagement, just 10% of employer respondents said line managers, compared with 34% who cited line managers and 28% who said that the senior leadership team had the greatest impact.Loïc Le Guisquet, president for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific at Oracle, said: “Being able to understand and, more importantly, improve employee engagement [is] a priority for any of today’s successful leaders.“A more rigorous engagement strategy has become indispensable, and HR has a vital role to play in helping organisations make the transition. Modern HR teams have access to databased tools allowing them to effectively measure employee engagement, and just as crucially to quantify its impact on the business for the decision-makers in the boardroom. In this way HR will find itself at the centre of the business, driving engagement strategies that best serve the organisation’s growth ambitions.”Andy Campbell, director of human capital management strategy at Oracle, added: “The latest digital, mobile, and collaboration tools play an integral role in helping businesses support initiatives and strategies that make employees feel more engaged. However, these technologies don’t drive engagement on their own.“To be effective they need to be seamlessly embedded in business processes so that line managers and employees use them as part of their normal work, be that a performance review, a recruitment process, sharing some social learning or using mobile to enter timecards.”last_img read more


first_imgReliance Jio’s announcement of Jio GigaFiber has set the ball rolling in the right direction for the disruptive telecommunication company in broadband space. After disruptive the telecom space with its nationwide 4G rollout, affordable plans and more, Reliance Jio is now stepping into the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband space with its Jio GigaFiber.At RIL’s 42nd annual general meeting (AGM), Mukesh Ambani announced that it will commence the Jio GigaFiber rollout in India on September 5 – which marks the company’s third-year anniversary. The Jio GigaFiber plans start at Rs 700 per month and go all the way up to Rs 10,000 per month depending on the speed users choose.Reliance Jio, which offered free 4G services for several months before official rollout, is now attracting consumers with something new. Jio GigaFiber subscribers will get a free HD or 4K LED TV for free as a part of the “Welcome Offer” on the condition that they opt for the annual plans aka Jio-Forever plans.There’s no clarity on how Reliance Jio will choose its customers to give away free HD or 4K TV, but it appears the 4K resolution televisions will be reserved for the premium tier and the HD TVs will be given to those who get the basic package. Reliance Jio’s GigaFiber plans start at Rs 700 for the 100Mbps plan and the top-tier package will offer 1Gbps speeds. Reliance Jio GigaFiber registration pageReliance Jio Website (Screen-shot)With only a few more days to go for the official rollout, it’s worth noting that interested folks register themselves on the company’s official JioFiber broadband website. The individual plans and prices, depending on the data allocation, will be revealed on September 5. Keep a close watch on the offers bundled with each plan to get the maximum benefits.In addition to the LED TVs, Reliance Jio will also be offering a free 4K set-top-box and a free landline. After all, the company is going for a bundled service and not just broadband, so it makes sense to give the best package at launch. There will be attractive calling plans focused on international calls, where Jio guarantees lowest fixed-line rates. Representational ImagetwitterFinally, the free offerings don’t just end there. Reliance Jio GigaFiber subscribers will also get free access to some premium OTT services. It is not clear what these are, but we are hoping to see something on the lines of Amazon, Netflix, Hotstar. If nothing, Jio’s own JioTV, JioMovies will be a part of the package. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:09Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img RIL’s 41st AGM: Biggest highlightslast_img read more


first_imgA bulldozer destroys condemned smuggled luxury cars worth approximately US$ 1.2 million, which include used Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jaguar and Corvette Stingray, during the 116th Bureau of Customs founding anniversary in Metro Manila, Philippines 6 February 2018. Photo: ReutersBulldozers and backhoes pounded more than two dozen seized luxury cars in the Philippines on Tuesday, including Porsches, Mercedes, Jaguars and Corvettes, in a dramatic demolition showcasing the no-nonsense leader’s crackdown on crime and corruption.President Rodrigo Duterte watched as the second-hand vehicles, some valued as high as $115,000, were reduced to piles of scrap in a little over three minutes.”Give it to the buyer of steel,” Duterte said, recalling his instruction to officials.”They cannot have cars like that. But they can get something, make toys out of it.”The Bureau of Customs seized $2.93 million worth of smuggled vehicles last year, part of the $866 million in seized goods, government data showed.”It does not pay to evade taxes in the Philippines so might as well stop trying, because you will never succeed,” Duterte’s finance minister, Carlos Dominguez, told reporters before letting diggers loose on 20 slick-looking vehicles at a Manila port. A further 10 were simultaneously destroyed in ports in the southern cities of Davao and Cebu.The government last year destroyed more than $2.5 million worth of cigarettes bearing fake tax stamps.Duterte, known for his bloody war on drugs and disdain for criminals, has promised to usher in a “golden age of infrastructure” over six years, worth $180 billion. He has launched a comprehensive tax reform programme to help fund it.last_img read more


first_imgNPRTo get ready for SXSW 2018, we listened to more than 1,800 artists.In the middle of every March, the SXSW Music Festival fills Austin, Texas, with thousands of musicians from around the world. It’s a marathon so daunting — it’s a marathon and a sprint, really — that even longtime SXSW veterans need a hand winnowing the festival’s countless discoveries down to digestible doses.That’s where The Austin 100 comes in. Handpicked from thousands of bands playing at this year’s festival, these 100 songs highlight the best SXSW 2018 has to offer — songs from around the world, across a broad spectrum of genres, sounds and styles.Here’s how you can listen: Every artist page includes a streamable and downloadable version of a song we love. You can also download a ZIP file containing all 100 songs here or from any artist page. Or if you’re a Spotify user, you can stream most of the mix using our Austin 100 playlist.These six-plus hours of music are only the beginning of NPR Music’s SXSW 2018 coverage: You will eventually find more recommendations, conversations, videos and dispatches from this year’s festival at NPR.org/SXSW. But in the meantime, enjoy the music!Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more


first_imgThe George H. W. Bush Commemorative Forever Stamp is unveiled! #GHWBushStamp pic.twitter.com/LckWfhpgVq— George & Barbara Bush Foundation (@BushFdn) June 12, 2019 U.S. Postal Service via APThis photo provided by the U.S. Postal Service shows the new Forever stamp design honoring former President George H.W. Bush.The U.S. Postal Service unveiled Wednesday a Forever stamp honoring President George H.W. Bush, who passed away in Houston on November 30, 2018, at the age of 94.USPS held an event to officially issue the stamp at the Bush School of Government & Public Service in College Station. The former president is buried nearby at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum, next to his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Robin.Pierce Bush, one of Bush’s grandchildren, attended the event, along with representatives of the USPS Board of Governors and the George & Barbara Bush Foundation. Bush served as President from 1989 to 1993. The continuing normalization of relations with the former Soviet Union after the cold war, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the First Gulf War in 1990 were some of the key milestones of his presidency.After his death, he was remembered for his service during World War II, as well as his statesmanship and lifetime of public service.The Bush family became an icon of Houston. They lived in the Bayou City before residing in Washington, D.C. and after the presidency. The former president and first lady gave Houston worldwide exposure. They frequented philanthropic and sports events and local restaurants, establishing a memorable bond with many Houstonians.The funerals for Barbara and George Bush were both held in Houston last year, with thousands of people attending to pay their last respects. center_img Sharelast_img read more


first_imgWhat do the 90s sitcom Friends and the 1928 Disney classic Steamboat Willie have in common? They feature some of the most popular characters in entertainment history… and they’re being turned into Lego sets.Lego just announced the latest pitches to survive the grueling Ideas process. First up is Central Perk, the fictional coffee shop on Friends that’s so iconic it was turned into a real coffee shop in China.At first glance you might think this one is pretty similar to the Ideas Big Bang Theory set. As it was proposed, though, Central Perk is surprisingly complex. It required 1716 pieces to build, and you can see why when you take a closer look at how elements like the couch and chair are constructed.AdChoices广告The stars are all here in minifig form — Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe. And since neither Rachel or Joey was ever a particularly good employee at Central Perk, Gunther is there to keep things running smoothly.Lego’s design team will make its tweaks before the set goes on sale Don’t be shocked if things get simplified a bit to reduce the piece count. And because a set with six minifigs will be expensive enough, Gunther should probably brace himself for the possibility of yet another crushing disappointment. That’s sort of his thing anyway.Also making the cut this round is delightfully monochrome Steamboat Willie. This charming little display piece does an amazing job of capturing the first Mickey Mouse animation to be distributed.This one could arrive on store shelves fairly soon. As submitted, it’s a fairly straightforward build with just 156 pieces and a single minifig.That could, change of course. Lego could decide to scale things up slightly so that Mickey can actually steer the ship, and they might want to add Minnie — she made her big debut in Steamboat Willie too.More on Geek.com:You’ll Have a Yabba Dabba Doo Time With the Lego Flintstones11 Best Movie-Based Lego SetsLego Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Star Wars’ With Anniversary Setslast_img read more


first_imgKolkata: A meeting called by West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi with four political parties to create a harmonious situation in the state riddled by political violence remained “inconclusive” on Thursday. Emerging out of the Raj Bhavan, state BJP Vice President Jay Prakash Majumdar said that the Governor came up with a five-point set of suggestions but the representative of the ruling Trinamool Congress said he could not endorse it before talking to Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banereje. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Majumdar appreciated Tripathi’s initiative and said his party would support any step that would stop the ongoing violence and bring peace. However, he said the very fact the Governor had to convene the meeting proved there was no peace in the state. Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee, who attended the meeting, did not speak to the media. CPI-M politburo member Mohammad Salim alleged the Trinamool and BJP were trying to vitiate the atmosphere in the state. The move came after Tripathi had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday and apprised them of the situation in the state. Chief Minister Banerjee has accused Tripathi of misquoting the number of dead in the post-poll violence in the state and claimed eight people, out of 10, from her party had been killed in clashes after the recent general elections.last_img read more


first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more December 15, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the American College of Radiology (ACR) to accredit the Planmed Nuance and Nuance Excel full-field digital mammography (FFDM) systems beginning Dec. 27, 2011.The ACR will begin contacting facilities that already use Planmed systems under an FDA-approved extended MQSA certificate to advise them of this change and how to proceed with accreditation. Such facilities need not take any action towards accreditation until they are contacted by the ACR, and are permitted to operate during the transition period.Beginning December 27, 2011, the FDA will no longer accept applications to extend existing MQSA certificates to include the use of Planmed Nuance and Nuance Excel systems. As of that date, facilities should contact the ACR for information on how to begin the accreditation process.The following systems must be accredited: Carestream DirectView (computed radiography)Fischer SenoscanFuji FCRm (computed radiography)General Electric Senographe 2000D, DS, Essential, Senographe CarePlanmed Nuance and Nuance ExcelLorad Selenia, Selenia S, Selenia Dimensions, Selenia EncoreSiemens Mammomat Novation DR, Mammomat Novation S, Mammomat Inspiration, Mammomat Inspiration PurePhilips (Sectra) MicroDose Mammography L30Applicants with other FFDM systems must continue to apply to and be approved by the FDA for extension of their certificates to include the use of an FFDM unit in order to operate those systems legally.For more information: www.acr.org News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Related Content News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | December 15, 2011 FDA Approves the ACR to Accredit Planmed Full Field Digital Mammography Systems FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read morelast_img read more


first_imgChicago, Illinois – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is inviting guests to celebrate the wedding of the century in style with their new “Royal Suite Retreat.”When guests book this exclusive package, they’ll watch the Royal Wedding amidst the opulence of the hotel’s recently renovated Royal Suite, which boasts luxurious interiors and stellar city views from its perch on the hotel’s top floor.The Four Seasons “royal treatment” includes the following amenities: – Transportation to and from the hotel in a Rolls Royce, courtesy of Rolls Royce Motorcars Gold Coast – A complimentary toast to Prince William and Kate Middleton from the hotel’s Champagne Butler – Afternoon English tea for two in Seasons Lounge – A five-course chef’s tasting feast for two in Seasons restaurant, prepared by Executive Chef Kevin Hickey – Pampering fit for a princess in the Spa with the 24-Karat Gold Facial – A 4:30am CST wake-up call on April 29th to ensure guests don’t miss a minute of the live Royal Wedding broadcast – An English breakfast in bed for two, consisting of black and white pudding, baked beans, roasted tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms and bangers and rashers to enjoy while watching the Royal Wedding or at guests’ leisure.The “Royal Suite Retreat” is available on a first-come, first-reserved basis for the dates of April 28 and April 29, at a rate of $5,500 per night. Call (312) 280-8800 or visit www.fourseasons.com/chicagofs.last_img read more