Dennis Ward APTN National NewsDozens of people from Garden Hill First Nation have flown south in search of a missing man from their community.It’s been more than a month since Derwin Beardy was last seen.
Alberta’s battle with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline hasn’t much impacted Rachel Notley’s approval rating, according to the latest numbers from Angus Reid.But, the quarrel may have added to John Horgan’s popularity.Notley is sitting at 33 per cent — in the middle of the pack compared to other provincial leaders.“What that says to me is that — the trade war that started between B.C. and Alberta over wine, certainly the war of words and rhetoric is something that hasn’t hurt Notley or her approval levels, (but) it hasn’t necessarily given her much of a bump. Being up a point really means being statistically unchanged,” Shachi Kurl, Angus Reid’s Executive Director, said.B.C.’s premier is tied with Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe, with the highest approval rating at 52 per cent.“It looks like the face-off against the government of Alberta does appear to have helped John Horgan, a little bit. A three point increase in approval is not massive but it’s certainly in the right direction.” Kurl said.Kurl said we’ve heard the opposition saying Notley has lost the conflict with Horgan.“The numbers would indicate, well nothing necessarily lost, nor nothing necessarily gained,” she said.
Dollarama Inc. plans to add bulk purchases of its low-priced offerings to the e-commerce rush later this year as it looks to capitalize on the success of its bricks-and-mortar discount stores, the company said Thursday as it reported fourth-quarter earnings were up 17 per cent.But as competitors, including Candian grocers scramble to launch online sales to compete with online shopping behometh Amazon, CEO Neil Rossy tempered expectations about the extent of the rollout and its profit potential.“By no means are we e-commerce experts,” he said. “We’re taking our time and doing lots of data testing and we’re somewhat introducing a new concept.”He hopes to launch the platform by the end of the year and might first offer it in “a province or two” to get more feedback before it becomes available nationally.So far, he said the system is “up and running internally,” but is still being tweaked.Dollarama plans to use it to sell items from all of the categories of products it stocks in its 1,160 stores, but Rossy warned that there will be some limitations.“If you’re buying wine glasses at our store and you’re hoping to buy 400 wine glasses on our e-commerce site, it’s highly doubtful that will happen because the wine glasses, (with) the way we bring them in to our retail operation, aren’t built to handle drop tests for courier companies,” said Rossy.“There’s a bunch of items that will drop off or be added or removed based on the practicality within our system, so that’s why it’s still a work in progress.”As for whether shipping costs from orders made through the platform will be passed onto customers, Rossy said they’re “mostly hammered down but not enough that I’m willing to say they’ve put a final stamp on it.”But Rossy added, how the company, which has been expanding agressively and on a revenue run even amid a dire retail landscape, will fare online is “a complete unknown”The Montreal-based retailer’s executives said that 65 new Dollarama locations that opened in fiscal 2018 helped its fourth-quarter profit climb to $162.8 million, compared with $146.1 million a year earlier and boosted sales by about 10 per cent to $938.1 million.To keep up with demand, the company said it will expand its distribution centre in Montreal by 50 per cent to about 500,000 square feet.Rossy said Dollarama purchased two adjacent properties and the current centre, which was previously leased, meaning the expansion will ensure Dollarama owns its distribution operations in its entirety.He hopes construction will be completed by the end of 2019.But before that, in June of this year, Rossy’s father Larry, who founded Dollarama and is currently chairman of its board, will retire from the business. He will be succeeded by lead director Stephen Gunn. Kristin Williams Mugford has been appointed as an independent director effective immediately.“My father being, let’s say, a seasoned retailer, has simply decided to slow down a little,” Rossy said. “It’s rightly deserved… he was still at the office every day of the week and I can tell you for a fact that he put in six hours last Saturday as well.”In addition to taking on the e-commerce business, Dollarama will also have to defend its traditional bricks-and-mortar discount turf against China’s low-cost reatailer Miniso, which opened a handful of stores in Canada last year, but reportedly hopes to introduce 100 to the market by the end of this year and 500 in the next three years.Neil Rossy said the company hasn’t seen any impact in locations where Miniso opened stores in the same mall as Dollarama.“The actual competitive environment is relatively stable. It’s always very competitive,” said Rossy.“From that perspective, whether there are new retailers coming into the market and other retailers leaving the market, we’re always attentive to all competition.”It also rolled out technological initiatives to improve store productivity throughout its last fiscal year.Among the new kinds of technology it is using are handheld scanners for store associates, which can improve efficiency, smart cameras in stores and improved data analytic tools that can help Dollarama identify and target “risk areas.”Rossy said Dollarama next has its sights set on a new cash management process in stores to prove the efficiency of activities involving cash handling.The company’s stock jumped as much as five per cent to around $163 per share Thursday after it announced the better-than-expected results and plan to pay a quarterly dividend of 12 cents per share, up a penny from its earlier payment to shareholders.It also plans to split its shares on a three-for-one basis, subject to the approval of shareholders, which if approved, will decrease the price of individual stocks while increasing the number of outstanding shares, making it more attractive for retail investors seeking a small position in the company.Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL)
Rabat – An explosion targetting a tourist bus near the Grand Egyptian Museum in the city of Giza, neighboring Cairo, injured at least 17 people on Sunday.According to undisclosed security sources, Reuters reported that most of the wounded are foreign tourists, including South Africans.Sources added that a device went off close to the museum fence as the bus was passing. The victims are suffering from minor to serious injuries, however no deaths have been reported.It is the second bombing in six months in Egypt. In December 2018, three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and at least 10 others injured in a similar incident.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska has awarded a contract to study whether the state can become the first in the nation to change its Medicaid program into a block grant system.Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Wednesday that the state Department of Health and Social Services issued a notice May 29 of its intent to award the contract to analyze the prospect of implementing block grants for federal Medicaid payments, work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, and shifting some Alaska Medicaid recipients to private insurance.The $100,000 contract calls for Boston-based Public Consulting Group to draft a paper by June 30 studying whether the initiatives will save Alaska money.Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy sent a letter to President Donald Trump March 1 that discussed Medicaid block grants.Alaska House Democrats have denounced the idea.___Information from: (Anchorage) Alaska Journal of Commerce, http://www.alaskajournal.comThe Associated Press
5 March 2008The United Nations and its partners are clearing a road in Katanga province in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after two anti-tank mines were discovered on a key route, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country said today. Led by the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre (MACC), the operation focuses on demining eight kilometres of the road linking the towns of Kabalo and Katutu, which was shut down in December after local residents came upon the explosives.The non-governmental organization (NGO) Danish Church Aid and the South African mine clearance company Mechem are part of the joint effort.Meanwhile, the peacekeeping mission – known as MONUC – reports that 25 former Rwandan rebel troops and their 13 dependents were repatriated to Rwanda in February, as part of the renewed drive to disarm and reintegrate members of armed groups spurred by the Nairobi agreement reached between Rwanda and the DRC in November last year.
Who’s the best team in the NFL?The answer is as muddled as at any point in the season. According to our Elo ratings, the answer is technically the New England Patriots, who overtook the Denver Broncos after beating them in Week 9. But the Broncos gained ground by beating the Oakland Raiders on Sunday while the Patriots had a bye. Just one Elo point now separates the teams; they’re tied for all intents and purposes.A case could also be made for the Arizona Cardinals, who have the NFL’s best record at 8-1. But the deeper we go, the less impressive the Cardinals look. Jeff Sagarin’s “pure points” rating, based on margin of victory and strength of schedule, has the Cardinals just eighth in the league. Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) ratings, based on an analysis of play-by-play data, has them 15th. The Cardinals’ top quarterback, Carson Palmer, is out for the year. Elo, which tends to strike a middle ground between conventional wisdom and advanced statistics, has the Cardinals fourth.A credible case could also be made for the Seattle Seahawks on the basis of their longer-term performance. They came into the season ranked No. 1 and are the fourth-best team so far this year on the basis of DVOA. And they looked as good as they have since Week 1 while beating the New York Giants 38-17 last week. The Seahawks’ next six weeks consist of home-and-home games against the Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, and road games at Kansas City and Philadelphia. Within a couple of weeks, we could be talking about how the Seahawks playoff hopes are torpedoed, or how Seattle was the best team in the league all along.So far, however, this season has been characterized by the lack of any one truly dominant team. It’s also been characterized by a bunch of awful teams, such as the Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Raiders have a 31 percent chance of finishing at 0-16, according to our simulations. The Jaguars and the Raiders also have an outside shot at finishing with the lowest Elo rating of all-time.If the elite teams aren’t as great as usual, and the worst teams are worse than usual, that means there are more wins (and Elo ratings points) to go around among the upper-middle class of the league. There is a glut of 12 teams at an Elo rating between 1532 and 1608 — somewhere between “slightly above average” and “pretty good.”The Cincinnati Bengals, who lost at home Thursday against the Cleveland Browns, fell out of that group last week. These types of games — a clear underdog (the Bengals were 8.5-point favorites, according to Elo) winning definitively (the Browns won 24-3) — produce the biggest swings in the Elo ratings. In fact, the 53-point shift against the Bengals and toward the Browns is the largest of the season so far. (The largest swing of all time, 77 points, came Sept. 21, 2008, when the Miami Dolphins ended the Patriots’ 21-game regular-season winning streak by beating them 38-13 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.)Even the result in Cincinnati, however, did nothing to clarify the playoff picture. The Browns, at 6-3, are first in the AFC North; the Bengals, 5-3-1, are second. Both have lower Elo ratings than the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, who are tied for third at 6-4. No AFC North team has better than a 31 percent chance or worse than a 20 percent chance of winning the division. Playoff odds for the rest of the league follow:My ESPN colleague Gregg Easterbrook wrote this week about the inequities of the NFL playoff system. As Gregg noted, the 4-5 New Orleans Saints would make the playoffs if the season ended today (as NFC South champions). The 6-3 Green Bay Packers, meanwhile, would miss out.One might protest that the Saints aren’t such a bad team: They have plenty of talent and a +26 point differential, and they’re 12th in the league in DVOA. Still, what division a team plays in makes a huge amount of difference to its playoff odds.To demonstrate this, I extracted some additional data from our Elo simulations this week, estimating a team’s chances of winning its division based on its regular-season record. In the NFC North, for example, a roughly average division, teams finishing the season with 10 wins won the division 30 percent of the time.The same 10-win finish would produce a drastically different result in other divisions. In the NFC West, 10 wins were good enough for the division title just 4 percent of the time. In the Saints’ NFC South, meanwhile, 10 wins took the division more than 99 percent of the time.Even an eight-win finish would be good more often than not in the NFC South; teams finishing with that win total won the division 65 percent of the time. (This includes cases where the Carolina Panthers, who tied a game this year, finish at 8-7-1.) Seven wins might be enough. In one of the 5,000 simulations we ran this week, the Panthers even won the division with a 5-10-1 record.If anything, this understates the importance of divisional placement. Not only are teams from weaker divisions more likely to make the playoffs with, for instance, a 9-7 record, they’ll also have an easier time achieving that record because they’re facing softer competition. And the NFL protects division winners in the playoffs, giving them a higher seed than wild cards and a home game in the opening round.These problems will be hard to avoid so long as the NFL insists on having such small divisions and placing such importance upon them. In a four-team division, there’s a 1-in-16 chance that all four teams will be below average — one of them will make the playoffs anyway. Because there are eight divisions, a case like that will come up about once every other season.This is one reason I’d like to see the NFL expand to 36 teams, which would allow for six-team divisions. Short of that, the league could adopt any number of approaches to make division placement less important. The least radical would be to no longer prioritize division winners in setting playoff seedings. (A 7-9 division winner could still make the playoffs, but it wouldn’t get a home game.) More fun: The league could “bump” any division winners that failed to finish with a winning record and replace them with an additional wild-card team.Elo Point SpreadsRecord against point spread: 70-67-3 (6-5 in Week 10)Straight-up record: 103-43-1 (9-4 in Week 10)The point spreads implied by Elo ratings have just barely climbed to a winning record against closing Las Vegas lines. Still, we wouldn’t recommend that you bet on them. Indeed, as the season has worn on, there have been fewer and fewer differences between them, and most of those that exist are easy to explain. Elo is more bullish on the Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles this week than Las Vegas lines imply, for example, but it doesn’t know that their starting quarterbacks are sidelined.Still, there’s a difference of opinion in what’s undoubtedly the biggest game of the week. Whereas Vegas has the Indianapolis Colts as 2.5- or three-point favorites at home against the Patriots, Elo has the Patriots just slightly favored. New England has been one of Elo’s favorite teams this year. It’s strange to think Vegas could underrate a team as high-profile as New England, but that’s been the case historically: The Patriots have covered the point spread about 57 percent of the time since Bill Belichick took over as coach.
Andrew Forrest, Chairman Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) says that “under the leadership of Nev Power the company flourished and earned its reputation as one of the largest and most consistent seaborne iron ore suppliers, taking its place as the lowest cost most efficient producer in the world. Fortescue is now rapidly evolving, drawing on the entire Fortescue family to continue and improve on that efficiency and establish itself for dynamic future growth. It is devolving authority to greatly empower its people to create a nimble, fast moving organisation capable of meeting the challenges of a world whose pace of change is historically unprecedented. Be it for iron ore, or any other products required for such a rapidly changing global market place, Fortescue’s growth is being planned to meet it.“Into this environment, and where required, I will be calling on Fortescue directors to step in, on an occasional and part-time capacity, to further drive this product diversification and asset development. I will actively join this effort while encouraging our new CEO to maintain her focus on lowest quartile competitiveness in all existing and future production lines, in all our endeavours and at all times. A change in marketing focus directly related to flexible operations and new markets will also lead to greater penetration in global iron ore markets. Complementing this is our target that in the future a majority of Fortescue’s production will be >60% Fe competing head to head in the higher grade markets.“This strategic target will be achieved through the Firetail replacement project without losing the company’s focus on minimum mine lives of 20 years. As a result of these challenges Fortescue will move from its traditional leadership focus to our new Core Leadership Team (CLT) with active Board support which is capable of and will devolve authority throughout the organisation. It is with considerable satisfaction and on behalf of the Board that I report that all appointments are internally originated. The new CLT will comprise; Chief Financial Officer Ian Wells will be appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer, moving from his current role as Group Manager, Corporate Finance. Ian’s role will be to promote the understanding and competence in global capital markets throughout the exploration and development teams of Fortescue. While maintaining tight reins on the company’s finances, Ian will empower others reporting to him to maximise efficient discovery and/or acquisition of new projects. Utilizing strong operational expertise and rapid Fortescue execution, with ingrained non-recourse finance capability, we expect targets to be expediently converted to valuable assets.“Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ms Julie Shuttleworth will take up the new role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer, having most recently held the position of General Manager of Fortescue’s Solomon Operations. Julie has been an outstanding operator and leader and will broaden her expertise to all aspects of procurement, corporate finance and Fortescue diversification to support the Chief Executive who will be both running a high performance company and expanding it. Julie’s leadership capability, cultural understanding of Fortescue and phenomenal intellect will be invaluable in this role. Chief Operating Officer.“Greg Lilleyman will be appointed as Chief Operating Officer, having most recently held the position of Director of Operations. While all roles of these executives have changed, none perhaps more so than Greg. Greg will be charged with maintaining the world’s lowest cost iron ore operations, including now Fortescue’s mining and infrastructure assets while lifting the grade of the bulk of Fortescue’s production to 60% plus Fe and holding true to Fortescue’s minimum 20 year mine life. In addition Greg will accept accountability for all sales and marketing as well as the expanded operations into his portfolio. Greg will continue the active diversification of the company’s client base and ensure that the culture of innovation, personal ownership, empowerment over authority within all aspects of the company’s culture is fully cemented throughout Fortescue’s vast operational team.“Ms Elizabeth Gaines will be appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer, moving from her current role of Chief Financial Officer. Elizabeth will lead an organisation where every person seeks advice from their immediate principal as opposed to industry accepted management method of upwards unilateral authority. It will take considerable perseverance and determined leadership to differentiate Fortescue from the more typical command and control environment in the resources sector. At Fortescue, every person in the organisation must live responsibly the decisions they make on behalf of the company, through the culture of Fortescue. Elizabeth has shown strong aptitude to encourage her colleagues and sleet recognition to them while actively supporting all those around her to be as successful as possible. It is this aversion to being the smartest person in the room, her obvious and effective collegiality and ability to communicate at all levels of both the organisation and the community that led to the Board’s decision to select Elizabeth over an outstanding international field of CEO applicants.“This team brings together a group of incredible individuals who are ingrained with Fortescue’s culture, who all possess the experience, talent and personal values required to lead our company’s new direction. Collectively, they will champion Fortescue’s unique culture, which is built on the strength of our family values, looking out for your mates and having the courage and determination to set immensely challenging stretch targets and to, in general, deliver against them.”CEO-elect, Gaines said she was both privileged and humbled to be chosen as Fortescue’s third Chief Executive Officer and is excited to support the CLT to take Fortescue through its next stages. “Fortescue is a unique company and a feature of our success is the strong relationship between the Chairman and CEO. I embrace the culture and values that truly set this company apart and I look forward to working with Andrew, the Board and the newly appointed leadership team of talented individuals to continue to deliver success and value for our shareholders.”Commenting on his appointment as Chief Operating Officer, Lilleyman said, “The opportunity to combine my operational role with the immense responsibility of driving a unique culture of empowerment and personal responsibility throughout the operations team is humbling. I am now particularly encouraged and excited to couple this with the unique ability to drive our global market and product strategy. I am looking forward to taking this on and working closely with our highly effective CLT, Operations and Marketing team.”Shuttleworth said, “I am absolutely thrilled to take on this new role of Deputy CEO for Fortescue and contribute my operational experience and drive to our new leadership team. Working with Elizabeth, Greg and Ian will be a highlight of my career and I intend to use it to maximise Fortescue at every opportunity.”CFO-elect, Wells said, “Joining Fortescue’s new leadership team as Chief Financial Officer is the opportunity I have been looking for to really empower the full team around me and contribute to a very strong development ethos and culture. I am excited to be sharing this with the Fortescue team and look forward to supporting Fortescue’s continued success through delivering extreme value.”Forrest concluded that the appointments “will mark a smooth transition of cultural change and encouragement by Power and is expected to be complete early in the New Year. Nev has agreed with me, with his normal enthusiasm and Fortescue commitment, to settle the new team in to his fullest ability before the final handing over of the reins.”
SUPERVALU HAS STRUCK a deal worth €160,000 with an Irish cheese-maker.The independent supermarket has announced that it has signed the deal with Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers to stock its Cashel Blue Cream Cheese.The deal will mean that Tipperary-made Cashel Blue Cream Cheese, which is 100 per cent Irish, exclusively available in SuperValu stores.The newly launched product is a mix of Cashel Blue, cream cheese and fresh cream.Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu, said that Irish food producers are globally renowned for the quality of their produce.Our partnership with Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers is part of our on-going commitment to Irish suppliers and the Irish agri-food sector. Delivering quality Irish produce to our customers is an important part of our business, so partnering with innovative producers enables us to bring the very best to our customers.Sarah Furno, managing director, Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers, said they have been making cheese on their farm for over 30 years and are delighted to offer the cream chesse exclusively to SuperValu customers.Three quarters of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland, contributing over €1.6 billion to the Irish economy and helping to sustain almost 30,000 Irish jobs in the farm, food and retail sector, the company said.Read: THE VERDICT: Tayto’s cheese and onion crisp chocolate bar>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Plans for the development of the site of the former Hellinikon airport were approved on Thursday by Greece’s Council of State, which included provisions on the construction of high rise buildings. The judges approved the investment plan as fully compliant with the country’s constitution and legislation, ticking the box of one of two outstanding prior actions for Greece’s third fiscal review by its creditors and for lenders to disburse the €5.7 billion tranche. According to the judges, the Hellinikon Project is expected to positively serve the public’s interest with plenty of scope to improve the local economy and provide employment opportunities, along with promoting the Greek capital as a cultural metropolis. When it came to the plans to construct high rise buildings on the site, which will be up to 200 metres tall deviating from the standard town planning regulations, the judges made an exception, claiming they would improve “quality of life by taking less space, increasing open and green spaces and improving natural and artificial lighting”. Meanwhile the interventions on the shoreline were classified as only mild, and that they would upgrade the beach as a whole, tying in with the greater development plans for the bay. The judges made it clear however that despite making exceptions for the project in light of the public’s interest, that the construction would have to adhere to the regulations in full without deviations.
The Welsh international footballer has scored three goals in the last four Premier League matches and has won the praise of his club’s captainWith only 21-years of age, English midfielder David Brooks has been having a great season with Bournemouth in the English Premier League.This weekend his team won 3-0 against Fulham and the youngster scored his third goal in his last four matches.And that has gained the praise of his captain, Simon Francis.“He’s settled in really well with the lads. He’s been a real breath of fresh air for us,” Francis told the team’s official website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s very laid back off the pitch, which I think is why he’s looked so calm and assured on it.”“He’s provided that left foot out wide that we haven’t really had for a couple of years, probably since Matt Ritchie left really,” he added.“His signing has added another dimension to us going forward and he’s been excellent so far.”“He can also still improve, and we’re looking forward to seeing him continue to develop,” Francis concluded.
The government has launched a consultation into potential government support options for the British Steel pension scheme.The defined benefit scheme has approximately 130,000 members, with assets and liabilities totalling around £14 billion.The consultation aims to determine the best course of action, if any, that the government could take as part of its broader support measures for the UK steel industry. It also aims to provide clarification for members of the pension scheme while supporting the Tata Steel UK sale process.Under a sale agreement, the pension scheme may be required to be separated from the business and enter the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).The pension scheme does not have the necessary funds to pay all of the scheme members the pensions they were originally promised, but it does have the funds to pay the majority of members the same as or higher than the PPF, which caps compensation payments at £33,678 annually.This course of action would not cap higher pensions but would reduce members’ pension payments by reducing the amount by which the pension was set to increase in the future.To implement these changes, the government would need to amend pension protection laws to enable the trustees to adjust the scheme rules without gaining the consent of members.The consultation will discuss the proposed changes put forward by Tata Steel and the pension scheme trustees, analysing whether reducing the amount of pension promised to employees is a more workable option than having pension scheme members enter the PPF.The government is consulting on these proposals to ensure that it is in the best interests of scheme members and also that it will not negatively impact defined benefit pension schemes more widely.The consultation closes on 23 June 2016. It is open to responses from the public, including the steel industry, members of the scheme, Tata Steel UK employees, the pensions industry, and employers paying into the PPF.Allan Johnston, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the British Steel pension scheme, said: “The Trustee of the British Steel Pension Scheme welcomes the government’s decision to consult on changes to the law applying to the scheme.“The Trustee will be writing to members over the coming days to make clear its belief that, with government support, it should be possible to modify benefits so as to allow the scheme to remain outside the Pension Protection Fund indefinitely and on a low-risk basis. Although this would entail future pension increases being cut back from their current levels, benefits would be more generous than those provided by the PPF for the vast majority of scheme members.“The primary focus of the Trustee is to secure the best outcome for scheme members. While the current pension protection framework provides a valuable safeguard for pension scheme members generally, the circumstances of the British Steel pension scheme are such that its assets could be better used in paying member benefits than potentially swelling a PPF surplus or insurance [firms’] profits.”
Medchal: A Sadaram camp for all categories of differently abled persons will be conducted by the District Rural Development Agency on July 5, under the auspices of Medchal Sadaram Board, at the government hospital in Malkajgiri. In the ortho category only 100 will be examined, said a press release issued by DRDA of Medchal-Malkajgiri district. He appealed to all categories to avail themselves of the opportunity.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Superconductors for electrical, defense, space, medical applications (PhysOrg.com) — A group of researchers in Japan have succeeded for the first time in superconducting power transmission of direct current over two hundred meters. The researchers, from Nano-Optonics Energy Inc., and Chubu University’s Superconductivity and Sustainable Energy Center conducted their experiment as part of Nano-Optics Energy’s Superconducting DC Power Transmission Project. The transmission loss of superconducting DC (alternating current) power transmission is ten times less than that of superconducting AC power transmission, and thirty times less than the transmission loss of ordinary AC power transmission. Since superconducting DC power reduces transmission loss, it could significantly reduce the amount of electricity that needs to be generated, if it could be used to replace normal AC power. With the current emphasis on lower carbon emissions, the idea is attracting a great deal of attention, not only because less electricity would be needed, but also because alternative electricity generation methods such as solar and wind power generate direct current, which in the present system has then to be converted to alternating current. Using direct current would also reduce the losses that occur during the conversion process.The system being developed uses a liquid nitrogen circulation system, an adiabatic double tube, and a newly developed type of superconducting cable. Other new technologies developed by the researchers for the new system include a new method of thermally insulating the ends of the cable. This method, called the Peltier Current Lead (PCL), drastically cuts heat transfer between the liquid nitrogen cooling system and the ambient temperature section.Direct current power transmission also has the advantage over AC of being cheaper and more efficient when transmitted over distances of 300 km and above. Superconducting power transmission theoretically has zero energy loss, and larger current power transmission is possible and over much longer distances, with transmission over distances as great as 10,000 km being feasible.Nano-Optonics Energy collaborates with Chubu University on a number of basic technology projects and research into developing more efficient batteries. Their aim is to develop the most efficient and largest current transmission system in the world, using high-temperature DC superconductors. More information: Nano-Optonics Energy — www.nano-opt.jp/en/superconductor.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Superconducting cable. Image credit: Nano-Optics Energy Citation: World first superconducting DC power transmission system a step closer (2010, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-world-superconducting-dc-power-transmission.html
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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This release… read more IQon Spectral CT image courtesy of Philips HealthcareOctober 13, 2016 — Philips announced that it will be displaying a variety of solutions aimed at increasing diagnostic confidence at the 2016 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 27-Dec. 3 in Chicago.Confident diagnoses often depend on insight-yielding images. With Philips IQon Spectral CT, which the company calls the world’s first spectral detector-based CT (computed tomography) scanner, one scan delivers the data needed to make a confident diagnosis. The IQon Spectral CT captures spectral information 100 percent of the time, empowering physicians to improve clinical confidence.The Philips Vereos digital positron emission tomography (PET)/CT uses Philips proprietary Digital Photon Counting (DPC) technology which has 1:1 coupling, and approximately twice as much volumetric resolution, sensitivity gain and quantitative accuracy as analog systems. Users get better information and more certainty, helping improve diagnostic confidence and enhancing patient experience.In neurology, complexity clouds certainty. Philips offers various magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) innovations, providing fast, efficient, imaging techniques and user-friendly systems. Their new set of neuro applications can help resolve complex neuro questions, unlock new territories and provide improved MR imaging applications that empower diagnostic confidence.Philips IntelliSpace Portal 9.0 — an advanced visualization and analysis solution — provides a single comprehensive overview of the patient for quick detection, confident diagnosis and efficient follow-up. It provides enterprise-wide image and information management, while using machine learning to adapt workflows to physician preferences. The latest version greatly enhances the depth of clinical analysis in neurology and cardiology for even the most complex patients.Philips Healthcare Transformation Services can help find opportunities to optimize clinical and operational processes. The company partnered with Lowell General Hospital in Massachusetts to help the radiology department improve their CT workflow, enhance patient throughput and streamline daily processes.For more information: www.usa.philips.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories CAIRO (AP) – Officials say an Egyptian court has ordered the release of ex-President Hosni Mubarak, but it’s not immediately clear whether the prosecutors will appeal the order.The Wednesday decision comes in a hearing on charges against Mubarak of accepting gifts from a state-owned newspaper, the last case that has kept the ailing leader in detention.It raises the possibility that Mubarak will walk free, a move that is likely to fuel the unrest roiling the country after the autocratic leader’s successor was removed in a military coup last month. The officials spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to speak to the media. Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top holiday drink recipes Mubarak, 85, has been held since April 2011. He’s now on trial for the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising against him and other charges.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
(In photo, front left) Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications; Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor; Mr. Robert Wu, Managing Director, Sharp Thai; and Mr. Yoshihiro Hashimoto, Executive Managing Officer and Head of President Office, Sharp CorporationTAT and Sharp Corporation sign MOUThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Sharp Corporation recently signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly promote TAT’s ‘Amazing Thailand’ campaign, utilising Sharp’s latest Aquos 8K series technology to produce a cutting-edge HD video of Thailand’s diverse tourism destinations, attractions and events.TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak said the new initiative, co-branded ‘Amazing Thailand Amazing 8K’, is based around Sharp’s latest Aquos 8K full HD televisions that are being imported into Thailand for the first time this year.“‘Amazing Thailand Amazing 8K’ is an important step in the cooperation between the government and Thai private sector to elevate the country’s tourism image in line with the Royal Thai Government’s ‘Thailand 4.0’ initiative.“It represents yet another important tool to present the beauty of Thailand to new generations of potential travellers, whilst highlighting various aspects of TAT’s new marketing concept ‘Open to the New Shades’.”See more at TAT NewsroomSource = Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
Travel Advisor? On safetyAn agent purely sells, can an advisor offer more with safetyWhat is safety when we travel?Should you be the one to advise your customers on how to “stay safe”? Will that open the door to potential blowback if the advice you offer doesn’t keep someone safe ?This distinction is academic unless you can find a way monetise the differentiation from agent to advisor.Begin with basic things like food safety. Some think street food in India is awesome, but bland and safe is better, unless you want to embark on a rapid weight loss program. 22 trips, I’ve suffered minor embarrassment through to near hospitalisation. It’s not only uncomfortable, but when I being relied upon for several days of meetings which cost a small fortune to get me to, I need to perform.Premium hotels now filter water and publicise food safety for western visitors. Having spoken to the chef and manager, its safe now to eat fresh salad and vegetables and a diet which is closer to home. Half the battle is avoiding the creamy and fatty delights that would make you sick at home. Showering with Listerine in your mouth – that one is gold.Beyond bad guts is the more common sense advice of keep your hands out of your pockets, don’t walk down dark streets at night, carry minimal local currency and no flashy jewellery, if you need to get hammered, do it in your own hotel, don’t walk home.But sadly, recent terrorism events in both Christchurch and Colombo, safe havens for travel, suggest safety, or less of a guarantee of it, is now a trade off of travel. How do you advise on that? AFTA has its standard warning process which in turn has implications on travel insurance policies. But they have not caught up – even after Sri Lanka, it was apparent cancelling your holiday now would result in no refund and no protection.Travel advisers might consider subscribing to online security services and incorporating them into the travel plans for customers. Google “travel safety intelligence group” to find a ton of different companies who provide information from reputable security sources around the world. In other words, tapping into security networks.But this is a highly emotive topic and different people have different feelings about what is in fact safe. My recommendation would be that the week before someone travels out, incorporate this into your pre trip columns the message like “just letting you know, we’ve reconfirmed all the details of your booking including validating the current safety green light for destination….”A nice little safety card and maybe even some Listerine with your logo on it could be the right way to keep connected and remind them that you are keeping them safe.Travel safe!www.stuba.com learn more about stuba.com here
Existing Home Sales Flattened by Low Supply Levels & Tight Credit Auction.com Existing-Home Sales Residential Real Estate Nowcast 2015-12-03 Staff Writer Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News, Origination December 3, 2015 492 Views Homebuyers are being stopped in their tracks by tightening credit standards and the low amount of homes for sale on the market.Existing home sales in November 2015 are expected to come up pretty flat compared to the previous month.According to Auction.com’s Residential Real Estate Nowcast, existing home sales are projected to come in between 5.16 and 5.54 million annual sales, with a targeted number of 5.36 million. This number is nearly the same as October, but still up 8.4 percent from last year.“People looking to buy a home today face dual constraints—extraordinarily low inventory and extremely tight credit,” said Rick Sharga, Auction.com EVP. “But demand may be weakening as well, since the number of first-time homebuyers continues to be lower than normal, and purchases by investors—especially investors from China and Europe—appear to be slowing down a little bit as well. It will be interesting to see what happens to demand if the Fed raises rates in December and lenders respond by hiking mortgage interest rates.”Auction.com’s predicted in October that existing home sales would fall between 5.26 and 5.51 million units, while the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported earlier this month that October’s sales fell 3.4 percent to 5.36 million units.Auction.com Chief Economist Peter Muoio says that the halt in exiting home sales is no shock to the industry, as it aligns with a “soft spot in the economy, some downshifting in job growth, and the financial market turbulence experienced in late summer.”“The renewed strength of the labor market, including accelerating wage gains, should be good news for the housing market heading into 2016,” Muoio explained. “We continue to look for higher home prices to coax more sellers into the market. Along with wages, this could be an important new ingredient to the 2016 housing story.”On the up side of things, existing home prices continue to soar higher and are creeping up on the pre-bust all-time high of $229,875 recorded in July 2011. Auction.com suspects that exiting home prices will continue on their upward pattern in November, reaching $225,323, an increase of 8.7 percent year-over-year.
The father of the nine-year-old girl who was stabbed and killed by her 13-year-old brother last week in Larnaca said on Thursday that authorities were fully aware of his son’s mental illness but did nothing to avert the tragedy, despite his warnings that his son needed help.Almost 10 days after the tragic event, the father made a desperate plea on social media – in an 18-minute video – for anyone “who had the heart and power” to put pressure on authorities to make those whom he said let the situation escalate to answer to the law.The 13-year-old boy killed his nine-year-old sister after stabbing her 15 times in the afternoon of November 6 in Larnaca and has been admitted to the Athalassa psychiatric hospital in Nicosia. The boy stabbed his sister with a kitchen knife during an argument. A post mortem has revealed the little girl was stabbed 15 times, four of the stab wounds were to vital organs. The father at the time was at work. He arrived home around an hour after the incident to find the girl in a pool of blood. The girl was rushed to the Larnaca general hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.“I lost two children. That beautiful girl is now an angel in the heavens, he is in hospital, out of his mind, doesn’t know what to do,” the father said.He accused state services of deliberately diagnosing his son with a mild form of mental illness, despite his warning that the boy had serious issues and could not be left unattended, to spare the state an additional amount of money per month. He did not specify the nature of his son’s condition.The man said that doctors saw his son three times. As he had no money to take his son abroad for treatment, he asked the doctors monitoring his son for verification that the boy needed supervision so that he could stay at home to take care of him.Instead, he said, they gave him written reassurances that the boy did not need supervision and could be left at home unattended. “He was diagnosed with a mild form both the doctor and psychologist said the same.”This meant he was not eligible for additional welfare payment. Had the boy been diagnosed with a serious illness, he would have received extra money so he could stay at home and look after his children.Now, he said, his daughter was dead, while those in charge carry on with their lives and continue to earn their fat salaries, despite not being efficient in their job.The father said his son had been ill since he was a young child and had not had a good life because he spent all his school years “in the unit”. The Cyprus Mail understands that he was referring to the special education unit located within schools. He said that his son had an escort in school following him everywhere.“I had informed them of his behaviour, and had given them the green light to do what they wanted to help him. I never told them not to place the child in the unit,” he said.The man said that he repeatedly told state officials that his son wasn’t well and that “in school he was angry”.“They knew this, the school psychologists, psychiatrists, everyone around here knew of this, and they did nothing.”The reason he could not supervise his children all the time, he said, was because he had to work. He said he has been raising his children alone for the past eight years.He said his family’s regular income was €230 per month in Guaranteed Minimum Income payment and €360 coming from another source.“Who can live on that money for a full month?” he asked.The man said that in the past two years “no one came to my home to ask, nor government or (welfare) office, to ask if I wanted help.”He said he released this video, “for those who have a heart and have the power to look into what led to my tragedy.”To-date, he said, no-one asked him what went wrong, “no-one wants to know. Everyone wants to wash their hands off this tragedy, I believe because they don’t want people to know the truth.”The man said that if he didn’t speak up, it would be like his daughter died for nothing.For as long as he lives, he said, his purpose will be to shed light on the case, because “the other child (his son) was ill.”“My heart is broken, tomorrow you could be in my shoes. Today it was my children, tomorrow, it could be yours,” he said. You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola