zoomImage Courtesy: Excelerate Energy Excelerate Energy and Maran Gas Maritime have signed a bareboat charter agreement for the floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) Hull 2477.During the five-year deal, Excelerate will have the option to purchase the newbuilding. Maran Gas Maritime is currently building the FSRU at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard and is scheduled for delivery in April 2020, when the charter would start.To feature a storage capacity of 173,400 m3, the vessel will be capable of operating as both an FSRU and a fully tradable LNG carrier, the company noted.Hull 2477 will join Excelerate’s existing fleet of nine FSRUs and will serve Excelerate’s portfolio of regasification customers. Excelerate Technical Management will provide ship management for the vessel.“We believe this transaction leverages the strengths of both our companies. Excelerate are market leaders in the FSRU space and we are delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate thereby securing a productive future for this state-of-the-art FSRU,” John Angelicoussis, the owner of MGM, added.
TORONTO — A company in southwestern Ontario has lost its bid to keep its licence to transfer corpses after a contractor stuffed an infant’s remains into a cardboard box.In its decision, a Divisional Court panel found a tribunal had made no errors in ordering the licence revocation of Niagara Funeral Alternatives based in Ridgeway, Ont., which was operated by an unlicensed Patrick O’Charchin ostensibly under his geriatric father, Jerome O’Charchin, who was an authorized funeral director.“There was ample evidence before the tribunal to make the findings it made,” the court said in its ruling this week. “Regardless of how the hospital presented the human remains, Niagara Funeral chose the disgraceful manner of transporting them.”Court and tribunal documents show the case arose two years ago when Patrick O’Charchin retained a licensed funeral director, Paul Scrannage, to transport an infant’s remains from a Hamilton-area hospital morgue to a nearby crematorium. O’Charchin gave Scrannage a cardboard box with various funeral-related supplies and told him to use the box to pick up the remains.At a hearing that revoked Scrannage’s licence last year, witnesses testified the remains were in an adult-sized body bag along with autopsied brain tissue in a plastic pail on a hallway gurney. Video evidence showed Scrannage stuffed the body bag into the cardboard box, which was too small, using black tape to keep the lid closed. He placed the box in his vehicle, retrieved the pail, and delivered them to horrified crematorium staff.“They testified that they had never encountered human remains delivered for cremation in a repurposed cardboard box or in two separate containers,” according to records from the Licence Appeal Tribunal. “They were shocked at the manner in which the remains were delivered — which they characterized as undignified and disrespectful.”Scrannage’s tribunal hearing also heard from witnesses that he had handled other remains roughly, apparently brushing off one complaint by saying, “They don’t feel it.” He denied the accusation and the tribunal concluded it had not been proven.Witnesses also testified that he removed pacemakers or defibrillators without wearing protective equipment and in inappropriate settings. Instead of using a single-use scalpel for the incision, carefully removing the device and stitching up the gash, witnesses said he used a utility knife he carried in his pocket.Scrannage testified it was Patrick O’Charchin who supplied him with a kit that included a utility knife.Ultimately, the tribunal endorsed a proposal from the Registrar, Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act to revoke Scrannage’s licence.“Scrannage transferred the remains of an infant in a manner that was disrespectful, undignified and fell below the standards expected in the industry,” the tribunal concluded.Complaints about Scrannage’s handling of the infant remains led to the investigation of Niagara Funeral Alternatives that also turned up other problems related to contracts and pricing, as well as allegations that it was the unlicensed Patrick O’Charchin who actually ran the business, not his father.The tribunal concluded the allegations were valid. It found the younger O’Charchin had instructed Scrannage to use the cardboard box to pick up the infant remains as a cost-saving measure. Revoking Niagara Funeral Alternatives’ transport licence was appropriate, the tribunal found. On appeal to Divisional Court, the company tried to blame the hospital for the infant transfer problem, and denied it was the son who managed the business. It also argued the licence revocation penalty was too severe. The appellate court dismissed the appeal. Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
Kate Nash, internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician, is Plan International USA’s newest Because I am a Girl Global Ambassador.Singer and Songwriter Kate Nash Joins Plan’s Because I am a Girl Initiative as Global Ambassador.Girls in developing countries face overwhelming odds from the moment they are born — they are more likely to be malnourished, forced into early marriage, subjected to violence, trafficked, or sold. Often denied access to education and healthcare, girls languish behind their male counterparts.But Kate Nash, through this exciting new partnership with Plan, wants to change all that. Kate knows that improving girls’ lives has a ripple effect — when a girl is educated, nourished, and protected, she shares her knowledge and skills with her family and community, and can forever change her own future and the future of her country.“I’m so happy to be a part of this campaign; it feels like the perfect charity for me to join forces with. I love empowering women and girls and being able to do this in developing countries in parts of the world I have never been to is so exciting,” says Kate Nash. “I can’t wait to help give girls the opportunities they deserve and see them realize their full potential.”Because I am a Girl is Plan’s global initiative that creates sustainable projects in developing countries to give girls access to clean water, food, healthcare, education, and protection from violence and exploitation. By 2016, Because I am a Girl will reach: • 4 million girls directly through girl-focused programs; • 40 million girls and boys through gender equality education and transformative programs; and • 400 million girls through working with country governments to ensure equal access to education, healthcare, and opportunity.In March, Kate Nash will embark on an 11-date North American tour to coincide with the release of her new album ‘GIRL TALK.’ The tour will begin in Boston, making stops across the Midwest and Canada, then returning for a grand finale in New York City. Because I am a Girl will be along for the ride, partnering with Kate while she spreads the word about the transformative power of investing in girls. For information about Kate’s upcoming tour, please visit:www.myignorantyouth.com or www.pledgemusic.com/katenash.Source:PR Newswire
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has had “an adverse impact on the right of individuals and communities to worship freely and to attend religious services at their respective holy places,” said Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, in a statement issued yesterday after an eight-day visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.Ms. Jahangir noted that while there are “outstanding examples” of individuals in the region extending respect and tolerance to each other’s religions and beliefs, the “elaborate system of permits, visas, checkpoints and the Barrier” meant Muslims and Christians were impeded in their ability to worship at some of their most holy sites.“While the Israeli Government informed me that these restrictions are necessary for security reasons, I would like to emphasize that any measure taken to combat terrorism must comply with the States’ obligations under international law, including freedom of religion or belief,” she said.“These intrusive restrictions strike me as disproportionate to their aim, as well as discriminatory and arbitrary in their implementation. My concern also extends to problems of access to holy places revered by Jews.”Ms. Jahangir also voiced concern at differences in the identity cards of Israelis and Palestinians: while the ethnicity of Israeli citizens is not stated on their cards, the religious affiliation of Palestinian residents of the occupied Palestinian territory is disclosed.“In my opinion, to indicate the religious affiliation on official ID cards carries a serious risk of abuse, which has to be weighed against the possible reasons for disclosing the holder’s religion.”The Special Rapporteur, who is unpaid, said religious minorities in Israel that she spoke to during her visit acknowledged there was no religious persecution by the State, but strands within Christianity, Judaism and Islam still experienced some forms of discrimination.There were also concerns that Orthodox Jews enjoyed preferential treatment to other communities, she said, citing the example that a conversion to Judaism within Israel is only recognized if performed by the Orthodox Rabbinate.Ms. Jahangir noted that while religious courts in Israel had, for historical reasons, jurisdiction over such issues as marriage and divorce, the authorities must still ensure equal treatment and human rights for all.“I find it difficult to understand that under domestic law persons can be deemed to be ‘unmarriageable’; in this regard I was informed that more than 200,000 Israeli citizens and residents with no official religious designation are barred from marrying in Israel. I wish to emphasize that freedom of religion or belief also includes the right not to believe.”In addition, Ms. Jahangir expressed concern that women seemed to particularly vulnerable to “the brunt of religious zeal,” with reports of honour killings in the name of religion conducted with impunity in the occupied Palestinian territory.Some reports also indicate that women in the Gaza Strip have recently felt coerced into covering their heads, she said, while minorities have faced rising intolerance. Last October, a Christian librarian in Gaza City was kidnapped and killed.“The question whether he was engaging in missionary activities or not is entirely irrelevant. This was a hideous crime and also a violation of his right to manifest his religion or belief.”The Special Rapporteur stressed that a possible peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians should bind both sides to protect the rights of religious minorities, especially guarantees for equality and non-discrimination and for the preservation and peaceful access to holy sites.A “major challenge” must also be effectively banning and punishing acts of incitement to religious hatred.“Any violence committed in the name of religion, whether violent acts by zealous settlers or even worse in the form of suicide bombings by militant Islamists, should be denounced, investigated and sanctioned.”During her trip, Ms. Jahangir visited Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Daliyat al Carmel, Haifa, Nazareth, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus and Qalqilya, and talked with Government officials, representatives of religious groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals. 28 January 2008The security restrictions imposed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory are intrusive, disproportionate, discriminatory and arbitrary, an independent United Nations human rights expert has stated, warning that they restrict the access of Muslims, Christians and Jews to worship at their holy places.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. Now that the federal Liberals have shied away from their vow to keep annual deficits under $10 billion, they’ve latched on to another fiscal target — and this one will be much easier to meet.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Liberal deficits could hit $25 billion and still honour their ‘fiscal anchor’ by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 13, 2015 12:22 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Now that the federal Liberals have shied away from their vow to keep annual deficits under $10 billion, they’ve latched on to another fiscal target — and this one will be much easier to meet.The new government is suddenly talking about the debt-to-GDP ratio, promising repeatedly to keep it on a downward track every year until the next election.The government calculates its debt-to-GDP ratio by dividing total federal debt by the overall size of the economy, as measured by nominal GDP.It represents a government’s capacity to pay back debt — and focusing on it gives politicians more spending flexibility.By targeting debt-to-GDP, the Liberals could instead be prepared to run annual deficits of up to $25 billion in the coming years and still lower the ratio — as long as the economy grows at a decent pace, economists say.“The government does have a fair bit of room if what they’re trying to do is just see the debt-to-GDP ratio go down,” said Mike Moffatt, who teaches economics at the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business School.The adoption of the debt-to-GDP ratio as a “fiscal anchor” is not new. It was mentioned in the Liberal election platform as one of the ways to keep spending under control. The campaign rhetoric, however, largely focused on the $10-billion annual deficit.No longer.With uncosted election promises piling up on top of unforeseen shortfalls in the underlying fiscal plan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has emphasized the more-reachable fiscal anchor in recent days.“We will continue to decrease (the debt-to-GDP ratio) every single year because that’s important for the fiscal health of our country,” Trudeau said Wednesday, after casting further doubt on the $10-billion annual deficit target because of economic challenges.“We always targeted modest deficits, we had hoped it would be around $10 billion — we will see if we will be able to hold at that level.”Plain old math dictates the ratio can continue to fall even if the public books slide into the red — at least to a point.That’s because even if the federal debt gets fatter, the ratio will edge downwards if the economy is growing faster than the debt.Still, in an economy battered by low commodity prices, the debt-to-GDP promise doesn’t exactly look like a slam dunk, either.Earlier this month, projections by the parliamentary budget office suggested the government could find itself running annual deficits up to $15 billion once the Liberals’ costed, big-ticket election promises are factored in. On top of that, the party has also made several uncosted vows.Then, this week, the Liberals conceded their new tax package will, in fact, drain more than $1 billion net from the treasury each year.At the same time, economic growth is sluggish.When considering the forecasts, Scott Clark — a former deputy minister of Finance — believes the Liberals will already be close to the threshold that would start ratcheting up the debt-to-GDP.“Then you’ve got a serious problem because then no one’s going to believe you,” Clark said of the danger of not living up to the goal.“Your credibility will go straight out the window because if you’re going to have an anchor … you have to live up to it. As soon as you break that, the financial markets will come down on you like a ton of bricks.”The Liberal platform, which helped carry the party to victory in October, also contained a second fiscal anchor: balancing the federal books by the fourth year of its mandate.But experts believe balancing the 2019-20 budget poses a big hurdle unless the government cuts spending or hikes taxes — or both — to overcome the weaker-than-expected economy and the pricey basket of electoral promises.Many experts like Clark argue that lowering the debt-to-GDP ratio is a more-appropriate — and achievable — commitment for a government than a balanced-budget anchor.The government projects the ratio will gradually fall each year from 31.1 per cent in 2015-16 to 25.2 per cent in 2020-21.But Don Drummond, a former senior Finance Department bureaucrat, questioned the importance of striving to drop an already-low ratio that’s much lower than it’s been in the past.“Who knows whether it even needs to be brought down?” said Drummond, who was assistant deputy minister of fiscal policy in the 1990s when the ratio was close to 70 per cent.“There’s nothing in the economic literature that drives you towards the notion of an optimal debt-to-GDP ratio…I think it’s a second choice on their part when they can’t produce the deficit target that they want. This is kind of a defensive mechanism.”Economist Moffatt, who stress-tested the fiscal numbers in the Liberals’ election platform, said if nominal GDP growth returned to a more-normal level in the coming years — of about 3.5 or four per cent — then the government could probably run deficits up to $25 billion without pushing the ratio up.For 2015, the government only expects nominal GDP to grow by 0.9 per cent largely due to the squeeze of low oil prices, according to its fall fiscal update.That projection, an average of private-sector forecasts taken in October, also called for a turnaround of 4.1 per cent growth in 2016, 4.6 in 2017 and 4.4 in 2018.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
Kimberly Roundtree from Turning Technologies demonstrates interactive classroom response technology at the 2010 ACES conference.More than 300 practising and student teachers will gather at Brock’s Hamilton campus this Friday to learn more about new technologies to use in their classrooms.This includes teachers from school boards in Grand Erie, Halton, Hamilton, Niagara and Peel regions as well as students enrolled in Brock’s Teacher Education program.The third annual Teaching and Technology: A Collaborative Educational Showcase (ACES) aims to expose elementary- and high-school teachers to new classroom tools and innovative resources that will help them teach students in new and exciting ways.“The purpose of this event is to help create a critical mass of educators to support twenty-first-century learning in Ontario schools,” said Camille Rutherford, the conference’s lead organizer. “The big question is, how do we bring these new technologies, be it social media, cell phones, tablet computers or e-textbooks, into classrooms so that they support learning, as opposed to creating distractions?“Teachers are inundated with new learning technologies and this conference provides them with an opportunity to find out more about what’s out there and how it can be used to enhance education.”The ACES conference is one of the largest free professional development events for students and teachers in Ontario. Any revenue generated will be used to purchase more technological resources for Brock’s Hamilton campus, which specializes in pre-service, continuing and technological teacher education.For more info: https://secure1.ed.brocku.ca/techshowcase
She told The Telegraph: “The audience response has been great, they’ve said things like ‘It’s so visual’. They might not understand everything I’m signing but often you don’t understand everything in a Shakespeare play. It prompts thought and debate.In the real world there is communication that is missed , just as there is on stage.“It works well because I’m just a woman who happens to be deaf. It’s very smooth. There were some complications and challenges and naturally the whole communication piece wasn’t picture perfect, but everyone in the cast included extra gestures and some signs into their performance which showed they embraced the BSL and deaf culture to make it work as best we could.”The actor praised her fellow performers for the effort they put in as they integrated her into the preparation of the play and her eventual performance.“It’s so fantastic to have the team working together and thinking about how each person can be part of the process. The hearing cast have had such an open mind and hopefully we can open more minds,” she said.“In Taming of the Shrew, Vincentia is a hearing woman and we needed to make changes for her to be portrayed convincingly by a deaf actor. We have to show how the other cast mates come to understand Vincentia and how she interacts with hearing characters.”Ms Arrowsmith said she took the inspiration for her portrayal of Vincentia from Princess Alice, the mother of Prince Phillip, who was deaf.“She taught herself many languages and was a strong and determined woman. I used this persona to empower ‘Vincentia’,” she said.“It is very important to me that I am doing this role. I am an actor just like everyone else in the company. It just takes a bit of extra effort for us all to make it work.”Ms Arrowsmith hopes other major theatre companies will now follow the RSC’s example in their use of deaf actors alongside hearing performers.“The teamwork and my colleagues embracing my culture is the key. It’s very important to me that I am doing this job, I want the audience and other mainstream companies to realise that deaf actors can work in an inclusive way.“I’m not the only deaf actor. There’s lots of skilled ones out there, but they need to be seen and encouraged and I hope what I’m doing will open up opportunities for others. It shows that nothing is impossible if we try as a team, and with more time it shows how much a mainstream cast can bring together BSL and diversity into the mix.” The RSC said: “Not only is this an RSC first, but we believe it to be a first at any major theatre.”The Taming of the Shrew plays in Stratford until August 31 before going on tour. A deaf actor has become the first to step in for a principal actor at a major theatre, and has said that it doesn’t matter if the audience didn’t understand all of the sign language because “often you don’t understand everything in a Shakespeare play.”Charlotte Arrowsmith, a 39-year-old understudy, played Vincentia in the Taming of the Shrew at the Royal Shakespeare Company, in Stratford-upon-Avon, earlier this month and hopes more deaf actors will now be given the opportunity to perform alongside their hearing colleagues.During the play, set in an 1590s England reimagined as a matriarchy, the rest of the cast incorporated some signs and gestures from British Sign Language (BSL) into their performances, to help to integrate Ms Arrowsmith’s Vincentia into the scenes.The audience had no additional visual aids, such as closed captions, to help them understand the signing that was being used onstage and had to rely on what they could hear and see.But Ms Arroswmith said she was told later that had made little difference to their enjoyment of the play. Ms Arrowsmith (second right) has become the first to step in for a principal actor at a major theatreCredit:Ikin Yum Photography Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
As International Mining‘s annual review of software developments nears completion for the November issue, comes news that mining engineers and commodity traders seeking a broad range of mathematical and statistical functionality important to mining applications without the considerable expense and bother of sourcing multiple MATLAB toolboxes, can now access 1,415 rigorously tested numerical routines in the Mark 22 Release of the multipurpose NAG Toolbox for MATLAB (www.nag.com/numeric/MB/start.asp).This one-stop solution for the mining industry’s computing needs also allows users to easily and confidently migrate prototype code developed in the MATLAB environment to final production code in advanced programming languages such as C or FORTRAN while still using the same robust algorithms. NAG is renowned for the quality of its documentation and example programs to assist users. In addition, this release of the NAG Toolbox includes more than a dozen quickly accessible MATLAB-based examples of advanced programming for optimisation problems, simulations, time series analyses and other functions important to engineering successful and efficient mining projects and financial modelling.NAG TOOLBOX FOR MATLAB is available for both Linux and Microsoft Windows®. For a listing of the new routines included see www.nag.co.uk/numeric/mb/newatmark22.asp.No-cost trial versions of NAG TOOLBOX FOR MATLAB can be requested via www.nag.com/downloads/downloads_entry.asp?pc=MB.Commenting on the algorithmic quality in the Toolbox, Dr. Ning Guo of the University of Warwick, UK (an institution with world-renowned finance and engineering among other departments) said, “I am especially impressed by the optimisation algorithms provided. One improves my maximum likelihood estimates where sample size is small causing non-concentration likelihood. Ordinary algorithms perform poorly.”David Cassell, Product Marketing Manager for the NAG organisation comments, “Like all NAG products, the NAG Toolbox for MATLAB has been developed to help users safeguard and future proof their software investments. All the routines included were written by experts in their fields and rigorously tested for correctness, reliability and robustness. No other MATLAB toolbox can match the level of expert documentation included or the detailed example programs, – invaluable aids in selecting the right algorithm without wasting time.”The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG, www.nag.com), is an Oxford, UK headquartered not-for-profit numerical software development organisation founded nearly four decades ago that collaborates with world-leading researchers and practitioners in academia and industry. With offices in Manchester, Chicago, Tokyo and Taipei, and a worldwide distributor network, NAG provides high-quality computational software and high performance computing services to tens of thousands of users.
Back in January we reported that Lenovo was planning to launch the LePad tablet, but at the time there were no confirmed plans to release it anywhere other than China.However, we did manage to uncover evidence that Lenovo would set a worldwide release date once Honeycomb has been confirmed. This seems to have been the case as Lenovo is now planning to release the tablet worldwide in June.AdChoices广告We do not have specific countries yet (apart from China, which gets the tablet in March), but we would assume the U.S. and all European countries will get it when it finally ships.In terms of spec, we originally reported that the LePad will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (running at 1.3 GHz), a multi-touch 10.1-inch screen with a 1280×800 resolution, and Android 2.2 (though we suspect this will change to Honeycomb before it gets released).You will also be able to purchase an optional IdeaPad U1 base which converts the tablet into a notebook. It also adds a more powerful Intel processor and Windows 7 takes over as the OS on the device.Price is still not confirmed so we can only assume it will stay around the $520 and $1,300 when combined with the IdeaPad U1 base.Read more at PC World
The American Soybean Assocation (ASA) and several ag organizations sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker urging engagement with the South Korean government to bring a swift resolution to the Hanjin Shipping Company bankruptcy situation this week.The letter expresses concern and anxiety among shippers, as to when Hanjin ships will be allowed to enter ports, if their goods will be seized by Hanjin’s creditors once they are docked and the status of critical cargo that remains at overseas ports.ASA and our soybean industry partners are monitoring the situation for impacts to soybean shipments. Other agricultural groups signing onto the letter include American Farm Bureau Federation, National Grain & Feed Association, National Pork Producers Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.On Friday, Sept. 2, Hanjin Shipping, Korea’s largest container carrier, filed for recognition of its Korean insolvency proceeding in the United States under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The Chapter 15 proceeding could extend the effect of the Korean filing and result in a stay from U.S. bankruptcy courts from creditors seizing Hanjin assets in the U.S.While the company’s assets slightly exceed its liabilities, the court noted Hanjin Shipping has incurred a net-loss each term during the past three years. The company experienced a net loss of 463 billion won in the first half of this year, and losses of about 22 billion won in 2015, 463 billion won in 2014 and 712 billion won in 2013.The order noted the shipping industry has deteriorated since the 2008 global financial crisis because of a contracting global economy, lack of demand, reduced cargo volume, excessive supply of ships and drop in freight charges.On Sept. 16, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) refused to work Hanjin containers at East Coast/Gulf Coast ports because Hanjin is in arrears on the container royalty payments. The situation was resolved and Hanjin is working on a solution for the container royalty money that was owed prior to the bankruptcy. For current containers, there is a process at each port that shippers can pay for the royalty on the container they are trying to pick up.
CHICAGO—John Suhler, president and founding general partner of Veronis Suhler Stevenson,began his luncheon keynote on day two of American Business Media’s Top Management meeting here by saying that all feedback he’s received about the current state of the industry has been “suck, suck, suck!” He said that all ABM attendees “should feel in good company—there are very few bright lights in this environment,” a statement that drew both laughter and positive acknowledgement.Despite his description, Suhler was still able to provideanalysis on how to leverage brand equity based on media’s past thirty years.“Media spend has outgrown GDP by a couple of hundred basis points,” he said. “Solong term, generally broad-base media spend is outpacing economic growthconsistently over the many recessions and resets that we’ve had.” Suhler briefly discussed VSS’ b-to-b media investments (VSSis an investor in FOLIO: parent company Red 7 Media) and gave ABM members aquick look at a select section of its portfolio, suggesting that b-to-b mediacompanies bridge the growing gap through opportunities with targeted businessinformation services.Mark DiMassimo, CEO and creative director of DiMassimoGoldstein, talked about the industry from a marketing perspective. “As someonewho sells innovation and help clients face reality, I count on denial andunderestimation of change,” he said. “I expect most institutions that we workwith to get it wrong.” Of advertisers, he assured attendees, 64 percent continue toview business media as important. “User generated content is also important,especially in vertical markets,” he added, citing feedback from surveyed advertisers.During Tuesday’s first session, IDG CEO Bob Carriganintroduced Booz & Company panelists to speak about the results of Booz& Company’s survey, “A Roadmap for Profitable Growth.” Booz partners HarryHawkes Jr. and Matt Egol discussed how b-to-b and information companies aretransforming their capabilities to drive profitable growth, citing twopredominant paths that business media companies can take: marketers and endusers. While many companies do one or the other well, the study confirmed thatfew, if any, are able to excel at both.
Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Nintendo Switch sold 36.87 million units by the end of June. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Even though the Nintendo Switch hit 36.87 million units sold by the end of June, Nintendo on Tuesday reported a 10% decline in its quarterly profits. Despite revenue of 172 billion yen ($1.6 billion), the Japanese company said “foreign exchange losses of 12 billion yen and other factors” resulted in 16.6 billion yen profit for the quarter.In the same quarter last year, Nintendo’s operating profit was 30.5 billion yen, and its revenue was 168 billion yen, so its profit fell 45.7% year over year. See It Now playing: Watch this: However, strong Switch sales (2.1 million for the quarter) are bringing that device closer to the SNES, which sold 49.1 million in total, and Super Mario Maker 2 managed to sell 2.42 million copies in three days — it came out June 28.Nintendo’s aiming to sell 18 million Switches for the year ending March 2020, with the cheaper Switch Lite revision coming out Sept. 20. It’s no doubt hoping big releases like Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Pokemon Sword and Shield will bolster sales. Walmart See it Share your voice Post a comment 29 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 Amazon $299 Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) $299 See It News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? $289 Nintendo Switch Lite first impressions Nintendo Switch $299 8:34 Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Nintendo Consoles Gaming The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch 0 Tags Best Buy See It
Dharwad building collapsetwitterThe death toll in the Dharwad building collapse in Karnataka has risen to seven with reports coming in that 12 college girls, along with several others, are still trapped under the debris even after 48 hours of the tragedy.The incident took place at Kumareshwara Nagar in the district on Tuesday and nearly 100 people were reported to be trapped in the rubbles. Now the question that arises is – with the nation facing Lok Sabha elections, is this incident being forgotten?It is felt that the issue has not been given the importance that it deserves or is being ignored by the mass despite the negligence of the contractors and local authorities.What led to the collapse?According to reports, the collapse took place due to a weak foundation of the commercial complex and the use of substandard material for the construction of the four-storied building in a 60×80 plot. The building was under construction from the past two years.The building is owned by Congress leader and former Karnataka minister Vinay Kulkarni’s father-in-law Gangadhar Shintre, Mahabaleshwar Shivappa Puradagudi, Basavaraj Demappa Nigadi and Ravi Basavaraj Sabarad. The first and second floor of the building was already rented out.Police have filed an FIR under section 304 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the building owners.Rescue operationsThe local police and fire personnel had initiated the rescue operations. On Wednesday, another team of 110 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officers from Ghaziabad were deployed to Dharwad and did the rescue operations along with 45 Bengaluru NDRF personnel.The rescue operations are being jointly conducted by NDRF and State Disaster Relief Response (SDRF). A total of 54 people have been rescued and seven bodies have been retrieved.The deceased are identified as Ashit Hiremath (28) from Dharwad, his father Mahesh Hiremath (62), Shivashakti Colony, Hubballi, Salim Makandar (35) of Hubballi, Maboobsab Raichur (48), Mehboobsab Desai (55) of Hubballi and Aslam Sheikh (50).College girls trapped in the rubbleThe officials received information from Prakash Kudatarkar who runs a cyber café in the building that 12 girls from the north Karnataka region and his son Anup were feared trapped under the rubble, reported Deccan Herald.Officials also said that during the rescue operations, they could hear some girls calling out for help. Due to the thick concrete slabs that had fallen on the girls, it took the team nearly five hours to gain access to the girls from under the debris after clearing the slabs.The rescuers had provided the girls with water and glucose in the morning through an opening, but the tension heightened as time went by as they could no longer hear any voices from the trapped girls.The government reaction Revenue Minister RV Deshpande meets the victims of Dharwad building collapsetwitterThe Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy tweeted about the tragedy and the rescue operations, “The rescue work at Dharwad building collapse site is on. I spoke to the Revenue Minister who is on site and the DC and took stock of the progress in rescue operations. I have told the Chief Secretary to make a detailed inquiry into the accident,” he said. He will visit the spot on Thursday.Karnataka Revenue Minister RV Deshpande said that an enquiry will be conducted over the incident and stern action will be taken against the guilty. Those injured will be treated free of cost.
PM Modi begins address to the nation.Twitter/ANIPrime Minister Narendra Modi kept the entire country on tenterhooks for almost an hour after he announced on Twitter that he be addressing the nation on Wednesday. This sparked off many debates on what he will be speaking about with defence and security being a popular option. Many even thought that the PM was going to announce another demonetisation. However, when PM Modi finally addressed the nation, he announced that India has become a space superpower along with the United States, Russia and China. The country’s wait and what we can call a very anti-climatic address sparked many Twitter reactions.The best tweets are listed below. Well done DRDO, extremely proud of your work. I would also like to wish the PM a very happy World Theatre Day.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 27, 2019I am feeling “Spaced Out”Finally Modi is trolling everyone?????? ???????#PMAddressToNation— Payal Mehta/પાયલ મેહતા/ पायल मेहता/ পাযেল মেহতা (@payalmehta100) March 27, 2019#PMAddressToNation – India’s *Facepalm* moment pic.twitter.com/AXxLsQHTGy— Ruchira Chaturvedi (@RuchiraC) March 27, 2019When modiji announces to address to nation with important messages….. #PmAddresstoNation pic.twitter.com/1h49yYhwZj— chowkidar chacha choudhary (@smaan09) March 27, 2019My sources say, reason for the delay is this. ?? #PMAddressToNation pic.twitter.com/dJfgxZTVQj— UncouthVillageYouth (@UncthVllgeYouth) March 27, 2019#PMAddressToNation #MissionShakti Thinking that PM could announce another DeMo, this gentleman qued up at the ATM! ????? pic.twitter.com/F4SAEcusPz— Chowkidar (@TweetbhejAndy) March 27, 2019Bankers and Taxpayers to Narendra Modi after getting #MissionShakti news #PMAddressToNation pic.twitter.com/49w7sp4qzP— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) March 27, 2019#PMAddressToNation#MissionShaktiRahul Gandhi: Modi attacked satellite, now no Phone signal pic.twitter.com/4PcLMmI7lQ— Chowkidar Chachi (@ChowkidarChachi) March 27, 2019Bankers right now. #PMAddressToNation #missionshakti pic.twitter.com/uhNe0DuedR— Sir Rishabh pant fan (@Rishabhpant_77) March 27, 2019
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This release… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more August 5, 2015 — The Alzheimer’s Association announced the launch of a new website for the upcoming Imaging Dementia — Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) study. The site enables patients, caregivers, providers, and positron emission tomography (PET) facilities to get up-to-date study information, learn how to get involved and receive updates on enrollment timelines and pathways.Site visitors will find answers to frequently asked questions and can subscribe to be notified as IDEAS information and resources become available. The site includes information for various stakeholders, including:Patients — Study overview, patient eligibility and consent informationPET Facilities — How to get involved, basic participation requirements, reimbursement Information and locationsReferring providers — How to get involved and specialist qualificationsThe IDEAS study will assess the impact of a brain PET scan to detect amyloid plaques on patient-oriented outcomes. These plaques are a core feature of Alzheimer’s disease in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia of uncertain cause. Medicare will cover amyloid PET when the scan is conducted in accordance with the IDEAS-Study requirements.IDEAS is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and managed by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN).For more information: www.ideas-study.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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Yesterday, the SciPy community released SciPy 1.2.0. This release contains many new features such as numerous bug-fixes, improved test coverage, and better documentation. This release also includes a number of deprecations and API changes. This release requires Python 2.7 or 3.4+ and NumPy 1.8.2 or greater. The functions hyp2f0, hyp1f2 and hyp3f0 in scipy.special have been deprecated. According to the community, “this will be the last SciPy release to support Python 2.7. Consequently, the 1.2.x series will be long term support (LTS) release; we will backport bug fixes until 1 Jan 2020”. Highlights of SciPy 1.2.0 This release has improvements in 1-D root finding with a new solver, toms748, and a new unified interface, root_scalar. SciPy 1.2.0 has new dual_annealing optimization method that combines stochastic and local deterministic searching. This release features a new optimization algorithm named ‘shgo (simplicial homologyglobal optimization)’ for derivative-free optimization problems. A new category of quaternion-based transformations are available in scipy.spatial.transform New improvements in SciPy 1.2.0 scipy.ndimage improvements Proper spline coefficient calculations have been added for the mirror, wrap, and reflect modes of scipy.ndimage.rotate scipy.fftpack improvements Scipy.fftpack now supports DCT-IV, DST-IV, DCT-I, and DST-I orthonormalization. scipy.interpolate improvements scipy.interpolate.pade now accepts a new argument for the order of the numerator. scipy.cluster improvements scipy.cluster.vq.kmeans2 has now gained a new initialization method known as kmeans++. scipy.special improvements The function softmax has been added to scipy.special. scipy.optimize improvements The one-dimensional nonlinear solvers have been given a unified interface scipy.optimize.root_scalar, similar to the scipy.optimize.root interface for multi-dimensional solvers. scipy.optimize.newton can now accept a scalar or an array. scipy.signal improvements Digital filter design functions now include a parameter to specify the sampling rate. Previously, digital filters could only be specified using normalized frequency, but different functions used different scales (e.g. 0 to 1 for butter vs 0 to π for freqz), leading to errors and confusion. scipy.sparse improvements The scipy.sparse.bsr_matrix.tocsr method is now implemented directly instead of converting via COO format, and the scipy.sparse.bsr_matrix.tocsc method is now also routed via CSR conversion instead of COO. The efficiency of both conversions is now improved. scipy.spatial improvements The function scipy.spatial.distance.jaccard has been modified to return 0 instead of np.nan when two all-zero vectors are compared. Support for the Jensen Shannon distance, the square-root of the divergence, has been added under scipy.spatial.distance.jensenshannon. A new category of quaternion-based transformations are available in scipy.spatial.transform, including spherical linear interpolation of rotations (Slerp), conversions to and from quaternions, Euler angles, and general rotation and inversion capabilities (spatial.transform.Rotation), and uniform random sampling of 3D rotations (spatial.transform.Rotation.random). scipy.stats improvements Levy Stable Parameter Estimation, PDF, and CDF calculations are now supported for scipy.stats.levy_stable. stats and mstats now have access to a new regression method, siegelslopes, a robust linear regression algorithm. The Brunner-Munzel test is now available as brunnermunzel in stats and mstats. scipy.linalg improvements scipy.linalg.lapack now exposes the LAPACK routines using the Rectangular Full Packed storage (RFP) for upper triangular, lower triangular, symmetric, or Hermitian matrices; the upper trapezoidal fat matrix RZ decomposition routines are now available as well. To know more about the SciPy 1.2.0 and the its backward incompatible changes, read the release notes on GitHub. Read Next Implementing matrix operations using SciPy and NumPy How to Compute Interpolation in SciPy How to compute Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) using SciPy