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Ministry of Healths Study Recommends Decriminalization of Homosexuality in Morocco

Rabat – Morocco could become the first Arab country to decriminalize consensual same-sex relations if the PJD-led government accepts recommendations of a Health Ministry study. The study, conducted by ALSC association and the UN’s Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) on behalf of the Ministry of Health, recommends the decriminalization of homosexuality in Morocco in order to reach as many members of the gay community with HIV and other STDs prevention services.Conducted in 2013, the sample of the study comprise of 687 gay men in both Agadir and Marrakech who had same-sex relationships in the previous six months. The study has found a growing prevalence of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) within the gay community.Among the shocking findings, 56 per cent of respondents said they do not use condoms and that they have multiple sex partners.The report stresses the urgent need for more preventive services to the LGBT population in Morocco.The survey has found a difficulty in fighting against STDs among the gay community, mainly because of social stigma and criminalization of same-sex relationships.The report calls for policy changes that should include the decriminalization of homosexuality and the fight against the stigma associated with same-sex relationships.The authors of the survey also call for legal reforms and the promotion and protection of human rights in the kingdom. read more

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Myanmar UN Human Rights Council condemns ongoing systematic violations

18 June 2008The United Nations Human Rights Council today condemned “ongoing systematic violations of human rights” in Myanmar and called on the Government to stop making politically motivated arrests and to release all political prisoners immediately. In a resolution adopted without a vote, the Council also called on the Government of Myanmar to fully implement commitments it made to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that it would grant relief workers “immediate, full and unhindered access” to people in need in the wake of last month’s catastrophic Cyclone Nargis.It called on the Government to refrain from sending victims of the disaster back to areas where they would not have access to emergency relief, and to ensure that any returns are voluntary, safe and carried out with dignity.The resolution, introduced before the Geneva-based Council by the European Union, also condemned the recruitment of child soldiers by both Government forces and non-State armed groups and urged “an absolute an immediate stop of this appalling activity.”In addition, it called for an independent investigation into reports of human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, acts of torture and forced labour, and called for those responsible for such crimes to be brought to justice.The resolution also called on the Government “to engage in a real process of dialogue and national reconciliation with the full and genuine participation of representatives of all political parties and ethnic groups who have been excluded from the political process.”Introducing the resolution on behalf of the EU, Slovenian representative Andrej Logar said previous resolutions had not been implemented by Myanmar and many political prisoners remained in detention.The recent constitutional referendum was conducted in complete disregard of basic standards on such issues as freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, he said.Myanmar’s representative U Wunna Maung Lwin described the resolution as politically motivated and lopsided and said powerful States were trying to influence matters through political interference.The representative said Myanmar was working with the international community in the response effort to Cyclone Nargis, which struck the country on 2-3 May, and was also making efforts on the political front, such as with the recent holding of the constitutional referendum.Meanwhile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed the General Assembly today on his recent trip to Myanmar, saying that overall the relief effort there is continuing to improve and to be scaled up.More than 134,000 people are dead or missing as a result of Cyclone Nargis and the subsequent tidal wave, and as many as 2.4 million people were affected and now need humanitarian assistance.In his address to Assembly members, Mr. Ban stressed that the humanitarian tragedy wrought by the cyclone should not be politicized, and he plans to remain focused on the issue, drawing on the efforts of his Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari.The Secretary-General also covered other issues in his remarks to the Assembly, including his latest travels, the most recent developments in the global food crisis and the situation in Zimbabwe. read more

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Growing use of contraception saves lives in GuineaBissau – UN agency

30 December 2009A growing understanding of the role of family planning and the spread of contraception use resulting from greater access to reproductive healthcare is helping to save lives in Guinea-Bissau, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). A growing understanding of the role of family planning and the spread of contraception use resulting from greater access to reproductive healthcare is helping to save lives in Guinea-Bissau, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).Some 500,000 women die every year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, almost entirely in developing countries, leaving around 1 million children without mothers. According to UNFPA, 1 in13 women in Guinea-Bissau die from pregnancy-related causes, compared to 1 in 17,400 in Sweden, for example. The agency noted that providing access to modern contraception could prevent around 40 per cent of maternal deaths worldwide, saving the lives of many women in Guinea-Bissau. With 98 out of 114 health centres in Guinea-Bissau now offering family planning services, around 10 per cent of women use contraception which – while low – is an improvement, said Antonieta Martins, UNFPA adviser to the Ministry of Health.In Guinea-Bissau, UNFPA helps fund the provision of free contraception nationwide, trains health workers on family planning and reproductive health and advises the Health Ministry. read more

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FDA proposal would ban indoor tanning for anyone under 18 users would

WASHINGTON – Anyone under the age of 18 would be barred from using indoor tanning equipment, under a federal proposal to help reduce skin cancer linked to the devices.The Food and Drug Administration also wants to require tanning bed users to sign consent forms acknowledging the risks of the radiation-emitting devices. Tanning salons and other businesses would have to collect the forms from customers before their first tanning session and every six months thereafter.Friday’s announcement follows years of prodding by dermatologists and medical groups for bolder action on indoor tanning, citing rising rates of skin cancer among teens and people in their 20s, particularly women. The leading professional group for skin specialists applauded the news.“Indoor tanning is the cigarette of this generation, it is so clearly carcinogenic,” said Dr. Mark Lebwohl, president of the American Academy of Dermatology. “It is long overdue and a historic victory in our fight to eradicate skin cancer that the FDA has come out with a proposal to restrict indoor tanning.”Twenty three states already have laws banning minors from using indoor tanning equipment.Last year the FDA required tanning beds and sun lamps to carry new warnings advising that they should not be used by anyone under age 18. The FDA has regulated tanning machines for over 30 years, but had previously taken little action to restrict their use.“Despite available information about its adverse effects, many high schoolers continue to use indoor tanning devices,” the FDA’s Dr. Vasum Peiris told reporters. “Now we’re taking further steps.”The FDA would be able to seize machines and fine businesses that don’t follow the rules, once finalized, according to Peiris, who is a chief medical officer in the agency’s device centre.The Indoor Tanning Association said decisions about tanning should be left to parents, not the government.“We are concerned that the proposed requirements will burden our members with additional unnecessary governmental costs in an already difficult economic climate,” states the group, which represents makers of tanning beds and related products.Nearly 74,000 new cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are expected to be diagnosed this year, and the disease is expected to cause nearly 10,000 deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. While most cases are diagnosed in people in their 40s and 50s, the disease is linked to sun exposure at a young age.Indoor tanning beds deliver between 10 to 15 times more ultraviolet radiation than the midday sun. And people who use indoor tanning equipment face a 59 per cent higher risk of melanoma than those who do not, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.About 1.6 million U.S. teenagers tan indoors each year at more than 33,000 tanning salons, gyms, spas and other facilities that offer sun lamps and tanning beds, according to figures cited by the FDA.A second proposal from the agency would require manufacturers of tanning equipment to make additional changes to their machines, including: bolder, easier-to-read warnings and mandating an emergency shut off switch.The FDA will take public comments on its proposals for 90 days before beginning work to finalize them. There is no deadline for putting them in place. by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2015 8:12 am MDT Last Updated Dec 18, 2015 at 2:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Dec. 9, 2011 file photo shows an open tanning bed in Sacramento, Calif. On Dec. 18, 2015, Federal health officials are proposing a ban on the use of tanning beds for anyone under the age of 18, part of an ongoing effort to reduce skin cancers caused by the devices. The Food and Drug Administration proposal would also require tanning bed users to sign consent forms acknowledging the risks of the radiation-emitting devices.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File) FDA proposal would ban indoor tanning for anyone under 18, users would sign consent forms read more

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HandStar game 2014 in Montpellier on December 20

← Previous Story WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014: 75.000 votes for 48 hours! Next Story → LNH (Round 9): Dunkerque defeated in Chambery! HandStar game of the French League will be played on December 20 in Montpellier. Teams are decided after fan voting. Domestic players will face the biggest foreign stars of LNH.Goalkeeper: Thierry Omeyer (PSG)Left wing Michael Guigou (Montpellier)Left back: Jerome Fernandez (Toulouse)Playmaker: Nicolas Claire (Nantes)Right back: Valentin Porte (Toulouse)Right wing: Luc Abalo (Paris)Line player: Luka Karabatić (Aix)Substitutions: Vincent Gerard (Dunkerque), Hugo Descat (Créteil), Mathieu Grebille (Montpellier), Daniel Narcisse (PSG), Adrien Di Panda (St. Raphael), Cedric Paty (Chambéry), Mathieu Lafranchi (Cesson)FOREIGN PLAYERS:Goalkeeper: Skof Gorazd (Nantes)Left wing: Valero Rivera (Nantes)Left back: Mikkel Hansen (PSG)Playmaker: Diego Simonet (Montpellier)Right back: Vid Kavticnik (Montpellier)Right wing: Dragan Gajić (Montpellier)Line player: Miha Žvižej (Toulouse)Substitutions: Aljosa Rezar (Tremblay), Nemanja Ilić (Toulouse), Pawel Podsiadlo (Nîmes), Snorri Guðjónsson (Colmar), Jorge Maqueda (Nantes), Jaleleddine Touati (Dunkerque), Mohamed Mokrani (Dunkerque) hand star 2014 handballhandballMontpellier read more

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David Davis to lead ZRK Vardar

Spanish coach, assistant of Raul Gonzales in the men’s team of Macedonian Vardar, David Davis, will lead women’s Vardar until the end of the season. The 40-years Spaniard already worked as co-coach with Indira Kastratovic in the last season which ended with the third place at Women’s EHF FINAL4 in Budapest.Davis accepted offer from RK Vardar boss Sergey Samsonenko, who led the women’s team together with director Eduard Koksharov in the last two matches succesfuly – against Leipzig and Astrakhanocka.Davis’ debut on the bench will be at home match against Russian Astrakhanocka. ZRK Vardar have two wins and draw against FTC. David Daviszrk vardar ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest to keep Ivan Pesic until 2019! Next Story → Best European Beach Handball clubs compete for crowns! Join them via live stream! read more

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Marvel buy a 399 comic get the digital version free

first_imgMarvel should be a name well known to anyone who has an interest in super heroes, comic books, or has visited the movie theater in recent years to see a blockbuster release. If you like purchasing Marvel comics in particular, then you’re in for a treat come this June.If you buy a physical copy of any Marvel $3.99 comic from June onwards, it will contain a code gifting you the digital version of that same comic for free. The digital comics will be available on either iOS or Android through their respective app stores and using the Marvel Comics app.The offer is a clever one because it gives a new incentive to actually go out and buy the paper version of a comic. That should help keep a few stores in profit, but at the same time it gives Marvel’s digital efforts a major boost. If not through sales, through more people actually knowing their comics exist in digital form. Enticing us to visit stores also holds the potential for sales beyond just the comic books, to that all-important high-profit merchandize.This isn’t a new idea as the company have already experimented with digital download codes in copies of Avenging Spider-Man, Ultimate Comics, and Season One graphic novels. Now the offer is being expanded to include significantly more of Marvel’s catalog.How long the offer will continue for isn’t stated, so for the time being it’s ongoing. Marvel has also said it is working to “bring the worlds of print and digital media together.” If that works then we should have an incentive to purchase both a physical and digital copy of the comics we enjoy.Read more at Marvellast_img read more

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Economie dénergie ne laissez plus vos appareils en veille

first_imgEconomie d’énergie : ne laissez plus vos appareils en veille !Selon la deuxième édition du baromètre AFP-Powermetrix, les appareils laissés en veille par les Français représentent 11% de la facture d’électricité. Cela représente 86 euros par foyer et près de 2 milliards d’euros au total chaque année.De nos jours, un nombre considérable d’appareils électriques restent allumés en permanence, de jour comme de nuit dans les foyers français. Outre le réfrigérateur, dont le fonctionnement continu est nécessaire, les télévisions, consoles de jeu, box internet, chaîne Hifi et autres lecteurs DVD restent en veille. Or, malgré les croyances, cette pratique est loin d’être sans conséquences, comme le rappelle aujourd’hui une étude AFP-Powermetrix réalisée par la start-up Wattgo.Selon celle-ci, ce maintien en veille correspond “à 7 à 8 ampoules nouvelle génération laissées allumées 365 jours par an et 24 heures sur 24 dans chacun des foyers français”. “Ce qu’on a voulu décrire, c’est ce que coûte la veille dans le foyer en fin d’année, et c’est effectivement très lié au confort avec des matériels qui restent toujours branchés et qui consomment en moyenne 80 watts par foyer”, indique Luc Terral, le codirigeant de Wattgo cité par l’AFP. L’étude précise que la consommation de veille compte ainsi pour 64 watts pour un foyer d’une personne, de 82 watts pour deux personnes et de 99 watts pour trois personnes ou plus, pour une facture annuelle d’environ un euro par watt de veille, selon le baromètre AFP-Powermetrix. La facture électrique serait ainsi majorée de 86 euros par foyer, soit 11%, en raison de ces appareils laissés en veille. “Plus que la production de deux réacteurs nucléaires” À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéPlus parlant encore, cette consommation représente une puissance électrique totale mobilisée en permanence de 82 watts par foyer en France, soit 2.300 mégawatts au total, “plus que la production de deux réacteurs nucléaires”. Des chiffres qui interpellent alors que cette “consommation passive” est plus difficile à limiter car elle reste sournoise et moins visible qu’une pièce demeurée allumée.  Toutefois, le baromètre de Wattgo tient compte de “tout ce qui reste branché et qui consomme sans qu’on le demande”, précise M. Terral. Ainsi une partie de cette consommation (environ 400 mégawatts) vient de la ventilation mécanique contrôlée qui est obligatoire dans les constructions récentes, ou encore de réfrigérateurs. Ceci n’empêche pas le consommateur de jouer un rôle de premier plan dans cette perte d’énergie inutile.  Dès que c’est possible, il est donc conseillé de ne pas laisser les appareils en veille et de les éteindre véritablement. Le 10 juillet 2013 à 13:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Mourinho Manchester City lack class

first_imgIn a behind-the-scenes documentary that was released this week, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has slammed Premier League rival Manchester City as “disrespectful” and lacking “class”.Amazon’s documentary of Manchester City’s title-winning season allowed a TV crew access to players and managerial staff and offered insight into Pep Guardiola’s locker room. Jose Mourinho has criticised the documentary, according to Daily Mail.“I think you can have a fantastic movie, respecting others. You don’t need to be disrespectful to have a fantastic movie,” Mourinho said.“You can be a rich club and buy all the best players in the world, but you cannot buy class.”However, Manchester City manager Guardiola does not think the documentary affects the club in a negative way.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“When we accept the cameras to be inside for 24 hours a day, that kind of thing can happen,” Guardiola said.“I think there was nothing special. I think the people are going to see how a football team lives behind the scenes.”“The players make the tactics,” he added.“Not my ideas, it’s the players who make the tactics.”last_img read more

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Zika Education Day TODAY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 16, 2016 -That Zika Prevention education day is not on Saturday as I had previously reported but actually set for TODAY.Bug repellent will be discounted and these Zika Prevention events, hosted by the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit of the Ministry of Health will be held at Graceway IGA and Smart grocery from 9am to 5pm, TODAY. #MagneticMediaNews#TCIGeneralElections#TCIResults2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img

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Severe Weather Warning reissued 600pm

first_img#MagneticNewsMedia #Severeweatherwarning Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, #Severeweatherwarning Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, January 23, 2017 –  The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning from 6:00 PM until 8:30 PM Monday 23rd, January 2017.   A Severe Weather Warning continues for the islands of Cat Island, Long Island, Exuma and its cays, San Salvador, Rum Cay and their adjacent waters.At 6:00 PM observation and satellite imagery depicted a line of heavy showers and scattered thunderstorms in the aforementioned areas with winds up to Gale Force.  This squall line precedes a strong cold front that will move through the area today.Some of these thunderstorms may be severe at times causing strong gusty winds, dangerous lightning, heavy downpours, hail and possible waterspout or tornadic activity.  Flooding may occur in low lying or flood prone areas during heavy downpours.Boaters in the warning areas should seek safe harbor and residents in the warning areas should stay indoors and away from windows when conditions worsen.  Residents should not seek shelter under trees or in water as these can become lightning conductors.Issued by Duty Forecaster: Patricia Weekscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

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Motorcyclist injured in Cowlitz crash condition improves

first_imgThe condition of a Portland man injured in a motorcycle crash on Monday has improved. Darcy Harding, 51, was sent to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in critical condition following the crash reported at 11:22 a.m. Monday, but was upgraded to satisfactory condition Thursday.Harding was driving a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic south on the highway in rural Cowlitz County and slowed for a yield sign before the motorcycle fell to the left and struck the pavement near the Yale Bridge, according to Washington State Patrol. Troopers are investigating the cause of the crash.last_img

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Swipe right on YouTube for next next next video

first_img $155 at Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Share your voice Rylo See at Amazon Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Chris Monroe/CNET $999 See at Turo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Tags Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Mobile Apps Apple iPhone XS $210 at Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Comments See It HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express YouTube says it’s working on growing up Boost Mobile Read Google Home Hub review What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Post a comment YouTube,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET $999 The Cheapskate DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See it Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Tags 3:13 Read the AirPods review Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 0 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET Swiping has become ingrained in our collective muscle memory for touchscreen navigation, and now YouTube’s adding it as the mechanism for getting to the previous or next video in the Up Next list.Swipe left and it returns you to the video you were just watching; swipe right and it sends you to the first video in the Up Next list. Since that list changes with every video, it’s amazing how much faster you can get sucked into the black hole of random videos with some mindless swiping. Just seven took me from CNET’s Lexy Savvides in an exoskeleton to “Dental Mental: Classic Mr. Bean.”Right now it’s only available with the iOS YouTube app. I asked about Android, but didn’t immediately hear back. 7 Sprint Now playing: Watch this: $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $299 at Amazon $6 at Tidal Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $59 at eBay Amazonlast_img read more

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Zafar Iqbal returns to SUST campus

first_imgZafar Iqbal returns to SUST campusNoted writer professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, who was undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka after a knife attack on him, returned to Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet on Wednesday after 11 days, reports UNB.He arrived at Sylhet Osmani International Airport by a flight of Novo Air at 12.45pm. His wife professor Yeasmin Haq and daughter Yeashim Iqbal accompanied him.SUST vice chancellor Farid Uddin Ahmed and treasurer Illias Uddin Biswas welcomed Zafar Iqbal.Escorted by police, they reached the campus at 1:30pm. He will join a reception programme at Mukta Mancha of the campus at 4:00pm where he came under attack.A young man, Foyzur Rahman, swooped on professor Zafar Iqbal and stabbed him with a knife at the Mukta Mancha during a celebration programme, ‘Robofight,’ of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department on 3 March.The renowned writer was first taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital and then airlifted to the CMH in Dhaka on the same day at the directive of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.last_img read more

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Houston 18YearOld Arrested On Charges Of Trying To Aid ISIS

first_imgA Houston 18-year-old has been arrested and charged with illegally distributing explosive-making information and attempting to support the Islamic State organization.The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya, a U.S. citizen, was arrested on Dec. 8 following an undercover FBI operation. A statement says Damlarkaya said he intended to travel overseas and fight for IS and said he tried to get to Syria twice. He told agents that he would commit a U.S. attack if efforts to travel overseas failed.It also says Damlarkaya provided to alleged IS supporters a formula for explosive Triacetone Triperoxide and instructions how to use it in a pressure cooker device containing shrapnel.If convicted, he faces a possible 20-year maximum prison term. The U.S. has designated IS as a terrorist organization. Sharelast_img read more

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Why Every Tarantino Movie Is The Best Tarantino Movie

first_img On Luke Perry and ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’Watch These Movies Before ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Let’s consider for a moment that there is no definitive ranking of the films of writer/director/auteur weirdo, Quentin Tarantino. Let’s consider for a moment that even the most opinionated diehards of his would likely admit, however begrudgingly, that their ranking of his filmography changes regularly. Let’s consider for a moment that any given Tarantino film could easily be considered his best any day of the week. And let’s consider for a moment how incredibly rare a feat this is.Martin Scorsese is a titan of cinema but nobody is going to argue that Hugo is better than Raging Bull. There are few directors more influential to the medium than Steven Spielberg, but Spielberg’s filmography contains just as many Ready Player Ones as it does Jaws. It even applies just as well to musicians’ discographies or seasons of great TV shows (up until Ye Kanye West was the rare musician for whom you could make the same argument). A director’s career can ebb and flow and still remain revelatory. But it does make it all the more impressive when their quality control is so meticulous that there’s a fair argument for every film being their best.I’m going to lay out those arguments. I’m not going to tell you which one is my favorite or which one is the one I consider to be the best unless I change my mind halfway through writing this. I’m also going to lay out a brief counterargument for each because while every one of Tarantino’s films could be considered his best, there’s almost always an argument for why said film is actually his worst.(Note: This will not include an argument for Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood on account of the fact that, as of writing this, I have yet to see it.)Reservoir DogsSo frequently you hear artists talk about what they poured into their first major work, their first real shot at doing what they love, and how they put so much into it because they weren’t sure they were ever going to get a chance to make another book or movie or album. And Reservoir Dogs definitely falls under that kitchen sink effort umbrella, but sets itself apart from the rest in the utter confidence with which it does so. As recently as this week Tarantino went on the record about how nervous he was to make his debut film but you wouldn’t guess it from watching it. I can’t think of another film that has all of the effort that only comes with rampant desperation and yet all the confidence of someone who knows they’re not going anywhere. It’s an energy that he’s never matched throughout the rest of his career.There’s also something to be said for its leanness. The simple premise of a heist gone wrong and everything going to hell once the surviving thieves meet up at the rendezvous gives way to a crisp, mean 99-minute run time that passes in a flash. Tarantino movies begin to have lengthier run times almost immediately after Dogs and there’s something to be said for all of the good the stripped-down story and tight length brings out in his storytelling.COUNTERPOINT: Aside from the fact that his following films only got more bold and more innovative (and the fact that his bigger budgets allowed for more daring experimentation, better tech, and bigger scopes), there are few things that can bog down a Tarantino movie like Tarantino’s acting. He’s literally the first character we hear speak in this movie and the monologue he delivers — the now-infamous spiel about Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” — is unbearable to listen to in 2019. It starts the movie out on such a sour note that it actually takes it a little while to recover.Stream Reservoir Dogs on Amazon Prime VideoPulp FictionThe only thing better than seeing Pulp Fiction for the first time is seeing Pulp Fiction for the seventh time and picking up on all the details you missed the other six times you saw it. It spawned a litany of imitators and yet two decades down the line there’s still nothing like it. Pulp Fiction is such a singular vision, such a genuinely bizarre movie, that the fact that Tarantino pulled it off at all is evidence enough that it’s his best film. It features some of the greatest dialogue of all time, one of the all-time great screen pairings in Vince Vega and Mia (I truly can’t think of a screen couple that can rival their chemistry), and a nonlinear narrative that would fall apart in the hands of a less skilled filmmaker. Instead everything clicks perfectly, creating a story that functions as a perfect circle and dares to ask big questions about life, death, and morality through the lives we watch play out in its dirty underworld. The diner scene that functions as the film’s emotional climax is an all-timer. Most of the actors have never been better. I could go on and on. Pulp Fiction is Tarantino’s best movie by a mile.COUNTERPOINT: The previous point regarding Tarantino appearing in his own movies applies here as well — in fact, it’s worse in Pulp Fiction. There’s also the Gimp scene, which plays as far more problematic today than it likely did in 1994.Stream Pulp Fiction on NetflixJackie BrownIt’s the thinking man’s Tarantino movie. In the wake of Pulp Fiction setting the film industry on fire Quentin Tarantino could have made anything he wanted to. Instead of going for broke with a wildly ambitious epic, he took the opposite route and made a stripped-down character piece about people coming to grips with the fact that they’re growing older.So frequently directors will claim scenes or entire films are “love letters” to movies, stars, or moments they love. While much of Tarantino’s career is comprised of these very love letters, there’s something far more subversive at play with Jackie Brown functioning as his love letter to blaxploitation icon Pam Grier. Rather than write a thinly-veiled stand-in for one of her iconic characters, Tarantino instead channels his fandom into writing and directing Grier into the performance of a lifetime, both disarmingly warm and unmistakably powerful. It’s Tarantino’s most mature film and, like its characters aspire to do, only gets better with age.COUNTERPOINT: Jackie Brown isn’t exactly a thriller. It’s a long, quiet movie and at times very much feels its length. And in a filmography filled with some of the most iconic scenes and dialogue of all time, it seems to lack a bit in that department.Stream Jackie Brown on Amazon Prime VideoKill Bill Vol. 1Vengeance is a constant presence in Tarantino movies. Characters who are wronged proceed to extract brutal, bloody comeuppance on those who wronged them. Karma is one of the unwritten laws of his strange little cinematic universe. What goes around will always come around. In Kill Bill Vol. 1, The Bride comes around.It’s not that his previous films aren’t visual splendors in their own right but with KB1 Tarantino is dead-set on showing his audience things that they have never seen before in a movie. From the anime segments to the hard cut to black and white in the midst of the film’s legendary climactic battle, he seems to break every single conceivable rule of action movies throughout the film.It doesn’t stop with those abrupt flourishes. Vol. 1 is as aggressive and violent as any ultra-macho action romp but features few male characters who serve as anything other than tertiary at best. At worst (lookin’ at you, Buck), they’re worms squirming under the boots of the three women around whom the film revolves. Bill’s presence is felt throughout but he’s largely offscreen. This one is all about The Bride, O-Ren Ishii, and Vernita Green. From The Bride’s technicolor yellow jumpsuit to her showdown against the Crazy 88s to the note-perfect cliffhanger, Kill Bill Vol. 1 is Tarantino redefining the action movie for the 21st century.COUNTERPOINT: Because Kill Bill ended up being split into two movies, there’s an extent to which Vol. 1 feels incomplete, and not in the traditional sense of a film that ends with a To Be Continued. It’s also the beginning of the Tarantino Homage phase and because of that sometimes feels more imitation of its influences like Lady Snowblood than its own thing.Stream Kill Bill Vol. 1 on Amazon Prime VideoKill Bill Vol. 2Not only is Vol. 2 better than Vol. 1, it’s better than the rest of Tarantino’s movies. Where the first riffs on martial arts classics, the second is a far more quiet, meditative look at vengeance as an idea versus vengeance as an actuality. It’s classic Tarantino genre fusion, simultaneously carrying over the martial arts influence of its predecessor and injecting it with a full syringe of American western.Despite being literally less bloody than the first film in the saga, Kill Bill Vol. 2 feels far more brutal. It’s an emotionally taxing film to watch, forcing the viewer to relive every moment of pain The Bride had to experience to become the warrior she is today — and every bit of pain she has to experience in order to complete her quest for revenge. There’s a lingering melancholy across the film, one that touches everyone — not just The Bride. Michael Madsen’s Budd is especially a revelation, a once-mighty assassin who now wastes away in a trailer, his boss at the local strip club regularly berating him, and his ever-present cowboy hat covering a growing bald spot. When he tells his brother, “That woman deserves her revenge. And we deserve to die,” they’re the words of a man resigned to the fate he knows is coming, even if he’ll fight like hell to stop it.And then there’s the ending — no knock-down drag-out sword fight, no karate exhibition. Just a long talk between ex-lovers, a single deadly move, and Bill’s short walk to greet death. It’s perfect, as is the moment after when The Bride, finally having exacted the vengeance she so long craved, can only collapse and weep, both for the loss she’s experienced and for the realization that finding something new to live for will be harder than she realized.COUNTERPOINT: It feels somewhat disjointed in comparison to its predecessor and never reaches the visual or kinetic splendor the first seemed to promise. While some may admire how meticulous it is in getting where it’s going, it’s hard to blame others for feeling that it’s an ultimately boring follow-up to one of the most exciting movies of all time.Stream Kill Bill Vol. 2 on Amazon Prime VideoDeath ProofThere was this one Friday night in high school when I was 15 years old where I sat down in my basement at like, midnight to watch this movie a friend of mine had recommended because I’d never seen a movie made by this guy named Quentin Tarantino so I put the DVD in and sat back on the couch and watched the movie unfold and about half an hour into the movie I realized that pretty much nothing in terms of plot had happened in the movie and that I didn’t care at all; that I was so fully invested in the characters on the screen and what was going on; and this weird, skeevy old stuntman that seemed to be stalking them throughout Austin, Texas; that it didn’t matter at all that hardly anything had happened, that the simple, elegant flow of dialogue flowing from the lips of these imaginary people had ensnared me in a way a movie never had; and in that moment I knew that this was what I wanted to do with my life, that I wanted to write words that made people feel as completely and totally lost in a moment of fiction as I was in that basement that night.Tarantino is, for all his talents, a child of exploitation cinema. Death Proof is him operating on home turf, playing in the genre that made him and elevating it as he does it. It is a masterful turn and contains what might be the best Kurt Russell performance of all time.COUNTERPOINT: There are many reasons Death Proof largely isn’t considered to be among Tarantino’s best works, much less his single finest. I don’t particularly care about any of them.Stream Death Proof on Amazon Prime VideoInglourious BasterdsWhen a character who was at one point going to be played by the director of the film looks directly into the camera and says, “I think this just might be my masterpiece,” perhaps we should listen to them.Inglourious Basterds is, after all, a masterpiece, both of Tarantino’s career and of cinema in general. This beautiful, sprawling World War II epic sees Tarantino evoke cinematic romanticism for the first time in his career without sacrificing the wry humor and copious blood and guts that made him such an iconoclast to begin with. It’s nearly three hours long and I still wish it were twice its length. He so immaculately builds this world and the characters in it that you just want to spend more time in it. His Paris is the Paris Instagram influencers lust for. His Basterds are the coolest kids on the block, and we don’t even learn half of their names. Brad Pitt does the greatest work of his lengthy career and Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Bruhl, and Melanie Laurent turn in literal star-making performances. And ultimately, none of this matters, because all you need to do to convince someone Inglourious Basterds is the best Tarantino movie is show them the bar scene.COUNTERPOINT: When a character who was at one point going to be played by the director of the film looks directly into the camera and says, “I think this just might be my masterpiece” perhaps something is being overcompensated for. The film is exceedingly long and tackles subject matter that Tarantino had no right to touch to begin with.Stream Inglourious Basterds on NetflixDjango UnchainedRevenge isn’t fun. Revenge is exhausting, both physically and emotionally, and comes in fits and bursts. The road to the catharsis it brings is inevitably longer and more laborious than the catharsis itself. It’s a brutal business. Django Unchained is, appropriately, a brutal movie.Charm has always been key to Tarantino’s appeal. Even a literal Nazi in Inglourious Basterds is disarmingly affable at times. Django Unchained ups the ante established by Basterds by tackling a topic just as taboo and horrid — slavery — but shows surprising restraint when it comes to charm. The film is full of repulsive characters meant to terrify, not bemuse, and it’s at times hard to watch because of this. And shouldn’t it be? A revenge movie set against the backdrop of American slavery shouldn’t be fun. It should make you uncomfortable. And there’s no Tarantino movie that will make you queasier than Django Unchained.COUNTERPOINT: This is a movie Tarantino had no right to make to begin with, and he especially didn’t have the right to make a version of it in which he plays a racist Australian who drops the n-word what feels like 7,000 times.Stream Django Unchained on Amazon Prime VideoThe Hateful EightDespite a recurring theme of vengeance, Tarantino’s movies are all ultimately about identity. They’re full of people pretending to be other people, people who create legends around themselves as protective cocoons of sorts and then look at what happens when those cocoons are punctured. The distance between a character’s fiction and a character’s reality and what lies between the two is the meat of every Tarantino movie and The Hateful Eight is his ultimate thesis statement on the subject.In a sense it’s a spiritual sequel to Reservoir Dogs: a group of bad people are trapped in an isolated location. At least one of them isn’t who they say they are. What follows is the result of a series of lies and bluffs, of people pretending they’re holding better cards than they are. When those bluffs get called, there’s hell to pay. It’s a meditation on how powerful a good story can be and how powerless you are once it’s been stripped away, told with some of the most beautiful photography of Tarantino’s career.For nearly three hours a group of our finest actors sit in a room and talk. Sometimes they shoot guns. By the end each of their ugly truths laid bare for all to see. It’s everything every Tarantino movie has aspired to be. The Hateful Eight is the only one that manages to fully follow through on those aspirations.COUNTERPOINT: It’s a self-indulgent, three-hour mess that hardly seems to go anywhere and likely should have just been a stage play. It also made a big hubbub about its utilization of 70mm film only to waste it on a bunch of interior shots of a log cabin.Stream The Hateful Eight on NetflixMore on Geek.com:Vintage Shelf: Oscar Got It Right ‘In the Heat of the Night’Vintage Shelf: There’s More to ‘The Hunger’ Than Just Sex, Vampires, and BowieA Friendly Reminder That ‘The Lion King’ Is One of the Best Movies Ever Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Cocktails are like my children

first_imgTalking to Gegam Kazarian, you would almost think cocktails are living creatures — full of life and feelings. For the mixologist, who has been declared ‘the world’s best bartender’, cocktails are more than a concoction of spirits. ‘They are like my children. I love all cocktails. It is difficult to choose,’ he says. Kazarian was visiting the Capital to attend a mixology workshop organised by Aspri Spirits and Molinari. While he whipped some delicious cocktails, bartenders and mixologists from the city listened in rapt attention and took notes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What is the secret behind a good cocktail? Kazarian believes that like in life, balance is very important for a cocktail. ‘There should be balance between sweet and sour,’ he points out. Also, natural ingredients are very important for him. But then again, ‘if you do something with love, it will be your best, proclaims the mixologist who also dons the hat of a biochemist. Kazarian’s signature cocktail varies from brand to brand and he ensures he uses local ingredients wherever he goes. ‘Most important, the cocktails should be natural, clean and ecological,’ says Kazarian. And he is constantly evolving his style, putting his travels around the world to good use and the experience he gathers about various cultures, music, history, into his cocktails. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis is his first visit to India and he says India is ‘growing up’ and he has been happily surprised by the hospitality. ‘For me that’s more important than the cocktails,’ he says. And to mark his visit, the Armenian — who now lives in Spain — has mixed Indian ingredients like basil and ginger to create the Molinari Basilicum.Kazarian’s first brush with fame happened when he won the G’Vine Gin Connoisseur 2011 World Finals held in Cognac, France, last June. The contest was organised by Philip Duff, one of the biggest cocktail gurus in the world. But Kazarian doesn’t believe in resting on his laurels. ‘I am not the best. There are amazing bartenders in the world. We are learning everyday,’ says the handsome man humbly.  He is also involved with the Kazaris Project as part of which he does consultations, teaches and trains even at Michelin-starred restaurants.What sort of cocktails would he make for himself? ‘My taste is more feminine. Nice, balanced ones…some floral as well.I like cocktails which are easy to prepare. Sometimes mixologists complicate things a lot. Even though I use molecular and other technologies, I prefer easy ones,’ says Kazarian.  What is he taking back from India? ‘I tried something with the Indian masala. That’s what I will try when I go back,’ he says.  A musician, the mixologist likes to play the classical guitar and plans to travel to the villages of south India to take sitar lessons. Also on his travel plans are Goa, Kerala and Bengaluru. Bon voyage then!last_img read more

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first_img IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content DIAGNUM Workstation for mammography by FENICS. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | October 13, 2009 Matrox Xenia PRO Backs Mammography Workstation News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more October 13, 2009 – FENICS has validated the Matrox Xenia PRO display controller board with their DIAGNUM Workstation mammography computer-aided detection (CAD) solutions, which will be demonstrating this technology at Journee Française de Radiologie (JFR) 2009 from October 16-20, 2009, in Paris – Porte Maillot, France.FENICS is the first company from France to propose a set of aided diagnosis solutions for mammography through its DIAGNUM product line. Its DIAGNUM Look solution is an interactive CAD that detects anomalies that also routes and characterizes them to generate reports in the current language. With its strong performance and user friendly interface, the workstation has already attracted the attention of many radiologists. Matrox Xenia a native PCI Express single-slot board with all-digital, triple-monitor output, and the flexibility that drives display configurations. Xenia Series supports resolutions from under 1MP to 8MP, with up to 1GB of on-board memory, and features new technology to ensure optimum display calibration (via Matrox DLC and 8/10/13-bit gamma LUTs). Xenia Series is an expandable solution, that provides medical imaging developers and integrators to increase hardware-accelerated performance via hardware LUTs, multiple hardware window IDs, and additional hardware features.For more information: www.matrox.com/graphics and www.fenics-sas.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more last_img read more

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British Airways faces another legal hurdle

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/23bdc/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> As if British Airways didn’t have enough problems already, a group of disgruntled customers in Canada have filed a class action lawsuit against the carrier, alleging it pocketed ‘tax’ money.According to the examiner.com, the plaintiff filed the legal action at the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver, claiming BA violated the Business Practices & Consumer Protection Act.It alleges the carrier disguised its “fuel surcharge” as a tax on the ticket, subsequently charging passengers up to US$450 per ticket in “taxes”. But instead of forwarding the collected money to the government, BA retained and converted the money for its own use.The lawsuit requests that the Court place a permanent injunction against the allegedly misleading and unlawful practice and force BA to refund all of the charges to consumers. If the Court certifies the class and passes a judgement, it may see BA refund all fuel surcharges to consumers who have purchased tickets in the past six years.center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more

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Genworth Adds Former Freddie Mac CEO as Independent Director

first_img “”Genworth Financial, Inc.””:https://www.genworth.com/, has appointed an independent director as part of the company’s strategy to rebuild value for shareholders. Naming the former CEO and director of “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ to the board, Genworth added David M. Moffet to fill the new position.Prior to taking over leadership for Freddie in 2008, Moffet was a senior advisor with the “”Carlyle Group LLC””:http://www.carlyle.com/. Moffet has also served as a vice chairman and CFO for “”U.S. Bancorp””:https://www.usbank.com/en/AboutHome.cfm and Firstar Corporation. Currently a member of the board for both “”eBay Inc.””:http://www.ebay.com/ and “”CIT Group, Inc.””:http://www.cit.com/index.htm, Moffet boasts extensive directorship experience. “”MBIA Inc.””:http://www.mbia.com/, the “”E.W. Scripps Company””:http://www.scripps.com/, and “”Building Materials Holding Corp.””:http://buildwithbmc.com/ have all previously tapped Moffet as a director.Genworth’s non-executive chairman of the board, James S. Riepe, commented on the company’s decision to name Moffet as an independent director, stating, “”As Genworth continues to[COLUMN_BREAK] execute its strategy of rebuilding value for shareholders, we believe David’s extensive experience and perspectives will provide invaluable insights.””[IMAGE] Share Genworth Adds Former Freddie Mac CEO as Independent Director December 10, 2012 436 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-12-10 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more