TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:RBI earningsRestaurant Brands International Inc., the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons, discusses second-quarter results on Wednesday. A group of U.S. Tim Hortons franchisees filed a lawsuit on July 24 alleging their parent company engaged in price gouging and equity theft.Point takenAimia Inc. releases second-quarter results on Friday. The Montreal-based company is coming off a week in which an Air Canada-led consortium proposed buying its Aeroplan loyalty rewards asset at a heavily discounted price, and it rejected an unsolicited US$180-million bid by Grupo Aeromexico to buy its stake in their joint loyalty program PLM.BCE earningsTelecom and media giant BCE Inc. discusses second-quarter results on Thursday. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has invited Canadian consumers to tell the federal regulator about their personal experience with misleading or abusive sales practices at the country’s telecommunications companies.Economic updateStatistics Canada releases the gross domestic product by industry for May on Tuesday. Real GDP for the previous month edged up 0.1 per cent, slightly above economists’ expectations, as gains in the manufacturing and utilities sectors more than offset declines in construction and in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction.Bombardier earningsAircraft and train builder Bombardier Inc. discusses second-quarter results on Thursday. One of the founders of WestJet Airlines Ltd. and JetBlue Airways Corp. committed on July 17 to buy 60 Airbus A220-300 (formerly Bombardier’s C Series) aircraft for a new U.S. airline he is launching.
Quebecor Inc.’s CEO blamed the failure of the Montreal Canadiens to make the playoffs for a major hit to its media ad revenues, a “disappointing” dent in a quarter that nonetheless saw the company skate to $1.04 billion in overall revenue.The Montreal-based communications giant’s second-quarter revenue edged up 0.50 per cent from the same time last year, largely due to growth at its telecommunications arm as revenue at its media arm fell six per cent.“The results of our media operations were heavily impacted by TVA Sports, which…suffered from the absence of the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL playoffs,” Pierre Karl Peladeau said on a conference call with investors Thursday.Revenue from the sports and entertainment division was relatively unchanged at $36.9 million.With playoffs spanning the bulk of the quarter, advertising revenue from the TVA Sports specialty channel plunged 36 per cent from the year-earlier period, when the 101-year-old team made the first playoff round, said TVA Group president and CEO France Lauziere.Growth at Quebecor’s Videotron cable, internet and wireless business boosted revenue from telecommunications to $847.2 million, up from $826.6 million last year.Quebecor had $41.3 million of net income attributable to shareholders in the second quarter, amounting to 18 cents per share.That was down from $137.8 million or 57 cents per share in the second quarter of 2017, when Quebecor’s profit was boosted by a gain from the sale of a spectrum licence.Adjusted income from continuing operating activities, which excludes the spectrum sale and other items, was $106.2 million or 45 cents per share, up from $88.6 million or 37 cents per share the year prior.Peladeau said the company achieved a major milestone in the second quarter when it became 100-per-cent owner of Quebecor Media, after buying out its strategic partner — the Caisse de depot.“With access to all the cash flows generated by the subsidiary, the corporation will now be better equipped to seize business opportunities as they arise, to achieve its objectives with respect to its dividend payment policy, and to take full control of its development projects,” Peladeau said Thursday in a statement.Strong telecommunications sales yielded revenues that slightly exceeded analyst expectations in a “seasonally weaker quarter,” said RBC Dominion Securities Inc. analyst Drew McReynolds.Roughly 32,000 net new wireless subscribers outweighed a drop in television subscriptions — a decrease typical of the lead-up to Quebec’s traditional moving season, which sees most leases expire July 1, said Videotron president and CEO Manon Brouillette.Quebecor’s stock price jumped more than five per cent Thursday, ending the trading session at $28.40, its highest closing price in at least ten years.Peladeau said in a Facebook post earlier this week that Quebecor’s ability to do business with the Quebec government was jeopardized because he had pleaded guilty on July 10 to violating the province’s election act by personally reimbursing a $137,000 debt accumulated by his campaign to become leader of the Parti Quebecois.He said the province’s treasury board and premier have the power to declare an exception to the act’s automatic penalties and a Quebecor statement on Tuesday said it was confident that the matter “will be settled in the near future without restricting the corporation’s activities or its public sector clients.”Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B)
10 November 2008United Nations agencies and their humanitarian partners today called for $11.5 million to help some 650,000 victims of deadly floods in eastern Yemen to help with food, water and sanitation, health and shelter needs. Torrential rains last month claimed at least 73 lives and destroyed or damaged over 3,200 homes, mainly made of bricks, while hundreds of farms were inundated and their crops washed away. Up to 25,000 people are in need of shelter, and several health facilities and over 150 schools have been damaged.The Yemen Floods Response Plan, which will focus mainly on short-term humanitarian aid, will cover projects proposed by seven UN agencies, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and two non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in concert with the Arabian peninsula nation’s Government.The aid timeline will range from two to six months, and food assistance is expected to extend until the next harvest in April 2009.UN bodies – including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) – have set up a support hub in Sayun in Hadramout, one of the hardest-hit regions.The new centre seeks to coordinate relief distribution and support local authorities to help survivors of the floods, which have claimed at least 73 lives in Hadramout and Al-Mahara governorates in Yemen’s east.A UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is helping Yemen track incoming international assistance.According to OCHA, the most affected areas in both Hadramout and Al-Mahara have passed the acute emergency phase, but there are still regions where needs have not been assessed, including the humanitarian situation of the 20,000 Bedouins living in the mountains.
19 August 2010A new online resource centre developed by the United Nations seeks to help reduce the damage done to the environment during humanitarian and relief activities in the aftermath of natural disasters, conflicts and other crises. The Resource Centre for Mainstreaming Environment into Humanitarian Action features guidelines, training materials, case studies and other tools and is intended as a handbook for relief workers.The new website was launched today, on World Humanitarian Day, by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“Making relief and recovery operations more environmentally-sound will ensure that both human welfare and the environment are protected and conserved in response to a disaster or conflict,” the agency stated in a news release.UNEP noted that despite the critical role relief work plays during a crisis, actions like cutting down trees to provide shelter and firewood and the inadequate management of medical waste can impact the success of humanitarian action. One example of this is in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the size and density of settlements for internally displaced persons (IDPs) has led to severe degradation of wildlife populations, trees and other natural resources in some areas, even encroaching on the Virunga National Park, according to UNEP.Also, emergency food distribution following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January resulted in a big increase in solid and liquid waste, mainly due to packaging.The agency pointed out that several best practices have proven that including environmental considerations in humanitarian operations is not only better for the environment but also cost-effective.These include sending supplies by ship rather than by air, as well as predictable and coordinated planning of logistical operations.More than 150 resources from over 20 organizations are already featured on the website, and UNEP is calling for contributions of resources in any language from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments, UN agencies, private sector and academic and research institutions.
LONG POINT – A property owner in Long Point has chided Norfolk County for being “a terrible neighbour.”Mary Weber owns cottages on Hastings Drive. At a time of record high water levels in Lake Erie, Weber says it is unacceptable that the county is doing nothing to protect its shoreline on Hastings from wave erosion.At the July 2 meeting of Norfolk council, Weber said private property owners on Hastings have buffered the shoreline and – as a result – are protecting their land from erosion. More importantly, Weber says their vigilance is keeping Hastings Drive passable for vehicular traffic.But the same can’t be said for Hastings Drive adjacent to county land. Norfolk has not maintained its breakwalls in these areas, Weber said, and as a result the road is at risk of eroding away.“Do we not deserve at least the same consideration as you’ve given species-at-risk – frogs, toads, snakes and fish?” Weber asked council.“This work can be done to the satisfaction of all species – including people.”At a minimum, Weber wants Norfolk to reset the stone and concrete barriers on its property to protect the beach and the road next to it.The 49 vacant lots Norfolk County owns on Hastings represent nearly a third of the waterfront in this part of Long Point. Norfolk has a permit from the Long Point Region Conservation Authority to protect its shoreline but county staff has not acted on it.At the July 9 meeting of Norfolk council, staff said shoreline protection is on hold because the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests wants an engineering report on what the county has in mind.Chris Baird, Norfolk’s general manager of public works, says the ministry wants details because the county’s stake in the Hastings neighbourhood is so large. Baird said the county has to respect the fact that action on Hastings could have consequences for shoreline erosion elsewhere.“The last thing we want to do is send the problem downstream and create problems in other parts of Long Point,” Baird said. “This is an active process and we need a plan.”Mayor Kristal Chopp says it is time for Norfolk to stop neglecting its obligations on Hastings, especially with respect to the integrity of the road allowance. The road is unpaved and subject to erosion but Chopp says Hastings is a legal thoroughfare like any other.“Not only is Hastings Drive a public road in a registered subdivision, for a dead-end unmaintained road it sees an incredibly high volume of traffic,” the mayor said.“Private property owners have done their part, but it is the county-owned lots that have been neglected that are the problem.”Chopp added Norfolk needs to attend to shoreline protection as soon as possible. The longer the situation is neglected, she said, the more expensive it will be to restore Hastings as a viable road.Windham Coun. Chris Van Paassen feels the deterioration of any county asset is unfortunate. But Van Paassen wants to know how Hastings Drive is any different than any of the other infrastructure repairs on Norfolk’s to-do list.“I can show you bridges in (Port Dover) Ward 6 that have been closed for 10 years,” he told council. “The money is in the budget to fix them yet nothing has been done.“Just because we have a vocal group down there does that move it to the front of the line?”Hastings Drive property owner Randy Mawhiney, of St. Williams, also spoke to council about conditions in Long Point at the July 2 meeting. The erosion of Hastings coupled with periodic flooding throughout the resort community, Mawhiney said, represent “a disaster waiting to happen.”“Are we only protecting the turtles and frogs and to hell with the humans?” Mawhiney asked. “Why pay taxes? People are starting to wonder. There doesn’t seem to be much common sense in this roads department anymore. We need action down there.”Support for this was expressed by Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele, Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman and Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts.“This is a county asset we are allowing to deteriorate under water,” Rabbitts said.CAO Harry Schlange said staff will have a better idea of the way forward sometime this September.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
“The passage of this legislation by the National Assembly is a very important step towards the institutionalization of refugee status determination in the region,” said agency spokesman Peter Kessler. “It is a clear sign of the will of El Salvador to fully comply with its commitment to refugee law and the human rights of asylum-seekers.”UNHCR has long been working with the Salvadoran Government to prepare the law, which is pending signature by the country’s President to take effect. The legislation establishes clear procedures for refugees to request asylum under international standards, and creates a commission for the determination of refugee status.During the late 1980s, UNHCR worked with El Salvador mainly on repatriating its own nationals – more than 32,000 since 1987 – and on protecting asylum-seekers arriving to the country. In recent years, the agency has focused on establishing local structures within El Salvador to deal with asylum-seekers and refugees arriving to the country from other parts of the world, particularly Colombians fleeing persecution.
OSU freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate in action during a game against Marquette on Nov. 18 in Columbus. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta notched his 300th win as the Buckeyes defeated Mount St. Mary’s 76-54 in the team’s first game of the season.Matta, who is in his 12th season with the team, became OSU’s all-time winningest coach during last season’s Big Ten tournament. His OSU teams now have a record of 300-94.“I’ve always said that I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to be here at Ohio State,” Matta said. “It goes back to (Alex Haley’s) old saying, ‘When you see a turtle on the fence post, you know it didn’t get there by itself.’ That’s definitely me on that fence post.”Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said Matta is deserving of his record.“That’s just another stat to add to his résumé, he’s a wonderful coach, he’s a wonderful guy and hopefully we have many to come this year,” Tate said.Tate, who missed the Buckeyes’ exhibition game against Walsh with a sprained ankle, helped lead the Buckeyes to victory with an impressive offensive showing. His 21 points were one shy of tying his career-high, and his two 3-point field goals nearly equaled his season total from his freshman campaign (three). “It definitely boosts my confidence. I’m still not where I want to be, so I have to continue to work, I can’t rest on that,” Tate said.Matta said as a coach it was rewarding to see Tate’s hard work pay off.“Jae’Sean was good. It was so exciting when he let his first three go, to see it go down. I’ve seen that kid, how diligent he’s been in terms of his work ethic and developing that,” Matta said.Two of the more veteran players on the roster, junior forward Marc Loving and sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, led the team in minutes with 35 and 38, respectively, but it was freshman center/forward Daniel Giddens who made one of the biggest impacts of the afternoon.The 6-foot-9 Mableton, Georgia, native made his presence known with 11 points in 26 minutes of hard play.“For myself individually, I just have to build on what I did today and just want to make this season a successful one,” Giddens said.Matta said he was impressed with Giddens’ play.“Daniel was everywhere. He was showing his chest, helping, getting back to his man,” Matta said. “The thing I love about Daniel is that effort is never going to be a problem for him. He’s a kid who cares, he is starving for extra work, he’s starving for finding ways to improve his game.” Giddens appeared to be calm on the court, but the freshman said he was “freaking out” internally.“I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. I’m still nervous. This is new to me,” Giddens said.Other freshmen members of the Scarlet and Gray also made their presences known. Guard JaQuan Lyle put up 12 points, the third-highest of the team, and guard A.J. Harris came off the bench, showing off his publicized speed and energy. Meanwhile, guard Austin Grandstaff nailed a 3-point attempt, his first and only shot of his young career. The Buckeyes started the game strong going into the half with a 42-21 lead and a team field-goal percentage of 56.3 percent. The Mountaineers tried to mount a comeback in the second half, at one point cutting the deficit to 13 points.“I painted the picture at halftime, I said this is what could happen and it did. We got a little bit complacent,” Matta said. “We didn’t have the pace we needed in the second half.”Turnovers were an issue for the Buckeyes throughout the game, something Tate said will get better as the season goes along.“Having such a young team, being the first game I think that played a role in that. With two freshman point guards and so many young guys, we’ll mature as the season goes on,” Tate said.Matta said the turnovers were due to not making the simple play, and there’s still a lot of teaching needed for a young Buckeye team that has games both Tuesday and Friday. “I just told them after the game, ‘You guys want to play in the NBA? Well, you’ve got an NBA schedule this week,’” Matta said. “We’ve got to prepare for Grambling, but we also got to look at what we need to get better at.”The Buckeyes are set to take the court again at the Schottenstein Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Grambling State.
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Although we are a few days past Valentine’s Day, here is a noteworthy wedding proposal that is sure to warm the hearts of female video game geeks everywhere.A Bioware developer decided to pop the “big question” to his sweetie who is also a Bioware developer. For him, though, getting down on one knee and whipping out a ring in a box was simply too cliche’ to be employed. So what is a game developer to do in this situation? Well, the answer is to propose marriage to his girlfriend in a video game of course.So using his Minecraft building skills, he decided to build a castle along with some special terrain to ask for her hand in marriage. And as you will see in the following video, it was all worth it.Read more at joystiq, via Geekologie
I met Thomas Nianiakos shortly after he finished his shift. Although he had just spent eight hours cooking breakfast and a three-course lunch for over 100 residents at Fronditha Care’s residential facility in Clayton, he looked rather vibrant and relaxed.If I hadn’t known about the 49-year-old, I would have said that he loves his job and has no other obligations to think about. However, the reality is quite different.Thomas is a new migrant; although he was born in Australia, he moved to Greece when he was 12 and moved back to Australia five years ago.For most new migrants, Greece’s financial hardships were enough to make them pack their suitcases and seek their fortune elsewhere. Thomas though had much more to consider.“My life changed in 2011, when my wife, Persephone, was diagnosed with leukaemia,” he says.Persephone had not been feeling well for a couple of weeks, he explains. Having three kids was excuse enough for feeling exhausted. She decided to have a blood test. As a microbiologist, she did the analysis herself. The news dropped like a bomb.“I was doing some housework when she called and told me the news,” Thomas remembers.“I could not believe it. You think about cancer as something foreign, that it won’t affect you.”The next year-and-a-half was tormentous for the family. From their home in Lamia, they had to move to Athens for bone marrow surgery. Although there were glimpses of hope, less than two years after the initial diagnosis, Persephone passed.“While you are prepared for it, the reality definitely shocks you,” he says.MOVING TO AUSTRALIAAfter Persephone’s passing, Thomas wanted a fresh start. On every level. He had to consider the well-being of his three young children, Despoina, 13, Athina, 11 and Christos, 3.“Before she died, Persephone urged me to move to Australia.“I felt we really needed this, both my children and I. It would be a fresh start for each one of us, in a county where opportunities for the future would be more plentiful.”His relatives in Australia helped him settle and offered the family a place to stay.However, the family wanted their own space and to really find their footing.Thomas, who had been working as a hotel manager in Lamia, took a course to become a chef and worked part-time to make ends meet.“It was a very challenging period. Looking back, I do not know how I did it. On many occasions, I had to leave my children home alone due to work commitments.“Thankfully, my eldest daughter ‘became’ the mother of the family. She was responsible enough to look after her siblings when I was at work. We didn’t even have to discuss it; she understood that things had changed and she had to take a more grown up role.”I wondered why he chose to change his career path in his 40s.“One of the lessons I learned throughout my experience with Persephone’s illness was that life is too short to do things that you do not like and enjoy,” he says.“I always liked cooking, but never did it professionally. I did not want to lose another day, so I grabbed the bull by the horns.”Thomas has been working at Fronditha Care for almost two years now. A job that fills him with joy and has already led thim to gain two awards for his cooking and leadership skills.“When I applied to work at Fronditha Care I thought it was another job to pay the bills. However, seeing and interacting with the elderly every day, listening to their needs and trying to please them with my food, created a completely different environment. It makes me feel that every day I come to work with my second family.”Thomas Nianiakos with the CEO of Fronditha Care, George Lekakis AO.But what about his first family? I asked him what has changed in the last five years, knowing that he recently got married for the second time, to Lydia, a teacher of Italian heritage.“You can never replace your loved one. I do not want to do that either.“When I met Lydia, I told her that I am not alone; I have three kids that I have to take care of. As a teacher who interacts with kids daily, she told me she had no problem with children. And the rest is history”.Thomas and Lydia have recently taken part in the World’s Greatest Shave, a long-running fundraising initiative by the Leukaemia Foundation, where people of all ages shave, colour or wax their hair, cut pony tails, banish beards, and trim top knots for charity.“We did it to help Leukaemia research, but also as a tribute to Persephone.”Just before we finished our longer than scheduled discussion, I asked Thomas, “All good now?”“All good, God bless,” he answers.I do not like clichés but I honestly think that it was the first time I heard someone saying that and meaning it. A grateful person that counts his blessings every day.What about the rest of his social circle; how did they react to the new start of Thomas?“All of us, we went to Greece a few months ago where we met also Persephone’s mum. She was very welcoming and understood that our new life in Australia is much better than what would have been in Greece. I invited her to come here and see with her own eyes how I and the children develop,” he says. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Méditérranée: Avant de partir en vacances, les touristes parisiens sensibilisésPour alerter les vacanciers, l’Aquarium de Paris présente une exposition de photos mettant en avant la biodiversité des îles de Méditérranée. D’autres images paradisiaques montrent des scènes désolantes d’amas de bouteilles en plastique sur les fonds marins. Une initiative pour les petites îles de Méditerranée (PIM) pilotée par le Conservatoire du littoral.Durant tout l’été, l’Aquarium de Paris – Cinéaqua présente une exposition de photos réalisées dans le cadre de l’Initiative pour les petites îles de Méditerranée (PIM). Mise en place depuis 2005, cette exposition donne à voir des images d’îles paradisiaques aux côtés de scènes d’amas de bouteilles en plastique sur les fonds marins.À lire aussiBiodiversité, Game of Thrones et Mars, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 maiLes photographies prises par Louis-Marie Préau et Laurent Ballesta illustrent la biodiversité des îles méditerranéennes tout en alertant sur la nécessité de les protéger. “Nous ne voulons pas culpabiliser les gens mais montrer aux gens qui y vont l’été, au moment où la flore n’est pas la plus belle et peut donner l’impression qu’il n’y a pas grand-chose, qu’en réalité il y a encore des trésors que l’on peut protéger en changeant nos comportements”, précise Sébastien Renou au site 20minutes.fr , chargé de mission au Conservatoire du littoral.Outre les bouteilles jetées et les restes de pique-nique qui traînent, “le réchauffement de la Méditerranée favorise l’apparition d’espèces invasives qui dérèglent l’équilibre écologique” déplore Sébastien Renou. “La sur-fréquentation touristique entraîne la destruction des habitats naturels des espèces avec l’artificialisation du littoral “. La mission de l’exposition est donc éducative. Comme l’explique M. Renou, “lorsque le Conservatoire du littoral achète des terrains pour les protéger de l’urbanisation, nous les laissons ouverts au public pour que les visiteurs se rendent compte du patrimoine que cela représente et qu’ils respectent la faune et la flore”. “Les petites îles sont un refuge pour de nombreuses espèces menacées sur le littoral car la présence humaine y est moins forte”, explique-t-il. “Ce sont aussi des sites importants car leur isolement a donné naissance à de nouvelles espèces uniques”. Oiseaux marins, flore terrestre et marine s’épanouissent sur ces refuges en pleine mer. “Par exemple, les îlots périphériques de Corse ne représentent que 0,025 % du territoire de l’île mais regroupent 20 % de la flore”.La mission PIM a été menée sur les 1.100 petites îles du bassin occidental de la Méditerranée (de Gibraltar au détroit de Messine) et a permis de recenser certaines espèces et de mettre en place des programmes de protection. Les puffins cendrés nichant sur l’île de Zembra, au nord-est de la baie de Tunis, par exemple, se sont révélés bien plus nombreux que ne le pensaient les scientifiques. En effet, pas moins de 140.000 couples vivent sur la petite île tunisienne, déjà protégée par le statut de parc national. “Nous allons continuer à suivre cette population d’oiseaux pour mieux comprendre comment ils se nourrissent et quels endroits il faut protéger”, explique Sébastien Renou.Le 11 juillet 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambert
regularise their status to meet the requirements of the recent amendment of the Elections Act 2009, especially the amendments made to section 105.All political parties are to ensure that all their executive members are resident in the country and that all political parties have a secretariat in each administrative region and that the constitution of the party requires it to hold a biennial congress.Furthermore, the political parties are asked to take note that “in accordance with the said laws, each existing party shall write an undertaking that it shall submit its yearly audited accounts to the Commission.”The press release concludes: “The above criteria and any other as enshrined in the electoral laws of The Gambia shall be met by all existing political parties latest 31st March 2016, as per the Elections(Amendment) Act 2015.”]]>
RelatedPosts Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Load More JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Inside Asian Gaming named Lead Media Partner of G2E Asia @ the Philippines The co-organizers of the 2019 G2E Asia Awards, Inside Asian Gaming and Reed Exhibitions, have announced that the nomination period for the awards has opened.The nomination period will run until Friday 5 April 2019. Any member of the public may submit nominations by visiting G2EAsiaAwards.com. Companies are welcome to nominate themselves. The G2E Asia Awards judging panel, which will be announced later this month, will select the official award nominees after the nomination period has closed. Award winners will be announced at the 2019 G2E Asia Awards gala dinner on Tuesday 21 May 2019.The 12 categories for the 2019 G2E Asia Awards are:1. Best IR Non-Gaming Attraction2. Best B2B Digital Product Solution3. Best Electronic Gaming Solution (Slots and ETGs)4. Best Table Game Solution5. Best Industry Innovation6. Best Gaming Floor7. Best Industry Rising Stars (Maximum of 5 Winners)8. Best Corporate Social Responsibility Contribution9. Best VIP Gaming Promoter10. Best Industry Supplier11. Best Regional Asian IR (Outside Macau or Singapore)12. Best Integrated ResortSeats at the G2E Asia Awards can be purchased at G2EAsiaAwards.com and a variety of sponsorship packages are also available.For more information on sponsorship packages or tickets to the G2E Asia Awards, contact:Reed ExhibitionsVera Ng+852 6102 firstname.lastname@example.orgInside Asian GamingJadeson Ho+853 2875 email@example.com
PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A student from West Broward High School has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship, Thursday morning.Florida Power and Light surprised Luis Andreu with the robotics scholarship, which helps students get involved with STEM education programs.“I knew that there were so many other good candidates for this because, first, robotics is such a great program, and there’s tons of great kids that go through it,” said Andreu. “I just feel really, really lucky to get it.”Andreu has been involved in robotics for the last four years at his school. His robotics team, BOTCATS, won the Orlando Regional competition this past March.The teen is ranked second in his class of 630 students and will continue his education next year at Georgia Institute of Technology.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
According to the online dispatch, Armstrong tried to stop McComas but ended up firing his gun at him. Autopsy confirms McComas died from gunshot wounds. Alaska city releases police body cam video showing fatal shooting of handcuffed man who drove off with officer’s car. Read the story: https://t.co/Ag33nJEngv pic.twitter.com/DSK7WdLH5v— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) January 31, 2018 Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The bodycam footage from the officer involved shooting that occured in Seward on October 1, 2017, has been released to the Associated Press. Seward Police Officer Michael ‘Eddie’ Armstrong was cleared, on January 22, in the fatal shooting of Micah McComas who was handcuffed and placed in the back of the officer’s idling patrol car and managed to start driving it away, according to a decision by the state attorney general’s office. Video footage released to AP as part of the records request shows the incident as it unfolded. Armstrong appears calm and in control in the video and McComas is initially relaxed but appears to become agitated when the drugs are found and he is placed in handcuffs. A letter from Seward Police Chief Tom Clemons stated that it was reasonable for Officer Armstrong to use deadly force in the Oct. 1 shooting of Micah McComas. He died later at a hospital and the letter said the autopsy report showed that he tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine and diazepam. Wednesday, January 31, the McComas’ family released the following statement following the release of the videos:Our family does not condone or excuse the decision Micah made in attempting to flee in the police car. We have been consistent throughout this process that if Micah endangered the Officer’s life to the point that lethal force was justified, then we will accept the consequences. It is important to understand that we have not yet viewed the entire video, but based on the edited clip we have seen, we still do not understand how this scenario was even possible if Micah had been properly secured in the back of the patrol car. However, what is far more disconcerting is that we have been told that the Officer’s bodycam video stops precisely as my brother is being shot. We have been told that the car door knocked the officer down, but in the edited clip we have seen, the officer appears to open the driver’s side door himself, the car is moving slowly and appears to present no imminent danger. We are uncomfortable with the fact that the bodycam supposedly fell off of the officer, leaving us to rely solely on the officer’s testimony. In short, we have some serious questions, and there seem to be numerous inconsistencies between the Officer’s testimony and that of the witness. However, we do not want to jump to conclusions without having seen the entire video and reviewing the Officer’s testimony. We will make a full statement next week after having reviewed both. In the meantime, there seem to be even more questions, and without video of the actual shooting, there is still no closure for our family. We still don’t understand why a handcuffed would need to be shot five times or more, and most importantly, why Micah has what has been described to us as a contact wound which almost certainly led to his death. We have a number of questions, and based on what we have heard and seen thus far, we will continue to pursue the truth of what happened that night. We will be traveling to Alaska next week, and the family will make a full statement once we have seen the video and met with the State.
Air Arabia, the largest low-cost carrier in the West Asia and North Africa region, on Wednesday said it is offering Indian passengers the option of paying for tickets in monthly instalments. The EMI option would allow travellers to plan their expenses and allow them to travel to various destinations, which are offered by the Air Arabia network.”Air Arabia announces the launch of comprehensive Equated Monthly Instalment (EMI) payment options for Indian travellers,” the airline said in a statement. The EMI facility is offered to credit card holders of eight banks, namely ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra, IndusInd Bank, State Bank of India, HDFC and Central Bank of India.Passengers wishing to avail the EMI payment option have to first select the flight and reserve the tickets on the website, and then opt for the ‘Pay with EMI’ tab on the payment page and finally, choose their preferred bank. Then the interface would display a choice of duration for the EMI, along with the break-up amount, which would be billed to the credit card statement every month.Air Arabia currently operates 115 weekly flights from its base in Sharjah to 13 Indian cities â€” New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Goa, Jaipur, Kochi, Nagpur, Coimbatore, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram.Air Arabia, which is listed on the Dubai Financial Market, began operations in October 2003. It has a fleet size of 44 Airbus A-320 aircraft. The airline operates on 120 routes from five hubs in the UAE, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan.
‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe Stay on target When Marvel and Square Enix both teased that they were dropping big news at the same time, we all assumed it meant famous Disney property Spider-Man would show in Kingdom Hearts III alongside Prompto and Haley Joel Osment. But while that may still happen, the actual announcement is arguably much more exciting, at least for the West. Square Enix and Marvel have struck a multi-game partnership starting with an Avengers game.Check out the trailer!There aren’t too many details but the ones we know are pretty promising. The Avengers Project is being developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal, the folks behind the excellent Tomb Raider and Deus Ex reboots, respectively. Based on the hammer, broken glasses, robot arm, and patriotic shield, we can assume Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, and Captain America will star in this “original story” with “iconic moments” that will thrill “longtime fans of the franchise.” Based on the tone, visuals, and voiceover, they seem pretty beat-up and demoralized. These heroes need to #reassemble. But we don’t know when that will happen since the trailer doesn’t give any release window outside of “2018.”The announcement does specify that this is a multi-game announcement, which is good news since Marvel’s video game efforts mostly floundered during the building of the MCU. The Phase 1 games from Sega were so mediocre that no other serious, non-casual MCU games have been developed since. THQ was working on a first-person Avengers game featuring Skrulls, but it was cancelled.However, Marvel has said it wants to recommit to AAA video games with the right partners and we can see the proof of that initiative. We’re getting a new Marvel vs. Capcom, a slick-looking Spider-Man game from Insomniac exclusively for PlayStation 4, a Guardians of the Galaxy Telltale game, and now this Square Enix Avengers game to look forward to.What other games could come from this partnership? A gritty, M-rated Defenders game? A surreal M.O.D.O.K. adventure a la Katamari Damacy. With Marvel and Square Enix now officially in business. I still think it’s only a matter of time before we’re forced to witness Hawkeye hanging out with some Final Fantasy dope. #Reassemble.
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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Image courtesy of Create the Future Design Contest.October 5, 2015 — A new X-ray source technology was awarded first prize in the medical category of the 2015 “Create the Future” Design Contest, held in New York City at the end of September.The Smart X-ray Source, created by Mark Eaton of Austin, Texas, combines flat panel X-ray detector technology with classic X-ray physics to provide portable, inexpensive computed tomography (CT) systems using open software sources to underserved populations around the world.Unlike traditional point source X-ray tubes, which generate X-rays at a single spot on an anode, the Smart X-ray Source features several X-ray spots which can be electronically addressed in whatever sequence, intensity and pattern is programmed into the control computer. This eliminates the need for a large steel gantry to support a large source assembly, which is the origin of the majority of the size and cost of CT systems.The Create the Future technology design innovation competition was launched in 2002 by NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. Finalists in the competition were selected by senior editors at Tech Briefs Media Group and judged by an independent panel of design engineers. Visitors to the contest’s website could vote on entries, with the 10 most popular designs awarded an Ollie robotic gaming device provided by Sphero.For more information: www.createthefuturecontest.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | October 05, 2015 New Portable CT Technology Wins First Prize in Design Innovation Competition Smaller tube with more X-ray spots allows portable, inexpensive CT imaging for underserved populations Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more
<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2486e/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Canecutter’s disease is becoming a growing problem for travellers, according to research undertaken by the University of Queensland. Traditionally, the disease, which is known medically as leptospirosis, affects males working in the agricultural and livestock industries, as it is contracted from contact with the urine of host animals. However, a team led by PhD researcher Dr Colleen Lau from the School of Population Health, have found that recreational exposure and international travel have emerged as increasingly important sources of infection over the past decade. “Many of the areas with a high incidence of leptospirosis are popular destinations for domestic and international travellers,” Dr Lau said. “With the increasing popularity of ecotourism and outdoor adventure activities, travellers are likely to become increasingly exposed through activities that involve contact with freshwater, soil and animals.” Leptospirosis causes influenza-like symptoms such as fever, chills, headache and jaundice but can lead to more serious illness including kidney failure, liver failure, lung haemorrhage, brain infections, and can occasionally be fatal. Called canecutter’s disease in Queensland due to the spread of the disease by canefield rats, the study, published in the journal Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, has opened up a new way of looking at the spread of the disease. As an under-diagnosed cause of fever in travellers, Dr Lau and her co-authors, Professor Phil Weinstein and Lee Smythe, urged doctors to change their perceptions of the population at risk of contracting canecutter’s disease. “Early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment will reduce the incidence of severe illness and deaths,” she said. Known high-risk areas for canecutter’s disease include tropical and subtropical regions such as Queensland, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, parts of South East Asia and the Caribbean. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
In addition to the special projection on Customs House, Doctor Who fans will also be able to take in special cinema screenings at nearby Dendy Opera Quays, featuring two thrilling episodes from Series Seven Part 1: Asylum of the Daleks and The Angels Take Manhattan, which see the Doctor confront two of his most terrifying foes – the Daleks and the Weeping Angels – and say a heart-breaking farewell to his companions Amy and Rory Pond. “This is a one-night only celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Dr Who, and sees Australian creative innovators, The Spinifex Group, working with the Doctor Who team to create projections that will deliver a show-stopping, unique birthday celebration for Dr Who’s legion of fans,” Mr Stoner said. Vivid Sydney is one of the signature events in the NSW Events Calendar developed by Destination NSW with the NSW Government as the major investor. “Vivid Sydney is the perfect platform for this Anniversary celebration, which will see the Doctor projected 7m high onto one of the city’s most historic buildings. The Spinifex Group has done a tremendous job of creating a display which makes the most of Customs House’s amazing façade.” The Dr Who projections will be displayed at six intervals throughout the evening of Saturday June 1, featuring music from the TV show including I am the Doctor and the iconic theme tune. The first Doctor Who projection will be shown at 6.50pm, then 10 minutes to every hour until midnight. There will also be a competition encouraging fans to submit a picture of themselves dressed as their favourite Doctor Who character to win a fantastic prize pack of Doctor Who themed merchandise. Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase, said: “Our goal is to ensure Vivid Sydney surprises every year, and the 2013 program will certainly delight festivalgoers of all ages. The Doctor Who projections will entertain audiences ranging from dedicated science-fiction fans through to every family who has ever enjoyed an episode together.” Mr Stoner said that on Saturday 1 June, the grand façade of Customs House at Circular Quay will showcase an amazing visual feast of 3D-mapped projections of Doctor Who as he travels through space and time, pursued by some of his greatest enemies. Sharon Wilson, Head of Marketing, Global Brands, BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand, said: “We are delighted to partner with Destination NSW and Vivid Sydney to bring this unique night of Doctor Who entertainment to life in Sydney. ?? NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, today announced Vivid Sydney 2013 will feature a spectacular celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the legendary BBC television program, Doctor Who. The projections will be interspersed with Move Your Building, an interactive projection produced by French design company Danny Rose, which will be beamed upon Customs House over the 18 nights of Vivid Sydney. Vivid Sydney – developed, owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW – is an 18-day celebration of light, music and ideas. It is the biggest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere and will take place in Sydney from 24 May to 10 June. Fans unable to travel to Sydney for the 50th Anniversary celebrations will still be able to join in the festivities at simultaneous screenings at 46 Dendy and Event cinemas around Australia and New Zealand. Source = Destination NSW