Tender Called for Paving in Lunenburg County

first_imgA provincial tender called for paving in the Chester area of Lunenburg County will result in a smoother, stronger road for local motorists. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has called for tenders to pave East Wind Drive, from the intersection of Haddon Hill Road at Robinsons Corner to the intersection of West Wind Drive. The project is being co-funded by the province and the Municipality of Chester. “The department is working closely with municipalities to determine paving priorities,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This co-operation helps us deliver top-notch road improvements for Nova Scotians.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Class action lawsuit proposed on coerced sterilization in Alberta

first_imgOTTAWA — A proposed class action has been filed against the government of Alberta on behalf of Indigenous women who say they were subjected to forced sterilizations.The lawsuit seeks $500 million in damages, plus an additional $50 million in punitive damages, and has been brought on behalf of all Indigenous women sterilized in Alberta without their prior and informed consent before Dec. 14 this year.The claim alleges Alberta — including senior officials and ministers— had specific knowledge of widespread coerced sterilizations perpetrated on Indigenous women.It also alleges the government turned a blind eye to that conduct and breached its fiduciary responsibilities.Celeste Poltak, a lawyer with the Toronto-based firm Koskie Minsky LLP, says the coerced sterilization of Indigenous women is “yet another dark chapter” in the relationship between governments and Indigenous Peoples.A proposed class action is also underway in Saskatchewan that names the Saskatoon Health Authority, the Saskatchewan government, the federal government and a handful of medical professionals as defendants.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Turkey Saudi Qatar Unite Opposition Fronts Against Syrian Regime

Washington D.C.- Lately, the front between the Syrian regime forces and the Islamic Army has been constantly escalating in the hot spot in the southern suburbs of Damascus.There are strong indications that Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar are using the Islamic Army and its leader, Zahran Alloush, to put pressure on the regime in hopes of future negotiations.Although the southern ring around the capital has shifted many times between the rebels and the regime, in the latest battles it has fallen into the hands of the Islamic Army. As the largest opposition front to the Syrian regime, Alloush’s Islamic Army has been the most fierce in its attacks around the capital. Recently, Alloush made a sudden appearance in Turkey for a meeting with a Turkish official, a source in Ankara confirms. His visit has raised many eyebrows, especially for being on the most wanted list for the regime, and for the ease with which he has been able to cross Syria from south to north without getting caught. Islamic Army officials have refused to comment on how their army leader has managed to leave the besieged region.After Ankara, Alloush made a visit to Istanbul where he met Syrian clerics and scholars, Karim Rajah and Usamah Al Refaie, who were both exiled by Bashar al-Assad’s regime, a source said from inside the meeting who requested his anonymity.The Islamic Army is publicly claiming that this visit was to discuss lifting the siege on Ghouta, the suburb of Damascus, and to unite all the rebels in Syria under one army. Mohammed Alloush, the head of the political office in the Islamic Army, announced that this visit has the purpose of carrying large-scale efforts to reunite all the rebel armies, not just in Damascus, but all over Syria.Though this is what has been publically announced, there have been several reports out that indicate this trip has more significance to it and that these top regional powers are at work to unify their efforts against Assad.Although the Syrian Coalition Ambassador in Qatar, Nizar Hiraki, considered Zahran’s recent visit to Turkey within the framework of routine visits that have been made lately to countries such as Jordan and Saudi Arabia, he believes there are signs of a coalition among the three countries.“It is also appearing to be in sync with Saudi Arabia and its allies’ latest offensive military campaign against Houthis in Yemen,” he said. “It became even more noticeable with the recent escalations and the successful combat operations in both the North and South of Syria.”He added, “As a major sign, we have witnessed the liberation of areas and cities of great strategic value, such as the city of Idleb and Shghoor in the north and Dara’a and Bosra in the south,” Hiraki concluded.Najib Ghadban, the Syrian Coalition Ambassador in the United States, was unaware of any direct pressure from these three countries on the Southern front in Syria. He thinks that the improvement of relations between the three countries is likely to affect developments in Syria in many ways.“First, It would improve the coordination between the Northern and Southern fronts.” he says. “Second, it would streamline the support for the political opposition, and when more direct military increases, it usually reflects on military advance as we’ve seen in the north and south.” Ghadban finally concluded that the Gulf intervention in Yemen has raised the morale of the Syrian revolutionaries, “because it targeted the pro-Iranian Houthis and the Iranian expansionist role in the region.”With the knowledge that Syrian President al-Assad has made retaking the outskirts of Damascus his main priority, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar are now all in agreement to use this to their own advantage against the Syrian regime. Zahran Alloush’s visit works toward serving this purpose, where all three governments are trying to use the Islamic Army as a tool to exert pressure on al-Assad and force him to make concessions in future negotiations.Saudi journalist and political insider Jamal Khashoggi recently said that the visit of Zahran Alloush to Turkey has finally opened the doors for a major corporation between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Many reports indicate that Saudi Arabia has been in “high-level talks” with Turkey and brokered by Qatar to help unify all the non-jihadist opposition in Syria under Alloush’s army. Also, there is the possibility of the deployment of Saudi airstrikes together with Turkish ground troops on northern Syrian soil.The Islamic Army was formed on the September 29, 2013 by former prisoner Zahran Alloush. Alloush was detained by the Syrian regime for promoting Salafism and was released in a general amnesty by Assad in 2011. Upon his release, he gathered many rebel groups involved in the fight against the Syrian regime and who primarily operated in Damascus neighborhoods. read more

Creating decent work for all should be at the centre of policymaking

28 November 2007Governments should make the promotion of employment and decent work the cornerstone of their economic and social policies, according to a report launched today at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Governments should make the promotion of employment and decent work the cornerstone of their economic and social policies, according to a report launched today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.“Employment and decent work need to be not a by-product but a central objective of development strategies,” said Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang at a press briefing to mark the launch of Report of the World Social Situation 2007: The Employment Imperative.“We see a number of worrisome trends,” Mr. Sha said. “Globally, despite robust rates of economic growth, employment creation is lagging behind growth of the working-age population. From 1996 to 2006, global output expanded by 3.8 per cent per year, yet unemployment rates increased from 6 to 6.3 per cent. Economic growth and job growth are not trending together, to the detriment of our societies and citizens.”Meanwhile, employment conditions are getting worse, he said. “There is a greater economic insecurity for most workers and greater levels of most forms of inequality in society. Workers with low education and low skills have been hit particularly hard,” and “macroeconomic and social policies have not been successful in lowering unemployment rates to desirable levels.”Johan Schölvinck, Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development, said “the report finds employment increasingly dominated by the service sector, with a global trend towards informal and casual forms of employment.“Economic liberalization has not necessarily stimulated economic growth, as policy-makers had hoped for,” he added. “Rather, volatility in macroeconomic performance and employment has increased as a result of economic reforms, especially those relating to international trade and financial liberalization.”At the same time, emphasis on fiscal prudence led to general reductions in public expenditures aimed a promoting growth and employment, further exacerbating job insecurity.Income distribution has shifted towards capital at the expense of labour, Mr. Schölvinck noted, creating wage differentials that contributed to raising inequality. Thus “redistributive policies should be implemented to expand access to productive assets and employment opportunities.”With public health care on the retreat and pensions and social benefits under pressure, “a consensus is emerging that the state should take the responsibility to establish a universal minimal level of social protection.” read more

UN rushing aid to hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in Sri

26 January 2009The United Nations and other aid agencies are working to urgently provide humanitarian aid to some 250,000 civilians trapped in areas of northern Sri Lanka where fighting continues between Government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The recent surge in fighting has prompted warnings from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other UN officials about the humanitarian impact of the conflict on the people of Sri Lanka.Mr. Ban called today on the LTTE and the Government to accord “immediate and absolute priority” to ensuring the protection and well-being of civilians, including humanitarian aid workers.“The Government and the LTTE must ensure that all people, including the displaced, are treated in accordance with International Humanitarian Law,” his spokesperson said in a statement. The Secretary-General also called on both parties to respect “no fire zones,” “safe areas,” and civilian infrastructure including schools, medical facilities and humanitarian facilities and assets. In addition, he called for all parties to allow and facilitate the movement of the 250,000 civilians currently caught up in fighting to safe areas. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), nearly 5,000 people have managed to cross the zones held by the LTTE to Government-controlled areas since late November.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has taken the lead in formulating guidance for assistance to accommodate internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing from the Vanni region. The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka has urged the Government to ensure timely and transparent registration of new arrivals, following which the IDPs should be allowed to stay with host families or move to existing Welfare Centres, where their freedom of movement would be guaranteed. Since early October, some 519 trucks have transported over 8,000 tons of food from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), as well as water and sanitation materials, school supplies, clothing and household goods supplied by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UNHCR. The 11th UN humanitarian convoy of 61 trucks was dispatched from the northern town of Vavuniya on 16 January. read more

Brock Badgers basketball teams take strong OUA start into home opening weekend

The Brock Badgers men’s and women’s basketball teams will each carry 3-1 league records into their home opening games Friday night at Bob Davis Gymnasium.The games kick off a double-double weekend, with the men and women playing a doubleheader against Lakehead at Brock Friday night before hosting the same Lakehead Thunderwolves teams Saturday at the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines. While the games at Bob Davis Friday night are sold out, there are still some tickets remaining for the games at the Meridian Centre, home of the OHL’s Niagara Ice Dogs.It has been a remarkable start to the season for both Badgers basketball teams.After finishing last year with an 8-11 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) record, the women’s team went 4-0 against CIS teams in the pre-season to get the No. 6 ranking in Canada heading into the regular season. They now sit at 3-1 in the OUA with their only loss coming by three points against McMaster, who went into the season ranked No. 1 in Canada.“The team is still very young but we are getting production from everyone and our senior players have given us great leadership,” said women’s coach Si Khounviseth. “If we defend and shoot the ball consistently, we will be a tough team to beat on a nightly basis.”He said the team is excited to play both games this weekend.“You can feel the buzz on campus so it’s an awesome feeling. I know our players will be feeding off the energy,” Khounviseth said.The Brock men’s team has also had a strong start, maintaining its No. 4 ranking in Canada through the first few weeks of the year. The Badgers won the first three games of the OUA season before losing to Queen’s Nov. 21.Coach Charles Kissi said the team is happy to be part of a significant event in Brock’s history.“We’re excited about the fact we’re building this huge community through our game,” he said. “People are excited about watching us play.”After failing to make the playoffs with a 4-18 record two years ago and a 7-12 mark last year, the Badgers are on track for a big improvement this year.“We’re 10-1 in CIS competition so far so I think we’ve come a long way in two years,” Kissi said. “We feel really good about that and the progress we’ve made, but there’s still a lot further to go.”The doubleheader weekend gets started Friday night with the women playing at 6 p.m. and the men tipping off at 8 p.m. at Bob Davis Gymnasium.Saturday night’s schedule at the Meridian Centre starts with the women playing at 5 p.m. followed by the men playing at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Saturday games are on sale through Ticketmaster for $15 for adults and $10 for youths, students and seniors. read more

How Our Womens World Cup Model Works

3/11/15Faro, PortugalFriendlyFrance2-00.284.3-0.3 DATELOCATIONCOMPETITIONOPPONENTSCOREWEIGHTOFF. RATINGDEF. RATING 7/28/12Glasgow, ScotlandOlympicsColombia3-00.803.10.1 Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.Women’s sports don’t have the same rich data that men’s sports do. So what do you do if you want to forecast the Women’s World Cup? You gather up everything you can get.We put together a database of about 8,000 international women’s soccer matches since 1971 — as many games as we could find. And we used these to develop a set of women’s national team ratings — we call them WSPI (Women’s Soccer Power Index) — and projections for the 2015 World Cup. The United States and Germany enter as front-runners, and you can read more about all the elite teams, the dark horses and the players to watch in our colleague Allison McCann’s World Cup preview. We’re here to take you through the methodology behind these projections.WSPI ratings are based on a simplified version of the Soccer Power Index (SPI), a system that Nate developed in conjunction with ESPN in 2009 to rate men’s soccer teams. Men’s SPI is based on two components: a team rating derived from scores of international matches and a player rating, which is primarily based on results from club play for the individual players on each national team’s roster. For WSPI, we use only the team ratings component because detailed data on club play is not readily available for women’s soccer.Otherwise, the major features of WSPI are similar to the team-rating component of SPI:Ratings account for the final score of each match, including whether the match went into extra time or a shootout, and the location of the game.Ratings also account for the importance of the match: A World Cup match counts far more than a friendly.A team’s rating varies continuously over time. For example, China had a considerably stronger WSPI in 1999, when it played the United States in the World Cup final, than they do now.WSPI ratings, like SPI ratings, are broken down into offensive and defensive components. The offensive rating can be interpreted as how many goals we would expect the team to score in an average competitive international match,1In the past, we’ve sometimes referred to SPI ratings as indicating how many goals a team would score and allow against an average international opponent. But that’s not quite accurate: The way SPI ratings are designed, they indicate a team’s performance in an average international match, controlling for strength of schedule and weighting by match importance. The same is true for WSPI. The distinction matters because stronger teams tend to play more matches than weaker ones, especially in women’s soccer. The average international match, in other words, is typically against a considerably above-average opponent. while the defensive rating is how many goals it would concede in such a match, controlling for strength of schedule. Higher offensive ratings are better. Lower defensive ratings are better.The offensive and defensive components are combined into an overall WSPI rating, which reflects the percentage of possible points we would expect the team to score in a hypothetical round-robin tournament against every other team in the world.Let’s look at a more detailed example of how a team’s WSPI rating is calculated. Here are some of the United States’ recent results, along with the ratings the team received for each match and the weight WSPI gives to the match: 10/15/14Kansas City, KansasWorld Cup qualifierTrinidad & Tobago1-00.960.30.4 10/24/14Chester, PennsylvaniaWorld Cup qualifierMexico3-00.963.10.1 7/25/12Glasgow, ScotlandOlympicsFrance4-20.808.11.3 You can see some of the key features of WSPI in these examples (a team’s overall offensive and defensive ratings are a weighted average of these game-by-game ratings). The USWNT’s March 11, 2015, match against France receives relatively little weight, even though it was played fairly recently, because it was a friendly. The 2012 Olympics still receive quite a lot of weight, however, given their importance.2Unlike in men’s soccer, women’s Olympic soccer teams don’t have any age restrictions. The Olympic tournament tends to be almost as competitive as the World Cup. (The maximum possible weight for a match, in case you’re wondering, is 1.68.)Meanwhile, you can see how much strength of schedule matters in WSPI. The USWNT gets a higher offensive rating for beating France 2-0 than for beating Mexico 3-0 because France has a tougher defense. It’s not uncommon for a team to win a match against a weak opponent but receive poor adjusted ratings because it didn’t win by as much as WSPI expected. Conversely, a team can receive a good offensive rating just by scoring on a very good team, even if it loses. The location of a match is also important: Home advantage in competitive matches has historically been worth about 0.35 goals and would make the home team about a 60-40 favorite in a matchup between two equally rated teams.Once we’ve generated WSPI ratings for every team in the world, we can estimate the probability that any team will beat any other team.3This part of the model is “trained” on all non-friendly matches between two teams in the WSPI top 50 — matches that roughly approximate World Cup competition. More specifically, we first calculate the expected number of goals that each team will score in a given match and then convert these into a matrix of possible outcomes using Poisson distributions. Thus, in any given match, we’ve estimated the probability that it will end in a 0-0 tie, a 1-0 victory, a 2-3 loss or any other possible scoreline. Knowing this distribution of possible scores is important because the tiebreaker to advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup takes goals scored and allowed into account.With these individual match probabilities in hand, we can calculate the chance that each team in the tournament will advance to the knockout round or eventually win the tournament. To do so, we simulate the tournament 20,000 times: If the U.S. has a 28 percent chance of winning the tournament, this means that it won in approximately 5,600 out of 20,000 simulations. As simulations are played out, each team’s WSPI is updated to reflect its results in that simulation. Loosely speaking, this accounts for the possibility that a team will “get hot” during the tournament and considerably outperform its pre-World Cup WSPI.4For a more technical discussion, see here.Matches in the knockout round continue into extra time if they are tied at the end of regulation and a shootout if tied after that, so we’ve spent some time making sure our simulations handle these cases accurately. Extra time is treated as a shortened match in which teams score at a slower rate than during regulation.5Historically, teams have scored at a rate about 25 percent lower during extra time. Shootout win probabilities are also derived from WSPI instead of being treated as random. There is evidence that shootouts are skill-based — the team with the better WSPI rating has won 58 percent of shootouts in our database — but good teams don’t tend to be as dominant in shootouts as they are in regular time. For example, the USWNT would be more than a 90 percent favorite to beat Thailand in a regular game, but only a 71 percent favorite to win in a shootout. For this reason, it’s usually in the interest of the weaker team to play for a shootout even though it’d be an underdog if one occurred.Have any more questions? See Nate’s 2009 article and FAQ for more of the technical details and philosophy behind SPI, most of which also apply to WSPI. Or drop us a note here. We hope you’ll enjoy following the women’s tournament with us. read more

Oxfords admission problem is because state schools fail to push their brightest

Louise Richardson said independent schools were identifying the most academically gifted from low economic backgrounds, giving them scholarships and propelling them forward but that state schools were failing to do the same. Prof Richardson, who was appointed Oxford’s first-ever female vice-chancellor three years ago, expressed frustration over the “obsession” with Oxford and Cambridge and the relentless demands on them to correct the “huge inequities” in society. Oxford University’s low proportion of state school admissions is an indictment of the schools themselves for failing to push their brightest pupils, its vice-chancellor has suggested. “I really dislike this crude public-private dichotomy,”… read more

17 killed as Pakistani military aircraft crashes on training

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistani military aircraft on a training flight crashed in a built-up area in the garrison city of Rawalpindi early on Tuesday, killing all five crew members and 12 civilians, an army statement said. Another 12 civilians were injured in the crash, which set off a fire. Rawalpindi is close to the capital, Islamabad, and is where the headquarters of the Pakistan army is based. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us The website of newspaper The News carried footage showing a building engulfed in flames. There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash or the type of aircraft involved. Military and civilian rescue teams were at the scene and extinguished the fire and took the injured to hospital, the statement from the army’s communications wing said.last_img read more

Clash over mosque committee kills 2 in Habiganj

first_img-Two people were killed and around hundred others were injured in a clash between two rival groups of villagers over formation of a mosque committee at Mukkandi village in Bahubal upazila of Habiganj on Saturday morning, reports news agency UNB.A dispute between the residents of ‘Londoni Bari’ and ‘Akanda Bari’ over the committee formation of a mosque at the village and changing its imam was going on said Bahubal police station officer-in-charge Mazharul Islam.As a sequel to it, both groups engaged in a clash with sharp weapons around 6am, leaving some 100 people injured.Among the injured, Abdul Matin, 48, supporter of ‘Akanda Bari’, and Kabir Miah, 52, supporter of ‘Londoni Bari’, succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital, the OC added.On information, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control around 8am.last_img read more

US embassy to remain closed on Pahela Baishakh

The US embassy, including the consular section, will remain closed on Sunday (14 April), in celebration of the Bengali New Year, a Bangladeshi national holiday, reports UNB.The American Center with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library and the Education USA Student Advising Center will also remain closed on the day.However, emergency services for American citizens will be available, said a press release on Thursday.

Kareem AbdulJabbars Sherlock Holmes Comic is Weirder Than That Sounds

first_img ‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast UniverseDamon Lindelof Starts Beef With Alan Moore Ahead of HBO’s ‘Watch… Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a basketball legend. One of the greatest players of all time, he’s set countless records, earned numerous awards, scored tons of points, and established himself as second only to maybe Michael Jordan during his 20 seasons of play. He’s a United States cultural ambassador, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and a key reason why anyone cares about the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s a big, 7-foot 2-inch tall deal.He’s also the author of a new Sherlock Holmes comic book. What? Mycroft Holmes and The Apocalypse Handbook from Titan Comics is a graphic novel set in the world of everyone’s favorite sociopath detective illustrated by Josh Cassara and, along with Raymond Obsfeld, written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It’s even weirder than that sounds.If you, like me, were expecting the plot of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Mycroft Holmes comic to somehow reflect the author’s basketball background, temper those expectations. This isn’t League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets Space Jam, although how great would that be? In fact, aside from some informed side conversations about a certain character’s race, I never would’ve guessed this was written by a celebrity as random as Abdul-Jabbar. I guess that’s a good thing, that the work stands on its own, but it’s so strange.Even stranger, this is actually a continuation of Abdul-Jabbar’s previous takes on the character. Last year he released a novel simply titled Mycroft Holmes. Sherlock Holmes books written by fan authors are nothing new. Not too long ago I read a book called Warlock Holmes, which is exactly what it sounds like. Remixing Arthur Conan Doyle’s wry world is one of the original fandoms. But most of those fans aren’t also six-time NBA MVPs.However, after reading Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook, the existence of that previous book began to make sense. The graphic novel collects the first five issues of the comic book series into a debut volume, but the writers are already confidently and intimately familiar with their interpretation of the title character.I’m no Sherlock super fan. I only watch that dumb Benedict Cumberbatch BBC show because it only puts out three episodes a year. But my understanding is that most versions of Mycroft typically depict him as Sherlock’s older and lazier but smarter jerk of a brother who vaguely controls the British government as part of the shadowy Diogenes Club. He’s usually fat, too, right?But here in this prequel, while Mycroft is definitely still Sherlock’s smarter and older jerk of a brother vaguely working for the British government, he’s anything but fat and lazy. Instead, he’s this roguish and arrogant academic adventurer, a kind of colonialist Great White Hunter, an Indiana Jones or vintage James Bond-type hero hooking up with hot ladies, getting into shootout and fist fights, saving the world, and solving mysteries with blisteringly intelligent deductive reasoning that puts his annoying elementary kid brother to shame.Mycroft is different than Sherlock. Here that’s demonstrated through their antagonistic and intellectually competitive relationship, as well as their opposing responses to a family tragedy. But as lead characters, they’re not that different in practice.They’re both British crime-solvers always ten steps ahead of everyone else. Mycroft just has high-level government access instead of Scotland Yard, Bond girls for sidekicks instead of Dr. John Watson, and a slightly more human outward personality instead of a deerstalker cap. Aside from an epilogue teasing a future for Mycroft fans are more familiar with, you could easily swap him with his more famous younger brother in this story without changing too much.As for the story itself? It’s good enough. It’s a kind of globe-hopping steampunk adventure involving deadly biological weapons, secret societies with members like Jules Verne and Mary Shelley, and schlocky medical monsters that look like Big Daddies from BioShock. There’s a surprising amount of graphic violence as well as nudity, tastefully rendered for the most part thanks to Cassara’s art. Again, Mycroft’s large-scale Bond-like tendencies are some of the only things he and his adventures have going for them to seem distinct.My favorite bits involved some Native American reinterpretations of key characters from Holmes lore, while also not shying away from America’s horrible treatment of natives during the time, but by the end, I was pretty much just reading one of those Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movies from a few years ago.But you notice how I stopped even bringing up the fact that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of all people wrote this? The weirdest thing about Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook isn’t just its author, but how ultimately ordinary it is considering its author. It’s like if Shaquille O’Neal wrote a vampire book that was totally normal and not called Shaqula or something.Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook is a perfectly fine, fast, and fun adventure story, and maybe a good pick for Holmes fans who want something familiar but a little alternative. It’s like a modern Star Wars spin-off or prequels and sequels like The Thing 2011 and the new Flatliners that are really just stealth remakes. But if the series continues, it’ll really be showtime once Mycroft starts pulling off skyhook shots on the London basketball courts. Heck, he probably invented the sport. The Hounds of Basketballville.Mycroft Holmes and The Apocalypse Handbook is available for $10.64.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Mycroft Holmes the novel is out now for $9.76.View as: One Page Slides1/51. Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook is a graphic novel about Sherlock’s older brother co-written by basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of all people.2. It’s a fine, fast, and fun globe-hopping Victorian steampunk adventure.3. You never would’ve guessed this was co-written by a six-time NBA MVP.4. As a lead hero the roguish academic adventurer Mycroft is different, but not that different, from his more famous younger brother.5. There is a fair amount of sex and violence, too, tastefully conveyed through Josh Cassara’s art.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Fake Xbox 360 backwards compatibility instructions brick the Xbox One

first_imgOne of the negatives of both the PS4 and Xbox One is the fact that they don’t feature backwards compatibility with last generation hardware. It simply isn’t possible because both machines have moved to different architectures. However, that hasn’t stopped backwards compatibility being falsely advertised in an attempt to break as many Xbox One consoles as possible.As a prank, fake instructions have been created and posted on 4chan detailing how to unlock Xbox 360 backwards compatibility on an Xbox One. The instructions present the feature as available, but disabled without explaining why. The problem is, the instructions given to enable it end up bricking your Xbox One.Here’s the instructions you definitely should not under any circumstances follow as it will not enable backwards compatibility:Really Microsoft shouldn’t allow its console to be bricked so easily, with the culprit being the not fully implemented feature of turning your Xbox One into a development unit. Microsoft is telling everyone not to do this to their console, but if it carries on being an issue they may end up pushing an update to stop it working/bricking machines.The reason why gamers are using the instructions is going to be some combination of frustration, lack of knowledge, and let’s face it, a bit of stupidity. I’m not surprised many casual gamers just expect backwards compatibility to be a thing and get confused when their Xbox 360 games don’t boot on the new machine. But at the same time, anyone following unofficial instructions found on the Internet is just asking for trouble.If you know someone who has an Xbox One, but at the same time isn’t exactly knowledgeable when it comes to how the hardware functions, do them a favor and explain this is a hoax before they brick their box.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more January 19, 2011 – GE Healthcare and Veran announced a strategic supplier agreement this week in which GE became the exclusive distributor and reseller of Veran’s ig4 fusion imaging angiography navigation system in the United States. The deal brings together GE’s Innova angiography imaging systems and Veran’s electromagnetic navigation to create a comprehensive interventional oncology solution under a single point of contact. The system allows 4-D registration capability with for precise targeting of cancerous lesions. The multimodality Veran ig4 system helps clinicians deliver instruments to small targets in difficult to access regions of the human body in order to diagnose and treat disease minimally invasively. The navigation system uses electromagnetic localization and 4-D (x, y, z time) registration to display an interventional instrument, such as a biopsy needle or ablation needle, on a computer monitor with respect to anatomic imaging and treatment planning. This system is compatible with GE’s Innova imaging systems, which acquire CT-like patient images of the target organ(s) that can be exported to the navigation system in the same imaging suite, during the interventional procedure. The resulting displayed image provides navigation information to help physicians insert biopsy needles, ablation (radio frequency (RF), cryotherapy and microwave) probes and other devices through the skin more quickly and with greater target accuracy. Also, using Innova CT images with Veran ig4 system may help to reduce the absorbed radiation dose through decreased use of fluoroscopy. “This is exciting news for our customers who want to perform complex procedures in a timely fashion with more confidence. The combined systems can help clinicians achieve greater accuracy, perform procedures more quickly and reduce radiation dose,” said Chantal Le Chat, general manager of interventional radiology, GE Healthcare.”Partnering with a global company such as GE Healthcare to significantly increase the access of our cutting edge 4-D registration technology is a great step forward for Veran Medical,” said Jerome R. Edwards, president and CEO, Veran Medical Technologies. “GE Healthcare’s healthymagination vision is extremely synergistic with the mission that Veran Medical has by having its focus directed in the interventional oncology market.”For more information: www.gehealthcare.com, www.veranmedical.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Technology | January 19, 2011 GE to Distribute Interventional Oncology Navigation Systems Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read morelast_img read more

GNU Nano 40 text editor releases

first_imgGNU team released version 4.0 of their GNU Nano, a text editor for Unix-like computing systems that use command line interface, yesterday. GNU Nano 4.0 explores new changes and improvements. GNU Nano 4.0 release has been named as “Thy Rope of Sands”. What’s new in GNU Nano 4.0? The overlong line that used to get automatically hard-wrapped has been fixed in GNU Nano 4.0. Smooth scrolling has become the default in GNU Nano 4.0. No newline character will be added automatically at end of buffer. Option –breaklonglines (-b) can easily turn the automatic hard-wrapping back on. Other pption –jumpyscrolling (-j) provides the chunky, half-screen scrolling, and option –emptyline (-e) leaves the line below the title bar unused. and can now do a linewise scroll instead of a findnext. Option –guidestripe= is now able to draw a vertical bar at the given column in GNU Nano 4.0. In case a line continues offscreen, it will now end with a highlighted “>” in GNU Nano 4.0. The bindable functions such as ‘cutwordleft’ and ‘cutwordright’ have been renamed in GNU Nano 4.0. The paragraph-jumping functions have been moved from Search to Go-to-Line. An option –rebinddelete can compensate for more misbindings. The –disable-wrapping-as-root configure option has been removed. For more details on GNU Nano 4.0, check out the official release notes. Read Next GNU Octave 5.1.0 releases with new changes and improvements GNU Health Federation message and authentication server drops MongoDB and adopts PostgreSQL GNU Bison 3.3 released with major bug fixes, yyrhs and yyphrs tables, token constructors and morelast_img read more

The best begets the same Cruising into the incentive market down unde

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M All-inclusive Silversea charter voyages for the incentive market are proving to be big business for the luxury cruise line with room for growth in the Asia Pacific region, according to visiting Global VP, Corporate & Incentive Sales, Sean Mahoney. Visiting Sydney earlier this week, Mr Mahoney said the Australian incentive market was poised to increase business for the cruise line, due to its already mature FIT component. “The cruise industry is already so mature here, we don’t need to sell the idea of cruising,” Mr Mahoney said to e-Travel Blackboard during an exclusive interview. Already securing two to three full-ship charters for incentives from Australian companies, Mr Mahoney said they would now focus on building further brand awareness as well as marketing to smaller incentive groups. “90 per cent of all corporate incentives are charters, but the groups’ space is also growing in this region,” he said. Mr Mahoney said Australia’s resilience to bounce back from the Global Financial Crisis has made the market more lucrative to luxury brands such as Silversea, who offer organizers direct cost- comparisons to other five star resorts. “We have already achieved 85 per cent of our targets for 2011, which in total will represent approximately 15-20 per cent of the entire revenue for the cruise line,” Mr Mahoney said. “There is room for growth, but we don’t need to discount our product to do so, which would diminish the brand” “Incentive travel is important to the success of a company, and should be part of the solution instead of the problem.” The USA market continues to be Silversea’s biggest earner for the incentive market, with the Mediterranean taking out the top spot as the most popular destination for charter groups.For more information, visit www.silversea.com Silversea’s Sean J Mahoney & Karen Christensenlast_img read more

Price donates books to local elementary schools libraries for March is Reading

first_imgState Rep. Amanda Price (right) and Diane Kooiker, interim director of Herrick District Library in Holland, hold “Flora and Ulysses,” the winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal. Price donated a copy of the book to each elementary school and library throughout the 89th House District to celebrate March is Reading Month.### 03Mar Price donates books to local elementary schools, libraries for March is Reading Month Categories: Newslast_img

Rep Hughes announces indistrict office hours

first_img26Apr Rep. Hughes announces in-district office hours State Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague today announced her monthly in-district office hours with local residents, emphasizing the importance of being available to the community.“Open and honest communication with residents is crucial to having a state government that is accountable,” said Hughes. “I invite all residents to attend one of my local office hours to share their ideas and concerns.”Rep. Hughes’s office hours are as follows:Friday, May 54-5 p.m. – Norton Shores Area District Library, 705 Seminole Road, Norton Shores;Monday, May 810-11 a.m. – Montague Area District Library, 8778 Ferry St., Montague;Friday, June 28-9 a.m. – Ravenna Round Table, 12396 Stafford St., Ravenna;9:30-10:30 a.m. – Mr. Quick, 5501 East Apple Ave., Muskegon;11 a.m.- noon – Fruitport Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport;Monday, June 59:30-10:30 a.m. – Village of Lakewood Club Hall, 6681 Automobile Road, Twin Lake; and11 a.m.- noon – Holton Township Hall, 6511 East Holton Whitehall Road, Holton.No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Hughes’s office at (517) 373-3436 or HollyHughes@house.mi.gov. Categories: Hughes Newslast_img read more