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  • January 2014 Report Released

    first_imgA growing provincial debt, poor internal financial controls and missing information required to verify entitlements to pensioners, were among issues identified in Auditor General Jacques Lapointe’s final report to the House of Assembly, released today, Jan. 23. The net debt of the province at the end of the 2012-13 fiscal year stood at $13.9 billion, a 5.3 per cent increase over the previous year – representing a $617 increase in per capita debt, to $14,832 for every Nova Scotian. While several other indicators of the province’s overall financial condition presented in the report were stable over time, most ranked either the worst or second-worst in comparison with similar provinces. The auditor general was unable to verify the accuracy of pension benefits paid to retired provincial or Capital Health employees due to missing information. Mr. Lapointe’s examination of Nova Scotia’s largest pension plan followed major changes in the administration of the plan. The provincial finance minister is no longer the trustee of the plan, and the province no longer guarantees benefits, in effect shifting risk from the provincial government to the plan’s members. The auditor general made a number of recommendations to improve the transparency of the plan and ensure the accuracy of benefit payments, including making the plan’s Statement of Investment Policies and Goals available to plan members. The Public Service Superannuation Plan Trustee Inc. agreed that the statement, which it previously deemed confidential, will be available by the end of the current fiscal year. The auditor general’s annual review of audit opinions and management letters to public agencies that are audited externally noted that 31 per cent of accounting, control and other deficiencies identified by the auditors had also been identified in previous years. About two thirds of these had been reported as far back as 2009-10 and were still not corrected. “By not addressing the issues reported in auditors’ management letters on a timely basis, management and boards of directors are not fulfilling their responsibilities to correct deficiencies in their operations,” Mr. Lapointe said. These entities include agencies, boards and commissions, including health authorities, school boards and a range of publicly-held enterprises. Mr. Lapointe drew attention to the Nova Scotia Housing Development Corporation where numerous problems included unexplained changes to mortgage information and errors in land inventory; and Cape Breton District Health Authority, where identified deficiencies persisted uncorrected for years. Mr. Lapointe raised concerns about the accounting practices of the Office of the Public Trustee, which is responsible for more than $45 million in estates and trusts, yet has no standard accounting system. He also recommended that all interest earned on this money be left with the estates rather than being transferred to the province. The auditor general commended the province for properly consolidating its revenue forecasts in 2013, resulting in the first unqualified opinion on budgeted revenue estimates since 2001. “This is a significant improvement in government financial reporting as all revenues of the province are now presented in the annual budget. Members of the House and the public now have full knowledge of revenues in the provincial public sector.” He also noted that 77 per cent of his office’s 2010 recommendations related to financial matters had been acted upon – a marked improvement in the government’s performance in this regard. The report is Mr. Lapointe’s last, as he is retiring at the end of January. The full auditor general’s report is available at www.oag-ns.ca .last_img read more

  • BC mother who smothered daughter must wait 15 years before applying for

    first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — A British Columbia mother found guilty of the second-degree murder of her eight-year-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for 15 years.Justice Catherine Murray says Lisa Batstone planned to smother her daughter Teagan before killing herself on Dec. 10, 2014, but she could not follow through with the suicide.She says Batstone did not want the girl to be with her father, Gabe Batstone, after her suicide and therefore killing her daughter was a selfish act intended to hurt her ex-husband.Murray says although Lisa Batstone was likely suffering from depression, anxiety and borderline personality disorder at the time, her mental issues did not significantly mitigate her moral culpability.The judge also says Batstone left notes in her home blaming her ex-husband for the murder and she told several lies to psychiatrists because she hoped to be found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence, but the Crown requested 16 to 18 years without eligibility for parole, while the defence asked for 10.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Swimming together

    first_imgAn expert on Mahseer feels that India and Nepal need to cooperate and collaborate on preserving the genetic uniqueness of fish found in the trans-boundary Ganga and its tributaries, which flow from Nepal into India and beyond. “Both India and Nepal are signatories to agreements which aim at protecting biodiversity found within their territories. Protection of biodiversity is very important. Even the food security of humanity depends on it,” Lockett, who is the Education and Outreach Officer of the Mahseer Trust and works on the hump-backed Mahseer of South India, told Down To Earth. Also Read – A special kind of bondLast week, Lockett attended the 3rd National River Summit 2019 in Nepal. “Biodiversity protection was very much the conclusion reached at the summit too. In the case of India and Nepal, not just scientists, but also governments, non-profits and fish breeders must collaborate on this. In India, it is very clearly spelt out in the National Wildlife Action Plan that releasing animals in the wild must be done in line with IUCN guidelines,” he said. When asked to give an example, Lockett explained: “Take, for instance, the Golden Mahseer. It is distributed in the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra basins in South Asia. Hence, there are localised populations with small genetic differences. Now if somebody catches this fish from the Beas or the Sutlej in India’s Punjab and releases it into the Kosi in Bihar, it can swim upstream into Nepal. Studies on other cyprinid species (carps) have shown this disrupts native-stock spawning routines.” Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Mahseer was also the main theme of Lockett’s presentation at the summit. “This was the third time the summit happened, organised by the Nepal River Conservation Trust. Each edition was centred around a river. In 2017, it was the Kosi in eastern Nepal. In 2018, the Trishuli in Central Nepal. And this time, the summit was held at the banks of the Karnali river in western Nepal,” said Lockett. For five days, more than 200 concerned stakeholders and river basin custodians deliberated in a remote yet scenic spot called Rakam, where they could live, feel and touch the Karnali, he recalls. Lockett says the delegates discussed questions of whether planned dams should come up on the last free-flowing river in Nepal, the Karnali and whether development by damming and selling electricity was going to help lift locals from humble backgrounds Lockett also notes that there is still a lot of confusion among taxonomists and fish experts about the classification of fish species in the Ganges Basin between India and Nepal. “This has been going on for 50 years. I would say it is due to the perpetuation of misidentification in previous papers. Even after 200 years, we still cannot correctly identify two of the three currently valid species of mahseer in Ganges basin. Until we do this, we cannot make correct conservation plans.” (The author is Assistant Editor at Down To Earth. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

  • Dolce Gabbana Reveals Luxury Hijab and Abaya Collection

    New York – Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana revealed a new collection of luxury Muslim wear for women. The Milan-based designers unveiled their first high-end hijab and abaya collection.The photos of the new collection were disclosed by Style.com/Arabia magazine on Sunday, where the entire collection can be seen.The collection features 14 different looks mostly in neutrals colors, highlighting black and beige tones. Keeping true to D&G’s world-known designs, the high-end hijabas and abayas include “printed daisies, lemons and lush red roses.”According to Style magazine, the collection is made of sheer georgette and satin, accented with lace details and layered patterns on the hemlines. Luxury accessories such as handbags, stilettos and sunglasses complement the elegant looks. “To Muslim women with a taste for luxury fashion, this collection is an exciting development,” a post on Vogue.com said on Tuesday.“Brands are finally taking note of what I’ve been advocating since I founded the fashion brand Haute Hijab in 2010-that Muslims (in this case Muslim women) are a thriving, fully-functioning and active segment of society who deserve to be acknowledged and heard, ” Melanie Elturk, CEO of Haute Hijab wrote in Elle Magazine in 2015.A number of fashion houses have released smaller collections of apparel in the past targeting Muslim women for Ramadan, including DKNY, Oscar de la Renta and Tommy Hilfiger. However, D&G is the first brand to debut a full independent collection.According to management consultant company Bain, cited by Forbes.com, sales of personal luxury items in the Middle East reached US $8.7 billion in 2015 — up from $6.8 billion in 2014.Muslims are expected to spend nearly $484 billion on apparel by 2019, as reported by Fortune magazine.Dolce & Gabbana has 13 stores and boutiques in the United Arab Emirates, in addition to Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.The new hijab and abaya collection is proof that being conservative and wearing Muslim apparel can be synonym of beauty, top-quality, elegance, and modernity. read more

  • Disguised male robs Niagara Falls financial institution

    Niagara Regional Police Service is investigating after a disguised thief robbed a financial institution in Niagara Falls. Police say the male entered a business near Lundy’s Lane and Drummond Rd. around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 22. The male approached a store employee and grabbed an undisclosed amount of money. He fled with the cash and was last seen pushing a bicycle away from the scene. A police K9 searched the area but did not locate the suspect.He is described by police as white, between 25 and 30 years of age, five-foot-four, and 130 lbs. He was wearing a dark, checkered hooded sweathshirt, sunglasses and dark boots.Anyone with information that could help police with this investigation is asked to contact 905-688-4111, ext. 2200. read more

  • No Shortage of Runs for Lady Dinos Photo Gallery

    Photos by Jeff Barrett After scoring 24 runs on Tuesday, the Lady Dinos reached double digits again with a 15-6 win over Delta on Thursday as Carbon scored in every inning but the fifth.Amya Prettyman led the team with four RBIs and hit two home runs in the contest while Kaytlyn Cripps and Clarissa Noyes each added a digger of their own.Cripps pitched a complete game, going seven innings with seven strikeouts. She gave up six runs; however, all of them were unearned. Head coach Wade Williams was pleased with the amount of runs Carbon has drove in the last two games but conceded “that wasn’t the best pitcher we will see.” Surely, the competition will get stiffer as region play continues.Carbon (9-3, 2-0 Region 14) will host Union (9-2, 3-0 Region 14) on Tuesday and then travel to Delta for a rematch against the Lady Rabbits (2-6, 0-4 Region 14). read more

  • Football Dwayne Haskins returns home to play familiar faces

    Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass in the first quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins remembers his first high school start vividly. He faced St. John’s High School in his sophomore season at The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, after moving to the state to play high school football. “I threw three picks that game, so I don’t really like to talk about it,” Haskins said. “But that’s probably the only time I felt nervous.” Saturday, Haskins will return to the state where he last doubted his football ability, but this time he is the starting quarterback at Ohio State, facing Maryland. And he has the opportunity to secure his place in Ohio State history in College Park, Maryland. Haskins needs 50 passing yards to break former Ohio State quarterback Joe Germaine’s record for most passing yards thrown in a single season, a record he has held for the past 20 years. Haskins only needs three touchdowns to break former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s record for most passing touchdowns thrown in a campaign. In his first season as the starting quarterback, Haskins did not think breaking these records would be realistic. But as the records come closer to a reality for the redshirt sophomore, he said it’s a testament to the offense and the game plan in which he was placed. “I’m looking forward to Saturday and so close to that single-season passing record. It’s been there for a long time, you know,” Haskins said. “It’s crazy to realize how cool that is.”But his return to Maryland is more than breaking records in front of friends and family, in front of familiar players and coaches. It’s Haskins’ first opportunity to play against the school to which he initially committed. As Haskins started the recruiting process, he said staying close to home was something that was important to him. He developed relationships with the coaching staff at Maryland, the players and the commits. His future seemed to be set. Haskins said he wanted to change the stigma at Maryland, to get the top-rated players from the area to go to their in-state school. But he said people made their own decisions and went their separate ways. Then Haskins’ dream school came calling. “It’s been everything for me to come to Ohio State,” Haskins said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid.” Haskins had to wait his turn, watching Barrett through his tenure and having to battle former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow for playing time as the second-string quarterback and then the starting job prior to the 2018 season. Ever since Haskins took his first snap against Oregon State as the starting quarterback, he said the process of gaining experience, having an idea of what to do when adversity comes, is something that made him a more seasoned quarterback. But quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day saw the unknowns and uncertainties when Barrett left. He saw Haskins as a player without much playing time or experience. As the 2018 season continued, Day saw Haskins develop into “the guy” for the Ohio State offense. “I think now he’s battle tested, he’s been through it, and so now you know that he’s been, he’s got some experience on his belt. He has some experience to go upon,” Day said. “You know he’s been hit in the mouth. He’s responded that way. He’s had some success, handled that well.” To redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell, Haskins, with being battle tested, needs to step up and be that leader of the offense that a quarterback is expected to be. And this is something that is especially needed at this time in the season. “We are in a time right now as a team, as an offense where, you know, championships are won in November and we kind of need Dwayne to step up and be the guy he’s been all year, but just take on more of a leadership role,” Campbell said.  Day said he realizes Haskins’ return to Maryland carries some extra weight.“I do know that once, any time you go back home there is a special feel of that friends and family,” Day said. “So I know that’ll be on his mind.”Campbell said he’s seen Haskins become more vocal as a leader this week, knowing the stakes of returning home, knowing the stakes of the records he is about to break. But Haskins really has not felt the stakes when behind center. Since his initiation into the Ohio State quarterback job against Michigan last season, he’s been described as calm, cool and collected behind center. As he’s worked as the starting quarterback, gone through adversity, trying to perfect his game, football has come easy to the redshirt sophomore. “I feel like [the game’s] always been slow,” Haskins said. “Since the first game.”  Haskins will not be focused on his family and friends in the stands. He will not be focused on the records he could break on Saturday against the Terrapins.He will continue with the same mindset he’s had set since his first high school football game as a sophomore quarterback at The Bullis School. Haskins will not be doubting himself. read more

  • PSO J318522 une étrange planète sans étoile à 80 annéeslumière de la

    first_imgPSO J318.5-22, une étrange planète sans étoile à 80 années-lumière de la TerreUne équipe internationale d’astronomes a découvert une exoplanète particulièrement étrange. Située à 80 années-lumière de la Terre, celle-ci semble flotter seule dans l’espace, sans être en orbite autour d’une étoile.Identifier des planètes inconnues dans l’Univers est fréquent, mais trouver des mondes solitaires l’est beaucoup moins. C’est pourtant ce que vient d’annoncer une équipe internationale d’astronomes dans la revue Astrophysical Journal Letters. A 80 années-lumière de la Terre, ces spécialistes ont découvert une planète qui n’orbite autour d’aucune étoile. Baptisée PSO J318.5-22, l’exoplanète gazeuse flotterait simplement toute seule dans l’espace. “Nous n’avons jamais auparavant vu un objet comme cela flottant librement dans l’espace et qui a toutes les caractéristiques de jeunes planètes trouvées en orbite autour d’autres étoiles”, indique Michael Liu, de l’Institut d’astronomie de l’Université de Hawaii à Manoa et principal auteur de cette découverte. En effet, d’après les estimations, la planète se serait formée il y a environ 12 millions d’années, elle serait donc très jeune, et possèderait une masse équivalant à six fois celle de Jupiter.  “Je me suis souvent demandé si de tels objets solitaires pouvaient exister et maintenant nous savons que c’est le cas”, a ajouté Michael Liu, repris par l’AFP. C’est grâce au télescope Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) installé près du Haleakala à Hawaï que la découverte a été rendue possible. Contrairement à la majorité des exoplanètes identifiées ces dernières années, PSO J318.5-22 a été observée grâce à une méthode d’observation directe. Une technique jusqu’ici appliquée à des corps en orbite autour de jeunes étoiles. Un aperçu sur les jeunes années de Jupiter “Les planètes trouvées par détection directe sont incroyablement difficile à étudier, dans la mesure où elles se trouvent juste à côté d’étoiles bien plus brillantes. PSO J318.5-22 n’orbite pas autour d’une étoile donc ce sera bien plus facile pour nous de l’étudier”, a expliqué le Dr. Niall Deacon du Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, co-auteur de l’étude. La chose est d’autant plus intéressante que même si sa masse est la plus faible jamais observée pour un corps flottant librement, PSO J318.5-22 possède des caractéristiques (masse, couleur et énergie) qui correspondent à celles de jeunes planètes gazeuses géantes en orbite. “Cela va permettre de fournir une vue magnifique dans les mécanismes internes des planètes gazeuses géantes comme Jupiter, peu après leur naissance”, a ainsi ajouté le Dr Deacon cité par Phys.org.À lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASAL’exoplanète solitaire a été découverte alors que les astronomes étudiaient des objets particuliers connus sous le nom de naines brunes. Un objet pas suffisamment massif pour être une étoile mais plus massif qu’une planète géante. A cause de leurs températures moyennes, les naines brunes sont pâles et montrent des couleurs rouges. Pour observer ces objets, les chercheurs avaient donc réglé le télescope pour détecter la faible signature des naines brunes. Mais c’est une exoplanète qu’ils ont trouvée. Une planète appartenant à un groupe d’étoiles ? Des données fournies par d’autres télescopes ont permis de confirmer la trouvaille et la nature de l’objet observé dont l’âge a pu être estimé. D’après les astronomes, au vu de sa distance par rapport à la Terre et de son mouvement, PSO J318.5-22 appartient à une collection d’étoiles appelée “Beta Pictoris moving group” qui s’est formée il y a 12 millions d’années. L’étoile éponyme de ce groupe, Beta Pictoris, possède elle bien une planète gazeuse orbitant autour d’elle. Toutefois, PSO J318.5-22 possède une masse encore plus faible que cette planète et se serait probablement formé d’une façon différente. Si la découverte est intéressante, ce n’est pas la première fois que les astronomes trouvent une planète n’orbitant autour d’aucune étoile. En novembre 2012, des chercheurs canadiens avaient déjà annoncé avoir trouvé un monde solitaire à quelque 100 années-lumière de nous : l’exoplanète CFBDSIR2149.Le 10 octobre 2013 à 11:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • Im really proud of myself – Bernardo

    first_imgBrighton defender Bernardo says he’s proud of his man-of-the-match performance in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.Bernardo received plaudits for his stellar display at left back on Sunday and was pleased to have tested himself against a talented Chelsea team.“It’s a really nice thing because the fans are wonderful and it’s good to see them recognize my hard work, especially against a team like Chelsea,” Bernardo told the club’s website.“I’m pleased that I have a good level and can prove myself against hard opponents. I’m really proud of myself.“It was difficult [facing Chelsea’s front three], but that’s why I came to this league. I wanted to prove that I’m a player capable of playing against such players and I feel like I did a good job.”After going two goals behind in the first half, Brighton fought hard and pulled a goal back in the second half, but couldn’t find the equalizer.“It was a bit frustrating, as we showed that we could’ve got a result, especially after our performance in the second half,” he said reflecting on the game.“Our goal changed the game, and that’s what the gaffer said to us at half-time. A 2-0 scoreline looks like a big scoreline, but if you score, then the opponent has all the pressure. We got the first goal and tried to get a second, but we didn’t manage it.“The first half overall wasn’t very good and we made too many mistakes. The gaffer then spoke to us and we came out in the second half with a different mentality and understood that we could change the game. At least we left the pitch leaving a good impression of ourselves.”last_img read more

  • Fire weather watch issued for San Diego County

    first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: October 18, 2018 October 18, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Santa Ana winds will sweep through parts of San Diego County Thursday, combining with low humidity levels and warm temperatures to create the potential for dangerous wind-driven wildfires, the National Weather Service said.The gusty northeast winds will develop Thursday afternoon and become strong overnight into Friday, prompting the NWS to issue a fire weather watch from Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon.The watch, which is slightly less serious than a red flag warning, signifies that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur and covers the county mountains and valleys.Meteorologists predict the strongest winds will occur in the in the foothills and just below mountain passes, with gusts peaking at about 35 mph, the NWS said.Humidity levels could drop to around 15 to 20 percent during that same period in much of the county.“Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly,” NWS forecasters said.San Diego County residents were urged to avoid outdoor burning during the fire weather watch and pay attention for the NWS to issue possible red flag warnings.High temperatures Thursday were expected to be 82 to 87 degrees in the western valleys, 76 to 81 degrees near the foothills and 67 to 73 in the mountains. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Fire weather watch issued for San Diego County Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 8:59 AMlast_img read more

  • Woman seriously injured after being hit by a car

    first_imgWoman seriously injured after being hit by a car SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 58-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle in the Bay Ho neighborhood of San Diego tonight and suffered serious injuries.A 2016 Honda was traveling eastbound in the No. 2 lane of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard near Pocahontas Avenue about 5:45 p.m. when the vehicle in front of it swerved into the No. 1 lane and the Honda driver noticed a woman standing in the street, according to San Diego Police Department Officer Robert Heims.The driver attempted to move around the woman, but struck the pedestrian, Heims said.The victim suffered a fractured pelvis, fractured right leg and a head injury, Heims said. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, Heims said. KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 4, 2019 January 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

  • Retrospective punishments handed down to Macau weather bureau directors after Typhoon Hato

    first_img New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Appointment of new Chief Executive, Ho Iat-seng brings promise of greater engagement with Macau’s casino operators Chief Executive says current Macau gaming concessions won’t be extended beyond 2022 Load More RelatedPosts The former director of Macau’s Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau, Fong Soi Kun, has had his pension payments suspended for four years as part of aggravated punishments handed down by Chief Executive Chui Sai On this week following the devastating Typhoon Hato that struck the city last August.Chui revealed on Wednesday that he had decided to hand down retrospective punishments to Fong and his former deputy director for their role in failing to issue adequate storm warnings in the days and hours before Typhoon Hato Struck. A Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) investigation into the typhoon forecasting procedures of the Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau last year found “serious problems” with the Bureau’s internal mechanisms, including the revelation that storm warnings were often decided by Fong alone. The Bureau was also accused of failing to issue a storm warning due to concerns over its potential impact on the city’s gaming industry.Fong was sacked just 24 hours after Typhoon Hato hit.His latest punishment included retrospective dismissal from his post, however given that he was already fired, the applicable penalty has been substituted by a four-year suspension of pension payments. The deputy director, who stepped down from his management role after Typhoon Hato and is now a staff member of the Bureau, has been handed a 130-day suspension from all duties.In a statement, the government said that, “No further disciplinary actions against the two persons would be conducted under relevant regulations and laws. This was because their acts of misconduct associated with the period of Typhoon Hato had already been reviewed in the special investigation.”Ten people lost their lives when Typhoon Hato struck on 23 August 2017.According to the government’s Commission for Reviewing and Monitoring the Improvements of the Response Mechanism to Major Disasters, established last September, Typhoon Hato also caused at least MOP$11.5 billion worth of damage to Macau, including major disruptions to the city’s gaming industry and months of delays for MGM China in opening its MGM Cotai integrated resort.last_img read more

  • Apples new iPads Save 25 when you preorder

    first_img $249 $329 Apple updates iPad Mini and iPad Air See It Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Apple Share your voice Tablets null Now playing: Watch this: $249 reading • Apple’s new iPads: Save $25 when you preorder Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See It CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! See it The 2019 iPad Air and iPad Mini. Apple In case you missed it, Apple announced new tablets yesterday: A $399 iPad Mini and a $499 iPad Air. As always with new Apple product launches, don’t expect any kind of sale pricing for at least–Hang on, what’s this? For a limited time, Best Buy is offering $25 off any of the new iPads when you preorder. To get the discounts, you must be a member of the store’s My Best Buy program, which is free to join.See it at Best BuySo that brings the Mini down to $375, the Air down to the $475 and so on. (Best Buy normally charges $400 and $500, respectively, versus $399 and $499 from Apple proper.)It’s not much, but it’s still a $25 savings. (Well, $24.01 to be exact.) If you were planning to buy one of the new tablets anyway, it seems like a no brainer to take advantage of this offer.Read more: $399 iPad Mini? No, thanks, I’ll stick with the $80 Fire HD 8 Best Buycenter_img 0 • Apple See All See It $249 Amazon Apple iPad Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 1:47 Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Best Buy Applelast_img read more

  • Check out the liveaction Lady and the Tramp puppies

    first_img Tags 0 Now playing: Watch this: 1:29 Everything we know about Disney Plus TV and Movies Culture Home Entertainment Disney Post a comment D23 said the flick also stars a cast of rescue dogs, which were all adopted when the movie finished filming. The doggos were first shown off in pictures in People last week, where they looked a little cheerier. Tramp is being played by a dog named Monte, who had been living at HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix, Arizona, after being rescued from a kill shelter in New Mexico, CNET sister site CBS News reported Wednesday. Monte was adopted by the film’s animal trainer in 2018. First published at 4:22 p.m. PT on Aug. 13. Updated on Aug. 21 at 3:22 p.m.: adds more detail on Monte lady-tramp-people K. C. Bailey/Disney via People Rescue dogs were used for the movie. D23/Disney Disney’s official fan club, D23, has unveiled a poster for the Lady and the Tramp live-action remake coming later this year. D23 tweeted out the poster Tuesday, with the movie set to hit small screens when the Disney Plus streaming service launches on Nov. 12.  In a reboot of the 1955 animated film, Lady will be voiced by Tessa Thompson and Tramp by Justin Theroux. The cast also includes Janelle Monae as the voice of Peg, Kiersey Clemons as Darling, Thomas Mann as Jim Dear, Yvette Nicole Brown as Aunt Sarah and Sam Elliott as the voice of Trusty. Share your voicelast_img read more

  • Murkowski FDA confirmation hinges on GE salmon labeling

    first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski speaks on the senate floor. (YouTube screenshot/Sen. Lisa Murkowski)The Food and Drug Administration has already declared genetically engineered salmon safe for human consumption, but Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Tuesday she’ll block confirmation of a new FDA commissioner until the agency agrees to require labeling for GE salmon.Murkowski reiterated at a committee meeting that she will put a hold on Robert Califf’s nomination. Murkowski says she’s pressing for more “conversations” with him.“I want to make sure that the FDA knows that voluntary labeling guidelines really are not sufficient,” Murkowski said. “It does not comply with what is now law.”Murkowski added a measure to the national spending bill last month that she calls a labeling requirement.It requires the FDA to keep GE salmon off the market, at least until October, or until the agency publishes labeling guidelines. It also directs the FDA to spend at least $150,000 to develop those guidelines, and on a program to disclose to consumers whether a salmon offered for sale is genetically engineered or not.The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee easily advanced Califf’s nomination. His confirmation bid now joins dozens of other executive branch nominations awaiting confirmation by the full Senate.last_img read more

  • Indian citizens have become refugees in their own land CM

    first_imgKolkata: Raising concern over the exclusion of 40 lakh Bengalis in the final draft of the Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) as it will be affecting Bengal and Bangladesh the most, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the Centre of doing “vote politics” that has led those Indian citizens to become “refugees in their own land”.She left for Delhi on Monday afternoon after holding a Press conference at Nabanna in connection with Assam’s NRC issue. The Chief Minister will be meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during her stay there. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee, who will be visiting Assam if necessary, is sending a team comprising MPs of her party to the state where “people are being isolated”.”Names of people of both Hindu and Muslim communities have been excluded. Eviction of Bengalis and Biharis is taking place in Assam,” Banerjee said adding that it is the outcome of the BJP’s “divide and rule” policy to isolate the citizens.Raising apprehension of “forceful eviction”, the Chief Minister said: “There is a lot to worry as the Centre has pressed an additional force of 15 companies and at the same time all connectivity including Internet services has been snapped.” In the same breath, Banerjee maintained that Bengal will be directly affected as Cooch Behar and Alipurduar districts share the border with Assam. “But we cannot behave like the Centre if any problem occurs,” she added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHolding both the Union government and Assam government responsible for the present situation, the Chief Minister added: “This is a game plan to forcefully evict humanity and human being. My question is that why the Centre had not opposed it in Court. They were silent and it shows that they were supporting the same. But we had opposed it.””I am worried as the peace may get disturbed and it may also leave an adverse effect on the entire country. The situation would not have taken this turn if the Centre had played a true role instead of doing vote politics,” Banerjee said adding that the people, whose names have been excluded are not Rohingyas and most of them have been residents of Assam for the past five to six decades. She also raised her concern for the future of those 40 lakh people and stated: “Names of many have been excluded despite having valid documents. They have been excluded on basis of surnames.”Stating that the Centre should have taken steps for amendment of the concerned Bill for protection of the people in Assam, the Chief Minister said: “Parliament can only give protection (to the people) and it is now in session.” This comes when the MPs of her party have already raised the issue in Parliament.She also slammed the Centre for not discussing the matter with the Bengal government as Assam is its neighbouring state and maintained: “I had received a letter on March 23 in 2018 stating that 86,849 foreigners were identified. Out of them 29,663 were directed to be sent back while 41,033 went missing. Seventy-one were sent back to Bangladesh while 833 including children and women are in six correctional homes of Assam.”Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress, CPI(M) and Congress condemned the Assam issue in the state Assembly. “BJP is against the people of Bengal and is trying to wage a war against the Bengalis,” CPI(M) MLA Sujan Chakraborty said. The Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan demanded a proposal to hold an all-party meeting on the issue.last_img read more

  • New MRI Analytics May Offer Quick Breast Cancer Treatment Guidance

    first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Related Content Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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The multi-year… read more News | MRI Breast | February 19, 2016 New MRI Analytics May Offer Quick Breast Cancer Treatment Guidance Faster, cheaper test predicts who needs chemotherapy or just hormonal regimen 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 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Differences in dynamic textural patterns are apparent between a patient with a low recurrence score, left, and a patient with a high recurrence score, right. Image courtesy of Nature Scientific ReportsFebruary 19, 2016 — A new way to analyze magnetic resonance images (MRI) data appears to reliably distinguish between patients who would need only hormonal treatment and those who also need chemotherapy, researchers from Case Western Reserve University report.The analysis may provide women diagnosed with estrogen positive-receptor (ER-positive) breast cancer —the most common type of breast cancer — answers far faster than current tests and, due to its expected low cost, open the door to this kind of testing worldwide.The research is published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.“In the United States, nearly 70 percent of all breast cancer patients are diagnosed with ER-positive, but the majority don’t need chemotherapy,” said Anant Madabhushi, biomedical engineering professor at Case Western Reserve and research leader.“Until about 15 years ago, doctors had no way of telling aggressive cancer from non-aggressive, so the majority of women got chemotherapy, which can produce very harsh side effects,” he said.Since then, a genomic test for differentiating between aggressive and nonaggressive cancer was developed. The test requires doctors to send a biopsy sample to a company that analyzes it and assigns a risk score that the doctors then use to guide treatment.“The test is used frequently in the United States, but it destroys tissue, requires shipping and costs about $4,000,” said Madabhushi, who is a member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The cost puts the test out of reach for people in middle- and low-income countries.”Madabhushi’s team, which employs big data to study disease, thought they might find useful signals to discern aggressive ER-positive from indolent by mining radiologic data from MRIs.They analyzed images of 96 ER-positive cancer patients scanned at a hospital in Cleveland or Boston. Each woman had undergone what’s called a dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI, which produces images of tissues as they take up a contrast agent. Each woman had also undergone the genomic test.Because intensity values regularly used to analyze tissues vary by scanner, the researchers needed a different way to search for signals distinguishing the two categories of patients:They discovered differences in gene expression—molecular changes that appeared as changes in textural patterns in the images; andThey converted the dynamic texture changes into quantitative measurements and used differences in the measurements to determine which patients needed chemotherapy and which did not.In 85 percent of the cases, the conclusions matched those of the genomic test.“We think the dynamic texture data is robust and reliable,” Madabhushi said. “It allows us to compare apples to apples.”He expects the test, if further trials validate it, would cost “pennies on the dollar, compared to the $4,000 test.”For the patient, the test requires an MRI scan, which many doctors already prescribe for those newly diagnosed with cancer. “So the test, for many, doesn’t require the cost of a scan,” Madabhushi said.He said a computer and program are the tools needed. No tissue would be shipped. Instead of waiting a week or two for results, the wait would be minutes, reducing the stress on patients and allowing them to quickly start treatment, the researchers say.“With cloud computing and data warehousing, we can analyze images coming in from anywhere in the world, “Madabhushi said. “It breaks down geographic boundaries because everything is electronically transmitted.”The researchers are seeking funding to evaluate the test further. They want to look at the outcomes for the 96 patients to try to determine how accurately this test and the genomic test predicted who needed chemotherapy and who didn’t. They plan to test scans from more sites to see if the results hold up.Madabhushi said even if the MRI test proves to make accurate predictions only for patients at extremely low or extremely high need for chemotherapy, the analysis would still serve 30 to 40 percent of patients.Co-authors on this paper include Tao Wan, Ph.D., professor of school of biological sciences and medical engineering at Beihang University; Boston Medical Center’s B. Nicholas Bloch, M.D., associate professor of radiology, and Carl Jaffe, M.D., professor of radiology; and from Case Western Reserve, Hannah Gilmore, M.D., assistant professor of pathology, Cheryl Thompson, Ph.D., assistant professor of biostatistics and epidemiology, Donna Plecha, M.D., associate professor of radiology, and Lyndsay Harris, M.D., professor of hematology and oncology.For more information: www.nature.com/srep FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more last_img read more

  • Fairmont VIA Rail launch new crosscountry package for Canada 150

    first_imgTags: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, VIA Rail TORONTO — To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial, Fairmont Hotels & Resort has teamed up with VIA Rail Canada to launch a new 20-day luxury train trip that travels from coastal Vancouver all the way to Quebec.Inspired by both brands’ unique Canadian heritage, ‘The Great Canadian Railway Adventure’ includes quintessential Canadian experiences such as cycling through Stanley Park in Vancouver, attending performances in the ‘Cultural Cradle of Canada’ in Winnipeg, visiting the CN Tower in Toronto, touring the National Art Gallery in Ottawa and exploring the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. Guests will also take in the majesty of Niagara Falls and stroll along the beaches of English Bay.Accommodations will be at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ historic castles and iconic properties, many of which have hosted landmark moments throughout the history of Canada. Participating properties include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Winnipeg, Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, and a choice of Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth (upon reopening in June 2017) or Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile in Montreal.Credit: Daniel Kelleghan Photography‘The Great Canadian Railway Adventure’ starts at $11,988 per person and includes overnight accommodations at Fairmont hotels, four nights’ accommodation on VIA Rail’s The Canadian train, in a private cabin from Jasper to Winnipeg to Toronto plus three dinners, two lunches and three breakfasts, Business Class daytime journeys on VIA Rail’s Corridor train between Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, tours and airport and train station transfers.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Guests will also receive a VIA Rail commemorative bundle, which includes a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts gift card, passport holder, luggage tag, Human Rights Museum pass, CN Tower pass, half bottle of Veuve Clicquot, Canada by Train book, and a maple chocolate box.This package is valid for travel through Dec. 31, 2017. Suggested 2017 dates, starting in Vancouver: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26; Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11.Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is also celebrating Canada’s anniversary with special promotions. The ‘Canada 150 Credit Offer’ includes a $150 credit for stays of three nights or more at participating properties in the U.S. and Canada, valid towards food and beverage, spa and golf outlets, for travel booked by May 8 for stays through Dec. 31. Also available is the ‘150 Ways to Celebrate Canada Sweepstakes’ in which Fairmont will give one grand prize winner a three-night getaway to Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal and 150 instant winners a one-night stay at any Fairmont property in Canada. Travelweek Group Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Fairmont & VIA Rail launch new cross-country package for Canada 150center_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

  • Cracking the code to cheaper plane fares

    first_imgEver wonder that just maybe the person sitting beside you in an aeroplane might have paid lesser than you. Here’s the reason why and how airlines arrive at the prices to begin with.Source: CNNlast_img

  • Go back to the enewsletter Silversea Cruises is of

    first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSilversea Cruises is offering agents a bonus 5% commission on all new bookings made between 1 and 30 June 2019 on its range of expedition voyages in 2020. In addition, any agents making new bookings on Silversea’s 2020 expedition sailings will also be entered into a draw to win one of four all-inclusive Silversea cruises for two people. Sailing in complete luxury, the four lucky winners will have the opportunity to discover South America, Antarctica, the Arctic, or the Caribbean and Central America on board Silver Wind, Silver Explorer or Silver Cloud.One of the prizes on offer is an 11-day voyage from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen that explores the isolated islands and remote regions of Iceland and Norway. Two voyages will transport the lucky winners from Fort Lauderdale to Colon; from the Bahamas to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama, along with some of the Caribbean’s less frequented hidden gems. Plus there’s a journey from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia that will give the winner the chance to discover the Argentinian capital, Puerto Madryn, the Falkland Islands and the Chilean fjords.Voyages and special offers are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time.Terms and conditions apply. Click here for more details.Call Silversea’s reservations department on +61 2 9255 0600.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more