Calling all entrepreneurial spirited youths for the 2019 Junior Dragons Den Competition

first_imgThese chosen competitors then work on refining their business concept into a comprehensive one-page business plan with detailed financial statements. The competitors will be assisted in creating a live business pitch to use at the live competition for an opportunity to compete for cash prizes at the final Competition on April 29, 2019.Submission Deadline is March 15, 2019To participate in the 2019 Junior Dragons Den Competition, or to download an application follow the direct link; CLICK HERE Junior Dragon Den’s FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- This year’s Junior Dragons Den is gearing up by looking for applicants to enter the 2019 Junior Dragons Den Competition for the Northeast B.C. Region.If you know a youth that has a business or business idea and needs help developing their concept. Students in grades 7 – 12 and post-secondary students are welcomed to submit their concept for a business, business idea or expansion of a current business with an expression of why they should be chosen to participate in the competition.Once applications have been received and reviewed, five applicants from each category will advance to the regional competitions in Dawson Creek and Fort St John. Each student will be assigned a Mentor from their local community and these Mentors will assist their assigned student with everything from start-up considerations and marketing, to coaching and presentation skills.last_img read more

Jackie Chan Buys New 20 Million Private Jet

Rabat – Legendary martial arts movie icon Jackie Chan has reportedly bought a new private jet for $20 million to add to his collection.According to media reports, Chan is the first Chinese customer to take delivery of the new, state-of-the-art Embraer Legacy 500 Business Jet, which is priced in the catalog at $20 million.“I’m so thrilled to receive this Legacy 500, a state-of-art executive jet,” Chan said in a statement. “In the past few years, my Legacy 650 has brought me fantastic traveling experiences and great convenience, allowing me to do more acting and philanthropic works around the world. I’m sure that the performance of the new Legacy 500 will again exceed my expectations, and become a comfortable mobile home and office for me,” he added.In 2012, Chan bought an Embraer Legacy 650 and slapped a dragon-themed paint job on it.The Legacy 500 Business Jet is the first executive jet of its size to feature side-stick flight controls.“The Legacy 500 features our best-to-date technologies and it incorporates designs that maximize passenger comfort and fuel efficiency,” Embraer Executive Jets president and CEO Marco Tulio Pellegrini said in a statement. read more

UN efforts in Kosovo show no one above the law Security Council

In a briefing to an open meeting of the Council, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean Marie Guéhenno, said that an international judge opened an investigation last week into six former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army on charges that they may have tortured and beaten other members of that organization in June 1999 and exchanged gunfire during a house break-in in June 2000.Mr. Guéhenno noted that, contrary to allegations from the head of the Kosovo Protection Corps, internal investigations suggest that the UN Police carried out their operations during the suspects’ arrests in a professional manner, with a proportionate use of force. The arrests, he stressed, was evidence of the Mission’s “zero tolerance” for crime.”Crime does not only hurt the direct victim, but rather crimes hurts everyone,” he said. “Continued support for UNMIK’s fight against crimes…will benefit all people in Kosovo.”In the past month since his last briefing to the Council, Mr. Guéhenno said there also was the “welcome development” of the completion of the Government in which Kosovo Serb representatives filled the posts of Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development, and the Inter-ministerial Coordinator for Returns in the Office of the Prime Minister.UNMIK had also continued to work with the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government to ensure respect for the division between reserved and transferred responsibilities, Mr. Guéhenno said.Meanwhile, preparations continued for the 26 October municipal elections, the Under-Secretary-General reported. On 10 June, UNMIK chief Michael Steiner had promulgated a regulation on the municipal elections, defining a four-year mandate for the Municipal Assembly members.At the same time, prospects for multi-ethnic participation were encouraging, he added, as more than 40 per cent of the applications received by UNMIK on 14 June for certification were from minority political parties, compared with only 26 per cent in the 2000 elections.Following Mr. Guéhenno’s briefing, all 15 members of the Council, as well as the representatives from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Spain, which was speaking on behalf of the European Union, participated in the ensuing discussion. read more

Stampeders quarterback Mitchell captures second CFL outstanding player award

EDMONTON — Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell of the Calgary Stampeders was named the CFL’s outstanding player Thursday night.Mitchell was honoured at the CFL’s awards banquet.Voting was conducted by members of the Football Reports of Canada as well as the nine CFL head coaches.It’s the second outstanding player honour for Mitchell, who also won in 2015.Mitchell, 28, had a CFL-high — and career-best — 35 touchdown passes this season in leading Calgary to the league’s best regular-season record (13-5).The native of Katy, Tex., threw for 5,124 yards, recorded 42 completions of 30-plus yards and had a TD-to-interception ratio of 2.5, both tops in the CFL.Mitchell becomes the ninth multiple winner in CFL history and is the second-youngest to accomplish the feat. Jackie Parker won his second in 1958 at age 26.Mitchell will lead Calgary into the Grey Cup game Sunday against the Ottawa Redblacks. It’s the Stampeders’ third straight championship appearance but they’ve lost both previous times.Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, the CFL’s second-leading passer with 5,209 yards this season, was the finalist.The Canadian Press read more

Sheep to graze in Londons Royal Parks in wildflower meadow bid

first_imgGreen Park in more modern times Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A similar cattle grazing project is due to take place in Richmond Park in October, where the animals will be kept secure by an “invisible fence” involving electrically activated collars.Earlier this year the Prince of Wales urged every farmer in the country to plant at least one wildflower meadow on which cattle or sheep can live.As well as eating away the dominant plants that can eventually overrun a meadow, they trample in seeds that have dropped from the flowers. If successful, grazing sheep could soon become a common sight in central London, with provisional plans in place to introduce flocks to Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and Richmond Park.Most grasslands in the UK eventually becomes dense scrub or woodland if left ungrazed. It will help plan how we manage the parks in the futureDr Alice Laughton, The Royal Parks Man and beast: Green Park in 1935 Sheep are to graze in London’s Royal Parks for the first time since the 1930s as part of a project to revive Britain’s wildflower meadows supported by Prince Charles.From Monday, commuters crossing Green Park on their way to work will notice a small herd of rare sheep chomping through the tougher tufts of grass.It is hoped this natural conservation method will tame the non-picturesque, dominant plants within one of the park’s two wildflower meadows, allowing flowers to flourish and a rich diversity of invertebrates to grow.center_img The initiative is part of the Royal Parks Mission Invertebrate project, which has received £600,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery.Dr Alice Laughton, who is leading the project, said: “we are very excited to be carrying out the first sheep grazing trial in The Royal Parks.“By increasing the biodiversity of the park grasslands, we hope to encourage the invertebrates that inhabit meadow grasslands to flourish, and it will help plan how we manage the parks in the future.” A third of the park’s wildflower area will be kept free of sheep in order to compare the difference they make. Man and beast: Green Park in 1935Credit:Getty The six sheep starting their week-long stint on Monday have been selected because, unlike modern commercial breeds, they can survive on the natural vegetation alone and do not rely on supplementary feed.With breeds including an Oxford Downs, Whitefaced Woodlands and Southdown’s, they will be be protected by both a wooden and electric fence, with a shepherd on guard during the days. Green Park in more modern timesCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraphlast_img read more

Cobham SATCOMs new EXPLORER 540 terminal operates on multiple networks

first_imgThe new EXPLORER 540 is Cobham SATCOM’s latest addition to its established EXPLORER range of satellite terminals, and is described as the world’s first Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication terminal to operate on both Inmarsat BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) and 2G/3G/GPRS networks. “As the only M2M terminal to offer dual-mode operation, EXPLORER 540 provides unique installation flexibility and M2M data communication cost-control, as it ensures the most cost-effective communication service can be chosen depending on location of the installation and service quality/availability.”Securing continuity of M2M IP data transfer, which often originates in hard to reach, remote locations, dual-mode operation also delivers significant failover capabilities with automatic switching to the secondary service should EXPLORER 540 detect that its primary communication service is unavailable. “For organisations transferring business or safety critical real-time data within their M2M networks, EXPLORER 540’s dual mode can provide unmatched service availability. Designed to deliver real-time M2M communication for diverse applications including IP SCADA for data backhaul, asset tracking, real-time surveillance and remote telemetry, EXPLORER 540 brings with it the same operational reliability that has helped to establish EXPLORER as a leading name in the land mobile BGAN and VSAT sectors. It is based on the latest generation EXPLORER technology platform, introduced with the EXPLORER 510 BGAN terminal.”“Resilience being the key parameter within M2M communication, our prime design goal has been to provide the most reliable yet versatile BGAN M2M terminal in the market. By leveraging our field proven technology platform, EXPLORER 540 delivers intrinsically safe support of BGAN M2M with standard BGAN rate plans and the added unique benefit of dual mode BGAN & 3G operation,” said Henrik Nørrelykke, VP Land Business, Cobham SATCOM.last_img read more

Thunderbolt Successor to Come Out in 2015

first_imgIntel may have just released the first generation Thunderbolt this spring, but Intel is already planning it for long term. Intel is already working on the Thunderbolt’s successor, even before the original really takes off. Here is what the director of Intel Research labs had to say:We see them as complementary. It’s the evolution of these connectors and protocols as they move forward. 

[Besides], Thunderbolt is more than a cable. It’s a router chip that aggregates DisplayPort and PCI-Express. No reason was given for the upgrades being developed so early on. Some companies outside of Apple have shown interest, but by no means have we seen anything big for it yet. Intel appears to be living more in a dream than a reality. AdChoices广告Via TG Dailylast_img

A lot of people dont like me on the pitch but Im

first_imgBringing Dublin closer (but not too close, like).Steven Beattie has enjoyed plenty of success on the pitch since he was signed by John Caulfield in 2015, yet eroding that chip on the collective Corkonian shoulder in this instance might be his most impressive achievement. Cork City’s Steven Beattie gestures to Dundalk fans after scoring a penalty in the 2017 FAI Cup final shootout. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHOHe may not be the biggest star in the current Cork City squad, but few players have endeared themselves to the regulars at Turner’s Cross as successfully as the 29-year-old from Skerries in North County Dublin.He completed a rite of passage after the FAI Cup final in November by taking a jab at “the Dublin media” — a requirement for any Cork City cult hero. But the reality is that fans had already embraced him as one of their own before he converted his penalty in the shootout victory against Dundalk, which helped City to seal their first ever double.According to Beattie, there’s no secret formula to charming the locals on Leeside, even if one happens to hail from The Pale. An honest approach, both on and off the pitch, is the key… although making an important contribution to the most successful year in the club’s history hasn’t done him any harm either.“It was a bit ironic for a fella with a Dublin accent smashing the Dublin media,” he laughs. “Being a Dub coming down here, I understood that pressure when I came in. I just wear my heart on my sleeve, that’s all there is to it.“I suppose I’d like to think I can play a bit as well. I’m probably playing the best football of my career at the moment. With the fans, even if you’re an average player, once they know you’re giving your all then they’ll take to you. But it’s a two-way street. If they’re feeding off me, I’m feeding off them. It’s a good relationship.“Long may it continue because I love it down here. I rarely go back to Dublin, to be honest, even though I’m very close to my family. They come down to all the games. Cork is a great spot and I’m delighted that people here have embraced me. John [Caulfield] actually tried to sign me a few times before so my only regret is that I didn’t come here sooner.” Beattie with the FAI Cup at the Aviva Stadium last November. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOAs well as being eager to get involved with Cork City’s work in the community, Beattie hasn’t shied away from interacting with supporters. Back in October, a couple of lucky young fans took home the boots he wore while playing his part in the club’s first Premier Division title triumph in 12 years.“Giving away a few pairs of boots is nothing to me — they’re just boots — but for a kid who’s only 11 or 12 it could mean the world to them,” says Beattie, who joined City from Sligo Rovers during the 2015 season.“The reality down here is that we’re idols for these kids. You can’t forget that. You see it on TV sometimes with Premier League players – kids with their hands out and they just walk by them. That could put a young lad off football. I just picture myself when I was their age and how I’d feel in that situation.”He adds: “When it comes to how you treat the fans in general, you could be applauding them and all that but then acting like a prick off the pitch. If you do that — especially down in Cork where everyone knows you — you’ll quickly get found out. If you’re a fraud and it’s only a front for the cameras, people will see through it.“Be yourself — that’s my approach. I’ve just been me, Steven Beattie, the whole time. I was always a small fella growing up so I had to have an extra bit of hunger and heart. A lot of people don’t like me on the pitch but I’m probably not a bad fella off it.“I love doing things in the community in Cork, like bringing the trophy up to special needs kids in Midleton on Saturday week and doing a bit of training with them. This is a community club so that’s what it’s all about. I’ve probably bought into that.“It’s great being a fans’ favourite, but you have to perform first and foremost. It’s a short career. I don’t want to be a fans’ favourite who sits on the bench. I want to be playing every week.”@steven5beattie @CorkCityFC rollercoaster of emotions last night the surprise Harry got getting your boots #legend #CCFC84 #memoriesforlife— Paudie (@Paudie78) October 28, 2017Great to see our number 1 fan Aoife back in her City gear after a few weeks in hospital. See you in Turners Cross soon!— Steven Beattie (@steven5beattie) February 2, 2018In that regard, Beattie has perhaps been a victim of his own versatility. Generally regarded as a striker or right-winger when he first arrived in Cork, he’s now operating mostly as a tenacious right-back with a penchant for marauding jaunts into the opposing half. His competence in several positions also means he’s often an ideal option to have on the bench.“If John asked me to play in goal, I would,” says Beattie, who insists he won’t be giving up City’s number 10 shirt in spite of his rebirth as a defender. “I’m still learning right-back in terms of my positional sense because my instinct is always to go forward, but I’ve been working a lot on it.“Playing alongside Alan Bennett is a luxury in that sense. He talks me through it. The guy is a Rolls Royce. I wouldn’t be half the player at right-back if it wasn’t for him. I’m happy as a right-back at the moment, which is something I never thought I’d say.”A turning point for Beattie came when City faced Genk in the Europa League in the summer of 2016. With Leon Bailey wreaking havoc on the left wing for the Belgian side at Michael McSweeney’s expense, John Caulfield made a change at half-time. Beattie was instead tasked with nullifying the impact of the exciting Jamaican teenager.Some desperate — and rather unusual — measures were needed to shackle a player who made a €15 million move to Bayer Leverkusen six months later, Beattie explains.“A few people would know what I had to do to try and keep him quiet,” Beattie says when recalling his joust with Bailey, who’s currently on the radar of the likes of Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Liverpool, according to reports. Beattie paying close attention to Leon Bailey. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO“One of my fingers might have went somewhere it shouldn’t have. The poor lad didn’t know what to say. I just said to him, ‘Look, I’m terrible at football, but I’m an animal’, so he must have been thinking I was a psychopath.“He actually should have been sent off because he hit me with an elbow. I remember saying to him after the game: ‘You’re probably the best talent I’ve ever played against, you’re going to get lads like me trying to get a reaction from you throughout your career, but you can’t react like you did by throwing an elbow’. So yeah, that was the start of me as a right-back in Cork.”Turning the clock back seven years, it was due to his exploits as a striker that Beattie found himself in the Major League Soccer Draft. Despite having a contract offer from Pat Fenlon at Shelbourne when he was 18, he opted for a move to the USA in order to further his education.While studying for a degree in Public Relations and Marketing, Beattie’s goals helped North Kentucky University to win the NCAA Division II National Championship. He subsequently featured in the MLS Draft ahead of the 2011 season, although it didn’t quite go according to plan.“I had an American agent at the time,” he explains. “He rang me and said LA Galaxy were going to take me as the 18th pick in the Supplemental Draft. David Beckham and Robbie Keane were there at the time, two of my idols growing up, so I was ecstatic.“Even if I went down there for a few days and got released, at least I could say I played alongside the two boys. But then it came to the 13th pick and Toronto took me instead. I was delighted to be drafted but it would have been unbelievable to rub shoulders with Beckham and Keane.“What happened then with Toronto was there was a change of manager at that point — it was Aron Winter [former Ajax, Inter and Dutch international midfielder]. It was a disaster. He didn’t know anything about me, I wasn’t even training with the first-team, so five days later I was let go.” Beattie celebrates with Kieran Sadlier as City claimed the President’s Cup against Dundalk on Sunday. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOBeattie’s next move was also derailed. Two days after signing for Puerto Rico Islanders — “I was the palest, whitest man in the Caribbean” — in the NASL, the second tier of US football, he tore his anterior cruciate knee ligament and spent 10 months on the sidelines.After a spell playing in Iceland, Beattie returned to Ireland and spent the 2014 season with Bohemians. He signed for Sligo Rovers in 2015 but was on the move again that July when he made the switch to Cork. A contract extension was signed back in November to keep him down south for 2018, despite interest from the US and elsewhere in the League of Ireland.“I said I wouldn’t play for any other team in the country again and I stand by that,” Beattie says. “[Shamrock] Rovers and a few other teams were onto me but I wouldn’t even meet them. I genuinely had no interest. I spoke to two teams in America after the FAI Cup final, but what’s going on down here at the moment is something I just couldn’t give up. I can’t see myself leaving here any time soon.”Cork City’s defence of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title begins away to St Patrick’s Athletic tomorrow night. Beattie hopes the game at Richmond Park will represent the first step on the road to becoming the only team in the club’s 34-year history to win back-to-back titles.“The motivation is to get that same feeling that we had at the final whistle last season when we wrapped up the league against Derry. Once you get a taste of success, you just want more and more,” he says.“After winning the league and the cup, I could have said ‘I’ve won the medals now’ and then headed off to America. But you want to challenge yourself. Can we replicate it? Can we better it? That’s where the motivation in our dressing room is coming from now.“The double is gone. It was brilliant, but it’s history. There’s new faces in the squad and the medals have been put away in a cupboard somewhere. Improving on last year will be tough, but that’s what we’re working towards now. That’s what we have to achieve.“The thought of bringing more success to Cork is driving us on again. We’re ready for it.”‘The history of Cork suggests it’s difficult to do’ – City aiming to bridge 67-year gapNew arrivals to the League of Ireland worth keeping an eye out for this season 11 Comments Short URL Feb 15th 2018, 7:31 PM Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 9:45 PM By Paul Dollery 46,555 Views center_img Share567 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THERE’S A SLOGAN on a bus company’s billboard advertisement on the Lower Glanmire Road in Cork which encapsulates how a sizeable proportion of the locals feel about Ireland’s capital city and its inhabitants. ‘A lot of people don’t like me on the pitch but I’m probably not a bad fella off it’ Double winner Steven Beattie has defied his Dublin roots to become a cult hero to fans in Cork.last_img read more

Weather Eye As we warm up a little more about those woolly

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Good day! How are you? You should be in a great mood, as the weather forecast calls for sunny skies and warm temperatures — in the 80s today and Monday. We are certainly blessed here in the great Northwest.The weather turns cloudier and a cooling trend begins on Tuesday. A weak system moves through, but at this point, I doubt any rain will fall.I mentioned the other day about the appearance of woolly bear caterpillars, and I had a few inquiries as to what to look for on these furry little critters. The folklore says that the wider the middle orange band, the milder the winter weather will be. A narrow band would indicate a cold winter.Four or fewer orange bands trends toward a cold winter, and five or more a mild winter, at least from my many years of seeking out these caterpillars. Then again, there’s nothing scientific about this, but it’s a good field project for the youngsters. Search the web for the woolly bears and you can read all about it.It may turn much cooler as October rolls in next weekend, and it may last for 10 days or more. Any precipitation could be snow at about 5,000 feet in the Washington Cascades and northern Oregon Cascades.last_img read more

Lucas Paqueta Kakas my idol

first_imgAC Milan new signing Lucas Paqueta revealed his desire to follow in his “idol” Kaka’s footsteps during his own playing careerDespite reported interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, Paqueta chose to join Milan for a reported €35m fee from Brazilian side Flamengo.The 21-year-old midfielder is regarded as one of most exciting talents in South American football and has been compared to Milan legend and fellow Brazilian Kaka.Now Paqueta, who will officially join Milan on January 1 when the transfer window opens, revealed his admiration for Kaka.“Kaka’s my idol,” said Paqueta, according to Football-Italia.“He had a brilliant career and it’s clear that I’d like to follow in his footsteps, but I also want to tell my own story at Milan.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“I’d like to take his best traits did and do the best I can. I’ve already been to Milan and everything’s been very calm so far.“It was a period of adaptation, also for my family. I hope to adapt as quickly as possible when I go back to Milan and help the team on the field.”Kaka himself was a former midfielder who managed 104 goals and 65 assists in 307 appearances for Milan across all competitions.The ex-Brazil international won the Serie A, Champions League, Club World Cup and Italian Super Cup at the San Siro.The 2007 Ballon d’Or winner also had spells with Sao Paulo, Real Madrid and Orlando City before retiring in 2017.last_img read more

Masons treasurer pleads guilty to ID theft

first_imgA former mortgage adviser admitted Wednesday to embezzling nearly $800,000 from the Vancouver Masonic Temple while serving as the organization’s treasurer.In an agreement with prosecutors, Jesten Jay Galland III, 47, of Vancouver pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to nine counts of second-degree identity theft and agreed to repay the organization as part of his restitution.Standing in front of Judge Greg Gonzales, Galland said: “My actions betrayed my friends’ trust, and I humbly request their forgiveness and appreciate the graciousness of individual friends, who had been hurt by my actions, showed me in the days after my actions first came to light.”Several Masons were in the courtroom’s public gallery for the hearing.In exchange for Galland’s guilty plea, Deputy Prosecutor Michelle Nisle dismissed seven counts of first-degree theft, seven counts of first-degree identity theft, 16 counts of forgery, eight counts of unlawful possession of payment instruments and eight counts of money laundering. Nisle negotiated the agreement with Galland and his attorney, W. Todd Pascoe.Galland is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 10. He faces 33 to 43 months in prison.According to court documents, Galland was elected as treasurer of the Vancouver Masonic Temple’s board of trustees in 2006 and by the end of that year began using the organization’s account to write checks to himself.During a six-year period, he used the organization’s account to write hundreds of checks to himself and his company, Jay Galland Consulting, totaling nearly $800,000.last_img read more

Air Force Sticks with JLL for Real Estate Services Contract

first_imgJLL’s Public Institutions Group has won a five-year, $88 million contract for real estate portfolio advisory services for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s privatized projects, continuing the portfolio advisory support the firm has provided to the Air Force since 2001.Under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, JLL will support housing privatization efforts, enhanced use leasing (EUL) transactions, value-based transactions, real estate and environmental issues related to BRAC, and other real estate transactions and privatized programs.“We have had the honor of working with the Air Force to optimize its real estate assets, housing privatization and utilities privatization efforts across the U.S. for over 14 years,” said John Leineweber, managing director for JLL, who will oversee the Air Force Public Institutions team.“Our team’s hands-on experience in all facets of public and private real estate finance, operations, construction and development will help us bring the best solutions to accomplish the Air Force’s goals of sound financial management, long-term viability, maximized consideration and reduced liability,” Leineweber said.The Air Force’s portfolio of privatized assets currently includes more than 53,000 housing units and nine active EUL projects. JLL formerly was known as Jones Lang LaSalle. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Mothers Day gifts for the Mom whos got game

first_img May 15 • Best gifts for grads from $100 to $250 CNET’s Mother’s Day gift guideThese are our favorite gifts for Mother’s Day 2019Cool cheap gifts for Mother’s Day 2019Mother’s Day gifts under $50Best Mother’s Day gifts from $100 to $250Mother’s Day gifts to get her streaming with ease, starting at $30Mother’s Day gift ideas for health nuts and fitness buffsBest Mother’s Day gifts for foodie momsMother’s Day gifts for the Mom who’s got gameThoughtful gifts for every kind of momMother’s Day gifts for moms who love coffee (Chowhound)CNET’s Mother’s Day gift hub Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice reading • Mother’s Day gifts for the Mom who’s got game James Martin/CNET For the budget-conscious mom: Dell G5 15, Aukey KM-G6 keyboard, Logitech G300s mouse See at HP Read full review Read full review Tags Sarah Tew/CNET For the unconventional mom: Roccat Kova ambidextrous mouse, Microsoft Xbox Adaptive Controller Read full review When mom’s in that demon-killing mood, she should be able to frag with the best of them. Help her overcome the annoyance of gaming in a world designed around right-handed people or the frustration of using mainstream game controllers. Like the Logitech G300s mentioned above, the Roccat Kova (see at Amazon) is an ambidextrous mouse that feels responsive and comfortable in women’s smaller hands, comes in a snazzy white and costs less than $40. For more challenging input issues, Microsoft’s $100 Xbox Adaptive Controller maps all the typical controller functions to a design which requires less coordination to operate. While it works with an Xbox console, it also works with PC games. Sarah Tew/CNET They may thrive on the gore of a slash-and-hack, but some will still shudder when they see the unsightly cables that enable their zombie-killing sprees. For the mom who likes an uncluttered gaming space, Logitech’s sub-$100 each wireless mouse and mechanical keyboard (see at Amazon) play way above their price. And the $120 HyperX Cloud Flight (see at Amazon) is one of the lightest, most comfortable headsets you can find, but with sufficient battery life to make it through the war. See at Dell 31 Photos See All May 17 • Best TVs and streaming boxes for Father’s Day For the mobile-gaming mom: Nintendo Switch, Steelseries Stratus Duo or Nimbus controllers When mom goes on the road for work, the Zenbook (see at Amazon) and Spectre are a couple of laptops she’ll feel comfortable pulling out in a meeting but still will let her play some lightweight games in a hotel room at night. Both have a little more graphics oomph than a typical thin-and-light notebook, enough to power a platformer, puzzler or 8-bit adventure. The convertible Spectre is convenient for gaming at bedtime: Just flip it into the tent position, connect the controller and she can Gris until her eyes close. See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET If “why did you spend so much on me?” is a familiar refrain, reassure mom that you didn’t with one these cheap-for-their kind presents. The 15-inch Dell G5 is one of the best budget gaming laptops we’ve tested — and the design doesn’t scream “I game!” — and it starts at only $900. Not a cheap gift, but a great value. If your budget only stretches to accessories, the Aukey KM-G6 (see at Amazon) is a terrific-feeling mechanical keyboard (I’m typing on it right now) with RGB lighting that costs less than $35. The Logitech G300s (see at Amazon) is a highly rated wired mouse for only $20 that’s good for the righty or lefty mom. See at Razer Asus HP Logitech Razer Nintendo If mom’s snatching moments here and there to indulge her gaming, get her a console she can carry: the Nintendo Switch. If that’s too expensive a gift ($300), a controller designed to work with her phone is a lot more affordable and still gives her an edge when jumping into a quick battle royale while carpooling. The Steelseries Nimbus (see at Amazon)  is a good choice if she uses an iPhone, while the Stratus Duo (see at Amazon) goes with her Galaxy — or any other Android phone or Windows PC.  For the cool mom: Anything Razer Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Thoughtful gifts for every kind of mom Read preview Instead of eyeing that Apple Watch for Mother’s Day, give her something that will really get her heart pumping instead of just tracking it. She may not have as much time as she used to for gaming, but you can make it more fun by equipping her for those days when she can grab a few stolen hours to beat back a demon incursion or even let her join your squad in battle.At a loss as to what mom might like? Here are some suggestions to get you started, no matter how little — or how much — you want to spend. Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide Post a comment James Martin/CNET Laptops Gaming Accessories Computer Accessories Desktops For the cables-be-gone mom: Logitech Lightspeed G903 mouse, G613 keyboard and HyperX Cloud Flight headset May 12 • Mothers Day 2019: How not to piss off your mom this year May 24 • Best Father’s Day gifts under $250 Razer’s gaming gear is almost uniformly great, if pricey, and doesn’t go overboard on the gaming bling. Mom would be proud to tote one of the company’s laptops into a board meeting, and the accessories can be as tasteful as she wants — or even pink, if that’s how she rolls. There’s also a Mercury White model of the Blade 15. And the laptops are fast, despite being thin and relatively light, so they’re up for accompanying Lara Croft on her latest adventure. See at Best Buy 0 • For the traveling mom: Asus Zenbook 15, HP Spectre 15 x360 See at Microsoft Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide Read full reviewlast_img read more

WordPress outage floods premium blogs with images of succulents

first_img We know you’re wondering, so no, it’s not a wild new succulent-based design direction, we’re just experiencing some site issues. Hold tight.— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) June 11, 2019 Comment Internet Rolling Stone, 9to5Google and VentureBeat were also hit by the outage. “Big day for succulents. #WordPress,” one person tweeted. TechCrunch tweeted about the situation, saying: “We know you’re wondering, so no, it’s not a wild new succulent-based design direction, we’re just experiencing some site issues. Hold tight.” WordPress styles being down is a reminder that old school blogs ruled— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) June 11, 2019 Ok… something’s wrong with WP[.]com… like really wrongSites were down for 30 minutes, now some of them have default themes.Check out TechCrunch’s “new” look— Catalin Cimpanu (@campuscodi) June 11, 2019 Big day for succulents. #WordPress— Kyle Frost (@kylefrost) June 11, 2019center_img All VIP Go sites were back up and running after about three hours.  A WordPress outage left some sites with an artsy shot of succulents. Artem Russakovskii ‏via TwitterSucculents were front and center Tuesday after a WordPress outage led some sites to revert to default themes. The outage, which occurred on WordPress’ VIP Go platform, caused premium blogs to show 503 errors or go back to WordPress’ default themes. In many cases, sites featured artsy shots of succulents before a fix was issued.Outlets such as TechCrunch, 9to5Mac and BBC America were affected.  Read more: The best website builders for 2019″Ok… something’s wrong with WP[.]com… like really wrong,” tweeted Catalin Cimpanu, a reporter at CNET’s sister site ZDNet. “Sites were down for 30 minutes, now some of them have default themes. Check out TechCrunch’s ‘new’ look.” The default themes may invoke some distant blogging memories. “WordPress styles being down is a reminder that old school blogs ruled,” tweeted Mike Murphy, tech editor at Quartz. The publication also appeared to suffer from the outage. Tags 1 Share your voicelast_img read more

Company Operating Red Dog Mine May have to pay Fine Over Wastewater

first_imgThe Canadian company that operates the Red Dog Mine in northwest Alaska says it won’t build a pipeline to carry wastewater away from the mine site to the Chukchi Sea—now a court will decide if the company must pay a fine laid out in a 2008 lawsuit settlement.Download Audiolast_img

Sony Pictures Hack May Cost Studio around 100 Million More Data Leaked

first_imgThe massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures could cost the company about $100 million, security experts said.Experts who have studied previous hacks told Reuters that though the cost would be less than the $171 million Sony estimated when its Playsation Network was hacked in 2011; it would still be a huge tab for the company.Sony would have to pay for tighter security, further investigation and protection of employee profiles and company passwords this time. The attack, which has been deemed the most damaging cyber hack in the US, has also hurt Sony’s reputation for its failure to ensure protection of company files.The attack crippled employee activity and production for almost a week, which would also cost the company another million dollars.People familiar with the matter told the agency that Sony has insurance cover for such kind of hacks but the insurance only compensates for a portion of the cost.Sony is still grappling with data breaches. Just after the hacker group that calls itself “Guardians of Peace” released employee passwords, salaries and some unpublished pilot scripts, the group has now released a cache of documents that reveals secret aliases of Hollywood actors who use the alternative identities to check in to hotels and use other services anonymously.According to the latest data reveal, Tom Hanks uses “Harry Lauder” as an alias while Sarah Michelle Gellar goes by “Neely O’ Hara.” Natalie Portman and Toby Maguire use “Laura Brown” and “Neil Deep”, respectively.Sony suspects the hacker group belongs to North Korea, which has vehemently denied any involvement. However, the country has called the group “righteous.”Adding to the suspicion is a recent open letter that the hacker group issued to the studio asking it to stop the release of “The Interview.” The movie stars James Franco and Seth Rogan, portraying two journalists who land a rare interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.The group anonymously posted the letter on GitHub, a programming tool, and threatened to expose more data if their demands were not met.”We are sending you our warning again. Do carry out our demand if you want to escape us. And, Stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War! You, SONY & FBI, cannot find us. We are perfect as much. The destiny of SONY is totally up to the wise reaction & measure of SONY,” the group’s message read.The message could not be independently verified, according to The Verge.last_img read more

Mamata to inaugurate Rath Yatra festival today

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the Rath Yatra festival organised by ISKCON on Saturday morning.There will be different functions at the temple premises. She will be inaugurating the Rath Yatra and at around 1 pm, it will start moving ahead from Hungerford Street and pass through AJC Bose Road, Sarat Bose Road, Hazra Road, SPM Road, ATM Road, Chowringhee, Exide Crossing, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Outram Road to reach Brigade Parade Ground. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThousands of people will be turning up to take part in the Rath Yatra. People from different walks of life will start pouring into the city from Saturday morning itself to attend the biggest Rath Yatra festival in Kolkata. The police have also made an elaborate arrangement to avoid any untoward incident during the Rath Yatra festival on Saturday. Steps have also been taken to ensure that no traffic congestion happens when the Rath passes through the important thoroughfares. The top brass of the Kolkata Police have held a meeting in this connection and chalked out a plan to divert vehicles through other roads. Additional policemen will be on-duty for the security of the devotees who will take part in the Rath Yatra. Policemen in plainclothes and women cops will also be deployed. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe chariot will be staying at Brigade Parade Ground till July 13 and people can visit to offer prayers to Lord Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra. There will also be a fair at the ground on the eve of Rath Yatra. It is on July 22 noon that the festival of Ulta Rath Yatra will start. The Rath will be brought back to the temple through Outram Road near Park Street Metro, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Dorina Crossing, S N Banerjee Road, Moulali Crossing, CIT Road, Suhrawardy Avenue, Park Circus 7 Point Crossing, Shakespeare Sarani and Hungerford Street. The Rath Yatra will be celebrated across the state on Saturday with great pomp and show where lakhs of devotees will gather at Mahesh in Hooghly.last_img read more

The WIRED Guide to Commercial Human Space Flight

first_imgThe Race to Get Suborital Tourists to Space Is Heating UpThere’s a new space race, and this time you’re not paying for it with your tax dollars but with your discretionary income. “Fire, fire,” said a controller.On command, flame shot from the craft’s engines. A contrail smoked over the folds of the mountains as the spaceship flew up and up and up. Soon, both contrail and fire stopped: SpaceShipTwo was simply floating. The arc of Earth curved across its window, up against the blackness of the rest of the universe. A hanging dashboard ornament, shaped like a snowflake, wheeled in the microgravity of the cabin.“Welcome to space,” said base. And with that, Virgin Galactic had flown its first astronauts, who were not the government-sponsored heroes of old but private citizens working for a private company.For most of the history of spaceflight, humans have left such exploits to governments. From the midcentury Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo days to the 30-year-long shuttle program, NASA has dominated the United States’ spacefaring pursuits. But today, companies run by powerful billionaires—who made their big bucks in other industries and are now using them to fulfill starry-eyed dreams—are taking the torch, or at least part of its fire. The History of Private Human SpaceflightToday, the capitalists of the space-jet set call their industry New Space, although in earlier days forward-thinkers spoke about “” You could say it all started in 1982, when a company called Space Services launched the first privately funded rocket: a modified Minuteman missile, which it christened Conestoga I (after the wagon, get it?). The flight was just a demonstration, deploying a dummy payload of 40 pounds of water. But two years later, the US passed the Commercial Space Launch Act of 1984, clearing the pad for more private activity.Human passengers climbed aboard in 2001, when a financier named Dennis Tito bought a seat on a Russian Soyuz rocket and took a $20 million, nearly eight-day vacation to the Space Station. Space Adventures, which arranged this pricey flight, would go on to send six more astro-dilettantes to orbit through the Russian Space Agency.That same year, some guy named Elon Musk, about to be rich from selling PayPal, announced a plan called Mars Oasis. With his many monies, he wanted to amp up public support for human settlement on the Red Planet, so that public pressure would impel Congress to mandate a mission to Mars. Through an organization he founded called the Life to Mars Foundation, Musk proposed the following privately funded opening shot: a $20 million Mars lander, carrying a greenhouse that could fill itself with martian soil, to be launched maybe in 2005. On the morning of December 13, 2018, the Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo wheeled down a stark runway in Mojave, California, ready to take off. Whining like a regular passenger jet, the twin-hulled catamaran of an airplane passed by owner Richard Branson, who stood clapping in an aviator jacket on the pavement. But WhiteKnightTwo wasn’t just any plane: Hooked between the two hulls was a space plane called SpaceShipTwo, set to be the first private craft to regularly carry tourists away from this planet.WhiteKnightTwo rumbled along and lifted off, getting ready to climb to an altitude of 50,000 feet. From that height, the jet would release SpaceShipTwo; its two pilots would fire the engines and boost the craft into space.“3 … 2 … 1 …” came the words over the radio.SpaceShipTwo dropped like a sleek stone, free. Future of Private Human SpaceflightThe way these companies see the future, they (humbly, of course) will be the ones to normalize space travel—whether that travel takes you just over the Karman line or to another celestial body. Space planes will ferry passengers and experiments to suborbital spots, touching back down in less time than it takes to watch The Right Stuff. Rockets will launch and land and launch again, sending up satellites and ferrying physical and biological cargo to an industrial base on the moon or the martian home base, where settlers will ensure the species persists even if there’s an apocalypse (nuclear, climatic) on terra firma. Homo sapiens will have manifested its destiny, shown itself to be the brave pioneer it always knew it was. And the idea that we don’t have to be stuck in one cosmic spot forever is exciting!But all of these enterprises are businesses, not philanthropic vision boards. Is making life casually spacefaring and seriously interplanetary actually a plausible financial prospect? And—more important—is it actually a desirable one?Let’s start with low-key suborbital space tourism, of the type Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin would like to offer. Some economists see this as fairly feasible: If we know one thing about the world, it’s that some subset of the population will always have too much money and will get to spend it on cool things unattainable for the plebs. If such flights become routine, though, their price could go down, and space tourism could follow the trajectory of the commercial aviation industry, which used to be for the wealthy and is now home to Spirit Airlines. Some also speculate that longer, orbital flights—and sleepovers in cushy six-star space hotels (the extra star is for the space part)—could follow. Jeff Bezos Wants Us All to Leave Earth—for GoodA billionaire’s got to dream, right? Here’s what Bezos and his money see in space’s future. The Japanese Space Bots That Could Build “Moon Valley”If humans do develop a long-term presence in space, they’ll definitely need to help of a few good robots. Virgin Galactic, for its part, styles itself as a tourism outfit, and space-hopefuls of this sort often speak of the philosophical uplift—the perspective shift that happens when humans view Earth as an actual planet in for-real space. Other companies want to help set up permanent residence on the moon and/or Mars, and they sometimes speak of destiny and salvation. There’s much gesturing toward the strength of the human spirit and the irrepressible exploratory nature of our species.But let us not forget, of course, that there’s the money to be theoretically made; and the federal government isn’t itself actually flying astronauts anymore. After the closure of the space shuttle program in 2011, the US no longer had the ability to send humans to space and has since relied on Russia. But that’s about to change: Today, two private companies—Boeing and SpaceX—have contracts to fly humans to the International Space Station.But even before NASA’s programs for sending people to space started to dwindle, business magnates recognized what they could do if they had their own private rockets. They could ferry supplies to the Space Station for the budget-conscious government. They could launch satellites. They could take tourists on suborbital jaunts. They could foster industrial infrastructure in deep space. They could settle the moon and Mars. Humans could become the spacetime-defying species they were always meant to be, and travel often—or even live long-term—away from Earth. It’s exciting: After all, science fiction—that great predictor and creator of the future—has told us for decades that space is the next (the final) frontier, and we should (will, can) not just go but also live there.The private space companies are taking small steps toward that long-term, large-scale presence in space, and 2019 holds more promise than most years. But the deadlines keep slipping: Like cold fusion, private human space travel is perpetually just around the corner. Perhaps part of the lag is because private human space travel—and especially extended private human space travel—is a nearly untested business model, and most of these companies make much of their money on enterprises that have little to do with humans: Often, the operations that generate revenue in the here and now involve schlepping satellites and supplies close by, not sending humans far off. But because the most promising plans are backed by billionaires with big agendas—and are, in some sense, aimed at other rich people—science fiction could nevertheless become space fact. After there’s a market for space hotels, more infrastructure could follow. And if you’re going to build something for space, it might be easier and cheaper to build it in space, with materials from space, rather than spending billions to launch all the materials you need. Maybe moon miners and manufacturers could establish a proto-colony, which could lead to some people living there permanently.Or not. Who knows? I can’t see the future, and neither can you, and neither can these billionaires.But with long journeys or permanent residence come problems more complicated than whether money is makeable or whether it’s possible to build a cute town square out of moon dust. The most complicated part of human space exploration will always be the human. Meanwhile, another major corporation—Blue Origin—was quietly crafting its human-mission plans. This celestial venture, funded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, started in 2000—before Musk started SpaceX—but stayed pretty stealthy for years. Then, in an April 2015 test launch, the would-be-reusable New Shepard rocket lifted off. It successfully deployed a capsule but failed to land. That November, though, a New Shepard did what it was supposed to: touched back down, beating SpaceX to that launch-and-land goal.Blue Origin, like Virgin Galactic, wants to use its little rocket to send up suborbital space tourists. And it wants, with bigger dick–lookalike rockets, to help facilitate a permanent moon colony. Bezos has suggested heavy industry should happen off this planet, in places that kind of suck already but have minable resources. The first lunar touchdown, he says, could be in 2023, facilitating an Earth that’s zoned mostly residential and light-industrial.SpaceX, too, has big 2023 plans. The company announced last September that in 2023 it will send Japanese magnate Yusaka Maezawa and a passel of artist companions on a trip around the moon. NASA has also contracted with the company, and with Boeing, to shuttle astronauts to and from the ISS as part of the commercial crew program, which begins human testing later this year.Still, for all the hype around these wider-vision companies, Virgin Galactic remains the only private enterprise that has actually sent a private someone to space on a private vehicle. Last updated January 30, 2019Enjoyed this deep dive? Check out more WIRED Guides. It’s Time to Rethink Who’s Best Suited for Space TravelThe definition of the “right stuff” has changed since the military test-pilot astronauts of old became the first US astronauts. Maybe it should expand to include people with disabilities. Meet the Astronauts Who Will Fly the First Private “Space Taxis”Soon, NASA will be sending up its first cohort of commercial astronauts. Here’s who they are. Musk’s goal, since the failure of Mars Oasis, has always been to cut launch costs. Today, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 reusable rockets cost $50–60 million—still a lot, but less than the $100 million-plus of some of its competitors. Getting to space, the thinking goes, should not be the biggest barrier a would-be space-farer faces. If SpaceX can accomplish that, the company can—someday, theoretically—send to Mars the many shipments of supplies and humans that are necessary to fulfill Musk’s “MAKE LIFE MULTIPLANETARY” tagline.But the road to multiplanetarity hasn’t always been smooth for SpaceX. Its reusable rockets have crashed into the ocean, tipped over in the sea, crashed into barges, tipped over on ships, tumbled through the air, spun out, exploded midflight, and exploded on the launch pad.The course of true New Space, though, never did run smooth, and SpaceX is far from the only company that has experienced crashes. Virgin Galactic, for instance, faced tragedy in 2014 when pilot Pete Siebold and copilot Michael Alsbury were in SpaceShipTwo underneath the WhiteKnight jet.The flight of SpaceShipTwo did not go as planned. SpaceShipTwo has a “feathering mechanism” that, when unlocked and enabled, slows the ship so that it can land safely. But Alsbury unlocked it early, and it dragged the craft while its rockets were still firing. The aerodynamic forces ripped SpaceShipTwo apart, killing Alsbury. Siebold parachuted, alive, to the ground. A few customers canceled. Most still wanted to go to space, even though the industry has higher-risk and lower-regulation than lower-altitude commercial flights. This, let us note, never happened—in part because the cost of launching such a future-garden was so high. A US rocket would have cost him $65 million (around $92 million in 2018 dollars), a reconstituted Russian ICBM around $10 million. A year later, Musk set out to lower the rocket barrier. Switching from “foundation” to “corporation,” he started SpaceX, a rocket company with the explicit end-goal of Mars habitation.In the early aughts, Musk wasn’t the only one who wanted to send people to space. Pilot (and then astronaut) Mike Melvill flew SpaceShipOne, which resembled a bullet that grew frog legs, to space in 2004. After that test flight and two subsequent trips, SpaceShipOne won a $10 million X-Prize. These flights brought together two New Space dreams: a privately developed craft and private astronaut pilots. After the victory, Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites developed the high-flying technology into SpaceShipTwo. Unveiled by Virgin in 2009, this passenger vessel was intented to send tourists to space … for the cost of an average house. (After all, why have a home forever when you can go to space for five minutes??)Virgin Galactic has always kept its focus close to home and on short but frequent flights that stay suborbital. Musk, though, has stuck to his original martian mission. After launching its first rocket to orbit in 2008, SpaceX won a NASA contract to bus supplies to and from the Space Station, and it’s still shuttling cargo there for the agency. But the startup really got its legs in 2012 and 2013, when it launched a squatty rocket called the Grasshopper. Though it didn’t hop high into the air, it landed back on the launch pad, from where it could go up again (like, say, a grasshopper). This recyclability paved the way for today’s reusable Falcon 9 rockets, which have gone up and down and helped transform the ethos of rocket science from one of dispensability to one of recyclability. We weak creatures evolved in the environment of this planet. Mutations and adaptations cropped up to make us uniquely suited to living here—and so uniquely not suited to living in space, or in Valles Marineris. It’s too cold or too hot; there’s no air to breathe; you can’t eat potatoes grown in your own shit for the rest of your unnatural life. Your personal microbes may influence everything from digestion to immunity to mood, in ways scientists don’t yet understand, and although they also don’t understand how space affects that microbiome, it probably won’t be the same if you live on an extraterrestrial crater as it would be in your apartment.Plus, in lower gravity, your muscles go slack. The fluids inside you pool strangely. Drugs don’t always works as expected. The shape of your brain changes. Your mind goes foggy. The backs of your eyeballs flatten. And then there’s the radiation, which can deteriorate tissue, cause cardiovascular disease, mess with your nervous system, give you cancer, or just induce straight-up radiation sickness till you die. If your body holds up, you still might lose it on your fellow crew members, get homesick (planetsick), and you will certainly be bored out of your skull on the journey and during the tedium and toil to follow.Maybe there’s a technological future in which we can mitigate all of those effects. After all, many things that were once unimaginable—from vaccines to quantum mechanics—are now fairly well understood. But the billionaires don’t, for the most part, work on the people problems: When they speak of space cities, they leave out the details—and their money goes toward the physics, not the biology.They also don’t talk so much about the cost or the ways to offset it. But Blue Origin and SpaceX both hope to collaborate with NASA (i.e. use federal money) for their far-off-Earth ventures, making this particular kind of private spaceflight more of a public-private partnership. They’ve both already gotten many millions in contracts with NASA and the Department of Defense for nearer-term projects, like launching national-security satellites and developing more infrastructure to do so more often. Virgin, meanwhile, has a division called Virgin Orbit that will send up small satellites, and SpaceX aims to create its own giant smallsat constellation to provide global internet coverage. And at least for the foreseeable future, it’s likely their income will continue to flow more from satellites than from off-world infrastructure. In that sense, even though they’re New Space, they’re just conventional government contractors. So, if the money is steadier nearby, why look farther off than Earth orbit? Why not stick to the lucrative business of sending up satellites or enabling communications? Yes, yes, the human spirit. OK, sure, survivability. Both noble, energizing goals. But the backers may also be interested in creating international-waters-type space states, full of the people who could afford the trip (or perhaps indentured workers who will labor in exchange for the ticket). Maybe the celestial population will coalesce into a utopian society, free of the messes we’ve made of this planet. Humans could start from scratch somewhere else, scribble something new and better on extraterrestrial tabula rasa soil. Or maybe, as it does on Earth, history would repeat itself, and human baggage will be the heaviest cargo on the colonial ships. After all, wherever you go, there you are.Maybe we’d be better off as a species if we stayed home and looked our problems straight in the eye. That’s the conclusion science fiction author Gary Westfahl comes to in an essay called “The Case Against Space.” Westfahl doesn’t think innovation happens when you switch up your surroundings and run from your difficulties, but rather when you stick around and deal with the situation you created.Besides, most Americans don’t think big-shot human space travel is a national must-do at all, at least not with their money. According to a 2018 Pew poll, more than 60 percent of people say NASA’s top priorities should be to monitor the climate and watch for Earth-smashing asteroids. Just 18 and 13 percent think the same of a human trip to Mars or the moon, respectively. The People, in other words, are more interested in caring for this planet, and preserving the life on it, than they are in making some other world livable.But maybe that doesn’t matter: History is full of billionaires who do what they want, and it’s full of societal twists and turns dictated by their direction. Besides, if even a fraction of a percent of the US population signed on to a long-term space mission, their spaceship would still carry the biggest extraterrestrial settlement ever to travel the solar system. And even if it wasn’t an oasis, or a utopia, it would still be a giant leap.Learn Morelast_img read more

International Medical Solutions Learning Platform Added to ACR Cortex Educational Platform

first_imgNews | Remote Viewing Systems | June 14, 2018 International Medical Solutions’ Learning Platform Added to ACR Cortex Educational Platform Secure, fast, cloud-based solution delivers diagnostic images instantly on any viewing device Related Content News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more June 14, 2018 — International Medical Solutions (IMS) recently announced that the American College of Radiology (ACR) added IMS’ Educational Toolkit to the ACR technology portfolio that supports medical imaging education. IMS will provide an option to users of ACR Cortex that includes the ability to perform true DICOM viewing and engage in interactive, web-based assessments. The IMS toolkit will be utilized for projects that include resident training, CME, and other ACR educational programs throughout North America that involve a dynamic educational and assessment experience.ACR believes the IMS Educational Toolkit represents an advancement in the manner in which their educational platform can access and present web-based images. “We found the IMS technology to be a good complement to the ACR Cortex radiology learning platform. Their flexible, cost-effective solution will allow us to provide a rich, interactive viewing experience to hundreds of learners simultaneously over the web,” said Mike Tilkin, chief information officer of ACR.Since the IMS Educational Toolkit does not require software downloads, special apps or server-side rendering, it allows educators to train radiologists in a more efficient and cost-effective manner, under the same conditions they will see in their practices.Tilkin added, “We believe a high-fidelity learning experience that simulates how radiology is practiced is an essential component of the ongoing learning process and will ultimately contribute to better patient care.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Brazils new oil revenue law goes into effect

first_imgSAO PAULO (AP) – A new oil law that gives a greater share of royalty revenues from Brazil’s vast oil fields to non-producing states went into effect Friday and producing states filed appeals against it with the Supreme Court.The law was published in the official gazette after President Dilma Rousseff signed it Thursday.The new law shares oil royalties, from existing and future drilling and production concessions, more evenly among all of Brazil’s 27 states instead of favoring top oil producers such as Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo and Sao Paulo states. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories center_img Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   The three state governments said on their websites they filed their appeals Friday. All three contend the legislation is unconstitutional because it breaches existing production contracts.Officials in Rio de Janeiro, the largest producing state, have said the law will deprive Rio of $1.7 billion in 2013 alone, endangering preparations for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.Rio state Gov. Sergio Cabral said the law would bankrupt the state and many of its municipal governments, 87 percent of which depend on oil-generated revenues.The Espirito Santo governor, Renato Casagrande, has said his state stands to lose more than 10 billion reals ($5 billion) over the next seven years.Congress approved the law late last year.The law lowers the percentage of petroleum royalties shared among producing states from 26.25 percent to 20 percent. Rousseff vetoed that provision, but Congress overrode the veto last week.Non-producing states will see their share increase from 7 percent to 21 percent, while the central government’s share will drop from 30 percent to 20 percent.The rest of money goes to municipal governments in producing states.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more