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Traffic Advisory Colchester County

first_img Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: West North River Road The West North River Road Overpass, over Highway 104, will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, July 29. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. last_img

Sensex Nifty flat metal scrips gain

first_imgMumbai: Sensex and Nifty traded on a flat note during the morning trade session on Tuesday.Traders remain cautious ahead of the Union Budget and a key meting between US and Chinese Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, where the two leaders are likely to discuss the ongoing trade war.Metal stocks gained after heavy selling on Monday.At 10.04 a.m., the S&P BSE Sensex traded 6.75 points lower or 0.02 per cent at 39,116.21. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe Sensex opened slightly higher from its previous close of 39,131.94.The Nifty was 1.15 points or 0.01 per cent down at at 11,700.80.Globally, investor sentiment dampened over heightened tension between the US and Iran after American President Donald Trump signed an order imposing financial sanctions on Tehran’s senior leaders.This followed Iran’s downing of US drone which increased tensions in the region.last_img read more

First Nations say the can build more projects with changes to federal

first_imgREGINA – First Nations leaders say they’ll be able to do more projects and build more homes because of changes that give them more control over financial resources.The federal government announced Tuesday that First Nations will now be able to carry funding from year-to-year, instead of having to return money if a project wasn’t completed within a fiscal year.Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde said the problem was that projects often didn’t get approved until late in a fiscal year.“There used to always be the requirement, but you know the monies never got out fast enough and everybody would panic that you have resources that have to be expended by the end of March or you lose them or you have to send them back,” Bellegarde said after making the announcement at the AFN’s annual meeting.“The monies coming out for housing came out so late, you can’t finish your housing programs, so now you’re going to be able to carry them over to the next fiscal year so that work can continue.”Bellegarde called the old situation “March madness,” but said communities won’t have to scramble now.Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the old process left communities in a situation where projects could be caught in a cycle of starting and stopping.“They can start the project and then know that if it’s not done by the following spring, that they still have the money to carry on and finish the project,” said Bennett, who also addressed the AFN on Tuesday.“There’s no question these are first steps, but these were real irritants that we can get out of the way.”Ottawa will also work with First Nations on a new approach to funding essential services, such as fire, emergency services, schools, and water and waste treatment systems, she said.Both the government and the AFN said the current policy, which was introduced almost 20 years ago, is outdated, and does not reflect First Nations needs.“The requirement to find other sources of funding to ensure that you have clean drinking water or emergency management services, it means that some communities go without these essential services,” said Bellegarde.“This policy…does real harm and it’s holding First Nations back.”last_img read more

Stars To Join 15000 Local Youth For The First Ever We Day

first_imgWe Day, the stadium-sized youth empowerment event announced that it will be coming to Illinois for the first time with support from National Title Sponsor Allstate on April 30, 2015 at the Allstate Arena.The star-studded lineup of speakers and performers for We Day Illinois will bring together 15,000 students and teachers from over 500 schools through a full day of educational speeches, inspirational moments and electric performances.Taking to the stage this year is a cast of returning We Day favorites and new faces, including Jennifer Hudson, Common, The Band Perry, Colbie Caillat, Magic Johnson, Lt. Colonel Eileen Collins, Martin Sheen, Marlee Matlin, Hannah Simone, Rico and Raini Rodriguez, Dennis Haysbert, Babyface, and Kweku Mandela. Along with others, this all-star lineup will join international activists and We Day co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, to share their passion for change, international experiences, and energize the crowd with unforgettable performances and motivational speeches. Selena Gomez, actress, multi-platinum recording artist and host of We Day Illinois, will lead the crowd through a day full of powerful educational speeches, inspirational moments and empowering performances.We Day is the movement of our time – a movement of young people leading local and global change. We Day celebrates and inspires this generation’s shift from me to we – towards acting with intention, leading with compassion, and a belief in the power of community. We Day is one of the world’s largest registered charities on social media, with more than five million followers. This year alone hundreds of thousands of young people will come together in stadium-sized events in 14 cities to take part in this unprecedented educational initiative.Leading the arrival of We Day Illinois and co-chairing the event is award-winning hip-hop artist, actor, and founder of the Common Ground Foundation, Common, and Chairman and CEO of The Allstate Corporation, Tom Wilson, alongside We Day’s national co-chair, Academy and GRAMMY award-winning actress and musician and co-founder of the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, Jennifer Hudson.“We Day is one of the most uplifting celebrations I have ever experienced,” said Academy and GRAMMY award-winning actress and musician, co-founder of the Julian D. King Gift Foundation and national co-chair of We Day, Jennifer Hudson. “The energy at We Day is like nothing else, fueled by positive energy and amazing hearts. At We Day, young people are encouraged to keep reaching and striving for the changes they want to see – no dream is too big, no challenge too hard. I can’t wait to celebrate, honor and motivate the thousands of change-makers in my home state of Illinois.”“Time and time again, young people take action to make the world a better place. They know that a better tomorrow won’t wait until tomorrow,” said Vicky Dinges, Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Allstate. “As we partner with Free The Children to expand in the United States, Allstate is proud to bring We Day to Chicago – our hometown. Empowering kids and their commitment to service is the right thing to do. It helps us live into our purpose of being a force for good.”More than a one-day event, We Day is connected to the year-long We Act program, which provides educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained action. We Day and We Act are cause inclusive, empowering young people to find their passion and create the change they want to see. Together, We Day and We Act are a blueprint for building the next generation of global citizens.“We are extremely excited to introduce We Day to Illinois for the first time,” said We Day co-founder, Craig Kielburger. “We Day is North America’s celebration of service, honoring youth from coast to coast. This is our time to celebrate the inspiring actions Illinois youth have taken throughout their communities and all over the world, impacting local and global issues that matter most to them. This generation of young people – the Me to We generation – are creating and leading real systemic change. Since 2007, youth involved in We Day educational initiatives have raised over $45 million for over 1,000 local and global causes and logged more than 14.6 million volunteer hours.”You can’t buy a ticket to We Day. Young people earn them by committing to take action on local and global causes of their choice. We Day provides a platform for youth to learn about some of today’s pressing social issues, helping to inspire them to become leaders and global citizens and to take action on the issues most important to them. We Day is free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance, thanks to the generous support of sponsors led by National Co-Title Sponsor Allstate.Find out more here.last_img read more

Whitehorse rallies at Conservative MPs office

first_imgAPTN National NewsA couple dozen people also took up the Idle No More cause in Whitehorse.The modest crowd, including local politicians and chiefs, gathered in front of the offices of Yukon’s Conservative MP Ryan Leef.The rally focused on Bill C-45, the government’s omnibus legislation.Demonstrators said the legislation will make amendments to the Indian Act that changes how land is managed on First Nations. They say this will help the federal government take control of First Nation land.“This is just the beginning of the Conservative agenda. This is just the beginning of the changes that are coming and if it is frightening …it’s just going to go on and on and on unless we stand up as a grassroots movement and get it to stop,” said demonstrator Cherish Clarke.last_img

Trader Joes store loses power donates 10K pounds of food

first_imgMETAIRIE, La. — Severe storms caused a New Orleans area Trader Joe’s store to lose power, prompting the chain to donate more than 10,000 pounds (4,500 kilograms) of perishable groceries to a food bank.News outlets report the Metairie store lost power for most of the day Thursday and contacted Second Harvest Food Bank about donating the food.Food bank spokesman Jay Vise says the donation included refrigerated and frozen items and will be distributed across 23 parishes. The food bank’s chief impact officer, Melanie McGuire, says it’s often hard to come by highly nutritious and perishable food donations.The Associated Presslast_img

Canada Bond yields and prime rates for Thursday Aug 10

Canada Bond yields for Thursday as of 4 p.m. (previous day in brackets):One-month: 0.665Three-month: 0.72Six-month: 0.915One-year: 1.13Two-year: 1.22Five-year: 1.47510-year: 1.85230-year: 2.296Interest rates:Prime rate: 2.95%Overnight lending rate: 0.75%

Former Media Minister makes statement at FCID

Former Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella appeared before the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today to make a statement.The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian was being questioned over alleged fraud said to have taken place at Selacine, the production house and advertising agency functioning under the Government.

Construction of Trans Mountain pipeline still faces hurdles as landowners dig in

Robin Scory, another landowner in the Fraser Valley who has not yet signed an agreement, said that the pipeline’s owners have offered him “lowball” sums that are only a fraction of the property’s value. Streams on his land run directly into the Fraser River and the corporation has not explained how it would mitigate the impacts of a spill, he said.“It’s a disaster waiting to happen. I’m not against the pipeline and I’m not a ‘pay me millions of dollars’ kind of guy, but it’s just so badly run,” Scory said.Trans Mountain said its key objective is to treat each landowner along the route fairly and it bases its compensation on a formula related to market value, but the landowner retains ownership. The corporation also strives to be a leader in emergency preparedness and has plans for quick response in the event of any spill, it said.It’s a disaster waiting to happenRobin Scory, landowner Numerous hurdles remain before significant construction can begin on the massive project. Trans Mountain Corp. has not signed agreements with 33 per cent of landowners, no part of the detailed route has been approved, about half of the necessary permits are outstanding and it must meet dozens of conditions with the Canada Energy Regulator, formerly the National Energy Board.Further, it faces resistance in southwest B.C., where landowners are digging in their heels, Indigenous groups are filing legal challenges and protesters are planning to ramp up activity. Trans Mountain pipeline faces fresh legal challenges after court allows six appeals to proceed Trans Mountain pipeline construction to restart, but prospective buyers stay on sidelines Environmental activists’ latest attempt to block Trans Mountain pipeline targets insurance coverage The federal Liberal government bought the pipeline for $4.5 billion last year. The parliamentary budget officer has said that if the expansion is not complete by the end of 2021, it would be fair to conclude the government overpaid for the asset.The government now says the expanded pipeline will be operational by mid-2022.“If all goes according to the government’s plan and hopes, then that is a realistic timeline,” said David Wright, an assistant law professor with the University of Calgary. “But there’s the significant caveat that not a lot has gone as hoped or planned from the government’s perspective in the last couple years.”The Finance Department disagreed with the parliamentary budget officer’s conclusion that construction delays would reduce the value of the project and mean the government had overpaid.“The government continues to consider its investment in the Trans Mountain entities to be a sound investment,” it said, adding construction was proceeding “as quickly as possible.”There are more than 2,500 tracts of private, Crown or Indigenous land to which Trans Mountain must gain access to build the expansion. As of July, some 1,730 — or 67 per cent — of owners had signed agreements granting the corporation entry.Eighty-three per cent of landowners in Alberta and eastern B.C. have signed, but in the B.C. Interior and Fraser Valley, that number drops to 54 per cent. In the Lower Mainland, just 14 per cent of landowners have signed agreements.The current Trans Mountain pipeline already runs through Gard’s property. Her frustration with the pipeline’s owners began in 2011, when she alleges workers sheared some 232 trees on her land, 80 of which they cut down entirely. The corporation denied any wrongdoing and the debate over the damage has dragged on for eight years, she said.Gard said the corporation has not offered her fair compensation for the risk that the expansion poses to her property’s delicate ecosystem or has it explained how it will restore vegetation and protect wildlife. The process feels extremely unbalanced, where she’s facing off against the corporation’s trained negotiators and legal team, she added.Pipe to be used in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Kamloops, B.C. VANCOUVER — Barbara Gard calls her three-hectare property, nestled below the forested peak of Sumas Mountain, a “miniature Stanley Park.” Its lush trees and flowing creek reminded her of Vancouver’s majestic park, and she immediately knew she wanted to call it home.But she said her peaceful retreat in Abbotsford, B.C., now feels more like a nightmare. Gard is among thousands of landowners along the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion route who have not yet granted the Crown corporation access, and she said her dealings with the project’s owners over the years have shattered her mental health.“It’s caused me emotional devastation,” said Gard, a 64-year-old school psychologist on medical leave from work. “They are killing me through stress and legal fees.” Dennis Owen/Reuters files In cases where Trans Mountain can’t settle with a landowner, the Canadian Energy Regulator provides a process to address differences of opinion, it said, and the regulator may ultimately grant right of entry to allow the corporation to build the pipeline.Before a court decision last August halted the project, a process was underway to confirm the detailed route of the expansion. After the project was approved a second time in June, the regulator said the corporation must redo that process.It means none of the detailed route has been approved. Trans Mountain has begun notifying local communities of its proposed route and is waiting for statements of opposition from affected people over 30-day periods. The energy regulator then reviews the statements and decides — segment-by-segment — whether detailed route hearings will be held and when.The lack of route approval is already having an impact. Trans Mountain noted in an Aug. 19 letter to the regulator that it must begin construction of the Burnaby Mountain tunnel portal immediately and earth works must occur prior to the start of the peak rainy season in November. The regulator responded that it could not start work because the route is not approved.“It’s hard to see the (detailed route approval) happening before the rainy season that they’ve cited,” said Wright.The corporation has begun work on its two terminals in Burnaby. But Sarah Buehler, a spokeswoman for protest group Protect the Inlet, said activists aren’t staging demonstrations right now because major construction has not begun.“At this stage, there is not enough significant construction going on for us to try to stop it. … When the time comes, you’ll probably see something like Burnaby Mountain in 2014,” she said, referring to protests that drew hundreds and led to arrests.Trans Mountain also isn’t allowed to start work on its Edmonton terminal because a variance is still being processed and some pre-construction conditions haven’t been met. The company said it plans to begin work at the site this month and will soon start construction along the right-of-way between Edmonton and Edson. read more

Pressures of university among research presented by Chancellors Chairs

Knowing the mounting pressure often experienced by first-year students, Child and Youth Studies Associate Professors Shauna Pomerantz and Dawn Zinga recently provided their colleagues with insight into the academic and social difficulties faced by those entering university.Pomerantz talked about their recent study, “Surviving or thriving? The agony and the ecstasy of the first-year university experience,” during Brock’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) event March 27.Organized by the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI), the event featured presentations by five current holders of Chancellor’s Chairs in Teaching Excellence. Chancellor’s Chairs awards provide annual funding of $5,000 over three years to support a program of research and practice that makes a broad contribution to advance teaching, learning and educational technology at Brock.Through group and individual interviews, Pomerantz said students candidly shared with them their fears around failure, high expectations, academic pressures and a general sense of feeling intimidated by professors. They described their social lives, the residence and party culture, the importance of friendships, and pressures of gender identity, while also opening up about the emotional swing from loneliness to strong feelings of freedom and power.The social and academic life for students can’t be untangled, said Pomerantz, and while the challenges are not surprising, their struggles can be almost invisible. The more parents, professors and administrators know about the challenges, she added, the better able they will be to find ways to “make things so much better” for first-year students.The SoTL presentations demonstrated the depth and cross-section of teaching scholarship being carried out at Brock. Emerging from the mix of topics were recurring messages encouraging colleagues to create innovative, reflective, collaborative and supportive environments to engage students in learning that will set them up with the knowledge and skills for career success.In another presentation, English Professor Martin Danahay, Skyping in from England, and Evan Sitler, Goodman School of Business, previewed their newly created 3D classroom. Next year, a small group of students will experience virtual 3D learning at Brock. The 3D space resembles a seminar room setting. With the use of 3D headsets, students will create avatars of themselves to enter, move and interact within the space as part of online course discussions.Danahay’s project is focused on evaluating the impact of 3D bodily presence on teacher and student interactions and he’ll gather feedback from students about the learning experience and how it compares to typical Sakai forum interactions.CPI is accepting nominations for the next round of Chancellor’s Chairs in Teaching Excellence awards, with appointments effective July 1. The application deadline for the 2019 awards is Monday, April 15. See the CPI website for details.Faculty also have until Monday, April 15 to submit proposals for CPI’s upcoming 2019 Spring Perspectives that will continue the discussion of reflective teaching. The event will be held Tuesday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. Complete details are on the CPI website.Highlights from the other SoTL presentations include:Wikipedia Assignment: Developing Graduate Student Outcomes and Employability SkillsAssistant Professor Nicola Simmons, in the Department of Educational Studies, says her project has already changed the way she teaches. Simmons is examining how an assignment she gave to graduate students to critique and edit a Wikipedia page is impacting their development of graduate degree level expectations and employability skills. Simmons says the project emphasizes the importance of providing students with metacognitive learning — deeper reflective teaching activities that involve critical awareness from which students discover how to go from consumers of knowledge to creators of knowledge.The “I” in Teams: The Development and Evaluation of an Interprofessional Course on Collaboration and TeamworkAssociate Professor Jenn Salfi, in the Department of Nursing, debuts an innovative course, Foundations in Collaboration and Teamwork, this spring. With the help of a working group of colleagues, she has designed an interprofessional experiential learning opportunity for students from the five Health Sciences programs. The course features lectures, in-class interprofessional case-based learning and a small-group collaborative activity or project with a community partner. The project emphasizes a focus on helping students build competencies, particularly soft skills such as communication, teamwork and shared decision-making, required to succeed in careers that involve interprofessional teamwork.Do Students Believe they can become Industry Leaders: A longitudinal studyProfessors Shannon Kerwin and Kirsty Spence, of the Department of Sport Management, have followed a cohort of Sports Management (SPMA) students throughout their program to explore the relationship between ego development and leadership efficacy. This study is focused on mapping the vertical development of students — how students deepen and expand their perspectives, views and experiences of leadership qualities. For example, SPMA male students in particular, come into the program with an inflated “boxscore” sense of their leadership abilities based on what they have done on the playing field. Spence says it’s a valuable opportunity for the department to get inside the student experience and reflect on the SPMA curriculum in facilitating ego development. read more

Kyle Lowry Could Make Toronto An NBA Finals Dark Horse

It’s likely no coincidence that Toronto’s opponents are scoring at a rate of nearly 4 fewer points per 100 possessions with Lowry on the court than they did a season ago. In fact, Lowry’s rehabilitation has been so complete that the Raptors now rank among the league’s top 10 teams at both ends of the floor and he has risen to full-blown MVP candidate status.You’re only as good as your best playerIt’s no secret that there’s a distinct relationship between a team’s championship probability and the quality of its best player, but it takes a truly exceptional player to make a run at a title. In the past, Lowry hasn’t been good enough to move that needle, but this season’s version is inching into the territory where small individual improvements can drastically upgrade a team’s chances of winning a championship.We’d expect a team being led by Lowry at his previous career-high BPM of +5.9 to win the title about 5 percent of the time; at this season’s +7.2 mark, those odds are doubled, to 10 percent. (Not even Carter in his prime led Toronto with a BPM so high.) Add in a decent supporting cast — and it’s debatable as to whether Toronto has one of those, particularly with DeMarre Carroll on ice, but let’s entertain the notion anyway — and suddenly the idea of a championship parade down Bay Street doesn’t seem quite so pie-in-the-sky. By just about any measure, the last three seasons have been the best time to root for the Toronto Raptors in their 20-year history. The Vince Carter era was thrilling but brief, and Chris Bosh’s dinos never quite realized their potential. Since 2013-14, however, the Raptors’ winning percentage has hovered around 60 percent, and their efficiency differential has been roughly 3.5 points per 100 possessions — numbers that those previous runs only approached in spurts.For all that success, however, Toronto has had trouble making any kind of dent come playoff time. As my ESPN colleague Zach Lowe wrote about Tuesday, each of the team’s past two postseasons ended with a first-round exit, and although the Raptors were upset both times — implying they had the talent to potentially go further — 49-win teams don’t typically vie for NBA championships anyway.1There are rare exceptions, but even conditional on making it past the first round of the playoffs, only 13 percent of teams that won 48 to 50 games in a season went on to the NBA Finals. If this season’s version of the club is basically the same, expecting different results would be irrational.These Raptors, however, have a secret weapon that their predecessors lacked: skinny Kyle Lowry.Technically speaking, this is Lowry’s fourth season with Toronto; he even logged the second-most minutes of any Raptor during the failed playoff runs of 2014 and 2015. But that version of Lowry was — how can we say it? — less svelte, and far less productive. By Box Plus/Minus (BPM), Lowry’s 2014-15 season was the worst he’d had in four years. This season, though, Lowry profiles like a top-five player according to the advanced metrics. And his sudden improvement could finally give Toronto the star power necessary to truly compete for a championship.Lowry’s evolving gameBefore this season, Lowry appeared to be on an evolutionary arc many players go through, trading a higher usage rate for less efficient scoring. In his rise as one of the game’s best guards, he’d once ranked in at least the 70th percentile of NBA players in both true shooting percentage and usage. That isn’t an easy thing to do. But last season, Lowry seemed to have surpassed the workload at which he could maintain a reasonable level of efficiency — a situation exacerbated by the banged-up state he found himself in as the season progressed. As a result, his offensive numbers dipped: He settled for more midrange shots and drew fewer fouls; he ran the pick-and-roll less often (and less efficiently); and over the course of the season, he struggled with his jump shot in a way he hadn’t for years.Although Lowry was pretty clearly not being himself, the Raptors won the Atlantic Division and locked up the No. 4 seed in the East. But the team was also unceremoniously swept by Washington, a series in which Lowry kept a high usage but saw his efficiency completely collapse. This seemed like a bad sign.Perhaps even more troubling, it was getting harder to find evidence that Lowry — a player with a good two-way reputation — was still among the league’s best defensive guards. Going into last season, he’d ranked up around the 80th percentile of NBA guards in defensive BPM over his career — a ranking corroborated by play-by-play plus/minus metrics and tracking data from Synergy Sports Technology — numbers underpinned by smart, bruising pick-and-roll defense. But in 2014-15, Lowry’s defensive indicators offered mixed messages. Although he still gave the Raptors’ defense a boost while on the floor, the team was also significantly worse defensively than it had been the previous season, and Lowry often looked slow, clunky and, at times, indifferent when trying to fight through ball screens. This season, Lowry has made course corrections at both ends of the floor. Although his usage continues to grow, his scoring efficiency has bounced back, in part because of smarter shot selection. He’s once again devoting fewer shots to the midrange, allowing his rates of taking threes and drawing fouls to return to their historical norms, and he’s been faster and more aggressive in the transition game as well. On defense, you can really see the effects of Lowry’s offseason weight loss. Last season, Lowry frequently failed when trying to use his strength to fight through screens (both on the ball and off), ceded too many easy buckets on pick-and-rolls and was generally slow to recover when he guessed wrong or his gambles didn’t pay off.2014-15: So this season should be encouraging for Raptors fans, at least by this metric. But after years of watching Chris Paul-led teams underachieve in the playoffs, it’s fair to ask whether this algorithm oversells the title chances for a point guard-driven squad. And as it happens, controlling for the entire skill set of a team’s best player, we found a slight tendency for teams led by players with a lot of value tied up in passing to perform worse in the postseason than we’d expect from their BPM. This could be due to any number of causes — from defenses keying in on passing patterns in a long playoff series to the way a playmaker’s value is only maximized when complemented by other skills (or perhaps it’s just random noise) — but it’s one (albeit minor) reason to consider lowering expectations for Lowry.Except that this season, Lowry’s game has been extremely well-rounded — he ranks in at least the 78th percentile of all NBA players in scoring efficiency, possession usage, assist rate and defensive BPM. Historically, teams whose best players excel in the first and last of those categories tend to exceed expectations in the playoffs at a rate far greater than any penalty that’s levied against passers.Of course, all of this presumes that Lowry’s overhauled game is legit. He’s currently 29 years old, an age at which NBA players are typically already on the downside of their careers, not metamorphosing into championship-caliber stars. Also, there was little in Lowry’s preseason CARMELO projection (our statistical crystal ball for NBA careers) to suggest an imminent breakout, aside from the late-blooming presence of Steve Nash on the fringe of his comparables list. An optimistic look at his strongest CARMELO comps suggested that he might pull a Rod Strickland and stay productive into his mid-30s; a less rosy one saw the possibility of flaming out far sooner, like Michael Adams and Derek Harper. So it’s entirely possible that Lowry will regress toward his previous career norms in the season’s second half.But given the particulars of Lowry’s skill set, and the ways in which he’s corrected his deficiencies of a season ago, it’s also very possible that if his caloric intake doesn’t regress, neither will his output.The question of whether Lowry’s teammates are good enough to support a championship run is still very much open. And even if they are, Lowry may have timed his improvement poorly, elevating his play during a season with two abnormally dominant teams that are soaking up all the league’s title odds. But Lowry’s sudden upgrade to the NBA’s elite class of players gives the Raptors a superstar the likes of which they’ve never had before. At the very least, they now possess a crucial element that was missing from the team’s recent string of good-but-not-good-enough campaigns. The new, slimmed-down version of Lowry has been quicker afoot and more focused in his pursuit of ballhandlers around and through screens, forcing more turnovers and fouling less as a result.2015-16: read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgEVERY DAY, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #TRAGEDY: Eoin Murray, a 30-year-old originally from Kildare, has passed away at a Melbourne hospital after sustaining serious head injuries on Saturday.2. #FROM RUSSIA: Vladimir Putin has warned that any US strike on Syria would lead to more violence and “unleash a new wave of terrorism”.3. #UH-OH: The Department of Finance has said it is “not aware” of a planned, formal probe by Brussels into Ireland’s tax arrangements with multinationals including Apple, reports the Financial Times.4. #THE TROUBLES: Amnesty International has criticised Northern Ireland’s attempts to deal with its past, claiming that victims have been ‘disgracefully let down’ by a flawed and fragmented approach.5. #COURTS: The mother of Madeleine McCann is due at a Portuguese court this morning for the first day of the family’s libel action against a former police chief over allegations about the three-year-old’s disappearance, Sky News reports.6. #AUSTERITY: A pre-budget warning from charity Oxfam says that European austerity policies will lead to a ‘lost decade’ and that an extra 15 to 25 million people could face living in poverty by 2025 if measures continue.7. #TRAP: The Irish Times reports that Martin O’Neill is interested in a current vacancy in the FAI’s coaching department. The news comes less than 24 hours after Giovanni Trapattoni stepped down as Ireland manager.8. #CATHOLICISM: In an interview with a Venezuelan newspaper, the Pope’s second-in-command Archbishop Pietro Parolin has said that clerical celibacy can be discussed because it is not a dogma of the Church.9. #BUSTED: A Canadian woman was arrested in Colombia yesterday as she tried to smuggle cocaine out of the country in a fake pregnancy bump. Over on Victoria Beckham got duped by fake cronuts… and is Madonna engaged again? It’s The Dredge> (YouTube: ABC OFFICIAL NEWS)last_img read more

Archos G9 Android Honeycomb tablets start at 299 with storage up to

first_imgArchos has announced its latest line of Android tablets, and there’s good news for fans of the budget brand. This time, Archos is shipping a fully-current version of Android right out of the box.The Archos G9 series will feature Android Honeycomb 3.2 with full Android Market access and sport Texas Instruments’ OMAP 4 dual-core processors. Archos will offer a total of five tablets in the G9 line-up, and it’s nice to see someone using a chip other than Nvidia’s Tegra 2 for once. The OMAP 4 offers slight performance gains over the Tegra 2 with its PowerVR SGX 540 GPU and dual-channel memory.At the low end, there’s the 8-inch Archos 80 G9, clocked at 1GHz with 8GB of internal storage priced at $299. For an additional $30, you’ll get twice the storage and a much faster 1.5GHz processor. At the top you’ll find a model that with a classic Archos touch: a 250GB hard drive (with Seagate’s hybrid drive tech that incorporates 4GB of flash storage to boost performance). It also features the 1.5GHz processor and is set to sell for $369.The 8-inch screen pumps out 1024×768 pixels, and there’s a 720P-capable front facing camera. 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 come standard, and 3G connectivity can be added via an Archos USB stick. Rounding out the hardware are a GPS, accelerometer, compass, vibration motor, mini HDMI and micro USB ports, microSD expansion slot, and a kickstand for those times when you want to enjoy your tablet without having to hold onto it or crane your neck.Next up is the 10-inch variant, the Archos 101 G9 — apart from the 1280×800 display, its hardware is identical to the 80. Two models are offered, both with the 1.5GHz OMAP processor. $399 gets you 16GB of storage while $469 snags the 250GB beast. All five models are expected to hit retail shelves in just a few days.If you’re concerned about the incorporation of an HDD in the top-of-the-line G9s, don’t fret. Seagate’s drive offers decent power savings over run-of-the-mill hard drives — the company claims as much as 50%, which would put the hybrids pretty close to some SSDs in terms of efficiency.More at Archoslast_img read more

Varvaris delivers maiden speech

first_imgNickolas Varvaris, the liberal MP for Barton in Greater Sydney, delivered in his maiden speech in Federal Parliament this week. “Barton is a seat thatis the very definition of multiculturalism”, he said and multicultural diversity has been a vital element for life in Australia, serving as a catalyst for a nation built on a democratic platform under the common values of “tolerance”, “unity” and “justice”. Mr Varvaris, the son of a migrant Greek Orthodox priest, extensively referred to his family background and Greek origin. Both these factors moulded his life, contributed to forming his awareness and taught him the importance of serving the community, he said. “It was tolerance, unity and justice that my family instinctively applied in our upbringing and allowed me to grow”, he stated expressing gratitude for the way he was raised by his parents. In his speech Mr Varvaris thanked all his political mentors in local government and in federal politics irrespective of their party affiliations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Gerrard insists Rangers must improve their form to challenge Celtic

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard insists his team must improve their form of they’re to compete with Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.The Gers host Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on Saturday looking to go level on points with the league leaders with a victory, but Gerrard insists his team must change their approach to pick all up three points.“I look round and I see good players,” Gerrard said, according to Evening Times.“That’s the first thing.”“I think we have played teams on Celtic’s level, in terms of quality and technical ability, at Ibrox this year. I think we coped very well in those games and proved we were a match for them.”“Having our fans behind us should certainly give us an advantage and give the players confidence and belief. They can push us on.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“But there is no doubt we have to max out. We need everyone to step up and perform close to their best for us to get a result.”“I think we are more used to each other. We have certainly grown as a group. The first Old Firm game came around pretty quickly and was on the back of a tough away European fixture.”“I don’t think we are much better equipped or much better than we were last time.”“The key for me, and the message to the players, is don’t freeze and have too much respect like you did the last time. Don’t sit back and wait for the game. Go and grab it.”“Go and seize the moment and the opportunity to express yourselves. I want the players to be excited about this fixture, not fearful.”last_img read more

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Sye Raa makers to release video of making the film on the

first_imgPR HandoutMakers of Sye Raa are all set to unveil the video of making the film on Wendesday, which is going to reveal the cast of the film. The film has Megastar Chiranjeevi in the lead role and he will be seen playing the role of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, a Telugu freedom fighter.The film is directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan Teja under Konidela Production Company, under a budget of Rs 200 crore.The film is said to be released on October 2 in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. Well, the makers have recently tweeted about their collaboration with Farhan Akthar, who is going to release the film in Hindi. Farhan’s Excel Entertainments and AA Films have bagged the distribution rights of the film in Hindi. One of the distributors of the Hindi version took to Twitter to share the news and introduce the ensemble cast as well, in the form of a video.He captioned the video as, “Excel Entertainment and AA Films proudly present the EPIC Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy in association with Konidela Productions starring the GREATEST Indian ensemble cast of all time (sic)”Excel Entertainment and AA Films proudly present the EPIC #SyeRaaNarasimhaReddy in association with Konidela Productions starring the GREATEST Indian ensemble cast of all time.@ritesh_sid @AAFilmsIndia @excelmovies— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 13, 2019 TwitterBesides Chiranjeevi, the film has Amitabh Bachchan, Jagapathi Babu, Nayanthara, Kichha Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Tamannaah Bhatia, Niharika Konidela, Brahmaji and others in key roles.A small teaser of the film, which gave us a glimpse of Chiranjeevi in the film was released almost a year ago, on his birthday. Now, after a year again, the makers have something to release as a part of the Independence Day celebrations and pre-birthday celebrations as well. Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan’s cowboy lookCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookThe post-production work of the film is happening in 26 studios and that too all across the world. Set in the backdrop of 1850s, expectations on this film are pretty high. Fans of Chiranjeevi are waiting to see their star on the big screen, as he was last seen in Khaidi No. 150, which was released two years ago. Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa stillTwitterlast_img read more

Nintendo 3DS TopSelling Title Professor Layton

first_imgNintendo’s official figures put the Nintendo 3DS at 400,000 units sold during its Japanese launch–other folks are estimating sales a bit lower (around 371,000, according to one source). Whatever the case my be, one title seems to be standing head and shoulders over the rest. Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle, the latest in a line of puzzle games that have proven massively popular in their native Japan, is topping the list at 117,589 units sold. That’s roughly one-third or one-fourth of the number of 3DS devices sold, depending on who you ask. By most accounts, however, the launch selection for the portable platform was fairly lackluster, with Nintendogs + Cats serving as the other front runner. The U.S. launch selection looks a bit more promising, thankfully, with 18 titles. For those eager to see what all the fuss is about, Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle will be coming to North American 3DSes, though not at launch.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Poster confirms Battlefield 4 release date names first DLC

first_imgAt the beginning of April the official Xbox blog accidentally revealed the release date of Battlefield 4 as October 29. It was also only stated that the game was coming to the Xbox 360 on that date, suggesting there may be an exclusivity period.Now a poster has appeared reconfirming an October release date, but stating it’s going to be October 31. That makes sense, as the poster is from EBGames in Australia, and it’s typical to have a couple of days difference in launches between the US, Europe, and Australia.The poster offers more than just a date confirmation, though. There’s a bunch of information included such as details of how going premium will bag you “exclusive expansions” starting with one called Drone Strike. There’s a TBA after the name, but that looks like it could be the first DLC pack for the game.Other nuggets of information on the poster include details of Battlelog 2.0, which is a new version of the Battlefield portal allowing you to track your play stats. Armchair General is also listed and described as a “brand new commander mode” where you get to lead a team.You can see the poster in its entirety below (click to see it full size). And don’t forget there’s quite a few screenshots of the game as well as a 17-minute gameplay video to watch and get excited about.If nothing else the game looks gorgeous and is sure to sell a few million copies in the run up to Christmas. However, there is a concern the game will be always-connected, just like SimCity is, and we all know how well that went down with gamers.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Technology | August 23, 2010 Mammography, PACS 10 Mega-Pixel Display Offers Auto Calibration News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more 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 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems August 23, 2010 – A 30-inch, 10 mega-pixel (MP) liquid crystal display (LCD) with auto-calibration software was released for mammography and viewing images from picture archiving and communications systems (PACS). Double Black Imaging (DBI) is showing the LCD this week at the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA) 2010 annual meeting in booth 328.The DBI 10MP offers high image quality and an ultra-high brightness and contrast ratio. The X-CAL calibration software suite offers ease of DICOM 3.14 auto-calibration. Automatic QA/QC and MQSA reports, as well as proactive system notifications, are included at no charge. The durable, bonded protective panel includes an anti-reflective coating and comes standard with the DBI 10MP-PP. This added durability reduces maintenance costs and extends the useful life of the LCD.DBI is also showing other self-calibrating LCDs during AHRA, including its 2MP monochrome, 2MP high-bright color, 3MP monochrome, 3MP high-bright color and 5MP for digital mammography.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more