Trudeau Xi face off on future of trade as PM China trip

first_imgBEIJING, China – Smiles and warm handshakes, ceremony and splendour — all of it will be on vivid display on Monday when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang extends a red-carpet welcome to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.But the spectacle that will envelop Trudeau’s arrival at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People will shroud a starker reality: Canada’s uphill fight to forge a fair trading relationship with a big, ambitious country that plays by its own rules.The government is playing down the possibility that this trip would mark the start of formal free trade talks, but the prime minister will be looking to attract Chinese investors and move economic relations forward. China is eager to get on with actual negotiations after several long rounds of “exploratory” discussions with Canada.But Canada needs something else first: guarantees from China the talks won’t be strictly business.Senior government officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, say Canada wants China to agree to a framework for free trade talks that will include its so-called progressive trade agenda — environmental and labour, gender and governance issues.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Saturday that Canada has raised those issues in exploratory talks in order to gauge the reaction of the Chinese.Chinese officials have repeatedly said any free trade deal with Canada should be divorced of human rights considerations. But Canada wants to continue to add what it sees as this broader progressive trade agenda that it successfully entrenched in its free trade deal with Europe and in the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Pacific Rim countries, not including China.As one of the architects of the current world trading order after the Second World War, Canada wants to protect and advance the rules of progressive international trade. Exactly how Canada persuades China to take a broader view has become a major preoccupation across many federal departments, officials say.“This is our turf in many respects. We’re not really going to let anyone else rewrite the rules,” one official said.The recently completed rounds of the exploratory talks were “about gathering intel, about understanding the situation.”Canada isn’t interested in negotiating a basic goods-and-services agreement similar to Australia’s pact with China, nor is it interested in negotiating piecemeal, sector by sector, the official said. That’s because if Canada and China strike a deal in aerospace, for instance, the principles that guide that agreement wouldn’t necessarily be applicable when a dispute arises in another, say agriculture.Champagne said in a recent speech that Canada wants to establish a broad framework “where issues can be addressed and rule of law is paramount.”Canada wants to level the playing field with a much larger country, including protecting the interests of small and medium sized companies, the minister said. And it is not interested in backing down from its progressive trade agenda.“When it comes to trade, Canadians expect us to be resolute and steadfast in the promotion of our values abroad, in preserving and protecting our national security, and all the while growing our economy,” Champagne said.“We must see the entire chessboard and plan our moves accordingly.”But many analysts say that chessboard is heavily stacked in China’s favour.Canada faces China’s most powerful leader in decades: President Xi Jinping, who solidified a bold vision for China’s future at a landmark party congress in October. With the protectionist Trump administration in Washington, Xi has positioned himself as the protector of liberalized trade. But his speech to the party congress promised to project a China worldview that he called “socialism with Chinese characteristics.”“They have made crystal clear the future for China is not democracy and western human rights, not today, not tomorrow and not in the long term,” said Paul Evans of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia.“It means they are more rigid than even on their approach to human rights,” he added.“Chinese leadership is really going to be welcome in several fields but it may be changing the rules in ways we should be nervous about.”David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said Canada needs a more comprehensive China strategy that addresses its continued rise as well as Canada’s interests and values. So far, he said, he has not seen that.“Xi is less interested in market forces than his predecessors, much more inclined to state intervention and much more inclined to do things that really cause the playing field to be skewed in China’s favour,” said Mulroney.“Negotiating this with Xi Jinping makes the job a lot more difficult, but not impossible.”Trudeau is to meet Xi on Tuesday in Beijing.Wendy Dobson, co-director of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, said she doesn’t think Canada is prepared to start formal trade talks with China. The two countries need to establish some guidelines at the start “so that we’re not surprised later.”“The template for us is CETA and TPP, which are very high-standard agreements, which include goods, services, investment, competition policy, state-owned enterprises,” said Dobson.China’s view is more straightforward. “It’s probably agriculture and natural resources and maybe kick us in the pants to build a pipeline to the west coast.”Champagne argued in his speech that Canada is more than a county of 35 million people because it has preferential access to a market of 1.2 billion through trade deals such as the Canada-EU pact and the much-threatened NAFTA.Mulroney said Canada has other leverage, too. The Chinese continue to place stock in the long-standing historical connections to Norman Bethune and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s breakthrough in establishing diplomatic relations.“We may think it’s quaint, but it’s real to them,” added Dobson.“They’ve got 5,000 years (of history) and this is only five minutes ago.”last_img read more

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WC bound Kedar sustains shoulder injury, set to miss IPL play-offs

first_imgMohali: World Cup bound Kedar Jadhav on Sunday hurt his left shoulder while fielding during Chennai Super Kings IPL game against Kings XI Punjab here, with head coach Stephen Fleming virtually ruling him out of the play-off matches. Asked if there was any update on Kedar, Fleming said at a post-match press conference, “He is getting an X-ray and a scan (done) tomorrow.” “We are hopeful for him although I don’t think we will see him again in this tournament for us. He is in some discomfort, but we just need to be accurate with our assessments tomorrow. Fingers crossed that it is nothing serious, but it did not look that good,” Fleming gave an open-ended reply. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIt could be safely concluded that Kedar is not being risked as BCCI has blanket instructions that any injury to World Cup bound players will be given utmost priority. With exactly a month left for India’s first game, the BCCI will not risk the veteran Maharashtra all-rounder, who is a vital cog in Virat Kohli’s Plan A for the World Cup. The pint-sized cricketer didn’t bowl a lot in IPL unlike he doe for India and it has been learnt that his dodgy hamstring is one of the reasons for that as an aggravation could have affected his World Cup chances. Kedar hurt his shoulder while diving near the boundary ropes to save an overthrow in the 14th over bowled by Dwayne Bravo who failed to collect the throw from Ravindra Jadeja.last_img read more

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UK: UN Talks in Geneva Important for Moroccan-Algerian Dialogue

Rabat – In a tweet, the British representative said that the UK “would like to see progress towards resolving long-standing issues between Maghreb states,” referring to the Western Sahara conflict.On November 6, King Mohammed VI offered Algeria to engage in a frank and direct dialogue with Morocco to break the stalemate hindering Maghreb unity.He also said that Morocco is open to “any initiative or proposals” that would help to normalize the “much less than acceptable” relations between the two neighbors. The UK, according to Reilly, believes that the United Nations talks in Geneva scheduled for December  at the request of the personal envoy of the Secretary-General, Horst Kohler, is “important in this regard.”#UK Interested to see #Moroccan King’s proposal for mechanism for dialogue with #Algeria. UK would like to see progress towards resolving longstanding issues between #Maghreb states. #UN #WesternSahara talks in #Geneva next month important in this regard https://t.co/U97v846RR5— Thomas Reilly (@TSAReilly) November 20, 2018The UK was not the only country that backed King Mohammed VI’s proposal.  Earlier this month, the US Department of State said that rapprochement between Algeria and Morocco could help de-escalate regional tensions between Rabat and Algiers.Read Also: US: Morocco-Algeria Diplomatic Normalization Will Improve Security“The US Government has urged Algeria and Morocco to recognize that improved relations will help the two countries tackle common bilateral and regional issues such as terrorism, illegal immigration, drug trafficking and economic integration,” the Department of State told the state-owned news agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Despite international leaders backing Morocco’s dialogue initiative, Algeria remains silent.Several Algerian parties responded to Morocco’s offer, especially when Moroccan parties announced that they would visit Algeria to meet with members of political parties.Algerian parties, including Ennahda, argued that steps to solve issues between the two countries should come from governments rather than political parties.Read Also: Qatar, France Welcome King Mohammed VI’s Dialogue Initiative to AlgeriaSpain, Jordan, France, UAE, the United Nations, and the African Union all commended Morocco’s initiative. read more

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Orders for longlasting US factory goods falls sharply as businesses cut back

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 26, 2013 8:34 am MDT Orders for long-lasting US factory goods falls sharply as businesses cut back on spending WASHINGTON – Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell sharply last month as demand for commercial aircraft plummeted and businesses spent less on computers and electrical equipment.The Commerce Department said Monday that orders for durable goods plunged 7.3 per cent in July, the steepest drop in nearly a year. Excluding the volatile transportation category, orders fell just 0.6 per cent. Both declines followed three straight months of increases.Durable goods are items meant to last at least three years. The drop suggests manufacturing continues to struggle after starting the year weak.Economists tend to focus on orders for so-called core capital goods. Those orders fell 3.3 per cent, but the drop followed four straight months of gains.Core capital goods are considered a good measure of businesses’ confidence in the economy. They include items that point to expansion — such as machinery, computers and heavy trucks — while excluding volatile orders for aircraft and defence.July’s drop may be temporary, economists cautioned, noting that it followed several months of increased orders.“At the very least, it is a reminder that the expected pick-up in economic growth in the second half of the year will be gradual,” Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, said in an email.One bright spot was that unfilled orders rose to their highest level since record began in 1992. Those are orders that were placed in previous months but yet to be shipped. The increase suggests output could remain steady in the coming months, despite the weak month of orders in July.And orders for autos and auto parts rose 0.5 per cent, the second straight gain. Auto sales jumped 14 per cent in July compared with a year earlier.Manufacturing has slumped this year, hurt by weakness overseas that has dragged on U.S. exports. But there have been signs that factory activity could pick up in the second half of the year.Europe finally emerged from recession in the spring. And in June, U.S. exports rose to an all-time high.A survey by the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group, said factory activity expanded in July at the fastest pace in two years. Companies hired more workers and new orders surged, both signs that output should rise in the coming months.Factory production slipped in July, according to the Federal Reserve. But that followed two months of increases. And July’s 0.1 per cent decline reflected a slowdown in auto output, which will likely be temporary.The economy expanded at just a 1.7 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter. Most economists expect that figure will revised up to a 2.2 per cent annual rate, mostly because of the jump in June exports. The government issues its second estimate for second-quarter growth on Thursday.Most analysts predict growth may pick up to about a 2.5 per cent annual rate in the second half of the year. They note that steady job growth should fuel more consumer spending and the impact of higher taxes and government spending cuts are likely to fade. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Emery Smokes Altamont in Three Sets Photo Gallery

Photos by Dusty Butler Emery shined in its home opener on the volleyball court on Tuesday night. The Lady Spartans beat up on the Altamont Lady Longhorns for their second straight sweep.Emery won 25-13 in the first set, 25-15 in the second and 25-19 in the final set.Up next, Emery will head down to the Dixie Flyers Tournament in St. George for the weekend.

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Ohio State softball takes final game in series against Purdue

The Ohio State softball team took the last win in a three-game series Sunday afternoon against Purdue at home, 5-3. After a four-inning deadlock with the teams tied, 3-3, the Buckeyes hit back-to-back home runs in the 10th inning to grab their only win of the series. The Buckeyes lost Friday afternoon, 4-2, and Saturday, 8-7. “There was just no way we were going to let them beat us three times,” said sophomore infielder Maddy McIntyre, who hit her third home run of the year in Sunday’s extra inning. Junior first baseman Evelyn Carrillo hit the other 10th-inning home run, her second of the year, and added 3 RBI in the game. Carrillo said it was satisfying to win the game with McIntyre. “It feels awesome,” Carrillo said. “Maddy and I always talk about tag teaming, so I’m really happy that we were able to tag team this last inning and get two home runs for the team.” The duo scored the first back-to-back home runs since former Buckeyes Alicia Herron and Sam Marder did in 2010. Sophomore pitcher Olivia O’Reilly replaced redshirt junior Melanie Nichols in the bottom of the second inning and finished out the rest of the game only allowing one run. O’Reilly said she depended on her teammates to finish out the game. “I just knew I had my team behind me, they were making great defensive plays all day,” O’Reilly said. “I just knew if I put it on the plate and they hit it, my team would have my back.” The Buckeyes started off strong with two runs in the top of the first inning, only for the Boilermakers to tie things up by the bottom of the second inning. OSU pulled ahead of the Boilermakers again in the top of the fifth as sophomore outfielder Taylor Watkins hit it out of the park. But Carrillo is looking ahead and said she is ready for the series against Michigan next weekend. “Rivalry, just blood, straight out blood. We’re going after them,” Carrillo said. “So we’re going out there with the mindset that we’re going to win, and that’s what we’re going to do.” The Buckeyes are set to take on the No. 14 Wolverines starting on Friday at 6 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

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Down the rink Columbus Blue Jackets recap – Week 8

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson scored the game-winner in overtime against Calgary on Nov. 22 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Columbus Blue Jackets (15-7-1, 31 points) are riding a six-game winning streak through 23 games and are positioned one point behind the New Jersey Devils for first place in the Metropolitan division.The Blue Jackets battled in the first two games of the week to come away with one-goal victories, but dominated the Ottawa Senators Friday to wrap up the week.Here are a few storylines from the eighth week of the Blue Jackets’ season.Offense pick up without star productionSo far, the power play has been abysmal. It hasn’t been in double-digit percentage since Oct. 14, which has been the difference in turning the offense into a dominant force it could be. The expected offensive presence of forwards Artemi Panarin, Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky has not been consistent, either.Yet, Columbus scored eight goals this week from seven different players, many of which aren’t the average contributors.Defenseman Markus Nutivaara scored a go-ahead goal Friday against Ottawa and rookie center Pierre Luc-Dubois put the Blue Jackets on the board with his third of the year against Buffalo Nov. 20.Josh Anderson has continued his steady offensive production, scoring his team-leading eighth goal in overtime in a 1-0 win against Calgary. Atkinson scored twice and Foligno scored once against Ottawa for their first goals since Oct. 27 and Oct. 25, respectively. Head coach John Tortorella will need more of that production from his top-six forwards.Bobrovsky is still the best goaltender in the NHLGoaltender Sergei Bobrovsky’s statistics are always listed in this rundown, but his play during the win streak has been nothing short of remarkable. He ranks second in the league in wins and first in save percentage, goals against average and tied with three shutouts. Not impressed? During the team’s six-game win streak, Bobrovsky has allowed four combined goals in his four wins with a .966 save percentage.The penalty kill has been a major help to Bobrovsky, and the defense has improved in the past week with its ability to limit quality scoring chances. When those were deficiencies, however, No. 72 was a one-man defense and he’s beginning to be rewarded for it.There’s plenty of the season left, but Bobrovsky is the early favorite for the first back-to-back Vezina Trophy winner since Martin Brodeur in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 season. Lukas Sedlak solid in returnThe Blue Jackets returned one of their best penalty-killers from an ankle injury this week in Lukas Sedlak. The team was in dire need of depth at center, so Sedlak’s return was welcomed, even if he’s not a prolific offensive player.In two games, the Czech skater tallied one assist in 9:24 of average ice time, but his impact was felt most in the penalty kill, which was a perfect 4-for-4 in his two games.The third line of Sedlak, Tyler Motte and Jordan Schroeder has provided Tortorella with a productive forecheck and active sticks in the defensive end that keeps the opposition’s chances to a minimum.Injury reportThird-line left wing Matt Calvert remains on injured reserve since Nov. 6. Calvert was initially given a three-to-four week window of recovering from his upper-body injury.Alexander Wennberg has missed the past five games with an upper-body injury.Looking aheadMontreal star goaltender Carey Price is back in net for the Canadiens after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. His first game back, against Buffalo on Nov. 25, was a shutout. The Blue Jackets will face three of the league’s worst power plays — Montreal, Carolina and Anaheim. But if there’s one game to watch this week, it will be Saturday on the road against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.Top performers (skaters)Cam Atkinson – two goals (6), one assist (3), three points (9), +4Markus Nutivaara – one goal (1), two assists (8), three points (9), +3Josh Anderson – one goal (8), one assist (4), two points (12)Oliver Bjorkstrand – two assists (9), two points (14), +1Goaltending:Sergei Bobrovsky – 3-0-0 (14-4-1), 1.32 goals allowed average (1.91), 76 saves, .950 save percentage (.936)In the circle (faceoff record, faceoff win percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 23-34, 40.4, 20-27, 1-0, 2-7 Nick Foligno – 19-27, 41.3, 13-25, 4-2, 3-0Pierre-Luc Dubois – 10-19, 34.5, 10-19, 0-0, 0-0Lukas Sedlak – 7-8, 46.7, 6-8, 1-0, 0-0Overall: 46.4 percent, ranked 31stSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 0-for-1 at Buffalo; 0-for-2 vs. Calgary; 0-for-2 vs. OttawaOverall: 6-for-62 (9.7 percent), ranked 31stPenalty kill – 3-for-3 at Buffalo; 1-for-1 vs. Calgary; 3-for-3 vs. OttawaOverall: 49-for-58 (84.5 percent), ranked tied-fourthUp next:11/27 – at Montreal (9-12-3)11/28 – vs. Carolina (10-8-4)12/1 – vs. Anaheim (10-9-4)12/2 – at Washington (14-10-1) read more

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Our adversaries are rubbing their hands with glee AlQaeda is lapping it

first_img“Our adversaries are rubbing their hands with glee. Al-Qaeda is lapping it up,” Sawers told the Intelligence and Security committee. “The leaks from Snowden have been very damaging, they put our operations at risk.”GCHQ boss Iain Lobban said his service had picked up “near daily discussion” among extremist groups in the Middle East, Afghanistan and elsewhere about lessons to be learned from the Snowden files.“We have actually seen chat around specific terrorist groups, including closer to home, discussing how to avoid what they now perceive to be vulnerable communications methods,” Lobban said.Snowden, a former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, has revealed massive US electronic surveillance programmes in recent months, sending shockwaves around the world.The leaks have strained Washington’s ties with its allies over suggestions that it has eavesdropped on dozens of world leaders, including by tapping the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Today’s hearing marked an unprecedented joint public appearance for the heads of the three British intelligence agencies, who could be seen on television sitting in a row as they answered questions from lawmakers.They insisted that they worked hard to balance national security with citizens’ right to privacy.“We do not spend our time listening to the telephone calls or reading the emails of the majority. It would not be proportionate, it would not be legal. We do not do it,” Lobban told the committee.“We don’t want to delve into innocent emails and phonecalls.”(A banner supporting Edward Snowden displayed at Hong Kong. Pic: AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Spying activity ‘proportionate to threats’The spy chiefs said there was a growing terror threat at home and abroad, with “Al-Qaeda and its many, many branches” as the biggest threat to British security.Britain’s intelligence agencies had disrupted 34 terror plots since the 7 July 2005 bombings on London’s transport system, MI5 director general Andrew Parker told the committee.Syria was a particular problem with a number of Britons “in the low hundreds” having gone to fight with jihadi groups in the civil war there, Parker said.“Syria has become a very attractive place for people to go for that reason — those who support or sympathise with the Al-Qaeda ideological message,” he said.Parker insisted that the work of the intelligence services was a “proportionate” response to the terrorist threats faced by Britain.Sawers meanwhile emphatically denied that British agents used torture as a means of countering threats to national security.“We do not participate in, incite, encourage or condone mistreatment or torture, and that is absolute,” he said.(Main entrance of The Guardian Newspaper which has published much of the spy stories. Pic: John Stillwell/PA Wire)The televised proceedings were subject to a delay to prevent any information that compromised national security from being accidentally broadcast, committee chairman Malcolm Rifkind said.The three spymasters have until now given evidence to the committee in private because of the sensitive nature of their work.GCHQ has been in the spotlight in recent weeks because Snowden’s leaks have suggested close collaboration between the British listening post and its US counterpart, the NSA, to harvest vast quantities of data from ordinary citizens’ communications.Britain has faced questions from Berlin this week following a media report that London has been operating a secret listening post from its Berlin embassy.The German government called in Britain’s ambassador for questioning over the report by Britain’s Independent newspaper, which was said to be based in part on leaked documents from Snowden.© – AFPColumn: The NSA spying scandal is coming at an awkward time for the US… >Read: The British government forced us to destroy hard drives – Guardian editor > BRITAIN’S TOP SPY chiefs warned in an unprecedented television appearance today that Al-Qaeda and other enemies were “lapping up” intelligence leaks by Edward Snowden and using them to change the way they operate.The heads of the foreign spy agency MI6, the domestic intelligence service MI5 and the electronic listening station GCHQ however used their appearance before a parliamentary committee to deny that Britons were under mass surveillance.(The Headquarters of the GCHQ, Britain’s electronic eavesdropping agency. Pic: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire)In a hearing held under tight security and broadcast with a two-minute time delay to prevent slip-ups, MI6 boss John Sawers said Snowden’s revelations of US and British spy programmes were a gift to Al-Qaeda and other terrorists.last_img read more

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3900 state workers will return to work soon

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Alternate Minister for Administrative Reform Giorgos Katrougalos has drafted an amendment that will reinstate thousands of civil sector workers who were sacked or placed in a labour mobility scheme by the previous conservative administration as part of cost-cutting measures.The amendment, which will be presented to parliament in the next few days, will see some 3,900 former state employees return to their jobs within 45 days after the law is passed.These will include school guards, teachers and university administrators, as well as former municipal police officers, The latter will be rehired at the renamed “Social Mediation Service.”Their task will be to enforce regulations pertaining to issues such as parking, noise pollution and the commercial use of public spaces.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Après Gtalk Twitter devient également indisponible

first_imgAprès Gtalk, Twitter devient également indisponible.Problèmes à répétitions sur internet ce jeudi. Après Gtalk, qui ne fonctionnait pas correctement entre 12h40 et 15h40, c’est désormais au tour de Twitter de faire le coup de la panne.”Twitter is currently down For.” Voici le message que vous découvrirez quand vous accéderez à la page du célèbre réseau social.Peu ou pas de raisons sont évoquées. Sur la page de statut (lien non disponible) de l’oiseau bleu, un simple message disposant : ” Les utilisateurs peuvent expérimenter des difficultés en accédant au service. Nos ingénieurs travaillent actuellement à la résolution du problème”.Court, et très peu informatif. La panne se serait déclenchée aux alentours de 17h30 et ne semble, pour l’heure, pas réglée.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les versions mobiles iPhone et Android du site ne semblent pas non plus fonctionner, ce qui indiquerait une panne générale du service, au niveau de son fonctionnement.Et comme le malheur des uns fait le bonheur des autres, les pages de doléances des utilisateurs de Twitter, sur Facebook, se remplissent de minutes en minutes.Ce n’est pas la première fois, cette année, que Twitter expérimente ce genre de mésaventures. En effet, un problème similaire avait touché le site de micro-blogging  à la fin du mois de juin dernier. La raison invoquée alors : une panne due par un bug “à effet en cascade” !Le 26 juillet 2012 à 19:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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GEEK PICK All of the Logitech Audio Stuff

first_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls For the past few Geek Picks we’ve been letting you know all about the promising upcoming products Logitech showed at its recent holiday preview. And for this last post on that event we wanted to break format a little bit to tell you about not one but three different cool pieces of tech with a common theme: audio. Whether you’re exercising, playing music at a party, or aiming to get the most custom headphones imaginable, there should be a Logitech pick here for you.The right music can make or break your motivation to work out. However, the unique conditions of exercising call for a different approach when designing headphones. The Jaybird X4 ($130) are wireless and waterproof, so they won’t get snagged on equipment or fizzle out when drenched in sweat. But impressive bass and audio balancing just make them good headphones overall, sport or otherwise. You’ll hear them over the sound of your own heart exploding. For chiller beats, check out the Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 speaker ($200). This wireless cone delivers great sound considering the price, even if bass is lacking. It’s more durable than ever, withstanding dust and water. And new buttons and mobile apps give you more control over what music you want to play and when. Stay on target It’s not exactly a new product, but the wildest thing we saw from Logitech still has to be the Ultimate Ears Pro Custom headphones. Using this service, you literally create a mold based on the inside of your ears. You’ll then get headphones specifically designed to fit in your ears and yours alone almost like a hearing aid. Beyond the snugger fit, the headphones also include six speakers for premium sound quality. The catch is these start at $499 and only get pricier for professionals, but what do you expect for headphones custom tailored to your exact inner ear contours?For more on the Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 and Jaybird X4 check out our extensive reviews on our sister site PCMag.com. For more Logitech picks check out the MX Vertical Mouse and Powered Wireless Charging Stand.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Dolph Ziggler talks about being jealous of Kofi Kingston Eric Bischoff losing

first_img Pinterest Videos Articles Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Xavier Woods Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Chris Van Vliet passed along an interview he did with Dolph Ziggler today before Smackdown Live in Miami, Florida tonight. Ziggler addressed a number of topics including how long he wanted to be away from WWE, his jealousy of Kofi Kingston, losing to Kevin Owens in 17 seconds at Extreme Rules, whether Eric Bischoff has started yet, and more.On how long he was planning on being away from WWE:I was hoping for six months … and then I was like ‘well, three months would be great’ and a couple of weeks in I was asked [to return] and I said I can’t do it. With a little bit of Royal Rumble in there, we had a couple of weeks but [it was] a solid two and a half months [off] which is more time than I had off in 14 years combined.He says he is jealous of Kofi Kingston:I’m genuinely jealous that Kofi got this, he has everyone behind him, he has the locker room behind him but then he went above and beyond to get that Kofi Mania a real-life thing happen to where people in the back are cheering … I was out and to get behind that and still be rooting for someone else, it’s weird because we’re all wanting ourselves to be the champion.On losing to Kevin Owens in 17 seconds and if it hurts Ziggler more or helps Owens more:I think that helps him and he was in a position the last couple of months [that] he wasn’t doing too much. He was just being Kevin Owens and being around. I know a lot of people are rooting for me or against me or don’t care and that’s fine but to be part of a catalyst that sent him into a different direction, as much as it kills me, I was happy to be a part of it. We could have done a 15-minute match, two-thirds of the way through that pay-per-view, where people were exploding through walls and going through tables and it would have been okay and fine. That was a special moment for Kevin Owens so I think that’s better for the business and the company and the show.Ziggler doesn’t know when Eric Bischoff starts his role as Executive Director:Maybe today. I have no idea, I have not seen Bischoff.On which WWE Superstar he would like to have a longer program with:I would like to do something long-term with AJ Styles because we got to do a couple of live events and a couple of shows to where him and I said at the beginning ‘We’re just going to go amateur wrestling at the beginning.’ So we just got to roll around to test each other out and feel it out.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Dolph Ziggler Comments On His WWE Status Now Playing Up Next Twitter Google+ Videos Articles The Miz WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte center_img Triple H Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Announces Huge 4-Way Battles For SmackDown Live Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Many WWE Stars Want To Go To AEW Facebook Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

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Polar bears go fishing at the San Diego Zoo

first_imgPolar bears go fishing at the San Diego Zoo Posted: February 27, 2018 The bears also cache their fishy snacks in snow piles or other hiding spots, so they can enjoy them throughout the day.While their wild counterparts in the Arctic require a high-calorie diet of ringed seals to survive, the San Diego Zoo’s polar bears are given a fortified meat-based commercial carnivore diet, trout and other fish, cow femur bones, thawed rabbits, vegetables and lettuce as treats. Additional items are also offered to encourage species-specific behaviors, including a snow machine that allows the bears to dig and roll in freshly flaked ice.The San Diego Zoo’s polar bears were originally found as orphaned cubs in the wild, with little or no chance of survival without a mother. They were rescued and brought to the Zoo, where they have thrived at the 5,500 square-foot Polar Bear Plunge habitat.As the world’s largest land carnivore, polar bears have no natural predators — but climate change has led to record-breaking sea ice losses in the Arctic, posing a major threat to their survival.This has critically reduced the bears’ ability to find food and has caused declines in the number of polar bears, with young polar bears facing a higher mortality rate than adults. Today, it is estimated that there are approximately 23,000 polar bears living throughout the Arctic.Polar bears are listed as Vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Endangered Species, and they are listed as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. If Arctic sea ice continues to decrease at the current rate, the world’s polar bear population is projected to decline by up to 30 percent in the next 30 years.For more than a decade, San Diego Zoo Global’s researchers and its U.S. and Canadian partners have focused on contributing to science-based conservation strategies, to preserve and understand wild populations of polar bears. Updated: 8:40 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Arctic ambassadors at the San Diego Zoo’s Polar Bear Plunge habitat got a fishy treat when they dove into their pool Tuesday morning, on International Polar Bear Day.Animal care staff provided the three polar bears — Tatqiq, Kalluk and Chinook — with 10 largemouth black bass, to encourage natural hunting behaviors and present additional opportunities to thrive.“Our goal is to promote species-specific behaviors by creating novel experiences for these dynamic animals,” said Matt Akel, animal care manager. “Providing our polar bears the ability to hunt fish has proven to be an extremely rewarding experience.”Animal care staff said they are particularly excited to be able to offer the bears live fish on a monthly basis.“Tatqiq is our most playful bear, and she’s managed to develop a smart technique when it comes to catching these fish,” said Nate Wagner, senior keeper. “Tatqiq has learned to corral the fish into the shallow end where they’re easier to catch, and she uses the corners of the habitat to her advantage.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, February 27, 2018last_img read more

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First openly gay bishop talks about religion and sexuality

first_imgBishop Gene Robinson (Courtesy of Todd Franson – Metro Weekly)The first openly gay Episcopal bishop is visiting Anchorage this weekend to kick off Pride Week. Retired Bishop Gene Robinson was consecrated in 2003 amid much controversy. Robinson says he decided now was the time to visit Anchorage because of local, religiously-fueled opposition to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, which protects people based on their gender identity and sexual orientation.Download AudioDownload Audio.Gene Robinson: Unfortunately the conservative religious right pretty much owns the airwaves and TV stations and so on and therefore people get this impression that homosexuality and faith are sort of mutually exclusive. And so I’m kind of a symbol of how that’s not true. I’m a gay man – out, proud – and you can’t be much more bought into institutional religion than being a bishop, right? So just by showing up I make a statement about that.Anne Hillman: So what is your argument to counter the religious right?GR: I think it’s important to remember from the very beginning that the three Abrahamic faiths – Islam, Christianity, and Judaism – all three have texts within their sacred texts that at first reading and on their face value seem to condemn homosexuality. It turns out not to be the case when you read those texts in their context. I like to say, I take the Bible seriously enough not to take it literally.Let me just tell a quick story that indicates the task at hand. Suppose it’s the year 3000 and the game of baseball has been completely lost. No one plays it, no one knows the rules. It’s just been lost to the culture. And in that year 3000 you pick up a novel that was written in 2000 and one of the characters is described as being out in left field. So in the year 3000, not knowing baseball, you would think you knew what that meant because you know what left is and you know what field is. But unless you know the game of baseball, you don’t know it has become a metaphor for being out of touch, out of the loop, isolated and so on. So the texts we are dealing with as religious people are 2,000, 3,000 years old and we cannot assume that the words we read – and let’s remember, they’re translations. These texts are not written in English. These translated words may not mean today what they meant then. And so we have to actually look at context.The second thing is to understand that – and this is going to sound completely wrong – but homosexuality didn’t exist in the ancient world. Now, same-sex behavior exisited, but the notion of sexual orientation even as a category is only about 140 years old.Bishop Gene Robinson at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage. (Hillman/Alaska Public)AH: Let’s talk about Orlando. What does it mean for the LGBTQ community?GR: I think for our community it means that we’re not as far along as we thought we were. That we are in more danger than we thought we were. We thought we had made more progress than that. That we had at least safe places to go and safe cities and safe states where our rights would be acknowledged and our safety would be assured. And this has just shown how that is simply not true.We see politicians who acknowledge the massacre and refuse to acknowledge that it was a gay community. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community that was targeted. And that most of those people were people of color. It just shows how the racism and the heterosexism are at work, even in the middle of a tragedy like this. If you refuse to name us, it is further violence against us. It just re-victimizes us.Robinson will give a public lecture Friday at 7 pm at the Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage and Sunday morning at St. John United Methodist Church.last_img read more

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Truth about Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anistons secret movie revealed

first_imgBrad Pitt and Jennifer AnistonGetty ImagesBrad Pitt is currently busy finalizing his divorce with Angelina Jolie. Amid all the drama surrounding that development, reports of him dating Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston and Princess Charlotte Casiraghi keep on coming. Brad recently reunited with his ex-wife, Jennifer and now several are wondering if or when they are going to see them starring in a new movie together.Brad Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston for a better part of his adult age. The couple did share the screen in an episode of American sitcom FRIENDS, where Jennifer served as the lead actress. Subsequently, the couple was supposedly ready to star in The Time Traveler’s Wife. It was revealed by Bruce Robin that he wrote the romantic movie keeping Brad and Jennifer in mind.It was also told by the famous screenwriter that he found Brad and Jennifer as the perfect couple who could play Henry and Clare respectively. As we all know, the duo did not star in the movie together as in 2005, both Brad and Jennifer parted the ways and the romantic sci-fi movie released a couple of years later.After Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s divorce, fans stopped talking about them as they got interested in Brad’s adventurous life with Angelina Jolie. For more than a decade, things remained quiet in their relationship arena but when Angelina decided to end her marriage, several assumed that Brad and Jennifer will get back together. Left to Right: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and Brad Pitt with first wife Jennifer Aniston.Getty ImagesThere were several reports that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are planning to reveal their alleged romance to the public during the award shows. However, as it turned out, nothing eventually happened.Nevertheless, everyone got a shock when Brad Pitt decided to attend Jennifer Aniston’s 50th birthday party. After the birthday bash, fans started to speculate that sooner or later, these two will get back together. Not only this, but reports also started to surface that Brad and Jennifer will plan a movie together as they both are back on the talking terms with each other.It should be noted that Brad Pitt did attend Jennifer Aniston’s birthday party but it stopped right there. There’s nothing going on between the two and they both are definitely not planning any movie together. Brad is busy with Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Jennifer has her own Netflix projects.last_img read more

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Chanda Kochhar Money TrailV Videocons Dhoot complicit in Rs 64 cr payout

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley with Chanda Kochhar, managing director and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank at the inauguration of 100 Digital Villages in New Delhi on May 2, 2017.IANS [Representational Image]Twice over the course of the ongoing all-encompassing multi-disciplinary Chanda Kochhar-Videocon Industries probe has chairman Venugopal Dhoot accepted complicity in the dirty deal.Dhoot reported to the CBI vide letter dated 25.4.2018 that “With reference to the captioned preliminary enquiry, I hereby submit that in my capacity as CMD of Videocon Industries, I have been entrusted with substantial powers of management inter alia including the authority to make investments/extend loans, advances etc, accordingly, Rs 64 crore given by the company to Supreme Energy Pvt Ltd is within the powers entrusted upon me.”This was disclosed by Dhoot during the inspection of Videocon during his statement under oath and through a letter dated 15/11/2018. On 12.6.2018 a missive sent by VIL to SEBI states: “This was a decision in terms of authority as the matter is very old, we are checking whether there was any contract to this effect. Further, in the next para, it is stated that no approval of audit committee was taken on the date of advance as there was an omission on the part of Venugopal Dhoot to disclose the interest in the entity.”Slam dunk and an airtight case where the investigators have probable cause and clear collusion between Videocon’s Dhoot and Kochhars.The probe agencies have compiled the exact manner of flow of funds and the present status thereof in Videocon Group. Here is the anatomy of the collusive fraud:* Videocon Industries Ltd (VIL) paid Rs 64 crores purportedly as “advance” to Supreme on 8/09/2009. * VIL then assigned this advance/receivable from Supreme to its Group company IRCL on 05/07/2011. * Indian Refrigerator Company Ltd (IRCL) it turns assigned it to another group company, Real Cleantech Pvt Ltd (RCLP) on 05/08/2011. * The Present status of RCPL is “Struck off” in RoC Records as ROC struck this company under Section 248 being defaulting in fining AR and BS after 2014 even though the amount is still payable by Supreme to VIL Group. * In lieu of this Advance, Supreme Energy allotted OCDs worth Rs. 64 Crores to RCPL on 05.10.2011. * RCPL allotted 0% OCDs to IRCL on 31/03/2012. * RCPL and IRCL are both VIL Group Companies and still continue to be same, except the fact that RCLP is now struck off. * In view of RCLP being Struck Off Company, this receivable by RCPL/VIL Group from Supreme (or Kochhar Group of Companies) is highly nonexistent/doubtful. It is clear that Videocon Group had no serious intention to recover the funds.Further, the flow of Rs 64 crore received from VIL by Supreme and further flow in Kochhar group is as under: * Supreme Received Rs 64 crore from VIL on 08/09/2009 shown as unsecured loan as per BS as at 31.03.2010. * On the same day, on 08/09/2009, Supreme transferred this amount to NuPower Renewables purportedly for a subscription for allotment of Zero Coupon Fully Convertible debentures. * NuPower allotted such debentures to Supreme on 25.03.2010. * Such Debentures were converted to Equity on 19.03.2016 at a premium of Rs 1,156.50 per share to Supreme and allotted 548,650 equity shares aggregating to Rs 64 core. The premium was on the basis of a valuation report by PWC which is already under examination by the Income Tax Department (details may be examined during the inspection of NuPower). * NuPower is in the business of Wind Power using such funds coupled with bank loans and from other entities too. The said wind power assets of NuPower were later hived off into three parts by way of Slump Sale to NuPower Wind Farms Limited (Under inspection) and Echanda Urja Private Limited (under inspection) and the third portion remains with NuPower. ICICI CEO Chanda Kochhar at the launch of “Software Robotics” at ICICI Bank Head Quarters in Mumbai, on Sept 8, 2016. (Photo: IANS)IANSHow Companies/corporate structures have changed hands and considerations involved: * Supreme was a company belonging to V.N. Dhoot as all the shares were held by Dhoot and his associates at the time of “advance” of Rs 64 crore of funds by VIL to Supreme. * Dhoot transferred all his equity held in Supreme to Mahesh Punglia (his consultant CA) on 2.11.2010 at par (9990 equity shares of Rs 10 each at par) while Rs 64 crore was still receivable by VIL from Supreme and at present which is still receivable by RCPL (Videocon group Company) * In the meantime, Dhoot floated another company NuPower jointly with a Company, Pacific Capital Services Private Limited (a company owned by the relatives of Deepak Kochhar) as 50:50 venture. * NuPower became subsidiary of Supreme as result of the sale of all 50% of his shares by Dhoot to Supreme at Par (24996 shares of Rs 10 each totalling to Rs 2,49,960) and Pacific sold to Supreme of its 22500 Equity Shares of Rs 10 totalling to Rs 225000 at par). Rest of the shares held by pacific were sold to Deepak Kochhar at par. * Later, on 12.03.2012, NuPower further allotted 1897000 equity shares of Rs 10 each to Deepak Kochhar as managing trustee of Pinnacle Trust and 100000 equity shares of Rs 10 each Sunil Bhuta on the conversion of warrants. Consequently, NuPower ceased to be subsidiary of Supreme and 97.66 % were held by Deepak Kochhar and his associates and only 2.32% with Supreme. * Puglia sold his entire shareholding of 9990 equity of Rs 10 each in Supreme (which he had got at par from Dhoot to Deepak Kochhar in his capacity as the managing Trustee of Pinnacle Energy Trust on 29.09.2012 at par totalling to about Rs 10 lakh. On the same date, the remaining 10 shares held by Vasant Kakade (an associate of Dhoot) were transferred to Prem Rajani (an associate of Kochhar]. At this stage Dhoot, even indirectly, exited from the ownership of Supreme and it became a hundred per cent company of Deepak Kochhar (through his trust) at par face value of Rs 10 per share even though at this stage also a sum of Rs 64 crore was due from Supreme to RCLP (Group company of Videocon). * Thus, Deepak Kochhar owned and controlled both Supreme and NuPower even though at this stage also a sum of Rs 64 crore was due from Supreme to RCLP (Group Company of Videocon now struck off). * Later, sums of about Rs 325 crore have flown in NuPower from Essar Group/Firstland Holding Limited between 2010 to 2012. * NuPower acquired Wind Powers from Shriram Group and also constructed its own wind power business by consolidated funds in its kitty (the sum total of funds from Videocon, Firstland, DH Renewable, bank loans etc). * Later, this company under inspection namely NuPower Wind Farm Limited was incorporated by Deepak Kochhar. * The Wind Power Business of NuPower was sold by slump sale to the company under inspection and another part to NuPower Wind farms and third undertaking remains with NuPower.(To be continued)last_img read more

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Full Show Harveys Environmental Impact And High Schoolers Bridging The Political Divide

first_imgOn Thursday’s Houston Matters: New details are emerging about the extent of Harvey’s environmental impact. A joint investigation by the Associated Press and the Houston Chronicle reveals the toxic impact of the storm is more widespread than authorities publicly reported. The Chronicle’s Lise Olsen shares the latest.Also this hour: On Sunday (March 25), high school students across Texas and political leaders are planning a Day of Unity aimed at bridging the gaps in our politically polarized society. Then, we learn how NASA is using virtual reality. And we learn about efforts to preserve an historic fire station in Galveston.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /50:32 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img X last_img read more

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Sony says releasing a more powerful PS4 is possible

first_imgDuring the years a games console is on sale the internals and external look of the machine goes through multiple changes. Both the Xbox 360 and PS3 got smaller and more power efficient, as did the PS2 and PSOne before them. Even the PS4 has received its first hardware tweaks in recent months. What never changes, though, is the performance game developers rely on when creating a game. It’s a constant, which is what you want in a platform.However, this year Nintendo decided to buck that trend with the New 3DS and New 3DS XL. One of the upgrades the handheld received was a faster processor, meaning we now have games appearing that won’t run on the older, slower 3DS models. Now Sony has said it would, hypothetically, consider doing the same thing with the PS4 in the future.Such an option would never have been considered for older PlayStation consoles as they used a custom hardware platform, which would have been extremely expensive to produce a new, more powerful version of. However, the PS4 uses the x86 architecture. Higher performance x86 chips are being produced all the time, meaning an upgrade would be significantly easier/cheaper to perform. But that doesn’t mean Sony would do it, just that it’s the first time they feasibly could.Masayasu Ito, Sony Computer Entertainment Senior Vice President, confirmed this during an interview with Japanese gaming website 4Gamer. He also went on to say the real question is whether it should be done.Announcing a new, more powerful PS4 in the immediate future would be a big mistake as it would create two tiers of games: those that run on the current and new PS4 and those that require the newer model. However, as we reach the end of the typical 8-10 year lifecycle of the PS4, then it could be a genuine consideration. Instead of releasing an all-new PS5, release a PS4.5 and get another few years of life.Of course, the other side of this argument also holds true: now Sony has moved to an x86 platform, the development of the PlayStation 5 is going to be much cheaper than in previous generations. It’s also going to be much easier to offer PS4 backwards compatibility from launch. So why consider doing anything else except a brand new machine carrying the name PlayStation 5?last_img read more

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first_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | March 04, 2011 FDA Clears Two MR Systems News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Related Content News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more March 4, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently cleared two new magnetic resonance (MR) systems. Approximately 180 Optima MR360 1.5 Tesla and Brivo MR355 1.5 Tesla scanners, from GE Healthcare, have been ordered by hospitals and imaging centers worldwide.The Optima MR360 is an application-rich 1.5 Tesla MR system that can help improve imaging productivity and help offset ownership costs. It is engineered around a high-definition platform that includes good flexibility and efficiency. Technologists benefit from ease of use, radiologists benefit from consistent high quality and administrators benefit from satisfied patients and efficient throughput.It features an “Express Exam” concept to simplify operation and help increase productivity and diagnostic confidence. It combines user interface simplification features, embedded Express Coil technology and a wide range of advanced clinical applications. The Express Coil provides the benefits of a single coil built into a fixed table to help reduce handling and provide consistent image quality by ensuring coil elements are as close to patient anatomy as possible.It uses an uncompromised magnet with a 48 cm field of view. It also features the OpTix optical radio frequency (RF) system, which increases signal clarity and signal intensity to produce clean, crisp images. Its footprint is 20 percent smaller than other fully-body 1.5T systems, and it can consume up to 34 percent less power than previous generation systems, potentially saving up to 60,000 kWh per year.“The Optima MR360 has proven to be invaluable in our radiology department, delivering quality, consistency, and stability across a broad range of clinical applications compared to previous systems in it class,” said Sedat Alibek, M.D., of Röntgeninstitute und Brustdiagnostik-Zentrum, Nuremburg, Germany. “With its optical radio frequency technology, energy conservation features and software innovations such as IDEAL, all contribute to its being a high-performing, versatile system.”The Brivo MR355 features a 48 cm field-of-view, OpTix technology and the embedded Express coil. To make scan prescription simpler, faster and more consistent, it also features the Ready Interface, a control center that requires fewer steps to optimize scan parameters. It incorporates the Ready Bar, which reduces 30 inputs to a single control, and Ready Brain, an acquisition technique that automatically determines slice alignment for brain scans. For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al.last_img read more

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An ecofriendly medicinal garden secret Yellow Bells

first_imgRelated posts:Cassava: tropical staple, drought-friendly… cancer-busting? Give green in 2015: presents that will live on all year Give green in Costa Rica: holiday gifts that will live on all year A multitasking garden: setting up aquaponics at home Here’s a colorful, tropical, native ornamental for your garden that doesn’t require dangerous pesticides or chemical fertilizers, nor lots of irrigation in the dry season. It’s called Yellow Bells or Yellow Elder (Tacoma stans). Costa Ricans call it vainicillo, or little vanilla.This hardy bush is found in most regions of Costa Rica and easy to identify with its clusters of yellow, bell-shaped flowers and serrated, compound, pinnate leaves with 5 to 13 leaflets. This plant is a member of the family Bignoniaceae, and is related to Roble Sabana (Tabebuia rosea) and Cortez Amarillo (Tabebuia chrysantha), which has similar flowers.Yellow Bell is a patio ornamental that can also be seen along many sidewalks and avenues. By the way, you can often collect seeds from these bushes’ narrow capsules, which somewhat resemble miniature vanilla beans. The older capsules turn gray and split open, releasing the small brown seeds encased in a white paper sheath. These seeds can be planted in small pots or recycled plastic cups with holes in the bottom and filled with potting soil. In about a week, the seeds should germinate, and in a few months the young seedling plants can be transplanted to a permanent site around the home.Another form of propagation is to take woody stem cuttings from a bush and start them in containers in the greenhouse or plant them directly in the soil where you would like them to grow. The latter should be done in May or June, when the rains keep the soil continually moist.Yellow bells grow and flower best in full sun conditions and can tolerate salt breezes from the beach. They also grow in a wide variety of soils and require very little in terms of soil fertilization. Of course, additions of aged compost and foliar fertilizers help to keep these bushes blooming and growing vigorously. It is common to find them planted as a shrubby, living fence or as a freestanding specimen on the patio. They can be pruned yearly to keep them compact and low, and this hardy native plant doesn’t require special pampering, nor does it suffer from any serious insect problems or plant diseases.And the secret? According to Hernán Rodriguez Navas in his book “La Utilidad de las Plantas Medicinales en Costa Rica” (“Uses of Medicinal Plants in Costa Rica”), the leaves and bark of yellow bells have been used by indigenous people for centuries to treat pain, fevers, and infections. Tea made from the inner bark is a tonic to aid in the treatment of diabetes, kidney aliments and rheumatism. Researchers have named the active ingredient tecomanine.So there you have it: A beautiful, ornamental and natural medicine right in your backyard with less work, better health and more natural harmony in your garden.Read more of Ed Bernhardt’s monthly Home Gardening columns here.For more information on tropical gardening – naturally – visit Ed at http://thenewdawncenter.info/blog.html or contact him at thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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