Dofasco acid leak under investigation

(Updated)A north end neighbourhood has some serious questions tonight, for both the Ministry of the Environment, and ArcelorMittal Dofasco. An apparent chemical spill at a facility on Grenfell Street seems to be the cause of extensive damage to several cars and trucks in the residential neighbourhood bordering the plant. But the residents are worried about more than just their property.They want some clear answers about just what kind of substance spilled inside the plant. they say it’s obvious the chemical spill has damaged the paint and glass on their cars but more importantly, they are wondering what it might do to their health.You can see the discoloration, on the side of the plant. A rusty looking, brown residue. And you can see it on the cars, that were parked nearby. Like the one’s at Chad Dal Bello’s Steeltown auto shop: “It seems if you rub it really hard, you might get it off but probably not. It seems like it’s in the paint.”Christina Rogal has already tried to scrub it off: “‘Cause at first I thought it was just dirt until you wash it, and you see that this won’t come off.”It’s just shown up in the last few days, but according to the Ministry of the Environment, the spill inside the ArcelorMittal Dofasco pickling line happened, more than two weeks ago. According to Ministry spokesperson Kate Jordan: “Dofasco reported the spill in the early morning hours of September 7th, and the Ministry sent investigators to the plant. They found a burst pipe, leaking ferric chloride residue, a by-product of the pickling line. The pipe was shut down but no air monitoring was conducted outside the plant.”Christina Rogal: “The last couple of weeks you know I’ve been havin’ a cough, same with my daughter, she’s got a cough, scratchy throat.”Sarah Ignacio, local resident: “I’m worried. I think they’re kind of low-balling the concerns. Downplaying it a bit.”Christina Rogal: “If there’s something being spread on vehicles, what is it that we are we breathing in.”Ferric chloride, actually starts out as Hydrochloric Acid, in the pickling process. That substance, when exposed to the air, can become hydrogen chloride — a highly toxic gas that can damage lungs, and possibly result in death. Ferric chloride is far less toxic, but breathing in the dust can irritate the nose, eyes and throat — and prolonged contact can cause skin irritation and burns.The Ministry of the Environment hasn’t confirmed the presence of ferric chloride residue from lab tests, but told us ‘it’s strongly suspected’. Although the Ministry has contacted some residents, Sarah Ignacio says: “Nobody from Dofasco has contacted us yet. But we have their number. So it’s up to us to contact them.”I share their sense of frustration this evening. Despite several phone calls and email asking for an interview, or comment from ArcelorMittal Dofasco, the company so far has been silent.And it was equally difficult getting basic information from the Ministry of the Environment, about the possible affects outside the plant. The local office at one point told me to call Dofasco — because it was ‘their spill’. It took a call directly to the minister’s office, to finally get the information that you just heard, in tonight’s report.Anyone who may have been affected by this incident should contact ArcelorMittal Dofasco directly at 905 548 7200 x2490. read more

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Russian court puts French investor under house arrests

MOSCOW — A Moscow court has put a jailed French investor under house arrest.The Moscow City Court ruled on Thursday to place Philippe Delpal, partner at the Moscow-based private equity firm Baring Vostok, under house arrest, more than six months after he was first detained and sent to jail.Delpal and five of his colleagues including Baring Vostok’s founder Michael Calvey face charges of embezzlement involving a Russian bank where Baring Vostok has a controlling stake. They all deny wrongdoing.The criminal case against Baring Vostok, one of Russia’s oldest foreign private equity firms, has sent shockwaves through the Moscow business community, as Calvey and his associates made a crucial contribution to developing Russia’s tech industry while maintaining strong ties with the government.The Associated Press read more

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Security Council urges political dialogue between Ethiopia and Eritrea

In a statement to the press, this month’s Council President, Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz of Chile, voiced support for Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s intention to “consider additional measures to move demarcation and the peace process forward and help the parties overcome their differences, in particular through good offices.”The Council President called on both sides to “respond constructively” to the Secretary-General’s proposals.Council members also expressed concern at Eritrea’s recent tightening of restrictions on the movements of the UN peacekeeping mission in the area (UNMEE) and at the administrative difficulties imposed by both sides, which Mr. Muñoz said “unnecessarily complicate the work of UNMEE staff.”The statement urged the parties to provide full support to UNMEE and to facilitate its unrestricted movement throughout the mission area.Ambassador Muñoz also repeated an earlier appeal for the establishment of a high-level route for UNMEE flights between the two capitals “as a gesture of goodwill.”The Council President made his comments to journalists after the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Hédi Annabi, briefed the members behind closed doors on the situation in Ethiopia and Eritrea, which for two years fought a bitter war that ended in June 2000. Video of Council President reading statement read more

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Annan selects Korean diplomat as Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today that he has chosen the Korean diplomat Kyung-wha Kang to serve as Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.Ms. Kang, who has been appointed at the Assistant Secretary-General level, will succeed Pakistan’s Mehr Khan Williams as Deputy High Commissioner at the end of this year.Currently Director-General of International Organization at the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ms. Kang has previously worked at her country’s mission to the UN, where she chaired the Commission on the Status of Women last year. She also worked as a journalist and lecturer before joining the Korean foreign service.In a statement issued in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour welcomed Ms. Kang’s appointment.“I am convinced that with her extensive experience and demonstrated dedication to human rights, and in particular women’s human rights, Ms. Kang will play a key role as OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) continues implementing the strategic vision outlined in its Plan of Action and Strategic Management Plan, a roadmap for the future of our Office that Mehr Khan was so instrumental in charting,” Ms. Arbour’s statement read. read more

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House GOP schedules early vote to revive terrorism insurance program

by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted Jan 5, 2015 3:02 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The Republican-controlled House is moving quickly to revive a lapsed government program that’s credited with restoring the market for insurance against terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks.The terrorism risk insurance program was originally enacted in 2002 after the 9-11 attacks caused the private market for terrorism insurance to collapse. It provides a government backstop for private insurance companies in the event of catastrophic losses. The guarantee has made private companies more willing to underwrite policies against terrorist attacks.The program expired at the end of last year. A compromise measure to extend it for another six years sailed through the House last month but got snagged in the Senate due to the objections of then-Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced Monday that the House will again vote on the legislation later this week.Under the expired program, the government covered 85 per cent of losses after the first $100 million in damages from a terrorist attack. The government has never paid out under the law.The legislation would reauthorize the program for six years and decrease the government’s exposure by gradually increasing the “trigger” at which the program kicks in to $200 million. The government’s share of catastrophic losses would be gradually lowered to 80 per cent.The legislation is important to economic sectors such as construction, real estate, hospitality and major sports leagues, which fear crippling insurance costs if the program expires and rates skyrocket — or the market for terrorism insurance collapses altogether.The legislation represents a hard-won compromise between House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Hensarling had been pushing far more dramatic changes to the program, but was unable to win enough support to advance them through the House. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email House GOP schedules early vote to revive terrorism insurance program read more

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Bank of Montreal to cut about 1850 positions in bid to trim

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Posted May 25, 2016 3:07 pm MDT Bank of Montreal to cut about 1,850 positions in bid to trim costs Myke2020/Wikipedia The Bank of Montreal says it is cutting its workforce by about 1,850 positions as consumers shift more of their banking online and technological advancements allow it to digitize some of its processes.There were 46,166 full-time equivalent employees at the bank as of the second quarter, a decline of 616 employees from the previous quarter.The lender says it will trim its head count by an additional four per cent, which amounts to roughly 1,846 positions.The bank saw its second-quarter profit slip three per cent from a year ago as it took a $132 million restructuring charge relating to severance costs for employees and set aside more money for bad loans. read more

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BathWoodly Park NDC wants better RDC services

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLocal Gov’t Ministry donates tractors, trailers to 12 NDCs in Region ThreeFebruary 26, 2015In “Politics”Better Hope/LBI residents decry poor road conditionsDecember 29, 2017In “latest news”Little Diamond-Herstelling NDC workers not paid salaries, probe launchedApril 4, 2018In “latest news” Chairman of the Bath/Woodly Park Neigbourhood Democratic Council Nizam Bicram is demanding that the Regional Democratic Council of Region Five gets its act together by improving the quality of services it is currently providing to the residents within his catchment area.Emergency works being done at Bath/Woodly Park NDC back in 2016Bicram also accused the RDC of neglecting his NDC as he bemoaned the reduction in another set of key services once provided to his local government body. He told Inews that NDC councillors are also concerned over reports that the Regional Executive Officer Ovid Morrison is attempting to take possession of some properties that are owned by the NDC.Morrison reportedly wants possession of the Skills Training Center at Bath which has various types of equipment and machinery that are used by residents in the area to improve their marketability. The REO had demanded via a letter that the keys to the facility be handed over or the padlocks to gain access would be broken and replaced.Presently, both the NDC and the Regional Administration have locks on the building since the NDC refused to comply with the instructions.The NDC Chairman says that is just the tip of the iceberg referencing to the 2015 National Poll when most of villages in his NDC supported the now Opposition, PPP. Bicram says it is victimization against the NDC.Plantation Hope and Experiment which are two of the largest housing schemes in the region, are left neglected with roadways in deplorable conditions.The Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal has distanced himself from the presumed neglect of the NDC saying that he has written to the REO about developmental work which needs to be done but to no avail. read more

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CHPA moving ahead with land titling for Angoys Avenue residents

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCabinet mandates CH&PA to conduct study on squatting in GuyanaSeptember 7, 2018In “latest news”Squatting areas will only be regularised where possible – Minister Sharpe-PattersonMay 20, 2016In “Squatting areas will only be regularised where possible – Minister Sharpe-Patterson”Govt demolishes squatting homes on lands in A Field SophiaOctober 12, 2017In “latest news” Cow Dam, Angoy’s Aveneue squatting areaThe Central Housing and Planning Authority on Thursday commenced a three-day exercise to assist residents of Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam squatting area to apply for their land titles.Director of the Community Development Department attached to CH&PA, Gladwin Charles said more than 1000 lots will be processed squatters who dwelt on the land since the 1970s, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).“Regularisation of the squatting area commenced in 2013 when surveyance and the ownership of the land were transferred to CH&PA and two weeks ago we sorted out the block title for the squatting area which made it possible to begin the titling process,” Charles told DPI .A section of Angoy’s Avenue squatting area residents awaiting to apply for their land titlesOver the next three days between the hours of 9 am to 4:30 pm, Community Development Officers from the CH&PA will work with residents, especially senior citizens to ensure they receive accurate information and assistance when applying for their land titles.“Persons who have not applied for their title before will be able to sign up the necessary documents and pay for their title on the spot. They will also be assisted by land surveyors who will be present,” Charles added.The residents, who have been waiting for decades to own their own land, welcomed the move by the government, DPI reported.(DPI photos) read more

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No vote for us

first_imgGreek citizens who live abroad will be unable to vote in the Greek election, unless they travel to Greece. Debate continues within the Greek Australian community as to the rights and wrongs of this policy which prevents the diaspora from voting. After five months of technocratic government, Greek PM Lucas Papademos has called elections for May 6. Before asking President Karolos Papoulias to dissolve parliament, Mr Papademos told a cabinet meeting that the government had left behind “an important legacy”. Opinion polls suggest parties opposed to austerity could make big gains in the election. But a splintered vote would make it hard for any party to form an effective government. Mr Papademos told his ministerial colleagues that in the five months since their interim government had been formed they had shown that “we can co-operate, combine viewpoints when necessary and put our differences aside, making decisions for the good of the country”. The Papademos government was backed by New Democracy (ND) and Pasok, which won the last election in 2009.Both Pasok and ND are thought likely to lose ground to left- and right-wing parties that have benefited from mounting anger at the austerity measures imposed to secure aid from the EU and the IMF. Greece’s economy has shrunk 16 per cent in the past four years as a result of the crisis. With Greek citizens who live abroad unable to vote in the election, debate continues as to the rights and wrongs of this policy which prevents the diaspora from voting. Aggelos Haritou, secretary of the PASOK branch in Melbourne told Neos Kosmos: “Personally I am of the view that Greeks aboard should not vote. If they get that right, they might distort the will of the people of Greece. “However PASOK believes that Greeks abroad should elect their own members of Parliament like the Italians do. Those elected members would then be able to represent the interests of the Greeks of diaspora.” Con Alaveras, president of New Democracy Victoria branch said that many people he had spoken to in the community would have welcomed an opportunity to have their say. “There is disappointment in the community from those who would like to vote. It’s a problem. The policy should have been changed,” said Mr Alaveras, who added that he hoped New Democracy (if the largest party after the election) would change the rules on the diaspora voting. Asked if the Greek people were likely to turn their backs on the two traditional parties, Mr Alaveras said: “The people hate politicians but they have to elect someone to run the country.” Founding member of the Ethnic Communities Council and former Communist Party member George Zangalis told Neos Kosmos that he firmly disagreed with those calling for the diaspora to be allowed to vote. “It is for the Greek people to elect the government from their own experiences, expectations and the fact that they have to live with it,” said Mr Zangalis. “I don’t think the system should be changed, it wouldn’t be fair, nor advisable. Our sympathy and support for Greece can be expressed through other means.” Bill Papastergiadis, president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Victoria said that whilst he held no firm views either way on the issue of voting rights for the diaspora, other countries did operate systems that allowed for citizens living abroad to find political representation “A lot of other European countries offer ways for its citizens abroad to vote, it’s about the Greek government’s will to do it, ” said Papastergiadis. “If you wanted to exact your political view, there’s never been a more critical time in the last 30 years to cast a ballot as to where you see the future for Greece, especially given there’s now a plethora of political parties to choose from.” Writer and academic Vrasidas Karalis argues that granting voting rights to the diaspora should not be an immediate priority for any Greek government. “We don’t live in Greece and our knowledge of Greek politics is mediated either by journalists or by the local branches of political parties which present a rather different image of the real problems in the country.” Rather, Karalis suggests, Greek Australians can help Greece by being good ambassadors of Greek culture and tradition, and not becoming “part of the establishment that has destroyed the credibility and the prestige of the country.” Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Arthur Sinodinos, Former advisor to John Howard, said: “A lot of Greeks outside Greece will have a strong view on what’s wrong. My view is that these are issues best dealt with in Greece. “Greeks abroad on the whole feel Greece has to get its own house in order, and that there’s a limited amount that can be done from outside. Mr Sinodinos said that Greece’s political and economic future had to be tackled at the source, “so most people take the view as I do, that these are matters that have to be settled in Greece itself.” In terms of the election result, the Coalition’s elder-statesman added that in his opinion, “It’s probably a time where a grand coalition is needed to get Greece through a very difficult period, where bipartisan commitment is important to making the reforms stick. “They have to implement the structural reforms to help get the debt under control, but they probably need some breathing space to also allow the economy some capacity to grow. “The question is: Is the Greek political class up to it?” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Égypte une fuite de pétrole menace les richesses sousmarines

first_imgÉgypte : une fuite de pétrole menace les richesses sous-marinesÉgypte – Du pétrole a fui de l’une des plates-formes pétrolières installées au large de la station balnéaire d’Hurghada, sur la mer Rouge. Des nappes d’hydrocarbures menacent aujourd’hui la biodiversité sous-marine aux abords des stations touristiques.Aucune précision sur cette fuite de pétrole n’a été donnée par le gouvernement égyptien qui s’est contenté d’assurer qu’elle était en grande partie contenue et que des mesures avaient déjà été prises pour traiter la pollution. D’après des responsables de compagnies pétrolières, la fuite provient d’une plate-forme située au nord d’Hurghada, et a pollué environ 160 kilomètres de côtes dont la richesse sous-marine attire de nombreux touristes.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastique”Cela a commencé il y a cinq jours et les entreprises responsables n’ont informé personne. C’est une catastrophe”, a déploré Amr Ali, directeur de la Hurghada environmental protection and conservation agency (Hepca). Et d’ajouter, refusant de citer les compagnies pétrolières responsables : “Nous entreprendrons toutes actions légales pour que cela ne se reproduise plus”.Si les ministres de l’Environnement Maged George et du Pétrole Sameh Fahmy ont visité la zone polluée par les nappes de pétrole samedi, Amr Ali estime que “ces visites ne servent pas à grand chose” et réclame la mise en place d’un plan d’action clair, et de normes plus strictes pour les plateformes pétrolières, afin de protéger les zones naturelles.Le 22 juin 2010 à 15:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Des galaxies matures seulement 25 milliards dannées après le Big Bang

first_imgDes galaxies matures seulement 2.5 milliards d’années après le Big BangUne nouvelle étude affirme que des galaxies matures étaient déjà présentes seulement 2.5 milliards d’années après le Big Bang. Une découverte qui secoue les théories posées par Edwin Hubble.Les galaxies matures existent depuis plus longtemps que l’on ne le pensait : 11.5 milliards d’années. Alors que des chercheurs américains étudiaient l’évolution et l’anatomie de nombreuses galaxies à l’aide du télescope Hubble, ils ont pu déterminer que des galaxies matures et pleinement formées existaient déjà 2.5 milliards d’années après le Big Bang.Séquence d’HubblePour arriver à ces conclusions, les scientifiques de l’université du Massachusetts ont combiné les données de Hubble avec celles de deux télescopes. Dans leur étude, parue dans The Astrophysical Journal, ils ont analysés des données provenant de pas moins de 1671 galaxies. Ils ont ainsi confirmé que ces galaxies ancestrales correspondaient bien au modèle de classification instauré en 1926 par Edwin Hubble, connu sous le nom de Séquence d’Hubble. Il introduit deux groupes principaux : les galaxies elliptiques et les galaxies spirales, ainsi que les galaxies lenticulaires qui constituent un groupe transitoire. Le système est basé sur leur habileté à former des étoiles, ce qui en retour détermine leur forme, taille et couleur. “Ce n’est pas juste un schéma de classification, cela correspond à des différences profondes dans leurs propriétés physiques et à la façon dont elles se sont formées” explique MauroGiavalisco, co-auteur de l’étude.Un coup de vieux de 3.5 milliards d’annéesBomee Lee, son étudiant en thèse et également co-auteur, ajoute : ” C’est une question cruciale : quand, et sur quelle période s’est formée la séquence d’Hubble ? Il nous a fallu comparer les galaxies à leurs voisines et remonter ainsi jusqu’au début. Il se trouve que cette séquence s’était déjà mise en place il y a 11.5 milliards d’années.”À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les précédentes données faisaient remonter cette séquence à 8 milliards d’années, cette découverte remonte donc encore plus loin l’origine des galaxies.”Revoir toute la théorie” Les études précédentes supposaient que seules des petites galaxies existaient à cette époque, et pas des géantes telle que notre Voie Lactée. Cette étude confirme que tous les types de galaxies actuels existaient déjà à cette époque. “La séquence d’Hubble s’est clairement formée très tôt dans l’histoire du cosmos, ce n’était pas du tout un processus lent” ajoute le professeur Giavalisco. “Maintenant, nous devons revoir toute la théorie pour comprendre pourquoi”.Le 20 août 2013 à 09:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Battle Buddies preparing service dogs for veterans with PTSD

first_imgBattle Buddies: northwestbattlebuddies.org and on Facebook. BATTLE GROUND — Shawn Brooks hasn’t been the same since he left the Navy in 1998.After his return to civilian life, the Operation Desert Storm veteran was prone to violent nightmares. In crowds, he succumbed to crippling anxiety attacks. He self-medicated with methamphetamine, spending stints behind bars because of drug-related offenses, he said.He’d been in combat — seen friends die in helicopter crashes. Those events took a toll on his psyche. Inside the man with a military-themed, wrap-around neck tattoo, there was a deep-seated distrust of others.“I haven’t been able to trust anybody,” Brooks said. “I don’t go out into crowds. I hadn’t been in a mall for 10 or 12 years.”Then he found a big slobbering savior, wrapped in a brown- and-white package of fur. Her name is Bella, a 19-month-old St. Bernard, and she is the ballast in Brooks’ topsy-turvy life.Brooks was one of six veterans Friday who certified their four-legged friends as service animals for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The certification means the men, who served in combat as far back as the Vietnam War, can take their animals wherever they want.last_img read more

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Vancouver man 2 women hurt in crash

first_imgA Vancouver man and two Cowlitz County women were injured in a head-on vehicle crash early Sunday morning on state Highway 411 about a mile north of Longview.The collision occurred at about 1:50 a.m. when a green 1997 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Matthew L. Ferguson, 24, of Vancouver passed a vehicle while driving north on the highway in a no-passing zone, according to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol.The pickup then crashed into a southbound black 2002 Mini Cooper driven by Isabella M. Wolf, 19, of Longview, according to WSP.Wolf was transported to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview and then airlifted to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, according to WSP. Her passenger, Melania A. Hylton, 20, of Kalama also was injured and taken to PeaceHealth St. John.Wolf was in serious condition and Hylton in satisfactory condition on Sunday, according to hospital staff.Ferguson was taken to PeaceHealth St. John and then transferred to PeaceHealth Southwest, according to WSP. His condition was not available.Both vehicles were impounded by WSP. Charges in the collision are pending, WSP reported.last_img read more

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How to get free ebooks magazines movies and TV shows from your

first_img This library puts tech in the hands of its patrons CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Libraries in the age of Amazon and Google What ebooks at the library mean for your digital privacy Robots, VR and 3D printers are served up at this high-tech library Share your voice 2:18 The RBdigital app (which, depending on your library, may also afford access to ebooks, comics and more) can be a little buggy, and it doesn’t always format magazines well for reading on smaller (i.e. phone) screens. But the price is right.Here’s how to get started reading digital magazines from your library.How to get movies and TV showsRecently my mom recommended — no, outright demanded — I watch a British TV series called “A Place to Call Home.” Alas, it’s not currently available for streaming from Amazon Prime, Netflix or Hulu. But guess which service does have it? Hoopla Digital. And guess which library partners with Hoopla Digital? Mine.kanopy-movies-nov-2018Here’s hoping your library subscribes to Kanopy, because the service has a growing selection of top-quality films. Kanopy That’s a win, to be sure, though Hoopla’s overall selection of TV and movies is pretty mixed. It’s mostly made up of older titles, many you probably haven’t heard of. But on the TV side, you’ll find a good assortment of kid-friendly fare, BBC shows and educational stuff. And there are some worthwhile movies and documentaries mixed in there, including RBG, What We Do in the Shadows and Bridget Jones’s Diary.If you’re lucky, your library will also be partnered with Kanopy, which offers a growing library of top-shelf films. Yes, films: Indies, classics, documentaries, world cinema and so on.Hoopla and Kanopy are two of the services listed in my roundup of the best free online movie services. Head there to learn more. Hero Images/Getty Images Quick! Before you spend money on that novel, audiobook, magazine, movie or TV show you’ve been thinking about buying, check the library.You remember the library, right? The place with all the books? Turns out it’s also the place with all the modern digital media. Thanks to a variety of apps and services, you can borrow an abundance of reading material and entertainment, all with a few clicks or taps.What’s available?digital-libraries-8777-6The Next Chapter is a multipart series that examines the changing role of libraries in a connected world. James Martin/CNET Exactly what you’ll find, and how much of it, depends on the library. Much of the aforementioned media comes from services such as Hoopla, OverDrive, RBdigital and Kanopy, but you can access it only if your library has partnered with those services. And within those partnerships, you might be limited to a certain number of loans per month.Don’t expect an Amazon-level selection of e-books or a Netflix-caliber movie library, though. The reality is that while you can certainly find plenty to read and watch, you might not always be able to find what you want to read and watch.It’s worth a look, though, because the library offers one considerable benefit over the likes of Amazon and Netflix: It’s free! Here’s a quick summary of what you’ll find and how to find it.How to get e-books and audiobooksIf I had to guess, I’d say five of the last six books I read came from the library. Meaning I read them for free. That’s because my small-town library has partnered with both Hoopla and OverDrive, so I have access to a pretty generous selection.overdrive-ebooksLibrary-powered OverDrive usually has a great selection of titles, but you may have to wait to get the ones you want. Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET Granted, I had to join a waiting list for some of them. But that’s often the case when you want to check out a physical book as well. At least here I didn’t have to actually go pick up the book when it became available — it just popped up in the app.Ready to jump in? Here’s everything you need to know about e-book borrowing.How to get digital magazinesMaybe I’m old fashioned (or just old), but I still love flipping through magazines. And I’m perfectly content to do that on my tablet — or, if need be, my phone.rbdigital-tech-magazines-2019RBdigital is the gateway to free digital magazines from your library. Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET That’s possible thanks to RBdigital (formerly Zinio), which supplies digital editions of popular magazines. At last count, my library card afforded me access to about 300 of them — the same number, coincidentally, offered by Apple’s News Plus, which costs $10 per month. More library stories Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 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Hyderabad City sees 12 percent dip in fatal accidents

first_imgQUICK GLANCE…♦ Road accidents reduced by 10 percent ♦ Pedestrian deaths reduced by 16 percent ♦ 15,133 cases booked on drunken drivers ♦ 2,864 drivers jailed ♦ More than Rs 3 crore fine amount collected ♦ 929 driving licenses suspended/cancelled Also Read – Governor felicitates Sai Praneeth Advertise With Us ♦ 10, 684 commuters caught in cell phone driving ♦ 19, 540 commuters jumped signals ♦ 4,753 cases booked for carrying extra school children ♦ 50 black spots identified to reduce road accidentsHyderabad: City Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Kumar said the city witnessed 12 per cent reduction in fatal road accidents in the first half year of 2019 due to which there is a decrease of 10 per cent in deaths in road accidents. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us Addressing the media at Traffic Training Institute (TTI) in Goshamahal on Friday, Additional CP said the pedestrian deaths reduced by 16 per cent in the city compared to last year. Since there has been a sustained growth in the number of vehicles over the past few years, especially after the city turned as an IT Hub, it became a challenge for the traffic department to take strict measures so that they can ensure smooth flow of around 61.48 lakh vehicles (as on June 30, 2019) both in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts. Advertise With Us The measures like enforcement against drunken driving, enforcement against life endangering violations resulting in road accidents, special drives, engineering steps and various corrective measures were taken up for road safety, rectification of black spots. All the measures ensured that the traffic personnel reach their goals and reduce road accidents and deaths. Under enforcement against drunken driving, the police booked 15,133 cases, filed 14,161 charge sheets, jailed 2,864 drivers with 14 per cent increase in comparison with the previous two years. More than Rs 3 crore fine amount was collected by court and 929 driving licenses suspended and cancelled in 2019. With the use of technology and high-end gadgets, evidence-based booking of violations, the rate of convictions against violators has increased. Counselling is being given to each drunken driver in the presence of their parents, spouse and guardian at TTI’s at Goshamahal and Begumpet which has contributed tremendously in reducing the road fatalities. Special drives conducted on regular intervals to curb violations like without driving license, triple riding, wrong side driving, without registration number plate, wrong parking, cell phone driving, minor driving, dangerous driving, and signal jumping, without helmet also helped to bring down the accidents. More than 10,000 drivers violated the rules by speaking on cell phones and more than 19,000 commuters violated signal jumping. By conducting special drives, 4,753 cases were booked for carrying extra school children. Around 135 deaths occurred due to accidents in comparison with 150 deaths in 2018 with a reduction of 10 per cent. More than 1,300 commuters were injured and 53 pedestrian deaths (63 in 2018) occurred in the first half year of 2019. Further, 50 black spots have been identified and efforts are continuing to take remedial measures to rectify these black spots and to reduce road accidents.last_img read more

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Breast Cancer Screening Performance Impacted by Mean Mammographic Compression Pressure

first_img 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 News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more 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. News | Mammography | December 08, 2017 Breast Cancer Screening Performance Impacted by Mean Mammographic Compression Pressure Study of more than 130,000 mammograms shows optimal compression pressure may improve recall rates, false positives and interval cancer rates News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | 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 December 8, 2017 — Dutch researchers demonstrated a strong relationship between compression pressure in mammography and breast cancer screening performance. Involving more than 130,000 mammograms from the Dutch Breast Screening Program and Volpara software, the study showed that very high pressure is linked with reduced sensitivity and very low pressure translates to low specificity.The study, “Influence of breast compression pressure on the performance of population-based mammography screening,” was published in the current issue of Breast Cancer Research. In this study, the data are adjusted for volumetric density and breast volume when evaluating the impact of pressure on screening performance. Katherina Holland, Nico Karssemeijer and researchers from Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, Netherlands, measured mean compression pressure for 132,776 digital mammograms. Volumetric breast density and pressure was measured using Volpara software. The data was subdivided into five quintiles of mean pressure and the number of screen-detected cancers, interval cancers, false positives and true negatives were available for each group.The results bolster a growing body of research that suggest that mean compression pressure is related to screening performance, with compression pressures in lower ranges leading to a higher recall rate and a higher false positives fraction, and compression pressures in the higher ranges reducing detectability of breast cancer. These findings are consistent with results from the Norwegian Breast Screening Program recently published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.”Lack of consistent guidelines for mammographic compression can lead to a wide variation in execution. The study shows that adequate compression pressure is crucial for obtaining high quality exams. Both very high and very low mean compression pressure can adversely affect mammography quality. Therefore, it is reasonable to suggest that standardizing to an intermediate compression pressure may lead to better screening outcomes and a better patient experience,” said Karssemeijer.For more information: www.sigmascreening.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read morelast_img read more

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Agents play a vital role in cruise industry says CLIA report

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group Tags: CLIA Posted bycenter_img Agents play a “vital role” in cruise industry, says CLIA report WASHINGTON – Travel agents are playing an increasingly important role in booking cruises and identifying trends, says CLIA’s newly released Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook Report of 2016.The report, the third installment in an ongoing quarterly research study, is compiled based on online survey responses from the CLIA Travel Agent Research Panel, comprised of 700 travel agents from North America. In addition to the latest cruise industry trends and forecasts, the report reveals that as the demand for cruising continues to grow, so to does the need for travel agents.“The Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook enables us to identify key trends using the insights of travel agents,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “A key finding from the report is that, as people continue to travel the globe, travel agents are playing a vital role in matching travelers desires to the right cruise experience both near and far.”According to CLIA, travel agents are able to act as barometers for emerging trends since they have both expertise of the cruise industry and ongoing insights from their clients. The report indicates that agents are predicting sales growth for the remainder of 2016, with nearly 73% expecting to increase sales this year and another 15% expecting no change.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe outlook for 2016 is also looking good in terms of cruise spending, agents say. Among all travel agents, 18% are very optimistic and look forward to a growth rate of 10% or more in the coming months, and another 18% anticipate a growth rate of 6-10%.Due to recent attacks and other challenges around the world, cruisers appear to be travelling closer to home, says the report. Travel agents say that Alaska once again remains the destination with the greatest upside potential, with 62% anticipating cruising growth in the Last Frontier State. Also, California and the Pacific Coast entered the list of top five destinations, with 28% of agents anticipating increased bookings. Rounding out the list are Caribbean/Bermuda/Mexico (with 48% of agents expecting growth), Canada/New England (35%) and Hawaii (34%).River cruising continues to be a hit; among all types of cruising, it’s the segment that shows the most growth. This year, 64% of travel agents expect to sell more river cruise packages, while 21% expect to see significant growth in river cruise sales. In second place is Large Ocean Ships, which 54% of agents expect to see growth.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTWhat do cruisers love about river cruising? According to the report, the “intimacy of the experience” reigns supreme, with 83% of agents reporting this as important or very important. Following closely behind it “accessibility to the destination (73%).Two-thirds of agents (66%) said that all-inclusive options were very important for their clients booking luxury cruises, followed by 58% reporting that luxury cruise clients most valued a unique travel destination.Overall, all four cruise segments (Mass Market, Premium, Ultra-Luxury and Luxury) will be experiencing growth or stability for the rest of the year, with Mass Market showing the highest growth at 57%.As for who’s booking cruises, couples and families are almost equally popular, followed by multi-generational families. Travel agents are seeing the most growth in booking parties of one-to-four guests.To join the CLIA Travel Agent Research Panel, email cliaresearchpanel@cruising.org Thursday, August 4, 2016 last_img read more

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Dominican inmates stripped of perks amid crackdown

first_img Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project It was the first time that Dominican authorities have put a stop to a longtime tradition of allowing inmates who could afford it to equip their cells with extras.Dominguez noted that most high-profile inmates have been convicted of crimes that “allowed them to amass great financial fortunes with which they bought not only impunity, but certain benefits as well.”The practice first became an issue with the May 2009 killing of inmate Rolando Floria, who was serving a drug trafficking and murder sentence. The public learned that Floria’s private cell had wood paneling, an LCD television set, Internet service, a small library and a private kitchen and he was allowed visits from prostitutes. Prison officials claimed not to know about Floria’s perks.None of the Dominican Republic’s 21 prisons have general air conditioning despite the country’s high temperatures, and the majority of the 22,000 inmates are barred from having laptops and other items.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – Wealthy inmates in the Dominican Republic’s prisons were stripped of their perks Friday, including laptops, TV antennas, tubs and air conditioning units in their cells, the country’s chief prosecutor announced.General Prosecutor Francisco Dominguez said it was unacceptable that those prisoners received special treatment that regular inmates did not. High-profile inmates also are held apart from other prisoners, but Dominguez did not say if that practice would be ended, too.last_img read more

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Sydney Harbour welcomes Beatrice Bush

first_imgCaptain Cook Cruises has unveiled and christened Beatrice Bush – the first Sydney Harbour mobile passenger terminal pontoon.Beatrice will allow for Captain Cook Cruises to operate a long awaited charter ferry service from the city to White Bay to service the burgeoning cruise market.Beatrice Bush, named after the colourful local Balmain and Rozelle identity, will be stationed at White Bay and the ferry service will coincide with all cruise ship arrivals and departures at the White Bay Cruise Terminal from August 2015.The 15 minute ferry service will provide a quick and efficient transfer option for all cruise ship passengers and crew.According to Anthony Haworth, General Manager of Captain Cook Cruises, “White Bay Cruise Terminal has always been hard to access for interstate, international and even local passengers.”“The cruise market has been crying out for a ferry service for a long time, but one has not been possible due to the lack of docking facilities for ferries.”“With the construction of Beatrice Bush complete we can now not only operate our convenient charter Ferry Service from the city direct to White Bay but use Beatrice Bush all over the harbour.” Continues Mr Haworth.Beatrice Bush was christened today at White Bay by Father Michael Ryan and officially launched by Malu Barrios, General Manager from AEG Ogden. The first pontoon of her kind on Sydney Harbour, Beatrice Bush was designed and constructed in Australia and is 16 metres in length.Beatrice is a rapidly deployable mobile ferry pontoon able to access anywhere in the harbour where there is no passenger wharf.Beatrice Bushwill be put to immediate use transferring guests to the Sydney Boat Show being held at the temporary Exhibition Centre opposite White Bay from July 30 to August 3, 2015.Source = Captain Cook Cruiseslast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals opened training camp Friday with a run test at University of Phoenix in Glendale and begin practice on Saturday.While several storylines will emerge from camp, the one everyone will be watching is the battle for the 53-man roster.Key dates to watch are Sept. 2, when clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the active/inactive list prior to 1 p.m. There’s also the day after on Sept. 3 when the claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction expires at 9 a.m. and one hour later, teams may form their practice squad of ten players. Here’s the first version of my 53-man roster projection. I’ll update the roster as moves are made throughout camp, including after every preseason game.OFFENSE (25)QUARTERBACKS (3)Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert.RUNNING BACKS (4)David Johnson, Chris Johnson, Kerwynn Williams, T.J. Logan.WIDE RECEIVERS (6)Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson, Chad Williams, Aaron Dobson.TIGHT ENDS (3)Jermaine Gresham, Troy Niklas, Ifeanyi Momah.OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)D.J. Humphries, Mike Iupati, A.Q. Shipley, Evan Boehm, Jared Veldheer, Cole Toner, Dorian Johnson, Will Holden, John Wetzel.DEFENSE (25)DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (7)Frostee Rucker, Corey Peters, Josh Mauro, Rodney Gunter, Robert Nkemdiche, Olsen Pierre, Xavier Williams.OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (4)Chandler Jones, Markus Golden, Alani Fua, Jarvis Jones.INSIDE LINEBACKERS (5)Karlos Dansby, Deone Bucannon, Haason Reddick, Gabe Martin, Scooby Wright.CORNERBACKS (5)Patrick Peterson, Justin Bethel, Brandon Williams, Eli Bouka, Jumal Rolle.SAFETIES (4)Tyrann Mathieu, Antoine Bethea, Budda Baker, Rudy Ford.SPECIALISTS (3)LS Aaron Brewer, P Richie Leone, K Phil Dawson. Cardinals players prepare for the next rep during Arizona Cardinals OTAs Tuesday, May 16. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 4 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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