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Stelco pushes PM for help in dealing with changing landscape for steel

OTTAWA — Canadian steel producer Stelco is looking for more support from the federal government as the country’s steel and aluminum producers grapple with punishing U.S. tariffs imposed on exports of their products south of the border.Stelco Holdings Inc., president and executive chairman Alan Kestenbaum met with Justin Trudeau in Ottawa Thursday.While he thanked the prime minister for the government’s support of the metals industry since the imposition of American tariffs last year, Kestenbaum said steel producers are now facing new pressures.Stelco reported a surge in income and revenues in the final quarter of last year, despite the 25 per cent tariffs on steel imported from Canada that the Trump administration imposed last June.The company reported net income of $108 million on revenue of $648 million in the three months ending Dec. 31, compared with $16 million of income and revenues of $452 million during the same period in 2017.But the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) issued a report last week that could see Canadian import restrictions lifted on some steel products.The provisional safeguards announced in October, designed to shield domestic producers from a flood of imports into Canada resulting from the U.S. tariffs, were considered by the World Trade Organization as emergency measures and are set to expire in about a month’s time.Finance Minister Bill Morneau issued emergency import restrictions on seven products, arguing that they posed a serious threat to Canada’s steel industry.The CITT report, issued April 3, ruled the safeguards were warranted on just two of the seven products.The report is not binding on Morneau, who can choose to ignore some or all of the findings and make the safeguards permanent.“The measures that were put in place, the actions that were put in place, have enabled Stelco and other steel producers to really be able to operate well in this very, very difficult environment,” Kestenbaum said as he sat with Trudeau in the prime minister’s West Block office.“Today we’re here to talk about a changing landscape.”Kestenbaum suggested he was looking to Trudeau for help in preserving jobs in Canada’s steel industry.The prime minister told Kestenbaum his government is focused on supporting the steel industry and its workers as they continue to face what Trudeau described as “punitive” and “illegitimate” tariffs.Trudeau said officials from his government have been meeting “almost daily” with U.S. officials in attempts to have the duties lifted.In the meantime, the government is having discussions on how to support the metal industries, he said.The Canadian Press read more

Public sector must constantly challenge itself to improve Annan

In a message delivered by Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Jose Antonio Ocampo, Mr. Annan said, “It is widely recognized that good governance is essential to our ability to reach the Millennium Development Goals.”It is also understood that good governance requires the state, civil society and the private sector to work better together so as to be more responsive and accountable to the citizenry. That means the public sector must challenge itself continuously to improve the way it does business.”The eight Millennium Development Goals set parameters governments must meet if extreme poverty is to be halved by 2015.The Mexican Government’s agenda for “doing more with less” gave conference participants opportunities to learn from Mexico’s experiences, to strengthen South-South cooperation in sharing best practices and to forge alliances, Mr. Annan said. read more

Average US 30year mortgage rate declines to 343 per cent

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 4, 2016 8:25 am MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Thursday, May 26, 2016, photo shows a home for sale in Carlsbad, Calif. On Thursday, Aug. 4, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Average US 30-year mortgage rate declines to 3.43 per cent WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week after rising for three straight weeks, continuing to lure prospective homebuyers.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average for the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.43 per cent from 3.48 per cent last week. The average rate is down sharply from 3.91 per cent a year ago.The 15-year fixed mortgage rate dipped to 2.74 per cent from 2.78 per cent last week.Record-low interest rates this year have helped spur home purchases and boost the housing market. The Federal Reserve has been holding its key short-term rate near zero since 2008, and a statement from the Fed last week after its latest policy meeting had led many economists to conclude that a strengthening economy would lead the central bank to resume raising rates as soon as September.But after a government report last Friday showed a surprisingly lacklustre economy in the second quarter, many economists said a September rate hike was now probably off the table. The Commerce Department data showed that gross domestic product — the broadest gauge of the economy — grew just 1.2 per cent in the April-June period.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage remained at 0.5 point this week. The fee for a 15-year loan also was unchanged from last week at 0.5 point.Rates on adjustable five-year mortgages averaged 2.73 per cent, down from 2.78 per cent last week. The fee held at 0.5 point. read more

Ohio States Marcus Hall on Senior Day All good things come to

Redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett (4) celebrates an interception during a game against Illinois Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 60-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAs the No. 3-ranked Ohio State football team (10-0, 6-0) prepares to try and break the OSU record for consecutive wins, the Buckeye seniors are getting ready for their final game at Ohio Stadium as players.For most seniors like redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett, Saturday will be a memorable game, but the pre-game ceremonies aren’t what they’re focused on most.“We’ll get through the emotions together, but we’ve got a job to do, (to) go out there and try to beat Indiana,” Barnett said.Barnett said playing his final home game makes him think back over all the accomplishments he and his classmates have achieved in Columbus.“I’ll probably be a little emotional. I can remember the first time I ran out there against Navy in 2009,” Barnett said. “We have had ups and down, but I do think we’re finishing strong.”Redshirt-senior right guard Marcus Hall said Wednesday he’s not ready to start thinking about what will be going through his head Saturday against Indiana (4-6, 2-4), but he will definitely miss his time at Ohio State.“I just really don’t want to see it come to an end,” Hall said. “But you know what they say, all good things come to an end.”Coach Urban Meyer said redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby will participate in the senior ceremonies, as the two have already discussed his plans for next year. Meyer said four years is all he expects his players to commit to the program, adding Roby is on track to earn his degree in the spring.“(Four years) is all you ask, you don’t ask for five years nowadays.”Meyer said not all senior classes are good and deserve the praise this class will receive before the game.“It’s not because they’re seniors, it’s because what they’ve done,” Meyer said.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who might forgo his senior season after a very successful campaign in his third year, said he has not made a decision regarding next year at this time.“I just want to help (the seniors) leave with a bang,” Shazier said. “I’m not even thinking about (the NFL Draft) right now, I’m thinking about Indiana.”With a win Saturday, OSU will clinch the Big Ten Leaders division title and punch its ticket to the Big Ten Championship Game. Meyer said being in the title hunt mid-November, both in the Big Ten and the BCS, is what attracted him to OSU two winters ago.“That’s why you come to Ohio State as a coach or a player,” Meyer said.Junior quarterback Braxton Miller said the state of the BCS, which has No. 3 OSU ahead of No. 4 Baylor by .0013, isn’t something his team can afford to focus on out on the field.“It’s not in our hands, but a couple things are in our hands,” Miller said. “We can go out there and dominate who we’re playing.”OSU and Indiana are set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday in Ohio Stadium. read more

School scraps homework to give teachers time to plan lessons

first_imgTeacher marking books “We want it to be the number one priority so teachers can plan for students’ individual needs and keep on top of their progress on a daily basis.”Out-of-school-hours learning will still be encouraged through the school’s website, with prizes offered to the most dedicated students.Last year, the independent boarding school Cheltenham Ladies’ College announced plans to ditch homework in response to an “epidemic” of mental health problems.In 2013, Jane Austen College in Norwich said pupils would be expected to complete all their work during timetabled hours, and extended the school day to 5pm. ‘Homework is too often made up of unfinished curriculum work’Credit:Alamy A school has scrapped all homework to allow teachers more time to plan lessons, it has emerged.Catherine Hutley, principal at Philip Morant School and College, in Colchester, Essex, has said her staff will use the time previously spent on setting and marking homework on planning lessons more precisely.The school isn’t the first to abolish homework, but previously schools have done so to reduce mental health problems among pupils, or have then extended school hours to make up the time.Ms Hutley accepted the move would be controversial but she said she was “genuinely excited” about the innovative approach and was convinced students would benefit. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img She said: “The job of a teacher is impossible.”There are not enough hours in the day for a teacher to teach, set homework, mark homework, and plan their lessons.She continued: “It is a move away from a more traditional approach but we would not do anything which would hinder the progress of our children.”We have the most dedicated and committed staff you could possibly ask for.”They are working every hour God sends but planning lessons can fall by the wayside. There are not enough hours in the day for a teacher to teach, set homework, mark homework, and plan their lessonsCatherine Hutley Ms Hutley said homework at her school was too often made up of unfinished curriculum work which had not been completed in class. That work will now be completed in lessons, ensuring children who were not completing their homework would not miss out.Ms Hutley said the new Prove It+ extension work will encourage independent learning, which would also benefit students in their post-16 education.Ms Hutley said the move away from traditional homework had been discussed for a year. She added: “We are aware opinions on this issue are polarised, with many parents and carers delighted by the change but others concerned by what the move will mean for their child.”We have carefully analysed the performance and progress of our students and the impact homework has had on this.”last_img read more

Police probe over retired Greek Australian GP accused of sex abuse

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Neos Kosmos first became aware of the allegations against Dr Constantine Kyriacou over sexual misconduct following three of his former patients coming forward to share their harrowing stories of inappropriate comments, fondling and sexual assault.Maria Moutsidis, 61, Sandra Rokebrand, 52, and Suzii Crowley, 49, independently lodged official complaints over their medical consultations at Dr Kyriacou’s practice on Barkers Road in Hawthorn having been far from professional.Following their statements, it was revealed by The Age that complaints regarding Dr Kyriacou’s misconduct were first raised with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) almost 20 years ago, but a complaint was withdrawn and no action was taken.AHPRA, which regulates the nation’s health practitioners, is currently under investigation over the long delays with its current probe into Dr Kyriacou, which was finally launched in February 2016 but surprisingly, is still months from being finalised.Meanwhile, Dr Kyriacou, removed himself from the register of medical practitioners in August 2017 claiming he was suffering from a brain injury, however, it appears he was trying to avoid AHPRA.“You have questioned how it could be that Dr Kyriacou cannot recall these patients but can deny the alleged actions,” Mr Kyriacou’s lawyer, John Petts from Kennedys, told the press.“The answer is that when these allegations were first made, Dr Kyriacou was able to provide clear instructions and he denied the allegations,” he added stressing his client’s diagnosis of “significant cognitive impairment”.Well known Greek Australian actress Maria Moutsidis, also known as Maria Mercedes, said she suffered from panic attacks and chronic anxiety in her early 20s, following her experience as a patient of dr Kyriacou’s.Maria Moutsidis“I would be asked to stand with Dr Kyriacou standing behind me and him directing me to lean backwards onto him, whereby he proceeded to stretch my body and I would feel his erect penis, pressing behind me,” she said in her sworn statement to AHPRA on 31 January 2018.“For whatever medical reason that I came to see him, sore throat, anxiety, abdominal pain, he would ask me to fully undress. Always,” she said in a disturbing report.Ms Crowley and Ms Rokebrand who are represented by Arnold Thomas & Becker, also lodged writs in the Supreme Court that accusing Dr Kyriacou of sexual assault and professional misconduct.Following the publication of their stories several other women have come forward, contacting police and AHPRA sharing similar stories.last_img read more

Klopp defends Alissons £66m price tag Jan Oblak would have cost

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended the club’s decision to pay up to £66.8m for Alisson from AS Roma, that made him the world’s most expensive goalkeeperAfter just one season as the first-choice at the Stadio Olimpico, Alisson completed his world record move to Liverpool earlier this month to the astonishment of others.This year, Liverpool have spent over £250m in new recruits and the price they have paid for Alisson has raised concerns among the supporters.But Klopp argued that in such a small marketplace, they were left with few options that could have been potentially cheaper.The German cited Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak as an example.“Everybody thinks it’s a lot of money. It is a lot of money, but he could’ve left for crazy money,” said Klopp, according to the Belfast Telegraph.“The clause for Oblak, for example, is 100m euros (£89m), so nice!“The goalkeeper market is different because it’s not each year that there is anybody available.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We didn’t know exactly if Alisson is available or not, but from a specific moment we realised obviously he is available and that’s the moment when we decided we want to go for him.”The 51-year-old had swapped around goalkeepers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius throughout the first part of last season before permanently installing the latter as his number one.But Karius’ mistakes in May’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid had left Klopp with no other alternative but to seek a new goalkeeper, despite medical results proving that the 25-year-old had suffered a concussion.“We are really fine with our goalkeepers. So there’s no doubts (about) Simon Mignolet – big quality, absolutely Premier League highest-level quality, Loris Karius as well,” he added.“Yes, we all know what happened in the final, but we know as well why it’s not about that. It’s not the reason (for signing Alisson).“We really wanted to bring in a player which we didn’t have before to be honest and that’s what happened with Alisson.”But if there was one person that is happy with the deal it’s Roma president James Pallotta.“In Alisson’s case, come on, let’s be serious. You know, 70m euros is a lot,” he told SiriusXM FC.last_img read more

No 17 Arizona beats Washington State 247

first_imgPULLMAN — Sports Illustrated once dubbed Washington State “Quarterback U,” a tribute to the steady stream of quality quarterbacks developed in Pullman.WSU still has a knack for developing quarterbacks, but now the Cougars seem to be helping opposing quarterbacks develop as much as their own.For the third week in a row, WSU lost to a team playing its No. 2 quarterback most or all of the game when Matt Scott replaced injured Arizona star Nick Foles early in the second quarter and led the 17th-ranked Wildcats to a 24-7 victory Saturday at Martin Stadium.Scott played quite ably, but the much-maligned WSU defense — ranked last in the nation coming into the weekend — gave up a season-low 352 yards. The 24 points allowed was the least for WSU in a Pac-10 game since a 16-13 triumph against Washington on Nov. 22, 2008.The Cougars racked up season highs of six quarterback sacks and 10 tackles for loss, and Arizona mustered just 10 points and 101 yards in the second half with Foles on the sidelines with a knee sprain. The Wildcats led 21-0 before the Cougars produced their only score, a 23-yard bullet over the middle from Jeff Tuel to Marquess Wilson late in the third quarter. WSU finished with 297 total yards, and Tuel was responsible for 290. He passed for 257 yards and ran for 33 despite being sacked a season-high seven sacks. Only Tuel’s nimble feet, vision and willingness to take a hit when scrambling prevented the Wildcats from reaching double digits in sacks.last_img read more

SCDS batch leaves for Italy on study programme in Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: As many as 25 students of Samana College of Design Studies (SCDS) from two Telugu states, a faculty member along with CEO Sheeba left to Milan, Italy on Friday to attend the student exchange programme at ‘NABA’, said the SCDS chairperson Samana Hussaini. Addressing the media she said that SCDS was the first college that proved an international exposure to its designers. She said that they had left no stone unturned and worked hard to achieve this moment of pride, and added that SCDS was the only college from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh which is providing an international platform for its designers. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us She said that it is a month long programme for both fashion designing and interior designing trainees. During the period of stay, the students will be open to a totally new method of teaching and multi cultural atmosphere. They are taking many of their project works to present at the university and they would come back with a bundle of new ideas and memories to share with their peers back home, she said and wished the students a safe and a fruitful journey.last_img read more

Texas Adoption Agencies Could Ban Jews Gays Muslims

first_img Share Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples, under a proposal in the Republican-controlled Legislature.Five other states have passed similar laws protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents or other households on religious grounds — but Texas’ rule would extend to state-funded agencies. Only South Dakota’s is similarly sweepingly.The bill had been scheduled for debate and approval Saturday in the state House, but lawmakers bogged down with other matters. It now is expected to come up next week.Republican sponsors of Texas’ bill say it is designed to support the religious freedom of adoption agencies and foster care providers. Many of the agencies are private and faith-based but receive state funds.But opponents say it robs children of stable homes while funding discrimination with taxpayer dollars.“This would allow adoption agencies to turn away qualified, loving parents who are perhaps perfect in every way because the agency has a difference in religious belief,” said Catherine Oakley, senior legislative counsel for the Human Rights Campaign. “This goes against the best interest of the child.”The bill also blatantly violates the Constitution, Oakley added.“As a governmental entity, Texas is bound to treat people equally under the law,” said Oakley. “This is a violation of equal protection under the law.”State Rep. James Frank, the bill’s author, said it’s designed to address the state’s foster care crisis by making “reasonable accommodations so everyone can participate in the system.”“Everyone is welcome. But you don’t have to think alike to participate,” said Frank, a Republican from rural Wichita Falls, near Texas’ border with Oklahoma.A federal judge in 2015 ruled that the state’s foster care system violated youngsters’ constitutional rights. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott made fixing it an “emergency” priority and the Legislature has increased funding while backing a number of major changes.Suzanne Bryant, an Austin-based adoption attorney who works with LGBT clients and was one of the first individuals to have a legal same-sex marriage in Texas, said the bill fails to provide alternatives for prospective parents rebuffed by adoption agencies.“Say you call an agency and say, ‘I’m Jewish,’ and it’s a Catholic agency and they hang up on you,” said Bryant. “The bill says you can be referred to another agency, but there’s no mechanism to set that up.”Not only could agencies turn away hopeful parents under the religious freedom provision, but they could require children in the foster care system to comply with their faith-based requirements, said Bryant.That means child welfare organizations could send LGBT kids to conversion therapy, a treatment designed to turn people straight — which the Pan American Health Organization calls a “serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people.” And they could deny young people contraception and abortions.“If a 17-year-old who is sexually active wants birth control, the burden to prove that constitutional right is on the child,” said Bryant. “They don’t have their parents advocating for them and supposed to go it alone against the system.”Frank said most adoptions happen through the state’s Child Protective Services, which would not be subject to the religious freedom mandate, though outside agencies that receive state funding would be. He said his bill “codifies” the choices adoption agencies are already making as they select parents.“My guess is if you have an LGBT agency they’re going to pick an LGBT family, and if you have a Baptist agency they may be more likely to pick a Baptist family,” Frank said. “They’re free to do that and should be free to do that.”Frank also said the bill directs state child services to ensure that other outside adoption providers without religious objections are made available to help would-be adoptive parents who get turned away by any who do raise objections.But his proposal is just one of 24 pending bills in the Texas Legislature that LGBT advocates say encourage discrimination.last_img read more

We Remember Mates A Pearl Harbor Survivor Looks Back

first_img Share Wikipedia CommonsThe U.S.S. Shaw explodes after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.Today is Pearl Harbor Day. On this day 77 years ago, the Japanese attacked the U.S. fleet in Hawaii and launched America into World War II.Courtesy – Cliff HamberlinVaughn Hamberlin, Pearl Harbor survivor who served on the U.S.S. Tennessee.One of the men who survived the attack was Vaughn Hamberlin, who served aboard the U.S.S. Tennessee. Some 35 years later, in 1976, he revisited the site of the attack and was moved to write an account of that day and his feelings for his fallen comrades.On this Pearl Harbor Day, his son, Cliff Hamberlin of The Woodlands, tells us about his father. And we hear some of Vaughn’s account of that day from an article he wrote shortly after revisiting the site. It was published in the Beaumont Enterprise.Vaughn Hamberlin died in 1994 in Beaumont.“We Remember Mates”Vaughn Hamberlin’s Account of Pearl Harbor, Used by PermissionAs we glided across the blue-green water of Pearl Harbor, we were all caught up in the beauty of the “Pearl of the Pacific.” My mind quickly traveled back across the years to a Sunday morning not unlike this one.As a young man of nineteen, I had been assigned duty aboard the battleship U.S.S. Tennessee. In two days I would complete my first year in the U.S. Navy. On this particular morning, I was waiting with my fellow softball team members for a launch that was to transport us to the Naval “Rec” field. None of the team ever boarded that launch.The anticipation of a day of leisure at the recreation field and on the beach was broken by an excited voice on the public announcing system, “All hands man your battle stations!” As the ship’s crew hastened to their stations I thought, “Why couldn’t this drill have waited five minutes, then we would have been off the ship.” I should have known something was wrong; normally, general quarters was sounded on a boatswain’s whistle, followed by verbal instructions. The voice on the loud speaker began shouting, “This is no drill; it is the real thing!”Before I reached my station the old wagon was shaking from stem to stern. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but the battleship U.S.S. West Virginia which was tied to our port side had taken the first of what would be many torpedoes into her port side. World War II had begun.From that moment on things began to happen so fast and furious it is hard to put them in sequence. The short time that followed branded my mind with memories that would last a lifetime.The battleship U.S.S. Maryland was docked just forward of the U.S.S. Tennessee with the U.S.S. Oklahoma alongside her. None of the ships escaped being hit by either torpedoes or bombs in the first few minutes.At the beginning of the vicious attack, the Oklahoma was hit hard on her port side by several torpedoes – as was the West Virginia. It was standard procedure for all ships to get underway when under attack; but to everyone’s horror, when the Oklahoma’s lines were cut from the Maryland she immediately began to roll over. It only took a few minutes until she was bottom-up, trapping many of her crew below deck.The West Virginia would have seen the same fate if an old boatswain on the Tennessee had not refused to allow her lines to be cut from us. She sank only a few feet and her keel rested the bottom, wedging the Tennessee against the quays, making it impossible for her to move; but without a doubt the boatswain’s decision had saved many lives on the West Virginia. The U.S.S. California docked forward of the Maryland had much the same fate as the West Virginia.Being located as they were the Tennessee and Maryland were protected from the torpedo planes. Directly aft of us was the battleship U.S.S. Arizona and the repair ship U.S.S. Vestal was alongside her. Because of Ford Island, the Naval Air Station, the attackers could not make a water approach from our starboard side; however, we did take several heavy bomb hits and a lot of strafing.Then the biggest blast of the day came; the Arizona blew up! Some believe a bomb went directly in her stack; others believe a torpedo went under the Vestal, hitting her below the armor plating, blowing her boilers and magazines. It seems inconceivable that what I saw could actually happen. Her forward deck seemed to roll forward, and she belched forth fire, steel, oil, and men; all coming down on the ships around her. It seemed for a time the entire line of battlewagons was on fire and that nothing could be saved. My whole world was on fire.No one knows how, but the Vestal was able to get underway and move out of the holocaust and move away from the Arizona; but her freedom was short lived when she caught a couple of heavy bomb hits – one ripping her open from the main deck to her keel. She began to sink, and her Skipper ran her aground to prevent disaster.Throughout the attack I was alternately fighting fire and handling the dead and wounded. My hands had never before touched a dead man. It was a horrifying experience to have the flesh of a man fall apart to my touch. I heard cries, whispered prayers of fear, and cursing in anger; but through it all, I saw no panic. I had tasted the bitters of Hell, but I did not weep.In the days following, I was assigned to a launch as the motorman. Two others – a coxswain and a bowman, made up the launch crew. Our duty was removing bodies that were rising to the surface in the harbor. It was almost impossible to pull the bodies into the launch without tearing the flesh, so we towed them to a specially built float at the recreation field.After three days this work began to tell on my nerves. Each time we removed a body I was afraid to search for identification; because you see, I was afraid I would find my brother Wayne, who was assigned to the Vestal.On the third day after the attack, I told the bowman how to operate the engine and then asked the coxswain to drop me off on the gangway to the Vestal, then lay-off and wait for me. I was surprised when the Duty Officer allowed me aboard; but when I told him why I made the request, all he asked me was if I know where my brother’s quarters were.  When I said yes, he welcomed me aboard. I walked to the hatch that led down to Wayne’s quarters, and my heart almost stopped from what I saw. The hatchway was blown away, and a bomb had gone right through Wayne’s quarters. I began to shake. I tried to light a cigarette, and my hands shook so hard I couldn’t contact flame with cigarette. A man lit my cigarette for me.  It was a friend of my brother whom I had met on a previous visit. He said Wayne was okay, but was on the beach in a work party. I was shaken, but did not weep.It took ten day to remove the Tennessee from her wedge between the West Virginia and the quays. When she was freed we returned to the shipyard at Bremerton, Washington for extensive repairs and alterations.The years that followed were spent on three ships in every corner of the globe, both in the Pacific and the Atlantic. All through the suspense, monotony, loneliness, and horror, I was proud that this farm boy had the privilege of wearing the uniform of Uncle Sam’s Navy. The songs “Anchors Aweigh,” “America the Beautiful,” and our beloved “Star Spangled Banner” still make my chest swell with pride.As the tour craft pulled alongside the memorial that is constructed over the still visible hull of the Arizona, my thoughts returned to the present. The crowd was very quiet as we filed aboard the Memorial. The first thing we saw was the great bell that served the battleship for many years. The people were very reverent; and when anyone spoke, it was almost in a whisper. My wife and I stood for several minutes viewing the pictures of the attack and read the more than one thousand names of those still entombed in the hull only a few feet below where we were standing.As we stood looking down on what would have been about mid-ship, small wisps of oil would occasionally break on the surface as if those below were saying, “Hey up there; we’re still here.” I wanted to shout, “We remember mates – and thank you.” I wept.As I stood gripping the railing with my back to the crowd so they could not see the tears rolling down my face, my thoughts raced through history and the years from 1776 to the present. There were so many that had paid the ultimate price to win and hold the freedom we enjoy. To those below and the others before and after you, “You are not forgotten.”“We Remember Mates”Vaughn E. HamberlinBorn: Sept. 26, 1922 in Gilmer, TexasDied: April 13, 1994 in Beaumont, TexasMr. Hamberlin first visited the Arizona Memorial in April 1976 and wrote this article May 10, 1976.last_img read more

Star Wars The Old Republic Report Flashpoints are highly entertaining

first_imgUpdate: As some of our SWTOR savvy readers have pointed out, flashpoints are better compared to the multiplayer dungeons that exist in games like WoW, rather than raids. The mechanism that exists for large party raids are called “Operations”, and are for high level player groups. Having a level 20 character, I have not yet had a chance to experience an Operation, but am looking forward to reporting on them in the future. My opinion of the flashpoints themselves has not changed, as they are well crafted narrative game experiences as I outlined in the rest of the piece.Thanks to our readers for keeping us on the straight and narrow! May the Force be with you.If you are an avid MMO gamer, you will be familiar with the group gaming experience called the “raid.” Made popular by World of Warcraft and legendary 40-person raid dungeons, these are akin to “boss” battles in a single player RPG. Usually reserved for high-level elite players, they have received both praise and criticism alike. Casual players resent the fact that they can’t usually take part, while hardcore players love the exclusivity they receive because they have time to pour into leveling their characters.The debate on how raids should be implemented in massive online games has influenced developers to try and fix the issues, making as many players as possible happy. With a few exceptions, this usually ends up in disaster. There has not been a truly successful raid system in an MMO until now. BioWare has succeeded where so many others have failed, by creating a raid system that is balanced and allows players of all types to enjoy deeper part of the game.In the  Star Wars: The Old Republic, raids are called “flashpoints” and are chock full of high-level enemies, rare loot drops, and deep narratives that immerse a player into the mission they are on. I have had the opportunity to take part in two flashpoints so far: “Esseles” and “Hammer Station”. Both have been highly entertaining experiences that show how much work BioWare has put into the title.Rather than creating a raid experience that is targeted only at elite players in large guilds, BioWare opted to make the flashpoint aspect of the game as accessible as possible. The only requirement to get into the early missions is to be the right level and have a group of people with you. The events are both easy to find and travel to, making it possible for anyone who wants to experience them to have a chance. This is a refreshing change of pace from games like Everquest 2 and WoW, where it’s much easier if you are in a large guild to make raid-runs possible. Those games almost penalize you for being a solo player.SWTOR is the first game I have experienced where a casual player can actually make some progress. You can easily drop in for a flashpoint run as a solo player, find a group to play with and be done in a hour. It feels like you are playing through a level in a console game that you can walk away from when you are done.Getting introduced to the flashpoint system is a enjoyable experience as well. Pictured above is the first Republic-playable flashpoint entitled the “Esseles.” It’s a two-man raid for players level nine or higher, and focuses on exposing players to the narrative flow of the raid system. I had the opportunity to run this scenario with Russell Holly, another writer here at Geek.com.One of the aspects of flashpoints that I really enjoy are the group conversation portions of the narratives that are built into each scenario. The conversations serve to tie together the flow of the flashpoint, directing players to the next objective to be accomplished. Requiring  total group participation, each member of your party has an opportunity to control the ebb and flow of the mission by responding in certain ways to dialogue presented from NPC’s. Each player has a “social roll” that happens during these conversation points, the character rolling the highest number is who decides how the party reacts to situations.Pictured above is the dialogue of entering into one of these narrative events from the second flashpoint called “Hammer Station.” This is a four-man raid that I was able to run with my guild, “The Consortium.” What’s fun about these conversations is that if one of the players is trying to earn Dark Side points and wins the roll, it can get the group in some hot water. Don’t worry though, if you are trying to keep your nose clean and adhere to the Light Side of the Force, their decision does not impact your point levels in that area.Besides good amounts of experience, flashpoints offer some of the best loot drops in the game. Each raid has several “boss” battles, like the one pictured above from Hammer Station. These are obviously tougher battles that hold some danger of character death with them in exchange for the rarer reward drops when victory is achieved. These battles are incredibly chaotic and fun, with lightsabers flashing and laser weapons firing in the background. The end result being that you feel like you have been in the fray, and actively participated in the drama playing out before you.The flashpoint system is another indicator about how seriously BioWare worked to create an experience that players will enjoy. It’s obvious that a lot of research went into the planning and development to address as many different player concerns with the raiding system as possible. People often say that you cannot please everyone, but honestly it feels like BioWare has. Everyone in game can take part in flashpoints if they want, the system is all inclusive which is incredibly refreshing to say the least.The last point to touch on is the beneficial social aspect of flashpoints. MMO players will know that building a strong friend list in-game is something that is crucial to success. Being able to call upon your in-game buddies to help with a heroic area or to see if they have components for that lightsaber you are trying to craft is vital. Because flashpoints are grouped together, there is usually a large group of people milling around, all looking for groups. This gives a person a great opportunity to make some allies in their fight against the Sith.Stay tuned for more reporting from The Old Republic.last_img read more

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first_imgMaybe Suh is just a huge Darth Vader fan? Advertisement It’s been a while since Ndamukong Suh made news for attacking players after the whistle. Well, that little streak’s over.Things were testy all night during the Ravens 40-0 Thursday night destruction of the Dolphins, especially after Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso took out Joe Flacco. With the Dolphins trailing 26-0, Suh grabbed Baltimore backup Ryan Mallett by the throat and threw him backwards after Mallett got in his face after the play.Suh got a personal foul for the throat snatch, his second on the night, and can probably expect to get a fine after the league office reviews the tape.last_img read more

Catching up With Pepper the Surprisingly Helpful Humanoid Robot

first_imgThe problem is context. Pepper can handle basic conversation—what’s your room confirmation number, do I have the right room here, would you like help with your bags. Lots of yes/no questioning. “Robots don’t understand ambiguity,” says Omar Abdelwahed, head of studio for SoftBank Robotics America.Getting robots to better understand us isn’t just about helping them parse our language, because communication is about so much more than words. Pepper will need to understand intent and attention. Pepper can walk you through the check-in process either with a conversation or through a touchscreen on its chest, but it has to call a human if you want help with your bags. (The robot has arms, but they’re not meant for lifting things. Instead, they help make Pepper expressive.) The hospitality industry is just far too complex and sensitive for a robot to navigate on its own. Want to complain that you didn’t get a non-smoking room, and than instead of a new room you want a refund so you can take your business elsewhere? Good luck getting Pepper to understand. We might ask, though: What’s the point is of embodying an AI in the first place? Alexa works just fine sitting there on your countertop, after all. Well, it’s about engagement. Pepper commands attention because it’s novel, true enough, but also because it’s tapping into our instincts for interpersonal communication. You can feel its presence, and you can’t help but look it in the eyes when it’s talking to you.So maybe, just maybe, it can charm you out of your post-flight funk someday soon.More from the HardWIRED series “If you’re not looking at me, I might not need to listen, and so I shouldn’t respond,” says Abdelwahed. “That largely doesn’t exist today.” It’s why you have to say “Alexa” or “Pepper” in order to get their attention, and why any of these devices rudely butt in when you mention them in casual conversation. Robots also have to get better at recognizing subtle facial cues that might indicate anger or impatience or friendliness, so they might adjust the urgency of their communication, for instance.In these early days of human-robot interaction, it helps for machines to come paired with a touchscreen. That’s especially true for Pepper, which works as a greeter not just at hotels, but hospitals, malls, and airports. It might, for instance, bring up a map on its screen to give directions, instead of just rattling them off turn-by-turn like a maps app would. The screen also works as a redundant input, so instead of confirming your room with a verbal “yes,” you can tap a “yes.”So even though Pepper doesn’t always understand what you mean, you can revert back to the “old” ways of the touchscreen. But keep in mind these are very early days for conversational intelligences—these systems will only improve. “Ideally, the first interaction you have with a robot will be the worst, because it should be able to learn from its interactions with you and others,” says Carlin. As Pepper shows, it’s hard as hell to get a robot to understand nonverbal cues. One robot, though, is reading the faces of deaf infants in fascinating ways.center_img Pepper works as a hospital greeter, but roaming the halls is another more mobile robot called Tug, which autonomously delivers drugs and food. Listen, humans are great and all, but sometimes they’re horrible. That’s especially true if you’ve just spent 12 hours stuck in a flying aluminum tube with a few hundred of them. Now all you want to do is lock yourself in a hotel room, and for the love of all that is holy get away from humans.Ah, but wait. The cursed fates dictate that someone’s gotta check you into your hotel. So you roll into the lobby, heartbroken, to find humans behind the counter, but also a humanoid robot called Pepper. You strike up a conversation with the robot, and one thing leads to another and it’s checked you into your room, no human interaction required.You’ve just avoided getting cranky with a well-meaning person, sure. But you’ve also done something more subtle: You’ve interacted with a robot like few humans have before you. Because Pepper is part of the first wave of intelligent machines that promise to not only make our lives easier, but to bring a strange new form of interaction into being.To be clear, Pepper isn’t meant to replace hotel employees altogether, but to complement them. “I think for the very near future what you’re going to see with robotics is more around replacing and automating tasks as opposed to full blown duties of different jobs and roles,” says Steve Carlin, chief strategy officer of SoftBank Robotics America, which makes Pepper. Pepper is vaguely humanoid, though it rolls instead of walks. Because it turns out that getting a robot to move on two legs is an exceedingly difficult thing to do.last_img read more

Elderly lesbian gains victory against retirement home for harassment

first_imgAn elderly woman said she was harassed and discriminated against at her retirement home in Illinois for being a lesbian. On Monday (28 August), a US appeals court granted her a crucial victory. Marsha Wetzel | Photo: YouTube/lambdalegal eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Should the trial case find in Wetzel’s favor, it will be a victory not only for her, but the LGBTI community at large, and especially senior citizens.‘She, just like all people living in rental housing, whether LGBT or not, should be assured that they will at least be safe from discriminatory harassment in their own homes,’ said Lambda Legal senior counsel Karen Loewy of Wetzel.Glen St. Andrew continues to deny the reports.‘At this stage, the court was required to assume the factual allegations of plaintiff’s complaint were true for purposes of determining the legal issues,’ they said in a statement. ‘Glen St. Andrew strongly denies the factual allegations of the complaint and will present its case in court at the appropriate time.’H/t: Chicago TribuneMore from Gay Star NewsSenior community denied lesbian couple housing due to relationship, lawsuit saysCalifornia passes a bill supporting LGBTI seniors for ‘social needs’LGBTI elders give advice to their 18-year-old selves in moving videoGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Marsha Wetzel moved into Glen St. Andrew Living Community in Niles, right outside of Chicago, after her longtime partner passed away.While residing there, she said she faced terrible homophobic abuse, including residents yelling slurs at her and spitting on her.In another incident, Wetzel alleged one resident rammed into her scooter and toppled it over. She said she fell and bruised her arm.Wetzel sued in 2016, claiming the retirement home did nothing to stop the harassment and they also retaliated against her. Last year, a federal judge dismissed her lawsuit against the community.A trio of judges from the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, however, overturned that ruling. They determined the operators of Glen St. Andrew could be responsibile for housing discrimination and sent the case back to trial.An even bigger victory loomsChief Judge Diane Wood wrote of the case: ‘Not only does it (the Fair Housing Act) create liability when a landlord intentionally discriminates against a tenant based on a protected characteristic; it also creates liability against a landlord that has actual notice of tenant-on-tenant harassment … yet chooses not to take any reasonable steps within its control to stop that harassment.’ Elderly lesbian sues senior home for not protecting her from discriminationThis elderly lesbian who was ‘slapped and told that homosexuals burn in hell’ is suing her care homeLandmark court case for LGBTI equal rights has started in Hong KongRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/elderly-lesbian-victory-retirement-home-harassment/last_img read more

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first_img 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 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 News | May 28, 2014 MR Solutions Announces the World’s First 7.0T Cryogen Free Pre-Clinical MRI Scanner 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 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. Related Content 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 | 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 | 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 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 | 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 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 MR Solutions is launching the world’s first cryogen free 7 Tesla, cryogen-free, pre-clinical MRI scanner. The initial scanner which has a bore of 17 cm will be followed later in the year with a range of scanners with larger bore sizes.MR Solutions is setting the pace in the pre-clinical scanning market with a range of ground-breaking innovations. It was only a few months ago that they announced that their cryogen free 3T MRI range could now be fitted with a clip-on SPECT camera and incorporate a state-of-the-art PET ring inside the machine. The new range of 7T scanners can also be fitted with these SPECT and PET capabilities.Physicist and CEO of MR Solutions, David Taylor, PhD, said: “We have been at the forefront of scanning technology for over 30 years and have installed more than 1000 MRI Spectrometers across the world. We have combined that with challenge-based thinking to come up with solutions which deliver what our customers want – first-rate images that are relevant for their particular applications. We are in the business of supporting our clients’ needs, not just building machines. I think it is one of our key differentiators and why we have been able to not only achieve so many ground-breaking developments in the last 18 months but also bring down the costs.”MR Solutions has been able to dispense with the usual liquid helium cooling system by using a revolutionary magnet design. This enables the use of a standard low temperature fridge to cool the magnet to the required 4 degrees Kelvin (minus 269 degrees C).The magnet in the new 7T MRI scanners has an elliptical field of view which makes it even more suitable for research purposes, and as with the 3T range the strength of the magnetic field can be adjusted from 0 to 7 Tesla. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 morelast_img read more

Russian govt OKs antismoking bill

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) – Russia’s government has OKed a bill that would ban smoking in public and tobacco ads.The government on Thursday approved a landmark deal that would crack down on smoking in a country where 44 million people, or 40 percent of adults, light up.The approval of the bill, which has yet to be discussed in parliament and signed by the president, follows a plea by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who on Tuesday called for a crackdown on tobacco companies “making money on children.” How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Smoking rates have shot up in the past two decades, fueled by extremely low prices for cigarettes and largely uncontrolled advertising.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Sri Lanka records 359 tourism growth

first_imgWith increasing Chinese arrivals over the year and provisions for exciting tourist incentives, Sri Lanka’s Tourism recorded the highest growth of 35.9% in September while tourism receipts reached 2.1 billion dollars by the end of the month. Last year, the country attracted about 1.2 million visitors and targeted 2.5 million in 2015.Such an upturn has resulted from strong promotions by public-private partnership. The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Chairman, Dr Athukorala opined that the foremost quarter to be addressed is the un-control sector leisure industry that accounts for 49% of the business. He further remarked that to ensure financial sustainability, a focus on attracting 250 dollar tourist is imperative.last_img read more

One more defendant pleads guilty in waste management case

first_imgA fourth defendant in the waste management corruption trial pleaded guilty on Friday and was now awaiting sentencing, as the high-profile case continued.Helector mechanical engineer Imad Baqle pleaded guilty to four charges of drafting and circulating false documents, making him the fourth defendant out of 16 to admit charges relating to overcharges and kickbacks in the management of waste.As operator of two landfills – one at Marathounda, Paphos, the other at Koshi, Larnaca – Helector is alleged to have overcharged municipalities – and ultimately the taxpayer – by reporting higher waste volumes while public officials looked the other way in return for skimming off the top.In total, 16 defendants – including two former mayors –  had been indicted in relation to the alleged scam.They – individuals and three companies – faced 104 charges including conspiracy to defraud, bribery, abuse of power, breach of trust by a public official, conspiracy to commit a felony, money laundering, and obtaining money under false pretences.The other defendants are former Larnaca Mayor Andreas Louroudjiatis; former Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas; Demetris Yiannakopoulos, former director of Helector;  Demetrios Patsalides (municipal employee); Michalis Pantis, Stelios Papadopoulos, Christos Petrou (civil servants); Antonis Kourouzides, Georgios Koullapis (pensioners); former head of the Paphos Sewerage Board Eftychios Malekkides; Nicholas Koullapis (doctor); Enviroplan S.A.; Theofanis Lolos (chemical engineer); N.E Midoriaco Ltd; and Helector Cyprus Ltd.Vergas pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in jail in addition to six he was doing for his involvement in the Paphos sewerage scandal.Malekkides is also doing six years for his involvement in the Paphos case.Yannakopoulos also pleaded guilty last month, getting an 18-month sentence suspended for three years.Petrou too has admitted his involvement and together with Baqle they will plead for leniency next Wednesday.  You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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