LONDON – As unusually cold weather gripped Europe, Britain’s military was sent out Friday to central and western England to get hospital employees to work and help police rescue people from snowbound vehicles.Nicknamed “The Beast from the East,” the cold front caused travel chaos, with hundreds of flights cancelled in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland. Trains broke down. Motorists found themselves stuck on highways and trapped in frosty conditions for hours.“This is particularly unusual weather,” British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said. “It’s something that happens very rarely in this country.”Up to a meter (three feet) of snow was reported in eastern Ireland, and travellers were stranded south and west of the capital, Dublin.The big chill also froze canals in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Ice on the historic Prinsengracht canal was thick enough for residents to lace up their skates and glide across its frozen surface. Tourists without skates slid across the ice, taking selfies.“It’s just cool. You can go fast and you see the world from a slightly different perspective,” said skater Noldus Reijnders.Heathrow Airport tweeted Friday that it was working with airlines to consolidate the flight schedule “to provide more certainty around departing flights,” amid the extreme winter conditions across the U.K. and Europe. More than 350 flights were cancelled. Gatwick, London City, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports also reported cancellations.Other European airports closed down entirely. Authorities at Geneva’s airport suspended air traffic for a second straight day amid heavy snowfall. By early afternoon, flights had resumed.Around 340 flights were cancelled at Ireland’s Dublin Airport, which posted images of swirling snow together with the hashtag “BeastFromTheEast.” It doesn’t plan to open until Saturday.The army sent 20 troops and 10 four-wheel drive vehicles to Shropshire, the county south of Liverpool, and the Royal Marines sent resources to Devon and Cornwall on the southwest coast after police asked for help.One train travelling from London’s Waterloo Station to Weymouth ground to a halt outside New Milton, stranding motorists for hours. By mid-afternoon, South Western Railway and Southeastern had urged customers not to travel.Some commuters reported that rail doors refused to open as the push-button mechanisms froze in the cold. Thousands of homes are without electricity as temperatures remain below freezing with bitter winds.One police force in Scotland tweeted a picture of a patrol car beside a snowdrift almost as high as the vehicle itself to show drivers why they should stay home. “PLEASE AVOID THIS AREA,” the post said.In central England, volunteers brought hot drinks and blankets to stranded drivers as they waited for help. Eleanor Kelly, 19, said those stranded in the Milnrow suburb of Rochdale included a father with a baby and toddler in his car.“We’ve been trying to get to as many people as we can,” she said.Commuter Philip Brown endured more than 15 hours on a train travelling from London Waterloo to Bournemouth, Dorset. The average time for the journey is about two hours.“I didn’t have any food or water. There were no buffet facilities on board. The train lost power and we lost heating and lights,” said Brown, 49. “I couldn’t tell you how cold it was, but it was cold enough to prevent you from sleeping … People were wrapping jumpers round their legs trying to keep warm.”But in Amsterdam, nobody was complaining about the cold. Residents on skates glided past tourists who slithered across the ice for pictures. One woman took her dog for a walk along the frozen canal.Still, despite measures taken by authorities to help the ice develop, there were still some holes and parts of the canal weren’t frozen at all. Reijnders was wearing a special red ice pick around his neck just in case.“If you sink through the ice — and there are still a few dangerous places — you can pull yourself out,” he said.___Corder reported from Amsterdam. Jamey Keaten in Geneva also contributed to this report.
CALGARY — Obsidian Energy Ltd. says it has launched a formal process to explore strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company.Formerly known as Penn West Petroleum Ltd., Obsidian says the process is intended to maximize shareholder value.Obsidian cautioned that there could be no assurance of any particular outcome as a result of the review. Last month, a sale of Obsidian’s 55 per cent interest in the Peace River Oil Partnership to Highwood Oil Co. Ltd. was called off.The deal required the company’s partner, China Investment Corp., to consent to the transfer of the company’s partnership units and the transfer of operatorship, but it was denied.Shares in Obsidian closed at $1.35 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.The Canadian Press
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners called today on business leaders to create a set of universal principles to ensure that their companies’ actions have a positive impact on youth.“Protecting children’s rights is a global responsibility that requires global commitment from us all, in every sector,” Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, said at the opening of the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, a major meeting of business leaders held in New York.“This new partnership will help to establish clear principles for businesses to participate in the global effort to help all children, and especially those most in need,” he said of the initiative, which is spearheaded by UNICEF, the Global Compact and Save the Children.The Children’s Principles of Business – which would be launched in 2011 – are to be based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child which detail basic human rights of children, such as protection from abuse and exploitation.In addition to serving as a reference point for businesses, the Principles would be incorporated into the Global Compact documentation which asks businesses to respect and support human rights. Launched in 2000, the Global Compact is a UN initiative that seeks to foster socially responsible business practices. It has become the world’s largest and most ambitious initiative of its kind with at least 8,000 participants.Speaking today to more than 1,200 corporate chief executives, government ministers, heads of civil society and other participants at the Summit, UN representatives called on business leaders to participate in the consultation project and to help shape the Principles.The first multi-stakeholder consolation on the Principles is scheduled for tomorrow. “Business has an enormous potential to impact children’s lives,” said Georg Kell, Executive Director of the Global Compact. “While much progress has been made in managing and mitigating impacts in areas such as child labour, workplace policies, childcare or responsible marketing, the Principles seek to address the broader responsibilities and commitments of business towards children as one of their constituencies,” he stated. 24 June 2010The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners called today on business leaders to create a set of universal principles to ensure that their companies’ actions have a positive impact on youth.
However the Supreme Court had recently issued an order preventing the CID from arresting him.The 11 youth had been abducted in Colombo and the suburbs between 2008 and 2009. (Colombo Gazette) He was questioned for around four hours today.Karannagoda was ordered by court to appear before the CID to record a statement. Former Navy Commander, Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, appeared before the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today to make a statement regarding the disappearance of 11 youth in Colombo.This is the third time Karannagoda is appearing before the CID to make a statement on the case.
“Somali refugees will repatriate from Eritrea for the first time tomorrow, Wednesday, when 57 volunteers board a UNHCR-chartered aircraft in Asmara for a flight to the Somali capital, Mogadishu,” agency spokesman Kris Janowski told reporters in Geneva.The initial 25 families registered to take Wednesday’s flight are among 1,230 Somali refugees who have asked UNHCR to help repatriate them. At the end of 2000, there were 1253 Somali refugees in Eritrea.UNHCR will be facilitating the return of the Somalis by providing them with assistance. “Before leaving Eritrea, each returnee will receive a cash grant to aid their re-integration in Somalia,” Mr. Janowski said. “Authorities in the Somali Transitional National Government have given UNHCR clearance and pledged cooperation for the operation.”Somali exiles are repatriating to their home country in growing numbers thanks to the installation of a temporary government there, according to UNHCR, which earlier this year returned 117 Somalis from Yemen. An additional 2,800 refugees who remain in Yemen are expected to return by boat before the end of the year. In addition, around 7,700 Somalis in camps in Kenya have told UNHCR that they would like to repatriate, Mr. Janowski said.In total, UNHCR cares for over 281,000 Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa, including approximately 137,000 in Kenya.
NEW YORK – Facebook finally has proof that it can make money from mobile advertising. As part of Tuesday’s third-quarter results, the world’s biggest social media company disclosed for the first time that some 14 per cent of its ad revenue came from mobile advertising. It started showing ads to users who access Facebook from their phones and tablet computers about six months ago. Since before the company’s initial public offering in May, investors have worried that Facebook isn’t taking advantage of its growing mobile user base. “I want to dispel this myth that Facebook can’t make money on mobile,” said CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a conference call with analysts. “This may have seemed true earlier this year because we hadn’t started trying yet.” Tuesday’s quarterly financial report — Facebook’s second as a public company— sent its stock up $2.53, or 13 per cent, to $22.03 in after-hours trading. Facebook had closed up 18 cents at $19.50 in regular trading on a day that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average drop 243 points, or 1.8 per cent. Facebook Inc. posted a loss of $59 million, or 2 cents per share, in the July-September period. That’s down from earnings of $227 million, or 10 cents per share a year ago, when Facebook was still privately held. Excluding special items, mainly related stock compensation expenses, Facebook Inc. earned $311 million, or 12 cents per share, in the latest quarter, a penny better than what analysts were expecting. Revenue rose 32 per cent to $1.26 billion from $954 million. That’s also higher than the $1.23 billion that analysts polled by FactSet had expected. Facebook’s monthly user base grew 26 per cent from a year earlier, to 1.01 billion. Some 60 per cent of users access Facebook using a mobile device, the company said. At the end of the second quarter, less than 57 per cent of its then-955 million users came from mobile devices. “People who use our mobile products are more engaged, and we believe we can increase engagement even further as we continue to introduce new products and improve our platform,” Zuckerberg said. “At the same time, we are deeply integrating monetization into our product teams in order to build a stronger, more valuable company.” Advertising revenue was $1.09 billion, up 36 per cent from a year earlier. It represented about 86 per cent of Facebook’s total revenue. In the second quarter, Facebook’s ad revenue grew at a slower pace — 28 per cent from a year earlier, to $992 million. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said that besides the mobile progress, the acceleration of ad revenue was a big reason for Facebook’s stock price jump. “There was some debate that they’d be able to pull that off,” he said. Revenue from payments and other fees climbed 13 per cent to $176 million. The figure includes Facebook’s cut from the virtual items people buy for games they pay on the site. Facebook said that while payments from Zynga Inc. declined, its overall games ecosystem has become more diverse. In recent quarters Facebook has derived as much as 12 per cent of its revenue from “FarmVille” maker Zynga Inc., but Zynga has been experiencing a slowdown. Zynga said Tuesday that it is laying off about 5 per cent of its workforce of 3,000 people. Facebook did not provide guidance for the current quarter or beyond, a practice it has maintained since its first earnings report as a public company in late July. Facebook’s stock has been trading at roughly half of its initial public offering price of $38. The May 18 IPO was one of the most highly anticipated offerings in recent years, but the excitement quickly deflated — in part due to concerns about Facebook’s ability to grow mobile ad revenue. The stock has not traded above its IPO price since its first trading day. Though investors took it as a good sign, Sebastian called Facebook’s mobile progress incremental. “They have a lot of work to do,” he said. Facebook’s challenges include ensuring that users are not overwhelmed by mobile ads bombarding their smaller phone and tablet screens. Chief Operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company monitors user engagement to make sure this doesn’t happen. As Facebook’s user growth inevitably plateaus, the company will also have to grow the money it makes from each user, Sebastian said, adding that Facebook is on the right path as it experiments with new ad formats and products. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email facebook|mobile advertising|third-quarter Facebook 3rd-quarter results show mobile advertising inroads by News Staff Posted Oct 23, 2012 4:21 pm MDT
Since its initial release in 2012, The Rock Book’s popularity for aggregate, mining and industrial minerals processing knowledge and expertise has grown far beyond English-speaking nations. Like the English edition, the new Spanish, French and Chinese editions include the latest technologies, definitions and specification tables for screening, washing and pelletising operations. As W.S. Tyler and its network of sister companies has grown to include North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and, most recently, Australia, adjusting the resource to meet the needs of operations in these diverse markets has been a top priority.“The Rock Book is part of our ongoing effort to be a more valuable partner to our customers,” W.S. Tyler President, Karen Thompson said. “We primarily intended it as a resource for North America, but the overseas resonance has been simply astounding, especially after the digital version hit the Internet a few months ago. The Rock Book has raised the bar in terms of providing useful information for anyone in the mining, aggregate and industrial minerals industries, and it just makes sense to have it at mines and quarries in all parts of the world.”The Rock Book is free and available in print, online or as a downloadable pdf. Visit www.tylerrockbook.com to request a printed copy or get instant access to the digital version.[ ]AUGUST
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Source: Jane Horgan-Jones/Twitter Has anyone else been getting spam emails with quotes from Harry Potter over the last few days? Or is this honestly just me?— Aidan (@AidanCoughlan) June 25, 2014 People are pretty puzzled. My favourite #spam mail to date, a quote from #HarryPotter book. Guessing Prisoner of Azkaban? pic.twitter.com/uWjSMdCA9r— Ali McKenna (@AliMcKenna_) June 24, 2014 HAVE YOU HAD any spam emails recently? If so, there’s a decent chance they involved quotes from the Harry Potter novels.There is a rash of Harry Potter-based spam descending on the internet. Dozens of Irish and international Twitter users have noted it. Source: Aidan Coughlan/Twitter Another spam email/Harry Potter excerpt: THE DARK LORD LIES ALONE AND FRIENDLESS ABANDONED BY HIS FOLLOWERS— Philip Whitman (@phw3g) June 23, 2014 So I presume I’m not the only one getting weird Harry Potter themed spam from my gmail contacts?— Jane Horgan-Jones (@horganjonesjane) June 23, 2014 The quotes are one or two sentences from the novels, selected apparently at random. So what’s causing all the Harry Potter spam? We asked Sal McDonagh of Irish internet security firm Copperfasten Technologies, who make the SpamTitan anti-spam engine.He told DailyEdge.ie that the wave of Harry Potter quotes are an attempt to evade one of the main anti-spam technologies. Basically, anti-spam engines work with three levels of filters:RBLs – essentially blacklists of IP addresses known to be used by spammersURIBLs – engines that look up any links in the email and check them against a blacklist of spam sites.And lastly, a Bayes engine, which acts on anything that’s got through the other two filters. And is the part that’s relevant here. Source: Philip Whitman/Twitter Source: Susan/Twitter Source: Ali McKenna/Twitter Seems like a legit, possibly Harry Potter related email. Not at all spam. #hedwig cc/ @bigcityclaire @yourFreddybear pic.twitter.com/MXEIlPv4LM— susan 🌎 (@smoozle) June 24, 2014 Source: BlogSpotSo what on earth is that?A Bayes engine, says McDonagh, is basically a statistical system for working out which words and phrases spam emails are likely to use.It can be used to assign to scores to different words and say this word is more likely to appear in spam. So ‘Viagra’ or ‘Canadian pharmacy’ would be simplistic examples.The Harry Potter quotes, then, are an attempt to fool the Bayes engine into thinking it’s dealing with Harry Potter fans rather than spam.But why suddenly loads of Harry Potter?The reason that all the Harry Potter spam is coming at once is that Bayes engines learn – so spammers have to move quickly to beat them. “Spam comes in waves,” McDonagh says:What happens is that as people mark email as spam, the engine learns from that. And the more [Harry Potter] emails people click on, the more it learns. It’ll probably learn quite quickly to identify them, so they’ll then move on to the next author or popular meme.It’s not just fiction, either.They tend as well to use the latest news items. So if there’s some celebrity on the news, they’ll use quotes from that because they’re much harder to filter.Wait. Does this mean I’ll never be able to quote Harry Potter in an email ever again?No. The Bayes engines also learn to forget, says McDonagh – so that as the Harry Potter spam dies out, it drops out of the filter. Give it a month or so and you can send all the fanfic you want.More: Your fridge may have sent out spam without you even knowing>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The union organised marches across Greece to celebrate May Day and to protest against the austerity measures and the EU-IMF relief package were marred by incidents of violence in Athens and Thessaloniki.Police said about 17,000 people joined the Athens marches and around 5,000 in Thessaloniki to vent their anger at the deep budget cuts which are being widely anticipated.The demonstrators who took to the streets of Athens and Thessaloniki expressed their anger with and opposition to the cutbacks on salaries, raises in taxes, reforms to the pension system and a new package of more harsh measures which are expected to be announced imminently.During the two separate massive rallies organised by umbrella public sector union ADEDY, private sector counterpart GSEE and labor unions close to the two Left parties in parliament, clashes between young protestors and police were reported at Syntagma square in front of the Greek parliament and at the old University of Athens nearby.After the protests ended, groups of young hooded people hurled rocks and molotovs at police, who answered with teargas at Exarchia.Protestors also physically and verbally attacked PASOK MP Apostolos Kaklamanis, after spotting him among pedestrians on the sidelines of the Athens march.
So there’s a male birth control being tested where you spray a gel on the mans arms and shoulders?? SHIIIIIT let me find out. Preventing pregnancy easier than putting on sunscreen!!— Sar (@sarahashlynnn) November 30, 2018 Male birth control is going to be rubbing a gel on your shoulders?! Nah y’all can swallow a pill every single night, get injections & implants like the rest of us.— Erin Charles (@ercharles15) November 30, 2018 Okay hold the fuck up. Women are presented with the option of taking pills everyday, inserting a circle into their vagina, or implanting a bar into their arm for birth-control. They finally make male birth control in it’s option is a gel they rub on their back…. wTfMaN— sarah martin (@noell_sarah) November 30, 2018According to the University, previous surveys have shown more than half of men would use a male contraceptive if it is reversible and uncomplicated. (Uh… Opening and unrolling a condom is not exactly complex.) Study: People Who Use Emojis Have More Sex (Kinda)The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe Three sites in California, Kansas, and Washington are enrolling couples in the first clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of a male contraceptive.Aside from condoms and vasectomies, there are few birth control options available specifically for men.Until now.Researchers have developed a “novel” gel, designed to be absorbed through the skin of the upper arms and shoulders.Referred to as NES/T, the method takes a page out of the female contraception book, combining testosterone and Nestorone—a progestin hormone used for things like the combined pill.“The potential of this new gel is huge,” University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine professor William Bremner said in a statement. “There is a misperception that men are not interested in, or are even afraid of, tools to control their own fertility. We know that’s not the case.”They just can’t be bothered to put any effort into birth control.Women are understandably puzzled by the new method, which comes in the form of a provocative massage. Stay on target The fact that male birth control is in trials in the form of a GEL really makes you wonder whether it just wasn’t possible to make it that comfortable for us or if medical professionals simply enjoy shrugging off our health & invading our bodies. Jk. We already know the answer. pic.twitter.com/ZLW5yHRLiX— ˗ˏˋ ввyɢαl ˎˊ˗ (@wildfirewings) December 3, 2018Participating men will apply the gel once a day, until his sperm count reaches an “appropriate level” to prevent pregnancy.NES/T effectively turns off the pituitary gland hormone that normally stimulates the testes to produce sperm; the method is designed to limit sperm production without reducing libido.After about eight to 16 weeks, couples are instructed to use the gel as their only form of contraception for one year. During this phase, the man’s sperm count will be checked regularly to help minimize the possibility of his partner getting knocked up.This trial is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD), and expects to enroll 420 couples in seven countries, including the United States.Couples are currently being recruited in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Kansas City (Kansas); future sites will open in Chile, England, Italy, Kenya, Scotland, and Sweden.“The success of a reversible contraceptive for men requires an approach that reduces the production of sperm without impacting a man’s testosterone levels or ability to produce sperm at a later date,” according to Christina Wang, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute lead researcher and a study principal investigator.“The challenge,” she explained, “is achieving the right combination of Nestorone and testosterone at the right time.”Results from the trial are expected in 2022.If all goes well, the NES/T gel could move on to larger-scale experimentation, with the aim of obtaining FDA approval to market the product as a male contraceptive.The UW announcement comes just as Dundee University in Scotland collected more than $900,000 in grant money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for research into a “male pill.”As reported by The Guardian, researchers are seeking existing drugs or chemical compounds that can interfere with certain sperm behaviors essential for fertility.More coverage on Geek.com:Can This Self-Lubricating Condom Transform Safe Sex?Alien Sex Fetish Speaks to ‘Desire for Novelty’From AskMen: Choosing the Best Condom
During his presentation with the EFL, Marcelo Bielsa revealed the time when Pep Guardiola recognized his capacity to store knowledge after a game.After knowing how obsessive Marcelo Bielsa can really get with studying his rivals, it’s fair to say that this is a special kind of manager and it’s easier to understand why Pep Guardiola keeps the Argentine in such high regard.There have been countless times in which the Manchester City manager has spoken about how amazing Marcelo Bielsa really is as a football scholar, but nobody had a clear idea until what we all found out today in regards to his methods.Making his players study each and every one of their rivals match by match, in a four-hour session per video analysis is something that only Marcelo could come up with.These practices are not new for him, as he did the exact same thing when he faced Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona when he had the opportunity to coach Athletic Club Bilbao.When Bielsa’s boys faced the mighty Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final, the Argentine manager made them study the Catalan club thoroughly but they still weren’t able to crack the code.Guardiola’s squad defeated them 3-0, which in Marcelo’s eyes meant that all that information was completely lost.Marcelo Bielsa es tapa en Inglaterra. “Vive y deja espiar”, dice The Daily Telegraph. pic.twitter.com/saiIdrjRLy— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) January 16, 2019During that long press conference in which Bielsa revealed his methods to prepare matches for their players, he dropped that anecdote in which he spoke with Pep Guardiola after losing 3-0 in the Copa del Rey final.The response from Pep after realizing how much time Marcelo had invested in studying the Catalan club, was something that not even the Argentine was expecting.“When I was a coach of Athletic Bilbao we played Barcelona in [the Copa del Rey] final and we lost 3-0,” said Bielsa via Four Four Two.“[After the match] I gave all the information I had on Barcelona to Pep Guardiola. Guardiola had a look at it and he told me ‘you know more about Barcelona than me!’.”“I do this analysis to ease my anxiety, but it was useless information because they scored three goals.” “We watch all the games of 2018-19 of each opponent,” he added.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We watched the 51 games of Derby County. They’ve played a 4-3-3 [formation] 49.9 percent of the season… we use this to understand the system and why and when they change the system during a game.”“The analysis of each game takes four hours of work. Why do we do that? Because we think it is professional behavior.”Marcelo Bielsa no renuncia. Llamó a esta conferencia de prensa para que “el tema del espia no acapare la conferencia de mañana previa a la fecha del fin de semana”. “Tal vez no sepa ingles pero se todo de cada uno de nuestros rivales”. pic.twitter.com/WrE5DDTawg— Christian Martin (@askomartin) January 16, 2019To be fair, when the Leeds United manager called for a press conference, most of the media believed it would be to present his resignation and apologize for the acusations made against him.It’s fair to say that absolutely nobody expected the surreal explanation he offered, and nobody thought he would confess to even more cases of football espionage on his behalf.Marcelo does claim that these practices may been regarded as wrong, but he also claims that he doesn’t consider them to be illegal in any way.Recording full matches of their opponents is in no way prohibited by the EFL, if they act against Bielsa with this basis, the manager should be okay and no sanction should come his way.In a sense, all Bielsa did with this presentation was to brag about his very meticulous methods to prepare his players for matches.They don’t call Marcelo Bielsa “El Loco” for nothing, the man does have a loose screw on his head as he proved it today with these new revelations.¡No tiene desperdicio! Marcelo Bielsa habló con determinación en la conferencia al explicar las razones por las que mirá las prácticas de los rivales. pic.twitter.com/kvnFn6OsKJ— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) January 16, 2019What do you think about Marcelo Bielsa’s methods to study his rivals, to you agree or disagree and why? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Two officers from Skamania and Hood River counties intervened just in time to prevent a suicidal man from Portland from jumping off the Bridge of the Gods early Tuesday, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.Hood River Sheriff’s Office received a call at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from Portland Police Department with a report that a Portland man in his 60s had left a suicide note at his Sellwood-area home that outlined his plan to jump off the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks, said Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox.Hood River sheriff’s Deputy Rick Princehouse and Skamania County sheriff’s Sgt. Jay Johnston were already near the Bridge of the Gods on another call when the report was dispatched to them. Johnston saw the suspect in a green Honda heading toward the Washington side of the Columbia River. The suspect stopped his vehicle and ran to the guardrail and began to climb over it. Johnston grabbed him by the neck and pulled him back to the vehicle, where Princehouse helped subdue the man.The suspect was transported to the Hood River, where he was placed on a mental health hold.“Sgt. Johnston and Deputy Princehouse did an outstanding job this morning,” said Skamania County sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Bond. “Their quick actions prevented a man from taking his own life and started the process for him to get access to the resources he needs to assist him in the future.”
Warning: This story discusses mind-altering substances and technology used to consume them. These substances are legal in some places but not in others. You shouldn’t do things that are illegal — nothing here endorses illegal drug use. The company’s co-founder is an Apple alum. The flagship product is a $250 app-enabled smart device in an emerging category. The gadget’s silver-bodied design gives it the look of a striking statement piece for modern homes. It might sound like I’m describing Nest, but I’m really describing Firefly, a weed tech startup based in California. The product in question isn’t a smart thermostat that regulates the temperature in your home, but rather a smart vaporizer that regulates the temperature of cannabis with app-enabled precision. Available for preorder this weekend and expected to start shipping within the next month, it’s called the Firefly 2 Plus, and if the company’s nomenclature doesn’t betray its Apple influences, its talking points certainly will. “We want to be the vaporizer for all people,” says Walden Alexander, Firefly’s director of global sales and distribution, “the way the iPhone was the smartphone that bridged the gap between early adopters and mass adoption.” Boasting easier air intake, a modest boost to battery life and a lower price than the Firefly 2 that came before it, the nearly identical-looking Firefly 2 Plus is hardly a dramatic jump forward for the brand. It does, however join a growing field of high-end, handheld vaporizers that seek to leverage tech to deliver a better high — and to win customers at a time when the legalization movement appears primed to bring more of the mainstream into the fold. Comments Tags Now playing: Watch this: 17 Photos 9 That’s where those app controls come in. With a full spectrum of temperature settings ranging from 200-500 degrees Fahrenheit that you adjust in 10-degree increments (a major upgrade from the six fixed settings of the previous gen), plus a “calibration” slider for more incremental adjustments that nudge the quality of your vapor toward either richer flavor or a smoother drag, Firefly’s app is simple and uncluttered. I appreciated the links to instructional videos in its Info section, too. It’s just a shame that there isn’t a temperature readout on the device itself, or the ability to cycle through that full range of temperature settings without the app — though, if your phone dies, there is a method to change between seven temperature presets that range from 250-480 degrees F. It’s not the most intuitive, though — you’ll hold the right button, then press the left button three times to enter a setting selection mode. While still holding the right button, tapping on the left button will cycle through the 7 presets, starting with the lowest.OutlookJust like the law, the market for marijuana tech is still evolving in the US, and we don’t yet know exactly what it’s final form will look like. It’s also unclear how high-end vaporizers that cost hundreds of dollars will fare against smaller vape pens made for use with disposable cannabis oil cartridges. Those are significantly less expensive than products like the Firefly 2 Plus, and their popularity is on the rise.If the Firefly 2 Plus wants to be the iPhone of vaporizers, then it might be an iPhone XS Max — big, expensive, impressive and more than a lot of people probably need or want to pay for. Still, you might have said something similar about Nest once upon a time. And look how that turned out.Originally published Apr. 20 at 4 a.m. PT.Update, at 2:30 p.m. PT: Corrected the description of the device’s temperature controls outside of the app, and the date of Firefly’s founding, which was in 2011 and not in 2012. 12 Photos A tipping point for pot?Alexander and I talked about the weed-tech business between bites at a popular spot for Nashville-style hot chicken near downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Toward the end of our conversation, he unboxed a production model of the Firefly 2 Plus to show me the company’s newest hardware. It’s a good-looking gadget, and also longer and bulkier than most handheld vaporizers. Like other Firefly vapes, the 2 Plus features a magnetic lid with your choice of design. With the wood-grain pattern on Alexander’s 2 Plus, the thing looked a bit like a king-sized duck call as he brought it up to his lips to demonstrate how to hold and use it.Yes, I’ll admit that during all this I nervously glanced around the dining room for any local cops on a lunch break. Despite a long history as the nation’s top producer of hemp, the commonwealth of Kentucky is one of 18 states where both recreational and medicinal marijuana use is still prohibited by law. Kentucky also lists possession of drug paraphernalia as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable with a $500 fine and up to a year in jail. At the same time, hemp-derived CBD products are legal in Kentucky, and bongs, pipes and vaporizers are openly sold in stores across the state, typically with winking signs that read “for tobacco use only.” At any rate, we’re a long way from California. Meet the smart vapes: App-enabled vaporizers seek to cash in on cannabis Then again, maybe we’re closer than you might think. Earlier this year, legislators in Kentucky’s House of Representatives introduced a bill to legalize marijuana for medicinal use in the state. Last month, that bill cleared the Judiciary Committee by a 16-1 vote. More recently, Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen offered up a plan to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.Along with record public support for legalized pot, which now includes a majority of Americans aged 55 and over, and a majority of Republicans too, headlines like that feed into a growing sense of marijuana momentum across the US. Mark Williams, the former Apple developer who co-founded Firefly in 2011 with business partner Sasha Robinson, himself a veteran of Microsoft, cites the 2018 midterm elections as a key inflection point. Statewide initiatives to legalize marijuana passed in Missouri, Utah and in Michigan, which became the first state in the Midwest to legalize weed for recreational use.”It was the best day for cannabis in the history of cannabis,” Williams says. “All of a sudden we realized there was no going back.”Williams added that he’s heartened to see many of the Democratic candidates for president embracing legalization as part of their platforms. And while he “wouldn’t presume to speculate,” he adds that he could also envision President Donald Trump beating them to the punch.”If I were him, I would just wait until a few months before the election,” Williams said, “and, just by executive order, make it legal and take the issue away from the Democrats and say, ‘Ha! Now you don’t have that issue anymore.'” Each Firefly vaporizer comes with a magnetic lid in your choice of design, like the wood-grain pattern seen here. The lid’s circular window lets you see what you’re vaporizing as you vaporize it. Tyler Lizenby/CNET A high-tech highAt any rate, Williams and others I spoke with in the weed-tech industry expressed optimism that the US will see significant progress toward full legalization by next year’s November elections. Meanwhile, emerging cannabis subcategories like vape pens and oil concentrates, the latter of which Firefly vaporizers are compatible with, are already seeing steady growth, according to marijuana delivery service Eaze. Those are the tailwinds Firefly is trying to catch with the 2 Plus as its new flagship.Enlarge ImageFirefly’s app lets you set the temperature of the device from your phone, along with a calibration slider and the ability to choose which buttons — left, right, both or either — will trigger the device to heat up. Firefly screenshot by Ry Crist/CNET To that end, the new price of $250 is $80 less than before — priced to compete with vaporizers like the $275 DaVinci IQ, but still $80 more than its top competitor, the popular Pax 3, which is made by the same team behind Juul electronic cigarettes. Like Firefly, those app-enabled alternatives feature eye-catching designs, which isn’t an accident. Looks matter when you’re trying to capitalize on consumer curiosity and get people to splurge.Firefly hopes to stand out from the pack with its nifty magnetic lids, and with the fact that, unlike most vaporizers, it features a little window that lets you see what’s inside as you’re vaporizing it. Like the Firefly 2, the 2 Plus also employs a patented technique called “dynamic convection” that heats the device up to the selected temperature setting with each drag instead of preheating to the temperature setting at the start and then remaining there. It takes just a few seconds to heat up when you want to take a hit, but those seconds add up since you’re waiting with each hit. With most other vaporizers, you’ll wait 15 seconds or so when you first turn them on, and then drag at will until you’re done.With the Firefly, you just hold your finger against the touch-sensitive buttons on either side of the device, wait for the green light and take a hit. And, in a nice touch (no pun intended), the app lets you use either of those buttons, or both simultaneously, for heating the chamber. Just tell the app which option you want.The Firefly 2 Plus comes with a charging cradle. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Dynamic convection also makes it so the 2 Plus doesn’t need a power button, since it heats up with each button press and automatically cools down after each hit. When the battery needs recharging, you’ll dock the 2 Plus in a charging cradle that comes with the device. Firefly says that other benefits to dynamic convection include gentler heating, more accurate temperature control and less wasted vapor between hits. Meanwhile, the 2 Plus boasts a borosilicate glass bowl inside the device and glass piping to the mouthpiece, too. That’s a quality interior — though the exterior casing felt a bit more plasticky than some of us expected at first touch. With its extra size and angular bulk, a few of us also found it to be less comfortable to hold than other vaporizers.As for what makes the 2 Plus a “Plus,” Firefly’s team points to the device’s improved air-flow during drags as the most significant upgrade over the Firefly 2.”It’s easier to inhale,” Williams says. “You don’t have that immediate need to exhale. To use an analogy, you’d never take a swig of beer and spit half of it out. But that’s what people are doing with cannabis right now.”The key with any vaporizer is temperature control. In fact, the whole point of vaping is that you’re heating the active ingredients (terpenes and cannabinoids like THC and CBD) to their boiling point and releasing them as vapor, but not burning your bud the way an open flame will. Whether it’s basic conduction vapes or fancier convection vapes that heat more evenly, the idea is that you’re aiming for a Goldilocks temperature — hot, but not too hot. Weed tech 5:37 Smart Home Culture Marijuana tech is evolving On 420, say high to these gadgets for weed lovers Share your voice
– / 3THE LATEST on a shooting at Central Michigan University:The Central Michigan University Police Department has identified the victims in this morning’s campus shooting as James Eric Davis, Sr., and Diva Jeneen Davis. The victims are the father and mother of the suspect, who remains at large.Multiple police agencies – more than 100 officers – continue to search for the suspect.Please do not actively search for the suspect or engage anyone matching the description of the suspect. Instead, please call 911 or 773-1000 to report suspicious activity or someone matching the description of the suspect. https://t.co/tyIcmCpztx— Mt. Pleasant DPS (@mtppublicsafety) March 3, 2018 Central Michigan University police confirm 2 individuals were fatally shot at Campbell Hall on campus this morning. The deceased are not students & police believe the situation started from a domestic situation. | @CMUniversity https://t.co/eQdikHGjXl— Ari B. Adler (@aribadler) March 2, 2018 An update on this morning’s shooting on the campus of CMU: https://t.co/XK63vLPpoz.— City of Mt. Pleasant (@MtPleasantMI) March 2, 2018___The suspect in this morning’s campus shooting is still at large.Police say they’re starting to escort students and staff from buildings at Central Michigan University while they continue to search for a young man accused of killing two people.School President George Ross says Friday is a “tragic day” for Central Michigan.Police are searching for 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr. of Plainfield, Illinois. Police declined to confirm news reports that the two victims shot at a residence hall were Davis’ parents.The suspect in this morning’s campus shooting is still at large. CMU police continue to work closely with local and state police agencies. Continue to check our website for updates: https://t.co/g6Gecjejal— Central Michigan U. (@CMUniversity) March 2, 2018 Information for CMU Parents: Those planning to come to campus today to pick up students for spring break should stay off campus until further notice. Please go to the Comfort Inn, 2424 S. Mission St. University staff will be on site to support the families. pic.twitter.com/DlMRlXgElp— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) March 2, 2018____ ____Police warned the public not to a confront a 19-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting two people on Friday at a Central Michigan University residence hall, saying he is considered dangerous and likely still in the area.Investigators said neither victim was a student and described the shooting as a “family-type domestic situation.” Police declined to confirm a Detroit Free Press report citing unnamed sources that said the suspect, James Eric Davis Jr., had fatally shot his parents when they came to pick him up for spring break.____Police say two people who aren’t students have been fatally shot at a residence hall at Central Michigan University.Police are asking for the public’s help as they search for a 19-year-old man suspected of killing two people at Central Michigan University.Lt. Larry Klaus says police are searching for James Eric Davis Jr. Klaus says surveillance footage shows the young man fled on foot. He’s considered armed and dangerous.The person of interest is James Eric Davis, Jr. He is a black male, approximately 19 years of age, 5’10” & 135 lbs. He was last see wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Do not approach the suspect. Call 911 immediately. pic.twitter.com/dCChxe1Tfr— City of Mt. Pleasant (@MtPleasantMI) March 2, 2018Klaus says Davis was wearing a black hoodie but apparently has been shedding certain clothes since the shooting around 8:30 a.m. His photo was released to the public. Anyone who sees him is asked not to confront him, but to call 911.Klaus says Davis was taken to a hospital Thursday night by campus police because of a drug-related health problem, possibly an overdose.He didn’t release the names of the victims.NEW: Officials say Central Michigan University is in lockdown and students are sheltered in place. Police agencies are also actively trying to locate the shooter. https://t.co/JJv5oIU9vT pic.twitter.com/yPneLjMcDI— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) March 2, 2018 I’m at @CMUniversity speaking with @MichStatePolice and local authorities. There is an ongoing investigation and authorities are still seeking the suspect and that process is fully engaged. pic.twitter.com/P7bYfj9QB4— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 2, 2018 I’m a dad, I’ve got a college student. These young people, having this happen in a dorm, it’s important we all support one another. We need to rally as Michiganders, we need to be one big family when we have tragic events like this go on. https://t.co/UYUJcitGs8— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 2, 2018 The suspect in this morning’s shooting at @CMUniversity is still at large. Please remember, if you see the suspect, do not approach him. He is considered armed and dangerous. Call 911 immediately. https://t.co/uFyrYGNJGT— City of Mt. Pleasant (@MtPleasantMI) March 2, 2018 I am in constant contact with @MichStatePolice as they work w/local law enforcement to determine what has occurred at Central Michigan University. The priority right now is the safety of those still on campus and I thank all first responders involved for their swift action.— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 2, 2018 BREAKING: Helicopters flying over Central Michigan University after shooting. Police say suspect is still at large. @Local4News #CentralMichiganUniversityShooting pic.twitter.com/JTrpOkKWjk— Larry Spruill Jr (@LarryWDIVLocal4) March 2, 2018 We won’t have all the answers today, this will be an ongoing conversation but I can say that we will continue working hard to keep Michiganders safe and support these @CMUniversity students.— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 2, 2018 Everyone is working together to do whatever we need to do to apprehend this person and to support the students who are dealing with this traumatic event.— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 2, 2018 We are still in the class and we cannot leave it until we get permission from police. Need prayer.Central Michigan University pic.twitter.com/yujoM2E4Kr— zaky ahmed (@zakyahmed10) March 2, 2018___Photo: Commons WikimediaCentral Michigan University reported on Friday morning through its Twitter feed that there has been a report of shots fired on campusSchool officials said Friday morning that police are responding to a report of shots fired at a residence hall at Central Michigan University.Earlier, the university had reported through its Twitter feed that there had been a report of shots fired specifically at Campbell Hall, located at its Mount Pleasant campus.There has been a report of shots fired at Campbell Hall on campus. Suspect is still at large, police advise all to take shelter. If you see something suspicious, call 911.— Central Michigan U. (@CMUniversity) March 2, 2018The university says the suspect is still at large, and police are urging students to take shelter.The city says the male suspect is considered armed and dangerous.The school released the information on its Facebook page around 9:30 a.m. An automated phone message from the school also was sent to students Friday morning.The City of Mount Pleasant informed through its Twitter feed that “the suspect is a 19-year-old black male who is approx. 5 foot 9 inches tall.”UPDATE 10:23 a.m.: The suspect is a 19-year-old black male who is approx. 5 foot 9 inches tall. He is wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie. He may have taken off the blue hoodie. He is considered armed & dangerous. If you see the suspect, do not approach him. Call 911.— City of Mt. Pleasant (@MtPleasantMI) March 2, 2018Central Michigan University has about 23,000 students in Mount Pleasant, which is about 70 miles (112.6 kilometers) north of Lansing. Shooting @ Central Michigan University search is still happening. RIP to those who died and stay safe pic.twitter.com/p8llrjMgPo— 🔥 (@PrinceOfTh3D) March 2, 2018 #Breaking: @CMUniversity ROBO CALL to students alerting them to campus shooting: pic.twitter.com/CwNsl6vI3u— Shawn Ley (@ShawnLeyLive) March 2, 2018 #CMU is a campus with about ~25,000 students. It is in a rural town called Mt. Pleasant. We have 5 police departments here: City, County, State, CMU, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police. Shooting happened on campus in Campbell Hall, located on the W side of campus. pic.twitter.com/VQTFJrgPWw— Sara Kubik, PhD (@SaraKubik) March 2, 2018 NEW: No students, faculty or staff injured in shooting incident, Central Michigan University official says; campus lockdown continues. https://t.co/JJv5oIU9vT pic.twitter.com/Om9NZkrOMl— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) March 2, 2018___CMU police confirm two individuals were fatally shot at Campbell Hall on campus this morning. The deceased are not students and police believe the situation started from a domestic situation. There are no additional injuries; suspect is still at large: https://t.co/AxvPn3N0s0— Central Michigan U. (@CMUniversity) March 2, 2018The school says police believe the Friday morning shooting “started from a domestic situation.” Investigators are searching for a 19-year-old suspect who is considered to be armed and dangerous.The school is urging students to take shelter. It also says no other injuries have been reported.Campus is on lockdown as the suspect is still at large.“The person of interest is James Eric Davis, Jr. He is a black male, approximately 19 years of age, 5’10” and 135 lbs,” Central Michigan University posted on their website.The school posted an alert around 9:30 a.m. on its Facebook page about shots being fired at Campbell Hall. An automated phone message from the school also was sent to students. The shooting occurred on the last day of classes before spring break.Halie Byron, 20, said she locked herself in her off-campus house, about a 10-minute walk from Campbell Hall. She had planned to run errands before traveling home to the Detroit area.“It’s scary thinking about how easy a shooter can come into a college campus anywhere — a classroom, a library. There’s so much easy access,” Byron said.In the surrounding community, students and staff in the Mount Pleasant school district were told not to leave nine buildings. #BREAKING: 2 people who are not students were fatally shot at Central Michigan University Friday morning; the suspected gunman remains at large. After the alert went out, video captured some students and staff sheltered in place at a cafeteria: https://t.co/jB27bt1DL3 pic.twitter.com/rft5l3F6KL— #NBC7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) March 2, 2018___Parents asked to stay off university campusParents trying to pick up students following a fatal shooting at Central Michigan University are being asked to stay off campus.The school says parents are being told to go to a local hotel in Mount Pleasant where staff would assist them.“Reminder (per @CMUniversity) Those planning to come to campus today to pick up students for spring break should stay off campus until further notice. Please go to Comfort Inn, 2424 S. Mission St. University staff will be on site to support families.” https://t.co/4nRICTx2D3— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 2, 2018 BREAKING: Shots fired at Central Michigan University and suspect is still at large. https://t.co/bqpvCsBckB— Circa (@Circa) March 2, 2018 The CMU Police Department has identified the victims in this morning’s campus shooting as James Eric Davis, Sr., and Diva Jeneen Davis, both 47 years old. The victims are the father and mother of the suspect, who remains at large.— Central Michigan U. (@CMUniversity) March 2, 2018 We have an incredible amount of law enforcement cooperation in Mt. Pleasant right now working to apprehend the suspect & make sure all students get safely off campus. It has been a very tough day @CMUniversity but the staff and all first responders are doing a terrific job. pic.twitter.com/Cn6Q5lFxge— Anna Heaton (@Republicanna) March 2, 2018 The two shooting victims at Central Michigan were not students at the university https://t.co/cC21T3yCSf pic.twitter.com/FWpeqaM643— David Boroff (@NYDNBoroff) March 2, 2018 Share
After years of waiting, Microsoft and Epic Games have just announced when players can expect to finally finish the fight against the nefarious forces of the Locust: Gears of War 3 will finally make its way to the Xbox 360 on September 20th.Originally due to launch back in April of 2011, Gears of War 3 was delayed late last year, not due to falling behind schedule or because of quality issues, but as a business decision. In other words, Microsoft felt placing it in September would better help differentiate the title as one of the biggest games of the year.AdChoices广告According to executive producer Rod Fergusson, Gears of War 3 is slated to be the most polished Gears of War title yet.Plotwise, the game takes place eighteen months after the fall of Jacinto. The Gears have moved to the island of Vectes and are living aboard a converted aircraft carrier called the Raven’s Nest. The government has disbanded and the immulsion that powered Sera’s cities has infected and mutated members of the Locust, causing them to become Lambent. The Lambent are now evolving into a new enemy that threatens both the Locust and humanity.Featuring a new four-player co-op mode and the introducing of three new female “Gears,” GoW3 is slated to feature new weapons, a fully controllable mech suit, a new multiplayer “Beast” mode and several new enemies. A multiplayer beta will roll out several months before release, and Epic is promising that there will be multiple ways to gain access to the beta.Read more at Computer and Video Games
News | August 13, 2013 IMRIS Obtains CE Mark for First Ceiling-Mounted Intra-Operative CT Solution Visius iCT expands surgical theater imaging into European market Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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 more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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August 13, 2013 — IMRIS Inc. has obtained regulatory CE mark for Visius iCT, the first and only ceiling-mounted intraoperative computed tomography (CT), allowing for sales and marketing in the European Union.IMRIS received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for Visius iCT on July 18, 2013. The company now has systems sold to three major eastern U.S. neurosciences centers with installations in progress at two of these centers.Visius iCT provides personalized radiation dose management together with diagnostic quality imaging during surgical procedures to assist surgeons in critical decision making and procedure guidance. The 64-slice scanner effortlessly moves into and out of the operating room (OR) in about 30 seconds during surgery using ceiling-mounted rails to ease workflow. The scanner can travel into two adjacent ORs to allow the hospital to use it for more patients.Patient transport and need for floor-mounted rails used by other systems are eliminated which opens up valuable OR space and allows unimpeded movement of surgical equipment and maintaining familiar surgical protocols, workflow and infection control procedures. The Visius iCT also offers the longest scanner travel range on the market today.Minimizing radiation dose is critical. VISIUS iCT features a suite of software applications such as 3-D volume rendering to aid in surgical planning and dose reduction algorithms which consider a patient’s unique characteristics and imaging target to maximize image quality and minimize dose. 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0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Fun night out with Charles Barkley at @steak44. Good times Chuck! pic.twitter.com/hrxJzAi7hb— Bruce Arians (@BruceArians) April 6, 2017Barkley, who is friends with former Cardinals receiver Roy Green and current star Larry Fitzgerald, said in May 2016 he hadn’t been able to set up a meeting with the Arizona coach. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Almost a year ago, Charles Barkley joined Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Bickley and Marotta show and admitted he’d never met Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.That, he said, was something he had wanted to do for more than a year.Barkley finally got his wish. On Thursday, Arians tweeted out a photo of the duo dining at Steak 44 in Phoenix. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Bruce Arians seems like a guy. You know I love to smoke cigars — and I love to drink too — I would love to go out and have a drink and smoke a cigar with B.A.,” Barkley said a year ago. “I’ve been watching from a distance the last few years and he just seems like the best guy. I talk to Larry Fitzgerald all the time and he’s like, ‘Dude, you’re going to love B.A. You’re going to love B.A. when you get to meet him.’”Judging by the picture, it seems Fitzgerald was correct.
The government is planning to construct a jetty at Vassilikos port to host a floating storage facility for liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be used for power production, it emerged on Thursday.According to local daily Phileleftheros, the plan is for Cyprus to start importing LNG at the end of 2019, with the state-owned electricity authority (EAC) pledging to have modified its generators to burn natural gas as of 2020.In addition to the EAC, three private companies that have already been licensed to generate electricity in Cyprus but are unable to as gas is not yet available, are keen on seeing the project press ahead.The cost of building the jetty, as well as an emergency shelter for the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in case of adverse weather conditions, has been estimated at €340 million.The state-owned Natural Gas Public Company, which by law will be the sole importer of natural gas into the Republic, has already decided to hire advisors with a view to invite tenders by early 2018 for the supply of natural gas and the construction of the jetty.The project is eligible for co-financing by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility, up to 75 per cent of the total cost.According to the plan, the winning bidder will receive a fixed income for the first 10 years, regardless of the quantities of LNG imported and regasified.Cynergy, as the project has been termed, is a proposed approach “towards the establishment of a natural gas supply system on the island of Cyprus”.“It will focus on executing all the necessary market-related, technical and financial, commercial, environment and permitting studies for the development of the supply chain, the market roll-out and the introduction of LNG and CNG [compressed natural gas] as alternative fuels in the energy and transport sectors,” a 2016 Connecting Europe Facility report said.The planned investment includes the construction of a jetty, at an estimated cost of €53.5 million, to serve a permanent FSRU, as well as infrastructure to serve an LNG carrier at a cost of €148.7 million, which will include on-shore pipelines to transport the regasified LNG to the EAC power-production plant at Vasilikos.The jetty will extend 750 metres southward into the sea, turning south-west for another 436 metres.An emergency shelter designed to host the FSRU in case of adverse weather conditions is expected to cost around €100 million.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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