Burkina Faso killing highlights increasing security threat for mining companies

first_imgTORONTO — The killing of a Canadian mining company executive in Burkina Faso is drawing attention to the deteriorating security situation in the country and the risks resource firms face in unstable regions.Kirk Woodman, who was working for Vancouver-based Progress Minerals Inc., was found dead after being kidnapped in the country Tuesday.The incident, while rare, comes as threats from insurgents rise in the West African region which is home to numerous Canadian mining operations.“Burkina Faso is a relatively new target for Islamic militancy,” said Ryan Cummings, a director of consultancy Signal Risk based in South Africa.“I believe that in the West African region we are seeing a potential spread of extremism and Islamic militancy into new zones. Specifically into areas where mining interests are present but have been insulated from the violence could potentially be increasingly affected.”There are not yet enough indications that the mining industry is being targeted, but the resource sector is one of the few where expatriates would operate outside of the capital of Ouagadougou.“I don’t necessarily think this is so much an attack on the mining sector per-se, it’s more targeting foreign nationals who find themselves in such locales because of commercial interests there,” Cummings said.Montreal-based SEMAFO Inc., which has mines in the region, reported several attacks on roads near its operations last year.The company said a national employee and a subcontractor were killed last August when a bus transporting employees was targeted by bandits and another subcontractor and five gendarmes were killed in a separate attack days earlier. In December, the company said government security forces were attacked on a road about 40 kilometres from its Boungou mine in the country.The company updated its security policy so that all foreign employees are now being transported by helicopter between the mine site and the capital. It said security for local employees has been boosted by a ground military force and more escorts and that it continues to discuss security issues with the government.Werner Claessens, a geologist who has known Woodman since the 1990s, said the environment for exploration geologists in Western Africa has been deteriorating in recent years.The properties acquired by Woodman’s company was a promising series of gold prospects, but the “red zone” they were located in had come to be considered difficult to work in, he explained.“It was a zone considered quite dangerous,” he said, adding that several years ago that wasn’t the case.“It became dangerous in the summer of 2017 when the first terrorist attacks took place in that part of the country,” he explained.Claessens has worked and lived in Western Africa since 1985, and lived in Burkina Faso from 2004 until 2011, and regularly visits the nation.“For us it’s a very sad thing to see what is happening and developing there in terms of terrorist attacks … We’ve never seen this before in the nearly three decades I worked there,” he said.Cummings said there are increasing risks in Mali and Cote d’Ivoire as well, which are also home to numerous mines owned by Canadian mining companies.But he said that while there are pockets of security issues across the continent, it is not the main risk faced by companies operating there.“The biggest risks facing the mining sector are actually political stability and also legislation, and how the state intends to deal with its extractive sector.”— With files from Michael Tutton in Halifax.Ian Bickis, The Canadian PressNote to readers: Will be updatedlast_img read more

Sensex, Nifty flat on oil export concerns from Libya

first_imgMumbai: Indian equity and the currency market opened on a flat note on Tuesday as investors feared a further rise in crude oil prices owing to concerns over exports from the war-torn Libya. The oil prices were already on the rise over US sanctions in Iran and Venezuela which has curtailed global crude oil supply. Moreover, the OPEC-led production cut also pushed up the prices. The benchmark, Brent Crude surged over the $71 a barrel mark. Except the export oriented IT stocks, all other sectoral stocks on the NSE witnessed heavy selling pressure. The BSE Sensex opened at 38,730.93, slightly higher from its previous close of 38,700.53. At 9.39 a.m., the Sensex was down 28.32 points or 0.07 per cent at 38,672.21. The broader Nifty traded 17.85 points lower at 0.15 per cent. It opened marginally higher at 11,612.05 from its previous close of 11,604.50. On Monday, Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) bought stocks worth Rs 329.60 crore while the Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs) sold stocks worth Rs 623.81 crore.last_img read more

Returning Ivorians lack food shelter and medical care UN aid agencies say

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said recent assessments have indicated that internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning to western Côte d’Ivoire are in especially strong need of assistance.Hundreds of thousands of civilians remain displaced in the West African country, more than two months after former president Laurent Gbagbo finally surrendered, ending months of violence that erupted when he lost the UN-certified presidential run-off election last November to Alassane Ouattara.OCHA reported today that IDPs are gradually returning to their homes, but security fears and the ongoing presence of the pro-Ouattara Forces Républicaines de Côte d’Ivoire (FRCI), an armed group, in some areas has deterred many from doing so.An estimated 142,000 Ivorian refugees remain in neighbouring Liberia, with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) currently verifying the figures.Meanwhile, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) continue to distribute aid, and have provided food, cash and agricultural kits to at least 110,000 households inside Côte d’Ivoire, as well as to refugees and host families outside the country.A measles vaccination programme in northern and central Côte d’Ivoire also achieved 94 per cent coverage.Cote 27 June 2011Many Ivorians returning to their home towns and villages in the wake of their country’s post-electoral crisis are in dire need of food, shelter and medical assistance, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today. read more

UN agencies step up deliveries of food aid to faminestricken Somalis

The number of Somali refugees arriving in the three Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya has increased to an average of almost 1,500 in the first four days of August, up from 1,300 a day in July, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). So far this year some 116,000 Somali refugees have arrived in Dadaab – about 76,000 of them in the last two months alone, the agency noted. Some 80 per cent of the arrivals are women and children.When they arrive at the camps, they receive a 21-day food ration from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), plastic sheets, cooking utensils, jerry cans, blankets, sleeping mats and soap.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is scaling up its activities to assist refugees in Dadaab and surrounding host communities, delivering life-saving support in health and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene and child protection.“Nearly half the children who make it to the camps from southern Somalia are malnourished,” the agency noted in a news release, adding that reports of children dying along the way from Somalia or just as they arrive at the camps are “disturbingly common.”UNICEF has increased supplies of ready-to-use therapeutic food to hospitals and nutrition stabilization centres in the Dadaab camps and surrounding host communities for the treatment of malnutrition in children under five. The agency is also working with local health authorities to set up a therapeutic feeding centre in the border community of Liboi to ensure that families crossing into Kenya have access to life-saving health and nutrition services as quickly as possible.“Many Somali families who cross into Kenya at Liboi do not realize they must walk another 100 kilometres before arriving at the refugee camps in Dadaab,” says Olivia Yambi, UNICEF Kenya Representative. “The health of some malnourished children crossing at Liboi is so precarious that they simply cannot wait until they get to Dadaab for treatment. “The positioning of health and nutritional supplies close to the border will save children’s lives that might otherwise have been lost on the long journey to Dadaab.”UNICEF is also supporting integrated campaigns for measles and polio immunization, deworming and Vitamin A supplementation, in Dadaab and the host communities in Liboi, Garissa and part of Wajir. More than 200,000 children under five will be reached through the immunization campaign over the coming weeks. Over 100,000 children have already been vaccinated.“Malnutrition can weaken a child’s immune system, increasing their susceptibility to infectious diseases like measles and polio,” says Ibrahim Conteh, UNICEF Dadaab Emergency Coordinator. “We are acting now because these diseases can spread very quickly in overcrowded conditions like we have now in the camps.” UNICEF is also working to ensure access to clean water and sanitation for the refugees, as well as planning to construct 146 new learning centres/classrooms in the camps to accommodate newly-arrived refugees and alleviate congestion in pre-existing schools. Meanwhile, UNHCR said its humanitarian airlift to Somalia – the first in more than five years – is set to begin early next week. The first of three planned flights is scheduled to land in Mogadishu on Monday, bringing more than 31 tons of shelter material and other aid items from the agency’s stockpile in Dubai for displaced Somalis living in the capital. “We estimate that some 100,000 Somalis, driven by drought and famine, have reached Mogadishu area over the past two months alone in search of food, water, shelter and other assistance,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva.On Wednesday the UN declared a famine in three more areas in drought-ravaged Somalia, bringing to five the number of regions in the Horn of Africa country where acute malnutrition and starvation have already claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.The Afgoye corridor outside Mogadishu, the capital itself, and the Middle Shabelle region are now in a state of famine in addition to the previously declared Lower Shabelle and southern Bakool region.As famine threatens to engulf the whole of Somalia’s south, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that immediate action is needed to save the lives and livelihoods of millions of farmers and pastoralists across the drought-stricken Horn of Africa.“The crisis in the Horn of Africa is the most severe food security emergency in the world today,” the agency stated. “The situation has been exacerbated by protracted conflicts that over time have forced millions of people to flee their homes, abandoning land, livestock and other productive assets.”Among the short-term measures the agency is seeking to employ are the distribution of seeds and tools for the October planting season, support to animal health, and food-for-work programmes.FAO added that famine is expected to spread across all regions of the south in the coming four to six weeks and is likely to persist until at least December 2011. 5 August 2011As more and more Somalis, the majority of them women and children, continue to flee the famine in their homeland, United Nations agencies are ramping up efforts to meet the rising humanitarian needs, especially nutrition for the youngest among them. read more

CP Rail winding down service as it faces countdown to Tuesday night

MONTREAL — The countdown to another Canadian railway strike is on.Canadian Pacific Railway workers are set to strike Tuesday night, potentially forcing the railroad to shut down its freight service and leaving commuters with the prospect of delays in the country’s three largest cities.The unions representing train operators and signalling workers — the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers — gave the railway notice over the weekend that they plan to strike as of 10 p.m. EDT Tuesday.The Calgary-based railway said it would keep meeting with union representatives, but the unions have accused the company of “refusing to negotiate seriously.”“CP offered the same contract language as talks resumed that workers overwhelmingly rejected,” said Teamsters rail conference president Doug Finnson.Employment Minister Patty Hajdu met with both sides over the weekend as federal mediators assisted negotiations.“I urge all parties to continue their hard work to reach a fair deal that avoids any disruption in service,” she said Monday.Shippers say they expect talks will fail, resulting in the third CP Rail strike since 2012.“You always hope for a miracle but we’re pretty sure there’s going to be a stoppage come tomorrow at 10 o’clock,” said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association, which represents the country’s largest exporters.He said there’s little that can be done to prepare other than to notify farmers that deliveries will have to be rescheduled and tell overseas customers they could receive late shipments.Sobkowich said force majeure may be applied to limit the amount of penalties that will have to be paid over delivery delays that are beyond farmers’ control.“We’re just coming off of a year where we had poor rail service even though we didn’t have a work stoppage and we are trying to maintain relationships with our customers,” he added.The strike threat comes at a bad time for grain farmers, whose livelihoods were threatened because grain shipping was severely disrupted over the past winter due to extreme cold.Grain Growers of Canada president Jeff Nielsen said in a statement that the organization had asked the federal government to intervene with legislation to keep grain moving.“As grain farmers continue to recover from the winter’s grain backlog, it is essential that shipping stays on track,” said Nielsen.“The biggest losers during a stoppage are customers, including middle class farm families, that are dependent on railways.”Hajdu said the Liberal government believes in the collective bargaining process and has given no hints that it would be ready to intervene at some point with back-to-work legislation.Even if a strike doesn’t start, the week’s shipping volumes will be reduced because the railway will have gone into shutdown mode that will bring service to a halt, said Todd Lewis, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan.A slowdown of rail service during the winter has meant farmers will have the biggest carryover of grain to move in history so they need bins to empty to have room for the crop that was just seeded, he said.“There’s nothing we can do. We’re just at the whim of the unions and the railroad and all we can do is hope.”While there’s no good time to endure a strike, it’s a relatively quiet period as farmers are planting the next crop, said Jason Childs, associate professor of economics at the University of Regina.He doesn’t believe the strike will go on more than a couple of weeks before the government intervenes, especially if commuter rail service is disrupted in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.Via has already cancelled passenger rail service starting Tuesday morning in Ontario between Sudbury and White River.Teamsters workers will continue to operate the trains and CP has said it will use qualified management staff to ensure trains can continue to operate.The Ontario transportation agency that runs GO transit service said thousands of commuters could face delays starting Wednesday morning on three of its lines to downtown Toronto that run on CP Rail tracks if the railway is unable to maintain signalling service and switching capabilities.If switches go down on the Milton line, for example, service could be delayed if it takes longer to make repairs, said Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins.“We are warning our customers that the potential for delays through those areas.”She said buses can be deployed on a section of the Hamilton line but delayed rush-hour commutes could affect about 40,000 passengers if the Milton line and the one that runs north to Barrie are down at the same time.Vancouver’s TransLink says it has a plan to use buses to the SkyTrain if CP management can’t keep up with problems.The strike could also cause delays on three commuter trains in Montreal in the event that signalling problems or crossing level malfunctions, said a spokeswoman for the regional transportation authority. read more

Security Council urges Yemeni stakeholders to resume and accelerate political dialogue

In a statement released late this afternoon, the 15-member Council reaffirmed its call on Yemeni parties to attend the talks and engage “without preconditions and in good faith,” including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultations, rejecting acts of violence to achieve political goals, and refraining from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition. Expressing deep disappointment that the UN-backed consultations, previously scheduled to take place in Geneva on 28 May, did not take place, the Council also emphasized that the inclusive dialogue must be a Yemeni-led process and urged all parties “to resume and accelerate” them with the intention of brokering a “consensus-based political solution.”In addition, the statement noted that the Council members reiterated their full support for the efforts of the UN and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General and further called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to “intensify” his good offices role in order to enable a resumption of “a peaceful, inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led political transition.” The ongoing political and security tensions have further aggravated Yemen’s humanitarian crisis and food shortages with currently 12.5 million food insecure people in the country – some 2 million more than when the fighting began. The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) is aiming to provide emergency food assistance to 2.5 million people, and, from August, it plans to increase that number, reaching 12 million people by the end of the year.To that point, the Security Council endorsed the Secretary-General’s call for “a further humanitarian pause” in order to allow assistance “to reach the Yemeni people urgently” and called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law. Finally, the UN body stressed the urgent need for ongoing commercial supplies to enter the country because of its “heavy dependence” on imported food and fuel.As a result of shortages, food prices have skyrocketed and the cost of cooking gas has risen on average 131 per cent since the start of the crisis, according to WFP data. Yemen, the poorest country in the region, also imports almost 90 per cent of its food from abroad. read more

Grieving Genoa seeks relief from derby after bridge collapse

ROME — The local economy is devastated. The traffic is endless. A general sense of mourning lingers.In the more than three months since 43 people were killed in the Morandi highway bridge collapse, Genoa’s residents have had little to smile about.The city derby on Sunday — the first meeting between Genoa and Sampdoria since the bridge tragedy — could provide an opportunity for some relief.“I hope the derby can produce a smile on the faces of all of Genoa’s citizens,” Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero said.The “Derby della Lanterna” — named for the port city’s light house — is one of the most heated intracity matchups in Italy outside of Rome and Milan.Making matters more critical is that both Genoa and Sampdoria are in crisis.Since Ivan Juric began his third stint as Genoa coach last month, replacing the fired Davide Ballardini, the squad has not won in four matches. The two draws and two losses over that span include a 5-0 thrashing by Inter Milan.Sampdoria has done even worse with a draw and then three straight losses entering the derby — with 11 goals conceded in its last three games.Still, there have been moments of greatness.Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek leads Serie A with nine goals, having scored all of them in the first seven rounds.An airborne back-heel volley against Napoli in early September from veteran Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella is in the running for Serie A goal of the season.Both Genoa and Sampdoria had their opening matches in August postponed because of the bridge collapse. What caused a stretch of the bridge to give way, sending trucks and cars plunging into a dry riverbed during a heavy thunderstorm, is under investigation by prosecutors.Hypotheses include possible inadequate maintenance or design flaws. The bridge was a major traffic artery for the northwestern port city and its closure has caused long detours and prompted traffic jams along old coastal roads.A cartoon image of Genoa and Sampdoria fans embracing to replace the bridge was widely shared online in August.Genoa Mayor Marco Bucci said recently that demolition of a supporting pillar on one end of the bridge should begin next month. To be demolished later is the pillar near apartment buildings, whose evacuated occupants hope to retrieve belongings.Bucci said a replacement bridge should be completed by mid-2020.Genoa midfielder Romulo, who previously played for Hellas Verona and Juventus, noted that the Genoa derby has a bigger significance than others he has played in.“In Turin, if you play for Juventus, the derby is like any other match — there’s too wide of a gap between the squads,” Romulo said. “In Verona, the difference is felt with the fans: Chievo has very few supporters so you don’t feel the tension of the derby in the week-long buildup.“Here nobody is talking about anything else. On the streets and at the restaurant everyone keeps on stopping me asking me to beat ‘la Samp.’”For this week, at least, people in Genoa have something else to discuss besides the bridge collapse.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Andrew Dampf on Twitter: www.twitter.com/asdampfAndrew Dampf, The Associated Press read more

Youth French team conqueres Europe

The French domination continues in the Men’s handball on different levels – this time at U18 EURO 2016 in Croatia, where young “Experts” beat the host team 40:38 (18:19) in the final!The bronze medal won Germany by beating Slovenia 32:31 after 80 minutes (four extra periods) of a great battle in Koprivnica.Here is the All Star team of the Men’s U18 EHF EURO 2016.The fifth place won Denmark, the sixth is Spain ahead of Iceland and Serbia.ALL STAR TEAMVratar – Till Klimpke – GERDesno krilo – Stefan Sunajko – SRBLijevi vanjski – Sebastian Heymann – GERSrednji vanjski – Ian Tarrafeta Serrano – ESPPivot – Adrian Miličević – CRODesni vanjski – Ivan Martinović – CRODesno krilo – Benjamin Richert – FRADefense player – Miha Kavčić – SLOMVP – Kyllian Villeminot – FRANajbolji strijelac – Ian Tarrafeta Serrano – ESPPHOTO: © G.I. Tepeš, M18 EHF EURO 2016 handballYouth handball ← Previous Story After Handball-Planet award Anna Vyakhireva is Rio 2016 MVP! Next Story → King of Rio, Mikkel Hansen: The most powerful when it was most important! read more

Ukraine bans Russias Eurovision singer from entering the country

first_imgUkraine bans Russia’s Eurovision singer from entering the country The singer is said to have performed in Russia-annexed Crimea, prompting Ukrainian fury. Share27 Tweet Email UKRAINE HAS BARRED a Russian singer from entering the country to participate in this year’s Eurovision song contest, due to be held in Kiev in May.The country’s security service (SBU) said that Julia Samoilova was banned over a past performance in Russia-annexed Crimea.“The Security Service of Ukraine has banned Julia Samoilova from entry for three years,” SBU spokeswoman Olena Gitlyanska said. “The decision was taken just now.”Gitlyanska added the ban had been imposed because Samoilova had been “in violation of Ukrainian legislation.”Samoilova is a wheelchair user who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy. She was a finalist in the Russian version of the X-Factor, and performed at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told the Interfax news agency: “This is yet another outrageous, cynical and inhumane act by the Kiev authorities”.Political tension has persisted in the region since Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014Ukraine had condemned the choice of the singer as a Russian “provocation,” while the Kremlin insisted it opposed “politicising” the contest.The song which won the Eurovision song contest for Ukraine last year was a politically charged one.A combination of a jury and public vote saw a song about the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars under Josef Stalin, sung by Jamala, selected to represent the country.Ukraine narrowly won the contest, with Australia second and Russia coming in third.With reporting from AFP – © – AFP, 2017WATCH: This is the song that will represent us at the EurovisionRead: Graham Norton paid a heartfelt tribute to Terry Wogan during the Eurovision last night 52 Comments Julia Samoilova has been banned from performing in the Eurovision by Ukrainian authorities. Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 2:11 PM Image: Ekaterina Lyzlova/AP Photo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Julia Samoilova has been banned from performing in the Eurovision by Ukrainian authorities. Image: Ekaterina Lyzlova/AP Photo Short URL 18,838 Views By Sean Murray Mar 22nd 2017, 2:11 PM http://jrnl.ie/3300674 last_img read more

Busquets Messi is a work of art

first_imgSergio Busquets says that Lionel Messi’s “work of art” was what won the game against Alaves on Saturday in La LigaErnesto Valverde’s side were unable to break through the stubborn Alaves defence in the first hour at the Camp Nou before Messi broke the deadlock by scoring a free kick in the 64th minute.After Philippe Coutinho added a second, Messi again found the back of the net again to seal a 3-0 win for Barcelona.Although they won by a comfortable margin, Busquets conceded that it had been a difficult game before the club’s Argentine superstar rose to the occasion.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“It was quite hard, until Messi’s work of art appeared,” said the midfielder on Sport.The Spain international is confident about Barcelona’s prospects for the season ahead following the arrivals of Arthur, Arturo Vidal, Clement Lenglet and Malcom.“We have reinforced well, we have a bigger squad and I hope it helps us win the three trophies,” said Busquets.Next up for Barcelona is Real Valladolid on Saturday.last_img read more

Seward Man Arrested For Shooting Killing Two Other Seward Men

first_imgNo other details are known at this time. Joseph Chandler, age 30 of Seward, shot and killed Dustin Marx, age 28, of Seward, and Michael White, age 40, of Seward, after a confrontation had occurred, according to Troopers. Chandler was placed under arrest for two counts of Murder in the First Degree and remanded to Seward Jail where he was held without bail. The shooting occurred on Monday around 6pm, Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center received a report of a shooting that had occurred in the Seward area. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A 30-year-old Seward man was arrested for killing two men in Seward, on Monday, according to Alaska State Troopers.last_img read more

Kate Middleton hired a stylist guru amid a feud with Meghan Markle

first_imgCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England.Getty ImagesIs there some tension brewing between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle? Fans are asking this same question from a long time. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle belong to the Royal family and their personal lives create a lot of media speculations. Over the years, Kate has been recognized worldwide for her humanitarian work but as per reports, she is also in news for her fashion choices.As per a report by RadarOnline, Kate Middleton’s choice of fashion has amazed everyone and all the credit goes to her friend and new fashion stylist, Virginia Chadwyck-Healey, whom she recruited after Meghan Markle married Prince Harry.Virginia Chadwyck-Healy and her husband, Oliver, attended St. Andrews University with Prince Williams and Kate Middleton. As per reports, the duo also attended the Royal wedding in 2011. During Kate Middleton’s wedding, Chadwyck-Healy was credited as “best-dressed wedding guests.”The report further stated that since Kate’s personal stylist, Natasha Archer is in on maternity leave, her dear friend Virginia Chadwyck-Healy has stepped in as her fashion guru.”Kate is dumping the dowdy duds to look as modern as her former actress sister-in-law,” contends the report further.There have been several reports in the last couple of weeks that things are not going too well between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. At the same time, these two aren’t exactly wearing friendship bracelets as one would say, but it does not mean that they are having a full-blown fight either. Recruiting her friend Virginia does not imply that Kate wishes to compete with Markle, who was a former American actress. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall.Getty imagesIn addition to this, Kate Middleton has responded to the stories about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy. When in the past, it was asked to her whether or not she is excited about Meghan’s pregnancy, Kate has this to say:”Yeah, absolutely. It’s such a special time to have all the kiddies and a cousin for George and Charlotte, as well as Louis, so it’ll be really special.”Prince Harry and Prince Williams currently share a joint household but this is repeatedly going to change after the birth of Meghan Markle’s first child. There are alleged reports that Prince Williams and Prince Harry would be dividing their estates and duties.last_img read more

Trump now says he misspoke in front of Putin

first_imgUS president Donald Trump waits for reporters to leave the room after speaking about his summit with Russia’s president Putin during a meeting with members of the US Congress at the White House in Washington on 17 July. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump on Tuesday moved to limit the damage from his summit with Vladimir Putin, claiming he misspoke in appearing to accept the Russian leader’s denial of election meddling-in a rebuke to US intelligence chiefs.At their meeting in Helsinki on Monday, Trump failed to challenge Putin over the 2016 presidential election, seeming to accept at face value the strongman’s denial that Moscow interfered in a bid to undermine Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.But faced with outrage at home, with even some of his political allies demanding that he reverse course, Trump-in an extraordinary postscript to the summit-sought to walk back his remarks.Trump said he accepted the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia had meddled in the election, and offered a rambling explanation of his assertion that he could not see “any reason” why Russia would interfere.“In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t’,” Trump said, speaking at the White House ahead of a meeting with Republican lawmakers.“The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’ Sort of a double negative,” he added-repeating the laborious clarification several times.But while the US leader expressed his “full faith and support for America’s great intelligence agencies,” he insisted that “Russia’s actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election.”And he again floated the idea that “other people” could be involved.Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer was quick to pounce.“President Trump tried to squirm away from what he said yesterday. It’s 24 hours too late, and in the wrong place,” Schumer said.Undermine democracySpecial counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign has increasingly put pressure on the White House.The president-who regards the probe as an attack on his legitimacy-has dubbed it a “witch hunt,” and again said Tuesday there were “no collusion at all.”But the investigation is progressing, as evidenced by the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence agents on Friday-timing that was embarrassing ahead of the summit with Putin.Trump initially sounded a defensive note on Tuesday, insisting his meeting with Putin had been “even better” than his one last week with traditional allies NATO-a testy gathering seen as having badly strained trans-Atlantic ties.But the US president found precious little support for his decision not to confront the Russian leader-on either side of the political aisle.Former House speaker and longtime Trump ally Newt Gingrich put it bluntly.“It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected-immediately,” he tweeted as Trump headed home.By Tuesday afternoon when he faced the cameras, Trump had changed tack.“We’re doing everything in our power to prevent Russian interference in 2018,” the president said.After his remarks, the White House released a fact sheet on how the US is “standing up to Russia’s malign activities”-a clear bid to counter the notion that Trump had been soft on Putin.Former president Barack Obama appeared to allude to his successor in a speech in South Africa on Tuesday, blasting “strongman politics”-without naming Trump.While Trump was not entirely without defenders, the bipartisan consensus was broadly hostile to his stance in Helsinki-as the top Republican in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan made clear at a press conference Tuesday on Capitol Hill.“We stand by our NATO allies and all those countries who are facing Russian aggression,” Ryan said. “Vladimir Putin does not share our interests; Vladimir Putin does not share our values.”“We just conducted a year-long investigation into Russia’s interference in our elections. They did interfere in our elections. It’s really clear,” he said.“Russia is trying to undermine democracy itself.”last_img read more

EA wont green light any single playeronly games

first_imgFrank Gibeau, the president of EA Labels, has shown that business truly does come before gameplay with comments he made as part of a preview document for the CloudGamingUSA event happening on September 11-12 in San Francisco.Gibeau is very proud of the fact he has never green lit a single project that consisted solely of a single-player experience. He insists that every game EA publishes has an online component to it. His reason for doing this? Apparently EA has “evolved with consumers” suggesting he thinks this is what consumers want in every game.As a consumer and gamer myself, I can totally disagree with his thinking. Forcing online into every game makes little sense. While it works for a Battlefield, Medal of Honor, Fifa, or Need for Speed title, there’s just as many games that don’t need it to succeed, or even work for online play.A good example of this would be the forthcoming SimCity %displayPrice% at %seller% , which has upset fans of the series because it will require an constant Internet connection to play. That isn’t a DRM measure, it’s due to the tight integration of multiplayer and how all players impact each others games.With the comments made by Gibeau, I have to wonder if the multiplayer components in the game were planned from the start, or did Maxis have to add them in order to get the game green lit?I’m also left wondering how many games aren’t getting made at EA-controlled studios because online doesn’t fit, or the extra time to somehow squeeze it in means the project would go over budget and gets canned instead?As the growing indie gaming scene has demonstrated, gamers want more diversity, not less. Demanding online components doesn’t encourage that diversity, it forces developers to comply in order to get published, and ultimately spend some of their time getting online to work instead of working on the gameplay.More at CloudGamingUSA (PDF), via Destructoidlast_img read more

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first_imgNews | May 08, 2009 Agfa Pens Web-based PACS Deal with German Hospital May 8, 2009 – Agfa HealthCare penned an agreement with ZNA (Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen – Hospital Network Antwerp) for the delivery of its IMPAX 6 image management solution to support and centralize the diagnostic and clinical imaging needs of its nine sites across the city. As part of the agreement, Agfa HealthCare will act as the customer’s key application service provider (ASP) for medical imaging, providing remote solution hosting and management at its advanced server facilities in Mortsel.The solution will meet the imaging needs of 37 radiologists, a nuclear medicine specialist and over 600 clinicians across the ZNA facilities. ZNA is Belgium’s largest hospital group, and one of Europe’s top ten hospitals in size, counting a total of nine sites, around 2500 beds and serves over 1 million inhabitants in the Antwerp region. The hospital group manages over 400,000 radiology exams annually.Agfa HealthCare’s IMPAX 6 is a web-deployable solution that provides the necessary tools and customizable workflows that help overcome the physical barriers of complex multi-site environments. The solution is a single diagnostic image-management and storage system that improves the planning, capture, interpretation, distribution, and archiving of diagnostic images, allowing a virtual view of a patient’s imaging record across the hospital enterprise.Agfa HealthCare’s IMPAX will integrate all existing radiology solutions at ZNA into its centralized workflow including an existing RIS/Speech from Agfa HealthCare, an electronic patient record solution and other IT sub-systems. As part of the agreement, the company will also integrate a number of Agfa HealthCare’s advanced clinical applications into the solution, including 3D rendering, orthopedic and nuclear medicine software.For more information: www.agfa.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Related Content News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more last_img read more

Intel and Philips Demonstrate CPU Ability in Deep Learning Inference Test Cases

first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Related Content FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more 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 center_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more August 15, 2018 — Intel and Philips recently tested two healthcare uses for deep learning inference models using Intel Xeon Scalable processors and the OpenVINO toolkit. One use case focused on X-rays of bones for bone-age-prediction modeling, the other on computed tomography (CT) scans of lungs for lung segmentation. In these tests, Intel and Philips achieved a speed improvement of 188 times for the bone-age-prediction model, and a 38 times speed improvement for the lung-segmentation model over the baseline measurements.Until recently, there was one prominent hardware solution to accelerate deep learning: graphics processing unit (GPUs). By design, GPUs work well with images, but they also have inherent memory constraints that data scientists have had to work around when building some models.Central processing units (CPUs) – in this case Intel Xeon Scalable processors – do not have those same memory constraints and can accelerate complex, hybrid workloads, including larger, memory-intensive models typically found in medical imaging. For a large subset of artificial intelligence (AI) workloads, Intel Xeon Scalable processors can better meet data scientists’ needs than GPU-based systems, according to Intel. As Philips found in the two recent tests, this enables the company to offer AI solutions at lower cost to its customers.AI techniques such as object detection and segmentation can help radiologists identify issues faster and more accurately, which can translate to better prioritization of cases, better outcomes for more patients and reduced costs for hospitals.Deep learning inference applications typically process workloads in small batches or in a streaming manner, which means they do not exhibit large batch sizes. CPUs are more suited for low batch or streaming applications. In particular, Intel Xeon Scalable processors offer an affordable, flexible platform for AI models – particularly in conjunction with tools like the OpenVINO toolkit, which can help deploy pre-trained models for efficiency, without sacrificing accuracy.These tests show that healthcare organizations can implement AI workloads without expensive hardware investments.The bone-age-prediction model went from an initial baseline test result of 1.42 images per second to a final tested rate of 267.1 images per second after optimizations – an increase of 188 times. The lung-segmentation model surpassed the target of 15 images per second by improving from a baseline of 1.9 images per second to 71.7 images per second after optimizations.Running healthcare deep learning workloads on CPU-based devices offers direct benefits to companies like Philips, because it allows them to offer AI-based services that do not drive up costs for their end customers, according to Intel. As shown in this test, companies like Philips can offer AI algorithms for download through an online store as a way to increase revenue and differentiate themselves from growing competition.Multiple trends are contributing to this shift:As medical image resolution improves, medical image file sizes are growing – many images are 1GB or greater;More healthcare organizations are using deep learning inference to more quickly and accurately review patient images; andOrganizations are looking for ways to do this without buying expensive new infrastructure.For more information: www.intel.com, www.usa.philips.com/healthcare The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Artificial Intelligence | August 15, 2018 Intel and Philips Demonstrate CPU Ability in Deep Learning Inference Test Cases Tests demonstrate significant speed improvements in bone-age-prediction modeling and lung segmentation Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more 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 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.last_img read more

Planning a holiday is causing travellers stress

first_imgKayak’s top 5 tips for reducing the stress factor whilst on holidays.Image: Kayak.co.uk Whilst many go on holidays to relieve their stress, the process of planning the getaway can be a source of stress in itself.27 percent of Brits found planning, booking and the preparation for a trip to be a great source of stress in a recent survey commissioned by travel comparison site Kayak.co.uk, with 36 percent stressing about finding accommodation within their budget and 17 percent of women sweating over packing enough underwear for the trip.Young Brits (18-25 years old) were found to be the most stressed about holiday planning with 47 percent saying that the entire process was stressful, 29 percent confessed to having difficulty agreeing on a place to go with their friends, 51 percent worrying about their resort living up to expectations and 22 percent being concerned about getting to the airport on time.On the other hand, 82 percent of older travellers found holiday planning to be a breeze.With the planning stage complete, British travellers moved onto the packing stage of stress with 13 percent stating that making sure that all essentials were packed was a top concern. Other concerns included forgetting travel documents, packing the right sorts of clothes and medications, whilst 23 percent of women were worried about bringing enough pairs of shoes.Savvy respondents who forget to pack an essential item said that they would get right to the task and purchase the forgotten item at the airport (19 percent), whilst 53 percent would wait to get to their destination and go shopping there. The youngsters however were not as relaxed with 11 percent of those surveyed admitting that panicking would be their first response to a stressful situation.Once the plane has set off into the skies, the worrying continues as 26 percent of the British holiday makers were concerned about falling ill and six percent stressed about having to deal with misbehaving children. 10 percent also worried about arguing with their friends or family on the trip.On the bright side, once the actual holiday began, 81 percent of the survey respondents relaxed and found this period of their holiday to be much calmer.What do you worry about when planning a trip?Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N. …..last_img read more

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