Businessman Scott Hutcheson takes on giant task of chairing Calgary 2026 Olympic

first_imgFrom Canada’s national alpine ski team to real estate entrepreneur, Calgary businessman Scott Hutcheson has been tasked with leading the group that will formulate a vision and budget for a potential 2026 Olympic bid.“This is a giant task, of course it is,” the Aspen Properties co-founder said at the Olympic Oval Thursday. “But that’s what we’re supposed to do, we’re supposed to step up.”Hutcheson’s appointment comes as the BidCo. faces tight deadlines ahead of a potential decision by council to submit a formal bid to the International Olympic Committee.Later this month, the Canadian Olympic Committee will decide whether to give initial approval for a Calgary bid, followed by the development of a multi-party agreement.Along with presenting a fully-costed budget, that agreement will lay out which stakeholders will pay for what parts of a potential bid, including the three levels of government, COC and IOC.There’s also a plebiscite anticipated to be held in November and Calgary’s bid book – should council vote to move ahead – is due in January.“I’m not nervous about it, I’m keen to get my sleeves rolled up,” he said. “It’s a tight timeline, but we’ll do that.”Hutcheson will have to name a vice-chair and CEO soon and already has a briefing planned for Friday.“It’s the job of this board to gather the information with accuracy and disclose that information and engage in our community,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s not up to me to make a decision as to whether this community wants the Olympics or not.”“The last poll I saw though said 63 per cent of Calgarians are keen to go forward with an Olympic bid, but they need more information and that’s our job.”The BidCo. group will build on the work done by the previous Calgary Bid Exploration Committee, which pegged the total cost of a 2026 Calgary Olympiad at $4.6 billion, although that cost didn’t take into account several planned infrastructure projects.Mayor Naheed Nenshi has previously said that a more accurate idea of how much the Games could cost would probably be known in late June, while the just as important multi-party agreement is planned for September.Meanwhile, Calgary’s Olympic oversight committee is mulling over public engagement options, ahead of the planned November plebiscite.Double Olympic speed skating champion and former CBEC member Catriona Le May Doan said it’s a day of relief and excitement.“I think everybody just kind of said, finally,” she said. “This will happen very quickly, so as much as people were saying, when are things happening, now we’re going to see things at a pace that’s escalated.”“People have said to me, well you’re from sport, you would’ve of course want that,” she said. “I do not want to leave my children with a legacy if it’s not going to make financial sense, so we all need all the information.”Along with his business work, Hutcheson is Chair of the Board of Directors of Arts Commons, co-chair of the Board of Directors for Witnerstart and Chair of the Board of WinSport.last_img read more

Casablanca Three People Arrested for Cocaine Trafficking

Rabat – Police services of Ain Chock district in Casablanca arrested Friday three individuals, including one with criminal records, for their alleged involvement in a case of cocaine possession and trafficking. A statement by the national police (DGSN) said the suspects were arrested on board a car carrying 80g of cocaine.They were remanded in custody to complete the investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor, in order to identify the source of the illicit drug and arrest potential accomplices in this case, the same source added. read more

Kentucky awarded 71 million in service grants to strengthen communities

According to officials members serve faith-based and nonprofit groups, educational institutions, local government entities and state agencies. Organizations are selected for grants based on their plans to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. Funding is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service.Related Article: KCTCS announces results of entrepreneurial grants, tuition increaseThis year marks the 25th anniversary of AmeriCorps. Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1 million Americans have served their country through the national service program. Organizations are currently recruiting for AmeriCorps members to begin service this fall. Those interested in serving can learn more at“AmeriCorps members dedicate up to a year of their lives to service in many areas,” explained CHFS Secretary Adam Meier. “They provide classroom support through mentoring and tutoring services. AmeriCorps members also assist with financial counseling, disaster planning and home repairs. They engage our youth and seniors.” Including additional match funding and educational grants, AmeriCorps programs will result in a $16.2 million investment in Kentucky. This funding will continue to build workforce and community resources, while addressing critical needs across the Commonwealth. “AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said Joe Bringardner, Director of Serve Kentucky. “Building on Kentucky’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the state.” FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Commonwealth of Kentucky has received more than $7.1 million in AmeriCorps federal funding for 21 programs with over 900 members.AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by Serve Kentucky, an agency within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). – Advertisement – read more

Racial issues on the agenda this fall as US conference comes to

For the first time in its history, the White Privilege Conference — a prominent American symposium of educators and students “designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin colour” — is venturing outside of the U.S.A.This fall, Brock University will be the host site for the White Privilege Symposium Canada (WPSC). The two-day event Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 will use a format of guest speakers and group workshops to examine the impacts of, and solutions to, racial and cultural oppression.Organized by Brock’s Task Force on Racial Climate, and supported by the US conference group, the WPSC will be themed “Academics & Activists: Advocating for Equity, Justice and Action”, and is expected to draw upwards of 200 attendees from Canada and the U.S. (About 2,500 attended the 17th annual White Privilege Conference, held in April in Philadelphia.)Topping the list of speakers at Brock will be American scholar and racial justice activist Eddie Moore, who founded the White Privilege Conference as well as The Privilege Institute, which engages people in research, education and leadership through workshops and conferences.Other scheduled keynotes include Shauneen Pete, a First Nations educator and University of Regina associate professor; Ritu Bhasin, a Canadian lawyer and equity consultant; Afua Cooper, the dub poet who is also the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies and professor at Dalhousie University; rap artist and anti-violence activist Jasiri X; and U.S. author and racial justice educator Debby Irving.Brad ClarkeOrganizers expect the Brock WPSC event will attract a diverse audience of students, parents and community leaders as well as school teachers or counsellors who work on issues of equity and social justice.Dolana Mogadime, Associate Professor in Brock’s Faculty of Education and a member of the Task Force on Racial Climate, said holding the conference at Brock is a windfall that will help the entire Niagara community better understand inclusivity.“We have more than a War of 1812 discipline of heritage,” said Mogadime. “This is about acknowledging, and growing our knowledge of, our own history.“As the first Canadian institution to host the White Privilege Symposium, Brock is leading a national discussion. And it is informed by collaboration with American thought leaders who bring expertise in grappling with issues of inclusion, and advocating for redressing communities that are marginalized by asking important questions that lead to positive change.”Mogadime said Canada is one the most cosmopolitan countries in the world, and Brock’s own campus community continues to be broadened by students from the GTA and overseas. She said a major event like the WPSC plays a big part in helping people have the conversations that lead to understanding diversity and living in a diverse community.The Task Force on Racial Climate was created after a “black face” incident occurred at a Halloween costume party in Brock’s student pub in 2014. Task force chair Brad Clarke, who is also Brock’s Director of Student Life and Community Experience, said its mandate is to bring together students, staff and faculty to examine and consider the dynamics of race within the Brock context, and to initiate activity that will improve the racial climate at Brock.“Unfortunately racism — implicit and explicit, intentional and unintentional — is present on every campus and in every community,” said Clarke. “Brock is no different. We must encourage activities that acknowledge and embrace diversity, while increasing equity and inclusion for all.”In the coming months, watch for more interviews and details about the symposium. In the meantime, use these links to see the agenda as well as biographies of keynote speakers. read more

Football Cornerback Damon Arnette injured during Ohio StateMichigan State game

Ohio State redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette (3) waits to defend against a Penn State offensive drive in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State lost another player during its game against Michigan State as redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette was injured and helped off the field with about a minute left in Saturday afternoon’s game. He was able to walk off the field with assistance, but was carted from the sideline to the locker room. He did not return before the end of the first half.The injury took place on the first play of Michigan State’s final drive in the first half. Arnette had intercepted a pass from Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke on the last play of the previous drive. Arnette had also registered a tackle during the game.Though Ohio State was up 35-0 at the time of the injury, the Buckeyes were been down three starters. Linebackers Dante Booker and Jerome Baker missed the game with undisclosed injuries and defensive end Dre’Mont Jones was ejected from the game on the previous drive on a targeting call. Jones’ targeting call negated a would-be Arnette interception. read more

Man threatened shop staff with a knife in broad daylight in Armagh

first_imgA MAN THREATENED staff with a knife in a shop in Armagh yesterday afternoon.Shortly after 3:15pm the man entered the premises in the Killylea Road and demanded money from the till.He left empty handed accompanied by another man.A short time later police arrested two men aged 27 and 28.They’re currently being held in custody and are assisting police with their enquiries.Detectives in Armagh are appealing for information in relation to the incident.Read: Youths charged after threatening staff with knife and crowbar in robbery>Read: Gardaí catch armed robbers as they leave the filling station they had just held up>last_img read more

howto Circuit Board Lets You Build Your Own Android Accessories

first_imgSmartphone apps are great for controlling things like GPS and cameras, but what if you need to add a bit of gear that isn’t built into your handset? Enter the IOIO (pronounced “yoyo”). This little board lets Android developers interface with any number of electronics components through Java, the language used to write Android apps. Think of it like an Arduino for your cell phone: it makes it possible to control anything connected to the little board using an app on the phone. It doesn’t even require any modification to the phone’s hardware or firmware. Your warranty remains intact if you want to tinker around with homemade phone accessories.Created by how-to-er Ytai in Tel Aviv, the device is coming to the online retailer Sparkfun soon. When the board ships, Ytai has promised to open source the hardware and software behind it with a “very permissive license,” so if you decide to monetize your weekend project, it might not be out of the cards. It’ll be absolutely fascinating to see what inspired developers do with this board if it has anywhere close to the same impact as the Arduino. And hardware hackers, if you’re listening, an iCade for Android would be pretty nice.[via Make, Ytai]last_img read more

Albanian President blocks talks with Greece to determine sea borders

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Determination of the sea border between Albania and Greece in the Ionian was further stalled after Albanian President Ilir Meta refused a request by the Albanian government to authorise talks. “The request doesn’t clearly define the object of negotiations for which the authorisation is requested,” Meta said in a statement, demanding furhter information on the government’s objective and strategy. Meta, former leader of the Socialist Movement of Integration party, which is now in opposition, become president last year and his tenure is seen as a counterpoint to the left-wing government of Edi Rama, which has tried to thaw relationships with Greece, hoping that this will improve Albania’s chances of becoming a member of the European Union. Talks between Greece and Albania have been overshadowed by criticism from the opposition, accusing Rama of “selling out” the country, but Ilir Meta was adamant that this is not why he refused to grant authorisation. “The aim of the president has not been and is not to play politics with such a serious and delicate issue,” he told a press conference on Tuesday. The issue in question – the delimination of continental shelf, is one of the key matters that have been plaguing Greek-Albanian relations for years. The two countries signed an agreement in 2009, which gives Greece the right to extend its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles, miles from the baseline of its coastal state (from 6 nautical miles that it had been thus far), but the Albanian Constitutional Court annulled it in 2010 after finding it in breach of the constitution and international norms.It is believed that  the agreement was the product of Greece strongholding Albania to accept an unfair deal,  by threatening to block Albania’s European integration. When the two countries resumed talks, Greece practically acknowledged the unfairness of the previous agreement and is considering to allow Albania to expand its territorial waters to a maritime area north of Corfu, while at the same time securing that Greek waters will expand to 12 nautical miles. last_img read more

Une nouvelle espèce de dauphin à bosse identifiée en Australie

first_imgUne nouvelle espèce de dauphin à bosse identifiée en AustralieUne nouvelle espèce de dauphins vient d’être découverte en Australie. Les scientifiques ont distingué cette espèce des autres en étudiant les crânes et le génome de ces mammifères marins.Les dauphins ont beau figuré parmi les animaux les plus étudiés et observés, il semblerait qu’on ne connaisse pas encore toutes les espèces existant sur Terre. Au large de Melbourne en Australie, des scientifiques en ont identifié une qui était jusqu’ici inconnue. Une espèce de dauphin à bosse appartenant au genre Sousa. Ces cétacés évoluent dans les estuaires et les eaux côtières des océans Indien, Pacifique et est-Atlantique. La répartition géographique de l’animal étant vaste, les scientifiques estimaient que certains groupes s’étaient isolés et avaient évolué, aboutissant à la création d’espèces distinctes. Depuis plusieurs années, les chercheurs avaient réussi à en identifier trois différentes : le dauphin à bosse de l’océan Indien (Sousa plumbea), le dauphin à bosse de l’Indo-Pacifique ou dauphin blanc de Chine (Sousa Chinensis) et le dauphin à bosse de l’Atlantique ou dauphin du Cameroun (Sousa teuszii). Une 4e espèce distincte Mais il semblerait qu’il en existe une quatrième selon l’étude parue dans la revue Molecular biology. Le groupe de la nouvelle espèce composé de 150 dauphins évolue au large de la côte nord de l’Australie et est bien connu. Les chercheurs ne supposaient toutefois pas qu’il pouvait s’agir d’un groupe distinct. C’est en menant des analyses génétiques et morphologiques qu’une équipe internationale basée à l’American Museum of Natural History and the Wildlife Conservation Society.”Morphologiquement, ces individus ne sont pas si différents que ça des autres espèces de dauphins. Mais nous avons été surpris de constater que les données génétiques se révélaient assez éloignées”, a expliqué à LiveScience Martin Mendez, un des co-auteurs de l’étude. Les analyses ont été menées sur plus de 200 dauphins morts et les relevés tissulaires réalisés ont été comparés à des échantillons provenant des trois espèces déjà connues.Ajouté à cela, l’équipe a étudié le bec et la dentition des animaux à la lumière des relevés disponibles sur 180 crânes de spécimens de musée ou d’animaux échoués. Enfin, les ADN de 235 dauphins ont été décryptés. “Nos analyses génétiques et morphologiques prouvent qu’il existe au moins quatre espèces dans cette famille de dauphins [dont une] est nouvelle et n’avait jusqu’alors pas été identifiée”, a confirmé Martin Mendez.Mieux protéger les dauphins à bosse À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les dauphins à bosse doivent leur nom à la bosse distinctive juste en dessous de leur nageoire dorsale, dont la forme allongée est caractéristique. A l’âge adulte, ces cétacés peuvent mesurer jusqu’à deux mètres de long. Pour l’heure, la nouvelle espèce n’a pas été nommée, mais une demande a été déposée auprès de la Commission internationale de la nomenclature zoologique.En attendant, les chercheurs estiment que cette trouvaille va permettre de mieux connaitre ces animaux et de pouvoir mieux les protéger. “Cette découverte aide à mieux comprendre l’histoire de l’évolution de ce groupe animal et à mieux adapter les politiques de préservation de chacune des espèces”, a déclaré M. Mendez. Les dauphins de Chine et du Cameroun sont considérés comme des espèces menacées, victimes de la perte de leur habitat et de la pêche. (crédits photo : Guido J. Parra, 31 octobre 2013 à 18:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Five people dog displaced by house fire in Vancouver

first_imgA family of five and their dog were displaced by an attic fire Friday morning at a house in Vancouver’s Marrion neighborhood.Vancouver firefighters were dispatched about 10:35 a.m. to 1209 N.E. 98th Ave., west of Interstate 205. Four fire apparatus and two battalion chiefs responded to the scene within 10 minutes, Vancouver Fire Department Capt. David James said.Passers-by spotted black smoke billowing from the home’s roof vents, knocked on the front door and warned the occupants, James said.Black smoke was still present when responders arrived, but there were no visible flames. Firefighters entered the attic and found an active fire.“It had been burning for a while,” James said.The fire was contained in the attic space, but the home is still considered to be uninhabitable, at least for some time. Holes will need to be cut in the ceiling to remove burnt insulation, according to the fire captain.last_img read more


first_img40th Day Charity The family of the late Hon. Alh Landing Jallow Sonko, Former Minister and Politician, wish to inform all relatives and friends at home and abroad, that his 40th day charity will be held on Friday, 27th November 2015 at his residence at Pipe Line.Recitation of the Holy Quran will commence at 3:00pm prompt.last_img

Neil Lennon reveals plan to sign two strikers

first_imgHibernian manager Neil Lennon has outlined his January transfer plans to sign two strikers for the club.Speaking from Dubai where the Hibernian squad is camped for warm-weather training, Lennon highlighted their need for investment in attack.“We want to bring in strikers if we can bring two in then great. But we’re hoping to at least bring one in just to add to what we have here,” he told Sky Sports.“At times it’s been a bit flat and we need that extra bit of competition and motivation for them all.”Rangers v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish PremiershipMatch Preview: Rangers vs Celtic Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 It is time for the first Old Firm derby of the 2019-20 campaign, as Rangers host Celtic tomorrow at 13:00 (CET).Lennon was asked what kind of message he’s sending to the current strikers at the club, he said: “Must be better. You know you can do better and I know you can do better.“But we want more competition in that area and we want more goals in that area.”Lennon since last month has been demanding for better strikers for the club.last_img read more

Interception Bill Repealed

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 23, 2017 – The We March against the Interception of Communication Bill was repealed and many are calling it a victory for those who accused the PLP Government of rushing the bill to law.On Tuesday night, Attorney General, Allyson Maynard Gibson withdrew the bill, citing that it is needed but agreeing that her office must work with civil society in a consultative stage before legislation is tabled.   Maynard Gibson during debate on the controversial document said with education on the need for the bill, there will come increased support for it.A Kill the Bill movement was started almost immediately after the proposed legislation was introduced in the House of Assembly and now it is gone from the table and going to the public. Activist and Attorney, Fred Smith was vociferous about the proposed law.  Dubbed the Spying Bill, We March Bahamas was due to march Wednesday in objection to the rush and the proposed law.The Minister for Justice said this too during her announcement Tuesday night to pull the bill, “During this period, we will work with civil society to ensure that Bahamians will have an opportunity to learn about and review the legislation, have their questions answered and their concerns addressed.”  Many say it is what should have been done in the first place.#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for youlast_img read more

Cops dealing Doritos at postlegalization Hempfest in Seattle

first_imgSEATTLE — A few things will be different at this year’s Hempfest, the 22-year-old summer “protestival” on Seattle’s waterfront where tens of thousands of revelers gather to use dope openly, listen to music and gaze at the Olympic Mountains in the distance.The haze of pot smoke might smell a little more like victory, after Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana use by adults over 21. Having won at the state level, speakers will concentrate on the reform of federal marijuana laws.Oh, and the Seattle police — who have long turned a lenient eye on Hempfest tokers — don’t plan to be writing tickets or making arrests. They’ll be busy handing out Doritos.“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, department spokesman and junk-food-dispenser-in-chief. “It’s meant to be ironic. The idea of police passing out Doritos at a festival that celebrates pot, we’re sure, is going to generate some buzz.”The idea isn’t just to satisfy some munchies. The department has affixed labels to 1,000 bags of Doritos urging people to check out a question-and-answer post on its website, titled “Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle.” It explains some of the nuances of Washington’s law: that adults can possess up to an ounce but can’t sell it or give it away, that driving under the influence of pot is illegal, and that — festivals aside — public use is illegal.last_img read more

After 2 Painful Years Elijah Cummings Will Be More Powerful

first_imgBy BEN TERRIS, The Washington PostWASHINGTON (AP) — When the word of the Lord came to Elijah, it arrived on a slip of paper tucked in a stranger’s bra.In 2017, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings had been laid up in a Johns Hopkins hospital bed for two months, crippled by pain after a difficult recovery from a heart valve replacement, when an interloper came bursting through the door, calling his name.“She reaches into her bosom and pulls out a note,” Cummings said recently. “She says, ‘The Lord has been waking me all night. … It was so important I thought I’d write it down. It says: He don’t mean you no harm, he’s just trying to get your attention. He wants you to know he ain’t finished with you yet.’”In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., poses in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Cummings endured two painful years. Soon he’ll be more powerful than ever. He is the soon-to-be chairman of the House Committee on Oversight. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via AP)Cummings, 67, recalled this story in an interview from his district office in Baltimore. His head: freshly shaved. His eyes: puffy. His large hands: swollen by gout. He wore big-platformed Velcro sneakers, which he had been shuffling around in all day with the help of a walker.If God was trying to get his attention, he wasn’t being subtle about it.This month, Democrats triumphed in elections across the country, winning back the House of Representatives. In doing so, Cummings returns to Congress hobbled physically but more powerful than ever. Armed with a gavel and subpoenas, he is the soon-to-be chairman of the House Committee on Oversight.For Cummings, this is the culmination of two years riddled with painful moments, some beyond his control and others that he walked into himself. He’d tried to work with President Trump only to have it blow up in his face. He’d been ignored by his Republican colleagues on the committee time and again. And he just couldn’t seem to stay out of the hospital.With a healthy heart, and in control, Cummings has limitless possible targets: hush money paid to a porn star on Trump’s behalf, citizenship questions on the census, security clearances revoked from the president’s critics, and dozens of other oh-yeah-remember-thats that slipped out of the churning news cycle unanswered.The difficulty won’t be finding things to look into. It will be figuring out what’s worth looking into. Cummings knows by now the risks that come with opening wounds voluntarily. After he recovered from heart surgery, he checked back into the hospital for another procedure — this time on his knee. But something went wrong. The knee got infected, and Cummings spent another three months at Hopkins.He emerged more aware than ever that there’s only a finite amount of time in this world.It will be up to him to make the best use of it.“Elijah Cummings was in my office,” Donald Trump told the New York Times in April of 2017.“And he said, ‘You will go down as one of the great presidents in the history of our country.’”It’s a prophecy that Cummings said he never actually offered, and one that, if he does his job well as Oversight Committee chairman, will almost certainly not come true.But early in Trump’s presidency, while many Democrats were angst-ridden, Cummings believed there was an opportunity for some good to come of it. He attended the inauguration and chatted with the president at the luncheon afterward about the need to lower prescription drug prices, an issue he’d long championed.“These drug companies are getting away with murder,” Cummings said the president told him.“We’ve got to do something about this.”Later, Cummings accepted an invitation to the Oval Office to discuss a bill he co-authored that would do just that, and he was heartened by Trump’s continued enthusiasm.As Cummings recalls, he offered the president advice: If you stop working to divide the country and work on issues that can unite them, then you could go down in history as a great president.He honestly believed it.The president had his base locked up no matter what, if Trump really believed shooting someone on Fifth Avenue wouldn’t make them stray, so then what would the risk be to work with Democrats? He used to be a Democrat, a little voice kept reminding Cummings.“Perhaps if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have had a lot of hope,” Cummings said.“He is a man who quite often calls the truth a lie and calls a lie the truth.”A week after their meeting, Trump called Cummings to let him know he hadn’t forgotten about the issue and still planned to take action on it. Cummings never heard from Trump again.Does Cummings’s belief that he could work with Trump make him unbelievably naive or a man of unshakable faith?Cummings grew up in Baltimore the son of two former sharecroppers from South Carolina who moved to Baltimore and became preachers. He didn’t learn to dance until prom because his parents thought it was a sin. He still doesn’t know how to play cards.And it was his parents who drove him into public service, his own form of ministry. He rarely gives a speech without mentioning his mother and how she used to soak her feet in epsom salts, singing her prayers, each night after cleaning houses. When his father died of a heart attack, shortly after giving a sermon at a women’s detention center, Cummings arrived at the morgue to sort through his belongings. He found in his father’s wallet a note that Cummings had written him years earlier, folded and refolded so many times over the years that it had holes in the paper.“Did you know that you’re my hero, and everything I’d like to be,” the note said, quoting the song made popular by Bette Midler. “I can fly higher than an eagle because you are the wind beneath my wings.”Cummings’s spirituality can border on hokey like that, certainly earnest in a way that most politicians are not.At an election night watch party this year, he quoted a Garth Brooks song (“This ain’t comin’ from no prophet, just an ordinary man”). His eyes well up when he talks about his favorite musical, “The Lion King.” He meditates before each committee hearing, he said, picturing himself running down a long road, people in need of his help alongside him.There have been stumbles. Early in Cummings’s political career, he faced financial strains. According to a 1999 Baltimore Sun article, he owed more than $30,000 to the IRS (which he paid), and five times creditors took him to court to get him to pay $24,000 in overdue debts.Cummings told the paper he lacked money partially because of a major surgery that drained his bank account and because he helped support three children: a daughter he had with his then-estranged wife and two children he had with other women.“I have a moral conscience that is real central,” Cummings told the Sun then. “I didn’t ask the federal government or anyone else to do me any favors.”He remarried in 2008 (his second wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a policy consultant, withdrew a bid for Maryland governor while Elijah was in the hospital). He has lived in the same inner-city house for three decades and, before serving 22 years in Congress, spent 14 years in the Maryland House of Delegates.He learned his moral code in the pews and, perhaps equally important for someone going into politics, he learned the art of public speaking there, too. The first testimony he remembers giving in front of the congregation was thanking God for the integration of a local pool, which came after numerous marches where he was beaten by segregationists. He couldn’t have been more than 9.He used to run home from Sunday church service to lie on the floor and listen to Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches on his transistor radio. He’s been thinking a lot about one of them.It was on the “interruptions of life.”“What he was saying was, don’t let yourself get distracted because you may never get back to what you were doing,” Cummings said. After two years of Twitter tantrums from the president, wild news conferences, attacks on the media, and other smokescreens, the lesson, Cummings said, is clear.“Trump, apparently was listening to Martin Luther King,” he said.The president, he said, certainly knows the power of a good distraction.Another excerpt from the Book of Elijah:“We’re in a storm,” he said from his office atop Capitol Hill. “And it’s a rough one. It’s not a question of whether the storm will end but when it will end. How much of our democracy will be saved?”Cummings had just finished his first Oversight Committee hearing since election night, one of his last as ranking member. For six years, he has sat beside the chairman, just out of reach of real power. He’s had his microphone cut off by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). He was told he could not put a woman on a panel about contraceptives. In the past two years, he has had 64 subpoena requests ignored by Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.The storm has been raging. But now Cummings can do something about it,“I’m going to try and make people realize that in order to live the life they are living,” he said, “they need to have democracy, and it’s being threatened.”He’s no longer asking for answers; he’s demanding. Of course, that doesn’t mean the Trump administration will comply. Its officials have been known to be difficult, sometimes even with fellow Republicans.“I sent letters and subpoenas to the Trump administration and got no response,” Jason Chaffetz, the Oversight Committee’s Republican former chairman told The Post this month. “I was stymied every step of the way. What makes you think Elijah Cummings will get a response?”Cummings admits this is a concern.He also knows that his best bet to get anything done is to be focused, not to, as he told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” hand out subpoenas “like somebody’s handing out candy on Halloween.”Cummings has been on the other side of high-profile hearings that felt to him like a sham.There was Operation Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms andExplosives program that tried to track illegal weapons sales. He was the ranking member of the Select Committee on Benghazi, a Republican-led effort to investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.Those investigations were derided by Democrats as politically motivated and, of course,Republicans will say the same about anything Cummings decides to investigateCummings says he wants to be judicious, but is that possible? How do you not try to peek at Trump’s tax returns, or figure out who exactly has been staying at Trump International Hotel in Washington, or determine how former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt was able to get away with buying so many first-class airline tickets on taxpayers’ dime?“I can’t imagine anyone better qualified and more passionate about oversight than Elijah,” Gowdy said in an interview.But, even if Cummings is open and transparent and does everything by the book, there’s at least one Republican who won’t see it that way.“If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified information, and much else, at the Senate level,” Trump tweeted recently. “Two can play that game!”Is it possible that Democrats are getting carried away? Can Cummings really be the hero they need to stand up to Trump? After all, Cummings may want to maintain the moral high ground, but is that even possible in a fight with the president? Is it the best way to win — to bring a Bible to a knife fight?Leana Wen, the new president of Planned Parenthood, said it’s not for her to say, necessarily, but she knows a fighter when she sees one. She worked with Cummings during her time as the Baltimore health commissioner. She loved him so much she named her first child after him.“When he was in the hospital, I tried not to think … about what could happen,” she said. “As a physician, I know a lot about the worst-case scenarios because I’ve seen it.”The day she saw him for the first time out of the hospital, he looked and tired. She told him it was good to see him.“He said, ‘It’s good to be seen and not viewed, if you know what I mean,’” she recalled. “To me, that meant he was back.”Cummings tends to downplay his time in the hospital. It was just a little shortness of breath. Then a simple heart procedure that should have him home within three days. Then a gout flare-up and rehabilitation to gain back muscles lost from weeks unable to move.Yes, it was excruciatingly painful, he’ll say. But, no, he never really thought his life was in danger. He was always itching to get back.“If he were to slow down too much,” his younger brother James Cummings said, “it would probably kill him.”In that case, the next two years may be the healthiest of Elijah Cummings’s life.___Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.comlast_img read more

Warner Music Group Acquires AR Insight Tool Sodatone

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Jerry Zhang and Arjun Bali add: “We chose Warner Music Group as our new home because we respect the company’s openness to experimentation and admire their approach to artist development. Having worked with so many music companies, it will be inspiring to be closer to the music-making process, and explore how we can fine-tune our technology to make it an even more powerful tool in the hands of the creatives. Max, Jon, Steve, Vinnie and the rest of the leadership team are very supportive of our ambitious plans for the future.”Sodatone was originally hosted at the ‘Music Den’ incubator at Toronto’s Ryerson University and the University of Waterloo’s Velocity program. Warner Music Group has acquired Sodatone, a tech start-up founded in 2016 that uses technology for A&R insight, the company announced today.The company’s proprietary technology combines streaming, social and touring data to track early predictors of success, such as the loyalty and engagement of a fanbase, and the potential virality of a track or demo. It also provides insight into audience reaction to releases from established artists and songwriters.Sodatone will continue to be run by its founders, Arjun Bali and Jerry Zhang. The pair will report to WMG chief data officer Vinnie Freda and A&R executives in the company’s recorded-music and music publishing operations.Max Lousada, CEO, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group, says: “At Warner Music, we’re creating an entrepreneurial environment where art and technology thrive together. Arjun and Jerry are two talented pioneers, whose passion for algorithms and trends is matched by our love for music and culture. They understand that A&R instinct has always been informed by different types of data, and have created a tool that brings new sophistication and foresight to creative decisions. As the youngest member of our growing family of brands, Sodatone will help to differentiate us in the search for the superstars of tomorrow.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Because we love you Mom

first_imgMother’s Day is the perfect occasion to show your mom how much you appreciate and value her. It is one such day when we get to say a ‘Big Thank You’ to our moms for all that they have done for us. It is a day when we want them to feel absolutely pampered and blessed. So this Mother’s Day, share priceless moments with your mum as The Imperial shower her with a delightful bouquet of offerings with special discounts and packages, celebrating 100 years of Mother’s Day across the  restaurants. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Let her indulge in a fabulous brunch buffet at 1911 while you feel satiated that you are at the right place to make her spoilt for choice. High fashion cup cakes with personalized messages, home grown soil free 100 % organic micro greens combined with a health station filled with a fine selection of healthy juices extracted live, leave you asking for more and promise to excite you to take your pick on a blazing hot day. The lavish buffet has much more to offer. Uniquely designed chocolate nests with dainty eggs notify the genesis of life and pay an ode to motherhood while accentuating emotions and leaving the mouth-watering flavors in your mouth. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe buffet would be thematically designed by our team of chefs with lots of candles for a feminine touch to celebrate the occasion and make all the mothers present, feel special. Chef’s special Amuse Busch offerings would be served complimentary to all guests at the buffet. So this is your time to give back to your mothers and make this day truly special and memorable for them. Enjoy this unique brunch with your mothers while we create lasting memories for you, one of it is the unusual souvenir from The Imperial – a specially designed Chocolate jewelry. The priceless memories get more enchanting with 20% discount on cakes and pastries at La Baguette, on High-Tea at the Atrium, on Diamond Magnetic Body Ritual – 90 mins (Spa Gift Voucher valid in SUFI room at The Imperial Salon for 1 month and not to be used in conjunctions with any other promotion), on Caviar Signature Hair Ritual – 90 mins, 20% discount off on Sufi products at The Imperial Spa and Salon and The Imperial Boutique.Where: The Imperial When: 11 May Timing: 12.30 – 3.30 pm Price: Rs 3200 + taxeslast_img read more

Google publishes official Chrome themes collection

first_imgGoogle publishes official Chrome themes collection by Martin Brinkmann on February 12, 2019 in Google Chrome – 12 commentsGoogle published a new themes collection for the company’s Google Chrome web browser recently that come directly from the Chrome team.Google Chrome’s theming capabilities were limited right from the start. While that made it super-easy for anyone to create themes for the browser, all they did was change a couple of colors in the user interface, it meant that themes were seriously limited in what they could offer.Firefox’s classic theming capabilities were more powerful than that. Firefox themes, full themes to be precise, could change any browser element and remove or add interface elements next to that. Mozilla did drop support for full themes with the release of Firefox 57 and Firefox’s capabilities in that regard have moved closer to Chrome’s even though they are still more powerful than what Google Chrome offers.Google’s Chrome browser comes with theming support but only a single theme; this will change in the near future for Chrome on Windows 10 as it will support the operating system’s dark theme mode natively. The same is true for Chrome for Mac OS X 10.14 or newer as dark mode support will be introduced as well.Chrome users can visit the official Chrome Web Store to install themes in the browser. The theme section of the store divides themes into different groups, e.g. minimalist themes, enchanting places, or space exploration.The main differentiator is the New Tab Page background image that theme may come with, and a different UI color scheme.You may access Google’s official list of Chrome themes that were designed by the Chrome team here.The themes paint Chrome’s user interface in different colors but they all come without background images. One of the themes paints the entire interface in dark colors, others offer more colors or high contrasts instead.Installation is pretty straightforward. Just select any of the themes you are interested in and click on it to open its page on the Chrome Web Store. Click on “add to Chrome” to install the theme in Google Chrome.Chrome won’t display an installation dialog for themes, but it will display a notification bar at the top that indicates to the user that a new theme was just installed. The bar includes an undo option to remove the theme again.Google Chrome does not list installed themes on the extensions management page of the browser. You need to go to chrome://settings/ for an option to reset the theme to the default. In short: you cannot install multiple themes in Chrome: it is just one theme and the default theme at all times.Google highlights these new official themes on the main themes page on the Chrome Web Store; this alone will surely lead to great exposure and lots of installation by Chrome users.Now You: do you use custom themes in your web browser of choice?SummaryArticle NameGoogle publishes official Chrome themes collectionDescriptionGoogle published a new themes collection for the company’s Google Chrome web browser recently that come directly from the Chrome team.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img October 13, 2009 – The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has announced it will hold a rally in the Rayburn House Office Building Gold Room, on October 14, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. “to preserve access to medical imaging.”Patient advocacy groups, disease survivors, caregivers, radiologists, cardiologists, and other imaging advocates will call on the administration and Congress to reject measures that would devastate Medicare patient access to diagnostic imaging services, hitting rural communities the hardest.Fourteen advocacy groups will release a letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging them to protect access to medical imaging. These groups include American Federation for Aging Research, American Pain Foundation, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Brain Injury Association of America, Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, Colon Cancer Alliance, Emergency Coalition to Save Cancer Imaging, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association, Kidney Cancer Association, Lung Cancer Alliance, Patient Advocates for Advanced Cancer Treatment, SemiColon, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, and YES! Beat Liver Tumors.The event will also provide an opportunity to release a new analysis of 2008 Medicare data by the Moran Company that shows a continued decline in the growth of volume for advanced imaging.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | October 13, 2009 MITA to Hold Capitol Hill Rally to Protect Medical Imaging last_img read more

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first_img Chair of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors James H. Thrall, M.D., FACR News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… 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 Related Content Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more November 16, 2009 – Chair of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors James H. Thrall, M.D., FACR, said today he is deeply concerned about U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) mammography recommendations, which would severely limit screening for breast cancer. The USPSTF advises against regular mammography screening for women 40-49 years of age, suggests providing mammograms only every other year for women between 50 and 74, and advocates stopping all breast cancer screening in women over 74.The federal government-funded committee that makes up USPSTF has no medical imaging representation. The recommendations fail to consider valid scientific data supporting mammography as a screening tool. Since the onset of regular mammography screening in 1990, the mortality rate from breast cancer, which had been unchanged for the preceding 50 years, has decreased by 30 percent.“If Medicare and private insurers adopt these incredibly flawed USPSTF recommendations as a rationale for refusing women coverage of these life-saving exams, it could have deadly effects for American women,” said Carol H. Lee, M.D., chair of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission. Lee noted that such recommendations reflect a conscious decision to ration care. Ignoring direct scientific evidence from large clinical trials, the USPSTF based their recommendations to reduce breast cancer screening on conflicting computer models and the unsupported and discredited idea that the parameters of mammography screening change abruptly at age 50. In truth, there are no data to support this premise. The USPSTF claims that the harms of mammography, including discomfort of the exam, anxiety over positive results, and possibility of overtreatment because medical science cannot distinguish which cancers will become deadly most quickly ? outweigh the greatly decreased number of deaths each year resulting from breast cancer screening. However, Lee countered that saving lives through early detection far outweighs any of these concerns. The Federally Supported U.S. Preventative Services now recommends:- Against routine screening mammography in women age 40-49;- Against teaching breast self examinations;- Against clinical breast examinations;- Against previously recommended routine screening for women 75 years or older;- Against annual screening mammograms for women age 50-74 (Recommending screening every other year versus the currently recommended annual screening).The USPSTF is an independent panel of primary care physicians funded and staffed by the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) gave HHS the authority to consider USPSTF recommendations in Medicare coverage determinations for additional preventive services. Recently, Congress has expressed their desire to broaden this authority and enhance the role of the USPSTF in terms of its impact on coverage for existing services. Additionally, private insurers may incorporate the AHRQ-funded USPSTF recommendations as a cost-savings measure.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more News | November 16, 2009 ACR Outraged Over Mammo Screening Limits News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read morelast_img read more