Jack Black To Attend 15th Annual Renal Teen Prom

first_imgProm season comes early for hundreds of teens and young adults (14 to 24 years old) who have kidney disease, who are on dialysis or who have had a transplant.Renal Support Network (RSN) steps out onto the dance floor Sunday, January 19, 2014, to host the 15th Annual Renal Teen Prom for these teens and their guests.Last week attendees and guests took their pick of evening gowns that were donated especially for the event. This year’s theme is “Dancing Among the Stars.” It will feature a magical night of dinner and dancing, entertainment, glamorous photos and appearances by Hollywood celebrities.Inspired by Lori Hartwell, RSN’s Founder and President, who missed her own prom because of kidney disease, the Renal Teen Prom brings together teens from all over Southern California with some traveling from other states.Special guests include Jack Black (“Bernie,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “The School of Rock”) Kyle Gass (Tenacious D) and many other celebrity appearances.WHEN: SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2014 
6:00pm – 11:00pmWHERE: Hilton Hotel, Glendale 
100 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale 
Glendale, CA 91202Click here for more information.last_img read more

Moroccan Man Walks Across Africa on Foot

By Hassan YartiRabat- A journey that began on foot five and a half months ago is not over yet for 19-year-old Moroccan Othmane Zolati. In his journey, he is covering a distance of a little over 6,745 km, which has brought him to Ivory Coast.The second part of his journey is to reach to South Africa using the daily schedule of walking 27 to 30 km per day. For two months, Othmane has been walking across Senegal and Mali, reaching places a vehicle could not reach and coming across wild animals and flowers. He has been sharing each experience on his Facebook profile.Most importantly for Othmane, the journey through Africa has been about understanding the land and its people.“In Mali, for three days I slept in the poorest neighborhood in the capital, Bamako, without water or electricity. The next day, I slept in a luxurious villa located there. All people are giving you their best,” He said.After completing the walk in Morocco, Othmane headed south to complete his journey. His passport confirms his presence in each place. But the most striking places have been Mauritania, Mali, and the Ivory Coast.Othmane will return to Morocco after he “finds himself and happiness, freedom, and peace.” read more

6 Steps for Successful Collaboration

See All in Team Collaboration » Team Collaboration: Integration or Standardization? Beth Schultz May 01, 2019 Enterprise IT execs weigh in on the best approach to take when “tribal fires” flare up around team collaboration tools. Microsoft Teams Roars with 13 Million Daily Active Users! Kevin Kieller July 11, 2019 Ahead of next week’s Inspire event, Microsoft touts Teams usage and showcases new features. Microsoft Teams’ Superpowers Get More Super Kevin Kieller May 13, 2019 During last week’s Build conference, Microsoft announced new development capabilities for Teams. In the financial services sector, for example, companies use collaboration to inform branches about sales promotions, train staff remotely, and broadcast morning briefings. They even use video chat to give high net worth clients the personal touch. What a Restaurant Can Teach You About Collaboration Jon Arnold May 28, 2019 When you’ve got a 3-Star Michelin rating, your collaboration tools better be great, too. 1. Set your collaboration strategy based on user experience – make sure you know what your overall business vision is and set a collaboration strategy that aligns with it.2. Assess, develop, and adopt – talk to end users about what they do and develop use cases for different industries, job functions, and demographic groups.3. Select the right technology and provider – opt for a technology platform that will meet the use cases and user experience expectations you’ve identified. Select a provider that can integrate the new technology with what you already have.4. Finalize your plan – be sure to include metrics of how you intend to measure success and return on investment.5. Beta testing – test your use-case scenarios, develop a training and adoption plan, and carry out readiness assessments of systems and security.6. Launch – implement your adoption plan, tell people about the new service, show them what it can do, and encourage them to use it. So, what’s going wrong? And how can companies make sure their collaboration projects live up to expectations? Many factors come into play, but one stands out above all others. For collaboration to work, you must focus first and foremost on your users – what they do and what they want. In one specific company example, civil engineering firm Gammon installed a new corporate network to all its construction sites that could support modern collaboration techniques. Instead of doing project reviews every few months face-to-face, to everyone’s surprise, they started doing them weekly using video conferencing. In addition to increased efficiency and productivity, the company was also able to cut travel costs by 30% Collaboration is never vanilla flavored, and clearly there’s much more to collaboration than simply buying some technology or signing up to a SaaS offering. By following these steps and consulting with the right experts, you can achieve the correct alignment between business vision and collaboration strategy, understand user experience expectations, define use cases, and efficiently integrate the new technology on which collaboration depends.Tags:News & Viewsworkplace collaborationcollaboration trendscollaboration strategyTeam CollaborationDigital TransformationDigital WorkplaceOrganization & Management Articles You Might Like Understanding How People CollaborateToday, there are a myriad of collaboration options – and not everyone wants to connect the same way or for the same reason. Companies need to ask their employees whether they want apps on their devices or if they’d rather join collaborative meetings from huddle spaces or their desks. Senior executives may need the privacy of an immersive video conferencing suite, but other groups may not like using them. It’s important to understand the size of the groups that will come together either in informal huddle spaces or formal conference rooms, and whether they’ll make use of features like digital whiteboards if you provide them. Everyone knows: Collaboration is key. Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen a 50% increase in collaborative intensity in the workplace, and 97% of businesses believe technology-enabled workplace collaboration is key to a competitive advantage, according to a Wainhouse Research survey. achievement-3481967_1920.jpg Over in the film, TV, and music industries, collaboration takes on yet another meaning. The product is digital content; when companies collaborate, they’re sharing high-definition video and audio files. User experience expectations are much higher, and they need their collaboration services to support studio-quality sound and visuals. In manufacturing, by contrast, the use cases are quite different. Here, collaboration can accelerate the design process across a dispersed R&D ecosystem, as well as bring together supply chain partners around the world. Cisco Takes Aim at Collaboration Friction Dave Michels June 11, 2019 Never before has the collaboration portfolio been so aligned – across the business and into the contact center Yet, despite its importance, companies still struggle to make collaboration work. McKinsey research, conducted in collaboration with the University of Oxford, found that, on average, large IT projects (costing more than $15 million) run 45% over budget and 7% over on time while delivering 56% less value than predicted. A 2018 study by Forrester, reported in Forbes, found that 35% of enterprise projects fail to meet their original business intent. Steps for SuccessAs I talk to customers, I often put forth a six-step methodology to drive a successful collaborative project. These steps are: Log in or register to post comments read more

IATA pauses voluntary plan to shrink the size of permitted carryon luggage

IATA pauses voluntary plan to shrink the size of permitted carry-on luggage by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 17, 2015 10:29 am MDT Last Updated Jun 17, 2015 at 12:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – A global airline association is rethinking its efforts to shrink the size of carry-on luggage permitted on planes.The International Air Transportation Association says it is pausing the rollout of its Cabin OK initiative over concerns that have been expressed mainly in North America.IATA says interest has been “intense” but there has been confusion and concerns raised in the media and by key stakeholders.New York Senator Chuck Schumer has criticized the effort, saying that while airlines are making record profits the change would add a further financial burden on travellers who already pay extra for checked baggage, leg room, head phones and other services.“This is clearly an issue that is close to the heart of travellers. We need to get it right,” IATA senior vice-president Tom Windmuller said in announcing a “comprehensive reassessment.”The voluntary initiative, launched June 9, was designed to bring “common sense and order” to the problem of differing bag sizes by giving passengers greater assurance their carry-on would be allowed in aircraft cabins wherever they fly.Under the program, smaller bags measuring 55 x 35 x 20 cm (21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches) would receive a “Cabin OK” tag.IATA insisted the guideline was not meant to set an industry standard as each airline decides the maximum size of carry-on luggage.While IATA says many carriers welcomed the initiative, some like Air Canada (TSX:AC) and WestJet (TSX:WJA), said they would not be reducing carry-on size to conform to the new standard.Air Canada allows carry-on luggage that is no larger than 21.5 x 15.5 x 9 inches. WestJet limits are slightly smaller at 21 x 15 x 9 inches.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter A man carries his luggage at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on December 20, 2013. The International Air Transportation Association says it is pausing the rollout of its Cabin OK initiative over concerns that have been expressed mainly in North America. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch read more

Arch Coals Thunder Basin Coal earns US award for public outreach

first_imgIMCC has rewarded Thunder Basin for its multi-faceted educational efforts to effectively reach people in the local community, the state and the nation. It has had involvement in state and national advertising campaigns that promote mining and reclamation. The company has done extensive educational programs with schools including presentations at local high schools, specialised school tours, and hosted HawkQuest, a falconer group, at Campbell County Schools for two consecutive years. Critical habitat studies and research have been conducted with their participation in Wyoming sage grouse efforts. Other educational efforts include sponsoring an ongoing Teacher Achievement Award program that annually honors 10 Wyoming teachers, hosting an annual luncheon for neighbouring ranchers and their families, as well as countless hours volunteering in the community and providing public mine tours. “It is a great honor for Thunder Basin to be selected for its excellence in public outreach,” says John W. Eaves, President and CEO of Arch Coal. “We’re especially honoured to be chosen from such a large pool of well-deserving organisations for the prestigious IMCC award. Going that extra mile is an important part of our company’s responsible culture.”Thunder Basin operates two large-scale surface mines located in the Powder River Basin in Campbell County, Wyoming. Thunder Basin’s 1,800-strong workforce at Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines produce more than 12% of the US coal supply each year.The Interstate Mining Compact Commission is a multi-state governmental organisation that represents the natural resource interests of its member states. First envisioned in 1964, the Commission came into existence in 1970 with the entry of its first four states. Since that time, 19 additional states have enacted legislation bringing them into the Compact, and five additional states have become associate members as they pursue enactment of legislation which will make them full members. The Commission established its headquarters in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. in 1988. The states are officially represented by their Governors who serve as Commissioners. The Commission operates through several committees composed of duly appointed representatives of the Governors from their respective Departments of Natural Resources or Environmental Protection. More information is available at http://www.imcc.isa.us/.St. Louis-based Arch Coal is the second largest US coal producer. Through its national network of mines, Arch supplies cleaner-burning, low-sulphur coal to fuel roughly 8% of the nation’s electricity. Arch and its subsidiaries add the IMCC award to a long list of national accolades, including the coveted U.S. Department of Interior OSM Director’s Award three times, the National Award three times, the national Good Neighbour Award five times, as well as the Special 25th Anniversary Award. For a list of Arch Coal’s recent awards, visit http://www.archcoal.com/aboutus/awards.aspx.last_img read more

New M Series graders from Cat meet Tier 4 Final targets

first_imgThe new Caterpillar M Series 3 motor graders, namely the 12M3, 140M3, 160M3 and their all-wheel-drive (AWD) counterparts, “bring the latest emissions reduction technology to the most durable, productive and comfortable graders on the market”, according to Cat. The new models offer greater fuel efficiency, more operator comfort and safety features, as well as enhanced serviceability. M Series 3 motor graders meet US EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards.The range uses emissions reduction technology that is designed to be transparent, with no action required by the operator. There is no need to stop for regeneration. The system uses Caterpillar’s proven aftertreatment solution with the addition of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR). SCR utilises Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), which can be conveniently filled from ground level when the machine is fueled. Because of improved fuel economy over Tier 4 Interim and efficient use of DEF, M Series 3 motor graders deliver excellent overall fluid efficiency. A new standard Economy (ECO) Mode can be turned on to help save fuel by reducing engine speed so the machine works in a more efficient range. The average fuel saving is up to 10%, depending on the application. Cat Connect makes smart use of technology and services to help improve jobsite efficiency. M Series 3 motor graders are equipped with Product Link, which helps fleet owners track location, hours, fuel usage, productivity, idle time, and diagnostic codes through the online VisionLink interface. M Series 3 machines also offer optional grade technologies like Cat Grade Control Cross Slope and Cat AccuGrade “help operators work more efficiently, productively and accurately.”In the cab, operators will find the hallmark Cat motor grader controls, consisting of two electronic joysticks that reduce arm movement by 78% to help lessen operator fatigue and enhance productivity. M Series 3 models also feature a redesigned message display located in the centre console of the machine. The display puts Cat Grade Control Cross Slope information conveniently in front of the operator, and also includes a DEF tank level gauge. Operators will also enjoy a more comfortable seat with heated and ventilated options, an optional seat belt indicator light, and several convenient new storage bins located throughout the cab. An additional convenience feature can be found in the engine compartment. New optional LED lights make it easier to service the machine in low light conditions.last_img read more

New glasses help doctors see patient trauma feelings

first_imgThere isn’t a single person who hasn’t wished for the ability to read minds at some point in their lives. Well now you can with 2AI Lab’s special glasses, fitted with lenses that can read different emotions.Most humans are already good at reading body language – it’s not too hard to guess someone is sad, happy, or embarrassed. But these glasses pick up on emotional indicators that the naked eye cannot see. It senses oxidisation in your hemoglobin just under your skin, which is why we can sense certain emotions. For example, when we see someone’s cheeks go pink, it’s the oxygen levels changing and we associate pink cheeks with embarrassment.However these glasses aren’t for freaking out your friends or trying to tell how you girlfriend is feeling, they are being trialed at two hospitals to see how helpful they can be for doctors. They’re great for medical assessment as they use three different filters allowing doctors to detect a variety of problems.The first filter means the glasses can see where trauma has been dealt – since hemoglobin changes color when trauma has occurred. Another can detect where your veins are, making those moments when a nurse stabs you in the wrong part of your arm a thing of the past. Apparently this is because veins glow when looked at with these glasses. Lastly, the glasses can be used for a general assessment to see how the patient is feeling during initial check ups. For example, when the blood looks more green-blue it means hemoglobin concentration is high, but hemoglobin oxygenation is low, suggesting the patient is sick and/or cold.This invention could save hospitals some serious expenses on tests. If the glasses are as good as they say at detecting trauma and sickness, doctors wouldn’t need to spend time and money using other machines to scan patients. It’s a much faster method too, meaning patients could get treated more quickly.More at 02Amp Labs, via psfklast_img read more

Naomi vs. Charlotte for the Women’s Title on Smackdown Live tonight

Naomi vs. Charlotte for the Women’s Title on Smackdown Live tonight

first_img WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight from Des Moines, Iowa.The following has been announced for tonight’s live show:* Shinsuke Nakamura kicks off the show.* No DQ: WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Erick Rowan.* Smackdown Women’s Title: Naomi (c) vs. Charlotte Flair.* Return Match: AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin.* Beat the Clock Challenge: No. 1 Contendership for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships featuring American Alpha, The Colons, Breezango and The Ascension.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of Smackdown beginning tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 53.83%0:00Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Nick Noel 3 COMMENTS April 25, 2017 at 3:26 pm Charlotte Flair Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Looking at the card, this edition of SDL is already better than Raw If dark matches are any indications, it seems Breezango will be the second face team for the Smackdown brand. WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Now Playing Up Next April 25, 2017 at 3:18 pm Becky Lynch April 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Videos Articles Facebook Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey unknown Videos Articles Google+ WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Now Playing Up Next That doesn’t really say much WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Pinterest Praveen Kumar Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed.last_img read more

Clark College grad Sam Elliott, The Hero

first_imgSam Elliott has a voice like a bear — big and strong, serious and smooth.You may have heard him intone, “Only you can prevent forest fires,” while the mouth of Smokey Bear moves on TV. Or, you may have caught Elliott saying, “Support the campaign for Clark College, ensuring a bright future,” over appealing images of our local community college. Those Clark College Foundation spots ran in 2013.Hard to say whether Elliott’s voice was quite so seductive, five-plus decades ago, when you could have caught him onstage at Clark. The California boy was a teen when he moved with his parents to Northeast Portland, graduated from David Douglas High School and, “after jumping around for a while,” he said, eventually landed at Clark.“I found it a great school. My recollections are pretty keen. I just loved it,” Elliott said during a telephone interview.Elliott got a lot of acting encouragement at Clark and appeared in various plays, including the classic musical “Guys and Dolls.” His role was only a supporting one — Big Jule, the fearsome but finally humbled Chicago gangster — but that was perfectly OK with him.“I was happy to do whatever. The drama department there was great,” Elliott said. “But I knew I wanted to be a film actor. I grew up in Sacramento, and I’d seen too many movies, too many movie theaters. I didn’t want to do stage work. I wanted the movies.”He got his wish. Within four years of his 1965 graduation from Clark, Elliott was onscreen in the hit feature film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Of course his role, “Card Player No. 2,” was small — but it was only the beginning of an illustrious career.last_img read more

Minister urges TCI public to get ready for Hurricane Season

Minister urges TCI public to get ready for Hurricane Season

first_img Related Items:Chikungunya, dengue fever, george lightbourne, hurricane season, National Hurricane Center Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 May 2015 – Three days to the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane season on June 1st and Minister responsible, George Lightbourne said preparation is a must. “Preparation should incorporate strategic planning for the safety of the elderly, infants, disabled and also your pets. Please ensure that you have all necessary resources available, including but not limited to food, water and medication, shutters and so forth. Remove all debris, and ensure that your property is free from any potential flying objects. Secure important documents and keep important numbers readily available. I once again appeal to you to prepare, because preparing is not an option, it is a must and it is the only thing we can do to reduce the impact of a disaster.”A national address from his desk, using technology to remind the nation that the Disaster Management arm would prefer it if we got ready as readiness reduces risk. The National Hurricane Center has forecast a below normal season with six to 11 named storms predicted. Maybe three to six will become hurricane force and two could evolve to major hurricanes. Already the Atlantic Basin has recorded – pre-season – Tropical Storm Ana; currently the East-Pacific Basin is experiencing Tropical Storm Andres. Despite this forecast, residents do well to remember that it only takes one storm to wreak havoc; last year Tropical Storm Cristobal and his rains in late August shut the country down for two days, caused severe flooding, cut off communities in North and Middle Caicos, waterlogged homes, exposed a series of massive sink holes and led to a fierce spike in Dengue Fever and Chikungunya cases. Cabinet releases funds for Zika prevention; little less than previous announcement Royal Navy ship TCI arrival postponed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Tropical Storm Don headed for the Caribbeanlast_img read more

DC on Verge of Taking Possession of Walter Reed Property

DC on Verge of Taking Possession of Walter Reed Property

first_imgThe District of Columbia is slated to take ownership of 66 acres of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center by the end of the month, marking a critical milestone in the effort to redevelop the property into a mix of residential, office and retail space over the coming decades.A 10-day review of the transfer agreement by the D.C. Council ends July 10. If no action is taken to stop the purchase, it will be considered approved without a vote, reported the Washington Business Journal.The District will pay the Army $22.5 million and obtain the parcel through an economic development conveyance, under an agreement announced last November. The first payment of $10 million will be due at closing and will come from the District’s coffers as well as the city’s master development team. The balance will be due one year later. The deal does not include any revenue sharing.After closing, the city will lease the site to its master developers — a joint venture of Hines Interests LP, Urban Atlantic and Triden Development Group. Revenue from eight years of lease payments will offset the site’s acquisition cost.The reuse plan for the project, the Parks at Walter Reed, calls for 2,100 housing units (432 affordable), 250,000 square feet of retail anchored by a large-format supermarket, 14 acres of open space, a Hyatt hotel and conference center, space for arts organizations, an ambulatory care clinic from Howard University, and an innovation core anchored by George Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.The Army already has handed over about 33 acres of the 110-acre campus to the State Department for the development of a foreign missions center, according to the story. Much of the remaining property will be conveyed to Children’s National Medical Center. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For November 8 2018

The Wilmington Insider For November 8 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, November 8, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 52. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.In The Community: Last September, Wilmington 12-year-old Ceili Kinneen passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.To honor Ceili, her family is having a “Sip & Sign” fundraiser in her name at Tremezzo Ristorante (2 Lowell Street) on Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 6:30pm to 9pm. All proceeds from the evening will go to Boston Children’s Hospital, where Ceili received care while she was sick. Reserve your spot to make a sign HERE.The event also features a robust table of fun-filled raffles, for which the general public is encouraged to stop by and press their luck. Tickets are just $1 each, with a sheet of 25 tickets available for $20.In The Community: The Wilmington Community Chorus rehearses every Thursday, from 7pm to 9pm, at St. Elizabeth’s (4 Forest Street). New members welcome. No tryout required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Tech Buddies Drop-In at 6:30pm. Fall Floral Design Workshop at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Meditation Class at 12:15pm. Game Day at 1pm. Ceramics at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCEILI STRONG: Music Bingo Fundraiser In Memory Of Ceili Kinneen Set For Tremezzo On October 24In “Community”The Wilmington Insider For November 1, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Pete Kaiser fans in Bethel celebrate hometown mushers victory

first_imgDebra Samson: I was just listening to the news, I was holding my breath and I was telling myself, ‘Why do I want to cry? I’m so excited!’Evon Waska: Me and my wife stayed up and watched him finish, and there was tears of joy.Tommy Bayayok: It was an awesome sight to see.Tootsie Guinn: Gosh, I’m so proud of him!Nelson Alexie: It’s about time somebody wins from Kuskokwim.Samson: And for him to be from Bethel, to be local, to be Yup’ik.Waska: [Yugtun] We Yupiit are very proud.Bayayok: Somebody in our town, representing Bethel, the Kuskokwim, Southwest Alaska just…Guinn: Just a hometown boy and…Samson: He represents what good we can accomplish.Bayayok: Hopefully it’ll inspire other kids to look into joining mushing.Waska: [Yugtun] This finish is for all the young people. You can do this too. You can achieve your goal just like Pete.Samson: We should just do a parade!Bayayok: Wonderful feeling knowing that someone that you know, someone from your hometown is the best musher in the world. Mushing fans from Bethel (left to right) Ashley Fairbanks Glasheen, Rachel DeHaan, and Madelene Reichard cheer Pete Kaiser on in Nome as he wins the Iditarod Race on March 13, 2019. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)If you heard a roar early Wednesday morning, it likely came from Pete Kaiser fans cheering across Alaska. The Bethel musher slid under the burled arch in Nome at 3:49 a.m., pumping his arms overhead in victory as he claimed his first Iditarod championship and became the first person from Bethel and the first musher of Yup’ik heritage to win the race. Fans in Kaiser’s hometown of Bethel were running on a proud, exhausted thrill Wednesday after staying up to watch the historic win.last_img read more

JK to hold block development council polls by September end

JK to hold block development council polls by September end

first_imgSrinagar: The J&K government said on Saturday that preparations are underway to hold elections for the block development councils in Jammu and Kashmir by the end of September. “Elections will be held in 316 block development councils (BDC) across the state,” said Rural Development Secretary Sheetal Nanda in a joint press conference with J&K government spokesman Rohit Kansal, Information Director Sehrish Asgar and Horticulture Director Ajaz Bhat here on Saturday. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “The first step is to complete the reservations across the Valley and the Jammu division,” Nanda said, adding: “We are getting everything ready and hope to hold the elections by the end of September.” Kansal said that day-time restrictions have now been lifted from 69 police stations across the Valley. “This is up from 50 police stations where relaxations had been lifted earlier,” he said. He said the threat of cross-border terrorism still existed and the relevant security forces were in a state of high alert to deal with any challenge.last_img read more

Steve Case Invests 40 Million in Bigcommerce a Startup Helping Other Startups

first_imgJuly 25, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals AOL co-founder and entrepreneur Steve Case is adding another hat to his already crowded head: board member of Austin, Texas-based ecommerce website Bigcommerce. Case’s investment firm Revolution Growth announced this morning that it invested $40 million in the company, which plans to use the money to promote its brand and expand its international offerings.Investing in ecommerce startups is nothing new for Case. His previous ventures include the social shopping deal site LivingSocial and the “Wheels when you want them” membership-based car rental company Zipcar.”Even though ecommerce has already grown a lot, we still have a long way to go,” Case told Reuters. “Bigcommerce has the potential to level the playing field for small businesses, giving them the same ecommerce tools that big guys like Amazon already have.”Related: Steve Case on Startups That Attract His Attention and What Kills a Deal (Video)Bigcommerce offers a highly customizable, easy-to-use platform for businesses to create online stores, including services such as marketing, social media integration and of sales. Even those business owners who might be less tech-savvy can find it easy to navigate the polished set-up process. The monthly fee for the service ranges from $24.95 to $299.95 for the feature-packed Diamond level. The differences between service levels lie in the number of products you can have in your store, the amount of storage and how many individual staff logins you have available.The funding from Revolution Growth is also expected to help Bigcommerce grow access new customers by arranging strategic partnerships with existing payments and software companies. Bigcommerce already has more than 35,000 small- and medium-size companies as customers.Case, a Hawaii native, used a surfing metaphor to explain Revolution Growth’s investment strategy to PeHUB.com. The “wave theory,” he said, holds that “sometimes, the waves are there” and sometimes, when all the factors just aren’t quite right, you have to wait for the next one.”We’re patient,” Case said. “We know waiting for that right wave makes sense.”Related: Steve Case on What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur (Video) 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Australian Team Finds New Method for Producing PET Radiotracers in Higher Radiochemical

Australian Team Finds New Method for Producing PET Radiotracers in Higher Radiochemical

first_img News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more April 28, 2017 — Researchers at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) have led the development of a new method for producing positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracers. The discovery utilizes the transition metal rhenium to promote fluorine-18 radiolabelling under aqueous, low temperature conditions. The method circumvents the need for dry conditions, and purification steps, which saves time and gives PET radiotracers in very high yields. Fluorine-18, the most commonly used radioisotope in PET imaging, must be attached to vectors in order to diagnose disease. The best example is where fluorine-18 is attached to glucose in order to make [18F]FDG for cancer imaging.This new method has the potential to improve production of PET radiotracers like FDG, but also facilitate development of new radiotracers by allowing previously challenging vectors to be radiolabelled in high yields under mild conditions.  Because a radiotracer decays, radio-synthesis needs to be performed quickly, efficiently and in high yield, so there is enough radiotracer to scan all patients at a PET medical center.  “Improving methods for incorporation of fluorine-18 has been a longstanding challenge for the radiotracer community. This research is the first example of a rhenium promoted radio-fluorination, an unprecedented, exciting discovery in the radiochemistry field,” said senior author Benjamin Fraser, M.D., Radiotracer Method and Organic Chemistry Task leader at ANSTO.Fraser explained that a rhenium complex was selected because of its potential for development as a dual modality PET/optical imaging agent. PET allows diagnosis of tumor location and then optical luminescence guides surgical removal of the tumor.“The choice of rhenium proved fortuitous for the incorporation of F-18 and was good example of ‘chance favoring the prepared mind’ as the result was not predicted but very significant,” said Fraser.“It’s also important that the reaction can be done in water, as this simplifies subsequent formulation of the radiotracer in saline for injection into a patient in a clinical setting,” he added.The study involved the use of microfluidic technologies that had several advantages for the investigation. Giancarlo Pascali, M.D., co-senior investigator on the project who is based at the Camperdown cyclotron facility, supervised the radiochemistry work under microfluidic radiolabelling conditions.“Microfluidic technologies allowed us to optimize all the reaction parameters very quickly, such as temperature, time, solvent and additives. We can optimize a given radiolabelling reaction in only three days, which under normal conditions would take one month to complete.Another benefit of microfluidics is that we work with only very small amounts of radioactivity,” said Fraser.Fraser points out that at this stage the radiotracer has not been tested for use with PET. “The next step is working on conjugating the tracer to new biological vectors, but also applying the new rhenium method to established radiotracers. We can then also investigate its potential use as a dual modality probe,” he said.A large team of researchers from the Human Health and the Radioisotopes and Radiotracers platform at ANSTO, Curtin University, The University of Sydney, Monash University and Western Sydney University contributed to the study, which has just been published in Chemistry – A European Journal.Ph.D. student Mitchell Klenner, who received an Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) post graduate scholarship, has been invited to present the work at The International Symposium on Radiopharmaceutical Sciences in May 2017.Klenner will receive the prestigious Wiley Award at the conference in recognition of the impact of the work. Recently he also presented the work at Innovations and Radiation Applications 2017 in Wollongong and received the industry-sponsored award for best student presentation.Fraser said, “It is fantastic to see Mitchell get due recognition for his diligent, hard work. His passion and enthusiasm for research at ANSTO is inspiring.”For more information: www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | April 28, 2017 Australian Team Finds New Method for Producing PET Radiotracers in Higher Radiochemical Yields New method utilizes transition metal rhenium to eliminate the need for dry conditions and purification steps News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more last_img read more

The Libra Coin Risks Associated with Stateless Money

The Libra Coin Risks Associated with Stateless Money

first_imgBy: Samson Williams, Board Member, Crowdfunding Professionals Association (CfPA) The purpose of this article is two-fold:— In follow up to the CfPA’s memo on Acknowledging Risk of Stablecoins in April 2019, the CfPA continues to urge Congress and our regulators to gain a greater understanding of the realities of so-called stablecoins, the financial and economic risks stablecoins may create, and to determine to what extent multi-national, global corporations have the legal standing to create money out of thin code.— Highlighting the potential risk of global corporations “printing” their own money and how that capacity may negatively impact not only the USD but also potentially undermine US global economic policy and the funding of startups and entrepreneurial businesses domestically.Like any technology, blockchain can and may be used to improve a variety of operational, identity, security and technology challenges that the future of digital banking, businesses and society face. Blockchain technology is also poised to create new and increasingly clever methods and economies for value, commodities, assets, securities and a slew of yet-to-be-discovered financial instruments and products.However, no leap in technology and finance is ever made without risk. The risks are even more emphasized when dealing with rules that are built for previous-gen technologies.  As policymakers and stewards of the current and future digital economy and ecosystem, we have an obligation to our constituents and the global banking and finance community to guide the growth and adoption of emerging Fintech in a safe and sound manner.To that end, three areas that have the potential for regulatory and compliance issues arise from Facebook’s Libra Coin:What is the Libra Coin? Based on the concept of a “stablecoin,” Facebook proposes to launch a “global currency.” However, with no standard definition or regulatory framework for defining what a “stablecoin” is, many questions arise, such as:— What risks are associated with stablecoins?— Who will bear those risks?— What happens in the event that Facebook’s stablecoin turns out to suffer the same volatility of traditional fiat currencies?— Most importantly, is Facebook’s Libra Coin a currency…just because Facebook says so?— How does Libra coin intend to generate returns on the reserves?— What are some of the tax implications that Libra will face?Understanding the nature of so-called stablecoins and the associated risks should be a priority for regulators. In addition to a clear definition of stablecoins and what “qualifies” to be classified as a stablecoin, consumers also need to understand the implications of using stablecoins and the Libra Coin.— Is the Libra Coin a commodity?— Is it an asset?— Is the Libra Coin property, on par with other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin?— How is the Libra Coin treated from a tax perspective?— Will Libra Coins be FDIC insurable?We urge regulators and lawmakers to take the time to understand the potential implications if even a small percentage of the three billion Facebook users, adopt Libra Coin as a currency.What is the Libra Reserve? According to Facebook’s Libra White Paper, the Libra Reserve is a Swiss-based entity who will issue the Libra Coin. This entity and concept creates a very simple question,— “Does a foreign-based corporation have the standing to create its own sovereign currency?”This is a simple question which will have serious ramifications as the creation and use of digital currencies and cryptocurrencies created by stateless, multinational corporations increase in frequency and use. Today, it is Facebook. Tomorrow, could it be Huawei?Facebook’s take on Crowdfunding and Access to Capital.  We believe that many more people should have access to financial services and to cheap capital. (Page 2 of Libra White Paper). How will the Libra Coin and a global audience impact equity and debt crowdfunding in the USA? This is to be seen. However, in Facebook’s own words, Know Your Customer checks will not be required to hold Libra Coin.Again, we encourage further exploration and discovery to allow regulators, industry partners and consumers to better understand the full potential impact of allowing a private corporation to mint money, under its own direction. We specifically encourage the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, as well as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to take an active leadership role in understanding the full implications of the Libra Coin on regulated crowdfunding in the USA and globally.ConclusionFacebook is pushing the envelope of stateless money, blockchain technology and emerging financial instruments. As Facebook and other private organizations seek to innovate, we implore regulators and lawmakers to enable innovation in as safe, sound and responsible manner as possible.To do this, consumers, industry stakeholders and regulators must have the fundamental questions posed above answered. Unlike Pandora’s box, regulators have the means of intervening for the benefit of the global community and getting these fundamental questions answered before it’s too late. We encourage you to do so now and without delay.Special thanks to the following individuals for providing their expertise and insights into drafting this memo:Maureen Murat, Esq., Of Counsel, Cogent Law Group, mmurat@cogentlaw.coOlta Andoni, Esq., Head of Blockchain Practice at Ziliak Law, LLC, Oandoni@ziliak.comSamson Williams, Adjunct Professor, UNH School of Law, samson.williams@law.unh.eduAnne (Adamson) Veerpalu, Estonia Legal Hackers, anne@veerpalu.eeCrowdfunding Professionals Association (CfPA.org)last_img read more

Feel like writing a blog

Feel like writing a blog

first_imgFrom the Snakeman who talks about his slithering and deadly friends HERE, to the pros and cons of the Heavy Metal scene HERE.Maybe you just need to know if the mushrooms you picked are okay HERE?It’s all there, but more importantly, have you got something to say, are you a budding poet or a fundi on all things Harry Potter?Then email me with your submission to the EDITOR. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite We have just the place for you. Our Blogs section is filled with a wide variety of reader-written stories and opinions.last_img read more

Remember how Michigan State beat Michigan A Florida HS won a

Remember how Michigan State beat Michigan A Florida HS won a

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Except it didn’t quite work out as planned.After taking the first knee, Hillel’s quarterback tossed the ball in the air in celebration, drawing a delay of game penalty – and more importantly stopping the clock – as the refs had to chase the ball down. On second and third down, Palmer Trinity was able to use their two remaining timeouts to force the punt with 15 seconds left on the clock. Palmer Trinity was down 12-15 at the time.That’s where things got interesting.What ensued was almost a direct replica of how Michigan State beat Michigan a few weeks ago at the Big House. The similarities are absolutely uncanny.Watching the snap bounce around in the backfield is almost painful to watch, then you see a Palmer Trinity player scoops it up and score to get the win 18-15.“Oh my God. I was on the sideline just praying,” Palmer Trinity head coach Rudy Fernandez told the Miami Herald. “We needed a miracle, and we got one. All season long we’ve preached play to the last whistle, and [Thursday] it paid off. Something like this is huge for our program. We lost 13 players to injury and kept fighting through it. We had 11 freshmen out on that field, and I don’t know how many varsity football teams can say that.”Read more about how the play unfolded here.(H/T MaxPreps for the video) If you were a fan of the endings of the Michigan State vs. Michigan and Georgia Tech vs. Florida games the past few weeks, you’re going to love this one from a high school championship game down in Florida.It all went down last Thursday in a Florida Independent Football Conference title game at Palmer Trinity (FL) high’s Brockway Field against Scheck Hillel HS (FL). The finish has already earned the nickname “The Miracle at Brockway”.To get a full grasp of the situation, allow me to set the scene. Following an interception with 38 seconds left, Hillel had possession of the ball and since Palmer Trinity only had two timeouts, they planned to kneel it, make Palmer use the timeouts, and head home with the win.last_img read more