SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s top firefighter says the state’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas.Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott leaves his job Friday after 30 years with the agency.He tells The Associated Press that government and residents must act differently to protect lives and property from fires that now routinely threaten large populations.That may mean rethinking subdivisions in thickly forested areas or homes along Southern California canyons lined with tinder-dry chaparral.Residents should train themselves to respond more quickly to warnings and be prepared to shelter in place if they can’t outrun the flames.Communities should prepare commercial or public buildings as fire evacuation centres with the expectation hundreds may shelter there.Don Thompson, The Associated Press
October 4, 2019
Most actively traded companies on the TSX AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,613.32, up 154.63 points):Coro Mining Corp. (TSX:COP). Miner. Unchanged at three cents on 13.5 million shares.U3O8 Corp. (TSX:UWE). Miner. Up one cent, or 28.57 per cent, to 4.5 cents on 11.5 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Down 10 cents, or 2.62 per cent, to $3.71 on 10.3 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 35 cents, or 12.68 per cent, to $2.41 on 9.6 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 50 cents, or 10.02 per cent, to $4.49 on 8.9 million shares.Semafo Inc. (TSX:SMF). Miner. Down 21 cents, or 7.09 per cent, to $2.75 on 6.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO). Oil and gas. Up $2.42, or 4.67 per cent, to $54.23 on 923,541 shares. The company reported a 45 per cent jump in quarterly profit to $936 million or $1.10 a share, up from $647 million, or 76 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 12.4 per cent to $9.66 billion. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 31, 2014 3:11 pm MDT
October 2, 2019
The United Nations has launched an online platform that will allow countries to share their post-conflict transition experiences, and learn from policies and peacebuilding strategies put in place by nations who have undergone similar changes.“Peacebuilding requires great flexibility, and approaches tailored to a given situation. Civilian capacities are crucially important, and we are taking steps to be able to deploy the right experts to the right place at the right time,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a news release on the platform, CAPMATCH.Open to both government and non-government organizations, and part of the UN Civilian Capacities Initiative launched last year, CAPMATCH aims to capture diverse experiences, in particular from the global South, according to the Office of the UN Civilian Capacities Project. The first participants include Indonesia, South Africa, Morocco, Brazil, Egypt, Benin, Kenya, Thailand and Nigeria – as well as organizations from Norway, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland, which maintain networks of skilled individuals from both North and South. The principle underlying the platform is one of equal partnership between countries, recognising that there is no single model for institution-building, and that countries may want to look at several different types of experience and adapt these to their own national contexts.Initial examples of how the platform is being used include Liberia requesting support in implementing its national capacity development strategy, Cote d’Ivoire offering to share its experience of its first post-conflict election process while also asking for further external exchanges to continue to build the functions of its independent electoral commission, and Timor- Leste offering its experience in public finances and oil revenue management, while also requesting expertise in vocational training and job creation.“I believe CAPMATCH will make a real difference,” said the Special Adviser and Assistant Secretary-General for Civilian Capacities, Sarah Cliffe, in a news release. “I am delighted that such a broad range of Member States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), two thirds of them from the global South, have already signed up. I encourage more government agencies and civil society organizations to take part – the broader the participation, the more useful CAPMATCH will be.”The UN is seeking to involve a wide range of partners, including government agencies with specialized sectoral experience, NGOs, and diaspora associations.
October 2, 2019
After 25 years of service at Brock’s James A. Gibson Library, Marcie Jacklin is retiring. She has worked with countless students and colleagues over the years, most recently as Liaison Librarian to Biological Sciences, the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Tourism Management, and Sustainability Science and Society.Jacklin’s contributions to the Brock community will be celebrated at a retirement reception on Friday, June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the upper level of Pond Inlet.A suggested contribution of $10 towards the event and a gift can be given to Jennifer Thiessen (ST1130) or Laura Birkett in the University Librarian’s office.Attendees are asked to RSVP to Thiessen at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 16.
September 22, 2019
Read: Junior Minister Brian Hayes is running for EuropeRead: Nessa Childers will run in Dublin in effort to retain European Parliament seat Hayes is currently a Minister of State at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform with responsibility for the Office of Public Works. He said he will remain in these positions, but not draw a salary during the campaign. Only if Hayes is elected to the European Parliament will he be required to vacate his Dáil seat, triggering a by-election in the constituency where he has been a TD since 2007 having previously lost his seat in 2002.The 44-year-old also praised party leader and Taoiseach Enda Kenny saying “he gave me the best possible Minister of State job going”. He dismissed suggestions his European bid was influenced by the perception he would not be appointed to Cabinet having been part of an attempted heave against Kenny in 2010. “I think some people think that the European Parliament in Brussels is some kind of outer Mongolia,” he said. FINE GAEL JUNIOR Minister Brian Hayes has confirmed he intends to seek his party’s nomination to run for the European Parliament in Dublin later this year.The Dublin South West deputy said that he feels a “responsibility” to retain to retain the seat currently held by Gay Mitchell who is stepping down in May. Hayes’s decision brings an need to long-running speculation that he would seek the nomination.“I love Fine Gael, I joined the party not because my mother or father was a member or a TD but because I believe in what the party stands for,” he said at a media gathering outside Leinster House this morning.Though he said that he intends to serve a full five-year term if he is elected in May, he would not rule out the possibility of returning to domestic politics before the end of the term.“My intention is to serve the five years. I don’t see a scenario where I will be standing in the next election, but who knows,” he said adding “who knows what’s going to happen in the future”.
September 21, 2019
Dr Theo Gazos – of the Predictive Analytics Group – will be presenting an Economic Update at the first HACCI Delphi Bank Business Forum for 2014.The forum will take place on Tuesday 25 February at 6.30 pm at the Intercontinental Melbourne, The Rialto, 495 Collins Street, Melbourne. Contact the HACCI office at email@example.com or on (03) 9602 2977 to confirm your attendance. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
September 19, 2019
By Sulayman BahKabafita United are demoted in the ongoing Brikama Nawettan despite rolling over Real de Busumbala on a 2-1 score.Both teams are out of the championship after finishing on an unprepossessing note in their group.Sky Power over the weekend slugged out a two-all stalemate with Amsa. Amsa snatched the lead firing two goals before Sky Power launched successful come-from-behind effort to force a 2-2 draw.Scovill and Yarambamba settled on a similar score in what was a rescheduled game.Eslewhere in Manjai, Sanchaba United bit the dust to Fillan on a 2-0 score whilst Giants got the better of Lemon on a slender 1-0 margin. Campeh Bi also sashayed past Dahaba on a similar score. ]]>
September 17, 2019
Related Items:fsc, governor peter beckingham, kevin higgins, steve johnson Recommended for you Turks & Caicos: FSC: Over 1000 companies unregistered, first deadline two weeks away Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – A review of the Financial Services Commission authorized by the Governor has revealed that FSC Managing Director, Kevin Higgins has too much work on his hands, that he should get a Deputy and delegate more. His Excellency Peter Beckingham is generally pleased by the review carried out by Steve Johnson, a former Treasury official and adviser to Overseas Territories. Johnson commented that it was also concerning that there is no head of Insurance for the FSC, the post having been vacant since 2013. There was also a recommendation in that Executive Summary, which was provided by the Governor’s Office that clearer objectives need be set and information better distributed. I quote Johnson now: Drawing together existing internal FSC planning processes into an annual business planning exercise would assist the Board in setting direction. And the decision making process would be improved if well-structured papers were routinely circulated to Board members in advance of Board meetings…” Other suggestions are higher pay for some staff and the board, restructuring of some fees, an annual report to the Cabinet and quarterly meetings with the the industry. That Review of the Financial Services Commission report was presented by Governor Beckingham to FSC Chairman, Sir Eroll Allen and Director Kevin Higgins on February 10, 2015. More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again FSC confirms staff changes at ScotiaBank TCI, Emergency executives brought in
September 16, 2019
The American Soybean Association (ASA) was proud to join the agriculture industry as we celebrated National Agriculture Day this week. The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) started National Ag Day in 1973 to spread awareness and support the industry.Each day out in their fields, farmers work to provide the food, fiber and fuel for our communities. When they meet with lawmakers on The Hill, they’re taking steps to advance agriculture for the future. This week, that work was in the spotlight, but it’s important to remember and share those messages throughout the year.How do you spread awareness about agriculture?Click here for some tips on how ASA Advocacy Communication Team member Dave Walton, a farmer from Iowa, advocates for agriculture.
September 14, 2019
Carpenter, of Nikiski maintained the lead by a mere 12 votes to challenger Ogle, also of Nikiski. The division will hold a recount for House District 29’s on Friday, September 7. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State of Alaska Division of Elections will be conducting a recount of ballots cast for Alaska Republican Party Primary candidates Wayne Ogle and Benjamin Carpenter of House District 29. Yesterday, the division received a petition signed by fifteen qualified voters of House District 29 requesting a recount of the Alaska Republican Party Primary. Since the difference between the number of votes cast was 20 or less, the division will cover the cost of a recount. Candidate Shawn Butler, running in House District 29’s Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party, Alaskan Independence Party (ADL) Primary ran uncontested.
August 31, 2019
The scanning electron micrograph at left shows an overview of the silicon track, designed to coax the bacteria into moving in a uniform direction around the circular tracks. In the center, two cells glide along the wall in the track. The illustration at right of a circular track shows how the bacteria bind to and pull the rotor. Image credit: Yuichi Hiratsuka, et al. A new motor designed by scientists from Japan offers the best of both worlds: the living and the non-living. The group built a hybrid micromachine that is powered by gliding bacteria which travels on an inorganic silicon track and pushes a silicon dioxide rotor. The combination takes advantage of the precise engineering of synthetic devices along with the efficient energy conversion and potential for self-repair of biological systems. “Originally, we were studying the basic science of biological motors, so we routinely observed the motilities of motor proteins or bacterial or eukaryotic cells under a microscope,” said Hiratsuka. “Those graceful motilities driven by biological motors were so attractive and we started thinking of creating hybrid devices that integrate inorganic materials and biological materials. Several years ago, we succeeded in developing a system in which microtubules powered by the kinesin motor move in one direction in circular micro tracks [Ref#1 in paper]. As a natural continuation of this work, we attempted to make a micro rotary motor driven by the kinesin-microtubule system. But this turned out to be rather difficult due to technical problems. Meanwhile, we saw a presentation by Prof. (Makoto) Miyata of Osaka City Univ., who is now our close collaborator, showing a movie of mycoplasma cells gliding unidirectionally on glass surfaces. It immediately occurred to us that we should be able to make micro rotary motors if we used these bacterial cells instead of the kinesin-microtubule system.”Although Hiratsuka’s group used a slower-moving mutant strain of M. mobile for binding purposes in this study, they observed significant results on the premier run. Once the bacteria reached the circular tracks, the rotors began moving within minutes at rates of up to 2.6 rpm. Even though they could not observe the number of cells pushing the rotors in this set-up, the scientists estimated that only a few cells are needed to drive motion. Further, the team predicts that improving the directional uniformity of the bacteria, as well as increasing the sialic acid content on the track, are achievable goals that will allow more cells to drive a larger number of rotors at a higher rpm.Hiratsuka et al. also proposed in their study genetically engineering M. mobile for stronger binding to the track and rotors, as well as adding chemicals to the bacteria that urge the cells to move in a uniform direction with chemical clues. In order to avoid potential biohazards, however, the scientists also considered an interesting alternative stemming from the work of scientists Uenoyama and Miyata: M. mobile “ghosts,” which are not alive due to partial membrane dissolution, but still demonstrate gliding.Citation: Hiratsuka, Yuichi, Miyata, Makoto, Tada, Tetsuya and Uyeda, Taro Q. P. “A microrotary motor powered by bacteria.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. vol. 103. no. 37. 13618-13623.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Yuichi Hiratsuka and his colleagues used a species of bacteria called Mycoplasma mobile to power their micromechanical motor. M. mobile, which has micrometer-sized cell body that glides continuously over solid surfaces, can move at speeds of up to 5 micrometers per second. Scientists aren’t sure what causes the bacteria to move, other than that several proteins are involved, but Hiratsuka’s group was still able to take advantage of the gliding ability by using entire M. mobile cells. The whole cells have been observed to work “more efficiently and intelligently” than nature’s smaller motor machines (e.g., proteins and molecules), the scientists reported.”Mycoplasma is just one example of microorganisms with interesting and potentially useful properties,” Hiratsuka told PhysOrg.com. “For instance, there is a gliding bacterium that moves using energy provided by photosynthesis. Chlamyodomonas swim toward light (phototaxis), and Dictyostelium amoeba crawl toward a specific chemical substance (chemotaxis). Though there is no way we can predict what exciting micro devices will result from these organisms, for mycoplasma, we can suggest using it as a micro pump in a microTAS. This would eliminate the need for external pumps and pipes, becoming a ‘true’ on-chip device. We might also construct electric generator systems, which convert abundant chemical energy, glucose in the body, into electric energy. In far future plans, we would like to make micro-robots driven by biological motors, which could move around and do mechanical work in the micrometer world.” The mycoplasma-driven motor consists of a square central basin where the M. mobile are deposited. As the pear-shaped cells glide throughout the square, they eventually reach a side and move along it until approaching an entrance to one of four circular tracks. The entrance ways ensure that a majority of bacteria glide in the same direction around the tracks, which are each fitted with rotors that have protrusions in the track to allow the bacteria to bind to and pull the rotors (see figure).Although an efficiently simple design, the tiny size of the motor (e.g., each rotor is 20 micrometers in diameter) required special fabrication techniques. M. mobile cells require sialic proteins (in this case, fetuin was used) to glide over solid surfaces. The scientists created a top layer of gold on the silicon track, and then deposited the sialic-acid-containing fetuin on selected lithographic micropatterns to compel the desired movement of the bacteria. Explore further Citation: New motor first to be powered by living bacteria (2006, October 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-10-motor-powered-bacteria.html Growth failure in preterm infants tied to altered gut bacteria This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
August 30, 2019
Register Now » Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade.Tom McGuire, who heads the project, said he and a small team had been working on fusion energy at Lockheed’s secretive Skunk Works for about four years, but were now going public to find potential partners in industry and government for their work.Initial work demonstrated the feasibility of building a 100-megawatt reactor measuring seven feet by 10 feet, which could fit on the back of a large truck, and is about 10 times smaller than current reactors, McGuire told reporters.In a statement, the company, the Pentagon’s largest supplier, said it would build and test a compact fusion reactor in less than a year, and build a prototype in five years.In recent years, Lockheed has gotten increasingly involved in a variety of alternate energy projects, including several ocean energy projects, as it looks to offset a decline in U.S. and European military spending.Lockheed’s work on fusion energy could help in developing new power sources amid increasing global conflicts over energy, and as projections show there will be a 40 percent to 50 percent increase in energy use over the next generation, McGuire said.If it proves feasible, Lockheed’s work would mark a key breakthrough in a field that scientists have long eyed as promising, but which has not yet yielded viable power systems. The effort seeks to harness the energy released during nuclear fusion, when atoms combine into more stable forms.”We can make a big difference on the energy front,” McGuire said, noting Lockheed’s 60 years of research on nuclear fusion as a potential energy source that is safer and more efficient than current reactors based on nuclear fission.Lockheed sees the project as part of a comprehensive approach to solving global energy and climate change problems.Compact nuclear fusion would produce far less waste than coal-powered plants since it would use deuterium-tritium fuel, which can generate nearly 10 million times more energy than the same amount of fossil fuels, the company said.Ultra-dense deuterium, an isotope of hydrogen, is found in the earth’s oceans, and tritium is made from natural lithium deposits.It said future reactors could use a different fuel and eliminate radioactive waste completely.McGuire said the company had several patents pending for the work and was looking for partners in academia, industry and among government laboratories to advance the work.Lockheed said it had shown it could complete a design, build and test it in as little as a year, which should produce an operational reactor in 10 years, McGuire said. A small reactor could power a U.S. Navy warship, and eliminate the need for other fuel sources that pose logistical challenges.U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers run on nuclear power, but they have large fission reactors on board that have to be replaced on a regular cycle.”What makes our project really interesting and feasible is that timeline as a potential solution,” McGuire said.Lockheed shares fell 0.6 percent to $175.02 amid a broad market selloff.(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe) This story originally appeared on Reuters Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 15, 2014 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
August 29, 2019
Wi-Fi Intel UHD 620 GPU SSD Review 63302 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches Intel Core i5-8265U processor Graphics Card Secondary Hard Drive Type 128GB SSD Specifications CPU One-year limited warranty Highest Available Resolution RAM 8GB 1920 x 1080 Hard Drive Type Hard Drive Size Bluetooth RAM Upgradable to Native Resolution The latest HP Pavilion x360 borders right on the edge of a premium laptop, offering a strong processor, comfortable keyboard and a good pair of Bang & Olufsen speakers for $749 (starting at $499). This device would be a top-notch mainstream laptop if it wasn’t for its short battery life and dull display. Despite that, the Pavilion x360 is a decent machine for the price.article continued below Price and Configuration Options The Pavilion x360 that I tested costs $749 (on sale for $524 at Best Buy at the time of writing) and comes outfitted with an Intel Core i5-8265U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and a 1920 x 1080 panel. The base model runs for $499 and drops to a Core i3-8145U processor and a 1366 x 768 display. Meanwhile, the $899 model jam-packs a Core i5-8265U CPU, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 1920 x 1080 screen. Design The hood of the Pavilion x360 is slathered in a warm gold paint, and stamped at the center is a reflective HP logo. The edges of the hood and the deck curve outward and then inward as they meet each other, creating an hourglass design that surrounds the Pavilion x360. There’s also a Pavilion logo on the hinge of the laptop. Opening the Pavilion x360 reveals a slightly more silver tone on the deck, a carved out section for the keyboard at the center, and a vent grill for the Bang & Olufsen speakers just above it. There’s also a fingerprint reader to the right of the touchpad. Thankfully, the bezels on the display are relatively slim. Folding the Pavilion x360 into tent and then tablet mode reveals that the bottom and top parts don’t exactly line up. But the bottom is at least magnetic, so it stayed in one position nicely. At 3.6 pounds and 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches, the Pavilion x360 is a bit of a chunker compared to the competition. The Acer Spin 3 comes in at 3.6 pounds and 13.2 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches, while the Huawei MateBook D weighs in at 3.4 pounds and 12.7 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches. The 13-inch alternative, the Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA, checks in at 2.7 pounds and 11.9 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches. Ports There are a decent number of ports on the Pavilion x360, including one USB 3.0 port, a headphone jack, the power button and a security-lock slot, all on the left side. Meanwhile, the right side features the power jack, an HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port, one USB Type-C port and an SD card slot. Display The Pavilion x360’s 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 display is a little on the dull side. And while the screen is relatively bright, its glossy texture makes it a little frustrating to look at. Karen Gillian’s red top looked drained in the Jumanji: Next Level trailer on the Pavilion x360’s panel. When Gillian was kicking ass in what looked like a dining area, I could see most of the surrounding furnishings, but only at a certain angle, as there was significant glare. Despite that, the display is sharp enough that I spotted the stitching in Jack Black’s hat. According to our colorimeter, the Pavilion x360 panel covered 61% of the sRGB color gamut, which is duller than the 76% mainstream laptop average, not to mention the Spin 3 (69%), the MateBook D (73%) and the ZenBook 13 (115%). MORE: The Laptops with the Brightest Displays: Guide At 261 nits, the Pavilion x360’s panel is brighter than the category average (253 nits), as well as the Spin 3 (237 nits), the MateBook D (230 nits) and the ZenBook 13 (225 nits). Keyboard and Touchpad Typing on the Pavilion x360’s keyboard is immensely satisfying. The keys aren’t snappy, but they feel smooth and require a decent amount of force and travel before they hit the bottom. I sped through 74 words per minute on the 10FastFingers.com typing test, which is faster than my current 70-wpm average. The keys traveled at 1.4 millimeters, which is on the cusp of our preferred 1.5 to 2.0 mm range, and they required a solid 70 grams of force to actuate. Typing on the Pavilion x360’s keyboard is immensely satisfying. The Pavilion x360’s touchscreen panel was responsive as I drew a crude painting of a sunset (a.k.a. five blue lines on top, five green lines on the bottom, and an orange circle at the center – perfection). The 4.3 x 2.1-inch touchpad has a semi-matte texture that’s not as comfortable as the ones installed on the EliteBook line, but it works fine. The pad has Windows Precision drivers, so it handled Windows 10 gestures, such as three-finger tabbing and two-finger scrolling, nicely. Audio The Pavilion x360’s top-firing Bang & Olufsen speakers are surprisingly good for a sub-$800 laptop. While the speakers could have been slightly louder, they were able to carry Missio’s “I See You” throughout a small office. The opening vocals, combined with the keyboard notes, roped me into the moment. And when the drum beats dropped, I could feel the weight of the bass. The overall sound could be brighter, but I’ve heard worse speakers on $2,000-plus machines. MORE: 5 Tips for Quality Notebook Audio The audio benefits from the Bang & Olufsen audio app, which includes presets for Music, Movie and Voice. Within those settings are dials for bass, treble and dialog clarity, as well as a full equalizer. Performance Armed with an Intel Core i5-8265U processor and 8GB of RAM, the Pavilion x360 juggled 30 Google Chrome tabs and four 1080p YouTube videos simultaneously without a sweat. On the Geekbench 4.1 overall performance test, the Pavilion x360 scored 12,495, which is just above the 9,482 mainstream laptop average. It couldn’t get past the Spin 3’s Core i5-8250U (13,203) or the ZenBook 13’s Core i5-8265U (15,110), but it was faster than the MateBook D’s AMD Ryzen 5 2500U (8,845). MORE: Best and Worst Laptop Brands The Pavilion x360 transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in 21 minutes and 59 seconds on our HandBrake benchmark, which may seem long, but it’s a lot quicker than the category average (31:19). However, the Spin 3 (21:09), the MateBook D (21:30) and the ZenBook 13 (20:48) all finished faster. HP’s 128GB SSD copied 4.97GB of data in 41 seconds, translating to 124 MBps, which is only slightly faster than the average mainstream laptop (119 MBps). The MateBook D’s 256GB SSD (110 MBps) is a little slower, and the Spin 3’s 256GB SSD (145 MBps) ramps up some speed, while the ZenBook 13’s 256GB SSD (424 MBps) breaks the sound barrier in comparison. Graphics Packed with an Intel UHD 620 GPU, the Pavilion x360 scored 71,938 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics benchmark, which surpassed the mainstream laptop average (61,258) as well as the performance from the Spin 3’s Intel UHD 620 (61,440) and the MateBook D’s Radeon Vega 8 (63,302). However, the ZenBook 13’s Intel UHD 620 (80,655) outdid the competition. In real-world testing, the Pavilion x360 ran the Dirt 3 benchmark at 26 frames per second, which is nearly half of the category average (43 fps), not to mention below the 30-fps minimum for playability. On top of that, the Spin 3 (47 fps), the MateBook D (65 fps) and the ZenBook 13 (59 fps) all performed above average. Battery Life Unfortunately, the Pavilion x360 doesn’t have stellar battery life. After it continuously surfed the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the battery survived for 6 hours and 17 minutes, which is just below the 6:39 mainstream laptop average. Unfortunately, the Pavilion x360 doesn’t have stellar battery life. While the Pavilion comes close to the average, its runtime was destroyed by the Spin 3 (9:12), the MateBook D (9:16) and the ZenBook 13 (11:28). Webcam While the Pavilion x360’s 720p shooter isn’t as grainy as most webcams, it still struggled to reveal the detail in my hair and beard. The camera caught the red, white and blue in my shirt, but not the pink, green or yellow. Not to mention that it succumbed to the flair of the ceiling lights, so half of the ceiling was washed out. Heat The Pavilion x360 performed well under pressure. After it streamed a 15-minute, 1080p video, the hottest underside got was 91 degrees Fahrenheit, which is well within our 95-degree comfort zone. The center of the keyboard and touchpad came in at 85 and 80 degrees, respectively. Software and Warranty There are several HP-branded utilities in the Pavilion x360, including HP JumpStart (a tutorial for Windows 10), HP Support Assistant (updates HP device drivers), HP Smart (tracks printing status), and HP PC Hardware Diagnostics (provides system information and tests). There’s also HP CoolSense, which can automatically adjust performance and fan settings to offset heat. There’s also a ton of Windows 10 bloatware, including Candy Crush Saga, Gardenscapes and Asphalt Street Storm Racing. The Pavilion x360 comes with a one-year limited warranty. See how HP performed on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands ranking. Bottom Line The HP Pavilion x360 ($749) is a solid mainstream laptop in that it offers commendable performance, a satisfying keyboard, and some bangin’ speakers. But it’s tough to get over its short battery life and dull display, especially when you’re paying close to premium prices. For $850, you can get the ZenBook 13, which features a more premium design, stronger performance and a battery that’ll let you stay online for more than 11 hours. But overall, the Pavilion x360 is a decent laptop if you can deal with its short battery life. 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August 27, 2019
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 January 25, 2011 — Royal Philips Electronics has announced CE marking for the industry’s first commercially available whole-body positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance (PET/MR) imaging system, the Ingenuity TF PET/MR. The system is pending 510(k) and not available for sale in the U.S.The new system, being launched as the first new Philips modality in 10 years, integrates the molecular imaging capabilities of PET with the superior soft tissue contrast of MR to image disease cells as they proliferate in soft tissue. Since the Ingenuity TF PET and MR scanners are placed only three meters apart and the patient table rotates to allow the patient to be scanned by each modality, the system can also acquire separate PET and MR images.Clinicians anticipate using the Ingenuity TF PET/MR to screen patients at high-risk for heart disease to ultimately treat diseased cells prior to the formation of dangerous coronary plaques. The system may also be used to scan patients to detect tumor formation/recurrence. Since the Ingenuity TF PET/MR provides the best of Astonish TF PET and 3T MR, it is also possible to track whether a drug is reaching a tumor or plaque and monitor efficacy on a potential cellular level. In addition to greater visualization of disease process, the system can also produce up to 70% less ionizing radiation than PET/CT. 1, 2The University Hospital of Geneva houses Europe’s first combined whole-body PET/MR system. Professor Zahi Fayad, professor of radiology and medicine (cardiology), and director, Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, N.Y., and Prof. Joerg Steinbach, Director, Institute of Radiopharmacy, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), Dresden, Germany, also installed the Ingenuity TF PET/MR. In 2011, additional installations are expected worldwide.For more information: www.philips.com/newscenter1 Brix G, Lechel U, Glatting G, Ziegler SI, Munzing W, Muller SP, et al. Radiation exposure of patients undergoing whole-body dual-modality 18F-FDG PET/CT examinations. J Nucl Med 2005;46:608-13.2 Brix G, Beyer T. PET/CT: dose-escalated image fusion?, Nuklearmedizin 2005;44:S51-57. 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Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more 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 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. 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August 17, 2019
Berlin – City of Cool Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Frankfurt – City of Art Hamburg – City by the Sea Magic Cities Germany has revealed new slogans for each of the 11 German cities it markets.The purpose of the new slogans was to allow for differentiation between each of the German cities and increase the number of arrivals to member cities. According to Magic Cities Germany, most international visitors to Germany spend at least one night in one of the 11 Magic Cities and in 2010, the cities accumulated over 23.5 million international overnight stays. From 2012 to 2014 Magic Cities will re-focus its international marketing campaigns towards Australia, China, Brazil and India. The new slogans for each of the 11 cities are as follows; Berlin – City of CoolCologne – City of Exuberance Dresden – City of CultureDusseldorf – City of FashionFrankfurt – City of ArtHamburg – City by the SeaHannover – City of InnovationLeipzig – City of MusicMunich – City of TraditionNuremberg – City of HistoryStuttgart – City of Cars
August 17, 2019
With the number of Chinese visitors to Australia doubling in the past four years, Tourism Australia has predicted the annual expenditure by Chinese visitors will reach AUD $13 billion per year by 2020, attributed to rising incomes and close proximity.The latest official figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics have shown a significant jump in visitors from Asia, driving the strongest annual growth in tourist arrival numbers since 2000, and although the growth rate out of China has been slower in recent years, it is on its way to surpass New Zealand as Australia’s primary source market within the next four years, the Financial Review reported.In 2013, Australia welcomed 709,300 visitor arrivals from China, an increase of 14.4 percent on the previous year, with a spend of around AUD $4.7 billion.The lower Australian dollar, which is expected to remain at lower levels for the rest of the year, combined with a recovering global economy and low-cost carriers are attributed to the inbound tourism sector improving.Furthermore, the Chinese-Australian communities throughout Australian cities as well as the appeal of overseas education and Australia’s green reputation are all key influencing factors for the growth.As more Chinese visitors opt for being independent tourists over group tours, Tourism Australia launched a program last month with China-based travel agencies to sell high quality holiday packages, as part of its strategy to attract more higher-spending Chinese visitors looking for higher quality experiences.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich
August 17, 2019
The Chatwal San Miguel de Allende-Mexico, South Winery ViewDream Hotel Group signs luxury hotel in MexicoAnnounces plans to open The Chatwal San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 2020Renowned hotel and brand management company Dream Hotel Group today announced plans to launch its five-star luxury brand The Chatwal in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 2020. The latest hotel signing with Mexico-based Tamayo Desarrollos represents a major milestone for Dream Hotel Group, positioning the company as international hospitality innovators and leading the way for new growth in the region.“We are honored to partner with Alejandro Tamayo and his team in bringing The Chatwal brand to San Miguel de Allende,” said Dream Hotel Group CEO Jay Stein, “San Miguel is one of the most creative and culturally significant cities in Mexico and an ideal destination for The Chatwal flag. We’re fortunate to collaborate with visionary developers like Tamayo Desarrollos who share our ambitions to grow and develop our brands in Latin America.”Located at The Vines in San Miguel de Allende, The Chatwal San Miguel features 44 freestanding villas and 125 branded residences perched on a dramatic cliff overlooking the Laja River Valley and the world renowned UNESCO World Heritage church steeples of San Miguel de Allende, setting a new standard for luxury hospitality in the central highlands.Conceptualized by renowned architecture, planning and design firm CallisonRTKL, the highly anticipated development is nestled among 200 acres of beautiful French-imported vineyards, a world-class polo club with unrivaled spa and fitness facilities and a carefully curated, farm-to-table culinary program using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients for a truly epicurean experience.“We are very excited to announce The Chatwal San Miguel de Allende as the centerpiece of this incredible development,” said Alejandro Tamayo Ibarra, CEO of Tamayo Desarrollos, S.A. de C.V. “Together, we look forward to creating a new type of luxury experience for Mexico and Latin America.”“We are thrilled to bring our luxury brand to the city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico,” said Christian Glauser-Benz, Vice President of Development, Dream Hotel Group. “The Chatwal brand is a perfect fit for this beautiful city and represents everything San Miguel has to offer – rich history and culture, exquisite architecture and design, exceptional gastronomy and a deeply romantic setting designed purely for relaxation.”A three-hour drive from Mexico City, located in the Bajio region in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico, San Miguel de Allende offers year-round spring-like climate, colorful cultural celebrations and creative gastronomy in the most spectacular natural setting. In 2008, the city and nearby sanctuary were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, chosen for its cultural significance, architectural contribution to the Mexican Baroque art and architecture movement, and the role it played in the fight for Mexican independence.Recently named “World’s Best City” in Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards 2017, San Miguel de Allende is undeniably one of Mexico’s biggest draws, attracting thousands of tourists and new residents from abroad every year.With timeless elegance at its core in architecture, design and details, Chatwal Hotels offer bespoke experiences and refined service in some of the world’s most desired locales. The Chatwal brand represents a seamless mélange of impeccable world-class interiors, serene wellness components, the finest in haute cuisine, elaborate wines, and a deep understanding of local cultures to provide guests with highly personalized and distinguished, five-star, luxury hospitality in new and emerging destinations worldwide.The signing of The Chatwal San Miguel de Allende comes on the heels of the Dream Hotel Group’s latest announcement to develop three new hotels in Latin America, Unscripted Tulum, Unscripted Belize and Dream Belize, marking a thrilling new chapter for the company.Dream Hotel Group plans to sign another 50 hotels and resorts worldwide across all its brands – Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted Hotels – over the next five years, continuing to solidify its burgeoning global portfolio.About Dream Hotel GroupDream Hotel Group is a hotel brand and management company with a rich, 30-year history of managing properties in some of the world’s most highly competitive hotel environments. Home to its Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted Hotels brands, Dream Hotel Group, encompasses three business lines: Proprietary Brands, Hotel Management, and Dining & Nightlife. The company is committed to the philosophy that forward-thinking design, service and guest experiences should be available across all market segments. Dream Hotel Group is dedicated to offering travelers an authentic connection to their chosen destination through a truly original approach. For more information, please visit www.dreamhotelgroup.com and follow @dreamhotelgroup on Twitter.Source = Dream Hotel Group
August 15, 2019
Share “”Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc.””:http://www.nwtc.com/index.html (NTC), a post-closing services provider based in Palm Harbor, Florida, has added another entry to its list of achievements: earning “”_Inc. Magazine’s_””:http://www.inc.com/profile/nationwide-title-clearing Hire Power Award for its contribution to creating more American jobs.[IMAGE]NTC took a spot in Inc.’s December 2012 Hire Power Awards list, a celebration of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. NTC earned the seventh place among real estate companies, posting three-year growth of 85 percent, including the addition of 136 new jobs.[COLUMN_BREAK]According to a release, NTC now employs 325 total workers.The company also celebrated strides made in Employ Tampa Bay, an economic initiative promoting businesses in the area to help improve employment in the region. The initiative posits that if each of the companies in the Tampa Bay area were to hire at least one additional employee, an estimated 116,000 more residents would be put to work. So far, Tampa Bay companies have added 2,425 jobs.In addition, NTC won the _Tampa Bay Times’_ Top Workplaces award two years in a row.””We strive to employ hard-working and dedicated individuals in our area who can contribute to NTC, our clients and the industry,”” said CEO John Hillman. “”It has been a rewarding experience to see the economic growth we have helped foster for both Tampa Bay and the nation.””Hillman also noted that NTC’s community service work increases with every hire as employees become involved with the company’s charity work.””Hiring more employees means higher corporate social responsibility,”” he said. “”Our volunteer activities are very important to us.”” NTC Earns ‘Hire Power’ Award for Contributions to Job Creation in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing February 27, 2013 423 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Nationwide Title Clearing Processing Service Providers 2013-02-27 Tory Barringer
August 10, 2019
RelatedMalaria, mosquitoes and how to avoid themMalaria, mosquitoes and how to avoid themFlight Geek of the Week – Wit WiechFlight Geek of the Week – Wit WiechAlternative beach holidays for summerFancy a beach holiday, but don’t want to battle through the crowds to find a good spot for your towel? We’ve rounded-up some exciting destinations that are a little off the beaten track – some in far-flung countries such as Japan and Malaysia, while others are a little closer to… Sand flyA small, often stripy, biting bug, sand flies are found across the world from New Zealand to New Delhi. Their tiny size has given them the nickname ‘no see ums’, but don’t be fooled by their petite nature; sand flies deliver a potent bite said to be several times more itchy than what the average mosquito inflicts. More seriously, they can be vectors of leishmaniasis – a potentially serious flesh-eating disease.How to avoid sand fly bitesThe wisdom is similar to the avoidance of mosquitoes and midges; cover up, wear insect repellent, burn insecticide coils and sleep under an insect net with a very fine mesh in tropical and subtropical zones where the sand fly is prevalent.TickTicks lie in wait in dense undergrowth, long grasses or ferns, waiting for mammals to brush past whereby they attach themselves to the host and begin to suck their blood. They can be found in most wooded or grassy areas throughout the world. Ticks can be carriers of small bacteria which cause Lyme disease, although the disease is relatively uncommon in the UK. It can take several days for a tick to finish feeding, during which its body swells to several times its original size, before detaching itself and dropping away from its host.How to avoid tick bitesWhen walking through suspected tick terrain, wear long sleeves and trousers, pull your socks up stylishly over your trouser legs, and apply some repellent. When you get home, do a thorough tick check of your clothing and body. If you find a tick on yourself, use a pair of tweezers to grip the head firmly, and gently twist anti-clockwise to pull the tick away, being careful not to remove the body and leave the head imbedded. So to recap: Long sleeves? Tick. Socks over trousers? Tick. Repellent? Tick. You’re all set.Bug-free holidays – 7 places with few biting insectsIf you’d prefer not to give blood to bugs, creepy crawlies and other biting insects, where can you go on holiday to avoid them? Well, unfortunately, very few places in the world are completely free of such pests, but here a few suggestions where you can largely avoid being eaten alive.1. City Breaks – although not completely devoid of insect life, you’ll generally find that most dense urban areas are less prone to plagues of ticks, midges or mosquitoes than rural zones.More: City breaks2. Head High – the ‘mosquito line’ is the altitude above which mosquitoes don’t live, so the higher you go, the further you get away from biting insects. Therefore anywhere high in the Alps, Pyrenees, Rockies, Andes etc should have a low pest count. Highland MidgeAs a company built in Scotland from webcode, the Skyscanner team are all too familiar with the mighty midge, which are estimated to cost the Scottish tourist industry many thousands every year through lost revenue. Though just a couple of millimetres long, it’s the sheer volume of these little critters trying to get their nozzles into your face, up your nose and in your ears which can make sitting outdoors unbearable at times, especially if you’re camping on the west coast of Scotland.How to avoid midge bites:Midges prefer damp, calm, overcast days, and are most active at dawn and dusk so never go outside unless it’s past late morning, before late evening, and it’s dry, windy and sunny. If you feel you must go out, smother yourself in repellent; anything containing DEET will do the job, as will the now famous Avon Skin-So-Soft – originally designed as a ladies’ bath oil, it was discovered to be effective at dissuading midges too, so much so that even the British Royal Marine Commandos use it (perhaps they just like to keep their skin soft?). Also – be sure to check the local midge forecastMosquitoFound in warm regions throughout the world, the mossie is a life-long enemy of man. At its most dangerous, it can be the vector of malaria, yellow fever, filariasis, dengue fever and Japanese B encephalitis and hence you should take all precautions to avoid being bitten in places where these diseases are prevalent. However, even in non-malaria zones, the high pitched buzz of a mossie dive bombing you is infuriating and can lead to an itchy bite, or even worse.”How to avoid mosquito bitesWhen outside, cover arms and legs, although the mossie’s long snout can penetrate loosely woven clothing. Burning mosquito coils or using plug-in vapour deterrents will help repel the little critters, as well wearing repellents with a heavy dose of DEET.Unlike the Highland midge, mossies are happy to enter indoors to get their fill of human blood and will lie in wait on walls until the lights go out and then feed on their sleeping victims. Before you go to bed, ensure windows are shut and do a thorough check of the walls and ceiling, slaughtering any mossies you find, mercilessly. Mossies, midges, no-see-ums, ticks and sand flies; many a traveller has suffered at the proboscis of these little biters, which can turn an otherwise pleasant place into an itchy nightmare.Skyscanner takes a look at some of the world’s most uncelebrated biting bugs, tells you how to avoid them, and where in (or out of) the world you can go to for an insect-free holiday, if you prefer not giving blood. 3. Go to the snow – you never hear skiers or snowboarders complaining of mosquito bites or midge attacks, so wait until winter and you can pretty much guarantee an insect-free holiday.4. Stay indoors – generally, insect attack can be avoided by remaining indoors, an ideal excuse to stay in the pub.5. Scuba dive – you won’t find biting insects under sea, so coral reefs provide a bug free zone. Unfortunately, you’ll have to come up for air eventually, and don’t forget that there exists other things that can bite you under the ocean which may be of greater concern.6. Antarctica – although Antarctica’s largest true terrestrial animal is the wingless midge (which is a whopping 6mm long) it lives among penguin colonies and is unlikely to trouble polar visitors.7. Space – the final frontier is still insect-free, though as soon as we get our first moon colony up and running, insects are likely to find their way up there too. However, space doesn’t come cheap – the Russians will take you to the International Space Station for around £15million and we’re still waiting for Virgin Galactic, the ‘world’s first space line’ to launch, though they are taking bookings; tickets start at $200,000. Unless you’re a millionaire, you may just want to settle for a bottle of insect repellent after all.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map