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Nonbinary activist savours victoryPretty amazing to see life from both sides

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – From early childhood, Gemma Hickey rebelled against wearing dresses and never felt female.It was a misfit sensation of not belonging that Hickey wants to spare other kids — starting with their birth certificates.Hickey describes as a “big victory” what happened Friday in a St. John’s courtroom that could go a long way to ease stigmas and increase acceptance for those who linger between genders.Hickey’s legal challenge of the province’s Vital Statistics Act, which allows birth certificates only to have male or female sex designations, was delayed at provincial Supreme Court in St. John’s while the province enshrines another option.Newfoundland and Labrador’s Liberal government said Thursday it will bring in legislation this fall allowing for a change of sex designation to non-binary.Hickey hopes other provinces will follow suit — only the Northwest Territories now allows gender-neutral birth certificates.“It’s a proud day for Newfoundland and Labrador,” Hickey told reporters. “We weren’t the first place in Canada to do it, but second is pretty good and I feel very happy today. I feel very validated.”Hickey was also celebrating the debut of the documentary “Just be Gemma” airing Saturday on local CBC television (Newfoundland and Labrador). It will be available for viewing online as part of CBC’s “Absolutely” documentary series.Produced by Nine Island Communications, it traces Hickey’s physical transition from female to non-binary — neither male nor female — beginning in 2015. The journey starts with testosterone shots before surgery to remove the breasts Hickey says never felt right.Hickey recalls never identifying as female, and recounts being sexually assaulted for the first time at the age of five by an older boy who lived on their street. Years later, a priest who had taken special interest in Hickey, buying presents and offering visits at his home, became an abuser.Hickey describes falling asleep one night on his couch, and awakening with him “on top of me.”“I just thought: ‘Oh my God.’ He had a cross around his neck and it would hit my face. That’s what I remember, is just the cross hitting my chin.”Hickey took that trauma and, as an adult, formed the Pathways Foundation to support survivors of clergy sexual abuse. In 2015, Hickey walked 930 kilometres across Newfoundland raising funds for the group.Hickey talks in the documentary about wanting to be called “they” rather than he or she.“It’s pretty amazing to see life from both sides, so why do I have to pick one?”It’s an awkward transition for Hickey’s mother, Lynda Hayward. She still refers at times in the film to her “daughter” but accompanies Hickey to Ontario for plastic surgery and is often seen offering support and love.Hickey’s father, too, tells Gemma: “I love you, honey,” just before Hickey has plastic surgery to remove breast tissue and create a more masculine chest. There’s a swimming scene months later at an outdoor pond.“I felt free, like I was flying,” Hickey says of the feel of water on a bare chest.Hickey’s maternal grandmother inspired the documentary’s title.“I may not want to be a girl or a boy,” Hickey recalls telling her.“Just be Gemma,” was the grandmother’s response. “That’s all any of us wants.”Under the province’s proposed changes to the Vital Statistics Act, sex information will still be collected at birth, but people 12 and older will be able to choose an ‘X’ on their birth certificate. Children aged 12 to 15 will still require a parent to apply on their behalf, with the child’s consent required.The government also said it will remove the requirement for a statement from a medical professional prior to a sex-designation change for those 16 and older. Hickey said that change is particularly important because such a prerequisite “pathologizes” gender identity.“People can decide for themselves how they choose to identify.”Those changes would short-circuit the legal fight with Hickey, who argues the Vital Statistics Act contravenes the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Hickey does not identify as solely male or female and was believed to be the first person in Canada to apply for a non-binary birth certificate.“Our rights are never given to us, so we have to fight for them,” said Hickey, who turns 41 on Oct. 1.“It’s a big victory for myself and other non-binary Canadians — particularly young people out there who are struggling with their own identity and don’t feel that they have a place.“We’re carving out that place and we’re doing that today.”Watching from the public gallery was Hickey supporter Stacey Piercey, who hopes other provinces will act soon.“It’s necessary. There’s so many gender variances and identities. It’s important to accept these kids and love these kids and make them part of our community.”Ontario’s minister of government and consumer services, Tracy MacCharles, has said gender-neutral birth certificates could be issued in Ontario as early as next year.In B.C., Kori Doty, a parent who identifies as transgender and prefers the pronoun they, refused to provide the sex of their child Searyl to the government when the baby was born in November.On Aug. 31, the federal government began allowing gender-neutral passports, the latest step in Ottawa’s plan to eventually allow individuals to identify their sex as ‘X’ — that is, unspecified — on government-issued documents.The move stems from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge to better reflect gender diversity across the country.Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

UNICEF steps up assistance efforts to Zimbabweans amid humanitarian crisis

3 December 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is intensifying its assistance to Zimbabwe’s swelling population of children in need, outlining a four-month response plan to deal with the Southern African country’s multiple crises, including a deadly cholera outbreak, the closure of many hospitals and the collapse of the education sector. The agency announced the 120-day plan yesterday in Harare, the capital, as it warned that women and children are bearing the brunt of the humanitarian suffering engulfing Zimbabwe, where the economy is largely shattered and severe food shortages have become standard. “Schools and hospitals are closing, while teachers, nurses and doctors are not reporting for duty,” UNICEF acting country representative Roeland Monasch said. “It is UNICEF’s top priority to ensure that Zimbabwe’s children get vital life-saving interventions at this critical time.”Under the 120-day emergency response plan, UNICEF will focus on providing basic social services to a country where millions of people lack reliable access to food, water or decent health care.The UN agency will immunize up to 1.5 million children, procure essential medicines for 70 per cent of the national population, provide clean water and sanitation to many communities, distribute ready-to-use nutritional foods at therapeutic feeding centres and unveil a national awareness campaign on cholera prevention.Zimbabwe’s deteriorating humanitarian conditions have been compounded by the ongoing cholera outbreak, which has claimed over 560 lives and led to more than 12,500 recorded cases since August, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).Over the past eight weeks, UNICEF reported, the country’s education and health-care system have collapsed. The closure of so many schools means many children miss out on a guaranteed meal each day, and the agency hopes that its response plan will boost school attendance rates.UNICEF added that its plan will also take specific account of Zimbabwe’s estimated 250,000 orphans and other vulnerable children – the country is believed to have the highest orphan percentage in the world, at one in every four children – to ensure they have extra support.UN relief officials have been warning about the worsening situation across Zimbabwe, and earlier this week WHO appealed for more funding so it can tackle the cholera epidemic. The agency is procuring emergency supply stocks and deploying a full investigation team to handle the outbreak, including epidemiologists, water and sanitation engineers and social mobilization specialists. read more

UN envoy praises political leadership in Sierra Leone

8 June 2009A senior United Nations official today said that Sierra Leone’s political leadership deserves praise for signing an agreement that brought an end to the “spiral of violence” in the West African nation. Michael von der Schulenburg, the Secretary-General’s Executive Representative for the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL), told the Security Council that the country’s politicians “deserve the highest praise for how they have handled the recent outbreak of political violence in their country when they came together and signed and committed to the Joint Communiqué.” The governing All People’s Congress (APC) and the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) signed that agreement on 2 April, ending violence between the two parties that erupted in early March. Sierra Leone’s 11-year civil war ended in 2002. The Joint Communiqué also “recognizes the joint responsibility that both the governing and the opposition parties have in building a democratic and prosperous Sierra Leone,” Mr. von der Schulenburg told the 15-member Council.He also noted that a joint strategy called the “UN Family’s Joint Vision for Sierra Leone” brings together UNIPSIL and all 17 UN development and humanitarian agencies, programmes and funds that operate in Sierra Leone.The envoy expressed hope that the Council will support that the effort, which runs through 2012 requires a budget of $350 million.In his most recent report on UNIPSIL, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote that Sierra Leone’s recent violence, had it devolved into a full-blown conflict, could have heightened regional divisions and increased identification of political parties with ethnic loyalties.The violence “served as a wake-up call for the Government and people of Sierra Leone on the critical challenges that require urgent and continued attention,” the report noted.“Against this backdrop, the determined manner with which Sierra Leone overcame its recent political crisis was all the more laudable,” Mr. Ban wrote, commending the nation’s resolve to overcome differences rather than relenting to attacks.Further, he said that its recent actions have set an example for other countries in the sub-region experiencing similar upheavals.Last August, the Security Council authorized the creation of UNIPSIL to replace the UN political office in the country, known as UNIOSIL, in a unanimously adopted resolution, which also gave the new structure an initial mandate of 12 months.UNIPSIL, which works closely with the UN Peacebuilding Commission, is tasked with providing political support to national and local efforts for identifying and resolving tensions and threats of potential conflict, whatever the source. It also monitors and promotes human rights, democratic institutions and the rule of law, including efforts to counter transnational organized crime and drug trafficking.Sierra Leone, whose brutal 11-year civil war ended in 2002, is one of the first two countries, along with Burundi, to receive support from the Commission, established in 2005 to help post-conflict countries determine the priority areas for rebuilding out of the vast array of challenges they face. read more

27M water main repair approved

Major repair work in Port Rowan this summer could be highly disruptive to the town’s annual influx of cottagers and tourists.Jason Godby, Norfolk’s manager of public works administration, is aware of that and told Norfolk council he will work with area residents to ensure big events such as Bayfest are affected as little as possible.It’s a delicate balancing act because public works has determined that long sections of iron water main installed 30 years ago has deteriorated unexpectedly. Tests have concluded that it must be replaced as soon as possible to avoid a catastrophic failure.“This is something we can look at and co-ordinate with them (Bayfest organizers),” Godby said. “It’s not unusual for us to lay water pipe in September. It’s definitely something we will keep in mind.”Godby wouldn’t commit to postponing the work till after the Labour Day weekend. It’s entirely possible, Godby said, that the county can get this work done by the end of August — before the big Bayfest celebration.“We could be in and out of there prior to that,” Godby said.At issue is seven kilometres of iron water main installed by the former Haldimand-Norfolk Region in 1991.The region overlooked that the soil in the construction zone is acidic. As a result, sections of pipe that were expected to last 75 years are in danger of failing. Were that to happen, Port Rowan and St. Williams could be left without tap water or hydrant fire protection.The county realized how serious the problem is in 2017 when a main failure came within half an hour of emptying the Port Rowan water tower. Had that happened, Port Rowan and St. Williams would’ve lost pressure and run dry.Water main tests have determined that 12 segments of pipe have lost more than 30 per cent of their original thickness. The loss for another 30 segments ranges from 10 per cent to 30 per cent. Eleven segments have less than 10 per cent deterioration.Godby recently said the mains should have been backfilled with benign soil trucked in for that purpose. Instead, the county is looking at an unexpected repair that will cost an estimated $2.7 million.“We understand the difficult position Jason is in,” said Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele. “We need to get this project done as soon as possible.”Norfolk council Tuesday approved the expenditure. The money will come from the county’s water replacement reserve fund.“You can have the best laid plans, but problems do come up,” said Delhi Coun. Mike ColumbusThe repair will involve the following sections in the following neighbourhoods:Front Road from College Avenue in Port Rowan to Ellis Street ($270,000) Bay Street from Ellis Street to Church Street in Port Rowan ($345,000) Wolven Street from Erie Avenue to East Quarter Line Road ($935,000) Front Road from East Quarter Line Road to a point 1.2 kilometres east ($720,000). MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

5 things to watch for Ohio State v Florida AM

5. How many points with OSU score?The Buckeyes are averaging nearly 45 points a game so far in 2013, while the Rattlers are only putting up an average of 18 a game. OSU’s young defensive players are improving with every game, and against a FAMU offense that has been struggling, Miller and company should get plenty of possessions. How much Meyer forces the issue offensively against the Rattlers will be vindictive of how much OSU visits the end zone, but scoring more than 50 points again is certainly not out of the realm of possibilities. 3. How much playing time will Braxton Miller get?Arguably the biggest storyline heading into Saturday is whether junior quarterback Braxton Miller or redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton gets the starting bid to lead the Buckeye offense. Meyer said Miller will play a limited role against FAMU, but it will be interesting to see how it figures into the equation against a Football Championship Subdivision team. Guiton has led OSU to a pair of wins in his absence, playing well enough to be named the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week after his performance against California. Meyer said his backup “has earned some time,” and in a game OSU should win, it is likely that keeping Miller out of harms way will be a top priority for the coaches. 4. Will OSU take this game seriously?After winning a primetime game last weekend at Cal, the Buckeyes return home for a noon matchup against the Rattlers. With another night game on the horizon just a week later when conference rival Wisconsin comes to Columbus, OSU’s focus on taking care of the task at hand is worth watching. Redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett said the team has all of their focus on FAMU, but if the Buckeyes score early and often Saturday, Meyer and company may have to work to keep them locked in to close out the victory. Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby warms up before a game against California Sept. 14 at California Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 52-34.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editor1. The return of Carlos HydeAfter serving a three game suspension for his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July, senior running back Carlos Hyde is set to make his return against Florida A&M. Hyde rushed for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2012, and was set to return as Ohio State’s top running back heading into the year. While Hyde was serving his suspension, redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall stepped up in a big way, and will start against Florida A&M while Hyde is left on the bench. Coach Urban Meyer has said he does not know who will be getting the majority of carries, so both backs are heading into the game shrouded in some mystery. Other running backs like freshman Dontre Wilson and redshirt-junior Rod Smith may see a reduced role compared to previous weeks because of Hyde’s return to the field. 2. Can Bradley Roby bounce back?Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby is typically a rock for the OSU secondary and is considered one of the top defensive players in the country. But against California he was burned by the speedy Golden Bear receivers, allowing two touchdowns in his first start of the season. After serving a one game suspension to start the year for his involvement in an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar this summer, Roby made a triumphant return against San Diego State the week before, but seemed to be in a funk against Cal. With the Big Ten schedule looming, Roby will need to be at his best if the Buckeyes are going to achieve their National Championship goals for the season. Playing well before next week’s date with Wisconsin Sept. 28 will be vital for Roby’s (and OSU’s) defensive confidence. read more

Decorated British Army major cleared seven times facing new Iraq inquiry

first_imgA decorated Army major who has faced seven separate inquiries over the death of an Iraqi teenager 15 years ago is now being investigated for an eighth time, the Telegraph has learned. Major Campbell, who is now disabled after he was wounded during active service, said: “This sordid process has broken me. I was assured it was finally over and shortly… The latest inquiry comes just weeks after he received a good conduct medal for his service with the forces and 12 years after he was cleared of manslaughter for the first time.center_img Major Robert Campbell said he had been “broken” by the discovery that yet another official inquiry had been launched into his conduct over the death of an Iraqi in May 2003.last_img read more

Maptek technology rolled out across major coal player in the Canadian market

first_imgSix months after purchasing seven I-Site long range laser scanners from Maptek, surveyors from Teck’s coal business unit are beginning to experience the benefits of the latest survey technology first-hand. The company purchased a Maptek I-Site 8800 scanner for each of their coal operations and projects throughout Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.‘Our vision was that we wanted something that was standard across all of our sites so we could move things across without introducing new systems,’ said Eric Jensen, Director of Engineering, Teck’s coal business unit.I-Site 8800 laser scanners collect point cloud data at up to 2,000 m, and can capture 3D digital images safely at the same time as scanning. Setup and capture are fast and easy because the high resolution digital camera is built in. I-Site Studio modelling software is integrated with the hardware, streamlining tasks such as mapping faces and updating surfaces.The I-Site laser scanners were rolled out at several Teck sites in January and February this year, with improvements already noted. Surveyors can now capture up to 2 million points for an area that may have been previously surveyed with 10 GPS points.‘We are loving it for the accuracy and speed of stockpile modelling,’ said Jensen. ‘The unit is robust enough to withstand what is going on in the pit and simple enough for the guys to adjust. It also translates really well to the surveyors in the offices.’‘I-Site is a safe way to get detailed pictures,’ he said. ‘At Teck, safety is more than just a priority. It is an unwavering value and an inherent part of who we are. Now, with I-Site, no one has to go near the highwall.’According to Jensen, although cost savings cannot be determined this soon, the ‘payback’ is on the time spent and the accurate data the system provides. ‘It has been such a change to the workflow with increased accuracy and an acceptable level of improvement,’ said Jensen. ‘Uncertainty is eliminated because the volumes are accurate.’‘The systems work beautifully,’ said Simon Long, GIS Surveyor at Teck’s Elkview Operation. ‘Everyone here is happy with the entire service – it is phenomenal.’‘Seven site implementations was a real testament to Teck’s desire to introduce new technology and a good demonstration of cooperation between its sites,’ said John Dolan, Maptek Director of I-Site Sales. ‘This is a common goal for large companies, that is not easy to execute.’last_img read more

Austin Engineering announces three year Vale supply contract

first_imgAustin Engineering has announced the signing of a significant three year supply agreement with Vale. Equipment will be ordered by Vale and supplied in accordance with its requirements, as determined by its ongoing production schedules and equipment replacement programs. Vale has informed Austin that the previous contract was for a total of $200 million and that the current contract will be split between two companies, with Austin receiving the larger part of the contract.The contract in the first year is for an initial value of up to $59 million of equipment. Vale will review its requirements after the first year and then on a six monthly basis in light of its equipment needs and operating budgets. Further amendments to the contract value will then be issued as required. The contract provides Vale with a range of equipment at fixed prices, adjusted as necessary on an annual basis, with cost escalation. Austin’s scope includes a number of products from its product range such as dump truck bodies, buckets and ancillary equipment. Other products “may be considered by Vale as the contract progresses.”Vale has also confirmed that it will discuss with Austin the adoption of scheduled maintenance programs of the kind used by Austin in its Pilbara Hire service and repair business. If these programs are introduced, it will provide Austin a source of recurring reliable repair and maintenance earnings. The ability to plan for the delivery of this work in advance will also assist Austin with maximising efficiencies.The delivery of products will be from Austin’s Chilean and Colombian facilities to the Brazilian border, where Vale will arrange for the crossover into Brazil. Austin will be responsible for the assembly of the products in Brazil. The purchase of two facilities, with existing small workshops and land for expansion, will be pursued in order to enable products to be assembled and maintenance services to be provided. A number of possible sites and businesses have already been identified in Belo Horizonte and Belem. In the interim, assembly will be subcontracted to local service providers. Vale’s other international operations will also have access through this agreement to Austin’s range of products and services from its other worldwide production facilities.The company had expected that initial deliveries would have started in August 2013, however with product requirements, specifications and associated engineering activities yet to be completed, revenue streams from the contract are now expected to commence from March 2014 onwards.Commenting on the contract Managing Director Michael Buckland said “This is a very important contract for the company and it continues our successful strategy for expansion into South America. The contract has been in negotiation for over a year and it is pleasing to bring it to a successful conclusion and for Vale to recognise Austin as a preferred supplier of mining products. We see this as only a commencement of our expansion strategy in Brazil and we are confident that the establishment of operations in the country will lead to orders from other Brazilian mining customers. There is significant potential for exponential growth in revenue and profitability over the coming years from our operations throughout South America.”last_img read more

Part of historical Olympiaki site marked for trash

first_imgThe prospects for one of Greece’s few privatisation projects, the development of the old Athens Airport plot at Elliniko, appeared unclear this week, after alternate Finance Minister Nadia Valavani said a portion of the plot would be set aside to create waste management facilities for four municipalities.The move came as a shock to the privatisation agency (TAIPED) and to market professionals, some of whom described it as a “unilateral action”. Lamda Development, which was granted the contract to develop the site, has not yet responded to the announcement, but there are fears the plans will signal complications for the deal.According to Valavani, the 1.2-hectare plot at Elliniko must be set aside for waste management of Elliniko, Argyroupoli, Alimos and Glyfada. “It is necessary for the plot … to be conceded,” she said, adding that action would be taken in coordination with local authorities and Elliniko SA. The plot is a fraction of the entire 620-hectare expanse where developers have been hoping to build a park as well as luxury residential and commercial facilities.Valavani’s trash plan appears to be one aspect of a major overhaul of waste management policy. The plan, unveiled on Wednesday by the Environment Ministry, foresees the abolition of all competitions aimed at assigning waste management projects to private companies via public-private partnerships. According to Alternate Environment Minister Yiannis Tsironis, “interim solutions” will be found for areas with major trash problems, such as Tripoli and Pyrgos. The government wants local authorities to be more involved in waste management and to have a greater emphasis on recycling.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Des images saisissantes de la Voie Lactée prises par un astronome amateur

first_imgDes images saisissantes de la Voie Lactée prises par un astronome amateurGrande-Bretagne – Un astronome amateur a réussi à voler la vedette à la Nasa grâce à des clichés pris de son abri de jardin.Quand Peter Shah n’est pas derrière son bureau, il est derrière l’objectif de son télescope. Ce passionné d’astronomie a démontré à la communauté scientifique de la Nasa qu’un télescope à 2,8 milliards d’euros n’était pas forcément nécessaire pour prendre de sublimes clichés de notre galaxie.À lire aussiNuit des étoiles, petit déjeuner et Egypte, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 31 juilletSon matériel, acquis pour 22.000 euros en 12 ans, consiste en un télescope relié à un ordinateur et lui permet de capturer des images de l’espace. Peter Shah a scruté les étoiles pendant des mois pour arriver à ces résultats. Cela n’a pas été chose aisée : le ciel de l’Angleterre est souvent couvert.Ces clichés ont été pris depuis son abri de jardin, équipé d’un toit ouvrant : ils ont de quoi faire rougir certains astronomes et faire rêver bien des jeunes passionnés. On peut y voir les Pléiades, un amas d’étoiles situé dans la constellation du Taureau, ou encore la galaxie M101.Voir les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/voie-lact%e9e/de-superbes-cliches-de-la-voie-lactee-pris-par-un-astronome-amateur_art5418.htmlLe 22 janvier 2010 à 13:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Illinois Farmer Addresses Cuba Trade Delegation in Washington DC

first_imgASA Vice President Ron Moore speaks about trade opportunities between the U.S. and Cuba during a reception in Washington, D.C. on April 18. Photo Credit: Melissa Kessler, USGCAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) Vice President Ron Moore, a grower from Roseville, Ill., spoke at the U.S. Cuba delegation Washington, D.C. reception, honoring a Cuban delegation visiting the U.S. to learn more about agriculture and trade opportunities on April 18.Moore’s comments, delivered on behalf of the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), showcased the opportunities for bilateral trade between Cuba and the U.S. and highlighted the possibilities for U.S. soy.The event co-sponsored by USSEC, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), USA Rice Federation, U.S. Wheat Associates, the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the North American Export Grain Association welcomed the USGC Cuban trade delegation to the United States.During their visit, the team will conduct meetings in Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Mo. and New Orleans, La. They will meet with the trade industry, U.S. farmers, and sub-terminal and terminal export facilities in order to improve the individuals’ understandings of the U.S. grain purchasing, handling, transportation and export systems.last_img read more

Kapil Sharma gets scolded by a 6yearold and the reason is very

first_imgKapil Sharma, Krushna AbhishekSony TVThe Kapil Sharma Show never fails to entertain its viewers and the upcoming episode will be filled with comedy.It will be graced by popular playback singers – Alka Yagnik, Himesh Reshammiya and Javed Ali – the judges of the reality show Super Singer as well as contestants of the show such as, Thanu Khan, Mohammed Fazil, Nistha Sharma, Urgen Tsomuand Guntas along with the captains of the show Salman Ali, Nitin Kumar, Sachin Valmiki and Jyotica Tangri.According to a report in Times Now, a six-year-old, Thanu Khan will be seen scolding Kapil on The Kapil Sharma Show because of a very cute reason that will leave viewers in splits.The report said that the young contestant before walking towards the stage for his performance left a fruit (litchi) with Kapil. However, right before his performance, the kid asked the comedian about his fruit’s whereabouts and Kapil answered that he ate it. Realising the same, young kid scolded the comedian in the most adorable way.”I gave Kapil ji my fruit to hold till the time I perform, but he took the chance and ate it while I was performing. I expressed my disappointment when he ate my litchi but as nice he is with his comedy, he offered me all the fruits on the table,” Thanu Khan said, as reported by the web portal.In his personal life, Kapil is on his way to becoming a father. Although the ace comedian hasn’t made any official announcement about the same, reports are doing the rounds that his pregnant wife Ginni Chatrath is in her first trimester.Apparently, ever since Kapil learnt about Ginni’s pregnancy, he has reportedly made a lot of changes in his busy shoot schedule to be with his wife. Initially, Kapil used to quickly wind up for the day from shoot and rush home to take care of Ginni. But now, Ginni has shifted to Amritsar, Punjab, and with her family. Kapil, who is in Mumbai busy shooting for The Kapil Sharma Show, is flying to and fro whenever he gets time from his busy schedule.last_img read more

The Good the Bad and the Careless Insider Behaviors That Cause Data

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Data leaks by insiders are a growing threat to confidential customer and employee records, financial files and intellectual property. So what are the three employee behavior patterns around data security to watch out for? How much will it cost to clear up the damage of a leak? Will your business survive it? We’ve put together the answers at-a-glance in this infographic.Related: 5 Ways Your Employees Are Unintentionally Sabotaging Your Data SecurityRelated Offer: Save 25 percent on ESET multi-device pack and enjoy security and privacy online. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 1 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now December 10, 2016last_img read more

Autonomous cars could peep around corners via bouncing laser

first_imgThe detector sends its data on to a computer, which processes it using the precious algorithm created by the researchers. Their work allows this part to proceed extremely quickly, reconstructing the scene in relatively high fidelity with just a second or two of processing.The white model is the actual shape of the unseen item, and the green mesh is what the system detected (from only one side, of course)The resulting system is also less susceptible to interference, allowing it to be used in indirect sunlight.Example of a sign reconstructed from being lasered outsideOf course, it’s not much use detecting a person on the far side of a wall if it takes an hour to do so. But the laser setups used by the researchers are very different from the high-speed scanning lasers found in lidar systems. And the algorithm they built should be compatible with those, which could vastly reduce the data acquisition time.“We believe the computation algorithm is already ready for LIDAR systems,” said Matthew O’Toole, co-lead author of the paper (with lab leader Gordon Wetzstein). “The key question is if the current hardware of LIDAR systems supports this type of imaging.”If their theory is correct, then this algorithm could soon enable existing lidar systems to analyze their data in a new way, potentially spotting a moving car or person approaching an intersection before it’s even visible. It’ll be a while still, but at this point it’s just a matter of smart engineering.Featured Image: Stanford University Autonomous cars gather up tons of data about the world around them, but even the best computer vision systems can’t see through brick and mortar. But by carefully monitoring the reflected light of a laser bouncing off a nearby surface, they might be able to see around corners — that’s the idea behind recently published research from Stanford engineers.The basic idea is one we’ve seen before: It’s possible to discern the shape of an object on the far side of an obstacle by shining a laser or structured light on a surface nearby and analyzing how the light scatters. Patterns emerge when some pulses return faster than others, or are otherwise changed by having interacted with the unseen object.It isn’t easy to do. Reflected laser light can easily be lost in the noise of broad daylight, for instance. And if you want to reconstruct a model of the object precise enough to tell whether it’s a person or a stop sign, you need a lot of data and the processing power to crunch that data.It’s this second problem that the Stanford researchers, from the school’s Computational Imaging Group, address in a new paper published in Nature.“Despite recent advances, [non-line-of-sight] imaging has remained impractical owing to the prohibitive memory and processing requirements of existing reconstruction algorithms, and the extremely weak signal of multiply scattered light,” the abstract reads in part.“A substantial challenge in non-line-of-sight imaging is figuring out an efficient way to recover the 3-D structure of the hidden object from the noisy measurements,” said grad student David Lindell, co-author of the paper, in a Stanford news release.The data collection process still takes a long time, as the laser scans across a surface — think a couple minutes to an hour, though that’s still on the low side for this type of technique. The photons do their thing, bouncing around the other side, and some make it back to nearby their point of origin, where they are picked up by a high-sensitivity detector.last_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Technology | October 07, 2008 Lesion Management Solutions Integrates with RIS/PACS News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. MEDIAN Technologies optimizes the clinical workflow and the communication between radiologists and referring physicians by integrating its Lesion Management Solutions (LMS) with RIS/PACS, in single or multisite configurations. LMS oncology imaging software is designed to providing quantitative assessment of response to therapy with automatic generation of reports and fully automated follow-up of indeterminate lung nodules. They can be integrated with existing RIS or PACS workstations to bring advanced clinical functionalities right to the radiologists’ desktop and ensure an immediate transmission of comprehensive reports to the oncologists and other referring physicians. A context sharing mechanism limits the risks of mixed patients, and the modular architecture of the platform hosting LMS applications is scalable to multi-sites environments for a better patient management. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Contentlast_img read more

Human intestines found in womans suitcase

first_imgHuman intestines found in woman’s suitcase Travelweek Group Share Posted by Wednesday, September 28, 2016 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: OMG GRAZ, AUSTRIA — Call it a gutsy move or a gory one, either way this makes for one hell of a Halloween tale.According to the Austrian Press Agency, human organs were found tightly packed in plastic containers and formaldehyde in a Moroccan woman’s suitcase during baggage check at the Graz airport.It was reported on Monday that the woman told police she had brought the intestines of her deceased husband to Austria in hopes of getting them tested for poison. Authorities in Morocco had previously cited the cause of his death as an intestinal obstruction.The tissue is being subjected to a pathological analysis. No word as to whether the woman was allowed to keep her gruesome package.last_img read more

FIFA Blatter tells Putin he has complete trust in Russian World Cup

first_imgMOSCOW — Sepp Blatter, the outgoing president of football’sbesieged governing body, told Vladimir Putin that FIFA has “complete trust” in Russia’s ability to host the 2018 World Cup.“We say ‘yes’ to Russia,” Blatter said during a meeting with the Russian leader near St. Petersburg on Saturday. “Our support is especially important during the current geopolitical situation,” Blatter said.The meeting was held just hours before FIFA picked the preliminary draw for most of its confederations at Konstantinovsky Palace near Putin’s hometown. It’s the first time Blatter has left Switzerland since seven current and former football officials were arrested in Zurich in May. Blatter announced plans to step down days after winning a fifth term. Elections to replace him will be held in February.Much of FIFA’s troubles stem from the awarding of World Cup rights in 2010, when Russia and Qatar were selected to host the next two tournaments. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating what it says are more than two decades of “rampant” corruption, while Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal probe of the group.Putin has criticized the investigations as an attempt to undo Russia’s selection as host of the world’s most-watched sporting event for the first time. The U.S. and its allies slapped sanctions on Russia last year for annexing Crimea from Ukraine and supporting an armed uprising in two mainly Russian-speaking regions on its border.“As promised,” Putin told Blatter on Saturday, “we will do all we can for sportsmen and fans alike to feel at home here.”© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Blatter wins FIFA vote amid corruption storm FIFA’s Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics FIFA denies Blatter deputy approved $10 million payment FIFA-Gate: Just days after his re-election, Blatter resignslast_img read more

Winners and losers 5 takeaways from Mexico midterm vote

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) — Here are five things to know about Mexico’s midterm elections, seen as a referendum on President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government halfway through his six-year mandate.RULING PARTY TAKES CONGRESSPena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, took the largest percentage of the vote. Together with two allied parties, the PRI coalition is expected to control a majority with as many as 263 seats in the 500-person Congress. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches NEW KID ON THE BLOCKJust a year after being officially recognized, the Morena party founded by Lopez Obrador took about 8.5 percent of the vote and will have its first-ever representation in Congress.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 0 Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of THE “BRONCO” TAKES NORTHERN STATEJaime Rodriguez, an independent candidate better known as “El Bronco,” is a tough-talking cowboy type who ousted the PRI to become governor of the key northern state of Nuevo Leon, which border Texas. His win is a first for Mexico, made possible by a reform last year allowing people not affiliated with parties to run. Rodriguez’s maverick persona resonated with voters fed up with the establishment, and he says his first priority will be fighting corruption.LEFTIST OPPOSITION PARTY TAKES A BATHThe opposition Democratic Revolution Party won less than 11 percent of ballots and stands to lose up to a dozen seats, after two-time presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador split with the party and effectively divided the left-wing vote.FROM THE SOCCER PITCH TO THE MAYOR’S OFFICEPreliminary results have Cuauhtemoc Blanco, the recently retired national soccer hero, winning election as mayor of the city of Cuernavaca, outside the Mexican capital. It’s the first foray into politics for Blanco, 42, and his lack of experience has raised doubts among some. Known for his combative temperament on the field, Blanco didn’t disappoint as he claimed victory with a coarse dig at his rivals: “Now I’ve screwed them,” he said. Top Stories last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact And in drafting Brown with the second of their two third-round picks, the Cardinals acquired yet another weapon they can send back to return kicks.If it were up to him, he’d take on the challenge right away.“I would love to return punts,” said Brown. “I can do whatever I want. I believe I can help out, but I just need to learn the system. I’m really happy about the idea of returning punts and showing the coaches what I can do.”Just a week into the job, Brown admitted he’s already found the fastest way to learn that system: Talk to his accomplished teammates.“I feel like I can learn from Patrick Peterson and Ted Ginn,” said Brown, who returned his first ever punt at Pittsburg State for an 84-yard score. “It’ll be a good fit, and I can catch on quick. And in case anything happens, I believe I can do what they do.” – / 7 A three-time Division II All-American, Brown virtually re-wrote the record books with his own two hands, setting new program-highs in career catches (185), receiving yards (3,330) and touchdowns (32).However, it’s his legs that might get him on the field right away with the Cardinals.“I’m just a person that plays fast,” said Brown, who was named the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Special Teams Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013. “That’s the question everyone keeps asking [as to whether or not I can adjust to the speed of the game in the NFL], but when I got into the East-West Shrine Game, I showed them I could play with the speed.“I think it will be a little faster, but I’ll adjust really quick.”That adjustment period might not take that long after all, when considering what he was able to do on the ground.As a senior, the 5-foot-10 standout accumulated 653 yards on special teams, including 389 on just 12 kickoff return attempts. And of those 12 return attempts, six went for more than 30 yards.Additionally, he averaged 13.63 yards per punt return from 2011-13.“My vision and my ability to change directions helped me [become a dynamic returner],” Brown said. “I also had great blockers, so that was a plus.” Brown’s numbers might not seem like a big deal when considering that they came in the MIAA and not the NFL. However, despite having numerous players on their roster with prior history in the return game, the Cardinals had their fair share of issues in that category throughout the 2013 campaign.The team’s primary kick returner, Javier Arenas, struggled mightily to make an impact. In fact, of the league’s 22 qualified return men last season, the former second-round pick had the second-worst average (21.4 yards/kick return attempt).Patrick Peterson wasn’t much better when it came to returning punts. After an electrifying rookie season that featured an NFL-record four return touchdowns and 699 yards, the three-time Pro Bowler has seen a steady decline when it comes to his special teams production.Peterson returned 33 punts a season ago for 198 total yards — good for the third-worst average (6.0 yards/attempt) in the league. The former No. 5 overall pick also didn’t reach the end zone for a second consecutive year, leaving head coach Bruce Arians to suggest that his days on special teams may be coming to an end in 2015.That decision makes a good deal of sense, considering that Arizona’s special teams shortcomings were remedied in part by the offseason signing of veteran return specialist Ted Ginn, Jr.center_img Comments   Share   Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim didn’t overlook the slight stature, small school background or lack of experience against elite competition when he made the organization’s selection with the No. 91 overall pick last week.Instead, he chose to focus on John Brown’s greatest asset: versatility.Brown, the first player taken out of Pittsburg State since 1993, was sensational just about wherever he was asked to play during his collegiate career. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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