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Fentanyl increasingly found in drugs in Vancouvers Downtown Eastside study

first_imgVANCOUVER – A new study shows illicit opioid users in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are increasingly testing positive for the potent painkiller fentanyl, which was linked to the majority of fatal overdoses in British Columbia last year.Researchers from the University of British Columbia followed 237 people living in marginalized housing in the neighbourhood between March and July last year.At the beginning of the study, 45 per cent of people who reported using illicit opioids tested positive for fentanyl, but five months later that number jumped to 100 per cent, said Dr. William Honer, head of the university’s department of psychiatry.The surge can likely be traced both to fentanyl increasingly contaminating other street drugs, like heroin, and users looking for a more potent product, he said.“It really shows how quickly this kind of high-potency, very strong opioid drug became prevalent in the Downtown Eastside community.”The BC Coroners Service released statistics Wednesday showing fentanyl was linked to 81 per cent of the 1,422 fatal overdoses across the province last year.Honer’s research, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry on Thursday, also included 103 people in the Downtown Eastside who were in opioid-replacement programs where they were prescribed methadone, suboxone or prescription heroin.Over the five months of the study, half of those participating in replacement programs submitted urine samples that tested positive for fentanyl, Honer said.The data show that people on opioid-replacements may be seeking out other drugs, possibly because they missed a dose or because the substitution program isn’t strong enough for them, he said.“It just drives home to us that simply writing a prescription for another opioid — that is important, that they get substitution treatment — but just by itself, that doesn’t protect them because it seems they were still getting exposed to fentanyl and getting the risk of that.”More comprehensive treatment is needed to address mental illness and physical ailments as well as addiction, Honer said.“Using opioids is not the only problem that these people have,” he said. “More than half will have mental illness, many will have hepatitis C or HIV. And we really need to provide, I think, a comprehensive treatment for these people which will hopefully ripple out and help with all the problems they have, not only the opioid use.”Honer noted the study looks at one specific group and the results could be different for other populations across the country. But he said the research is indicative, letting drug users and those helping them see what’s circulating in the community.“It really enforced for us how important it is to get local research going so that in our diverse communities across Canada we really understand how prevalent this problem is.”In November, Vancouver Coastal Health began a year-long pilot project checking drugs at two supervised consumption sites in the Downtown Eastside.A small sample of a user’s drug is put into a portable machine that uses infrared light to test for contaminants.The majority of the drugs tested contain fentanyl, the health authority said Thursday.“When clients know their drugs contain fentanyl, they may lower their dose of the drug, and thus are less likely to overdose, or in some cases they may opt not to take the drug,” it said in a statement.The B.C. government announced on Thursday that 18 communities, including Vancouver, will get up to $100,000 in funding for “community action teams” aimed at connecting people with treatment and recovery.The government said in a news release that the teams will expand harm-reduction services and drug checking, increase availability of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone, and connect people with addiction-treatment medications.— Follow @gkarstenssmith on Twitterlast_img read more

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King Mohammed VI’s Speech Highlights Current Arab Issues: French Expert

Brussels – The speech delivered by King Mohammed VI at the Morocco-GCC Summit highlights the current issues of the Arab nation, head of the French observatory of geopolitical studies, Charles Saint-Prot, said on Thursday.“The King recalled the challenges facing the entire Arab nation, including the problems of stability and security,” Saint-Prot told MAP.The Sovereign also stressed the need to strengthen solidarity between countries in the region, the French expert pointed out, noting that the royal speech also highlighted the common struggle of the Gulf countries and Morocco for the preservation of Islam against deviations and manipulation. The royal speech “was very firm when addressing the destabilization plan targeting Morocco by making the link with the artificial conflict maintained by the Algerian regime in the Moroccan Sahara,” he said.Saint-Prot said that the UN Chief’s behaviors affect the credibility of the United Nations Secretariat, adding that the report drafted by Ban Ki-moon on the Sahara issue is ”outrageous” and ”unacceptable”. read more

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Germany Deports 9/11 Accomplice Mounir El Motassadeq to Morocco

Rabat – Germany is deporting Mounir El Motassadeq, who was involved in the 9/11 attacks, to Morocco. Moroccan-born El Motassadeq has spent nearly 15 years in jail after he was sentenced for his involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attack. He was convicted of being an Al Qaeda member, an accessory to murder, and an accomplice to 3,000 counts of murder.Germany was supposed to release El Motassadeq in January 2019, but decided to delay his release. Germany deported him today to Morocco and banned him from re-entering Germany until 2064, according to German news outlet DW. Read about El Motassadeq’s story: Moroccan 9/11 Accomplice to Receive Premature ReleaseEl Motassadeq was the first and only member of the group that planned the attacks to have been convicted. He admitted to knowing the men who directly conducted the attacks and supporting them financially, but denied any knowledge of the plan. He claimed he had only done “favors for friends.”He served his sentence in Hamburg’s Fuhlsbuettel prison where he gave an interview to author Anthony Summers in 2009. El Motassadeq admitted to spending time in a military training camp in Afghanistan in 2000. Upon his deportation, it is expected El Motassadeq will rejoin his wife and three children who have been living with his extended family, who may live in Marrakech. read more

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Pillay briefed on Sri Lanka

The Minister had told the delegation that the government has safeguarded the human rights of the war displaced people by ensuring a life without fear and uncertainly, providing facilities to start a new life in their original places, developing infrastructure and helping to develop their livelihood. A UN delegation, which visited Sri Lanka recently, is currently briefing the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Navi Pillay on their findings, a UN spokesperson told The Sunday Leader.Ravina Shamdasani from the Communications Section of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations in Geneva said that Pillay is yet to decide on a proposed visit to Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa also told the delegation that during the conflict the government provided food and other basic requirements to the civilians in the government controlled areas and LTTE controlled areas without any discrimination. As part of the visit to Sri Lanka, the three-member delegation toured the north and also had discussions in Colombo with top government officials. The delegation from OHCHR visited Sri Lanka last month as a follow up to a resolution adopted on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in March this year. However Pillay had proposed that a delegation from her office first visit the country and prepare the groundwork for her visit.“Ms. Pillay is being briefed by the mission delegation and will make a decision on this (visiting Sri Lanka) in due course,” Shamdasani told The Sunday Leader.During the visit to Sri Lanka the delegation had met the Minister of Economic Affairs Basil Rajapaksa and discussed human rights issues in the country. The delegation headed by Hanny Megally, Chief, Asia Pacific and Middle East and North African Branch of OHCHR included Oscar Solers, the human rights officer at OHCHR.The government had invited Pillay to visit Sri Lanka to see for herself the post war developments in the country. read more

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Annan urges Israel to investigate killing of UN aid worker in West

“The Secretary-General is saddened and distressed by the death of Mr. Kamal Hamdan, a staff member of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA),” said a statement released by Mr. Annan’s spokesman Thursday evening. Mr. Hamdan, who was killed yesterday when an UNRWA ambulance he was riding in near the West Bank came under fire by Israeli soldiers, was the first UN staff casualty since the current violence between Israelis and Palestinians began in September 2000. Deploring the killing, the Secretary-General appealed to the Israeli Government to “thoroughly investigate the incident and to take the necessary action against those responsible.” The statement also noted that the death of a UN staff member had occurred despite repeated letters of protest from UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen to the Israeli Government about the damage sustained by UNRWA facilities as a result of earlier attacks by Israeli Defence Forces against Palestinian targets. The Secretary-General said the victim’s tragic death “serves as graphic reminder of the need for the parties to respect international humanitarian law and provide security for all civilians, including the staff of international and non-governmental organizations active in the region,” according to the statement, which also conveyed condolences to Mr. Hamdan’s family. read more

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Teck says it can weather economic uncertainty Q2 profit drops on weaker

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 25, 2012 6:21 pm MDT Teck Resources said Wednesday it expects to weather any economic uncertainty after the mining company’s second-quarter profit attributable to shareholders plunged to $268 million, hurt by weaker metal and coal prices during the quarter.That’s a drop of 65 per cent from $756 million, or $1.28 per share, in the same quarter in 2011. Earnings per share in the quarter were 46 cents.“In summary, Teck remains in strong financial shape and is well positioned in uncertain economic times,” president and CEO Don Lindsay told analysts during a conference call.“Our long-term view remains favourable, particularly for our key products of steel-making coal and copper,” he said.But investors weren’t pleased with the results, with shares in Teck (TSX:TCK.B) dropping 7.3 per cent, or $2.14, to close at $27.27 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Chief financial officer Ron Milos noted the effect of a change in prices on the company.“The key driver is the quarter-over-quarter change in commodity prices,” he said, adding copper production is increasing and is still expected to grow over the next two quarters.“Coal production is also increasing and is moving toward our target level of 28 million tonnes of production at our existing six mines,” he said.Lindsay said despite these increases, commodity prices were lower, in part, due to uncertainty over global economic conditions, a situation expected to continue.Quarterly revenues also dropped to $2.6 billion, compared with $2.8 billion a year ago.The Vancouver-based company said it had an adjusted profit of $312 million, or $0.53 per share, down 53 per cent compared with $663 million, or $1.12 per share, in the same quarter in 2011.“Coal production was reduced by approximately 700,000 tonnes due to the nine-day Canadian Pacific Railway labour disruption which caused a complete shutdown of rail operations from our Elk Valley mines,” Teck said.RBC Capital Markets analyst Fraser Phillips said Teck’s results are largely due to underperformance at the Andacollo mine in Chile, which should improve as projects continue to come online in 2012.“Remaining operations performed well,” Phillips said in a research note. “Of most concern is weak coal sales volumes and price guidance for Q3 2012.”Phillips noted that Teck has indicated that coal production and sales volumes will depend on customer demand.So far, Teck has five million tonnes for delivery in the third quarter at an overall estimated realized price of US$198 per tonne, versus the benchmark price of US$225 per tonne for its highest quality coals, he said.Previous cost guidance remains unchanged with operating costs for 2012 expected to be $72-$78 per tonne in 2012 and transportation costs to be $34-$38 per tonne, Phillips said.Teck also warned of tough times ahead due to “ongoing economic uncertainties in Europe and the United States and less robust growth rates in China, India and other emerging markets.”Teck is a diversified miner producing steelmaking coal, zinc, copper and energy. The company owns or has an interest in 13 mines in Canada, the United States, Chile and Peru and is actively exploring for copper, zinc and gold in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa. Teck says it can weather economic uncertainty; Q2 profit drops on weaker prices read more

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Millions in Idlib counting on your support to make the violence stop

He painted a grim picture of rising civilian death tolls; millions displaced; untold tens of thousands detained or missing; large territories fragmented between different actors; and ISIL terrorists stepping up guerrilla attacks, saying “and not yet the launch of a real political process”.“These dynamics can and must change”, he stressed as he highlighted five of the current dangers beginning with resumed hostilities in and around Idlib, in the country’s north-west, where three million civilian lives are at risk.He next turned to Syria’s north-east, where tensions flared in July with troop concentrations on the Turkish side of the border.Thirdly, he spoke about Israeli-Iranian tensions that are putting the country in the crosshairs by planning drone attacks from Syrian soil.Turning to the country’s south-west, he warned of reports of detentions, demonstrations, disappearances and assassinations.“There is no military solution for Syria”, Mr. Pedersen underscored. “Only a political process and ultimately a political solution can restore Syria’s sovereignty, protect the rights and future of all Syrians, and begin to address the deep divisions within Syrian society”.There is no military solution for Syria – UN Special EnvoyConstitutional committee Amid surging violence and lagging political progress, he spoke of a constitutional committee in Geneva, maintaining that “to be a meaningful door opener…that turns the page towards a new Syria” it should be “accompanied by measures that have real impact on the ground”, pointing to “real action on detainees, abductees and missing persons” as being “such a measure”.  According to the UN envoy, “international players have the responsibility to deepen their dialogue too” and support the UN “as we work directly with the Syrian parties.” “If the Syrians are to overcome their mistrust and division, and move step-by-step along a path to heal Syrian society and restore Syria’s place in the international community, a common international support format for Geneva will be absolutely key”, he stressed. In closing, he asked for Council’s support “in making this happen”. Noting that he has briefed “many times over the last few months”, Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that “three million people – two-thirds of them women and children – are counting on your support to make this violence stop”. According to “conservative estimates” in the Secretary-General’s latest report, he revealed that “more than 500 civilians had been killed and many hundreds more injured” in northwest Syria since late April. Most recently, 44 civilians were killed by airstrikes between 16 and 18 August, 15 others on Monday and 17 more just yesterday. “Over the last three weeks, since the collapse of the conditional ceasefire on 5 August, dozens of communities have emptied out in northern Hamaand southern Idlib”, he stated. “Satellite imagery shows that entire towns and villages have been razed to the ground,” he said, adding that many fled northwards closer to the Turkish border and those who stayed behind “are cowering in basements or in what’s left of their homes”.And yet, despite the many challenges, “the humanitarian community is doing everything it can to respond to the needs” of the people in and around Idlib, Mr. Lowcock said, elaborating that some 15,000 aid workers continue to provide shelter materials, food assistance and health services, including for newly displaced people.More than a million people who receive general food assistance every month are reached exclusively through a cross-border operation because “access from within the country is impeded,” the UN Humanitarian Coordinator stated.Dire conditions drive people out of RukbanTurning to Rukban, Mr. Lowcock said dire conditions and lack of assistance, coupled with the hope for durable solutions, have led many people to leave.And per a UN agreement with the Syrian authorities, a mission is planned to help those who wish to leave find for shelters in Homs. Satellite imagery shows that entire towns and villages have been razed to the ground – UN Humanitarian Coordinator“All movement must be voluntary, safe, well-informed and dignified, with humanitarian access assured throughout”, assured Mr. Lowcock. In Al Hol, “there are currently some 68,600 people in the camp”, living in extremely difficult conditions, he informed. “Most have been exposed to violence and trauma under ISIL”.He mentioned that the United States and Turkey plan to coordinate a so-named “safe zone” in the country’s north-east, for which the UN is not a party, and emphasized that the welfare of civilians must be insured, including by guaranteeing “unimpeded and safe humanitarian access to civilians in need”.“The UN and humanitarian agencies run a large relief operation all across Syria, reaching six million people”, including humanitarian assistance, he stated, however, with “significantly less” funding this year, he asked those who pledged at the Brussels conference in April “to take early action to implement them”.Acknowledging that “we cannot turn back the clock on what has happened”, Mr. Lowcock underlined that “this Council and its members can take meaningful action now to protect civilians and ensure full respect for international humanitarian law.“It is within your power to do that”, he concluded.‘Alarming’ scale of violenceFor his part, Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria, flagged that the scale of violence and instability in Syria is “extremely alarming”. read more

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Jason Day Deserves An Ovation But Give The Field A Golf Clap

Heading into last weekend’s PGA Championship, Australia’s Jason Day had cracked the top five in nearly a third of the major championships he’d entered. He finished in the top 10 nearly half of the time. But he’d never hoisted one of those shiny trophies they give the tournament winner. That changed Sunday, when Day won the PGA Championship, breaking the record for lowest to-par score (-20) in a major.Yet Day’s record-shattering performance also highlights just how easy it was to go under par at the majors this season. While Day’s week at the PGA ranks No. 1 according to cumulative strokes below par, it’s nowhere near the best in modern history1Which, for the purposes of this article, began in 1958 — the first year the PGA Championship adopted a stroke-play format. if we examine it using our familiar z-score system, which measures each performance relative to the field (by how many standard deviations a player’s score was below the field average, for players who made the cut).Z-scores reward not only excellence relative to par, but also dominance in comparison to one’s peers on the same course at the same time. And Day’s competitors also shot very well when held up to Whistling Straits’ par-72 standard: The average of players who made the cut was 3.6 strokes under par, which ranks fifth-lowest of any major tournament since 1958. That number explains the big disconnect between Day’s amazing to-par score and his middling (by major-winning standards) z-score:Last weekend’s low-scoring PGA Championship also capped off a season of great performances by the field in majors. July’s British Open featured the lowest to-par scoring average (-5.6) of any major since 1958, and April’s Masters Tournament (-2.4) ranked 11th-lowest. Combined, this year’s quartet of majors saw the lowest scoring average (relative to par) of any season since 1958, and the only time in that span that the average cut-maker across all majors in a season was under par.The majors in 2014 ranked second-lowest, so we’re seeing an unprecedented spate of low-scoring performances in recent seasons, though it’s not clear what’s driving the trend. We can turn to the usual sources of speculation: technological improvements outstripping course designs, a (subconscious?) movement toward friendlier scoring conditions to improve golf as a television product, an incredible font of young talent emerging in the wake of Tiger Woods’s heyday, etc.Whatever the cause, it’s leading to players like Day going low on the game’s biggest stage, even if their performances aren’t historically great relative to their peers.He didn’t win the PGA Championship, but Jordan Spieth is still having one of golf’s greatest seasons. read more

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Ljubomir Vranjes is new Serbian headcoach

Ljuba VranjesLjubomir Vranjesnew serbian headcoach ← Previous Story Swiss champion to be decided in fifth match! Next Story → Vive Targi Kielce – Mistrz Polski! SG Flensburg coach Ljubomir Vranjes (left) will have dual function in the next period. He becomes Serbian NT headcoach from the decisive matches for the placement at EHF EURO 2014 with Russia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Serbia must win in Astrahan, if “Eagles” want to play in Denmark next January. Serbian Handball Federation announced that in press statement.After June both sides will seat and negotiate about the contract… read more

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Woodland Action Center adds employment assistance program

first_img WOODLAND — The volunteers at Woodland Action Center don’t want any regular clients.The new Employment Navigation Program, which opened in January, is the center’s next step in helping people who only need the center’s services for a limited time.“We want to provide self-sufficiency,” said Jonathan Christopherson, chairman of the action center’s board. “We don’t want them to come in and just get food for the week. We want them to not need our services anymore.”The new employment center has been in the works for more than a year. It recently opened thanks to a few grants and some volunteers. Woodland Action received a $15,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente Northwest that helped purchase client desks and computers, a program coordinator computer, printers and office supplies. The program also received a $3,000 grant from U.S. Bank, which helped buy furniture for the room. Volunteers helped paint the room, finish the flooring and give the room a homey feel.There are eight computers in the center and one that is designated for Windows training. People can also bring their own laptops and hook them up to screens or use the room’s Wi-Fi.The employment center is run by Kevin Hawley, the employment resource navigator, who said about 10 people have used his services so far. While the center will help with things like resumes and job searches, Hawley and Christopherson have a broad vision for what the program can be. click to enlargelast_img read more

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Ciro Ronaldo will not score more than 30 goals for Juve

first_imgNapoli and Juventus legend, Ciro Ferrara has given his verdict on Cristiano Ronaldo claiming he will not be too prolific like in his Real Madrid days.Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window for a club record transfer fee.However, Ciro doesn’t believe the Portuguese skipper can deliver like his Los Blancos days.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I think he’ll get maximum 25-26 goals this season, but certainly fewer than he’s accustomed to scoring in Spain,” Ferrara told Il Corriere di Torino.“He won’t get more than 30 goals, in my view. It’s different in Italy and I am not saying that just because of the defenders we have here, but also the style of football. It’s more tactical and even the smaller teams are more organised.“Having said that, you cannot criticise Ronaldo, as he is a phenomenon and a great professional. This is why it makes me smile to see this apprehension over when he’ll score his first goal.”last_img read more

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The Daily Meal Hires JP Kyrillos as President

first_imgKyrillos says the site’s robust content production operation will be crucial in helping the brand attract more brands. “What these guys have done is put together a site where you’re producing content at scale, which is also getting audience at scale. With so much content at our disposal we are finding advertisers are interested in us for that reason. We’re definitely going to focus on content creation, native advertising and content licensing.” The appointment follows the recent opening of The Daily Meal’s Test Kitchen which features video production capabilities, an emphasis of the site. Spanfeller has said that video is featured on nearly every page, and the content team is now producing 3 to 5 original segments a day.”We’re doing five million streams a month,” adds Kyrillos. “The great news is we’ve figured out a way to produce high-quality video quickly and relatively inexpensively. A lot of our advertising partners could use that expertise, as well as our ability to bring in the celebrity chefs.”Spanfeller Media Group landed a $5 million series C funding round earlier this year, led by iNovia Capital, bringing the total VC raised to $12.5 million since the company launched in 2010. Epicurean site The Daily Meal has hired JP Kyrillos as its new president. Kyrillos last served as publisher of Amex Publishing’s Travel + Leisure until 2012. The spot had been open since August 2012 when previous president Scott Crystal stepped down, later being named chief revenue officer of mobile app developer Zumobi. In the meantime, The Daily Meal was being run by Spanfeller Media Group president and CEO Jim Spanfeller, along with senior vice president of marketing Jackie Stone and editorial director Colman Andrews. Kyrillos now will head up all sales and business development for the site and, for starters, plans to kick direct sales efforts into high gear. “Direct sales is absolutely a priority,” he tells Folio:. “These guys have done a great job with building up a big audience and editorial products. Now we just need to get the word out to more advertisers.”last_img read more

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Brad Pitt dating Jennifer Aniston glowing amid pregnancy rumors

first_imgJennifer Aniston even invited her ex-boyfriend to her birthday party.Getty imagesJennifer Aniston has again found herself in the midst of several bogus pregnancy rumors. Brad Pitt’s former wife was glowing while working on the sets of her latest movie.As per a report by New Idea, Jennifer Aniston was recently snapped while on the set of her latest movie. There have been rumors about her secret pregnancy and in the leaked pictures, the Friends alum appeared to be radiant and glowing.It was previously reported that Jennifer was photographed patting her stomach, which somehow made many to believe that she is pregnant. The rumors came after the talks of Jennifer going on a foreign trip with her ex-husband Brad Pitt.A bogus insider stated that Brad and Jennifer wish to go to Paris as the place always had a special place in their heart. The debunked insider added that “They’ve had lots of great holidays there over the years and it really is the city of love for them – every time they travel there, they’ve felt closer than ever before.”There has been a serious obsession of fans to see Jennifer Aniston either pregnant or with someone. Even though Brad Pitt did attend her 50th birthday party bash, these two former partners are not together in any capacity. As reported on multiple occasions, all the talks of Jennifer Aniston’s secret pregnancy with Brad Pitt are nothing but fabricated news. Brad Pitt and Jennifer AnistonGetty ImagesAt the same time, there were talks of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s secret romantic comedy movie. But as we stated in our previous report, Brad and Jennifer are not working together to make a movie that will break all the box-office records.Both Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are busy with their own lives. Brad, on hand, has his ongoing divorce proceedings with Angelina Jolie and has a number of movies to look forward to in 2019. Jennifer, on the other hand, has just come out of her second marriage and would take some time before she will think of committing into another relationship. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are single and as far as we know, they are reportedly not dating anyone.Brad Pitt will be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while Jennifer Aniston will be seen next to Adam Sandler in Netflix’s Murder Mystery movie.last_img read more

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UDC Holds Forum Against Pending Pepco Exelon Merger

first_imgD.C. residents gathered at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Clarke School of Law on April 8 to discuss their complaints about the ongoing Pepco, Exelon merger. The forum was orchestrated on behalf of The School of Law Environmental Law Society.The forum consisted of two panels, each missing an Exelon Corporation or Pepco Holdings Inc. representative, to ponder the question of whether the purchase of Pepco by Exelon was in the public’s interest.  “Its business model, when you put it in a technical way, ain’t so great,” D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (Ward 3) said. She was referencing merger problems for D.C. residents including its inherent conflict in the city’s progressive environmental agenda, higher prices, and lack of utility access with Exelon being headquartered in Chicago, Ill.  “I have no confidence that we will be insulated from price increases by joining with Exelon either in five years or later.”Mary Cheh, chair of the Committee on Transportation & the Environment, was on the first panel along with Tim Judson, executive director of the Nuclear Information & Resource Service; Tyson Slocum, director of Energy at Public Citizen and UDC law student Jessica Christy, who spoke in the affirmative on the merger.The panel’s discussion highlighted complaints that Exelon’s nuclear base would be a detriment to District residents, because it would shift all of the risk to ratepayers.Cheh said she sent a letter to council members against the merger, but only Elissa Silverman (At-Large) and Charles Allen (Ward 6) signed it.  “It’s not exactly an even playing field,” she said. “I think it’s probably indicative of the situation to note that the two council members that joined are new to the council.”The second panel spoke about reliability standards in the District. The panel consisted of attorney and Georgetown Law Professor Scott Hempling, D.C. People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye, Maryland People’s Counsel Paula Carmody, and American Institute President Diana Moss.“First of all, the Public Service Commission has stringent electric reliability standards and ironically or to my amazement . . . Exelon indicated that it could not meet the electrical reliability standards of the District of Columbia,” Mattavous-Frye said. “Now that was a nonstarter from the very beginning.”She said that even though Exelon later said they could meet the standards without raising ratepayer costs, there was “really no commitment.”In response to the forum missing a voice from either Pepco or Exelon, Myra Oppel, regional communications vice president for Pepco Holdings Inc. told the AFRO in an email on April 14.  “For the past year, Pepco and Exelon have been speaking to groups throughout the District about the companies’ proposed merger, and we are happy to participate in any debate where equal consideration is given to both sides.”Oppel said the organizers originally decided to not include Pepco or Exelon on the panels, but later asked Pepco if they would provide a representative. “While we appreciated the law school’s reconsideration and offer to allow a singular Pepco representative, we did not believe the remaining conditions placed on pro-merger participation or the design of the forum would allow for a fair and balanced discussion of the merger.”last_img read more

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ATTs and Magic Leaps Game of Thrones Experience Is a Fun Little

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 First Look: Trailer for Venice Augmented Reality Doc ‘These Sleepless Nights’ (EXCLUSIVE) This week, Magic Leap hosted Variety at its San Francisco flagship location for a demo of the experience, where it is being shown in a dedicated pop-up booth on the second floor of the store, complete with a faux brick wall, wooden crates, stacks of logs, and a partially dismembered corpse that is flailing a bit for added effect — and that’s just what you get to see without AR. Related After signing a waiver, consumers get to put on a Magic Leap headset. An intro narration briefly sets the scene, reminding participants that there are two ways to kill a White Walker: fire and dragon glass. Soon after, an AR torch appears in midair, after which one of the wooden crates starts to rock, followed by a White Walker bursting out, ready to attack. Later on in the experience, participants get to face an even mightier opponent.All of this just takes five minutes or less, depending on how well-versed participants are in slaying the undead. The experience is single-player, and while there are physical props, players don’t actually get to interact with them. For instance, you use the Magic Leap controller to pick up the AR torch, as well as any other objects, instead of handling physical representations of such objects, as one might in a more advanced location-based VR experience from a company like The Void.“The Dead Must Die: A Magic Leap Encounter” isn’t necessarily the most state-of-the-art representation of location-based entertainment, but it’s still fun, if only for a few minutes. And as a free experience open to the general public, it’s a chance for consumers to get a taste of what Magic Leap and AR headsets in general are all about, complete with portals and other visual effects used in many other Magic Leap experiences.Ultimately, we might be able to see a more immersive use of Magic Leap’s headsets for other location-based experiences. Magic Leap chief content officer Rio Caraeff told Variety last year that the company was looking to embrace location-based entertainment in the future. “We think that market, those location-based experiences, is huge,” Caraeff said. Augmented reality startup Magic Leap and AT&T have been showing a “Game of Thrones” experience ahead of the premiere of the show’s final season at select AT&T stores this month. “The Dead Must Die: A Magic Leap Encounter” isn’t necessarily breaking ground in location-based entertainment, but it’s a fun little teaser for the show, and a device that most consumers haven’t had a chance to play with until now.The experience, produced by Framestore in partnership with HBO, AT&T and Magic Leap, is currently showing in the telco’s so-called flagship stores in San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. Later this month, it is scheduled to come to select stores in Los Angeles and Dallas as well. Ultimately, there will also be a home-based version of Magic Leap owners, according to a Magic Leap spokesperson. ‘Game of Thrones’ Costume Designer Michele Clapton on the Dark, Fateful Looks of ‘The Bells’ Battlelast_img read more

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Size of Android app updates reduced significantly

first_imgSize of Android app updates reduced significantly by Martin Brinkmann on December 06, 2016 in Google Android – 8 commentsGoogle announced today that it has implemented a new updating method called file-by-file patching that reduces the size of app updates on Android by 65% on average.The company started to use the bsdiff algorithm earlier this year to reduce the size of application updates by 47% on average when compared to the full size of the Android app.The new file-by-file patching method that google announced today improves that to 65% on average, and in some cases up to 90%.Google Play sends the device a patch that describes the difference between the old and new version of the application when file-by-file patching is used.File-by-file patchingFile-by-file patching uses the following process to update an application on an Android device:Google decompresses both the old and new file to compute the delta using bsdiff.The patch is applied in the next step by decompressing the old file, applying the delta (the differences), and compressing the resulting data to a new file.Google then makes sure that the new file is identical to the file the developer uploaded to the Play Store originally.Google ran some benchmark tests comparing the old and new file patching method against each other. The result was that file-by-file patching reduced the size of the patch significantly when compared to the bsdiff method.Netflix topped the list with a 92% size reduction of the patch to 1.2 Megabyte over the original size of 16.2 Megabyte. Patch sizes dropped between 32% and 92% of the original application size, while it dropped only between 9% and 81% using the bsdiff method.As you may have noticed already, there is a drawback to the method. Since files need to be decompressed and recompressed on the device, more processing power is needed during updates.Google notes that the process takes about 1 second per Megabyte on 2015 or newer devices, and usually longer on older devices.However, there is one trade off; extra processing power is needed on the device. On modern devices (e.g. from 2015), recompression can take a little over a second per megabyte and on older or less powerful devices it can be longer. Analysis so far shows that, on average, if the patch size is halved then the time spent applying the patch (which for File-by-File includes recompression) is doubled.The company made the decision to limit the new patching method to automatic updates for the time being. These updates are run in the background and should not impact device performances too much therefore.For now, we are limiting the use of this new patching technology to auto-updates only, i.e. the updates that take place in the background, usually at night when your phone is plugged into power and you’re not likely to be using it. This ensures that users won’t have to wait any longer than usual for an update to finish when manually updating an app.A decrease in download size at the expense of longer update times on the device.Now You: would you trade update size for time?SummaryArticle NameSize of Android app updates reduced significantlyDescriptionGoogle announced today that it has implemented a new updating method called file-by-file patching that reduces the size of app updates on Android by 65% on average.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgNews | February 05, 2015 ASTRO Adds New Top Management Association will have new executive VP, leaders in advocacy and policy News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications 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 Related Content News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… 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. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD February 5, 2015 — Three American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) staff members have been promoted to new positions: Emily Wilson has been named executive vice president; Dave Adler promoted to vice president of advocacy; and Anne Hubbard promoted to director of health policy, as announced by ASTRO’s board of directors and effective immediately.“Congratulations to Emily, Dave and Anne for their extraordinary achievements during their combined 18-plus years at ASTRO,” said ASTRO Chief Executive Officer Laura I. Thevenot. “Their exemplary leadership and expertise have enabled ASTRO to be nimble and to exceed our goals for numerous projects and initiatives in today’s demanding health care environment. Health policy, quality and advocacy are among the top five priorities identified in our 2014 member survey; Emily, Dave and Anne will meet those priorities exceptionally well and play a critical role in ASTRO’s continued success to strengthen services to our members, to the radiation oncology specialty and to the more than one million cancer patients who receive radiation therapy each year.”In her new role as executive vice president, Wilson will provide her strategic vision to ASTRO’s board of directors, CEO and staff to ensure continued success across the organization to meet the goals of ASTRO’s Strategic Plan. She will also continue to oversee ASTRO’s Clinical Affairs division that leads safety, quality and policy initiatives that support ASTRO members, including the soon-to-be launched APEx (Accreditation Program for Excellence), and quality efforts including PQRSwizard, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise-Radiation Oncology (IHE-RO), guidelines, best practices and white papers. Wilson has been with ASTRO since 2005, first as director of government relations.Now vice president of advocacy, Adler was previously director of government relations and responsible for leading several significant advocacy campaigns protecting radiation oncology Medicare reimbursement, advancing efforts to end abuse of the physician self-referral law in cancer treatment and developing ASTRO’s payment reform action plan. In his new role, he will oversee both ASTRO’s Government Relations and Health Policy departments, which are responsible for ASTRO’s legislative and regulatory advocacy with federal policymakers including the White House, Congress, agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Adler also leads ASTRO efforts to collaborate with medical specialty societies, patient advocacy organizations and other healthcare coalitions.Hubbard, promoted to director of health policy, joined ASTRO in May 2014 as assistant director of health policy. In her role, Hubbard leads ASTRO’s efforts regarding the economics of managing a radiation oncology practice, including the analysis of Medicare and non-Medicare payer reimbursement policy decisions, as well as the development of ASTRO’s payment reform initiative. She serves as ASTRO’s staff advisor to the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) CPT Editorial Panel and the RVS Update Committee. Additionally, Hubbard represents ASTRO at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment meeting; and works closely with the AMA and other medical specialty societies to achieve common goals.For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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HLP Announces Mark Cole as President and CEO

first_img HLP 2017-08-17 Brianna Gilpin August 17, 2017 549 Views in Headlines, News, Secondary Market Formerly Hope LoanPort, HLP recently announced Mark Cole as their new President and CEO as well as member of the HLP board of directors. Cole is an industry veteran who has devoted his career to the non-profit sector.Prior to his being named as President and CEO, Cole served as HLP’s EVP and Chief Strategy Officer since 2014. In this role, he was responsible for developing strategies to grow HLP’s platform in order to provide foreclosure and bankruptcy mediation and help government housing agencies modernize their technology. In addition to his work developing strategies, Cole also expanded HLP’s work in the advocacy sector and led the development of new digital products to help those looking for homes asses their credit quality for a mortgage loan, giving them more control over their home buying process.“Under Mark’s leadership, HLP has expanded its platform to provide a full cycle of mortgage products for mortgage companies, government agencies and the advocacy sector,” said Faith Schwartz, HLP’s Board Chair and Co-Founder. “He is laser-focused on products and services on homeownership readiness as well as the traditional home retention loss mitigation work with the lenders and housing counseling community.”Prior to his roles at HLP, Cole served as a senior-level executive for more than 25 years in the non-profit financial counseling sector, most recently as CEO for the nation’s second largest non-profit credit counseling agency. He succeeds Cam Malchiorre, an HLP co-founder who left after six years as CEO to become the president of IndiSoft, HLP’s technology partner.Since HLP’s creation, they have provided foreclosure prevention and homeownership readiness solutions for more than 500,000 homeowners.center_img HLP Announces Mark Cole as President and CEO Sharelast_img read more