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first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Swill is our bi-monthly column dedicated to liquor, wine, beer, and every other delicious dram that falls under the broader umbrella of booze. But it’s more than just tasting notes scribbled on a cocktail napkin — Swill is about getting outside of your comfort zone, trying new things, and exploring the big, wide world of libations. One week you might catch us halfway through a bottle of single-malt scotch, and the week after that we might be buzzing on some Ugandan moonshine made from bananas. This column is just one big boozy adventure, so grab yourself a glass and join us for another round.In my opinion, the advent of American- or New Western-style gin is one of the most exciting developments to hit the booze scene in recent memory. In case you haven’t noticed, gin has been experiencing a renaissance over the past decade or so. Slowly but surely, distillers have broken free from the categorical boundaries of “dry gin,” and are now expanding what the spirit can be.  In other words, gin isn’t just about juniper anymore. Sure, juniper berry is and always will be one of the predominant ingredients in gin, but nowadays artisan distillers are inviting other botanicals into the mix. The walls have been broken down, and now the spectrum of flavors you can find inside a bottle of gin is now almost immeasurably broad.I’ve tried some absolutely ridiculous gins in the past couple years, and just when I was starting to get the feeling that I’d seen it all, I came across a new dram that completely blew my mind this past weekend: Gompers Small Batch American Gin. Go out and find a bottle of it — it’s unlike any gin you’ve ever tasted before.Most gins lean toward either the citrusy side of the spectrum, or the floral/botanical/herbaceous side. Gompers is definitely on the citrus end, but it’s also got an interesting and unorthodox ingredient inside that takes it in a completely different direction: pear. Juniper berry is still very much up front, but the sweet flavor of golden pear is almost its equal here, with a subtle hint of lavender sneaking up from below to round everything out. It’s one of the most sippable gins I’ve ever encountered.It’s great with just a splash of soda, or poured liberally into a puddle of tonic. It mixes well with just about any fruit juice, and if you’d rather forego any additives, it tastes fantastic just by itself — even at 90 proof. Even if you don’t like gin, you’ll probably like Gompers.I suggest you drop what you are doing and go find yourself a bottle immediately. It’s still pretty small right now, so you might have some trouble tracking it down outside of Oregon, but it’s well worth the hunt. Find out more here. Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini The Best American Gin last_img read more

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first_img Prev 1of2 Next Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) will help to create a more inclusive education system. The PEP, which is scheduled to begin in the September 2018/19 academic year, will replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) as the national secondary school entrance test. It is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) will help to create a more inclusive education system.The PEP, which is scheduled to begin in the September 2018/19 academic year, will replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) as the national secondary school entrance test. It is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education.Addressing the 2018 Sagicor Foundation Scholarship awardees on Thursday (August 23) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, in New Kingston, the Minister explained that PEP “is a new methodology and a better methodology, because what we are trying to do is reach everybody.”“We want to break down barriers, so we have to cater to the different learning styles. The education system has to be flexible and agile. Some persons learn in abstract ways, some persons are visual, auditory and kinaesthetic, so it is an inclusive system. I don’t want anyone left behind, so we have to create an education system that takes everybody on board,” he emphasised.The Minister noted that the new system is a better way for children to learn and apply concepts.“When you begin to understand the concepts, you become far more creative and you will become the next engineer, the next architect, because you are creating, designing and applying the knowledge and the concepts you have learned to solve problems,” he argued.This year, the Sagicor Foundation awarded 75 secondary and tertiary students with scholarships. The scholarships will cover the cost of tuition books and other related school supplies.Meanwhile, Sagicor Foundation Chairman, Dr. the Hon. R. Danny Williams, commended the awardees for the attitude and values they displayed throughout the scholarship process.“Being granted a scholarship is not something to take lightly… you are among the best and it is an achievement of which you should be very proud. Being a member of the selection committee, we were all impressed by the fact that you all exuded a sense of national pride and are eager to give back to your country and are looking forward to when you will be leaders of the country,” he said.The number of scholarships awarded to students who completed the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) this year and have successfully matriculated to secondary school has increased from 37 last year to 50 this year. Story Highlightscenter_img President and Chief Executive Officer of Sagicor Group Jamaica, Christopher Zacca (right), presents scholarship awardee, Jordan Cochrane, with a scholarship and a branded school bag during the 2018 Sagicor Foundation Scholarship Awards ceremony, held on Thursday, August 23 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.President and Chief Executive Officer of Sagicor Group Jamaica, Christopher Zacca (right), presents scholarship awardee, Jordan Cochrane, with a scholarship and a branded school bag during the 2018 Sagicor Foundation Scholarship Awards ceremony, held on Thursday, August 23 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Addressing the 2018 Sagicor Foundation Scholarship awardees on Thursday (August 23) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, in New Kingston, the Minister explained that PEP “is a new methodology and a better methodology, because what we are trying to do is reach everybody.” In the GSAT category, 27 children of JDF employees were awarded with academic grants valued at $40,000 for this school year, while the other 23 GSAT awardees received full scholarships valued at $50,000 each annually for their five years at secondary school. The full scholarships are renewed per annum on the condition that the awardees maintain an average of 80 per cent and above.For the tertiary scholarships, 25 students were selected based on academic performance, community involvement and voluntarism, strong leadership potential and financial need.Each awardee received a renewable scholarship valued at up to $250,000 towards tuition fees for a maximum of four years.The tertiary scholars will be pursuing their first degrees in various fields of study at The University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Technology (UTech), The Mico University College,Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Caribbean Maritime University and the Edna Manly College of the Visual and Performing Arts.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – Popular Quebec Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio announced Wednesday that he’s leaving politics for family reasons.Di Iorio was first elected to the House of Commons in 2015 to represent the Montreal riding of Saint-Leonard-Saint-Michel — a seat he won in a landslide with nearly 65 per cent of the vote.He said he has yet to set a precise departure date but expects to be gone by the summer. He said there is a specific family matter that triggered his decision to resign but wouldn’t go into details.“My loved ones matter to me, their well-being is of utmost importance to me,” Di Iorio said.“I’ve been away for three years and I do have to consider also their needs and their well-being.”Although he’s leaving with 18 months left in his term, Di Iorio declared “mission accomplished.” He took credit for a number of initiatives, including mobilizing support for completion of Montreal Metro’s Blue Line, creation of a national impaired driving prevention week and creation of a national Italian heritage month.Di Iorio’s time in Parliament has not been all positive. Last year, he was forced to apologize for a sexist remark aimed at then-Conservative MP Dianne Watts.According to Watts, she and Di Iorio were attending an in camera committee meeting when her cellphone rang. The ring tone prompted Di Iorio to say: “Where’s your pole to slide down on?” — which Watts took to be a reference to a stripper pole.A lawyer before entering the Commons, Di Iorio taught law and specialized in labour and employment law.He said he plans to continue working on issues that resonate with him, including the ongoing social impact of technological advances.last_img read more

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BALTIMORE — An official with Baltimore mayor’s office says the city’s IT team is restoring computer systems slowly to ensure their security after a crippling ransomware attack.The Baltimore Sun reports deputy chief of staff Sheryl Goldstein says the IT team has been split into two groups to help the city’s recovery. She says one group is working to find the code that allowed hackers to lock city files, while the other is working to restore affected systems.The computer servers were hit by the cyberattack May 7 and city officials quickly shut down most servers. Services like online payments and email were affected.Officials have said hackers using the ransomware variant RobbinHood demanded the city pay the equivalent of $76,000 in bitcoin, which Mayor Bernard Young says won’t happen.___Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.comThe Associated Press read more

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According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for South-East Asia, the evidence-based intervention ensures continued protection of children against the virus and also helps save vaccine. This method was first used in India in its provincial vaccination programmes in early 2016 and is now being scaled up nationally. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have also decided to introduce the fractional IPV doses this year, and other countries in the region are considering a shift in their immunization routines. The first of the two fractional doses is administered to infants at the age of six weeks, followed by the second at the age of 14 weeks. According to WHO, South-East Asia is also its first region to complete the polio vaccine switch from the traditionally used trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV) to the bivalent vaccine (bOPV) to prevent any paralysis caused by type 2 poliovirus strain in tOPV. The crippling and highly infectious disease, polio (poliomyelitis), is caused by the poliovirus and the last case of wild poliovirus in the region was recorded on 13 January 2011. WHO certified the region (comprising Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste) as polio-free in March 2014. All countries have been working towards the timely implementation of the global polio end game strategy to achieve a polio-free world, the UN agency noted, reminding them of the continued need “to reach every child with polio vaccines and to strengthen disease surveillance so that poliovirus does not return to cripple children.” read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuchess of Cambridge pregnant with third childSeptember 4, 2017In “Entertainment”It’s a boy! Catherine gives birth to royal babyJuly 22, 2013In “World”Taj Mahal photo of Kate, William evokes memories of Diana in 1992April 17, 2016In “World” Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge aka Kate Middleton show their newly-born son, their third child, Britain’s Prince Louis of Cambridge to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018. (AFP)LONDON, United Kingdom — Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate have named their baby son Louis Arthur Charles, Kensington Palace announced on Friday.“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles,” said a palace statement.“The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.”The name pays tribute to William’s great-great uncle Louis Mountbatten, who was killed by the IRA in 1979, while Charles is the name of William’s father.Arthur had been the bookmakers’ favourite for the couple’s third child.Louis is currently the 71st most popular name for a baby boy in England and Wales.He weighed eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes) when he was born at 11:01 am (1001 GMT) on Monday with William, the Duke of Cambridge, present for the birth.Louis is a sixth great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth, who turned 92 on Saturday, and her husband Prince Philip.He will hold the title of prince after the Queen changed the rules in 2012 to ensure that all of William’s children would be entitled to the style, not just his eldest son.Prince Louis is also the first male royal who will not overtake his sister in the line of succession after a reform that ends male primogeniture. (Excerpt from AFP) read more

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ASOBAL CupFC Barcelona HandbolFC Barcelona Lassa ← Previous Story Serbian NT goalie Darko Stanic retires! Next Story → Wael Jallouz to miss African Championship 2017 FC Barcelona Lassa won the 13th title of the ASOBAL Cup. The Spanish best team who ended fantastic winning run in ASOBAL with draw against Guadalajara, won the seventh ASOBAL Cup in a row by beating BM Abanca Ademar Leon 28:22.22 – ABANCA ADEMAR: Biosca (Cupara); Mario López (2), Juanjo Fdez. (1), Carou (1), Piñeiro, Vieyra (3), Costoya (7), Juanín García, Rodrigo Pérez, David Fernández, Pesic (3), Casqueiro, Gonzalo Pérez (1), Marqués (1), Vejin (3). Lanz.: 22/39. Pan.: 071.28 – FC BARCELONA: Pérez de Vargas; Tomás, R. Entrerríos (4), Sorhaindo, Ariño, Rivera (6 , 3p.), N’Guessan (6), Syprzak (3), Borges, Mem (6), Morros, Lenne, Palmarsson, Alexi Gómez (3), Jallouz. Lanz: 25/41. Pen: 3/4.PHOTO: FCB Handbol Facebook read more

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first_imgTHE FIRST CASE to be taken against a person accused of assisting in a suicide began in Dublin’s Circuit Criminal Court today. Gail O’Rorke’s defence team requested a long adjournment and an arraignment date of 27 March was set by the presiding judge. On that date, the accused will either plead guilty or a trial date will be elected. She has been granted bail. Dr Eimear Spain, a lecturer in law, looks at how Ireland’s legal system deals with end of life decisions. Recent developments in the Irish courts have highlighted the unsatisfactory nature of the current law relating to assisted suicide and euthanasia, with two individuals in court this week charged in relation to the death of vulnerable individuals. Until recently, prosecutions in connection with the death of an individual through assisted suicide or euthanasia were rare in Ireland.However, Gerald Vollrath pleaded guilty yesterday to the attempted murder of his 87-year-old mother at a County Waterford nursing home in January 2012. The original charge or murder, carrying a mandatory life sentence, was substituted with the lesser charge of attempted murder only after the jury had been sworn in.Meanwhile, the trial of Gail O’Rorke on a charge under the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993 begins today. These cases come just months after the High Court and Supreme Court rejected Marie Fleming’s attempt to bring legal clarity to this area, with courts placing the obligation firmly on the legislature to bring about any change in this complex area of law. While the motivation of defendant Vollrath in this case is not in the public domain as yet, the fact that the charge has now been reduced to that of attempted murder in this case will allow the court to reflect his motivation at sentencing, an option not available to those convicted of murder given the mandatory sentence. In Ireland, the law as it is currently constituted does not distinguish between murder committed with a malicious motive and one motivated by empathy, love or a desire to relieve suffering. Those who actively take a life in these circumstances are liable to be convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. ReformIn the aftermath of the Marie Fleming case, many took comfort from the emphasis placed on the discretion of the DPP not to prosecute in cases of this nature with the High Court expressing confidence that this discretion would be exercised in a humane and compassionate manner in the Fleming case. However, a difficulty may sometimes arise in determining the exact cause of death due to the weakened state of the victims and a charge of attempted murder may be substituted for a charge of murder. EuthanasiaThis debate regarding the law in this area is often highly charged and confusing, not least because of the different contexts in which life is taken and the lack of consistency in the terminology used. ‘Euthanasia’ is considered to be the deliberate ending of another’s life by a third party and may be voluntary or involuntary, such as when an individual is unable to express a desire to die. Assisted Suicide‘Assisted suicide’ occurs where one takes one’s own life with help from another, including information and medication.center_img The Supreme Court has made clear that the Oireachtas is not precluded by the constitution from legislating to decriminalise assisted dying in limited circumstances and subject to appropriate safeguards. Such a system, with clear regulation and inbuilt safeguards, would ensure that vulnerable people were protected rather than accepting the current situation without any state involvement until after a life has been taken. In the Republic of Ireland, those who assist another in dying without actually killing the person concerned may be charged with assisting suicide under the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993 which makes it an offence to aid, abet, counsel or procure the suicide of another person, or an attempt by another person to commit suicide. This offence carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment.It is important to remember that the law considers the life expectancy of the victim to be irrelevant, with the same penalty attaching to shortening a life by one hour as 50 years. However, the Vollrath and O’Rorke cases have highlighted this week the limitations of this discretion and the uncertainty surrounding the application of this discretion pointing to the need for substantive reform of the law. Legal Ramifications Outside IrelandThe legal ramifications for those who assist another to die vary across jurisdictions. Euthanasia and/or assisted suicide are permitted in various jurisdictions including Oregon, Washington, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. However, as is clear from the cases making their way thorough the Irish courts, the legal position in these jurisdictions is the exception rather than the rule. It is clear that we need certainty and clarity more than ever and the Oireachtas must not continue to ignore the plight of individuals who wish to die or their loved ones who may find themselves subject to the full wrath of the criminal justice system should they assist them to die.Dr Eimear Spain is a lecturer in law at the University of Limerick, with a research interest in end of life decisions.Column: Legal clarity needed after Marie Fleming ‘right to die’ verdict>Column: Assisted suicide ruling will be a landmark for Ireland>last_img read more

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first_imgUber’s strategy for becoming legalised in every country in which it sets up shop is to encourage its Uber-X (or other Uber brand) app users – or drivers – to break the law en masse.While that’s happening, it pours millions into lobbying and public relations campaigns to promote its economic benefits and highlight the problems of the traditional taxi industry.Targeting politicians’ weaknesses has been relatively successful, with governments around the world taking a ticket and waiting patiently for their chance to lie down and surrender.In October last year, the ACT became the first of the states and territories to wave the white flag and pass legislation to regulate Uber. NSW and Western Australia followed with their green lights in December.The next battlegrounds now are Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, where the app remains outlawed and where large populations offer prospects for Uber’s profitability. Tasmania is believed to be poised to introduce legislation to regulate Uber.A Melbourne taxi driver protest is scheduled for 17 April, while various sectors of the taxi industry will have a chance to galvanise their positions in relation to Uber and ‘ride sharing’ at a five-day Australian Taxi Industry Association annual conference on the Gold Coast starting on 10 April.Waiting in the wings – probably until Uber’s multi-million dollar lobbying effort removes barriers to entry in the point-to-point transport industry across the nation – are similar disruptive technologies.Innovative Uber rival Lyft has denied strong rumours that it’s poised to set up shop in Australia, while launch plans have recently been announced by GoCar, a spin-off from developers of taxi-booking app GoCatch, which laid its foundations in 2011 by engaging the taxi industry for support, only to now lock horns with it as a competitor. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgPEFC : pour une gestion durable des forêts L’association PEFC-France a mis en place de nouvelles mesures pour améliorer la gestion durable des forêts. Désormais, ses nombreux propriétaires et entreprises adhérents doivent conserver au moins un vieil arbre ou un arbre mort par hectare et ne doivent plus utiliser de pesticides à moins de 6 mètres d’une rivière.Conserver au moins un arbre mort ou vieux par hectare, laisser du bois mort au sol, ne pas utiliser de pesticides à moins de six mètres des rivières : le schéma 2012-2017, présenté mardi à la presse, défini par l’association PEFC-France, a pour objectif l’amélioration de leur gestion forestière durable.À lire aussiCes 18 arbres sont les plus extraordinaires de la planèteLes 52.000 propriétaires forestiers et les 2.600 entreprises de la filière, adhérents de PEFC, représentent aujourd’hui 5 millions d’hectares de forêts et plus de 50% du bois vendu en France. Désormais, ils devront donc veiller à la bonne gestion de leur stock de bois. Pour cela, ils doivent respecter un périmètre de sécurité de 6 mètres autour des rivières, dans lequel aucun pesticide ne doit être utilisé. Ils doivent également limiter les coupes rases à 2 hectares en zone de forte pente, à 10 hectare pour les autres. Enfin, ils doivent aussi veiller à garder au moins un arbre vieux ou mort par hectare. Cette préservation du bois mort au sol se révèle nécessaire pour la biodiversité, l’alimentation des insectes et la restitution des matières minérales au sol.La forêt couvre 31% des terres de la planète et sa certification a pour objectif de “conserver et améliorer les ressources et leur contribution au cycle mondial du carbone”, selon Ben Gunneberg, secrétaire général de PEFC international cité par Good-planet.info. Elle recouvre près de 15 millions d’hectares en France métropolitaine et le pays représente le troisième domaine forestier d’Europe. La surface de la forêt augmente de 82.000 hectares chaque année, la récolte étant inférieure à sa production. L’association a toujours agi pour “produire en préservant, préserver en produisant”, selon son président Marc-Antoine de Sèze. PEFC et son action pour les forêts sont en ce sens recommandées par la Commission européenne. Par ailleurs, les exigences sur la préservation forestière étaient jusqu’à aujourd’hui définies par région. Désormais, ces normes sont donc devenues nationales. Le 26 janvier 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgPrimedia Inc. said Monday it was notified by the New York Stock Exchange that its average total market capitalization was less than $75 million over a 30-day trading period and  is “below criteria” for its continued listing standards.A Primedia spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.Primedia said it has until January 2, 2009 to submit a plan “that demonstrates its ability to achieve compliance with the continued listing standards” within 18 months of its original notice. If the NYSE doesn’t accept Primedia’s plan, the company’s common stock would be subject to suspension and delisting. As of 4 p.m., Primedia’s stock was trading at $1.13, up 16.49 percent from the previous close. On October 29, the stock hit a 52-week low of $0.80. Its high was $10.04 last December.Primedia has notified the NYSE of its intent to submit a plan for the next 18 months, the publisher said.Through the first nine months, Primedia reported a net income of $27.5 million, plummeting nearly 95 percent from $504.1 million during the same period in 2007. For the third quarter, net income was down roughly 97 percent to $12 million. The falloff was due in part to the sale of Primedia’s Enthusiast Media group to Source Interlink in August 2007 for approximately $1.2 billion in stock.Revenue through the first nine months slipped 2.1 percent to $230.7 million, while Primedia’s third quarter revenue dropped 4.8 percent to $76.8 million.last_img read more

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first_img Chris Bodenner will return to The Atlantic as TheAtlantic.com’s senior editor. He formerly ran The Dish with Andrew Sullivan. Emily Anne Epstein is also taking on a newly created role as visual editor to advance the look and feel of their journalism. Food Network Magazine announced that Rory Evans, former editor at Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple and Glamour, has been named executive editor. She will join the magazine on April 13. Entertainment Weekly named Christopher Rosen senior news director. Rosen will run EW’s digital newsroom and work with news leads in each of their content verticals to coordinate coverage across all platforms. Prior to that, she was with Discovery Networks for 10 years. The Meredith Corporation hired former WE tv president and longtime TV exec, Kim Martin, to serve as its chief strategy officer. The company will task Martin to further expand its brands’ Millennial reach. Here’s the rest of this week’s people on the move: Meredith Corporation promoted Tracy Hadel to the role of associate publisher for Better Homes and Gardens. Hadel most recently served as the advertising sales director for Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine.center_img Sara Nathan was named as People.com’s news director to lead the integrated newsroom. She joins the team from DailyMail.com where she was the U.S. show business editor-at-large. Athlon Media announced that Sheri Warnke is now SVP, sales and marketing for the sports and entertainment group. Sheri has been with Athlon since November of 2014 and was most recently VP of the division. Martin’s roots in TV are deep, with decades of experience and a range of disciplines. She has held positions in media management, content development, sales and marketing. Besides her role as president and general manager at WE, Martin also worked with its parent company Rainbow Media as VP of distribution and affiliate marketing, representing additional brands like AMC, Fuse and IFC. “Kim brings outstanding skills and experiences to this position, particularly in the video content creation field,” CEO Steve Lacy says in a statement. “She has a proven track record of successful media leadership on a senior level, and cut her teeth in sales and marketing roles. Kim will serve as a valued advisor, particularly as it pertains to increasing our already strong reach to millennial women–as well as expanding our video strategy–across all our media platforms.” HOW magazine has appointed Andrew Gibbs as the new editorial and creative director. At 29-years-old, he is now the youngest editorial director of a design magazine.last_img read more

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first_imgSalman Khan praises Ranveer Singh.Varinder ChawlaRanveer Singh is currently one of the most bankable and critically acclaimed actors. With back to back hit movies, he has established himself as one of the best in the industry. Even Salman Khan is in awe of Ranveer, and considers him to be in the same league as Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan or Akshay Kumar.While speaking about launching new actors, Salman at an event reportedly said that he gives break to anyone only when he sees any potential in them. Adding further, the superstar compared Ranveer with veteran actors like Shah Rukh, Aamir and Akshay.”I would only do if I think and everyone around me thinks that this guy has got potential. Sab thodi hi Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh hai,” he said according to reports.Well, that certainly is a big compliment for Ranveer, who is comparatively much new in the business, being compared with the superstars that have been ruling the industry.Ranveer is currently enjoying the success of his latest release Gully Boy. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, the movie that also features Alia Bhatt among others has already made a box office earning close to Rs 150 crore at the domestic market.He will next be seen in another anticipated film 83 that is based on the historic Cricket World Cup victory for India in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. The movie will be directed by Kabir Khan.last_img read more

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first_img Share – / 11You can get on the new White Oak Bayou trail from the Heights trail near Studemont and I-10.  You can ride it for a little over two miles to Egbert Street, west of Shepherd.  Beth White with the Houston Parks Board says as they close more gaps in the trail network, cyclists and walkers can make more trips without having to get on the streets. “I think this will have a huge impact on trail usage,” says White. “I think more people will use it for commuting to work and also just getting out and exercising.” One of the cyclists trying out the new trail was Rick Wasson, who rode over from Meyerland. Wasson says an enhanced trail network should give people more travel options. “Instead of a Sunday drive you’ll go out on your bicycle for a Sunday ride instead of tying up extra traffic on the roads,” adds Wasson.    The new White Oak Bayou Trail costs $4 million and it was mostly funded by the Memorial-Heights Redevelopment Authority.White Oak Bayou GreenwayWhite Oak Bayou Greenway Project Map. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /00:55last_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Kunal Nayyar, who plays Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory, also wrote a bitersweet tribute on Instagram. “Thank you for your words. Thank you for your encouragement,” Nayyar wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for tuning in night in and night out. Thank you for the stories you shared about how this show made you feel.” On April 30, cast members of The Big Bang Theory wrapped up their final episode and said goodbye to fans at their last live taping.The long-running sitcom, which features 279 episodes, has been a TV favorite since it first aired on September 24, 2007. The Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, California, where The Big Bang Theory was filmed, almost felt like the last day of high school, CNN reported. The final taping was an emotional experience for the cast and crew, which endured tears, hugs, and a lot of speeches on Tuesday. On Tuesday, the cast filmed the second part of The Big Bang Theory’s one-hour farewell episode, which will air on May 16.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Vladimír Furdík: Filming the Night King’s Last Scene Was ‘Emotional’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3 Trailer: ‘Blessed Be the Fight’ 20 Years Later, How ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ Still Feels Freshcenter_img Syfy Axes ‘Krypton’ Superhero Series After 2 SeasonsWhat to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend Some of the cast members, including Melissa Rauch and Kaley Cuoco, posted touching tributes on Instagram, thanking their fellow actors and crew for 12 years of nerd-inspired fun.last_img read more

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first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/navy-premier-drag-queen-action/ Tyler John first shared Kelley’s story for the Navy, before sharing it with GSN. John is a journalist for the US Navy and the USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs Officer for our Gay, Lesbian and Supporting Sailors (GLASS) association.Kelley was doing drag before the military became a new reality for him.‘Drag was too costly of a road to go down at the time because I had college loans and living expenses to overcome,’ he originally told John.He knew, however, of what the military could offer. His father served in the Navy for 24 years as a counselor.‘Knowing the benefits of enlisting, I would be able to gain a more comfortable lifestyle to support myself and my future in drag.’Harpy in a performance onboard | Photo: ProvidedExploring his drag personaAs John describes: ‘Kelley’s hard work, determination and attention to detail is rivaled only by the dedication he has to his drag life.’Kelley first began doing drag when he was 16, inspired by RuPaul’s Drag Race.‘I never knew a man could embrace his femininity in a creative and entertaining way like that and I knew it’s what I wanted to do,’ he explained.‘When I put on a face, it’s a face of art and creativity, not just a face of make-up. To hear people cheer, laugh or cry, or even join in with you during a performance is an absolute thrill. The best thing about it is that it allows me to inspire others by just being who I am today.’ Joshua Kelley in his uniform | Photo: Provided GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Yeoman 3rd Class Joshua Kelley is challenging what it means to be a service member in the United States military. By day, he serves in the Navy as Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115’s administrative supervisor. As night falls, he assumes his drag queen persona — Harpy Daniels, Miss Gay Harrisburg America 2015. A drag family took Kelley in as he began exploring his lifestyle and identity.Tequila Daniels, who has more than 19 years of drag experience, became Kelley’s drag mother.‘Harpy had a spark within her,’ she told John of Kelley’s drag identity. ‘She was able to grab an audience’s attention and hold it, which is not as easy as some may think.’Showing off the skills | Photo: ProvidedBalancing different lifestylesKelley is now based in Japan and has less time to pursue his drag life, along with his military commitment.And he is committed.Cmdr. Samuel Gray, former commanding officer of VFA 115, wrote of him: ‘Kelley has performed his demanding duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner and demonstrated tremendous initiative and attention to detail.’Previously, he also won the Navy’s Blue Jacket award for excellence as a sailor.Still, on the weekends, he finds time to keep his passion alive.‘I practice different make-up techniques by experimenting with different styles of drag make-up. I plan different looks through costuming and hairstyling for future performances, as well as rehearse choreography to new songs.’With this current administration’s attacks on service members, both transgender people and those who are HIV positive, Kelley is a shining light of inspiration and defiance.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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first_img“Some of the projects are interesting because they are not limited to the interception of algae in the sea, but to its collection right there and mitigation measures that prevent it from landing on the shore of the beach,” said Ángel Durán Desiga, director of the Environmental Department. “We have projects that include not depositing sargasso on the beach, which when collected, causes wear, but project proposals that include collection in the sea along with maintenance and beach recovery programs,” he explained. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Six projects are under the microscope for evaluation by Playa del Carmen officials who continue to work on fighting the unwanted seaweed that arrives along Riviera Maya beaches. Durán Desiga stressed that the project participants do not include Dakatso, the company hired by the last administration to deal with the sargasso after, according to legal director René Medrano Ríos, they failed to comply with logging their work progress, which to date, has led to their being paid only seven of the 13 million agreed upon. While he did not provide specifics on any of the projects, he did say that at least three have a greater scope because they address the problem in an integral manner by incorporating protection and coastal development. Of the six projects, only one will be used in 2019, but the decision of which one will depend on the forums that the municipality intends to organize, tentatively in early January. In mid-December, Danish company Desmi ran a pilot program with the installation of a sea turtle sargasso barrier that they are hoping will control sargasso along Quintana Roo beaches. There was no mention if they were part of the six being considered. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img Share Tweet Submit The mighty Ring Video Doorbell 2 is discounted heavily today, bringing the price down to just $139 for a limited time.The original Ring Video Doorbell is still a blockbuster hit and people buy it like crazy. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 builds on the same foundations as the original and takes things further by introducing 1080p video capabilities. Rest is pretty much the same. Today, you can grab said doorbell for a price of just $139, allowing you to smarten a part of your home which millennials killed by sending a text message saying ‘Outside.’Works with Alexa to illuminate and send announcements to Echo devices when your doorbell is pressed or motion is detected. You can also see, hear, and talk to visitors through Echo Show or Echo Spot.Lets you see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PCSends alerts as soon as motion is detected or when visitors press the DoorbellPowered by the rechargeable battery pack or connects to doorbell wires for a constant chargeMonitors your home in 1080HD video with infrared night visionLets you check-in on your property at anytime with Live View on-demand videoYou can either hardwire the doorbell by replacing your existing one, or you can use it on battery power, which of course means that you have to recharge the battery every single time it runs low. Furthermore, just like the original, this one relies on a WiFi connection too, making the setup process fairly easy.Everything is managed and controlled using the Ring app or Alexa if you have the assistant in any form in your property. Cool, right?Buy Ring Video Doorbell 2 – Was $200, now just $139last_img read more

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first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | June 06, 2011 Hologic Acquires TCT International Co. Ltd. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more 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 News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more center_img IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. June 6, 2011 – Hologic, Inc. announced it has acquired TCT International, a distributor of medical products in China, including Hologic’s ThinPrep Pap Test, related instruments and other diagnostic and surgical products. TCT is a privately-held distribution company headquartered in Beijing, China. TCT employs over 500 people and possesses a large, established nationwide sales organization and customer support infrastructure. TCT management has extensive experience in developing markets for new technologies and has made ThinPrep a leading brand in China over the last decade. The TCT business will be integrated within Hologic’s international operations. The purchase price for the transaction is $135 million in cash (of which $35 million is deferred for one year), plus a two-year contingent earn out. The earn out will be payable in cash installments equal to a multiple of the incremental revenue growth in TCT’s business. The total purchase price is subject to adjustment and a maximum threshold. In Fiscal 2011, Hologic expects this transaction to generate incremental revenues of approximately $10 million and to be accretive to earnings, absent the amortization of intangibles related to the transaction and other acquisition-related charges. For more information: www.hologic.com Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Related Content News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more last_img read more

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first_imgAt Recode by Vox’s 2019 Code Conference on Tuesday, Bond partner Mary Meeker made her presentation onstage, covering everything on the internet’s latest trends. Meeker had first started presenting these reports in 1995, underlining the most important statistics and technology trends on the internet. Last year in September, Meeker quit Kleiner Perkins to start her own firm Bond and is popularly known as the Queen of the Internet. Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet trends report highlighted that the internet is continuing to grow, slowly, as more users come online, especially with mobile devices. She also talked about increased internet ad spending, data growth, as well as the rise of freemium subscription business models, interactive gaming, the on-demand economy and more. The internet trends highlighted by Meeker include: Internet Users E-commerce and advertising Internet Usage Freemium business models Data growth Jobs and Work Online Education Immigration and Healthcare Internet Users More than 50% of the world’s population now has access to the internet. There are 3.8 billion internet users in the world with Asia-pacific leading in both users and potential. China is the largest market with 21% of total internet users and India is at 12%. However, the growth is slowing by 6% in 2018 versus 7% in 2017 because so many people have come online that new users are harder to come by. New smartphone unit shipments actually declined in 2018. Per the global internet market cap leaders, the U.S. is stable at 18 of the top 30 and China is stable at 7 of the top 30. These are the two leading countries where internet innovation is at an especially high level. If we look at revenue growth for the internet market cap leaders it continues to slow – 11 percent year-on-year in Q1 versus 13 percent in Q4. Internet usage Internet usage had a solid growth, driven by investment in innovation. The digital media usage in the U.S. is accelerating up 7% versus 5% growth in 2017. The average US adult spends 6.3 hours each day with digital media, over half of which is spent on their mobiles. Wearables had 52 million users which doubled in four years. Roughly 70 million people globally listen to podcasts in the US, a figure that’s doubled in about four years. Outside the US, there’s especially high innovation in data-driven and direct fulfillment that’s growing very rapidly in China. Innovation outside the US is also especially strong in financial services. Images are also becoming an increasingly relevant way to communicate. More than 50% of the tweets of impressions today are images, video or other forms of media. Interactive gaming innovation is rising across platforms as interactive games like Fortnite become the new social media for certain people. It is accelerating with 2.4 billion users up, 6 percent year-on-year in 2018. On the flip side Almost 26% of adults are constantly online versus 21% three years ago. That number jumped to 39% for 18 to 29 year-olds surveyed. However, digital media users are taking action to reduce their usage and businesses are also taking actions to help users monitor their usage. Social media usage has decelerated up 1% in 2018 versus 6% in 2017. Privacy concerns are high but they’re moderating. Regulators and businesses are improving consumer privacy control. In digital media encrypted messaging and traffic are rising rapidly. In Q1, 87 percent of global web traffic was encrypted, up from 53 percent three years ago. Another usage concern is problematic content. Problematic content on the Internet can be less filtered and more amplified. Images and streaming can be more powerful than text. Algorithms can amplify users on patterns  and social media can amplify trending topics. Bad actors can amplify ideologies, unintended bad actors can amplify misinformation and extreme views can amplify polarization. However internet platforms are indeed driving efforts to reduce problematic content as do consumers and businesses. 88% percent of people in the U.S. believe the Internet has been mostly good for them and 70% believe the Internet has been mostly good for society. Cyber attacks have continued to rise. These include state-sponsored attacks, large-scale data provider attacks, and monetary extortion attacks. E-commerce and online advertising E-commerce is now 15 percent of retail sales. Its growth has slowed — up 12.4 percent in Q1 compared with a year earlier — but still towers over growth in regular retail, which was just 2 percent in Q1. In online advertising, on comparing the amount of media time spent versus the amount of advertising dollars spent, mobile hit equilibrium in 2018 while desktop hit that equilibrium point in 2015. The Internet ads spending on an annual basis accelerated a little bit in 2018 up 22 percent.  Most of the spending is still on Google and Facebook, but companies like Amazon and Twitter are getting a growing share. Some 62 percent of all digital display ad buying is for programmatic ads, which will continue to grow. According to the leading tech companies the internet average revenue has been decelerating on a quarterly basis of 20 percent in Q1. Google and Facebook still account for the majority of online ad revenue, but the growth of US advertising platforms like Amazon, Twitter, Snapchat, and Pinterest is outstripping the big players: Google’s ad revenue grew 1.4 times over the past nine quarters and Facebook’s grew 1.9 times, while the combined group of new players grew 2.6 times. Customer acquisition costs — the marketing spending necessary to attract each new customer — is going up. That’s unsustainable because in some cases it surpasses the long-term revenue those customers will bring. Meeker suggests cheaper ways to acquire customers, like free trials and unpaid tiers. Freemium business models Freemium business models are growing and scaling. Freemium businesses equals free user experience which enables more usage, engagement, social sharing and network effects. It also equals premium user experience which drives monetization and product innovation. Freemium business evolution started in gaming, evolving and emerging in consumer and enterprise. One of the important factors for this growth is cloud deployment revenue which grew about 58% year-over-year. Another enabler of freemium subscription business models is efficient digital payments which account for more than 50% of day-to-day transactions around the world. Data growth Internet trends indicate that a number of data plumbers are helping a lot of companies collect data, manage connections, and optimize data. In a survey of retail customers, 91% preferred brands that provided personalized offers and recommendations. 83% were willing to passively share data in exchange for personalized services and 74% were willing to actively share data in exchange for personalized experiences. Data volume and utilization is also evolving rapidly. Enterprise surpassed consumer in 2018 and cloud is overtaking both. More data is now stored in the cloud than on private enterprise servers or consumer devices. Jobs and Work Strong economic indicators, internet enabled services, and jobs are helping work. If we look at global GDP. China, the US and India are rising, but Europe is falling. Cross-border trade is at 29% of global GDP and has been growing for many years. Global relative unemployment concerns are very high outside the US and low in itself. Consumer confidence index is high and rising. Unemployment is at a 19-year low but job openings are at an all-time high and wages are rising. On-demand work is creating internet-enabled opportunities and efficiencies. There are 7 million on-demand workers up 22 percent year-on-year. Remote work is also creating internet enabled work opportunities and efficiency. Americans working remotely have risen from 5 percent versus 3 percent in 2000. Online education Education costs and student debt are rising in the US whereas post-secondary education enrollment is slowing. Online education enrollment is high across a diverse base of universities – public, private for-profit, and private not-for-profit.  Top offline institutions are ramping their online offerings at a very rapid rate – most recently University of Pennsylvania, University of London, University of Michigan and UC Boulder. Google’s growth in creating certificates for in-demand jobs is growing rapidly which they are doing in collaboration with Coursera. Immigration and Healthcare In the U.S. 60% of the most highly valued tech companies are founded by first or second generation Americans. They employed 1.9 million people last year. USA entitlements account for 61% of government spending versus 42% 30 years ago, and shows no signs of stopping. Healthcare is steadily digitizing, driven by consumers and the trends are very powerful. You can expect more telemedicine and on-demand consultations. For details and infographics, we recommend you to go through the slide deck of the Internet trends report. Read Next What Elon Musk and South African conservation can teach us about technology forecasting. 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