September 18, 2019
  • 4:41 am Mbappe discusses whirlwind rise to the top of world football
  • 4:38 am Claude Puel dreams of returning Leicester to the Champions League
  • 4:29 am Liverpool are good enough for the title Rafa
  • 6:25 pm Refurbishment projects already started on public schools
  • 6:14 pm Senior Police Arrested for Indecent Assault

first_imgAs spring planting season arrives, ASA reminds growers to take special care to prevent treated seeds from entering the supply of U.S. grains and oilseeds. Treated seeds in commodity shipments are a multi-commodity problem that warrants the attention of the entire supply chain.Maintaining a stellar reputation for appropriately managing all pesticides is one key element of providing for customer satisfaction official acceptance of exports. With food safety scares at the forefront of public and official concern, U.S. exports are subject to increased scrutiny in many markets.Treated seeds have gained the attention of import control officials and are a sure way of increasing costs and reducing the competitiveness of grains and oilseeds in the export market. Few concerns can be as damaging to supplier reputation for quality and safety of agricultural products as one over the presence of seed treatment compounds in commodities intended for use in food and feed.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook’s live video map Facebook screenshot by Andrew Hoyle/CNET The map on Facebook displayed blue dots scattered across the world. When users clicked on them, live videos popped up.Timothy Ballisty, a freelance meteorologist, used to scan the live video map during tornadoes, hurricanes and snowstorms, hoping to get a glimpse of what was happening in real time. Then, Ballisty noticed earlier this month that the map had vanished. Facebook had killed the feature late last year, but Ballisty and other users are just noticing.The link for the map now directs visitors to Facebook Watch, the social network’s video hub. Ballisty says that makes it harder for him to find the live videos he’s looking for because he has to follow specific Facebook pages for storm chasers instead of just browsing a map. “To take [the live map] away without any fanfare was kind of surprising to me,” said Ballisty, who lives in North Carolina. “It was a very useful feature.”Ballisty isn’t the only user to mourn the disappearance of the tool. Users took to the social network’s help forum to ask what happened to the live map and implore the social network to bring it back. Some have speculated that Facebook got rid of the map because it didn’t want users to see the atrocities being livestreamed on the social network, a constant problem. The removal of the feature comes amid growing scrutiny over live video’s place in society. What was once a tool for streaming silly stunts or personally important events has become a portal to murder, suicide and violence. In March, after the map was already gone, a terror suspect used Facebook Live to stream mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques that left 51 people dead. Facebook has grappled with the issue for years, and it remains a problem.A Facebook spokeswoman said the company shut down the map because it wanted to consolidate its video pages, adding the live map had “low” usage. The spokeswoman declined to provide statistics on usage. Users can still find live video in Watch and on their news feeds, she said. Internet Services Tech Industry Now playing: Watch this: Facebook perks up Live video by copying ideas from other… Share your voice 2:48 Other social media sites, including Twitter’s Periscope and Snapchat, have maps for discovering live videos. But Facebook’s size makes it harder to police the amount of offensive content that flows through its site. About 2.38 billion people log in to Facebook every month. YouTube, the Google-owned video sharing service that has 2 billion logged-in viewers every month, has a channel to discover live videos but doesn’t display them in a map. “It makes sense that Facebook would pull back on things that expose it to higher risk,” said Ted Schadler, a Forrester Research analyst. Location, he said, is a “tremendously powerful piece of data” and live video can be abused by criminals, terrorists and other bad actors like it was in New Zealand. The Facebook spokeswoman said the map wasn’t discontinued because of any safety or privacy concerns. Facebook unveiled the live video map, which was only available on desktop, in a 2016 blog post. The map, the company said, “gives you a window into what’s happening in the world right now.” In December, Facebook said it was trying to “unify the video experience” across the social network, but didn’t mention it was phasing out the live video map. A live video was shown on the map if users indicated a broadcast was public and shared their location. It debuted to mixed opinions, sometimes within the same review. TrustedReviews called the live map both “impressive” and “creepy.” A Gizmodo reporter, who said she used the map to stalk strangers for six hours, called the live videos “novel, voyeuristic, fascinating garbage.”Brin McLaughlin from California said in an email that she enjoyed using the Facebook Live map because it was a “not-too-curated glimpse into people’s broadcasts from all over the world.”She saw a baby being born in Quebec, coverage of an eclipse from Oregon and a street fair in the Canary Islands. Nowadays, on Facebook Watch, McLaughlin said she doesn’t see the same variety of videos. When the map disappeared months ago, the Facebook user noticed right away.”I also absolutely understand the specific issues of liability where live feeds are concerned, and why Facebook has chosen to do it this way,” she said. “I just wish they’d still give responsible users the option of using the map.” 6 Facebook Tags Facebook then and now (pictures) 22 Photos Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgMahathir swearing in as Malaysia`s seventh prime minister. Photo:The Straits TimesWith his shock victory in Malaysia’s election, Mahathir Mohamad has pulled off a political second act that few expected, joining the select ranks of politicians who have revived their careers.The 92-year-old former strongman ruled Malaysia with an iron fist for more than two decades before stepping down, but returned to political life to challenge his own former party, snatching a surprise win in Wednesday’s poll.Here are some other political figures who have had second, and even third acts during their careers:Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill is revered for leading Britain from the verge of defeat to victory in World War II, but his political career was far from smooth sailing.Churchill was forced to resign from government in 1915 after the disastrous Gallipoli campaign, and his eventual return to the cabinet was contentious.Appointed prime minister in 1940, he won acclaim for his rousing leadership during the war, but suffered a shock defeat in the 1945 election and was forced into the opposition.In 1951, he won a second term as prime minister, but resigned several years later as his health deteriorated.The ups and downs of his career have been cited as inspiration by other politicians looking for their own turnarounds.Shinzo AbeShinzo Abe became Japan’s youngest-ever prime minister when he took office in 2006 at the age of 52.The son of a former foreign minister and grandson of a former prime minister, Abe seemed destined for political office.But he resigned after just a year, hit by scandals and political disappointment and debilitated by health issues.In 2012, he made a shock political comeback, returning to office on a pledge to revive Japan’s economy with his signature “Abenomics” programme.He has said he was encouraged to seek a path back to power by reading a biography of Churchill entitled: “Never Despair.”Silvio BerlusconiBillionaire Italian media mogul Silvio Berlusconi is perhaps the perennial political comeback kid, serving as prime minister three times, despite a string of scandals and legal woes.After a first two-year term, he returned to power in 2001 following a campaign in which he sent a book boasting of his achievements to 15 million Italian homes.He lost power in 2006, but returned to office two years later, only to see his premiership go down in flames over sex scandals and a financial crisis.A tax fraud conviction means he is now barred from office, but that didn’t stop him seeking to become a kingmaker by backing a protege in March elections.The gambit failed, with the ever-confident former cruise ship crooner attributing his party’s poor showing in large part to his absence from the ticket.Israel’s Benjamin NetanyahuA divisive figure at home and abroad, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has nonetheless proven a political master.He became Israel’s youngest prime minister when he first won office in 1996, but was ousted just three years later by the opposition Labour party.He returned to government as a minister with his right-wing party in 2002, eventually winning a second term as prime minister in 2009.He has since earned the nickname “King Bibi”, fighting off a series of challengers despite the notoriously fractious and treacherous nature of Israeli politics.Written off multiple times over corruption scandals and criticism for his brash and undiplomatic style, he is now Israel’s second longest-serving prime minister, and the only one ever to be re-elected three times in row.last_img
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first_imgIf you need a new options to add to your non-video game nights and have burnt out on the fictional cyberpunk dystopia of Netrunner or want to move to a game more based in reality, Matt Leacock has created something you should check out. Called d0x3d!, the game not only aims to be fun, but to introduce people to network security terminology, as well as basic security constructs and attack-and-defend mechanics.The d0x3d! was inspired by Forbidden Island, a title from 2010 that is simple but versatile enough to be played either by yourself or with up to four players. Leacock’s d0x3d! comes in two editions: the Standard version that comes with everything you need to play in a “handsome” box, or the No Frills version, which comes with everything you need to play, but without the organizational box inserts and instruction manual.The gameplay seems simple enough. In fact, it was easily explained in the five minute video above (though actually interacting with a game generally helps teach it more than watching a video does). If you’re a teacher that’s skeptical of using a board game as an educational material, the d0x3d! site has a page with a few ideas that could make the game seem more legitimate in your eyes, such as using the game to help discuss and learn network topology.You can buy d0x3d! here; however, the game is open-source, so you can head on over to GitHub and freely download all the materials required to play.last_img read more

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first_img‘A party with a difference, hence the most lavish oath taking ceremony in the history of Maharashtra government formation,’ NCP spokesman Nawab Malik posted on twitter. Sharad Pawar’s NCP with 41 MLAs has already extended outside support to the BJP-led government which will take oath on Friday.The NCP has also said that it will abstain from voting if the new government has to face a trust vote to prove its majority. The swearing-in ceremony of the new government at Wankhede Stadium will be a lavish affair with about 40,000 guests, including PM Narendra Modi, several of his Cabinet colleagues, chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, besides business leaders, actors and celebrities in attendance.last_img

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first_imgThis year is the 40th anniversary of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.To mark this milestone, one photographer has drawn together significant memories of the festival from 40 LGBTI people. Richard Hedger was inspired to do so after taking photos at the event for many years. Mardi Gras Parade 2010 | Photo: Richard HedgerAnd in the 40th anniversary year he see’s how far the pride has grown as an achievement, but also a time for reflection:‘Our corporatized and globalized uber-capitalistic world has changed the landscape irrevocably and Mardi Gras can’t escape that. With the current right-wing neo-liberal party politic state endorsed poofta bashing alive and kicking, I think Mardi Gras is more relevant than ever. Our human rights are central to us as a species, nation, and world.‘I’m not fond of floats and marching people as product placement. Moreover, I believe that should be left to the ads and fences. We need more people to get on the streets and dress the fuck up again! Where are the cheeky floats taking the piss?‘Where are the grand costumes and brilliant moving sculptures? Maybe people are too busy or poor or unable to dislocate themselves from a screen – but I miss the irreverent, vibrant, rebellious, political creative edge the parade once had.’Ian Roberts – ActorIan’s portrait in Telling Tales 40 years of Sydney Mardis Gras | Photo: http://www.richardhedger.comBy the time Ian turned 18, he had started to explore his sexuality. And with a good friend would frequent Sydney’s gaybourhood Oxford Street, on Fridays and Saturdays.‘It was there that I met John Appleby and Andrew Hill, who became lifelong friends in a ménage à Trois relationship. Around 1984, the boys were going to be working at Mardi Gras doing the lighting and visual effects for the party. Leading up to the party I was a bit nervous and apprehensive. But they invited me along and I spent the night up on one of the scaffolding towers throwing fake snow. It was fabulous. The first time I’d been to the party and the first time I had explored my sexuality as well. It felt like a rebirth.’But this wasn’t his most significant memory, which was actually a sad story of the hate that can surround a pride festival:‘John and Andrew moved to America. Sadly, they both passed away from HIV/AIDS. They were a generation older than me and I often think if I’d been born earlier I might possibly not be here today. So the year after my first Mardi Gras where I was with John and Andrew, I still wasn’t out.Mardi Gras Parade 2010 | Photo: Richard Hedger‘On parade night a friend and I walked behind the Exchange Hotel on Liverpool Street and we saw an older gay man being beaten up. There was a crowd standing around making fun of him. My friend and I just stood there, joining the mob. I remember seeing them take off the man’s leather jacket and boots in order to humiliate him, spitting on him and pushing him down.‘Although the parade revelers were only a street away, there was a weird silence that seemed to go on and on. When the thugs left, the man sat in the gutter, shirt torn, clutching his jacket and tying his boots.‘My friend offered to help him up, but was pushed away and told he should have done something to help earlier. In spite of his ordeal, the man was dignified. He straightened himself and quietly walked away. But as I think back I feel so ashamed that I didn’t react to defend a gay man in trouble because I was feeling awkward about my own sexuality. I often think of him and wish I had acted differently.So now, while Ian finds Mardi Gras still relevant, he feels it needs to be more political.‘Now young gay people can go to clubs where they are accepted for who they are. Hopefully, that will continue. I’m old school. I still bear the scars of resentment and feel a sense of shame. The younger generation shouldn’t have to suffer as we did. They should never feel isolated or be discriminated against.’Casey – Sydney residentCasey’s portrait in Telling Tales 40 years of Sydney Mardis Gras | Photo: http://www.richardhedger.comCasey was 19 at his first Mardi Gras in 2004.‘I had been living in Sydney for about 18 months. Slowly I built up the confidence to go to the Oxford Street bars and clubs. But, eventually, a handful of friends decided to wander into town for the parade. My mind was blown by the sheer number of people marching, cheering from the sidelines and having the time of their lives.I paused a moment to look around and see how much joy it brought to people’s lives. I remember thinking that everyone has their own story to tell, their own journey behind and in front of them. Being there to celebrate this was powerful.But like Norrie, Mardi Gras 2016 was his game-changer year – when he marched for the first time.Mardi Gras Parade 2010 | Photo: Richard Hedger‘I was lucky enough to march with the Northern Territory float, alongside the Sistagirls from the Tiwi Islands. Morover, having followed the Sistagirls’ efforts in just getting to the parade, I was proud to be a part of their story. Seeing their excited response to the crowds, I was transported back to a 19-year-old me. In awe of the color, music, laughter and the love that reverberates through the pre-parade gathering. Marching was a blur of excitement but I have occasional flashbacks that make me break out into a massive smile.‘Mardi Gras will always be important to the LGBTI community. It holds the history of our struggle to take our rightful place in the wider society. It celebrates diversity like no other event and it sends a positive message, to young people most of all, that it is ok to be who you are and that you belong.‘I’m convinced that the future will see the continuing evolution of Mardi Gras. The festival itself is growing and leaves no stone unturned. Massive crowds continue to turn up at the various celebratory events. The positive impact it has on the community is immeasurable.’You can buy Telling Tales on Richard’s website for more stories of the 40 Years of Sydney’s Mardi Gras.Read more:We are loving the First Nations float for the 2018 Sydney Mardi Gras GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Pride hijab is back and this time it’s going to Sydney’s Mardi Gras eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) When the event began back in 1978, it was a challenging time for the LGBTI community. And yet 40 years later, Hedger believes, ‘We find ourselves in an equally challenging time.’The stories in Hedger’s ‘Telling Tales’ are a mixture of the familiar, famous and unsung heroes who attend the festival. Their personal accounts tell Mardi Gras’ 40-year history through a deeply personal lens.Reading them gives you a sense of how much Mardi Gras has developed since its grassroots inception.Like other pride festivals around the world, Mardi Gras has had to grow and change. For some that means embracing corporate sponsorship to ensure its survival. This has left some people craving for the community roots that drove the event’s early days.That longing for pride to return to its political roots rings loudly in many of the stories in ‘Telling Tales.’Hedger shared some of his photos of Mardi Gras, along with five portraits and excerpts from their stories with Gay Star News, to celebrate four decades of Sydney Mardi Gras.Norrie – ‘Demimondaine’Norries portrait in Telling Tales | Photo: http://www.richardhedger.comNorrie classes her self as a demi-monde: ‘a women considered to be of doubtful social standing and morality.’ And with her portrait in this book above – its hard to argue with her.Moving to Sydney in 1988, she found her first Mardi Gras in 1989 electrifying – ‘the glitter lay everywhere for weeks.’Back then Mardi Gras was about her protesting the active discrimination of LGBTI people. And now, 40 years on she says:‘We should be celebrating the (long fought for) achievement of marriage equality, whilst continuing to raise awareness of matters in relation to prejudice and socio-cultural injustice.’Mardi Gras Parade 2010 | Photo: Richard HedgerAnd Norrie’s most significant moment is also a pivotal moment in Mardi Gras’s recent history. One she sees as a positive change for it:‘In 2016 the police urged festival officials to sideline a young activist float. The officials agreed to do so and pulled the Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) float to the side at the starting line of the parade route.‘It would seem that some of the young people in the float had expressed their political opinion to certain MPs with whom Mardi Gras officials aspired to ingratiate favor. In my view, extracting the float was a shameful act of civil suppression whereby Mardi Gras went from a conduit for a political protest to an arena for complicity with police and politicians.‘In response, a large number of more community-minded people enrolled to vote in the Mardi Gras organization’s elections. At the next AGM, approximately half of the old Board were replaced by new voices more supportive of grassroots political engagement.’Danling – DesignerDanling’s portait in Telling Tales | Photo: http://www.richardhedger.comDanling first’s Mardi Gras was in 2008, two years after she moved to Sydney and met her first girlfriend:‘We watched the parade with friends from Oxford Street. To secure a spot, we arrived three hours before the parade was due to begin with our milk crate, water and rainbow flags at the ready. We took turns to walk around looking at the marchers and the people who dressed up. As the parade ended at 11.30pm, we would have stood on the street for over seven hours. Yet none of us complained or noticed the passing of time.’Mardi Gras Parade 2010 | Photo: Richard Hedger‘The most significant year for me was 2017 when I watched the parade from The Oxford hotel with my partner. Heaps Gay’s boombox float and aerobic dancers in their neon outfits reminded us of the positive impact Heaps Gay has on our community.‘I attend Mardi Gras every year now and will continue to do so to be a part of this meaningful event. I always take photos of the floats and the crowds for my parents in China, to show them there is no shame in having a daughter who is in love with another woman. My parents always delight in the photos. Therefore, Ffrom that perspective, Mardi Gras has inspired my family. But I believe it has for many others as well. And allows them to rethink the meaning of acceptance, equality, and love.’Tobin aka Vanessa Wagner – Educator and ‘Professional Show-off’Toby aka Vanessa’s portrait in Telling Tales 40 years of Sydney Mardis Gras | Photo: http://www.richardhedger.comIn 1986 Toby went to the Sydney Gay Youth Group that met in Chippendale. It was a mixed-gender social group who hung out on Saturday afternoons.‘It was a chance to meet people outside of the bars and we sometimes had elders talk to us about Queer history. But, we also went on the odd excursion. Safety in numbers was a good thing back then.Although being gay was decriminalized in 1984, Toby tells the book ‘the vestige of hate and violence was still close and at times pungent. The streets were dangerous, the media ugly and the dreaded ‘AIDS’ was fuelling a new level of hate. This is not the sort of climate to build self-esteem!And that’s what inspired an act of solidarity, celebration, and courage that became his most significant memory.‘The Sydney Gay Youth Group made a colorful and rudimentary structural creation on the back of a ute and I dressed up in a Bauhaus-inspired costume made of colorfully painted foam. I recall I made a strange piece of headgear too! The other young people dressed in all sorts of outfits and it was a true expression of youthful diversity.‘It was so exciting getting the float ready and even more so on the afternoon of the parade. Once night fell and we trundled up Oxford Street we felt thrilled, validated and loved. The idea of shutting down the main street for a big show-off/party/protest is just gold!’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/most-significant-mardi-gras-memory/last_img read more

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first_imgNew research suggests that LDL cholesterol may play a role in developing early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. (Credit: Atthapon Raksthaput/Shutterstock)Most of us know that high levels of “bad” cholesterol in our blood can increase our risk of developing cardiovascular problems. Now, a new study gives us another reason to keep cholesterol levels in check. High cholesterol may also play a role in the development of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, a research team has found.This rare form of dementia can strike people between their mid-30s and mid-60s. Previous studies have linked early-onset Alzheimer’s to problematic genetic mutations, but these risk factors only explained about 10 percent of cases.That left the vast majority of early-onset Alzheimer’s cases a mystery. But new research published this week in JAMA Neurology may provide some answers. A team of researchers at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and Emory University has linked early onset-Alzheimer’s to elevated levels of LDL cholesterol — or low-density lipoproteins, which is sometimes called the “bad” type of cholesterol. Researchers say that people in their study with high levels of LDL cholesterol were more likely to have early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, compared to those with lower cholesterol levels. LDL LowdownLDL cholesterol is a type of fat in the blood that can build up in arteries. Over time, these plaques can narrow arteries and increase the risk for heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems. But healthy cholesterol levels may be important for brain health, too. Previous studies have linked high cholesterol to an increased risk of developing the more common, late-onset form of Alzheimer’s. But it wasn’t understood if there was also a connection between cholesterol and the early-onset form of the disease, which affects around 200,000 people in the United States.To explore the association between cholesterol, genes, and early-onset Alzheimer’s, researchers analyzed blood samples and DNA from more than 2,100 people. Of these, more than 650 people were diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.The researchers found that around 10 percent of people in their study with early-onset Alzheimer’s had a variation of the APOE gene, which aligns with previous studies. The variant, called APOE E4, is known to raise levels of circulating cholesterol and has been tied to late-onset Alzheimer’s cases as well. At least one of three other known genetic mutations — APP, PSEN1, and PSEN2 — were found in around 3 percent of people who suffered from early-onset Alzheimer’s.Elevated RiskBut the risk factor involved in the vast majority of early-onset Alzheimer’s cases were elevated LDL cholesterol levels. Even after accounting for the APOE gene variant, the risk between LDL cholesterol and Alzheimer’s remained. This suggests that high cholesterol alone could increase risk for the disease, the researchers said. No link was found between Alzheimer’s and HDL cholesterol, which is considered the “good” kind of cholesterol. A slight association was seen with triglyceride level, which is another kind of fat found in the bloodstream.Although the study provides new insight into the causes of this complex condition, more research is needed to fully understand the link between the disease and cholesterol.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | November 21, 2012 ContextVision Provides Ultrasound 3-D Image Enhancement Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 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). November 19, 2012 – Since 1983, ContextVision has pushed its image enhancement technology forward, delivering unparalleled diagnostic image quality to clinicians. At RSNA this year, ContextVision will demonstrate its cutting-edge software within ultrasound, x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and more.The groundbreaking GOP methodology detects structures by examining the significance of each pixel in relation to its wider context. Once the structure is identified and analyzed, noise can be suppressed and the true structure, however weak, can be emphasized and seen more clearly. This versatile technology combined with image processing expertise allows ContextVision to continuously improve the quality of medical images around the world.At RSNA, ContextVision will demonstrate its cutting-edge software within a range of modalities, including:·       GOPiCE US (3D/4D) – The industry’s first ultrasound real-time three-dimensional filtering product, it enhances 3D ultrasound volumes by filtering images to remove speckle, noise and other artifacts, while simultaneously sharpening diagnostically significant structures. Volumetric acquisitions empowered by multi-dimensional image enhancement leads to faster and more accurate diagnosis.·       GOPView XR2Plus – automatically identifies and accounts for many exposure deficiencies, eliminating the need for time-consuming and costly retakes in digital radiology. With efficient black-point compensation and automatic adaptation to different collimators, GOPView XR2Plus increases the overall performance, providing world-class clarity and confidence for clinical professionals.·       Three New add-on modules for GOPView XR2Plus will be shown including Intelligent Exposure Index (EI) based on the relevant region of the image i.e. true tissue. ContextVision will also show its Defect Correct Library (DCL) as well as Doctors interface (DI) for end user image control.·       GOPView iRVUltra – ContextVision’s second generation of image enhancement technology for interventional radiology, GOPView iRVUltra, has unprecedented success in reducing noise while enhancing fine structures and edges. This ultimately allows for significantly improved image quality while maintaining patient dose, or, alternatively, preserved image quality using a lower patient dose. Initial studies have shown that image quality can be maintained while reducing dose levels by up to 50%.“Our ultra-fast algorithms for 3D/4D image enhancement allow doctors improved diagnostic value in 2D planes as well as in 3D renderings,” said Anita Tollstadius, ContextVision CEO. “These additional dimensions are essential to ultrasound examinations because they decrease the risk of not having acquired the entire anatomy, as could be the case with a 2D examination. With 3D, the whole anatomy can be acquired with one single scan.”For more information: www.contextvision.com News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 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This release… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more last_img read more

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first_imgThis article covers two important best practices for REST and RESTful APIs: Naming conventions and API Versioning. This article is taken from the book Hands-On RESTful Web Services with TypeScript 3 by Biharck Muniz Araújo. This book will guide you in designing and developing RESTful web services with the power of TypeScript 3 and Node.js. What are naming conventions One of the keys to achieving a good RESTful design is naming the HTTP verbs appropriately. It is really important to create understandable resources that allow people to easily discover and use your services. A good resource name implies that the resource is intuitive and clear to use. On the other hand, the usage of HTTP methods that are incompatible with REST patterns creates noise and makes the developer’s life harder. In this section, there will be some suggestions for creating clear and good resource URIs. It is good practice to expose resources as nouns instead of verbs. Essentially, a resource represents a thing, and that is the reason you should use nouns. Verbs refer to actions, which are used to factor HTTP actions. Three words that describe good resource naming conventions are as follows: Understandability: The resource’s representation format should be understandable and utilizable by both the server and the client Completeness: A resource should be completely represented by the format Linkability: A resource can be linked to another resource Some example resources are as follows: Users of a systemBlogs postsAn articleDisciplines in which a student is enrolledStudents in which a professor teachesA blog post draft Each resource that’s exposed by any service in a best-case scenario should be exposed by a unique URI that identifies it. It is quite common to see the same resource being exposed by more than one URI, which is definitely not good. It is also good practice to do this when the URI makes sense and describes the resource itself clearly. URIs need to be predictable, which means that they have to be consistent in terms of data structure. In general, this is not a REST required rule, but it enhances the service and/or the API. A good way to write good RESTful APIs is by writing them while having your consumers in mind. There is no reason to write an API and name it while thinking about the APIs developers rather than its consumers, who will be the people who are actually consuming your resources and API (as the name suggests). Even though the resource now has a good name, which means that it is easier to understand, it is still difficult to understand its boundaries. Imagine that services are not well named; bad naming creates a lot of chaos, such as business rule duplications, bad API usage, and so on. In addition to this, we will explain naming conventions based on a hypothetical scenario. Let’s imagine that there is a company that manages orders, offers, products, items, customers, and so on. Considering everything that we’ve said about resources, if we decided to expose a customer resource and we want to insert a new customer, the URI might be as follows: POST https:///customers The hypothetical request body might be as follows: { “fist-name” : “john”, “last-name” : “doe”, “e-mail” : “john.doe@email.com”} Imagine that the previous request will result in a customer ID of 445839 when it needs to recover the customer. The GET method could be called as follows: GET https:///customers/445839 The response will look something like this: sample body response for customer #445839:{ “customer-id”: 445839, “fist-name” : “john”, “last-name” : “doe”, “e-mail” : “john.doe@email.com”} The same URI can be used for the PUT and DELETE operations, respectively: PUT https:///customers/445839 The PUT body request might be as follows: { “last-name” : “lennon”} For the DELETE operation, the HTTP request to the URI will be as follows: DELETE https:///customers/445839 Moving on, based on the naming conventions, the product URI might be as follows: POST https:///productssample body request:{ “name” : “notebook”, “description” : “and fruit brand”}GET https:///products/9384PUT https:///products/9384sample body request:{ “name” : “desktop”}DELETE https:///products/9384 Now, the next step is to expose the URI for order creation. Before we continue, we should go over the various ways to expose the URI. The first option is to do the following: POST https:///orders However, this could be outside the context of the desired customer. The order exists without a customer, which is quite odd. The second option is to expose the order inside a customer, like so: POST https:///customers/445839/orders Based on that model, all orders belong to user 445839. If we want to retrieve those orders, we can make a GET request, like so: GET https:///customers/445839/orders As we mentioned previously, it is also possible to write hierarchical concepts when there is a relationship between resources or entities. Following the same idea of orders, how should we represent the URI to describe items within an order and an order that belongs to user 445839? First, if we would like to get a specific order, such as order 7384, we can do that like so: GET https:///customers/445839/orders/7384 Following the same approach, to get the items, we could use the following code: GET https:///customers/445839/orders/7384/items The same concept applies to the create process, where the URI is still the same, but the HTTP method is POST instead of GET. In this scenario, the body also has to be sent: POST https:///customers/445839/orders/7384{ “id” : 7834, “quantity” : 10} Now, you should have a good idea of what the GET operation offers in regard to orders. The same approach can also be applied so that you can go deeper and get a specific item from a specific order and from a specific user: GET https:///customers/445839/orders/7384/items/1 Of course, this hierarchy applies to the PUT, PATCH, and POST methods, and in some cases, the DELETE method as well. It will depend on your business rules; for example, can the item be deleted? Can I update an order? What is API versioning As APIs are being developed, gathering more business rules for their context on a day-to-day basis, generating tech debits and maturing, there often comes a point where teams need to release breaking functionality. It is also a challenge to keep their existing consumers working perfectly. One way to keep them working is by versioning APIs. Breaking changes can get messy. When something changes abruptly, it often generates issues for consumers, as this usually isn’t planned and directly affects the ability to deliver new business experiences. There is a variant that says that APIs should be versionless. This means that building APIs that won’t change their contract forces every change to be viewed through the lens of backward compatibility. This drives us to create better API interfaces, not only to solve any current issues, but to allow us to build APIs based on foundational capabilities or business capabilities themselves. Here are a few tips that should help you out: Put yourself in the consumer’s shoes: When it comes to product perspective, it is suggested that you think from the consumer’s point of view when building APIs. Most breaking changes happen because developers build APIs without considering the consumers, which means that they are building something for themselves and not for the real users’ needs. Contract-first design: The API interface has to be treated as a formal contract, which is harder to change and more important than the coding behind it. The key to API design success is understanding the consumer’s needs and the business associated with it to create a reliable contract. This is essentially a good, productive conversation between the consumers and the producers. Requires tolerant readers: It is quite common to add new fields to a contract with time. Based on what we have learned so far, this could generate a breaking change. This sometimes occurs because, unfortunately, many consumers utilize a deserializer strategy, which is strict by default. This means that, in general, the plugin that’s used to deserialize throws exceptions on fields that have never been seen before. It is not recommended to version APIs, but only because you need to add a new optional field to the contract. However, in the same way, we don’t want to break changes on the client side. Some good advice is documenting any changes, stating that new fields might be added so that the consumers aren’t surprised by any new changes. Add an object wrapper: This sounds obvious, but when teams release APIs without object wrappers, the APIs turn on hard APIs, which means that they are near impossible to evolve without having to make breaking changes. For instance, let’s say your team has delivered an API based on JSON that returns a raw JSON array. So far, so good. However, as they continue, they find out that they have to deal with paging, or have to internationalize the service or any other context change. There is no way of making changes without breaking something because the return is based on raw JSON. Always plan to version: Don’t think you have built the best turbo API in the world ever. APIs are built with a final date, even though you don’t know it yet. It’s always a good plan to build APIs while taking versioning into consideration. Including the version in the URL Including the version in the URL is an easy strategy for having the version number added at the end of the URI. Let’s see how this is done: https://api.domain.com/v1/https://api.domain.com/v2/https://api.domain.com/v3/ Basically, this model tells the consumers which API version they are using. Every breaking change increases the version number. One issue that may occur when the URI for a resource changes is that the resource may no longer be found with the old URI unless redirects are used. Versioning in the subdomain In regard to versioning in the URL, subdomain versioning puts the version within the URI but associated with the domain, like so: https://v1.api.domain.com/https://v2.api.domain.com/https://v3.api.domain.com/ This is quite similar to versioning at the end of the URI. One of the advantages of using a subdomain strategy is that your API can be hosted on different servers. Versioning on media types Another approach to versioning is using MIME types to include the API version. In short, API producers register these MIME types on their backend and then the consumers need to include accept and content-type headers. The following code lets you use an additional header: GET https:///orders/1325 HTTP/1.1Accept: application/jsonVersion: 1GET https:///orders/1325 HTTP/1.1Accept: application/jsonVersion: 2GET https:///orders/1325 HTTP/1.1Accept: application/jsonVersion: 3 The following code lets you use an additional field in the accept/content-type header: GET https:///orders/1325 HTTP/1.1Accept: application/json; version=1 GET https:///orders/1325 HTTP/1.1Accept: application/json; version=2 GET https:///orders/1325 HTTP/1.1Accept: application/json; version=3 The following code lets you use a Media type: GET https:///orders/1325 HTTP/1.1Accept: application/vnd..orders.v1+json GET https:///orders/1325 HTTP/1.1Accept: application/vnd..orders.v2+json GET https:///orders/1325 HTTP/1.1Accept: application/vnd..orders.v3+json Recommendation When using a RESTful service, it is highly recommended that you use header-based versioning. However, the recommendation is to keep the version in the URL. This strategy allows the consumers to open the API in a browser, send it in an email, bookmark it, share it more easily, and so on. This format also enables human log readability. There are also a few more recommendations regarding API versioning: Use only the major version: API consumers should only care about breaking changes. Use a version number: Keep things clear; numbering the API incrementally allows the consumer to track evolvability. Versioning APIs using timestamps or any other format only creates confusion in the consumer’s mind. This also exposes more information about versioning than is necessary. Require that the version has to be passed: Even though this is more convenient from the API producer’s perspective, starting with a version is a good strategy because the consumers will know that the API version might change and they will be prepared for that. Document your API time-to-live policy: Good documentation is a good path to follow. Keeping everything well-described will mean that consumers avoid finding out that there is no Version 1 available anymore because it has been deprecated. Policies allow consumers to be prepared for issues such as depreciation. In this article, we learned about best practices related to RESTful web services such naming conventions, and API versioning formats. Next, to look at how to design RESTful web services with OpenAPI and Swagger, focusing on the core principles while creating web services, read our book Hands-On RESTful Web Services with TypeScript 3. Read Next 7 reasons to choose GraphQL APIs over REST for building your APIs Which Python framework is best for building RESTful APIs? Django or Flask? Understanding advanced patterns in RESTful API [Tutorial]last_img read more

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> SEATTLE — Alaska is on the up and up, which is why Holland America Line is redeploying ms Oosterdam from Europe to The Last Frontier for the 2017 summer season.The addition brings the number of Holland America line ships to seven in the region, with Oosterdam joining ms Amsterdam, ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, ms Volendam and ms Zaandam for a total of 135 Alaska departures, more than any other cruise line.Seven is the lucky number in 2017, as the company will celebrate its 70th year exploring Alaska. New in 2017, Eurodam will replace ms Westerdam sailing from Seattle. The addition of another Signature Class ship means more new restaurants and venues will be available for guests to enjoy on Alaska sailings.“Our award-winning Alaska cruises are at the heart of our global itineraries, and adding Oosterdam to the region in 2017 will allow even more guests to join in celebrating the exciting milestone of our 70th year in Alaska,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “As Seattle’s hometown cruise line, we’re thrilled to be sailing three ships from our local home port for the next Alaska season.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaHolland America Line will now offer 126 seven-day cruises and nine 14-day “Great Alaskan Explorer” sailings that begin in late April and run through late September. Highlights include 46 seven-day cruises roundtrip from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Nieuw Amsterdam, Volendam, Noordam and Zaandam. In addition, Noordam and Zaandam each will sail 18 one-way alternating north-south seven-day cruises between Vancouver and Seward, Alaska.Oosterdam is slated to sail 21 seven-day cruises roundtrip from Seattle, Washington, from April through September. Eurodam will depart Seattle on 22 roundtrip seven-day cruises, while Amsterdam is scheduled to sail one seven-day itinerary from Seattle followed by nine 14-day Great Alaskan Explorer voyages.Every itinerary is highlighted by scenic cruising of Alaska’s Inside Passage and one or more of Alaska’s famous glaciers and fjords. Whether it’s from a private verandah or out on deck, guests are in for a memorable view of Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm and/or the twin Sawyer Glaciers.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaAll Seattle departures include calls at Sitka; Ketchikan; Juneau; and Victoria, B.C., and guests choose between either Glacier Bay or Hubbard Glacier for their epic glacier experience. All Glacier Bay itineraries include park ranger and Huna native speaker presentations. This classic cruise maximizes the best of what Alaska has to offer and enables guests to enjoy some of the finest scenic cruising in the world. Tags: Alaska, Holland America Line Thursday, September 8, 2016 Posted bycenter_img Share Holland America amps up Alaska program with seventh ship Travelweek Group last_img read more

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first_img “We are at a turning point, a moment of opportunity, but overall of commitment, so that the natural order that the Mother Earth is going through parallels as human beings, our lives, our civilizations,” Batzin added.  On Tuesday, Mayan priests performed a ceremony in the archeological center Kaminal Juyu, in the Guatemalan capital, as part of the activities of the countdown to the end of the age “Oxlajuj B’aktun.”  According to the Mayan solar calendar, December 21 ends an era of 5,200 years and starts a new cycle, which has led to speculation about the end of humanity, but the Maya did not share that vision. GUATEMALA CITY – The Irish band U2, British singer Elton John and Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, among other musicians, were invited to Guatemala to celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar, on December 21, according to the Culture Ministry.  The list of invitees also includes Canadian singer Neil Young, English singer Sting, Armenian metal group System of a Down and U.S. superstars Bruce Springsteen and Janet Jackson.  The Guatemalan government, Mexican producer Raúl Julia-Levy, Guatemalan writer Carlos Barrios and Mayan spiritual guides are leading the activities.  The ministry stated “world leaders, thinkers, philosophers, scientists” are invited to the “World Summit for Humanity” on December 21.  The Mayan calendar consists of 18 months of 20 days each, plus the ‘Wayeb,’ the holy month of five days. The ‘B’aktun’ is the longest unit of this system and is equivalent to about 400 years.  The Mayan culture had its peak in the so-called Classic period (250-900 AD). Then began a period of decline in the post-Classic period (900-1200 AD). Facebook Comments  “That day marks the conclusion of the Grand Cycle of the Mayan calendar – called 13 B’aktun – and the beginning of a new era of 5,200 years,” explained Culture Minister Carlos Batzin.  Others happen to believe that the end of the calendar marks the end of the world. No related posts.last_img read more

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first_img“Robotic art is a wonderful thing,” the humanoid robot artist standing across from me softly intones. Ai-Da, as she is called, makes direct eye contact with me, thanks to cameras in her eyes equipped with facial tracking technology. She blinks emptily. With her synthetic beauty, she could be a long-lost Kardashian sister.We are in Oxford at the inauguration of an exhibition of Ai-Da’s artwork, “Unsecured Futures,” a sold-out show of drawing, painting, and sculpture that deals with the dystopian potential of humanity’s relationship with technology, among other things.AdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by TeadsShe’s certainly a sophisticated machine. Even so, when it comes to AI art, I’ve learned to be a little skeptical when the art is attributed to the AI itself. After all, as much as such a genuine artist-AI would be awesome (and terrifying), we do not yet have the scientific capabilities to imbue sentience and artistic feeling onto the pattern-making machines we are able to animate.Giving the credit to the AI is a marketing move that has been made before; it paid off handsomely when Christie’s did it last October, boasting that it was “the first auction house to offer a work of art created by an algorithm.” It works because the art world is not that informed about what it is actually possible to do with AI, and we’ve all seen enough movies to flesh out the fantasy of a deeply sensitive artistic robot.In reality, though, this kind of art is the result of human collaborators writing code, in Ai-Da’s case researchers at Oxford and Leeds University. The most interesting work is actually being made when human artists direct this code.Portrait of Ai-Da the robot artist. Photo by Victor Frankowski.The romanticization has already seen dividends for the savvy art dealer spearheading the Oxford project. It’s Ai-Da’s first public unveiling, but gallerist Aidan Meller explains that artworks attributed to the machine have already brought in more than $1 million. Much of the earnings, Meller says, has gone back into the funding of the project, although he has no doubt also taken a cut. Wise to the direction of my questions, the dealer declined to specify a price range for individual works, nor a ballpark of the number of works sold. Perhaps he senses an impending expiration date for the novelty. Ai-Da is billed as “the first ultra-realistic humanoid AI artist,” a tagline with a necessary qualifier, as non-humanoid art-making robots have been made before (by artists Pindar Van Arman, Liu Xiaodong, and Sougwen Chung, to name a few). There have also been a lot of experiments with AI art, so the real novelty about Ai-Da is her appearance and artist-persona. So let’s talk about that.Romancing the SteelAi-Da was named after Ada Lovelace, the first female computer programmer. Meller says that it was “very important” that Ai-Da have a female appearance. “What we’re about today is really having everybody’s voice heard because that has not been traditional, especially in the art world,” he explains. “A female voice is needed more now than ever and we’re excited and proud of that.” I’m not quite sure what a sexy robot artist does for the cause of female representation in the art world myself, but OK.Her Kardashian-worthy appearance was designed by the robotics company behind the robots in the HBO show Westworld, and it is meant to be “engaging”—but I can’t help but raise my eyebrows at the choice to create this towering, long-haired, light-skinned beauty. I will leave you to make what you want of this icky response to Ai-Da from The Sunday Times’s art critic: “My eyes drift down to her magnificent lips […] full and puffy, like a beckoning sofa. Oh, how I want to throw myself onto them.”Ai-Da with Her Paintings. Photo by Victor Frankowski.When I ask the robot what she thinks about her appearance, I receive a rather diplomatic response: “The way I look is something for those who look upon me to consider, but perhaps is not best for me to discuss.”While Ai-Da creates her drawings autonomously, she is not yet advanced enough to enable her actual “social bot” capabilities. Her answers are either pre-programmed or there is a man behind the curtain. In this case her answers are being puppeted by the exhibition’s curator, Lucy Seal. We can also thank Seal for the sorts of literary tastes Ai-Da expresses—Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn—or for her love of Picasso’s Guernica. The same is true, for that matter, for her deep concern for our environmental future, which is the subject of many of the works on show.A Fembot of All TradesPushing back on my questions about her market and her appearance, Meller tells me he would rather we focus on the art. So let’s do that. Ai-Da makes her pictures by scanning an object or a person through her cameras. AI processes send messages to her robotic arm that allow her to make abstract line drawings that look like constellations. These are then taken as finished artworks or are fed through other neural networks to generate an outline for her sculptures and paintings. Each work is unique and the pathways that created it are deleted post-hoc so they can’t be replicated. Despite the constraint, it should be noted that Ai-Da is capable of turning around a new work every 45 minutes.One of Ai-Da’s drawings. Photo by Victor Frankowski.Her sculptures are rendered from her drawings by an (uncredited) computer scientist based in Sweden, 3D printed in wax, and cast in bronze. As for the paintings, Oxford University researcher Aidan Gomez plots the co-ordinates of the drawings onto the Cartesian plane, and runs them through another neural network to create abstract paintings, which are then executed by an actual human female painter, Suzie Emery.In Ai-Da’s defense, lots of artists outsource to studio assistants to generate their finalized works, but I can’t help but find it somewhat irksome that Ai-Da gets to take credit for the labor of an actual female artist. So much for furthering the cause of female representation in the art world. To sell the illusion, Ai-Da (who can’t walk let alone paint) was even wearing a paint-stained smock when I met her.Ai-Da and Aidan Meller. Photo by Nicky Johnston.Oh, and Ai-Da is also a performance artist, you guys. There are two videos of performances in the exhibition, one, called Privacy is “an homage to Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece.” In Ai-Da’s version, which was conceived by Seal, the robot (conveniently) stands still as it is dressed in fragments of clothes by the audience. It’s a conceit worthy of discussion, sure, but hardly anything to do with AI or Ai-Da herself.Having spent a day looking at the work and speaking to its creators, I’m forced to conclude the whole thing is a misogynist capitalist fantasy. After all, what (white, male) art dealer wouldn’t want a sexy fembot who doesn’t need to be paid, will say what you tell her to, and can churn out a potentially infinite number of saleable artworks?“Unsecured Futures” will run from 12th June – 6th July 2019 at The Barn Gallery, St John’s College, University of Oxford.Follow artnet News on Facebook: Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.last_img read more

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first_imgBoston College at the San Marco Centre hosted a Shave-a-thon on Tuesday.People went to show their support for cancer survivors and families who have lost someone to the disease. Many chose to spray their hair in funky colours. There was bright-green, hot-pink and silver, to name but a few of the options. There was also the option of colourful gel, also in bright-green and hot-pink, as well as blue. People left with awesome designs, from racing stripes to polka dots.When undergoing cancer therapy, a common side effect is hair loss. Therefore, shaving or spraying one’s hair shows visual empathy for a cancer survivor. Well done to all those who showed their support! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

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first_imgLan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineCelebrity Hong Kong chef Harlan Goldstein pays homage to the world’s rarest and most expensive delicacy, celebrating white truffle season with a contemporary gastronomic twist to traditional recipes at one of the city’s most renowned dining destinations, Lan Kwai Fong’s bold and sensual Gold restaurant.His annual culinary tribute showcases a menu of eight elaborate but discernibly mouth-watering dishes, each featuring two carefully measured grams of the prized underground tubor, freshly hunted by trained pigs and dogs in the autumn forests of Italy’s flavor-filled Piedmont region.White truffle dressing introduces the delicate flavor without overwhelming the senses, and should be selected with the recommended appetizers of prime beef tartar and Burrata cheese. Another farmhouse favorite complements savory beef carpaccio and soft Taleggio provincial cheese on earthy, sweet spring onion flatbread.The most traditional Alba-style recipe shaves white truffle on simply sumptuous tagliolini pasta with Italian white butter and Parmigiano.Keeping with this tradition is the rustic marriage of soft Italian scrambled egg with snipped chives. Hand-crafted ravioli comes deliciously infused with melting egg, Ricotta cheese and hazel nuts, while forest-flavors can be experience with the beef short rib risotto and wild mushroom, again lusciously twinned with soft-cooked organic egg.The gastronomic menu extends to white truffle embellishing a familiar Piedmont partnership of Pecorino cheese and cauliflower cream custard, topped with Iberico ham from preeminent Spanish producer 5J.Offering an unsurpassed dining experience, Gold restaurant will have guests ensconced in its intricate and expensive flavors, all the while in a trendy setting that speaks to Goldstein’s Lower East Side New York background.www.gold-dining.comlast_img read more

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first_imgIn the latest twist in the ongoing saga concerning construction giant Joannou & Paraskevaides Group, staff at J&P Overseas’ Saudi Arabia operations have threatened to down tools if they are not paid some 80m Saudi Arabian Riyals ($21.3m) they are owed by the end of August.In a May 24 letter to CEO Andreas Papathomas, seen by the Sunday Mail and signed by 822 people, the workers expressed concern over their overdue payments for February, March, and April, as well as annual package balances for the past three years.Most of the 5,500 staff has not been paid since February though for some it has been longer than six months. Saudi nationals working for the company have been paid until April.The staff said they had remained loyal to the company during the difficult period it was going through and by doing so they had unwillingly contributed to its financing to the tune of around SAR80m.They said that they had expected a similar gesture from Papathomas, “and at the very least to reimburse” them with an equivalent amount to prove his commitment to the survival of the company.However, they said, events in the past few months left them with little faith that the overdue sums will be paid.The workers said they were putting the company “under final notice” that as a minimum they wanted a written commitment from the board by May 31 that outstanding salary payments for all employees were secured and that they would be paid in strict accordance to a timeframe they provided ending on August 31.The workers also asked for a written pledge that all future payments would be secured.“In case the above commitment is not confirmed we will be left with no other option but to suspend any work on the sites and offices.”Papathomas responded on May 31 saying he would do his best to ensure one month’s pay by June 15, imploring the workers to be patient and reminding them that in its 60-year history, the company had never failed to meet its obligations.He said the company was finalising the terms of a “mobilisation loan in a substantial amount” and once received, it would have funds not only to pay salaries but also to actively operate on the sites and raising income to pay salaries in the future.“The lack of liquidity experience in recent months is the result of unpaid overdue amounts from the company’s clients, the collection of which we are pursuing on an urgent basis,” Papathomas said.Papathomas said the company “fully accepts liability for all salaries and obligations that are due to its employees” and he appealed to their loyalty asking for a further 15 days to give the company time to sort out funds and draft a payment plan close to the one demanded by the workers.“In the meantime, I have requested that the JPO BoD [board of directors] takes immediate steps to pay you one further month salary within the next 15 days. In this respect, please rest assured that I am personally making strenuous efforts to expedite the BoD’s decision on this matter.”Before Papathomas’ letter, Tasos Constantinou, the group’s chief operations officer and general manager for Saudi Arabia, convened a meeting of managers and senior personnel and asked them to postpone the strike because the company would close. He too asked for 15 days to secure the guarantees the staff wanted.In the meantime, an email from Papathomas to Constantinou was leaked blaming the Joannou family for the delays. Papathomas had also paid for an advertisement in Cyprus newspapers, blaming the Joannou family for company’s inability to meet its financial obligations in Saudi Arabia, a claim rejected in a subsequent ad by J&P.June 15 has come and gone without any developments. Saudi Arabia is observing the Ramadan Eid holiday and there will be no work until Wednesday. Constantinou will not be back in the country before June 25.The company’s problems became public in March when an earlier letter from the workers to Papathomas was leaked detailing their hardship because of being unpaid for months.In April, J&P Overseas said it had made €120m from the sale of an airport in Jordan, boosting its cashflow and enabling the company to pay staff in Saudi Arabia but it appears that cashflow problems persist. Some €45m from the revenue went to the banks, while the Joannou family had demanded that Papathomas submitted a detailed plan on how the money would be used.It was also reported recently that siblings Efthivoulos and Leoni Paraskevaidi had forced their mother Thelma off the board of J&P Ltd, the first company set up in Cyprus in 1941, because they consider her support for Papathomas the main cause of the problems.The Paraskevaides family has been split into two camps, Efthivoulos and Leoni on one, and Thelma and her other daughter, Christina, and son-in-law Papathomas on the other. Leonie and Efthyvoulos are currently in court in Cyprus trying to have Papathomas removed from his position, a move the Joannou family also supports.  You May LikeWeb Hosting | Search AdsFree Web Hosting Options May Still be AvailableWeb Hosting | Search AdsUndohowchooHow To Get Amazon Prime For Free (7 Tested Methods)howchooUndoBacalaoCheck out the 30 most beautiful women in the worldBacalaoUndo Four dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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