Happiest place on Earth Alberta daycare captures fairytale imagination

first_imgMORINVILLE, Alta. – Once upon a time, in a town north of Edmonton, there was a man who dreamed of building something magical.After a year of construction, using $3 million from his own pocket, Robert Chauvet turned a Morinville parking lot into a scene out of a fairy tale. There’s a fantastical structure with a wavy roof, curved wooden doors and — as his story goes — a chimney squashed by a giant.“I’ve always been fascinated by the imagination and creative minds of children,” says the 71-year-old father, grandfather and retired owner of a construction company.“Everybody builds houses. And whether you build 10 or 1,000, basically you’re just a house-builder. It doesn’t leave anything special behind.”Because Chauvet wanted children to enjoy his final building project in the town of 9,800, he had it designed as a daycare.He rents it out to the Fable Child Care Centre, which opened in June.“The kids always seem happy here,” says father Dave Brooks, as he helps two-year-old Hadley wiggle out of her jacket during a morning drop-off.Brooks thinks the daycare resembles more of a hobbit house from “Lord of the Rings.”Most of the arched doors are adult-sized, except for one leading into the toddlers’ room. Parents and workers have to duck to pass through. In another room, there’s a cavernous children’s bathroom and on the wall next to it a picture of a squirming raccoon waiting for its turn.Fairies and bunnies are painted on walls, and tree branches stretch into clouds on the ceiling, perfect for nap time.“It’s a blessing to come to work every day,” says daycare operator Bonnie Provost. “Kids and families love it.”With a capacity for 85 children, the centre is just over half full.And by next year, it could also be bustling with brides.Chauvet and his wife, Hien Ho, hope an upstairs rental space and outside flower garden will make a happily-ever-after venue for weddings and photo shoots.As the couple walk along the garden’s path, they point to a waterfall and behind it a hidden door where a gnome lives.Chauvet says he’s especially proud of the roof’s curvy shingles that workers spent seven months cutting by hand. He’s also pleased with children’s artwork that is outlined in the lead-glass windows and scratched into the cement foundation.He recounts how one burly concrete worker happily spent time on his hands and knees stamping and painting bears and butterflies into the stone work.Also along the path are sculptures of seven children Chauvet says helped make his dream come true.“The kids built the daycare with the help of an old carpenter,” he chuckles.last_img read more

WPC budget passed after controvercy

The budget for the Western Provincial Council (WPC) was passed unanimously today following controversy in the Council earlier this week.The budget which was passed today included funds allocated for the WPC Health Ministry. The budget allocation for the Health Ministry was defeated by the Council this week and the Western Province Health Minister Nishantha Warnasinghe subsequently lost his portfolio. (Colombo Gazette)

New interactive tool for those with dementia

Technology is being used to help a generation that grew up without it.Ralph Fralick, a resident at Cedarwood Village in Simcoe, and his wife Mary are among those benefiting from modern technology.Cedarwood installed an ABBY machine in the dementia unit in December 2018.The ABBY, created by Ambient Activity Technologies, augments the environment for those with mid to late stage dementia by providing experiences such as petting a cat, turning a wheel, or flipping a switch.“He loves it, especially the car one, because he had to give up his licence,” said Mary.Each of these physical interactions is met by a visual or audible display on the machine.Mary said she is able to interact with Ralph and the machine, creating quality time together.“Other residents will walk by when we’re here and they’ll want to use it too, so it’s really interacting with everybody,” said Mary, who lives in the attached Cedarwood apartment buildings and is able to visit Ralph regularly.Cedarwood staff has noticed changes in many of the residents that interact with the ABBY, noting a little less responsive behaviours, and more cognition in working with the interactive device.“It’s really made a difference down here in the lounge because it gives them something to interact with and engage them rather than just sitting around,” said Sherri Young, the program manager at Cedarwood Village. “It’s very good for mental aerobics because you’re using your brain in doing some of these different activities.”The creators of the ABBY suggest putting it in a highly visited area. Cedarwood has placed it in the lounge of the unit. As residents wander by they often stop to interact with the technology.“Technology can be confusing for people with dementia, but it can also be beneficial,” said Susan Cuming, public education co-ordinator at the Alzheimer Society of Haldimand Norfolk.“As people move into long-term care machines such as the ABBY and other interactive technologies are so beneficial,” she said.Cuming said there are multiple pieces of technology that can be helpful for both people with dementia and their caregivers.There are applications that allow caregivers to turn off appliances such as stoves from out of the home. There are also tracking devices that can be worn, helping the 60 per cent of people with dementia that are known to be wanderers.The Alzheimer Society offers a program called Music for Memory, which has similar goals to the ABBY. They load iPods with people’s personal music collection to help people with dementia connect with old feelings.“People don’t lose memories, they lose access to them,” said Cuming. “Things like the ABBY and the iPods help to reconnect with things that they enjoy, and things that they’re familiar with.”There are fewer than 10 ABBY units installed in Ontario.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Germany to turn government buildings in Bonn into UN offices

The buildings are to be fully refurbished and will eventually accommodate the offices of the UN Volunteers, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The facilities, which will be able to accommodate up to a 1,000 staff, will also house the secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the UN Convention on Migratory Species. The current staff of 600 is due to move into the refurbished buildings in 2005.

Culture on display at Celebration of Nations

Maria Millan, second from left, makes some music with Rodolfo Tapia (representing Mexico) and Maitham Alawami (representing Saudi Arabia).Pond Inlet was filled with the music and aroma of various countries at the annual Celebration of Nations event.About 25 countries were represented at the March 10 event. Many tables featured food samples and informative displays about the represented countries, which included Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and the United States.An estimated 300 people come through the multicultural event, said Maria Millan, president of the Brock International Students Association.“It’s a chance to show how proud we are of our countries,” said Millan at her display for her native Colombia. “It’s a good opportunity to learn about how many different cultures are represented at Brock.”Brock has students from more than 80 countries, she said.• Watch a video with more of Millan’s comments about Brock’s international community.Denyse Renk, an international student from Australia, said she enjoyed going from table to table trying the food. When she arrived for her semester at Brock, she was pleased to see the energetic community here.“There is so much spirit at Brock,” she said.International Services and Programs Abroad presented the event in collaboration with Brock International, International Recruitment, Associate Vice-President Student Services, ESL Services, and the Brock University Students’ Association.Students presenting cuisine from Nigeria included, from left, Ronke Alao, Tomiwa Oladele and Cindy Okoro. read more

Arizona State beats Texas Southern 8371 behind Cheatham

TEMPE, Ariz. — Zylan Cheatham had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the second triple-double in school history, lifting Arizona State to an 83-71 win over Texas Southern Saturday night.Cheatham came up an assist short of joining Jordan Bachynski as the only Arizona State players with a triple double in Wednesday’s win over Omaha. The San Diego State transfer finished it off against Texas Southern (3-5), passing up a shot, driving and kicking to Luguentz Dort for a 3-pointer with 2 1/2 minutes left.Arizona State (7-0) played its second straight game without Remy Martin, Rob Edwards and Mickey Mitchell. The Sun Devils made up for the trio’s absence by dominating inside to win their 20th straight nonconference game.Arizona State got Texas Southern big man Trayvon Reed in almost instant foul trouble and took advantage, scoring 18 more points in the paint than the Tigers while grabbing 14 more rebounds.Romello White had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Sun Devils, who are 7-0 for the second time in 38 years — both in the last two seasons.Devocio Butler led Texas Southern with 18 points.The Tigers have played a difficult nonconference schedule, facing Baylor, No. 1 Gonzaga, Iowa State, San Diego State and Oregon — all on the road.Texas Southern opened the season with a victory over Baylor and last week handed Oregon just its fourth nonconference home loss since Matthew Knight Arena opened in 2011.The 7-foot-2 Reed had his way with the Ducks, scoring 23 points while making all nine of his shots on dunks.He didn’t get much of a chance to inflict any damage on the Wells Fargo Arena rims, picking up two fouls in the opening 93 seconds.White, who caused the two fouls, benefited the most with the big man out, scoring 10 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the opening seven minutes as Arizona State built a 10-point lead.Texas Southern got back in it on the defensive end, holding Arizona State without a field goal for more than six minutes to pull within 23-22.Arizona State had a scare late in the first half, when freshman forward Taeshon Cherry had to be helped to the locker room after banging his right knee on the floor and writhing in pain. He returned for the second half and immediately hit a 3-pointer to put the Sun Devils up 43-32.Cherry finished with 14 points and Arizona State didn’t let the Tigers get any closer than six points before pulling away in the second half.BIG PICTURETexas Southern figured to have a hard time inside against the long, athletic Sun Devils and Reed’s foul trouble put the Tigers in an even more difficult spot.Arizona State may have a depleted roster, but depth and a big night from Cheatham carried the Sun Devils to another nonconference victory.UP NEXTTexas Southern plays at Georgia on Monday.Arizona State faces No. 5 Nevada Friday in Los Angeles.John Marshall, The Associated Press read more

Football Off week plans and more from Urban Meyer on the Big

Urban Meyer gets his team set take the field for their matchup for with the Maryland Terrapins. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorComing off a 56-14 beatdown of Nebraska (3-4, 2-2 Big Ten) on the road, No. 6 Ohio State (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) has a chance to catch its breath during its off week before playing host to No. 2 Penn State on Oct. 28.Head coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches teleconference he is going to use the bye week as a chance for the team to not only take it easy, but also to begin with some early preparations for the Buckeyes’ most daunting opponent this season.“It’s a combination of both [rest and preparation for Penn State],” Meyer said. “Fundamental preparation, but also we’re facing the No. 2 team in America, so we’re getting a head start on them as well.”For a lot of teams, the off week is not only a chance for the players to rest, but also for coaches to spend some time recruiting. Without as much time dedicated to practice, Meyer can shift some of the coaching staff’s focus to securing the commitment of top recruits.“We also understand it’s October and a lot of these players are making so many early decisions nowadays,” Meyer said. “The entire staff was out Monday and some guys are still out and on their way back now for practice. So it’s a very serious time to get out and making the last — you can’t see the players, but at least see the school and at least show support for them.”Here are some additional notes from the teleconference:Meyer on the health of redshirt sophomore left tackle Jamarco Jones and senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes: “All are very probable. They’ll all be ready by next week.”Meyer on redshirt junior right guard Demetrius Knox: “I understand he did grade a champion, which is excellent for his first real career start at Ohio State and it comes at the right time. He certainly has the skillset to play if he decides that this is the kind of jump start his career. We’re all in if he can do that.”Meyer on redshirt junior kicker Sean Nuernberger’s key to improved season: “Just the power, we changed his whole entire strength program starting — this spring he wasn’t hitting the ball at all. And he really had a bad year and he’s really strong right now. He’s very powerful. He’s hit a couple 60-yarders in practice, so he’s getting much stronger.”Meyer on defensive struggles in the second half against Nebraska: “I think the fact they hit a couple big ones and that just alarms you when you see a player run away from your secondary like the one big touchdown. I know [defensive coordinator Greg] Schiano is going to address it and we have to play better in the back end. But like you said, we’ve seen a lot of progress, but we’re also — and I’ve said it many, many times — very realistic about what’s happened the last five games and what’s coming up the next few games, so starting with Penn State. That’s an area that needs to continue to improve because we’re nowhere near where we need to be.”Meyer on offensive keys to improvement: “And the key to the championship year in [2014] in our great year … is that when you get to the big games that your offense continues to perform. Last year, that did not happen. This time last year, we have a similar type scores and a lot of the same statistics, however I do feel it is much smoother. I feel the communication, the play-calling I think excellent right now and the development of players. The group of receivers, this is one of the best groups we’ve ever had. I just like the development of the offense right now. We’ll see if we’re having this conversation in a few weeks. If we are, that means we’re a legitimate top offense.” read more

Mens Gymnastics Hungry for titles Ohio State prepares for 2018 season

Ohio State then-sophomore Tristan Burke performs on floor against Michigan at St. John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s gymnastics team is setting the bar high for its 2018 season, with Big Ten and NCAA titles in sight.The Buckeyes are trying to qualify for the Big Ten championships for the third year in a row. And after finishing as NCAA runner-ups last year, Ohio State is trying to capture its first NCAA championship since 2001.“My sophomore year, we got third [in the NCAA Conference], last year, we got second and this year, our team is in pretty good shape,” senior Seth Delbridge said. “Everyone is doing pretty well, so I think we all have it in our heads that we could contend for a national title.” With five new freshman on their 24-person active roster, the Buckeyes are focusing on being team oriented to reach their goals.“The preseason really is kind of a time for us, as a team, to grow,” said Drew Moling, the team’s director of operations. “We’re really trying to help our student athletes and this team to create that bond, for this year.”Ohio State will have two new talented freshman join its roster. Sean Neighbarger and Max Andryushchenko are newcomers to look out for. Both competed at the P&G U.S.A. National Championships over the summer.Some returning key players, and this year’s team captains, competing as all-around athletes, are Delbridge, senior Sean Melton and junior Alec Yoder.In addition to competing for the Buckeyes, Melton and Yoder are also currently on the USA Men’s Senior National Team, and both competed alongside Neighbarger and Andryushchenko at the P&G National Championships.“Those four, who were training together this summer, were competing together, so I think those guys are really going to kind of bring some leadership, from competing at the U.S.A. level, to this team and beyond,” Moling said.Moleing said some major competitors in the Big Ten are Illinois and Minnesota, the second- and third-place finishers in the conference, respectively. In the NCAA, OSU’s biggest competition is Oklahoma. The Sooners are three-time defending NCAA champions and remain the team to beat this season.“They want to win,” Moling said. “Like I said, it’s been 2001 since we’ve brought home an NCAA championship, and this team is super hungry for that this year.” To up their game and prepare for the challenge of the season to come, the Buckeyes are looking to increase strength and endurance by incorporating more conditioning workouts, both before and after their event practices.“At the end of the day, if we hit our routines and we do our job, I think we’re going to, hopefully come out on top.” After an intrasquad scrimmage Nov. 18, the Buckeyes will be back in action with another exhibition Jan. 6. The Alumni Exhibition starts at 2 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

Special Purpose Unit begins process of selling GuySuCo assets Estates

The Special Purpose Unit (SPU) that has been set up under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) has begun the process of selling the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) assets, including a number of estates.Conducted under the ‘Sugar Industry Privatisation and Diversification’, the outfit is currently soliciting proposals from companies or persons either individually or as part of a joint venture or consortium “with an interest in the privatisation and/or diversification of Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales and East Demerara ‘Enmore’ factories.”Finance Minister Winston JordanThe request for letters of interest by the SPU is identified as the first step in the process of finding and shortlisting buyers or investors.The entity has noted too that in order to increase transparency, it is partnering with a suitably qualified international financial services firm ‘to provide technical and financial advisory support in the process leading to a successful privatisation and diversification of the sugar industry.’At the time of announcing the creation of the Special Purpose Unit, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had indicated that some $60 million had been set aside to hire an accounting firm in order to lead the divestment process, including updated valuations of the assets.Those looking to invest in, or purchase any of the assets have a month since the deadline for submission of letters of interest is November.NICIL has since stressed that it is under no obligation to accept any or all of the letters received.Skeldon Sugar FactoryIncluded in the more than $6.3 billion supplementary request earlier this year was a sum of $130 million earmarked as a subsidy for contribution to local organisations.According to the explanatory remarks accompanying the request, the money is “to provide for the establishment of a Special Purpose Unit to manage the reform of the sugar industry.”According to the Financial Paper, the amount includes provision for employment costs, utilities, professional and legal fees, advertisements, operating supplies furniture and equipment.“This is a Special Purpose Unit designed purely for what I indicated… the focus of this Unit is privatsiation and divestment of identified assets one of which is Skeldon Estate, that is their top priority,” Minister Jordan had told Parliamentarians at the time.The Finance Minister told the House that other identified properties will soon be transferred to the Special Purpose Unit for divestment by that outfit.GuySuCo, he said, will identify the lands or assets to be divested after which it will be transferred to the Special Purpose Unit.“In other words, we pulling out this whole exercise from GuySuCo so GuySuCo can continue with its operations,” according the Minister Jordan.The Finance Minister said some $30 million has been set aside for the payment of salaries for the Unit which he expects will be headed by a Director and deputy along with support staff.As part of the ongoing divestment of the assets belonging to the beleaguered GuySuCo, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, recently announced that Colvin Keith-London has been appointed head of that SPU.That Unit has been tasked with the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets, inclusive of its lands; and according to Harmon, Keith-London will be based at the Kingston Headquarters of NICIL.That Unit was first announced by the Agriculture Minister when, in recent months, he presented to the National Assembly a policy paper on the future of the sugar industry. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInt’l firm to value GuySuCo’s assets to be announced by mid-December- SPUNovember 21, 2017In “Business”Govt selling its shares in Guyana Stock Feeds Inc.November 22, 2017In “Business”Company set up to sell GuySuCo’s assets a ‘vehicle for corruption’- JagdeoOctober 6, 2017In “Business” read more

Logitech wants you to pay 100 for a big button

first_imgLogitech has plenty of keyboards, mice, speakers, and headsets that they’ll sell you for a hundred bucks. Now they want you to pay that much for a big ol’ button.To be clear, this isn’t a new input device for your computer and it’s not just an overpriced knockoff of the Staples Easy Button. The Logitech  — sorry, Logi, they re-branded — Pop actually does do stuff. It’s really a sophisticated piece of home automation equipment that’s been crammed into an extremely minimalist package, and your $100 gets you both a Pop and the required base unit.The Pop is basically a touch-sensitive pad that you can stick pretty much anywhere. It’s battery-powered and communicates via WiFi so there’s no wiring required. As for what Pop does when you perform a gesture on it, that’s up to you.We’ll assume this kid is communicating with his friend in the Upside DownPop owners can use its companion app to set up IFTTT-like recipes to control the smart devices in their homes, from Philips’ Hue bulbs to Sonos’ multi-room audio gear. They can be as simple as turning a single light on and off or as complex as setting your home theater room up for an epic Netflix binge.Logi believes that they’re a stylish alternative to, say, a voice-controlled system like Amazon Echo. It’s also a much cheaper alternative if all you’re after is device control. Additional Pops cost just $39.99, less than half the price of an Echo Dot. Plus, they’re not listening to every sound that gets made in your room, which gives them a much lower score on the creepy index.last_img read more

IRS phone scammers target San Diego County residents

first_img Ginger Jeffries Posted: September 27, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter September 27, 2018 IRS phone scammers target San Diego County residents Ginger Jeffries, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries reports on a consumer alert involving scammers identifying themselves as agents from the IRS or Law Enforcement organizations.Several people who live in Chula Vista have reported getting calls like this, but authorities say this is a warning for everyone in San Diego County.last_img read more

Police arrest 3 suspects accused of burglarizing MiamiDade homes

first_imgMIAMI SHORES, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Shores Police have made arrests following a series of home burglaries, most recently in Miami Shores.According to police, officers arrested 18-year-old Wilson Noel, 17-year-old Javon Alcime and 17-year-old Bjklis Pierre, Monday.Authorities said the three suspects are responsible for a series of home burglaries, including one that was caught on a home’s surveillance camera in Miami Shores.In the video captured by home surveillance cameras, police said the two men were seen ringing the doorbell before removing the door from its hinges.Once the alarm went off, the burglars were forced to leave without stealing anything from the home.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi resigns as Congress president

first_imgRahul Gandhi. Photo: AFPRahul Gandhi quit Wednesday as head of India’s main opposition Congress party, taking the blame for a second-straight election humiliation by right-wing Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”As president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election,” he said in a statement on his official Twitter account.”Accountability is critical for the future growth of our party. It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress president.”The 49-year-old, who was seeking to become the fourth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to become prime minister, had only been Congress president since December 2017.Congress has dominated Indian politics since independence in 1948, but it has seen a spectacular collapse in support in the past decade.Gandhi said immediately after his party’s defeat in the April-May national elections that he would not continue as leader, but party barons had hoped to change his mind and Wednesday’s official announcement still came as a surprise.Congress won only 52 of the 543 seats in the lower house of parliament in the election. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took 303 seats, increasing its majority as it won a second consecutive five-year term.The BJP’s huge victory stunned the opposition and political pundits who had predicted a reduced majority for Modi’s party.While saying he could not avoid his share of the blame, Gandhi launched a virulent attack on the BJP’s tactics, hinting that the vote had not been free and fair and saying that the Indian press, judiciary and election commission had all been turned against the opposition.- Privileged scion? -“We didn’t fight a political party in the 2019 election. Rather, we fought the entire machinery of the Indian state,” he said.Gandhi also accused the BJP of seeking to “destroy the fabric of our nation” and vowed to protect the country until his “last breath”.”I have no hatred or anger towards the BJP but every living cell in my body instinctively resists their idea of India,” he said.Veteran Indian politician Motilal Vora, new intern president of India`s main opposition Congress party, gestures at his residence in New Delhi on 3 July, 2019. Photo: AFPCritics accuse the BJP of stoking religious tensions and trying to undermine the country’s secular credentials.The BJP denies the accusations, insisting it believes in equality for all.Around 80 percent of India’s 1.3 billion population is Hindu, but it is also home to large numbers of Muslims, Christians and Buddhists.The great-grandson, grandson and son of three past premiers of the world’s biggest democracy, Gandhi had set out to rejuvenate the party after it lost to BJP in the 2014 election.But he struggled to shed his image as a privileged, dynastic scion.He even lost his constituency in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, that had been a family bastion for decades. He was allowed to contest a second seat, however, and won in southern India.Gandhi’s efforts at rebuilding the so-called Grand Old Party also seemed to flounder with the senior members refusing to yield space to the younger generation. Media reports said party baron, 90-year-old Motilal Vora, would become interim chief.”Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019,” Gandhi said.”It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility,” he added.Analysts said Gandhi’s resignation was likely to throw the party into fresh turmoil.”Rahul Gandhi’s resignation is an important point, but the bigger thing is what comes after this,” Manisha Priyam, an independent political analyst, told AFP.”Is it going to be a substitute who is going to be placed as the president?” she said indicating that making a Gandhi family pawn as new leader would not end its troubles.Rahul Gandhi’s mother, Italian-born Sonia, remains party chairperson. His sister Priyanka also took an increased role in this year’s election.last_img

San Antonio Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Texas Retail Gasoline Prices Fall

first_imgCity gun violence commission announces recommendationsFlorian Martin/Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner announces the recommendations of the Commission Against Gun Violence on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Commission Against Gun Violence has released its list of recommendations, just in time for the beginning of the new school year.The 30 recommendations center on four areas: school safety, firearms safety and access, community safety, and domestic violence and sexual assault. AAA: Texas retail gasoline prices fall 2 cents this weekThe average retail gasoline price in Texas fell by 2 cents this week to settle at $2.61 for a gallon of unleaded.AAA Texas on Thursday reported that the average price at the pump statewide fell slightly from $2.63 a gallon last week. The average price drivers across the U.S. are paying is $2.85, also down 2 cents from last week.The association survey says drivers in McAllen are paying the least at the pump at $2.49 per gallon. Motorists in Midland are paying the most at $3.07.Although prices have fallen slightly, analysts caution that motorists could see spikes in demand closer to Labor Day as travelers take to the road for end-of-summer vacations.__________________________Top morning stories:State will not sanction Houston ISDLaura IsenseeHISD’s interim superintendent Grenita Lathan pointed to double-digit improvement on tests that pushed Worthing High from “improvement required” to “met standard” for the first time in seven years.The Houston Independent School District (HISD) has avoided tough state sanctions, as all of its most struggling schools showed academic gains — or received a waiver on accountability ratings because of Hurricane Harvey’s impact.It was a cause for major celebration at Worthing High School. The campus — a cornerstone in Houston’s predominantly black neighborhood of Sunnyside — got a passing grade from the state for the first time in seven years. Local politicians tour Southwest Key facility in HoustonLocal politicians continue to raise concerns over a Southwest Key facility in southwest Houston. Southwest Key operates centers for migrant children.U.S. Congressman Al Green toured the facility Wednesday. He said about 71 children are currently there, from ages 10 to 17, and one child there was separated from their family by the government.He also said scheduling the visit raised concerns about transparency.“It is very difficult, it took 45 days for us to get this visit. I was able to get to Brownsville, Texas, in a much shorter period of time,” Green said.The City of Houston on Tuesday sent a letter to the non-profit, saying the facility at 1555 La Concha was not in compliance with city code and asking for updated plans. The non-profit said it would review the city’s request. While the city said in the letter it had “reasonable cause to believe conditions may exist in other Southwest Key facilities which make them unsafe, dangerous, and/or hazardous,” leading to its review of the La Concha location. Green said he didn’t see anything there which looked dangerous to him.The group is slated to open a center for migrant children in downtown Houston, which Mayor Sylvester Turner has spoken against. Harris County Jail inmate dies of apparent suicideA news release from the HCSO said that Debora Ann Lyons, 58, was found hanging from a door in a common area on the fourth floor of the 1200 Baker Street jail building at about 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Lyon’s death is the second apparent suicide of a Harris County inmate in the past three weeks. Thursday, August 16, 2018 Top afternoon stories:Lotus CarrollSan Antonio is the second-largest city in Texas.San Antonio passes paid sick leave ordinance, joining Austin in fight against top Texas RepublicansThe San Antonio City Council passed a new paid sick leave ordinance Thursday — but the local rule may well die either in the courts or on the floor of the state Legislature before it goes into effect next year.The council voted 9-2 to allow San Antonio workers to accrue up to 64 hours of paid sick leave each year, sparking a wave of applause so loud the mayor had to quiet the room. In doing so, San Antonio became the second major Texas city to pass such an ordinance. Austin passed its own ordinance in February and drew quick, sharp rebukes from prominent state conservatives.Advocates praise the measure as a boon for workers who need days off to care for themselves or for sick children. Opponents fret that the as yet-untold financial impact of the new ordinance will be devastating for small-business owners who already have to “count every chip in the bowl and napkin on the table,” as Councilman Greg Brockhouse put it. Parker County Sheriff’s Office via APThis file booking photo provided by the Parker County Sheriff’s Office in Weatherford, Texas, shows Roy Oliver.Prosecutor: Officer who shot black teen was ‘trigger happy’A former Texas police officer accused of killing a black teenager was angry, out of control and “trigger happy” when he fired at a car full of teenagers while responding to a house party, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday during the ex-officer’s murder trial.Ex-Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver’s actions were unreasonable on the night he fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards last year, said Michael Snipes, a Dallas County assistant district attorney. Snipes said Edwards was an “innocent child” and that his last words were “duck, get down.”Oliver, who is white, fired his gun into a moving car carrying five black teenagers while responding to a report of underage drinking at the party. Oliver has said he and his partner feared for their lives as the car sped toward them.But Oliver’s partner, Tyler Gross, testified Thursday that he did not fear for his life as the vehicle went by and that he never felt the need to fire his weapon. During opening statements, Snipes told jurors Oliver fired at the car after it passed Gross and that Gross was in no danger. Houston Little League team plays in World SeriesDavid RookThe Post Oak Little League team dons its new uniforms for the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA on August 15, 2018.Houston’s The Post Oak Little League baseball team is gearing up for Thursday night’s opener at the Little League World Series, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.The team of 11 to 13-year-olds will go head-to-head with the Coventry Little League team, from Rhode Island.“We’re trying to make sure that their minds are ready. The environment is a big deal, so everyone’s got to kind of get over the ‘wow factor,’” said Assistant Coach David Wylie. If the team wins Thursday’s game, it will play Sunday again. If the team loses, the next game is on Saturday. City sends drainage fees to November ballotHouston has scheduled a November 6 election date on the issue of drainage fees. It’s the latest episode in a long-running battle over how the City will pay to reduce flood risks through the ReBuild Houston program. 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4K Netflix in Browser Only with Microsoft Edge

first_img4K Netflix in Browser? Only with Microsoft Edge by Martin Brinkmann on November 23, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 14 comments4K streaming is still in its infancy for the most part, but companies like Netflix are pushing the new resolution especially when it comes to own productions.But Netflix 4K streaming is quite demanding: First, you need a monitor or TV that supports the 4K resolution.Then you need a fairly speedy Internet connection, and the right plan on Netflix that enables support for 4K streams on top of that.If you want to watch 4K on your television, you furthermore need it to support that through native apps, or have a device connected to the TV that supports 4K streaming.Microsoft announced recently that the company’s own Edge browser is the only web browser out there that supports Netflix 4K streams.While that may be interesting for those of you who use a 4K monitor when they work on their computer, it is the following requirement that may torpedo the availability of the viewing experience significantly.You may only watch Netflix in 4K using Microsoft Edge if the computer is equipped with an Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake processor.Kaby Lake was officially announced on August 30, 2016 but shipments to OEMs and manufacturers began in the second quarter already.Even recent devices, take Microsoft’s new Surface Book for instance, are not equipped with a Kaby Lake processor yet. There are not many PCs out there just yet that ship with a Kaby Lake processor.This leaves users who bought the CPU individually, for instance to upgrade an existing PC or build a new rig instead. But Kaby Lake processors are not readily available on the majority of PC hardware shopping sites either.The situation will get better over time, but it seems unlikely that many Windows 10 users will be able to enjoy the Netflix premiere of the new Gilmore Girls season in 4K glory.Microsoft Edge is also the only browser out there for Windows to support 1080p streaming on Netflix. All other browsers on Windows support up to 720p playback only.Microsoft noted on top of that that Edge is also the browser to pick on mobile devices, as it offers better battery performance than other browsers. The company bases this on tests that it ran recently comparing the battery live of Edge to that of Chrome, Opera and Firefox. Google and Opera Software tests came to other results however, so take this with a grain of salt.If you are one of the lucky few whose system meets all the requirements, enjoy!SummaryArticle Name4K Netflix in Browser? Only with Microsoft EdgeDescriptionMicrosoft announced recently that the company’s own Edge browser is the only web browser out there that supports Netflix 4K streams.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgNews | May 07, 2012 WBR Halves Dose, Acquisition Time in Gated SPECT Studies Wide Beam Reconstruction Protocol Addresses Growing Concern About Radiation Exposure News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more 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 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more May 7, 2012 — A software program for the reconstruction of nuclear medicine images, Wide Beam Reconstruction (WBR) reduces the required radiopharmaceutical dose and image acquisition time by 50 percent for diagnostic quality myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) compared to conventional techniques, according to a new study published in the March/April 2011 issue of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology.Researchers found that with either half the dose of Tc-99m sestamibi or half the acquisition time, WBR resulted in image quality superior to processing with today’s widely used ordered subset expectation maximization (OSEM) software. The study was conducted at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.“The escalating radiation levels of today’s advanced imaging exams is causing growing concern among the medical community and the public at large,” said Gordon DePuey, M.D., lead researcher and director of nuclear medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and professor of radiology at Columbia University. “There is significant pressure to minimize radiation dose, particularly for MPI nuclear SPECT exams.” In addition, the ongoing shortages of radiopharmaceuticals due to nuclear reactor downtime compound the need to minimize dosage.Developed by UltraSPECT, based in Haifa, Israel, WBR is a reconstruction algorithm incorporating depth-dependent resolution recovery and image noise modeling to deliver a higher quality image with lower count density data. In the new MPI study, researchers evaluated images from 156 patients undergoing myocardial perfusion SPECT with a standard full-time acquisition protocol processed with routine OSEM methods. The same 156 patients underwent half-time acquisition, and the data were processed with the WBR algorithm. The images were acquired both at rest and following exercise or pharmacologic stress.A second study group of 160 patients received half of the standard radiopharmaceutical dose, with images acquired for the full standard acquisition time. These were processed using WBR only. All images were rated for quality by two observers unaware of the acquisition and processing methods. For both the lower dose and abbreviated acquisition time images, grading parameters included myocardial count density and uniformity, endocardial and epicardial edge definition, visualization and definition of the right ventricle, and background noise. For the abbreviated acquisition time images only, SPECT perfusion defects also were examined.Overall, WBR half-time and half-dose image quality was judged as superior to OSEM image quality in both arms of the study. There was no statistically significant difference between the two SPECT protocols in identifying the extent or severity of perfusion defects.“The results of this study demonstrate that WBR is a powerful means of reducing dose without sacrificing image quality and diagnostic accuracy. I would recommend that all nuclear medicine laboratories adopt some strategy for reducing patient radiation exposure incorporating WBR or others techniques that have proven effective,” said DePuey.For more information visit: www.ultraspect.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read morelast_img read more

A closer look at a New Years tradition

first_imgWildflower fans love collectingSanta Lucía (Ageratum spp.) for the home and garden, while visitors to Costa Rica also delight in their pastel-blue flowers, which carpet many pastures around the country. The Santa Lucía flower is a hallmark of New Year’s celebrations. Courtesy Wikimedia CommonsCosta Ricans are fond of Santa Lucía flowers, too, and have an interesting tradition of bestowing bouquets of these flowers to friends during the New Year to ensure prosperity. Another version goes like this: when you receive a bouquet, place a sprig of dried flowers in your wallet or purse, and you will always have a steady supply of cash on hand. By the way, you have to receive Santa Lucía flowers for this to work; you just can’t go out and pick them yourself. You may be grinning with disbelief, but all I can say is that it sure has worked for me!Santa Lucía is easy to identify by its flowers, which are actually a composite of many flowers bunched together – a characteristic of the aster family. If you look very closely, the “petals” are actually little flowers, while the center consists of another type of flower.Daisies, sunflowers and marigolds also have this type of flower structure. The flowers have a pubescent or hairy appearance that makes them look sort of fuzzy. There are about half a dozen species ranging from pastel blue and lavender to pink. The leaves are opposite and ovate with dentate edges.Ageratum flowers are found throughout the neotropics and are abundant in the coastal, intermediate and highland regions of Costa Rica. If you would like to introduce some of these flowers into your own garden, you can collect flowers, dry them for a day on a cookie sheet in the sun, and then sow them on a square-meter plot of ground in the flower garden. Mulch the area lightly and wait a month or two for them to emerge from the soil. Another method is to transplant young plants from the field into your garden.These plants do well in average soil in full sun or partial shade. No special care is needed, since they are hardy to insects and diseases.Santa Lucía is an annual plant that will reseed itself in your garden year after year. It also does a good job of attracting butterflies and makes nice flower arrangements for the home.Try your luck with Santa Lucía this year. Who knows? You might even win the lottery.Read more of Ed Bernhardt’s monthly Home Gardening columns here.For more information on tropical gardening – naturally – visit Ed at http://thenewdawncenter.info/blog.html or contact him at thenewdawncenter@yahoo.com.  Facebook Comments Related posts:Versatile superfood thrives in tropical climate Not a gardener? No space? Try this simple at-home salad bar The most Earth-friendly way to supercharge your soil Seven easy, natural pest-control recipes to debug your rainy seasonlast_img read more

Got 10 minutes Get inspired with one of our faves from the

first_imgUncanny Valley – Federico Heller (Argentina)This fictitious story combines digital animation with live action while exploring the theme of virtual reality and its effects on people with violent behaviors. Asunder – Nathalie Álvarez (Costa Rica)Álvarez tells the story of a young woman named Linnea and her family and friends. Facebook Comments The SHNIT Shortfilm Festival showcased screens cinematic gems from around the world in Costa Rica last weekend. The festival takes place simultaneously in the cities of Bangkok, Bern, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Moscow, and San José. Internationally, the festival has had 14 editions; Costa Rica has participated in six of those, to what organizers say is increasing acclaim.“The general interest for short films has grown,” Josué Fischel, general director of the SHNIT “playground” in San José, told The Tico Times. “People are noticing that short films are exciting. We’re trying that show that SHNIT is an experience that goes beyond watching short films; it’s about celebrating… originality, creativity and an integral cinematography.”From Oct. 6-10, Cine Magaly in Barrio California was the place to be. The program included films from ten international competitions, three national competitions and an exclusive screening of the Peeping SHNIT, which dealt with an erotic theme. The two Costa Rican short films “Asunder” by Nathalie Álvarez and “Beauty, Courage, and Strength in the Occupied West Bank,” a documentary by Glorianna Ximendaz, were awarded best short film and an honorary mention, respectively. The national jury was made up of Karolina Hernández, Roberto Jaén and Ernesto Jara.But check them out for yourself: here are four of our favorites of the films screened during the festival.Very Lonely Cock – Leonid Shmelkov (Russian Federation)This animated film portrays the life of a lonely rooster in a farm, searching for something to do.center_img Manoman – Simon Cartwright (United Kingdom)Cartwright’s fictitious story focuses on the psychological development of its main character, Glen, combining animation with marionettes. Related posts:5 questions for film director Juan Feldman Arts and culture at a glance: the week ahead in Costa Rica 5 questions for Costa Rican actor Radek Lord What not to miss at Costa Rica’s National Arts Festivallast_img read more

Profile Kumar of India struggles to get ahead

first_img Top Stories NEW DELHI (AP) – To understand why people are so cautious with their money five years after the financial crisis, The Associated Press interviewed consumers around the world. Here is what one person said:Name: Pradeep KumarHome: Varanasi, in northern IndiaAge: 41Job: Owner of a factory that makes water pumps and parts for electric fansBusiness is booming for Pradeep Kumar, but he still feels he’s struggling. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Parents, stop beating yourself up New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   He also has bought insurance policies for himself and his wife and has put money into a fixed-deposit account at a bank in the names of his two sons. He plans to use the money in the account to pay for their education. The fixed-deposit accounts earn higher interest than ordinary savings accounts if you don’t withdraw the money for a set number of months or years.Kumar’s fixed deposit is yielding about 9 percent a year, he says, which means he is roughly keeping up with inflation. Consumer prices rose 9.5 percent in August from a year earlier.As for stocks, he says he’s not interested.“I don’t understand how (stocks) work,” Kumar says. “I will not venture into something I don’t understand.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The problem: inflation.“Prices of basic necessities such as food and clothing have gone up by 50 to 70 percent in the past five years,” he says. “Although my business has taken off and there’s more money coming in, my savings have remained roughly the same.”Kumar has benefited from a growing middle class eager to buy new homes and fix up old ones in his hometown of Varanasi. Homeowners frustrated with the city’s low water pressure have been buying his pumps to help move water to overhead storage tanks.Inflation notwithstanding, Kumar’s lifestyle has improved. His wife stays home now to take care of their two sons, 10 and 4. And he can afford a family vacation once a year to some favored spots, like nearby hill resorts. In 2011, the family even splurged on a vacation to the beach state of Goa, 1,085 miles to the southwest.Like many other middle-class Indians, Kumar has shunned stocks and put his money into gold, real estate and bank accounts instead.India is the biggest consumer and importer of gold. In 2010, Kumar bought gold cheaply and sold it two years later. With the profit, he bought a second home to rent out for additional income. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

EarthCheck picked up by hotel giants

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/27caf/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L A handful of hotel giants have adopted EarthCheck, a benchmark and certification for sustainability in the travel and tourism industry.The EarthCheck Program was jointly developed by the Australian Government funded Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) and Brisbane-based company EC3 Global.It helps companies address climate change, waste reduction and non-renewable resource management. EC3 Global said InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), Carlson Asia Pacific, Sandals Resorts International, Langham, Banyan Tree, Alila, Six Senses and Dusit had recently decided to use the program.“With legislative changes and increasing reporting requirements, it’s all a matter of risk,” said IHG corporate responsibility director Australia Frank Hubbard.“From our perspective, we see EC3 Global’s products and services as scientifically validated and useful solutions. The ongoing investment in the EC3 Global business, and the fact that it is trusted by the biggest in the trade, makes it a provider and partner we prefer to bet on.” EC3 Global said it now hopes other will follow in these green footsteps and use EarthCheck to streamline, maximize efficiencies and use science to make a direct (positive) impact on the environment. last_img read more