Ban appoints veteran UN staffer as new deputy envoy for GuineaBissau

20 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Gana Fofang of Cameroon as the new deputy United Nations envoy for Guinea-Bissau. Mr. Fofang will also serve as the UN Resident Coordinator and the Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the West African country.He brings to the position extensive experience after several years of progressively responsible functions in the UN system in the fields of post-conflict development, electoral assistance, de-mining, public administration reform, judicial and security sectors, as well as political and economic governance.“His leadership and expertise will be an asset for the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau and the UN Country Team in the country, as a whole,” according to the announcement made on Wednesday.Mr. Fofang is currently the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sao Tome and Principe. Prior to that appointment, he served as Senior Policy Adviser at the UNDP Africa Bureau/Millennium Project in New York from 2006 to 2008.Between 2000 and 2006, he was the UNDP Senior Deputy Resident Representative in Laos, Rwanda and Mozambique. He also held various positions within the private sector, UNDP and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 1988 to 1999 in New York, Cape Verde and Algeria. read more

Grad student profile Lana Radloff

Lana RadloffLana RadloffMA candidate Classics, Faculty of HumanitiesSupervisor: Professor Elizabeth GreeneResearch topic: Examination of alternate approaches to de-contextualized antiquitiesHometown: a farm near Star City, SaskatchewanLana Radloff packed her bags late last spring to spend eight months abroad. Her first stop was to work as a teaching assistant on an excavation in Northern Greece led by Prof. Margriet Haagsma from the University of Alberta. From there, she went to Turkey to work on an underwater survey project and do research at the Institute of Nautical Archaeology with her Brock supervisor, Prof. Elizabeth Greene. After that, she completed a three-month internship at the Athens-based Canadian Institute in Greece (CIG). The institute has primary responsibility for Canadian archaeological research in Greece.Radloff will be one of several Brock graduate students to give presentations at the March 3 Research Café, Connecting to the World, held as part of the annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference. The Research Café will be held at Pond Inlet from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. All are welcome.What did your internship at the Canadian Institute in Greece involve?I spent my internship facilitating relations between the institute and the public, including public lectures, library research, and serving as a Canadian presence in the international community. I was also in charge of library acquisitions and began overhauling the library inventory to ensure the system was up-to-date and properly categorized.What is the focus of your graduate research?My research examines new methodologies that can be utilized by curators in public museums to provide educational value to collections of de-contextualized antiquities. These collections involve artifacts for which there is no record of the context of their discovery. As such, the cultural, historical and social significance of the artifacts has been lost. I’m exploring alternate approaches such as ethics and the creation of hypothetical contexts.How did you become interested in your area of research?During the first year of my master’s degree at Brock, Dr. Elizabeth Greene took me and my colleagues to see the Cypriote Collection at the University. She explained the difficulties surrounding antiquities without contextual data for archaeological research, as well as the large number of them throughout the world.What made you decide to pursue your graduate education at Brock?The Classics Department at Brock is made up of young, thriving, academics who are very active in their fields of study. The department provides a variety of fieldwork opportunities in Greece, Turkey, and Italy in which students can participate, while there are opportunities to hone my language and literary skills at home.What are your other interests/hobbies/activities?I love to travel abroad and learn about other cultures and languages. My summers are usually spent overseas participating in research opportunities and archaeological excavations. Over the past couple years I have started working on underwater excavations, so I learned to scuba dive which I particularly enjoy. When I am at home, I enjoy being physically active at the gym both on my own and in a class setting. Currently, I am taking a kickboxing class, as well as spin classes. Of course, I also love hockey and spending any time I can with my family, although they live out west.• Past grad student profiles read more

UNICEF and partners announce deal to make cheap AIDS drugs available

The deal – which means many countries will pay less than half of what they currently pay for anti-AIDS drugs – effectively expands the Clinton Foundation programme that has been available to 16 Caribbean and African countries since October.In a statement issued today, UNICEF said governments would now have access to lower prices negotiated recently by the Clinton Foundation, a United States-based non-governmental organization (NGO), with five manufacturers of anti-retroviral medicines and five makers of HIV/AIDS diagnostic tests.The drugs involved include formulations or are part of combinations approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for their quality and effectiveness. UNICEF, the World Bank and the Global Fund only give support to medicines that meet this standard.The countries will have to provide guarantees of payment, ensure that drug distribution is secure and conduct long-term tender processes to benefit from the agreement. As part of their existing work, UNICEF, the World Bank and the Global Fund will help countries meet those criteria.UNICEF’s Executive Director Carol Bellamy said the initiative will save lives and offer hope to millions of children and families around the world.”This new partnership works to break down some of the barriers – such as price, supply and demand – that are impeding access to life-saving AIDS medicines and diagnostics in developing countries,” she said.Former US President Bill Clinton said he is grateful for the “collective effort” to strike an agreement on cheaper medicines and diagnostic tests. “With these agreements, we are one step closer to making sure future generations can live without the scourge of AIDS,” he said.The Global Fund, a public-private partnership dedicated to fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, has contributed more than 60 per cent of $2.1 billion allocated to 122 countries over the next two years to help them tackle the AIDS pandemic, while the World Bank has committed to giving $1.6 billion in a separate initiative. Last year UNICEF spent $111 million on the issue. read more

HSBC reports higher profit plans 2B more in share buybacks

HONG KONG – HSBC said Monday it plans to buy back another $2 billion in shares after reporting a strong set of quarterly profits thanks to higher interest rates that helped fatten margins for its lending business.The London-based global bank, which earns most of its income in Asia, said it will carry out its latest share repurchase in the second half of the year, bringing the total amount since last year to $5.5 billion.The bank said second-quarter net profit jumped by more than half to $3.87 billion as revenues grew faster than expenses.For the first half of the year, net profit totalled $7 billion while revenue adjusted for currency fluctuations and one-off gains and losses rose 0.8 per cent to $26.1 billion.“We have made an excellent start to 2017,” Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver said in a statement. “Our three main global businesses performed well, generating significant increases in both reported and adjusted profit before tax, and gaining market share in many of the products that are central to our strategy.”Chairman Douglas Flint said that as central bank interest rates edged higher, the bank “began to benefit from improved margins on our core deposit bases.”Interest rates in Hong Kong, one of the bank’s main markets, have risen in line with the Federal Reserve’s two increases this year because the city’s currency is pegged to the U.S. dollar.HSBC is carrying out a sweeping overhaul to increase profitability. That includes shedding thousands of workers and exiting some markets in order to focus even more on Asia. It has also tapped an outsider for the first time to be its next chairman, with Flint to be replaced later this year by AIA Group’s Mark Tucker. by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2017 1:59 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 at 2:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HSBC reports higher profit, plans $2B more in share buybacks read more

New Law Plus program to launch in 2019

Brock students looking to pursue a career in law will soon be given a leg up through a new co-curricular program.Law Plus will mirror the successful model of the University’s Med Plus program, which has seen ongoing success throughout its near 20-year run. The new program will accept applications from students in any Faculty who have an interest in bolstering their legal career options.Run alongside students’ academic studies, the program will provide practical experiences that will prepare them for the rigours of careers in law.Final approval for Law Plus was received in late May and full-scale recruitment initiatives are set to begin in the fall.Stephanie Harper, Career Education’s Associate Director, is hopeful that students will see the many advantages that co-curricular studies can bring to their career.“We want Law Plus to be seen as the ultimate career planning program,” she said. “We have demonstrated the difference co-curricular programming can make for our Med Plus students. Nearly 90 per cent of them enter a career in the health field, including 82 students in the last three years alone, and we can’t wait to bring that same approach and success to the field of law.”With a September 2019 start date in place, the entire Career Education team is gearing up to welcome about 30 students who will take part in the Law Plus program’s inaugural year.“We are in the business of helping students make informed career decisions,” said Pauline Dawson, Career Education Manager. “In Law Plus, we’ll expose them to different types of opportunities, including professional interaction, job shadowing and volunteer work, to help them figure out what they like and, just as importantly, what they don’t like.”Dawson said that through Faculty and student consultations, the desire for further career information and training in the area of law was evident, and it had been specifically demonstrated through several Co-op, Career and Experiential Education-led initiatives.“In addition to our individual meetings to discuss testing and application processes to enter the field of law, we have also hosted events to bring students face to face with practising legal professionals,” she said.By providing program-specific offerings and increased resources going forward, Dawson hopes the momentum gained from the previous workshops can be harnessed by dedicated staff members who will focus on the program full time.“Typically, we would see students a couple of times, but these students will work with the new Law Plus consultant for four years on a weekly basis,” she said. “The career coaching conversations will be very specialized and the consultant will become an expert in the law realm, including learning about the LSAT and other tests.”The new program will also be supported by an advisory committee made up of alumni, faculty, community members, staff and students, which will help guide the curriculum and programming.Filling the positions on that committee is an important first step and one Harper feels will offer extra benefits for the program’s students.“Not only will the committee provide the necessary guidance for the program to get started on the right foot, but they will also engage in first-hand interaction with our students, showing them the ins and outs of a wide variety of law careers,” she said.Students may begin applying for Law Plus in January 2019, while those interested in joining the program’s advisory committee are encouraged to email pdawson@brocku.ca. To learn more about Career Education at Brock, including other Plus programs, visit the Career Education website. read more

Surdité une prothèse auditive à fixer sur les dents

first_imgSurdité : une prothèse auditive à fixer sur les dentsUne société américaine a mis au point une prothèse à placer dans la bouche qui permet de restaurer l’audition de personnes souffrant de surdité. Avant d’être commercialisé en France, le prototype devra néanmoins subir des tests de risques et d’efficacité.Si le concept n’est pas inédit, l’appareil est une véritable innovation. La société américaine Sonitus Medical vient d’annoncer la future commercialisation d’une prothèse auditive à fixer dans la bouche. Baptisé SoundBite, l’appareil se place sur les molaires supérieures et est relié à un micro, se positionnant sur l’oreille, une paire de lunettes ou un badge. Ni désagréable à porter, ni gênant, le dispositif permettrait de restaurer l’audition de personnes atteintes de surdité.À lire aussiPourquoi le son de notre voix nous paraît-il si étrange sur un enregistrement ?En effet, la prothèse se base sur la conduction osseuse. Autrement dit, la capacité des dents et de l’ossature dentaire de percevoir les sons et de les transmettre à l’oreille interne via des vibrations. “Un tel système de stimulation par la conduction osseuse existe en France depuis une vingtaine d’années”, rappelle au Point le Pr Bernard Fraysse, chef du service d’ORL à l’hôpital Purpan de Toulouse. En cas de problèmes au niveau du conduit de l’oreille externe ou du tympan, il est parfois impossible de poser des prothèses classiques. Les scientifiques ont donc du développer une technique se basant justement sur cette conduction osseuse et sa communication avec l’oreille interne. Mais la technique est plus invasive que la prothèse SoundBite. Elle consiste à placer sous anesthésie locale une vis dans la mastoïde, l’os situé derrière l’oreille, sur laquelle est cliqué un appareil externe muni d’un micro et d’un amplificateur. “Faire vibrer les os du crâne engendre une sensation sonore parce que les cellules nerveuses à l’intérieur de l’oreille se trouvent en mouvement relatif par rapport à l’os”, a expliqué au Point le Pr Bruno Frachet, chef du service ORL à l’hôpital Avicenne de Bobigny. Chaque année, 600 à 700 personnes bénéficient de cette opération, mais ce sont le plus souvent des patients dépourvus d’oreilles suite à des malformations, traumatismes voire maladies, ou dont le conduit auditif externe s’est refermé.Des tests sont encore nécessairesEn pratique, tous les dispositifs se basant sur la conduction osseuse sont efficaces et rendent de très grands services et ce, même si la perception est un peu modifiée comme l’explique le Point. Actuellement en phase d’expérimentation aux Etats-Unis, le nouveau dispositif à placer sur les dents devra subir des tests avant d’être commercialisé en France. Pour obtenir le marquage “CE”, il devra ainsi prouver son efficacité et surtout l’absence de risque pour le patient.Le 1 avril 2011 à 10:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

MakeAWish celebrates 11yearolds birthday with royal ball at Biltmore

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – The Make-A-Wish Foundation helped a South Florida girl realize her dream of becoming a princess, and they even found a location fit for royalty.Eleven-year-old Angelina Uzdavines was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, or an incorrectly formed heart, and she and has always wanted to celebrate her birthday with a royal gala.Her wish was granted on Friday, when Make-A-Wish Southern Florida threw her the “Royal Ball Glitter Gala” at one of the region’s most iconic locations: the Biltmore Hotel and Resort.From the turquoise blue dress to the food, the red carpet and even a horse carriage ride, this was an occasion a fairy-tale princess would have approved of.“It was so nice. Everyone was there, and the whole room was decorated, and the lights were purple and blue,” said Uzdavines, who lives in Hollywood.Surrounded by her family and friends, Uzdavines and her mother said the party was absolutely amazing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Zomato in early talks with Swiggy for merger Report

first_imgZomatoFacebook/ZomatoOnline restaurant search and discovery service firm Zomato is reportedly in early talks with its biggest rival, Swiggy, for a possible merger.According to the Times of India, both the companies might face a tough time to agree on the terms of the transactions and there are possibilities that the merger deal might not fructify.Currently, Zomato is in an advanced level of discussions with Ant Financial – an affiliate company of China’s Alibaba to raise funds. If the deal fructifies, Zomato will raise up to $200 million from the online payment service provider.Earlier, Zomato had received another round of funding from Info Edge, Vy Capital, Sequoia Capital and a Singapore government-owned investment company in 2015.Rival Swiggy, on the other hand, had raised $80 million from a broad-based multinational internet and media company Naspers earlier this year.”Zomato had offered a 1:4 share swap ratio to Swiggy, which isn’t likely to be agreed upon by its shareholders. Swiggy is looking for a $500-million valuation (up from its previous round), while Zomato wants to strike the deal valuing itself at more than $1 billion,” a person close to the matter told the Times of India.Earlier in September, Zomato had said that it will forgo commissions charged to restaurants on food orders as it is generating cash in its core advertising business to fund new initiatives, including food ordering.This move by Zomato came to push hard to catch up with Swiggy which is the largest food ordering platform in India. After a tough time in 2016 when investors like HSBC Securities and Capital Markets (India) Pvt Ltd slashed its valuation by about half to $500 million, the company now seems to limp back to growth. SwiggySwiggy FacebookIn September, the Indian arm of Japanese financial holding company Nomura had said that it is bullish on online food firm Zomato’s growth performance and valued the company at $1.4 billion.Nomura believes that Zomato’s business is globally scalable and expects it to open up its food delivery services beyond the three countries where it currently has a presence.Also, if the merger between the two largest online food ordering companies fructifies, then this will give both the companies an edge to rule the food ordering business in India and will also tap on to the new customers.Above all, Zomato is still fighting for a leadership in the food delivery space that is right now dominated by the startup competitor Swiggy in India.last_img read more

Sheikh Hasina opens Sheikh Hasina Cantonment in Patuakhali

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates several development works in Lebukhali of Patuakhali on Thursday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated the newly-set up ‘Sheikh Hasina Cantonment’, aiming to strengthen the defence system in the country’s southern region, reports UNB.The prime minister opened the country’s 31st cantonment on the bank of the Payra River at Lebukhali in Dumki upazila of the southwestern coastal district of Patuakhali in the morning by unveiling its plaque.She also hoisted national standard of 11 headquarters and units, including the adhoc headquarters of 7 infantry division.Ministers, parliament members, the chiefs of the three services, diplomats, former chiefs of army and senior government officials were present on the occasion.The new cantonment has been constructed on about 1,400 acres of land.Sheikh Hasina inaugurated 14 development projects and laid the foundation stones of another scheme of Patuakhali district by unveiling their plaques from the same venue.The projects opened by the prime minister are a 50-bed Diabetic Hospital in Patuakhali, Deuli 10-bed Mother and Child Welfare Centre in Mirjaganjupazila, Sabupura 10-bed Mother and Child Welfare Centre in Baufal upazila, the newly constructed dormitory of the Government Shishu Paribar, Kazi AbulKashem Stadium, Dashmina Upazila Muktijoddha Complex Building, the West.Chakmaia Government Primary School-cum-Cyclone Centre under Kalapara upazila,East Dalbuganj Government Primary School-cum-Cyclone Centre in Kalapara,Hogla Government Primary School-cum-Cyclone Centre, Kalapara UpazilaMuktijoddha Complex, Galachipa Muktijoddha Smriti Complex, Digital PublicityScreen at the Office of the Patuakhali Deputy Commissioner and Shaheed SheikhKamal Smriti Complex Auditorium.She also laid the foundation stone of administrative building extension and hall room of Galachipa Upazila Parishad.last_img read more

Educators Experts Call on Commission to Calculate True Cost of Educating Students

first_img Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneState Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, l, chats at the lunch break with chairman Justice Scott Brister at the Texas Commission on School Finance meeting on Jan. 23, 2018.center_img Share 00:00 /00:53 In its first meeting open to public comment Monday, the Texas Commission on Public School Finance heard several themes echoed. One major one: Texas needs to figure out how much it actually costs to meet the state’s academic goals.For example, Texas officials in higher education want the majority of young adults to have a college degree or another certificate beyond a high school diploma by 2030. And state lawmakers want all high school graduates to be prepared for either college or a career.But Alief ISD Superintendent HD Chambers told the panel that those aren’t realistic expectations based on how Texas pays for public schools.“I’m just asking that this commission, however you want to do it, somehow has to align what you expect out of us with the resources provided,” Chamber said. “Because right now the resources being provided are to meet a standard that’s right here, when the standards have been increased over the last five-six years exponentially.”Chambers joined other administrators and experts asking the commission to study the cost of educating the state’s five million school children.The panel is supposed to give state lawmakers recommendations to improve school funding. It was created after the Texas Supreme Court ruled in the state’s largest school finance lawsuit that the system was imperfect, but declined to mandate any fixes to the Texas Legislature.The last time Texas had a commission on school finance reform in the 1980’s, it studied how much it cost to fund a high quality education. Since then academic standards and goals have changed.“I urge this commission to really try to figure out what it takes to meet the outcomes that we desire and not to tie your hands prematurely and leave it up to the legislature to decide what’s feasible, what kind of shifting of budget priorities need to be made and if tax increases are what we need to fund our schools,” said Chandra Villanueva, an analyst with the left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities.Other themes that the panel heard: money matters and the issue of equity.Paul Colbert, a former state representative who chaired budget and oversight of public education on the House Appropriations Committee, said that for the top students, money doesn’t matter. “Your bright kids are going to do well regardless of what you do. But if your goal is to educate all of your children, then how much money you put in and how equitably you distribute it will answer whether or not you’re going to really be able to educate all of the children,” Colbert said.David Hinojosa with the Intercultural Development Research Association gave the panel a list of what he finds as roadblocks to equity in the funding system.“When we talk about whether or not education is the great equalizer, I don’t even think we can ever get there, if the funding system is so unequal and inequitable,” Hinojosa said.last_img read more

Galveston Firm To Build Section Of Border Wall New SelenaThemed Shopping Bags

first_imgGalveston company tapped to build section of border wall Mani Albrecht/CBP Media RelationsGround views of different border wall prototypes as they take shape during the Wall Prototype Construction Project near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry on the U.S./Mexico border south of San Diego, California.U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has selected a Galveston-based construction company to build part of the wall between the United States and Mexico. The company, identified as Slsco Ltd by CBP, also known as SLS Construction, is contracted at $145 million to build a six-mile-long levee wall in the Rio Grande Valley. CBP says construction will begin in February. Monday, November 5, 2018Final early voting turnout highAlvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaElection signs at an early voting location at Spring First Church, in Spring –a suburb north of Houston– on October 28, 2018.855,711 people in Harris County voted early in the midterms, including both in-person and mail-in ballots. By Thursday last week, turnout surpassed the entire number of votes cast in the 2014 midterms.This year’s turnout broke records and approached totals from early voting in the 2016 presidential election.Election day is Tuesday, November 6. News 88.7 will have live coverage of the results starting at 7 p.m.  HEB bringing back Selena-themed shopping bagsSan Antonio-based grocer HEB announced a new run of reusable grocery bags featuring the Tejano singer Selena.Last time the store released Selena-themed bags, they reportedly sold out in minutes, and some re-sold on online for up to $50.  We heard our fans – on #SelenaDay, we’re pleased to announce that we will have a new, limited-edition @SelenaLaLeyenda #SelenayHEB bag for sale, targeted to arrive in December. Sign up to be the first to know when it’s in stores & online at https://t.co/0cqiwd5RPX. pic.twitter.com/Tplb21dlz9— H-E-B (@HEB) November 3, 2018HEB says the new bags will go on sale in December. New animal shelter expected to double county’s capacityHarris County breaks ground on a new animal shelter Monday.The county announced the new 48,000 square foot facility will double its capacity to care for the 18,000 animals it receives each year. The facility will be built on existing county property and expand by 7.9 acres.The campus will include a medical clinic, cat and dog housing, a walking trail, and four large dog parks.center_img Ahead of election day, Paxton holds lead on NelsonPaxton photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP – Nelson photo: Justin Nelson campaignAttorney General Ken Paxton appears to hold a firm lead over his Democratic challenger, Justin Nelson. That’s despite the fact that Paxton is under indictment for state securities fraud charges.The latest UT/Texas Tribune poll gives Paxton a 12-point advantage over Nelson. That’s tighter than Governor Greg Abbott’s lead over former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez or Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s over businessman Mike Collier. But it suggests statewide Republican support for the incumbent AG is holding strong, despite a well-funded advertising blitz by Nelson. Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wed May 31 MondayFriday from

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uThe latest racially motivated attack by a knife wielding White supremacist happened in Portland, Oregon, a city and state with a long history of racist violence against people of color. We’ll discuss the increase in racist attacks in America since Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House, with Ryan Lenz, senior investigative reporter for the Intelligence Project, published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Also, the Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

Be part of Big Brother in Orwell

first_imgBe part of “Big Brother” in Orwell by Martin Brinkmann on October 30, 2016 in Games – 1 commentOrwell is a game about the surveillance state. What makes it interesting are a couple of things: first that you are part of the system, and second that its first episode is available for free.You are one of the first employees that gains access to the government’s new Orwell system in the game Orwell. Using it, you sift through public and private records of suspects and people, look up information, and put them all together in files.The first episode begins with an intro that shows people eating, walking and talking to each other in a park called Freedom Plaza.You will witness a bombing taking place on Freedom Plaza through the eyes of one of the cameras installed there, and your task in the first episode of the game is to find out who masterminded the attack and is responsible for it.The game’s interface displays Orwell on the left side, and information gathering sources on the right. Anything that you put into Orwell is evaluated by your handler who acts as a tutor in the first couple of minutes of the game.Research takes place in public and private places. Public sources, like newspapers or websites, provide you with information about people and other important data.You may find out about connections between people, or collect valuable information such as a person’s relationship status, birthday, picture, or name using them.While that may sound like a complicated affair, it is not really. Basically, what you do is go through the sources the game provides you with. You read newspaper articles that may or may not be related to your case.At least in the first episode, the game helps you out by underlining information that may be important. Whenever a new information source is revealed, you may drag and drop it to the Orwell interface to upload it.Those “datachunks” help you create profiles, will also alert your handler, and will move the plot along. Not all information is vital or relevant. If you drag and drop information blindly to Orwell, you may be reprimanded by your handler if the information is a dud.One of the earlier situations where this can happen is if you drag and drop a suspects mythical address (behind the rainbow) which she mentioned on a social media site to Orwell.You may encounter conflicting information on top of that. The game warns you about those, and it is up to you to decide which to upload and which to ignore. Once you make a decision, you cannot undo it.This is a bit unfortunate, as I’d wish Orwell would be more flexible when it comes to that. At least in chapter 1, those are based no logic or time, and don’t require additional research.Another related issue is that the game spoon feeds you the information. Instead of having to find relevant datachunks yourself, you get all possible hits listed right away.Data that you feed into Orwell moves the plot along. The game won’t proceed until you upload the right data to Orwell. This too is a bit unfortunate as I’d wish the world would move in real-time and not only when you act.The free chapter of the game has you investigate information about the bombing of Freedom Plaza. The main suspect of the bombing is Cassandra Watergate because a camera picked her up shortly before the explosion and found out that she has a police record.You begin your examination of Cassandra’s life, look up her police record and personal homepage, find out about her parents and boyfriend, and monitor her messaging apps for suspicious content.You find out that she was arrested for assaulting a police officer at Freedom Plaza, that she was not convicted, and that she quit her career in the family owned pharmaceutical company to pursue a career as an artist.The first chapter ends after the first day which means that you won’t know how it proceeds from there. The dev team has released the second chapter to Steam a couple of days ago though. The full game is available for $9.99 and gets you access to all episodes. Episodes are released one at a time and since only two are available right now, you cannot play through the whole game just yet.Closing WordsOrwell limits what you can and cannot do. I mentioned already that it spoon feeds you information and that those are the only bits that you can upload.This is the biggest gripe that I have with the game. Basic example: you stumble upon photos and other information about people linked to the suspect, but cannot upload them.Morality is never really addressed in the first chapter either which is unfortunate. You do get to see that your uploads have consequences for people in real life, but that is the scope of that.There is also no room for uncertainty, or false accusations in the first chapter. No dead ends, no option to start researching one of the linked people to gather additional information unless the game requires that.While that makes it an easy to complete game, at least from what I can tell from playing chapter 1, it is nevertheless interesting because of the similarities to the growing surveillance system that nations use in many parts of the world.There is obviously a disconnect between what the game offers and the state of surveillance in the real world. Still, Orwell offers an interesting rather unique experience and the story is interesting enough to keep me wanting to play on.Now You: What’s your take on Orwell?Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 2 votes Software Name OrwellOperating System WindowsSoftware Category GamesLanding Page http://orwellgame.com/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img 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 News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more October 14, 2011 — GE Healthcare received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of the Discovery MR750w wide bore 3.0T system with GEM (Geometry Embracing Method) suite of coils.This new wide bore 3.0 Tesla magnetic resonance (MR) system addresses patient demand for a better and more comfortable scanning experience. In particular, the new patient-friendly design accommodates patients who are usually difficult to scan; this includes larger, claustrophobic, elderly or very young patients, or those who are in pain and require a larger imaging system.Additionally, the system combines next-generation clinical applications and a full 50 x 50 x 50 cm field of view. It helps reduce exam time and scan large anatomies with fewer scans, compared to previous generation systems. It also enables higher patient throughput and satisfaction.The system provides the power of a 3.0T magnet with the open architecture of a 70 cm wide bore. Through fully automated and independent radiofrequency (RF) pulse amplitude and phase control, MultiDrive RF Transmit produces consistently clear 3.0T images.The system’s gradient and RF performance is optimized to shorten TR’s and TE’s to produce sharp and clear images.GE’s Optical RF (OpTix) offers high channel count, analog to digital-optical signal conversion inside the scan room to minimize noise and signal degradation but away from the patient to enhance comfort.Advances in RF coil design are possible through the use of thinner, lightweight, flexible material applicable with a variety of body types, allowing easier patient positioning. Crafted to embrace the patient, these flexible coils make for a more relaxed scan experience. This also makes it easier for technologists to correctly position their patients without strain or difficulty.The GEM Suite includes a high density GEM Posterior Array embedded within the detachable Express patient table, the Head and Neck Unit with comfort tilt, the Anterior Array, and the Peripheral Vascular/Lower Extremity Array.  Covering 98 percent of all exam types, the coils can be used individually or combined to provide head to toe patient coverage. The suite enables automatic configuration that best fits the selected region of interest. It includes a total 205 cm scanning range, feet first or head first scanning for all anatomies, and design features to embrace patients of a wide variety of shapes and sizes.IDEAL IQ provides a quantitative fat content assessment in the entire liver, while MR Touch is an MR elastography-based imaging technique evaluating tissue stiffness.For more information: www.gehealthcare.com News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | October 14, 2011 FDA Clears GE Discovery MR750w System 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. 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 center_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more last_img read more

Heavy rain affects four provinces in Costa Rica

first_imgRain and high waves early this Thursday caused emergencies in 15 cantons throughout the country, according to reports from the National Emergency Commission (CNE).According to the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), the rain was caused by high temperatures in the morning and significant humidity from the Pacific Ocean.Showers and thunderstorms were responsible for incidents in at least 15 cantons in the provinces of Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia and the capital, San José.Rivers and drainage systems in these cantons that could not withstand the water overflowed, causing flooding in homes, damage to roads and bridges, felled trees and several landslides.CNE reported that it has evacuated 36 people to five temporary shelters in Cartago, San José and Puntarenas.IMN forecasts for Thursday night indicate that rains and electrical storms will continue in the Central Valley, the Pacific and Northern regions and the mountainous areas of the Caribbean.On Wednesday, waves of up to 10 feet crashed along Costa Rica’s Pacific shores and flooded homes for the second time in less than a month. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Obama US spies to remain interested in foreign govts

first_imgBERLIN – The U.S. intelligence service will continue to spy on foreign governments, U. S. President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Saturday, although he assured Chancellor Angela Merkel that he would not let intrusive surveillance harm their relationship.The frank admission comes a day after Obama curtailed the reach of mass U.S. National Security Agency phone surveillance sweeps, but said bulk collection of data would go on to protect U.S. citizens from terrorists.In Friday’s long-awaited speech aimed at quelling international furor over the widespread eavesdropping revealed by Edward Snowden, Obama also said he had halted spy taps on friendly world leaders.But Obama told German television ZDF’s heute-journal that intelligence gathering on foreign governments will continue.“Our intelligence agencies, like German intelligence agencies, and every intelligence agency out there, will continue to be interested in the government intentions of countries around the world. That’s not going to change,” he told German television ZDF’s heute-journal.“And there is no point in having an intelligence service if you are restricted to the things that you can read in the New York Times or Der Spiegel.“The truth of the matter is that by definition the job of intelligence is to find out: Well, what are folks thinking? What are they doing?” he said.Nevertheless, Obama said he would not allow the surveillance to harm his relationship of “friendship and trust” with Merkel.“I don’t need and I don’t want to harm that relationship by a surveillance mechanism that somehow would impede the kind of communication and trust that we have,” he said.“And so what I can say is: As long as I’m president of the United States, the chancellor of Germany will not have to worry about this,” he added.Obama pledged on Friday that his country’s National Security Agency (NSA) would not routinely spy on leaders of the U.S.’ closest allies, following global outrage at revelations of massive electronic eavesdropping.Germany has been incensed to learn that the NSA was carrying out widespread spying, including listening in on Merkel’s mobile phone conversations.The NSA allegations were especially damaging in Germany due to sensitivity over mass state spying on citizens by the Stasi secret police in the former communist East. Facebook Comments Related posts:France calls US spying ‘unacceptable’ after WikiLeaks claims The NSA has surveillance system to record ‘100 percent’ of a foreign country’s phone calls Researchers identify sophisticated Chinese cyberespionage group Obama: ‘Don’t despair’ over US Supreme Court intervention in carbon emissions caselast_img read more

S Africas most famous township gets new theater

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Since apartheid ended in 1994, Soweto has seen the building of new parks, homes and malls, and the renovation of schools. The tiny Soweto home where Nelson Mandela once lived has been turned into a museum, near other historic sites that draw tourists from around the world.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help JOHANNESBURG (AP) – South Africa’s most famous township, Soweto, is getting its first state-of-the-art theater that could spark a theater revival in the area known for its apartheid-era works that exposed the horrors of racist rule.The 150 million rand (about $18 million) complex that opens later this week is part of an ambitious redevelopment plan by the city of Johannesburg for Soweto.Apartheid planners saw Soweto as little more than a dormitory for Johannesburg black workers. But it has long been a cosmopolitan center of political and artistic life for black South Africans. The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Its Closing Time

first_img The closing time for all loan types ticked up a tad in June to 43 days, up from 42 days the month before, according to Ellie Mae’s June 2017 Origination Insight Report. The time to close a refinance stayed steady at 41 days, while the time to close a purchase loan advanced to 43 days, up from 42 days in May. The average 30-year rate for all loans deflated to 4.27 in June from 4.33 in May.Regarding closing rates for all loan types, those edged down a hair to 70.3 percent in June from 70.4 in May. Closing rates on refinances cooled slightly to 63.5 percent from May’s 63.8 percent, and closing rates on purchases dropped to 75.1 percent in June from 75.3 percent the prior month.In terms of average FICO score distribution, 69 percent of all closed loans recorded FICO scores over 700: 724 in June, up from 723 in May. Seventy-two percent of purchase loans inked FICO scores over 700. Additionally, 64 percent of refis had FICO scores exceeding 700.Wrapping things up, the report then took a look at FICO scores. The average FHA-purchase FICO score held steady at 683 in June, mirroring May’s number. FHA refinance FICO scores tumbled to 647 in June, down from 650 in May. Conventional refinance FICO scores hopped to 729 in June, a tiny lift from 728 in May. Conventional purchase FICO scores grew to 754, up a point from 753 the previous month.Ellie Mae’s Origination Insight Report provides monthly data and insights from a sampling of closed loan applications that flow through Ellie Mae’s Encompass all-in-one mortgage management software and its Ellie Mae Network. The report focuses on loans that closed in a specific month and compares their characteristics to similar loans that closed three and six months earlier. August 15, 2017 729 Views Mortgage Origination 2017-08-15 Alison Rich in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationcenter_img It’s Closing Time Sharelast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Where do you stand with regards to Drew Butler at punter?“Not satisfied at all. Like any other position, there are expectations and that spot right now, we’re not living up to expectations. It’s a results-based business and if you’re not getting the job done, we’ll look and see if there’s somebody who can, and that’s the tough part of it. You’re in some critical situations and it’s not like we have a backup punter that you can put in if a guy’s having a rough day. We’ll certainly talk about that today and see where it goes moving forward.”What did you think of how the secondary played without Tyrann Mathieu?“I thought they played solid. A tough task because they do have some weapons with DeSean (Jackson) and Pierre Garcon and those guys, Jamison Crowder’s become a very good player in the slot. Just on that touchdown where they had Crowder, it was a pressure and we just didn’t get there. A team like that will make you pay. For the most part, I thought we played well enough to win. And again, physical. Those guys are communicating much better than they have earlier in the season, so we’re starting to mesh and come together and get excited for the challenges ahead.” Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is hit by Washington Redskins defensive end Trent Murphy (93) and cornerback Bashaud Breeland (26) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Are you a scoreboard watcher or do you remain focused on your team only?“Just focused on our team, really. People talk about playoffs or controlling destiny — we just wanted a win. That’s where we are as an organization moving forward this week. Miami’s next up, so hopefully we can go on the road and put another W on the board.”Health-wise, how did you come out of Sunday’s win?“Actually really good. I think a few bumps and bruises, as always, but there’s nothing to report at this time. John Brown made it through with limited action and it just seems like, for the most part, based on last night’s information, we made it through pretty clean.” – / 25 What do you think of when you think of Sunday’s game?“I think that in general, what we’ve talked about the last several weeks in losses is your big-time players stepping up and making plays, and yesterday I thought Carson (Palmer) played exceptional; I thought our offensive line played well — collectively as a unit, maybe one of the better games they’ve played — and then guys like Patrick Peterson, Calais Campbell, J.J. Nelson; guys stepped up and made the plays when they had to. And David Johnson continues to be a player that just, every time he does things, it’s amazing to me, just the way he catches the ball out of the backfield, the ability to make cuts in space, make players miss — he’s just, the sky’s the limit for that young man.”What were you thinking on the 4th and 1 play in the fourth quarter where Bruce Arians decided to go for it?“Give a lot of credit to our head coach, because the one thing about him is he’s willing to take risks, and I think he showed the confidence in our team and I think they rewarded him. It was a play that D.J. Humphries, who played exceptional yesterday, and Jermaine Gresham, came off the ball, created movement, gave David a lane, and if it wasn’t for getting tripped up, David could have certainly taken it to the house.” Top Stories center_img Do you think Johnson is in a class by himself?“I think when you take that ability to be a three-down back, I think so. Again, there’s a lot of talented backs in the National Football League, I don’t want to take anything away from them, but what David does down in and down out, again, putting pressure on defenses in the passing game like he does and the way he catches the ball so smoothly out of the backfield. He makes tough catches look routine. I think to some degree we’re getting spoiled because every week he does something that wows you.What were you thinking when you heard your players held a meeting?“I like it because it shows me they care and there’s an accountability factor. That’s the one thing, we’re all disappointed with the way the season has gone so far and our expectations were high, and that’s the way they should be, that’s the way that we want them here. So to show that it means something to these players, the fact that we haven’t played well as a team, for the most part, this season, and to come out when you face adversity to fight and to not give up — the way we played yesterday, I thought we played extremely physical on both sides of the ball. Again, I thought Carson was exceptional — some of the throws he made were fantastic — his arm to me looked as live as it looked yesterday in a long time. And again, our playmakers stepped up and made plays. That’s all you can ask for. After watching the Redskins all week, they have an explosive offense, I think that they’re a pretty good football team and Jay Gruden’s done a nice job, I have a lot of respect for Sean McVay, their offensive coordinator and crew, and there’s no doubt Kirk Cousins has played good football this year.” On Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals kept their slim playoff hopes a live with a 31-23 victory over the Washington Redskins.The win was reminiscent of last year’s Cardinals, with Arizona forcing a couple of turnovers (including a Patrick Peterson pick that sealed the game) while using aggressive play-calling to pile up some points.As he does every Monday, Cardinals GM Steve Keim joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM to talk about the game and his team going forward. Are you saying nobody in your booth questioned that decision?“I don’t think so. Between Michael (Bidwill) and myself, we have a tremendous amount of confidence in Bruce and the decisions he makes, and that’s why we’ve had the success we’ve had the last several years is his ability to take risks and have confidence in them. The way we were running the football and the way our offensive line was blocking, I think it was the right call. It’s easy to second-guess things the day after, especially when it doesn’t work, but he certainly looked like a genius in that situation.”Why are you not afraid of placing high expectations on David Johnson?“I think it’s because I know the player and the person. The one thing about the person is he’s an unbelievable young man. His work ethic, his humility, and then I’ve been doing this long enough to know players and their skill set, and just I haven’t seen a whole lot of backs that can do what he does from an athleticism standpoint. The mismatches he creates in the passing game — he continues to grow and get better as a natural runner with his patience, his lateral cut ability, the way he sets up blocks. He continues to grow — Stump Mitchell has done a fantastic job with him — and there’s no question in my mind that he’s one of the better running backs in the NFL.” Your browser does not support the audio element. You said Palmer’s arm looked great, has that ever been a concern this year?“I wouldn’t say it’s as much a concern, but just again, some of the balls that he threw yesterday, the velocity and the placement that he had on them, and some of the things he did in the pocket where he escaped pressure was excellent. Again, I give a lot of credit to our offensive line. D.J. was, again, I thought he played excellent, playing very well on the left side. A guy that we haven’t talked much about, Ulrick John, who we signed from Miami’s practice squad — he has some strength deficiencies right now because he’s a young player, but what he does athletically with his sets and his feet and his movement, he jumped out at me as a guy who’s really doing some good things and I give a lot of credit to Terry McDonough and Quentin Harris and all of our pro scouts for finding him.”How big was it that Michael Floyd came through with a touchdown catch the way that he did?“I think that a play like that not only energized the sideline, the crowd, and hopefully it gave Mike a little confidence for a guy who has went through some struggles this year. Hopefully we can depend on him the last four games of the season.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

KLM Royal Dutch Airline has announced the addition

first_imgKLM Royal Dutch Airline has announced the addition of a Boeing 787-9 to its fleet, due to arrive in October 2015.Among the most important features of the Boeing 787-9 are the new World Business Class (WBC) seats, which recline completely flat and have direct access to the aisle, the Economy Class seats, which recline 40% further; a state-of-the-art In-flight Entertainment system and Wi-Fi for all passengers who want to be online during their flight.The new model is quieter, and fuel efficient reducing 02 emissions by at least 20%.The aircraft is part of KLM’s programme of fleet investment, which began with the introduction of the new World Business Class in the Boeing 747.This was followed by entirely new World Business Class and Economy Class interiors in the Boeing 777-200 and the phased introduction of new Boeing 777-300s.From December 2015, KLM will continue its fleet renewal with the deployment of the Embraer 175 and 190.last_img read more