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Final remains of murdered aboriginal woman returned to family after eight yearsFinal remains of murdered aboriginal woman returned to family after eight years

first_imgHALIFAX – The final remains of a murdered Mi’kmaq woman have been returned to her family, eight years after Tanya Brooks’ body was found outside a Halifax school.Brooks’ sister Vanessa Brooks, 43, said police had withheld her brain as part of the ongoing investigation into the still-unsolved murder.She said it was returned to the family Wednesday, and a smudging ceremony was conducted with investigators and members of victim services and the medical examiner’s office.“I don’t think there’s any way that I can possibly articulate just how monumental this is … to our family,” she said at Halifax police headquarters on Thursday, eight years to the day after her older sister’s body was discovered nearby.Reading from a statement on behalf of her family, Brooks said it was important that her sister be buried “whole,” but she stressed that they also did not want the remains returned if it was going to jeopardize the investigation.“In Mi’kmaq culture, in order for our spirits to rest, our whole body needs to be as one,” she said, choking back tears and clutching a feather in her right hand.“With yesterday’s events, Tanya is whole again, which was our mother’s last wish before her death in September 2015. On behalf of our mother, it’s an honour to have Tanya complete so that she can return home (to) be laid to rest and our family can begin to heal.”Investigators did not say why Tanya Brooks’ brain was withheld for eight years.The 36-year-old woman was found in a trench along the side of St. Pat’s Alexandra Elementary School on May 11, 2009.Police say she was known in the area and they were able to trace her movements until about 9 p.m. the night before, when she left police headquarters on Gottingen Street, near the school.Investigators say they believe Brooks knew her assailant and that there are witnesses who have not yet come forward.Vanessa Brooks pleaded for those witnesses to “break your silence.”“We appeal to them to do the right thing. Please,” she said, pausing to compose herself. “We hope that laying Tanya to rest in the weeks ahead might also be the motivation needed to give someone the courage to come forward to the police.”Brooks said her sister will be buried with her mother. She was a mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, her sister added.“She was artistic. She had a very beautiful gift of drawing that her son has inherited,” said Brooks, looking towards her sister’s 15-year-old son, Qualin Brooks.“She had the gift of poetry. She was kind. She would give the shirt off her back if she felt you needed it more than she did.”Brooks also praised investigators and victim services for their work.“Our family is proof that a strong, respectful relationship can exist between the family of a murdered indigenous woman, the police and other key players in an investigation into your loved one’s murder or missing person case,” she said.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Activist charged with assaulting mayor in historic towns sewage feudActivist charged with assaulting mayor in historic towns sewage feud

first_imgLUNENBURG, N.S. – Standing on the bow of his fishing boat, Bill Flower only has to look down to see a thick brown sludge belch out of a municipal wastewater pipe and into one of Canada’s most iconic harbours.The fetid material burbles across the rocks under one of Lunenburg’s busiest wharfs and flows into the sea, coating boats, their ropes and most anything that comes in contact with it in a sticky film.For Flower, who also runs a tour boat company and often has his hands covered in the slime, the fact that sewage flows freely into the harbour of a picturesque town deemed a UNESCO world heritage site and home to Canada’s most famous sailing ship, the Bluenose II, is a maddening reality he’s vowed to change.“It’s dangerous and bad for the environment and I’m handling it everyday — it’s disgusting,” he said in an interview. “We’ve had improperly treated sewage pumping underneath that wharf for 15 years and it’s gotten worse and worse as the volume of people increase, especially in the summertime when it stinks like hell.”Flower has been a vocal critic of the town’s sewage treatment plant and the location of the outfall, saying the pipe should have been placed closer to the mouth of the harbour and away from the busy waterfront that features a fisheries museum and other tourist spots.He cites recent test results posted on the town website that show the presence of elevated levels of fecal bacteria.He says that over the years he has repeatedly urged Lunenburg Mayor Rachel Bailey to do something about the pipe and the sewage treatment facility, which he argues is not adequate to handle the town’s load, particularly when there are heavy rains. As a result, he says raw sewage likely pours into the harbour at times.People in the town also complain about a strong odour coming from the plant, which Ottawa has pledged to address with a promised $1.1-million biofilter announced last month.But Flower says his appeals have not brought about any change in the town, about an hour and a half south of Halifax.The long-simmering feud took a strange turn in recent weeks when Flower was charged with assaulting the mayor on Aug. 14 by allegedly smearing the foul sludge on her ankle following a confrontation between the two.Flower said the mayor approached him on the wharf as he was preparing to head out on the water, and they had a heated exchange over his public comments on the sewage. He said she returned the following day and displayed her ankle, saying it was infected from the material.Flower wouldn’t comment when asked if he touched Bailey. Court documents listing the charge indicate Flower is not to have any contact with Bailey.Bailey issued a statement Wednesday saying that Flower’s account of what allegedly happened differs from her statement to police, but refused to offer any other details.Bailey only said she stopped at the Inshore Fisherman’s Wharf, where Flower ties up, on her way home from a morning run and began a conversation with a person she does not name.“During the course of what began there as a discussion, another person participating in the exchange put his hands on me in a manner that is unacceptable. I subsequently reported the incident to the RCMP,” her statement reads.“Details of the incident described in media reports do not reconcile with the statement I made to the police which will be a part of the criminal proceedings.”The mayor, as well as staff responsible for the wastewater treatment plant, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.The municipality posted test results from five sites around the harbour, which show levels of enterococci — a fecal bacteria — that far exceed Health Canada’s guideline of 70 colonies per 100 millilitres of water.On Sept. 6, a test at the Fisherman’s Wharf registered 3,873 colonies per 100 millilitres of water.“Those levels are definitely higher than the acceptable level … by today’s standards it’s bad,” said Bruce Hatcher, chair of Marine Ecosystem Research at Cape Breton University.“This is a UNESCO heritage site and the world is watching and we really need to be seen to be taking care of these environments.”— By Alison Auld in Halifaxlast_img read more

Nova Scotia mother with mild intellectual disability denied custody of sonNova Scotia mother with mild intellectual disability denied custody of son

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. – A mother with a mild intellectual disability has lost custody of her 18-month-old son after a Nova Scotia judge found she does not have the capacity to parent the child.Nova Scotia’s Community Services Department has been caring for the boy since shortly after his birth, and earlier this year sought a permanent care order because of protection concerns.The 40-year-old mother opposed the order, arguing that she sincerely loves her son and that her mild intellectual disability is not a risk to his safety.In a written decision, Justice Theresa Forgeron of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Sydney found the child would be at a “substantial risk of harm” in his mother’s care because she cannot adequately supervise and protect him.Forgeron said a parental capacity assessment found the mother’s mild intellectual disability impairs her parenting abilities, and although she would meet her son’s basic needs, she would have difficulty solving the “novel” problems that will inevitably arise as the child matures.“I infer that the mother’s limitations with cognitive functioning will continually cause parenting deficits that will place the son at a substantial risk of physical harm,” the Oct. 23 written decision said.The decision said the woman lacked insight, noting the child’s father has an extensive child protection history involving substance abuse and violence and that the mother had previously refused to dissociate with him.“The mother does not truly appreciate the risks associated with a dysfunctional and abusive relationship. The mother’s recent vow to sever all ties with the son’s father rings hollow,” it said, adding that the woman also has a 22-year-old son with ongoing addiction issues and a 15-year-old daughter who lives with her father.Krista Carr, executive vice-president of the Canadian Association for Community Living, said she could not comment on the case specifically, but said the system has traditionally discriminated against people with intellectual disabilities.“The automatic assumption of the system is that they couldn’t possibly be an appropriate parent. People with an intellectual disability are human beings, the same as everyone else, and they have the right to be parents,” said Carr in an interview.Ruth Strubank, executive director of the Nova Scotia Association for Community Living, said more supports are needed for parents with intellectual disabilities — such as home visits with health care workers — rather than discounting them as parents altogether.“That requires a level (of) education and training for social workers and others,” said Strubank.Carr agreed, saying that supports are provided to parents with issues such as addiction so that children can stay in the home, but people with intellectual disabilities are often not helped in the same way.“It’s about recognizing the individual’s right to be a parent and providing the support that’s necessary to ensure that they get the support they need to be a good parent. There’s no evidence to prove that a person with an intellectual disability can’t be a parent.”The judge noted the mother allowed a young homeless person that she had just met to stay overnight in her home, and later realized that person was stealing. Forgeron said the mother does not appreciate the risks associated with her older son’s addiction issues, and “makes poor choices in friends.”“The mother is a naive and vulnerable person … Her friendships are often conflictual and at times abusive,” it said, noting she told a doctor she was seriously assaulted once by two friends.It also said the woman does not have the capacity to parent on her own, and would require a supportive network to safely parent the child, which she does not have. It said the mother argued the maternal grandmother would help care for the child, but the court said the 78-year-old woman could not offer the required support.“The maternal grandmother does not appreciate the extent of the mother’s challenges, often brushing off concerns that were raised by counsel. (She) stated that she would be there to babysit and occasionally direct, but would otherwise allow the mother to parent the son,” it said.“Second, the maternal grandmother has her own limitations arising from age and health concerns.”Forgeron also denied the woman ongoing visits, saying that “access would impede adoption and permanency planning.”— By Aly Thomson in Halifax.last_img read more

This Toronto taxi driver is a Juno Award nomineeThis Toronto taxi driver is a Juno Award nominee

first_imgAdvertisement The taxi driver who picked up a Toronto Star reporter after the 2017 Juno Award nominees were announced Tuesday was in a particularly good mood, and for good reason: He had just walked out of Toronto’s Rebel nightclub after learning his musical group was among the Juno contenders, and had been interviewed by that same reporter on the red carpet minutes earlier. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter About an hour later, still clad in his usual driver getup — a black cap, and a zip-up hoodie on top of a grey T-shirt — Nebiat was walking the red carpet at Rebel with fellow orchestra mate Tichaona Maredza, newly minted Juno nominees posing for flashing cameras and giving interviews to media. “I woke up at 3 o’clock in the morning, I started driving at 4 o’clock,” Nebiat said. But then “they told me to come (to the nominations ceremony) . . . so I came there, parked my car and went in.”center_img For him, Tuesday started like any other shift. Daniel Nebiat, a 44-year-old musician originally from Eritrea, is one of nine members who make up the Okavango African Orchestra, which was nominated for the World Music Album of the Year. He plays the krar, a six-stringed instrument from Eritrea and Ethiopia, sings in his native Tigrigna and, for the past three years, has been a driver for Toronto’s Co-op cabs. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

WatchBombardier Inc firms up deal with Quebec for 1 billion investment inWatchBombardier Inc firms up deal with Quebec for 1 billion investment in

MONTREAL — After months of negotiations, Bombardier Inc. has reached a definitive agreement with the Quebec government on a US$1-billion investment in the CSeries passenger jet program.The two sides have been working out details of the agreement since the plan was originally announced in October.The Montreal-based company is slated to receive the money in two instalments of US$500 million, the first June 30 and the second Sept. 1.Once the Quebec government’s investment is complete, it will own 49.5 per cent of a new limited partnership with all the assets, liabilities and obligations of the CSeries aircraft program, including larger versions of the plane beyond the CS100 and CS300 should they be developed.Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare said the investment demonstrates the provincial government’s confidence in the company’s largest aircraft.“Their investment will accelerate the momentum we’ve created, strengthen customer confidence in the aircraft and provide Bombardier with the financial flexibility needed to compete and win,” he said in a statement.Air Canada Inc threatens to walk away from Bombardier Inc CSeries deal if legislation over maintenance isn’t passedBombardier Inc sells amphibious aircraft program, sells 10 CRJ regional jets to unnamed customer for US$472 millionBombardier Inc cutting 200 Toronto positions in move to outsource some Q400 manufacturingPremier Philippe Couillard has said Quebec’s intervention in the CSeries was key to securing orders from Air Canada and Delta Air Lines.Air Canada said Thursday that it continues to work on finalizing a contract with the manufacturer for up to 75 CSeries planes after the Senate passed amendments giving it relief from obligations under the Air Canada Public Participation Act, which required it to perform heavy maintenance on its fleet in Montreal, Winnipeg and Mississauga, Ont.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the federal government is continuing to negotiate potential financial support for Bombardier, which is seeking $1 billion from Ottawa.“We believe that long-term it’s (the aerospace sector) one of the more innovative places in the economy, so in that regard having a leading company like Bombardier is important and we’re engaging with them to think about how we can ensure that the sector remains successful,” he told reporters after speaking in Toronto to the Economic Club of Canada.Morneau wouldn’t discuss stumbling blocks but Ottawa has reportedly pushed Bombardier to change its voting structure, something the founding family that controls the company through multiple voting shares insists it has no intention of doing.The CSeries aircraft is two years behind schedule and has incurred about US$2 billion in cost overruns. The first plane is slated to be handed over to Swiss Airlines next week and enter into service July 15.Quebec Transport Minister Jacques Daoust said the partnership with Bombardier will ensure the employment of up to 2,500 workers on the program.“So this is a win-win relationship that will benefit all Quebecers and the entire aviation sector,” he said in a news release.The new entity will be headed by Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. The board will contain three Bombardier nominees — former Quebec premier Daniel Johnson, who will be chairman, Bellemare and chief financial officer John Di Bert. Quebec will nominate two members.Under the revised deal, Quebec will receive warrants to purchase up to 100 million Bombardier shares or about 4.26 per cent of its outstanding shares. That’s half as many at the same price of $2.21 per share that was outline in the preliminary deal.Spokeswoman Sylvie Gauthier said the change was made to reflect Bombardier’s improved financial position.“We’ve derisked the program, we’ve had sales; the shares are nearly double where it was so that all comes to play in the negotiations,” she said in an interview.She said Quebec’s contribution will be used to help ramp up production until it reaches a break-even point in 2020 with 90 to 120 planes produced a year. read more

Pakistan loses Hafeez early after NZ scores 274Pakistan loses Hafeez early after NZ scores 274

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — New Zealand’s tailenders frustrated Pakistan before being bowled out for 274 on the second day of the third and final cricket test on Tuesday.Pakistan lost opener Mohammad Hafeez without scoring off Trent Boult’s fourth delivery to stutter to 0-1 at lunch.B.J. Watling held New Zealand’s first innings together with a gritty unbeaten 77 off 250 balls as Bilal Asif (5-65) wrapped up the innings just before lunch by claiming the three remaining wickets.It was the off-spinner’s second five-wicket haul in his five test matches.Resuming on 229-7, debutant Will Somerville couldn’t add to his overnight 12 but denied Pakistan a breakthrough with his staunch defence for well over an hour.Watling showed some aggression against fast bowlers and completed his half century off 199 balls by guiding Hasan Ali to the third man boundary.Watling, 42 overnight, also completed 3,000 test runs when he reached 66, with only four boundaries, in a determined knock of more than 5-1/2 hours as New Zealand added 45 more precious runs.Asif extracted sharp bounce and turn off the wicket and finally got through Somerville’s defences when he clean bowled the No. 9 batsman.Asif then claimed the last two wickets in successive overs when Ajaz Patel (6) was caught in the slips and Trent Boult (1) was clean bowled while attempting an ambitious shot.Leg-spinner Yasir Shah (3-75) couldn’t add to his three-wicket burst before lunch on day one and still needs two wickets to become the quickest bowler to complete 200 test wickets.Boult then provided New Zealand early success when Hafeez edged the left-arm fast bowler low to Tim Southee at second slip before Pakistan had scored.The Associated Press read more

Football Former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple suspended by New York GiantsFootball Former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple suspended by New York Giants

Former OSU cornerback Eli Apple (13) waits for the ball to be snapped during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15, 2014 in Minneapolis. Credit: Lantern file photoDALLAS — The New York Giants suspended former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple for their final game of the season, the team announced Wednesday. The cause of the suspension was “for a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team,” interim general manager Kevin Abrams said.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said during a press conference Thursday Apple had “zero issues” while he was with the Buckeyes.“Eli was fantastic for us, a team player and always put team before self and became one of the best corners in college football,” Meyer said. “As soon as this game is over, I’m going to try to get in the middle of that one and find out because of our love we have for Eli. I know our players have talked to him a little bit.”During a radio interview on ESPN New York on Tuesday, Giants safety Landon Collins called Apple a “cancer” on the team amid reports Apple has fought with coaches throughout the season. Collins apologized Wednesday.Apple, the former 10th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, will finish the season with 49 combined tackles — 41 solo and eight assisted — with eight passes defended and two fumbles recovered. Former Ohio State and current Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott also faced a suspension this season for repeated rules violations including allegedly using force against his girlfriend. Meyer said he expects Elliott will be at the Cotton Bowl Friday and on the field with the Buckeyes before the game. read more

Greece Cyprus Israel to talk gasGreece Cyprus Israel to talk gas

first_imgA meeting between officials of Greece, Cyprus and Israel is being lined up for September so the three countries can agree on transporting natural gas from the Southeastern Mediterranean to the European market.Cypriot Commerce Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis said on Tuesday that efforts are being made to arrange the talks. Kathimerini understands the issue was raised during last week’s visit to Greece by Israeli President Shimon Peres. Greek officials left Peres in doubt that Athens is willing to cooperate in the project.The three options open to the potential partners are to build a liquefying plant on Cyprus so the fuel can be shipped to the rest of Europe, constructing an underwater pipeline connecting the three countries or converting the gas into electrical power on Cyprus and then transferring the energy to Greece via an underwater cable.According to reports, Sylikiotis’s ministry submitted plans to the European Commission last month for a pipeline that would link Cypriot and Israeli gas fields with the Greek natural gas network.An estimated 7 trillion cubic feet of gas lies in Block 12 of Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Noble Energy and Delek Group are among the companies bidding for offshore exploration licenses in Cyprus. These two companies, along with other explorers, have discovered a reported 26 trillion cubic feet of gas in the Leviathan and Tamar fields under the Mediterranean Sea, worth some 200 billion euros at today’s prices and enough to supply Israel’s needs for 150 years.Israel wants to export some of this gas and is reportedly examining plans to ship liquefied natural gas, or LNG, as far as Asia after 2018. But some government officials believe that most should be kept to cover the country’s own energy needs. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Clark College faculty seek pay increasesClark College faculty seek pay increases

first_imgClark College’s faculty union marched through campus Wednesday to support its bargaining team, which remains locked in contract negotiations with college administrators.A group of several dozen members of the Clark College Association for Higher Education marched from the center of campus to the college’s administrative offices. Union members were clad in the trademark red of educator unions and carried the now-familiar Washington Education Association signs reading “Fair contract now!”“We feel that we haven’t been given respect or attention,” Kim Sullivan, Clark College Association for Higher Education president, said during a break from bargaining.This is a significant year for bargaining for the Vancouver community college. Last year, the Legislature granted community and technical college unions the right to bargain for salary schedules using local dollars.Retiring President Bob Knight and the board of trustees maintain the college does not have the money to provide the salary increases staff are asking for. They argue that declining enrollment means the college could see budget cuts as high as 5 percent in the coming year. On the first day of school for the fall quarter, 11,717 students were enrolled in Clark College, down from 12,055 the year prior.College spokeswoman Hannah Erickson did not comment on the specifics of the negotiations, but said the college is working with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to advocate for 12 percent pay increases in all employee salaries over the next two biennia from the Legislature.last_img read more

Software Company Launches Jamie MagazineSoftware Company Launches Jamie Magazine

first_imgSoftware development company idoodle is entering into the consumer media space with the launch of Jamie Magazine, and is looking to have its first-and-only title be fully mobilized from the onset.Jamie Oliver—a celebrity chef and Food Network star—is the personality the brand is founded on. The publication, which first launched in the UK in 2008 and has local editions in Russia, Germany and Holland, will cover the entire North American market, from Canada to the Caribbean.“We as idoodle have been doing a lot of business in the UK as an education software company,” says Robert Sowah, publisher and CEO of idoodlemedia. “We wanted to take some of the innovative things we’re doing in the software world and merge it together with a magazine, which has been a very exciting opportunity.” Sowah says the publication will distribute about 300,000 copies across the continent by the end of the year, with about 50 percent heading to newsstands. Jamie Magazine will be regionalized on a per-issue basis, says Sowah. One issue, for example, might focus on the foods of New England with the next on the foods of the Caribbean followed by dishes from British Columbia.“We’re going to North Americanize Jamie Magazine, but still leaving in that wonderful British flair that makes it Jamie,” he says. “We’ve met with the Food Network and all of his shows are over here. He has a huge following and he has been a leader as a chef and food activist. It’s hitting a note with an awful lot of people [that enjoy] eating properly and having fun doing it.”From the onset, Jamie Magazine will be fully multiplatform, not only for the reader but advertisers as well. Using custom technology and its knowledge in the software space, idoodle will ensure its print content is mobile enabled.“Our technology can make any image [function] like a QR code,” says Sowah. “When the reader downloads our app they point to Jamie Magazine on the newsstands or their kitchen counter and they will get a few videos from the magazine. It will be Jamie or a chef cooking a few recipes that are inside the issue. Readers can get the recipe for that video, and we’re also integrating the advertisers into that.” Once a reader presses the recipe, up come the ingredients as well as a sponsored message. If a particular grocery store is sponsoring the video, for example, a message will show that the ingredients are on sale in that retail location and will use GPS technology to show the nearest location of that grocery store.“We’re taking the reader from the cover of the magazine all the way to the grocery store,” says Sowah. “It can map out the store for you on your phone—if you’re looking for something in particular on sale it will show you where it is in the store. We’re lifting the experience off of the magazine and letting the reader take it with them, wherever that is.”If a copy of the magazine hasn’t been purchased either on the newsstand or via subscription, a user is limited in the amount of video content that can be seen. After a monetary commitment is made, content exclusives are available through the app, which a consumer can download for their Apple or Android device.“We’re trying to make things engaging for the reader,” he says. “It’s a fun and engaging way to get readers integrated with the paper. It’s a hybrid for the readers and it also integrates the advertisers—once advertisers start seeing the possibilities of using this sort of technology to offer up traditional information to their users in fun, engaging ways, I think you’ll see an interesting and dynamic change in the way advertising is done.”last_img read more

Home Studio SlipUps 10 Common Mistakes And How To Fix ThemHome Studio SlipUps 10 Common Mistakes And How To Fix Them

first_imgLearn the most common home studio pitfalls and how you can avoid them so you can get back to making musicNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 20, 2017 – 1:43 pm The rule of thumb for building out a recording studio is this: it will cost three times as much and take three times as long as you estimate. In my experience, this is sad but true. Twitter Top 10 Home Recording Studio Mistakes home-studio-slip-ups-10-common-mistakes-and-how-fix-them Email Facebook Home Studio Slip-Ups: 10 Common Mistakes And How To Fix Them But for those looking avoid the pitfalls of setting up and running a functional recording and/or mixing space at home, help is on the way. Music Think Tank recently published their Top 10 Home Studio Mistakes And How To Fix Them.The helpful list focuses on prioritizing purchases, seeking valuable feedback, staying organized, and taking action. It all starts with laying out a game plan.”Think about what goals you have, what are you trying to achieve and figure out what will take you there,” writes Emma Becker. “Make some priorities and use your budget accordingly.”To that end, be sure to stay focused on finishing the job. You will be tempted to begin working just as soon as your DAW is up and running. But don’t forget about the other pieces of the studio puzzle, or you may end up with unhung acoustic panels, messy cable runs and an overall clunky workflow.Becker also makes a great point about reference mixes. Use them!”The fastest way to get closer to your heroes is to compare your work to theirs and get it as close as possible until you form your own taste and opinions.”Listen to those recordings you know best to gain perspective on your new environment. Want to know what the pros are using as references? Check out what GRAMMY winner Rafa Sardina (Lady Gaga, Luis Miguel, Alejandro Sanz) and 11 other top engineers name as their essential reference mixes over on SonicScoop.Another pitfall of getting caught up in the excitement of a home studio is neglecting to stay organized. As an engineer, producer or self-recording artist, file management, as quotidian as it may sound, is of paramount importance.”Spend a bit of time to come up with a folder structure that would work for your type of projects and force yourself to use it,” says Becker, adding that creating a template project folder can save you tons of time, force you to save properly and keep your files consistent.There is much to remember when building and running a home studio, especially considering your true intention is to focus on making music, but with these tips (and a little discipline) you can avoid some of the biggest and most common mistakes. Happy recording!Ode To Reverb: From Led Zeppelin To Phil Collins, 8 Examples Of Delightful DecayRead more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Jack White’s P&E Wing Speech: “Let The Music Tell You What To Do” News last_img read more

Prank for a cause Ola banks on April 1 phenomenon to crowdfundPrank for a cause Ola banks on April 1 phenomenon to crowdfund

first_imgThe announcement follows the launch of Ola’s April Fool’s video, “Ola Restrooms”.Homegrown ride-hailing platform Ola launched a nationwide crowdfunding campaign to enable building toilets across India to positively impact over 20,000 people on Monday, April 1. Launched under Ola’s ‘My Ride. My Cause’ programme, users will be able to contribute Rs 1 per ride from April 2 until October 2, 2019. Ola has partnered with Gramalaya, an approved key resource centre from the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, who will use the proceeds in their on-going efforts to build toilets for the underprivileged across India.The announcement follows the launch of Ola’s April Fool’s video, “Ola Restrooms”, which aimed at building awareness around the need for accessible and hygienic lavatories in India. Highlighting the need for more public toilets in the country, the digital campaign introduces ‘Ola Restrooms’, a new solution that seeks to address the dearth of facilities. Known for its unconventional campaigns, Ola used the occasion to draw attention to a social issue and turn it into a cause-based initiative.Speaking about the initiative, Anand Subramanian, Senior Director – Marketing Communications said, “Since inception, Ola has been committed to supporting causes that deeply impact our cities and citizens. Access to toilets and sanitation can significantly improve hygiene and quality of life for people. Through this campaign, we aim to heighten awareness amongst educated audiences and enable them to contribute meaningfully.” He further added, “We are proud to partner with the team at Gramalaya who have been leading efforts to build sustainable sanitation infrastructure for the past 30 years in rural India.”S Damodaran, Founder and CEO of Gramalaya, said, “Sanitation provides safety, security and privacy for women and adolescent girls and we envision a society where everyone has access to safe sanitation facilities that empower individuals and communities. Gramalaya has successfully demonstrated sustainable sanitation models over the past 30 years and plans to expand these facilities to other parts of India. We are grateful to Ola for facilitating the crowdfunding campaign to help us achieve the goal of making India cleaner and healthier.”There is a dire need to eliminate open defecation and urination in India, which is a leading cause of diarrheal infection affecting women and children in rural India. Lack of adequate toilets that adhere to the scientific sanitary standards is detrimental to India’s mission to be free of Open Defecation by 2019. Through this initiative, Ola aims to bridge the gap with the support of millions of users that take rides on the Ola platform every day.Here’s how customers can start contributing:Once a ride is booked, customers will be able to see an option to contribute INR 1 on the ride-booking screenUpon clicking ‘see how,’ customers will be able to see detailed information about Gramalaya and how their contributions will be usedThe button at the bottom of the screen that says ‘Donate INR 1 on every ride’ enables the contributionsOnce accepted, customers will see their contribution towards the initiative in the ride details screen for every ride. Customers can choose to opt in and out at any point of timeAlternatively, customers can activate contributions from the ‘Donations’ section, under Profiles in the global menulast_img read more

JabaleNoor pays Tk 1m to Rajib Mims familiesJabaleNoor pays Tk 1m to Rajib Mims families

first_imgMim-RajibIn response to a High Court order, Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan owner paid Tk 5 00,000 to each family of the two students who were killed in a road crash on Dhaka’s Airport Road on 29 July this year.The lawyer of the Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan owner informed it to the HC bench of justice JBM Hassan and justice Khairul Alam through an affidavit.The hearing on the issue is likely to be held after 2:00pm today, Sunday, said the victims’ lawyer Ruhul Quddus Kajal.Earlier on Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld a High Court order that directed Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan owenr to pay Tk 500,000 to each of the families.On 30 July, the HC directed Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan to pay Tk 500,000 to each of the families of the two victims Rajib and Mim, students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College — who were run over by a bus of the transport company the day before.The HC also asked the transport company to bear expenses for treatment of the nine injured students of the same college who were hit by the bus as it ploughed into a crowd at Kurmitola, within seven days to pay the money.last_img read more

Nature journal to begin offering doubleblind peer reviewNature journal to begin offering doubleblind peer review

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Nature Peer review could reject breakthrough manuscripts, study shows Well known and respected journal, Nature, will begin next month offering researchers who submit their work for peer review, the option of having it done via the double-blind method—whereby both submitters and reviewers names are kept anonymous. In an Announcement piece, the journal explains why it has chosen to take this step and what it hopes to achieve by doing so. Citation: Nature journal to begin offering double-blind peer review (2015, February 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Up till now, the peer review process at Nature has been conducted in single-blind fashion—reviewers could see the names of the authors of the work, but the authors (and everyone else) were not able to see the names of the reviewers. As Nature points out, there have been many calls in the science community for changing the system over the course of the past few years because of a perceived bias by reviewers—due to gender for example, or reputation.Single-blind reviews have become the norm for two main reasons; the first is because of the perception that reviewers would be hesitant to be completely honest in their reviews if they know ahead of time that their names will be attached to their work. The second is because of hesitancy on the part of respected journals to offer a service that they do not believe they can fully ensure—sometimes, it is not that difficult to figure out who an author is because of the small numbers of people working in a particular field, because they cite themselves or because their work is already so well known. As part of its announcement, Nature has said that ensuring the anonymity of researchers going forward will fall to the writers of the papers.Others have called for open reviews, where the names of both writers and reviewers are printed, but few in the research community seem to be interested in such a scheme. Nature claims that double-blind reviews are wanted by researchers—they cite an international study done back in 2009 where 76 percent of researcher respondents indicated that they felt that double-blind reviews were an effective reviewing system. Nature will allow researchers who prefer to stick with the single-blind system to do so if they prefer, but the default will change over starting at the beginning of March. At this time it is not clear if other major journals will make the switch as well. © 2015 Explore furtherlast_img read more

Mercury dips again in city cold wave to continue in coming daysMercury dips again in city cold wave to continue in coming days

first_imgKolkata: The city’s temperature dropped slightly on Friday, making the people believe that the cold wave condition may stay for a few more days in South Bengal.The Regional Meteorological Centre, however, predicted that the sudden rise and fall in the temperature is quite common during this period. The Met office also said that the cold wave condition that has been still prevailing in some of the South Bengal districts, may stay for the next couple of days. There is, however, a prediction of light rainfall in some North Bengal districts. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe lowest temperature in the city on Friday touched 11.9 degree Celsius, whereas on Thursday the city’s temperature was recorded at 12.6 degree. A senior official of the weather office said that the mercury may hover around 12 degree Celsius in the city in the next few days. “There is a prediction of rainfall in North Bengal and Sikkim in the next two days. There is also a possibility of snowfall in Sikkim. Temperature in some North Bengal districts may go down further,” a weather official said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt was also learnt from the Met office that a cyclonic storm has formed over South China Sea. It is likely to move towards Port Blair and cross Andaman Sea between January 6 and 7. As a result of this cyclonic storm, there may be heavy to very heavy rainfall in Andaman during the period. In view of this, the weather office also issued an alert asking the fishermen not to voyage into deep sea in the next couple of days. Siliguri recorded 5.8 degree Celsius on Friday, whereas Jalpaiguri had its temperature standing at 7.2 degree. Cooch Behar touched 6.1 degree. Darjeeling saw mercury remain at 1.5 degree Celsius. South Bengal districts like Birbhum, Purulia, West Burdwan, Nadia, Murshidabad and Bankura recorded 8.4, 8.4, 7.9, 8.6, 9 and 9.7 degree Celsius respectively.last_img read more

Eizo Releases 6Megapixel Multimodality Medical MonitorEizo Releases 6Megapixel Multimodality Medical Monitor

first_img Technology | Flat Panel Displays | November 28, 2018 LG Unveils New Diagnostic Monitor, Digital X-ray Detectors at RSNA 2018 LG Electronics is expanding its U.S. medical imaging portfolio with a new high-performance 21-inch diagnostic monitor… read more News | Flat Panel Displays | June 18, 2019 Double Black Imaging Announces Expanded Display Line and Ergonomic Workstation Solutions Double Black Imaging (DBI) and their Image Systems Division are releasing their new clinical and diagnostic display… read more LG Medical MonitorsLeveraging years of industry-leading expertise in flat-panel display technology, LG Business Solutions has expanded their medical imaging device portfolio of the most accurate displays possible.SharePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:57Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -4:57 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsdefault, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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(USEI) recently announced the release of what it calls the world’s first Windows-compatible… read more The DBI CL8MPS from Double Black Imaging Photo courtesy of US Electronics Feature | Flat Panel Displays | April 18, 2018 | Melinda Taschetta-Millane Flat Panel Display Market Outlook The global flat panel display market is predicted to reach $177.3 million by 2027, according to a new report titled “… read more Technology | Flat Panel Displays | May 17, 2019 Tru-Vu Monitors Releases New Medical-Grade Touch Screen Display Tru-Vu Monitors released the new MMZBTP-21.5G-X 21.5” medical-grade touch screen monitor. It is certified to both UL… read more November 16, 2016 — Eizo Inc. announced the release of the RadiForce RX660, a 30-inch, 6-megapixel monitor ideal for multimodality applications. It is the successor model to the RadiForce RX650 and features new functionality for improving reading room efficiency.The new monitor is equipped with Eizo’s original space and time saving function called Work-and-Flow, which is included with the bundled RadiCS LE software. Work-and-Flow allows radiologists to easily show or hide a PinP (Picture in Picture) window, allowing them to view two separate video inputs within a single monitor. This can eliminate a monitor that is viewed infrequently — such as examination lists — and is easily operated by moving the cursor to the corner of the monitor.Additionally with Work-and-Flow, USB switching is done within the monitor so users can work on multiple PCs using only one mouse and keyboard. Users simply move the cursor across the screens to quickly start working on another PC. With these two functions, Work-and-Flow provides quick and easy information referencing and a barrier-free workstyle.Compared to its predecessor, the RadiForce RX660 hosts a slimmer, more compact housing for a more efficient workspace. The monitor’s width and depth have been reduced by 9.5 mm and 56.5 mm, respectively. In addition, the size of the power supply was greatly reduced and now comes built into the monitor. This results in a monitor that takes up 23 percent less space, giving radiologists more room for other tasks. It is also 6 kg lighter than the previous model for ease of installation.The monitor is equipped with DisplayPort 1.2 input and output terminals, which means that 6-megapixel resolution can be achieved using a single cable. The output terminal can then be used to attach additional monitors in a daisy chain sequence, removing the hassle of excess cables.The 6 megapixel screen provides ample space for displaying numerous applications at once, making it an effective replacement for a dual 3-megapixel monitor setup. Healthcare professionals can conveniently view images side-by-side without the obtrusive bezels typically found in a multi-monitor environment.The RadiForce RX660 comes equipped with Eizo’s Sharpness Recovery technology that restores sharpness typically lost due to the high brightness requirements of medical monitors. This ensures the screen displays images with a level of clarity that is true to the source data.Eizo will demonstrate the RadiForce RX660 at the 102nd Radiological Society of North America annual meeting (RSNA 2016), Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in Chicago.The RadiForce RX660 will begin shipping in late June 2017.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Contentcenter_img Sponsored Content | Videos | Flat Panel Displays | December 25, 2018 VIDEO: 50 Years of Innovative Visual Technology EIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display s read more Technology | Flat Panel Displays | March 30, 2018 Canvys Introduces New 27- and 32-inch 4K Ultra HD Displays Canvys, a Division of Richardson Electronics Ltd., recently enhanced its 4K Ultra HD custom display series of high-… read more 50 Years of Innovative Visual TechnologyEIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display solutions. 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MRI May Help Predict Cognitive Impairment in Professional FightersMRI May Help Predict Cognitive Impairment in Professional Fighters

first_img 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. Fighters are exposed to repeated mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), which has been associated with neurodegenerative disorders, as well as mood and movement dysfunction. A tool that could find signs, or biomarkers, of mTBI-related brain damage would be an invaluable asset in helping fighters and their physicians understand their risk of cognitive impairment while potentially speeding interventions and contributing to the study and development of drugs designed to slow or reverse cognitive decline.Much of previous research on the subject has focused on either the brain’s neuron-containing gray matter or the fiber tracts in the white matter. For this new study, researchers combined two MRI techniques — T1-weighted MRI and diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI) derived from diffusion weighted MRI — to look at both types of brain tissue.“DTI is specific to the white matter part of the brain and T1-weighted images are sensitive to the gray matter,” said study lead author Virendra Mishra, Ph.D., from the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. “By combining these approaches, we hoped to find imaging biomarkers on MRI that could be used to predict whether or not fighters will become impaired.”The researchers used data from the Professional Fighters Brain Health Study, one of the largest longitudinal studies of brain health in contact sports. Data included 273 male fighters who had baseline imaging exams and 56 who returned for a follow-up scan. Using neuropsychological testing, measures from processing speed and psychomotor speed were used to differentiate fighters into cognitively impaired and non-impaired groups, as cognition cannot be seen as a singular entity, Dr. Mishra noted. All fighters underwent T1-weighted MRI and DTI.The study revealed a set of seven imaging predictors, including regions of gray matter and white matter, which were associated with cognitive function in fighters. For instance, T1-weighted volumetric measurements of the left thalamus, a mass of gray matter in the middle of the brain that acts as a relay center connecting a multitude of brain regions, helped distinguish cognitively impaired and non-impaired fighters. Fractional anisotropy values, a measure of white matter integrity, along two different white matter tracts were also identified as possible predictors of cognitive impairment. The researchers concluded that this set of seven brain regions comprising of both gray and white matter may become imaging biomarkers of cognitive impairment in fighters.“We found lower gray matter volume and thickness measures along with lower white matter tract integrity at baseline measurements that declined over time in those with ongoing trauma, and only by looking at both were we able to predict which fighters would be cognitively impaired,” Mishra said. “The combined observation of both gray and white matter as useful predictors of cognitive impairment is understandable because these two types of brain tissue work in tandem.”The MRI approach using different modalities may have several applications, Mishra said. For one, it could be used to help predict later cognitive change in fighters. Another key potential application is to track change in clinical trials of novel therapeutics aimed at reducing the risk of cognitive impairment.The approach also may have applications in studying the impact of other contact sports where head injuries often occur, such as football and hockey.In the future, the researchers hope to determine the order in which brain regions are affected by repeated trauma.“One of the key questions we’re trying to answer is, what’s affected first, the neurons in the gray matter or the fiber tracts in the white matter?” Mishra said. “We don’t have the answer yet, but it’s something we are working on.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 02, 2017 MRI May Help Predict Cognitive Impairment in Professional Fighters Images of the brain’s gray and white matter obtained with multiple MRI techniques can help identify and track cognitive impairment in active professional fighters, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Mammography | 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 | 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School 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 Related Content 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 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 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read morelast_img read more

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call white-box — products During my first visit to Shenzhen many years ago I was taken to a six-story building that was affectionately called the flea market for cell phones On every floor were dozens of vendors with glass showcases peddling cell phones and early smartphones by the hundreds In Asia and many other parts of the world users actually buy their cell phone of choice first and then go to a store to buy a SIM card that provides voice and data services In this part of China the Shenzhen flea market was a hotbed for locals to come and buy their phones providing all types of sizes and models to choose from Most of the cell phones were of this white-box nature carrying no known brand name and having been manufactured cheaply from readily available components They were sold all over China and parts of Asia and up until around 2007 when Apple introduced the iPhone these types of phones dominated these markets Upstarts Aplenty Over the last seven years the Shenzhen ecosystem of component makers has become much more sophisticated supplying high-quality components to vendors of all types which are then used to make smartphones and tablets that can rival products from Apple Samsung and anyone else making top of the line devices And vendors from all over the world are making the trek to Shenzhen to buy these components get them manufactured in quantity and take them back to their regions of the world to sell against established brands The best example of this comes from a company called Xiaomi which didn’t even release its first smartphone until a few years ago but is now the number one smartphone provider in the region It did this by leveraging the Shenzhen ecosystem to create well-designed smartphones Until early 2013 Samsung was a top player in China but big brand Lenovo jumped into the China market with smartphones and gave Samsung some serious competition Apple also entered China in a big way Between these three companies making aggressive moves in China Samsung began to lose market share dramatically Micromax has done something similar in India coming from nowhere to own 40% of that market today Cherry Mobile did the same thing in the Philippines and this similar pattern is being replicated in Brazil South Africa Eastern Europe and elsewhere — all markets that Samsung had leads in but where it’s now coming under major competitive threats Big Apple Samsung has a double whammy going on here too One of the reasons the company has been so profitable in the mobile business is because of the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 smartphones and the Galaxy Note 3 phablet These smartphones are in the premium category and Samsung dominated the five-inches-and-up smartphone space for almost three years However research is showing that Samsung benefited from a lack of a similar products from Apple but now Apple has the new 47-inch iPhone 6 and the 55-inch 6 Plus These products take direct aim at Samsungs similar models and demand for these new iPhones has been very strong so Samsung is impacted by this Apple move as well Hardware Headaches What makes this even more problematic for Samsung is that its business model is to make money from the hardware These white-box vendors can take these phones to their local regions and sell them pretty much at cost because they make their money on apps and local services that they provide their customers Samsung and many of the other big vendors aside from Apple make most of their money on hardware while Apple makes money on hardware software and services When it comes to PCs we have always had white-box products in the market In fact no-name white boxes represent about 40% of all PCs shipped However companies like HP Dell Lenovo Acer Asus and others have had solid brands and offered things like warranties and service agreements Even though brand-name PCs are priced much higher than white-box PCs the big players have been able to compete around the world based on brand distribution and customer 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