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first_img Facebook Do you have a dog who’s destined to be a star?Align Entertainment is searching for adorable dogs who’d like to play a starring role in their upcoming production of Annie: The Musical. The production will be onstage at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby from Feb. 1 through 16.Dogs must be available for all performances, as well as rehearsals starting Jan. 13. (Likely dates for rehearsals include Jan. 18 evening, Jan. 20 daytime, Jan. 25 evening, and Jan. 30 and 31 evenings.) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement The dog should be gentle, well-behaved, comfortable around children and adults, and leash-trained. Dogs should be able to follow simple commands such as “come” and “sit.”If you think your pooch has what it takes, open auditions are being held on Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Lindbjerg Academy of The Performing Arts, 7-75 Blue Mountain St. in Coquitlam. Registration is from 3 to 4 p.m., and auditions run from 4 to 6 p.m. Bring along a photo of your dog.CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION DETAILSlast_img read more

Social media has little effect on teens life satisfaction StudySocial media has little effect on teens life satisfaction Study

first_imgLondon: Social media has little effect on the life satisfaction of teenagers, according to a large-scale study conducted in the UK. Researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at University of Oxford used an eight-year survey of UK households to study how long teenagers spent using social media on a normal school day and their corresponding life satisfaction ratings. This is the first large-scale and in-depth study testing not only whether adolescents who report more social media use have lower life satisfaction but also whether the reverse is true. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), used improved data and statistical approaches and found most links between life satisfaction and social media use were trivial. However, there were some bidirectional effects: Lower life satisfaction led to increased social media use and vice versa, researchers said. These bidirectional effects were more consistent for females than for males, but again, these were modest trends, they said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe researchers stress that this represents an important step in understanding the effects of social media. “Given the rapid pace of technological advancement in recent years, the question of how our increasing use of technology to interact with each other affects our wellbeing has become increasingly important,” said Professor Andrew Przybylski, Director of Research at the OII. “With most of the current debate based on lacklustre evidence, this study represents an important step towards mapping the effects of technology on adolescent well-being,” Przybylski said. Previous literature was based almost entirely on correlations with no means to dissociate whether social media use leads to changes in life satisfaction or vice versa. “More than half of the statistical models we tested were not significant, and those that were significant suggested the effects were not as simple as often stated in the media,” said Tobias Dienlin from the University of Hohenheim in Germany. “Most statistically significant models examined teenage girls. However, because these effects were tiny, they weren’t significantly larger in girls compared to boys,” Dienlin said.last_img read more

UN human rights chief stands fully behind her report on Sri LankaUN human rights chief stands fully behind her report on Sri Lanka

The Government’s views were taken into account when finalizing the report, and a delegation of senior UN human rights officials discussed its contents with a wide range of Government officials during a visit to Sri Lanka in February.The High Commissioner said she and her Office remained committed to assisting the Government and people of Sri Lanka to implement the Human Rights Council’s resolutions 30/1 (2015) and 34/1 (2017). And last week the Human Rights Council in another resolution (40/1) gave the Government two more years to deliver fully on the set of commitments it originally accepted four years ago.Bachelet said the Sri Lankan Government should now refocus its efforts on fulfilling its obligation to provide justice and accountability for the grave human rights violations and abuses that took place during the conflict that ended in 2009, and honour its commitments to establish the truth about what happened and to promote reconciliation. (Colombo Gazette) Monday’s article in a local newspaper cited a member of the Government delegation, Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghavan, claiming the High Commissioner “admitted that certain facts incorporated in the UNHRC report against Sri Lanka could not be condoned whatsoever.” It also said he claimed she had advised two of her senior officials who attended the meeting “to be more responsible and cautious hereafter.” “Neither of these claims are true,” Bachelet said. “Either the newspaper misunderstood the Governor, or the Governor misunderstood – or misquoted – me.” The High Commissioner said she stands fully behind the report and the oral statement she made when presenting it to the Human Rights Council, and that she believes it fairly and objectively reflects the situation in Sri Lanka. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet said today she stands fully behind her report on Sri Lanka.She also said that a newspaper article quoting a senior Sri Lankan official “seriously misrepresents” her discussion of the recent UN Human Rights Office report on Sri Lanka with a Government delegation attending the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 20. “I am deeply disappointed by the spin that has been put on my discussion with the Sri Lankan Government delegation,” she said, noting that other news outlets in Sri Lanka were also continuing to significantly misrepresent the Human Rights Council process in Geneva.In line with normal practice, the UN Human Rights Office report – which had been requested by the 47-member-state Human Rights Council – was shared with the Sri Lankan Government in advance of its publication. read more

BUSUs Food First program gets boost from Ancillary ServicesBUSUs Food First program gets boost from Ancillary Services

Through a partnership with the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU), Brock’s Ancillary Services has been hard at work helping to ensure no student on campus goes hungry.At the beginning of the academic year, Ancillary Services jumped at the opportunity to support the growing demand being seen through BUSU’s Food First program, which supplies students in need with food and hygiene products.The Ancillary Services team has since been able to provide more than $10,000 toward the food bank through proceeds from Brock Sports Meridian Series games (Steel Blade and Paint the Meridian Red) as well as Swipe it Forward events with Dining Services. Facilitated by Sodexo, Swipe it Forward took place over two days and encouraged the Brock community to donate $1 to $5 while purchasing a meal at any dining location across campus.Bryan Boles, Associate Vice-President of Ancillary Services, said the decision to support the worthy cause required no deliberation.“Food insecurity is a cause that I have always been passionate about,” he said, “and learning that our on-campus food bank needed support due to increased demand provided a great opportunity to partner with BUSU.”Malcolm Dales, Associate Director Operations, Ancillary Services, said there’s a need on campus for this type of support to continue.“Food insecurity is a real issue that faces many students at Brock and we were eager to find a way to contribute in a meaningful way,” he said.The partnership between Ancillary Services and BUSU has allowed BUSU to serve more students with food and health insecurity needs.“This year, BUSU’s Food First program provided more than 1,200 food packages to undergraduate and graduate students — the highest usage rates ever experienced in the history of the program,” said Heather McLean, BUSU’s Director of Business Operations.“Clearly students are increasingly experiencing food insecurity at alarming levels, and so on behalf of BUSU and the Food First program and staff, we wish to extend our sincere gratitude to Brock Ancillary Services for their partnership and support, which has allowed us to serve more students than ever before.”BUSU first began providing food bank services in 2011. The program has continued to evolve through the years before becoming Food First, as it is known today, in 2016.BUSU and Ancillary Services are both looking forward to reflecting on the past year and planning for future opportunities to grow this partnership.To access the program or find out more details, visit the Food First web page. read more

Saint Josephs tops Princeton 9282 behind Kimble BynumSaint Josephs tops Princeton 9282 behind Kimble Bynum

PRINCETON, N.J. — Lamarr Kimble scored 22 points and distributed four assists, Jared Bynum added 19 points, and Saint Joseph’s pulled away in the second half to beat Princeton 92-82 on Wednesday night.Taylor Funk scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Hawks (5-4), who shot 55 per cent to the Tigers’ 46 per cent and never trailed. Charlie Brown added 11 points.Kimble’s 3 capped a 9-0 run for a 60-45 Hawks’ lead early in the second half, but Princeton closed to 80-74 after Devin Cannady and Jerome Desrosiers hit consecutive 3-pointers. Kimble hit a jumper and the Hawks scored six straight, then led 92-77 on Chris Clover’s dunk with 54 seconds left.Princeton closed to 18-16 on Richmond Aririguzoh’s layup, but Markell Lodge’s back-to-back dunks sparked an 8-2 run and Saint Joseph’s led 39-36 at halftime.Cannady scored 23 points with six 3-pointers, Arirguzoh had 14 points, Jose Morales 13 and Desrosiers 12 for the Tigers (4-3).The Associated Press read more

Mongolian mining is bustling and now Gemcom opens office thereMongolian mining is bustling and now Gemcom opens office there

first_imgThere are many interesting projects in Mongolia. not least Oyu Tolgoi, which John Chadwick reports on in the April issue of International Mining.  Not surprisingly mining suppliers newly locating to the country are moving in in significant numbers. Gemcom Software International, that claims to be “the largest global supplier of mining software solutions,” will open an office in Ulaanbaatar, on February 23, 2011. Gemcom’s software, including Surpac, GEMS, Minex, Whittle, InSite and MineSched, is already widely used by exploration and mining operations throughout the country. “Gemcom’s software has been playing a key role in the Mongolian mining industry since 1995 when Minex was purchased by Baganuur Joint Stock Co,” said Andrew Pyne, Senior Vice President, Gemcom AustralAsia. “Since then, we have established long-standing professional relationships with the Mongolian Government and many key mining entities such as Erdenes MGL and Centerra’s Boroo gold mine. The office gives us the opportunity to work even closer with our clients to help explore the full commercial potential of their operations.”“We are very satisfied with Gemcom’s products and services, and have no doubt that our use of Surpac, Minex, and Whittle has played a critical role in the success of our operations,” said Naranbaatar Lundeg, managing director, Glogex LLC. “With the opening of the Ulaanbaatar office, we look forward to working even more closely with Gemcom’s software experts and mining professionals and the global industry experience the company brings to the local level.”Mongolia has seen a significant boost in mining investments due to the increase in commodity prices and the Mongolian Government’s commitment to develop the country’s mining industry. As of November 2010, mining had already fuelled over 60% of foreign direct investment for Mongolia – a country rich in copper, gold, coal, molybdenum, fluorspar, uranium, tin, and tungsten deposits.“Mongolia is recognised as one of the world’s strongest emerging economies today, and Gemcom is committed to contributing to its continued growth and success through an enhanced local presence,” comments Simon Waghorn, Executive Director, Gemcom Mongolia. “Our Mongolian team of mining professionals has been recruited to support the local industry to help clients drive additional value from their businesses by giving them the tools and capabilities needed to improve site productivity and profits.”To further support the growth of Mongolia’s mining industry, Gemcom has launched a Student Sponsorship Program to help develop the region’s future mining professionals. The first-ever Gemcom sponsorship program recipient will be announced at the office opening and will receive a cash bursary towards their continuing education, and will have a paid summer internship at the Gemcom Ulaanbaatar office to gain valuable industry experience.last_img read more

Martin to Taoiseach Lets have a TV debate Enda Lets do itMartin to Taoiseach Lets have a TV debate Enda Lets do it

first_img“If he ducks the debate, it will send a message to the people about an arrogant government which already has too much power and doesn’t need more.”Responding to questions about a possible TV debate, Kenny said only: “Deputy Martin will have his opportunity at Leaders’ Questions.”Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ Politics on Facebook to keep up to date with all that’s happening in and outside of Leinster House.Read: Fianna Fáil senator cancels ‘Dáil bar’ event after Oireachtas envelopes controversy THE TAOISEACH HAS been challenged to a TV debate on the abolition the Seanad by Micheál Martin, but Enda Kenny said today a debate can be had at Leaders’ Questions when the Dáil resumes.Martin’s challenge came at a press conference launching his party’s campaign for a No vote in the 4 October referendum.The Fianna Fáil leader said he is willing to debate Kenny “on every outlet that will host us”.But speaking a short time later at Fine Gael’s campaign launch, Kenny said there would be opportunity at Leaders’ Questions and joked that it could not be done at Fianna Fáil senator Terry Leyden’s pub.He also said he was not sure “which Micheál wants to turn up” referencing the Fianna Fáil leader’s previous call for abolition of the Seanad prior to the 2011 election.Martin had earlier said: “I am willing to debate him (Kenny) on every outlet that will host us.last_img read more

The 142 reg plate is so far twice as popular as theThe 142 reg plate is so far twice as popular as the

first_imgMORE THAN TWICE as many 142 cars were registered on the first day of the new registration plate compared with the same day last year.Figures from Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that 4,264 new cars were registered yesterday.On the same day last year, 1,924 were sold with the 132 plate.SIMI director general Alan Nolan said that yesterday “turned out to be the highest day for new car registrations this year, and nobody expected that”.“It has to be put in the context that we are starting from a low base it is clear that an increasing number of consumers are returning to the market.”The new split-registration plate was introduced last year in a bid to divide sales more evenly throughout the year.The industry sees it as providing an incentive to people looking to buy a new car in the second half of the year, as it could be ultimately have more resale value.It was also a bid to protect jobs in the industry, which tends to lag in the latter half of the year.However, SIMI said last year that while a mini-boost had been provided when the 132 plate was released, it was still a “difficult year”.Read: New car sales up 28 per cent as market continues to speed ahead >last_img read more

Star Wars A New Hope would have cost 40 million to makeStar Wars A New Hope would have cost 40 million to make

first_imgSay what you will about George Lucas, but the man knows how to make money. Pictured above is a breakdown of the production budget for Star Wars: A New Hope, and as you can see it cost Fox and Lucas just $11 million to make back in 1977. When adjusting for inflation, the total cost to make the now legendary film today would be just $40 million. A stark contrast to movies like Avatar which cost $280 million to produce. When looking at the budget, it’s not surprising to see that Sir Alec Guinness received a large share of the film’s revenues for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Guinness was already an established actor with a strong resume behind him. What does raise an eyebrow however is the amount of cash that Harrison Ford garnered for portraying Han Solo. Ford received $1 million… more than what Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher combined. It’s an interesting factoid since it can be argued that both Hamill and Fisher had bigger roles. While Ford had starred in films like American Graffiti and Apocalypse Now, he certainly wasn’t a big name in Hollywood. Perhaps his relationship with Lucas made the difference for him.Also of note is the fact that Lucas got John Williams to compose the soundtrack of the movie for just $100,000. This has to be considered a steal, even back in the 70’s. The score that Williams created is without question one of the most recognizable pieces of music out there. Even 40 years later, children can identify when Darth Vader is about to come into a scene just by hearing it. Finally, when adjusting the $775,398,007 A New Hope made in both domestic and international releases for inflation, the film has raked in $3,082,922,515 in revenue. Subtracting the $40 million in adjusted production costs, this leaves a tidy profit of $3,042,922,515. That amount tops the $2,782,275,172 that Avatar brought in after spending its $280 million budget (those numbers aren’t adjusted, but they’re quite close to today). Perhaps James Cameron should take Lucas out to lunch to talk about how to make a blockbuster without breaking the bank.Anatomy of Movies via io9last_img read more

RIM et Apple bannis en ArgentineRIM et Apple bannis en Argentine

first_imgRIM et Apple bannis en ArgentinePour faire face à la crise et booster les ventes de ses produits, l’État argentin a décidé de bloquer celles des smartphones fabriqués à l’étranger. RIM et Apple sont frappés de plein fouet.Malheureusement pour elles, ces deux marques sont celles qui ont le plus de succès au pays du tango. Selon Electronista, RIM et Apple représenteraient en effet 60% du marché des smartphones en Argentine… Un succès qui ne laisse pas insensible le pays qui fait aujourd’hui face à la crise comme de nombreux autres. Mais au lieu de prôner le “achetez local”, l’Argentine a lancé une mesure draconienne : elle a carrément banni les BlackBerry et iPhone. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Dès maintenant et pour une durée indéterminée, les utilisateurs de mobile n’ont donc plus la possibilité d’acheter des terminaux fabriqués dans un autre pays que l’Argentine. Un coup dur pour les ventes d’iPhone et de BlackBerry mais la manoeuvre n’est peut-être pas si innocente. Comme l’explique, la seule solution pour ces géants de contourner l’embargo est de construire leurs usines sur le sol argentin, et donc de suivre leurs concurrents Microsoft, Nokia ou encore Samsung, non soumis au blocage. Or, ces derniers mois le gouvernement argentin a adopté plusieurs mesures qui semblaient justement encourager cette installation. En mars dernier, il a notamment conduit les deux sociétés à attendre entre 60 et 180 jours pour que l’administration des douanes du pays approuvent l’entrée de leurs appareils sur le territoire. Ajouté à cela, il a également mis en place une taxe de 20,48% pour importer en Argentine des appareils électroniques fabriqués en dehors du territoire. Mais RIM et Apple n’ont pas l’air très décidé… même si RIM chercherait un partenaire pour produire en Argentine selon Le 30 décembre 2011 à 19:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fourth Plain Multicultural Festival finds new site fansFourth Plain Multicultural Festival finds new site fans

first_imgMusic pumped over a field crowded with vendors and booths at the Fourth Plain Multicultural Festival on Sunday, marking the Vancouver festival’s return after a brief hiatus.Sunday’s festival at the Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies welcomed businesses and organizations owned by or that serve multicultural communities across the Fourth Plain corridor. Vancouver Parks and Recreation provided activities for children, while Bike Clark County ran a bike rodeo where children looped around cones on their bicycles.Participants strummed guitars, led the crowd in a yoga class and performed martial arts demonstrations.The festival represented a return to tradition for what once was a staple for Vancouver summers. The Fourth Plain Multicultural Festival used to be held annually at Warrior Field in the Harney Heights neighborhood, but Clark County Latino Youth Conference Founder Diana Avalos Leos said it dissolved after the site was set aside for the new Vancouver Fire Department Station 2.This year, however, a number of community organizations worked to return the festival to the community, she said, calling the event a “true partnership and collaboration” between partners, including the city, Clark County Public Health, Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens and Kaiser Permanente.“We’ve all lifted together to make this happen,” Avalos Leos said.Lindsey Luis, a 16-year-old junior at Fort Vancouver High School, was a volunteer at the festival. Luis is also involved with LULAC.Luis appreciates that the festival brings together a variety of cultures and people of different backgrounds.“We need to get all these cultures to build a bond,” she said. “What other events do that?”Stephanie Turk and her five children flopped on the grass at the festival, taking a break from the festivities.Turk’s 3-year-old son, Robert, let out an eager “Ooh!” as an upbeat song began to play, stamping his feet and clapping his hands in a cheerful dance.last_img read more

Southgate optimistic England can end knockout hoodooSouthgate optimistic England can end knockout hoodoo

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate believes they will never have a better opportunity to exorcise the demons of knockout round exits at past tournaments.England has not won a game in knockout competition since 2006 and will look to rectify that tomorrow when they take on Columbia in the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia.The 3 lions have a clear route through to the final after Spain were knocked out by Russia at the weekend, with either Switzerland or Sweden in the quarterfinals and Croatia or Russia in the semifinals.Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Germany have all exited the tournament early this year in what has so far proven to be the most open World Cup in decades.“For this team, this is a brilliant opportunity to go beyond where more experienced teams have before them,” stated Southgate, as reported by Sky Sports.“The lads have got the chance to write their own stories.”“The thing I want more than anything else is the players to continue to attack the tournament as we have. That shouldn’t change now we are in the knockout phase. If anything we should feel freer.” Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The boss and @youngy18 have been taking a look around the Spartak Stadium. We’ll see you tomorrow night… #threelions— England (@England) July 2, 2018He also added that despite the cause for optimism, England cannot afford to take Columbia lightly, a side brimming with talented attacking players such as Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Quintero and Radamel Falcao.“We have to focus on the game tomorrow. We have a very difficult opponent, a very good side who we respect.”“We’ve got to concentrate on our football, playing in the style we have throughout the tournament, playing with the same mentality, and make sure we show the resilience and play with the freedom that we have up to this point.”last_img read more

Mancherial Work like a soldier to strengthen BJPMancherial Work like a soldier to strengthen BJP

first_imgMancherial: Work like a soldier to strengthen the party in rural areas, BJP State general secretary Gujjula Premendar Reddy gave a call to the party activists and leaders.Addressing a party meeting at Agarwal Bhavan in Bellampalli on Thursday, Premendar Reddy, the chief guest, said that people are being attracted towards Pradhan Mantri Narendra Modi’s welfare schemes and joining the BJP during the membership registration drive on their own. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The BJP government is working with slogan like ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ working for the development of all sections of the society. Modi government has launched many welfare schemes for the welfare of all. Premendar Reddy instructed the party workers and leaders to complete the membership registration before August 11. Everyone should work hard for the welfare of the party. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Bellampalli constituency in-charge Koyyala Hemaji said PM Modi will launch more schemes in the future for the welfare of all. If everyone works hard like a soldier, then the future will be ours, he said. He also called upon the workers to register maximum membership registration in the constituency. Party district leader Mallareddy, district in-charge Rajamouli Goud, Assembly convenor Govardhan, district vice-president Manohar, Narayana, Nagaraju, Ajmera Srinivas, Bussa Narasimha Ramulu, Bera Ramanna and others were present.last_img read more

Brother kills brotherBrother kills brother

first_imgA man was killed allegedly by his younger brother in Bilbabari village of Gouronadi upazila, Barisal on Friday night.The deceased is Khokon Paul, 49, son of late Niranjan Paul.Gouronadi police station officer-in-charge Monirul Islam said there was a dispute between Khokon and his younger brother.Over the previous enmity, Khokon locked into an altercation with his younger brother Ratan Paul around 9:30pm.At one stage, Ratan hit on his brother’s head with a stick, leaving him dead on the spot.last_img

Resolve quota dispute peacefully BNPResolve quota dispute peacefully BNP

first_imgLogo of BNPOpposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday urged the government to resolve the crisis over the quota system peacefully through discussions with the demonstrators.The party also denounced the attacks on quota reform activists.In a statement issued on Monday, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also demanded that the government should unconditionally release the demonstrators who were arrested in the last few days, news agency UNB reports.The BNP leader alleged that the government has let loose the ruling party student organisation to attack the demonstrators of the quota-reform movement and police to arrest them instead of fulfilling the commitment made by the prime minister in Parliament over the abolition of quota in the public service.”The sensible people of the country in no way can accept the breaching of commitment and showing brutality by the highest level (of the state),” Mirza Fakhrul said in the statement.”The students of the quota-reform movement are like our children. Showing inhuman attitude against them by using law enforcers or the ruling party organisation is a shameful act,” he added.Fakhrul alleged that the current government is hardly bothered about the justified demands of the people of different walks of life. “I strongly condemn and protest the brutal acts against the demonstrating students,” he said.Members of ruling party student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) allegedly attacked quota reform activists while they had formed a human chain on the premises of Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka on Monday.This is the second consecutive day that BCL attacked quota reform activists.Witnesses said the BCL activists beat up the quota reformists and dispersed them.On Monday, the quota protesters held the human chain programme protesting at another attack on their fellow demonstrators on Sunday.BCL publicity secretary Saif Babu, school student affairs secretary Joynal Abedin and Dhaka University’s Haji Mohammad Mohsin Hall general secretary Mehedi Hassan Sunny, according to the witnesses, were among the attackers.last_img read more

AFRO Exclusive First Daughter is First Woman to Pastor Historic Mt AraratAFRO Exclusive First Daughter is First Woman to Pastor Historic Mt Ararat

first_imgBy Rev. Dorothy S. Boulware, AFRO Managing EditorWith one movement, history is made in myriad ways with the announced retirement of current pastor, the Rev. Dr. Charles E. Coger and the appointment of his daughter, the Rev. Myeskia Coger Watson as the first woman, and only the sixth pastor of 122-year-old Mt. Ararat Baptist Church.When she ascends the pulpit, Dec. 2, to preach her first sermon as pastor-elect, she will stand in awe of the fact that she also preached her initial sermon when she was 19, in the same place.“I am honored and humbled,” Rev. Watson told the AFRO. “It’s amazing to be in this place at this time and I’m so grateful to God.”The Rev. Myeskia Coger Watson is setting the standard as pastor-elect for Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, where her father, the Rev. Dr. Charles E. Coger, currently pastors.Courtesy photoIt is a place she initially resisted when her father was appointed pastor, because she had nothing but love and affection for what had been their home church for her entire life until that point.“I told my family I was not leaving New Psalmist and I was so glad I was 18 and could drive myself,” she said. “I loved New Psalmist and I thought it would be my church forever.”But she loved and supported her parents’ ministry at Mt. Ararat, something she continues with this new move.“We’ve been helping out for about four years now,” Rev. Watson said, in the light of health challenges her father has met with great success, with the help of the Lord. “And in the past two, we’ve been preaching on Sundays and conducting Wednesday Bible studies,” she said. So, the transition is expected to be as smooth as a transition can be.Rev. Watson is not new to being a pastor since she was blessed to establish her own congregation, Living in Love Ministries, which she has led while helping out at Mt. Ararat.“We are still in ministry with ‘Living in Love’ and are anticipating what God will do as we go forward together,” she said.As are the members of Mt. Ararat, some of whom have been in the fellowship for many years.One of them is Deacon E. Lee Lassiter, who counts his membership in decades, at least five.“I share the excitement and optimism of other members of Mt. Ararat as the church moves forward under new leadership,” he said, adding, “expanding our tradition of lifting up and serving God and meeting the needs of the people.His historical view is rich.“Each of Mt. Ararat’s pastors has stressed sound doctrine, spiritual and physical growth, sacrifice and service in interest of furthering God’s work on earth,” Deacon Lassiter said. “We are on the brink of moving to higher heights in all these areas under Pastor Watson’s leadership.”He recalled that Mt. Ararat was the first African-American church to move into the Mondawmin area and that it became and remains a kind of religious “flagship.”“Proclaiming itself ‘The End of Your Search for a Friendly Church,’ Mt. Ararat opened its doors at the current site the first Sunday in February 1955 with a small band of courageous members still on board,” according to the church’s website. But it was not to remain small.“It drew members from all denominations simply because it was the only of its kind,” he said. “And I’ve been blessed to witness the positive impact on and service to the city’s religious community and the community surrounding the church.”With no disagreement from the Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn, who is marking the moment and happy to see history being made.“I’m going to be excited every time I drive down Gwynns Falls Parkway and see Myeskia’s name on the marquee,” the long time pastor of Sharon Baptist Church said.“Not just the first time, but every time.”Known as the “Baptist Bishop,” Rev. Vaughn said the appointment of Rev. Watson is a sign of hope for other women in the ministry, especially Baptist women.“These women have worked hard in other vineyards, some for little compensation; they’ve prepared themselves professionally and academically,” he said.“It’s only fair they be given equal opportunity to pastor within the denomination in which they’ve grown up and learned ministry.”Rev. Vaughn said Rev. Watson had done a “massive job of ministry” in assisting her father and being supportive of his ministry, and was thus deserving of this opportunity for leadership.“The day of the woman is here and everyone might as well realize it,” he said.“The women need to know that this is no longer impossible for them. And in that Rev. Watson is setting a standard.”last_img read more

Mouth watering delightsMouth watering delights

first_imgLooking out for something exotic for your dinner date this weekend? For a  ‘cow-boy styled’ dining rendezvous over delightful Tex-Mex cuisine head to Rodeo, Delhi’s first authentic Mexican-Italian cuisine restaurant. Rodeo’s executive chef Sanjay brings to your palate a complete new mouth-watering menu of authentic dishes. The wide array of non-vegetarian options features delectable offerings like the hot favorite- Enchiladas, an elegant adaptation of folded tortillas ;Barbacoa-marinated barbeque chicken; Pan PolloAsado -Pan pollo chicken; Coredeo En Cazuela-tender lamb simmered in aromatic spices, chilies and red wine to name a few. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For all the ardent vegetarians, the menu offers a variety of Masha Dishes, Tortillas such as Tortilla Aztec- an oven dish made with cheese , corn , herbs and your choice of stuffing in chef special sauce and much more. Compliment your food with a variety of cocktails, mocktails, and many such interesting drinks.  Tease your sweet tooth with the lip-smacking  Mexican style brownie  topped with vanilla ice cream, plenty of home-made hot fudge sauce and nuts.So, get ready for a culinary voyage over a unique Tex-Mex experience with friends or family.last_img read more

Over 60 ecigarette smokers want to quitOver 60 ecigarette smokers want to quit

first_imgOver 60 per cent e-cigarette users want to quit smoking and over 25 per cent smokers have already tried to stop using the electronic device, says a new study. In a study, the researchers observed that most smokers don’t want to use e-cigarettes forever and wish to stop using it exactly the same way a traditional smoker tries to quit smoking. “Most of the discussion about e-cigarettes has focused on the relative harm as compared to traditional cigarettes, the efficacy of e-cigarettes as a cessation device, and the alarming increase of their use in children,” said the researchers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our data suggests that e-cigarette users do not want to use these devices forever. Eventually, they want to stop using e-cigarettes the same way a traditional smoker wants to quit smoking cigarettes,” Steinberg added. The study highlighted that the smokers tried several strategies including medications, counselling and social support to stop using e-cigarettes. “The strategies that people reported using to quit e-cigarettes include many of the strategies we recommend for quitting traditional cigarettes such as FDA-approved nicotine replacement products or medications, counselling and social support,” said study author Rachel Rosen, a student at the University. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”While e-cigarettes may be associated with reduced harm as compared to combustible cigarettes, they also are potentially addicting and the e-cigarette aerosol still contains toxic substances,” she said. As e-cigarette use continues to increase and as more e-cigarette users want to quit, the researchers believe that it will be necessary “to be ready to help those who may have difficulty stopping on their own”. About 10 million US adults smoke e-cigarettes. Most of them smoke traditional cigarettes too. Several users say they used e-cigarettes in an attempt to quit traditional cigarettes.last_img read more

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first_imgClose At the Mojave Desert in California on Thursday, over 107,000 solar mirrors reflected the moonlight to create a portrait of Margaret Hamilton. She led the team that developed the onboard flight software of Apollo 11.   ( Google ) To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, Google is shining light to one of the women whose work made the historic moon landing a success: Margaret Hamilton.A Glowing TributeOn Thursday, July 18, the tech company unveiled a massive portrait of the software engineer at the Ivanpah Solar Facility in the Mojave Desert in California. It used more than 107,000 solar mirrors that reflected the moonlight and form her image.Google said that the tribute spanned 1.4 square miles (or about 3.62 square kilometers), which is bigger than Central Park in New York and big enough to fit more than 200 Eiffel Towers. DEAL OF THE DAY All Wow facts 1Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementHow Margaret Hamilton’s Code Put Men On The MoonHamilton is a mathematician and computer programmer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She led the team that created the onboard flight software that NASA used for the Apollo missions in the 60s, including Apollo 11. She coined the term “software engineering” to add legitimacy to their work.A working mother at the time, she regularly brought her young daughter, Lauren, to the office during the weekends. Lauren liked to pretend like she was an astronaut and play with the simulator that her mother used to test in-flight programs.One day, Lauren crashed pressed a button that set off a prelaunch program while mid-flight, crashing the simulator. This led Hamilton to modify her strategy. She added code that would have prevented something similar from happening during a mission.This proved to be critical to the success of Apollo 11. On July 20, 1969, minutes before Neil Armstrong took that historical first test, the computer processor onboard the lunar module nearly overloaded and almost forced the mission to be aborted. However, the software’s emergency preparedness allowed Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to land safely on the surface of the Moon.The software developed by Hamilton and her team at MIT was the most sophisticated during the day. No software bugs occurred on any crewed Apollo missions.”There was no second chance. We knew that,” Hamilton recalled in 2009. ” We had to find a way and we did. Looking back, we were the luckiest people in the world; there was no choice but to be pioneers; no time to be beginners.”In 2016, Hamilton was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then President Barack Obama for her contribution to the successful landing of Apollo 11.Congrats Margaret Hamilton on receiving the #MedalofFreedom today! You helped us make a ‘giant leap’ on moon landing — NASA (@NASA) November 22, 2016Here is a footage from the giant art installation. TAG Apollo 11, Margaret Hamilton, Google, Moon Search ENDS IN AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Ads by Amazon Ads by Amazon ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Bestsellerlast_img read more

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first_imgVideo Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Similarly, we do not know exactly when it will arrive, what kind of damage it will cause, how it will affect us in our immediate surroundings or what we can do, specifically, to prepare for its arrival. All we can tell for now is that it will impact us financially with a decrease in Medicare reimbursements — and we can safely assume similar effects with insurance reimbursements.  In a time when a majority of hospital systems are already in the red and rumors of layoffs fill the halls, we must hastily take steps to prepare our institutions for the impending “shake up.” As a radiologic technologist working in a hospital environment for a number of years, I have several recommendations about what hospitals can do, based on my observations:• Equipment replacement — If your hospital system has older equipment that needs to be replaced, there are several criteria to consider when deciding which equipment will be replaced and in what order.  Each piece of equipment has a “lifetime expectancy” assigned by the manufacturer. You should have an inventory of your equipment that includes this statistic. Some equipment can perform well beyond the expected life, but be prepared to spend money when this time approaches, and know whether or not replacement parts are still being made for some of your “dinosaurs.“You also should perform an analysis of equipment down-time and repair costs. If you have two rooms with 10 years difference between their manufactured dates, but one of the rooms is down 50 percent more often than the other, you may wish to prioritize its replacement.  Exam volume for each room is another important detail. As Indiana Jones once said, “It’s not the age, it’s the mileage.”  When it comes to replacing a system, you may want to consider limiting your vendors to two or three choices. You may be tempted to sign a contract with a single vendor for your entire hospital system. But what would keep that vendor from increasing prices down the road if it has a monopoly on your business?Having more than one supplier keeps prices competitive on equipment and service contract costs. It also gives you negotiating power, due to the high number of purchases that will be made in regards to commission for each piece of equipment.  In addition, it provides flexibility of options for other equipment if the demand for variation of services ever arises.• Standardize supplies — At the system level, and especially if you have multiple hospital sites, standardize your supplies. Supply chain management should be able to gather information, such as which facilities use different supplies to perform the same job, their cost difference, how much of a surplus each facility ordinarily keeps at hand, as well as how often supplies are disposed of because they expire. If you have 10 different hospital locations using four different types of contrast media to perform intravenous injections, you could save a lot of money by simply deciding on one brand of contrast to use. The seller is more likely to cut you a deal for two reasons: you are ordering in bulk and using them as your exclusive vendor. If they are unwilling to negotiate on these items, move on to the next vendor.• Staffing — Take a good hard look at staffing. The days of staffing five technologists from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. are over. Examine your patient volume. You may find, for example, that between 7 and 9 a.m. you have an increasing volume, but you are not at the department’s peak capacity until about 10 a.m. You can improve your department’s productivity by staggering start times.  You may find that lunch breaks are easier to acquire by doing this, and you also might be able to perform the day’s tasks with fewer FTEs due to the additional staffing at shift change periods.  If you have a particular time frame when there are few exams being performed for periods of more than three or four hours, consider an on-call rotation rather than staffing a technologist at all times. Make sure that new hire contracts do not isolate technologists to one particular start time or shift; this needs to be variable.  Another great staffing idea that works in larger hospital systems is creation of a casual float pool. If you have someone on vacation or if a sick call arrives, you can avoid paying overtime by staffing technologists who can be trained and dispatched to any hospital location within your system.It is difficult to prepare for the unknown. We are bombarded with opinions from experts with opposing views about how healthcare reform will ultimately affect us all. With the knowledge that we will soon have to do more with fewer resources, it is imperative that we move now, start taking ownership of our financial slack and make progressive changes like those listed above if we are to survive.Jeremy Enfinger is a lead radiologic technologist for Scripps Health in San Diego, Calif. He also is an adjunct instructor at San Diego Mesa Community College. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Related Contentcenter_img Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Feature | March 14, 2012 | Jeremy Enfinger Preparing for Healthcare Reform A technologist shares thoughts about how radiology departments can get ready for impending changes. Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabaylast_img read more