Traffic Advisory Pictou County

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge The temporary replacement bridge on Route 348 in Pictou County at Big Gut was reopened to traffic at 3 p.m. today, Oct. 23. The temporary bridge is a single-lane structure and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge connects the communities of Hillside and Pictou Landing. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 -30-last_img

Morocco Ranks 2nd in Climate Change Performance Index

Rabat – Morocco has moved up one place to become the second-best performing country in the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) for the year 2019, behind Sweden.Germanwatch, the NewClimate Institute, and the Climate Action Network published the 2019 CCPI report Monday, December 10.Sweden scored the highest in the annual ranking with 76.28 points, followed by Morocco (70.48) and Lithuania (70.47). The survey showed that the UK, India, Norway, Portugal, and the European Union were also among the top countries and regions with a “high” ranking. Saudi Arabia, the US, Iran, South Korea, and Taiwan scored very low in the overall climate change index ranking among a list of 56 countries.Saudi Arabia and Iran are the only two countries in the Middle East included in the ranking.Read Also: Climate Risks Cost Morocco $174 Million AnnuallyIn addition to Morocco, the North African countries included in the ranking were Algeria, which ranked 44th and scored low, and Egypt, which ranked 21st and rated medium.Morocco ranks “high” in all CCPI categories, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, renewable energy, energy use, and climate policy.The index, which evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 56 countries and the EU, stated that Morocco’s renewable energy projects and goals resulted in a high rating in the climate change ranking. Morocco “has significantly increased the share of renewables over the past five years and has increased new renewable energy capacity,” wrote the survey.The survey noted that with the connection of Noor Solar Project, “the world’s largest solar plant and multiple new wind farms to the grid, the country is well on track for achieving its target of 42% installed renewable energy capacities by 2020 and 52% by 2030.”Read also: King Mohammed VI’s Renewable Energy Goals Reached Within DeadlineMorocco limits global warmingThe index also looked at Morocco’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, and climate policies.Since the energy sector contributes greatly to the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of a country, Morocco scored a low GHG emission level.Morocco hence contributes to limiting global warming effects in the world because it is one of the 56 countries and the EU which are together responsible for over 90 percent of global GHG emissions.Global emissions of CO2 account for 80 percent of global warming, which scientists expect will climb nearly three percent in 2018.Read also: Sener to Complete Morocco’s Noor Ouarzazate III Solar Plant SoonThe North African country has also maintained its high ranking in the Climate Policy category, said the CCPI index survey.“While national experts observe some delay in the implementation of national policies, they acknowledge the consultative process of developing a long-term strategy for 2050, which among other initiatives could make the country a policy frontrunner on the international level,” reads the survey.The CCPI aims to put political and social pressure on countries which have failed to take ambitious action on climate protection. The index also highlights countries with the best practices in climate policies. The CCPI bases 80 percent of its evaluation on indicators of emissions, renewable energy, and energy use, and the remaining 20 percent is based on national and international climate policy assessments. read more

Government asserts dissolving Parliament setting dates for polls legal

He said that there are some additional powers given to the President under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution under which he can dissolve Parliament to resolve a political deadlock. Reading from the Constitution Rajapakshe said that the President can dissolve Parliament even before it completes 4 1/2 years. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama said that the actions of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya also influenced the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament.He said that the Speaker had attempted to go against the standing orders of Parliament when Parliament was to meet on November 14th. The Government today asserted that the decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament and set dates for elections in January, is legal and Constitutional.Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the President has the right to dissolve Parliament and he had acted within those legal rights. As a result the President considered the actions of the Speaker and other issues and dissolved Parliament and called for elections. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Cyprus cabinet approves budget withholds figures until bailout talks with troika complete

Cyprus cabinet approves budget, withholds figures until bailout talks with troika complete NICOSIA, Cyprus – Cyprus approved next year’s budget Saturday without releasing any figures because of the country’s ongoing bailout talks with potential creditors.The “tight” budget incorporates additional spending cuts, slashes an additional 1,000 positions from the bloated public sector by hiring to fill only a quarter of jobs vacated by retiring workers, while channeling funds for growth-boosting infrastructure projects, government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said.Budget figures were being withheld because they will change once bailout terms and conditions agreed with the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund — collectively known as the troika — are adopted, Stefanou said.Cyprus, whose €18 billion ($23.38 billion) economy is one of the smallest in Europe, has been unable to borrow from international markets since last year after its credit rating was cut to junk mainly because of its banks’ large exposure to debt-ridden Greece. In June, the country joined fellow eurozone members Ireland, Portugal and Greece in seeking international aid to support its banks.The government held two rounds of talks with troika officials in the capital in July. The officials are expected back early next month.Although acknowledging that such cuts are “inevitable,” Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly said this week the government wants to avoid steep, across-the-board cuts to public sector salaries, benefits and pensions that the troika is recommending, so as not to trigger a “chill” in the domestic market, prolong the recession and put added strain on low-income earners. Instead, the government would prefer to enact cuts according to an income-based sliding scale.Shiarly said the government’s assessment of how much the country’s banks need to recapitalize varies significantly from the troika’s own estimate. The government also wants to extend the three-year implementation timeframe of troika-negotiated austerity measures by at least another year to help ease the economy out of recession. Cyprus’ economy is projected to contract 1.5 per cent of gross domestic product this year.Stefanou said the government will consult with powerful trade unions and opposition parties on its own austerity proposals before troika officials return.The budget’s approval came in the wake of controversial remarks by the leader of communist party AKEL — from which President Dimitris Christofias hails — that Cyprus’ exit from the eurozone in case troika officials insist on “extremely painful” austerity measures should be looked at by experts. The government promptly issued a written statement that there is “no such issue.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 22, 2012 1:31 pm MDT read more

UN food relief agency airlifts food medical supplies to 31000 Somalis facing

The shipment, made on a Boeing 747 donated by the UPS Foundation from Dubai, also included medical assistance on behalf of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “A rapid response is crucial to support drought-affected families across Somalia,” said WFP Representative and Director of Gulf Office Abdallah Alwardat. “This airlift is a great example of WFP and its partners coming together to reach those furthest behind with life-saving assistance.” The food is meant for the most vulnerable people – particularly children – who are displaced from their homes without access to food or cooking facilities, WFP said. According to UN estimates, half of Somalia’s population, including 330,000 acutely malnourished children, is in need of urgent assistance. The high-energy biscuits are rich in minerals and vitamins and do not require preparation, the UN agency said. WFP will provide other types of live-saving food assistance for the following days. read more

Brock Sports educates 1000 kids on dangers of PEDs

Many young athletes find themselves standing at a fork in the road: work hard and train to get better at their chosen sports, or take the cheating road of performing-enhancing drugs.“You’ll have to make choices all your life, so make good ones and aspire to be great in the right way, no matter what you do — sports or business or teaching,” said Brock Sports Director Neil Lumsden, one of three speakers at the 2017 Badgers Believe in Clean Sport community engagement event hosted by Brock’s women’s hockey team Friday afternoon.Nearly 1,000 elementary and high school students took part in the event held at the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Complex.Before the Badgers women’s team played the University of Toronto in a regular-season game on their home ice, the students listened to Lumsden, Badgers hockey player Brody Silk and Niagara River Lions player Chris Commons talk about the importance of staying away from appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs.Lumsden used the example of his son Jesse, a former professional football player turned Olympic bobsleigh athlete as someone who was able to reach the highest levels of sport without cheating.“It’s all out there. It’s easy to find,” Lumsden said of performance-enhancing drugs. “These kids are approached in high school with people saying I can get you what you want. For us, it’s about getting to these kids before they get to high school because they will be approached. We have to get these kids to understand the consequences.”The event was a collaboration between Brock Sports and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, which runs the Succeed Clean prevention and education program.A large team worked behind the scenes to make the event a success, including fourth-year kinesiology student Michelle Schevers, who headed up the organization team.“I’m so excited with how it turned out,” she said. “I think this is great for the students because I can talk to them for an hour and they might not take it in, but when you get someone like Chris Commons or Brody Silk talking about their experiences, the kids love it.” read more

Grossesse les femmes stressées donneraient naissance à des bébés plus grands et

first_imgGrossesse : les femmes stressées donneraient naissance à des bébés plus grands et plus grosÉtats-Unis – Une étude publiée dans la revue Psychosomatic Medicine montre que le stress durant la grossesse aurait une influence sur la taille et le poids du futur bébé.Pour parvenir à ces résultats, les psychologues suisses de la faculté de Bâle se sont basés sur des données récoltées durant environ 75.000 grossesses au Danemark. Première conclusion de leur étude : les mères stressées donnent plus souvent naissance à des bébés prématurés. Mais d’après les chercheurs, ce stress influencerait également la croissance du fœtus dans le ventre de la mère. Ils ont en effet constaté que les bébés nés de mères stressées par la vie professionnelle ou l’entourage étaient plus grands et plus gros que les autres nourrissons. Les femmes dont le stress provient d’angoisses ou de déprimes donneraient elles-aussi davantage naissance à des prématurés. En revanche, ce type de stress n’interviendrait pas dans le développement du bébé. L’étude n’a en revanche pas permis aux chercheurs de lier le stress ressenti durant la grossesse et la santé des enfants.Le 29 avril 2010 à 12:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

2 missing in Sherpur boat capsize

first_imgTwo day labourers went missing as a boat capsized in the Old Brahmaputra river in Dakpara area of Sadar upazila on Thursday evening.They are Farid Hossain, 26, son of Yusuf Ali, and Shahidul Islam, 25, son of Bahadur Mia, residents of Mollapara village of the upazila.Sub-inspector of Sadar police station Mostafizur Rahman said that the boat carrying 22 day labourers sank in the river due to stormy weather.Two of them went missing although the others managed to swim ashore.A diver team of Mymensingh Fire Service rushed to the spot around 10:00am on Friday and continued rescue operation till 2:00pm, but they couldn’t trace the missing, he added.last_img

India wants to see fair inclusive polls says BNP

first_img.New Delhi wants to see democratic practice in Bangladesh, India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was quoted to have told BNP chief Khaleda Zia on Sunday.BNP leaders said Sushma conveyed India’s expectation that the next general elections would be inclusive and fair.The visiting Indian minister held a 45-minute meeting with Khaleda Zia, also a former prime minister, at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.Briefing newsmen about the meeting, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the BNP delegation, at the meeting, raised a number of issues relating to the next parliamentary polls.Demanding polls under caretaker government, the BNP and other opposition political parties had boycotted the general elections held on 5 January 2014.”Sushma Swaraj has said there should a fair election in Bangladesh. India wants the election election commission [of Bangladesh] will hold free and fair election so that all can participate,” Mirza Fakhrul said.The seven-member BNP team was comprised of standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Abdul Moin Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and the BNP chairperson’s adviser Riaz Rahman and Sabiuddin Ahmed.Mirza Fakhrul nentioned that they also discussed the Rohingya issue with the Indian foreign minister.“We want safe return of the Rohingya people to their homeland. Towards this end, India continues to exert pressure on Myanmar,” the BNP leader said quoting the Indian minister.However, there was no one-on-one meeting between Khaleda Zia and Sushma Swaraj unlike their last meeting in 2014.The Indian minister also called on prime minister Sheikh Hasina and also held talks with the foreign minister at the Joint Consultative Committee meeting.last_img read more

12 killed in California bar shooting

first_imgFirst responders are seen outside Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, US on 7 November 2018 in this image obtained from social media on 8 November 2018. Photo: ReutersA gunman killed 12 people, including a deputy sheriff, when he opened fire in a bar in Southern California on Wednesday night, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said on Thursday.The suspected gunman was also shot dead by police, he said. Many other people were wounded in the attack in Thousand Oaks, a Los Angeles suburb.last_img

Senate Approves Powell To Follow Yellen As Fed Chair In February

first_imgPhoto via FlickrOn Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, the Senate Banking Committee voted for a second time to approve Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.The Senate on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump’s selection of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve beginning next month.Senators voted 85-12 to confirm Powell to lead the nation’s central bank, a post that is considered the most powerful economic position in government.Powell will succeed Janet Yellen, the first woman to lead the Fed, when her term ends Feb. 3. Trump decided against offering Yellen a second four-year term as chair despite widespread praise for her performance since succeeding Ben Bernanke.Powell, 64, has served for 5½ years on the Fed’s board. A lawyer and investment manager by training, he will be the first Fed leader in 40 years without an advanced degree in economics. Many expect him to follow Yellen’s cautious approach to interest rates.Powell, viewed as a centrist, enjoyed support from Republicans and Democrats.The 12 senators who voted against Powell’s nomination included four Republicans, seven Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who votes with the Democrats. One of the dissenters, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said she was concerned that Powell “will roll back critical rules that help guard against another financial crisis.”But Sen. Sherrod Brown, the top Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, praised Powell’s tenure on the Fed board.“His track record over the past six years shows he is a thoughtful policymaker,” Brown said.During the presidential race, Trump was critical of the role the Fed played in implementing the Dodd-Frank Act, the 2010 law that tightened banking regulations after the 2008 financial crisis. Trump and many Republicans in Congress contended that the stricter regulations were too burdensome for financial institutions and were a key reason why economic growth since the Great Recession ended in 2009 had been lackluster.Powell has signaled that he favors ways to make bank regulations less onerous, especially for smaller community banks.Trump will be able to essentially remake the Fed’s board during his first two years in office. He has already filled the key post of vice chairman for regulation with Randal Quarles. The president has also nominated Marvin Goodfriend, a conservative economist, for another vacancy on the board.In addition, he can fill three more vacancies on the seven-member board, including the key spot of Fed vice chairman, which has been vacant since Stanley Fischer left in October.All told, the vacancies will have given Trump the ability to fill six of the seven board positions with his own choices. Lael Brainard will remain the lone board member not to have been chosen by Trump.Powell, known as a collegial consensus-builder, could help serve as a steadying force for the U.S. economy as well as a unifying figure among the central bank’s policymakers. As a Fed governor, Powell has never dissented from a central bank decision.Educated at Princeton University with a law degree from Georgetown, Powell, known as Jay, spent many years in investment management — at Dillon Read and then at the Carlyle Group. His work there made him one of the wealthiest figures to serve on the Fed board: His most recent financial disclosure form places his wealth at between $19.7 million and $55 million. And based on how government disclosures are drafted, his wealth may actually be closer to $100 million. Sharelast_img read more

Tick Tock Who Needs an Atomic Clock

first_img“Last year the Nobel Prize recognized the significance of this field with John Hall and Theodor Hänsch,” says Chris Oates of studying optical atomic clocks. “There are a lot of new ideas coming out, and we hope that our idea is one of those that will help the clocks.” Chris Oates is one of six physicists who published a Letter, “Magnetic Field-Induced Spectroscopy of Forbidden Optical Transitions with Applications to Lattice-Based Optical Atomic Clocks,” in Physical Review Letters demonstrating a unique technique for creating more stable optical atomic clocks. Building on ideas suggested by two Russian colleagues, Oates and his co-workers at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a process to improve one of the most promising types of optical atomic clocks, which divide the second into extremely small pieces in order to enable better timing precision.Perhaps one of the more intriguing questions to come out of this is: Does it really matter whether we have a more precise atomic clock?Oates thinks so. “Atomic clocks provide exquisite timing,” he explains to PhysOrg.com. “One of the most practical applications for atomic clocks is GPS. The timing must be very good in order to properly pinpoint a position. Every GPS satellite carries multiple atomic clocks.” He also cites the communications industry, where faster data rates require more precise timing, as other applications that are affected by atomic clocks. But he admits that the new optical clocks will likely not be used for such applications.“These optical atomic clocks won’t be used in GPS, but rather for more far-out applications,” Oates says. “Space navigation or imaging would be good applications, and communications between satellites is quite likely.” But the real benefits of using optical atomic clocks comes in when one looks at the implications of increased precision in scientific measurements.“Timing for electronics in high-energy accelerators, where particle physics is investigated, will be improved. Synchronization is very important in these experiments, and what we are developing in the way of optical atomic clocks can only help,” Oates says. A note of excitement creeps into his voice as he continues: “Tests of fundamental physics is the place where these clocks will have the most immediate impact.”Oates explains that astrophysicists look back into time by observing quasars and other objects in space. He says that these studies reveal that some natural fundamental constants of nature may change over time. While these theories have yet to be tested, the ability to more minutely track seconds can lead to the ability to detect natural constants that change over time. According to Oates, building optical atomic clocks built on different atoms and ions, and then comparing the differences, can provide verifiable laboratory measurements that could possibly answer questions as to whether some natural constants might experience change. Redefining the limits of measurement accuracy 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. Oates says that already obstacles are being overcome in the area of optical atomic clocks. One of the biggest problems is the magnetic sensitivity that the isotopes of neutral atoms have. In order to get around this, many experiments were done using ion traps. The major drawback to this method, however, is that only one ion can be trapped at a time. So, while the ion environment is very favorable and free of any sort of perturbations, it requires some time to take the number of measurements required.The team from the NIST and the Institute of Laser Physics SB RAS in Russia instead use about 10,000 neutral atoms, and hence achieve an average measurement almost instantaneously. The problem is that they move around, distorting results. The team put together an array of about 1,000-lattice “wells,” which Oates refers to as “pancakes” (see the PhysOrg.com story) that each hold about 10 atoms. The lattice pancakes hold the atoms very still, eliminating one problem. But the problem of magnetic sensitivity still remained.“The answer was quite simple,” Oates explains. “We realized that we could apply a magnetic field to enable the use of a different isotope of ytterbium and get rid of magnetic sensitivity. We could make what wasn’t allowed into something that was allowed.” He pauses with a small laugh. “Weakly allowed, but enough. We found that this works, and it really removes what looked like a major roadblock to the use of neutral atoms for optical atomic clocks.” Indeed, the successful experimental demonstration of this technique by the NIST team led by Zeb Barber and Chad Hoyt is described in another article in the same issue of Physical Review Letters.So, while optical atomic clocks appear to be making inroads in the world of physics, practical applications for the rest of the world are still down the road. But Oates doesn’t mind. “Sharing this with the world is a tantalizing challenge.”by Miranda Marquit, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Image source: GraphicsByDezign.com Citation: Tick Tock: Who Needs an Atomic Clock? (2006, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-03-tock-atomic-clock.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Various staterun private hospitals observe International Brain Tumour Awareness Week

first_imgKolkata: Various state-run hospitals and some private health establishments are observing International Brain Tumour Awareness Week from October 20-27 through various programmes.One of the main objectives of the move is to spread awareness among people about the disease and what needs to be done to check it. The incidence rate of brain tumours in India is rising. Around three percent of 78,4821 cancer deaths in India is caused due to brain tumours in 2018. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to a senior Radio Oncology Consultant in the city, different kinds of tumors are detected in patients at different age groups. While most cases have unknown causes, some are linked to genetic diseases such as Neurofibromatosis and exposure to radiations. A new emerging threat is the exposure to. While smart phones are everyone’s best friend, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has observed that radiofrequency waves from mobile phones are the new emerging threat to the disease. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, linked to mobile phones, may be carcinogenic and there is always a high risk in using them. Dr Jyotirup Goswami, Consultant, Radiation Oncology said: “Worldwide, one percent of approximately 3 lakh cancer cases are found to have brain tumours but Indian data suggests that as much as 10 percent of new patients could be suffering brain tumors.” As per Globocan 2018 report issued by the International Association of Cancer Registries (IARC) associated with WHO, as many as 28,142 new brain tumour cases are reported in India annually, while there are as many as 24,003 death. According to a report done by the government hospitals in Bengal, around 13.6 percent cancer cases are found to be suffering from brain tumour, Dr Goswami said. A recent study in Eastern India was done by Clinical cancer investigation journal by involving 130 cases with brain tumour found male preponderance. Most common tumour type in this study was neuroepithelial tumor (70 percent). Among the neuroepithelial tumors, most frequent subtype was astrocytic tumor (41 percent). The second most frequent brain tumor was meningioma (20 cases, 15.3 percent). While symptoms of brain tumours are not always specific but persistent symptoms like unexplained headaches, difficulty in speech, vision, hearing, unexplained nausea-vomiting, changes in mood or ability to concentrate, memory loss and numbness in the legs or arms are all causes for concern. If anybody complaints about any of the symptoms the patient should consult a neurologist immediately and if necessary the patient will be asked to get brain imaging done. If the patient is diagnosed with brain tumors, a surgery may be required followed by radiotherapy & chemotherapy.last_img read more

Jonathon Leipsic Awarded 2019 DeHaan Award for Innovation in Cardiology

first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration -:-Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 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 | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more July 8, 2019 – Jonathon A. Leipsic, M.D., FSCCT, is the recipient of the 2019 DeHaan Award for Innovation in Cardiology, announced by the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT). Leipsic will present the second Dehaan Award Lecture at the SCCT 14th Annual Scientific Meeting, July 11-14 in Baltimore. The award, presented by the Jon DeHaan Foundation, includes a $200,000 grant.Leipsic is the chairman of the department of radiology for Providence Health Care and the vice-chairman of research and a professor of radiology and cardiology for the University of British Columbia. He is a past president of the SCCT (2015-2016) and will also be awarded the SCCT Gold Medal Award in 2019.Read the article “SCCT Announces 2019 Gold Medal Award Recipients”“Dr. Leipsic has been a tireless champion, teacher and leader in cardiac applications of CT for many years. He has devoted countless hours toward advancing the field, and at the same time has thus touched many patients multiplied by the number of cardiologists who have used his work or who have learned from him directly.” said Robert Schwartz, M.D., chairman of the board for the Jon DeHaan Foundation. “It is a great pleasure that Dr. Leipsic has been chosen for the Jon H. DeHaan Foundation award for cardiovascular excellence in imaging, the purpose of which is to further his work and teaching, thus advancing cardiac CT far into the future.”Leipsic intends to build on past work delving into the mechanisms of bioprosthetic valve failure. The data suggests that the mechanisms and timelines of valve degeneration are consistent across surgical and transcatheter bioprosthetic heart valves, and a better understanding of structural valve degeneration can be obtained through combining further histological and novel imaging approaches. Leipsic will continue along this path of investigation through the generous support of the DeHaan Foundation Award, which will allow him to perform the needed advanced analyses to help advance understanding of this complex process and potentially develop solutions to this important clinical problem.The award lecture at the SCCT Annual Scientific Meeting, generously supported by the Jon Holden DeHaan Foundation, helps promote the knowledge and the use of cardiovascular CT to improve patient outcomes.For more information: www.scct.orgRelated ContentWhat to Look for in CT Structural Heart Planning SoftwareSCCT Releases New Guideline for CT Use During TAVR FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Python web development Django vs Flask in 2018

first_imgA colleague of mine, wrote an article over two years ago, talking about the two top Python web frameworks, Django and Flask. It’s 2018 now, and a lot has changed in the IT world. There have been a couple of frameworks that emerged or gained popularity in the last 3 years, like Bottle or CherryPy, for example. However, Django and Flask have managed to stand their ground and have continued to remain as the top 2 Python frameworks. Moreover, there have been some major breakthroughs in web application architecture like the rise of Microservices, that has in turn pushed the growth of newer architectures like Serverless and Cloud-Native. I thought it would be a good idea to present a more modern comparison of these two frameworks, to help you take an informed decision on which one you should be choosing for your application development. So before we dive into ripping these frameworks apart, let’s briefly go over a few factors we’ll be considering while evaluating them. Here’s what I got in mind, in no particular order: Ease of use Popularity Community support Job market Performance Modern Architecture support Ease of use This is something l like to cover first, because I know it’s really important for developers who are just starting out, to assess the learning curve before they attempt to scale it. When I’m talking about ease of use, I’m talking about how easy it is to get started with using the tool in your day to day projects. Flask, like it’s webpage, is a very simple tool to learn, simply because it’s built to be simple. Moreover, the framework is un-opinionated, meaning that it will allow you to implement things the way you choose to, without throwing a fuss. This is really important when you’re starting out. You don’t want to run into too much issues that will break your confidence as a developer. On the other hand, Django is a great framework to learn too. While several Python developers will disagree with me, I would say Django is a pretty complex framework, especially for a newbie. Now this is not all that bad, right. I mean, especially when you’re building a large project, you want to be the one holding the reins. If you’re starting out with some basic projects then, it may be wise not to choose Django. The way I see it, learning Flask first will allow you to learn Django much faster. Popularity Both frameworks are quite popular, with Django starring at 34k on Github, and Flask having a slight edge at 36k. If you take a look at the Google trends, both tools follow a pretty similar trend, with Django’s volume much higher, owing to its longer existence. Source: SEM Rush As mentioned before, Flask is more popular among beginners and those who want to build basic websites easily. On the other hand, Django is more popular among the professionals who have years of experience building robust websites. Community Support and Documentation In terms of community support, we’re looking at how involved the community is, in developing the tool and providing support to those who need it. This is quite important for someone who’s starting out with a tool, or for that matter, when there’s a new version releasing and you need to keep yourself up to date.. Django features 170k tags on Stackoverflow, which is over 7 times that of Flask, which stands at 21k. Although Django is a clear winner in terms of numbers, both mailing lists are quite active and you can receive all the help you need, quite easily. When it comes to documentation, Django has some solid documentation that can help you get up and running in no time. On the other hand, Flask has good documentation too, but you usually have to do some digging to find what you’re looking for. Job Scenes Jobs are really important especially if you’re looking for a corporate one It’s quite natural that the organization that’s hiring you will already be working with a particular stack and they will expect you to have those skills before you step in. Django records around 2k jobs on Indeed in the USA, while Flask records exactly half that amount. A couple of years ago, the situation was pretty much the same; Django was a prime requirement, while Flask had just started gaining popularity. You’ll find a comment stating that “Picking up Flask might be a tad easier then Django, but for Django you will have more job openings” Itjobswatch.uk lists Django as the 2nd most needed Skill for a Python Developer, whereas Flask is way down at 20. Source: itjobswatch.uk Clearly Django is in more demand that Flask. However, if you are an independent developer, you’re still free to choose the framework you wish to work with. Performance Honestly speaking, Flask is a microframework, which means it delivers a much better performance in terms of speed. This is also because in Flask, you could write 10k lines of code, for something that would take 24k lines in Django. Response time comparison for data from remote server: Django vs Flask In the above image we see how both tools perform in terms of loading a response from the server and then returning it. Both tools are pretty much the same, but Flask has a slight edge over Django. Load time comparison from database with ORM: Django vs Flask In this image, we see how the gap between the tools is quite large, with Flask being much more efficient in loading data from the database. When we talk about performance, we also need to consider the power each framework provides you when you want to build large apps. Django is a clear winner here, as it allows you to build massive, enterprise grade applications. Django serves as a full-stack framework, which can easily be integrated with JavaScript to build great applications. On the other hand, Flask is not suitable for large applications. The JetBrains Python Developer Survey revealed that Django was a more preferred option among the respondents. Jetbrains Python Developer Survey 2017 Modern Architecture Support The monolith has been broken and microservices have risen. What’s interesting is that although applications are huge, they’re now composed of smaller services working together to make up the actual application. While you would think Django would be a great framework to build microservices, it turns out that Flask serves much better, thanks to its lightweight architecture and simplicity. While you work on a huge enterprise application, you might find Flask being interwoven wherever a light framework works best. Here’s the story of one company that ditched Django for microservices. I’m not going to score these tools because they’re both awesome in their own right. The difference arises when you need to choose one for your projects and it’s quite evident that Flask should be your choice when you’re working on a small project or maybe a smaller application built into a larger one, maybe a blog or a small website or a web service. Although, if you’re on the A team, making a super awesome website for maybe, Facebook or a billion dollar enterprise, instead of going the Django unchained route, choose Django with a hint of Flask added in, for all the right reasons. 🙂 Django recently hit version 2.0 last year, while Flask hit version 1.0 last month. Here’s some great resources to get you up and running with Django and Flask. So what are you waiting for? Go build that website! Read Next Why functional programming in Python matters Should you move to Python 3.7 Why is Python so good for AI and Machine Learning?last_img read more

Egypt to try 7 Copts US pastor over Prophet film

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The prosecutor’s statement, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, said that after studying the film investigators have determined that it contains scenes offensive to Islam and state institutions. It also says they questioned 10 plaintiffs before issuing the charges.Nakoula, 55, told the AP in an interview last week outside Los Angeles that he was the manager of the company that produced “Innocence of Muslims.” Jones also told AP that he was contacted by Nakoula to promote the movie.Violence surrounding the film, clips of which appeared on YouTube, has included angry protests outside U.S. embassies worldwide and an attack on the American Consulate in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador.Both the Christians and rights groups say charges of insulting religion, vague in what constitutes an insult, are only pressed against offenses to Islam, and never to Christianity.A Muslim preacher who tore the Bible in protest over the offensive film remains free without any charges. Another Coptic Christian who posted the film on his Facebook page and has posted other videos discussing the merits of atheism is currently under 15 days detention on accusations of insulting religion. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s general prosecutor issued arrest warrants Tuesday for seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor and referred them to trial on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that has sparked riots across the Muslim world.The case is largely symbolic since the seven men and one woman are believed to be outside of Egypt and unlikely to travel to the country to face the charges. Instead, the prosecutor’s decision to take legal appears aimed at absorbing at least some of the public anger over the amateur film, which portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, womanizer and buffoon. Sponsored Stories A Coptic teacher was sentenced Tuesday to six years for posting on his Facebook page drawings that were deemed to be insulting the Prophet, as well as comments considered an affront to the country’s current president. The charges predate the amateur film, but anger was heightened outside the courtroom in southern Egypt, and many Islamists protested the sentence as too meager.Medhat Klada, a Coptic Christian living in Switzerland, said the accused are referred to criminal trials without even interrogation.“This is only to absorb public anger but there is no justice in Egypt,” he said. “These charges are now used with force because of the rise of political Islam and the fierce fight” between the different strands among these groups.Amr Gharbeia, a program director with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, argued against the constitutionality of the charges.“This is not a call for prosecuting those who insult Christians or Shiites, but if we are going to use this charge only in one direction (against insulting Islam), then we should just call it off,” he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day But some Christians and human rights groups expressed concern that trying people on charges of insulting religion, which also occurred to a degree under the secular-leaning regime of Hosni Mubarak, could only increase now that various strains of Islamists are gaining power. The arrest warrants were issued the same day that a Coptic teacher in southern Egypt received a prison sentence for Facebook postings deemed anti-Islamic, charges that predated the amateur film.The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that the eight accused, who include the film’s alleged maker, face charges of harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information. The office said they could face the death penalty, if convicted.Their case has been transferred to a criminal court, but no date for the trial has been set.Among those charged is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, an Egyptian Copt living in southern California and believed to be behind the film. Florida-based Pastor Terry Jones, who has said he was contacted by the filmmaker to promote the video, as well as Morris Sadek, a conservative Coptic Christian in the U.S. who pushed the video on his website, are also among those charged. How men can have a healthy 2019 Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The connection of the other five accused in the case to the film was not immediately clear. Most of them live in the United States. They include two who work with Sadek in a radical institute for Coptic Christians in the U.S. that has called for an independent Coptic state; a priest who hosts TV programs from the U.S., a lawyer who lives in Canada and who has previously sued the government for clashes in 2000 that left 21 Christians dead.They also include a woman who had converted to Christianity from Islam years back and is a staunch critic of the religion.“We are not going to respond to Egypt. We do not take that particular threat very seriously,” Jones said.He added he hoped the U.S. government “would take a radical stand” on the case “that carries a possible death penalty for a U.S. citizen for exercising his First Amendment rights.”Sadek’s phone was switched off. The others could not be immediately reached for comment.Ultraconservative Salafi lawyer Mamdouh Ismail praised the prosecutor’s decision. While recognizing that the eight will be tried in absentia, Ismail said referring them to a court will help curb public anger.“Now these are legal measures instead of angry reactions, whose consequences are undetermined,” he said. “This would also set a deterrent for them and anyone else who may fall into this” offense. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

5 things Samesex marriage case divides public opinion

first_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans appear largely ready to accept same-sex marriage but seem divided on whether the Supreme Court should affirm that right nationwide.That’s according to polls conducted before the court’s ruling, expected any day, on whether to make gay marriage a constitutional right.Five things to know about public opinion on same-sex marriage:___NEARLY HALF SUPPORT GAY MARRIAGEAccording to an Associated Press-GfK poll in April, nearly half of Americans favor laws allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed in their own states, while just over a third are opposed. The poll was conducted just before the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will probably decide whether states can continue to bar same-sex couples from marrying. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories ___Online:AP-GfK Poll: http://www.ap-gfkpoll.com___Follow Emily Swanson on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/EL_SwanCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Other recent polls have found even higher support for same-sex marriage. For example, a Pew Research Center poll conducted in May found that 57 percent of Americans support allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while a Gallup poll also conducted in May found 60 percent say those marriages should be legally recognized. The AP-GfK poll, unlike the Pew and Gallup surveys, offered an option for respondents to say they neither favor nor oppose gay marriage, which was selected by 14 percent of respondents.___AN IDEOLOGICAL DIVIDEThere’s a significant partisan divide on the issue, according to the April AP-GfK poll. Two-thirds of Democrats, but less than one-third of Republicans, support marriage rights for same-sex couples.Even within each party there are significant differences by ideology. Just 15 percent of conservative Republicans, but 46 percent of moderate or liberal Republicans, favor laws allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. Eight in 10 liberal Democrats, but just 55 percent of moderate and conservative ones, support letting gay and lesbian couples marry legally.On the other hand, more than 7 in 10 Americans across party lines view legal recognition of same-sex marriages as “inevitable,” according to the Pew poll. ___SPLIT ON COURT ACTIONAmericans are split down the middle on what action the Supreme Court should take when it rules on the marriage case, according to the April AP-GfK poll. Fifty percent said the court should rule that same-sex marriage must be legal nationwide, and 48 percent said it should not.On a more general level, too, opinions on whether same-sex marriage should be legal at all are linked with views on whether that should be decided at a state or national level, according to a June Public Religion Research Institute poll. Seven in 10 opponents of gay marriage said the question of whether it should be legal should be decided at the state level, while about 6 in 10 supporters of gay marriage think it should be decided at the national level.___RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES VS. GAY RIGHTSAs a string of court rulings has made same-sex marriage legal in a majority of states, debate over the issue has shifted to whether businesses should be allowed to refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons. The AP-GfK poll found that a slim majority of Americans (52 percent) say that wedding-related businesses should be allowed to refuse service to same-sex couples, but just 40 percent say that businesses more generally should be allowed to do so. Still, most said it’s more important for the government to protect religious liberties than the rights of gays and lesbians if the two come into conflict, by a 56 percent to 40 percent margin.center_img More than 8 in 10 Republicans said it’s more important to protect religious liberties than gay rights. On the other hand, 6 in 10 Democrats said protecting gay rights is more important.___DIVISION OVER OBAMA’S HANDLING OF GAY RIGHTSThe AP-GfK poll found that Americans are evenly divided on how President Barack Obama is handling gay rights, with 48 percent saying they approve and 49 percent saying they disapprove. A majority (54 percent) approves of how Obama is handling religious liberties.Democrats hold at least a slight advantage over Republicans on which party Americans trust most to handle gay rights issues. Thirty-one percent of Americans say they trust Democrats more to handle gay rights issues, while only 14 percent trust Republicans more. Thirty-four percent trust neither party, the poll found.___The AP-GfK Poll of 1,077 adults was conducted online April 23-27, using a sample drawn from GfK’s probability-based KnowledgePanel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.Respondents were first selected randomly using phone or mail survey methods, and later interviewed online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn’t otherwise have access to the Internet were provided access at no cost to them. In this photo taken March 22, 2015, the rings of Thomas Kostura and Ijpe DeKoe sit on a table in their Memphis, Tenn. apartment. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll in April, nearly half of Americans favor laws allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed in their own states, while just over a third are opposed. The poll was conducted just before the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will probably decide whether states can continue to bar same-sex couples from marrying. Kostura and deKoe were married in New York in 2011. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht) How men can have a healthy 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories last_img read more

Aircalins New Caledonia On Sale

first_imgAircalin’s “New Caledonia On Sale”Aircalin’s “New Caledonia On Sale”Aircalin Australia is excited to offer your clients a new special “New Caledonia on Sale”, flying to Noumea from only $259* one way including taxes.Experience true relaxation on our idyllic pristine beaches bordered by the azure warm waters of the world’s largest lagoon. New Caledonia is waiting for you. With its blend of French and Melanesian culture, amazing food and wine and friendly locals you won’t believe Noumea is just over 2 hours from Brisbane, under 3 hours from Sydney and less than 4 hours from Melbourne, flying on direct services with Aircalin.Take advantage of this amazing sale and visit your closest South Pacific neighbour today.Sale Period: From 06 April 2018 to 20 April 2018Travel Period 1: 23 July 2018 to 08 August 2018, 29 August 2018 to 21 September 2018, 06 November 2018 to 30 November 2018Prices are ONE WAY GROSS airfares and include all taxes. (Surcharge dates may apply)Sydney to Noumea:                                 from $259* one wayBrisbane to Noumea:                              from $259* one wayMelbourne to Noumea:                          from $286* one wayTravel Period 2: 06 April 2018 to 22 July 2018, 09 August 2018 to 28 August 2018, 22 September 2018 to 05 November 2018, 01 December 2018 to 31 December 2018.Prices are ONE WAY GROSS airfares and include all taxes. (Surcharge dates may apply)Sydney to Noumea:                                from $294* one wayBrisbane to Noumea:                             from $294* one wayMelbourne to Noumea:                         from $311* one wayThese discounted airfares have protected inventory on every flight in each direction to ensure excellent availability for the Australian market and are booked in W-class.Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact.Chris Thistlethwaite:                           Phone: +61 2 9264 3644                                                                 Email: chris.thistlethwaite@aircalin.com.auSource = Aircalinlast_img read more

Motorist jailed and fined for speeding

first_imgA 47-year-old man was on Thursday jailed for a month and fined €3,150, among others, for a series of traffic violations including, speeding, running red lights, and failure to comply with police instructions.The 47-year-old had been clocked on March 17 on Nicos and Despina Pattihis Street in Larnaca, by members of the police motorcycle unit and was flagged down for a routine check.Instead of stopping, the man accelerated in a bid to escape. The officers chased him and repeatedly asked him to stop his vehicle but he went on, running two red lights and driving at speeds that reached 160km/hour on a 65km road in Larnaca and 186km on the Larnaca-Kofinou road where the legal limit is 100km.He was eventually intercepted near Skarinou and officers found out he had been driving with a suspended licence and without insurance.On March 21 he appeared before the Larnaca district court where he admitted to 12 charges. He was remanded in custody and on Thursday he was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He was fined €3,150, his licence was suspended for four months, and he also received 27 points.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more