Pot activist Marc Emery gets fine after guilty plea on trafficking charge

first_imgMONTREAL – The self-styled Prince of Pot has pleaded guilty to trafficking cannabis and will pay a $5,000 fine.The charge against Marc Emery stemmed from the opening of Cannabis Culture boutiques in Montreal in December 2016.Two other charges of possession and conspiracy were dropped.The prosecution says it’s an appropriate sentence that was negotiated over months.The shops were only open for a few hours before police shut them down.Emery tweeted earlier Wednesday he would plead guilty and pay a fine.In a brief exchange later with reporters at the Montreal courthouse, he criticized Quebec’s plan to sell pots in government-run stores.The federal Liberal government plans to allow legal recreational cannabis by late summer, but the manner of selling of it is left up to the individual provinces.Pot dispensaries are illegal under current federal legislation unless they have a licence from Health Canada to sell it for medical purposes.last_img read more

ICE Futures Canada Wednesday Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $1.70 lower $493.50; Jan. ’18 $0.60 lower $499.50; March ’18 $0.50 lower $504.40; May ’18 $0.50 lower $506.90; July ’18 $0.40 lower $508.10; Nov. ’18 unchanged $484.50; Jan. ’19 unchanged $486.20; March ’19 unchanged $488.90; May 19 unchanged $488.90; July ’19 unchanged $488.90; Nov. ’19 unchanged $488.90.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.Wednesday’s estimated volume of trade: 562,220 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 562,220. read more

Missing persons panel chairman rebuts Zeid

“What more can we do?,” he asked in anguish. “Nobody else can do better than us. People should realize the enormity of the task. It takes time to show results,” he said.When former President Mahinda Rajapaksa established the panel, its mandate was only to go into disappearances. Later, when war crimes charges were made in the UNHRC, it was charged with investigating violations of International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Laws in the last phase of the war. Since work on the second mandate is still to be completed, the term of the commission has been extended to February 2016. However, the panel submitted a report to the Presidential Secretariat on August 15 this year. Paranagama said that a Special Investigating Team is to be formed under a retired High Court judge to go into some cases. “We also sent investigating teams to the complainants’ houses as a follow up measure and wrote to them about progress made in their cases. We inquired into the rehabilitation aspect and took action wherever the authorities were tardy in their response,” he added. Responding to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Prince Zeid’s call to disband the Sri Lankan Missing Persons’ Commission and assign its work to a more credible body, the chairman of the panel, Justice Maxwell Paranagama, contended that nobody else can do the job better.“We have been very transparent in our functioning. There were no armed forces or police personnel in the room where people testified. We held several sittings in the Tamil-speaking North and East and Colombo and examined 19,000 people including 16,000 from the North and East. The response to our call for testimonies was so good that if we sent out notices to 300 for a session, 1000 would turn up, and no one was turned away. Transport was arranged for people to go back to their villages if the sittings went late into the evening,” Paranagama told the New Indian Express. “We are waiting for President Sirisena to come back from New York to officially present it to him,” Paranagama said. read more

President to make a special statement this week on unity Government

A committee was earlier appointed to decide on the future of the unity Government following a meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and UNP Ministers. President Maithripala Sirisena is to make a special statement this week on the future of the unity Government.The statement comes after various proposals were made on the future course of action to be taken with regards to the unity Government. The UNP has been calling for a UNP-led Government to be formed following the Local Government (LG) elections while the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is divided on the proposal. The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) meanwhile had said it will not support a Government led by Wickremesinghe. (Colombo Gazette)

Aramco attacks show company entanglement in Saudi politics

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The weekend drone attack on one of the world’s largest crude oil processing plants that dramatically cut into global oil supplies is the most visible sign yet of how Aramco’s stability and security is directly linked to that of its owner — the Saudi government and its ruling family.The strikes, which U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed on Iran despite staunch denials by Tehran, led to suspension of more than 5% of the world’s daily crude oil production, bringing into focus just how vulnerable the company is to Saudi Arabia’s conflicts outside the country’s borders, particularly with regional rival Iran.That matters greatly because Aramco produces and exports Saudi Arabia’s more than 9.5 million barrels of oil per day to consumers around the world, primarily in Asia.It also comes as the state-owned company heads toward a partial public sale. To prepare for an initial public offering, the company has recently taken steps to distance itself from the Saudi government, which is controlled by the Al Saud ruling family.The plan to list part of Aramco is key to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s economic diversification efforts that are aimed at preparing the kingdom for a future less reliant on oil exports for revenue.As he races to overhaul the economy, he’s also led Saudi Arabia as its defence minister into a war in Yemen that appears to have made the kingdom, and by extension Aramco, more vulnerable to attacks.The pre-dawn attacks Saturday were claimed by Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels, although there are questions about whether the drones were launched from Yemen. Saudi Arabia has been at war with the Houthi rebels in Yemen since early 2015, but this is by far the most infrastructurally devastating attack inside the kingdom since the conflict began.Eurasia Group notes that Saudi Arabia’s air defence systems are designed to defend against traditional threats but are ill-equipped to tackle asymmetrical aerial threats from drones.The attacks targeted Abqaiq processing facility and the Khurais oil field. Abqaiq is home to the world’s largest oil processing facility and crude oil stabilization plant, where oil is made safe for transport on ships.Aramco’s handling of the incident is being watched closely, particularly amid reports of a local listing of 1% of the company as soon as November.The public first learned of the attacks from residents of the area who uploaded videos and photos of the massive fires at the processing facility in the eastern city of Buqyaq.It wasn’t until 22 hours later that Aramco issued its own statement, acknowledging its plants had been attacked and that daily production of 5.7 million barrels of crude had been disrupted.Aramco CEO Amin Nasser was quoted in the brief statement as saying work was under way to restore production and a progress update would be provided in around 48 hours.What commodity traders are most looking for now is how long the suspension of production will last. Aramco has not said what that timeframe might be.A lengthy disruption is almost certain to drive global oil prices well above the $60 a barrel that trading closed at on Friday.When markets open Monday, prices could rocket by up to $10 a barrel in a knee-jerk reaction, though the sustainability of the rally will hinge on an assessment of the magnitude and duration of the supply shortfall, said Vandana Hari, founder of Singapore’s Vanda Insights.Hari said potential investors in Aramco are going to be looking at the company’s transparency and communication practices in this current crisis.“Having said that, it’s clear that Aramco does not operate independently from the government and is not free to manage its own messaging,” she said.The loss of more than 5% of the world’s oil supply – no matter for how many days – is not an internal Saudi matter, she said. “It is the whole world’s concern. With that in view, the official communication on the matter has fallen woefully short so far.”Hasnain Malik, head of equity strategy research at the Tellimer investment research and advisory firm, said the attacks demonstrate the security risks “which should be baked into the valuation of Aramco.”The Saudi crown prince has set Aramco’s valuation at around $2 trillion, but many estimates put it at closer to $1.5 trillion.Ranjith Raja, a lead analyst at Refinitiv, said a major disruption to Aramco’s processing plant will have an effect on the company’s ability to meet client expectations and contract requirements.Already, ship tracking data shows some 16 tankers that can carry 2 million barrels of crude anchored off Saudi Arabia’s eastern coast until further notice. About four ships are loaded each day from Saudi Arabia’s main eastern port, but since the attack only two have been loaded and left their docks, Raja said.The security and stability of Saudi Arabia as one of the world’s largest and most vital oil producers was emphasized by U.S. President Donald Trump in a call with the crown prince “to offer his support” to the kingdom after the attacks.The U.S. Energy Department has also said it stands ready to release crude from its Strategic Petroleum Oil Reserves if necessary to offset any disruptions to oil markets.Energy expert Ellen Wald said despite this setback and threats to Saudi Arabia’s security, “Aramco is secure.”“It has incredible built-in redundancies in its oil infrastructure and stored oil to compensate for any outages,” said Wald, who is president of Transversal Consulting and author of “Saudi Inc.” about Aramco.“In addition, Aramco has vast stores of oil both in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the world that it can and is drawing on to ensure that all of its customers receive their oil shipments on time,” she added.Malik of Tellimer said the attacks provide Aramco with an opportunity to demonstrate its resilience by minimizing disruption to customers.“In terms of the timing of the IPO, this event is unhelpful but only very optimistic and opportunistic pricing of the deal would have ignored this risk,” he said.Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press read more

Amazon to add 3000 new jobs in Vancouver in tech hub expansion

VANCOUVER — Online retail giant Amazon has announced it will expand its Vancouver technology hub and create 3,000 new high-tech jobs.Amazon’s general manager of web services Jesse Dougherty said the new corporate positions will be focused on e-commerce technology, cloud computing and machine learning. The employees will be working in a new 38,000 square metre office tower the company plants to build on the site of the city’s old post office.The structure’s architectural heritage will be preserved, and the tower is expected to open in 2022, Dougherty said Monday outside the former Canada Post building.Amazon keeps Prime membership price on hold in Canada despite increase in U.S.Amazon releases new Echo Dot aimed at entertaining bored childrenThe lessons of HQ1: What the cities vying for Amazon’s second headquarters can learn from Seattle“We chose to build and grow in Canada because we recognize the diverse and exceptionally talented workforce here,” he said.“As a homegrown British Columbian and a software engineer, I am so proud of living and working in a city that is recognized worldwide as a first-rate global tech hub.”Amazon opened its first software development site in Vancouver in 2011 and now has more than 1,000 employees.Dougherty said the company will build on its relationships with top Canadian universities, which he said are producing some of the best computer engineering students in the world.“We’ve hired many graduates from schools right here in British Columbia,” he said, citing the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University as well as the universities of Toronto, Waterloo, and McGill.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the announcement and said innovation will help drive economic growth and improve the lives of middle-class Canadians.The company is expected to announce its second North American headquarters, dubbed HQ2, sometime this year, with Toronto as the only Canadian city on the list of 20 finalists. read more

Verstappen unrepentant over Ocon altercation

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Not only is Max Verstappen unrepentant over his altercation with Esteban Ocon at the Brazilian Grand Prix, he suggests the French driver got away lightly with a few shoves to the chest.Although he had already been lapped and had little to fight for, Ocon refused to let race leader Verstappen past him two weeks ago. The pair tangled, sending the Dutch driver spinning back to second place and pushing Lewis Hamilton up to first at Interlagos.It cost Verstappen his third victory of the season, and sixth of his Red Bull career. He stopped a post-race interview when he saw Ocon, squaring up to his rival and shoving him three times before angrily pointing a finger at him as he walked away.Asked at the Abu Dhabi GP on Thursday if he had regrets, Verstappen replied: “No, not really. I was after an apology and I got a different response.”“I lost a victory, so I think from my side I was really calm. It could have been much worse,” added the 21-year-old Dutchman, who is known as much for his fiery temper as his daredevil driving. “I thought it was quite a calm response. What do you expect me to do? Shake his hand and say, ‘Thanks very much’.Although Ocon breached race etiquette as a back-marker by not moving aside for the leader, Verstappen seemed equally upset by the Force India driver’s comments.“You guys don’t hear what’s being said … You just see me pushing,” he said. “But if you understood the whole conversation, I think it would be different.”Ocon’s words were “something I didn’t expect to hear,” Verstappen added, before using an expletive.The Red Bull driver must now perform two days of public service within six months, a punishment he calls harsh.“We’re not robots,” Verstappen said. “We are all here to win. You are in that position and it gets taken away from you.”At a news conference on Thursday, the two men sat with Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen between them.Ocon was stone-faced throughout but had his say.“It’s not a great thing to be involved in a crash with the leader,” he said. “I’m sorry for Max. It was his race to win.“The team came on the radio saying, ‘You can un-lap yourself if you want, if you are faster.’ I just went for it,” the 22-year-old Frenchman said. “Even if Max said the opposite, he would like to come back on what he did after the race.”The pair have competed since their karting days. Verstappen was evasive when they were asked how they felt about each other, Ocon more forthcoming.“I will respond, if he cannot, I will,” Ocon said. “We’ve been racing a long time. The important thing is it stays good racing and good fun for the fans, but doesn’t go over the top.”Four-time world champion Vettel has had altercations in the past with Verstappen and former teammate Mark Webber.“We are here to fight for something that means the world to us. For people watching, it’s a show. For people reporting about the show, it’s a job. For us it’s a job, but it’s our lives,” Vettel said. “Emotions are part of sports.”___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJerome Pugmire, The Associated Press read more

Varel International acquires patented Rotary Percussion System from Renegade Tools

first_imgVarel International, a leading manufacturer of drill bits and global supplier to the drilling industry, has completed the acquisition of the Rotary Percussion System (RPS) product line and assets of Renegade Tools. The line of high frequency, low impact percussion hammer tools complements the already robust suite of tools Varel supplies to the mining industry. This product line, under development since 2005, allows drillers to use traditional roller cone or PDC drill bits in air, mist, or foam fluid applications, increasing the rate of penetration through efficiently combining the complimentary forces of both rotary and hammer drilling. “We are very pleased with the addition of the RPS technology to the portfolio of products Varel brings to the global marketplace” said Jim Nixon, President and CEO of Varel International. “RPS promises to enhance drilling efficiencies for our blasthole mining customers. We look forward to working with the team at Renegade to rapidly bring RPS to market.”Speed Collingsworth, Varel’s Vice President for Mining and Industrial products discussed some of the advantages of the RPS technology, “In field testing in several different applications in the Western Hemisphere we have found that the RPS tools not only increase drilling rate by 25% or more but additionally deliver a straighter, cleaner drilled hole. A cleaner hole reduces the need for time consuming back reaming and a straighter hole improves rock fragmentation during blasting. Better rock fragmentation improves efficiencies at the crusher reducing costs.”Joe Goebel, Co-Principal for Renegade expressed his thoughts on the transfer of Renegade’s RPS technology, “Varel’s unique position in the mining supply industry coupled with its global reach will accelerate the advancement of this new technology into the market. We have developed and evolved RPS over several years and look forward to working with Varel to take it to the next stage of delivering results for drilling customers worldwide.”“Varel has the engineering, metallurgy, distribution, and supply chain assets needed to take RPS to the next level,” added Ross Bassinger, Co-Principal of Renegade. “Over the past year we have forged a great relationship with Varel that has allowed us to prove the commercial applicability of RPS. Over the coming quarters we will work with Varel personnel to evaluate candidate RPS applications and to fine tune the products to meet customer needs.”Renegade Drilling Tools is a private drilling technology development enterprise based in Austin, Texas. The company focuses on providing solutions to the mining industry through its expertise in impact hammer development.last_img read more

Gardaí searching for man after armed robbery of Dublin post office

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald Gardaí searching for man after armed robbery of Dublin post office No one was injured in the incident. Short URL 18,406 Views Image: Google Maps Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 4:53 PM Share4 Tweet Email1 center_img The post office in Chapelizod. Image: Google Maps The post office in Chapelizod. Jun 7th 2017, 4:53 PM http://jrnl.ie/3431810 13 Comments GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an armed robbery at a post office in Dublin this afternoon.A man entered a post office on Main Street in Chapelizod at about 2.30pm this afternoon.The man threatened staff with what is believed to have been a firearm, before making off with an unknown sum of money.No one was injured in the incident.No arrests have been made and gardaí are appealing for witnesses.Anyone with any information can contact gardaí at Ballyfermot Garda Station on (01) 666 7200.Read: Mystery surrounds death of man whose body was found on road in Wicklowlast_img read more

Worlds Largest AllElectric Ferry Launches in Denmark

first_img Ærø is an island gem in the Baltic Sea. With no bridge connecting it to the Danish mainland, its 6,000-plus residents rely on ferries to travel back forth. Now they can make the journey aboard the world’s largest electric ferry.The Ellen started taking passengers last week. The ship can carry up to 30 vehicles and 200 passengers at a time at a top speed of 13 knots. Its 4.3MWh battery, provided by Switzerland-based Leclanché Energy Storage Solutions, gives it a range of about 22 nautical miles between charges.That’s enough to cover the ship’s inaugural round-trip route from the town of Søby to Fynshav, on the neighboring island of Als. Initially operators have scheduled 3 trips per day, though they’re hopeful that Ellen will eventually be able to complete as many as 7.The ship measures almost 200 feet long and 44 feet wide. Ellen tips the scales at 650 tons — almost six times heavier than the E-Dumper that Formula E driver Lucas di Grassi called the world’s largest EV.Aero’s Director of Traffic, Keld Møller, said he’s “pleased to be able to offer the passengers an extraordinarily pleasant journey free from noise, vibrations and diesel fumes.” According to Leclanché CEO Anil Srivastava, Ellen will prevent the release of 2,000 tonnes of CO2, 42 tonnes of NOx, and 1.4 tonnes of SO2.That’s encouraging news considering this is just one ferry. It gets even better when you consider that there are plans in motion to deploy at least 100 ships like it throughout the European Union over the next decade.Ærø is an ideal spot for the first deployment. The island set a goal of running solely on renewable energy nearly 20 years ago and has sizable solar and wind turbine installations. Ærø has also been recognized as an environmental leader for its use of district heating.Watch This Next: This Electric Train-Plane Hybrid Is the Best of Both WorldsMore on Geek.com:Two Fully Electric Boats Added to Niagara Falls Tour FleetThis $5 Million Solar-Powered Super Yacht Cruises in ‘Pure Silence’This $200,000 All-Electric Boat Lets You ‘Fly’ on Water Watch: Massive Whale Breaches Near Boat in MassachusettsWatch the Shocking Moment Lightning Strikes Boat in Boston Stay on targetlast_img read more

Manchester United defender set for Hertha Berlin loan move

first_imgManchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 20, is close to joining Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.The Dutchman spent the entirety of last campaign at Crystal Palace and made 21 appearances in the Premier League as the Eagles avoided relegation.Fosu-Mensah played in Manchester United’s friendlies in the United States but has once again been deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho.He will look to continue his development under Hertha manager Pal Dardai and the club that finished 10th in the Bundesliga last season.Fosu-Mensah is a utility player and can comfortably slot in either as a central defender or at full-back.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.He has been on the books of Manchester United since 2014 when he joined the club’s youth setup from Ajax.Jose Mourinho has moaned about the lack of transfer activity despite signing the duo of Fred and Dalot. Reports claim the United hierarchy informed the Portuguese gaffer to raise cash from the sale of players to fund his transfer.Manchester United are in action against Bayern Munich in their final pre-season friendly before they commence their Premier League campaign against Leicester City on Friday.last_img read more

ASAWISHH Concludes Nutrition Aquaculture Project in Liberia

first_imgA worker at the Zwedru, Liberia Super Gari Processing Center holds a bag of Super Gari, which is a soy fortified food product used to improve the nutritional quality of meals for women and their children.World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Director, Africa Erica Morrow traveled to Liberia this week to help wrap up a five- year Multi-Year Aid Project (MYAP) in Liberia as a sub-contractor to Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OICI).The project was funded by the United States Agency of International Development’s (USAID) Food for Peace office. WISHH’s components in the project focused on food processing, nutrition education and aquaculture.  The project has come to an end and Morrow, along with Regional Representative Noli Jocson and Super Gari Manager Denis Twinamatsiko, met with representatives of OICI to finish program activities and hand over equipment. While in Liberia, the team met with several organizations to talk about potential follow on activities in the country.last_img read more

Alibaba and Sony Were in Talks of Coinvesting in Some Hollywood Movies

first_imgA set of leaked emails in the Sony Pictures hacking incident revealed that Alibaba Holdings, Asia’s largest internet company, expressed its interest in investing in Hollywood with Sony Studios.Alibaba founder Jack Ma reportedly met executives at Sony Pictures and discussed the possibility of investing in certain movies like Ghostbusters, the leaks revealed, according to China Daily.Ma apparently met with some executive of Sony and a group of other people that included actor Jet Li and people in the know to talk about potential co-investment plans in the movies. The e-commerce company showed interest in investing in a Spider-Man Villain movie, a film on a hit Manga series and even a movie on Chinese children’s comic “Dragon Raja.”Jack Ma met with several other studios as well including Fox, Lionsgate and Relativity, fresh off Alibaba’s whirlwind IPO.”I come here to learn, I want to come here looking for partners. We worry about people with deep pockets but shallow minds, so movies are the best way to change Chinese young people’s behavior,” Ma was quoted by Bloomberg at that time.Alibaba wants to invest in specific movies only and use its giant internet platform to market the films and deliver a culture-rich product to its users.”Securing licensing agreements to distribute content across the Alibaba ecosystem remains an important part of our long-term business strategy,” Bob Christie, a spokesman for Alibaba said in an e-mailed statement to China Daily.Alibaba already distributes movies and TV shows through its set top boxes. The new venture in Hollywood would only give it a larger audience and build more business for the company.Meanwhile, the hacker group that breached data security of Sony Pictures has exposed far more crucial data than just some preliminary talks between two giant companies. The cyber attack has leaked employee personal information, some pilot movie plots and other confidential emails that have put Sony Pictures in a tight spot.The hacks could cost the company more than $200 million.last_img read more

Trump threatens to devastate Turkey economy over Kurds

first_imgTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and US president Donald Trum (R)US president Donald Trump warned Turkey on Sunday of economic devastation if it attacks Kurdish forces in the wake of the US troop pullout from Syria, while also urging the Kurds not to “provoke” Ankara.Trump took to Twitter to reveal some of his latest thoughts in the slow drip-drip of information being released by his administration after his shocking December announcement of the troop withdrawal.His top diplomat Mike Pompeo is on a whirlwind regional tour aimed at reassuring allies amid rising tensions between the US and Turkey over the fate of Washington’s Syrian Kurdish allies in the fight against the Islamic State group.Pompeo also sought to reassure Washington’s Kurdish allies in the fight against IS, who fear the departure of American troops would allow Turkey to attack them.Turkey had reacted angrily to suggestions that Trump’s plan to withdraw troops was conditional on the safety of the US-backed Kurdish fighters, seen by the Turkish government as terrorists.”Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds,” Trump tweeted, while pushing for the creation of a 20-mile (30-kilometer) “safe zone.””Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey.”Trump did not detail who would create, enforce or pay for the safe zone, or where it would be located.US-led operations against IS in Syria have been spearheaded on the ground by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).Ankara sees the backbone of that alliance, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), as a terrorist group linked to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) which has fought a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state.On Saturday, more than 600 people were evacuated from the remaining IS holdout in eastern Syria, a monitor said, as US-backed fighters prepare for a final assault on the area.”Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms,” Trump said.”Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term US policy of destroying ISIS in Syria – natural enemies. We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home. Stop the ENDLESS WARS!”Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head Rami Abdel Rahman said that several dozen jihadist fighters were among those evacuated to areas held by the Kurdish-Arab alliance.Abdel Rahman said some 16,000 people, including 760 IS fighters, have fled the area since the start of December, though this marked the first time the SDF and the coalition provided buses, suggesting a deal struck between the warring sides.Civilians still trappedThe United Nations said Friday that overall some 25,000 people have fled the violence over the last six months as the die-hard jihadists have battled to defend their dwindling bastions.An estimated 2,000 civilians remain trapped in the area around the town of Hajin, the United Nations said.The US-led coalition on Saturday fired over 20 missiles against jihadist positions, the Observatory said.The monitor said some 300 SDF combatants had deployed near the village of Sousa in preparations for a final assault.last_img read more

Watch Teen Solves Three Rubiks Cubes With Hands and Feet

first_img A teen has made Guinness World Records history by solving three Rubik’s cubes simultaneously with his hands and feet.Que Jianyu, a 13-year-old from Xiamen, China is believed to be a Rubik’s cube master and this challenge marks his third Guinness World Record title. On Nov. 8 (Guinness World Records Day), Jianyu completed the Rubik’s cubes in less than two minutes, setting the record for the Fastest time to solve three Rubik’s cubes simultaneously with both hands and feet.Jianyu also wowed viewers when he smashed another record, the Fastest time to solve a Rubik’s cube upside down, in 15.84 seconds. He beat the previous record by 1.6 seconds.In early 2018, Jianyu was featured on Guinness World Records’ channels for two more records: Fastest time to solve three Rubik’s cubes whilst juggling and Fastest time to solve a Rubik’s cube (3x3x3) by a team of two. The competitions were aired on the iDream of China TV program.“When I was younger, I could hardly understand what [having a] dream really meant,” said Jianyu. “It is Rubik’s cubes that have made my dream more concrete, and I believe that I have the power to strive for better results in the future.”More on Geek.com:Watch a Robot Break the Rubik’s Cube RecordDestress With Giant Student-Made Rubik’s Cube at U of MichiganRaspberry Pi Plus Lego Equals Robot That Solves Rubik’s Cube in 90 Seconds Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_imgNews | August 26, 2013 HIMSS Says Start Stage 2 On Time And Give It Time To Work Data from HIMSS Analytics database led HIMSS board of directors to support launch of Stage 2 Meaningful Use on-schedule with a longer attestation window Related Content 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. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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These data show up to 68 percent of EHs and 41 percent of tethered ambulatory facilities have purchased the necessary software to attest to the 2014 Certification requirements, but there are concerns that many may still be waiting for the necessary upgrade to the certified version. HIMSS shared its position on extending the deadline for Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation in an Aug. 15 letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner; and, National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, M.D., ScM.“In our Call to Action, HIMSS asks the healthcare community — providers, hospitals and vendors — to come together in their execution plans for the 2014 certification process and implementation of 2014 certified products. 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first_imgNational Indicators Slip Further Away from ‘Stable’ in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News April 23, 2014 460 Views Sharecenter_img Having made some progress toward stability in January, the housing market experienced a slight backslide in February, Freddie Mac reported Wednesday.In the company’s second-ever Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi), analysts at Freddie Mac reported a national index value of -3.11, putting the U.S. market just on the “weak” side of a stable market (ranging from index values of -2 to 2).Compiled using Freddie Mac’s own data along with local market statistics, MiMi was created to assess where each single-family housing market sits compared to its own long-term stable range in terms of home purchase applications, payment-to-income ratios, proportion of on-time mortgage payments, and local employment. The inaugural index for January was recorded at -3.08.Focusing on the positive, Freddie Mac noted housing has improved by 0.67 points year-over-year, indicating an overall trend toward strength, with more than half of all states seeing improvements.“Despite a slowdown over the winter months, the housing market continues to show improvement in most states, although at a somewhat slower pace,” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at Freddie Mac.While some MiMi indicators have weakened—home purchase applications look particularly soft in many areas—Nothaft added that “gains in local employment and loan performance have really helped many markets across the country, especially those that were hardest hit.”As of February, 11 states and the District of Columbia were recorded in their stable ranges of housing activity, unchanged from January. Out of that group, however, only Louisiana and Montana recovered compared to January, with those at the bottom—Vermont, Texas, and South Dakota in particular—veering closer toward instability.Based on data reported so far for March, deputy chief economist Len Kiefer says the company expects an improvement despite continued weakness in home purchase applications.“The other indicators are moving in the right direction … so we’re likely going to continue to see that [positive trend] just because of the firming up on those indicators,” Kiefer said. Forecast Freddie Mac Mortgage Applications Purchase Loans Unemployment 2014-04-23 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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