Scheer backs Brexit despite chaos says its giving Britain back control of

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says his support for Britain’s departure from the European Union is undiminished, despite the chaos Brexit has sown in British politics.The United Kingdom was plunged into uncertainty Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May’s new Brexit deal with Europe met a rash of criticism. Two cabinet ministers resigned, the British pound fell sharply, and part of May’s own Conservative caucus was trying to take her out. All over a negotiated deal for Britain to leave the European Union that critics say will leave the country bound to rules made by the European Union but without a say in how those rules are made.Scheer said his support for Britain’s move out of the EU rests not on economics or the practicalities of trade but rather on the principle of sovereignty.“I do believe that the U.K. over the years has given up a tremendous amount of sovereignty,” he said in an interview. “The bureaucratic nature of the EU, the different levels of government, the fact that court decisions in the U.K. can be appealed to a higher level of court in Europe, those are all things I don’t think Canadians would ever accept for ourselves.”The British voted to leave the European Union by 52 per cent to 48 per cent. But exactly how Britain should leave Europe hasn’t been settled and time is running out.If Britain and the EU can’t agree on terms for Britain’s departure, the country will be propelled out of the union in March with no rules for how goods or money or people will move across Britain’s border. Under a “hard Brexit,” Britain and the remaining EU countries will be bound together by just the most basic of global treaties.Scheer published an op-ed in June 2016, supporting the idea of Brexit just before the British voted. He said he hasn’t followed the twists and turns of the Brexit negotiations all that closely but he still firmly believes Britain should leave the European Union because he doesn’t think nations should give up important decision-making powers to citizens of other countries.While some international agreements give their participants shared influence or create dispute-settlement mechanisms, neither is the same as having an entirely new level of government where people in other countries can dictate what happens in your own, Scheer said.“There is a difference between influence and direct control,” he said. “I don’t think that if Justin Trudeau came back from the NAFTA negotiations with a new clause — ‘Oh, by the way, there’s going to be a new legislature that Americans will send members to that will pass laws that will bind Canada’ — I don’t believe Canada would ever go for that.”Scheer acknowledged Canada has signed comprehensive trade agreements recently with Europe and with Asia, and now a new North American trade agreement is on the table. But regardless whether Conservatives or Liberals were negotiating, Canadians insisted on the supremacy of Parliament and Canadian courts in Canadian affairs, he said.Despite his skepticism of the European Union, Scheer said he’s a free-trader and warned that Canadians can’t ignore the rise of anti-free trade rhetoric in many countries, including the United States.“The takeaway from this last round of trade negotiations and what’s going on in the world is we can’t assume the case for free trade is made and then leave it alone. We have to be vigilant against protectionism and be constantly making the argument for free trade,” he said.“There will always be those that may not believe in those arguments so we have to be very proactive that Canada is always touting the benefits of free trade, not just to Canadians but to Americans, so it is less likely for protectionist policies to take hold in countries we trade with.”Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Morocco Dismantles Vast Algerian Criminal Network

Rabat – Moroccan authorities dismantled a vast underground network specializing in drug trafficking, according to the daily Al Massae in its Tuesday edition. The gang’s leaders were Algerians living in Morocco.Security forces took four Moroccan and Algerian traffickers into custody. The men had entered Morocco illegally. Al Massae revealed that the Interpol office in Rabat has asked their headquarters to provide information on a new list of Algerians suspected of being part of a vast international network of drug trafficking. Security authorities described the network as “dangerous” and used speedboats, according to Al Massae.The gang operated from Oujda and Nador. This network had connections in several European countries, including Spain, Belgium, Melilla and the Netherlands, where it sold its merchandise through local connections,. Police managed to collect “important information” Algerian traffickers were arrested for working for a drug lord in the south of Spain, which helped identify two of their colleagues, said Al Massae. The Algerians in question lived in Morocco before the arrest of their accomplices. According to a police report, more than 500 Algerian drug lords wanted internationally. Some have fled to Morocco, obtained Moroccan citizenship, and work as drug traffickers in the east and north of Morocco. read more

Juul move to end vaping advertising in the US not extended to

TORONTO — A commitment by San Francisco-based Juul Labs to no longer promote its e-cigarettes in print, digital and TV advertisements applies only in the United States, not in Canada, a spokesman says.Alex Cerelli of Juul Labs Canada says in an email that Juul Labs is a global company and “this announcement impacts the U.S. only.” He didn’t answer a question about how Juul markets its products in Canada.On Wednesday, the largest e-cigarette maker in the U.S. also announced its CEO, Kevin Burns, will step down and pledged not to lobby against a sweeping ban on vaping flavours proposed by the Trump administration.Juul and hundreds of smaller e-cigarette companies are fighting for their survival as they face two public health debacles linked to vaping: a mysterious lung illness and rising use of e-cigarettes by teenagers.Juul entered the Canadian market in August 2018, vowing to help Canada’s five million adult smokers quit by providing an alternative to combustible cigarettes.It said its Juul devices, USB docking stations and flavoured vaping liquids that contain nicotine would be available for purchase in convenience stores, vape shops and on its e-commerce site.In July, Juul opened its first corporate store in Canada in Toronto. It opened its second in Edmonton two weeks ago.Since 2018, Juul has tried to head off a crackdown in the U.S. with a series of voluntary steps, halting retail sales of several flavours and shutting down its social media presence.The company now faces multiple investigations from Congress, several federal agencies and state attorneys general. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2019.— With files from The Associated Press The Canadian Press read more

North Korea claims CIA plotted to kill Kim Jongun

The plot involved targeting Kim Jong-un at a public event, officials said (Reuters Image)(BBC) North Korea has accused US and South Korean agents of plotting to kill its Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un.A North Korean referred to only as “Kim” was paid to carry out an attack with biochemical substances, the ministry of state security said.The plot was foiled, it said, but gave no details on the fate of “Kim”. The CIA declined to comment and South Korea has issued no statement so far.The North’s claim comes amid continued high tension on the Korean peninsula.US President Donald Trump has promised to “solve” North Korea and stop it developing nuclear weapons.A need for caution: Analysis by Michael Bristow, BBC NewsThe allegations made by North Korea are detailed. They gave names of people supposedly involved in the plot, dates on which key characters communicated with each other and the amounts of money that allegedly changed hands. But that is not proof that there is any truth to the accusations.It is important to remember several things, not least that North Korea has provided no supporting evidence for its allegations. Past history also suggests caution. North Korea often uses colourful language and is no stranger to extravagant claims. Just this week it turned on its only real ally, China, accusing it of insincerity and betrayal.With President Trump promising to stop North Korea developing nuclear weapons, these are also tense times, when Pyongyang could have been tempted to hit back at the US.Until more is known, it’s difficult to assess the validity of the claims.‘Human scum’The ministry of state security statement, carried by state news agency KCNA, said the CIA and South Korean intelligence services had “hatched a vicious plot to hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK”.It did not mention Kim Jong-un by name, but he is widely referred to as the supreme leader.The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun was named as a possible attack site (AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KN )The ministry said a plot had been hatched to use “bomb terrorism” to target the supreme leadership at a military parade or at an event at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum of Kim Il-sung, the country’s founding leader.It said “Kim” had been told that the best method was the use of “biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance” whose results would “appear after six or 12 months”.Killing Kim? How the ‘plot’ unfoldedJune 2014: A North Korean working at a timber firm in the Khabarovsk territory of far-eastern Russia is “corrupted and bribed” by CIA and South Korean intelligence agents. The man – “Kim” – is given cash and a “satellite transmitter-receiver” and returns to PyongyangJanuary, May, August, September 2016: “Kim” is in satellite contact with South Korean agents on handling biochemical agents and on the possible sites of an assassination attemptMarch and April 2017: “Kim” meets a South Korean agent in the city of Dandong in China and is given a new transmitter and more cash. Further communications take place in April. The last date that appears in the North Korean statement is “early May”, when “Kim” is supposed to receive “necessary equipment” via a “liaison centre” he has set up with his funding. No details are given on “Kim’s” apprehension or fateSource: Ministry of state security statement via KCNA“Only the CIA can produce such substance”, it said, adding that South Korea had borne the funding.The ministry alleged that the North Korean man had been “turned” by the CIA and the South Korean intelligence service while working in Russia in 2014.The ministry refers to two payments to “Kim” of $20,000 (£15,500) and a further two of $100,000 for “bribery” and obtaining equipment. It refers to another of $50,000 but it is unclear if this is additional.On his return to Pyongyang, it says, he was instructed to provide detailed information about a frequently used event ground and to assess possible methods of attack.Analysts say such an assassination operation would be extremely difficult to plan and carry out given the massive security around the supreme leader.The ministry statement gave no details of how the alleged plan had been uncovered or about the fate of “Kim”, whom it described as “human scum”.The ministry said the “intelligence and plot-breeding organisations of the US imperialists and the puppet clique”, referring to the South, would be swept away.Earlier this year, Kim Jong-un’s half brother, Kim Jong-nam, was killed with the banned nerve agent VX at Kuala Lumpur international airport. South Korea and Malaysia say it was an assassination carried out by the North.‘Major, major conflict’A war of words between the West and nuclear-armed North Korea has escalated in recent weeks, with Pyongyang threatening to carry out a sixth nuclear test.On Saturday, North Korea conducted its second failed ballistic missile test in two weeks.The US has sent a warship to the region and installed a controversial anti-missile defence system in South Korea.President Trump has warned of “major, major conflict” with North Korea.But he also said this week he would be willing to meet Kim Jong-un, in the right circumstances. The White House quickly clarified that conditions were “clearly not there right now” and said the North should “end its provocative behaviour immediately”. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKim Jong-nam death: Malaysia police hold female suspectFebruary 15, 2017In “World”North Korean leader’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam ‘killed in Malaysia’ – sourcesFebruary 14, 2017In “World”US now in North Korea’s ‘striking range’ – says Kim Jong UNAugust 25, 2016In “World” read more

iPhone and iPad lag behind BlackBerrys Internet usage

first_imgSteve Jobs doesn’t come across to me as someone who is content to be in second place. That being said, he’s really not going to like the latest news from StatCounter, a web analytics company. The company reports that for the first time Apple’s iOS, which includes devices such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, lost its mobile Internet usage crown to the BlackBerry OS in the U.S.StatCounter uses data from a sampling exceeding 15 billion page views per month across the company’s network of more than three million websites to calculate monthly statistics for mobile Internet usage. In November, the BlackBerry OS accounted for 34.3% of mobile visits compared to Apple’s iOS which made up 33% of visits. Though it is significant that the BlackBerry has overtaken the #1 spot from Apple, what is more significant is how much Apple’s share in U.S. mobile Internet usage has dropped as it sat at 51.9% in November 2009. Besides increasing usage by BlackBerry users Apple can also blame the explosion of Google’s Android which tripled its share in just a year from 8.2% to 23.8% this year.Steve Jobs can take some solace in the fact that when the data is looked at from a global perspective the story is much different. Apple’s iOS (21.9%) maintains a narrow lead over the BlackBerry OS (19.3%) and even more significantly over Android (11.6%). Unfortunately, Apple isn’t #1 globally. That title goes to the Symbian OS which maintains a 31.9% market share. While it’s not reasonable for Apple to make a significant dent in Symbian’s lead anytime soon, Apple does need to create some breathing room between it and the BlackBerry OS which will get even harder with RIM’s introduction of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.Read more at StatCounterlast_img read more

Vancouvers new Grant Street Pier wins award

first_imgThe new Grant Street Pier at Vancouver Waterfront Park earned the American Public Works Association Award, adding to a growing list of honors earned by the park.The association’s Washington chapter recognized the Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department on April 25 with the award for the concrete structure that extends nearly 100 feet over the Columbia River.The pier’s design has no in-water structures, which minimizes impact to the river’s ecosystem.“The iconic nature of the design, brought to reality with technically excellent and fiscally efficient engineering, provides Vancouver with a new sense of civic identity and pride,” the association said in its news release about this year’s awards. “To our knowledge, there is no other structure in the world like the Grant Street Pier. The single-abutment, post-tensioned, cable-stayed pier is a first-of-its-kind example of what engineers can achieve.”Since its early planning stages in 2010, the Vancouver waterfront project has racked up 10 awards, including the 2019 Project of the Year from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington and Oregon, and the 2018 CRE Transformer Award from the Portland Business Journal.last_img read more


first_imgProvidenciales515 Premises Inspection20 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives182 Swamp Inspection and treatment134 fogging frequency Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGovernment finally explains where the approved half a million in spending for Zika Virus control is going to be used, and half is set aside for the desperate problem of street cleaning.   We also learn that there are three new cases of Zika in the territory. Residents have been vocal about the quietness and about the apparent inactivity of the country’s Ministry of Health in the aftermath of the announcement since July; that Zika is here in TCI.Today that silence is broken and there is an update on the action plan which includes a breakdown in how that $500 thousand dollars shifted from other capital works projects will be used to fight the bite. Salt Cay74 Premises Inspection4 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives53 Swamp Inspection and treatment64 fogging frequency Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp North and Middle Caicos557 Premises Inspection10 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives179 Swamp Inspection and treatment52 fogging frequencycenter_img Grand Turk778 Premises Inspection7 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives113 Swamp Inspection and treatment162 fogging frequency56 Mosquito Repellent distributed to resident South Caicos223 Premises Inspection7 Island-wide and community clean up initiatives67 Swamp Inspection and treatment57 fogging frequency The Ministry of Health says, about $80k will be used for the promotion and awareness initiative by Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit while approximately $250k will be used for street cleaning by Public Works Department.That leaves, $170k to the Environmental Health Department for staff support and other resource needs.While that resource needs and augmentation of staff at EHD are not detailed in the media statement issued around 2:30pm today, there is a report – by island – on what has been achieved or done between February and August 2016. Related Items:governments breaks down where approved funds for zika management will be spent, half a million approved by TCIG to fight against zikalast_img read more

Holiday closures

first_imgWhat’s open and what’s closed for Christmas:• MAIL: Post offices open Tuesday, but most close at noon. Actual hours will be posted. The postal unit at the Shell gas station, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year. Mail left in blue collection boxes may be collected early Tuesday; those with a normal afternoon pickup may have a final collection at noon. There will be regular home delivery Tuesday. Post offices closed Wednesday. Only priority mail delivered on Wednesday.• GARBAGE: Regular service Tuesday. Trash and recyclables normally picked up on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday by Waste Connections in Vancouver and most of Clark County will be picked up one day late. Friday’s normal collection will be picked up Saturday. In Camas, Wednesday’s trash and recyclables will be picked up Thursday with Thursday’s regular collections.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Camas Public Library open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, closed Wednesday.• CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, closed Wednesday. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.• GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Open Tuesday, closed Wednesday.• PARKING METERS: On-street parking in Vancouver is free Wednesday.• BUSES: C-Tran follows regular schedule Tuesday, and Sunday/holiday schedule on Wednesday. C-Tran offices open Tuesday, closed Wednesday. TriMet follows regular schedule Tuesday. On Wednesday, TriMet follows the Sunday schedule.• DRIVER’S LICENSING: Offices open Tuesday, closed Wednesday.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Open Tuesday, closed Wednesday.• BANKS: Most will close early on Tuesday. Check your bank for details. Closed Wednesday.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and other markets open until 10 a.m. Pacific time Tuesday, closed Wednesday.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open Tuesday, closed Wednesday.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, closed Wednesday.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, closed Wednesday.• WESTFIELD VANCOUVER MALL: Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, closed Wednesday. Nordstrom is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.• THE COLUMBIAN: Offices open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, closed Wednesday. Circulation customer service open 4:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday and 4:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday.last_img read more

Papa Murphys sued by franchisees

first_imgA group of Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza franchise owners this month filed a lawsuit against the Vancouver-based parent company in Clark County Superior Court.In the 11-count complaint, more than 20 franchisees accuse Papa Murphy’s International of failing to disclose accurate information about the financial performance of stores located in Southern and Southeastern states and of collecting more than the contracted amount for advertising. The franchise owners, who together represent more than 60 of the company’s 1,400 stores, also said they were not told that they would need to spend more on advertising in order to achieve sales comparable to stores located in the Pacific Northwest and other parts of the country, said Howard Bundy, a Kirkland attorney representing the franchisees.When contacted via e-mail on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Papa Murphy’s International, said the company has not seen the lawsuit.“At this point, the company has not received or seen a copy of the lawsuit filing and, therefore, cannot comment on its contents at this time,” said the written statement issued by Jessica Liddell, a senior vice president with the Norwalk, Conn.-based public relations firm, ICR.Papa Murphy’s International, which is headquartered near Westfield Vancouver mall, last month filed an initial public stock offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to $70 million. The company is still in its “quiet period”and is limited as to the amount of information it or related parties can release to the public.The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. The company has applied for the ticker symbol “FRSH” on the NASDAQ, according to the filing.last_img read more

Johnson Publishing President Resigns

first_imgChicago-based Ebony and Jet publisher Johnson Publishing Company says Anne Sempowski Ward has resigned as president and COO. In a statement announcing the move, Ward indicated that she will be spending more time with her family and will join her husband in a business consulting venture.“During Anne’s tenure, we underwent significant restructuring and reorganization of the company,” chairman and CEO Linda Johnson Rice says in the statement. “Her contributions have helped to position the company for the future.”When asked if a replacement for Ward will be named, a Johnson spokesperson said: “We are continuing to assess our current internal staffing needs to enhance our senior-level management positions; and as such, we will determine our next steps following our evaluation.” The spokesperson went on to dispel reports that the company might be eying consultant Desiree Rogers for the job. “Ms. Desiree Rogers is not replacing Anne Sempowski Ward. As we’ve stated from the onset of her June 1 role, she serves as a strategic consultant for the company. She is not being considered for president and COO.”Ward [pictured] was named predient and COO in October 2008 after serving as president and COO of Johnson’s Fashion Fair, starting in October 2007. Before that, she served as assistant vice president of African-American marketing for the Coca-Coca Company, and spent more than a decade at Procter & Gamble, where she led several brands and categories.last_img read more

Civic chief resolves Spandana petition

first_imgVijayawada: As part of Spandana programme, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation Commissioner Prasanna Venkatesh conducted a field level visit to Pesapati street in Suryaraopet on the complaints received from residents over the construction of ramps on drains which are causing inconvenience to the children and senior citizens. It is noted that the issue was not solved even after the ramp was removed as the compound wall issue of the compliant was pending in the court. The same was explained to the petitioner and assured that the damaged compound will be repaired. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The commissioner ordered the sanitary staff to divert the rain water into side canals at Vishnuvardhan Rao road or drain the water through machines. He further told the officials to clear the garbage piled up at Narasimhanaidu street with immediate effect. The commissioner visited MG road, Benz Circle, Krishna Lanka and other places and told the officials to clear the rain water stagnated on the roads causing incontinence to the people. City planer B Lakshman Rao, EE Srinivas Rao, assistant city planer Jagadish, Balaji, health officer Dr Madhusudhan Prasad and others were present.last_img read more

Jet fuel price hike likely to deal a blow to passengers air

first_imgCitiesAs of June 1, 2016/KlAs of May 1, 2016/Kl Rates of ATF price differ across cities in India due to different local sales tax or value added tax (VAT).[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion] Jet fuel price has been raised by 9 percent with effect from Wednesday, for the fourth straight month, posing a double whammy to passengers and air carriers.While passengers could be hit by an increase in airfares, carriers are likely to see an erosion in their profit margins as jet fuel price accounts for about 35 percent of operating costs.Shares of SpiceJet were trading with a marginal gain of 0.60 percent while the Jet Airway stock was down 1.72 percent at around 1 p.m. on the BSE. Interglobe Aviation, which owns budget carrier IndiGo, was the biggest loser, down 2.88 percent.Jet fuel (aviation turbine fuel or ATF) price was increased by 9.2 percent on the last day of May.The revised ATF price is the fourth straight monthly increase in rates in line with global prices, which will be effective from June 1, 2016 for the four Indian cities: (according to Indian Oil):CitiesCitiesAs of June 1, 2016/KlAs of June 1, 2016/KlAs of May 1, 2016/KlAs of May 1, 2016/KlCitiesDelhiAs of June 1, 2016/KlRs. 46,729.48As of May 1, 2016/KlRs. 42, 784.01CitiesMumbaiAs of June 1, 2016/KlRs. 45, 700. 55As of May 1, 2016/KlRs. 41, 756.16CitiesChennaiAs of June 1, 2016/KlRs. 49, 404. 73As of May 1, 2016/KlRs. 45, 346.82CitiesKolkataAs of June 1, 2016/KlRs. 51, 492.43As of May 1, 2016/KlRs. 47, 561.18 DelhiRs. 46,729.48Rs. 42, 784.01 KolkataRs. 51, 492.43Rs. 47, 561.18 ChennaiRs. 49, 404. 73Rs. 45, 346.82 MumbaiRs. 45, 700. 55Rs. 41, 756.16last_img read more

Kaladze elected Tbilisi mayor

first_imgKaladze played for AC Milan between 2001 and 2010, helping the team to twice win the Champions League. AFPGeorgia announced Sunday that former AC Milan football star Kakha Kaladze had been elected mayor of its capital Tbilisi.The country’s election administration said on its website that Kaladze won 51 percent of the vote in Saturday’s municipal election.The 39-year-old played for AC Milan between 2001 and 2010, helping the team to twice win the Champions League. He previously played for Dynamo Kiev and Dinamo Tbilisi and also captained Georgia’s national side.He quit football in 2012 while playing for Genoa in order to devote himself to politics and campaign alongside billionaire tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili to challenge then-president Mikheil Saakashvili.He became energy minister in October 2012 after Ivanishvili’s coalition scored a shock parliamentary election victory over Saakashvili’s party.In July this year, he resigned to run as mayor of the capital, a city of 1.2 million.In a personal tragedy, his brother was kidnapped in 2001 by abductors who demanded a ransom and took him to a gorge that was a notorious hideout for Chechen separatist rebels. His body was identified five years later.last_img read more

The Ridiculous Thing One Congressman Said About SelfDriving Cars

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. November 25, 2013center_img 5 min read Economists and others who warn of the business impact of excessive regulations are often derided as Chicken Littles and proto-anarchists who put corporate profit over public safety. I should know, since I’m often on the receiving end of such screeds.But it isn’t Laissez-Fairy-dust dreams that drive such vigilance. Rather, it is people like Rep. Albio Sires.Last week showed why some regulatory schemes can be downright scary – and need to be killed in the crib.During the first congressional hearing over autonomous cars, much of the regulatory concern surrounded the issue of liability. In the event of a fender-bender or worse, who is on the hook to pay? It is a legitimate issue for these cars, now being developed by a range of companies, from Google to Daimler-Benz. After all, most regulations come down to who has to pony up cash when a violation occurs. With autonomous, of self-driving, cars, is it the driver (who isn’t driving, by the way), the auto manufacturer, or the creator of the SkyNet computer that is behind the wheel?All good questions, which no doubt will be resolved, and are being handled on a state-by-state basis.Related: A 3-D Printed Electric Car That Can Drive Across the U.S. on 10 Gallons of GasYet, autonomous cars may crash and burn for other reasons. Here’s one: Will driverless cars be so advanced that they will put people out of work?Yep, that question was actually raised at last week’s hearing, by Sires, a New Jersey Democrat. As the Competitive Enterprise Institute points out, Sires is afraid that today’s hard-working auto mechanics just won’t be up to the job of fixing these darned newfangled things that the kids today are making.“You’re going to have to send these cars back to the shop,” he said. “I can’t see anybody doing work on these things. I mean, you have to be so sophisticated. And I guess that’s where we’re headed. So can anybody tell me if we’re going to put people out of work?”Um…There are a number of problems with this view. First, all technology implements change of some kind. The flat-panel television made obsolete the need for someone who knew how to swap out vacuum tubes in the back of your TV. Advances in slot-machine technology went from the mechanical to the digital, requiring a whole new breed of service technicians. Video killed the radio star. Why is it worth any conversation that someone more comfortable to an ’80 Malibu be protected against this big, bad menace of a job destroyer?Second, it fails to understand workplace dynamics and the resilience of the American worker. We adapt pretty well to new technologies, which almost always create, rather than destroy, jobs. Sires need only talk to his mechanic friends in West New York to see this. Cars themselves have become so advanced that the way we fix them has changed dramatically. You don’t tinker with an engine anymore. Instead, you do a precision diagnostic check, aided by computers that monitor what works and what doesn’t. Rather than put people out of work, it has attracted a whole new breed of auto-repair technicians, less grease monkey than tech junkie. Advances like a self-driven car are an opportunity, not a challenge. Mechanics can and — if past be prologue – will adapt, and they probably would cringe if you suggested they were somehow not “sophisticated.”Related: Mind Control Technology, Elon Musk’s James Bond Submarine and a Real-Life Bionic ManLastly, and perhaps more scarily, is the idea that regulations, rather than protecting safety, can have different purposes from a policy perspective. Given the horrendous state of employment right now, Congressmen like Sires want to “do something.” So, hey, we’re sitting in this hearing, let me throw out the jobs card. The folks back home in Hudson County will love me for it. (One should probably be thankful that, given Hudson County’s political-criminal record, Sires didn’t inquire whether an autonomous car would be allowed to vote, and how much that vote would cost.) When you throw out a completely unrelated issue like jobs, and suggest you may want that included in whatever laws come out of the hearing, you are adding needless complexity and burden to an issue that may well need some legislative oversight, opinion and guidance. You might as well have asked whether the self-driving technology could be used to save Obamacare.Autonomous cars, whenever the hell they get here, will be here to stay. And they will benefit the economy in huge ways. Morgan Stanley recently said autonomous cars would create $1.3 trillion in savings to the U.S. economy alone. That amount of money will no doubt trickle down into jobs for people.There is no evidence that this exciting and disruptive technology will make legions of folks be tossed out of their jobs. All Sires’ musings do is ensure that I get to keep mine.Related: Options for Deducting Your Company’s Auto Expenseslast_img read more

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The Planmed Verity is a low-dose imaging system that provides fast and accurate 3-D imaging of peripheral skeletal fractures and disorders at the point-of-care. The compact device can be easily sited in any existing X-ray room, side-by-side with other imaging systems.Planmed Verity’s compact form and freestanding gantry provide easy access also for wheelchair patients and allow bedside imaging. For optimum patient comfort, the Planmed Verity features an adaptable, soft-surfaced gantry with an extended bore optimized for orthopedic imaging. The gantry and positioning trays are easily adjustable for imaging foot, ankle, knee, hand, wrist or elbow. Furthermore, special gantry movements allow a unique and completely new application, weight-bearing CT imaging.Also featured at RSNA 2010 was the Planmed Nuance Excel full-field digital mammography (FFDM) system. It offers optimal image quality and ergonomics, as well as ease-of-use in both screening and diagnostic mammography.85 µm pixel size amorphous selenium (a-Se) direct-conversion detector provides high dose efficiency and ultimate image quality. Two detector sizes are available — 17 by 24 cm (Planmed Nuance) and 24 by 31 cm (Planmed Nuance Excel). Tungsten tube, Ag/Rh filters and ingenious Flex-AEC automated exposure control ensure high image quality with the lowest possible radiation dose for breasts of all sizes and compositions. The units also excel in stereotactic procedures with the optional Planmed Nuance DigiGuide system.Planmed innovations, such as Side Access and MaxView, enable easier and more reliable breast positioning with optimized ergonomics. 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The multi-year… read more News | January 10, 2011 Planmed – Mobile CT Scanner Reduces Dose for Orthopedic Imaging News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Videos | 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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first_img The annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics meeting is a key source of the latest clinical trial data on new stent technologies. Two key trials were presented, published in the Cardiology Journal, each using transcatheter patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure to prevent cryptogenic strokes.One late-breaking trial illustrated an effective way to reduce contrast-induced nephropathy in renally impaired patients. Click here to see the presentation of the POSEIDON Trial.Stories and videos on these topics can be found below. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Blog | Dave Fornell, ITN Editor | November 14, 2012 Dave F. Generic Blog center_img Dave Fornell, ITN Editor Dave Fornell is the editor of Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology magazine and assistant editor for Imaging Technology News magazine.last_img read more

Electronic Arts EA announces Project Atlas a futuristic cloudbased AI powered game

first_imgElectronic Arts (EA) announced Project Atlas, a new AI-powered, cloud computing based game development platform, earlier this week. Project Atlas comes with high-quality LIDAR Data, improved scalability, cloud-based engine, and enhanced security among others. Information regarding when the general availability of Project Atlas hasn’t been disclosed yet. “We’re calling this Project Atlas and we believe in it so much that we have over 1,000 EA employees working on building it every day, and dozens of studios around the world contributing their innovations, driving priorities, and already using many of the components” mentioned Ken Moss, Chief Technology Officer at Electronic Arts. Let’s discuss the features of Project Atlas. High-quality LIDAR Data Project Atlas will be using high-quality LIDAR data about real mountain ranges. This data will then be further passed through a deep neural network which has been trained to create terrain-building algorithms. With the help of this AI-assisted terrain generation, designers will be able to generate not just a single mountain, but a series of mountains along with the surrounding environment to bring the realism of the real world. “This is just one example of dozens or even hundreds where we can apply advanced technology to help game teams of all sizes scale to build bigger and more fun games,” says Moss. Improved Scalability Earlier, all simulation or rendering of in-game actions used to be limited to either the processing performance of the player’s console or to a single server that would interact with your system. But, now, with the help of the cloud, players will have the ability to tap into a network of many servers, that are dedicated to computing complex tasks. This will deliver hyper-realistic destruction within new HD games, that would be highly indistinguishable from real life. ”We’re working to deploy that level of gaming immersion on every device”, says Moss. Moreover, the integration of distributed networks at the rendering level means infinite scalability from the cloud. So, whether you’re on a team of 500 or just 5, you’ll now be able to scale games and create immersive experiences, in unprecedented ways. Cloud-based engine and Moddable asset database Now with Project Atlas, you can turn your own vision into reality, and share the creation with your friends as well as the whole world. You can also market your ideas and visions to the community. Keeping this in mind, Project Atlas team is planning on having a cloud-enabled engine that’ll be able to seamlessly integrates different services. Along with a moddable asset database, there’ll also be a common marketplace so that users can for share and rate other players’ creations. “Players and developers want to create. We want to help them. By blurring the line between content producers and players, this will truly democratize the game experience” adds Moss. Enhanced Security Project Atlas comes with a unified platform, where game makers have the ability to seamlessly deploy security measures such as SSL certificates, configuration, appropriate encryption of data, and zero-downtime patches for every feature from a single secure source. This will allow them to focus more on creating games and less on taking the required security measures. “We’re solving for some of the manually intensive demands by bringing together AI capabilities in an engine and cloud-enabled services at scale. With an integrated platform that delivers consistency and seamless delivery from the game, game makers will free up time, brainspace, and energy for the creative pursuit”, says Moss. For more information, check out the official Project Atlas blog. Read Next Xenko 3.0 game engine is here, now free and open-source Meet yuzu – an experimental emulator for the Nintendo Switch AI for Unity game developers: How to emulate real-world senses in your NPC agent behaviorlast_img read more

Canadian agents crowd the winners circle at Karismas 2018 GIVC gala

first_imgCanadian agents crowd the winners’ circle at Karisma’s 2018 GIVC gala Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Awards, GIVC, Karisma Hotels & Resorts CANCUN — With pomp, circumstance and a blast from the glitter cannon, Karisma Hotels feted their top selling travel agents in style at the 11th annual Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant (GIVC) Awards at the El Dorado Royale Resort in Cancun.Hosted by Sabrina Filatow, National Sales Director of Karisma Hotels & Resorts, the GIVC Awards began with highlighting the successful year for the company, with awards from AAA, Green Globe Certification and having the resort’s own Le Chique Restaurant named to Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018.Canadian agents did their country proud, recognized as top producers of Karisma Hotel brands including El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resorts, Generations Resorts and Nickleodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana as well as being named in every level of the GIVC Diamond Awards. And it was the ladies who stole the spotlight in the top growth by region and top selling agents categories.Elicia Jump of Uniglobe LGI Travel Alberta was awarded Top Growth by Region for Western Canada, Mandy Delve of Beyond Travel Designers was awarded Top Growth by Region for Central Canada and Martine Phaneuf of Vacances Le Faubourg was awarded Top Growth by Region for Eastern Canada.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTKim Crosby of Sun Lovers Travel was honoured with the Top Selling home-based agent for Canada and Carolyn Menard of Flight Centre was awarded with Top Selling Storefront Agent for Canada. Pamela Walker of and Sandra Lombardi of were recognized as Diamond Elite award winners.Kim Crosby of Sunlovers Travel – Mayan WeddingsMultiple award winners of the night were Kim Crosby, Pamela Walker, Martine Phaneuf, Mandy Delve, Brittney Struck of Flight Centre and Cindy Almond of Romance and Foodie Travel, recognized for their top selling status, especially in destination weddings.Since 2014 Senor Jose Luiz Martinez and Senora Delores Lopez Lira, owners of El Dorado Spa Resorts, Generations Resorts and Hidden Beach Resort by Karisma have given away US$250,000 in cash to agents as an incentive for increasing their sales, as well as giving away diamonds through a lottery at the annual GIVC Awards.It was especially poignant this year for attendees to have the owners present, as Senor Martinez had suffered a stroke earlier this year. Despite his health challenges, he had vowed to attend this year’s GIVC Awards and was on hand to give out the cheques, which included Crosby, Phaneuf and Menard, lucky recipients of the cash awards this year. Monday, December 17, 2018 Waheeda Harris About Latest Posts Waheeda HarrisA traveller from a young age, Travelweek contributor Waheeda Harris is pop culture obsessed, loves spicy food and is happy to wander around our planet with her camera in hand. Latest posts by Waheeda Harris (see all) Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Edge stars of JetSet3 fam – April 23, 2019 Unleash the power of cross-company digital transformation to revolutionize your CX – February 8, 2019 On location: Cabo San Lucas welcomes the stylish Riu Palace Baja California – December 20, 2018last_img read more

Exhibition offers new view of modern English politics

first_imgThe Island Club, in collaboration with the Limassol International Documentary Festival, presents Some Letters by Eric Baudelaire, a two-part exhibition comprising of a film projection and three works of written correspondence, taking place first in The Island Club in July and then moving to the Evagoras Lanitis Centre in August.The exhibition tackles two different political topics that are somehow related. Part 1 is made up of two projects: Ante-Memorial and Where Are You Going?Creator Eric Baudelaire, when he isn’t working on films, writes letters – like the one sent to Margaret Thatcher on February 9, 2011, and subsequently to John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, and Theresa May. Initiated in response to a request to create a public monument, Baudelaire’s correspondence inquires about the contents of the elusive ‘letters of last resort’. The prime ministers’ responses, along with Baudelaire’s original letters, comprise Ante-Memorial.The other project part of the exhibition was created following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union when Baudelaire initiated a correspondence with the 650 members of the House of Commons and the 800 members of the House of Lords. The responses comprise Where Are You Going? (2018–present) and this timely work will receive its inaugural showing at The Island Club, where it will be presented in daily instalments, with an additional letter unveiled on each day of the exhibition. These two projects will run at the Club from July 6 until August 8.Part 2 is also split into two projects. The first, Those That Arrived and Some That Were Lost poses questions about the idea of states and how they are made official by looking at the example of Abkhazia on the Black Sea. The questions are explored through Baudelaire’s personal correspondence with Maxim Gvinjia, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia.Baudelaire and Gvinjia’s correspondence is also the basis for the 103-minute film projection Letters to Max (2014). As Gvinjia records himself answering Baudelaire’s letters, Baudelaire’s images of everyday life in Abkhazia create a sense of sombre poeticism, highlighting both the fragility and the resilience of the self-proclaimed Republic. Part 2 of the exhibition will run at the Evagoras Lanitis Centre in the first week of August. Some LettersTwo-part exhibition comprising a film projection and three works of written correspondence by The Island Club, in collaboration with the Lemesos International Documentary Festival. Part 1. July 6-August 8. The Island Club, Limassol. Part 2. August 1-8. Evagoras Lanitis Centre, Limassol. Tel: 25-252010, 99-517 910You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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