Solid US jobs report could allay fears of weakening economy

WASHINGTON — With worries rising about trade wars and slower global growth, Friday’s jobs figures for May could serve as a reminder that the U.S. economy is still mostly in good shape.Or, an unexpectedly weak employment report could intensify concerns that after a healthy first quarter, the U.S. economy is actually stumbling.Economists have forecast that the government will report that employers added 185,000 jobs, a solid figure consistent with this year’s average monthly gain. The unemployment rate is expected to remain at a nearly 50-year low of 3.6%, according to data provider FactSet.The economy is showing signs of sluggishness after having expanded at a healthy 3.1% annual rate in the April-June quarter. Consumers have been cautious about spending, and companies are scaling back their investment in high-cost machinery and equipment.The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta estimates that annual growth will slump to just 1.5% in the April-June quarter. That potential weakening, driven in part by President Donald Trump’s trade conflicts, has also raised pressure on Federal Reserve policymakers to consider cutting short-term interest rates in the coming months. For most of this year, the Fed has indicated that it would take a patient approach toward rate changes.Manufacturers have barely added jobs in the past three months after healthy gains last year, a sign that trade conflicts and a slowdown in auto sales might be slowing hiring. Retailers, hammered by online competition, have cut jobs for the past three months. Home building and commercial construction have weakened, a trend that could force builders to shed workers.Professional and business services, which include high-paying accounting and engineering jobs, have added workers at a healthy pace this year. So have the education and health services industries.If employers remain optimistic about the long run, they might look beyond a weak patch for the economy and keep adding jobs. Additional strong hiring could provide vital support to the economy. Steady job growth has compelled many employers to raise pay to attract and keep workers, which, in turn, has forced up average hourly wages. Average wages rose 3.2% in April compared with a year ago, a solid if not exceptional gain.Trump last month increased tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10% to 25%. And last week, he threatened to impose 5% tariffs on all Mexican imports to the United States beginning Monday. Those taxes would rise each month until they reach 25% in October unless the Mexican government cuts off a flow of Central American migrants entering the United States from through Mexico.The higher costs from the import taxes — and the potential for more — might be causing companies to scale back plans for spending, investment and expansion. Orders for machinery and equipment fell 1% in April. A strong dollar, which makes U.S. goods costlier overseas, has also slowed the production and export of manufactured goods. A separate report from the Fed showed that factory output fell 0.5% in April.Automakers are cutting jobs and production as U.S. sales have slowed. Analysts expect auto sales to fall below 17 million this year after four years above that level.Ford Motor Co. said last month that it was cutting 7,000 white-collar jobs — about 10% of its salaried workforce — as part of preparations for an industry driven more by electric and autonomous vehicles. Last year, GM said it would shed 14,000 workers.Home sales have been weak this year despite a sharp drop in mortgage rates. Sales fell 4.4% in April compared with a year earlier. Home price gains are slowing in much of the country, though, which, combined with more affordable mortgages, could soon revive sales.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

Mother killed twomonthold baby critically injured in fatal crash

A 29-year old mother from London, Ontario was killed, and her two-month old baby was critically injured in a crash at around 8:30 on Highway 7. They were passengers in a car that was hit from behind. Two other people in the car- her husband and her mother- suffered minor injuries.Police say 26-year old Ahmed Darwish of Kitchener is facing eight charges, including impaired driving causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.The Ontario Provincial Police say this is one of 100 drunk driving charges laid this weekend.

Higher interest rates cool rise in Ontario farmland prices

Ontario farmland prices rose again last year, continuing a decade of growing value, although well below the double-digit annual percentage increases for land of a few years ago.A Farm Credit Canada report released Monday said prices in Ontario rose by 3.6 per cent on average in 2018, well below the national average of 6.6 per cent.In Southwestern Ontario, the increase last year was even smaller, with the price of farmland rising by an average of 2.4 per cent to $12,435 an acre.One of the key factors limiting the rise in land prices has been increases in the cost of borrowing, Farm Credit Canada said. J.P. Gervais, Farm Credit’s chief economist, said there have been five Bank of Canada interest rate increases since 2017.Gervais downplayed the shrinking rate of increase for farmland in Ontario, noting the increase in value of Ontario land outpaced the national average in 2017 and land values in Ontario remain among the highest in the country.“I wouldn’t make too much of a point (of Ontario) being somewhat on the lower end of the range of estimates that we find,” he said.“At the end of the day, it is still a sizeable increase when you convert some of the smaller percentages in terms of dollars per acre.”Despite increases in the cost of borrowing, the growth in Ontario farmland value is mainly the result of demand exceeding the available supply, Gervais said.With supply expected to remain limited, Gervais said Farm Credit Canada expects to see farmland prices rise again this year.Nationally, average farmland values rose in all provinces except Nova Scotia.The highest average increase was in Quebec, where farmland values rose by 8.3 per cent.BY THE NUMBERSAverage annual change in farmland values in 2018 (2017)Canada: 6.6 per cent (8.4)Ontario: 3.6 per cent (9.4)Southwestern Ontario: 2.4 (4.2)AVERAGE ONTARIO INCREASES2012: 30.1 per cent2013: 15.9 per cent2014: 12.4 per cent2015: 6.6 per cent2016: 4.4 per cent2017: 9.4 per cent2018: 3.6 per read more

Aimia in talks with new Aeroplan partners as it braces for Air

MONTREAL – Loyalty program operator Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM) swung to a loss of $25.1 million in its latest quarter as it said it’s in talks with a number of potential partners to replace its departing Aeroplan partner Air Canada (TSX:AC).CEO David Johnston wouldn’t provide details of the Montreal-based company’s plans for replacing Air Canada on a conference call with analysts Thursday, but said to “expect a re-invented program which will continue to be multi-airline.”Johnston and departing chief financial officer Tor Lonnum said during the call that Aimia’s diversified customer base and cash resources are giving management time to cut costs, simplify the business and find new offerings for card holders.Still, Johnston said Aeroplan customers mainly use their points for travel, and that’s likely to continue both before and after 2020 when Air Canada will begin to operate its own points program.By the end of 2019, Aimia said it expects to reduce annualized costs by $70 million, in part by cutting its workforce by 10 per cent this year.The company said its loss amounted to 19 cents per share for the quarter ending June 30, compared with net earnings of $7.2 million or two cents per share for the same period last year.Aimia’s shares are worth less than one-quarter what they were before Air Canada’s announcement on May 1.The company said that while Aeroplan activity was up in its latest quarter, there’s been no material change in redemption trends following elevated levels in May.Aimia also said it has maintained its overall 2017 company guidance.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the incorrect spelling of CEO David Johnston’s surname. Aimia in talks with new Aeroplan partners as it braces for Air Canada’s departure by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 10, 2017 12:34 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Prosecutor to probe exstatisticians claims

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Top prosecutor Grigoris Peponis on Monday ordered a preliminary investigation into claims by a former employee of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), Zoe Georganta, according to which Greece’s deficit for 2009 was artificially inflated so the country could qualify for a bailout. Court of first instance prosecutor Popi Papandreou has been tasked with investigating whether there any grounds to Georganta’s claims and whether crimes have been committed at the expense of the Greek economy. Former economy minister George Papaconstantinou (who is now environment and energy minister) said Georganta’s credibility had been undermined by parallel claims of hers that Greece is under German occupation. Source: Kathimerinilast_img

Company ordered to pay 500000 for predatory towing at Sawgrass Mills

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A company accused of illegally towing 94 vehicles from Sawgrass Mills Mall has been ordered to pay $500,000 in fines.Police said All County Towing illegally towed the vehicles in 2015 during Black Friday.The company reportedly told drivers they had to pay cash to get their cars back.The City of Sunrise revoked the company’s license shortly after the 2015 incident.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Amazons facial tech shows gender racial bias MIT study says

first_img Amazon Share your voice Roberto Machado Noa / Getty Images Amazon’s facial technology had a harder time recognizing the gender of darker-skinned women and made more mistakes identifying gender overall than competing technologies from Microsoft and IBM, according to an MIT study published Thursday.Amazon’s Rekognition software incorrectly identified women as men 19 percent of the time, according to the study. In addition, it incorrectly identified darker-skinned women as men 31 percent of the time, it says. Software from Microsoft, by comparison, identified darker-skinned women as men 1.5 percent of the time.Matt Wood, general manager of artificial intelligence at Amazon Web Services, said that the study’s test results are based on facial analysis, not facial recognition. Analysis, he said, can find faces in videos or images and assign generic attributes, such as the wearing of glasses. Recognition, he said, matches an individual’s face to images in videos and photographs. The Rekognition technology includes both of these functionalities. “It’s not possible to draw a conclusion on the accuracy of facial recognition for any use case – including law enforcement – based on results obtained using facial analysis,” Wood said in a statement. Wood added that the study didn’t use the latest version of Rekognition. Amazon, using an up-to-date version of Rekognition with similar data, found no false positive matches, Wood says.Deborah Raji, an author of the study, said she and co-author Joy Buolamwini understand the distinction between facial recognition and facial analysis. “We make it clear in our paper that the task we chose to evaluate is the facial analysis task of binary gender classification,” Raji said. “That means, given the number of faces detected, how well does the model understand what it sees?”In a Friday blog post, Buolamwini cautioned people to be skeptical when companies say they have completely accurate systems.”Wood states the company used a large benchmark of over 1 million faces to test their facial recognition capabilities and performed well,” Buolamwini wrote. “While their performance on the benchmark might seem laudable, we do not know the detailed demographic or phenotypic (skin type) composition of this benchmark. Without this information we cannot asses for racial, gender, color, or other kinds of bias.”Amazon has provided Rekognition to law enforcement agencies, though civil liberties groups, members of Congress and Amazon’s own employees have raised concerns about privacy. Earlier this month, a group of shareholders also called on Amazon to stop selling its Rekognition technology to government agencies. In light of the MIT study, Buolamwini said it’s “irresponsible” for Amazon to keep selling the technology to law enforcement agencies. Facial analysis technology can be abused and could lead to mass surveillance, she said. In addition, inaccuracies could result in innocent people being misidentified as criminals.Raji echoed that sentiment. “If the system falsely identifies a suspect due to its reduced accuracy on a particular demographic,” she said, “that could be seriously harmful.”First published Jan. 25, 3:54 p.m. PT.Update, 11:14 p.m.: Adds comment from Buolamwini and Raji. Comments 6 Tags Tech Industrylast_img read more

Bristol Bay salmon processors back in MSC label group

first_imgThe Marine Stewardship Council’s logo. Photo accessed via Wikipedia.Last April, ten of Alaska’s major salmon buyers asked to rejoin the sustainability label they dropped in 2012. Negotiations failed at first, but eventually the Alaska Salmon Processors Association – led by Silver Bay Seafoods ­– agreed to hand over the certificate to the Pacific Seafood Processors Association, which has finally occurred.Bristol Bay salmon processors should be on a level-playing field when they go to talk to customers about sustainability next summer after the ongoing discussion over certification finally appears to be settled.Pacific Seafood Processors Association President Glenn Reed said his organization has officially has the access to the Marine Stewardship Council’s blue sustainability label. That’s necessary for selling salmon in some markets, including to many European buyers. Alaska’s salmon fisheries were already certified as sustainable, but not every processor had access to the label. In fact, last summer, few were participants in the client group headed up by Silver Bay Seafoods.“As of last week, the client group grew substantially to a much larger number of companies,” Reed said January 25. “The fishery has been certified throughout the process. The new part is the new certificate, which I think it went from 11 companies up to 32.”Reed said that group of includes all of Bristol Bay’s major processors, and most in the state.“I think the folks that have joined up with this new and expanded client group are all happy to be involved, and we’ll see how it goes,” he said. “I think the fact that now everyone that’s selling Alaska salmon is on the same footing, and the program isn’t being used as a marketing tool to exclude some and include others, I think we’re in a much better space than we’ve been in for a while.”The new certificate comes after a long back-and-forth over who could access the label.In July, PSPA initially said it would apply for certification on behalf of Trident, Alaska General, North Pacific and Peter Pan, among others. Those companies were among the group who had applied to rejoin the existing MSC client group for Alaska salmon, which is headed up by Silver Bay Seafoods, earlier this year. Negotiations between the two groups of processors had stalled, and PSPA agreed to work on a second certificate, open to anyone who wanted to join. Later in the summer, the Alaska Salmon Processors Association agreed to hand over the certificate to the new group. ASPA was the group headed by Silver Bay, and also included Copper River.ASPA Director Rob Zuanich said his group agreed to hand over the certificate because it seemed better for the industry than putting the other group through the whole certification process again, which can be expensive and time-consuming, and requires hiring a consultant to review Fish and Game’s management.“Recognizing their resolve to want to move forward with a new client group, we said, look we’ll just transfer the MSC certificate to your new group and allow us to become members of your new group and let’s all go on and do better things.”Now that the deal is official, the main change for ASPA members is actually a little cost savings.“The cost of the certification, which are relatively small, will now have a bigger pool of processors to draw upon, so member companies will pay respectively less, that’s a good thing,” Zuanich said.Reed said this means the certificate is now up for wider use, which is a little bit of good news relative to who can sell into what markets, and will remove one barrier for sockeye sales next summer.“Everybody will be able to sell into the same markets,” he said. “It’ll be competitive as it always is, but at least there won’t be a reason for saying, well, you’re from a sustainable fishery, but you’re not in the MSC program so we’re going to go with someone who is. Now that group is pretty much everyone.”Other concerns about next summer’s sockeye market remain. Reed noted that there’s still a strong dollar that can make foreign sales difficult, and Bristol Bay is expecting a third summer in a row with a large sockeye run, adding to the stock that’s already in freezers.Prince William Sound’s salmon fisheries still are not part of the certified fishery.last_img read more

New study recounts discovery of ancient Beringian ancestors of indigenous peoples

first_imgThe infant from whom researchers extracted genomic material was buried, along with another infant and young child, in the structure shown in the foreground of this reconstruction of the Upward Sun River residential camp (Sketch by Eric S. Carlson in collaboration with Ben Potter)University of Alaska Fairbanks archaeology professor Ben Potter and an international team of scientists he worked with have discovered evidence of a previously unknown, ancient people who were among the first to cross over from Asia to Alaska more than 15,000 years ago. The scientists based their findings on analysis of DNA from two infants buried more than 11,000 years ago at a site south of Fairbanks. The research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, sheds new light on when and how the ancestors of today’s indigenous peoples first settled the New World.Listen nowPotter couldn’t even get a cup of coffee Wednesday morning, because he was fielding interviews with reporters from around the world who were clamoring to talk about the article that he and two fellow researchers had co-authored – a piece that already had created quite a stir in the scientific community.“The importance of the paper is, one, that we’ve identified a brand-new population that we hitherto we did not know existed – Ancient Beringians,” Potter said Wednesday. “And, the second is what the implications are for that, for understanding the peopling of the New World. Which, you know, is pretty profound.”The article is the latest chapter in the evolving study of how humans migrated from Asia to North America – and how some, but not all, went on to settle the rest of the western hemisphere.“It opens the window for a much wider, more accurate perspective on the complex colonization of the New World,” he said.The key evidence that opened that window wide came from DNA samples taken from the remains of an infant girl who’d been buried more than 11,000 years ago at a site located on a ridge above the Tanana River about 50 miles south of Fairbanks. Archeologists first found the remains of a young child at the so-called Upward Sun River site in 2010, and further excavation revealed those of two infants.“These two were part of an ancient population that came in to the New World, survived, (and) were part of a very well-adapted group of people who survived for thousands of years in the far north,” Potter said. He says the genetic analysis and other evidence confirmed the infant whose genome was analyzed was descended from a group that had separated from other East Asian peoples about 35,000 years ago.But the data also showed the infant likely was not related to the people who crossed over from Asia and then migrated into both North and South America – the people who became Native Americans. So Potter and fellow researchers concluded the infant was descended from a new and heretofore unknown group they called Ancient Beringians. The name refers to the region known as Beringia, which encompasses most of Alaska, eastern Siberia and the land bridge that once connected the two continents and which is now submerged below the Bering Sea.Potter says the ancient people settled in Beringia for a few thousand years, despite the harsh ebb and flow of the Pleistocene ice age. “Throughout periods of almost unimaginable climate change, from full glacial conditions to essentially the modern boreal forest, with extinction of mammoth, later on extinction of bison. So, major climate, vegetation and animal abundance changes – but yet, they persisted, throughout this region.”All of which, Potter says, leads one to wonder: What happened to the Ancient Beringians?“The answer is – we don’t know at this point.”But that’s OK, Potter says. He says scientists will continue to search for more DNA samples from early Athabascan peoples, to determine whether they’re related to the Ancient Beringians. And researchers also will begin work on all the other new questions that the study raises.“Certainly, it provides new questions – which, as a scientist, that’s the most important thing.”Potter says, however, there’s no question that the history of the New World’s indigenous peoples grows more complex with every new study that’s published.Editor’s note: UAF archeologist Josh Reuther and archeology professor emeritus Joel Irish were among the 18 researchers who contributed to the study published in Nature.last_img read more

Is Simbu rekindling romance with old flame Hansika Motwani

first_imgSimbu and Hansika Motwani in Maha.PR HandoutWhat is cooking between Silambarasan aka Simbu-Hansika Motwani? The fans of the actors are asking this question and wondering whether their relationship is back on track.Ever since Simbu agreed to work with Hansika Motwani, rumour mills has been working overtime speculating about their new-found friendship. The latest speculations further hints that the duo is rekindling the romance again.Going by the rumours, Simbu, who joined the shooting of Hansika Motwani’s Maha recently, were spotted together after the shooting. There are clippings of the actor in a jeep doing rounds on social media sites.With the couple getting much time to bond on the sets, the fans are now keenly waiting to know whether the couple has left the past behind them and beginning a new chapter in their relationship.Maha is the landmark 50 movie of Hansika Motwani. For an important portion, director UR Jameel wanted Simbu and the actress took initiative to hold talks with the actor.Simbu had no qualms in working with her again and agreed to do an extended cameo. He appears in a flashback portion in the Tamil flick, which has Nasser, Srikanth, Chaya Singh, Thambi Ramaiah, Jayaprakash and many others in the cast.Hansika and Simbu were in love and had announced about their relationship on social media sites. But it did not last long, as they parted ways.last_img read more

Apartment Application Fraud On The Rise In Houston

first_img X 00:00 /00:47 Listen Landlords in Houston are increasingly dealing with fake documents from lease applicants, according to the Houston Apartment Association (HAA).“We’ve seen a very big uptick in fraudulent applications online” in the past 18 months, immediate past HAA president Michelle Pawelek said.The increased use of online leasing has made fraud easier, she said.Those applying to rent an apartment usually have to provide identification, pay stubs and rental history.Houston police Detective Bruce Owdley, who specializes in cybercrimes, said it’s hard to track exact numbers, but the sale of stolen identities is a growing problem and there is a demand among some potential renters.“Many apartments have stricter requirements for applications,” he said. “And if the individuals can’t qualify because of either job or criminal history, they’re going to resort to having some kind of way to get into an apartment.”And oftentimes, they will find what they need from crime organizations on the dark web, Owdley said. But sometimes “rental approval packages” – which can include pay stubs, fake IDs and address track records – are even advertised on sites like Craigslist, Pawelek said.Requirements vary among different apartment companies, according to the HAA.On average, most apartment companies will ask for a monthly salary equal to two to three times the monthly rental amount, with the deposit typically amounting to one month’s rent. To confirm the salary, most companies ask for the last two to three paycheck stubs.Screenings typically include both a credit check and a criminal background check.Pawelek said this has been common practice for decades.Availability of rental homes to convicted felons is limited in Houston, she said, although many properties will accept non-violent felonies, especially if they took place a long time ago. But different properties might have different screening criteria.Pawelek said apartment companies are stepping up efforts to spot application fraud by hiring security companies, training employees and working with lawyers to evict those caught committing fraud.“We are doing everything we can to figure out how we can be as smart as the bad guys,” Pawelek said.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaApartment application fraud has been on the rise with the increase in online leases. Sharelast_img read more

Everyones Stuck and Left to Stew and Squirm on Better Call Saul

first_imgStay on target Jimmy’s Fall Is All About Chuck on Better Call SaulWe Knew Things Would Come to This on Better Call Saul We’ve often praised Better Call Saul for its quiet moments. For its ability to say everything with minimal dialog and only the most subtle onscreen action. Last night’s episode put those talents to the test. Every character was stuck in one of those scenes for the entire broadcast hour. It drove them up the wall.After Jimmy’s coldly indifferent reading of Chuck’s letter, things are… different in the McGill-Wexler household. Like they aren’t quite so good at talking to each other anymore. Neither Jimmy nor Kim is being completely honest with the other. They both know there’s so much they’re just not talking about, but neither wants to be the one to come out and say it. The show is content to linger on these scenes for a while, leaving pregnant pauses between lines of dialog. It’s awkward, and we can feel it. Right away, Jimmy is lying to Kim. He turns down a job while she’s in the shower, only to tell her he took it when she suggests he go to therapy. Kim is all but begging Jimmy to get help, and he’s essentially refusing. But neither is saying it explicitly. It’s all boiling under the surface of these opening scenes.Jimmy, though he promises to give the therapist a call, doesn’t want help. Because if he really deals with his feelings about Chuck, if he really digs into what’s going on in his head, he might get better. He might heal. That’s exactly what he doesn’t want. If he heals, he might become a better person. A therapist would take away his excuse to slip. With Chuck’s death and complete abandonment towards the end, Jimmy doesn’t have to live up to anyone’s expectations. He can be the complete scam artist he desperately wants to be and shift the blame to his dead brother. Therapy would get in the way of that. So he takes a job he doesn’t want at an empty cell phone store to avoid it.Bob Odenkirk (Screenshot via AMC)It’s a boring job too, and the store is dead. Jimmy can safely leave to pick up his half of the money from the stolen Hummel figure. The outing does give him an idea. His contact tells him he gets a new phone for every job to make sure no one’s listening. Jimmy decides to advertise that fact. I love the way it’s revealed too. You see him paint letters on the shop windows, really taking his time. This is Better Call Saul, so the camera is content to linger on every detail of his process. With each passing second, you wonder what exactly he’s spelling out. It’s only when Jimmy admires his work that you see an advertisement for privacy. This isn’t one of those moments where Jimmy becomes Saul, but it’s a big step in that direction. This is the moment where he starts providing his services to criminals. This is the first step toward the day he takes Walter White on as a client.To be fair, Jimmy isn’t the only one practicing avoidance. Kim, still completely freaked by Mesa Verde’s rapid expansion plan, spends the day at the courthouse. To avoid confronting the fact that she’s in way over her head, she picks a judge and watches cases all day. Even after the judge warns her she’s not going to rediscover her love for law in a real-life courtroom. That only happens in movies. She even stays after he threatens to put her to work as a public defender. Which is exactly what she wants to begin with. She needs an escape from the endless crushing workload of Mesa Verde, but she won’t make it herself. Instead, she finds a judge and dares him to do it for her.Rhea Seehorn (Photo via AMC)This really isn’t Jimmy’s or Kim’s episode though, really. They get the least amount of screen time this episode. The real meat of this week’s show concerns Gus, Mike, and Nacho. While Jimmy’s avoiding therapy, Mike is going with his daughter-in-law in the episode’s most powerful scene. The cold open is a flash-forward to the end of the scene, and to be honest, it doesn’t really work. The images of a younger Mike letting his son write his name in freshly poured concrete does. The abrupt cut from the happy home movie style scene to the cold stark grief counseling group is a jarring moment of realization. But the episode tries to turn it into a mystery. “You wanted me to talk, I talked.” WHAT DID MIKE SAY STAY TUNED TO FIND OUT. It was unnecessary and didn’t even give us the context we needed to be curious about it.That said, once we actually do get to the scene, it’s a real gut-punch. A diner scene right before it provides some build-up. Mike makes a bet that one member of the group is lying. His supposedly dead wife never existed. He’s just using people’s sympathy to make himself feel better. Mike spots a pretty obvious physical tell, as well as the fact that his stories either change constantly or the facts just don’t add up. And the moment he exposes the man, just rips him to shreds with his words, it’s a deflection. Right before that moment, his daughter-in-law worried that she one day might forget to think about Matty at all. And if that’s possible, she’s afraid she could really lose him forever. Throughout her speech, Mike’s breathing grows visibly labored. Her worries are getting to him. The fear strikes home. He acts so dismissive toward group therapy specifically to avoid this feeling. And the liar using his dead son to launch into a pity party for himself is the final straw. He lashes out. Accusing the rest of the group of feeding on each other’s misery. They wanted him to talk, this is what they got. Where Jimmy does what he can to get out of therapy, Mike goes and rejects the whole concept to its face.Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and Stacey (Kerry Condon) Photo by Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionNacho’s story had the most action, but still not a ton of forward momentum. None of the stories needed it. Better Call Saul is fantastic at letting moments breathe, and this episode was all about letting the characters stew and thrash about in the messes they made for themselves. That’s essentially what Nacho is doing here, and it’s painful and bloody. He points out the car he claims shot him, making it out to be a territory grab by the Espinosas. What follows is a hectic, bloody fight scene as the Salamanca cousins shoot up the Espinosa motel. When Nacho sees backup arriving, he has to go in behind them to ensure the cousins make it out alive. Even though he’s still hurting from getting shot and the subsequent surgery. He’s able to kill just enough Espinosa’s for one of the Cousins to come back around and finish the job. Nobody on this show is in over his head more than Nacho. Gus forced him into being a double agent, and now he had to limp into a firefight when he can barely operate a gun.It becomes clear exactly what kind of mess he’s in after the motel shoot-up is over. The Cousins have to lay low in Mexico for a few weeks, and Gus orders Nacho to get some rest. He has lots more work to do. He immediately goes to the only place he feels safe: His father’s house. His father tries to kick him out, but his cold exterior melts when he sees his son. Nacho sits there, bloodied, sick and scared. He begs his dad to let him rest there, just for a little while. He knows he can’t escape, but he can retreat temporarily to the one place he knows is safe. It’s an emotionally powerful scene, though in the end it changes nothing. Nacho is safe for now, but he’s still trapped in the cartel. And there’s no clear way he can escape.Luis Moncada as Marco Salamanca, Michael Mando as Nacho Varga (Photo via AMC)Better Call Saul is the rare show that can be at its best when the characters are prevented from doing anything. Here, it doesn’t feel like their waiting for the story to come to them. Them being unable to move is the story. We watch Jimmy, Kim, Nacho and Mike squirm as they try to extricate themselves from whatever situation they got stuck in, making only the smallest gestures toward actual progress. That struggle makes for surprisingly great TV here. Even in an episode like this, Better Call Saul is careful not to wear out its welcome. When it lets its quiet moments breathe and gives its longer dialog scenes all the time they need to land, it never becomes self-indulgent. As soon as the point is made, as soon as the moment’s made its maximum impact, the show moves on.That’s what this episode did. We got to spend an hour watching these characters try to move out of their holding patterns. Only at the end of their stories did they start to hint at forward progress. Jimmy starts advertising his phones to the local criminal element. Kim challenges a judge to assign her a case. Nacho has that ambiguous “work” Gus mentioned. Then there’s Mike, who gets the episode’s last moment. He’s pulled away from his cover as Madrigal’s security consultant so Gus can scold him for not mentioning Nacho’s intent to kill Hector Salamanca. Mike immediately puts it together that Gus isn’t going to kill him. The real reason Gus called was because he had a job. We don’t get to find out what that is. The credits roll right after Mike asks. Because this episode was about characters stewing in their own ruts, not getting out of them. That, the show saved for next week.Saul isn’t the only amazing AMC show we cover. Preacher wrapped an impressive third season this week. But there was a ton of great tv that hit the airwaves this week. And there is always MovieBob’s reviews to get caught up on. Be sure to follow all of Saul’s news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Mahahual firemen rescue drunk man after he falls into crocodilefilled mangrove

first_imgMahahual, Q.R. — Firemen in the community of Mahahual were called for a rescue Wednesday after someone reported a drunk man falling into a crocodile-filled mangrove.Members of the Mahahual fire brigade suited up in response to an Emergency 911 call from concerned citizens who reported seeing the staggering man fall into the mangrove. The call came in at 12:50 p.m.After arriving, firemen searched the area and eventually found a male person who they reported to be around 40 years old, lying in the mangrove. They say that although he was unharmed, he was discovered laying in a known crocodile habitat.Firemen say the man, who was in a state of complete drunkenness, was removed from the crocodile infested green area and taken to a shelter by members of the municipal police until he sobered up.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Presidents Day Deal Fully Unlocked 32GB iPhone 7 for Just 374 Regular

first_img Share Tweet Submit The iPhone 7 is still a hot phone these days, and you pick one up for just $374 on President’s Day. The original price of the smartphone sits at $499. That’s quite a lot of saving there!32GB iPhone 7, Fully Unlocked, Refurbished Available for $374 – Hurry Up!The iPhone 7 was a mega release when compared directly with the iPhone 6s. It was the first time ever Apple added optical image stabilization to its smaller iPhone, making images and video appear buttery smooth. Not only that, the chip powering the smartphone, the Apple A10, is a screaming demon, ready to take on any task you throw at it. Things are topped off with a minimal design that hides away when you are working on a task head-on on that beautiful 4.7-inch Retina display.This nifty little smartphone will set you back $499 if you buy it directly from Apple. But if you are willing to take the refurbished route (which is absolutely fine, by the way), fully unlocked and restored to Apple’s spec, it will set you back $424. That’s a huge amount of savings!But wait, the title of this deal says $374 – what gives? It’s actually true, the moment you throw in the promo code PRESDAY at checkout, the price falls down to $374 from $424. So, what are you waiting for? Head over to the link below and grab yourself an iPhone 7.Buy Apple iPhone 7 32GB Smartphone [eBay link] – Use promo code: PRESDAY at checkout for discountWhile you’re at it, you may also like to check out the following:Deal Alert: iPhone 7 Plus Available for $419 – Original Price $669 – [Limited Quantities]Samsung Galaxy S7 Available at an Insane 70% Discount – Limited Quantities Available!last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img On five Saturdays each year, 100 women make their way to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center to take part in the battle against breast cancer. They come from Indiana and surrounding states to donate healthy breast tissue, which will fuel research into the causes and potential cure of breast cancer. They travel, because it is the only tissue bank in the world that collects healthy breast tissue and blood.  Founded six years ago by Connie Rufenbarger, patient advocate and breast cancer survivor, the tissue bank collects tissue and biomolecules from women ages 18-80, to extend understanding of the pathology of breast cancer. The goal is to provide breast cancer researchers around the world with healthy blood and breast tissue to use in comparison to diseased tissue to identify and understand changes.Improving Researchers’ Understanding of the Normal Mammary Gland “Connie is the key to everything,” says Dr. Susan Clare, a breast surgeon and member of the Komen Tissue Bank’s executive team. The concept of the tissue bank originated in 1997, when Rufenbarger co-authored a report for the Cancer Research Institute that identified a lack of understanding of the normal, healthy mammary gland as a barrier to progress in understanding the causes and potential cures of breast cancer. Five years later, when Rufenbarger realized no one had acted upon the report’s recommendations, she decided to tackle the problem herself. She recruited medical oncologist, Dr. Anna Maria Storniolo, and they held their first successful blood collection drive in 2005. The following year, they began collecting healthy breast tissue.  To date, the tissue bank has collected more than 1,700 healthy tissue samples and 6,000 blood samples. A full-time staff of five oversees an army of volunteers for each donor event, following rigorous protocols to ensure the quality of each specimen. “We are very precise about collecting all samples in the exact same way with the exact same equipment,” explains Jill Henry, chief operating officer. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Related Content Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more A recent partnership with Hologic has made this process easier, for both volunteers and donors. “Hologic’s Atec breast biopsy device provides consistently high-quality samples and is extremely patient-friendly,” says Henry. “It allows us to acquire all the samples we need with a single insertion and deliver pain medication at the same time, which is important when you consider we are acquiring three to four tissue samples each from more than 150 women a day.”Collecting A Broad Range of SamplesBecause breast cancer is indiscriminate, the Komen Tissue Bank seeks tissue donations from the broadest possible spectrum of women — from puberty to menopause, pregnant women, women who are lactating and women whose breasts are undergoing involution. Any woman 18 or older who has never been diagnosed with breast cancer can donate tissue a maximum of two times, once from each breast. Breast cancer survivors, who have one healthy breast, also can donate.“We need to understand the progression of breast cancer in all women, of all ages, from different ethnic groups, in different periods of their lives. Right now we need more donations from women from different ethnic groups, especially African American and Asian women,” says Clare.  This year, through a partnership with the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, the Komen Tissue Bank will acquire 1,000 additional tissue samples between now and the end of January. Called Indy’s Super Cure, the event will bring the message of the Komen Tissue Bank into millions of homes around the world. The goal is to increase awareness of the tissue bank and its role in moving breast cancer research forward; attract tissue donations from a broader, more diverse group of women; and raise money to support the research initiatives.“This is a huge event for the tissue bank and, once again, Hologic is helping to make it happen,” says Henry.  “They will load 24 biopsy consoles (control units) enabling us to acquire tissue samples from 350 women each day. We’ve never had an event this big. Plus, Hologic employees will come from around the country to set up and help patients through the process.”Sharing Samples and Results with Researchers Around the WorldResearchers across the United States, throughout Europe, and as far away as Australia are using samples from the Komen Tissue Bank in critical studies. “Every well-respected research facility, including the Mayo Clinic, the National Cancer Institute, Dana Farber and the Royal Marsden Cancer Center in London, are making strides in understanding the cause of breast cancer thanks to the tissue bank,” says Clare. All data generated from the research studies is returned to the tissue bank to be shared with other researchers.  It’s an amazing story. But, Clare points out, “More needs to be done.” The team at the Komen Tissue Bank is working constantly to develop a broader spectrum of tissue samples, to reach out to more breast cancer researchers and to raise more money to fund new research initiatives.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | January 23, 2012 Breast Tissue Bank Gets a Super Bowl Boost last_img read more

First Proton Treatments with RayStation and Mevion S250

first_img News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 24, 2015 First Proton Treatments with RayStation and Mevion S250 Ackerman Cancer Center in Jacksonville, Fla., treats its first patient with the Mevion S250 and the RayStation treatment planning system Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD On April 30, 2015, a major milestone was reached at Ackerman Cancer Center in Jacksonville, Fla., when the first patient was treated with the Mevion S250 and the RayStation treatment planning system. Ackerman Cancer Center is the first private, physician-owned practice to implement proton therapy.The clinical patient treatment plans were created entirely in RayStation, RaySearch’s highly advanced treatment planning and dose tracking software platform, and delivered on the Mevion S250 Proton System. “Providing this kind of innovative technology in a private setting is something that we knew we could accomplish. We look forward to working with our partners, RaySearch and Mevion, well into the future to bring cutting edge treatments to our patients,” said Scot Ackerman, M.D., medical director of the center.“The implementation of proton therapy in a private center really shows how far this technology has come and how accessible it can be,” said Marc Mlyn, president of RaySearch Americas, Inc. “We are pleased that the Mevion and RaySearch combined solution has led to such a successful effort so rapidly, and we are glad to be partners with Ackerman Cancer Center’s team of professionals.”“While we have many clinical proton sites in the USA, Europe and soon Asia, it is very satisfying to see the first Mevion and RaySearch effort up and running. RayStation was developed to handle any type of delivery system, and we will continue to work in close collaboration with our partners to bring new and exciting technologies to our mutual customers”, said Johan Löf, CEO of RaySearch Laboratories AB.The current version of RayStation supports all relevant proton treatment techniques such as Uniform Scanning, Double Scattering and PBS / IMPT.For more information: Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more 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 News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

Club Meds Time to Shine sale offers bonus perks with packages

first_imgClub Med’s ‘Time to Shine’ sale offers bonus perks with packages << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Club Med Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Club Med’s ‘Time to Shine’ sale offers seven-night air-inclusive stays at prices starting at CAD$1,649 per adult, per week, with additional perks.Perks include free upgrades, free first checked luggage, no single supplement, and free stay for kids under four years old.Book before March 1 for travel between Jan. 13 and Aug. 26, 2017.Club Med is also reminding agents that its call center in Canada is now open on Sundays. Hours of operation are: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.For more details go to Monday, January 16, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

The cast of Corner Gas is seen in this undated h

first_img The cast of “Corner Gas” is seen in this undated handout photo. “Corner Gas” is getting pumped out to an international audience via Amazon Prime Video. All six seasons of the hit Canadian comedy series and the film “Corner Gas: The Movie” are now available on the streaming service in over 60 countries and territories, including the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, South Africa and Kenya. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Bell Media *MANDATORY CREDIT* AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Corner Gas’ lands on Amazon Prime Video by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 12, 2018 10:24 am PDT TORONTO — “Corner Gas” is getting pumped out to an international audience via Amazon Prime Video.All six seasons of the hit Canadian comedy series and the film “Corner Gas: The Movie” are now available on the streaming service in more than 60 countries and territories, including the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, South Africa and Kenya.In Canada, the “Corner Gas” show, the 2014 movie and the animated series are available exclusively on Bell Media’s Crave streaming service.The “Corner Gas” series originally premiered in 2004 on CTV in Canada and won seven Gemini Awards and aired in over two dozen countries.Brent Butt created and stars in the series, which centres around a roadside gas station in the fictional town of Dog River, Sask.Other stars include Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Fred Ewanuick, Janet Wright, Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn, and Nancy Robertson.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BoC ponders deposit release

first_imgBy Elias HazouBANK of Cyprus (BoC) is to announce today whether or not it will release some €900m held in fixed-term deposits, funds blocked after the lender was recapitalised last year.The amount concerns the nine-month time deposits maturing on April 30.Sources last night told the Mail the bank leadership had already made up its mind, with the board meeting today merely set to ratify the decision.Following a decision by EU finance ministers in March 2013 that 47.5 per cent of uninsured deposits would be seized to recapitalise the bank, the remaining 52.5 per cent was ordered frozen by the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC).In July the CBC said in a statement released jointly with the finance ministry that 12 per cent of the outstanding balance in depositor funds which were frozen under the bail-in arrangement would be unblocked.The remaining frozen funds were equally divided and placed in six, nine, and 12-month timed deposits.It is the nine-month deposits that mature at the end of April. The bank does however retain the right to renew (to not release) the time deposits once more following the maturity date. This is in line with a policy of capital controls geared at protecting the largest Cypriot lender’s liquidity – though free market advocates might call this a command-and-control system.Any unblocked funds are at any rate subject to the general restrictive measures currently applicable in the Cypriot banking system.Back in January, BoC moved to release around €900m held in the six-month timed deposits. The bank at the time cited indications that its liquidity position was improving.The bank’s leadership is now likewise keen to release the nine-month funds, but it’s understood that Cyprus’ international creditors – in particular the European Central Bank – are not so sure.Given the uncertainty prevailing in the financial sector overall, the ECB is said to be wary of these deposits taking flight if and once they are released.That would hurt the bank’s liquidity, possibly necessitating a further injection of Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA) or, as a measure of last resort, a bond issue.Following the seizure of uninsured deposits (€100,000 and over) to recapitalise the bank, BoC achieved a core capital adequacy ratio of 10.2 per cent, according to figures for September 2013. New banking rules mandate a 9 per cent minimum core tier 1 ratio. The bank however is still leaking deposits, though at a slower pace over the last few months.The Bank of Cyprus Group has meanwhile announced that it has appointed HSBC Bank to provide financial advice in relation to the disposal of a UK loan portfolio owned by the group and largely composed of residential and commercial real estate-backed facilities.The loan portfolio, it said, is not related to the group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Bank of Cyprus UK Ltd, but is part of the wider UK loan portfolio transferred to the group following the acquisition of certain operations of Popular Bank in March 2013.“The action is in line with the group’s restructuring plan and is part of the strategy of deleveraging through the disposal of non-core operations,” BoC said.You 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo 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