Several big banks hike special discounted fixed mortgage rates

TORONTO — A number of Canada’s largest banks are moving to increase some of their mortgage rates.Scotiabank and the Royal Bank of Canada on Thursday became the latest to announce a round of increases covering various terms of what they call special discounted rates.Those increases came a day after TD Canada Trust, the retail arm of TD Bank, boosted its “special” five-year closed rate a tenth of a percentage point to 3.39%. The rate is a discount off the posted rate.Scotiabank said its special discounted rates on two-year, four-year, seven-year and 10-year fixed-term residential mortgages were all going up a tenth of a percentage point effective June 22.Its special four-year, fixed-term special rate, for example, rose to 3.09%.Royal Bank said is special discounted four-, five- and seven-year rates were going up June 24 by two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.29, 3.39 and 3.79% respectively.Royal also said its posted three-year closed rate would go up a tenth of a percentage point to 3.75%.The Canadian Press read more

UN nuclear watchdog Georgia sign nonproliferation agreement

The Republic of Georgia has ratified a comprehensive agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), part of the United Nations nuclear watchdog’s efforts to get countries to commit to the non-proliferation and peaceful use of nuclear technology. The agreement is pursuant to provisions of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to which Georgia is party, IAEA said. Georgia also ratified what is termed an “additional protocol” to that agreement which allows IAEA safeguards inspectors greater rights of access to verify the absence of any undeclared nuclear material or activities. The additional protocol is the centerpiece of recent efforts by IAEA to strengthen its system for verification of peaceful undertakings by States in the nuclear field. With Georgia’s agreement in force, the agency is implementing safeguards in all of the so-called Newly Independent States emerging from the former Soviet Union known to have nuclear facilities or material. As part of efforts to see more States sign on, IAEA said it is running a series of regional seminars and national missions to help countries better understand and prepare to implement additional protocols and safeguards agreements. A number of countries – particularly in Latin America and Africa – have concluded the legal instruments of the Agency’s strengthened safeguards system as a result. “There has been incremental progress but the number of safeguards agreements and additional protocols actually in force continues to be well below expectations,” IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei said. “ I reiterate my call on all States that have not done so to conclude these instruments and bring them into force.” IAEA is implementing 231 safeguards agreements in147 States. Forty-six States party to the NPT have yet to conclude comprehensive safeguards agreements with the IAEA in the context of the Treaty. Seventy-seven States with safeguards agreements in force have so far not signed additional protocols, and included among these are 21 States known to have significant nuclear activities. read more

Lawyers Vote falls short on deal in Rhode Islands landmark pension reform

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Erika Niedowski, The Associated Press Posted Apr 7, 2014 9:48 am MDT Lawyers: Vote falls short on deal in Rhode Island’s landmark pension reform; mediation ordered PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A proposed settlement that would end the legal fight over Rhode Island’s 2011 landmark pension overhaul, which has been a model for other states looking to rein in runaway pension costs, was rejected by one of the groups voting on it, officials announced Monday. The parties were ordered back into mediation.Police union members, the smallest of the six groups that had to approve the proposal, rejected it, said Ray Sullivan, a spokesman for the plaintiffs. Sixty-one per cent of police union members voted against the settlement.Crafted during more than a year of closed-door, court-ordered talks, the proposal overwhelmingly won approval from all of the other groups, including teachers, retirees and firefighters.But according to the agreement, if more than half of any one of the groups rejected the proposal, the settlement process would end and the original lawsuits would proceed. A trial is scheduled for September.Because it was rejected by the smallest group — police union members made up less than 2 per cent of those eligible to vote in the first round — Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter “ordered both sides back into mediation to explore whether a settlement can still be reached,” according to a statement from the plaintiffs.Talks resumed Monday, and the parties were due to report back to the court in one week.Even if the parties reach an agreement that is acceptable to the police unions, the proposed settlement still would have to clear a second vote by a much wider pool of people covered under it. The General Assembly would also have to sign off on it.The proposal, announced in February, was an attempt to resolve lawsuits filed by public-sector unions and retirees over the state’s 2011 pension overhaul. The deal offers retirees a modest pension increase of $500 with the promise of additional increases sooner than the current law calls for. But most of the other sweeping changes approved by lawmakers are preserved.The overhaul was designed to save Rhode Island $4 billion over the next 20 years.The outcome marks a defeat for Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Treasurer Gina Raimondo, who argued it was a good deal for all parties and preferable to continued costly litigation.Spokeswomen for Chafee and Raimondo said in a joint statement that the governor and treasurer participated in good faith in the mediation that led to the settlement agreement and will continue to do so.Richard Licht, the director of administration, had no immediate comment Monday after the parties had an in-chambers conference with the judge in Kent Superior Court in Warwick.According to the plaintiffs, there were 417 police union members eligible to vote in the first round; 254 ballots were received, and 61 per cent voted to reject.The vote to reject was 34 per cent for state workers; 31 per cent for teachers; 27 per cent for firefighters; 26 per cent for retirees; and 15 per cent for municipal workers.The total number of ballots mailed out was 23,624. Those that were not returned were counted as votes in favour of the proposed settlement.A group of 50 retired state workers and teachers covered under the proposed deal filed a new suit last week challenging the pension law and objecting to their inclusion in any class-action settlement. They want to proceed with their own legal challenges. read more

May vehicle production figures

Car production Car production fell by 7.8 per cent in May, but only by 1.9 per cent in the YTD May CV output confirms positive growth trend Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics shows: May and year-to-date CV output up 3.8 and 1.3 per cent respectively Domestic demand lifts home market volumes by 11.2 per cent for three months to May Growth in export volume falters year-on-year, but May 2004 was up 59.4 per cent ‘Another positive result this May’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘UK CV makers continue to enjoy sustained growth as a result of strong continental and UK demand for vans and trucks. The need for new vans and trucks is still growing and the UK’s commercial vehicle manufacturers are very busy.’See table below for breakdown of car production.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

In 2nd straight shutout Ohio State baseball takes down Marshall 50

Fueled by some early hitting and a strong performance from freshman right-hander Jake Post, the Ohio State baseball team defeated Marshall, 5-0, on Wednesday. “All (the offense) need to do is support this pitching staff and crunch out a few runs,” said OSU head coach Greg Beals. “You give that group of pitchers a four-run lead right off the bat, it’s going to be a tough ball game.” The Buckeyes wasted no time to take the lead, scoring four runs in the first inning. Redshirt senior center fielder Joe Ciamacco started the top of the first by singling to center field. After he stole second, redshirt senior infielder Ryan Cypret followed with a base hit to right center, scoring Ciamacco. After senior infielder Kirby Pellant was retired on a pop up, sophomore right fielder Pat Porter reached on an error when Marshall sophomore shortstop Sergio Leon slipped trying to field a groundball. In the next at bat, freshman infielder Jacob Bosiokovic scorched a double to deep left center to score the runners and put OSU up, 3-0. Marshall redshirt sophomore pitcher Kyle Kessler was then replaced by senior right-hander Matt Hummel. A wild pitch by Hummel allowed Bosiokovic to cross the plate for the Buckeyes’ fourth run of the inning. The Buckeyes threatened again in the bottom half of the second by putting three runners on base, but they were unable to get them home. A lightning delay in the middle of the third halted action for 40 minutes before play was resumed at 8:05 p.m. The delay did not seem to slow the OSU offense down, however, as they were able to tack on another run in the bottom of the fourth. Leading off, freshman infielder Troy Kuhn narrowly beat out a groundball that deflected off of Marshall senior first baseman Nathan Gomez’s glove for a single. A stolen base advanced Kuhn to second before redshirt senior first baseman Brad Hallberg was able to knock him in with a base hit up the middle. Ciamacco said that the offense is starting to realize what it does best. “Our coaches always talk about our identity as a team, and I mean, for a lot of us, we’re a whole bunch of speed guys,” Ciamacco said. “We just need to put the ball in play and let our wheels do the talking for us.” Post (2-0), tossed five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four batters. Despite a solid outing, the right-hander thought he had more gas left in the tank. “I felt like I could have went longer,” Post said. “Either way the coaches were just concerned with the gap, you know sit down for a while and pick it up. They just wanted me to take it easy.” In relief, the quartet of sophomore Ryan Riga, redshirt senior David Fathalikhani, redshirt junior Tyler Giannonatti and sophomore Trace Dempsey sustained the shutout for the Buckeyes. With the win, OSU improves to 21-10 on the season while Marshall, which used eight pitchers in the game, dropped to 13-19. The Buckeyes are set to travel to Lincoln, Neb., over the weekend for a three-game series against the Cornhuskers. The first game is scheduled to begin at 5:05 p.m. on Friday. read more

Trump torture remarks make my blood run cold UN expert

U.S. President Donald Trump looks up as he boards Marine One to depart the White House in Washington, U.S. March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque(Reuters) A U.N. human rights expert voiced alarm on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump might allow torture in interrogations and called for senior officials from George W. Bush’s administration to be prosecuted for allowing the illegal practice.U.S. officials responsible for the secret detention, rendition and torture programs run by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) included “those in the most senior positions” under Bush, said Ben Emmerson, U.N. special rapporteur on protecting human rights while countering terrorism.“To hear President Trump, in the first days after his inauguration, glibly extolling the virtues of torture as a weapon in the fight against terrorism, and confirming his personal willingness to authorize the use of torture if asked to do so, was enough to make my blood run cold,” Emmerson said.Trump has acknowledged that U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis disagrees with him about the usefulness of torture in interrogation and said he would defer to him on the issue.There was no immediate response from the U.S. delegation to the 47-member state forum in Geneva.Emerson, a British barrister and international criminal justice expert, said that Trump’s comments showed a “staggering level of ill-preparedness to govern.” He was making his final speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council after six years in the independent post.A veteran CIA clandestine service officer who ran one of the agency’s “black site” prisons set up after the 9/11 attacks has named deputy director of the U.S. spy agency.Trump’s nominee to be the director of national intelligence, former Republican Senator Dan Coats, has raised concerns over his record on the previous U.S. use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, which are widely seen as torture.“If one of the most powerful nations in the world, a permanent member of the Security Council, is once again prepared to abandon our collective values on the pretext of defending them, then one is left to wonder whether anything at all has been achieved in the last 15 years,” Emmerson said.(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump declares North Korea state sponsor of terrorism, triggers sanctionsNovember 20, 2017In “World”Trump says Japan would shoot North Korean missiles ‘out of sky’ if it bought U.S. weaponryNovember 6, 2017In “World”Trump presidency ‘dangerous’, says UN rights chiefOctober 12, 2016In “latest news” read more

GPHCs first Christmas baby is a Boy

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident promises better conditions for GPHC’s maternity wardDecember 26, 2015In “Politics”President visits GPHC’s Maternity Ward on Christmas DayDecember 25, 2016In “Local News”Baby boy is GPHC’s first newborn for 2019January 1, 2019In “Health” Malvin Heywood is the first Christmas newborn at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Born to Malinie Rose, little Malvin arrived into the world at 12:02 am on December 25, 2017.According to a release from the Department of Public Information (DPI), President David Granger, First Lady Sandra Granger and Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence, were among the first along with other GPHC officials and staff, to pay a visit to the child and mother at the Post Natal ward of the Maternity Unit.This is in keeping with the tradition of visiting the public hospital and presenting gifts to babies born on Christmas day.The President, First Lady and Public Health Minister share a light moment with Malinie Rose, mother of the first Christmas BabyA small hamper was handed over to the mother, bearing the basic necessities needed for the baby at this stage, in addition to a token for the baby. Other mothers who also gave birth on Christmas morning were not left out.Up to the time of President Granger’s visit, there were five healthy Christmas babies, four girls, one boy, delivered. According to the senior staff in the maternity unit, another two babies are expected to be delivered bringing the total to seven.The President also visited other mothers who have given birth to babies over the weekend and are recovering. At the time of the President’s visit, 68 mothers with babies (36 boys and 32 girls) have been registered in the maternity unit’s post-natal unit.Meanwhile, Minister Lawrence extended the Christmas cheer to those children who were currently admitted to the pediatric ward. There she distributed a number of toys and other choice Christmas presents. The staff of these maternity and pediatric units also received presents from both the President and the Public Health Minister. read more

Masked men try to make delivery man bring package to police station

first_imgMEN WITH SCARVES covering their faces tried to force a delivery driver to bring a package to a police station last night.Detectives at Strand Road in Derry are appealing for witnesses following an incident in the Creggan area.They said that at approximately 8pm last night the driver of a fast food delivery van was approached by two men with scarves over their faces while he was making a delivery to a house in the High Park area.“They intimated that they wanted him to deliver a package to Strand Road Police Station,” said the police.However, at this point the driver fled on foot and left his van in the area. His van was subsequently taken away from the area by police for forensic examination.Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area around 8pm and saw anything relating to this incident to contact them at Strand Road on 0845 600 8000.Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously through the Crimestoppers charity on freephone 0800 555 111.last_img read more

SIPTU members at Irish Rail to vote on new proposals

first_imgThe timeframe for pay cuts has been reduced to 25 months and €1.2 million that was previously earmarked to come from payroll cuts are now to be obtained from non-payroll areas.“Commitments have also been given by the company to address outstanding and unfulfilled trade union pay agreements”.The ballot will take place from Thursday until July 6 and will be counted on July 7.Read: Union withdraws from Irish Rail talks as ‘no serious attempts made to address concerns’>Read: Irish Rail says if agreement isn’t reached with unions next week, cuts will be implemented> SIPTU MEMBERS IN Irish Rail are to vote on fresh proposals for cost saving measures in the company.SIPTU Sector Organiser Willie Noone said the proposals include definitive clarity on exchequer subvention for the rail service for the next three years.He also said they will guarantee that the company won’t seek further pay reductions or changes to conditions of employment during that time.The proposals emerged from intensive discussions last week and an earlier vote by SIPTU members in favour of industrial action following their rejection of a previous Labour Court recommendation.Noone said that:last_img read more

Panasonic announces the Lumix GF2 their first touchscreen micro four third

first_imgThe Panasonic Lumix GF1 is held in justifiably high regard by micro four-thirds loving shutterbugs, but in many ways, the new GF2 is a different beast all together, tossing away many of the previous model’s features to shave down millimeters from the device’s footprint.The big difference between the GF2 and GF1 is the GF2 ditches many of the manual controls for a touchscreen that controls almost everything. The mode selector dial and the drive-mode lever on the top are now gone, as well as most of the back panel’s buttons: you’re now meant to do all of this stuff through the touchscreen. In fact, the only buttons that ended up being kept is the D-pad, playback and quick menu buttons.AdChoices广告For those of us who love the speed that manual controls bring to a smaller camera — this is why I love Canon’s PowerShot G-Series so much — the omission of a lot of the GF1’s better knobs and buttons is a bummer. To tempt us, Panasonic is boasting that the GF2 has an updated Venus Engine image processor which allows for a maximum ISO of 6400 and an HD video mode that allows shooting 1080i and 720p at 60 frames per second, as well as a stereo microphone. Don’t expect a new sensor, though: it’s the same 12.1MP affair from the GF1.It’s sad: even the kit lens is worse, trading in the 20mm f1.7 lens for a 14mm affair at f2.5. Bummer.To be honest, there’s not much to recommend here over the GF1, unless you absolutely love touchscreens and the thinnest gadgets possible. The GF2 will be going on sale in January, for an unknown price.Read more at Panasoniclast_img read more

China is running out of rare earth minerals

first_imgRare earth minerals is a term applied to 17 elements that are found in relatively small quantities and therefore require extensive mining to recover. They aren’t actually rare, just hard to get lots of from any one location without a lot of work. Rare earths are also becoming increasingly popular as they are required in devices such as LCD TVs, monitors, smartphones, laptops, tablets, and electric cars.The main source of rare earth minerals at the moment is China, which accounts for 97% of the market. But the Chinese government has just announced that its reserves are running out, mainly due to illegal and excessive mining.China had already imposed limits on how much it would export to other countries, which obviously angered the country’s trade partners. But now it seems the limits may not mean anything for much longer if the reserves are gone.If the rare earth exports dry up then their price will increase rapidly. In turn, that would also mean any device relying on them would suffer a price increase. Nobody wants that to happen, but is there a solution if China’s mines really have run dry?The short answer is “yes,” and it will happen on two fronts. The first is developing mining operations in other areas of the world that have rare earth mineral deposits big enough to be worth investing in. Two such locations have been discovered recently, one in a tiny village in Nebraska, the other in the Pacific Ocean.The second thing that needs to happen is manufacturers relying less on these minerals. That is already starting to happen with research and development. Toyota, for example, has already figured out how to make an electric motor without using them.Depending on how little rare earth minerals China has, prices could increase dramatically in the short term. But hopefully it won’t take too long to setup a supply chain outside of the country and keep the minerals flowing.Read more at BBC Newslast_img read more

Congress isnt voting on any selfdriving car rules before 2019 report says

first_img 26 Photos Comments 71 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 52 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 49 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Car Industry Car Industry Auto Tech More From Roadshow 0 Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Waymo General Motors Tesla Self-driving cars,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Enlarge ImageCompanies like Waymo and Uber will just have to wait and hope to get less stringent rules for testing on the books, according to Congress. Roadshow Back in October, we reported on the Department of Transportation’s plan to ease regulations for self-driving cars. Since the DOT released its policy initiative, things have been relatively quiet, but according to a report published Thursday by Reuters, we can be confident that nothing will happen with Congress on that front until 2019.Oh, and Congress won’t be addressing a proposal from GM and Tesla that seeks to extend the $7,500 federal EV tax credit either. The self-driving car legislation and the tax credit proposals needed to be attached to another bill funding government operations, but they weren’t, so no dice.Now that Tesla has surpassed the 200,000 vehicle mark, the federal EV tax credit for Tesla will be cut in half on Jan. 1 to $3,750. It will be phased out entirely by the end of the year unless Congress decides to do something about it in 2019, though whether that’s likely is not clear.Automakers and autonomous car developers are now left with the choice between waiting it out and hoping Congress acts in their favor. Or they can appeal to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in hopes that it will relax its rules, which it has said in the past that it is considering doing. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truckcenter_img Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch More From Roadshow Share your voice 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 69 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Self-driving cars 68 Photos Tags Post a comment 12 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 10 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 18 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 81 Photos Jaguar’s I-Pace gets the Waymo treatment 38 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 4last_img read more

Premera Warns of Possible Data Breach

first_imgDownload AudioIf you have a health insurance plan through Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, your personal information may be vulnerable to a data breach.  According to Premera, about 650,000 Alaskans are among the 11 million people potentially affected by a cyberattack of the health insurance company.A Premera press release says attackers may have gained access to customers’ names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, mailing addresses and bank account information.Eric Earling is vice president of communications at Premera Blue Cross based in Washington.“This is data going back to 2002, so this affects current and former members, in addition to other individuals and organizations with whom we may have done business,” he said.Earling says Premera is the largest health plan in Alaska. It has about 110,000 current members in the state.The health insurance company discovered the attack at the end of January and notified the FBI, which is now part of the investigation. Premera issued a press release about the cyberattack and notified employers and health brokers on Tuesday. It also plans on mailing letters to notify everyone potentially affected.Premera’s offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services.Customers can sign up at the website or by calling 1-800-768-5817.last_img read more

TV actor arrested in dowry death case

first_imgRaidurgam: The Raidurgam police on Wednesday took TV actor Madhu Prakash into their custody following dowry harassment allegations against him by his in-laws after his wife Bharathi (34) committed suicide by hanging herself on Tuesday night at her residence. According to police, Bharathi was married to Madhu Prakash in 2015 and they had been living at Panchavati Colony in Manikonda area. She worked in a private company in the city. There was a rift between them for many days. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us On Tuesday morning when Madhu Prakash went to shooting, telling her that he was going to the gym. She later made a video call to her husband and threatened to hang herself. When he returned home from the shooting around 7.30 pm the door was locked from inside. When he knocked on the door, there was no response from his wife. He opened the door with another key and found his wife hanging from the ceiling. On receipt of information, the Raidurgam police rushed to the spot and shifted the body to Osmania General Hospital for postmortem. Later, Bharati’s parents lodged a complaint against him alleging dowry harassment. Police registered a case under Section 304 B IPC and took up investigation.last_img read more

Germany France voice cautious hope on Ukraine peace revival process

first_imgGerman foreign minister Heiko Maas attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany on 6 June 2018. Germany and France voiced cautious optimism Monday that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled peace process in the smouldering Ukraine war that has claimed 10,000 lives. Photo: ReutersGermany and France voiced cautious optimism Monday that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled peace process in the smouldering Ukraine war that has claimed 10,000 lives.Despite high tensions between Western powers and president Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the four foreign ministers held their first meeting since early last year to revitalise a long ignored truce agreement.After “countless ceasefire violations” in recent months, said the Berlin talks’ host, Germany’s top diplomat Heiko Maas, “it was all the more necessary that we have met again here after 16 months.”Russia and Ukraine had again formally committed to the key tenets of the 2015 Minsk agreement, brokered by Germany and France, he said.”All sides once more voiced support for a lasting ceasefire, including the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the disengagement of troops and demining, and the protection and granting of access to the OSCE Observer Mission,” he said.Russia’s Sergei Lavrov said that “of course we have not been able to solve all the problems related to the implementation of the Minsk agreements to settle the internal Ukrainian crisis, but I believe that this meeting was very useful.”‘Positive dynamic’ Lavrov said both sides had discussed a ‘road map’ for a prisoner exchange of people being held by Kiev and Moscow, reported state news agency RIA Novosti.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also saw “a positive dynamic for what I hope will be a peaceful solution”, adding that Paris and Berlin had offered to assist in demining operations.In the long run, he said, “we are ready to work on the parameters of a possible United Nations mission for eastern Ukraine when the implementation of the Minsk agreements will allow it”.Even if the guns were to fall silent, that issue is tricky.While Moscow favours blue-helmet troops only along the frontline, Kiev would want them to also police the Ukraine-Russian border to prevent soldiers and weapons from crossing.Despite the continued bloodshed, the Ukraine conflict has been half-forgotten by the West amid other crises and its own divisions, and as France, Germany and Russia have all been caught up in their own elections over the past year.The UN Security Council last week condemned “continuous violations of the ceasefire” and “the tragic humanitarian situation” on the frontline.In a rare phone call Saturday to prepare for the meeting, Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko discussed an “exchange of people being held” by both sides.But given the deepening distrust between the West and Russia, hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough were always low.The conflict began when a 2014 popular Ukrainian uprising ousted a Kremlin-backed president in Kiev and Russia moved to annex the Crimea peninsula, backing insurgents in the former Soviet state.Brussels responded to the territorial grab with stinging economic sanctions, with Moscow retaliating in kind. ‘Severe consequences’ Since then, east-west tensions have spiralled to a new post-Cold War low.The US and European powers have accused Moscow of using hackers and propaganda to sow discord, meddle in elections and back eurosceptics and right-wing populists, as well as ramping up military posturing to threaten eastern European states.Putin, who was re-elected to a fourth term in March, has denied all the charges and argued forcefully that hostile NATO powers are seeking to demonise and weaken Russia.Moscow also accused Kiev of spreading “bizarre” fake news after Ukraine’s secret service last month staged the murder of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, claiming it did so to foil a Russian plot on his life.Heightening tensions, Putin on Thursday warned that any military “provocations” during the World Cup football tournament which Russia is hosting, would have “very severe consequences for Ukraine as a state”.Russia’s main goal is the lifting of damaging economic sanctions, a push aided by the rise of sympathetic populist parties in the EU, most recently in Italy.France and Germany agree that any sanctions relief for Russia must be conditional on advances in the Ukraine peace process.last_img read more

Houston Honors Legacy Of The Buffalo Soldiers

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:46 Amy BishopRiders from Pennsylvania taking part in Buffalo Soldiers commemorationThe Buffalo Soldiers were African-American men who served in the U.S. Army until the mid-20th century. On a sweltering hot afternoon at Houston’s Tom Bass Park, about a dozen young African-American teenage boys are on horseback, dressed in traditional cavalry attire. They’re taking part in a ceremonial ride to commemorate the Buffalo Soldiers.One of the teens involved is Michael, whose group came from Pennsylvania for the event.“I didn’t know too much about the Buffalo Soldiers,” he admits. “But when I got into it, and the riding and things like that, I started researching a little more to get a better understanding of what I’m doing it for.”Amy BishopTeenage riders from Pennsylvania taking part in Buffalo Soldiers commemoration at Tom Bass ParkThis week marks the 150th anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers and Houston is hosting the celebration. People from around the country have been here for events all week, including 92-year-old Henri Legandre, a World War 2 vet from North Carolina. He was part of the last chapter of the soldiers before they were disbanded in the 1950s when the military became integrated. “In World War 2, we really fought two wars,” Legandre explains. “We fought the war for the United States, but we also fought the war for segregation.”On Saturday, a parade of about 150 horses and wagons went through Houston’s Midtown and Third Ward, beginning at Emancipation Park and ending at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.“The Buffalo Soldiers is a missing link in the American history story,” says Cpt. Paul J. Matthews, the museum’s founder, who was instrumental in organizing the week’s festivities. “And so most people think this is an African-American museum, but this is an American history museum.”The museum will also serve as the new national headquarters of the Buffalo Soldiers Association.Amy BishopTeenage riders from Pennsylvania taking part in Buffalo Soldiers commemoration at Tom Bass Park Listen X Sharelast_img read more

Chewbacca Actor Passes Away At 74

first_imgThe Star Wars world reacted with sorrow to the death of one of its most beloved original cast members, Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, episode three of the prequels, and the new trilogy up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Mayhew passed away at the age of 74 on April 30, 2019, with his family by his side. “He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca,” his family said.Harrison Ford, who portrayed Han Solo, paid tribute to Mayhew, with whom he shared many scenes, saying, “I loved him.” Ford spoke of the “kind and gentle man” possessing “great dignity and noble character,” according to the BBC.Peter Mayhew at the 2015 Florida SuperCon. Photo by Florida Supercon CC BY 2.0Mark Hamill said on twitter, “He was the gentlest of giants — A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly — I’m grateful for the memories we shared & I’m a better man for just having known him. Thanks Pete.”“Peter was a wonderful man,” producer and director George Lucas said in a statement. “He was the closest any human being could be to a Wookiee: big heart, gentle nature — and I learned to always let him win. He was a good friend, and I’m saddened by his passing.”George Lucas with Chewbacca. Photo by Getty ImagesMayhew, who was seven feet three inches tall, was working as a hospital orderly when Lucas cast him as the Wookiee named Chewbacca in 1977’s first film.As Variety wrote: “Though he spoke entirely in growls, snarls, and the occasional roar, Chewbacca’s unwavering loyalty to Han Solo made him one of the most beloved characters in the franchise. Much more than just the hairy co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, Chewie’s dependability and trustworthiness helped the iconic Wookiee function as the series’ ultimate ‘wing man.’ ”Chewbacca at the Star Wars Identities Exhibition at the O2 in London. Photo by William Warby CC BY 2.0“We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years,” said Ford in an interview. “He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience.”Mayhew consulted on The Last Jedi in order to help his successor. As his family wrote in the announcement of his passing, his commitment to Chewbacca “showed in every frame of the films from his knock-kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth.”Mayhew was born in London and did a little acting before signing on with George Lucas.“After wrapping the first Star Wars, he went back to work as an orderly and did not leave the job for good until the release of Return of the Jedi, after which he made a living off of Chewbacca, becoming a favorite on the fan convention circuit,” reported the Hollywood Reporter.Characters from the Star Wars movie franchise welcoming cosplayers to the first Monster Comic Con event at Doncaster Racecourse in South Yorkshire, UK, October 7, 2017“While Mayhew did not provide the voice of the 200-year-old Wookiee (that was created by sound designer Ben Burtt), many credit the body language and expressiveness of the eyes the actor brought to the role in making Chewbacca a beloved character.It was a part that Mayhew would take on his whole life and well beyond the movies, reprising the role for appearances on Donny & Marie and The Muppet Show and, more recently, Glee.”Peter Mayhew sitting in front of an image of his famous role as Chewbacca. Photo by Luigi Novi CC BY 3.0Although his height was not due to gigantism, Mayhew wrote two books for children, Growing Up Giant, and the anti-bullying book My Favorite Giant. He set up various charities, primarily the Peter Mayhew Foundation, and devoted time to those efforts for decades.Read another story from us: Star Wars, James Bond and Thunderbirds Star Shane Rimmer Passes Away at 89Mayhew was asked by Australia’s BMag why Chewbacca didn’t get a medal at the end of the first Star Wars film, along with Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. “I think it was one of two reasons,” he said. “One, they didn’t have enough money to buy me a medal. Or two, Carrie couldn’t reach my neck, and it was probably too expensive to build a little step so that I could step down or she could step up and give me the medal.”Mayhew, who lived in Texas, is survived by his wife and three children.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

Dinner in the Sky takes off in Thailand

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) You can read full article here: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… SAWASDEE:center_img Bangkok, 6 January, 2018 – Dinner In The Sky Thailand officially launches its inaugural flight in Bangkok today, making it the first time this global phenomenon has been made available to Thais and international visitors to Thailand.Featuring the world’s only suspended high-altitude dinner table, guests are seated securely at a height of 50m where they enjoy a four-course gourmet dinner with astonishing views of the Bangkok skyline.Dinner In The Sky Thailand is located between The Emporium Shopping Complex, the Benchasiri Park and Dinosaur Planet (right next to BTS Phrom Phong).The launch program includes a Gala event joined by VIP and &PROUD Yangon LGBT Film Festival – 2018Thailand offers family fun mobile application for touristsThailand wins big in hosting first MotoGPlast_img read more

Cancun police part of statewide work stoppage

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Cancun police were part of a work stoppage Thursday that took place across the state.More than 600 ministerial police and administrative staff of the Attorney General of Quintana Roo took part in a work stoppage that involved all 11 municipalities. Public ministries, experts and administrative personnel participated in the demonstration over low salaries, lack of equipment and benefits.Hilario Rodríguez from the Public Ministry of Chetumal said, “This work stoppage is not to the detriment of the citizenry, but to the benefit of it. If we were provided with all the necessary equipment, it would be in their own best interest with better work performance.”Ministerial agents said that it has been more than 10 years since receiving any economic stimulus adding that they lack funds for travel or gasoline, having to pay for these things out of their own pocket.The police say they do not have the salary increase they need due to the work they do at high risk.They also pointed out that their life insurance policies have been reduced from 500,000 peso to 200,000. They said that they are requesting an increase in salary and the delivery of equipment to deal with crime.“Flashlights, radios, helmets, vests, handcuffs, gloves, knee pads, all the necessary equipment. That equipment. Where is it? We have never been assigned of the equipment,” said Hilario Rodríguez.Officers in the southern zone of the state say they do not have matched salaries to those who work in the municipality of Benito Juarez.The demonstration that was headquartered at the Prosecutor’s Office in Cancun began at 9:00 a.m. Two hours later, Juan Carlos Salazar Aldana, Deputy Attorney General of the Northern Zone, announced a commission of people had been formed to focus on negotiations.The Attorney General of Quintana Roo, Miguel Ángel Pech Cen, did not issue statements, but according to ministerial elements, the work stoppage will continue until the problems are resolved.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

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first_imgNews | February 17, 2011 Next-Generation FFDM System Installed in the United States 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 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 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 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. 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 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 center_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems February 17, 2011 – The first U.S. installation of a next-generation digital mammography system was unveiled at one of Zwanger-Persiri Radiology’s nine locations in Long Island, N.Y. The Mammomat Inspiration, from Siemens, offers digital screening and diagnostic mammography, stereotactic biopsy and upgrade capability all in one system.“The installation of the Mammomat Inspiration is a key differentiator in helping us provide our patients the most comfortable mammography experience while capturing high quality clinical images,” said Steven Mendelsohn, M.D., medical director for Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology. “Even though most people understand the importance of having a mammogram, it is not often considered a pleasant experience and many women put off having the exam. The Inspiration’s unique design and comfort features can help patients in our community feel less intimidated by the exam and could be a driver in helping to encourage them to schedule regular mammograms, which is critical to early breast cancer detection. The Inspiration’s functionality also makes the process of conducting a mammogram and reading clinical images easier for our technologists and radiologists than previous mammography systems.”Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology will be installing 13 Inspiration systems. More than 700 systems are currently installed outside the United States. With its unique MoodLight LED light panel, the system helps provide a warmer environment by illuminating soft, pastel colors that can change dynamically throughout the day or can be set on one color that best matches the environment. To match breast density and thickness, it offers three anode/filter combinations: Mo/Mo, Mo/Rh, and W/Rh. The Opdose feature automatically selects the appropriate anode/filter combination and the lowest radiation dose for individual breast characteristics. The Opcomp function applies compression only as long as the patient’s breast is soft and pliable – stopping at the point of optimal compression. One-click-to-image functionality automatically opens the patient scheduler after an exam is finalized, so that selecting the next patient is the only mouse click needed. The tube head instantly goes from the cranio-caudal to the mediolateral-oblique position with one touch of a button. The operator interface of the syngo-based acquisition workstation (AWS) includes the generator console – meaning less equipment and a smaller footprint. The detector produces a preview image in just seconds after X-ray exposure, allowing users to quickly assess the quality of positioning and proceed with the next exam.With a new AEC algorithm, the system measures and selects exposure parameters based on the individual breast size and composition. This adaptive AEC provides full flexibility in terms of breast positioning. The new OpView 2 image processing software is specially designed for digital mammography to produce outstanding image quality. New algorithms provide excellent visibility of the breast border as well as structures in dense tissue. A dedicated Acquisition Workstation (AWS) and syngo MammoReport allows breast image viewing from multiple modalities all on one screen. Through DICOM and RIS compatibility, patient data is readily stored in existing clinical archives. With Siemens Remote Service, service time gaps are shortened or downtime can be eliminated. Through constant monitoring, deviating parameters are detected before problems occur. To celebrate the launch, Siemens is hosting the “Who Inspires You?” contest that is open through midnight on February 23, 2011. By going to, healthcare facilities can submit brief videos nominating up to three clinical staff members that regularly inspire colleagues and/or patients in the battle against breast cancer. Candidates can include breast surgeons, oncologists, radiology technologists, radiologists, breast care patient coordinators, OB-GYNs or any other healthcare professional who goes above and beyond his or her responsibilities to provide exceptional patient care in the area of breast cancer. The video should also include ideas on how digital mammography can be an inspiration for patients in the community to get regular mammograms.Independent judging will be conducted by the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC). The winner and runners-up will be announced during the 2011 NCBC Annual Conference in Las Vegas in March.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… 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 Related Contentlast_img read more