York University students not optimistic strike will end anytime soon

first_imgTORONTO – York University students aren’t feeling hopeful that they’ll be back in class soon, even after some of the school’s striking contract workers voted to accept the university’s latest offer.CUPE 3903 Unit 2 said more than 1,000 course directors and some teaching instructors who are not full-time graduate students will return to work on Monday, but about 2,000 other teaching and graduate assistants, who belong to two other units, will remain on the picket line of the 15-week strike.Students, and even some staff, say they are confused about when, or if, classes will resume in lieu of Unit 2 accepting the offer and don’t feel optimistic that the uncertainty caused by the battle that began in March over wages and job security will end anytime soon.CUPE 3903 chairman Devin Lefebvre did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but in a Friday news release, stressed that the units that have yet to agree to the offer “cannot accept precarious work and the decline of academic integrity at York” and “will continue to work toward a fair contract.”Meanwhile, York University spokesperson Barbara Joy said in an email on Sunday that the university has been working with staff to facilitate a return to classes, saying “this has been a long and difficult process for everyone involved.”Joy said the university is promising to provide details on classes, which she noted will not resume immediately, adding that students will be notified in the coming days.However, Carrie Cooper, a third-year history student, said she doesn’t feel optimistic that she will be headed back to class anytime soon, because she said she believes the university has been prolonging reaching an agreement, in hopes that workers will just give in to the school’s demands.“I have seen the York administration’s true colours with the way they have dealt with students and workers. … Obviously, they don’t care,” Cooper said.“Everyone is saying wait for your professors to email you (about the status of classes), but a lot of students have a) left or b) started working at a job for the rest of the summer. … There is confusion and tensions and the school is in chaos.”Cooper said students have been emailing each other for advice about whether they should finish assignments or expect to be called back to classes soon. Many, she said, are feeling deterred from continuing their education with masters or PhD degrees and others are eyeing transfers to other universities.Fellow third-year student Robyn Osbourne, who is studying law and society, considered transferring schools, but said she is sticking with York because she is more than half-way done her education.She said she is “is not necessarily hopeful” the strike will end soon. Because it has been so lengthy and there has been a lack of summer classes offered in lieu of its duration, she will have to delay her graduation and commit to a fifth year of classes to get all the credits she needs.Even if the strike ends and classes resume, Osbourne said it will still put students in a bind because many like her grabbed jobs after losing hope of the university reaching an agreement with workers anytime soon.“We can’t just abandon those commitments because we won’t have the money to pay for school next year,” Osbourne said.Joanna Pearce, a teaching assistant in the Department of Humanities who is part of the striking Unit 1, said she is just as frustrated as the students.She said she has been fielding emails from them seeking clarity about what is happening with classes, credits and degrees, but said even she doesn’t have answers.She is particularly concerned about students who are transferring to other universities and colleges in the fall and are in danger of not being able to move because they don’t have grades to provide the institutions they are going to.“I really miss my students,” she said. “I really hate not being able to give them a clear idea of what is happening and what their next steps are.”last_img read more

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The 13 Most Underrated Movies of 2017

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: If “Juno” had opened in 2017, would it still have been a box office hit? What about “Shakespeare in Love”? “Little Miss Sunshine”? “Slumdog Millionaire”?To say that the state of independent films is at a crossroads is the understatement of the decade. The movie business has now become a tale of two audiences. There’s the tentpole blockbusters, like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Wonder Woman,” which draw packed crowds at the multiplexes. And then there’s everything else.For the last two years, even the month of December — a time when Oscar movies usually fare well — hasn’t necessarily been the most fertile ground for smaller movies. Blame the “Star Wars” franchise — the Disney blockbusters have become such Goliaths, they’ve put a dent in any title playing in a theater near them. That’s led to a pre-holiday lull for art-house movies, such as “The Darkest Hour” or “The Shape of Water” (both hovering at around $10 million in tickets sales so far in limited release), that rely on word of mouth to grow. Advertisement Facebook With competition from TV shows, the Internet, Netflix and other mediums, the number of independent films that enter into the zeitgeist become fewer and fewer. In 2017, the rare success stories included “The Big Sick” ($43 million at the domestic box office), “Wind River” ($34 million) and “Lady Bird” ($29 million), but even they didn’t do business on the same scale as a “Juno” from 2007 ($143 million).Here are 13 movies that deserved a bigger spotlight.1. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”Domestic box office: $2.3 millionYorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to “The Lobster” is his best movie yet, a dark horror comedy about a family led by Colin Farrell (a career-best performance) and Nicole Kidman (equally terrific) whose serenity is disrupted one day by an eerie visitor (Barry Keoghan). When “Sacred Deer” premiered at Cannes last May, it was followed by immediate Oscar buzz and comparisons to Kubrick. However, distributor A24 has had a lot of on its plate, with “Lady Bird,” “The Disaster Artist” and “The Florida Project.” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” didn’t find the audience it deserved.2. “The Lost City of Z”Domestic box office: $8.5 millionIn “The Lost City of Z,” James Gray has crafted a swashbuckling adventure with the heart of a lush period movie, set in the depths of the Amazon jungle circa the 1920s. The leader of the film’s travelogues is real-life explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who is accompanied by his wingman Henry Costin (Robert Pattinson), while his feminist wife (Sienna Miller, fantastic) is left to worry back home in London. The movie quietly slipped out of theaters last spring from Amazon Studios—though it would have also been right at home with Merchant Ivory Productions. The film’s many vocal defenders on social media, including Variety’s Guy Lodge, are right; this should be seen.READ MORE Twitterlast_img read more

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Paco Alcacer signs for FC Barcelona

Barcelona – Barcelona has announced the signing of striker Paco Alcacer from Valencia on a five-year contract.Alcacer, 23, joins for an initial €30 million with a further €2m in potential bonuses, and his buyout clause has been set at €100m.The striker has passed his medical and has now signed a contract with FC Barcelona. He will be presented once he returns from international duty with the Spanish national team after having joined up with the squad on Monday, FC Barcelona said in a statement. He is the Catalan club’s sixth singing of the summer following the arrivals of Jasper Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Lucas Digne, Samuel Umtiti and Andre Gomes. read more

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Five tips to help you score the best deals on your holiday

TORONTO — The malls are decked with boughs of holly as retailers hope to attract shoppers during the key holiday season. But more and more Canadians are hoping to score the best deals from the comfort of their own homes and a digital screen.Nearly two-thirds of Canadians say they are planning to holiday shop online, up from 55 per cent last year, according to a recent survey conducted by FedEx.Even after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many retailers continue to offer discounts during what has been dubbed “cyberweek.”Millennials’ lust for makeup driving a boom in the cosmetics industryFrom Sears to J. Crew, the holiday will be make-or-break for these struggling retailersKerry K. Taylor, a personal finance expert at Squawkfox.com, says to ignore the hype retailers build around products and sales in a bid to move a lot of inventory.“Know that a lot of these so-called deals are playing on your fear of missing out, because you want the best deal,” she says.“This is why we end up overspending.”That’s why it’s important to not only make a list, but check it twice to ensure you’re actually getting the best bargain on that remote-controlled Star Wars BB-8 robot or Google Home Mini.Here are five tips to get the best deals online:1) Wipe your digital slate clean first.Clear all cookies and browsing history or use an incognito window (a mode available in many browsers that allows you to surf the web without tracking your activity) when shopping online. Otherwise, retailers can use that information to adjust the price based on your profile and online trail, says Taylor.“It knows exactly what kinds of items you’re interested in, and some of them have customer-based pricing, so they change the pricing based on how many times you’ve visited the site.”For example, a 7-in-1 Instant Pot electronic pressure cooker was priced at $237.99 on Amazon.ca when viewed using an incognito window, but was listed $285.99 when using a regular browser window.2) Use apps and browser extensions to comparison shop or find coupon codes.Digital flyer apps like Reebee and Flipp are useful tools to compare prices. Shoppers can search for their desired items using the app, or corresponding website, and find prices as listed on digital flyers from a variety of retailers. Also, because the price listed is embedded in a flyer, it does not shift based on a customer’s online profile, adds Taylor.When ready to check out, shoppers can use Honey, an extension that can be added to Google’s Chrome browser that can search online for applicable discount, promotion or coupon codes. Consumers can select the code they want to use and apply it to their order before paying.3) Use the model or product number to comparison shop.To make sure you are comparing apples to apples, use the specific product or model number as well as the brand and product name when searching online to size up a deal, says Taylor. Otherwise, the price you see offered by online merchant may be lower or higher to reflect different features or products, not necessarily a deeper discount.4) Avoid extended warrantiesOnline retailers can also try to tack on an extended warranty, which can add as much as 20 per cent to the purchase price, Taylor says.“You’ve just eroded all the value you’ve earned.”These warranties offer little benefit, and a similar level of coverage is often already offered from many credit card purchase protection plans, she adds.5) Sign up for retailer newsletters to learn about flash sales and coupons.If you are looking for a certain product or eyeing a particular retailer, you can sign up for email newsletters and shop when they offer a flash sale (a discount or promotion offered for a short period of time) or a coupon code, says Taylor. But she urges consumers to unsubscribe once an item is crossed off your list, as these newsletters will tempt you to spend unnecessarily.“It’s really hard for our brains to avoid wanting to get the best deal,” Taylor says.“We’re wired to spend money, basically, and the retailers know this.” read more

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Deteriorating conditions in eastern Afghanistan drive civilians to flee UN reports

“In the North West Frontier Province area of Pakistan, we have received information from authorities regarding the presence of several thousands of Afghans crowded at the Kurram border area in an attempt to be admitted into Pakistan,” Fatoumata Kaba told reporters in Islamabad. The agency expressed concern about unconfirmed reports of vulnerable Afghan asylum seekers being turned away from entering Pakistan by the authorities. “UNHCR would appreciate the generosity of the Pakistani authorities in granting these Afghans temporary asylum if they prove to be genuine asylum-seekers,” Ms. Kaba said. Along the Chaman crossing, some 3,000 newly arrived Afghans are also waiting in the “no-man’s land” area along the border. “These families have been fleeing war, drought or poverty,” said Ms. Kaba, adding, “Sometimes, it is all three.”The spokesperson warned that if the situation in Afghanistan does not stabilize, “we are likely to see a continued outflow of Afghans to neighboring countries.” Also today, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced that on Monday it would begin distributing food to 250,000 of the most vulnerable people in the city of Herat. “According to our staff, people in Herat are highly vulnerable now with a great number of widows, beggars and homeless in the streets,” said agency spokesperson Jordan Dey.The survey team hired to do the assessment for the Herat distribution was entirely female, according to WFP. The non-governmental organization (NGO) World Vision hired 250 women – many of whom had previously worked as teachers, doctors or staff of humanitarian agencies – to conduct the week-long survey.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners are providing basic education materials for 1.5 million children in advance of the 21 March official start of the school year in Afghanistan. “That’s the number of young Afghans…who we expect will wish to go to school that day,” said agency spokesperson Chulho Hyun. read more

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Annan calls for universal adherence to chemical weapons treaty

“The international community remains deeply concerned about the dangers of weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorists and is actively engaged in the work to counter this threat. The Chemical Weapons Convention, fully and effectively implemented, can be a powerful instrument in that work,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the eighth session of the Conference of States Parties to the CWC in The Hague.”I urge those States that have not ratified or acceded to the CWC to do so without delay,” he added.Less than seven years after the convention entered into force, 156 governments have ratified it, he said, but “almost 40 States remain outside the convention – some of them from regions that would benefit greatly from the assurances which membership in the Convention would bring.”The 37 states that have not signed the treaty, or have signed but not ratified, included some countries in the Middle East and North Africa, some small nations of the Caribbean and Pacific and about a dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa.Mr. Annan said he welcomed the progress being made in destroying chemical weapons, as reported to the first review conference earlier this year, and hoped the momentum would be maintained.By May 2002, a total of nearly 7,000 tons of chemical agents and more than 2 million munitions and containers had already been destroyed, the official CWC web site said. read more

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Ohio State examining potential plans for new hockey arena

Map of north campus athletics district | Credit: Courtesy of OSU Board of TrusteesOhio State hockey could be in line for a home of its own in the near future.The OSU athletic department is considering adding a hockey arena to the north campus athletic district that would become the home of both men’s and women’s ice hockey. It would feature two sheets of ice: one for games and one for practices. There is currently no estimate for when the project will be completed. The current project spot for the new arena is just north of the soon-to-be-built Covelli Multi-Sport Arena, according to a map shared by the OSU Board of Trustees in their January meeting. It is part of an ongoing effort to build multiple athletic complexes in the place of Buckeye Village.Shaun Richard, associate athletic director and administrator for hockey at OSU, said the progress so far has been requesting a bid to architects in the hope of receiving detailed proposals, including cost estimates. “(The architects will) look at various things throughout the process in terms of what our program might look like in terms of locker room sizes, what we’d be needing in this building, the cost of a two-sheeted facility and just some obstacles that we may have to look at as we go through the process,” Richard said.The proposal is still in the early stages of planning, but the plans for the arena currently have the seating capacity set to 4,000.“That is what we have put in the RFQ (request for quotation) is 4,000, but we’re not married to that number right now, it’s more of just a starting point,” Richard said. “Looking at a smaller sheet, looking at a smaller arena is the direction we want to go to start.”Since the 1998-99 season, the OSU men’s hockey team has played in Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center, with a seating capacity of 17,500. The women’s hockey team has been playing in the much smaller OSU Ice Rink with a seating capacity of 1,415, since its inaugural season in 1999-2000.Last season, the men’s team averaged 5,335 people per game, filling up 30.5 percent of Value City Arena. The women’s team averaged 430 fans per game, 35.8 percent of the OSU Ice Rink’s available seating.There is no immediate timetable for when the project will be completed, but Richard said the department should receive bids on the project within the next month and have a study back before the end of the year. read more

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Schools must identify teachers with conflicts of interest in the wake of

first_imgA senior staff member at Eton College amid allegations he shared confidential information in relation to an upcoming Pre-U economics exam  A senior staff member at Eton College amid allegations he shared confidential information in relation to an upcoming Pre-U economics exam Credit:Tim Graham / Alamy Last summer, it emerged a senior staff member at Eton College had left the prestigious boys’ school amid allegations he shared confidential information in relation to an upcoming Pre-U economics exam with other teachers. Schools must identify teachers with “conflicts of interest” in the wake of the Eton College cheating scandal, the exam watchdog has announced.Exam boards will have to take tough measures to “protect the integrity” of assessments, Ofqual has said, as it concludes its review which was sparked by allegations of exam leaks by teachers at prestigious public schools.Under it’s the watchdog’s proposals, teachers will still be able to write assessments and have access to confidential materials.However, exam boards now will have to keep up-to-date records of all conflicts of interest linked to teachers involved in setting exams and put in safeguards to limit the risk of using teachers in this process.Boards will also have to put in place mechanisms to detect malpractice, such as by sampling the work of teachers who have written papers to look for unusual responses from their students.Ofqual chief Sally Collier said: “Our rules on confidentiality and malpractice are already demanding. The proposals we have put forward today build on them and provide greater clarity about our expectations and the implications for awarding organisations if information about an assessment is disclosed by a teacher who has been involved in its development.”She added that last year’s controversy over cheating “showed how public confidence in assessments and, in turn, qualifications, can be damaged if confidential information is wrongly used”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) exam board was also investigating concerns about irregularities surrounding Pre-U art history at both Eton and Winchester College.A statement issued by the Joint Council for Qualifications, on behalf of its member exam boards as well as school and college associations, said: “Malpractice undertaken by assessment setters involved in the production of question papers seriously damages the integrity of the entire examination system and undermines public confidence.”The very low number of such instances is due to the professional integrity of the vast majority of assessment setters (and others involved in the preparation of examination papers) and the current system of support and safeguards.”We welcome Ofqual’s review into teacher involvement in the setting of examination questions and handling of confidential materials and look forward to responding in detail to the consultation published today. “We endorse Ofqual’s position of supporting the continuing involvement of practising teachers in the examination system. Removing teachers from the process would have significant detrimental effects and expose the examinations system to unacceptable risks.”Last December, Ofqual said that the number of incidents where the integrity of exams were brought into question by the behaviour of teachers or examiners was “very small”. It said that “proven cases of inappropriate disclosure by teachers who had been involved with developing assessment materials are rare”, pointing out there were three cases in 2015, one in 2016 and three in 2017.last_img read more

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Strike threat still on the table as doctors and HSE resume talks

first_imgNEGOTIATORS FROM DOCTORS’ union the IMO and the Health Service Executive will be back around the table later today as efforts continue to avert next week’s planned action by junior doctors.As part of the dispute, doctors are demanding an end to shifts for NCHDs running in excess of 24 hours. They are also calling on the HSE to bring in a plan aimed at achieving compliance with an EU directive on working hours.A two-day break in LRC talks was called on Tuesday evening, following an agreement that teams from both sides would spend yesterday carrying out a pilot plan for a ‘roster verification process’.Officials visited two local hospitals yesterday to assess whether NHCDs are currently scheduled for shifts of over 24 hours and to decide what needs to be done to bring working hours into line.The results of yesterday’s fact-finding mission will be discussed today at the Labour Relations Commission.Speaking to TheJournal.ie earlier this week, the IMO’s Director of Industrial Relations Steve Tweed said that the union needed to see “significant progress” from the HSE before the threat of strike action could be taken off the table.It’s planned the 24 hour action will go ahead next Wednesday. The IMO has promised that the action will not interfere with emergency services.Read: Nurses row in behind doctors’ planned action >Column: Working conditions are so bad in Irish hospitals I sometimes get no sleep at all >last_img read more

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THI Australia go one step further supporting the vulnerable and homeless in

first_imgThe Hellenic Initiative Australia has teamed up with Emfasis Foundation to support pioneering social street work programs assisting the homeless and vulnerable groups in Athens.Announced this week, the initiative has donated $35,000 – the first new grant announced from proceeds raised during THI Australia’s One Greece 2017 campaign – to fund the Mobile Support Unit (MSU) Program for 12 months. This will enable Emfasis to expand its outreach services, supporting the needs of people living on the street, on the verge of homelessness, or facing serious survival challenges and social exclusion, by distributing food and survival kits, and also providing a critical link to social support services.“This grant represents an exciting new partnership and we are pleased to be working with the inspirational and dedicated team at Emfasis,” said THI Australia president Nicholas Pappas. THI Australia has committed more than $500,000 to its Crisis Relief Program over the next three years.“THI Australia’s support will play a pivotal role in enhancing the resources dedicated to our mobile units in Athens and Piraeus, enabling us to reach out to more people who are in need of support, hope, and a better future,” said Emfasis founding member Maria Karra.“Human dignity remains the core ingredient of any healthy society and we are thrilled that the grant will offer our street workers the means to support and spread optimism and solidarity to people in dire need.”Founded in 2013, Emfasis Foundation is a non-profit organisation that touches the lives of more than 3,000 people annually. To date, it has clocked more than 120,000 volunteering hours and run 14 relief programs and campaigns. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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LAllemagne planche sur une sortie rapide du nucléaire

first_imgL’Allemagne planche sur une sortie rapide du nucléaireAu lendemain de l’accident de Fukushima, engendré par le violent séisme et le tsunami qui se sont abattus le 11 mars sur le Japon, l’Allemagne a annoncé sa volonté de renoncer au nucléaire. Une sortie que le pays entend réaliser de façon accélérée.Dans un document rédigé par les ministères de l’Environnement et de l’Économie, le gouvernement allemand a élaboré un plan en six points, visant une sortie rapide de l’énergie nucléaire, rapporte le site du Point. Un retrait compensé par le déploiement des énergies renouvelables, afin de faire prendre “un tournant (à) la politique énergétique” allemande.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéAngela Merkel avait décidé il y a quelques mois de prolonger de douze ans la durée de vie de ses réacteurs nucléaires, alors qu’un plan prévoyait la fermeture du parc à l’horizon 2020. Face à l’accident de Fukushima, le gouvernement change à nouveau d’avis et affirme aujourd’hui vouloir “passer rapidement à l’âge des énergies renouvelables”.Subventions pour les projets visant ce déploiement, incitations aux économies d’énergie, loi facilitant la construction de nouvelles lignes électriques : le plan doit être présenté vendredi aux chefs de gouvernement des États régionaux du pays. C’est en juin que sera adopté la feuille de route de sortie du nucléaire par le conseil des ministres. Mais avant cela, un comité d’éthique se réunira pour émettre un avis sur le sujet. Il sera constitué de représentants de la vie civile, des Églises, et de scientifiques.Le 15 mars, Angela Merkel avait crée la surprise en ordonnant la fermeture immédiate des sept plus anciens réacteurs du pays, dont un tiers de l’électricité est aujourd’hui produite par les centrales nucléaires allemandes.Le 12 avril 2011 à 21:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Rosalina and Luma

first_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Stay on target Rosalina and Luma Launch Into Battle!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighters: Rosalina and Luma.center_img Who Are They?Forget Princess Peach. By far the most enigmatic female character in the entire Mario universe is Rosalina, the straight-up space goddess from Super Mario Galaxy. Maybe it’s because her dress lining is made of the cosmos. Maybe it’s because she has a secretly depressing storybook backstory involving her dead mother. Or maybe it’s the hair over her eyes. But Rosalina is just cool. And she’s a kind caregiver to the Luma race of little star creatures.Smash HistoryEven among the illustrious Mario series Super Mario Galaxy was hailed as a masterpiece on Wii. And adding Rosalina to Smash Wii U/3DS was the perfect choice to represent that game, even if her trailer was a bit of a Mario Kart fakeout. However, adding Luma as a secondary character was an unexpected twist. With the Ice Climbers out of commission until Ultimate, Rosalina and Luma were the only way to control two characters at once.What Looks New in Ultimate?Rosalina and Luma’s ability to literally be in two places at once made them a dominant force in Smash Wii U/3DS. Other tricky moves like projectile-negating gravitational pulls and aerials that chain into each made it tough to land a attack on her. In Ultimate Luma is an even stronger partner with more health and multiplied damage when farther away from Rosalina. However the character overall has been nerfed since she’s a rare fighter with more lag, not less.Our Hopes?What happened to Rosalina’s mom? Her backstory was added to Super Mario Galaxy and was promptly removed by Shigeru “No Story” Miyamoto. But Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has a full-on anime intro? So tell us the real heartbreaking story of Rosalina’s mom? If Ness’s invisible dad can be a spirit so can Rosalina’s dead mom.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidelast_img read more

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4 arrested for kidnapping shooting victim in face

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police arrested four people, Monday, in connection with a shooting and kidnapping in Miami.Rachel Torna, Felipa Aviles, Ashley Perez and Jenifer Cortez face charges of premeditated attempted murder, aggravated armed kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.Police said they received an anonymous call, Friday, claiming a man had been shot and was being held against his will at a house along Southwest Seventh Street and Fourth Avenue in Little Havana.Police later found the victim had been kidnapped because he allegedly owed money to Perez. The victim had been shot in the face.After officials showed up, the victim was rushed to the hospital. He has since been discharged.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Boldly Growing Where No Flower Has Grown Before

first_img It seemed like spring aboard the International Space Station this weekend when NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly shared a photo of a cheerful orange zinnia, the first flower grown in space.First ever flower grown in space makes its debut! #SpaceFlower #zinnia #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/2uGYvwtLKr— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 16, 2016Kelly has been documenting his year in space, taking to social media to share stunning images of life on the ISS, including his foray into space botany. In October, Kelly broke the American record for most time living in space at 383 days.Our plants aren’t looking too good. Would be a problem on Mars. I’m going to have to channel my inner Mark Watney. pic.twitter.com/m30bwCKA3w— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) December 27, 2015Some of my space flowers are on the rebound! No longer looking sad! #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/HJzXaTItIf— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 8, 2016This isn’t the first gardening success to occur  on the ISS and the space station’s Veggie Plant Growth System. Back in August, the astronauts grew and sampled the first vegetables grown in space — “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce, to be exact — cultivated in an effort to figure out how we could one day grow vegetables and deal with challenges such as drought, flooding and mold on Mars.Related: For the First Time Ever, NASA Astronauts Eat Vegetables Grown in SpaceThe zinnia was selected as the next project for the Veggie system so the scientists could get an understanding of how microgravity affects plants as they flower and grow. The flowers became Kelly’s responsibility after astronaut Kjell Lindgren returned home.In a release from NASA, Veggie project manager Trent Smith explained the flower is “more sensitive to environmental parameters and light characteristics. It has a longer growth duration between 60 and 80 days. Thus, it is a more difficult plant to grow, and allowing it to flower, along with the longer growth duration, makes it a good precursor to a tomato plant.”Early on, the flowers seemed like they were in trouble, with issues of humidity and mold growth plaguing the plant’s progress. Around Christmas, Kelly started tending to the plants as he saw fit, with guidelines from ground crew, and things started to turn around. Thanks to what they’ve learned from the thriving flowers, the ISS astronauts could soon be enjoying home-grown tomatoes.Related: Do You Have the Right Stuff? NASA Is Looking for Astronaut Candidates. Listen Now How Success Happens 3 min readcenter_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. January 18, 2016last_img read more

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SpaceX NASA Identify Problem That Caused Crew Dragon Spacecraft Explosion During April

first_imgClose SpaceX and NASA officials say that a propellant leak caused the unexpected destruction of a Crew Dragon spacecraft last April.The accident took place while the vehicle’s thruster systems were being tested on the ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida. While no one was injured due to safety precautions taken by both SpaceX and NASA, the Crew Dragon was completely destroyed in the explosion.Now, SpaceX VP of Build & Flight Reliability Hans Koenigsmann and NASA Commercial Crew Program Manager Kathy Lueders have revealed more on the unexpected crash and the results of their investigation. ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Related Products $37.99$37.99 AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Ads by Amazon Bestseller Allcenter_img SpaceX’s Dragon: America’s Next Generation Spacecraft (Springer Pra… ENDS IN Preliminary Findings RevealedAccording to Koenigsmann, the investigators found identifying burn marks surrounding a check valve in the system designed to separate the oxidizer and fuel components under pressure. The check valves have a spring that’s opened to let propellant components flow in the direction you want them to go. However, the leak in the check valve caused a “slug” consisting of a high-pressure oxidizer, which is a titanium component and resulted in the explosive accident.The SpaceX representative added that the engineering team from the company is already fixing the hardware to make the Crew Dragon a safer vehicle and ensure it doesn’t run in the same problem again. Specifically, the check valve will be replaced with a burst valve, which will completely separate both oxidizer and fuel from the pressurization liquids.While these are just the preliminary findings and only about 80 percent of the investigation is completed, the officials expressed their confidence in the details that are being made public.Future Plans For Crew DragonPrior to the accident, an uncrewed Crew Dragon 2 has already been successfully launched to the ISS in March. A two-week crewed test mission was supposed to be scheduled on July, but with the production and investigation still underway, the officials are not certain if a flight could be accomplished by the end of 2019.Lueders explained that while it’s always possible for NASA to fly a crew on a SpaceX spacecraft, they’re focusing on all the tests of the various systems as of now.”In a lot of ways, this was a gift for us,” Lueders pointed out. “It was a test on the ground, we had a lot of instrumentation on the vehicle, we had high speed cameras, we were able to get the hardware and the data … through this process, we will continue to learn things that will help us fly safer.” TAG SpaceX, Crew Dragon, NASA, spacecraft Ads by Amazon (4) DEAL OF THE DAYlast_img read more

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first_img November 30, 2011 –– Parascript, the image analysis and pattern recognition technology provider, announced the release of AccuDetect 5.0, the next generation of its computer-aided detection (CAD) software, aimed at helping radiologists improve breast cancer detection. AccuDetect 5.0 makes significant performance improvements over its predecessor and further reduces the potential for false-positive rates when detecting suspicious lesions on mammograms.AccuDetect is tuned to work with the leading full-field digital mammography (FFDM) and computed radiography (CR) systems. The software recently received CE Mark approval and is installed in multiple radiology centers in France, Italy, and The Netherlands. It is also used by the Russian Center for Roentgeno – Radiology Research (RNCRR), Russia’s largest, most recognized breast cancer oncology center, which is based in Moscow.Available for FFDM vendors interested in reducing false-positive rates of existing CAD systems, AccuDetect is intended to assist radiologists in the early detection of breast cancer during mammography screening exams. The technology has been developed using a broad database of digital images from leading digital mammography systems. It uses several proprietary complementary algorithms to detect the presence of suspicious lesions on mammogram images. Proprietary voting technology combines the detection results from each algorithm. The result is a state-of-the art CAD product with high sensitivity and low false-positive rates.CAD systems are typically relied upon to identify and highlight hard-to-find anomalies on medical images. The systems enable suspicious lesions to be brought to the attention of radiologists. AccuDetect automatically identifies and clearly marks suspicious areas, enabling a more accurate interpretation of mammograms and increased detection of calcifications and masses.For more information: www.parascript.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 | 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 Related Content Technology | November 30, 2011 Parascript Announces AccuDetect 5.0, Computer-Aided Detection for Digital Mammography 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 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 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 | 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 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.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | January 08, 2014 Carestream Enhances Vue PACS Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Module “Synthetic 2-D views have the potential to help reduce patient dose and some radiologists believe the image quality is superior to traditional 2-D mammography views, which can help enhance patient care,” said Ron Muscosky, product line manager of healthcare information solutions, Carestream. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more 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 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 “One of the primary benefits of 64-bit architecture is its enhanced ability to handle larger datasets, including DBT and other 3-D exams. So this architecture will greatly improve access speeds and reading convenience for users of 3D imaging studies,” said Muscosky. 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 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more For more information: www.carestream.com, www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Carestream’s new generation of Vue PACS (picture archiving and communication system) is designed to include 64-bit architecture. Image courtesy of Imago Systems The module is scheduled to include the display of DICOM-compliant 2-D synthetic views, which are calculated from the 3-D dataset. The use of synthetic views is considered as an alternate approach to reducing dosage to patients while allowing full advantage of the benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis. 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 | 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 January 8, 2014 — Carestream demonstrated work-in-progress enhancements to its digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) module on its Vue Mammo Workstation at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2013). News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more 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 Related Content 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 The DBT module is also designed with specialized tools to enhance reading. It can enhance workflow by allowing healthcare providers to store, route, display and query/retrieve DBT exams from DICOM-compliant acquisition devices. Comparison tools enable radiologists to use personalized hanging protocols for DBT exams along with other procedures. Other additions to Carestream’s DBT module include a DBT image map and improved workflow settings.last_img read more

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Airbus would reconsider UK investment if country leaves EU

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Business leaders are starting to make their views known, mindful of consequences that a so-called “Brexit” would bring.Kahn says that should Britain vote to leave, Airbus would reconsider future investment if business conditions were more favorable in other parts of Europe.Airbus also has European operations in France, Germany and Spain.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist LONDON (AP) — The head of the U.K. arm of Airbus has warned the aerospace company would reconsider its investments in Britain should the country vote to leave the European Union.Paul Kahn has joined several prominent business leaders in expressing concern about the promised referendum on EU membership. Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to hold such a vote by the end of 2017 — after he has tried to negotiate reforms with the 28-member bloc. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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AccorHotels introduces first ibis Styles hotel

first_imgAccorHotels introduces first ibis Styles hotelAccorHotels introduces first ibis Styles hotel in the United Statesibis Styles, the economy brand from AccorHotels has made its debut in the United States with the opening of ibis Styles New York LaGuardia Airport.As part of AccorHotels’ continued expansion of its economy hotel brands worldwide, the global hospitality group announced the introduction of ibis Styles New York LaGuardia Airport – the first of the ibis Styles hotel in the U.S. The hotel will also serve as the flagship hotel for the brand in the country.Located at the former site of the LaGuardia Airport Hotel, the property has undergone a major renovation to cater to leisure and busines travelers seeking a satisfying, comfortable, and thoroughly distinctive guest experience that plays off the vibrant culture of the city that surrounds it.“As the AccorHotels portfolio grows in North America, I am very proud to announce the first ibis Styles hotel in the United States,” said Kevin Frid, Chief Operating Officer, North & Central America, AccorHotels. “ibis Styles has already seen much success in Europe and South America, and we anticipate the brand to be a standout in New York as well.”About ibis Styles New York LaGuardia AirportLike each of the 339 mid-size ibis Styles hotels distributed across 30 countries worldwide, the U.S. flagship property is stylish and distinctly imaginative. Located just across Grand Central Parkway from LaGuardia Airport, the singular design of the 93-room hotel is inspired by the New York City Subway. Design details create a lively universe, from whimsical in-wall lobby seating to throw pillows and artwork that take cues from the colorful emblems, stations and route maps found throughout the underground cultural hub.Guest rooms will be inspired by different subway lines – green, yellow, red, blue – with furniture suited to today’s lifestyles, including 26-inch HD LED televisions, desk areas, walls decorated with subway maps, and the majestic Sweet Bed by ibis Styles, an innovative bedding concept for the brand that offers guests unparalleled comfort with a fluffy topper, as well as a white duvet and large, light and airy microfiber pillows. The hotel similarly serves up a true taste of New York, with authentic street-inspired snacks served at the Metrocard Lounge, while making it easy for guests to take a bite out of the Big Apple, with NYC Subway card packages.Ibis Styles and DesignIbis Styles is an international non-standardized brand and each property is modern, simple and all about well-being. Every hotel has an independent, diverse personality and an energetic spirit that shines through every area, from the lobby to the guestrooms. The brand seamlessly blends connectivity with design and comfort, offering unique decor and a comfortable ambience on every floor – and the price is always inclusive of buffet breakfast for every overnight guest, unlimited Wi-Fi internet access, and lots of extras such as hot drinks, gifts for the kids and more.Ibis Styles New York LaGuardia Airport caters to both business and leisure travelers by offering high-speed internet and a convenient location close to the airport and just a short ride away from Manhattan. Ibis Styles also caters to convenience-minded families with family friendly accommodations and complimentary breakfast to all children. The hotels also provide baby-care items such as high chairs, bottle warmers, folding cribs and more free of charge upon request.Ibis Styles is part of AccorHotels’ ibis Brand family, which will open seven new ibis hotels in the region, specifically Mexico, in 2017 and 2018. For more information about ibis Styles, please visit www.ibisstyles.comSource = AccorHotelslast_img read more

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