World leaders to gather at UN meeting on combating HIVAIDS epidemic

31 May 2011An unprecedented number of national leaders and other high-level figures will participate in next week’s United Nations meeting on combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the UN announced today. An unprecedented number of national leaders and other high-level figures will participate in next week’s United Nations meeting on combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the UN announced today. At least 32 heads of State, heads of government or vice-presidents have committed to participating in the three-day event beginning on 8 June, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said.The agency described the number as a positive signal that the international community is committed to meet goals on HIV/AIDS prevention and care at a critical time “as more people than ever before are living with HIV, but international funding for AIDS is seen to be declining.”“The commitment we are seeing for this meeting from world leaders is an extremely positive signal and is coming at a critical time,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “This meeting will provide a real opportunity for countries to take ownership of the response and produce a strong and visionary declaration to guide global efforts in reaching universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2015.”“The top-level leaders will join ministers and other UN Member State representatives to commit to new ways forward in responding to AIDS,” according to a press statement issued by UNAIDS. “There will also be strong participation from civil society and other actors from the AIDS movement who will join discussions on how to take the AIDS response to the next level.”“Significant progress has been made in reducing numbers of new HIV infections, in accessing treatment, in reducing the number of AIDS-related deaths and in addressing stigma and discrimination. However, if efforts in responding to the epidemic are not sustained and scaled-up, the important results which have been accomplished risk being reversed.” read more

Canadian homebuilding beats expectations in May

TORONTO — Canadian housing starts picked up more than expected in May and April was revised higher, suggesting housing will contribute to economic growth in the second quarter after a harsh winter put the brakes on construction, data released on Monday showed.A report from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp showed the seasonally adjusted annualized rate of housing starts rose to 198,324 in May from an upwardly revised 196,687 units in April. That surpassed analysts’ expectations for a May reading of 185,000.“Activity is picking back up to its pre-winter trend, another sign that it was the weather and not a fundamental slowdown that dampened Canadian growth in the last few months,” Bill Adams, senior international economist for PNC Financial Services Group, said in a statement.“The trend so far in 2014 looks to be another year of activity more or less on par with 2013, and markedly lower than before the mid-2012 tightening of Canadian mortgage underwriting standards.”While housing starts are within a healthy range now, a significant increase in months to come could catch the attention of Ottawa policymakers, said BMO economist Robert Kavcic.“Canadian homebuilding activity has firmed up after a volatile winter. While current levels of starts are still within the range supported by fundamentals, a significant and sustained upward move from here could turn policymakers’ heads,” he said in a note Monday.Canada’s housing market has risen unsteadily for the last five years and appears to be settling down for a soft landing, with housing starts slowing from red-hot 2012 levels in 2013 and maintaining the slower pace so far in 2014, on average.The strong showing in April and May is likely a rebound from a weather-related slump in the winter, and took the two-month average 12.9 percent higher than the 175,000 recorded in the first three months of 2014, RBC economist Laura Cooper said in a research note.“In the near-term, this rebound in residential investment is expected to lift overall GDP growth in the second quarter; however, with the weather-related volatility having likely now run its course, we anticipate that the pace of new home construction will cool once again over the second half of this year to levels similar to that averaged over the first half,” Cooper said.May’s strength came from the single-detached housing sector, where starts rose 5.4%, as construction of multiples — typically condos — edged 0.8% lower.The gains were fairly broad-based across the country, with starts in Quebec, British Columbia and the Atlantic region rising strongly, while Ontario was flat and the Prairies were lower. © Thomson Reuters 2014 read more

Report 3 killed 13 trapped in mine collapse in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey – A copper mine has collapsed in southeast Turkey on Thursday, killing three workers and trapping 13 others inside, media reports said.The privately-owned mine near the town of Sirvan, in Siirt province caved in following a landslide in the region, the private NTV television said.Several ambulances and rescue teams were dispatched to the area and rescuers recovered the bodies of three miners, NTV said.The miners were working the night shift at the time of the collapse.In 2014, 301 miners were killed in a fire inside a coal mine in Soma, western Turkey — the nation’s worst mining disaster. The tragedy exposed poor safety standards and superficial government inspections in Turkey’s mines. Report: 3 killed, 13 trapped in mine collapse in Turkey by The Associated Press Posted Nov 17, 2016 1:11 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 17, 2016 at 4:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Temple routs UConn Huskies set NCAA records for futility

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Receiver Isaiah Wright scored on a run and a kickoff return as Temple routed UConn 57-7 on Saturday and the Huskies finished the season with several records for defensive futility.The Owls (8-4, 7-1 American), who started the year 0-2, finished the regular season with three straight wins and victories in six of their final seven games.It took Temple just two minutes to go 71 yards for the first score of the game, an 18-yard run from Wright on an option play. After UConn tied the game at 7 a few minutes later, Wright took the kickoff at the 1-yard-line, and went 99 yards straight up the middle of the field for a touchdown.The Owls scored on seven of their eight first-half possessions and led 40-7 after two quarters. They finished with 516 total yards.The Huskies (1-11, 0-8) this season gave up the most yards (7,409), yards per game (617.4), points (605) and points per game (50.41) of any major college football team in NCAA history.Kevin Mensah rushed 24 times for 94 yards for UConn, giving him 1,045 yards for the season.THE TAKEAWAYUConn: The Huskies did not beat an FBS opponent this season. The Huskies also went winless in conference play for the first time since it went 0-4 in the Yankee Conference in 1954.Temple: Wright now has three returns for scores this season. He also had punt returns of 73 yards against USF and 59 yards against East Carolina this season. Temple’s defence or special teams have scored in nine of the Owl’s 12 games.UP NEXTUConn’s season is over.Temple awaits a bowl bid.____More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Pat Eaton-Robb, The Associated Press read more

Kanye is back on Twitter and hes paying his respects to Steve

first_imgComparing Jobs to people such as Dr Martin Luther King seems fair enough, really.I mean, while King didn’t make the same technological advances, he did do some good in the world. Mr West has finally acknowledged this. Now maybe the world will too.But back to Jobs. RESPECT HIS LEGACY BY NEVER COMPROMISING ON OUR FUTURE is the way to go, apparently.We have no idea how this can be achieved, however, as that is his last tweet on the matter.C’mon Kanye, lead us.Oh yeah, the one person he is following is girlfriend Kim Kardashian. She usually tweets some interesting stuff…I think the Hulkster has one or two ideas…Read: Here’s how Kanye West expresses true love for Kim Kardashian > YO YO YO, etc.When he deleted all his tweets and left us with the solitary, shouty BE BACK SOON, we didn’t know where to look and what to do.His shy, self-deprecating messages had been a lesson in how one man could stay grounded, never straying from the everyman persona we knew and loved.Anywho, West came back on Saturday to pay his dues to a fallen hero of his, Steve Jobs.After a sleepless few nights, the great one has given us a reason to live, love, and maybe even tweet again.The gift that keeps on giving is back!last_img read more

Its confusing for people Irish Heart says saturated fats link to heart

first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Shutterstock/Lazarenko Svetlana Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article IRISH HEART HAS said it’s “disappointing” to see the British Medical Journal published an editorial saying there’s no link between saturated fat and health issues like coronary heart disease and type two diabetes.Earlier this week, the editorial entitled ‘Saturated fat does not clog the arteries‘ said that the treatment of coronary artery disease “urgently requires a paradigm shift”.“Despite popular belief among doctors and the public, the conceptual model of dietary saturated fat clogging a pipe is just plain wrong.”But Irish Heart (previously called the Irish Heart Foundation) said that the editorial is an opinion based on selective research, and goes against years of substantial studies that say the opposite.“We wouldn’t agree with it, and we won’t be changing our advice to people,” said Janis Morrissey, registered dietician and health promotion manager at the Irish Heart.“It’s disappointing, and confusing for people. There’s been conflicting headlines on this over the years, and it does cast doubt for people on what they should do. Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 4:53 PM ‘It’s confusing for people’: Irish Heart says saturated fats link to heart disease still valid Ireland’s heart health organisation has said people shouldn’t change their diet based on the editorial in the British Medical Journal. http://jrnl.ie/3359388 Food with saturated fats include food from animal sources, and dairy products including cheese, cream and butter.Morrissey told TheJournal.ie that “of course” the role of physical activity and nutrition should be acknowledged, but it’s confusing for the general public to give equal voice to this theory, which she says doesn’t have new evidence to back it up.The link between foods high in saturated fats and heart-related diseases has been well-established over the years, she said, but that saturated fats would be fine as part of an overall lifestyle and balanced diet.Although it’s common to have an editorial in a science journal, Morrissey said that this particular article’s references were selective. She added that it was good to have a debate, but that it was important to look at where information was coming from.Heart disease is the biggest cause of death in Ireland. Morrissey says that 80% of diseases are preventable through living a healthy lifestyle – if you get the advice on what ‘healthy’ is from the right place. If you don’t have a scientific background, you don’t know what’s true and what’s not. But our vested interest is the public and heart health, we’ve no vested interest in profit.center_img Apr 26th 2017, 4:53 PM There’s a huge amount you can do to reduce your risk: be more active, stop smoking, and decreasing your alcohol intake, go a huge way of reducing [your risk].This is part of a broader discussion on misinformation about health issues, which includes a recently given legal distinction between dietitians and nutritionists.Since last year, dietitians are legally registered and protected titles, while anyone can claim to be a nutritionist.Read: Belief that saturated fat clogs arteries is ‘just plain wrong’Read: One ‘diet drink’ a day could increase risk of dementia and strokes – seven-year study 14,425 Views Image: Shutterstock/Lazarenko Svetlana Share72 Tweet Email4 Short URL 27 Comments last_img read more

Mangos to Seven

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Newsreader John Mangos’s television career has been given a second chance on channel Seven as he got the gig presenting the news at 4.30 pm. Mangos was sacked earlier this year from SKY news for making a ill-timed racist joke, but many say it was an over-reaction by the PAY TV provider, especially since he later apologised for what he said. Mangos will be doing the summer shifts for Channel Seven news coming at a sensitive time for the broadcaster who are in deals with providing media to China. In September, Mangos was also presenting the news on SBS.last_img read more

Australia to assist Greece with fire recovery efforts

first_imgAustralia has committed to provide disaster assistance to Greece following the devastating fires that struck the east of Athens on Monday 23 July.In a joint media release from Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull MP and Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop MP it was revealed that Australia will send 10 Disaster Assistance Response Team members from Fire and Rescue NSW and Victoria Fire and Emergency Services.The team will conduct fire impact assessments in the affected areas.“We are well placed to support Greece in recovery efforts, drawing on our experience of devastating bushfires at home,” the media release reads.The Assistance Response Team will be supported by Crisis Response Officers from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Emergency Management Australia, who will assist Greece to plan and coordinate recovery efforts.Mr Turnbull and Ms Bishop went on to acknowledge the “longstanding and close friendship” between the two countries.“Our thoughts and those of the Australian people are with the people of Greece who have been affected by this catastrophic event,” they said.“We stand together with Greece during its time of need.”The devastating fires in Greece claimed the lives of 92 people, with over 180 injured and several still missing.We will continue to update readers as more information becomes available. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lhorloge biologique des plantes les prépare au printemps

first_imgL’horloge biologique des plantes les prépare au printempsPourquoi les plantes ne ratent jamais le printemps ? Tout simplement parce que c’est inscrit dans leurs gênes. En effet, des scientifiques viennent de découvrir le gêne qui permet aux plantes de contrôler leur floraison.L’étude génétique du cresson a permis de révéler aux chercheurs de l’Université d’Édimbourg, que 12 gênes fonctionnent main dans la main pour contrôler l’horloge biologique de la plante. Et c’est la protéine TOC1, qui auparavant était associée au réveil de la plante, qui permettrait en réalité à cette dernière de ralentir son activité nocturne.À l’instar des humains, les plantes, les animaux et les bactéries ont leur propre rythme. Connu sous le nom de rythme circadien, ce cycle leur permet de s’ajuster aux heures de la journée et aux changements de saisons. Cité par la BBC, le Professeur Andrew Millar, qui a conduit la recherche explique : “le cycle biologique de 24 heures affectent tous les êtres vivants, y compris les humains, les plantes et les animaux. Il produit notamment de nombreux effets sur le sommeil, le métabolisme et l’immunité”.  Ce spécialiste précise également que cette découverte engendre “un grand changement dans notre façon d’étudier les plantes. En effet, comme les humains, nous devrions considérer que les plantes ont, elles aussi, leurs propres rythmes”. Selon lui, “l’horloge biologique des plantes leur permet d’emmagasiner l’énergie nécessaire pour se préparer soit pour la journée, soit pour la nuit”. Ainsi, les résultats obtenus par les chercheurs devraient être particulièrement intéressants, notamment pour l’étude de la floraison d’autres plantes que le cresson, comme le riz, l’orge ou le blé. Mieux connaitre la vie des plantes “Ces résultats sont très utiles dans la mesure où ils nous donnent de nombreuses informations en matière de biologie et de floraison”, affirme Andrew Millars. Cette étude a, par ailleurs, été corroborée par le Professeur Paloma Mas, du Centre de Recherche sur les Génomes dans l’Agriculture, en Espagne. Celle-ci précise ainsi qu’il est “désormais possible d’étendre nos connaissances sur les cycles horaires aux récoltes et aux autres plantes utilisées dans l’agroalimentaire”. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les scientifiques espèrent pouvoir y voir plus clair dans les rythmes saisonniers qui affectent les êtres vivants. Cela pourrait leur permettre de mieux comprendre le processus de floraison mais aussi les modèles de reproduction des animaux. “Nous sommes désormais mieux équipés pour comprendre comment ce processus complexe modifie la vie des plantes et ce qui se passe lorsqu’il est interrompu, par exemple, en cas de changement climatique”.Mais les chercheurs ne comptent pas s’arrêter en si bon chemin. Le Professeur Millar affirme que “si nous connaissons déjà 12 gênes, nous souhaiterions en savoir plus sur ceux qui contrôlent la photosynthèse, l’ouverture des pétales, l’utilisation du nitrogène et l’odeur”. Le 17 mars 2012 à 16:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Silkworms That Eat Graphene Spin Webbing As Strong As Spideys

first_img Spider Silk Could Be Used to Make Artificial MusclesSilkworms Engineered to Produce Spider Silk Stay on target Humans have been using silk to make fabrics for more than six thousands years. It’s already one of the strongest fibers around, but researchers have made it even stronger — and electrically conductive.A Chinese research team at Tsinghua University has discovered that by feeding silkworms a rather unique diet that the silk they produced can be transformed into something straight out of Peter Parker’s lab. It’s more than 50% stronger than ordinary silk, which is pretty impressive given that some silks have a tensile strength as high as 650MPa. That puts the team’s super silk right up there with materials like tungsten and steel.And when it’s heated to 1050°C, the carbonized silk becomes an excellent conductor of electricity. So what, exactly, do you feed a silkworm to get it to produce this miraculous new fiber? The same things you use to improve everything from lithium-ion batteries to solar cells.Graphene and carbon nanotubes. They tricked the silkworms into eating by spraying a coating onto the delicious mulberry leaves they love, sort of how parents hide the peas to get their kids to eat vegetables.Led by Dr. Yingying Zhang, the team believes that their super-silk has loads of potential applications. Among them: biomedical implants, smart fabrics, and highly-efficient indoor solar cells.There’s also plenty of confidence that the production process can be scaled up rather easily… provided that someone else can produce enough graphene and carbon nanotubes for the silkworms to eat. It doesn’t take much, though. Amazingly, the spray only contains .2% of the stuff by weight.Image courtesy Wikimedia Commonslast_img read more

Valdano reflects on Barcelona and Real Madrids defeats

first_imgArgentine legend Jorge Valdano, analyzed Real Madrid’s defeat at Sevilla in detail this Thursday and how The Best awards affected the squad.There are many authorized voices that usually talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona with objectivity, but very few of them tend to be as poignant as Argentine legend Jorge Valdano who has a long history with Los Blancos.The former striker started his career as a manager after football but he soon realized that his place was more helpful for the beautiful sport as an analyst and a scholar, today Valdano has written many books about football and he also has a unique point of view about the biggest names in world football.Just last week, we could see him conducting an interview to Pep Guardiola on his ‘Universo Valdano’ show that airs on Spanish cable. This Thursday he was invited by renowned Spanish journalist Jose Ramon de la Morena, to his radio show ‘El Transistor’, where he discussed many interesting topics but the most interesting one was the Spanish giants’ La Liga defeats this past Wednesday.Both Barcelona and Real Madrid lost their matches against Leganes and Sevilla, respectively. As a football analyst, these types of matches usually peak Jorge Valdano’s interest because we don’t get to see grand clubs like these losing on the same day.Valdano’s analysis was more about Real Madrid because losing 3-0 was more shocking than Barcelona’s defeat, the Catalan club’s result happened due to isolated mistakes, whereas Los Blancos were demolished by Sevilla.Valdano en @ElTransistorOC: “El Sevilla encontró pasillos por todos los lados” https://t.co/OnScnFUTwO pic.twitter.com/jJzG4U6GKw— MARCA (@marca) September 27, 2018During the space in which he spoke about Real Madrid’s odd result from last Wednesday, Valdano spoke in detail about the reasons he thinks this happened and he also hinted at the possibility of The Best award ceremony affecting their performance during the same week.“We could see a vastly more tired Real Madrid during the second half of this match, Lopetegui told the players to stay in the back in order to protect the result.”“The Best awards are a distraction from modern football and they are never great for when the team needs resting time, and it possibly doesn’t help in the game’s preparation either.”“There has to be an explanation about the cold manner in which Real Madrid went out and played that game.”“There was once chance from Sevilla before the 15-second mark and then the Andalusian squad offered an exhibition that found the best holes on the wings, Real Madrid couldn’t defend from the sides. The Sevilla players appeared to be more focused, they also looked quicker.”James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“When Real Madrid received the first blow, it was impossible for them to get back in the game. They suffered too much after that.”“They did improve during the second half, but it simply wasn’t enough. Today both Real Madrid and Barcelona can feel bad for their own result, but they can also feel salvaged by their rival’s loss,” said Valdano during the interview on ‘El Transistor’ for Radio Marca and Onda Cero.Last night, both Barcelona and Real Madrid lost on the same day for the first time since January 2015. pic.twitter.com/xr53bRyqbB— Football Factly (@FootballFactly) September 27, 2018Both Spanish giants lose on the same day, three years laterThe last time that Real Madrid and Barcelona lost on the very same day was three years ago, exactly 1,361 days later during the 2014-2015 season. During that time, Carlo Ancelotti was the Real Madrid manager and he was coming out of the historic ‘Decima’ (Real Madrid’s 10th European Cup).Los Blancos really struggled to find their center during that season and they had an overall forgettable performance, they lost 2-1 in Mestalla on the 4th of January, 2017. But FC Barcelona’s situation was a lot different after that Sunday, they lost 1-0 in Anoeta against Real Sociedad in a weird day for manager Luis Enrique who oddly left Lionel Messi on the bench from the start of the match.That defeat served the Catalan club as a moment of clarity, that was good enough for them to win their second treble in history by the end of the season. Messi’s absence at the start of that game would be a warning for Luis Enrique, who never imagined what a historic season the Argentine player would have in every competition he played.Three years later the same thing happened to both clubs, it should be interesting to see how they perform throughout the current season and if one of both clubs will have a historic year. Valdano was right to point out that both clubs losing left everything the same, but Real Madrid has a much more difficult weekend as they face Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu.Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga this season 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/MCDJiQqIMo— SPORTbible (@sportbible) September 27, 2018Which of both clubs will finish the season with more trophies, Real Madrid or Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Wheeland has Christmas Eve party today

first_img Related Items:christmas eve party, wheeland Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Dec 2015 – It is Christmas Eve and it is just hours now to a long holiday weekend and the time of year to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, a most prominent season on the Christian calendar. While there will continue to be shopping and saving for the consumers across the islands, there are still some community parties planned including one to be hosted by Wheeland District, Member of Parliament Hon Delroy Williams. Williams says the event will take place at the recently refurbished and named Kareem Walkin Basketball court in the community. ‘Christmas in Wheeland’ is set for 4:30pm to 8pm later today and features games, toys, food and bouncing castle. Monday is also a public or bank holiday in the Turks and Caicos. Hot PNP race pegged for Wheeland District PNP supporter ‘no-show’ at Wheeland Claims & Objections Overgrown bush moved by MPs and TCEMlast_img read more

Police sergeant found guilty after stealing gasoline

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A jury found a Miami-Dade Police sergeant guilty, Wednesday, for stealing gasoline intended only for use in his police cruiser.Miami-Dade Police Sergeant Emil Lugo was convicted of stealing the gas and using it to fill up his wife’s car.Lugo will remain out of jail while he awaits sentencing, which could result in as much as five years in prison.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Disney greenlights top secret VR short film project

first_img Sundance Festival Share your voice Post a comment Scoop Virtual Reality Disney Augmented reality (AR) 1:50 Russell and Gipson could discuss only limited details about the next VR piece. It’s likely to also be a short that falls in the three- to five-minute range. And the company is allowing Gipson and his team to explore using Disney’s existing cast of characters in VR, Russell said. “The studio is super excited about it,” Russell added. With a look and feel that’s unmistakably Disney, the 3-minute-long Cycles depicts the history of one family in their midcentury modern California home, with vignettes about them that jump back and forth in time over the course of about 40 years. Beyond demos at film festivals like Sundance, the company hasn’t defined a release plan for Cycles. Most of the shorts created in the internal shorts-development program led by Russell are never released. “Because this is our first VR, it’s raised so many questions for the studio” that challenged presumptions about how things are always done, Gipson said. But the team that created Cycles is open to wide public release on a platform like the Oculus store. “That’d be nice,” Russell said. “Talk to our bosses, let’s get that sorted out.”Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers. Now playing: Watch this:center_img Disney doubles down on VR entertainment Tags 0 TV and Movies Wearable Tech Cycles was Disney’s first virtual reality short film.  Disney Walt Disney Animation Studios has been showing off its first ever virtual-reality short film, Cycles, at festivals for the last five months. Over the weekend at Sundance, Disney revealed that Cycles isn’t going to be its last venture into VR.In the last month, Walt Disney Animation Studios gave the greenlight to another “top secret” VR short from Jeff Gipson, the director of Cycles. That was the word from Gipson on Sunday, as Disney showed off Cycles — about the life of one family — to press and movie industry insiders on the sidelines of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. “What Cycles is proving is VR is something the studio wants to explore,” said Nicholas Russell, one of Cycles’ producers and the head of the Disney professional development program that created it in four months. “The fact that they greenlit another one this quickly is proof that they might not know exactly what tomorrow looks like for Disney and VR, but we’re going to keep exploring.”Disney’s interest in VR — as a storytelling medium in its own right rather than simply a marketing tool — comes as the media titan is poised to make several big leaps. Set to take over much of 21st Century Fox later this year, Disney is not only expanding into the biggest traditional studio but also reorganizing itself around launching a Netflix-like streaming service, Disney+. With Disney CEO Bob Iger calling Disney+ the company’s top priority, Disney Animation Studio’s VR experiments like Cycles and Gipson’s next project suggest Disney’s embrace of risky new tech is broader than streaming. If VR is to survive, it needs heavyweights like Disney buying in. VR was one of technology’s buzziest trends in the last three years, attracting giant investments by heavyweights like Google, Facebook and others. But its hype has fizzled lately, as widespread adoption of VR proved elusive. Without gotta-see-it content compelling people to try the unfamiliar format, consumers have been ambivalent about these odd headsets you strap to your face.But Disney has show a wider interest in VR over the last several months. Earlier this month, Disney showed off a Marvel-based VR game that you play in the back of an Audi electric car. In September, the company was among the lead investors in virtual-reality startup Jaunt VR’s $66 million round of funding. And it made a location-based VR game based on Disney Animation’s Ralph Breaks the Internet.last_img read more

The Art of Racing in the Rain trailer uses a talking dog

first_img 72 Photos Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Share your voice Post a commentcenter_img 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Livin’ that Club life 0 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Monday was a great day for fans of talking dog movies, race car movies and Amanda Seyfried because the trailer for the film adaptation of Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain hit the internet like a ton of bricks.Now for those who are unfamiliar with the source material, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a story told from a dog’s perspective. This dog — named Enzo, because of course he is and narrated by Kevin Costner, because duh — believes in a Mongolian legend that says that a prepared dog will come back as a human.Enzo’s human is a handsome guy (played by Milo Ventimiglia) who works at a BMW dealer and races cars on weekends, and thus Enzo makes cars and specifically racing them his pup-ticular area of expertise. At some point, Amanda Seyfried shows up, life happens, and there are kids and sadness and ol’ Enzo is there to witness it all.There is no doubt that this film’s trailer brought tears to the eyes of gearheads and amateur dog raters all over the world, so maybe get a tissue ready and give it a watch. Car Culture TV and Movieslast_img read more

Pakistan eyes Jaish chief Masood Azhars assets imposes ban on overseas travel

first_imgMasood Azhar has been banned from selling or purchasing arms and ammunition.An official order has been issued by the Pakistani government to freeze the assets and impose a travel ban on Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar after the United Nations declared him a “global terrorist”.Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry issued a notification on Wednesday which stated: “The Federal Government is pleased to order that the Resolution 2368 (2017) be fully implemented” against Masood Azhar. The government directed officials to take actions “as appropriate for the implementation of sanctions” against the JeM chief, according to the notification.Masood Azhar is also banned from selling or purchasing arms and ammunition.In a major diplomatic victory for India, the United Nations Security Council agreed to designate Pakistan-based Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal by the US, the UK and France to blacklist him.  The information was tweeted by India’s permanent ambassador to UN, Syed Akbaruddin. His statement read, “Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar  designated as a terrorist in UN Sanctions list.”The US, the UK and France had moved the proposal to designate Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” in the UN Security Council’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee in February, just days after the deadly Pulwama terror attack carried out by the JeM in Jammu and Kashmir.On Wednesday, Pakistan foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that Pakistan would “immediately enforce the sanctions” imposed on Masood Azhar.Masood Azhar’s fingerprints in India2001 Indian Parliament attack2008 Mumbai terror attack2016 Pathankot airbase attack 2019 Pulwama attack Close United Nations declares Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terroristcenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:41Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:39?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Allianz to sell 5 billion life insurance portfolio in Italy Reuters sources

first_imgGerman insurer Allianz is looking to sell a $5 billion portfolio of life insurance policies in Italy, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.Europe’s biggest insurer has picked Goldman Sachs to run the sale of the closed life policies, which no longer accept new business but remain on an insurer’s books as premium paying policies, the sources said.Allianz, which ranks as Italy’s fourth biggest life and health insurer, is facing pressures from rock-bottom interest rates and has decided to sell a series of Italian life policies which pay a 2 percent minimum interest rate, they said.The portfolio — worth around 4.5 billion euros ($5.09 billion) — has drawn interest from London-based private equity house Cinven, the sources said, adding that no deal was certain.U.S. private equity fund Apollo, which initially expressed interest in Allianz’ closed-book, has now walked away from the negotiations, they said.The deal could be worth around 200 million euros, two of the sources said.Allianz and Cinven declined to comment. Spokesmen at Goldman Sachs and Apollo were not immediately available for comment.Last year, Allianz said it was planning to divest chunks of its multi-billion euro portfolio of old insurance policies in international markets while refocusing on its domestic assets.The German company’s decision to sell parts of its Italian life business comes amid a wave of consolidation in the life and pensions sector. Last year, rival Aviva clinched a 5.6 billion pounds ($8.05 billion) purchase of Friends Life, which had a strong focus on closed life books.New European capital rules make it more capital-intensive for insurers to hold closed life insurance business on their books, encouraging consolidation.Cinven has been on the prowl for insurance assets since the creation of an acquisition vehicle in 2014, known as Heidelberger Leben Group, which was launched in partnership with Hannover Re after their joint purchase of Skandia Germany and Skandia Austria, part of Old Mutual.In September, Cinven sold Britain’s Guardian Financial Services to Admin Re, part of reinsurance giant Swiss Re, for 1.6 billion pounds.Deutsche Bank is now considering strategic options for its British insurance unit Abbey Life, with Phoenix Group Holdings, Britain’s largest consolidator of closed life funds, seen as one of its suitors.last_img read more

Playmates Brings Back Classic Voltron

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Best Funko PopsToy Tuesday: 11 Coolest Toys of 2018 That Voltron show on Netflix is pretty good. It’s not surprising, since two of the show’s executive producers worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender, which stands as one of the best-animated series of the last two decades. They also worked on The Legend of Korra, which was also pretty good despite some downright Bablyon 5 levels of awkward-pacing-due-to-uncertain-production-fates. And Dos Santos also directed G.I. Joe: Resolute, a criminally underrated G.I. Joe animated miniseries written by Warren Ellis. Anyway, yeah, Voltron: Legendary Defender is a darn good show with charming animation and compelling, layered characterization.It wouldn’t exist without Voltron: Defender of the Universe, though. V:LD is a fantastic reboot, but the ’84 Voltron is the real classic. Playmates Toys respects that, which is why they have transforming, combining lions from both series. You can build V:LD Voltron by collecting the Legendary Lion figures, or you can put together V:DotU Voltron with the Classic Legendary Lions. And it just happens that Playmates sent us a full set of the classics to try out.And yes, I know Voltron: Defender of the Universe is based on Hyaku-Juo Goraion. Voltron: Legendary Defender actually takes some names and concepts from the good old Beast King as well as the classic Voltron.All five lions are accounted for, sold separately at $18 for the red, green, blue, and yellow lions and $35 for the black lion (which is both the biggest lion and has electronics for sound effects and voice clips). If you know Voltron, you know the deal: Red and Green form the arms, Blue and Yellow form the legs, and Black forms the head. But before we get to the big robot himself, let’s look at each lion, or at least pairs of them.Red and Green are very similar, as Voltron’s arms. Red’s torso is a bit blockier while Green’s is more rounded, but they have identical leg joints, retractable tails, and connecting points that snap onto Voltron’s shoulders. Since Voltron needs elbows, Red and Green both have hinges on their waists, letting them bend in very bizarre angles in lion form. Red comes with Voltron’s blazing sword, which unfortunately is an unpainted gray weapon. Some translucent red or yellow would really have perked it up. Green comes with Voltron’s shield, which is mostly gray but has gold and black highlights in the center. Their jaws open up and spring closed, and have slots for securely mounting the sword and shield.Blue and Yellow are chunkier and less flexible than Red and Green, which is good because they need to support Voltron as his legs. They both have very similar designs, with heads that rotate forward to form the feet and tails that flip up from their backs. Blue’s head has big robot ears and lots of silver-colored accents compared with Yellow’s simple yellow head with a black stripe, though Yellow has a more interesting back, with red fins and a little pivoting cannon thing.All four of the limb lions come with separate blade weapons they can hold in their mouths and spring-loaded missile launchers that can mount on the lions’ shoulder and hip joints. The weapon designs are all different, with nice details like Green’s launcher being sleek with only one missile while Red and Blue’s have a projectile with three missiles on it. Blue also comes with a second hip-mountable weapon that looks like a cannon or thruster and doesn’t shoot anything, and Yellow has a spiked wheel shield as well.The Black lion doesn’t have any weapons or attachments himself, but he is bigger and has those rad red wings. More importantly, he has electronics that lets him say a bunch of phrases and make different sound effects. He makes blaster and explosion sounds and repeats lines shouted by Voltron’s pilots.Transforming the lions into Voltron is simple. This isn’t a Transformers gestalt with a bunch of different parts to fold and twist. Fold the legs of the limb lions inward, then pull out the connectors on Red and Green’s backs and twist Yellow and Blue’s heads up 90 degrees. The Black lion is a little bit more complicated, since you have to fold his front legs into a compartment, but besides that you just stretch his rear legs down, flip the red wings up and spread them, and flip his head down to show Voltron’s face. Pop Red and Green into the shoulders and Yellow and Blue into the hips and you formed Voltron.Voltron looks pretty cool, standing 16 inches tall with lots of classic details. The original Voltron was a bit before my time, so I never had that toy to directly compare it. It’s modern plastic and no die-cast parts, so it feels a bit cheap for such a beefy-looking robot. The knee and hip joints are a bit tricky if you want to stand Voltron up, but it is possible.He’s clearly the based on 1984 design, but because the lions have similar frames as Playmates’ Voltron: Legendary Defender Legendary lions (they’re alternate versions from the same series), this is a much more svelte Voltron than the huge stompy robot you might have had when you were a kid. It’s a pretty neat Voltron, at least, and while all five lions together cost over $100, they’re still more readily available and less expensive than the hardcore collector versions of classic Voltron, like Bandai’s Soul of Chogokin Voltron, (listed on Amazon for a whopping $700 because it’s so rare).If you want a classic Voltron but don’t want to deal with used toys, eBay, flea market hunting, or searching through comic book stores to spend several hundred dollars on the Beast King Go-Lion, Playmates’ Classic Legendary Voltron is a nice alternative. It hits all the classic Voltron beats and stands respectably tall for placing on a shelf, and the individual lions are fun to play with and have lots of accessories. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Elon Musk Shows Off Snazzy New Space Suits

first_imgMusk is dead-on, too. Many at NASA have previously complained about difficult it can be to design a space suit. Space is probably the most inhospitable environment we can imagine, and outside of being teleported to the center of the sun, there’s not much that would kill you faster than an unprotected trip to space. At the same time, astronauts are often symbols to the world. They are, for many, very visible heroes. Titans of science, intrepid explorers willing to brave the dangers of extraordinary journeys out into the black. Because of that, there’s a strong case to be made for space suits that look good — you want people to look at these things and imagine themselves wearing one in the future. That pushes more people into STEM and helps us shore up the next wave of brave minds.That’s the hope, anyway. While lofty, all of that would be useless if the astronauts died because their outfit was little more than a jazzed-up Flash Gordon jacket. Space suits have to provide excellent climate control depending upon whether the wearer is in direct sunlight or not — and that can be a difference of hundreds of degrees. Musk’s design isn’t quite built to handle that, though. These aren’t made for space walks and instead made to protect their wearers from depressurization of the spacecraft. In essence, they’re full-body, more advanced versions of the little masks that drop down in airplanes when things get rough.Even so, it’s no cakewalk. Pressure, for example, is still a huge challenge. All other challenges aside, just being exposed to a hard vacuum will knock you out in seconds, and then kill you when your blood runs out of its dissolved oxygen. Even if you do survive, you’ll have severe injuries from your skin being stretched, not to mention the total… ahem… evacuation of your digestive tract. It’s not fun. At all. Don’t go to space without protection. Please.If you’re going to be flying on a SpaceX rocket soon, though, (I believe there’s like six of you on Earth), then you’ll be pleased to know that the company’s suits have been tested, look great, and are ready to go. Then again, I suppose if you’re flying with SpaceX soon, you probably helped test the suits so you wouldn’t need me to tell you.For the rest of us, we can marvel at the progress private space flight has made over the past few years. Musk and pals clearly mean business, and this is yet another sign that we’re on the precipice of a major sea change in how human beings get off our tiny little marble.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to Instagram last night to show off his company’s official space suit design. Even better? These aren’t mock-ups; they’re the real deal.“First picture of SpaceX spacesuit,” he wrote in a caption for the photo. “More in days to follow. Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance aesthetics (sic) and function. Easy to do either separately.”center_img Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow last_img read more

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The event included opportunities to earn CME and CE credits while hearing experts from the field discuss key topics, including personalized medicine, decision support and surviving electronic medical record implementation. Two new Learning Tracks were introduced this year: Innovators and Entrepreneurship, and Reinventing the Radiologist. An interactive Town Hall discussion was also added to the educational mix, designed for attendees to ask questions and carry on conversations from previous learning track sessions. Also new this year for attendees was the ability to access online evaluations and process CE/CMEs using QR codes, which helped save time and eliminated hassles.SIIM’s signature networking receptions and meetups enabled attendees to meet new people, discuss pressing issues, share ideas and solutions, and create lasting connections with others in the imaging informatics community. 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