HNZ Q3 profit nearly quadruples revenue up 316 per cent from last

first_imgMONTREAL – HNZ Group reported a $6.4 million third-quarter net profit Monday, which was nearly four times higher than a year ago.The Montreal-based helicopter services company (TSX:HNZ) said its net income amounted to 50 cents per share, including discontinued operations.Net income from continuing operations, attributable to common shareholders, was $6.3 million or 49 cents per share.Those compared with $1.7 million or 13 cents per share of net income including discontinued operations and $2.3 million or 18 cents per share from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2016.Revenue grew to $72 million from $54.7 million of revenue, attributed to new contracts including a multi-year deal to support ExxonMobil Canada and Encana Corp.’s activities offshore Nova Scotia.HNZ’s chief executive recently proposed buying the company and then selling some of its offshore operations in the southern hemisphere to PHI Inc., subject to shareholder and other approvals.HNZ’s operations in Canada, the United States and Antarctica would remain with the company under the leadership of chief executive Don Wall.last_img read more

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Owner of illegal music sharing site gets 5 years in prison

first_imgATLANTA – A California man who operated what prosecutors say was one of the most successful illegal music sharing websites on the internet has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.The U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta said in a news release Thursday that 30-year-old Artur Sargsyan of Glendale, California, owned and operated Sharebeast.com and other websites. Prosecutors say his file-sharing infrastructure allowed the illegal download of about a billion copyrighted musical works from at least 2012 through 2015.Sargsyan pleaded guilty in September to criminal copyright infringement for private financial gain. In addition to the prison term, the judge ordered him to pay $458,200 in restitution and to forfeit nearly $185,000.Prosecutors say Sargsyan ignored repeated notifications that he was illegally hosting and sharing copyrighted works.last_img read more

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Canadians are hooked Time spent online nearly doubles as mobile devices and

TORONTO — As Canadians continue to get hooked on their smartphones, tablets and streaming video they’re almost doubling the amount of time they spend online, according to measurement firm comScore.As of August, there were about 27.8 million Canadian adults accessing the Internet with a computer, comScore reports. On average, they spent almost 39 hours a month browsing the web with a desktop or laptop.But when accounting for watching Internet video and using mobile devices, the average time spent online shot up to nearly 75 hours a month, or about 2.5 hours a day.We’re seeing extremely large growth“We’re seeing extremely large growth,” says comScore vice president of sales Bryan Segal.“It really points to the fact of how much impact — in terms of engagement and time spent — that mobile is having on what we traditionally looked at as a PC world.”Canadians in the 25-to-34 demographic were seen to be spending the most time online, averaging around 110 hours a month across various devices. Only about 50 of those hours were linked to web browsing on a computer.The oldest Canadians tracked by comScore, ages 55 and older, were spending just 20 or so hours with a mobile device or streaming video a month. The bulk of their online hours were devoted to web browsing on a computer.Struggle to teach students ’21st century skills’ when classroom technology isn’t up to speedDitching your wallet wholesale for plastic cards and mobile payments may be a bad idea, say financial advisersThe use of mobile apps is really driving the spike in Canadians’ online time, comScore says.It’s estimated that Canadians who own smartphones and tablets are now spending about 43% of their overall online time within an app.And app usage accounts for over 80% of the time Canadians spend online with a mobile device, versus just 20% spent using a web browser.Men are slightly more likely to use mobile apps, according to comScore, but women spend more time with their favourite apps.Similarly, men are more likely to use a mobile device’s web browser but women spend more time using it. As of June, comScore counted 18 million smartphones in Canada (a 12% increase from June 2013) and 7.8 million tablets (up 37% in a year).About 78% of all Canadians owning a cellphone were using a smartphone, which was second highest among the countries comScore tracks (behind Spain and ahead of the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy).About 4% of Canadian Internet users — or around 1.3 million people — now strictly use mobile devices to go online and no longer use a laptop or desktop, comScore says. read more

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Yoshitha Rajapaksa granted bail by Colombo High Court

Nishantha Ranatunga’s bail application is to be considered on Wednesday. Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been granted bail by the Colombo High Court today in the money laundering case.He was granted bail together with the other suspects arrested in connection to the case, except Nishantha Ranatunga.

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Perpetual CEO Kasun says Arjun Aloysius lied to COPE

Perpetual Treasuries Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kasun Palisena informed the Presidential Commission investigating the treasury bond scam today that Arjun Aloysius had lied to COPE on his involvement with the company.Aloysius and his company, Perpetual Treasuries, are being investigated over the alleged treasury bond scam. (Colombo Gazette)

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Aquarium pet hobby leads to two awards for Brock employee

What started as a personal interest in a unique amphibian, quickly escalated into two awards for Brock employee Tom Eles.The Animal Care Technician with the Office of Research Services was recently recognized by the Canadian Association for Lab Animal Sciences (CALAS) for a presentation and article he wrote about axolotls, an endangered amphibian from Mexico.Eles won Best in Show at the 2017 CALAS conference for a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation on axolotls’ husbandry and their ability to regenerate limbs, as well as Best Article at the 2018 CALAS conference for an article he wrote about the same topic.A hobbyist amphibian and reptile breeder, Eles purchased the axolotls several years ago to keep as aquarium pets.One of several axolotls Tom Eles keeps as an aquarium pet in his office at Brock.“Axolotls are a type of salamander that permanently stay in their larval form,” he said. “Typically, salamanders would metamorphose into a terrestrial, land-dwelling form, but these guys don’t. They don’t absorb the external gills that are found on aquatic larval salamanders, but stay aquatic their whole lives.”Eles’ interest in axolotls made its way into his involvement with the Brock Toastmasters Club.“I joined Brock Toastmasters in 2016 to help develop my public speaking skills,” he said. “We meet every Wednesday at lunch and several members give a speech. I chose to speak about axolotls.”“What I find especially interesting about axolotls is their ability to regenerating limbs. Researchers use axolotls in their studies because of their ability to incorporate DNA really well, including a green fluorescing protein (GFP) normally found in jellyfish that glows under black light. Adding the GFP to an amputated area allows researchers to see what’s happening more closely with regenerative processes. The skin and muscles forming from new cells in the growing appendage would glow vivid green. Any growth from original cells would not glow.”Eles then expanded his speech for the aquarium club he’s a part of. He transformed his original seven-minute speech into a 45-minute presentation for aquarium enthusiasts.The well-received talk led Eles to volunteer as a presenter at the 2018 CALAS symposium, a conference he’s been attending annually as a 10-year member of the organization.“I had already done most of the work. I just needed to modify the presentation slightly for a more technical audience,” he said.At the end of the conference, Eles was awarded with Best in Show, chosen by popular vote.“I was genuinely surprised. With the exception of special keynotes, all presenters, seminars and workshops qualify for the award,” he said. “In addition to presenting at the conference, I was volunteering as photographer for the awards ceremony. When I heard my name called, I had to figure out what to do with my camera gear.”Months later, members from CALAS contacted Eles and asked him to transform his presentation into an article for the member magazine. He happily obliged.When he attended the 2018 conference this past May, Eles was surprised a second time when he was honoured with the Envigo Teklad Member’s Magazine Award.“This entire experience was a fruitful endeavor,” he said. I was awarded two cash prizes for writing about an animal I have great interest in and I refined my writing and presentation skills. Above all else, I’m proud to have represented Brock at a national conference.”More about axolotlsAxolotls are critically-endangered amphibians from Mexico City. Although they are common and abundant in captivity, they’re nearly extinct in the wild. According to Eles, there’s a small population of them living in a rowing channel that was dug for the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, adjacent to where they used to live in the wild.“They’re easy to care for and they’re quite prolific,” said Eles. “They can lay 300 to 1,000 eggs at one time. Because of this, they’re a popular aquarium pet.” read more

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DR of Congo Security Council mission arrives in capital

Upon his arrival at Kinshasa airport, the mission’s leader, Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, emphasized the “need to stop the fighting in eastern DRC, both in Ituri and the Kivus,” and called for the completion of the peace process with the expected establishment of the transitional government as soon as possible. According to a UN spokesman in New York, Ambassador de La Sablière also stressed the “grave violations of human rights in eastern Congo resulting from the ongoing fighting.” Earlier this morning in Luanda, Angola, the mission met with President Eduardo Dos Santos. On the agenda was the eastern DRC and the Congolese political process. read more

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UN rights office urges El Salvador to reform draconian abortion laws

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), at least 42 women have been convicted of attempted or aggravated homicide after suffering miscarriages or other complications under the Penal Code since 1988. The law, which a spokesperson for OHCHR described as “one of the most draconian abortion laws in the world” completely prohibits access to abortion regardless of the circumstances, including if a woman’s life is at risk or if she has suffered sexual violence. The specific section of the Penal Code is Article 133. In one of the most recent instances, on Wednesday, the Second Appeal Court of San Salvador upheld a 30-year prison sentence against Teodora Vasquez for aggravated homicide.Ms. Vasquez was in the ninth month of her pregnancy when she suffered intense pain, and called the emergency services before passing out. She awoke to find her baby had been stillborn. She was accused of deliberately ending her pregnancy and was sentenced to 30 years in prison in January 2008.During his visit to El Salvador last month, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, met with Ms. Vasquez and three other women at the Ilopango women’s rehabilitation centre. They all had suffered miscarriages or other obstetric emergencies. Women living in poverty affected disproportionatelyAccording to the UN rights office, women in poverty are worst impacted. “It is important to highlight here, as the High Commissioner has done, that El Salvador’s Penal Code disproportionately affects women living in poverty, such as Teodora,” said Liz Throssell, the OHCHR spokesperson. “We have not seen women from wealthier backgrounds jailed under similar circumstances in El Salvador,” she added, calling on the country to comply with its international human rights obligations and lift the absolute prohibition on abortion. read more

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Softball Despite returning starters the Buckeye offense is led by newcomer Lilli

The Ohio State softball team (7-5) returned the bulk of its offensive production from last season, but through its first 12 games of the 2017 season, the best offense has come from a newcomer — sophomore shortstop Lilli Piper, an Akron transfer.Piper has made an immediate impact for the Buckeyes since her arrival before the season. She leads the team in hits, RBIs, multi-base hits and has the team’s second-highest slugging percentage.Before putting up those team-leading numbers, Piper had to adjust to a new environment and group of teammates.“It was almost like starting freshman year all over again,” Piper said. “I was kind of finding my niche in the program and what they wanted to do and what they wanted from me. I was just getting used to the girls, getting used to the team, making new friends and a new family.”Complicating matters, Piper wasn’t just switching teams, she was switching sports. Though she did play softball at Akron, Piper was on scholarship with the basketball team and spent extensive time on the hardwood.“Going from playing basketball year-round for years to stopping and completely switching was definitely another switch in my head that had to come on and a different mentality,” Piper said. “Playing both sports really helped me become the athlete and player today when it comes to softball.”The changes didn’t seem to hinder Piper. She earned a starting spot before the season, beating out freshman shortstop Amy Balich, and exceeded expectations at the plate. Before the season, OSU coach Kelly Schoenly said Piper proved she could handle the job defensively, but was waiting to see what she could add offensively. Obviously, she’s more than proven herself at the plate.Senior pitcher Lena Springer said she knew immediately Piper was going to add a lot to the Buckeye offense.“I actually thought that the first day of practice, when she first stepped foot on the field,” Springer said. “I remember I was throwing batting practice for her one day and I was like, ‘Woah, this kid’s got a bat.’”Despite the immediate success, Piper knows she must keep working, or she will lose her spot as quickly as she got it.“Every single day, every game you’re fighting for a spot on the field,” Piper said. “That’s what kind of pushes me, that nothing is guaranteed. So, coming out there it’s working every single day to be out on the field and earning the right to be on the field. That’s the mentality I had.”Piper will look to continue her hot hitting at the Central Florida Tournament, where the Buckeyes will face Georgia, Central Florida, Delaware State and Mercer. read more

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Slag processing facility to be built at the Aksu ferroalloys plant Kazakhstan

first_imgNewly generated slag at the Aksu ferroalloys plant in Kazakhstan will be processed into marketable finished products for the country’s metals and construction industries at a facility which will have a production capacity of up to 130,000 t/y of metal concentrate and should process over 4 Mt of waste within five years. The plant belongs to JSC TNC Kazchrome, which is owned by Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), a leading diversified natural resources producer. Sergey Prokopyev, Director of the Aksu ferroalloys plant, explained that “waste recycling is one of the aspects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution announced by President Nursultan Nazarbayev and one of the megatrends affecting the Group’s operations and therefore we have prioritised this initiative. There will be no overlaps between the new investment project and the functions of the existing slag processing shop at Asku because the operations will be run in parallel. The new slag processing plant (SPP) will further process fines, a niche that our enterprise has not addressed until now.”The production process at the SPP involves continuous flow separation of slag followed by the recovery of metal concentrate and subsequent fractional separation of tailings. According to engineering specifications, metal recovery will reach at least 85%. The plant design will incorporate a closed-loop water system and internal sludge filtration to help prevent environmental pollution. The new facility in Aksu will create 400 additional jobs.There are plans to use the recycled waste at Aksu to produce construction mixes, refractory compounds and commercial sand and gravel. The city administration intends to transform the waste recycling cluster that will be established as a result into an industrial park and negotiations are underway with the relevant Kazakhstan government agencies to implement the necessary prerequisites for this initiative.last_img read more

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After Surface Microsoft may quit building tablets

first_imgEver since Microsoft unveiled the Surface and Surface Pro tablets this week, the general concensus has been that PC manufacturers were up in arms about the competition from within. As it turns out, at least one company isn’t thinking that way. Acer founder Stan Shih says it’s actually a very good thing.Microsoft’s intent isn’t to prove they could build an iPad challenger and then squeeze their existing PC partners out of the lucrative tablet market. Their plan, says Shih, is to show others in the Windows tablet game how to do things by creating a Nexus-style device that ticks all the right boxes. Once companies like Acer, HP, Dell, and Lenovo can see that Microsoft is right, they’ll follow up with their own efforts — presumably sleeker, more compelling tablets that have more consumer appeal than their last-gen creations.Shih also looks at the Surface as free advertising for anyone else who builds a Windows 8 tablet. The effect would be similar to what some mom-and-pop coffee shops noticed when they refused to sell out to Starbucks and the titan moved in next door. Their new neighbor was the best promotional tool they could have hoped for, and business started booming.Microsoft, then, has taken up the banner for Windows 8 tablets in order to lead their long-time partners into the next great battle. Once it’s clear they can fight on their own — and do it Microsoft’s way — the crew in Redmond will quietly bow out, says Shih.It’s clear that Microsoft is no longer content to let partners run amok and continually dump poorly designed, bland PCs and tablets on store shelves. The first step was introducing the Microsoft Signature PC program to battle OEM software bloat. Now the time has come to challenge them to step up their game against the iPad.More at DigiTimeslast_img read more

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VanMall shooting suspect fights extradition

first_img The third suspect in a fatal shooting in the VanMall neighborhood is still in Oregon’s Washington County Jail, apparently fighting extradition to Clark County.Zacheriah A. Douglas, 22, is suspected of shooting Vancouver resident Craig Moritz to death early Feb. 4 in a field in the 7700 block of Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive. Moritz, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene.Douglas is wanted in Clark County on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with Moritz’ death. He was arrested Feb. 5 in Forest Grove, Ore., on a parole violation. He has a fugitive hearing Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.Washington County sheriff’s Sgt. Vance Stimler said it appears that Douglas has not waived extradition to Clark County, which means he’s likely resisting it. Clark County will need to obtain a governor’s warrant to extradite him back to the state, Stimler said. He said after the governor’s warrant is issued, Douglas would be transported to Clark County.Jonathan Hensey, 21, of East Wenatchee and Shawn Fortner, 19, of Bend, Ore., are being held on $500,000 bail and $750,000 bail, respectively, in Clark County Jail on suspicion of being accomplices in the shooting. They were arrested Feb. 4. Their arraignment is set for Feb. 19. Zacheriah A. Douglaslast_img read more

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BSO firefighters put out Deerfield Beach recycling facility fire

BSO firefighters put out Deerfield Beach recycling facility fire

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue crews have put out a fire at a recycling facility in Deerfield Beach.A large pile of scrap metal was engulfed by flames at a recycling facility near the area of Powerline Road and Southwest 15th Street , Tuesday night.The metal scrap pile was approximately 25 feet tall.Firefighters on scene had to break the pile down to put out the flames.After about 30 minutes, the fire was said to be under control.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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Alaska News Nightly Monday Nov 28 2016

first_imgJilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center opens in KlukwanEmily Files, KHNS – HainesIt was a historic year for the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan. After more than a decade of work, the Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center was opened in May. The center tells the still-evolving story of the Chilkat people. It also houses some of the world’s most admired works of Northwest Coast Art, the Whale House Collection.Satellite tags offer rare glimpse into harbor seal lifeShahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerFor wildlife biologists, understanding the basics about an animal species is key. How long does it live? How many babies does it have? When it comes to marine mammals, collecting this basic information can be a challenge.Officials ban trailers for carrying dogs in IditarodZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageCiting safety concerns, the Iditarod Board of Directors have ruled that Iditarod mushers will no longer be able to carry dogs in trailers behind their sleds.UAA men claim seventh place in Great Alaska ShootoutJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe University of Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team claimed seventh place in the Great Alaska Shootout, beating NCAA Div. I Drake University.Kenaitze Tribe promotes traditional values through Moose CampDaysha Eaton, KBBI – HomerThe Kenaitze Indian Tribe in Kenai is taking an innovative approach to drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention. In addition to more overt prevention efforts, like signs and education, the tribe is offering culturally-relevant healthy activities through their Yaghanen Youth Center located in Soldotna, including a moose camp in the fall for young men. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen NowState’s new top general back in Alaska for the third timeZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageLieutenant General Kenneth Wilsbach took over in August, but first came to Alaska in the 60s as a young boy on Adak.One Alaskan’s quest to transform how we clean up oil spillsElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageCleaning up after a major oil spill is a huge challenge. For example, after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, the federal government estimates responders recovered only about a quarter of the nearly 5 billion barrels of oil released.Sockeye fire trial starts tomorrowEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe trial of an Anchorage couple charged with igniting the devastating Sockeye fire last year is scheduled to start Tuesday in District court in Palmer.last_img read more

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Exsecretarys wife commits suicide

Exsecretarys wife commits suicide

first_imgA woman is said to have committed suicide by shooting herself at a residential building in the Indira Road area of the capital on Sunday, reports UNB.She was identified as Sofia Khan, 55, wife of Md Mahmud Reza Khan, former secretary of the liberation war affairs ministry.Gopal Gonesh Biswas, officer-in-charge of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station, quoting Mahmud Reza Khan said Sofia was a mental patient, and around 5:30pm, she shot herself with his gun in their 3-storey residential building in the Indira Road part of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.Although she was taken to Square Hospital afterwards, doctors there could only declare her dead. On information, police recovered the body from the hospital around 8:30pm and sent it to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy, OC added.It remains unclear how she gained access to the firearm.last_img read more

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BNP demands Khaledas treatment in local hospital

BNP demands Khaledas treatment in local hospital

first_imgKhaleda ZiaTwo BNP senior leaders met home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday with their party’s demand for ensuring better treatment of their ailing chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia at the capital’s United Hospital.Talking to reporters after the meeting, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan told reporters that they found the home minister positive about their demand.”Khaleda Zia is seriously sick in jail as she even can’t walk. So, we’ve requested the home minister to take immediate steps for her better treatment and proper medical tests,” he said.Mentioning that their chairperson has confidence in doctors and medical tests of the United Hospital, Nazrul said they told the home minister to take her to the private hospital.Asked what the home minister said, he said, “The home minister’s statements seem positive in this regard. He also called the IG (prisons) to join our meeting, and we discussed everything in front of him.”The BNP leader said Asaduzzaman Khan also gave his consent about ensuring proper treatment of Khaleda at a better place. “We’ll now wait to see what steps the IG (prisons) takes. We hope they will take steps for our leaders’ health check-up and treatment at the United Hospital.”Nazrul said their chairperson requires physiotherapy for some consecutive days for her knee pain. “But it’s not possible in jail… if any wrong physiotherapy is given by nurses in jail, it may seriously affect her health.”He hoped that the government will finalise its decision on Khaleda’s treatment by today (Sunday).The BNP leader said they urged the home minister to take steps so that Khaleda’s female relatives can meet her at the 1st floor in jail since she cannot come down to the ground floor due to her illness.”When the ailing persons see their relatives beside them, they feel better and become happy. “So, we’ve requested the Home Minister to take the matter into their consideration.”Nazrul also said they sought cooperation of the home minister so that their party can form a human chain in the city on 25 April and Sramik Dal can hold their scheduled rally on 1 May at Suhrawardy Udyan.Asked whether they talked about taking Khaleda abroad, an irritated Nazrul said there is no question of sending her abroad for treatment. “We’re saying to provide her with treatment at a [private] hospital here.”Earlier, Nazrul together with party vice chairman Hafizuddin Ahmed went to the home minister’s secretariat office around 11:30am and had over a half-an-hour meeting.BNP delegation met the home minister following some BNP leaders and Khaleda’s relatives were denied visiting her in jail respectively on Thursday and Friday.On 8 February, Khaleda was sent to Nazimuddin Road Old Central Jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Amid the report of Khaleda’s illness, the government formed a medical team comprising four professors of Dhaka Medical College Hospital early this month.On 7 April, the BNP chief was taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for some medical tests as per the prescription of the medical team.BNP, however, has been demanding that the government allow Khaleda to receive treatment by her personal physicians at the United Hospital instead of any public one.last_img read more

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Resident Evil 2 is getting a full remake its not just a

first_imgCapcom is more than happy to spend time updating and re-releasing some of its most popular games. For example, Resident Evil appeared on the PlayStation back in 1996, but was then remade for the GameCube in 2002, ported to the Wii in 2008, and then that remade version was remastered with HD graphics for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC this year. Now Capcom is focusing on Resident Evil 2, but the Japanese publisher/developer wants to clear up some misinformation first.In August, Capcom producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi confirmed that Resident Evil 2 was being updated for modern consoles. However, there was a mistake in the translation of the announcement that described the update as a remaster. This, in fact, is incorrect.What Capcom has planned is a complete “from the ground up remake,” which Capcom UK’s senior marketing director, Stuart Turner has now confirmed.So what does that mean for the game? Well, we’ll definitely be getting HD graphics and much improved sound, but if it’s anything like the original Resident Evil remake for the GameCube we’ll also see new gameplay, new story, and new environments. No one is going to complain about that as long as they allow the original gameplay to remain.As for when we’ll get to play the remake, that’s anyone’s guess right now. Capcom has said the project is in the very early stages, so we could be waiting until the middle of 2016, or even the holidays next year to see it. Hopefully, and unlike the Resident Evil remake, Capcom offers a physical copy outside of Japan this time.last_img read more

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Hydrophobic Sand Could Combat Desert Water Shortages

Hydrophobic Sand Could Combat Desert Water Shortages

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Water scarcity is a major problem for people living in desert areas, including much of the Middle East and Africa. According to the United Nations, more than 1.6 million people die every year due to lack of access to clean water. ‘Super sand’ for better purification of drinking water (Update) Citation: Hydrophobic Sand Could Combat Desert Water Shortages (2009, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-hydrophobic-sand-combat-shortages.html Explore further Researchers at DIME Hydrophobic Materials, a company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), along with German scientist Helmut F. Schulze, have developed hydrophobic sand using nanotechnology that could combat desertification and encourage plant growth in arid climates. As DIME engineer Fahd Mohammad Saeed Hareb explains, their idea is to lay a 10-cm layer of waterproof sand beneath desert topsoil. The hydrophobic sand could serve as a water table to stop water from bleeding downward below the plants’ roots. Normally, water quickly trickles down through the sand, requiring that farmers water their plants five or six times per day.With the new layer of hydrophobic sand, farmers would only need to water their plants once per day, decreasing water use by up to 75 percent. Another benefit of the hydrophobic sand is that it prevents underground salt from passing through the plant roots, which can kill the plants.The DIME researchers aren’t revealing the precise nano coating used for their hydrophobic sand for proprietary reasons, calling the top-secret additive SP-HFS 1609. Other forms of hydrophobic sand are already on the market, which are usually coated with water-repellant silicas and used for cleaning up oil spills and other applications.DIME’s hydrophobic coating has been approved by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (FEA), which has issued the product a no-objection certificate declaring it to be ecologically safe. It takes about 30-45 seconds to coat a sand particle, and DIME’s manufacturing facility can produce 3,000 tonnes of sand per day.Other institutions are investigating the hydrophobic sand, including UAE University. For instance, researchers at the university are conducting tests to see if rice – which is usually grown in water-soaked fields – can be successfully grown in desert conditions. In general, their tests have shown that various plants benefit from the hydrophobic sand, such as by growing healthier roots, but the researchers said the tests are only half complete.As the population increases and rivers run dry, water scarcity is expected to increase over the next decades in desert regions. In the Middle East and North Africa, 85 percent of the water is used for irrigation, so decreasing this requirement could help meet the urban demand and possibly prevent future humanitarian disasters.via: Xpress© 2009 PhysOrg.com Researchers in the United Arab Emirates have developed a new kind of hydrophobic sand that could significantly decrease the amount of water required for plant irrigation in desert regions. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Why Warren Buffett Is Investing in Wearable Tech

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Warren Buffett is the third-richest man in the world, in large part due to his frugality and history of savvy investments.The philanthropist is also known for his caution when it comes to investing in technology. Case in point, he first bought stocks in IBM in 2011, though the company has been around since 1911. Buffett invested in Apple just last year.Now, Buffett is putting his weight behind the wearable tech industry, but not because it’s a hot and trendy new area.Related: Warren Buffett: 5 Things You Can Learn From the Man Who Invested $1 Billion in AppleThe Richline Group, a jewelry manufacturer owned by Berkshire Hathaway, is rolling out a customizable line of smart jewelry called Ela (Elegant Lifestyle Accessories). Ela pieces alert wearers when they are receiving a call or text from selected contacts.He explained his reasoning behind the move to CNBC. “Jewelry is a centuries-old business that isn’t going anywhere, so it’s a safe bet,” Buffett said. “With the addition of technology, we’re simply updating something everyone knows and loves to better fit our modern age.”It seems that if you want your tech to catch Buffett’s eye, look toward innovating in an industry that’s been around for 100-odd years. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.center_img 2 min read February 10, 2017last_img read more

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first_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  The Christiana Care Breast Center in Newark, Del., takes pride in its comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to breast care. Its affiliation with the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Community Cancer Center, offers unique access to a wide range of services for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, with teams of specialists providing coordinated care every step of the way. From screening mammography to dedicated breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the Christiana Care Breast Center relies on state-of-the-art technology to deliver the highest quality care. Hologic technology plays a key role in the Breast Center, including Hologic Selenia digital mammography, Hologic ATEC breast biopsy and excision systems and the Sentinelle Medical breast MR auxillary table. “As part of the cancer center, we are able to provide access to the broadest array of services, and our technology enables us to offer our patients the very best care,” says Renie Mullaney, Breast Center Manager.Comprehensive Care with Dedicated Breast MRIWith a team of board-certified radiologists, breast surgeons, nurses, technologists and many others within a single location, the center provides a truly coordinated approach to breast care that includes a dedicated breast MRI unit. “It’s about total care in the same center,” says radiologist Jacqueline Napoletano, M.D., of the Breast Center’s desire to offer dedicated breast MRI. “Typically women have to go to one place for a mammogram and then a separate location for an MRI, and if the equipment is used for other procedures, it can significantly limit accessibility for breast imaging.” Limited accessibility can significantly delay diagnosis or treatment, such as when a biopsy is required under MRI-guidance or surgeons rely on pre-operative MRI imaging for patients diagnosed with breast cancer. But at the Christiana Care Breast Center, the wait time for an MRI is days, not weeks.Using dedicated breast MRI equipment also improves the clinical quality of the exam. For its MRI unit, the Christiana Care Breast Center chose the Sentinelle Vanguard Breast MR Auxillary Table. The table is designed specifically for breast imaging, which increases patient comfort and translates into better images, Dr. Napoletano says. The Sentinelle breast auxillary table also accommodates a wider array of body types and maximizes access to the breast, leading to easier positioning and intervention. Digital Mammography Grows Breast Center VolumeIn a facility that performs more than 20,000 mammograms per year, an efficient workflow is essential for quality care and patient satisfaction. Switching to digital mammography had a major impact on streamlining the Breast Center’s workflow and the Christiana Care Breast Center gradually replaced its four film-screen units with four Hologic Selenia digital mammography systems. “The technology is visibly better – the images are much clearer and crisper,” says Dr. Napoletano. “Digital mammography gives us a significant advantage when it comes to detecting breast cancer. Having the most up-to-date technology is the only way to practice.” To improve their interpretations, the radiologists also rely on the Hologic SecurView diagnostic workstations, which they find to be intuitive and easy to use, and ImageChecker for computer-aided detection (CAD). “Sometimes there are things that can be overlooked, especially with calcifications or very dense breasts,” says Dr. Napoletano. “CAD helps us by providing a second set of eyes, which significantly improves our diagnostic confidence.”Digital mammography’s instantaneous image acquisition and electronic image management also significantly increased capacity by enabling the Christiana Care Breast Center to reduce the length of its screening appointments by half. In fact, after the Breast Center installed its first digital unit, it quickly discovered it was performing two-thirds of a day’s schedule on the digital equipment. The extra capacity led to double-digit growth in patient volume. Within the first year alone, the Breast Center’s volume increased by 14 percent, with subsequent increases of 11 percent and 16 percent over the next two years as the Breast Center continued to replace its analog machines with Hologic Selenia systems.Efficient Interventional ProceduresFor diagnostic procedures, the Christiana Care Breast Center relies on the Hologic MultiCare Platinum prone stereotactic breast biopsy guidance system, as well as Hologic ATEC breast biopsy and excision systems. The MultiCare Platinum system allows the Breast Center to offer minimally invasive breast biopsies to more women, sparing patients from unnecessary surgical excisions. The system’s superior image quality enables better visualization of abnormalities, and the C-arm can be positioned at any angle through 180 degrees, providing true 360-degree access to even hard-to-reach lesions. It also enhances patient comfort, as the contoured table allows patients to lie comfortably in either direction throughout the procedure. Less than one percent of all stereotactic procedures are unable to be completed with the MultiCare Platinum system, Dr. Napoletano says. In 2010, the Christiana Care Breast Center replaced its breast biopsy equipment with the Hologic ATEC breast biopsy and excision systems for stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI-guided procedures. The change was prompted by two key features that have improved the efficiency and comfort of breast biopsies. First, the ATEC system’s continuous pain management approach, which automatically delivers anesthetic to the biopsy site without interruption, minimizes discomfort for patients without increasing the length of the procedure. In addition, the fully enclosed system features a dedicated chamber that automatically collects tissue samples throughout the procedure. By not having to stop to collect individual samples as they are acquired, Dr. Napoletano says the ATEC system contributes to a faster, more efficient process than the center’s previous equipment. When it comes to selecting technology, the Christiana Care Breast Center has a long history of relying on Hologic, and the Center values both the superior technology and the outstanding support it receives from the company. “There are some companies that sell you equipment and then disappear, so if you have a problem, there’s nobody there to help you,” Mullaney says. “But Hologic is always there for us.” This case study was supplied by Hologic Inc. The comments included in this publication are the opinions and personal stories of the individuals quoted and not necessarily those of Hologic. 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