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Killer weeps as father describes her descent into mental illness

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A former top Newfoundland athlete wept as her father and former boyfriend described her descent from a happy, healthy young woman to a murder suspect now on trial for killing a man with a hammer.Anne Norris has admitted to killing Marcel Reardon, 46, in St. John’s in May 2016, but her lawyer claims the 30-year-old is not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.Her father, Gary Norris, is the province’s former top civil servant. Testifying this week at her first-degree murder trial, he described her as a confident, athletic and social child but after 2011 began to display strange behaviours.He told Supreme Court in St. John’s that over a two- to three-month period in 2015, he found a baseball bat under her bed, a steak knife, a BB gun, and a box cutter in her purse.He said she became paranoid about threats and attacks that didn’t appear to be real.She told him that someone was following her, and that “someone put something in my coffee,” he testified.In 2011, Anne Norris told her parents she was going to the police to report being sexually assaulted. Gary Norris testified he believed his daughter, but the case would later be put on hold when concerns were raised about her mental health.“I knew in my heart and soul that it didn’t happen,” said Gary Norris, who was clerk of the province’s executive council and secretary to cabinet before retiring in 2010.Anne Norris has sat quietly and shown little emotion through most of the trial, but wept as her father discussed her upbringing.She wept as well as her former boyfriend testified. Brian Constantine said she was a “people person” who loved to laugh before she fell into a depression.Anne Norris had been named to the women’s under-19 basketball team competing for Newfoundland and Labrador at the junior national championships in 2005.Constantine, 31, testified about multiple times when he felt Anne Norris’s mental health was starting to slip.He said he was babysitting his niece one night when Norris called begging him to return home. When he got there, she was inconsolable, and all the cupboard doors in the house were opened or torn off.She wouldn’t talk, but eventually wrote on a piece of paper that she had been molested.Constantine said she once accused him of assaulting her overnight, and he told her: “I would never do that.”He said she broke down, agreeing, asking him, “What’s wrong with me? This seems so real.”She was also convinced there were police officers following her, he said.Constantine wept on the stand, saying his heart broke for her.The jury has already heard that in the months prior to the death of Marcel Reardon, Anne Norris went to police on multiple occasions, reporting sexual assaults.Norris admits she put Reardon’s body beneath a staircase at Harbourview Apartments in downtown St. John’s.(VOCM)last_img read more

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Outrage over WWII scalping claim

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-An author in France has made the claim that Aboriginal soldiers scalped and desecrated the bodies of their enemies during the Second World War.The claim has been met with scorn and derision from academics and Aboriginal veterans on both sides of the Atlantic.University of the Fraser Valley professor Scott Sheffield talked to APTN National News about the issue.last_img

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Gladue writers hired in four Ontario cities

first_imgAPTN National NewsLegal-Aid Ontario is announcing a much needed expansion of its Gladue system by hiring four new writers in Sudbury, Sault St. Marie, North Bay and Windsor.Glaude reports take into account the systemic factors that may have led an Aboriginal person to the prisoner’s box in the courtroom.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

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NAFTAs big sticking point major gaps persist between US Mexico on autos

first_imgWASHINGTON – A clash in visions for the auto industry continued to cast doubt on the likelihood of an imminent NAFTA deal Tuesday as the three main players gathered for what could be a final effort to achieve an agreement this year.Any hope of a deal rests on Mexico and the U.S. bridging that still-significant gap.Sources said Mexico this week presented ideas on auto parts that differed substantially from the American goal at these talks: that is, to benefit production in high-wage jurisdictions.Mexico’s proposal lacked a firm wage standard as the U.S. has demanded, would require less North American content than the U.S. wants, ignored rules on using North American steel and would allow companies a 10-year adjustment period, more than double the proposed U.S. phase-in period.The countries continued to say they were making progress at this round, which is potentially the final opportunity to get an agreement before elections in Mexico and the U.S. leave the talks in a freeze until 2019.When asked how talks were going, Mexico’s lead minister Ildefonso Guajardo said: ”It’s going.”He said the countries were working to find solutions that might accommodate the different countries, which he noted have drastically different economic realities. In particular, Guajardo said the countries were trying to bridge differences on the salary standard.President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner also sounded a positive note as he popped in and out of different sessions at the round, being held across the street from the White House.”Very productive,” Kushner said.Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland used a vivid metaphor to describe the state of the NAFTA negotiations, as countries began a multi-day push to deliver a deal.She likened it to childbirth.”When I was giving birth, one of my midwives said, ‘You never know how long the labour will be, but you know that each contraction is one contraction closer to the baby being born.’ And if I could use such a personal metaphor, that seems to apply to trade negotiations,” she said.”We are definitely making progress. I am not going to predict the day and the minute and the hour that we will be finished.”Mexico and the U.S. are sharply divided over the American plan to credit companies for building cars in wealthier, high-wage countries — in other words, outside Mexico.A Mexico-U.S. meeting to resolve those differences ran overtime on Monday, delaying by a day Freeland’s latest encounter with U.S. counterpart Robert Lighthizer.Sources say Mexico has proposed that 70 per cent of all cars comprise North American parts to avoid a tariff — the U.S. has asked for 75 per cent. But the U.S. also wants a wage guarantee: that 40 per cent of every car be made in places that pay more than $16 an hour.A Canadian union leader present at the talks blamed Mexico for slow-walking efforts at wage reform.Jerry Dias of Unifor suggested that if the current Mexican government won’t agree to boost salaries, perhaps everyone should wait a few months until after the Mexican election and negotiate with the next president.Left-wing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador currently has a big lead in Mexico’s presidential polls.Dias called low wages in Mexico the central issue of this negotiation — ”the gorilla in the room.” And he said Mexican negotiators seem more interested in keeping salaries low than in helping workers.”You’ve got international American corporations … masquerading as Mexican negotiators. Nobody’s moving on the key issues,” Dias said.”Ultimately Canada and the United States at some time or another are gonna have to join forces and say to Mexico, ‘Here’s what the wages have to be in the auto industry, here’s what the rules have to be.’ And if Mexico flatly refuses then I suggest we should wait until after July 1, when there’s a new Mexican president.”Ultimately we’re gonna have to show Mexico we’re not messing around anymore.”One big unknown is what happens after an agreement on autos and whether the U.S. will soften other demands in order to get a quick deal.The auto rules themselves must be adjusted with care, as seemingly small changes could have a far-reaching.An industry-funded report for the Center for Automotive Research recently estimated that the proposed U.S. changes would amount to a multibillion-dollar tax on consumers, as car companies would face the choice to either abide by tougher new standards, or simply pay the 2.5 per cent vehicle tariff and possibly pass costs onto consumers.last_img read more

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Canadian home sales fall in February average price down CREA updates outlook

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales in February fell compared with a year ago and the average selling price also moved lower.The association says sales last month were down 4.4 per cent compared with February of 2018.On a month-over-month basis, national home sales in February were down 9.1 per cent compared with January.The national average price for homes sold in February was $468,350, down 5.2 per cent from the same month in 2018.Excluding the Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area, two of the country’s most active and expensive markets, the national average price was just under $371,000.In its updated outlook for the year, the association says it expects home sales in Canada to pull back by 1.6 per cent to 450,400 in 2019, a change that would mark the weakest annual sales since 2010. Sales in 2020 are forecast to gain two per cent to 459,400. read more

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UN reports declining foreign investment in five poorest African countries

It listed the five LDCs as Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic and Malawi, while the two other African countries were Botswana and Zimbabwe. In the countries with extractive industries, most investment went to that sector, but even that amount declined, UNCTAD said.In oil-rich, cash-poor Angola, foreign inflows slumped to $1.3 billion from $2.1 billion in 2001. New offshore oil projects were expected to keep Angola as one of the top FDI recipients in Africa, however, according to the agency.Gold production fell in Burkina Faso, where FDI dropped to $8.2 million from $23 million. “Some recovery is expected, however, as the economy is further liberalized and FDI in the services sector picks up,” UNCTAD said.Despite rich resources in the Central African Republic, “which has witnessed cycles of political instability,” FDI there slid to $4.3 million in 2002 from $5.2 million in 2001.Flows into Burundi were nil in 2001 and 2002 after reaching $11.7 million in 2000.Investment funds were withdrawn from Malawi “because of structural problems,” — $32 million in 2000 and $20 million in 2001, the agency said, but the country neither gained nor lost investment in 2002.Of the two non-LDCs, Botswana’s FDI turned around in 1995 after four years in the red and marginally increased to $32 million in 2002 from $31 million in 2001. Zimbabwe, “experiencing problems with its reforms,” recovered somewhat and reached $26 million in FDI in 2002, plummeting from a peak of $444 million in 1998 to $4 million in 2001, UNCTAD said. read more

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Brazilian soccer great Ronaldinho scores role as UN spokesperson for development

After meeting Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Ronaldo Assis de Moreira, or Ronaldinho as he is known worldwide, told a press conference in New York that he was “extremely honoured and excited” to lend his support to the world body’s peace and development work.“Sport is a universal language that has no barriers. Football has obviously provided me with a wonderful life, and I believe it is now my mission to give something back and to help youth understand that the power of sport can help them achieve their dreams,” he said. One of Ronaldinho’s first activities as Spokesperson will be helping mobilize youth worldwide to tackle poverty in connection with the UN’s Global Youth Leadership Summit in New York set to take place from 29 to 31 October, the world body said in a press release.His appointment was made on behalf of Adolf Ogi, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, by Djibril Diallo, Director of the UN New York Office of Sport for Development and Peace 2005. “Ronaldinho’s appointment builds on the momentum of the International Year of Sport and Physical Education 2005 by helping mobilize the world of soccer and its fans in support of social and economic development, health, education and peace,” Mr. Ogi, former President of Switzerland, said in a message for today’s event.Ronaldinho, who is a midfield player for FC Barcelona and was the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, will be paid a symbolic salary of $1 a year for his UN work, said Mr. Diallo, adding that the contract will be for two years. In a related development, Ronaldinho was also honoured today for his humanitarian contributions by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which is the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). At a ceremony in New York, Ronaldinho received the PAHO “Champion of Health” award from Deputy Director Dr. Joxel García for his work in supporting the organization’s vaccination coverage throughout the Americas, as well as its programme to reduce youth violence through awareness campaigns.Ronaldinho also serves as a UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger. read more

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Chief justice refuses request for emergency stay blocking health care law implementation

Chief justice refuses request for emergency stay blocking health care law implementation by The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2014 2:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has refused a group of doctors’ request to block implementation of the nation’s new health care law.Chief Justice John Roberts turned away without comment Monday an emergency stay request from the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, Inc. and the Alliance for Natural Health USA.They asked the chief justice Friday to temporarily block the law, saying Congress had passed it incorrectly by starting it in the Senate instead of the House. Revenue-raising bills are supposed to originate in the lower chamber. They also wanted blocked doctor registration requirements they say will make it harder for independent non-Medicare physicians to treat Medicare-eligible patients.Still pending is a decision on a temporary block on the law’s contraceptive coverage requirements, which was challenged by a group of nuns. read more

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Miladin Kozlina stays in Metalurg Skopje until 2015

← Previous Story Kentin Mahe next three years in HSV Next Story → EHF Cup F4: Three tickets more for Nantes! Miladin KozlinaRK Metalurg Skopje After Mladen Rakcevic and Renato Vugrinec, Slovenian left back Miladin Kozlina (31) signed new contract with Macedonian champion – EHF CL TOP 8 team, Metalurg Skopje. Kozlina is defensive specialist in Lino Cervar’s system, but also useful at the left back position. He played for RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko in the best moments of Slovenian team during previous decade, but also for Slovenian NT for many years…photo: rk metalurg

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Know your super fees

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The RBA made the decision to keep rates on hold for the ninth consecutive time this year, providing a sigh of relief for nervous mortgage holders. But the decision did little to mitigate consumer uncertainty, as we’re still left with looming economic volatility. Last week I told you about Louie, the Sydney CBD fruit vendor who is seeing the spending behaviour that we read about in the news at the most basic, shop front level. Louie, who used to count change for high flying bankers flashing fifty dollar bills to pay for an apple, is now seeing his five cent jar overflowing. Louie’s goods are being paid for in loose change, a sign he believes is proof that in the current climate, just about everyone is doing it tough. It’s no secret that people are saving, but this week I wanted to provide some food for thought with regards to unnecessary spending, specifically around superannuation. The average Australian currently has three super accounts, and every one of those accounts come with fees for advice that you might not even know about. What’s worse is that if you’re like most Australians, you’re being charged for advice that you’re not even receiving. Jump on the Internet and take a look at your accounts, the amount you’re paying and what you’re paying for. If you think you might have some unclaimed accounts, visit the ATO website and use the Super Seeker tool. Most people don’t have a clear picture of exactly where their super is, never mind how much they are being charged – so make sure you do. The difference can be hundreds or thousands of dollars per year, depending on how much super you have. Take a close look at your fees. There are some you can’t avoid, such as member fees which are associated with maintaining you as a separate fund member, and administrative fees which reflect the costs of the support and service provided to you by the fund. There are also transaction fees – most super funds will allow you to conduct a certain number of transactions for free, and charge you thereafter. But then there is the adviser fee. If you have a look on your latest super statement and see the name of an adviser but have never heard from that person, it’s time to get on the phone to your fund. If you’re paying for advice, you should be receiving it, and because most people don’t realise they are being charged for advice, they don’t ask for it. And if you have more than one super account, you’re paying fees on top of fees unnecessarily. In times of uncertainty, advice is well and truly invaluable, so make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for. If you’re not, it’s time to start asking some questions and talking to a professional who can help.last_img read more

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District Attorney Summer Stephans annual Citizens of Courage Awards

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNine San Diegans were honored Tuesday for their extraordinary courage in the face of violent crime.It was all part of District Attorney Summer Stephan’s annual Citizens of Courage Awards luncheon.KUSI was joined by District Attorney Summer Stephan and Maria Figueroa, one of the people honored at the luncheon. KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 10, 2018 District Attorney Summer Stephan’s annual ‘Citizens of Courage Awards’ April 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Citizens of Courage, District Attorney Summer Stephan FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Crain Acquires Temp Workforce Research Company

first_imgCrain Communications—which publishes several b-to-b titles including Ad Age and Crain’s New York Business—has acquired temporary workforce research and analysis firm Staffing Industry Analysts. The Jordan, Edmiston Group represented Staffing Industry Analysts in the transaction. Financial terms were not disclosed.As part of the deal, SIA will become a wholly-owned Crain property. CEO Ron Mester will remain in the top executive post and the business will maintain its Los Altos, California headquarters.last_img

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Heavy rains drench Rohingya camps UNHCR

first_imgA Rohingya refugee repairs the roof of his shelter at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, on 5 March 2019. Reuters File PhotoThree days of incessant rains in Bangladesh have destroyed 273 shelters and injured 11 people in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps, said UNHCR on Friday. “We remain on high alert, ready to deploy additional emergency response teams to support our network of refugee volunteers and partners as needed,” said UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley at a press briefing in Geneva, according to UNB. To date, the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh has received only a third (US$301 million) of the US$920 million that is needed, according to UNHCR.Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country since 25 August, 2017 amid military crackdown against them in Rakhine state of Myanmar.Yaxley said an estimated 350mm of rain fell in 72 hours from Monday and more heavy downpours are expected throughout next week, with four months of the monsoon season to go.According to preliminary reports, there have been 26 landslides.Refugee volunteers trained by UNHCR and partners worked throughout the night on Wednesday in heavy rain to help families in urgent need, said the UN Refugee Agency spokesperson.”In some cases, this involved rescuing refugees from shelters destroyed by landslides. We’ve temporarily relocated 2,137 people, either because their shelters suffered substantial damage or as a precaution,” Yaxley said.The spokesperson said their network of Emergency Response Teams has been mobilised to identify the needs of the most vulnerable and prioritise them for assistance. “As an immediate response, pre-positioned emergency supplies are being distributed to help rebuild, repair and strengthen damaged shelters.”In support of the humanitarian response led by the Bangladeshi authorities, UNHCR and partners, including WFP and IOM, made preparedness for the monsoon season a priority, including building retaining structures on hillsides, installing drainage, and building roads and bridges, Yaxley said.Reservoirs have been also constructed to hold monsoon rains and stabilise water supplies, said the spokesperson.last_img
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DeepMinds AI Can Now Beat Humans at More Board Games

first_img MIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven GarmentsResearchers Train AI To Feel Emotion, Too Stay on target More than a year after DeepMind introduced AlphaZero—a self-taught, world champion algorithm that can kick your butt at chess, shogi, and Go—the AI firm is celebrating another milestone.CEO Demis Hassabis and a team of engineers on Monday announceda the full evaluation of AlphaZero, published in the journal Science.The short paper (only five pages) describes how the latest evolution of Google’s elite algorithm quickly learns each game to become the strongest player in history, despite starting from scratch each time.“AlphaZero replaces the handcrafted knowledge and domain-specific augmentations used in traditional game-playing programs with deep neural networks, a general-purpose reinforcement learning algorithm, and a general-purpose tree search algorithm,” according to the document.In other words, AlphaZero has no need for humans.The platform learns by playing against itself—with no intervention or historical data. And it’s a quick study.Starting with a blank slate, the neural network knows nothing about the game, aside from basic rules. But through regular, self-contained gameplay, the system incrementally improves, creating stronger versions of itself.“This ability to learn each game afresh, unconstrained by the norms of human play, results in a distinctive, unorthodox, yet creative and dynamic playing style,” the DeepMind team wrote in a blog post.Traditional chess and shogi (Japanese chess) engines rely on thousands of man-made rules. AlphaZero, meanwhile, takes the opposite approach, replacing those guidelines with unschooled algorithms.“It’s like discovering the secret notebooks of some great player from the past,” said Chess Grandmaster Matthew Sadler, who, along with Women’s International Master Natasha Regan, analyzed thousands of AlphaZero’s chess games for the upcoming book “Game Changer.”In each evaluation, AlphaZero convincingly beat its opponent (via DeepMind)Developed by Alphabet, Inc.’s Deep Mind, the software in 2015 became the first computer Go program to beat a human professional. It made history again a year later, when it pummeled Lee Sedol, and triumphed once more in 2017 with a three-game win against then-No. 1 ranking player Ke Jie.The latest iteration, however, differs from its predecessors: AlphaZero abandons all hand-engineered features, runs only one neural network (versus the two found in earlier models), and relies solely on its own knowledge to evaluate positions.The amount of training the network needs depends on the style and complexity of the game, DeepMind said. While chess and shogi can take between nine and 12 hours, respectively, Go requires as many as 13 days.“Chess has been used as a Rosetta Stone of both human and machine cognition for over a century,” former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov said in a statement. “AlphaZero renews the remarkable connection between an ancient board game and cutting-edge science by doing something extraordinary.”More on Geek.com:AI KOs Pro DotA 2 Players in Live TournamentWatch a Robot Break the Rubik’s Cube Record7 Super Advanced Robots That May Take Over the Worldlast_img read more

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The Year Without a Summer

first_imgToday, seemingly more than ever before, climate change is a hot topic of almost any political and social debate. Is our modern lifestyle artificially interfering with the climate or is it a natural occurrence independent from human activity? The debate rages on. However, climate abnormalities are not something humanity is encountering for the first time. A historical episode that shows another dark environmental period of the Earth is the year 1816, known in history as the “Year Without a Summer”, “Poverty Year” or “Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death.”According to USA Today, this extremely harsh year caused average global temperatures to decrease by 32-33 °F (0.4–0.7 °C). It brought snow in the middle of June followed by a freezing winter in July and August. This extraordinary weather change destroyed crops and the food supply became so scarce that countless people in North America and Europe suffered a great famine. In fact the Year Without a Summer is the sixth-deadliest disaster in Great Britain and Ireland by death toll (65,000).1816 summer temperature anomaly compared to average temperatures from 1971–2000. Photo by Giorgiogp2 CC BY-SA 3.0One of the claimed scientific reasons for this climate anomaly was the biggest volcanic eruption in history which took place in Indonesia on Mount Tambora in 1815. The aftermath of this event resulted in large quantities of dust and ash leaking into the atmosphere causing a serious change decrease in temperatures.The resulting famine spread deadly diseases far and wide so people were forced to move away from their homes.Experts and scientists claim that this black scenario could possibly happen again due to the fact that volcanoes still erupt and no one can be certain when the next big eruption is going to happen.The 1815 Mount Tambora eruption. The red areas are maps of the thickness of volcanic ashfall.  CC BY-SA 3.0Considering this, any big eruption may prove to be far more fatal than any man-made ecological catastrophes.The tragic events of the year 1816 were also sealed in the pages of the book “The Year without Summer” by William B. Klingaman and co-author Nicholas P. Klingaman. The latter stated at the time that humanity is still unable to predict volcano eruptions and their destructive potential can only increase.The yellow skies typical of summer 1815 had a profound impact on the paintings of J.M.W. TurnerUSA Today reports that according to Klingman’s book, the eruption of Tambora is “by far the deadliest volcanic eruption in human history, with a death toll of at least 71,000 people, 12,000 of whom were killed directly by the eruption. And this doesn’t take into account the indirect deaths caused by the resulting famine.The volcano spewed out enough ash and pumice to cover a square area of 100 miles on each side with a depth of almost 12 feet. NASA also confirms that an eruption can cool a particular area and spread sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere where it then forms sulfate aerosols due to its reaction with water vapor.Turner’s classic sunset paintings were inspired by dust from volcanic eruptions including at Mount Tambora. This is the “Chichester Canal” (1828)The aerosols are highly durable and cool the surface of the Earth by reflecting sunlight.The heavy June snowstorms that year not only killed most of the crops but also froze many birds to death as well as other animals. Two months later, the freeze in August hit even harder, forcing people to survive in dreadful ways by eating pigeons, raccoons and other unsavory snacks.When The Arctic Warms, Extreme US Weather Is More FrequentThe Year Without Summer transformed many of Europe’s communities into impoverished crowds who, on top of that, had to fight a typhus epidemic.Dark storm clouds on a deserted dirt road. Many people had to flee their homes due to the ravages caused by the summerless year.After reading this unpleasant chapter in Earth’s natural history, one would naturally wonder when humanity can expect a return of this cruel climate episode. According to Klingaman, though eruptions like Tambora happen once every 1,000 years, smaller eruptions aren’t less of a problem.For example, the 1991 Pinatubo eruption cooled the Earth’s surface by nearly 34 °F (1 °C).1991 Mount Pinatubo eruptionTaking into account that today’s global temperatures are steadily increasing, it is understandable that a huge eruption could result in a network of disasters. USA Today adds that if it were to ever happen, it would be temporary and the warming would take up to several years to reappear again.Read another story from us: UK Heatwave Reveals Ancient Archaeological Sites Throughout BritainInterestingly, The Year without Summer had one positive effect. It inspired the British painter J.M.W Turner who painted breathtaking landscapes of the sunset after the Tambora eruption. The painting is named “The Lake, Petworth: Sunset, Fighting Bucks” and according to the Daily Mail it was painted many years after Tambora, presenting volcanic ash and gas in the sky under the warm colors of the sunset.last_img read more

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Uncovered White Pyramid Island Reveals Earliest Clues to Greek Origins

first_imgExciting discoveries on a tiny Greek ‘pyramid’ island in the Aegean Sea are leading to new scientific theories on prehistoric Greece. Excavations on this island, 125 miles from Athens, are revealing the earliest truly monumental complex of buildings ever unearthed in the Greek world. “Dating back 4,600 years, the site may also have been part of the inspiration for a key aspect of Greek religion – the idea that mountain tops were the dwelling places of the gods,” according to The Independent.In this remote and uninhabited pyramid-shaped islet, archaeologists discovered evidence of a rich cultural landscape dating to a time earlier than the Minoan age. The evidence indicates this was a major religious center created with technical knowledge pre-dating that found at Minoan Knossos by at least 400 years. This supports its playing a role in the development of Greek civilization.The pyramid islet of Dhaskalio with Keros in the foreground (Courtesy of Cambridge Keros Project)Archaeologists recently competed a four-year study of a site in the Aegean Sea called Dhaskalio. The architectural features include stairways and drainage systems that re-shaped the islet, which confirms that Dhaskalio was home to an advanced civilization.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsResearchers believe that these ancient architects “terra-formed” the pyramid-shaped island “mini-mountain,” known in recent centuries as Dhaskalio, to create around 1,000m of artificial terracing, arranged in six “steps” on its steep slopes.Another view of Dhaskalio islet. Photo by Zde CC by SA-3.0They constructed what is thought to have been a huge religious sanctuary consisting of up to 60 marble buildings, which were created specifically to glisten in the sun.Dhaskalio has been the subject of intense archaeological study since 2015, when this site was located. The research is being carried out by a multinational team, supported by the Greek government and the British School in Athens. Several international institutes provide funding. The Dhaskalio promontory is a tiny island created by rising sea levels, but 4,500 years ago it was attached by a narrow causeway to Keros, now uninhabited and a protected site. In the 3rd millennium BC, Keros was a place where complex rituals were enacted and where archaeological excavations have turned up fascinating and bizarre statues from the ancient Cycladic civilization, of which Dhaskalio would have been a part.Ancient Cycladic sculptures found on Keros. (Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany) Photo by Smial CC BY-SA 2.5The research team believes that the Dhaskalio settlement flourished during the period known as the Cycladic Early Bronze Age, which spanned from roughly 3200 to 1050 BC. On the Greek pyramid island researchers found steep paths leading up to the summit and enormous platforms designed to be built upon. The buildings on the tiny island were made from good quality marble.Cycladic female figurine, from Museum of Cycladic Art at AthensThe settlement of Dhaskalio required thousands of tons of marble along with obsidian building tools. All of this had to be imported from an island more than six miles away, suggesting these inhabitants were skilled sailors.Related Video:“Archaeologists now believe that, in order to construct the complex, early Bronze Age Greeks embarked on at least 3,500 maritime voyages to transport between 7,000 and 10,000 tonnes of shining white marble from one Aegean island to another,” according to msn. “Each return voyage would have required up to 24 crew members to paddle for around five hours.”“It is by far the largest prehistoric marine transport operation that has ever come to light anywhere in the world,” said Dr Julian Whitewright, a leading maritime archaeologist at the University of Southampton.“It demonstrates quite clearly just how important, and integral to their culture, seafaring was to these early Bronze Age Aegean people.”Related Article: Drought in Iraq Reveals 3,400-yr-old Palace that Astounds ArchaeologistsThe Greek pyramid island had a settlement with metal-working shops, buildings and even indoor plumbing, and all of this a millennium before the Minoans, who are often thought of as the first European civilization. According to the Keep Talking Greece website, the team of archaeologists have uncovered “a complex, stratified and technically expert society.”Based on their finds, archaeologists now theorize the people of Dhaskalio may have played an important role in supplying weapons and other metal products to the surrounding islands.last_img read more

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This Handy Robot Holds a Pen and Writes Exactly Like You Do

first_img 4 min read Register Now » March 20, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Meet Bond, a cyborg with an impressive grip on penmanship — yours or anyone’s.This boxy bot’s express purpose is to write letters and thank you notes on your behalf. Remember letters? Those pre-Snapchat relics of the past that not many people take time for anymore, least of all busy business owners. Yeah, those.  Can’t swing sending them? Leave it to Bond. With a fancy black fountain pen clamped in its robotic “hand,” the nimble robot writes out every word of each personalized correspondence its tasked with. It signs them, too, so you don’t have to. Then its team of humans, the enterprising people at the New York City-based startup Bond, neatly tuck the bot’s letters into envelopes, seal them with a golden seal of wax (regal crown-shaped Bond logo included) and even address, stamp and mail them for you.Related: In Japan, a ‘Strange Hotel’ Will Be Staffed Almost Entirely By RobotsSigned, sealed, delivered — time saved. And all those loyal friends and customers you’ve been meaning to personally thank will appreciate the written sentiment…and they’ll never know that a funky robotic forger did the deed for you. At least that’s the idea.“Most business people truly do care about their customers, but as they get more customers, they lose the ability to stay in touch,” Bond founder and CEO Sonny Caberwal says. “Bond lets you deliver the personal touch, at scale.”     How it works: First you go to Bond’s website from your smartphone or computer. (Caberwal says a Bond iOS app is coming this summer.) You can either have a letter written by Bond in one of five prefab handwriting styles or you can use your own handwriting. For the second — and way cooler — option, you fill out a handwriting sample form, scan it and email it back to Bond and the bot learns your writing style. Either way, you have to enter the complete text of your letter on the website so Bond knows what to write, along with the address(es) to send it to.Related: Star Wars + Drones = Dreams Come TrueUsing Bond’s pretty prefab handwriting is free, but hiring Bond to write just like you isn’t cheap. The fee for Bond to acquire and store your handwriting is $199. Whichever you choose, individual cards cost $2.99 and up to send, plus postage. The customizable cards come in a bunch of trendy stationery styles and are less expensive if you order in bulk. You can also add your brand logo to them at no additional cost. We can see the service coming in handy for newlyweds, salespeople, marketers and for anyone tasked with sending umpteen invites, thank yous, holiday cards or insert whichever time-consuming written correspondence you don’t want to deal with.Related: No Sci-Fi Here: Your Own Personal Robot Is Coming“I think everyone can think of a time they meant to send someone something to say thanks, but didn’t,” Caberwal says, “not because they didn’t care, but because they didn’t have a card, pen, envelope, or stamp. Our goal is to make sending a beautiful, personal, and tangible note as easy as a text message.”  To see Bond beautifully reviving the lost art of the handwritten note — hands-free — check out the videos below:Related: Say Hello to the Robotic Personal Assistant of Your Dreamslast_img read more

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How to Control What Happens When You Close Your Laptops Lid

first_imgThere are several different power options that will accommodate your laptop usage, and needs, when you close the lid. Shutting down will power your laptop down completely and save all your data safely before the laptop shuts down. Sleeping will use a minimal amount of power but keep your PC in a state that’s ready to go as soon as you open the lid. Sleeping also saves your work and will shut down completely once it senses the battery is running too low. Hibernation is like sleep, only it’s designed to draw even less power and is the better option to consider if you’re not planning on returning to your laptop for some time.It’s a straightforward process to modify your laptop settings, to get the option that works best to meet your needs.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/how-to-laptop-lid-shut-functions?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Click the Windows 10 Start Button to reveal the Cortana search box. For some, this will be visible by default. Type Power and Sleep Settings. Under the Best Match option you’ll see Power & Sleep Settings appear. Click this option to go directly to the needed menu. Under the Related settings section, click on Additional power settings. On the left-hand side of the Power Options screen, you’ll see an option that says Choose what closing the lid does. Click it.From there, select the behavior you’d like your PC to use when closing the lid. In the drop down menu, select the action you’d prefer: Do Nothing, Sleep, Hibernate, and Shut down. Click Save changes to finalize your selection and apply the changes. Credit: Laptop MagLaptops with the Best Overall PerformanceLaptops with the Best Productivity PerformanceBest and Worst Laptop Brands by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Strange Flashes Of Light Reported To Appear On Lunar Surface

first_img Bestseller All Wow facts 4Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementMysterious Light Flashes On The Moon”Seismic activities were also observed on the moon,” said Hakan Kayal, a professor of Space Technology. “When the surface moves, gases that reflect sunlight could escape from the interior of the moon. This would explain the luminous phenomena, some of which last for hours.”To investigate, the researchers constructed their own lunar telescope and placed it in a rural area in Spain, about 100 kilometers north of the city of Seville. The private observatory can be controlled remotely from the university’s location in Bavaria, Germany.The telescope consists of two cameras that watch the Moon every night. It only takes action when both cameras simultaneously detect brief flashes of light, sending the research team an e-mail while taking photographs and videos of the phenomenon.However, Kayal admitted that the system still needs a lot of work. He and his colleagues plan to use artificial intelligence that could distinguish brief flashes on the surface of the Moon from technical faults or other objects such as planes passing.The system will also be used during a satellite mission to make lunar observations from orbit. Next, the team will compare their data from the observations made by the European Space Agency.The ESA has been monitoring the transient lunar phenomena. In 2015, the agency established the NEO Lunar Impacts and Optical TrAnsients or NELIOTA to look for signs of impact flashes.How It Could Affect Future Space TravelersThe researchers added that finding the cause of the phenomena is crucial, especially now with the renewed interest on the Moon. China, the United States, and Russia currently have plans to explore the lunar surface and eventually send astronauts to Earth’s natural satellite.”Anyone who wants to build a lunar base at some point must of course be familiar with the local conditions,” said Kayal. TAG Moon, Lunar surface, Meteor Impact 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 ENDS IN Search DEAL OF THE DAY Close Since the 1950s, scientists have been observing what they call transient lunar phenomena — the appearance of brief flashes of light on the surface of the Moon.It happens several times a week and sometimes lasting for hours. There have been plenty of theories that attempt to explain the mysterious phenomena, including the impact of a meteor, which can cause a brief glow or moon dust reacting with the electrical charges of the Sun.However, a team of researchers from the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg believes that the transient lunar phenomena is caused by something else. Ads by Amazon ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

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first_img November 2, 2012 — In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation on the East Coast, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued information about the effects of these types of natural disasters on mammography facilities. There are certain actions mammography facilities can take to help ensure that they continue to provide high quality mammography services. Depending on the amount of damage sustained by a facility, its equipment, critical records and even patient records and/or mammogram films may have been damaged or destroyed. In the aftermath of these events, your mammography facility may find it a challenge to comply with MQSA regulations.To assist facilities in complying with MQSA regulations, any facility damaged by a natural disaster should:Inform its accreditation body (AB) and State Radiological Health Department of the situation as soon as possible and notify them of any change in the facility’s mammography system(s) or location.Inform the Facility Hotline (phone 1-800-838-7715, fax 410-290-6351, or emailMQSAhotline@hcmsllc.com (link sends e-mail)) of the situation as soon as possible and notify them of any change in the facility’s mammography unit(s) or location.Request instructions from its AB immediately if, because of the disaster, facility personnel determine that scheduled reaccreditation cannot be completed before a current accreditation expires.Record the date range for which facility records (e.g., quality control records, patient logs) and patient records and/or mammogram films have been lost or damaged. The documentation should identify the date(s) involved and the reason(s) these records were lost or damaged. The facility should keep this documentation for possible review by the AB, State Radiological Health Department personnel, the state certifying agency, if applicable, and the MQSA inspector. Additionally, the State Radiological Health Department may be able to advise the facility regarding specific State requirements dealing with damaged or lost patient records and/or mammogram films.Inform patients: If patient records and/or mammogram films were damaged or lost, the facility may want to notify the affected patients.Retain a medical physicist to conduct an equipment evaluation of any equipment that undergoes a major repair, is disassembled and reassembled, or is replaced. The equipment must successfully pass the evaluation before the facility can use the equipment to image patients. The facility may also want to perform other tests, such as routine facility quality control, to ensure that its equipment is performing properly. 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 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. 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 | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more News | 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 A facility may contact the FDA, the State Radiological Health Department, the state certifying agency, if applicable, or its AB for further information if a natural disaster has affected its operations. Together, FDA, MQSA inspectors, state programs, and accreditation bodies will work with facilities struck by natural disasters to help them resume practicing high quality mammography.For more information: www.fda.gov FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Feature | November 02, 2012 Natural Disasters Effect Mammography Facilities Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more News | 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 last_img read more

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