North American stock markets move lower in latemorning trading Loonie down

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index fell in late-morning trading, weighed down by losses in the materials sector, while U.S. markets moved lower.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 16.26 points at 14,922.92.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 120.17 points at 23,875.78. The S&P 500 index was down 13.61 points at 2,582.65, while the Nasdaq composite was down 53.01 points at 6,918.47.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.38 cents US compared with an average of 75.42 cents US on Friday.The February crude contract was down 18 cents at US$51.41 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up 37.7 cents at US$3.48 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$1.10 at US$1,290.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 3.40 cents at US$2.63 a pound.last_img read more

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Polisario Lashes out at France for Supporting Morocco on Western Sahara

Rabat – The Polisario Front criticized  France on Tuesday, accusing it of “systematically aligning with Morocco” on the Western Sahara dispute.“We know that France is sensitive to the stability of Morocco, but its policy is against the interests of the people of the Maghreb,” said Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, a leader of the “Polisario,” at a press conference, according to AFP.Relations between Paris and Rabat have returned to normal last week, with the two countries restoring judicial cooperation after a year of being embroiled in a diplomatic row. Judicial cooperation was suspended in February 2014 after complaints in France against senior Moroccan officials, followed by a series of incidents and diplomatic blunders.Last month, Romain Nadal, the spokesperson of the French foreign affairs ministry said that the “stance of France over the Western Sahara issue is well-known and remains unchanged.”“France supports the search for a just, lasting and mutually-agreed solution, under the UN aegis and pursuant to UNSC resolution,” he added. read more

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Algerias Bouteflika Names Abdelmajid Tebboune New Prime Minister

Rabat – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika appointed former housing minister Abdelmajid Tebboune Prime Minister on Wednesday, replacing Abdelmalek Sellal in the wake of parliamentary elections, reported the APS state news agency.The decision came after former Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal submitted his resignation to the Algerian president  following the session of the new national assembly on Tuesday, May 23.“Bouteflika has also instructed the members of Sellal’s government to attend to the current affairs of their respective sectors, pending the appointment of the government,” said the same source. At 71, Tebboune and the 80-year-old president have some history together. The latter named the new Prime Minister Minister of Culture in his first government in 1999 and Minister of Housing in 2012.The newly appointed Prime Minister, is known for making a number of unfulfilled promises for the good of Algeria.One of the main authorizing officers of the [Algerian construction and public work markets, Tebboune recently promised to release a large part of accounts payable to debtor construction companies, promise that was not kept and now awaits his attention as the new Prime Minister.He has also been the central figure in previous scandals. Evening of Algeria reported in October 2015 that a housing scam ran for seven years under his watch without the Ministry of Housing  intervention. “The equivalent of 800 fictitious houses were sold on plans on sites to draw a large number of subscribers who naively fell into the scam and who were perhaps compelled, in spite of themselves, to vote for the candidate of the system at the last presidential campaign,” according to the site.Moroccan news outlet, le 360 reported recently that Tabboune blames the ills of Algeria on “foreign hands,” especially “those” of Morocco. read more

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Witnesses tell of worsening conditions for Palestinians to visiting UN team

1 July 2008A three-member United Nations team investigative team has received accounts of grave economic, health and human rights conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, particularly in Gaza, from witnesses it interviewed in Jordan, the second stop on a three-nation visit that also includes Egypt and Syria. A three-member United Nations team investigative team has received accounts of grave economic, health and human rights conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, particularly in Gaza, from witnesses it interviewed in Jordan, the second stop on a three-nation visit that also includes Egypt and Syria.In a statement issued at the end of its visit to Amman, the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories expressed serious concern about reports it received about the “strangulation” of the Palestinian economy, the impact of the separation wall on the human rights of Palestinians, expanding settlements, and the condition of the Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons and detention centres.Witnesses spoke about the impact of the Israeli border control regime and other trade-related restrictions and obstacles on the economy in the occupied Palestinian territory. The team also heard about difficulties in accessing water, worsening sanitary conditions in Gaza and deteriorating health conditions, particularly among children.According to the testimony received, serious restrictions on the right to freedom of movement has in turn severely curtailed a wide range of other human rights including the rights to health, education, work and family life. Several witnesses detailed infringements on the human rights of more than 10,000 Palestinian detainees including women and children in Israeli prisons and detention centres, such as lack of legal guarantees, torture and ill-treatment and harassment.“Such policies and practices affecting Palestinian people are a serious threat to the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people and must be halted immediately,” the Special Committee said.The group was particularly concerned by testimonies received about a draft Israeli Law regarding civil damages, by which residents of the occupied Palestinian territory would be prevented from seeking compensation for damages inflicted on them by Israeli security forces, even in cases where damages – to property or to the person, including torture – were caused outside the context of military operations.The Special Committee will continue its visit to the region in Syria from 1 to 5 July. read more

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DR of Congo Burundi key to peace in Great Lakes Security Council

In a report issued today, the Council recaps its 7 to 16 June, six-country tour – headed by Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France and including the Council’s full 15-nation membership – of the region in which it sought to launch a “solid political process.”Following stops in the DRC – and neighbouring countries Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania – the mission judges that on the basis of agreements already reached, most of the work required to establish a transitional government in the DRC, with a unified army, has already been completed. The Council also notes the possibility of a declaration of good neighbourliness, which might subsequently be formalized into a treaty.The report notes, however, that the Council had been disappointed by the slow pace of implementation efforts and believed that the steps that remain, particularly in light of persistent fighting and outbreaks of violence in the DRC, may prove to be the most difficult. While the mission still expects all the parties to agree on a functioning transition administration by 30 June, it was deeply concerned by the extremely volatile situation in much of the eastern portion of the DRC, but chiefly concentrated in Bunia and the Kivus.While the Council members found Bunia “calm but tense” overall, they stress that the suffering population of the town and surrounding areas needs “as much assistance as the international community can provide.” The mission also saw the clear need for demilitarization of Bunia and for all parties cease hostilities immediately to withdraw forces from the Kivus to previously held positions.The Mission expresses its full support for political efforts underway in Burundi as the country heads into the second phase of its transition, as outlined in the 2000 Arusha Accords. “The Burundi peace process is at a critical juncture,” the report says, “and every effort should be made to ensure its success.” In meetings with the countries leadership, the Council members concentrated on a limited number of issues which required urgent attention, including, a cessation of hostilities, support for the African Union-led African Mission in Burundi (AMIB), mobilization of economic and financial assistance, and the fight against impunity.While stressing that the outcome of the peace process is primarily the responsibility of the Burundian parties, the mission nevertheless believes that the international community should make every effort to provide assistance. It recommended that the wider Council call on donors to assist the AMIB with adequate financial and logistical assistance, and on Secretary-General Kofi Annan to provide appropriate expertise. The mission sees a clear need to provide adequate budgetary and economic assistance to support the transitional Government lest all the gains achieved so far collapse. read more

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The Diamondbacks Are Turning Back The Clock

29Phillies501442.712Worst since 1962 TEAMHITTINGPITCHINGOVERALL 10Blue Jays515252 11Diamondbacks541512.168Best since 2013 1Rockies9.34.0 19Braves484848 22White Sox511488.122Worst since 2015 4Phillies635056 2017′s deepest pitching staffs 1Astros531573.9100thBest ever! 4Red Sox7.72.7 Which teams have the platoon advantage most?Show more rows* A team has platoon advantage when its hitters face an opposite-handed pitcher or its pitchers face a same-handed batter.Through May 29.Source: Baseball-Reference.com 6Dodgers624252 3Nationals511554.5100Best ever! 26Reds511472.612Best since 2015 4Indians501548.091Best since 1996 18Nationals504749 In just two months, the Dbacks have gone from merely hoping Greinke could bounce back from his disastrous 2016 season to counting up the pitching riches beyond their ace. “Pitching depth” is a nebulous thing to measure, but if we give more weight to the contributions of pitchers deeper into a team’s staff,2Specifically, giving 100 percent credit to its 10th-best pitcher’s WAR, 90 percent to its ninth-best pitcher’s WAR, 80 percent to its 8th-best and so forth. the Dbacks have enjoyed the second-deepest well of pitching value in baseball this season, trailing only the division-rival Colorado Rockies.So Arizona’s pitching is doing its best job to recall the glory days. And the team currently ranks eighth in position-player WAR, roughly where its championship precursor placed 16 years ago.3And better than the team’s 14th-place finish in 2002.But not everything is a carbon copy of the past. The 2017 Snakes have achieved their offensive success in a very different way than the Diamondbacks of yesteryear did. Those teams walked a lot, but they didn’t burn up the basepaths or mash opponents into submission with homers, no matter how many memories you harbor of Luis Gonzalez crushing fastballs deep into the Arizona night. This offense might be the opposite: It has more glaring weaknesses (with the league’s seventh-worst strikeout rate and its 10th-worst strikeout-to-walk ratio), but also a unique combination of strengths, the likes of which has seldom been seen in baseball history. Not only does Arizona rank second in the majors in Bill James’s power-speed number,4Which measures how well a team combines hitting home runs and stealing bases. but pro-rated over a full schedule, the Dbacks’ number would rank 31st-best since MLB’s expansion era began in 1961. They’re an all-or-nothing lineup in the mold of, say, Buck Showalter’s Orioles, but with the added twist of stolen bases and opportunistic baserunning.The surprising catalyst for all this is 6-foot-3 first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.5Who’s already just 1.6 WAR shy of passing Gonzalez as Arizona’s greatest-ever position player by WAR. As the Washington Post’s Neil Greenberg recently pointed out, Goldschmidt steals an incredible number of bases (65 in 77 attempts over the past three seasons) for a player so, well, slow. Instead of using pure speed, he’s been able to strike on the basepaths with a combination of smarts and sneaky lead-taking. And he’s not alone — a handful of Arizona’s regulars are positive baserunners (according to FanGraphs’ measurement, which includes steals, extra bases and double-play avoidance) despite dubious foot speed.6The team’s second-best baserunner (behind Goldschmidt) is the 250-pound Yasmany Tomas, he of the seven career steals. Then, throw in some hitters who do have wheels to go with their pop — such as Chris Owings, A.J. Pollock and even Jake Lamb — and Arizona has an offense that can hurt you with its power and its speed, sort of like a lineup full of Junior Spiveys would have done a generation ago.Of course, for a team coming off a 69-win season, the usual caveats apply to Arizona’s early record. Our Elo ratings, for instance, remain unconvinced that the Diamondbacks are much more than a .500 team that has won a few extra games to start the season, an assessment echoed by other forecasts. Despite the similar statistical profile so far, this year’s Dbacks are probably nowhere near as good as the early-2000s version was. But they’re much younger, playing a style that might be more entertaining (if not as effective).It’s also worth noting that Arizona made its big splash the offseason before last, gearing up for a run just like the one they’re currently on, only to be wrecked by more injuries than almost any team in recent memory. Although the flurry of deals made by former GM Dave Stewart were roundly derided (and not without cause) it’s hard to deny that the Diamondbacks are now living out the future he envisioned — even if it came a year too late to save Stewart’s job.In other words, there is real talent blooming in the desert. What remains to be seen is whether this is merely another one-year blip, like so many before in the franchise’s post-championship era, or the start of something more long-lasting.Trout outAmid the fallout from Mike Trout’s injury Sunday (which will shelve the L.A. Angels star for 6 to 8 weeks), one of the least-pressing concerns was what it will potentially do to his place in the all-time WAR pantheon. But since that’s a topic I’ve covered ad nauseum here, let’s dive right into it.According to Baseball-Reference’s version of the stat, Trout has never ended a full season without being the all-time WAR leader for a given age. (Let that sink in for a moment.)7This isn’t quite true if you use FanGraphs’ WAR, which considers Mel Ott better through age 20. And regular readers will know that I prefer to average B-R and FG’s WAR numbers together anyway, to smooth out discrepancies between the two methods. But for the purposes of this exercise, let’s stick with B-R, just to see whether Trout can keep up the feat in the eyes of at least one WAR system. Before he got hurt, Trout already had 3.5 WAR this year, so he just needed to produce 3.7 over the remainder of the season to keep pace with Ty Cobb as the all-time leader through age 25.Even a conservative estimate would have called for Trout to generate something like 5.5 WAR in the last four months of the season, which would have enabled him to clear Cobb with ease. However, losing half of that remaining time would put Trout’s G.O.A.T. trajectory in real jeopardy. He’d have to return from injury without a hitch (no guarantee) and play slightly better down the stretch than he’d done over the season’s first two months — when he posted new career highs in virtually every hitting category. That’s a tall order!However, Trout could also come back in only five weeks if he follows the accelerated recovery path of teammate Andrelton Simmons, who suffered the same injury last season. If so, Trout would “only” need to play at an 8.3-full-season-WAR pace (which, comical as it sounds, is something he’s done in four of his five full MLB seasons) to catch up to Cobb.That’s the best-case scenario; in reality, Trout will probably face a real struggle to keep his title as G.O.A.T. at every age. But there’s still a chance.Franchise milestonesIn the day-to-day grind of a baseball season, it can be tough sometimes to zoom out and see the bigger picture of where a team stands in the context of its own history. That’s where something like the FiveThirtyEight Elo ratings come in handy, since they try to estimate how well a team was playing going into (and coming out of) every game in franchise history. I tracked where each team’s current Elo8Using the version from our interactive, which accounts for the starting pitcher in each game, rather than the version from our Complete History of MLB interactive. ranks relative to past seasons9Starting in 1901, the first season of the American League. for the team (measuring that using its percentile ranking) through the same number of games, as well as an Elo “milestone” — how deep in history we have to dig to find a season where it had a higher or lower Elo rating, depending on which number takes us further back in time: 24Marlins484647 20Angels445248 9Rays551515.268Best since 2015 17Cardinals465249 Some teams — like the Astros and Nationals/Expos — are playing the best they ever have at the third-of-a-season mark. Others are in down cycles: amazingly, the Phillies haven’t had an Elo lower than their current rating through 54 games of a season since 1962!Platoon power!I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of platooning, using the natural benefit of facing an opposite-handed pitcher (or a same-handed batter) to help a team become greater than the sum of its parts. Granted, different teams are constructed to use it better than others, so it’s not always up to the manager to play for the platoon advantage. Nevertheless, here are the teams who’ve had the lefty-righty edge in the highest percentage of their plate appearances (both batting and pitching), according to Baseball-Reference.com: 12Mariners531511.988Worst since 2015 SHARE OF PLATE APPEARANCES WITH PLATOON ADVANTAGE* 14Mets501509.565Worst since 2015 6Red Sox511537.978Worst since 2015 2Mets675661 17Orioles501498.259Worst since 2011 18Tigers521496.330Best since 2015 16Angels551501.355Best since 2015 11Brewers495251 24Twins481480.434Best since 2015 PITCHING 29Red Sox454344 * We derived a team’s WAR depth by giving more weight to the WAR contribution of pitchers ranked deeper into a team’s top 10.Through May 29.Source: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com 16White Sox554349 2Dodgers531571.198Best since 1974 26Rockies484245 28Braves501467.122Best since 2015 13Rockies541511.783Best since 2010 7Yankees491531.740Best since 2013 19Giants541494.216Worst since 2009 20Brewers521492.752Best since 2014 25Mariners464747 3Dodgers8.13.0 10Rangers531513.271Worst since 2015 30Padres541438.96Worst since 2003 23Pirates474747 12Padres534850 8Blue Jays521520.963Worst since 2015 5Athletics545353 27Royals511467.210Worst since 2007 7Reds554952 27Royals504045 30Tigers474144 1Indians73%53%63 5Cubs511544.789Worst since 2015 22Orioles454947 23Marlins501483.842Worst since 2015 Welcome to Full Count, our weekly baseball column. Have anything you want me to write about? Email or tweet me at neil.paine@fivethirtyeight.com or @Neil_Paine.The last time the Arizona Diamondbacks won this many games this early in a season, the team was in the midst of defending a world championship, powered by a group of talented veterans taking one of the their last shots at glory before parting ways. That Arizona team was a bit different from its modern-day descendants, but if you strip away the star power and hideous jerseys, the old-school Dbacks also had a lot in common with today’s version (to the surprise of many analysts, including yours truly). Is it possible the franchise is finally set up for its first truly sustained run of success since that championship era?The 2001 Diamondbacks team remains the oldest one ever to win a World Series, and the follow-up edition was (unsurprisingly) even older. Mainly propelled by a stable of power arms — Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in the rotation, plus Byung-Hyun Kim in the bullpen with a host of other deceptive relievers — Arizona ranked second in pitching wins above replacement1As always, averaging together the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. (WAR) that year, second in strikeouts per nine innings and second in fewest walks per nine. Feeding opponents a healthy dose of nasty sliders all season long, the Dbacks allowed the league’s second-fewest park-adjusted earned runs, cruising to 98 wins and the NL West crown in the process.This year’s version cuts a similar profile on the mound, albeit with more youth and much less star power. No. 1 starter Zack Greinke is by far Arizona’s most experienced and decorated pitcher; going into the season, he had over 40 more career WAR than anyone else on the roster. And Greinke has certainly been doing his best Big Unit impression in the early going — Johnson was the last qualified D-Back pitcher with a better K/BB ratio than Greinke’s current 6.0 mark. But the rest of the staff is pulling its weight as well. After adjusting for park effects, seven of Arizona’s top nine pitchers carries an ERA better than league average. As a result, Arizona ranks second in pitching WAR this season — just like it did back in 2002. 2Diamondbacks8.33.3 8Rays535152 Each team’s 2017 season, in context 21Giants514447 Percentiles are calculated from franchise seasons since 1901, including the same number of games the team has played so far in the 2017 season. Milestones are determined by finding the last time the team had a higher or lower Elo rating through the same number of games as in 2017. Stats are through May 31.Sources: ESPN, Retrosheet 9Cubs584552 14Astros504950 21Pirates531490.531Worst since 2012 25Athletics511474.033Worst since 1998 TEAMGAMESELOFRANCHISE PERCENTILEMILESTONE 13Yankees534650 3Twins664857 TEAMWARDEPTH* 28D-Backs484145 15Rangers504949 5Yankees7.32.7 15Cardinals491505.739Worst since 2008 read more

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Football Fourstar linebacker Teradja Mitchell commits to Ohio State

The rich just got richer. Four-star inside linebacker Teradja Mitchell announced his commitment to Ohio State at his high school Friday evening. The Virginia Beach, Virginia, native is rated as the No. 38 overall prospect and the second-best at his position, according to 247Sports.He is the 12th player in his class to verbally commit to the Buckeyes and the second four-star linebacker to join OSU’s 2018 recruiting class. The Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School linebacker is the sixth-highest rated played by 247Sports committed to OSU.Mitchell would be the first Virginia native to sign with OSU since redshirt freshman cornerback Wayne Davis, Virginia’s 2015 Gatorade player of the year, in the Buckeyes’ 2016 recruiting class.

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EHFVOLUTION New CL with 12 European League with 24 teams

EHF Champions League The European Handball Federation announced plans for future Men’s and Women’s club competition from 2020 which goes with the new era of partnership with the best team gathered in Forum Club Handball.In article about plans EHF stated: “Following the decision to expand the Men’s EHF EURO final tournament from 16 to 24 teams from 2020, proposals for the reform of men’s and women’s top club competitions have now been presented.The plans form the basis of the EHF’s ongoing tender process for its audio-visual and marketing rights through to 2030. The long-term offering from the EHF has proved to be an attractive proposition on the international sports and media markets, with 25 media companies and agencies considering bids.Speaking about the proposals, the EHF President, Michael Wiederer, said: “With these changes, the EHF will be able to offer a comprehensive year-round content offering of sporting highlights, with the potential to captivate and enthral fans in one of Europe’s largest sports communities.”“This is the first time that the EHF has bundled its rights and entered into a tender process, and the strong interest from the market is a clear indication of just how attractive the ‘European handball’ product is.”New league system for Europe’s eliteWith the final formats of the EHF top tier club competitions to be finalised together with top clubs and partners, the EHF’s plans include a comprehensive reform across all levels of top competition.It is envisaged that the Men’s EHF Champions League will move to a league system, played in a round-robin system, initially involving 12 teams, with the possibility of later growing to 16 teams.Focusing on the ‘strongest of the strong’, the league will be open to the national champions of Europe’s top national leagues, plus four additional teams.The new playing system would see the top eight teams qualifying for the quarter-finals and the four winners then progressing to the EHF FINAL4.European League with 24 teamsMen’s competitions on the second and third tiers would also be revamped in the plans currently under discussion.The current EHF Cup would be renamed the ‘European Handball League’ and be played with 24 teams in the group phase, offering more clubs the opportunity to play in European Cup competition.Teams would compete in four groups, each comprising six teams. The existing Challenge Cup would be renamed the ‘EHF Cup’ and played in a knock-out format.Source: EHF ← Previous Story Steaua Bucuresti lead in Romania Next Story → EHF: Women’s CL in two groups with eight teams! read more

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Geek deals Windows 8 Pro for 39 Wii U bundle more

first_imgWell fellow geeks, October 26th came and the world did not end. Windows 8 is now available to the masses and if you upgrade soon you can save yourself a bundle of cash.The relatively high number of new systems announced to go with Windows 8 did surprised us a bit. A gaggle of new touch-focused PCs were released by the big manufacturers to best take advantage of the new OS, offering streamlined navigation and touch-friendly interaction. Is this the first step to a world where computers act like those in the film Minority Report or just the excitement of manufacturers finally having a reason to sell us something new (Windows 7 certainly wasn’t).Microsoft sure is making it easy to get your hands on their new offering. For just $39.99, the Microsoft Store is offering downloads of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade. This is the lowest out of pocket price we have seen yet for the new OS.Being an upgrade version of the software, you will need to have Windows XP SP3, Vista, or Win 7 installed on your PC already. We have also heard that the “upgrade” process from 7 to 8 is not the destructive “back up files, wipe all, restore files” process that it has been in the past. Head over and check out this offer direct from Microsoft, but keep in mind we have no idea how long they plan to offer it.Deal offers may have changed since original post.Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Upgrade [download] for $39.99Our other top deals:Customizable Sony VAIO 13.3-inch Ivy Bridge Core i5 Laptop for $624.99 + free shipping(normally $724.99 | use coupon code SONYS1311 | ends Nov. 2 or sooner)Pre-order Nintendo Wii U Console Bundle w/ Choice of Game & Controller for $399.88Refurbished Apple iPads WiFi & 3G/4G models, 3rd gen starting at $379 + free shippinglast_img read more

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French fishing vessel detained off Cork coast for alleged breach of fishing

first_img A FRENCH-REGISTERED fishing boat has been detained off the coast of Cork by the Irish Defence Forces for an alleged breach of fishing regulations.The vessel was seized by the Irish Navy ship the LÉ Niamh about 150 nautical miles to the south-west of Fastnet Rock. It was escorted to Castletownbere where it was to be where it was to be handed over to An Garda­ Sí­ochána.The vessel is the 9th to be seized so far this year off Irish waters. Earlier this month, a Portuguese vessel was seized off Cork and an Irish vessel was seized off the coast of Dublin. “The Defence Forces conducts at sea fishery inspections in line with the service level agreement with the Sea Fishery Protection Authority, as part of its delivery of government services to the state,” the spokesperson said.  Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 9:21 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald File photo of the LÉ Niamh. https://jrnl.ie/4786665 18 Comments Share1 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Image: Defence Forces Aug 28th 2019, 9:21 PM French fishing vessel detained off Cork coast for alleged breach of fishing regulations The vessel is the 9th to be seized so far this year off Irish waters. 14,113 Views File photo of the LÉ Niamh. Image: Defence Forces Short URLlast_img read more

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Gothams Joker Returns but Poison Ivy Steals the Show

first_imgStay on target NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Catwoman and Poison Ivy are back together, and for a second, it looks like things are back to normal between them as they team up to rob a house. Selina is a little weirded out by Ivy’s new perfume power, but she thinks hey, whatever works. She goes off to loot the rest of the house leaving Ivy alone to reveal what she’s really here for. She’s not primarily a thief. She’s a radical plant activist. The house belongs to a scientist at Wayne Biotech, where he experiments with plants. She wants revenge. Selina walks in on her scratching his throat with her poison claws, killing him. When Gordon hears a description of the two assailants, he’s surprised to hear that Selina was involved. Murder, as he says, isn’t her thing. He’s right about that. Selina isn’t happy about what Ivy did, and storms out. I guess she’ll be sticking with the Sirens after all.The person in more immediate danger is Bruce. He wakes up hungover and out of it after the previous night’s party. Ivy is there. The World’s Greatest Detective eventually figures out who she is, but not before she puts him under her spell. I would say this makes it clear he’s not Batman yet, but even Batman fell for this move a few too many times. Ivy gets the information she needs from him about Wayne Biotech’s plant experiments. We don’t get to hear it because writing good technobabble is hard, and it honestly doesn’t matter whether we do or not. Ivy is pissed about Bruce’s company’s treatment of her green friends. So she poisons him. Stakes established. This is the most interested I’ve been in Bruce’s storyline in a while.David Mazouz and guest star Peyton List (Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX)We do get to see what Bruce feels while under the influence of Ivy’s poison. It’s… seriously messed up. He gets visions of Ra’s Al Ghul brandishing a large knife. The hallucination introduces itself as Mr. Greenthumb, and cuts off Bruce’s face. Yes, it’s still weird that a show on network TV at 8 p.m., has seen two faces being cut off in as many seasons. Gotham really goes for it, I guess. The hallucinations continue and Bruce sees an impostor with his face throwing a Gatsby-style party in Wayne Manor. Everyone acts like they’re straight out of the 1920s too. Now, all I want to do is hear Jim Gordon’s mid-Atlantic accent again.The whole point of this hallucination is to get Bruce back on track. He’s been hiding his pain behind parties, booze and a general playboy billionaire lifestyle. Not very heroic. In his vision, he’s literally rescued by Alfred and brought to the alley where his parents were killed. Here, we get our first good glimpse of Batman. In all but name and ears. Though he doesn’t have the iconic silhouette, there’s no mistaking who this is. Hopefully, this is what it takes for Bruce to get his story back on track. He realizes the shadowy figure with the deep raspy voice is him, and it disappears into a swarm of bats. This may very well be the closest Gotham ever comes to giving us actual Batman. It looked cool enough that I’d be mostly OK with that. But with the way they’re progressing Bruce’s story, they’re going to run out of ways to push the cowl back. We’re rapidly approaching Year One as it is. (Though we did get Gordon with a mustache, so who knows? They may be willing to show us more of the Gotham we recognize than we assume.)Erin Richards, Robin Lord Taylor, Morena Baccarin and Ben McKenzie (Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX)Finally, Gotham is making good on the cliffhanger it left us with at the end of last fall. We finally check back in with Penguin, who’s being terrorized by Jerome. Jerome wants a partner in clownish crime, but Penguin isn’t interested. He wants to make sure Martin remains safe. For that to happen, he needs to stay in jail. Unfortunately for Penguin, Jerome has grown himself a loyal following behind bars. Cameron Monaghan really nails the balance between charismatic and terrifying insanity. I’m not going to call him my favorite Joker, but he’s way up there. Jerome has his men accost Penguin and force him to perform comedy. Or try to, anyway. Penguin refuses, and Jerome just promises to try again the next night. It’s one of those “the beatings will continue until morale improves” type situations.He does get a little bit of hope, though. Nygma visits him, ostensibly to gloat. Even though he spends the whole scene bragging about how much better his life is now, it’s still great to see these two back on screen together. Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith still have electricity between them. They make every scene together so much fun to watch even if… no, especially because they collectively leave no piece of scenery unchewed. It turns out there was another reason Nygma came to visit Penguin. Nygma just didn’t know about it. After he leaves, Penguin finds a secret message. The Riddler, the man Penguin loved, is still in there. And he’s going to help him escape.Robin Lord Taylor (Cr: Barbara Nitke/FOX)Until that happens though, he still has to deal with Jerome. After failing to electrocute Jerome, and failing even harder to attack him with a fork (it’s a spoon that is also a fork!), Penguin finally plays Jerome’s game. It’s the only way he’s going to escape with his brain fully intact. He does a mime routine that’s actually pretty impressive, and Jerome joins in the slapstick to the joy of all his henchman. Once Penguin has Jerome inside his invisible box, he performs the most brutal beatdown of a person I’ve ever seen from a mime. And I’ve seen someone refuse to tip one for a photo in Times Square.After last week caught us up on where all the characters are, this episode really got us into the meat of the rest of the season. It’s still very much in set-up mode, but the story is picking up momentum now. It’s reveling in the things that are fun and good about Gotham. That odd mix of goofy camp and gruesome, disturbing imagery makes Gotham a place we want to return to each week. And if you come to this show for a Batman villain showcase, you couldn’t ask for much better than this episode. Jerome, Penguin and especially Ivy relished in their sadism, and The Riddler at least has a promising arc going. We might have to wait for the really twisted Jerome action, though. Gotham set up Ivy as the big scary villain for the next couple episodes at least. At the end of the episode, we found out why she was going after Wayne Biotech researchers. After successfully getting away with the strange green chemical, she creates a new weapon for herself. A flower that reproduces when people breath in its pollen. Fully grown copies then burst through their chests. This show isn’t letting up on the plant gore anytime soon.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Valverde admits Barcelona were not at their best

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde conceded that it was a below-par display from his side in their narrow 1-0 win over Real Valladolid in La Liga.The Catalan giants needed a first-half Lionel Messi penalty at Camp Nou on Saturday to avoid extending their winless run to four games in all competitions.However, even the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had a hard night with former Barca keeper Jordi Masip saving his second penalty kick in the second-half for Valladolid after Kiko Olivas brought down substitute Philippe Coutinho.But the Blaugrana collected a valuable win any way that sees them extend their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points for the time being with Real Madrid to play Girona later today.“In the first half, we had very little fluidity in attack and did not move the ball with the necessary speed,” said Valverde, according to Marca.“They changed their system and we were not fluent and could not circulate things quickly but their goalkeeper did well.“Some games are won like that, though, and Tuesday (against Lyon) will be another challenge for us.“I see the team as being ready to give their best now and get back to that.“Sometimes you won’t be brilliant in every game but there are four important matches coming up and we will go step by step.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The Spanish coach, who signed a new contract with Barcelona on Friday, also praised new signing Kevin Prince-Boateng and defender Gerard Pique.“Pique had a great game and I think he is doing well and he can withstand playing a lot of games which is why I stick with him,” Valverde continued.“Having retired from international football, he doesn’t have that hanging over him.“Boateng came to us a difficult time of the season and that can be tough to do when you haven’t been participating regularly and don’t know the mechanisms of the team.“He has helped us through and will do so even more.”🔝 @LaLigaEN pic.twitter.com/Tb4UBMxew9— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 16, 2019last_img read more

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Gold rushera discards could fuel cellphones TVs

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. — Across the West, early miners digging for gold, silver and copper had no idea that one day something else very valuable would be buried in the piles of dirt and rocks they tossed aside.There’s a rush in the U.S. to find key components of cellphones, televisions, weapons systems, wind turbines, MRI machines and the regenerative brakes in hybrid cars, and old mine tailings piles just might be the answer. They may contain a group of versatile minerals the periodic table called rare earth elements.“Uncle Sam could be sitting on a gold mine,” said Larry Meinert, director of the mineral resource program for the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va.The USGS and Department of Energy are on a nationwide scramble for deposits of the elements that make magnets lighter, bring balanced hues to fluorescent lighting and color to the touch screens of smartphones in order to break the Chinese stranglehold on those supplies.They were surprised to find that the critical elements could be in plain sight in piles of rubble otherwise considered eyesores and toxic waste. One era’s junk could turn out to be this era’s treasure.last_img read more

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Meet key suppliers to develop a futureproof strategy at Employee Benefits Connect

first_imgLemonade Reward, Make Your Switch, Wealth at Work and Wealth Wizards, are among the exhibitors at Employee Benefits Connect 2016, which will take place on 9 March 2016.Other exhibitors include financial wellbeing firm Neyber, employee benefits consultancy Willis Towers Watson, and many more.The event, held at the Lancaster Hotel London, will give delegates the opportunity to meet with a range of employee benefits product and service suppliers as they create a strategy built for the future.For more details and to register to attend, visit www.employeebenefitsconnect.co.uk.last_img

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UH Student Leaders Declare Mental Health Crisis

first_imgUniversity of Houston Student Government AssociationThe UH Student Government Association lays out 1,100 t-shirts at their End the Stigma campaign event. Each year, nearly 1,100 college students die by suicide.A recent student suicide and a 27% uptick in counseling appointments at the University of Houston has brought new attention to mental health on campus. Student leaders at the university recently voted to recognize a “mental health crisis” on campus.“The university is doing everything they can to support us,” said Student Body President Winni Zhang. “What we’re really needing is Texas state as well as Congress members to really do something about mental health.”Zhang hopes for legislators to pass similar bills to the Mental Health on Campus Improvement Act, which gave grants to campuses to improve mental and behavior services.The problem is not limited to the University of Houston. The International Association of Counseling Services recommends that college counseling centers have one professional staffer for every fifteen-hundred students. No public university in Texas meets that mark.Michele Faith heads the Texas College Counselors Association. She says in addition to more counseling staff, more work needs to be done to end the stigma surrounding counseling. “Sometimes students think they’re going to the principal’s office,” she said. “There’s that stigma and shame, but if they see our faces out there, whether we’re doing a workshop, or whether we’re standing at a table, all the sudden they say, ‘Oh, well that person looks like a friendly person, or someone that’s concerned about me.’”If you or someone you know is considering hurting themselves, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Listen Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:01last_img read more

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Democrats Women Candidates Score Big In Texas Primaries

first_imgAbby Livingston/The Texas TribuneU.S. Rep. Gene Green and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia pose for a photo in Humble as they knock on doors for her congressional campaign on Saturday, March 3, 2018.Women running for Congress surged to big wins and Democrats smashed recent turnout levels in Texas’ first-in-the-nation 2018 primary elections, giving Republicans a potential glimpse of what’s ahead in the first midterms under President Donald Trump.Energized and angry Democrats in Texas, where the GOP has dominated for decades, came out in force to surpass 1 million voters Tuesday — the first time the party has eclipsed that benchmark in a midterm primary since 2002, just months after the Sept. 11 attacks.Equally striking was the showing by women on the ballot: Of the nearly 50 women running for Congress in Texas, more than half won their primaries outright or advanced to runoffs. What’s more, at least three of those runoffs in May will feature women going head-to-head, including a key race for Democrats in their bid to take control of the U.S. House this fall.“It’s Trump. It’s Trump,” said Veronica Escobar, who won her Democratic primary and is now poised to become one of the first Hispanic women to represent Texas in Congress.“I’ve spoken to innumerable senior citizens, retirees, parents of disabled children, people who understand what this administration means to their families. And they’re afraid.”Not all women fared so well. Kathaleen Wall, a Republican megadonor in Houston who pumped $6 million of her own money into her race for Congress, failed to survive a crowded nine-person field despite outspending all other candidates and having the backing of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.Wall’s failure was also a potential warning sign of the limits of Republicans going all-in on Trump this election year. She partly staked her candidacy on TV ads that told voters there was little daylight between her and the president, who remains popular among GOP voters despite his rough edges and low approval ratings nationwide.For all the talk of renewed Democratic energy heading into the 2018 midterms, Texas Republicans also set a new benchmark for turnout in a midterm election.More than 1.5 million people voted Tuesday in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, won by incumbent Ted Cruz. That beats the previous record of 1.48 million in 2010, during former President Barack Obama’s first term.Democrats showed up despite the long odds this November of ousting Republicans such as Cruz — who released a radio ad after clinching the GOP nomination Tuesday night, telling voters that Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke “wants to take our guns.”O’Rourke, a congressman from El Paso, has called for banning AR-15-style assault rifles in wake of last month’s mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.Neither that tragedy nor a mass shooting at a Texas church last fall played as dominant campaign issues in Texas, but with the GOP’s majority in Congress on the line this fall, Democrats showed up.Democrats have their sights on flipping three GOP-controlled congressional seats in Texas that backed Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016, including a Houston district where liberal favorite Laura Moser forced a runoff with Lizzie Pannill Fletcher. Another is a sprawling district that runs along the Texas-Mexico border, where Gina Ortiz-Jones advanced to a May runoff and another woman, Judy Canales, was battling to join her.“I think that a Congress that is only 20 percent women is not where we need to be,” Ortiz Jones said. “This is not a spectator sport. We’ve got to participate, all of us and that’s what’s important.”The women’s success comes against the backdrop of the MeToo movement and a reckoning with allegations of sexual misconduct by powerful figures in entertainment, media and politics, including Trump’s treatment of women.Many women ran in a record eight open congressional races this year in Texas — two of which are up for grabs after longtime GOP incumbents abandoned plans for re-election amid scandal. College students waited more than an hour to vote in liberal Austin and rural counties offered Democratic candidates for the first time in years.While 2002 was a high water mark for Democratic turnout in Texas it also showed the limits of the exuberance for turning the state blue. In November that year, the Democrats running for statewide office were all beaten, just as they have been since 1994.For Republicans, the primary was a vivid exhibition of the Trump effect on GOP politics. George P. Bush, the Texas land commissioner, won a contested primary after he cozied-up to a president who once called his dad, Jeb, a pathetic person.Trump won Texas by 9 points in 2016. It was the smallest margin of victory by a Republican presidential candidate in Texas in 20 years, but Cruz dismissed talk of a Democratic takeover this fall.“Left-wing rage may raise a bunch of money from people online, but I don’t believe it reflects the views of a majority of Texans,” he told reporters after winning the nomination.Democrats will have a tough time winning statewide races in November despite the “Trump effect” because they have fielded little-known candidates against top Republicans, such as Republican Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Even Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been indicted on felony securities fraud charges, clinched his party’s nomination unopposed.Abbott will face either Lupe Valdez, who was Texas’ first Hispanic, lesbian sheriff, or Andrew White, who opposes abortion and whose father, Mark, was governor in the 1980s. Sharelast_img read more

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Heres the iPhone Xs Dreamy 1000 AppSwitching

first_imgStay on target With September’s iPhone 8 already old news, it’s now time to turn our (soon to be stolen) faces towards the other smartphone Apple has planned for this year. The premium iPhone X launches November 3, and you can pre-order it later this week. But naturally some folks have already gotten their hands on the device and footage is cropping up in the wild.One of the more intriguing and hypnotic bits of footage we’ve seen of the iPhone X in action shows off how the phone handles switching apps. A defining feature of the phone is its lack of a physical home button. Everything is performed through intuitive touch gestures, even more so than with a standard smartphone. Combine that with the smoothness of the iPhone X’s iOS 11-powered user interface and animations, and even something as basic as hopping between apps becomes a visual treat.Just take a look!AdChoices广告App switching on iPhone X looks pretty smooth. (via https://t.co/mXpNJhOwzw) pic.twitter.com/Lf9X3twx58— Webastiaan the Sith (@sdw) October 25, 2017Check out more on the original Imgur thread.That sure is nice to look at. Granted, if you’re paying one thousand real dollars for a smartphone Apple will want you to replace in two years, it better have the most beautiful, fluid, flowing, disease-curing app-switching imaginable. That said, as cool as this looks, I’m not sure if I’d prefer these controls to just quickly pressing a physical home button. Maybe I have lazy thumbs that need a good stretching across an overly big screen.But of course this eye candy app-switching isn’t the only thing driving up the iPhone X’s price. It has impressive enhanced augmented reality features, a gorgeous bezel-free screen, and horrifying new emoji innovations. You can decide for yourself if that’s all worth it when the iPhone X launches November 3.Pre-order the iPhone XVerizonT-MobileAT&TSprintLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Suspect Remotely Wipes iPhone X While It Sits in EvidenceApple’s Sexy New iPhone Lineup Includes XS, XS Max, and XR last_img read more

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first_imgCRY works towards sustainable change, by ensuring all children receive their rights. ‘Vote for Child Rights’ campaign aims to pursue political candidates to ensure due emphasis is given to child rights in their party manifestos. The mission was to make politicians stand up and take notice.Instead of a simple pledge, BBH India did something unique and created a vote bank. Strength in numbers encourages the audience, and a vote bank in itself is what politicians pay attention to. BBH created a campaign around the childmark, a yellow dot symbolising your vote for child rights. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The film shows how the yellow childmark and a vote bank can make all the difference. Essential child rights were highlighted including the right to education, nutrition, protection and most importantly, the right to a childhood.Emphasizing on the importance to reach out to politicians and public, Anita Bala Sharad, Director, Resource Mobilisation, CRY said, ‘This campaign aims to urge politicians to put children first and the general public to vote for a party that does so. While several nationwide initiatives and policies are in place to protect children against violation of their rights, there is a visible lack of political will to implement the same. We wanted to highlight the support we can garner from public to ensure that the parties take notice and that the best interest of the child be put at the centre of all policy, legislation and practice.’last_img read more

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first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more October 3, 2012 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded a five-year research project grant (R01) to identify harmonized reconstruction parameters for each currently-produced positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) scanner for use in clinical trials. The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s (SNMMI) Clinical Trials Network (CTN) will serve as an administrative coordinating body for the Image Reconstruction Harmonization Grant, which was awarded in August to the Universities of Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Washington.“Lack of standardized images is a large source of variability when using imaging in multi-center clinical trials,” said John J. Sunderland, Ph.D., director of PET imaging at the University of Iowa and the contact principle investigator for the grant. “Our goal with the grant is to identify a set of reconstruction parameters specific to each of the PET/CT scanner models currently in production that will result in images that will have quantitatively identical image properties.”In standard clinical situations operators are free to reconstruct PET images according to their standard protocols.  However, during a clinical trial, the site will be able to generate harmonized images by simply using the identified clinical-trial specific reconstruction parameters. With the cooperation of scanner manufacturers, who are also actively participating in this project, generating harmonized PET images for use in multi-center clinical trials will be as easy as flipping a switch.Co-principle investigators for the grant include Paul E. Kinahan, Ph.D., professor of radiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Joel S. Karp, Ph.D., professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, high-level physicists and engineers from GE, Philips, and Siemens — the three companies that currently manufacture PET/CT scanners — will actively participate in the research as industry co-investigators.Importantly, this work is being coordinated with related quantitative imaging efforts by other professional organizations, including the NCI’s Quantitative Imaging Network, the American College of Radiology Imaging Network and Radiological Society of North America’s Quantitative Imaging Biomarker Alliance. In addition, there is active involvement by scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the European Association of Nuclear Medicine and the European Organization of Research and Treatment of Cancer.“By having the capability to standardize PET/CT scanners among the three manufacturers, we will be in a much better place to harmonize images in clinical trials. This will allow pharmaceutical companies to use imaging more efficiently and effectively in the development of drugs for chemotherapy, brain imaging and more,” noted Michael M. Graham, Ph.D., M.D., director of nuclear medicine at the University of Iowa and co-chair of SNMMI’s CTN.For more information: www.snmmi.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | October 03, 2012 NIH Awards Grant for Standardization of PET/CT Scanners in Clinical Trials Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Related Content News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read morelast_img read more

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first_imgappointmentschefExecutive Cheffood & wineInterContinental SydneyJeremy ClarkSydney Jeremy Clark has commenced his role as Executive Chef at InterContinental Sydney, heading a kitchen team of 55 and leading the charge in steering the hotel’s new culinary course, with plans already underway to refresh and renew the food offerings in the hotel’s restaurants and events catering.An Executive Chef by the age of 35, he joins the team with a wealth of experience, in a career spanning an impressive three decades, across some of Australia’s most renowned restaurants and hotels, most recently as Executive Chef at the Westin Sydney. At InterContinental Sydney, Jeremy is responsible for overseeing all food and beverage outlets, plus catering and banqueting, menu creation, and inspiring a hard working team to deliver their best every day and continuously thrive in the competitive market.“We are thrilled to welcome Jeremy into the IHG stable and have confidence his expertise and talents will be of immense value to InterContinental Sydney and the future of our culinary offerings. We’re excited to see Jeremy’s plans evolve and watch what he has in store,” said Jennifer Brown, General Manager of InterContinental Sydney.last_img read more

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