Worn Out Wednesday – Rich Roll

first_img A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Editors’ Recommendations Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Remember those New Years resolutions? Yeah, how are those working out for ya? While some of us do stick to them, most do not. After you read about Rich Roll, you will be digging out those resolutions. He is all muscle, all smiles and all about motivational speaking and eating healthy. We could all learn a little something from Mr. Roll.A former corporate lawyer, Rich was hurtling into middle age and focusing on the corporate ladder. Although he had been an athlete in college, that all went by the wayside upon graduation.By the time he was 39 he was 50 pounds overweight and had transferred his alcohol addiction to fast food. As Rich told us, “It was less about the weight and more about the dissatisfaction of the way my life was going. I’d done everything the way it was ‘supposed’ to be done and I wasn’t happy in the law firm and corporate world. I had a bit of an existential crisis!”Late one night he was winded just from walking up the stairs in his house and felt like he was having a heart attack. Luckily it wasn’t one but at that moment he changed course. In. A. Big. Way. “Just eating better and going to the gym wasn’t for me. My diet and fitness was something I wanted to experiment with. I found vitality through a plant based (vegan) diet and  had so much energy I had to burn it off,” Roll explained.The more he exercised the more he enjoyed it and on a whim in 2008, he entered an Ultra Man competition and placed 11th overall after training for only seven months. He went back the next year and placed 6th. Now he is know as the ‘Vegan Runner’ and he is proud of it.In 2010 Rich took it to the next level and came up with the idea of an ‘Epic Five’ where he and a friend would do an Iron Man a day on each Hawaiian island. They didn’t make it in five days (missed some flights!) but they managed it in under a week.Today Rich Roll is one of America’s most popular wellness advocates. His book Finding Ultra has won praise from everyone from CNN to ESPN and The New York Times. He travels around the world giving motivational speeches helping people unleash their most authentic self. His weekly podcast is a great listen too, where Rich speaks with people who inspire him. As he was sure to point out, “The message is much more important than how fast I can ride my bike.”  Finally keep a look out for his cookbook coming out this summer.Here we speak to Rich about his personal style:Rich’s Style:I am particular but not fancy. I believe in having a few nice things.  For me a great pair of jeans that fit right and a v neck tee is my daily uniform. I live in LA so I am in flip flops most of the time!Jeans: I like Joe’s Jeans and I like the Gap 1969 line.Tees- Nice Gap black or white does me right. They are cheap enough I buy a pile of them and toss em out when they get old.Shirts: Thomas PinkSuit: Prada and Hugo Boss, a dark suit with a white shirt is the way to go for me.Dress shoes: Prada shoes but usually my Converse All Stars in blackDaily shoes: Converse All StarsRunning Shoes: Ten pairs in bright colors, mostly Nike.Flip Flops- HavaianasSocks: I wear Paul Smith socks when I want to add a little color to my day.Running attire- Nike and Patagonia are my go to for shells and vests. I like The North Face for puffy jackets.  Beanies- loads of different kinds, from surf lines like Volcom.Yoga Pants: Lulu LemonRunning Socks: InjinjiCycling Gear: I’m telling you, the most bespoke sport in the world is cycling. I like Castelli and Hancipip.Favorite App- Instagram – Love it! @RichRollNext Tech Purchase- Probably a 27 inch Mac Thunderbolt display If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors last_img read more

Former Petrobras Exec Gets 12 Years over SHI Bribe

first_imgzoom Former international chief of Brazilian state-run oil company Nestor Cervero has been sentenced to 12 years of prison for corruption and money laundering.Cervero is believed to have, together with two other defendants, been involved in paying bribe from Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for two drillship contracts, Reuters reports.The contracts in question are dating back from 2006 for the Petrobras 10000, which was hired on charter by Petrobras and Mitsui, and the Vitoria 10000, hired by Petrobras in the following year.This is Cervero’s second sentence as he had already been sentenced to five years for money laundering.Brazil’s Petrobras has lost around USD 2 billion due to its involvement in corruption activities that are said to have occured during 2003-2010 period, and, it may have to pay up to USD 1.6 billion more to settle U.S. criminal and civil probes into its role in the corruption scandal, Reuters reported citing sources familiar with the matter.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

State signs $2M timber sale contract for southeast Alaska

KETCHIKAN, Alaska — The state has signed a $2.1 million contract with ALCAN Timber Inc. for a timber sale on state and federal forest land in southeast Alaska.The Ketchikan Daily News reports the timber sale includes about 481 acres (195 hectares) within the Southeast State Forest and Tongass National Forest on the northwest end of Gravina Island.State Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige signed the three-year contract Wednesday.The state Division of Forestry says the Vallenar Bay sale involves about 16 million board feet (38,000 cubic meters) of timber from a mix of old- and young-growth Sitka spruce, western hemlock, red alder, western red cedar and Alaska yellow cedar.The division says about 3 miles (5 kilometres) of road construction will be required for the project.___Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.comThe Associated Press read more

Endangered Trees from Morocco Make a Home in Scotland

Rabat – The International Conifer Conservation Programme is conserving endangered conifer trees from Morocco in a park in North Berwick, Scotland. The species is the rare Moroccan cypress (the scientific name being Cedrus atlantica) from a valley in the High Atlas Mountains.The initiative to save the trees is a partnership between the Scottish organizations East Lothian Council, North Berwick in Bloom, and the International Conifer Conservation Programme (ICCP), which is based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The ICCP conserves conifers as they “are among the world’s most threatened groups of plants yet contain some of the world’s most ecologically and economically important species.”Conifers, Latin for “the one that bears a cone,” are of great economic value for softwood lumber, paper, and plastic production. The softwood derived from conifers provides about 45% of the world’s annual lumber production. Some conifers also provide foods such as pine nuts and also Juniper berries, which are used to flavor gin. Threats to the species include exploitation, agriculture and forestry, climate change, and direct exploitation. The Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh says on its website dedicated to the trees, “Exploitation has increased over the last 50 years. Range-wide declines of up to 75% are estimated to have occurred between 1940 and 1982.”A series of droughts, crown defoliation by processionary caterpillars, cedar bark stripping by Barbary Macaques, and damage by cedar bark beetles “seem to have exacerbated the recent decline.”Read also: Ancient Trees Cut Down in Casablanca, No One WarnedRecent studies have indicated that the current series of droughts are as intense as any that have occurred in the last thousand years. The Edinburgh Botanical Garden reports, “Projections for future climate change indicate a continued decrease in precipitation.”Martin Gardiner, the ICCP coordinator, said: “Growing threatened trees such as these away from logging, forest fires and other threats they face in the wild is providing a valuable ‘safety net’ for the future survival of these species.“This small area in the Lodge is an important demonstration of how trees are crucial to life on Earth and why it is important we all play a part in conserving them for future generations.”Over the last 27 years, the ICCP has worked in more than 50 countries around the world, focussing on Chile, New Caledonia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, China, and other parts of Southeast Asia.Read also: Associations Plant ‘Fraternity’ Trees in Houses of Worship in Morocco and Abroad read more

‘The Curse of La Llorona’ reigns over weekend box office

LOS ANGELES — “The Curse of La Llorona” (yuh-ROH’-nuh) had only good fortune at the box office.The Warner Bros. horror film based on a Mexican legend about a woman who murdered her children and wanders the world looking for them brought in $26.5 million as the weekend’s top film.It ended the two-week reign of “Shazam!” in the top spot. The DC Comics superhero comedy was second with $17.3 million, continuing its strong run with a three-week domestic total of $121.3 million, also for Warner Bros.The inspirational “Breakthrough,” the first film released by 20th Century Fox since Disney acquired the studio, was third with $11.1 million.The reign of “La Llorona” will not last. Next week “Avengers: Endgame” opens and should trounce all competition for many weeks to come.Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press read more

Ban Kimoon hails 40th anniversary of Latin American nuclear weaponfree zone

14 February 2007The historic pact of Latin America and the Caribbean States to maintain a nuclear-weapon-free zone, the first-ever of its kind, has withstood the test of time and should spur greater efforts to rid the world of these arms, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in honouring the 40th anniversary of the landmark agreement. Mr. Ban hailed the success of The Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, also known as the Treaty of Tlatelolco, an area in Mexico City, as it has become the archetype for other regional denuclearized zones. At present, there are virtually no such weapons in the entire southern hemisphere, offering further proof of the Treaty’s accomplishments.“The agreement represented an important commitment by Latin American and Caribbean governments to use nuclear materials and installations for purely peaceful purposes to the benefit of their citizens,” Mr. Ban said in remarks delivered by Nobuaki Tanaka, the Under Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs today at a ceremony held at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Mexico City.The Treaty of Tlatelolco has been followed by other regional agreements establishing denuclearized zones: the South Pacific’s Treaty of Rarotonga of 1986, the Pelindaba Treaty of 1996 covering the African continent, the 1997 Bangkok Treaty for South-East Asia and the agreement signed by five Central Asian countries in Semipalatinsk last September.This year also marks the 25th anniversary of Mexico’s Alfonso García Robles acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize for his ground-breaking work in spearheading and implementing the Tlatelolco agreement, adopted 40 years ago today.The Secretary-General lauded the Treaty’s creation of an innovative verification system to boost confidence in compliance and the Protocol obligating nuclear weapons-possessing States to neither use nor threaten to use such weapons against Treaty signatories.“I hope this commemoration can help energize efforts to halt, and reverse, the spread of nuclear weapons,” Mr. Ban said, echoing previous statements he has made in urging States to not expand nuclear arsenals and also to reduce existing stockpiles. “Together, we should work towards the day when all regions of the world are finally free of nuclear weapons.”Today’s ceremony will be followed by a day and a half long series of seminars to assess the impact of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, both regionally and internationally. read more

Parties at UNbacked DR Congo peace talks focus on joint cessation of

12 January 2009The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and a mainly Tutsi rebel group have set the stage for substantive dialogue and have turned their attention to a joint cessation of hostilities, the United Nations Special Envoy leading talks aimed at ending the deadly conflict in the vast African nation said today. “A full package of ground rules that will guide the substantive talks in the Nairobi Dialogue on the crisis in eastern Congo was agreed today,” according to a statement issued in the Kenyan capital by the spokesperson for the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region and Chief Mediator for the talks, Olusegun Obasanjo. “The delegations immediately moved to discuss a joint declaration of cessation of hostilities which they are seriously considering,” the statement added. The talks between the Government and the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP), which began in Nairobi in December, are seeking to bring an end to a conflict which has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people since late August, on top of the 800,000 already displaced in the region, mainly in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda and Uganda.“The Special Envoy commended both parties for now engaging in direct talks designed to achieve a comprehensive cessation of hostilities, a very important aspect of the security issue,” the statement noted.Mr. Obasanjo, a former Nigerian president, will be in New York on Thursday to brief the Security Council on the latest progress in the talks, which he is co-mediating with former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa, who is representing the African Union (AU) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes (ICGLR). read more

Security Council denounces terrorist criminal attack on UN headquarters in Iraq

“The United Nations is in Iraq on a mission of peace, and for the reconstruction of the country and to support the Iraqi people. Therefore it is all the more shocking that this attack occurred,” Fayssal Mekdad, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Syria, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for August, said in a statement following a briefing by Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Danilo Türk. “Such terrorist incidents cannot break the will of the international community to further intensify its efforts to help the people of Iraq,” the statement declared. “Members of the Council reaffirmed that this horrible attack that aimed at undermining the vital role of the United Nations in Iraq will not affect their determination and members of the Council will stay united against such attacks and to help the Iraqi people restore peace and stability to their country.”  Video of Council President read more

US judge says BPs reckless conduct led to 2010 Gulf spill ruling

US judge says BP’s reckless conduct led to 2010 Gulf spill; ruling may cost company billions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Kunzelman And Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press Posted Sep 4, 2014 9:01 am MDT NEW ORLEANS – BP acted “recklessly” and bears most of the responsibility for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge concluded Thursday, exposing the energy giant to roughly $18 billion in additional penalties.BP’s market value plummeted by $7 billion after the ruling as its shares suffered their worst percentage decline in almost three years. By Thursday afternoon, company shares had fallen almost 6 per cent to $45.05.BP PLC, which vowed to appeal, already agreed to pay billions in criminal fines and compensation to people and businesses affected by the disaster. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling that BP acted with “gross negligence” deals instead with civil responsibilities, and could nearly quadruple what the London-based company has to pay in fines for polluting the Gulf of Mexico.The judge held a non-jury trial last year to apportion blame for the Macondo well spill, which killed 11 men on the Deepwater Horizon rig and spewed oil for 87 days in 2010.He ruled that BP bears 67 per cent of the blame, Swiss-based drilling rig owner Transocean Ltd. bears 30 per cent, and Houston-based cement contractor Halliburton Energy Services is responsible for 3 per cent.BP made “profit-driven decisions” during the drilling that led to the deadly blowout, the judge concluded in his 153-page ruling. “These instances of negligence, taken together, evince an extreme deviation from the standard of care and a conscious disregard of known risks,” he wrote.BP said it would appeal. “An impartial view of the record does not support the erroneous conclusion reached by the District Court,” its statement said.Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said “we’re pleased with the court’s finding that BP acted with gross negligence and wilful misconduct.”The ruling exposes BP to about $18 billion in civil fines under the Clean Water Act. It also “repudiates BP’s claims that it was merely negligent and will further damage BP’s already badly damaged reputation,” said David Uhlmann, a University of Michigan law professor and former chief of the Justice Department’s environmental crimes section.James Roy and Stephen Herman, who represented oil spill victims in the trial, said “we hope that today’s judgment will bring some measure of closure to the families of the eleven men who tragically lost their lives, and to the thousands of people and businesses still trying to recover from the spill.”Barbier wrote that legal precedents prevent him adding punitive damages that would have been appropriate given the “egregious” conduct of BP’s employees.The judge cited a botched safety test that should have warned the rig’s drilling crew that the well was in danger of blowing out. Barbier said BP ultimately was responsible for misinterpreting the “negative pressure test.”Donald Vidrine, one of BP’s well site leaders on the rig, should have known that the negative test had failed based on abnormal pressure readings before the blowout, Barbier wrote.Vidrine and another BP rig supervisor, Robert Kaluza, await trial on federal manslaughter charges for the workers’ deaths, in the same New Orleans courthouse where Barbier sits.The judge was assigned to oversee most of the federal litigation spawned by BP’s spill. Last year, he presided over two phases of a trial for claims against BP and its contractors brought by the federal government, the five Gulf states and private lawyers representing businesses and residents.Barbier heard eight weeks of testimony before identifying the causes of the blowout of BP’s Macondo well and assigning percentages of fault to the companies involved in the drilling project. The second phase took three weeks, focusing on dueling estimates of how much oil spilled and examining BP’s efforts to seal the well.Government experts estimated that 4.2 million barrels, or 176 million gallons, spilled into the Gulf. BP urged the judge to use an estimate of 2.45 million barrels, or nearly 103 million gallons, in calculating any Clean Water Act penalties. Both sides agreed that 810,000 barrels, or 34 million gallons, was captured before it could cause pollution. Barbier hasn’t ruled yet on the question of how much oil spilled into the Gulf.Millions of gallons of crude gushed from the sea floor after the well blew and triggered a rig explosion, killing wildlife, staining beaches and polluting marshes. BP ultimately sealed the well after several techniques failed to stop the gusher.BP says it has spent more than $24 billion in spill-related expenses to date, including cleanup costs as well as payments to affected businesses and residents. Long before Thursday’s ruling, the company estimated that its total payout to fully resolve its spill-related liability would be $42 billion.BP pleaded guilty in January 2013 to manslaughter in the rig workers’ deaths. BP also agreed to pay a record $4 billion in penalties as part of its deal with the Justice Department, but the plea agreement didn’t resolve the federal government’s civil claims.Under the Clean Water Act, a polluter can be forced to pay a maximum of either $1,100 or $4,300 per barrel of spilled oil. The higher limit applies if the company is found grossly negligent — as BP was in Barbier’s ruling. But penalties can be assessed at amounts below these caps. read more

Young and old rivalry games remain important in Big Ten

MADISON, Wis. — Barry Alvarez was pacing the sideline as coach the last time that Wisconsin lost Paul Bunyan’s Axe to Minnesota.It was 2003, but the empty feeling that comes with losing the rivalry game remains fresh. Losing stings.It’s all the education that younger fans and players need to understand why rivalry games remain important in the Big Ten.Schools from neighbouring states. Rivalries that date to the 19th century. Families where some members attended one school and others “the enemy.”The Midwest grudge match between Minnesota and Wisconsin may not resonate nationally, especially in years when the Gophers or Badgers aren’t in the Big Ten title chase. But it’s a border scrum that always draws regional interest, no matter the records.“History is important, and naturally somebody that’s been around and grew up in Wisconsin or Minnesota, they’ve known about the history, they take pride in the games. They want bragging rights,” said Alvarez, now Wisconsin’s athletic director. “I think it’s our job to educate our young people about it.”The teams meet for the 128th time on Saturday, the most-played rivalry in major college football going all the way back to 1890. Axe Week preparation for the Badgers includes playing a video in the locker room on an endless loop of the Badgers’ victory celebrations. Wisconsin has won 14 straight in the series.Maybe it helps that the Badgers and Gophers have been geographic rivals for so long. A unique trophy axe and a ceremonial victory celebration in which the winner “chops” down the goal posts add to the allure.At Nebraska, athletic director Bill Moos said he thinks that rivalry games don’t resonate as much with younger fans because the post-season stakes aren’t as high as decades ago.“Because back in the day, for example when I was a player … there were policies in place that if you didn’t go to the Rose Bowl, you didn’t go to a bowl game,” Moos said. “So when you played a rivalry game and you didn’t have a bowl game to be playing for, then that was it.”Moos, who became AD in October 2017, is trying to build a rivalry with Iowa, the Cornhuskers’ opponent in their “Black Friday” game. Oklahoma and Colorado were Nebraska’s opponents for the day-after-Thanksgiving game while in the Big 12.Now Nebraska will play Iowa on Black Friday for the eighth straight year.“I’m big into rivalries, and season-ending rivalries, and I’ve been involved in them all my life as a kid, a player in college, an administrator and have always made sure that I protected those and in some instances tweaked them a little bit,” Moos said. “Those, I think, are a big part of college football.”Some rivalries have fallen by the wayside, Moos noted, like Texas-Texas A&M and Nebraska-Oklahoma. Other longstanding matchups remain as strong as ever.The Big Ten’s biggest rivalry — The Game between Michigan and Ohio State — always draws attention because at least one team is almost always in the conversation for a league title or more.The Purdue-Indiana rivalry for the Old Oaken Bucket this year has unique stakes in the Hoosier State showdown. The five-win teams need one more victory to become bowl eligible.“Well, I think it’s a great rivalry, especially for the fan base, especially for the people in the state of Indiana,” Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said. “I think both teams are trying hard to work their way up the ladder.”If the Gophers (5-6) pull an upset at Camp Randall Stadium, they get the bonus of becoming bowl eligible, too. But starting in 2020, Iowa will replace Minnesota as the final game on Wisconsin’s schedule for a two-year stint, with the Axe game being moved to early October.Alvarez doesn’t mind the move because he views Minnesota as a strong rival. He thinks fans will come no matter when or where the game is played.“You like to think they are,” Alvarez said when asked about the importance of rivalry games from a marketing perspective for an athletic department.“You like to have their fans come down here and support their team and vice versa, have our people come up,” Alvarez said. “Even though it’s a tough weekend, our students won’t be here, it’s Thanksgiving weekend — but you like the fact that it’s a rivalry game that our fans will support. Both sets of fans.”___AP College Football Writer Eric Olson in Lincoln, Nebraska, contributed.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Genaro C. Armas, The Associated Press read more

Patrekur Jóhannesson stays Austrias NT headcoach until 2015

Six weeks out of the EHF EURO 2014 qualification matches against EHF EURO 2012 silver medallists, Serbia, the Austrian Handball Federation (ÖHB) has announced that the men’s national team coach, Patrekur Jóhannesson, has extended his contract until 2015.The 40-year-old former Iceland international has been coaching Austria’s men’s national team since September 2011. In his 22 matches on the sideline he led the squad to 14 victories.– We are highly satisfied with his work and would like to continue this successful partnership – said ÖHB president, Gerhard Hofbauer for official federation website.photo: http://oehb.sportlive.at Austrian handballOHBPatrekur Jóhannesson ← Previous Story Dragan Gajic is out for 6 weeks! Next Story → Jan Gorr new Martin Heuberger assistant coach read more

Weve got Vincent Brownes Xposé audition tape

first_img Source: Photocall IrelandAnd Sinéad Desmond… Source: Photocall Ireland And now we’ve got his Xposé audition tape to prove it! Source: TV3ExposéWE’VE ALWAYS KNOWN that Vincent Browne was a sleb-hunting glamazon at heart.He loves hanging out with Glenda Gilson… With Xposé presenter Aisling O’Loughlin  heading off on maternity leave soon, who better to fill her shoes than good old Vin B?Can’t you just picture him schmoozing with Brad and Ange on the red carpet, or joking away with the Love/Hate lads, or ooh-ing and aah-ing at some handbags?He has stiff competition from the likes of Louis Walsh, Peter Andre and Shane Filan, but we have faith: Source: tv3xposePsst Vincent we haven’t forgotten about that travel show you were supposed to host alongside Glenda. We’ll never forget.center_img Meow: Vincent Browne finally admits that he’s a big fan of cats>Video: Vincent Browne just wants everyone to shut up>More: We were determined to make Vincent Browne smile on his birthday>last_img read more

WSUV program provides needed stability for local youths

first_imgErik Smith, who recently earned his master’s degree in teaching from Washington State University Vancouver, serves as program coordinator for At Home At School. http://athomeatschool.orghttp://www.clark.wa.gov/farmA few years back, during a summer school demonstration of a working solar oven constructed from cardboard and aluminum foil, Susan Finley noticed one little girl taking remarkably detailed notes.Finley asked the girl why she was copying everything so carefully. The answer was, a solar oven could cook food for her family, which was all but homeless and living in a local campground. They couldn’t even afford firewood, Finley learned.“You can’t make assumptions about the kids who are in At Home At School,” said Finley, an associate professor of education at Washington State University Vancouver who launched the program just over a decade ago. “You can’t even assume they all have working stoves and ovens.”At Home At School got started in 2002 when Finley, whose scholarship centers on the education of underserved, impoverished students, heard from a local homeless shelter that the place was seeing a spike in families with school-aged children. Children who are homeless or impoverished — whose families are always on the move, dealing with want, coping with unpredictable circumstances — can have a tough time staying in school, she said, and even when they manage it, they don’t feel “at home at school.”Their peers don’t really understand them. Harried educators may not bother with them. Finley recalled one homeless boy who was assigned to a new classroom and was immediately seated in the very back by his teacher, who figured — accurately — that the boy wouldn’t be there longer than two weeks.last_img read more

Birds taller than elephants may have once lived alongside human beings

first_img 47 Photos Share your voice The Pachystruthio dmanisensis weighed around three times that of than an ostrich. Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images Emus and Ostriches are dangerous. We know this. They’re so hardcore the Australian Army officially lost a war with them in 1932.Now imagine they were bigger. Much bigger. Like as tall as an elephant bigger.Meet the Pachystruthio dmanisensis, a gigantic flightless bird that once stood 3.5 metres tall (for scale an African elephant typically stands at 3.3 metres tall). It weighed around 450kg, which is around three times the weight of an ostrich, currently the largest living bird on the planet.Over 1.2 million years ago, scientists think they may have lived alongside human beings in Europe.As discussed in research recently published in the Journal of Verterbrate Paleontology, the Pachystruthio dmanisensis roamed eastern Europe at a time when the earliest known humans were arriving from Africa.Interestingly, as opposed to other prehistoric birds of its size, the Pachystruthio dmanisensis is thought to have been a decent runner (although not as fast as modern Emus or Ostriches) and actually took down young mammoths as prey.To reiterate: this gigantic, elephant-sized bird hunted mammoths.The Pachystruthio dmanisensis is believed to be the biggest bird ever found in Europe, but it isn’t the world’s biggest bird, historically. That title belongs to the Vorobe Titan, which once weighed 800 kilograms and lived in Madagascar. Not sure if that bird attempted to take down mammoths, though. Crucial distinction. Bird photography takes flight with high-end cameras Commentcenter_img Sci-Tech Culture Tags 1last_img read more

In historic visit president dodges Alaska press

first_imgIn the wake of President Obama’s visit, Alaskans are still sorting out the significance of new climate initiatives, cultural recognition, and more. But there’s lingering frustration among one particularly vocal group, who found that all the president’s messages came from the same place: His staff.Download Audio:President Obama picked up a silver on the beach in Dillingham. Photo: Hannah Colton/KDLG.Obama was in Alaska for two-and-a-half days. In that time he made an important speech on the imminent threats of climate change, announced new programs on Arctic research and community relocation, and sped up the timeline for a new ice breaker. During that same stretch of time he did not take a single question from the press.“There were no opportunities to ask questions, whatsoever,” said Hannah Colton, who covered the president’s visit to Dillingham for KDLG.“There was not a single opportunity to ask the president questions,” KNOM News Director Matthew Smith said from Kotzebue.“He did not take any questions,” APRN’s Liz Ruskin told News Director Lori Townsend during Obama’s trip to Exit Glacier near Seward. Asked why the press was on a separate boat from the president in a tour of Resurrection Bay, Ruskin replied, “I think that helps us take better pictures of him.”The president’s message in Alaska was on the immediate effects of climate change across the state. That story was told visually. Each day of the visit there were poignant press photos of the President standing before a shrinking glacier, holding a glistening salmon, or inspecting fish racks.“No one would be drying their fish on Kanakanak Beach, in the rain, in September,” Colton said. It was especially hard covering Wednesday’s rainy photo ops for radio, Colton added, because the press was kept too far away for microphones to reach.Veteran print reporter Lisa Demer with the Alaska Dispatch News was bothered for different reasons during the Dillingham stop.“I made my best pitch for an opportunity to get in one question. They said ‘that’s just not happening,’” Demer said. “It was terribly frustrating.”In the last week, headlines and nightly news coverage of the president’s visit have stayed mostly positive. But on Twitter, over email lists, and in wry internal reports, journalists complained about a lack of legitimate opportunities to question the administration’s policies. And that was especially true for reporters inside of what’s called “the pool.”“The pool gives you access, but it’s very much designed to keep it as limited and controlled as possible,” said KNOM’s Smith. Like most Alaska-based reporters contacted for this story, it was Smith’s first time covering such a high-level visit, and he was put off by the fleet of White House staffers who choreographed the movements and tempo of about 30 members of the press in Kotzebue–all the way down to chiding when someone in the pool asked after the name of a puppy in John Baker’s dog lot.“Which was Feather, by the way,” said Smith, adding, “You’re not allowed to ask the president that.”While it is fun, telegenic, and symbolically important to cover the president dancing with kids, or buying a bunch of cinnamon rolls, or getting spawned on by a fish, there are a lot of legitimate questions that went unanswered because they could not even be asked.“There’s this gigantic oil rig drilling not far from here,” Smith said of Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory efforts in the nearby Chukchi Sea, which started this summer after gaining final approval from the Obama Administration. “I couldn’t think of a better example of how bizarre and broken the system is: We’re in Kotzebue, Shell’s staging their stuff in Kotzebue, nobody said a word about Shell.”That is not out of the ordinary for Obama, or for most presidents.“I hate to disappoint you, but it is very, very normal,” said Professor Elizabeth Arnold of UAA, who covered four White House administrations, and does not think Alaskan reporters were uniquely mistreated: This is par for the presidential course.“It’s depressing, I know,” Arnold said, “but presidents are very controlled by their handlers.”Arnold explained that the reason media with experience in the pool don’t simply yell out questions or break past the pageantry is long-term access: The White House regularly sends information to journalists ahead of any public release in order to prepare better coverage when news drops, and that relationship looks a lot more reciprocal with a longer view.“If you break that embargo and you jump out and say ‘Hey, I’ve got the scoop, he’s gonna give us a new ice-breaker,’ you know what?” Arnold asked,  “You’re not gonna be granted that courtesy again.”And it’s not as if Obama didn’t have any unscripted interactions while in Alaska. He spent an hour hearing from Alaska Native leaders how to improve Federal relations with tribes. He also disappeared onto Exit Glacier with entertainer Bear Grylls, conducted a photo-shoot and interview with Rolling Stone magazine, and ate dinner at the home of Alaska Dispatch News publisher Alice Rogoff.For Matt Buxton, reporter with the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer, covering the Kotzebue visit from outside the pool made his stories less about the president, and more about the community’s response to the momentous occasion.“It was actually fun to be running along the streets, running through back allies, running around security, kinda getting yelled at by security every once in a while as we were trying to get a glimpse of the president like everyone else,” Buxton said. “I don’t know if we would have seen the same kind of thing if we were traveling in the motorcade.”Buxton says the presidents trip was a huge deal for the folks he spoke with in Kotzebue–a delight and an honor, compared favorably to a 2002 visit from the band The Goo Goo Dolls.The White House would not comment on the record for this story. But they did release an essay through the web platform Medium reflecting on the trip, along with pictures and videos from the White House’s social media accounts.last_img read more

Schools cant withhold transfer certificate over nonpayment of

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has ruled that schools cannot withhold Transfer Certificate (TC) of a student in case of non-payment of fees. A bench headed by Justice D.N. Patel passed the order on Thursday taking cognisance of a letter, which narrated the plight of Kartik and Priyansh, who were unable to seek admission in another school as their current school in the national capital refused to issue them Transfer Certificates citing non-payment of outstanding fees of around Rs 1 lakh. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Converting the letter into a PIL, the court directed the private school to issue Transfer Certificates to parents of nine-year-old Kartik (Class III) and five-year-old Priyansh (pre-primary) within a week. Advocate Ashok Agarwal, who was appointed as amicus curiae to assist the court, argued that under Rule 167 of Delhi School Education Act, 1973, a school could strike off the name of a student from its rolls for non-payment of fees but it could not refuse Transfer Certificate to a student over the issue. After the conclusion of arguments, the court held that under the Delhi School Education Act, a private school had no authority to withhold issuance of Transfer Certificate to a student over non-payment of outstanding fees.last_img read more

S Korean seeks to break nuclear deadlock at Pyongyang summit

first_imgA man walks past a giant banner showing a picture of the summit handshake between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Seoul City Hall on 13 September 2018. Photo: AFPSouth Korean president Moon Jae-in travels to Pyongyang this week for his third summit with Kim Jong Un, looking to break the deadlock in nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States.Moon-whose own parents fled the North during the 1950-53 Korean War-flies north on Tuesday for a three-day trip, following in the footsteps of his predecessors Kim Dae-jung in 2000 and mentor Roh Moo-hyun in 2007.No details of the programme have been announced but Pyongyang is likely to pull out all the stops to create a good impression, with tens of thousands of people lining the streets to welcome him.The visit comes after the North staged its “Mass Games” propaganda display for the first time in five years.The new show featured imagery of Kim and Moon at their first summit in April in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula-prompting the unusual sight of tens of thousands of North Koreans in the May Day Stadium applauding pictures of Seoul’s leader.One diplomatic source predicted the visit would see “Kim and Moon together receiving the same sort of applause”.But while the summit at the Panmunjom border truce village was high on headline-grabbing symbolism, with Moon stepping briefly into the North and the two sharing an extended one-to-one woodland chat, pressure is mounting for substantive progress.Moon, who met Kim again in May, was instrumental in brokering the historic summit the following month between US President Donald Trump and Kim in Singapore, when Kim backed denuclearisation of the “Korean peninsula”.But no details were agreed and Washington and Pyongyang have sparred since over what that means and how it will be achieved.At the same time the US and South have sometimes moved at radically different speeds in their approach to the North.Moon will try again to “play the role of facilitator or mediator”, said his special adviser on foreign affairs Moon Chung-in.“He believes that improved inter-Korean relations have some role in facilitating US-DPRK talks as well as solving the North Korean nuclear problem,” he told reporters, using the North’s official acronym.Last month Trump abruptly cancelled a planned visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang, after the North condemned “gangster-like” demands for what it called its unilateral disarmament.Washington has been adamant that the North carry out a “final, fully verified denuclearisation” first, while Pyongyang is demanding a formal declaration from the US that the Korean War is over.But Kim has since sent Trump a letter seeking a second summit and held a military parade for his country’s 70th birthday without showing off any intercontinental ballistic missiles, prompting warm tweets from the US president.Special guestsNorth Korea will want to exploit Trump’s eagerness to declare progress before the US mid-term elections in November to secure concessions, said Go Myong-hyun, an analyst at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, and will view “every meeting as a viable political opportunity” towards that goal.But whether Pyongyang is willing to offer something concrete in return is yet to be seen.Moon may try to convince the North Korean leader to verbally commit to providing a list of the country’s existing nuclear programme, said Shin Beom-cheol, another analyst at the Asan Institute.“It won’t be South Korea that inspects and verifies, so if we can get something out of Kim Jong Un’s mouth, that will be significant,” Shin said, adding the next step could be a summit between Kim and Trump sometime in October.Despite the deadlock in denuclearisation talks, since the Panmunjom summit the two Koreas have sought to pursue joint projects in multiple fields.But North Korea is under several different sets of sanctions for its nuclear and missile programmes, complicating Moon’s desire to promote cross-border economic schemes.The dovish South Korean president is taking several South Korean business tycoons with him to the North, including Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong and the vice chairman of the Hyundai Motor Group, whose founder was a wartime refugee from the North.“He is sending a message to the North to speedily complete denuclearisation, conclude talks with the US so that South Korea can begin full-fledged economic cooperation,” said analyst Go.And special advisor Moon Chung-in added that the South Korean president could look to persuade Kim to come up with a “somewhat radical and bold initiative”, such as dismantling some nuclear bombs, and press the US for reciprocal measures.“And the United States should be willing to come up with major economic easing of economic sanctions,” he said.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Archive Cloud Storage | November 19, 2018 Intelerad Launches Nuage Disaster Recovery Platform November 19, 2018 — Intelerad Medical Systems announced the launch of the nuage Disaster Recovery (DR) Platform. read more December 5, 2008 – Bridgehead Software released its latest version of PACStore, a long-term archiving solution that consolidates data from disparate PACS systems, enabling itto be centrally managed and accessed while providing powerful federated search facilities, at RSNA 2008. PACStore improves clinician access to imaging data, enhances business continuity and reduces the IT storage and management burden of retaining imaging data over the long term.By incorporating a fully featured industry standard DICOM storage class server and HL7 interface, PACStore software fully integrates into existing healthcare IT infrastructures. It creates a central repository for imaging data with a single point of access. Data in the repository is automatically repositioned between different IT storage tiers during its lifetime to minimize storage costs. And because multiple copies of the data can be maintained in multiple geographic locations, the system improves business continuity and allows Web-based access to DICOM images even when primary PACS systems are unavailable.PACStore’s DICOM Storage Server is at the heart of the new software. DICOM is a medical imaging industry standard, so any modality or PACS that can transmit DICOM can send data to PACStore. Additionally, clinical workstations can access data from PACStore via the DICOM protocol.For more information: www.bridgeheadsoftware.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Related Content News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more News | Enterprise Imaging | August 31, 2018 Greenville Health System Adopts Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging System Agfa HealthCare and Greenville Health System (GHS), South Carolina, announced the successful implementation of a… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Archive Cloud Storage | December 20, 2018 IMS Announces Integration of Cloud Image Viewing Platform With Google Cloud International Medical Solutions (IMS) recently announced it will provide Google Cloud account users with the ability to… read more center_img News | Enterprise Imaging | August 09, 2018 Visage Signs Mercy for Visage 7 Open Archive Visage Imaging Inc. announced that it has signed a seven-year contract with Mercy, the fifth largest Catholic health… read more News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | September 04, 2018 Novarad Highest Rated in Customer Satisfaction on Gartner Peer Insights VNA Category Novarad Healthcare Enterprise Imaging has taken the highest rated spot on Gartner’s Peer Insights technology review… read more Technology | December 05, 2008 New Archiving Software Gives Clinicians Centralized Access to Data from Disparate PACS News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 07, 2019 Connecticut, California Imaging Centers Deploy Ambra Cloud VNA Ambra Health announced that Naugatuck Valley Radiology and Insight Imaging are among the latest groups of leading… read more Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay  News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 30, 2018 Children’s Hospital Colorado to Manage Medical Images Via the Cloud With Nucleus.io Platform NucleusHealth and Children’s Hospital Colorado’s (Children’s Colorado) Center for Innovation have formed a strategic… read morelast_img read more

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first_img This cover image released by Emily Bestler Books shows “Backlash,” by Brad Thor. (Emily Bestler Books via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jeff Ayers, The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2019 8:23 am PDT Review: Scot Harvath returns in ‘Backlash’ “Backlash: a Thriller” (Atria/Emily Bestler Books), by Brad ThorA Russian plane carrying a prisoner in chains experiences engine trouble and crashes in the middle of the woods. It’s enemy territory for the captive, who survives, and now Scot Harvath is in the middle of Russia with no hope of escape in Brad Thor’s new thriller, “Backlash.”Utilizing his unique set of skills, he goes on the move where he believes he can cross the border into Finland.In the United States, his colleagues stumble upon a horrible scene, and evidence suggests that Harvath might be responsible. They can’t obtain answers from him because he’s disappeared.Harvath has no way to communicate with his team, no support from the Russians in the area and he’s being pursued by a ruthless killer who now regrets not killing Harvath right away. He’s used to being the hunter and not the hunted, but Harvath has more on his mind than survival. He’s wounded and angry, and revenge is the strongest motivation of all.Readers know what to expect in a Brad Thor novel: non-stop and over-the-top action scenes mixed with insight into the world of special ops. This is Harvath’s most personal adventure, and fans and newcomers alike will wonder if this mission will end up being his downfall.Jeff Ayers, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Limassol developers may face labour shortages

first_imgBy Andria KadesEight years after Cyprus’ last construction bubble burst, the rate at which properties and projects are springing up across the country are quickly changing the industry which was stagnant for so many years.In Limassol, high-rise after high-rise buildings are popping up with dozens more in the pipeline. The city is also gearing up for the first integrated casino resort set to open in 2021.Head of the Limassol branch of the construction workers association Yiannis Markides told the Sunday Mail that already there was a shortage of specialist construction workers in the industry.“There is a need for people in the workforce,” he said.“For a lot of the tall towers and the casino, works haven’t started yet. There is a lot of development coming in the future.”According to the interior ministry, the government issued building permits for 25 high-rise buildings in the first three months of the year and 60 more are pending, most of them in Limassol.Markides said when construction begins for the dozens of tall buildings, then the gap in the market will really start to become obvious.At the moment, demand is high particularly for certain levels of expertise as many of the projects underway are new to the island and the local workforce.For instance, Markides said formwork workers and iron smiths in particular, are in demand for the initial construction phase when the building ‘skeleton’ is being constructed.“There are many from Greece here carrying out this work. In Cyprus, they don’t have the expertise and experience to do that.”Because the brunt of the construction work has yet to begin, a full picture has yet to emerge.Athanasiou developers and Askanis Group, both told the Sunday Mail they had no issue with a shortage of supply of construction workers. Cybarco, which has taken on the casino project did not wish to comment.Zavos, Garpozis and Evangelou & Frantzis were not immediately available for comment.Pandelis Leptos, who heads the Cyprus land and building developers association and is the director of real estate company Leptos Group, told the Sunday Mail that at the moment, the workers in Cyprus were enough to match the demand.Many of those who worked in construction lost their jobs either after the end of the building boom in 2010-11 or after the full-blown 2013 financial crisis hit the island.“Those people such as a specialised iron worker couldn’t work somewhere else. They couldn’t be a waiter for instance,” Leptos said.Now that there is growth however, many of those who were left unemployed will be able to find work with a whole host of jobs opening up.Additionally, many of those who were left without a job went abroad in a bid to find work. Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Emirates were particularly attractive. Now that the local market is expanding, many of these workers will opt to come back to their home country, Leptos estimates.“I myself hired Cypriots who were in the Emirates.”Asked whether there would be a need to bring in non-Cypriot workers from abroad, his assessment was that this might happen but was not the case right now.“We might need more but the EU market is open if we need it.”For Dynacon construction company operating out of Limassol however, the situation is pretty dire for finding skilled workers.In the space of the past six months, many workers have demanded an increase in their salary to the tune of about 10 to 15 per cent.“The growth in Limassol happened very quickly,” and started about a year ago.It’s not just the high-rise buildings, civil engineer for Dynacon, Demetris Christofides told the Sunday Mail.There’s a whole host of projects, offices, and flats that are being constructed and it isbecoming more common for construction workers to demand higher salaries.“There’s a shortage of staff in all specialties. From iron smiths, formwork workers, builders, electricians.”Cyprus’ construction sector output rose last year 25 per cent to €752.9m compared to 2016, which is roughly one third of the all-time high of 2008.Figures showing registered unemployed construction workers are decreasing by the month. In the beginning of 2018, 2,376 workers were registered as unemployed in the industry.By July, the number was 1889.According to Christofides, the shortage of staff is a result of fewer young people joining the industry, former workers having retired but also several former construction workers nowreceive GMI (guaranteed minimum income) and want the money paid to them in cash under the table so they can continue to receive their benefits.The company doesn’t want to do anything off the books and therefore is struggling even more. At the moment, they are trying to get current employees to work more hours where they can or to purchase services from other companies.“It’s going to get worse.”Asked if the possibility of hiring foreign workers was in the air, Christofides said it’s a difficult feat as there are expenses which need to be considered but also the language.There are already employees from Greece but they weren’t headhunted and brought to the island. They came of their own accord looking for work and were hired. This meant the employer’s responsibility for helping workers find accommodation and cover those expenses is not – at the moment at least – an issue. Accommodation costs for workers are a serious issue for Limassol where rents are so high.Other EU-workers that were in Cyprus and worked in construction were largely here because they too came to the island looking for work independently and so had their own expenses covered.Many of them left after the crisis however, Christofides said.Markides cited an example where a company owner wanted a specialised mechanic from Greece because he couldn’t find one in Cyprus.“He had to bring the mechanic with his family but it was very difficult to find them an affordable place for rent.”Of course, the company owner paid the rent expenses.Smaller companies will also struggle to afford such expenses, particularly if their projects are not on a large scale.On the other hand, Leptos believes that there are many apartments available across the country – particularly in Paphos, Larnaca and Nicosia that can be utilised.The workers could commute, or if the companies wanted them based in Limassol, they wouldn’t be on the coast where rent prices are soaring, but further out of town.“They would take the cost into account for their expenses.”Nonetheless, according to Markides, gaps in the market he says exist will become far more obvious in about two years’ time when construction really gets going.“The government needs to prepare a national strategy over this. 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