New ULCV with 15Year Charter Joins Ocean Yield

first_imgzoom Norwegian ship owner Ocean Yield ASA has taken delivery of the Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV) MSC Eloane from South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.After being delivered from the shipyard today, the vessel commenced a 15-year bareboat charter with Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company for a charter rate of USD 46,250 per day, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Featuring 202,000 dwt, the vessel is capable of carrying 19,500 TEU.This is the third vessel to be delivered in a series of six mega container vessels that Ocean Yield owns in a joint venture with private shipowner Quantum Pacific Shipping, a part of Quantum Pacific Group.The company acquired a 49.5% equity interest in the newbuildings for a total of USD 162 million in June 2016.The remaining boxships, all of which are on 15-year bareboat charters to the European container line, are scheduled for delivery by February 2017.last_img read more

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Nova Scotians Encouraged to Get Flu Shot Early

first_imgNova Scotians are encouraged to get a flu shot as soon as possible. “Vaccination is the safest and most effective way to protect yourself and loved ones from the flu,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “We encourage everyone to plan ahead and get the flu vaccine before the Christmas holidays.” Seasonal flu vaccine is available from most pharmacies, family doctors, family practice nurses, nurse practitioners, many workplaces and through clinics offered by some public health offices. “Last year, 40 per cent of Nova Scotians got a flu shot, and we hope to see more this year,” said Dr. Frank Atherton, Nova Scotia’s deputy chief medical officer of health. “Our publicly funded immunization program is an important part of the government’s commitment to promote health and prevent illness.” The province is providing the quadrivalent vaccine recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. The vaccine contains two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains. High-risk groups strongly encouraged to get a flu shot are: seniors children six months to five years of age Aboriginal people pregnant women people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes people who live with, or care for, people in high-risk groups Proper hygiene such as hand washing and covering noses and mouths when coughing or sneezing is also important to prevent the spread of influenza and many other infections. People with flu symptoms should stay home and minimize close contact with others. Flu symptoms often include a sudden high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat. It can lead to more severe illness such as pneumonia or even death. For more information on the flu, visit novascotia.ca/flu .last_img read more

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Win A Shiny Birthday Lunch With Nathan Fillion

first_imgPrizeo is giving you the chance to win a shiny birthday lunch with Nathan Fillion… and all you have to do to enter is donate to charity.“For a $10 donation to Sawla Children’s Home, you’ll be entered to win a trip to Los Angeles to have a birthday lunch with me!” says Nathan. “If you donate more to Sawla, we’ll give you extra chances to win and rewards at each of the different donation levels — t-shirts, signed scripts and posters, thank you videos, so many options!“This truly means the world to me, helping me celebrate my birthday by supporting such a great cause.”International Assistance Program has impacted the lives of thousands of people through its professional involvement in implementing challenging western business practices in underdeveloped countries.In June, 2007, IAP established the Sawla Children’s Home in northwest Ghana. Sawla Children’s Home has cared for almost 50 orphans, providing for their basic needs and more. Now fed and healthy, these children are rising to the top of their classes in school and are showing great promise for the future. Each child is now loved and part of an amazing family that is impacting the surrounding villages and communities.To find out more about entering, click here.“Already a lot of people excited about lunch!” tweeted Nathan. “I think I’ll start with a salad. With a hamburger on it.”last_img read more

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Loonie at fourmonth high amid strong housing data traders look to jobs

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2014 6:31 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed at a four-month high Thursday while traders digested a stronger than expected reading on the housing sector and awaited the release of the April employment report Friday morning.The currency gained 0.61 of a cent to 92.4 cents US as Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reported that housing starts came in at an annualized rate of 195,000 in April, higher than the 175,000 that economists had expected.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada is expected to report the economy created about 16,000 jobs last month.Other data showed that the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 26,000 last week to 319,000, the latest sign that the job market is slowly improving.Applications, a proxy for layoffs, are returning to pre-recession levels. The average for April was 312,000, the fewest since October 2007.Investors were also encouraged Thursday by China’s April trade data that showed an improvement in exports. Exports rose 0.9 per cent from the previous year, compared with a 6.6 per cent decline in March. Imports also grew after a contraction in March but at a subdued level.Tensions arising from the Ukraine crisis eased a bit after Russian President Vladimir Putin softened his tone. Putin endorsed plans for fresh elections in Ukraine following the ouster earlier this year of its pro-Russian leader and called on pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine to delay referendums on autonomy.Elsewhere, the European Central Bank has left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low of 0.25 per cent amid growing signs that the economic recovery in the 18-country eurozone is gaining momentum.A rate cut could give growth a small boost in theory by lowering borrowing costs for banks and companies. It could also help lower the euro, which is near a 2 1/2-year high against the U.S. dollar at around $1.395. A weaker euro would help exporters and boost inflation, which at an annual 0.7 per cent is well under the bank’s two per cent goal.On the commodity markets, July copper in New York edged up three cents to US$3.06 a pound, June bullion was down $1.20 to US$1,287.70 an ounce while June crude was 51 cents lower to US$100.26 a barrel. Canadian dollars (loonies) are pictured in Vancouver, Sept. 22, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Loonie at four-month high amid strong housing data; traders look to jobs report read more

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Ohio State mens ice hockey set for CCHA battle against No 11

Ohio State men’s ice hockey coach Mark Osiecki maintained the ebbs and flows of this season haven’t unnerved his team. But a sweep against Lake Superior State last weekend likely boosted their spirits. “I don’t think our guys have lost any confidence (all year), but it certainly helps to win,” Osiecki said. “Now we have to turn the page and get ready for the Irish.” The Buckeyes are set to host Notre Dame for a two-game series this Friday and Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. After all, only five points separate OSU and the Irish in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings. And, in the process, OSU might have a chance at upsetting the No. 11 team in the country. The Fighting Irish (16-10-0, 12-6-0-0 CCHA), losers of five of their last six games, have recently dropped from first to third in the CCHA standings. The Buckeyes, coming off back-to-back wins against the Lakers, sit sixth out of the league’s 11 teams. The weekend will showcase the teams’ only two meetings of the regular season. Goals will likely be at a premium all weekend as both teams are in the top seven schools in the country in goals allowed per game. OSU junior forward Alex Szczechura said scoring first in the game, as his team did twice last weekend, is crucial. “It’s something we really emphasize, jumping on teams early on. We’ve struggled with that in the past,” Szczechura said. Osiecki said he hopes to break through the stingy Notre Dame defense with the pace of his players’ attack. “Our strength is our transition, and our strength is our speed,” Osiecki said. Although Notre Dame’s defense has allowed .08 fewer goals per game than OSU’s defense has this season, the advantage between the posts goes to the Buckeyes. OSU senior goalie Brady Hjelle is second in the conference to Miami’s Ryan McKay in both goals-against average (1.60) and save percentage (0.946). McKay, though, has only played nine games this season, compared to Hjelle’s 32. Hjelle was named CCHA Goaltender of the Week for the fourth time this season after making 64 saves in the sweep of Lake Superior State. The series marks the tail end of a four-game home stand for OSU. Junior defenseman Curtis Gedig said he loves the Schottenstein Center’s atmosphere as well as other aspects of playing in Columbus. “Guys are a lot more positive in a way,” Gedig said. “We don’t have to worry about catching up on school because we’re traveling.” OSU is set to open its series with Notre Dame Friday at 7:05 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.  This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: January 31, 2013 An earlier version of this story said that OSU’s men’s hockey won back-to-back games against Northern Michigan last weekend. They actually played Lake Superior State. read more

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Epic Games announces Infinity Blade 2 at Apple event

first_imgOne of the best and most popular games on iOS, Infinity Blade, is getting a sequel. Mike Capps from Epic Games took the stage and announced that the sword-fighting game with breathtaking graphics will be followed up by a new title that has, well, more sword-fighting and even more breathtaking graphics.The game was announced in conjunction with the revelation of the A5 chip in the iPhone 4S. Of course Infinity Blade takes similar mechanics from the NES classic Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. Having mostly static environments with a variety of reskinned enemies allows Epic to focus more on impressive visuals than other titles might be able to (much like Punch-Out did back in the 80’s).It will be available December 1, so it won’t quite be in time for the iOS 5/iPhone 4S launch, but it’s on its way about a year after the original. Check out some more screenshots below: via Thisismynextlast_img read more

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DNSChanger shutdown coming July 9th find out if youre affected

first_imgAfter this weekend, around a third of a million computers may no longer be able to browse web pages, send or receive email, or do anything else on the internet without knowing specific IP addresses. That’s because those machines are still infected by the DNSChanger malware.For the past year, those machines have been humming along happily. Users probably haven’t noticed anything unusual, and that’s because the FBI seized control of the rogue servers and has been corralling users to their desired destinations. On July 9th, however, the FBI is going to pull the plug. Running servers costs money, after all.Unfortunately, that means some users are going to be left in the lurch. With all the press DNSChanger has gotten in recent weeks, it’s almost hard to believe machines are still infected — but they are. In the grand scheme of things 300,000 systems isn’t that many — there’s billions of internet-connected computers. Despite the odds of your own machine being infected being quite small (fewer than 20,000 in the UK, for example), it’s still a good idea to check.So how do you figure out if you’re one of the machines that are still affected by DNSChanger? The easiest way is to head on over to Google and do a quick search. Thanks to some script wizardry, the popular search engine will tell you almost instantly whether or not you’re infected. You’ll see the banner above if something is wrong.The Australian government has set up a page that will test your system, too.If a problem is detected, you can use the DNS Check tool from F-Secure to correct the problematic DNS server settings.You’ll want to do this quickly, of course, because if your system is infected it’ll be a little more problematic to troubleshoot and repair after the 9th.More at Google and F-Securelast_img read more

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Georganas wins Hindmarsh

first_imgLabor’s Steve Georganas has reclaimed the Adelaide seat of Hindmarsh.Mr Georganas, who held the seat from 2004 to 2013 benefited from absentee and late declaration votes to pip sitting Liberal MP Matt Williams to the post.With more than 87 per cent of the votes counted Mr Georganas leads the preference count by 50.1 per cent to Mr Williams’ 49.9 per cent, once again confirming Hindmarsh’s position as one of Australia’s most marginal seats.Mr Georganas was re-elected in 2007 and 2010 before being defeated at the 2013 election.A former taxi driver, union organiser and ALP policy adviser, Mr Georganas is no stranger to close contests. In his first foray into federal politics in 2004 he won by just 108 votes.“You really appreciate it when you win by a small margin,” he told reporters on Wednesday, before Labor Leader Bill Shorten congratulated him for conducting a “sensational campaign”.On hearing the result Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese echoed Mr Shorten’s praise, describing Mr Georganas as “a tireless fighter for his community”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Modelling dream job could reap £40624 average salary

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Employees daydreaming about being the next Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell may be interested to discover that their dream job could earn them an average salary of £40,624 a year, according to research by job search website Indeed.The analysis, which looked at average salaries based on a 37.5 hour working week as of 21 August 2018, also found that aspiring fashion buyers could receive an average annual salary of £31,404, while those looking to pound the pavements as a private investigator might earn £29,637 as an average salary.Green fingered individuals may be interested to find out that horticulturists earn an average salary of £17,101, which equates to £8.77 an hour, while pet lovers may be inspired to give dog walking a try as their next career, with an average salary of £24,219, or £12.42 an hour. Food technologists, on the other hand, have an average salary of £26,207, compared to pen-wielding journalists, who earn £25,146 a year on average.Wine experts may view being a sommelier as their dream job; this could earn an average salary of £23,114. An in-ground football correspondent, meanwhile, can expect an average salary of £20,628, while a wedding planner could receive £19,491.Bill Richards, UK managing director at Indeed, said: “Having a job that allows us to feel truly fulfilled is something worth chasing, and it can be mutually beneficial. For employers, finding an employee who is entirely suited to the role will lead to more innovative and committed team players whose intuition and drive can lead to better results.“The jobs we have identified on our list combine leisure hobbies with bringing home a solid salary. By striking a balance between the two, people are able to become masters of their field, and their own destinies. When [employees] spend the majority of [their] day doing something [they] love, [they] will be even prouder of the work [they] produce.“By highlighting that many dream jobs are within touching distance, we hope this will inspire people to invest in themselves and achieve fulfilment both personally and professionally.”Here at Employee Benefits, we are chuffed that many consider being a journalist a dream job, just like we do. We might be tempted to try and nab a model’s salary if we had the chance, though…last_img read more

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Fish Commissioner Names New Habitat Director

first_imgA biologist from the U.S. Geological Survey has been appointed to lead the state’s Habitat division.Download AudioTony DeGange is currently the chief of the ecosystem and geography offices at the Alaska Science Center. DeGange says he was recruited by Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten about the job, and that he supports the division’s conservation mission.“As more and more people live on the earth and there’s a lot more development, we have a responsibility to take care of our natural resources, and when we do development to try to do it in a way that minimizes impacts to fish and wildlife,” says DeGange.DeGange has worked for USGS for more than 30 years, and has previously collaborated with Fish and Game on salmon habitat projects. He has also represented the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.DeGange takes over the position at a time when the division is reconsidering its habitat management process. Management plans for the state’s sanctuaries and reserves — like the McNeil River bear refuge and Minto Flats — were being rewritten under the previous director, Randy Bates. The policies were targeted by a petition campaign that described the changes as a “rollback,” and Bates was removed from the position earlier this January.The process is currently on hold. DeGange says he will now have to figure out what to do with those plans.“The criticisms were that the state wasn’t following a highly transparent and public process,” says DeGange. “One of the first things that Sam Cotten has charged me with is coming up with a recommendation on how to move forward.”DeGange says those recommendations will likely come next month.last_img read more

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Gold at sixyear peak due to the USIran unrest

first_imgOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty ImagesGold prices surpassed about Rs 97,458 on Friday before retreating, still holding near a six-year high on the U.S. central bank’s dovish stance on monetary policy.Prices also found support from worries about a potential U.S. military strike against Iran and a global trade conflict.Spot gold rose 0.6 percent to about Rs 97,179 per ounce as of 1:50 p.m. EDT (1750 GMT). U.S. gold futures settled 0.2 per cent higher at about Rs 97,458 per ounce.Prices surged to about Rs 98,151 in the session, a high not seen since early September 2013, and were set to mark their best week in over three years.Bullion rates have jumped more than 5 per cent since the U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday hinted interest rate cuts were possible later this year, as it responded to increased economic uncertainty and tepid inflation.”Gold is seeing a continuation move from bullish comments throughout the week, most notably the fact that world central banks easing monetary policy is generally very supportive for commodities overall, particularly gold,” said David Meger, director of metals trading at High Ridge Futures.Middle East tensions have supported the gold market, while the U.S.-China trade war continues to concern investors, he added.After initially approving military strikes against Iran in retaliation for the downing of an unmanned surveillance drone, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled back from launching the attacks.Gold is often considered a safe haven in times of political and economic uncertainty.U.S.-China trade talks are set to resume ahead of a G20 meeting next week. Hopes for an agreement have grown somewhat, but neither side has signalled a shift from positions that led to an impasse last month.Gold prices traded within a wide range of about Rs 2,018, retreating from the more than Rs 97,458 level touched earlier in the day.”The levels above Rs 97,458 are near term resistance, so you would not be surprised to see the market consolidate around this psychological level,” High Ridge Futures’ Meger said.The next Fed meeting is six weeks away and investors are digesting this week’s signal for a rate cut, analysts said, indicating there may be few bullish cues to lift bullion prices any higher for now.”To sustain it (the bullish run in gold), you can’t go too quickly too fast,” said Ross Norman, chief executive at bullion dealer Sharps Pixley.Among other precious metals, silver dipped 1percent to about Rs 1,043 per ounce, while platinum was up 0.8 per cent at about Rs 56,279.Palladium climbed 1.5 per cent to about Rs 1,04,328 an ounce and was headed for a third consecutive weekly gain.last_img read more

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DhakaLondon direct cargo flights from Wednesday

first_img.Biman Bangladesh Airlines will restart direct cargo flights to the United Kingdom from Wednesday, after two years of ban, reports UNB.The direct cargo-flight operation will resume with a flight of the national flag carrier, BG-001, leaving Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for London at 10:45am, according to a Biman press release issued on Tuesday.The operation is going to resume three weeks after the withdrawal of the ban that had been in place for two years.Biman Bangladesh Airlines received ‘Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport (ACC3)’ certificate, a prerequisite to begin the direct flights to the UK.Last month, the UK withdrew the ban on direct air cargo from Dhaka after two years.Earlier on 8 March 2016, the British government slapped the ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London after Biman had failed to pass the safety and security tests.As per the recommendations of the UK government, the Bangladesh government took some immediate measures such as recruiting UK-based aviation security agency for two years, developing Export Cargo Complex with three layers of security system, introducing European standard training for cargo handling, establishing two explosive detection systems (EDS), introducing Explosive Detection Dog (EDD), Cargo Scanning system and so on.Later, from 13-16 November 2017, an independent auditor was in Bangladesh to review Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ eligibility for the certificate and came up with the approval on 24 February 2018.Biman’s cargo business shrank 22.54 per cent in the last fiscal year on the back of the ban on direct freight flight from Dhaka to London, according to available data.last_img read more

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Respect the will of voters urges US congressman resolution

first_imgUS House of RepresentativesUS Congressman William Richard Keating placed a resolution in the House of Representatives urging political leaders and judicial authorities to respect the will of voters and ensure that all Bangladeshis will be able to participate freely in the upcoming elections which will be impartial and inclusive, reports UNB.The resolution also reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to promote free, fair, transparent and credible elections in Bangladesh.Congressman William Richard Keating placed the resolution in the House of Representatives on Thursday, said US Congress website source.The resolution also called on the Government of Bangladesh to respect the freedom of speech and of the press and to heed the Bangladesh Election Commission’s request to ensure security for minorities and maintain communal harmony for a peaceful election.The resolution also commended the government and the people of Bangladesh for their generosity in hosting Rohingya refugees despite the hardships associated with responding to this man-made humanitarian disaster created by the Burmese military and security force’s crimes against humanity and genocide against the Rohingya in Northern Rakhine State.last_img read more

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Some clauses of ride sharing policy needs review

first_imgA roundtable titled ‘Ride Sharing Services Policy 2017: Application, limitations and solutions’ is held at the Prothom Alo conference room at CA Bhaban in the capital on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloSome of the clauses in the Ride Sharing Services Policy 2017 needs to be reviewed for the sake of the growing ride-sharing industry, stakeholders said at a roundtable on Tuesday.Clauses like ‘one-driver one-application’, ‘no vehicle that is less than a year old’ and ‘data storage inside national boundary’ needed further review, they observed at the roundtable titled ‘Ride Sharing Services Policy 2017: Application, limitations and solutions’ at the Prothom Alo conference room at CA Bhaban in the capital.Addressing the roundtable, Hussain Mohammad Ilias, managing director and CEO of Pathao, said, “We see this policy positively, but for the sake of the vision Digital Bangladesh, a number of things need change.”The authorities, sometimes, are worried about the number of vehicles. But, nothing is to be worried about as Bangladesh now has only 600,000 registered motorbikes while India has 15 million and Vietnam has 30 million, said Mohammad Ilias.”The policy says a car has to be more than a year old to join the ride sharing platforms. But the customers want new vehicles. There is another clause that says ‘one-driver one-application’. A vehicle is not active all through the day. It is basically a part-time service. It will discourage the users,” he added.”The policy also says vehicles registered outside Dhaka will not be allowed to use the platform. But already there is a scarcity. This will affect the supply,” he further said.”The policy wants to bring the services under the VAT net. It will hamper the growth of the new industry,” he observed.Hossain Zillur Rahman, executive chairman of Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), said, “It’s an interesting sector. But, policy should be through discussion and there should be short-term and medium-term approach.“I’ve just heard that the number of cars has decreased, but the number of bikes has increased. Increasing number of bikes link to pedestrian safety. The pedestrian testimony is not welcoming in this regard.“I think the one-driver one-app issue would be reviewed. The authorities are concerned on the management of the huge number of vehicles. This should be on the table for discussion as well. Besides, the data-offshoring and data on-shoring should be addressed, too.” he added.Maliha Kadir, managing director of Shohoz, said, “It is a good policy, no doubt. But, we should also keep in mind that it is not a taxi service. It’s micro-entrepreneurship.”She said, let everybody in and let decide the market forces what and how they want it.Kaniz Fatema Mitu, a user of the ride-sharing services, said, “I live in an area from where there is no direct public transport service to my office. So, I’ve to use the ride-sharing services.”“I feel secured and it has brought changes in my lifestyle in Dhaka.”Kazi Md Aminul Islam, executive chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), said, “I see it as an option. If I don’t want to use bus or my car I’ve an option. It’s a freedom. I think a democratic government has a duty to expand the space of freedom in the public life.”“My involvement with ride-sharing is long. When Uber first came to Dhaka, it was illegal. I went to the BRTA with the Uber people. I talked to them and said – the law is for the people, let’s change it for the people again. The government is cooperative and this policy is a clear indication of that.”“The policy might have some mistakes. We do not want monopoly either. The market should be competitive,” Aminul Islam said.Shahadat Hossain, owner of a vehicle, said the clause ‘one-driver one-app’ clashes with the idea of freelancing.“Suppose, if any company tries to exploit us, as a user we won’t have any option. It’ll discourage us,” he added.”The clause that may bar vehicles registered outside Dhaka from using the platform also needs review. It may be for controlling the traffic, but this cap will not help the people outside Dhaka as the unemployment problem is acute there.””So, I would like to request BRTA to focus on proper licensing,” he further said.”Then there is the issue of income tax return. As it is a part time job, we do not have evaluation and it is not possible for us either,” Shahadat added.Another user said, “We three colleagues used three vehicles previously, but now after the arrival of the ride sharing services, we jointly use one vehicle.”Lokman Hossain Molla, director of Bangladesh Road Transportation Authority (BRTA), said, “We don’t have any baseline survey. We have done this on the basis of some assumptions. There may have been some errors. When the errors were noticed, those were tabled in the intra-ministry meetings.”“On behalf of the BRTA, we have already updated some issues on certification. If any changes come from this meeting, that would be redesigned. We are going online for the sake of transparency.”The main thing is that the government is very positive. It is part-time for the drivers and owners, but it is full time for companies,” Lokman said.Hussain Mamtaz, programmer at BRTA, said a clause said the storage should be inside the country. As there is no service, they use Google.“We have put this provision, thinking future investment of Google and Amazon. It can be for a transitional period,” he added.Nazmul Islam, additional deputy commissioner, cyber security and crime unit, said, “Apps have data, so there is question of security of people. It should be ensured.”“I’ll urge the companies to remain alert as hackers see everything. Please use disclaimer in a proper way before taking information from them,” he added.Asif Saleh, senior director (strategy, communication and empowerment) at BRAC, and Naeem Ashraf, team leader of Startup Bangladesh, also spoke.last_img read more

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Lionhead closure linked to Microsoft refusing to sell Fable IP

first_imgOn April 29, Microsoft-owned Lionhead Studios closed its doors for the last time, bringing an end to the games development house that gave us Black & White, The Movies, and many games in the Fable series. However, new information regarding the last days of Lionhead reveal it didn’t actually need to close, and in fact Microsoft could have avoided it completely.Lionhead Studios is a UK studio, meaning it must operate under UK laws. If a company is set to close, UK law states that there be a period of time during which other options can be explored in an attempt to avoid the closure and the subsequent loss of jobs. As Lionhead is such a well-known name with some solid intellectual property on its books, it’s not surprising to discover several publishers apparently showed an interest in acquiring the studio from Microsoft during this period.As we know, none of these interested parties ended up buying Lionhead, but it wasn’t because the price was too high. No, the reason they all apparently walked away is Microsoft. Even though Microsoft is done with Lionhead and canceled Fable Legends, it was not willing to sell the Fable IP along with the studio. As that is/was Lionhead’s most valuable asset, publishers understandably lost interest.None of this has been confirmed by Microsoft, and probably never will be. Details come via an unnamed source “close to Xbox” who also claims offers for Lionhead were in “the range of hundreds of millions” as long as the Fable IP formed part of the deal. So Microsoft turned down a relatively big payment in order to retain a dead (for now) gaming series.It could be that Microsoft already has a plan in place for new Fable projects and therefore the decision not to sell was an obvious one. However, it could just as easily be management and lawyers unwilling to let go of an IP that has future potential even if they have no intention of doing anything with it.Then there’s the embarrassment reason: Microsoft may have been unwilling to sell the IP for fear of a new Fable game appearing as a PlayStation exclusive. It’s not out of the question an independent publisher could choose to do that, especially considering the sales lead Sony enjoys coupled with the desire to recoup the acquisition cost as quickly as possible. And while that now won’t happen, it’s likely quite a few former Lionhead staff are now working on Sony games.last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday, April 22. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the  traffic and travel  and  weather  updates – as well as  news  and  entertainment  through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes center_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page  . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive  . 18:21Accident in StoneA34 The Fillybrooks Southbound partially blocked, queuing traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved at Whitemill Lane. Congestion to Aston Island Northbound, and towards A34 / Newcastle Road roundabout.Officers on scene are awaiting the arrival of recovery outside the fire station. 17:03Breakdown on M6One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed. 16:58Slow traffic on M6Slow traffic on M6 Northbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J14 A34 (Stafford North). In the roadworks area. 16:44Slow traffic across the city- Usual slow traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.- Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 16:43Accident on M6One lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford).Lane one (of four) is closed. 15:41Very busy on the D-RoadHeavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound between A34 Talke Road (Talke Roundabout, Talke Pits) and A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout, Stoke on Trent).A heavy volume of traffic feeding through towards Stoke, displaced by the now earlier delays on the Southbound M6. 12:11Lane shut on M6One lane closed and queueing traffic due to emergency repairs on M6 Southbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) is closed. 10:50Broken down vehicle causing delays on M6A Highways England spokesman said:Lane 1 (of 3) is blocked on the M6 Northbound between J13 Stafford South and J14 Stafford North due to a broken down vehicle. Traffic Officers and free recovery en route. “10:41Weather warning for wind as Storm Hannah arrives in UK Winds of between 45-55mph are expected inland. More here. 10:15Accident on M6One lane closed and heavy traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound before J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) has been closed about a mile before the junction after a vehicle left the road.10:01Traffic problem in KingsleyReports of traffic problem on Holt Lane near Haste Hill Avenue. Traffic is coping well.09:53Man suffers serious head injury in Easter Sunday street assaultThe man remains in hospital – with police keen to speak to the driver of a vehicle seen in the area. More here.08:32Usual congestion in SmallthorneUsual congestion on A5272 Hanley Road / High Lane around Moorland Road (Small Thorne Roundabouts). 07:39Long queues on M6 One lane closed and queueing traffic for four miles due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area. Travel time is 15 minutes.Lane one (of three) is closed. 07:22Broken down lorry causing delaysOne lane closed due to recovery work and broken down lorry on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed. Recovery arrived around 07:00.Pronounce KNUTSFORD as NUTS-FD, HOLMES as HOMES (SILENT L)Created at 6:09Updated at 7:1307:19Police at scene after body found on Stoke-on-Trent streetWe are waiting for further details from Staffordshire Police. More here.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 Related Content 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 March 14, 2012 – Mevion Medical Systems announced today it received CE mark certification for the Mevion S250 Proton Therapy System. This important commercial milestone indicates that Mevion has completed its development in compliance with the European Union’s Medical Device Directive. The CE Marking allows the MEVION S250 to be marketed, sold, and installed in the EuropeanUnion and in any country recognizing CE mark approval.Proton beam radiotherapy can accurately deliver targeted radiation doses with complete proton energy absorption at predictable tissue depth, thus allowing precise radiation delivery adjacent to critical structures and lower radiation doses to healthy structures. The availability of proton therapy has remained very limited however, due to the enormous cost, large footprint and technical complexity of traditional proton therapy systems.CE Marking of the MEVION S250 gives hospitals and cancer treatment centers throughout the European Union, and other regions where CE Marking is recognized, the ability to order, install, and treat patients with this revolutionary medical device. Powered by a TriNiobium CoreTM, the MEVION S250 significantly reduces the cost, size and complexity of proton therapy systems to levels similar to modern X-ray radiation therapy devices and brings accessibility, affordability and practicality to proton therapy.”We are very pleased to receive CE Marking certification for the MEVION S250, the final step to offer this first of its kind proton therapy system to healthcare providers and patients in the European Union,” said Joseph K. Jachinowski, CEO.In the United States, the MEVION S250 is pending USFDA 510(k) clearance.Mevion is concurrently installing three MEVION S250 Proton Therapy Systems in the United States. The first site at the Siteman Cancer Center in Barnes Jewish Hospital at St. Louis’ Washington University accepted delivery of its superconducting synchrocyclotron in October of 2011 and is now producing a powerful 250 MeV energy beam. The second and third installations at Robert Wood JohnsonUniversity Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ and Oklahoma University, OK are underway and scheduled to be completed later this year.American Shared Medical Services, a provider of turnkey technology solutions for advanced radiosurgical and radiation therapy services, owns about 1 percent of Mevion. AMS is developing proton therapy centers in Boston, Orlando, Fla. and Long Beach, Calif., which are expected to employ the MEVION S250 proton therapy device. The MEVION S250 is currently pending FDA 510(k) review.Mevion Medical Systems Inc. (formerly Still River Systems Inc.) is a radiation therapy company dedicated to advancing the treatment of cancer. As the pioneering developer of modern proton therapy systems, Mevion provides innovative, safe, and effective solutions by transforming advances in medical technology and science into practical clinical reality.Mevion’s flagship product, the MEVION S250 Proton Therapy System, is designed to preserve all of the treatment benefits of traditional proton therapy systems while removing the obstacles of size, cost, and complexity. Realizing this vision, Mevion has forever changed the economics and accessibility of proton therapy worldwide.For more information: www.mevion.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | March 16, 2012 Mevion Medical Receives CE Mark for its Proton Therapy System News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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SIA meets prevailing Adelaide demand with new flights

first_imgAs part of recently unveiled plans to add an extra ten services across its Australian network before the end of this year, Singapore Airlines has announced it will operate three additional weekly flights from Adelaide.Increasing the total number of flights out of the South Australian port to up to ten per week, the carrier’s regional South-West Pacific vice president Subhas Menon said the extra services would meet “prevailing demand” to and from the region.South Australian Tourism Minister Gail Gago added that the capacity increase was a “very positive step forward” in the state’s focus on increasing international airline seats.“South Australia has proven that extra services from carriers will be rewarded with demand for the state’s many attractions,” Mr Gago said.“The South Australian Tourism Commission, which works closely with Adelaide Airport Limited, will continue to work with Singapore Airlines in support of its services.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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