Research suggests bird personalities vary widely and are tough to change

first_imgEDMONTON — Research from the University of Alberta is putting a whole new meaning on the term bird brain.Biologist Kimberley Mathot has been delving into how birds develop individual personalities.Mathot studied a shorebird called the red knot and found that individual birds showed different levels of boldness.Even when her red knots were all given the same access to food, some were much more prone to explore new parts of their environment than others.The finding echoes patterns she’s found in other species.Mathot says that from bird to bird, they all show slightly different personality characteristics that remain consistent even when circumstances change.Mathot thinks that having different personalities makes a species more adaptable and stable over the long run.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Jack Johnson Joins Surf Legends To Sign Ukulele For Charity

first_imgAn amazing ukulele and celebrity signed guitar have come up on the eBay Auction Cause store.Kelly Slater with the UkeThe nonprofit Guitars in the Classroom has collected the signatures of the “Stars, Icons and Legends of The Surfing World” on this Kohala Kanikapila-style concert ukulele and a Fender Classic Vibe Telecaster to raise funds for their programs to bring music into education.The auction will be live until Thursday night, December 20th, 2012. Access the auction by clicking here.The “Surf Uke” features the 35 iconic autographs, including the following surfers: Joel Parkinson – 2012 World Champion and Pipe Masters winner; Kelly Slater – 11x World Surfing Champion and 18x Surfer Poll winner; Jack Johnson – famous musician and surfer; John John Florence – top pro surfing prodigy and #2 on the Surfer Poll; Gerry Lopez – legendary “Mr. Pipeline”; Rob Machado – iconic soul surfer; Dane Reynolds – futuristic surfing hero; Shane Dorian – big wave legend; and John Cruz – Hawaiian master musician.This is a truly unique ukulele, capturing surfing brilliance of the past and today. It’s sure to be a great holiday gift or collectible for a music loving ocean aficionado. The proceeds of its sale will fund free training programs that prepare, equip and empower teachers to provide daily hands-on music making for children in the public schools of Hawaii and beyond.Additionally, the following luminaries of the surfing world have signed this precious instrument: “Soul Surfer” movie’s Bethany Hamilton; Bruce Irons; Buttons Kaluhiokalani; 2011 Woman’s World Surfing Champion Carissa Moore; rising star Courtney Cologne; free surfer/ocean activist Dave Rastavich; surf pioneer Herbie Fletcher; longboard champ Joel Tudor; Surfer Magazine founder John Severson; Jordy Smith; Josh Kerr; Julian Wilson; Keala Kennelly; Keith Malloy; Kieren Perrow; Lindy Irons – wife of the late great Andy Irons; big wave charger Mark Healy; World Champ and legend Mark Occhilupo; skater/surfer/musician Matt Costa; Owen Wright; Pancho Sullivan; First World Champion Peter Townsend; iconic Hawaiian legend Rabbit Kekai; Sally Fitzgibbons; Taj Burrow; and Taylor Knox!The Fender Classic Vibe Tele, donated to Guitars in the Classroom by the Fender Music Foundation, has been signed by music and surfing greats Donovan Frankenreiter and Rob Machado , as well as Switchfoot founding member and rocker, Jon Foreman ! This exciting auction also features a guitar that will be signed to order by jazz great Al DiMeola.To check out photos of the ukulele, the Tele, the Custom Legend 1769 ADII Ovation, and much more, visit the auction at eBay. This auction includes other great items and instruments signed by famous surfers and musicians, as well as concert tickets with artist meet-and-greets, instruments, musical gear, and much more – all supporting Guitars in the Classroom and the music they bring into classrooms every day around the country.Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) has trained over 9,000 teachers and school staff members to lead musically integrated lessons across the academic curriculum. GITC’s heartfelt mission is to make hands-on music an integral part of learning for students in their regular classrooms. Headquartered in Encinitas, California, the program is active in twenty-six states. GITC’s free, regionally-based programs train, equip and empower educators to sing, play guitar, teach and lead songs as well as compose lyrics for learning with their students. Infusing academics with music helps every kind of learner become more actively engaged, creative and successful in school, builds classroom community and provides musical access for every child.For more info, please visit www.guitarsintheclassroom.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Village of Rycroft remains on Boil Water Advisory and State of Local

first_imgRYCROFT, AB – The water main has been repaired and the water distribution system has re-opened yet the Boil Water Advisory and State of Local Emergency remains in effect.Posted to the Village of Rycroft’s FB Page;PRESS RELEASE #12March 6, 2019 – 9:10 a.m. Yesterday evening the break in the water main was repaired and the water distribution system was re-opened. Residents should now have water service.DO NOT DRINK THE WATER.The BOIL WATER ADVISORY will remain in effect until such time as the laboratory results verify it is safe to consume.The State of Local Emergency remains in effect.Please note:Now that the water distribution system is re-activated, most water lines will contain some air and water discoloration when opened. This is normal. Open taps SLOWLY and the regular steady flow will soon occur.last_img read more

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Ban Kimoon calls for creative approaches to promoting Middle East peace

26 June 2007Warning that recent violence has set back the Middle East peace process, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged media professionals and civil society representatives attending a United Nations-organized seminar in Tokyo to “explore creative approaches to spreading the message of peace and coexistence in these troubled times.” Warning that recent violence has set back the Middle East peace process, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged media professionals and civil society representatives attending a United Nations-organized seminar in Tokyo to “explore creative approaches to spreading the message of peace and coexistence in these troubled times.” “You meet at a very critical time,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered by Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka to the International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East. “After years of occupation, violence and mistrust, Israeli and Palestinian societies stand further apart than ever before,” the Secretary-General lamented, adding “alarming rifts have also surfaced in internal Palestinian politics, as armed clashes between rival factions spread death and destruction across the Gaza Strip.” The current outbreak of violence, while a cause for great dismay, should not lead to despair, Mr. Ban told some 100 participants attending the two-day event, organized by the UN in cooperation with Japan’s Foreign Ministry and the Tokyo-based UN University. Instead, it should serve to focus attention on finding a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. “We must take heart from the numerous opinion polls of recent years that point to consistently strong grassroots support in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories for peaceful coexistence within the framework of a two-State solution.” In his keynote address to the meeting, Michael Williams, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, urged participants not to despair amid the current state of affairs. “We must instead look at what can be done to change current dynamics and channel energies in a more positive direction.” To that end, the UN was working overtime to help address the serious humanitarian concerns emanating from the closure of the Gaza Strip, Mr. Williams added, in a message read out by UN University Rector Hans Van Ginkel. Reopening the crossings into Gaza required cooperation of all parties, and in that effort, the humanitarian imperative must be paramount, he stressed. The annual seminar focuses on ways to re-engage Israelis and Palestinians in the search for a comprehensive and lasting political settlement. Participating in this year’s gathering are two members of the Knesset, Ronit Tirosh and Avishai Braverman, the Mayors of Ashdod and Hadera and a former Mayor of Ashkelon. Palestinian participants include a former Minister of Culture, Almutawakel Nazzal, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, and the Mayor of Ramallah. read more

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British Minister Alok Sharma cancels Sri Lanka visit

Sharma later had talks with Samaraweera on the sidelines of the 34th session of the UNHRC. (Colombo Gazette) British Minister for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alok Sharma has cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka this week.The British High Commission in Colombo said the visit was cancelled after the British Prime Minister announced a snap election to be held in June. The British government had told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) recently to give Sri Lanka time to fully implement the October 2015 resolution. Apart from holding meetings with the Government, Sharma was to speak at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute on April 21 on challenges in a post Brexit world. Sharma, told the Council during the high-level segment of the last session he welcomes Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s constructive engagement at the UNHRC.“We must give Sri Lanka time to fully implement the October 2015 resolution and post-conflict measures required to embed stability, reconciliation and justice,” he said. read more

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Bank of England holds rates amid acute Brexit uncertainties

LONDON — The Bank of England has kept its main interest rate unchanged at 0.75% as rate-setters await developments on the Brexit front.The nine members of the Monetary Policy Committee all voted in favour of keeping rates unchanged.In a statement Thursday, rate-setters said developments related to Britain’s departure from the European Union — due on Oct. 31 — are making economic data “more volatile.”They warned that in the event the country leaves the EU without a deal then the exchange would likely fall, while inflation would rise and growth would slow.The longer Brexit uncertainties last, the more likely it is that growth will fall further below potential, they added.The Associated Press read more

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Canada will sign controversial TPP trade deal but ratification not certain

by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 25, 2016 9:04 am MDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. The federal government has confirmed that it intends to sign the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal at a meeting next week in New Zealand.But Freeland said Monday that signing the 12-country treaty doesn’t necessarily mean Canada will ultimately ratify it. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA – Canada plans to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact next week, but that procedural step doesn’t necessarily mean ratifying the controversial agreement is a done deal, the federal government said Monday.International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland stressed that the government’s signature on the 12-country treaty essentially means Canada can keep its spot at the bargaining table.Freeland said she intends to join trade ministers from the TPP’s partner countries at a signing event Feb. 4 in Auckland, New Zealand.“Just as it is too soon to endorse the TPP, it is also too soon to close the door,” Freeland wrote Monday in an open letter posted on her department’s website.“Signing does not equal ratifying…. Signing is simply a technical step in the process, allowing the TPP text to be tabled in Parliament for consideration and debate before any final decision is made.”Only a majority vote in the House of Commons would bind Canada to the deal, said Freeland. She has also requested a thorough, transparent study of the agreement by parliamentary committee.In recent weeks, Freeland conducted public consultations on the wide-ranging accord, which — if ratified — would also set new international rules for sectors beyond trade. Those other areas include intellectual property, which worries some experts.“We’ve been hearing a variety of views,” Freeland said after question period Monday. “Some people strongly critical, some voices strongly supportive.”The minister has already indicated the massive accord, which includes major economies such as the United States and Japan, cannot be renegotiated.It remains unclear whether the government would attempt to carve out side accords to help address concerns. Some legal experts have urged the government to do so.Asked whether the government could push for side deals, Freeland responded by saying it wouldn’t be very wise for her to answer such “hypotheticals.”“As you know, there are a number of side letters already (in the TPP) and one of the things that we will be listening to people about is, you know, what (are) their concerns.”Each country has up to two years to consider ratification before making a final decision.She has said that while Liberals are strong supporters of trade, she’s also noted that they didn’t negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership.The former Conservative government announced an agreement-in-principle on the pact in October during the federal election campaign.At the time, then-prime minister Stephen Harper warned that Canada couldn’t afford to let the opportunities afforded by the agreement pass by.The treaty, which came under heavy criticism in part because the talks took place in secrecy, can take effect if it’s ratified by half the participating countries representing 85 per cent of the proposed trade zone’s economy.It remains unclear, however, whether U.S. lawmakers will ratify the accord.On Monday, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose urged the government to support the TPP to help Canada’s limping economy.“Right now when Western Canada is hurting… the Trans-Pacific Partnership offers huge opportunities, particularly in the business services sector and the agricultural sector,” Ambrose said in Ottawa.New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair warned Monday the TPP would kill thousands of Canadian jobs, weaken its supply managed dairy and poultry sector, hurt the auto industry and put innovators at a competitive disadvantage.The Canadian auto-workers’ union, Unifor, has called the deal disastrous, warning it threatens some 20,000 manufacturing jobs in Canada.Freeland recently said she heard from groups representing farmers in Alberta and the Port of Vancouver that were very strongly in favour of TPP, a deal that would open up new foreign markets for many Canadian firms.On the other hand, Freeland also heard concerns from Canadian and U.S. academics at a recent event at the University of Toronto. Several trade experts who addressed the conference criticized the TPP’s provisions on intellectual property and warned they would be harmful for Canada.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter Canada will sign controversial TPP trade deal, but ratification not certain read more

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Welcoming Lebanons new President Security Council cites forming unity government as key

Adopting a Presidential Statement, the 15-member Council urged the new President and Lebanese leaders to build on their efforts thus far by continuing to work constructively to promote the country’s stability, and by swiftly forming a government.The Council stressed that the formation of a unity government and the election of a parliament by May 2017 are critical for Lebanon’s stability and resilience to withstand regional challenges.The Council encouraged Lebanese parties to demonstrate renewed unity and determination to ensure Lebanon’s ability to address the growing security, economic, social and humanitarian challenges facing the country, while underscoring its previous calls on all parties to recommit to Lebanon’s policy of dissociation and to cease any involvement in the Syrian crisis. The Council commended Prime Minister Tammam Salam for his efforts to enable the Government to function effectively without a President, and also commended Speaker Nabih Berri for his efforts at fostering continued dialogue among all Lebanese parties. Furthermore, the Council expressed its appreciation for the International Support Group (ISG) for Lebanon and calls on the international community, including international organizations, to ensure continued support to Lebanon in addressing the economic, security and humanitarian challenges facing the country.The Council also reiterated its support to the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag. The United Nations works on multiple fronts to assist Lebanon in forging a peaceful, stable and democratic future. The world body’s efforts there include the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) – the Special Coordinator serves as the Secretary-General’s representative to the Lebanese Government, all political parties and the diplomatic community based in the country and carries out good offices work on behalf of the UN chief to assist Lebanese parties to reach peaceful and consensus-based solutions to contentious issues. read more

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How can the Buckeyes stop Saquon Barkley

Penn State sophomore running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs toward the end zone against Maryland on Oct. 8. Credit: Courtesy of TNSSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes survived its biggest test of the year last week at then-No. 8 Wisconsin. On Saturday at 8 p.m. at Penn State, there will be a few similarities in the adversity OSU will face; none more challenging than Nittany Lions’ sophomore running back Saquon Barkley.Heading into its game against Wisconsin, the Silver Bullets had averaged less than 100 yards allowed per game on the ground. Badgers’ senior running back Corey Clement ran for 164 yards on 25 carries, unraveling a few weaknesses on the OSU front seven. Much like Clement, Barkley used the game versus the Buckeyes as his freshman coming-out party. He rushed 26 times for 194 yards in 2015 in Columbus.Barkley is coming into the meeting with the Scarlet and Gray after his best game of the season. He ran for 202 yards on 31 carries (6.5 yards average) and scored once versus Maryland. Barkley has gained 582 yards on the ground on 117 carries, 140 receiving yards from 11 receptions and has scored nine times (eight running, one receiving) through six games. Penn State and coach James Franklin are hoping to use an extra week of preparation to their advantage against the Buckeyes.Meyer said that it’s not a matter of stopping Barkley, but limiting him.“You got to tackle well and make sure your gap’s sound,” he said. “You won’t stop him, but minimize the impact the running back has on us.”OSU’s defense had been the definition of sound before the game up in Madison, Wisconsin. After surrendering 313 yards of offense in the first half at Wisconsin, the defense made adjustments to cut down the jet sweep on the outside and contain the interior run game.With Barkley in the backfield, OSU will have to worry about both the interior run game and power run plays outside the tackles. Meyer said Barkley is one of those guy who can gash a defense even when all assignments are met.“You can have everything locked down and he creates plays,” Meyer said. “That’s what makes him great. He’s dynamic.”Specifically what makes Barkley dynamic is his ability to avoid tacklers with jump cuts and a leaping ability that was present in former OSU running backs Carlos Hyde and Ezekiel Elliott. The Buckeyes style of rugby tackling emphasizes tackling a player at his legs, making the defense susceptible to a flying Barkley.Redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker said that the possibility of a hurdle is just another thing the team prepared for this week.“He’s probably one of the top running backs in the nation, if not the top running back in the nation,” Hooker said. “If we stop the run game, we have a high chance of winning this game.”One thing that OSU has benefitted from is its redzone defense, which ranks first in the country allowing just 62.5 percent of scores when the opposing team crosses the 20-yard line. Franklin’s revamped offense favors an inside zone run with Barkley in the backfield, so the second line of defense for OSU will play a big role in stopping the run.Last week, sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker had a team-high 13 tackles at weak-side linebacker last week. This week, Meyer said junior linebacker Dante Booker will play for the first time since injuring his knee against Bowling Green in Week One. Having a healthy rotation of linebackers against a future first-round pick in Barkley could benefit the Buckeyes in their pursuit of a 7-0 record. read more

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Greeks open duck hunting season

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As the duck hunting season opened last Saturday, many Greek Australians made their way to Lake Woolshed, near Boort, and other hunting locations around the state. George and John Zairis tried their luck at Woolshed Lake, accompanied by their faithful hunting companion, dog Zeus. As many hunters witnessed, it has been the worst start to the season in many years. The season ends on 9 June.last_img

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Miss Teen TCI Malique lovely in Guatemala City

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:guatemala, Jeritt Jermel, Malique ferrette, Miss teen tci Massive 8.2 earthquake rocks Mexico and Guatemala; 32 people dead. Providenciales, 02 Feb 2015 – Miss Teen Turks and Caicos left country Friday for Guatemala and the Miss Teen Universe pageant. Malique Ferrete will stand with 25 others as the first young lady to be Miss Teen TCI and unlike with the previous online voting for Shanice at Miss Universe; when you voted for Malique, our cumulative support actually could get her a spot in the finals at the pageant; if she needs it. We’ve got some photos for you of Malique’s arrival, swim suit shoot and dinner with the delegates wearing fashion by North Caicos’ Jeritt Jermell. Results in for 2nd Miss Teen TCI; called a close contestcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Busy holiday weekendlast_img read more

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Brewer who created Blue Moon to release trio of marijuanainfused beers

first_img(WSVN) – The maker of the popular beer Blue Moon plans to release a trio of marijuana-based brews that will leave you feeling a bit funky without the dreaded hangover.The drinks will be non-alcoholic, since federal law prohibits brewers from combining marijuana with alcohol. Instead, the beer will be infused with marijuana and designed to deliver the same effects of drinking a traditional beer, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.Keith Villa, who developed Blue Moon and worked for its parent company MillerCoors for 32 years, says the new beers are expected to be available in stores this fall, but only in Colorado at first.They are later expected to be distributed to other states where marijuana is legal for recreational use.The name of the beers and how much they will cost is not clear.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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6 hard 5G truths youll face in 2019

first_img See It The 5G revolution has begun. Angela Lang/CNET Embrace it or disdain it, the 5G data revolution is coming either way. 5G’s ultrafast speeds will soon land on new phones, starting at the high end. But we’ve already learned what these first-generation 5G phones will be like, and they shed light on some of the challenges that everyone might face in these early days of 5G. We’ve tested 5G speeds in multiple cities around the world, from Los Angeles to Seoul. We’ve been wowed. We’ve been frustrated. But each time, we learn something new about the 5G experience.5G phones are in very few pockets today, but this next-generation wireless technology is widely accepted as the most significant advancement to come to phones in a decade. The new technology is characterized by ultrafast speeds that can download movies in seconds and enable huge chunks of data to transfer between the phone and the network with limited lag. But 5G has also been the subject of intense focus by countries whose governments see the race to 5G as a proxy for their political and economic strength — just look at how 5G is embroiled in the trade war between the US and China.CNET’s 5G tests are just beginning. We’ve been lucky enough to try out the first wave of phones on the very first networks. We’ve even had the chance to put two phones and two networks head-to-head in the same city. The next big step: testing the same phones, like the Galaxy S10 5G for example, across all major networks, in the same city. That should give us our clearest look yet at what kind of difference the 5G carrier can make on the speed and reliability of the service you choose.Because, at the end of the day, what matters most isn’t just a raw number on a benchmarking test (although that’s extremely interesting). It’s how 5G can make your phone a more responsive and powerful tool for you.Here are our biggest takeaways about 5G data so far, based on the testing we’ve done over the last few months.s10-5g-verizon-2 Jessica Dolcourt/CNET 1. Consistency is more satisfying than speedFor some future uses of 5G, pushing down a lot of data really quickly will let you do cool, resource-intensive things on the fly, like play smooth, real-time games with high-res graphics and participate in lag-free video chats while walking down the street.Carriers with faster 5G speeds theoretically have the advantage over those that don’t in how quickly they can get you the data you need. AT&T got our top testing speeds at 1.8 gigabits per second in a curated test in Los Angeles, and a Verizon publicist logged 2Gbps at a 5G node in Chicago, one of Verizon’s early 5G markets. The Future of 5G: Immersive, virtual reality sports experiences CNET may get a commission from retail offers. And yet, the high-frequency spectrum that makes those skyrocketing speeds possible for 5G, called millimeter wave (mmWave), isn’t good at traveling long distances, or getting through glass or walls the way that 4G can. That makes coverage limited.Bouncing between 5G and 4G speeds has been frustrating in our real-world tests when, in one location, your entire Netflix series could download in 3 minutes, and in another, it takes over 10 minutes. We had a better overall experience using Sprint because its 5G network covers a larger area, which kept the data flowing more predictably. Sprint uses a different layer of the spectrum, called sub-6Ghz, or sub-6. Those longer wavelengths don’t bring quite as much speed, but they do travel farther, even through building and car windows.The fastest-possible downloads are exhilarating, but in these early days, the rush doesn’t last. Robert Rodriguez/CNET 2. Gap between have and have-nots will widenThat rush you get when you download a whole season of a TV series in mere seconds isn’t just exhilarating, it’s addicting. The baseline changes. Even in my early tests, I caught myself feeling disappointed if I “only” recorded 400 megabits per second on the Speedtest.net app and not a gig.Yet in real life, my home Wi-Fi just clocked 300Mbps on a Galaxy S10 Plus, with AT&T’s mobile data network at just under 200Mbps.With carriers, phone-makers and even presidents feeding the 5G hype machine, it’s easy to see how a bias for ultrafast speeds could develop among everyday people. It’s easy to see how people who don’t live in the right metropolitan areas, or who live in rural surroundings, will trail behind in 5G adoption. Some countries — like the US, UK, Australia, South Korea, and Switzerland — are ahead of the curve with 5G, while other world powers — China, Japan, Russia, for example — aim for a 2020 rollout. lg-v50-sprint-5g-test-lynnWith 5G, speed isn’t everything. Lynn La/CNET As with the switchover from 3G to 4G, staggered adoption is to be expected. But when the gulf between 4G and 5G speeds — and what you can do with them — is so large, it’s quite possible for that gap to widen even more.We found two notable exceptions to this emerging sensibility. One is that 4G networks will get faster alongside 5G growth. The other is that in countries with exceptionally fast 4G service, like Australia, we won’t see dramatic differences in real-world activities over 5G and 4G — at least not at first.3. 5G phones are expensivePhone prices are already spiking year over year, far outstripping the cost of inflation. 5G raises those costs.5G phones have to have a compatible chip to connect to 5G networks, which means mobile chipmakers like Qualcomm, the world’s largest, can charge more. So far, most 5G phones we’ve used so far have been premium devices, which means you’re also tacking on extra for fancier cameras and other specs. dollars-money-samsung-s9-1Prepare to pay up. Nothing about 5G is cheap. Angela Lang/CNET Take, for example, the Galaxy S10 5G, which costs $300 more on Verizon than the 4G Galaxy S10 Plus. The S10 5G is a little larger, has a slightly bigger battery, a couple more camera tools… but is it really worth $300 more for all that and access to 5G?Some 5G phones and setups are cheaper, like the $480 Moto Z3 and its $350 Moto Mod (that’s the part that actually connects to 5G). Xiaomi announced the Mi Mix 3 5G last February that cost 600 euros (about $675, £535 or AU$960), and the Oppo Reno 5G converts to just over $1,000 (£800, AU$1,400).4. But we don’t want to pay more for 5GThe cost of the phone doesn’t even consider the cost of service. Carriers have spent billions of dollars building out 5G networks. In the US, at least, the plan is to recoup some of that expense by charging you more per month to use 5G data (perhaps a lot more of it, too). But we don’t think today’s spotty 5G service is worth paying more for, not right now. Verizon has temporarily waived its $10 per month 5G surcharge. In Europe, the trend is to bundle extra services into your unlimited data plan — without charging exorbitant fees. Vodafone will charge for unlimited 5G based on the speed bracket you want. For example, you’ll pay less if you don’t mind slower 5G speeds, and more if you want to stream video. $999 Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Phones $999 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB, prism black) Now playing: Watch this: See it See It See It Best Buy The Reno 5G is Oppo’s best phone yet $833center_img News • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to be used to film entire Tonight Show episode Sprint 30 How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus 4:16 Review • Galaxy S10 Plus braces for Galaxy Note 10 impact 5G AT&T LG Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Abt Electronics $999 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus 2:24 Comments Tags Share your voice We think European carriers are on the right track. More people will upgrade from 4G to 5G if they sweeten the deal, not if they sour it with charge upon charge.Here’s how to pick the best 5G network when the time is right.5. You may also pay a price with battery lifeYou could pay more than just cash for 5G speeds. CNET’s global testers noticed that using 5G on phones like the Moto Z3, Galaxy S10 5G, and LG V50 seemed to tap their battery reserves faster than 4G networks. After at least four hours apiece of relentless 5G testing, the batteries on our test phones drained significantly. In the case of the Moto Z3, four hours of testing completely zapped the Mod attachment, which cut off 5G capability. lrm-export-125268228365772-20190618-190803187The fastest 5G will come first to densely populated areas. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Our first test with the Galaxy S10 5G, for Verizon, drew about 50% of its power in four hours and was down to 40% after five and a half hours of full-throttle testing. That said, the S10 5G has a slightly larger screen and a battery than the Galaxy S10 Plus (6.7-inch and 4,500 mAh versus 6.1-inch and 4,100 mAh), and the S10 Plus can go from at least 6 am to midnight on a single charge — about 18 hours. The S10 5G was on a trajectory to last far less.These battery problems might dissipate some when Qualcomm launches its smaller, more power-efficient Snapdragon X55 chip for second-generation 5G phones.6. The weather could get in your wayScientists worry that 5G radio signals could throw weather forecasting out of whack, but it’s the weather itself that buyers should also consider.Soaring July temperatures brought the point to bear during two of our tests. The Galaxy S10 5G on both T-Mobile in New York (90 degrees) and Verizon in Chicago (95 degrees) dealt with the heat by switching to 4G to cool down. That’s not entirely unexpected. Both T-Mobile and Verizon use the high-frequency mWave spectrum, which puts the devices at greater risk of overheating, especially when completing resource-heavy tasks like streaming video or creating advanced photography effects. The Galaxy S10 5G on Sprint’s network — which uses the so-called “midband” frequencies (a subset of Sub-6) — didn’t seem to have the same problems in the 90-plus heat. In more moderate, 74-degree temperatures, the Galaxy S10 5G held on better to Verizon’s 5G service than it had the previous day. sculpture-iphoneThe summer heat seemed to cripple our 5G speeds. Lexy Savvides/CNET Much more road to travelWe’re still in the early phase of 5G’s global rollout. With new phones, new chips, new apps and new ways to use data than we ever could before, 5G will shapeshift as it expands and matures. This is, after all, the technology that’s expected to take us through the next decade. Some of today’s lessons will help improve 5G for tomorrow. Others may lead to more questions that only time will be able to answer. For now, it’s CNET’s job to test — and to ask.CNET editor Daniel Van Boom contributed to this story.last_img read more

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AntiTrump Protesters Gather Outside Sen Cornyns Houston Office For 10th Straight Tuesday

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Update March 29: A spokeswoman for Cornyn provided the following statement:“Sen. Cornyn values the opinions of each of his almost 28 million constituents and appreciates them making their voice heard.”She also said Cornyn’s staff met with everyone who wanted to meet. 00:00 /01:09 Courtesy of Brent SullivanProtesters have gathered outside Sen. Cornyn’s Houston office for the past 10 Tuesdays.About two dozen protesters stood on the sidewalk outside of Sen. John Cornyn’s office at 5300 Memorial Dr., holding up American flags and signs with Trump-critical messages and calls for healthcare for all. “I think the most important thing to be done today is to call for an independent and open, transparent set of hearings into both his ties, his campaign’s ties, with Russia and the sources of his income,” the weekly protest’s organizer, Brent Sullivan, said.A lot of the protesters are retirees but some are younger – like Emma Connolly, a sociology senior at the University of Houston.It was her first time at the protest and she said she’s getting more involved.“I believe that our country is at a really tough situation right now,” she said. “And I feel like we have a lot of populations that are really scared of the things that are happening.”Sen. Cornyn is currently in Washington, but the protesters went up in small groups to speak with his staff.They said a staff member took notes and promised to pass on the comments to the senator.We reached out to Cornyn’s office but did not receive an official comment before deadline. Listencenter_img Share Xlast_img read more

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How One Houston School Says Its Changing Course

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /04:00 Listen Laura Isensee | Houston Public MediaShundra Mosley is the instructional specialist at Kashmere Gardens Elementary. In the school’s “war room,” they use a data board to see how students are doing in different subjects.At Kashmere Gardens Elementary, principal Reginald Bush finishes up a coat of primer on classroom doors, just one of many things on his to-do list to for back-to-school.He and his team are gearing up for the new year with extra enthusiasm and pride. They believe they’ve figured out how to beat the odds — and change the state’s rating for their campus from “improvement required” to “met standards.”“What it means for us — I’m more excited for the kids, you know, to be coming back to school, knowing that they’re coming back to a school that’s not considered in the media as a ‘low-performing school,’” Bush said. “And if it’s still in the media, the kids here at Kashmere are wired to beat the odds. That’s how we program our students.”The stakes are high not only for his students, but for the entire Houston Independent School District, with more than 200,000 students and the biggest in the state.HISD is at risk of losing its elected school board and getting a state-appointed board of managers in their place if the district has even one chronically low-performing school in 2018.It’s one of dozens of Texas districts that could face a state take-over as early as next year, because of tougher sanctions passed by state lawmakers in 2015.Progress at Kashmere Gardens Elementary could show other struggling schools some lessons on how to improve.The campus in Northeast Houston, where 88 percent of children are economically disadvantaged, has missed state standards for the last four years.Bush said that their in-house data indicates that the school will get a passing grade when the Texas Education Agency releases the 2017 ratings this week.The difference, Bush said, is that this past year, they focused on making sure all students had their social and emotional needs – say counseling or medication – in addition to high academic expectations.And that has been the missing link for campuses like his, Bush said.“When you make a comparison, a school with the services versus the school without, one is going to be a higher-performing school, one is going to be a lower-performing school,” Bush said. “And every time when you can address all the needs of children — and this middle section of social expectations is the one that never gets addressed and it got addressed this past year.”Bush said that his most vulnerable students – the ones who struggle with poverty and mental health issues – received the most social support services this past year. And they’re the ones who made the most progress in class.Laura IsenseePrincipal Reggie Bush and assistant principal Marques Collins said that they coach teachers on what they control, so that they can help students grow and be creative.The way his student got that support is through a recent partnership with a nonprofit called ProUnitas.Former HISD teacher Adeeb Barqawi launched that nonprofit after his own experience teaching physics at Kashmere High School, just a mile and half down the road from Kashmere Gardens.He recounted how one student, Anayah, would keep her head down all day.“And so I approached Anayah and I asked her what’s wrong and she said that my mom died and, you know, I came to school to eat and I don’t really know where I’m going to go today,” Barqawi said.Barqawi said that he felt prepared to teach, but didn’t know how to deal with crises like  death, hunger, homelessness. And the help he did find felt “haphazard.” Barqawi started to wonder.“What if I had a system? Like, what if there was a blueprint or a framework for me to access when such situations happen?” he said.“What if we use data that is available to us to easily visualize and proactively use when students need support. And how does that look within an academic setting?”Laura IsenseeAfter teaching at Kashmere High School for three years, Adeeb Barqawi launched a nonprofit, called ProUnitas, to link students with more wrap-around social services on campus.Fast forward five years and his nonprofit does just that at Kashmere Gardens Elementary and six other schools in the neighborhood. The nonprofit has received funding from  groups like the Menninger Clinic.ProUnitas uses data to catch early warning signs, like when kids start missing school. It displays it on a color-coded dashboard: green for on-track, yellow for needs attention and red for crisis.Plus it has a personal touch. A ProUnitas case manager works on campus at Kashmere Gardens and connects kids with dozens of outside agencies, like counselors, and meets with teachers so kids can catch up in class.Barqawi is quick to note that ProUnitas is not meant to replace teachers or be a “turnaround” agency itself.“It does not substitute for great teaching and school design. It is that piece of how do we support our students beyond that academic piece or the wheel house of a teacher, within a school setting and in an institution,” he said.Even so, leaders at Kashmere Gardens credit the ProUnitas system with making a huge difference this past year.“All, A-L-L, it made all the difference in the world because teachers were able to now teach. They were able to plan. They had systems in place how to address particular students,” Bush said.Shundra Mosley, the school’s instructional specialist, echoed that, comparing the elementary school to a “hospital.”“You know these kids lives are in our hands,” she said. “So we have to carefully prescribe the right prescription for their learning. We have to look at the social emotional and make sure we are prescribing them the right medicine. You don’t give a cancer patient diabetes medicine. And that takes careful planning.”HISD’s plan for its struggling schools, called Achieve 180, includes some social supports.However, Kashmere Gardens Elementary’s official turnaround plan submitted to the state focuses on teacher quality.HISD Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, who represents the Kashmere feeder pattern, said that social support has often been overlooked for struggling schools in HISD.“We know that the primary function for the school district is to educate our kids in their core curriculum and extracurricular services and activities,” Skillern-Jones said. “But we can’t ignore the fact that kids that come from poverty situations bring to school a lot of baggage with them that prevents them from learning. And so until we address those barriers individually with kids – because they’re not all the same – then that’s going to be a hindrance to their achievement. And so if we’re going to do the job correctly we have to deal with the whole child.” Sharelast_img read more

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Glassbeam Announces New Clinsights Application Suite for Healthcare Provider Market

first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more June 10, 2019 — Glassbeam launched Clinsights, a new revitalized application suite powered by artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML). Focused on the healthcare provider market, Clinsights will drive deep insights from several disparate data sources to maximize machine uptime and utilization for clinical engineering and radiology organizations.The world of data inside any healthcare network is tumultuous and increasing rapidly in volume and variety, as imaging and biomedical machines are increasingly connected with the industrial internet of things (IoT) wave. With Clinsights, Glassbeam combines machine log data with other data sources — such as DICOM, HL7, CMMS and radiology information systems (RIS) — in a single platform and delivers actionable analytics to reduce operating costs and boost revenues, all through a single pane of glass.Glassbeam has been actively selling its healthcare analytics solution for several years in the industry. With its solution being deployed across thousands of imaging machines as well as more than 100 healthcare facilities owned by large integrated delivery networks (IDNs) and independent imaging centers across the United States, the company said it was imperative to redesign the workflow and prepare the application to accommodate new use cases and customer feedback.There are several new features offered in Clinsights, such as:Mobile-ready application: Redesigned user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) flow that will allow end users to access applications from any mobile or tablet device;Expanded library of algorithms:  More than 100 rules and ML models for imaging machines such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scanners, enabling proactive, predictive and prescriptive analytics; andIntegrated application workflow: Single pane of glass through web-based interface, allowing deeper collaboration between clinical engineering and radiology groups.“We’re thrilled by the renewed power and simplicity of Glassbeam Clinsights application suite for both clinical engineering and radiology technologists,” said Cary Lucian, senior vice president at Agiliti Health. “Glassbeam is taking a direct shot at addressing the business needs of the C-suite by combining machine uptime and utilization metrics in one view. As a partner organization, it makes our job easier to realize significant ROI and business impact at leading sites such as Scripps Health”.Glassbeam Clinsights is commercially available immediately and will be showcased at the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Exchange 2019, June 8-10 in Cleveland. In addition, Glassbeam’s CEO Puneet Pandit is a co-presenter at AAMI Exchange along with industry expert Binseng Wang in a session titled “Reduce Costs and Downtime with Artificial Intelligence-enabled Predictive Maintenance.”For more information: www.glassbeam.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Analytics Software | June 10, 2019 Glassbeam Announces New Clinsights Application Suite for Healthcare Provider Market Clinsights drives deep insights for clinical engineering and radiology groups, leveraging artificial intelligence/machine learning platform to help maximize machine uptime and utilization The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read morelast_img read more

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Santas sleigh gets a major upgrade in new Hertz holiday video

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — No one is immune to travel delays, not even Santa.In Hertz’s new holiday video, Santa finds himself in a bit of a jam when his “red-nose” flight from Greenland is delayed due to snow. Finally arriving late at night at the airport, he approaches the Hertz rental car desk to request an upgrade because the Compact car he had previously booked would, in no way, fit all his bags of toys.Leaning over the counter, tired and jet-lagged, Santa looks dejected and not at all hopeful. But Sabrina, the customer service agent, essentially saves Christmas, giving Santa an “upgrade” so that he can deliver toys on time.The upgrade turns out to be a tricked-out sleigh complete with heated seats and “1500 reindeer under the hood”.Let’s hope Santa returns the rental in pristine condition because we’d love to take it out for a spin ourselves! Share Santa’s sleigh gets a major upgrade in new Hertz holiday videocenter_img Posted by Tags: Hertz, LOL, Video Friday, December 22, 2017 last_img read more

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first_img“Our new Cruise Atlas reveals the real beauty of the Oceania Cruises experience to guests, both onboard and ashore; it is a showcase of the world we visit,”said Senior Vice President & Managing Director Asia Pacific, Steve Odell. “We are very proud of the vast range of itineraries and also the meticulously curated shore excursions and land programmes that they accompany – both have been purposely developed to serve the tastes of our discerning guests.”Highlight destinations presented in the Cruise Atlas include:This 34-day Southern Cross Explorer Tour cruise on board Regatta sails 20th December 2017 roundtrip Sydney visiting Brisbane, Kingfisher Bay (Fraser Island), Townsville, Cairns, Alotau, Port Moresby, Darwin, Komodo, Bali (Benoa), Exmouth, Geraldton, Perth (Fremantle), Esperance, Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island), Adelaide, Melbourne, Burnie (Tasmania) and Eden. And as part of Oceania Cruises’ OLife Choice promotion, free Internet plus one of either eight free Shore Excursions, US$800 Shipboard Credit or a House Select Beverage Package.This 21-day Southern Sauntering cruise on board Sirena sails 28th February 2017 from Lima (with the chance to visit Machu Picchu) to Buenos Aires andPisco/Nazca Lines, Arequipa (Matarani), Iquique, Coquimbo, Valparaiso, Puerto Montt, Puerto Chacabuco, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Port Stanley, Punta del Este and Montevideo. And as part of Oceania Cruises’ OLife Choice promotion, free Internet plus one of either eight free Shore Excursions, US$800 Shipboard Credit or a House Select Beverage Package. Oceania Cruises has launched a brand new and comprehensive Cruise Atlas, tempting guests to visit the four corners of the globe, whilst enjoying The Finest Cuisine at Sea™, personalised service.The Cruise Atlas brings to life exciting destinations in Africa, Alaska, Asia, Australia, the Baltics, Canada, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Mexico, New England, New Zealand, Northern Europe, the Panama Canal, Scandinavia, South America and the South Pacific, showcasing 365 ports of call, across numerous itineraries. All six of Oceania Cruises’ luxurious fleet – Regatta, Insignia, Nautica, Marina, Riviera and Sirena – are featured, with sailings encompassing April 2017 to November 2018.The Cruise Atlas details a range of port-intensive itineraries as well as the experience afforded to guests whilst on board. A feast awaits readers as each complimentary speciality restaurant is previewed, as well as opportunities to hone cooking skills and discover regional cuisine secrets with The Culinary Centre and Culinary Discovery Tours. Service expectations will be set high as the Cruise Atlas describes the professionalism of staff and ambiance, which can be experienced whether having a treatment in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® or a cocktail at sunset.last_img read more

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