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Annual charity lunch with Warren Buffett sells 346 million

first_imgEach year since 2000, bidders have been pledging ever greater sums to have lunch with investment mogul Warren Buffett, with proceeds benefitting one of his favorite charities.The previous 12 auctions have raised over $11.5 million for Glide, a San Francisco non-profit offering innovative programs to poor and marginalized people. The foundation serves 700,000 free meals a year and provides dozens of other social services on a $12 million budget.Last year’s winning bidder – fund manager Ted Weschler – paid $2.63 million for lunch with the “Oracle of Omaha” at the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse in Manhattan. Weschler was subsequently hired by Buffett in September as an investment manager at Berkshire Hathaway.This year 10 bidders entered 106 bids over the five-day auction period. The winning bidder, who has yet to be named, offered $3,456,789.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

Famous Daves restaurant makes its debut in Canada

first_imgAPTN National NewsA popular American barbeque restaurant has expanded into Canada.Famous Dave’s opened up in Winnipeg.The chain is owned by Dave Anderson, a self made Native American multi-millionaire with an M.B.A. from Harvard.APTN’s Matt Thordarson went down to Dave’s newest location to see what all the fuss is about.last_img

Growth has been strong but productivity still low Bank of Canada deputy

first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – Economic growth in Canada has been strong in recent quarters, but significant challenges remain and productivity levels are still well below those in the United States, a senior Bank of Canada official says.Speaking to the Sherbrooke Chamber of Commerce, Bank of Canada deputy governor Sylvain Leduc said Tuesday that productivity growth could be increased by reducing the barriers that future fast-growing firms may face.Leduc says a report from the World Bank noted that Canada is one of the easiest countries to start a business, but he added that it is more difficult for firms to grow beyond a certain point.He says the recent free trade deal with Europe and an agreement earlier this year to help reduce barriers to interprovincial trade are encouraging examples to help firms grow.Leduc said that while about half of new firms close their doors within five years of starting, those that do make a name for themselves tend to grow rapidly and referred to them as “gazelles.”“These young, transformative companies that are growing at dizzying speeds have a good chance of developing new technologies that increase productivity,” he said.Leduc says the pace of economic growth is expected to slow over the next few quarters, but noted it should still exceed that of potential output.“We therefore expect an increase in entry rates and a decline in business exits over the coming quarters,” he said. “Moreover, the contribution of new firms to increasing the productive capacity of the economy could give rise to a virtuous circle of growth.”The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate target last month for the second time this year following a strong start to the year for the economy.However, governor Stephen Poloz signalled last week that the bank would take a more cautious approach to any future rate hikes.last_img read more

Ronaldo Celebrates Portugals Euro 2016 Qualification with Badr Hari in Marrakech

Rabat – The captain of the Portuguese national team Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted with World Kickboxing champion Badr Hari, in Marrakech late Thursday night, celebrating Portugal’s Euro 2016 qualification.Following his national team’s 1-0 win against Denmark on Thursday, Cristiano Ronaldo flew to Marrakech over an invitation from the Moroccan golden boy Badr Hari to celebrate Portugal’s qualifications to Euro 2016.The Real Madrid star posted a picture of him with two of his friends, sitting on the wing of the jet that flew them to Marrakech. Flying with style. pic.twitter.com/4NqgRZd5ga— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 8, 2015Ronaldo joined Badr Hari at a fancy night club in the Red City to celebrate Portugal’s victory. A picture of them at the club having a good time went viral on social media.Badr Hari, on the other hand, posted this Friday afternoon a new picture on his facebook page alongside Ronaldo, chilling out at a swimming pool in Marrakech.Multiple media outlets in Morocco speculated that Ronaldo and Badr Hari could attend Morocco’s friendly game against Ivory Coast, this Friday night in Agadir, 205.06 km (127.42 miles) away from Marrakech.Portugal have qualified for UEFA Euro 2016 after defeating Denmark 1-0 in Group I. The decisive goal was scored by Joao Moutinho. read more

Chinese Cultural Understanding Through the Lens of Childrens Books

By Binwei YuRabat – A book donation and book signing event for Chinese writer Yang Peng’s children’s book was held at Les Etoiles Bookstore in Rabat on July 20.The event was opened with a speech from Yang Peng about his view on children’s imagination and reading habits. He stressed the importance of imagination for children and said the way to preserve and develop the imagination is to read more.  Yang Peng’s intriguing account was followed by a speech by the brains behind the event, his 15-year-old daughter Yang Yuchen. Her coherent and moving speech revealed her personal and sentimental interpretation of the meanings of her father’s books, as well as her passion for reading.“A good book is a paradise because, in a book, there is no limitation to one’s imagination. It takes you to a wonderland where you can break free from the bondage of reality and look at things from a different perspective,” said Yang Yuchen as her eyes sparkling.Impressed and inspired by Yuchen’s speech, the Moroccan children at the event bombarded her with questions, including about her writing experiences and her future career plans.Yang Yuchen donated 300 copies of books, written by Yang Peng and translated into French and Arabic, to Moroccan children. The donation included 130 copies to Les Savant Fous and 170 copies to Association Ibtassim as well as participants of the book event. The books include My Dad in A Pocket series and Mickey Mouse Kung Fu.Yang Peng is an award-winning children’s book writer in China. He won the Best Works Award (五个一工程奖), one of the most prestigious literature and arts awards in China, three times, in 1997, 2000 and 2002. He was also the first Chinese writer to sign a publishing contract with Disney. He has published more than 100 books, and 10,000,000 copies of his books have been sold. Yang Peng’s daughter Yang Yuchen is a 15-year-old high school student in New Jersey, USA. She manages a WeChat public account to promote English learning and AI knowledge in China, as well as to fundraise for book donations to Asia and Africa.This charitable and cross-cultural event not only offered Moroccan children options to widen their reading but also brought Chinese culture into Morocco. For example, part of the donation, Mickey Mouse Kung Fu, will expose children to traditional Chinese cultural elements, such as Buddhism, Taoism, and metaphysics, to bring Chinese stories and historical figures to live to readers. The literary and cultural exchange will help Moroccan readers to learn more about Chinese culture, especially the younger generation. read more

Lankans face return or transfer

“If they are entitled to asylum, they will not be able to settle in Australia; they will be settled in PNG.” The Sri Lankans began their enhanced screening as arrangements were finalised for the first transfer of people affected by the post-July 19 regional settlement arrangement to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.Under new rules announced on July 19, anyone – including a person from Sri Lanka – who arrives in Australia by boat without a visa no longer has the chance to settle in Australia. “The message this agreement sends is clear: the dangerous boat journey is not worth it and you will never settle in Australia,” the spokesman said. “Accommodation is being expanded on Manus Island and there is no cap on the number of people who can be transferred there.” A group of 68 Sri Lankans who recently arrived at Cocos (Keeling) Islands is now on Christmas Island about to begin enhanced screening processes, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said.They face the same assessment process that unauthorised maritime arrivals (UMAs) of Sri Lankan background have since last year when the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) took steps to stem a significant upsurge in boat arrivals from Sri Lanka. “If they are not quickly returned to Colombo, they will be taken to Papua New Guinea where their claims will be assessed,” the spokesman said.The prime ministers of Australia and Papua New Guinea signed the new agreement, meaning all people arriving by boat without a visa from July 19 will be sent to Papua New Guinea, where their claims will be assessed.If people are found to be refugees, they will be permanently settled in Papua New Guinea – not Australia. Almost 1300 Sri Lankans have been sent home since August 2012 – nearly 1100 of them involuntarily.“These arrangements will continue and if they do not have proper asylum claims, people will be quickly returned to Sri Lanka,” the spokesman said. “This is making it clear that those who pay smugglers are throwing their money away and risking their lives in the process.” (Colombo Gazette) “Those who are screened out will be returned to Colombo as soon as possible, often within days,” the Australian High Commission in Colombo qouted a DIAC spokesman as saying. “If any of the group is screened in, they will not come to Australia for assessment; they will be among the first Sri Lankan boat arrivals sent to Papua New Guinea for processing. read more

Two Divisions Compete at Castle Dale Elementary Spelling Bee

By Julie JohansenCastle Dale Elementary divided its recent spelling bee into two parts; lower grades and upper grades.Winners of the lower grade spelling bee were Alyssa Jorgensen, first; Max Sorensen, second; and Bodee Norton, third. All three finalists are third graders.Following in the afternoon was the spelling bee for fourth and fifth grades. Gordon Cloward finished in first, with Rylan Neff in second and Peyton Sermon in third.Gordon Cloward will represent Castle Dale Elementary at the district bee on Feb. 6 at the Little Theatre in the Spartan Center at Emery High School. The contest will begin at 1 p.m. Lower grade winners Upper grade winners read more

Who Will Advance From The CONCACAF Womens World Cup Qualifiers

Similarly, Trinidad will need to break from Wednesday night’s defensive 4-5-1 formation to put some points up against Guatemala.We’ll be updating our predictions periodically throughout the CONCACAF tournament.Oliver Roeder contributed analysis.CORRECTION (Oct. 24, 4:37 p.m.): A previous version of this post included a table with an incorrect column header. The table lists the chances of placing third, not reaching the third-place game. The opening matches of the 2014 CONCACAF Championship were played on Wednesday, marking the start of the nine-month countdown to next summer’s Women’s World Cup. Although the focus Wednesday night was on the United States (six-time CONCACAF champions and the tournament’s host), the spotlight quickly shifted to the U.S. women’s opponent, Trinidad and Tobago. The Trinidadians managed to hold the Americans scoreless until the 55th minute, when Abby Wambach headed in her 171st international goal (the all-time record for any American player, male or female). The U.S. won 1-0.Up to five teams from the North American, Central American and Caribbean football associations might appear at next year’s World Cup. Only three CONCACAF teams played in the 2011 tournament (the U.S., Canada and Mexico). As next year’s host, Canada receives an automatic bid, which in turn allows for an “extra” CONCACAF spot. The top three teams from the CONCACAF Championship will automatically qualify. The fourth-place team will play in a two-game series against Ecuador, who placed third in the 2014 Copa América Femenina, to determine who goes to the World Cup.All of this to say that an otherwise unlikely CONCACAF team, like Trinidad and Tobago, could make its World Cup debut in 2015. But just how likely are the Soca Princesses to be one of the top four CONCACAF tournament teams?To calculate the expected wins and various probabilities for each team in the tournament, we used the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, which are based on a variant of our old friend the Elo ratings. FIFA provides a nice explanation of how to turn their ratings into win probabilities for a given matchup (though for group stage matches we had to adjust the formula a bit to account for the possibility of draws). Once we had the ratings and probabilities, we programmed a Monte Carlo simulation to run 1,000 simulations and track how well each team performed in the group stage, as well as how far it advanced in the knockout round.Despite last night’s disorganized formation and lack of finishing from the U.S. side, the Americans are still far and away the CONCACAF favorites, with a 95.5 percent chance of winning the tournament. Mexico is the next most likely team to win, but it has only a 3.8 percent chance. Trinidad and Tobago, on the other hand, has a less than 1 percent chance of winning.Below are the expected group points and win probabilities for every CONCACAF tournament team:Fortunately for Trinidad and Tobago, reaching the knockout round of the tournament is enough to give the team a shot at going to the World Cup, and it has a 51.2 percent chance of doing just that. Wednesday night’s quality performance, including 11 saves by Trinidadian goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, may bode well. Haiti sits just behind Trinidad in Group A, with a 45.3 percent chance of reaching the knockout round. Haiti also edged past Guatemala last night 1-0, despite going down a player in the 17th minute after goalkeeper Cynthia Chery was issued a straight red card.The Group B matches start Thursday night, with Costa Rica taking on top-seeded Mexico, and Jamaica playing Martinique (Martinique can’t qualify for the World Cup because it is not a member of FIFA, so we threw out the two simulations we ran where Martinique advanced). Mexico is the most likely team to advance from Group B, with a 94.4 percent chance, but Costa Rican standout Shirley Cruz Traña (who plays for the French club Paris Saint-Germain in one of the top women’s leagues) will likely be a major threat in Thursday’s game.The next Group A matches take place Friday, when the U.S. will resume play against Haiti. After Wednesday night’s performance, newly appointed head coach Jill Ellis may be looking to tweak a rather chaotic formation. The U.S. players veered from their typical 4-4-2 formation against the Trinidadians; Wambach sat in an attacking midfield spot but she often drifted forward, creating what looked almost like a 4-1-3-2 at times. read more

The awkward way people flirt on dating app Tinder

first_img Mercedes-Benz will join the electric scooter wars with its own model in 2020 10 things you need to know before the opening bell A Pittsburgh doctor says Antonio Brown once repeatedly farted in his face during a consultation, and that he owes him $11,500 in unpaid bills Goldman Sachs did a massive survey of its Gen Z interns and found they like pot, but ignore influencers IT IS ALWAYS nerve-wracking the first time you talk to an attractive stranger.Tinder is a new mobile app that allows users to meet singles nearby. It’s the equivalent to Hot or Not, but if both Tinder users find each other attractive, they’re allowed to start sending text messages. More than 35 million Tinder profiles have been rated on the app.Whoever sends the first message to the attractive stranger needs to come up with something pretty creative to get a response.We polled friends for their best and worst Tinder pick-up lines.Here are the lines that either failed or succeeded spectacularly.last_img read more

Prototype iPod touch with capacitive home button leaked

first_imgEvery generation of iPod touch that has ever been released comes with a physical Home button placed below the screen and inset slightly so it’s easy to find by feel alone. It’s a part of the design, and no one really expects it to change.However, CrunchGear has come into possession of some images showing an iPod touch without a physical button. The Home button is capacitive instead. Could Apple actually be considering doing this to offer up a completely smooth surface?Further investigation revealed the device has 128GB of memory and is running firmware v4.2.1MC14. The MC550LL model number matches with a 4th generation iPod touch. CrunchGear think it’s an old prototype due to the firmware it has installed. It’s certainly dirty enough with all those visible fingeprints showing it has had a lot of use.Legitimate or not, we think Apple does a lot of experimentation with its devices, and have no doubt a capacitive button has been considered and tested. The fact this looks to be an old prototype suggests Apple didn’t like the end result and has stuck with the physical button.Read more at CrunchGearlast_img read more

Term deposit premium rates falling

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The banks are tightening the squeeze on depositors as they adjust to sluggish lending by reducing the premium above wholesale money market rates that they’ve been paying on term deposits from 1.25 per cent at the start of the year to 0.75 per cent now.Banks are no longer desperate to pull in more money, as potential home buyers are showing an aversion to debt. The cost of borrowing offshore for the banks has also dropped.Source: The Agelast_img

Acquia Releases Hosted Version of Drupal with Social Intent

first_imgFor now, Drupal Gardens will be free of charge. Starting next year, Acquia expects to maintain a free “tier” for smaller sites but will create paid tiers for larger sites and users who want access to “premium” features. The company said it sent invites to those who signed up recently at DrupalCon Paris to be “beta testers,” and that it could send “a couple thousand more” over the next few weeks.Click here to sign up to become a Drupal Gardens tester. Acquia, a commercial software company that provides technical support for the Drupal open source content management system, has released in private beta a hosted version of the CMS called Drupal Gardens.According to Acquia, the Drupal Gardens is a hosted version of Drupal so users won’t need to install, host or upgrade the service. Acquia said Drupal Gardens can be utilized by organizations that want to build Web sites that have a strong focus on community. Drupal Gardens is equipped with multi-user blogging, commenting, forums, custom content types and advanced user management tools.“Architecturally, Drupal Gardens is built on the ideas of an open social Web; we markup data with RDFa, we implemented single-sign on using OpenID as our identity layer, we integrate with third-party services, and we allow people to export the code, the theme and data that makes up their site,” Acquia wrote in a recent blog. “We’ll be sharing more technical details as we make progress, but we like to believe it will be a hosted service ‘done right.’”See a video demo of Drupal Gardens below.last_img read more

Study TransitDependent Houstonians Are Struggling With Poor Sidewalks

first_img– / 9 Listen Gulfton, in southwest Houston, is home to a large immigrant community where many residents get around on foot, including walking to bus stops.But during a study of the Gulfton neighborhood, researchers with Rice University’s Kinder Institute found that over a third of the street segments they surveyed didn’t have sidewalks.“Sidewalk availability matters but in addition to that the condition of the sidewalk is very important,” said Dian Nostikasari, one of the researchers who worked on the project.Nostikasari said they also found that over 40 percent of the existing sidewalks in Gulfton had some sort of obstruction — and that’s a common complaint in other parts of the city as well.“I think because the way sidewalks are constructed and the way utility poles are set up, it doesn’t always happen at the same time,” said Nostikasari. “And so a lot of times when we put in new sidewalks we also have to think about the space that’s available with the street.”It’s not just Gulfton’s sidewalks that are problematic. The Kinder survey found that about 43 percent of the intersections they examined didn’t have ramp access on both sides of the crossing. Nostikasari said when pedestrians don’t have clear routes they’re often forced to make their own path.“People will find a place to walk and sometimes those places are not safe,” said Nostikasari.Nostikasari said they received a lot of help with the survey from volunteers in the Gulfton neighborhood, and that the input from parents was especially valuable.“The mothers who have come out to help us have really been giving us detailed information on not just the conditions of the sidewalks for example, but also the places where they feel that they’re not safe,” said Nostikasari. “People, how they interact with each other, also affects the sense of safety as you walk out of your house.”Kinder researchers said they hope to share their data with schools and organizations in Gulfton that are working to make transportation improvements. They’ve also been working to gather walkability data in other neighborhoods, including Third Ward and Near Northside.View Fullscreen 00:00 /00:53center_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

A chimppig hybrid origin for humans

first_img Chimps use touches and noisy gestures when trying to get another chimps attention, researcher finds © 2013 Phys.org Citation: A chimp-pig hybrid origin for humans? (2013, July 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-chimp-pig-hybrid-humans.html Jul 11, 2013: Jimmy Kimmel Live – Human Species Created From Pigs and Chimps Comparison of human and chimp chromosomes. Credit: science.kqed.org/quest/2008/05/12/chromosome-fusion-chance-or-design/ It is not yet clear if or when genetic data might support, or refute, our hybrid origins. The list of anatomical specializations we may have gained from porcine philandering is too long to detail here. Suffice it to say, similarities in the face, skin and organ microstructure alone are hard to explain away. A short list of differential features, for example, would include, multipyramidal kidney structure, presence of dermal melanocytes, melanoma, absence of a primate baculum (penis bone), surface lipid and carbohydrate composition of cell membranes, vocal cord structure, laryngeal sacs, diverticuli of the fetal stomach, intestinal “valves of Kerkring,” heart chamber symmetry, skin and cranial vasculature and method of cooling, and tooth structure. Other features occasionally seen in humans, like bicornuate uteruses and supernumerary nipples, would also be difficult to incorporate into a purely primate tree.McCarthy has done extensive research into the broader issues, and shortcomings, of our currently incomplete theory of evolution. As the increasing apparent, magnificent, speed with which morphological change can occur continues to present itself for us to comprehend, the standard theory of random mutation followed by slow environmental selection, seems to stall. In my own opinion, female choice undoubtedly provides much of the functional “speed-up” we observe, but other mechanisms of mutation, or pathways for acquired characteristics to be fed back to the gonads (through retroviral transfer?), now need to be considered anew. The role of hybridization in driving morphological change, as McCarthy has observed time and time again, particularly in his studies of avian species (Oxford University Press, 2006), may be the most powerful mechanism of all.Follow-up story: Human hybrids: a closer look at the theory and evidencecenter_img Explore further Generally speaking, interspecies hybrids—like mules, ligers (lion-tiger hybrids), or zedonks (zebra-donkey hybrids)—are less fertile than the parents that produced them. However, as McCarthy has documented in his years of research into hybrids, many crosses produce hybrids that can produce offspring themselves. The mule, he notes, is an exceptionally sterile hybrid and not representative of hybrids as a whole. When it comes time to play the old nuclear musical chairs and produce gametes, some types of hybrids do a much better job. Liger females, for example, can produce offspring in backcrosses with both lions and tigers. McCarthy also points out that fertility can be increased through successive backcrossing with one of the parents, a common technique used by breeders. In the case of chimp – pig hybridization, the “direction of the cross” would likely have been a male boar or pig (Sus scrofa) with a female chimp (Pan troglodytes), and the offspring would have been nurtured by a chimp mother among chimpanzees (shades of Tarzan!). The physical evidence for this is convincing, as you can discover for yourself with a trip over to macroevolution.net.When I asked McCarthy if he could give a date estimate for the hybridization event, he said that there are a couple broad possibilities: (1) It might be that hybridization between pigs and apes produced the earliest hominids millions of years ago and that subsequent mating within this hybrid swarm eventually led to the various hominid types and to modern humans; (2) separate crosses between pigs and apes could have produced separate hominids (and there’s even a creepy possibility that hybridization might even still be occurring in regions where Sus and Pan still seem to come into contact, like Southern Sudan).This latter possibility may not sound so far-fetched after you read the riveting details suggesting that the origin of the gorilla may be best explained by hybridization with the equally massive forest hog. This hog is found within the same habitat as the gorilla, and shares many uncommon physical features and habits. Furthermore, well-known hybridization effects can explain many of the fertility issues and other peculiarities of gorilla physiology. (Phys.org) —These days, getting a Ph.D. is probably the last thing you want to do if you are out to revolutionize the world. If, however, what you propose is an idea, rather than a technology, it can still be a valuable asset to have. Dr. Eugene McCarthy is a Ph.D. geneticist who has made a career out of studying hybridization in animals. He now curates a biological information website called Macroevolution.net where he has amassed an impressive body of evidence suggesting that human origins can be best explained by hybridization between pigs and chimpanzees. Extraordinary theories require extraordinary evidence and McCarthy does not disappoint. Rather than relying on genetic sequence comparisons, he instead offers extensive anatomical comparisons, each of which may be individually assailable, but startling when taken together. Why weren’t these conclusions arrived at much sooner? McCarthy suggests it is because of an over-dependence on genetic data among biologists. He argues that humans are probably the result of multiple generations of backcrossing to chimpanzees, which in nucleotide sequence data comparisons would effectively mask any contribution from pig. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

This Is Your Brain Off Facebook

first_imgAlthough four in 10 Facebook users say they have taken long breaks from it, the digital platform keeps growing. A recent study found that the average user would have to be paid $1,000 to $2,000 to be pried away for a year. The world’s most common digital habit is not easy to break, even in a fit of moral outrage over the privacy risks and political divisions Facebook has created, or amid concerns about how the habit might affect emotional health. The study, by researchers at Stanford University and New York University, helps clarify the ceaseless debate over Facebook’s influence on the behavior, thinking and politics of its active monthly users, who number some 2.3 billion worldwide. The study was posted recently on the Social Science Research Network, an open access site. “For me, Facebook is one of those compulsive things,” said Aaron Kelly, 23, a college student in Madison, Wis. “It’s really useful, but I always felt like I was wasting time on it, distracting myself from study, using it whenever I got bored.” Read the whole story: The New York Timescenter_img Expect the consequences to be fairly immediate: More in-person time with friends and family. Less political knowledge, but also less partisan fever. A small bump in one’s daily moods and life satisfaction. And, for the average Facebook user, an extra hour a day of downtime. So what happens if you actually do quit? A new study, the most comprehensive to date, offers a preview.last_img read more

Kirk Douglas is Going Camping at the Age of 102

first_imgKirk Douglas may be well into his centenary year but his legendary staying power shows little sign of diminishing. Social media is the latest place to find news of the veteran star’s life, courtesy of grandson Cameron. He posted a photo on Instagram which showed the great man enjoying the outdoor life in a tent. Lying on a mattress with a lush green view outside, the image proves there’s more to old age than mashed banana and bingo. “This amazing man, my Pappy, is such inspiration in so many ways!” Cameron writes. “Going camping at 102!”It’s the latest in a series of proud remarks made by the Douglas clan online. Last December Catherine Zeta-Jones shared nostalgic pictures with the message “Happy 102nd birthday to the most beautiful man. We love you Kirk.”Kirk Douglas in 2011. Photo by Angela George CC BY-SA 3.0Meanwhile, her equally famous husband and Kirk’s son Michael paid touching tribute when receiving his star at a recent Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. As quoted by People Magazine, he said: “Thank you for your advice, inspiration, and I’ll say it simply and with all my heart: I’m so proud to be your son.”It hasn’t all been plain sailing for the actor and that iconic dimpled chin. He was born into poverty in Amsterdam, New York, where according to a 2017 Guardian profile he and his Russian-Jewish family were “so poor that he regularly went hungry until his mid-20s.” Changing his name from Izzy Demsky, his success in show business was entirely down to self-belief, quick-wittedness and sheer determination. He reportedly had over 40 regular jobs before his rise to the top.Kirk DouglasOnce there, he developed a reputation as a powerful leading man. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954), Lust For Life (where he played Vincent Van Gogh, 1956) and of course Spartacus (1960) put him on the movie map permanently.Related Video: Hilarious 60s And 70s Celebs Vintage TV CommercialsHis behavior could be challenging at times — Richard Fleischer, who worked extensively with Douglas, immortalized certain incidents in a 1993 autobiography Just Tell Me When To Cry. These included Douglas’ constant attempts to be in the middle of a shot. Tensions seemed to flare between them during production of The Vikings (1958).Adolphe Menjou (left) and Kirk Douglas (right) in ‘Paths of Glory’ (1957)Quoted by The Independent following his death in 2006, he said “In the long run, it was worth putting up with his browbeating and petty tyrannies, since the picture turned out a great critical and commercial success and did both of us a lot of good.”Douglas also had friendships with Burt Lancaster and John Wayne, two other stars with a penchant for causing trouble onset. His relationship with Michael was reportedly strained but mellowed once his son’s acting career began, something his father initially warned him against.President Jimmy Carter greets Kirk Douglas and Mrs. Douglas, March 1978Michael followed in his father’s footsteps in an unexpected way when he produced an adaptation of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Kirk, who’d long wanted to star in a movie version, was surprised to hear that he was too old to play McMurphy. The Guardian reported his reaction to his replacement as: “Jack Nicholson? Never heard of him. Well, at least it will be a flop…”He has been happily married to fellow philanthropist Anne Buydens (who is 99) since 1954. He became a writer later in life, releasing novels and memoirs.Douglas with Zubin Mehta, March 2011He famously recovered from a stroke in 1996 and still gives interviews. The Guardian commented “When Douglas starts talking not even the muffling layers of age can hide his still charmingly boyish personality.”Read another story from us: Kirk Douglas Turns 102! What his Friends and Family Say About him Today“I never, ever thought I would live to be 100,” he revealed at the time. “That’s shocked me, really.” It may have surprised him. Everyone else thought the news entirely fitting for one of the silver screen’s true originals.last_img read more

New movie releases this December

first_imgThe holiday season is finally here!Time to get your cinema tickets and select one of the latest releases to hit the cinematic screen this December. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – December 15There has been a disturbance in the force, with the latest Star Wars movie to be released. The movie picks up where Star Wars: The Force Awakens ends, as Rey takes up her training to become a Jedi knight. The Shape of Water – December 1This dark fairy tale is about a mute woman who falls in love with a merman who is being held in a secret facility .This movie stars Sally Hawkins, Guillermo del Toro, Octavia Spencer and Doug Jones.This touching movie is sure to send shivers down your spine. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – December 20 This is a sequel/remake of the original Jumanji with Robin Williams. However, this time, the Jumanji goes digital and becomes a video game.Be sure to watch out for the new take on a classic movie. Pitch Perfect 3 – December 22 For those who fell in love with the previous two Pitch Perfect movies, brace yourselves for the latest offering.After winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t many job prospects for making music with your mouth.When they get the chance to reunite for an overseas tour, the group of awesome nerds come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time. The Disaster ArtistSet to bring a smile to the faces of movie lovers, The Disaster Artist is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Get A 50 Off On The Sid Meiers Civilization VI But Hurry

first_imgAll gaming fans must have heard about the Sir Meier’s Civilization VI, so it doesn’t need a lot of introduction. The latest entry in the sage is offering amazing new ways to engage in your world. Over 35 million units have been sold by the turn-based strategy franchise and it has a huge community of players who attempt to build an empire that will stand the test of time. Wccftech as always is making things exciting for its customers by offering an amazing discount on this game. Enjoy a 50% off on the game and the offer is available for an extremely limited time. So hurry up and make this investment!Sid Meier’s Civilization VI featuresWith the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, you will be advancing from Stone Age to Information Age by waging wars, conducting diplomacy, advancing your culture and going up against the world’s greatest historical leaders. There are five ways to win the game. What strategy will you adopt? This is a very highly reviewed game and has been the winner of E3 awards multiple times. So, are you game yet?Here are some highlights about what the game has to offer: Redeem on Steam and start playing instantlySee the marvels of your empire spread across the map like never before Unlock boosts that speed your civilization’s progress through history by actively exploring and developing your environment Interact with other civilizations dynamically based on where they are in their development Combine units to build more powerful defenses Cooperate and compete with your friends in a wide variety of situations all designed to be completed in a single sessionDetails and RequirementsHere are some details that you should know depending on the kind of operating system you use.For Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.11.6 (El Capitan) and 10.12 (Sierra)Processor: Intel Core i5 (4 cores) Processor speed: 2.7 GHz 6GB RAM 15GB hard disk space Video card: ATI Radeon HD 6970, NVIDIA GeForce GT 775M, Intel Iris Pro 1GB VRAMFor Linux: Ubuntu 16.04 / Steam OS CPU Processor: Intel Core i3 530, AMD A8-3870 CPU Speed: 2.93GHz Video card: NVIDIA GeForce 250 6GB RAM 15 GB hard disk space 1GB VRAM ATI and Intel video cards not supportedSid Meier’s Civilization VI Original Price: $59.99Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Wccftech Discount Price: $29.99 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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first_img 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. Related Content Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more center_img October 24, 2014 — The quality and resolution of X-ray images depends on the characteristics of the focal point, the area that is struck by electrons and from which the resulting X-rays are emitted. A new ASTM International standard will allow users to determine the effective focal spot size of an X-ray source.The new standard is ASTM E2903, Test Method for Measurement of the Effective Focal Spot Size of Mini and Micro Focus X-ray Tubes. X-ray tube manufacturers will find the standard helpful when supplying customers with focal spot size, or for quality control.Additionally, “knowledge of focal spot size is very important to practitioners of digital radiography because magnification principles need to be applied to compensate for the limited spatial resolution of digital X-ray image detectors,” said ASTM member David Fry, research and development engineer, Los Alamos National Laboratory. Fry explains that, in radiography, the blurring of image edges is a function of the geometry of the setup and the focal spot size.“Digital images are also blurred by the pixel size and X-ray to light conversion screens,” Fry said. “Digital images are thus blurred by combination of focal spot size, geometry and digital detector characteristics.”Results generated from the use of ASTM E2903 can be used to establish source-to-object and object-to-image detector distances appropriate for maintaining the desired degree of geometric unsharpness or maximum magnification possible, or both, for a given radiographic imaging application. ASTM standard practices E2698 and E2033 for radiographic examination using digital methods require knowledge of focal spot size.ASTM E2903 was developed by Subcommittee E07.01 on Radiology (X and Gamma) Method, part of ASTM Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. E07.01 encourages all interested parties to participate in its standards-developing activities. The subcommittee is particularly interested in feedback on how ASTM E2903 is being applied, as well as additional data for refinement of the standard’s precision and bias statement.For more information: www.astm.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 more Video Player is loading.Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | October 24, 2014 ASTM International Standard Aids in Measurement of X-Ray Focal Point Size Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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FHFA Directs GSEs to Increase Guarantee Fees

first_imgFHFA Directs GSEs to Increase Guarantee Fees December 10, 2013 568 Views The “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov (FHFA) has directed “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com to raise their guarantee fees (g-fees). [IMAGE]The g-fee increase consists of three distinct components. First, the base g-fee–or ongoing g-fee–for all mortgages will increase by 10 basis points. Second, the up-front g-fee grid will be updated to better align pricing with borrowers’ credit risk characteristics.And third, the up-front 25 basis point adverse market fee that has been assessed on all mortgages purchased by the two companies since 2008 is being eliminated except in four states identified as having foreclosure carrying costs that exceed the national average by more than two standard deviations. These states include: New York, Florida, New Jersey, and Connecticut.Based on the GSEs’ loan purchases in Q3 2013, FHFA expects the announced changes to the g-fee structure to produce an overall average g-fee increase of approximately 11 basis points, which represents an average increase of 14 basis points on a typical 30-year mortgage and 4 basis points on a 15-year mortgage.[COLUMN_BREAK] FHFA says these steps will help to contract Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s dominant presence in the marketplace gradually over time in an effort to entice private capital to re-enter the market. The GSEs’ conservator signaled in March that g-fees would continue to increase in 2013 in the interest of furthering FHFA’s strategic plan for the two mortgage financiers. The regulator has raised Fannie and Freddie’s g-fees twice already–first in December 2011 and then again in August 2012, both of which entailed a 10 basis-point increase.””Today’s price changes improve the relationship between g-fees and risk,”” commented Edward J. DeMarco, FHFA’s acting director. “”The new pricing continues the gradual progression towards more market-based prices, closer to the pricing one might expect to see if mortgage credit risk was borne solely by private capital.””With a nod to the American taxpayer for “”providing the capital support that keeps these companies operating,”” DeMarco added that the new structure better protects taxpayers by reducing their credit exposure and offers them greater returns, while encouraging private capital to return to the mortgage market as an eventual surrogate of the GSEs.FHFA called the g-fee changes, including the updates to improve the pricing framework’s sensitivity to risk, “”important steps to enabling Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to deepen and broaden the risk-sharing transactions with private investors they initiated this year.”” In the coming years, FHFA said it expects risk-sharing transactions to cover a growing portion of the GSEs’ new business and the amount of risk transferred to private capital to continue to increase.For loans exchanged for mortgage-backed securities (MBS), the price changes go into effect starting April 1, 2014. For loans sold for cash, the price changes are effective March 1, 2014. Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Edward DeMarco Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac G-fees Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-12-10 Carrie Bay in Secondary Marketlast_img read more