SANDY COVE, N.S. – A small-scale women’s march in rural Nova Scotia that charmed the internet in 2017 more than doubled its turnout this year to 32 people — amounting to nearly half the village’s permanent population, according to an organizer.As hundreds of thousands of people around the world organized marches last year in the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president, a plucky group of 15 women trudged down the only road in Sandy Cove, N.S., to show their support for women’s rights without having to travel to Halifax, about 2.5 hours away.Cars honked and onlookers cheered on Saturday as a small band of marchers retraced the spirited trek that turned the fishing village of about 65 year-round residents into an internet darling.“I think sometimes people in larger urban centres sort of feel that people who live in little communities like this perhaps aren’t as in touch with some of the issues and events,” organizer Gwen Wilson said in an interview on Sunday.“We have a population of women down here too, and these issues are important to us as well, and we wanted to take our stand.”Wilson said locals and residents of surrounding communities in the Digby Neck region waved signs and banged on drums as they walked along the roughly one-kilometre route from a 22-student school, down a steep hill and then up another to the fire hall.She said the marchers ranged in age from three years old to 76, and many of them wore suffragette-inspired rosettes to mark 100 years since women in Nova Scotia won the right vote.“I think everybody has their own individual reason for marching,” said Wilson.“For me, personally, this year I was really focused on issues of women’s equality, because I feel that if women were truly equal, that would solve a lot of problems in society across the board.”The 64-year-old retired teacher said she still receives messages of support after an eight-second video of last year’s hastily organized event garnered more than 150,000 views and even attracted the interest of The New York Times.While this year’s march has not received the same world-wide attention, Wilson said, it has had a lasting impact on Sandy Cove.She said the community held a series talks to keep up the momentum from last year’s march, starting with a discussion about the issues of patriarchy and misogyny — weighty topics in what Wilson characterized as a “small-c conservative” part of Nova Scotia.Eight people showed up at that meeting, a turnout Wilson called “groundbreaking.“The kind of changes that need to happen, you have to be patient. We learned early on that you can’t hope to effect change overnight,” she said.“You just do one thing at a time and if you change the mind of one person, then you’ve made progress. So you just keep marching forward.”Canadian organizers said 38 communities hosted marches, rallies and other events on Saturday, representing a 20 per cent increase from the number that took part last January.Wilson said there are already rumblings of Sandy Cove hosting another march in 2019.Otherwise, she said, “Folks will think we’ve become complacent … Or worse, satisfied.”
London – Noor’s solar project leads Morocco’s clean power drive, the Oxford Business Group (OBG) said.Noor Solar Project Leads Morocco’s Clean Power Drive (Oxford Business Group)The southern Moroccan city of Ouarzazate will soon be home to Africa’s largest solar plant and the world’s biggest concentrating solar power (CSP) facility, with €6bn worth of solar projects currently in the works, OBG added, noting that the 500-MW Ouarzazate Solar Complex (OSC) – which will occupy an area roughly the size of the capital Rabat – will harness solar power using CSP technology. As opposed to traditional photovoltaic panels, CSP uses mirrors to focus sunlight and convert it into 400 C heat to create steam that will power an energy-generating turbine.The turnkey project’s first installation will be the 160-MW Noor I plant, with the Noor II and III facilities set to come on-line by 2018 or 2019.Through investment in projects like the OSC, Morocco aims to exploit its 3000 annual hours of sunlight for domestic electricity production, with a view to eventually exporting power across the Mediterranean, OBG reported, adding that the Morocco Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), created in 2010, is looking for solar projects like the OSC to enable Moroccan companies to add value to the sector, rather than merely importing and distributing products.“The solar cluster was created in order to bring public and private actors together, creating an environment for collaborative projects that boost the development of local renewable energy industries,” Ahmed Squalli, CEO of NRJ International and president of the Moroccan Association of Solar and Wind Industry, told OBG.The government is expected to launch further incentives aimed at encouraging local integration in the emerging solar economy, OBG said, noting that Sener and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power, who will serve as the developers for Noor II and III, are looking to improve upon these figures, with local integration targets set at 35% and plans to increase the percentage of locally sourced materials used in both plants.Renewable energy projects like the OSC aim to reduce Morocco’s heavy dependence on imported fossil fuels, with 96% of the kingdom’s energy sourced from abroad at a cost of more than $8bn per year, the source said, adding that in order to bolster its energy independence, Morocco has introduced a series of schemes focused on ramping up the contribution of renewables to the country’s energy mix.In September 2015, the government amended the country’s renewable energy law from 2010, raising the renewable energy target from 15% to 42% by 2020.Under the plan, 2000 MW each of solar, wind and hydro capacity will be developed, at a cost of at least $13bn, according to Hakima El Haite, minister-delegate in charge of environment. The planned wind projects alone are expected to generate 6.6m KWh of energy per year, and reduce the country’s annual CO2 emissions by as much as 5.6m tonnes.“Additional solar projects are also expected, after King Mohammed VI announced plans to raise the renewable target further, to 52% by 2030, during the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in late November,” OBG said, adding that observers largely expect the country to reach its renewable energy targets.The government has taken some initial steps to reform the sector’s legal and regulatory framework, such as raising the ceiling for self-generation by industrial sites from 10 MW to 50 MW in 2008, OBG explained, adding that the 2015 reforms to the renewable energy law saw further changes to the sector, with renewable energy producers now able to sell surplus electricity to establishments connected to ONEE’s high-voltage or very-high-voltage grid.
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What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer It appears that Netflix will expand its already impressive roster of comics-based TV shows and movies even further. The company announced this morning that it has acquired Millarworld, the comic book publisher founded by comics creator Mark Millar. For anyone who doesn’t immediately recognize Millar’s name, he’s the guy behind the original comic versions of Kick-Ass, Wanted, Kingsmen, and Old Man Logan. Now, Netflix intends to bring all his Millarworld properties to its streaming service in the form of original movies, series, and kids’ shows. “For kids” isn’t typically the first phrase that comes to mind when I think of Millar’s work, but hey. Maybe he’ll create some kid-friendly stuff.In addition to producing shows based on existing Millarworld titles, the company will continue to create new comics under its new Netflix label. This is the first time Netflix has ever acquired another company, according to a press release. The move, Netflix says, further’s the services goal to acquire new intellectual property while working directly with its creators. This could even be Netflix’s answer to the whole Cinematic Universe craze. Millarworld comics are all interconnected, and it’s likely that any films or series to come out of this deal would be as well. Are you ready for yet another Cinematic Universe? At least these would all be in the same place.Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos called Millar “creator and re-inventor of some of the most memorable stories and characters in recent history,” going so far as to call him “as close as you can get to a modern day, Stan Lee.” (…OK.) “We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling,” Sarandos said.Millar also expressed excitement about the acquisition, viewing Netflix as the perfect place for Millarworld’s characters. “I’m so in love with what Netflix is doing and excited by their plans. Netflix is the future and Millarworld couldn’t have a better home,” he said.Though I’m not a huge fan of all of Millar’s work, it’s always exciting to see comics publishers other than Marvel and DC get this kind of attention. No matter what, it’ll be incredibly interesting to see what kinds of films, TV series and… kids’ shows come out of this. With Netflix working directly with Millar, will we see the darker, more twisted stuff that doesn’t make it into the movie adaptations of his comics? His work is violent, often disturbing and uncomfortable, and can border on nihilistic and misanthropic. The movies made from his comics (particularly Wanted and Kick-Ass) are heavily toned down from their source material, and they still get R-ratings. But hey, if this means we get a version of Wanted that doesn’t have curving bullets or a magic loom, that’ll be a plus.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
By Mustapha JallowLamin Waa Juwara, the convicted former Minister of Regional Government, Lands and Traditional Rulers, who was hospitalised for the second time in his 6 months imprisonment, is again discharged from hospital and returned to the Mile Two prison.Visiting the Emergency Ward of the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul where he was readmitted yesterday, 28 July, around 2:30 pm, this reporter saw the former minister being escorted out to a waiting prison vehicle by 3 wardens and armed soldiers and which headed to the central prison.When Soma Jallow-Juwara, one of the wives of Mr. Waa Juwara, was contacted to enquire about the situation, she explained that she was denied access to talk to her husband when she visited the hospital last Friday during the July 22 celebrations.Kebba Njie, a younger brother to Mr Waa Juwara, also said that he too was denied access when he went to Mile Two after the 90 days period during which it is said that visits would not be allowed.“I went there on 18 July after the 90 days but the prison authorities still told us that we could not see him. We had no option but to return home,” he lamented.Mr. Njie said he and Mr. Waa Juwara’s daughter, Dado Juwara, again visited the prison the following day, 19 July, but were told that his brother has been taken to the hospital again. He said from there they proceeded to the hospital in Banjul and where they found him admitted at Emergency Ward under the guard of 5 armed soldiers and 3 prison wardens.
Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel understands the club’s tough stance over Adrien RabiotEarlier this week, Rabiot informed PSG that he will not be signing a contract extension and will leave at the end of the season once his current deal expires.Sporting director Antero Henrique then announced that Rabiot would be left on the bench for an “indefinite period”.Speaking after PSG’s 2-1 Coupe de la Ligue win against US Orleans, Tuchel backed Henrique’s decision over Rabiot.“It is a club decision, and I respect and understand their stance,” Tuchel told Canal+. “Now, we will wait and see.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“I love the player — he has been a key figure, but this situation has dragged on for far too long. The club has made a decision and I respect it.”PSG captain Thiago Silva added: “His decision is a very personal one and you cannot offer advice to somebody who has already made up their mind.“It is a shame, as he was a great friend of mine in the dressing room.”Edinson Cavani and Moussa Diaby were the goalscorers for PSG on Tuesday night as they claimed a narrow win over Ligue 2 side Orleans.
A YouTube musical celebrity was sentenced Friday in a Chicago courtroom to 10 years in prison for enticing girls as young as 14 to produce sexually explicit videos of themselves.Austin Jones, who posted online videos of himself performing songs for a fan base of primarily teenage girls, was arrested in 2017 and pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of child pornography.As part of his plea, Jones admitted to a total of six identified victims and approximately 30 attempts to persuade other girls to send him child pornography, according to prosecutors.A federal judge on Friday imposed a 10-year prison sentence on the 26-year-old, who could have gotten as little as five years or as many as 20, according to sentencing guidelines.Prosecutors, pointing to text messages, alleged in a sentencing memorandum filed with the court that Jones targeted young girls under the pretense of “auditions” for modeling and other opportunities.”I’m just trying to help you! I know you’re trying your hardest to prove you’re my biggest fan. And I don’t want to have to find someone else,” Jones told one 14-year-old victim via Facebook messenger, according to the court filing.Prosecutors said Facebook tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about Jones’s conversations with 14- and 15-year-old girls using the social media service’s private messaging feature.Jones’s defense lawyers had asked that he be sentenced to five years on the basis of mitigating circumstances having to do with the man’s childhood.”Austin was a victim of sexual and emotional abuse by his father from age six until age 10. He was young, helpless and scared,” his attorney’s wrote in a court filing.They claimed Jones suffered from severe depression and other mental health problems.
Share Danielle RobinsonHouston just experienced a rare bout of freezing weather that more or less shut the city down for two days. Is this some strange, freak occurrence — or is it less surprising than we think?You often hear the old saying that goes something like, “If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait five minutes.” But is that saying unique to us? No. No it’s not.State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon talks about the climate in Texas and in Greater Houston. And he discusses whether our weather is more predictable than other places.
The Vagina Monologues performance at McDaniel College on Feb. 3, and Feb. 4, with proceeds benefiting Rape Crisis Intervention Services of Carroll County, Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland and the One Billion Rising Foundation. This is the 14th year that the college has hosted this performance in honor of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Contact Cheryl Knauer via email email@example.com or 410-857-2294 for more information.
Tim Tebow is getting a harsh lesson in baseball realityAfter hitting 2 home runs in 2 games in Single A, Tim Tebow is hitting under .200 and is learning the same hard lesson that Michael Jordan learned when he took a shot at playing professionally. Baseball players are professionals, singularly focused on mastering their trade. You can’t just show up and succeed.Colin thinks the idea of Tebow dropping into a new sport and thinking he can excel is insulting to the players that have put in the time, and countless hours in hopes of getting a shot at the major leagues. Tebow hasn’t put in the work, and won’t. He doesn’t deserve it.“He doesn’t deserve to play major league baseball, or be a franchise quarterback.”Guests:Frank Isola – Knicks beat writer for the New York Daily News joins the show to talk playoffs; his take on the Knicks retaining Phil Jackson; his hatred for the Triangle; and if the Bulls can beat the Celtics without Rondo.Sam Farmer – L.A. Times NFL writer joins the show to take a look at the NFL schedules; the log jam of L.A. home games, and how it will affect the battle for Los Angeles fans.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to give his thoughts on Rondo’s injury; if the Celtics have a chance to win the series; his thoughts on LeBron’s performance in the 25-point comeback. LeBron’s the real MVPLast night, LeBron James led the largest second half comeback in NBA history, and did it with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love sitting on the bench. It was more evidence of what Colin has been saying all year, LeBron is an exponentially better player than anyone in the league, including Russell Westbrook and his 700 triple-doubles. LeBron’s the real MVP.Colin has said that Westbrook is a Top-5 player, but in a boring NBA regular season, devoid of compelling storylines, he’s been elevated to James’ level. He’s not close.Also, Colin doesn’t buy the excuse that Westbrook can’t win in the playoffs because he has no one around him. When James was 23, he took a Cavs team with Sasha Pavlovic, Ira Newble and Larry Hughes to the Finals. Two years ago he extended the Warriors to six games in the Finals with Matthew Dellevadova as a sidekick.“LeBron’s floor in this league is the Finals, his ceiling is a parade.”
Google Chrome Dark Mode on Windows by Martin Brinkmann on January 04, 2019 in Google Chrome – 9 commentsGoogle is working on integrating Dark Mode into the Google Chrome web browser on Windows. Google engineers started work on a dark theme for Chrome in 2018 and enabled it for Chrome on Mac OS X 10.14 and higher as a way for Mac users to use the system’s Dark Mode feature in the browser.It took Google a bit longer to integrate dark mode functionality in Chrome for the Windows operating system. The still-ongoing project is currently available as a preview for Chrome Canary only; Google plans to launch dark mode for Windows eventually.Google Chrome will support the dark mode on all supported versions of Windows and not just Windows 10. Windows 10 has a dark mode feature that is very similar to that of Apple’s Mac operating system.Users may enable the system-wide setting and many native, e.g. File Explorer, and some third-party applications such as Mozilla Firefox will abide by it.Chrome’s implementation will work that way on Windows 10 as well; it is unclear how it will work on older versions of the Windows operating system. One solution could be to implement a preference toggle or integrate dark mode as a theme that users can select.Dark Mode is only available in Chrome Canary at the time of writing. Users may enable it by launching the Chrome web browser with a startup flag.The interface looks like this when done.Note that the implementation is not complete at the time of writing. The menu, for instance, uses black text on a dark background, and that makes text barely decipherable. The same is true for the right-click context menu. Many internal pages, e.g. chrome://extensions/, are not painted in darker colors either at this point in development.Chrome Canary needs to be launched with the –force-dark-mode parameter. Right-click on the Chrome icon on the Windows taskbar and select Properties from the context menu (on some systems, you need to right-click again on Chrome Canary in that first menu, and then on Properties).Add –force-dark-mode to the end of the Target field and make sure that there is a space between the command and the path, e.g. “C:\Users\Martin\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\Application\chrome.exe” –force-dark-mode.Restart Chrome and it should launch with the dark theme enabled. Remove the parameter again to restore the light theme.Interested users may follow development on the official Chromium Bugs website.Now You: Do you prefer light or dark themes? (via Deskmodder and 9to5Google)SummaryArticle NameGoogle Chrome Dark Mode on WindowsDescriptionGoogle is working on integrating Dark Mode into the Google Chrome web browser on Windows that paints the browser UI in dark colors.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… 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 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 | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Technology | May 05, 2009 DeJarnette’s Intelligent Router Gives Images Direction 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 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more DeJarnette’s Intelligent Router solution, which provides DICOM study distribution capability, provides manual routing and three automated routing technologies:- Source Metadata Routing (SMR)- Modality Worklist Routing (MWR)- Query/Move Routing (QMR)SMR (“store and forward” routing) determines the destination of a study by applying routing rules based on metadata in the source data stream. Metadata mapping, addition and substitution rules are supported.MWR (“prefetch” routing) makes use of a source modality worklist provider to determine the studies to route. MWR provides the ability to apply “prefetch rules” based on queriable DICOM metadata fields (modality, study date, time, etc.), most recent ‘N’, and date range. QMR (“Nighthawk” routing) makes use of a source Q/R provider to determine the studies to route. QMR makes use of a schedule and queriable metadata fields to determine what to route. In both cases, routed studies are transfered to the destination either via a third party move or a retrieve and store operation (allowing for cascading of the SMR router).All routers make use of schedule rules and support unlimited multiple input sources and unlimited multiple destinations. Image compression/decompression is provide as an option. 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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. 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
Just two days ago, Amazon announced that it has made Amazon S3 Batch Operations, a storage management feature for processing millions of S3 objects in an easier way. It is also an automated feature that was first previewed at AWS re:Invent 2018. Users can now set tags or access control lists (ACLs), copy objects to another bucket, initiate a restore from Glacier, and also invoke an AWS Lambda function on each one. Developers and IT administrators can now change object properties and metadata and further execute storage management tasks with a single API request. For example, S3 Batch Operations allows customers to replace object tags, change access controls, add object retention dates, copy objects from one bucket to another, and even trigger Lambda functions against existing objects stored in S3. S3’s existing support for inventory reports are used to drive the batch operations. With this new feature of Batch Operations, users can now easily write code, set up any server fleets, or figure out how to partition the work and distribute it to the fleet. Users can now create a job in minutes with a couple of clicks. S3 uses massive, behind-the-scenes parallelism to manage the job. Users can also create, monitor, and manage their batch jobs using the S3 CLI, the S3 Console, or the S3 APIs. Important terminologies for batch operations Bucket An S3 bucket can hold a collection of any number of S3 objects, with optional per-object versioning. S3 Inventory report An S3 inventory report can be generated when daily or weekly bucket inventory is run. A report can be configured to include all of the objects in a bucket or to focus on a prefix-delimited subset. Manifest A manifest is an inventory report or a file in CSV format that identifies the objects to be processed in the batch job. Batch Action Batch action is the desired action on the objects which is described by a Manifest. IAM role An IAM role provides S3 with permission for reading the objects in the inventory report and perform the desired actions for writing the optional completion report. Batch job Batch references all of the above-mentioned terminologies. Each job has a status and a priority; higher priority (numerically) jobs take precedence over those with lower priority. Most of the users are happy because of this news as they think the performance of their projects might increase. A user commented on HackerNews, “This S3 request rate performance increase removes any previous guidance to randomize object prefixes to achieve faster performance. That means you can now use logical or sequential naming patterns in S3 object naming without any performance implications.” To know more about this news, check out Amazon’s blog post. Read Next Amazon finally agrees to let shareholders vote on selling facial recognition software Eero’s acquisition by Amazon creates a financial catastrophe for investors and employees Amazon Alexa is HIPAA-compliant: bigger leap in the health care sector
What’s the difference between a night out in London and a night out in Hanoi? Around $377, says a recent survey.Comparing the cost of an evening on the town for two people in popular tourist cities throughout the US and the world, the TripAdvisor TripIndex 2012 found London to be the most expensive destination for travelers, with an after dark sojourn in the Olympic city costing US$518.Vietnamese capital Hanoi was considered to be the best value international city, with an index cost of $141. The TripAdvisor TripIndex was based on the combined costs for two of an overnight stay in a four-star hotel, one cocktail per person, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and round-trip taxi transportation (two journeys of two miles). The dates applied to this summer. According to the index, Europe is the most expensive continent for US travelers, with seven of the world’s priciest cities appearing on the index (London, Oslo, Zurich, Paris, Stockholm, Moscow and Copenhagen), while Asia was deemed the most affordable region, boasting six of the ten cheapest cities (Hanoi, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Taipei, Jakarta).Among American cities, Las Vegas was found to be the least expensive town, costing $263, while unsurprisingly, New York edged Boston as the dearest US city, with a TripIndex tally of $457.Featuring four of the top ten most affordable cities (Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Orlando), the Southern US ranked as the top region for travelers looking for domestic deals.The international TripIndex destination list comprises cities from 48 of the 50 countries that receive the largest number of international visitor arrivals (according to data compiled by the UNWTO). The U.S. TripIndex list comprises 15 highly visited US cities, focusing on large and popular tourism markets.Best Value International Cities:-Hanoi, Vietnam ($141.12), Beijing, China ($159.05), Bangkok, Thailand ($161.90), Budapest, Hungary ($193.78), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ($194.43)Most Expensive International Cities: -London, UK ($518.01), Oslo, Norway ($499.91), Zurich, Switzerland ($485.82), Paris, France ($480.76), Stockholm, Sweden ($472.36)Best Value US Cities: -Las Vegas ($263.46), Dallas ($283.10), New Orleans ($283.44), Atlanta ($289.80), Orlando ($309.10)Most Expensive US Cities:-New York City ($456.50), Boston ($450.27), San Francisco ($429.28), Washington, DC ($413.66), Honolulu ($398.23) Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) celebrates his touchdown catch with teammates Larry Fitzgerald (11) and D.J. Humphries during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Michael Bidwill on Pregame Huddle Comments Share The New England Patriots listed Floyd as inactive for the team’s Week 15 showdown with the Denver Broncos.New England picked him up off waivers on Thursday.Floyd had 33 receptions for 446 yards and four touchdowns with the Cardinals this season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals team president Michael Bidwill said Michael Floyd had a chance to remain with the team following his Monday morning arrest for a DUI.Visiting with the Sunday pregame show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Bidwill said Floyd showed no remorse and did not inform the team of his arrest before the Cardinals found out through their own sources and then the media.“Their story changed, there was no remorse, we ask him to be proactive in terms of his approach to this — (he was) unapologetic,” Bidwill said of the two days before Arizona cut Floyd on Wednesday. “I was not satisfied with how he handled it. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “He certainly could’ve played it a lot differently,” Bidwill added. “We wanted to give him an opportunity to address his issues. How this whole set of circumstances (unfolded), I was just disappointed about how it played out.”Bidwill said that the Cardinals asked Floyd to address some of the issues but the response was not what they were looking for.“We asked him to proactively address this, we had multiple conversations with him, with his agent, they just didn’t want to do that,” Bidwill said. “We decided, you know what, we’re moving on.“I hope he gets healthy. I like him personally. He’s a great kid. I was really disappointed with how he handled this and you know, how he was handling his approach to the game, his approach to conditioning and approach to things, and I think it was affecting him, some of his issues were affecting him on the field.”Asked if the cutting of Floyd has a larger message that the current Cardinals should look at, Bidwill said, “Make smarter decisions and when you’re in the National Football League, pay attention to your profession seven days a week.”Floyd will have to wait at least another week before he makes his former team regret cutting him. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Delegates from Hilton Hawaii rolled into Australia this week on their new sales mission, meeting with trade partners and media while in Sydney. Attending this year’s event was the Vice President and Commercial Director of Hilton’s Hawaii portfolio, Duke Ah Moo.Ah Moo said that the number of Australian visitors to Hawaii continue to track upwards, a trend that’s been the case for at least the past 10 years. Moo also mentioned that that Australians still remain one of the leading markets in terms of length of stay, with an average of nine nights.In Hawaii, Hilton-branded properties span four islands, Hawaii, Oahu, Maui and Kauai – the most luxurious of which is Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort on Maui. Set on 16 beachfront hectares, the resort boasts the world-class spa Grande, a US$30 million art collection, a labyrinth of pools, fine cuisine and a kids’ camp.The Napua Tower at Grand Wailea is a hotel-within-a-hotel concept and offers a higher level of luxury, with more centrally located rooms and elevated amenities for guests.On Oahu, at the premium end of the market, the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Ali’i Tower is another hotel-within-a-hotel concept, offering a dedicated check-in area, concierge, pool deck area, bar, restaurant and gym.“It’s a boutique hotel within the resort concept where you can escape from the masses. Rooms have upgraded amenities, upgraded coffee facilities. The Ali’i tower is a little bit special,” Ah Moo said.On the luxury front in Oahu, Ah Moo could not share details of any other Hilton-branded projects, instead saying, “We’re constantly trying to develop and bring new hotel concepts and brands and bring them to Hawaii.”Ko Olina on Oahu’s west coast has previously been flagged as a possible site for the Waldorf Astoria brand but Ah Moo said nothing has been confirmed.Last night an event was held for media at Hilton Sydney’s Zeta Bar featuring Grand Wailea’s Executive Chef, Ryan Ung, who was flown in to present 18 island-inspired dishes for guests.Lead image: At Hilton Sydney on Wednesday morning are Duke Ah Moo, Vice President and Commercial Director of Hilton’s Hawaii portfolio; Cynthia Rankin, Regional Director, Corporate Communications for Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hawaii; Chelsea Livit, Director of Public Relations at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort and Kainoa Horcaj, Hawaiian Cultural Ambassador, Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.
By Elias HazouThe Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) has delayed announcing a new tender for interim gas supplies to be used for domestic electricity generation.DEFA – by law the sole importer and distributor of natural gas in Cyprus – had been pressured by the government to finish drafting the tender documents by yesterday, after which the documents would have been sent for publication in the Official Journal of the European Union during the first week of January.But DEFA – which together with the Electricity Authority of Cyprus worked on the documents throughout the weekend – has decided that more study is needed.Whereas the invitation for expression of interest document is ready, the annexes to it are still being worked on. The Gas Sales Agreement forms part of the annexes.Sources said the EAC – represented with four members on the DEFA board – has raised a series of points as to the viability of the natural gas tender.DEFA will conclude a deal for LNG with the supplier, and will sell the fuel to the EAC. Any contract thus requires back-to-back agreements – one between DEFA and the supplier, the other between DEFA and the EAC – that are in sync with each other.Given that DEFA is, as the sources put it, a “paper company” – it has no capital nor any prior contracts under its belt -at the end of the day it’s the EAC that provides the guarantees for payment.The EAC people want to be certain that a new tender is “robust” without any loose ends. A key concern for them: any contract must contain a price renegotiation clause after a period of three years.Conventional wisdom has it that natural gas prices are set to plateau or even drop in coming years, and the EAC doesn’t want to be stuck with a fixed price for the duration of the contract.Apparently a renegotiation clause has not been included in the tender documents, but DEFA is willing to take another look at this.Moreover, there’s the possibility of an electricity link between Cyprus and Israel, which if it materialises would decrease domestic demand for natural gas. The feasibility as well as the timing of such a project is unclear.Another unknown factor, the EAC says, relates to the future penetration of renewable energy sources (RES) into the grid. As an EU member, Cyprus must formulate a national RES plan that gradually reduces dependence on conventional fossil fuels. The EAC is waiting on the government to complete that plan.And under the tender documents drafted by DEFA, bidders are given just six weeks to prepare and submit a comprehensive proposal. The EAC thinks this is nowhere near enough – three months would be more appropriate.“If we want this new tender to be taken seriously, we need to fix the flaws of the last one,” an industry source commented.It’s understood that the new tender will have a duration of seven years (2016 to 2022), with an option for up to three one-year extensions – potentially 10 years in total.The contract’s worth is estimated at anywhere from €4bn to €5bn. The quantities of natural gas will range from 0.6 billion cubic meters per annum (bcma) to 0.9 bcma.The first tender, launched in September 2012, was terminated in October this year after DEFA failed to reach agreement with any of the bidders.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoAudie Murphy RanchGet more home without moving away from Southern CaliforniaAudie Murphy RanchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Staff ReporterTHE Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) said that action is needed to mitigate the impact on the local financial services sector from a recent Russian law cracking down on Russian offshore business.Speaking at a press conference in Nicosia, ICPAC chairman Yiannis Charilaou said however that the negative consequences on Cyprus could largely be contained provided that current legislation and rules are swiftly updated.Though he did not go into details, Charilaou said the institute would be working with the finance ministry on introducing new legislation.One of the areas of concern relates to Russian tax residents with an interest in corporations based in Cyprus who, under the new Russian law must declare their earnings to Russian tax authorities and be taxed there.Another relates to establishing the real tax residence of companies of Russian interests incorporated in foreign countries, which are required to demonstrate that they are effectively operating in the countries where they are registered, as opposed to being so-called mailbox companies.There is also the issue of beneficial owners of a corporation, where earnings from a Russian company with a tax residence in a foreign country, but which earnings are derived from operations or investments inside Russia, will not be eligible for the withholding tax provided for in double-tax avoidance treaties between Russian and other countries.Russian President Vladimir Putin recently approved a bill to ‘deoffshorise’ businesses. The new law is slated to enter into force on January 1, 2015.According to the document, Russian shareholders will be required to pay taxes on the retained earnings of foreign companies in which they hold a controlling stake. This primarily applies to companies registered in offshore or any foreign jurisdictions.Its purpose is to crack down on the shadow economy in Russia and repatriate capital that was previously taken out of the country.The law is not without its critics, who warn that it threatens to increase the costs of compliance in all corporate structures and the structures of business owners.The ‘Russia Beyond the Headlines’ news outlet, citing Natalya Kuznetsova, a partner at PwC and director of the International Tax Structuring Group, said the law could also affect the Russian middle class, many of whom have invested their savings abroad through offshore companies.In 2014, Cyprus was among the ‘big three’ offshore destinations for Russians, with $2.9bn (€2.3bn) in foreign investment, followed by Luxembourg ($1.9bn) and the British Virgin Islands ($1.05bn).You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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