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Morocco to Provide 100 Scholarships Annually to Jamaican Students

Kingston – Jamaican students will benefit from approximately 100 scholarships to be provided annually under a co-operation agreement between Jamaica and Morocco, said, on Saturday, Jamaican paper Jamaica Observer.Morocco and Jamaica signed last year a cooperation agreement enabling Jamaican students to follow their studies in numerous Moroccan academic institutions, recalled the paper, quoting Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith.Additionally, Government of Jamaica employees will be afforded opportunities to pursue short-term vocational and professional courses in Morocco, said Johnson Smith, who noted that her ministry was collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to determine the areas of study that will be focused on. The agreement with Morocco is “giving us the opportunity to align with national development goals (by allowing us to select) where we want the scholarships to (target),” she indicated.Johnson Smith added that Morocco will also be providing equipment and support for Jamaica’s soil analyses facilities and development of irrigation systems as well as guidance in determining the quantity, location and utilisation of the requisite agricultural equipment and systems. read more

Muslims and Jews Are Fasting Together Worldwide This Year

By Rabbi Allen S. MallerRabat – This coming year may be a very good year in the Near East because this year both Jews and Muslims worldwide are fasting together on the same day.The Muslim new year, 1440 H, began with the new moon arriving on Tuesday evening, September 11, 2018, making it the first day of the Islamic month of Muharram. The Jewish new year 5779 CE, began with the new moon arriving on Sunday evening, September 9, 2018, making it the first day of the Jewish month of Tishri. The Day of Ashura will follow on Thursday, September 20, the 10th of Muharram. Muslims intending to fast on both the 9th and 10th of Muharram fast Wednesday, the 19th, and Thursday, the 20th of September 2018. Jews fast on Yom Kippur, the 10th of Tishri, from the evening of September 18 until sunset September 19. Thus, both Jews and Muslims this year will fast on the same day, September 19. Since the Islamic calendar is totally lunar, and the Jewish calendar is lunar adjusted by solar requirements, the months of Muharram and Tishri only over-lap a few times each generation.“When the Prophet arrived in Madina in 622 CE, he found the Jews (yahûd) there fasted on (what we Muslims count as) the 10th of Muharram, and so he asked them the reason for their fasting on this day. They said: ‘This is a blessed day. On this day Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemy (in Egypt) and so Prophet Musa fasted on this day giving thanks to Allah.’“The Prophet said (comparing his exodus from years of persecution in Makka to the Jewish exodus from oppression in Egypt): ‘We are closer to Musa than you are.’ Thus, he fasted on that day and commanded Muslims to fast on this day.” The explanation comes from a hadith, traditional story of the prophet, told by Bukhari.Some Christian missionary Islamophobes often claim that since Jews do not fast on Passover, the Jewish holy day that celebrates the exodus from Egypt, this hadith proves that Prophet Muhammad cannot be a true prophet. This claim is absurd.The Torah states very clearly that in celebrating this blessed day when God saved the Children of Israel from their enemy, the whole Jewish nation should for seven days refrain from eating any yeast-filled baked grain.The only permitted grains must be unleavened: “For seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day (of Passover) you are to remove the yeast from your houses. Whoever eats anything leavened from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from (the People of) Israel” (Exodus 12:15).Since the fast of Yom Kippur is a total fast like Ramadan, Jews do not usually call this seven day anti-leavened restriction a fast, but Catholic and Orthodox Churches still refer to any religious dietary restriction such as meatless Good Friday as a fast. Medina’s Jews seem to have done so also.Just as the rules of Ramadan and Yom Kippur fasting in Islam and Judaism are very similar, the theme of Yom Kippur and Ashura are very similar. The prophet said: “For fasting the day of ‘Ashura, I hope that Allah will accept it as expiation for (sins committed in) the past year” (Muslim, 1976).The Torah tells Jews in Leviticus 23:27 that on the 10th day of the month of Tishri: “You should do no work throughout that day. For it is a Day of Atonement on which expiation is made on your behalf before the Lord your God. Indeed, any person who does not practice self-denial (fasting) throughout that day shall be cut off from his people.” In addition to the self-denial alluded to above, we are also told in Leviticus that on this day the high priest would perform sacred rites in the Holy Temple in order to achieve expiation of the people’s sins.In rabbinic literature, Yom Kippur is the culmination of the Ten Days of Repentance following Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. To the rabbis, this period marked the beginning of a spiritual trial for the souls of all the People of Israel. The 10 days of repentance could then be seen as a time for self-examination, and Yom Kippur marked the climax when God, the true judge, would decide the fate of all of Israel as individuals and as a community, and hopefully inscribe them into the Book of Life.The rabbis follow through on the biblical theme of self-denial in their discussions of the daily pleasures from which one must abstain on Yom Kippur. Among them are (just like Muslims during Ramadan) eating, drinking, bathing, and anointing oneself, wearing leather-soled shoes (at the time the most comfortable option), and sexual relations.It has been said “Prophets are paternal brothers (sons of one father by co-wives). Their mothers [mother tongue, motherland, and religious community—Umma comes from um, mother] are different; but their religion (from the one and only God) is one.” In light of that, we should always try to harmonize scriptural statements; rather than try to make them contradictory.As the Qur’an states: “Say, ’We have believed in Allah and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and their Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the [other] prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [submitting] to Him’” (Qur’an 2:136).Rabbi Maller writes at His new book “Judaism and Islam as Synergistic Monotheisms: A Reform Rabbi’s Reflections on the Profound Connectedness of Islam and Judaism” is a collection of 31 of his articles previously published by Islamic web sites. read more

Middle East tensions must be deescalated Ban stresses to Israeli leader

Speaking by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Ban appealed to him to immediately resume the transfer of Palestinian tax and customs revenues, in line with Israel’s legal obligations, according to information provided by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.The conversation took place a day after Robert Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Security Council that Israel and the Palestinians must refrain from provocations and submit concrete proposals to try to revive the stalled peace process.In his conversation with Mr. Netanyahu, Mr. Ban also expressed his deep concern about Israel’s announcement of further settlement expansions, including in East Jerusalem, which he noted undermine current peace efforts and violate international law.But the Secretary-General welcomed Israel’s approval of $5.5 million in new UN construction projects in the Gaza Strip, while calling for further measures towards lifting the closure of Gaza, in line with an earlier Security Council resolution. 22 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today the need to de-escalate the current tensions in the Middle East so that direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians can resume as soon as possible. read more

UN official reports improved relations among African Great Lakes countries

Video of Security Council meeting [2hrs 49mins] Relations between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its neighbours are improving, while the disarmament, demobilization and resettlement of fighters from Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi have proceeded faster than expected, a senior United Nations official said today.Introducing Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s report on the progress being made on Security Council recommendations on Central Africa, Under-Secretary Tuliameni Kalomoh said, “Advances achieved in the peace processes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi over the past six months have created a new momentum in favour of the convening of an international conference of the Great Lakes region.”The conference aims to hammer out policies that ensure that the region can safeguard peace, security, democracy and development.The national coordinators of the core countries have held three meetings to discuss the objectives, themes and structure of the conference, Mr. Kalomoh told the Council, and the outline of the conference has begun to take shape. The first summit is scheduled to be held in November 2004 in Tanzania.The core countries of the Great Lakes Conference are Burundi, the DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.A United Nations multidisciplinary reconnaissance mission arrived in Burundi today to assess how the Transitional Government could best be supported to ensure the successful conclusion of the peace process, he said.On the question of funding for reconstruction of the war-ravaged countries, he said pledging conferences had raised $1 billion for Burundi and $3.9 billion for the DRC for the 2004-2006 period.Participants in the debate that followed hailed the reported positive developments but cautioned that the Great Lakes region remains volatile. A number of speakers warned of ongoing violence and rights abuses in the DRC as well as instability in Burundi. They backed the call for aid to the region while stressing that an international conference must produce concrete results. read more

Chidliak diamond mine could be both underground and open pit

first_imgPeregrine Diamonds Ltd has completed an internal concept study of a potential open-pit plus underground mining development at its 100% owned CH-6 kimberlite pipe at the Chidliak diamond project near Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. The study was completed in consultation with JDS Energy & Mining Inc. The study has concluded there is the potential to substantially enhance the economics of the Chidliak project by incorporating an underground mining operation below 260 m of depth at CH-6, the current bottom of the open pit Inferred Resource defined in the August 2016 PEA (see below). As a result of this conceptual study, a drill program targeting this deeper kimberlite is planned to commence in June 2017 to expand the resource to depths up to 500 m below surface. In addition to the resource expansion drilling, geotechnical work and environmental studies in the Chidliak Project area and proposed transportation corridor will continue.JDS completed a positive PEA dated August 19, 2016 on a Phase-One open-pit only mining operation of the CH-6 and CH-7 kimberlite pipes. The economics of a development at Chidliak are robust. Highlights of that 2016 PEA base case are:NPV of C$743.7 million, at a 7.5% discount rate and a pre-tax IRR of 38.1%After-tax NPV of C$471.2 million, at a 7.5% discount rate and an after-tax IRR of 29.8%Total Life of Mine (LOM) pre-tax free cash flow of C$1.31 billionAfter-tax payback period of two years, LOM of ten yearsOperating margin of 72%LOM average production rate of 1.2 Mct/y, peaking at 1.8 Mct/yEstimated pre-production capital requirement of approximately C$434.9 million, including C$56.7 million in contingency.The PEA concluded that the project was of sufficient merit to proceed to the PFS stage. The key components of the recommended work program include:Core drilling at CH-6 to better quantify the target for further exploration (TFFE) and possibly convert that material to a Mineral ResourceBulk sampling of CH-6 to advance the resource to the Indicated levelEngineering and geotechnical programs to better quantify process requirements and refine pit designContinued environmental monitoring and development of permitting management plans.In December 2016, the company engaged JDS to complete an internal, concept-level study on the project economic uplift that could be realized by developing the CH-6 kimberlite to a depth of 500 m as a combined open-pit plus underground mining operation. The results of this study are excellent and have significantly changed the specifics for the 2017 work program. The study clearly demonstrates the benefit of focusing the 2017 program on proving the resource potential at CH-6 below 260 m, the current bottom of the Inferred Resource in the PEA. The 2017 work program at Chidliak will now focus on three main objectives:Expansion of the current Inferred Resource at CH-6 – through diamond core drilling of approximately 4,000-5,000 m to further demonstrate geological continuity, establish pipe margin pierce-points and obtain spatially representative kimberlite samples for caustic fusion diamond assay. The main objective will be to increase the depth of a categorized resource from 260 m to 500 m. Caustic fusion results will be used to model diamond grade and grade distribution of the kimberlite to 500 mRefine open pit geotechnical design parameters – as part of the 2017 drilling program, oriented HQ diameter core and other geotechnical data required to refine the open-pit parameters, particularly the pit slope angles, will be acquired. This data will enable assumptions regarding open pit design to be tested and further refinedAdvancing permitting – through continued environmental monitoring programs of the Chidliak project area and the proposed transportation corridor.The company is currently working with Mineral Services Canada to finalize parameters for the 2017 drill program that would support robust future resource estimates. All necessary preparations to initiate this program, including equipment acquisition and camp preparation, were completed in 2016 and all permits have been obtained. The company expects the microdiamond analyses to be completed in the third quarter of 2017 and anticipates an updated resource for CH-6 to be declared in the fourth quarter. If the resource at depths below 260 m is of sufficient size and diamond grade, a new PEA outlining an underground mining operation for this material, in addition to the existing open-pit operation, could be completed in the first quarter of 2018. Total cost for the 2017 work program is estimated at C$7.5 million.Peregrine Diamonds is a TSX-listed diamond exploration and development company with assets located in northern Canada and Botswana. The core asset is its’ 100%-owned, 513,000-ha Chidliak project, located 120 kilometres from Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut where 71 kimberlites have been discovered to date with eight being potentially economic. A PEA of a Phase 1 Diamond Development (CP1D) has been completed. An Inferred Mineral Resource of 11.39 Mct in 4.64 Mt of kimberlite at an average grade of 2.45 ct/t has been defined for a portion of the CH-6 kimberlite. In addition, a TFFE of 2.34 to 3.75 Mt of kimberlite to a depth of 380 m below surface has been identified at CH-6.last_img read more

Irish Water lifts water restrictions in Skerries but only temporarily

first_img Jun 11th 2018, 8:58 AM Irish Water lifts water restrictions in Skerries – but only temporarily By Friday there was only enough spare capacity in Dublin “to fill the bottom half of Liberty Hall”. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland – FILE IMAGE Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 75 Comments Source: Irish Water/Twitter Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland – FILE IMAGE BarnageeraghHamilton HillTown Parks Newtown ParksSt Patricks CloseKellys BaySkerries Rockparts of DownsideGreenhillsMillviewHillside GardensMourne View and Hoar ParkWater tankers are being deployed to bolster services at these locations:At Newtown Parks near Dublin Road JunctionAt Newtown Parks near Selskar Court JunctionAt Skerries point Shopping Centre near EurosparAt Millers LaneAll customers are being asked to conserve water by minimising their use generally and refraining from:Watering gardensWashing carsUsing power hoses“Every small effort to save water will contribute to maintaining supplies and benefit your entire community by reducing the likelihood of water restrictions,” Irish Water said.“Irish Water would like to thank all of those users who have already undertaken to conserve water.To help conserve water customers are being asked to report any leaks they see on the public network and to repair any private side leaks in their homes and businesses to help restore water levels in the network.Customers can report any public leaks online at or by calling the customer care helpline on 1850 278 278.- With reporting by Sean Murray and Paul Hosford Updated Jun 11th 2018, 5:52 PM IRISH WATER SAYS it will lift water restrictions around Skerries in North Dublin, but says the outages will have to resume.Restrictions have been in place in the area since last Thursday week due to reduced water levels in the Thomastown Reservoir.Some residents in the area say they have had no water at all since late last week.A statement this evening said:“Irish Water is temporarily lifting water restrictions in Skerries and surrounding areas following previous programme of restrictions which has resulted in improved reservoir levels. However, it is likely that it will be necessary to carry out further reduced night-time restrictions on the supply from Tuesday night to avoid widespread water outages for the area.“The easing of restrictions has been made possible because the of the positive impact on the reservoir levels through the restrictions over recent days and the conservation efforts of those members of the community who did have water.“Irish Water together with Fingal County Council are urging those customers who do have full supply in Skerries and surrounding areas to continue conserving water for the foreseeable future due to increased demand and to help maintain water levels in the Thomastown Reservoir. Customers in the Loughshinny and Skerries Road, Rush areas are also being urged to conserve water.”InconvenientSpeaking on Morning Ireland today Irish Water general manager Eamon Gallen said they were trying to ensure all households had water between 6am and 10am at least but that some homes on the edge of the network may be severely affected and find themselves without supply.The greater Dublin area had only recently recovered from the effects of Storm Emma/the Beast from the East, Gallen said. At the best of times there was very little spare capacity in the system, he said – noting that on Friday there was only enough extra capacity for Dublin “to fill the bottom half of Liberty Hall”.“Hot weather in a seaside town” combined with a high level of horticulture in the area had led to a surge in demand in the Skerries area, he said.Restrictions will remain in place until normal service resumes, hopefully later in the week, Gallen said.“We know how dreadfully inconvenient this can be,” he added. Karen Power, a resident of the Barnageeragh estate, told yesterday that water outages are a regular problem on their estate.“We’re not able to do our washing,” she said. “And we’ve had to go buy disposable plates. It’s just so frustrating. When we turn on the tap – even in the morning when we’re supposed to have it – nothing happens.”Power said she’d been told that issues with water pressure meant that there were problems getting water to their estate, which is on a hill.“We can’t conserve what we don’t have,” she said.The following locations are being impacted by the restrictions: Share75 Tweet Email Customers in Skerries, Loughshinny and Skerries Road, Rush areas are asked to continue to conserve water due to increased demand and reducing water levels in the Thomastown Reservoir. For more see #IrishWater— Irish Water (@IrishWater) June 10, 2018 By Daragh Brophy Monday 11 Jun 2018, 5:52 PM 19,454 Views last_img read more

Australian invite for Greek PM

first_imgPrime Minister Kevin Rudd personally congratulated newly elected Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and invited him to visit Australia, during a phone conversation they had on Wednesday, according to a report in news agency AAP. The two men discussed the importance of the large Greek community in Australia as well as the bilateral relations. They also agreed on the significance of a successful World Summit on climate change. The Summit, which is organised by the United Nations, will take place in Copenhagen this coming December. Both Prime Ministers agreed to remain in close contact on various issues and exchanged invitations for official visits.  Greek Australian politicians are also congratulating the newly elected Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. Federal Labor MP, Maria Vamvakinou, is keen to highlight that she expected the election result of October 4. “PASOK’s conclusive and definitive victory is very much a result of what I had observed while in Greece in July this year. The Greeks were literally at their wits end with the inaction, the failures and the near paralysis of the Karamanlis government especially in relation to the economy,” Mrs Vamvakinou said.The Victorian Federal Labor MP from Victoria was quick to add the new government has its work cut out for it. “Many challenges lie ahead both on the domestic and international fronts. Greece needs a new paradigm and Papandreou needs all the help and courage he can muster if he is to make radical reforms, this must include tackling corruption and nepotism.” Mrs Vamvakinou was hopeful that the margin of PASOK’s victory will enable Mr Papandreou and his government to push forward with their reform agenda. However, she pointed out that the landslide victory will not be a panacea. “It’s clear by the size of the victory that the Greek citizens have great expectations, the challenge for the new Papandreou government is to begin meeting those challenges immediately… reform is already way overdue and the new PASOK government is already living on borrowed time.” Federal Labor MP, Steve Georganas highlighted the qualities of Mr Papandreou who he has met on a number of occasions. “I’ve had several personal contacts with Mr Papandreou and I can tell you that he is a very intelligent man, a man who is measured with his words and he has got a very strong reform agenda.” Mr Georganas said that he was looking forward to working with the new government as he had done in the past with the outgoing government of Mr Karamanlis. The South Australian Federal MP highlighted the fact that Mr Papandreou has spent a great deal of his childhood and adulthood living outside Greece puts him in a position to better understand and empathise with the problems and challenges faced by Greeks in the Diaspora. Mr Georganas was also pleased with the announcement of the appointment of Theodoros Pangalos as the Vice-President of the newly formed government. “I met Mr Pangalos last year when I went to Greece and I was very impressed with his breadth of knowledge and intellect but most importantly about the fact that he seemed to know a lot about Australia and when I asked he revealed to me that he was a great fan of our country had visited it many times on an informal capacity.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Alerte météo orange 54 départements sous la neige et crues dans le

first_imgAlerte météo orange : 54 départements sous la neige et crues dans le GersLa neige et le verglas continuent de menacer une cinquantaine de départements tandis que la quasi totalité du reste du territoire est sous le coup d’une vigilance jaune. Météo France annonce que l’épisode neigeux pourrait s’arrêter ce soir.Une bonne moitié de la France est toujours sous le coup d’une alerte orange pour la neige et les pluies verglaçantes dimanche matin. Météo France annonce que la neige pourrait s’arrêter de tomber ce soir vers 21 heures. Comme hier un seul département n’est sous le coup d’aucune alerte ou vigilance, il s’agit cette fois du Vaucluse. Plusieurs départements sont redescendus en vigilance jaune tandis que d’autres sont passés sous le coup d’une alerte orange, il convient donc de vérifier la liste qui suit.À lire aussi(VIDÉO) Un radar détecte un nuage de coccinelles de 80 kilomètres de largeSont concernés par l’alerte orange l’ensemble des régions Alsace, Centre, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France, Limousin, Lorraine, Nord-Pas-de-Calais et Picardie, ainsi que les départements suivants : Allier (03), Aube (10), Aveyron (12), Cantal (15), Charente (16), Dordogne (24), Doubs (25), Haute-Garonne (31), Gers (32), Lot (46), Lot-et-Garonne (47), Marne (51), Haute-Marne (52), Nièvre (58), Puy-de-Dôme (63), Haute-Saône (70), Sarthe (72), Deux-Sèvres (79), Tarn (81), Tarn-et-Garonne (82), Vienne (86), Yonne (89) et Territoire-de-Belfort (90).En Midi-Pyrénées la vigilance crue orange a été activée pour les cours d’eau qui descendent du plateau de Lannemezan : Arrats, Baïse, Gélise, Gers, Gimone, Save et Touch. Comme il s’agit d’affluents de la Garonne, celle-ci  a été placée en vigilance jaune.Météo France recommande toujours une grande prudence lors des déplacements véhiculé et conseille de bien s’informer sur les conditions de circulation le long de vos itinéraires. Malgré le froid il faut toujours privilégier les sources de chauffage classiques et ne pas utiliser à cet effet des gazinières ou des braseros.Le 20 janvier 2013 à 10:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Space debris hitting ISS window creates 7mm chip

first_imgThe chip you see in the image above is 7mm in diameter and orbiting above us embedded in one of the International Space Station’s windows. It’s tiny, and definitely a chip not a crack, but in the vacuum of space you have to take even the smallest of impacts deadly seriously.Luckily, the windows used on the space station are made of some pretty sturdy stuff – borosilicate-glass, fused-silica, and are quadruple-glazed for extra protection.The chip was caused by space debris only a few thousandths of a millimeter across. It could have just been a flake of paint or tiny piece of metal. Often asked if @Space_Station is hit by space debris. Yes – this chip is in a Cupola window— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) May 12, 2016The potential damage grows with the size of the debris. Up to 1cm can disable instruments, take satellite systems offline, and of course cause chips like this one. Above 1cm and critical flight systems can be disabled or a satellite rendered useless. The real killers are above 10cm, though. At that size satellites and spacecraft can be completely destroyed causing even more space debris.To keep ISS, and any other space vessel and satellite out of the danger zone, NASA and the Department of Defense have a system in place for tracking any potential threat. The Space Surveillance System is able to identify and keep tabs on debris as small as 5cm in low Earth orbit – that’s where the station resides.The government agency has a three tiered system to classify the urgency of the threat. In the case of the ISS, if Moscow or Houston space centers are able to identify the threat in advance, they can re-position the station to avoid being struck. There is quite a wide breadth of area that objects are considered dangerous to pass through, or close enough, to the space station. The “pizza box” zone is roughly 1 mile deep, and 30 x 30km with the ISS in the center. Anything that enters this area will alert ground control and the crew and they will determine the best course of action.If the debris is not detected until it is too late, the crew is instructed to take shelter in the Soyuz, where they can retain control and close off parts of the station that may take heavy damage. Of course, most of these objects aren’t naturally occurring space debris. It’s more often than not debris created by man-made devices breaking apart.Thankfully the International Space Station has many fail safes in place, included all that extra shielding, to keep the crew safe up there in the great beyond.last_img read more

3 Things You Need to Know About Your Tech Guy

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals You’d think by now, with “cloud” applications, everything being “hosted” and all software being delivered as a “service” that we wouldn’t have to deal with tech guys as much as we did in the past. But we still do. That’s because most of us still need PCs, laptops and tablets. We still have routers and cabling and switches in the office. We’re still saving some stuff locally on servers and many of us still have on-premises systems, like accounting and other databases that we rely on daily and will probably continue to rely on for the foreseeable future. And so all of this needs the tech guy. You know who this is, right?He’s as old as your own kid. He’s a hipster. He last showered when Windows 7 was released. He has a goatee, and probably a pony tail. He’s rushed, frazzled and impatient. He fixes one thing and ten other things break. He drinks coffee or Red Bulls. He’s not unfriendly. But he’s definitely not a salesman. You pay him by the hour or maybe you have a monthly contract with him. You need him. He makes sure your systems keep running so your business can keep running.There are at least three important things you need to know about this guy:1. Not all tech guys were created equal. Most tech guys think their clients are idiots when it comes to tech. But rest assured, there are plenty of other tech guys who likely think the same about your tech guy. And they’re probably right. In the corporate world there are tech guys who deal with very complex security, data, application and connectivity issues. They come with respectable academic pedigrees and work for years in the bowels of giants like Oracle, SAP and Google.Your tech guy is likely not one of these guys. Otherwise, he’d be working there. The barrier to enter the world if independent IT consulting is almost non-existent. Any clown who’s tinkered with a computer can do it. And maybe your tech guy did work at Oracle. But that may not qualify him to be a tech guy. Because tech, like any other industry, has many sub-specialties. I know plenty of competent C# programmers who know nothing about configuring a network. I know lots of SQL database experts who can’t even setup a printer. Make sure you understand your tech guy’s qualifications.2. Don’t take their word for it. Lots of tech guys like to make their clients feel like nincompoops. They toss around unrecognizable words and give you withering looks when you ask simple questions. Men (most tech guys are men because it is one of the last places left in the world where we feel we can control things) like to pretend we know stuff when we really don’t. That’s why we hate to ask for directions and get help. Tech guys pretend they know the answers. But don’t believe every answer they give you. Trust your own common sense. Before spending a lot of money on a new project, get some other tech guys in to give you their second opinions. Don’t be afraid to question. You’re not as stupid as you’re being made to think. Technology is an art, not a science. If it were truly a science, most tech guys wouldn’t be smart enough to do it.3. Get used to stuff breaking. Your tech guy is likely a Microsoft person. That means he’s used to stuff not working all the time and he accepts this. You should too — to a degree. Often tech guys throw out fixes like a baby throws  food — hoping it sticks to the wall. Don’t ask silly questions like “Why did this happen?” Instead ask “If it is God’s will that this problem occurs again, how do I reach you?”This is not entirely the fault of the tech person. There is a part of technology that cannot be explained, perhaps for the same reason no one can explain why Duck Dynasty is such a popular show. It is like dark matter. So you let it go. Tech guys are used to dealing with an imperfect world. You will have to accept this. But don’t let that hold you back from asking the questions you need to get yourself comfortable. If the issue is important enough, don’t let him walk out the door until you get your questions satisfactorily answered. And make sure you know where to reach him when the problem inevitably re-occurs.Just remember, your tech guy may be halfway decent at technology. But he’s not a great businessman. Treat him fairly, but be tough. And don’t let him off the hook. Some tech issues are not worth fighting. But others are important, so push for the answers you need. If a tech issue seems strange to you, that’s because it’s probably strange. You’re not stupid, so get your answers before he leaves. Otherwise you’ll quickly be out-of -ight and out-of-mind, and he’ll be on to disrupting the next small business owner. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 18, 2013 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img 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 | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … 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 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 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more 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 Related Contentcenter_img 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 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. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more December 23, 2010 ? Virtual Radiologic (vRad) and NightHawk Radiology announced the completion of their previously announced merger, with NightHawk continuing as a wholly owned subsidiary of vRad. Under the terms of the merger agreement, vRad, a national radiology practice and developer of radiologist workflow technology, acquired all of the outstanding shares of NightHawk for $6.50 per share in cash. Following the transaction, the companies will provide enhanced services to radiology groups and hospitals nationwide.vRad and NightHawk merged in recognition of the market need to deliver high-quality patient care in the most efficient manner possible. The combined organization will offer radiology practices and hospitals access to 325 affiliated radiologists, more than 75% of which are fellowship-trained subspecialists. These radiologists will serve nearly 2,700 healthcare facilities across all 50 states, and will read in excess of 7 million studies annually.With the closing of the transaction, NightHawk’s common stock ceased to trade on NASDAQ and was delisted. Letters of transmittal allowing former NightHawk stockholders to deliver their shares to the paying agent in exchange for payment of the merger consideration will be distributed promptly.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | December 23, 2010 VRad and Nighthawk Radiology Complete Merger 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 last_img read more

Remote area critical patients to be moved to San José hospital by

first_imgNo related posts. Last Friday, the first critical patient, who had a cardiac problem, was flown in from Santa Maria de Dota. Patients living in remote areas will arrive at the Calderón Guardia Hospital by helicopter.This was done through an agreement between the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) and the Ministry of Public Security (MSP). The objective of this agreement is to shorten the time of transfer of patients in a critical health situation.For the landing of the helicopters, the hospital prepared an area on the northeast side, where the patient is admitted directly to the Emergency Service.The patient was treated and stabilized in Santa Maria de Dota and then transferred to the medical center where he is under observation and waiting for a series of tests to define his diagnosis.According to Donald Corella, head of the Emergency Department, the Calderón Guardia Hospital conducted a series of trainings and drills in conjunction with the Ministry of Security, which allowed the so-called Golden Code to be activated within the hospital.This Golden Code applies a series of protocols to be prepared either to receive a patient in a critical health situation from a remote location or that the hospital staff is transferred by helicopter to the hospital of the care network. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Six ways to explore the moon in Canberra

first_imgSource = VisitCanberra sallytenilledoig takes in Questacon’s moonSix ways to explore the moon in CanberraOne small step for man, one giant leap… of astronomical proportions of fun to be had in the capital.Canberra’s Honeysuckle Creek tracking station played a pivotal role in transmitting images of the Apollo 11 historic landing on the moon to the world 50 years ago. To get you in the space mood, we’ve pulled together six ways you can have a space encounter in the capital.National Museum of AustraliaA fragment of moon rock, a satellite tracking console and a 1969 lunch menu are among the intriguing objects on display as part of the National Museum of Australia’s Tracking Apollo: 50 years since the moon landing exhibit, open now. A panel discussion, led by author Andrew Tink with four of the original Apollo trackers, on 19 July will cast a spotlight on Canberra’s role in the Apollo missions and the moon landing 50 years ago.Canberra Deep Space Communication ComplexOne Small Step Space Open Day will take place on 21 July at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Tidbinbilla. This is your chance to relive the moment of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon under the actual antenna dish that helped make that historic moment possible.See The Moon at QuestaconSo it’s not the actual moon, but it’s probably the best close up view you will ever see. The 7 metres in diameter Questacon exhibit is based on a high resolution photograph taken from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera.Gaze at The Moon – designed by UK artist Luke Jerram – can be seen as part of your visit to Canberra’s popular science museum. Lay back in a beanbag and gaze at the moon. As part of the 50th moon landing anniversary, Questacon is celebrating with its Mid-Winter Nights event (10 to 13 July) where you can dance under the moon, stargaze, get creative with space crafts and more.Arc Cinema screening films about the moonThe National Film and Sound Archive will celebrate the anniversary by screening moon related movies on 19 and 20 July in its fabulous building, formerly the Australian Institute of Anatomy. Four movies will screen including: Dark Side of the Moon, The Dish, In Case you Missed it: the Moon Landing and First Man.Mount Stromlo Observatory stargazingRug up and venture out under the night sky to see the moon in all its glory at Mount Stromlo Observatory. In conjunction with Canberra Astronomical Society & ANU, Mount Stromlo Observatory runs free public stargazing nights and lectures. Check out their Moon Week program (17-21 July) which includes astronomy nights and space bus tours. Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon, and beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by NASA scientists and observations on several telescopes.Moon Rock TrailTake part at your own pace in the Canberra-wide Moon Rock Trail around the region. You can walk on the Moon – well an Earth-bound version of it anyway – at Mount Stromlo Observatory’s outdoor display which depicts the features of the surface of the Moon or touch a piece of moon rock at Geoscience Australia – the only lunar touchstone in the Southern Hemisphere.Check out all the points of the Moon Rock Trail for yourself.To plan your visits, head to today.last_img read more

The NFC West is not exactly a division loaded with

first_imgThe NFC West is not exactly a division loaded with top-flight QBs, though it was generally thought that the Rams’ Sam Bradford was the best of the bunch.However, after a week where the second year pro completed just 17 of 30 passes for 188 yards and zero touchdowns it seems as if the gap may be closing, through little fault of his own.“I was quite honestly disappointed with the performance of Sam Bradford last week against the Philadelphia Eagles,” ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Jaworski pointed to Bradford’s supporting cast as reason to doubt him, saying the Rams have “maybe the slowest receiving core in the National Football League.”Harsh words, but of the wideouts who caught a pass last week, none are exactly household names. And, to top it off, the team lost Danny Amendola to a dislocated elbow.“Then you look at Jason Smith, the right tackle, he got hammered last week and when you look at Bradford he had a very difficult time setting his back foot and delivering the football,” Jaworski added. “He struggled because of the pass protection.”Nobody seems to be saying Bradford is a bad QB, just that his supporting cast could hold him back. One week in Arizona’s Kevin Kolb does not appear to have a similar problem, as he threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns.“After one game, I would say right now Kevin Kolb may be the most stable quarterback in the division,” Jaworski said. Comments   Share   center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories last_img read more

Rep Bellino announces local office hours

first_img Categories: Bellino News 09Nov Rep. Bellino announces local office hours State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours on Monday, Nov. 27 to meet with residents of Monroe and Wayne counties.“Some of the best ideas are generated from the members in our community,” Rep. Bellino said. “I welcome anyone with concerns, ideas or issues to join me.”Rep. Bellino will meet with residents at the following times and locations:9 to 10 a.m. at Biggby, 26614 Telegraph Road in Flat Rock;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Tim Hortons, 404 S. Monroe St. in Monroe; andNoon to 1 p.m. at Carleton Branch Library, 1444 Kent St. in Carleton.Appointments are not necessary during office hours. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Rep. Bellino’s office at (517) 373-1530, email or visit read more

Rep Hauck invites residents to think local during Buy Michigan Week

first_img30Jul Rep. Hauck invites residents to think local during Buy Michigan Week Categories: Hauck News,News Legislator: Local business serves as key cog of state’s economyState Rep. Roger Hauck today encouraged residents in Isabella and Midland Counties to consider buying locally made products and services during Buy Michigan Week – running through Aug. 5.Purchasing goods and services locally creates a positive impact on a region through small business growth, more available jobs and strengthened state and local economies.“Around 50 cents of every dollar spent locally will stay local – helping provide money to our schools, roads, first responders and other areas of need. When that money is not leaving the state, it can make a huge difference on the economic health of our communities,” said Hauck, of Mt. Pleasant. “Michigan has a tremendous track record as a producer, and this week is a great opportunity to bring awareness to what we can do when we invest in our state’s industries as consumers.”In October, the Michigan House passed a resolution supporting “Buy Nearby” – an annual statewide promotion for shopping at local retail outlets instead of alternatives online. The Buy Nearby project estimated that if Michigan residents made a concerted effort to buy locally, an additional $9 billion in economic activity would follow and nearly 74,000 jobs could be created. Up to $2.5 billion in additional wages could be cultivated through the new jobs, per the project’s report.In recognition of their work, Hauck plans on distributing and delivering tributes to local businesses in the area as Buy Michigan Week kicks into gear.last_img read more

Digital cable subscribers in Romania more than dou

first_imgDigital cable subscribers in Romania more than doubled in 2011, taking digital cable penetration to 25% of all cable homes by the end of the year, according to a survey by regulator ANCOM.Overall cable numbers grew by 7% over the course of the year, while DTH numbers fell by 5%, with a slight recovery in the second half of the year.ANCOM said there were 2.79 million cable subscribers in urban areas at the end of 2011, while cable subs in rural areas numbered 0.78 million. IPTV numbers fell by a striking 21% in the last quarter of the year to total about 30,000 subscribers, according to ANCOM. DTH subscribers numbered 2.26 million at the end of the year.last_img

Spanish pay TV operator Canal has asked for an in

first_imgSpanish pay TV operator Canal+ has asked for an independent arbirator to regulate its dispute with Mediapro over the price of football rights supplied under the pair’s contract for the 2012-13 season. Canal+ and Mediapro have been unable to reach agreement on the price of games provided by Mediapro to the pay TV operator, according to a report in newspaper El Pais. Canal+ is also seeking clarifcation over the price to paid for rights to show matches for the next two season.Canal+ and Mediapro reached an agreement last year over the exploitation of rights to the three seasons from 2012-15. Canal+ has said it will continue to pay fees to clubs that have signed with it direct.last_img

The BBC has begun rolling out the new version of i

first_imgThe BBC has begun rolling out the new version of its BBC iPlayer catch-up TV platform to a wider group of smart TV platforms.Executive product manager Marcus Parnwell said in a blog posting that the new version of iPlayer is now being rolled out to smart TV platforms including 2014 Bush, Digihom, Finlux, Hitachi, JVC, LG, Linstar, Luxor, Panasonic, Philips, Polariod, Sharp TVs, 2012 Cello TVs, 2010, 2011  and 2014 Samsung TVs, 2011 and 2014 Sony TVs, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Toshiba TVs and 2012 Vestel models.The latest version of iPlayer is also being deployed on a wider range of Blu-ray players from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba, as well as set-top boxes from Bush, Hitachi, LG, Tesco-Technika and Western Digital.Parnwell said the migration means that the BBC has taken the decision to retire the ‘Bigscreen’ version of iPlayer that was rolled out five years ago but which is currently only used by about 0.1% of iPlayer users.He said that the BBC is continuing to work with YouView, Virgin Media and BT to bring the new version of iPlayer to these plaforms, while it will be launched on the Microsoft Xbox One platform by the end of this year.last_img read more

Amazon has pulled off a coup by signing up directo

first_imgAmazon has pulled off a coup by signing up director Woody Allen’s first ever television series.Allen will write and create the series with Amazon Studios, with on-demand service Amazon Prime Instant Video acting as the distribution platform.“I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin,” said Allen, who is best known for films such as Annie Hall, Blue Jasmine and Vicky Christina Barcelona. “My guess is that [Amazon Studios’ VP] Roy Price will regret this.”The series has received a full season order, which separates it from most other original Amazon series in that they are usually put through an online pilot process that takes into account customer feedback.The show will debut concurrently in the US, UK and Germany at an unspecified date.“Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honour to be working with him on his first television series,” said Price.“From Annie Hall to Blue Jasmine, Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year.”Amazon Studios counts series such as Mozart in the Jungle and Golden Globe-winning Transparent among its biggest TV efforts to date.last_img read more