IOC commits hundreds of millions to 2026 host city as Calgary mulls

first_imgCALGARY – The International Olympic Committee has committed to contributing US$925 million to the host city of the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games.Calgary is among the cities mulling a bid. Stockholm and Sapporo, Japan are seriously interested while Erzurum, Turkey, Graz, Austria and a joint bid from cities in Italy are also in play.The IOC published its host city contract Monday with measures designed to save a Winter Games host city $500 million and a Summer Games host city $1 billion.Among the 118 measures are maximizing use of existing venues and infrastructure, a streamlined games delivery approach, enhanced integration with Paralympic Games and a “clearer allocation of IOC-paid services.”Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics and the legacy venues provide the foundation for another potential bid.A Calgary bid corporation, Calgary 2026, was established last month with former national-team skier and commercial real estate entrepreneur Scott Hutcheson as chair and hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser as vice chair.Hutcheson says the IOC’s host city contract, and the financial commitment, is in line with the reforms the organization committed to back in 2014 under the banner of Agenda 2020.“It’s the IOC committing in advance what they intend to do,” Hutcheson said Monday. “As opposed to creating uncertainty, they create certainty, which is consistent with the credibility and sustainability model.”A Calgary Bid Exploration Committee estimated the cost of Calgary hosting the 2026 Winter Games at $4.6 billion with games revenues covering almost half the cost.That figure is under review, however. The price tag of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., was about $7.7 billion.The deadline to bid for the 2026 Games is January and the host city will be announced in September, 2019.The host city contract released Monday applies to 2026 bidders as well as previously elected hosts for the 2024 Summer Games (Paris) and 2028 Games (Los Angeles), the IOC said in a statement.“We are enabling the organization of games that will be sustainable and create lasting legacies for their citizens, while also reducing complexity and costs,” IOC Olympic Games executive director Christophe Dubi said in the statement.A lack of candidate cities bidding for the 2022 Winter Games — Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan were the only finalists — prompted the IOC to reform its bidding and hosting processes in an effort to make hosting cheaper and more sustainable.“They want us to use existing structures or temporary structures and don’t spend for the sake of spending, or create beautiful structures that are not meaningful over the long terms for sustainability,” Hutcheson explained.“There’s an effort to have more transparency in governance and accountability and credibility and human rights and athlete experience.“Measures like that are all the sorts of measures you would hope the games are embracing today as opposed to what some say in the past was the tone.”last_img read more

Federal firewall budget plan is for longterm resilience not stopgaps

first_imgOTTAWA – With so much economic uncertainty radiating from the United States, the Trudeau government will table a federal budget Tuesday that aims to establish a firewall against all that volatility next door.Canadians can expect a budget designed to make the economy more resilient over the long term, insiders say — rather than one featuring more immediate, targeted measures to address those ever-present, Donald Trump-fuelled competitiveness and trade unknowns.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has faced pressure from industry associations, political foes and some economists to draft a fiscal plan that confronts head-on the open questions of how NAFTA’s uncertain future and lower American corporate taxes will impact Canada.There have been repeated calls on Morneau to cut business taxes and — thanks to a surprisingly strong economy last year — to finally lay out a detailed path back to balanced books.But Morneau, long a vocal champion of playing the long game, has all but ruled out that there will be specific measures Tuesday that respond to the U.S. direction, saying last week that he wouldn’t act in an “impulsive way” to the U.S. corporate tax cuts.His preference for focusing instead on what he can control at home appeared to be on display Friday when he met with Grade 6 students in Toronto, where he took part in the long-standing pre-budget tradition of donning a symbolic pair of new shoes.One student, not yet schooled in the finer points of political nuance, asked Morneau point-blank if he was afraid of the U.S. president.“Uh … no,” Morneau replied, matter-of-factly, before making a joke about the colour of Trump’s hair and noting he had met him several times.“He’s obviously trying to do his best and he’s got a really tough job,” he said. “We all hope he does a good job, because it matters.”None of the kids wanted to know when Morneau plans to eliminate the federal deficit, unlike his Conservative rivals, who relish asking the question at virtually every turn. His poker-face answer would suggest anyone looking for clues Tuesday will be disappointed, even though the Liberals vowed during the election campaign to return to balance by 2019.Indeed, they’ve already shattered a promise to keep annual shortfalls below $10 billion, leading critics to warn of the perils of accumulating more public debt at a time of economic strength. Some have wondered how big those deficits would get in the event of a sudden downturn.Those warnings don’t seem to have left much of an impression on the Liberals; Ottawa’s latest forecast, released in October, projected a $14.3-billion deficit for 2019-20.The government is, however, expected to stick with its so-called fiscal “anchor” to lower the net debt-to-GDP ratio — a measure of Ottawa’s debt burden — each year.The budget will chart a way forward by making investments in a range of areas — from fundamental science, to an expanded tax credit for very low-income earners, to an Indigenous housing plan, to conservation, to helping people upgrade their skills for the evolving workforce.More broadly, its overarching theme will be a focus on gender equality.The Liberals have a strategy they believe can lift the economy’s long-term potential, all the while buttressing their political identity as a feminist government: encouraging more women to join the workforce, a vital tonic for Canada’s future prosperity, especially with an aging population.Measures expected Tuesday include a plan to remove barriers between women and work, including new “use-it-or-lose-it” parental-leave incentives for fathers and steps to address the gender wage gap. All budgetary measures will also be run through a gender-based analysis.The budget will start laying the foundation for proactive equal pay in Canada by accounting for the cost of pay equity in the federal public service and in federally regulated workplaces, said one government official familiar with the plan who spoke on condition of anonymity.While it’s not clear how much the measures will cost, the price tag would likely be significant: the public service and federally regulated organizations together employ nearly 1.2 million people — more than six per cent of all workers in Canada.“We’re going to work with our budget to make sure that we encourage young girls to think about what kind of jobs they can go into and we don’t have any things that stop women from being successful in the economy,” Morneau said Friday.“The reason we want to do that is, first, because it’s fair and, second, because if everyone’s able to get to their full potential, whatever they want to do, then we’re all going to be more successful.”Morneau is no doubt hoping for a more politically successful 2018 himself.He took a beating last year from the opposition and from small-business owners over his widely panned tax-reform plan, allegations of conflict of interest and stinging ethical questions over how he arranged his substantial personal assets upon entering cabinet.Tuesday’s budget could reopen at least one of those wounds. It will include draft legislation to limit the use of passive investment income by the top three per cent of the wealthiest incorporated individuals, one of the tax changes that proved such a political headache for the government last year.That might have been on his mind Friday as he donned a sharp new pair of deer- and calf-leather Jasper Derby shoes, courtesy of Edmonton-based designer Poppy Barley.“We’re hoping they fit,” he joked with the students. “If not, we’re going to have a rough day on Tuesday.”— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

SkiDoo maker BRP raises fullyear guidance for profit and revenue

first_imgMONTREAL – BRP Inc. raised its financial guidance as it reported a second-quarter profit of $41 million.The maker of Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Sea-Doo personal watercraft says it now expects its normalized earnings per diluted share for the year to increase 30 to 35 per cent compared with the previous year. That’s up from an earlier prediction for growth of 24 to 30 per cent.Revenue is now expected to grow 12 to 16 per cent compared with earlier guidance for growth of six to 10 per cent.The revised guidance came as BRP says it earned $41 million or 41 cents per share for the quarter ended July 31. That compared with a profit of $104 million or 93 cents per share a year ago when the company benefited from a one-time foreign exchange gain on its long-term debt.BRP says its normalized profit for the quarter amounted to $66.4 million or 66 cents per diluted share, up from $22.9 million or 20 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue for the quarter totalled nearly $1.21 billion, up from $1.02 billion a year ago.Companies in this story: (TSX:DOO)last_img read more

Head of UN health agency outlines reforms to improve efficiency

1 November 2011The head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today stressed that planned reforms are intended to make the agency more efficient as it strives to improve global health amid multiple challenges that have an impact on human well-being. “On top of enduring fuel, food, and financial crises, the challenges of climate change, conflicts, emerging and epidemic-prone diseases, ageing populations, bulging cities, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), mental disorders, disabilities, and rapidly rising health-care costs will certainly aggravate inequities in both health determinants and outcomes within and between countries,” said Margaret Chan, the WHO Director-General, addressing the opening session of the agency’s Executive Board special session on reform in Geneva.“The case for reform is clear. The world needs a strong WHO to lead global efforts to improve health. The world needs a WHO that has a broad and wise vision, is quick to act, and never afraid to act in the interests of public health. [It] requires a WHO that is effective, efficient, transparent, and accountable,” said Dr. Chan.She emphasized that stronger leadership from WHO will align its actions with the priorities and capacities in countries that receive its services in ways that build self-reliance, and add value to investments in health.Dr. Chan said she looked forward to a future “where the gaps in health outcomes have narrowed and access to universal health care has expanded.”The anticipated reforms should help more developing countries build resilient health systems that are based on the provision of primary health care to enable them achieve their poverty reduction and social development goals, prevent NCDs, and cope with disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and the health hazards of a changing climate.“Money is tight. Countries and development partners want value for money. They want results that they can measure, and show to taxpayers and parliamentarians. And they want a quick return on their investments.“Our job as public health officials is to demonstrate a thirst for efficiency and an intolerance of waste. Many of the proposed reforms are driven by this keen desire for efficiency and for measurable results, especially at the country level,” she added. read more

The Rams Trade For The No 1 Pick Was A Bet That

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (April 19, 2016), we talk to ESPN’s Bill Barnwell about the Rams’ trade with the Titans and ask what the best strategy is in the NFL draft. We discuss Kobe Bryant’s final game and debate whether the rise of analytics means he is the last of a dying breed. Then Allison McCann comes into the studio to discuss FiveThirtyEight’s predictions for the NWSL season. Plus, a SigDig on Bryce Harper’s batting average and how he measures up to Mike Trout. Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discuss are here:Bill Barnwell tells us what the Titans-Rams trade means for the NFL draft.ESPN’s Stats & Info group breaks down why this is a bad trade for the Rams.Barnwell says, to draft well, a team needs a high volume of picks.Here’s the link to Barnwell’s new podcast, The Bill Barnwell Show, in the ESPN radio player. It will be up on iTunes soon.Neil Paine assures us no team can beat the draft.Kobe Bryant’s career was more about the drama than the numbers, says Seth Partnow in Vice.Slate’s Josh Levin thinks Kobe’s last game was the perfect representation of his career.But Neil Paine says Kobe haters are stuck in 2008.Here are FiveThirtyEight’s NWSL predictions for the 2016 season.And here’s ESPN’s Graham Hays on five things you should know about the NWSL.Significant Digit: .341. That’s Bryce Harper’s overall batting average this season, which is much higher than his batting average for balls in play. FiveThirtyEight Embed Code If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Nightmarish weekend Bucks lose grip on first place lose ace pitcher to

The Buckeyes had the winning run on first base with one out in the ninth before designated hitter Ryan Dew grounded into a double play to make the 6-5 defeat official.The Buckeyes fell out of first place in the Big Ten with the loss.Though losing the series hurt, the injury to Wimmers was more devastating.The junior was 9-0 on the season, tied for the best start in team history. If Wimmers misses significant time, the team will have to rely on an inconsistent group of starters who have a combined 14-15 record on the season.Wimmers’ status is currently undecided, according to the team.“He could be out 7 to 10 days or 2 to 3 weeks,” team spokesman Jerry Emig said in an e-mail. “We just don’t know yet.”The junior’s next scheduled start is Friday against Illinois.The Buckeyes step out of conference play this week for a two-game series with Louisville starting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium. Ohio State lost two of three games to rival Michigan over the weekend, and ace pitcher Alex Wimmers could miss playing time with a hamstring injury.The All-American tweaked a hamstring moments before his scheduled start Friday, coach Bob Todd said.The injury forced junior Theron Minium to make the second start of his career and first this season. Minium managed only one inning before normal Sunday starter Dean Wolosiansky was forced to come on in relief.The Buckeyes lost the Friday contest 4-1 and the loss of Wimmers forced the team to shuffle pitchers around for the rest of the weekend.Ohio State bounced back Saturday with a 3-2 win in 10 innings as Drew Rucinski earned the win, striking out nine in a career-high nine innings.The team went with freshman starter Brett McKinney on Sunday. McKinney went three innings. read more

Ohio State womens soccer team splits a pair of Big Ten road

OSU freshman midfielder Sarah Roberts (10) controls the ball during a game against Bucknell on Sept. 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 2-0. Credit: Carlee Frank / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s soccer team hit the road for a set of games, collecting a victory at Iowa and a loss at Nebraska. The Buckeyes traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, for a Friday evening matchup, beating the Hawkeyes 3-1. Junior forward Nichelle Prince was responsible for two of the Buckeyes’ three goals.Prince connected on her first strike in the 34th minute after she dribbled past a duo of Hawkeye defenders and launched the ball 25 yards out that slammed into the bottom of the crossbar before getting past Iowa’s goalkeeper.Within the next two minutes, however, the Hawkeyes answered when senior forward Brooke Backes shot one past OSU redshirt junior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker off of an assist from junior defender Rachele Armand. OSU headed into halftime with a 10-5 advantage in total shots, including a 6-1 edge in shots on goal.Sophomore midfielder Nikki Walts was the next to put a point on the board for the Buckeyes when she converted a free kick from 20 yards out.The Scarlet and Gray then put the game away when Walts found Prince in the 84th minute to give the Buckeyes a 3-1 victory.Looking to continue its winning ways, OSU traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska, for a Sunday afternoon tilt, in which the Buckeyes fell to the Cornhuskers 2-0. The Cornhuskers got off to a hot start that was too much for the Buckeyes to recover from.Junior midfielder/forward Courtney Claasen found the back of the net just five minutes into the game, as she slotted one past McVicker from the right side. Two minutes later, Nebraska registered its second and final goal of the game.OSU held a 15-13 advantage in total shots — 8-6 on goal — but was unable to find the back of the net as Nebraska sophomore goalkeeper Erika Johnson kept a clean sheet to preserve the victory.The Scarlet and Gray emerge from the weekend at 6-3-2 on the season and 1-2-1 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes are next scheduled to travel to Champaign, Illinois, on Friday to play the Illinois Fighting Illini. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

Letter MCCs responses to its electorate are unacceptable

Dear Editor, Mayor Chase-Green’s most recent letter to the media is the last in a series of attempts to trivialize the genuine concerns of the citizens she is supposed to represent. Instead of participating in respectful discourse, the Mayor and City Council have attempted to incite racial prejudice (referring to protestors as the “putagee mafia”), single out citizens by name in published media (the “rabble rousers”), and in the latest attempt, divide people along party lines (referring to protesters as “PPP supporters”).The organisation of a counter protest during the time of the anti-parking meter protest is among the most immature of their actions. The Mayor and City Council’s response to the protestors from the onset has been to ignore and ridicule, rather than to respectfully participate in discourse. This reckless and irresponsible behaviour is exactly what has marred this country’s politics. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPSC expresses concern over City Council’s ‘official harassment of business community’July 22, 2016In “Business”Vendors stage another protest over M&CC’s ‘high-handedness’October 14, 2016In “latest news”Mayor’s attack on city businesses that owe taxes “displeasing” – GCCIApril 9, 2019In “Business” We should expect more mature behaviour from our elected officials. It is time we start holding our leaders responsible for their actions. Whatever one’s stance is on the parking meter situation, the responses of the Mayor and City Council to the citizens they are elected to represent have been unacceptable.Kind regards,Meshach Pierre read more

Google adds tab syncing to desktop Chrome beta

first_imgWhen Google released the Chrome Beta for Android, it made tab syncing a reality for users of phones and tablets. It’s a great feature, but there has been one irksome missing piece of the puzzle. While mobile devices running Chrome could sync tabs from a desktop, it didn’t work in the opposite direction. A new update to Chrome fixes that, but not all users will be in on the fun.The update is available to anyone running the beta version of Chrome on Windows, Mac, or Linux. The new build should be pushed down to your computer automatically, but you will have to restart Chrome for it to be installed. Additionally, you have to be signed into Chrome for the synced tabs to show up. You can do so by going into the settings, and entering your Google credentials at the top.It might be easy to miss the tab syncing functionality if you’re not looking for it. On the new tab screen, there will be an extra menu called “other devices” where all your synced tabs will be. The menu will be separated out by device and will include any device running Chrome including PCs, phones, and tablets.I’ve been testing the updated version, and it works flawlessly between my various devices. The synced tabs are usually updated across the Google back end every few minutes, and that’s probably often enough.Remember that only computers running the beta version of Chrome will have this update — expect it to hit the stable channel in a few weeks. Mobile devices need to be running the Android Chrome Beta, which is unfortunately only available on Android 4.0 devices. It would be nice to see Google expand the supported device list seeing as only a small percentage of devices are on Ice Cream Sandwich.via Chrome Bloglast_img read more

Chevy Parts and Truck Tires Dominate the Best Recalled Ads in Auto

first_imgEndemic ads were completely in the driver’s seat when it came to ads in automotive magazines this March. According to GfK MRI’s Starch Advertising Research, ads for Chevy parts and Nitto truck tires performed particularly well in consumer recall, together garnering four of the top six positions in five separate publications.Tied for the highest recall rate–90 percent of survey respondents–Chevrolet Parts & Service, with a single-page ad in the March issue of Super Chevy and a spread for Ford’s iconic Mustang model in the March edition of fellow Motor Trend Group title Automobile magazine.Nitto cruised into the third spot with its spread in the March issue of Four Wheeler, scoring 88 percent recall among readers surveyed by asserting that ruggedness is in the DNA of the company’s Ridge Grappler off-road truck tires.Chevy’s same “Customize your build from head to block” ad popped up again in Hot Rod, with an ad recall score of 87. One car length later, Nitto’s DNA ad in the March issue of 4 Wheel & Off Road scored an 86.Rounding out the most-recalled ads in March was an ad for Weathertech accessories, also in Automobile magazine, promising “extreme performance” from its products. The ad was recalled by 85 percent of survey respondents.Along with data on the top ads that consumers noted, or recalled having read, GfK MRI also provided the audience for these magazine issues from its Issue Specific study. IS metrics show how magazines perform with regard to their average issue audience estimates from GfK MRI’s Survey of the American Consumer® for the two most recent Waves of Survey data. 5. Brand: Nitto Truck TiresMagazine: 4 Wheel & Off RoadPublisher: Motor Trend GroupNoted: 86%Issue Specific Audience: 2,018,000 1. (tie) Brand: Ford MustangMagazine: AutomobilePublisher: Motor Trend GroupNoted: 90%Issue Specific Audience: 2,789,000 4. Brand: Chevrolet Parts & ServiceMagazine: Hot RodPublisher: Motor Trend GroupNoted: 87%Issue Specific Audience: 4,136,000 1. (tie) Brand: Chevrolet Parts & ServiceMagazine: Super ChevyPublisher: Motor Trend GroupNoted Score: 90%Issue Specific Audience: 2,983,000 3. Brand: Nitto Truck TiresMagazine: Four WheelerPublisher: Motor Trend GroupNoted: 88%Issue Specific Audience: 2,280,000 6. Brand: Weathertech Auto AccessoriesMagazine: AutomobilePublisher: Motor Trend GroupNoted: 85%Issue Specific Audience: 2,789,000last_img read more

Vodafone to invest Rs 6000 crore in Maharashtra for expansion and modernisation

first_imgTelecom major Vodafone India Friday announced it would invest Rs 6,000 crore in Maharashtra. The investments would be for new business initiatives.A statement by the company said “expansion and modernisation” of the network would also see investments. A Memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Maharashtra government and Vodafone India on the sidelines of the “Make in India” week, which concluded Friday, Press Trust of India reports.The company reportedly plans to increase its staff strength to 15,000 employees in the next few years, but hasn’t detailed a time-frame yet. Vodafone said it would create a “tier-4” data centre in Navi Mumbai, which would serve the communication needs of the enterprise.The United Kingdom-based telecom company is reportedly also setting up a payments bank, which will be headquartered in Mumbai, according to the company’s statement.Vodafone India lashed out at the Modi government Tuesday after it received a reminder tax notice to pay Rs 14,200 crore in taxes, failing which it faces risk of asset seizures. The company said there is a disconnect between the ruling government and the income tax department, The Economic Times reports.There is “a complete disconnect between the Indian government and the tax department, especially when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is promoting a tax-friendly environment for foreign investors,” the telecom brand added. Ever since Vodafone started its operations in India in 2007, the company has contributed Rs 1.11 trillion to the national exchequer and invested Rs 1.13 trillion in the country , Press Trust of India said.last_img read more

Bigg Boss 13 Uttaran actresses Rashami Desai Tina Dutta to get locked

first_imgUttaran jodi Rashami Desai and Tinaa Datta in Bigg Boss 13instagramSalman Khan’s Bigg Boss 13 is set to hit screens soon and the probable list of contestants are doing the rounds. Unlike the past few seasons, the upcoming season will feature only celebrities as contestants.The team of Bigg Boss 13 is currently busy roping in popular celebs for the controversial reality show. While a few names have surfaced online, the latest buzz is that the hit jodi of popular show Uttaran – Rashami Desai and Tina Dutta aka Tappu and Ichcha – are ready to get locked inside the madhouse, SpotboyE reported.When contacted Rashami denied the news while Tina chose not to respond to the message. Rashami told the web portal: “They did call me and also had a meeting but I don’t feel I’ll be able to do the show for my personal reasons. Although they want me to participate… so, let’s see.”It is known that contestants of Bigg Boss are not allowed to reveal about their participation until an official announcement from the channel is made and probably this the reason both the actresses chose not to reveal anything at the moment.Both Rashami and Tina will make for good contenders given that Rashami, who was last seen in Dil Se Dil Tak, had stirred controversy over her troubled marriage with Uttaran actor Nandish Sandhu a few years ago. On the other hand, Tina made headlines in March this year after she went public accusing her Daayan co-star Mohit Malhotra of sexual harassment.  Salman Khan to host Bigg Boss 13.ColorsMeanwhile, International Business Times, India, had exclusively revealed the names of the celebrity contestants, who have been approached for the show, and have also agreed to be a part of Bigg Boss 13. As many as 23 people, including some well-known celebs including CID fame Dayanand Shetty, Bollywood comedian-actor Rajpal Yadav, TV actresses Meghana Malik, Devoleena Bhattacharya have been shortlisted for the controversial show.Rumour also has it that former Bollywood actress Zaira Wasim and television actress Ridhi Dogra are likely to be part of the controversial show as well.Bigg Boss 13 is expected to go on air from September 29 onwards.last_img read more

Culture Change Underway for Louisville Football

first_img“Accountability. They’ve changed a lot of things around,” Smith stated. “You have to be accountable for everything that you do. You’re not late to anything, you’re at everything on time five minutes before. They show no leniency to anyone.” “They kill us every day, in a good way,” rising sophomore defensive back Chandler Jones commented. “Coach Mike (Sirignano) is real energetic and gets into us and is able to get the best out of us. A lot of us are going to get a lot faster this year.” When Satterfield was introduced as the new head coach of the Cardinals on Dec. 4, culture was a consistent theme of his opening message. “There’s a new vibe from the new coaches coming in from different areas,” Smith added. “They bring in a little bit of their energy and combine that with a little bit of our energy and it works out for us.” “It starts with our culture, so that’s what we’re going to work on,” Satterfield said in his opening press conference. “That’s what this offseason is going to be about. When you get that stuff straight, then the wins will start coming.” “A lot of it came from the team,” rising junior safety TreSean Smith said. “Guys came in with new energy. They want to get better. Everyone wants to compete at the highest level and get better each and every day.” The culture change is a process that starts at the top however, with a new coaching staff pushing to get the most out of its players. Satterfield inherits a Louisville program that struggled in 2018, but a roster hungry to put it in the rearview mirror. As winter workouts have reached the halfway point, current Cardinals have taken note of the culture change in progress. Before the Cardinals step on the field under Satterfield’s watch, the work begins in the weight room under the direction of the new head of strength and conditioning for football, Mike Sirignano. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Culture has been a commonly referenced term for the University of Louisville football program amidst the transition to head coach Scott Satterfield. Story Links Hard work and an increased energy level have been at the forefront of the change in culture, but there’s been an added focus from Satterfield’s staff in one particular area. The Cardinals take the field for the first practice of the spring on Feb. 11. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

UCLA engineers create fully stretchable OLED

first_imgImage: Wiley (PhysOrg.com) — Engineers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have created the first fully stretchable organic light-emitting diode (OLED). The researchers devised a way of creating a carbon nanotube and polymer electrode and layering it onto a stretchable light-emitting plastic. Their device is a two-centimeter square with a one-centimeter square area that gives off a blue light. Details of their work were published in July in Advanced Materials. The paper is titled, “Intrinsically Stretchable Polymer Light-Emitting Devices Using Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composite Electrodes.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: UCLA engineers create fully stretchable OLED (2011, August 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-ucla-fully-stretchable-oled.html Researchers at UCLA demonstrate their fully stretchable OLED. They achieved the feat by sandwiching a carbon nanotube-polymer blend on either side of a light-emitting plastic. Another drawback encountered has been that the carbon nanotube film is rough and can cause shorting, says Zhenan Bao, a Stanford professor of chemical engineering who works on stretchable solar cells. “Using this method, they ended up with a relatively flat surface that can be used for an electrode.” Nonetheless, the need for further work in this area is far from over. She said that stretchable electronics demonstrated thus far lose conductivity after being stretched too far or too many times, so more research is needed. “We are still some ways off from having high-performance, really robust, intrinsically stretchable devices,” says Bao, but “with this work and those from others, we are getting closer and closer to realizing this kind of sophisticated and multifunctional electronic skin.”According to Technology Review, stretchable electronics could enter our worlds in the form of video displays that could be rolled up and tucked into a shirt pocket, or cell phones that could swell or shrink. In medical science, one might see electronic sheets draped like cloth. Explore furthercenter_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Intrinsically Stretchable Polymer Light-Emitting Devices Using Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composite Electrodes, Advanced Materials, DOI:10.1002/adma.201101986 Engineers create polymer light-emitting devices that can be stretched like rubber The method they used for their proof-of-concept device has attracted interest because stretchable electronics is peppered with lots of design challenges, starting with carbon nanotubes themselves. These nanotubes are stretchable and are conductive, but to keep their shape, they need to be attached to some surface. Researchers have found that coating carbon nanotubes onto a plastic backing has not worked well, because the nanotubes slide off or past each other instead of stretching with the elastic. Until the UCLA team’s work, researchers were unable to come up with an entirely stretchable OLED.last_img read more

Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator

first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound’s MRI Simulator reduces sedation rates and acclimates pediatric patients for MRIs in a fun, interactive way Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more June 4, 2019 — SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially launched their AR MRI Simulator to market. SpellBound’s MRI Simulator is designed to reduce the high sedation rates for pediatric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans by acclimating children to the experience in a way that is fun and interactive.The blaring noises, tight spaces and unfamiliar environment of an MRI are often what produce fear and anxiety in children. The MRI Simulator eases these fears by familiarizing children with the process of an MRI, allowing them to walk through the procedure so they feel comfortable when the time comes for their appointment. SpellBound’s MRI simulator is accessible on smartphones and tablets, giving children and their caregivers the opportunity to engage with the simulator in the comfort of their own homes.The inspiration for the simulator originated from feedback SpellBound has gathered from parents and clinicians who work with children struggling with MRIs. Christina York, CEO of SpellBound, said that it was particularly driven by the frustration families and hospital staff have around unnecessary sedation.SpellBound’s MRI Simulator is ready to integrate into patient education programs and improve patient experience with the MRI.For more information: www.spellboundar.comRelated Pediatric MRI ContentVIDEO: MRI Mobile Experience Apps for KidsPediatric MRI Calming Techniques FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 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 | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read morelast_img read more

Introducing Apollo GraphQL Platform for product engineering teams of all sizes to

first_imgYesterday, Apollo introduced its Apollo GraphQL Platform for product engineering teams. It is built on Apollo’s core open source GraphQL client and server and comes with additional open source devtools and cloud services. This platform is a combination of open source components, commercial extensions, and cloud services. The following diagram depicts its architecture: Source: Apollo GraphQL The Apollo GraphQL platform consists of the following components: Core open source components Apollo Server: It is a JavaScript GraphQL server used to define a schema and a set of resolvers that implement each part of that schema. It supports AWS Lambda and other serverless environments. Apollo Client: It is a GraphQL client that manages data and state in an application. It comes with integrations for React, React Native, Vue, Angular, and other view layers. iOS and Android clients: These clients allows to query a GraphQL API from native iOS and Android applications. Apollo CLI: It is a command line client that provides access to Apollo cloud services. Cloud services Schema registry: It is a central registry that acts as a central source of truth for a schema. It propagates all changes and details of your data,allowing multiple teams to collaborate with full visibility and security on a single data graph. Client registry: It is a registry that enables you to track each known consumer of a schema, which can include both pre-registered and ad-hoc clients. Operation registry: It is a registry of all the known operations against the schema, which similarly can include both pre-registered and ad-hoc operations. Trace warehouse: It is a data pipeline and storage layer that captures structured information about each GraphQL operation processed by an Apollo Server. Apollo Gateway GraphQL gateway is the commercial plugin for Apollo Server. It allows multiple teams to collaborate on a single, organization-wide schema without mixing everyone’s code together in a monolithic single point of failure. To do that, the gateway deploys “micro-schemas” that reference each other into a single master schema. This master schema then looks to a client just like any regular GraphQL schema. Workflows In addition to these components, Apollo also implements some useful workflows for managing a GraphQL API. Some of these workflows are: Schema change validation: It checks the compatibility of a given schema against a set of previously-observed operations using the trace warehouse, operation registry, and (typically) the client registry. Safelisting: Apollo provides an end-to-end mechanism for safelisting known clients and queries, a recommended best practice that limits production use of a GraphQL API to specific pre-arranged operations. To read the full announcement check out Apollo’s official announcement. Read Next Apollo 11 source code: A small step for a woman, and a huge leap for ‘software engineering’ 7 reasons to choose GraphQL APIs over REST for building your APIs Baidu open sources ApolloScape and collaborates with Berkeley DeepDrive to further machine learning in automotiveslast_img read more

Aussies hitting the slopes overseas

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Aussies are choosing to take on the snow season overseas, according to new research that found 49 percent of Australians who went skiing in December last year chose an international destination.This figure compared to 34 percent in December 2010 and 21 percent for December 2001, Roy Morgan Research found.The Group’s international director of tourism, travel and leisure Jane Ianniello explained the high Aussie dollar was pushing more Australians overseas, particularly during the colder seasons.She said local operators could compete with the international destinations with a better approach in terms of marketing and advertising.“With the strong Australian dollar, Australian ski destinations are finding it hard to compete with overseas ones,” Ms Ianniello noted.“It is important to understand the demographic, attitudinal and behavioural profile of people who go snow skiing or snowboarding on holidays and to tailor an appropriate communication message.”Among the most popular destinations included Japan, the US and New Zealand.last_img read more

Construction has started on a £45 million expansio

first_imgConstruction has started on a £45 million expansion plan at Birmingham International Airport.The new International Pier will replace the current Terminal One building and has been designed to accommodate more modern aircraft.Departures will be based on the top floor of the three-storey building and arrivals will be based on the second level, while the ground floor will be reserved for airline offices.The new building will offer space for seven wide-bodied aircraft, meaning passengers flying to or from Birmingham will be able to board and leave flights using air-bridges.Will Heynes, operations director at the airport, explained: “This investment will provide the Airport with facilities to enable it to meet the growing demand for international services to global destinations from Birmingham.”The building will be capable of accommodating ‘next generation’ environmentally-efficient wide-bodied aircraft such as the Airbus A350 or the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner.”Meanwhile, bmibaby has announced the first part of its winter schedule from Birmingham.The carrier will operate cheap flights to a series of European destinations, including Alicante, Faro, Malaga, Murcia, Palma and Nice.Flights to Geneva will also be available over the winter months to cater to tourists heading to the Alps for the ski season. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedLatest construction phase at Birmingham Airport draws to a closeLatest construction phase at Birmingham Airport draws to a closeNew Turkey flights at Birmingham from Turkish AirlinesNew Turkey flights at Birmingham from Turkish AirlinesBirmingham Airport Arrivals & Departures | Live Flight InformationGet Birmingham airport arrivals and departures information in real time with Skyscanner’s flight status board. Whether you’re jetting off on holiday or meeting family at the airport, we’ve got all the live, accurate flight information you need. Find cheap flights from Birmingham Download our app Search airport hotels Birmingham Airport…last_img read more

Ive nothing but respect for Fotini says president

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades clarified on Monday that he meant no disrespect toward the mother and the family of his rival Nicolas Papadopoulos.A day earlier, the incumbent drew the wrath of the Papadopoulos camp by bringing up Papadopoulos’ mother Fotini.Taking aim at Papadopoulos’ own criticism of the administration’s alleged failure to resolve the problem of non-performing loans in the Cypriot banking system, the president said there are some problems that cannot be solved simply by throwing taxpayer money at them.“I will not start promising a haircut on loans, like I hear some people saying, as if this comes from their mother’s money or the inheritance they received from someone,” Anastasiades had said, evidently alluding to Papadopoulos’ mother, known to be one of the wealthiest women in Cyprus.Taking offence, the Diko campaign team accused Anastasiades of sinking to new lows, and demanded an apology.Coming back on Monday, the president sought to put an end to the dust-up, insisting that his remarks were not intended as a personal attack but rather to make a point.“I have only this to say: not only do I have respect for Ms Fotini Papadopoulou, but I also have the utmost appreciation of her and, more than that, I am grateful to the national benefactor, the late Leventis [her father].“Why would I ever demean or attack Ms Papadopoulou or her contribution to society?”Going on the offensive, the president then lambasted the Papadopoulos camp for deliberately twisting the meaning behind his remarks in order to score points with the electorate.Unlike others, he added, he would refrain from using epithets against his political adversaries.The mini-squabble gave main opposition Akel the chance to take the moral high ground and bemoan the lack of ethics in this election campaign.On the campaign trail, party leader Andros Kyprianou said the personal attacks between Anastasiades and Papadopoulos are distracting from real issues.Kyprianou said the president is never called out on the issue of widespread poverty in Cyprus.“Mr Anastasiades is not asked to explain why, whereas he and his administration are portraying Cyprus as something akin to Switzerland, about one-third of the population is on the poverty threshold. For the last five years this government has turned its back on low-income pensioners, disabled persons and sick people.”By the same token, Kyprianou went on, Diko’s Papadopoulos is not challenged on his real stance on the Cyprus problem.And he suggested that the Anastasiades and Papadopoulos camps were both spending untold millions on their respective election campaigns, in a bid to “buy their way to victory”.The previous week had seen independent candidate Giorgos Lillikas alleging that someone from a rival camp had tried to buy him out in exchange for him pulling out of the race.Lillikas was soon forced to walk back his remarks when pressed to report the matter to authorities.The latest poll carried out by Noverna and published on Sunday, gave Anastasiades 32 per cent while it showed Malas with 18.6 per cent, four percentage points ahead of Papadopoulos.Betting agency Stoiximan is paying out 1.25:1 for Anastasiades to win re-election, 4.50:1 for Papadopoulos, and 7:1 for Stavros Malas, an independent candidate backed by Akel.The odds on Elam’s Christos Christou to become president are 100:1; and adventurous punters would get 150:1 should dark horse Lillikas win the elections.The agency is also offering odds on correctly predicting the two candidates making it to the runoff ballot.The Anastasiades-Papadopoulos combo pays out 1.75:1, while the Anastasiades and Malas pair gives out 2.10:1.Bets on the presidential elections are open until midnight of Saturday, January 20.The first round of the elections takes place on January 28.Meanwhile a gaffe by the Papadopoulos campaign staff last weekend gave rise to a moment of levity.It appears that a trigger-happy staffer mistakenly dialled the Akel offices, soliciting support for Papadopoulos’ candidacy.The Akel leader wasted no time trolling the Papadopoulos team.He tweeted out: “Thank you @NicholasPapadop staff for calling the Akel offices to invite us to your planned gathering. We shall not be attending.”Voters may find out which polling station to vote to at http://wtv.elections.moi.gov.cy/You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoE Commerce Platform I Search AdsSelling Online Has Never Been Easier. Search The Best E Commerce PlatformE Commerce Platform I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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