first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – The American government hit the Canadian forestry industry with more duties late Tuesday as it upheld counterveiling duties on Canadian newsprint.The United States Department of Commerce said in a statement that a preliminary investigation found Canadian exporters underpriced uncoated groundwood paper by between 0 and 22.16 per cent.Uncoated groundwood paper includes newsprint, as well as book publishing, printing and writing papers.“President Trump made it clear from the beginning that we will vigorously administer our trade laws to provide U.S. industry with relief from unfair trade practices,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.The department said it determined Canadian exporters have sold newsprint in the U.S. at as much as 22.16 per cent less than fair value and it will collect cash corresponding to those rates.It noted that the maximum margin of 22.16 per cent is lower than the up to 54.97 per cent rate alleged by Washington-based North Pacific Paper Company, which made the petition to the department to impose the tariffs. It complained Canada was dumping newsprint into the American market and unfairly subsidizing its industry at home.Canada is the largest exporter of newsprint in the world, with a market dominated by Resolute Forest Products (TSX:RFP), Kruger and Catalyst Paper Corp. of British Columbia.The department calculated a dumping rate of 22.16 per cent for Catalyst Paper Corp., and all other producers excluding Resolute Forest Products and White Birch, which were both found to have dumping rates of zero per cent.The department’s investigation into the alleged dumping began in August 2017, and an International Trade Commission investigation began the following month.The department said a final determination in the investigation will be made in August.It’s the second time the Trump administration has slapped duties on the Canadian forestry industry in recent months.In December, the U.S. International Trade Commission upheld tariffs on softwood lumber after it determined the lumber imported from Canada is subsidized and injures the U.S. industry.Canada filed a wide-ranging complaint to the World Trade Organization in January about the way the U.S. applies punitive tariffs, directly tied to softwood lumber.last_img read more


“Unless we resolve these conflicts it is going to be very difficult for us to focus on the essential issue of social and economic development,” he said at a ceremony at State House where Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki made him a knight of the Order of the Golden Heart. “Nobody invests in a bad neighbourhood and there are people in the broader world who see Africa as a continent in crisis, a continent in conflict.”He noted that when governments try to advise their neighbours to adopt the right policies and respect the rights of their people, they are told they should not interfere in internal affairs.“And we ourselves – I know, Mr. President, I’m not revealing any secrets – African Presidents tend to be reticent in interfering in internal affairs of others,” he declared. “But these problems, these crises, whether it is in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, they don’t remain internal for very long.“It becomes sooner or later a problem for the whole region. It throws up refugees, guns move into the region destabilizing societies and so, as I leave [after 10 years as UN Secretary-General], I hope the African leaders will see a problem of their neighbour as theirs and intervene sooner rather than later, intervene before it becomes a regional problem,” he added.Citing Africa’s many problems, including HIV/AIDS, high unemployment and food insecurity, he stressed that it is the only continent that did not go through the green revolution or cannot feed itself. “As we move on, things are going to be much, much more difficult, so we need to really begin to focus on the essential area of agriculture which also creates lots of employment for the rural population,” he said. Mr. Annan, who is to address the Climate Change Conference’s high-level segment tomorrow when he is expected call for urgent action on the issue, arrived from Istanbul, where he accepted the report of the High-Level Group of the Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative he launched last year to tackle fear and suspicion between communities following a proposal by the Prime Ministers of Spain and Turkey. read more


by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2013 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hewlett-Packard’s slide eases in fiscal 1Q as results top company and analysts’ forecasts SAN FRANCISCO – Hewlett-Packard Co.’s latest quarterly results provided a glimmer of hope after months of gloomy news.The fiscal first-quarter numbers announced Thursday topped what the slumping personal computer maker’s own management and stock market analysts had forecast.Like other PC makers, HP has been struggling to adapt to a shift toward smartphones and tablet computers, which are siphoning sales from desktop and laptop machines made by HP and other companies. Adding to the problems were some acquisitions gone awry. Over the past two quarters, HP announced losses totalling $15.3 billion as the company accounted for those mishaps, to the shock of Wall Street. The jolt caused HP’s stock to plunge to its lowest price in a decade just three months ago.The shares have rebounded since then, though they still remain about 20 per cent below where they were in Sept. 2011, when the company fired Leo Apotheker as its CEO and hired Meg Whitman, who became a high-tech star while running eBay Inc.’s online marketplace.The same problems are still plaguing HP, but signs of progress in the latest quarter indicated that the company’s turnaround efforts are running ahead of schedule. Whitman has consistently said it may be several years before HP is on solid ground again.She said the company is in the best condition since she was hired as CEO. “The patient showed some improvement,” Whitman told The Associated Press in a Thursday interview.She stopped short of predicting HP will be fully cured more quickly than she anticipated. “I don’t want to get out over my skis.” Whitman said.In a show of confidence, HP provided an earnings forecast for the Feb.-April quarter that was higher than analysts’ projections.The company’s stock rose 94 cents, or 5.5 per cent, to $18.04 in after-hours trading. At its recent low, the stock was down to $11.35.HP earned $1.2 billion, or 63 cents per share, in the three months ending Jan. 31. That was a 16 per cent decrease from nearly $1.5 billion, or 73 cents per share, at the same time a year earlier.Excluding certain accounting items, HP would have earned 82 cents per share. That was well above the average estimate of 71 cents per share among analysts surveyed by FactSet.Revenue fell 6 per cent to $28.4 billion, about $470 million above analysts’ projections. It was nearly $30 billion a year earlier. It’s the sixth consecutive quarter that HP’s revenue has dropped from the previous year.Excluding one-time items, HP expects to earn 80 to 82 cents per share in the current quarter. Analysts estimated earnings of 77 cents per share.HP isn’t predicting when its revenue downturn might end. In a conference call with analysts, Whitman said HP still faces a “long road ahead” before its revenue is growing again. To help offset the revenue decline, HP is in the process of eliminating 29,000 jobs, or about 8 per cent of the workforce when it was announced, in a streamlining scheduled to be completed by Oct. 2014. Whitman said about 15,300 of the jobs targeted in the cost-cutting program have been jettisoned so far. About 3,500 people left in the most recent quarter.The Palo Alto, Calif., company’s biggest headaches remain rooted in the HP division that includes PCs, where revenue fell 8 per cent from the previous year. Printer sales also continued to slide, although not quite as severely, with a 5 per cent decrease.Whitman is trying to reverse the trend by expanding into tablet computers and selling an array of machines running on Windows 8, a radical redesign of Microsoft’s widely used operating system.HP had tried to previously challenge Apple Inc.’s trend-setting iPad in 2011 with a tablet running on software that it acquired from Palm Inc., only to quickly abandon the device. The company’s latest tablets run on Windows 8 or scaled-down versions of that operating system.Whitman also believes HP could benefit from rival Dell Inc.’s agreement to sell itself to CEO Michael Dell and a group of investors for $24.4 billion. If it’s approved the deal could saddle Dell with an additional $15 billion in debt — a burden that Whitman believes will raise questions about the company’s ability to innovate and tend to the needs of its corporate customers.“It is an opportunity for us because I know firsthand what instability is like,” Whitman said in the AP interview. “I think we are really well positioned for this next big shift in technology. We are excited about it and feel good about where we are.”Dell’s decision to end its 25-year history as a publicly traded company has spurred speculation that HP might take a radical step, too, to boost its stock price. The most popular theory is that HP will sell or spin off its PC and printer operations to concentrate on more profitable technology markets in business software and various services.“We have no plans to break up HP,” Whitman said in an interview. “We are convinced that these divisions are better together than they are alone.” read more


by The Associated Press Posted Jul 18, 2013 4:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are closing at record level as investors were encouraged by earnings gains at major U.S. companies and good news on the economy.Unemployment claims fell and manufacturing surged in the mid-Atlantic region.Morgan Stanley rose 4 per cent to $27.70 after reporting sharply higher earnings and a share buyback. Energy stocks jumped after oil shot to a 16-month high.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 78 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 15,548 Thursday, led by UnitedHealth Group and IBM.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose eight, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,689.The Nasdaq edged up a point to 3,611, held back by Intel and eBay, which reported disappointing results.Two stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was average at 3.4 billion shares. Earnings gains, encouraging economic reports drive US stocks higher; Oil boosts energy stocks read more


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 15, 2014 3:44 pm MDT VICTORIA – British Columbia’s growing economy will need plenty of power for both business and population growth, but provincial Energy Minister Bill Bennett says the Site C dam on the Peace River still is not a certainty.Bennett said he will offer Premier Christy Clark and her cabinet next month a recommendation on whether to proceed with the almost $8-billion hydroelectric project, but that decision — expected to be made public by the end of the year — will be the subject of intense cabinet debate.The minister has said that if the project were approved construction could start as early as this January, with a completion date of 2024.The proposed dam near Fort St. John cleared major hurdles this week with the federal and British Columbia governments granting environmental approvals as long as more than 80 conditions are met before it proceeds.“I’m going to take something to cabinet that’s not going to be easy for my cabinet colleagues to decide,” Bennett said. “I’m trying to make it as difficult as I can to make the decision because it shouldn’t be an easy decision. It’s a major decision for this government.”The Site C dam, which would flood agricultural land with the creation of an 83-kilometre-long reservoir, would produce 1,100 megawatts of capacity every year, enough to power about 450,000 homes.Site C has been part of Crown-owned B.C. Hydro’s energy vision for decades.“We have not made a decision,” Bennett said. “We are not leaning one way or the other. This is the most difficult piece of public policy that I’ve ever had the opportunity to deal with. It’s been very difficult to sort it all out.”He said there are three overriding issues driving the decision-making process. They include: what’s best for B.C. ratepayers, does the decision compromise the current safe, reliable and clean energy system and finding ways to work with area First Nations, who primarily oppose the project.There are contingency measures in the $7.9-billion estimate as high as 18 per cent, meaning there are adequate buffers to protect against cost increases, the minister said.Bennett said he doesn’t expect First Nations to publicly endorse the project if it proceeds, but he’s hopeful benefit agreements can be negotiated to appease their concerns.Bennett said First Nations’ companies and people could benefit greatly from the project.B.C. Hydro said the project, which has been undergoing public reviews and consultations with First Nations, communities and stakeholders since 2007, reached a major milestone when it received the federal and provincial environmental certificates.Environmental groups called those decisions flawed, warning Site C is a mega dam that will have impacts on First Nations and area wildlife that cannot be mitigated.A joint review panel report released in May said the dam would cause significant adverse effects on fish and wildlife, but concluded the province will need new energy and the dam would provide a large amount of inexpensive power.The report also said the project would significantly impact the current use of land and resources traditionally used by First Nations and the effect of that on treaty rights would have to be weighed by government.Recently, the Peace area’s West Moberly First Nation told both the federal and B.C. governments it will not support both the dam and LNG development in the Peace River area. Cabinet decision on Site C project should come by end of year: minister read more


SMMT has announced its Presidential line-up for 2015. The new President, taking office from 1 January, will be Gareth Jones, Managing Director of ebm-papst Automotive and Drives UK, a German-owned global manufacturing company.Gareth Jones has more than 26 years’ experience within the ebm-papst group, operating in the manufacturing supply chains of many global industries including automotive, telecommunications, rail, consumer electronics, white goods and retail. He is an engineer with a wide range of experience across many business environments.Gareth said, “I’m enormously honoured to succeed Tim Abbott as President of SMMT and I would like to congratulate him on such a successful tenure. I’m very proud to accept this role and look forward to working with the entire SMMT team and my industry colleagues to promote the best interests of the automotive industry.”Tim Abbott has completed his second year as SMMT President and now becomes Deputy President. He has recently taken up a post with BMW in South Africa, following his most recent role as Managing Director, BMW Group UK.Three new Vice Presidents have been appointed to support Gareth Jones:Penny Randall, Marketing Director, Renault Trucks UKTony Walker, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK)James Wright, Managing Director, Nissan Motor (GB)They join previous Vice Presidents:Mark Ovenden, Chairman and Managing Director, Ford of BritainJohn Neill CBE, Chairman and Group Chief Executive, Unipart GroupRalf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land RoverClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Kylian-Mbappe, Samuel Umtiti, Antoine Greizmann and Raphael VaraneFrance outclassed Uruguay 2-0 to enter the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in on Friday. Raphael Varane and Antoinne Griezmann scored the two goals as France reached their sixth semi-final at the World Cup.A Fernando Muslera howler in the 61st minute handed France a 2-0 lead in the second half of the quarter-final clash. Griezmann hit a powerful shot headed straight to Muslera but he failed to collect it cleanly and the ball ended up at the back of the net.Raphael Varane had earlier scored with a clinical header in the 40th minute to give France a 1-0 lead over Uruguay at the end of the first half. The first half didn’t see any clear-cut chances for either team. Nahitan Nandez had a chance for Uruguay from close range.Uruguay was the better team in the first quarter but they hardly troubled French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Kylian Mbappe had a few good chances for France in the first half but he couldn’t convert them.He had a glorious chance in the 20th minute when his header from six-yards out went way over the goal post. After initial pressure from Uruguay, France got hold of the proceedings and started to dictate the play.Mbappe exposed the Uruguay defence again in the 34th minute after outrunning Diego Laxalt in the right wing but his ball went past everyone. Lucas Torreira was alive to the danger then and cleared it. The goal that came off Antoine Griezmann’s cross that found Varane in the box. Varane glanced his header out of Fernando Muslera’s reach and gave France the lead.Martin Caceres had a chance to equalise after Varane’s goal but the French goal keeper stretched to his extreme right to thwart the ball out for a Uruguay corner.(NDTV Sport) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFIFA World Cup: Germany beats France 1-0; qualifies to semifinalsJuly 4, 2014In “Sports”World Cup: France beat Messi’s Argentina 4-3 to reach World Cup quarter-finalsJune 30, 2018In “Sports”France wins second World Cup title in 4-2 victory against CroatiaJuly 15, 2018In “latest news” read more


first_imgGemcom Software International has released Gemcom GEMSTM 6.3, the latest version of its collaborative geology and mine planning software. GEMS supports exploration, open pit, and underground operations and is used to quantify, model, plan, and schedule mineral deposits. With a focus on data management, GEMS brings accuracy and integrity to all exploration and mining data.Included in GEMS 6.3 are important enhancements such as expanded solids and surfaces triangle editing functionality, and more robust block modelling capabilities to improve resource estimation and validation. This release also incorporates added support for use with a 3D mouse to enable simultaneous on-screen navigation and editing, and updates to the GEMS PlotMaker feature for greater ease-of-use when generating plots.“Bringing GEMS 6.3 to the market has been a collaborative effort between our software, services, and support teams and the industry professionals we work with regularly – our customers,” said Eli Alston, Gemcom’s Product Line Manager. “After listening carefully to our customers’ needs, and by including important feedback received by our support and services staff in the field, this new release has been designed to help users drive productivity. A key theme found throughout this release is greater ease-of-use and improved user control over common tasks performed with the software and on mining data.”  GEMS 6.3 highlights:Enhanced solids and surfaces triangle editing options save users time and adds flexibility3D mouse support significantly improves user productivity by enabling simultaneous on-screen navigation and editingMore robust block modelling capabilities for better resource estimation and validationAdditional database tools for filtering on multiple tables result in cleaner, more refined views of dataEnriched importing of drillhole data with automatic reconciliation of differing source and destination drillhole lengthsNew version of GEMS’ PlotMaker feature provides users with more output options.Visit www.gemcomsoftware.com/resources to view a list of GEMS and industry resources, including product videos, Webinars, and customer stories.  Gemcom has also released of Gemcom SurpacTM 6.2, the latest version of its geology and mine planning software focusing on powerful 3D graphics and workflow automation.last_img read more


first_imgWeir Group has made an indicative proposal to acquire all of the share capital of ASE-listed Ludowici, valuing it at approximately A$294 million on a cash and debt free basis. Weir’s proposal is subject to the satisfactory completion of due diligence and may or may not lead to an offer. The price represents a 10% premium to a previous proposal made by FLSmidth. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Ludowici is a leading provider of vibrating screens, centrifuges and complementary wear resistant products and services to the mining industry with a strong focus on coal applications. In addition to Australia, which accounts for approximately 65% of revenues, Ludowici has a presence in other major mining locations including South Africa, South America, India and China. The company employs approximately 1,000 people globally, including around 450 in Australia.Commenting on the proposal, Weir Chief Executive, Keith Cochrane, said: “Ludowici is a well known and respected brand in the coal processing sector. The potential acquisition would extend Weir’s offering in minerals processing and expand our exposure to the attractive and fast growing coal sector where Weir is relatively unrepresented. As a part of the global Weir Minerals business, we would look to accelerate the growth of Ludowici, consistent with Weir’s 2010 acquisition of Linatex.” Sydney based Rob Brown, Weir’s Regional Managing Director, said “With our own strong presence in the Australian mining equipment sector, Weir has followed the development of Ludowici and is aware of the value embedded in the strong Ludowici brand, developed over 154 years. The combination of Weir’s existing Australian operations with Ludowici represents a compelling opportunity for both companies, their customers and their shareholders.”last_img read more


first_imgIf you’re like me–heck, if you’re like anyone who grew up post 1975–odds are you spent your entire childhood lusting after arcade machines, hoping that one day you might have enough money to create your own Silver Spoons-style arcade.If you’re an iPad owner, you can finally live that dream on the cheap. Just slip your tablet into this $99 machine and go to town. Ion was demoing the device with Asteriods for the iPad–fitting, since Atari is a partner on the device.I got a little hands on time with the device–the buttons were far from arcade quality, but you always knew you were eventually going to have to settle, right?last_img


first_imgVarious sectors of the community have expressed growing concern over the Turnbull government’s decision to review current protections afforded to citizens under 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. It won’t create one job, it won’t help one other person find a hospital bed, or deal with the problems of the aged pension – it won’t do any of that. It’s an intellectual exercise for people in CanberraOne of the politicians leading the pack is Federal Member for Bruce, Julian Hill MP, who says he is concerned the process is being rushed while the community is being kept in the dark; an issue he is seeking to address through an open town hall meeting next month.“There have been no ads in papers or publicity to alert people to the enquiry and their opportunity to make a submission by 9 December. There’s now only a couple of weeks left to make a submission and there are no public hearings listed and none are planned,” Mr Hill told Neos Kosmos. “I think it’s important that we seek to educate the community, to listen to what people are saying, but particularly to raise awareness of this latest attempt by the government to water down the laws against racist hate speech.”Section 18C, introduced by the Keating government in 1995, has since made it unlawful to act in a way that is likely to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” an individual based on their race or ethnicity.Since its inception, people of all standings, including police and members of the Victorian government, have seen complaints lodged against them.“There’s sort of weird suggestions coming from the right wing that these laws, which they’ve only just noticed 20 years on, were all the result of a bunch of sort of leftie politicians off on a clam-bake or something. “In fact if you look at the history of section 18C, it was in response to a number of very serious and very thoughtful public reports and enquiries on racial violence,” Mr Hill explains.Part of the argument to remove the words ‘insult’ and ‘offend’ from the Racial Discrimination Act has been attributed to the right to freedom of speech − in 2014 Attorney-General George Brandis famously said “people do have a right to be bigots” − but the MP says while he supports the right to express oneself freely, he acknowledges it can never be absolute.“We have defamation laws, we have consumer protection laws behind misleading or deceptive claims, we have criminal laws against incitement to violence, we have counter terrorism laws against promoting terrorism. We have all sorts of laws saying you can’t say certain rude words in public. There’s no right wing campaign against those laws, so what on earth do they want people to be able to say when it’s just racist speech laws that they want to water down? It’s an intellectual, silly exercise by people in Canberra who don’t live in the real world in multicultural communities,” he said.So what then is the government’s motivation? The MP says all signs point to the enquiry being a political “sham”.“It’s one of many attempts by the extreme right wing of the Liberal party to wedge Turnbull and to make him dance to their tune, and you’ve seen that on a whole range of social and economic issues − superannuation for rich people, all sorts of stuff,” he explains.“So I think that’s a political issue and it helps distract in our view from the lack of any economic agenda and it’s just nonsense. It won’t create one job, it won’t help one other person find a hospital bed, or deal with the problems of the aged pension – it won’t do any of that.”Mr Turnbull is not the first to propose repealing the section; in 2013 then prime minister, Tony Abbott made the suggestion after complaints were brought against journalist Andrew Bolt. However, due to resistance from various multicultural communities across the nation, he decided to abandon it.But now more than ever, Mr Hill says it is not the time to send more signals to the community that “racism is okay. It’s not okay”. A valid point, given Australia’s controversial treatment of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru, and the rise of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party. “People such as the many older readers of Neos Kosmos who I represent and hang out with at the senior citizens [club], they will remember when they arrived in Australia some of the awful discrimination that was experienced. That’s sort of passed over a few generations, but that’s exactly what we’re talking about; the harm that was done and worse these days,” he explains.On Thursday 8 December, Mr Hill, together with Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus MP QC, will lead a meeting to inform the community about what the proposed changes mean and their rights to have their voice heard. “We think it’s really important that people, particularly in a community like mine, one of Australia’s most multicultural electorates, have the chance to come along and learn and even stick a small submission in by the following day which is quite easy to do,” he said.“Racist speech and discrimination does genuine psychological harm to people. It harms people’s health and we’ve known this for decades. We need to allow people to live their life free from racial vilification and discrimination.”The town hall meeting will be held on Thursday 8 December at The Castle, Hemmings Park, Princes Highway, Dandenong, VIC at 7.00 pm. RSVP by Wednesday 7 December by calling (03) 9547 1444 or email julian.hill.mp@aph.gov.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


first_imgE3 2012 : Microsoft se repose sur ses acquisMicrosoft a ouvert les festivités au plus grand salon de jeux vidéo du monde à Los Angeles. Lors de sa conférence, la firme américaine a dévoilé les nouvelles fonctionnalités de la Xbox 360, mais, malheureusement comme il était prévu, n’a pas soufflé un mot sur une console nouvelle génération.La conférence Microsoft a laissé les observateurs perplexes. D’habitude, les plus grands éditeurs de jeux vidéo profitent de l’Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) pour en mettre plein les yeux aux journalistes et professionnels. Mais cette année, en l’absence de présentation d’une nouvelle console, Microsoft, ou plutôt l’E3 de Microsoft, n’a pas boulversé le paysage vidéo-ludique existant.La firme américaine a décidé de se concentrer sur sa console déjà en vente, la Xbox 360, et de présenter les nouvelles fonctionnalités à venir, d’ici la fin de l’année. Parmi elles, la Smart Glass a été dévoilée comme pour contrer l’annonce du Gamepad de la Wii U. C’est une application accessible à partir d’une tablette ou d’un smartphone qui permettra d’interconnecter les appareils à la console. À l’aide des écrans tactiles, il sera possible d’interagir avec la nouvelle génération de jeux à venir. Smartphones et tablettes deviennent alors de véritables manettes. L’application ouvre aussi la voie aux échanges de contenus entre les différents supports. La Smart Glass offrira la possibilité de commencer un film sur sa télévision et de le terminer sur sa tablette. Autre fonctionnalité, plutôt anecdotique : la géolocalisation d’une scène dans la vidéo que vous être en train de regarder. Par exemple si vous visionner Le Seigneur des Anneaux, le programme vous indiquera que l’action se déroule en Nouvelle-Zélande.Aucune nouvelle licence importante La conférence a notamment laissé la part belle à la Kinect, comme l’année dernière… Microsoft en a profité pour présenter certaines évolutions de la reconnaissance vocale de l’appareil. Les joueurs pourront alors, dans un jeu de sport, élaborer leur stratégie ou réaliser un changement de joueur. EA Sport a d’ores et déjà confirmé que FIFA 13 et Madden NFL 13 seront compatibles avec la reconnaissance vocale. Tout comme Internet Explorer, qui fait enfin son apparition sur la Xbox 360.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Microsoft s’est associé avec Nike pour tenter de concurrencer les programmes de fitness de la Wii. Nike+ Kinect Training met à disposition divers programmes d’entrainement et sera en vente d’ici fin 2012. Les amateurs de musique trouveront, quant à eux, leur bonheur sur Xbox Music. La plateforme propose pas moins de 30 millions de titres en téléchargement pour Xbox 360, PC, tablettes et smartphones.Au niveau des sorties jeux vidéo, rien de très surprenant. Les blockbusters exclusifs à la console tels que Halo 4, Gears of war Judgement, Dance Central 3, Forza Horizon et Fable Journey étaient déjà annoncés il y a quelques mois. Quant à Splinter Cell Blacklist, le reboot de Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 6 ou encore Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Microsoft a indiqué qu’ils seront disponibles pour Noël 2012. Aucune nouvelle grosse licence donc, si ce n’est le très improbable South Park : The Stick of Truth.En somme, cette année n’a pas été riche en annonce retentissante. Il faudra attendre l’année prochaine pour en savoir un peu plus sur la Xbox nouvelle génération.Le 5 juin 2012 à 13:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgLifestyle hotel and hospitality organisation PPHE Hotel Group has promoted Jaklien Van Sterkenburg to executive vice president, people and culture, head of HR.In her new role, Van Sterkenburg’s focus for 2018 will be to create and implement an employer brand and team value proposition for PPHE Hotel Group’s Art’otel arm, mirroring the work she carried out for the organisation’s Park Plaza Hotels and Resorts business over 2017.Her new position will also centre around people development, including leadership competencies, talent management and organisational culture, spearheading a new recruitment screening process and applicant tracking system, and implementing a new people system in the Netherlands.Van Sterkenburg has worked within PPHE Hotel Group for the past 20 years, holding roles such as vice president, people development and HR; human resources manager; regional director of sales; and interim hotel manager.last_img read more


first_imgMarine surveying will start again this summer near Alaska’s coastal communities in a wide-reaching effort to improve communications by laying a $700 million fiber-optic cable linking Europe and Asia through the Arctic Ocean.The Alaska Dispatch News reports lingering sea ice in Canada’s Northwest Passage has caused project delays for cable-laying ships that don’t have the ability to adjust course like transport ships do.Anchorage-based Quintillion Holdings is a partner in the project, and CEO Elizabeth Pierce says the company has a larger role now than it had at the project’s inception.Pierce says developers are now using a phased approach, with work starting on links from Asia to Nome and Prudhoe Bay to Europe after the Alaska portion of the project is finished.last_img


first_imgHyderabad: Transport Minister V Prashanth Reddy pitched for road safety awareness in school syllabus and also wants celebrities and others to participate in road safety awareness programmes. Inaugurating a seminar on Road Safety and Audit Improvement of Traffic Safety at The Institute of Engineers on Monday, Prashanth Reddy said that the traffic education should be made part of syllabus in schools and colleges. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us “By traffic education, I mean, as a citizen and as an individual in the society what important precautions need to be taken with regard to traffic rules. If these rules are taught at a young age, it would help the society,” Prashanth Reddy said. People would also get educated with the publicity campaign through advertisements, engaging celebrities and through social media, he added. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us The Minister said that the growing technology has increased speed of vehicles and it has decreased journey time and increased life risk. Worldwide around 12 lakh people are getting killed in accidents every year, the number of people in India killed in road accidents is 80,000 and about 5 lakh people sustain injuries. A family has to suffer if the breadwinner gets killed or injured in the accidents. According to a study of Planning Board of India, because of the accidents India is suffering a loss to the tune of 3 per cent of the GDP, he said. Advertise With Us “The government and citizens should follow five Es, which are Education, Enforcement, Engineering, Environment and Emergency care with which the accidents can be controlled,” Prashanth Reddy said. He said that the government was taking up refresher courses for the lorry drivers, owners, auto and other vehicle drivers at the transport office once in every month. This would be a continuous programme. The enforcement is part of the government and if the citizens don’t follow rules, there is a need to create awareness by bringing hefty penalties. There should be reengineering of roads wherever there are accidental sports. Instead of taking steps after accidents, the steps should be precautionary, he added.last_img read more


first_imgSmartphone controlled robot toys, whether they fly in the air or roam around on the ground, are always a ton of fun to mess around with. The folks at Sphero have been at this particular game for longer than most, and the newest member of their family takes the original orb design and stretches it out a little in order to pull off some fun new tricks. Meet Ollie, the two wheeled pill shaped robot from Sphero.What made the original Sphero robot so cool was the ability to drive it just about anywhere. When coupled with Sphero’s software, the round design gave the user a lot of freedom to roam around and have some fun. Unfortunately, even with their grippy Nubby cover, Sphero had some issues on rugged terrain or highly polished surfaces. If you did manage to get Sphere to roam around in those environments, it usually was either slow going or filled with problems.Ollie has been designed to excel in these environments, with a pair of treads designed like the Nubby casing for Sphero and the option to remove those treads in order to have some fun on polished or slick floors.Like Sphero, Ollie has software for iOS and Android that will auto-update the firmware as you play it. With Sphero, this meant the little robot actually grew more powerful and agile over time, as the developers figured out new ways to optimize the motors in the casing. As long as you are within Bluetooth range, you can drive Ollie around at roughly 14mph.The Sphero team plans to have multiple Nubby color options available at launch, as well as interchangeable parts that will be available in multiple colors. Ollie will also have a series of internal LEDs just like Sphero, which can be customized to your preference.For $100, Ollie looks like an impressive new robot from the Sphero team. The new design directly addresses those who would try and use Sphero to do crazy tricks, and it opens the doors to a ton of new venues where you can drive around and have fun in.last_img read more


first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Now How Success Happens 2 min read HomeSnap, a free iPhone app created by Washington, D.C.-based online broker Sawbuck Realty, is aiming to satisfy your real-estate lust. With the app, users can snap a photo of nearly any home in the U.S. and instantly view details such as property history, lot size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, estimated price and nearby schools. All available info is culled from tax records, the Multiple Listing Service, Census demographics and other public data. According to Guy Wolcott, co-founder and CEO of Sawbuck, the patent-pending process is 90 percent accurate.Wolcott says HomeSnap was inspired by the music-identifying app Shazam. “It gave you this emotional reward when you used it that was above and beyond its utility,” he says. “I wrote in my notebook: Shazam for homes–take a picture of any home to find out all about it.”His app, which debuted in March at the SXSW Conference, has been downloaded 300,000 times. Revenue comes from an undisclosed fee whenever the app connects a house-hunter to a HomeSnap partner agent. Sam Barbieri of ReMax in Upper Marlboro, Md., says he tells clients “to use this app when they’re out and about, snap the photos … and they can send them directly to me. That way I can tag them and better know what they’re in the market for.”In August Sawbuck raised $3.5 million in funding led by Steve Case’s Revolution Ventures. An iPad app should be available by the end of the year, and an Android version is scheduled for release by March 2013. Wolcott is also exploring licensing opportunities with mortgage brokers, commercial real-estate firms and tourism-based organizations.Until then, his goal is to make HomeSnap synonymous with home-buying–and the voyeuristic thrill of knowing how much any home is worth. Wolcott acknowledges that the majority of non-realtors using the app aren’t necessarily looking for a home to purchase. They use it to satisfy their curiosity: snapping photos of friends’ houses or random mansions to learn more about them. “You have to believe we’re in it for the long haul,” Wolcott says. “We’re not trying this to make money next week. We’re using this to become a brand that consumers think of in terms of real estate in the mobile world.” January 9, 2013 This story appears in the December 2012 issue of . Subscribe »last_img read more


first_img 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 Sponsored Content | Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | Artificial Intelligence| November 26, 2018 | Greg Freiherr RSNA 2018 Monday — AI and Enterprise Imaging Gain Traction News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Arterys Promotes Practical AIFresh off FDA clearance is an AI system that detects tumors and heart problems. At its booth in (North Hall 7964) within the Machine Learning Showcase, Arterys presents Cardio AIMR (referred to as “Cardio DL” in the FDA filing).  The newly cleared product analyzes MR images to indicate cardiovascular blood flow.  Federal regulators classified the technology as a “support tool” for clinical decision-making by licensed healthcare practitioners, stating that it is “not intended to be a source of medical advice or to determine or recommend a course of action or treatment.”  Also showing at the Arterys booth are AI-based tools that measure and track: liver lesions (Liver AI) and lung nodules (Lung AI); Viewer, which is designed to accelerate the display and reading of medical images; and Breast AI for mammography to support the display of mammograms using the Google Chrome web browser.Read more in the article “Arterys Demonstrates AI Cloud-Based Medical Image Analysis Solutions at RSNA 2018.” Among two of the top trends brewing on the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting exhibit floor are artificial intelligence (AI) and enterprise imaging. New, old and unconventional vendors promote one, the other or both in new offerings on the exhibit floor. Related RSNA 2018 Coverage:RSNA 2018 Sunday – Improving, Not ReplacingVIDEO: RSNA President Says Artificial Intelligence is Hottest Tech Advancement in Radiology. PODCAST Hear and Now: What You Need to Know About Enterprise ImagingPODCAST Hear and Now: Intervention RisingPODCAST: What You Need To Know About Enterprise Imaging Imalogix Shows How AI Can Improve ImagingImalogix is demonstrating at its booth (South Hall 2305) how deep learning algorithms can improve imaging techniques.  One exemplary case involves centering. Imalogix chairman and CEO John Heil explains that if a scan is “off center,” for example, patients may be exposed to as much as 50 percent more radiation than necessary.  The company is demonstrating how its algorithms reveal whether “centering” needs to be changed and how to change it.Similarly, deep learning algorithms may help sites get more from their equipment by comparing utilization. Improved efficiency is the common denominator of both.  When it comes to centering, patients may benefit by being assured they get minimal but sufficient radiation dose, Heil says. The bottom line in both is how AI can improve the delivery of care, as DL algorithms establish benchmarks against which performance at the user site can be compared. 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 The vendor icometrix is showed how its FDA-cleared icobrain can help identify brain injury in CT scans.  The company was one of the vendors in Machine Learning Showcase with an FDA cleared AI product. Guerbet Reinvents Itself With AIBest known as a supplier of contrast media, Guerbet is shining a multivariate light on digital solutions. One source of illumination is coming from in-house work; others from Imalogix and IBM Watson Health. In its booth in South Hall (2558), Guerbet is demonstrating three technologies. One is the latest version of its Contrast and Care software, which is designed to improve productivity and traceability of Guerbet contrast media. A second is from Imalogix, the vendor neutral Radiation Dose Solution, which tracks patient exposure to ionizing radiation, using deep learning to mine data and compare dosing at a customer’s facility to that of other facilities. The third is an AI tool developed by IBM Watson Health, a tool called Watson Imaging Patient Synopsis, which summarizes patient information into single-view reports. Guerbet is demonstrating the tool, which it plans to distribute under a reseller agreement, as it continues working jointly with IBM Watson Health to develop AI software to support liver cancer diagnosis and care.Read more in the article “Guerbet Partners With Imalogix on Dose Optimization With Artificial Intelligence.” Picking IcoMetrix’s (Ico) BrainLooking for the telltale signs of brain injury in computed tomography (CT) scans? Belgium’s icometrix is showed how its FDA-cleared icobrain can help.  The company describes at its booth (North Hall 7367) in Machine Learning Showcase how deep learning algorithms built into its icobrain product can analyze CT images to characterize traumatic brain injury.  Icometrix is promoting a commercially available clinical CT product to help physicians manage patients suspected of traumatic brain injuries. The product uses deep learning to quantify such typically qualitative image components as hyperdense volumes in CT images, compression of the basal cisterns and midline brain shift, each of which may indicate not only the presence of head injury but its severity. Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more 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 | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | 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 FDA-cleared App Detects Brain BleedsMaxQ AI’s Accipio Ix intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) detection software received FDA 510(k) clearance to aid in prioritizing the clinical assessment of adult non-contrast head CT cases that exhibit indications of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), commonly known as a brain bleed.  The software leverages artificial intelligence technology to automatically analyze non-contrast head CT images without workflow impact to the reader.  The software can be integrated into a PACS or directly into a CT scanner in the emergency department for a first pass read of stroke patients.View three VIDEO examples of how this software detects brain bleeds.  Read about the FDA-clearance of this product. 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 Change Promotes Products/Expertise In Enterprise ImagingAs siloed medical disciplines look for ways to connect, Change Healthcare is pushing a roadmap that takes users around and over barriers to enterprise imaging.  At its booth (North Hall 6713), Change is promoting an open approach with three integral parts — its own products; third-party software; and the in-house expertise to make them work together.  The key to successful enterprise imaging is to identify goals and map a route to achieving those goals, says Todd Johnson, executive director of enterprise portfolio transformation at Change Healthcare. The company is demonstrating its universal viewer as the glue that cements the myriad components of enterprise imaging, as well as its workflow intelligence product line as the engine to orchestrate workflow. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content 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 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 last_img read more


first_imgIf you’re going to dedicate a year to a single exhibit, it better be good. The Central Bank Museums have taken a considerable risk with their latest exposition, “Casi Invisibles” (“Almost Invisible”), partly because of its academic curation, and partly because the show runs until September 2015. That’s a long time to occupy one of the most hallowed art spaces in San José, not to mention one of the biggest magnets for foreign tourists.Yet “Casi Invisibles” is a carefully laid out exhibit, and the museum was wise to feature such a diverse body of work. You may raise an eyebrow at the title subhead, “Innovación, Ruptura, Trangresión,” words that sound pulled from an art historian’s doctoral thesis, but they’re not really important to the average patron. The purpose of “Casi Invisibles” is to show just how diverse Costa Rica’s artists are, and just how broad their expression can be.Many of the works are surprisingly avant-garde, like Cecilia Paredes’ “La Enseñación de Rosa” (translated here as “Dreaming Rose”). The large-format photograph shows a room covered in floral wallpaper. In the middle of the portrait is a woman, her head down and cradled in her arms, but her skin is painted the same pattern as her surroundings, so she is effectively camouflaged. The image is dreamy, yes, but it is also significant that a female figure blends into the background, making her presence nearly transparent. We could view this photograph as a dreamscape, or we could see it as a metaphor for society’s “almost invisible” woman. Like all good surrealist art, the decision is up to us.Much of the series is realistic or pastoral in character, and the Costa Rican atmosphere reigns throughout. While the museum is large, underground, and made of concrete, you can practically smell the finca as you wind your way through the exhibit. There are recurring references to birds and fish, agriculture and tropical plants. Most of these artists have used their environment as inspiration; most of the artwork is representational, some is abstract or even strange, but there is very little anger. Like most artists in Costa Rica, this bunch seems pretty tranquilo.One of the more striking paintings is “Canción a la Orilla del Mar” (“Song by the Seashore”). The two male figures are painted in the flattened and colorful style of Romare Bearden, and they stand together (presumably) on the edge of the ocean. One of them is passionately singing while his companion looks on. The two figures may share camaraderie, brotherhood, or even erotic love; it’s hard to say. But the image is powerfully Afro-Caribbean in nature; even their swim trunks bear vibrant patterns.As a museum representative told me, one of the goals of “Casi Invisibles” is to celebrate women and minorities, as well as a mix of older, younger, famous, and obscure Costa Ricans. That inclusion is deliberate but not forced, a delicate balance for any major museum. The last exhibit to debut in the Central Bank Museums was “Juego Sucio,” a solo show dedicated to the (male, Spanish) artist José Miguel Rojas. While that display was excellent, it is refreshing to see such a large, centrally located museum showcase such variety for 11 straight months.The exhibit is varied enough that different guests will veer toward different styles. For this critic, a personal favorite was “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” five acrylic paintings on linen canvas hanging side by side. Rolando Faba’s landscapes show nothing but rain forest, the stylized vegetation so thick and dark and verdant that it seems impenetrable. You could get lost in his replicated branches and vines, a jungle canopy as mystically rendered as a Maurice Sendak picture book. Faba doesn’t editorialize, only faces the visitor with a wall of green. It is the same feeling you get riding along a mountain road in the province of Alajuela, surrounded by rolling eiderdowns of foliage. That’s not an easy feeling to trigger, yet Faba has done it.“Casi Invisibles” continues through Sept. 20, 2015 at the Museo del Banco Central, downtown San José. Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 5,500 ($11). Info: Museum website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Art exhibit shows intersection of printed money, history, and nationalism ‘Urban Sketchers’ draw San José Artist Justin Griffin-Zúñiga receives first solo show in Costa Rica Shakespearean ballet, outdoor tango, and other happenings around Costa Ricalast_img read more


first_imgThe South American Conference of Tourism has been established to promote discussion and for the purposes of networking and workshopping tourism concepts.Tourism representatives from the member countries of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) created the conference; which will host ministers, tourist authorities and delegates annually, the Independent European Daily Express reported.During its first meeting in Quito, Ecuador the conference’s topics of discussion included sustainable tourism, funding mechanisms, the creation of a regional network and South American routes, mapping and statistical systems, air connectivity and more.These discussions were centred round the abilities of governance, development, management of demand and supply, connectivity and communication.The next meeting of the South American Conference of Tourism will be held in Cartagena, Colombia.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. South American Conference of Tourism established. last_img read more