Airmen Complete Humanitarian Mission In Chile

first_img The hospital in Angol was severely damaged in an 8.8-magnitude earthquake Feb. 27. With the loss of the regional hospital, local medical officials lost the use of 190 beds. With the addition of this hospital, health professionals in Angol will have back more than 60 percent of the beds lost as a result of the earthquake. Members of the Air Force Expeditionary Medical Support team completed a humanitarian mission to build an expeditionary hospital and augment medical care for members of the Angol community. A team of Airmen built, staffed and equipped a field hospital to serve more than 110,000 people in the Angol region. During a ceremony March 24, U.S. government officials donated the hospital to the local Chilean medical community. The 82 Airmen from 16 different bases arrived in Chile March 10. With help from members of the Angol community, the Chilean army and the U.S. Agency for International Development, they turned a bare polo field into a fully-operational hospital in three and half days. The U.S. Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance provided $8.6 million to support the expeditionary facility and staff for a 14-day operational period. By Dialogo March 31, 2010 Prior to the building of this hospital, medical professionals in Angol used a 16-bed clinic to treat patients in the community. Since the hospital opened March 13, Chilean and Air Force medics treated more than 300 patients and performed about 40 surgeries. last_img read more

Reports: Former AG Pam Bondi to Assist with White House Impeachment Response

first_imgThe White House is about to hire former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to assist with its impeachment response, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.One of the reports states that Bondi, who has been working for lobbyist Brian Ballard since she left office last January, will join the White House communications staff “temporarily,” and will also work on special projects. Former U.S. Treasury spokesman Tony Sayegh will reportedly join Bondi in the role.Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender tweeted:Adding Sayegh & Bondi is both an acknowledgment Trump needs help coordinating a response to the House probe, & a compromise between competing factions in the White House where rivalries opened during a two week-long process deliberation over which adviser to bring inside.— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) November 6, 2019 Bender adds that press secretary Stephanie Grisham and chief of staff Mick Mulvaney support Bondi’s hiring.last_img read more

Photo library: Nature 2

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Nature contact sheet (785KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Western Cape province:The Swartland region.Photo: Swartland Wine Route » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Snowfall on the mountains in the Hex River Valley. Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Snowfall on the mountains in the Hex River Valley. Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Baviaanskloof Mountains. Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Baviaanskloof Mountains. Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Baviaanskloof Mountains.   Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Karoo region, Western Capeprovince: Ostriches. Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Karoo region, Western Capeprovince: Ostriches   Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Karoo region, Western Capeprovince: Ostriches   Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res imageNATURE 2: {loadposition nature}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Location Data Sensitive Like Medical Information, Says Congressional Witness

first_img“The writing is on the wall that there will be baseline privacy legislation introduced,” said John Morris, general counsel for the Center for Democracy and Technology at a Congressional hearing on location data and privacy yesterday. “It will require location be treated as sensitive data, like medical data. You’ll need to do more than just post a disclosure statement.”We’re entering an era of location as platform, but should that location data be as fundamentally private by default as medical information is?Many users are concerned about their location being exposed in ways they don’t control, and that have adverse impacts on their safety and freedom. That’s one side of the debate. These concerns could cause the development of location-based services to backfire, argues the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Erica Newland in a blog post today:Location privacy is a timely issue here at the dawn of the location-enabled Web: ensuring that location information is subject to neither commercial nor government misuse – but is instead transmitted and accessed in a privacy-protective way – is essential to the long-term success of location-based applications and services. Beyond the risks to individuals? privacy, the present lack of privacy protection also creates market risks for the very companies seeking to capitalize on location services.That’s well put, but does location data need to be default private like medical information in order to prevent misuse, and to support an economy of innovation? Some people believe that it is the culture of sharing by default that makes location-based services what they are. As writer Kit O’Connell said in our Google Buzz chat on this topic: “people will never treat location like medical data, because they are so willing to give it up to the world in so many cases. It becomes an issue of surveillance vs. sousveillance.” Sousveillance is outward-facing surveillance. Location-based social networks offer not just a way for us to be seen, but a way for us to see what the rest of the world around us is doing. Checking in to a location is interesting not just so other people know you’re there, but so you can see who else you know has been there as well and what they said about it. Of course exposure of your location is going to be opt-in on all of these services, but the locations you choose to check in at ought to be public on some level so that interesting services can be built on top of them. See Gowalla’s new API, for example, or our post What Twitter’s New Geolocation API Makes Possible.Of course it would also be good to let users limit exposure of their location in certain situations to certain circles of friends. I might be happy to check in at certain establishments if that was only made visible to a select group of my friends (not my family) and to other people checking in at that location, for example. But treating location data like medical data sounds like a recipe for shrouding it in complete privacy by default. Not allowing information about our activities in public… to be public… would be a real blow to the location-service ecosystem.Samuri on a Cell Phone photo credit: rumpleteaser. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#Location#NYT#web center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

Cross-Laminated Timber Condos Planned in Portland

first_imgA Portland, Oregon, architectural firm is planning an eight-story condo building that would become the tallest structure in the country to be built with cross-laminated timber (CLT), an alternative to conventional steel-and-concrete construction.The building, called Carbon 12, was designed by PATH Architecture and recently won a $45,000 grant from Oregon BEST and the newly formed National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design. The grant will help with acoustic and moisture testing.CLT is an emerging technology in which panels up to 10 feet tall, 60 feet long and 18 inches thick are made by gluing dimensional lumber together in perpendicular layers. Panels can be used for walls, floors and roofs. Proponents say the panels are an untapped resource of green building because they make use of short pieces of lumber and, unlike steel and concrete, sequester carbon.The material has proved popular in Europe, Oregon BEST said, but U.S. architects and builders have been stymied by requirements for added documentation, unusual modeling requirements and building code hurdles. And the panels are hard to get — an Oregon company, D.R. Johnson, is apparently the country’s only producer of panels certified for structural applications, at least so far. RELATED ARTICLES Can Wood Replace Concrete and Steel in Skyscrapers?CrossLam Cross Laminated TimberX-LAM Cross-Laminated Timber Carbon 12 will top U.S. height records, but an 18-story CTL building is underway in Vancouver, Canada and should be completed next year.last_img read more

Inquirer 7: Hopefuls who stood out in the 2017 PBA Draft Combine

first_imgKin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Jett Manuel. PBA IMAGESAll the UP standout needed was a chance, and when he was given one, he truly made the most of it.Manuel brandished his full talent in the two-day combine, showcasing his elite playmaking ability as well as his deadly offensive game alongside higher touted peers.Though he’s still confessedly a level below to the Kiefer Ravenas and Jeron Tengs of this batch, the 6-foot-2 guard remains as a decent selection, a dark horse perhaps, for any team looking for a shot of youth in the backcourt.Louie Vigil. PBA IMAGES(4) Louie Vigil – Guard (6-3, 26 years old, UST)If there’s one guy who truly made the most of the combine, it’s definitely Louie Vigil.Surprising scouts with his improved all-around game, the UST stud was a threat from all over the floor as he made his teammates look better in the mini-tournament.It remains to be seen, though, if his impressive outing will be enough to get him picked in the draft.Julian Sargent. PBA IMAGES(5) Julian Sargent – Forward (6-3, 26 years old, La Salle)Scouts and coaches may look at the stats, but the numbers do not perfectly elaborate how good Julian Sargent’s game was.The Fil-Am forward was Mr. Intangibles in the two-day event as he did all the dirty work on defense for his teams. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Eric Menk wants PBA Draft abolished: ‘System is broke’ LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But make no mistake, the La Sallian is still a threat on the offensive end, and with his improved conditioning, it shouldn’t come as a shock that teams are intrigued with what Sargent could do for their teams.(6) Jon Gabriel – Center (6-6, 24 years old, Colegio de San Lorenzo)Jon Gabriel. PBA IMAGESTalk about coming out of nowhere.Jon Gabriel tested his talents alongside famed counterparts and boy, did he deliver.Showing that he could compete with not only the best of NAASCU, but his fellow amateurs as well, the Colegio de San Lorenzo bruiser turned a lot of heads with his solid play down low, which could be pivotal as he eyes to shoot up the draft boards come Sunday.(7) Ervin Grospe – Forward (6-4, 23 years old, JRU)Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netComing off a confidence-boosting campaign in JRU, Ervin Grospe may just have picked the right time to make the jump.At 6-foot-4, the Bulacan native is still seen as undersized at his position, but it’s his grit that’s making him shine among his fellow big men, and if there are teams willing to gamble for hard-nosed players like Grospe, they may just have found their man. View comments But it didn’t stop the other aspirants from making a case for themselves in the hopes of getting picked come Sunday.Here’s seven names who we feel made the most of the combine and shot themselves up in the draft board.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout(1) Robbie Herndon – Guard (6-3, 24 years old, San Francisco State)Robbie Herndon. PBA IMAGESThe Fil-Am scorer made a solid case for himself in the combine, thriving alongside fellow bluechip recruits and showed his potential as a solid contributor for any team that picks him. Herndon’s outburst was no surprise for fans who have seen him play in the PBA D-League, but more than his offense, it was his playmaking and defense which shone  the most which may just be enough to boost for his candidacy in the draft on Sunday.(2) Lervin Flores – Center (6-5, 25 years old, Arellano)Lervin Flores. PBA IMAGESIn a field that doesn’t have much ceiling as compared to the batches prior, the Arellano center’s solid play stood out the most.Flores’ defensive showing is a sight to behold, and although there are still quirks on his game that he needs to improve on, his effort make up for those deficiencies as he is seen to fare well once he makes it to the pros.(3) Jett Manuel – Guard (6-2, 25 years old, UP)ADVERTISEMENT Less than a week before the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, 43 of the 44 applicants were given a chance to make last ditch efforts to impress scouts and coaches in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine.As expected, cream always rises to the top and top-flight aspirants were able to standout from their peers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

10 months agoDe Laurentiis: Chelsea manager Sarri shirked Napoli transfer responsibility

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say De Laurentiis: Chelsea manager Sarri shirked Napoli transfer responsibilityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted that he struggled to get the input of Maurizio Sarri on transfers.De Laurentiis has claimed that Sarri preferred to worry about coaching and improving his players.And it was tough for the owner to sit down with Sarri and figure out the ideal players to buy in transfer windows.”Sarri seemed timid and I discovered he was so dissatisfied with his past [working in finance],” he said during a panel run by Corriere di Mezzogiorno.”For a Communist to base his profession on the evils of money brought him to suffer from a syndrome of dissatisfaction. “I found Sarri to be very highly-strung. His wife couldn’t even come to the stadium. “I used to say to Sarri, who shall we buy? He’d reply that he didn’t want to know anything about it.” last_img read more

The Competition Bureau reaches settlement with Leons and the Brick

first_imgOTTAWA – The Competition Bureau said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with Leon’s Furniture Ltd. and the Brick Ltd. regarding allegations of deceptive marketing practices dating back nearly five years ago.As part of the settlement, Leon’s and the Brick have agreed to each donate $750,000 worth of home furnishings over two years to charities to be approved by the regulator.The bureau alleged in July 2013 that the retailers’ “buy now, pay later” promotions, often resulted in customers paying more than advertised and should be stopped.It said that customers who chose the deferred-payment option often ended up paying more than those who paid for their purchases up front as a result of the additional fees, which were “buried” by the retailers in the “fine print.” The extra costs ranged from processing or administrative fees, delivery fees and taxes.Leon’s, which owns the Brick, defended its deferred payment plans at the time. The retailer of furniture, appliances and electronics said they benefited consumers.But as part of the agreement announced Tuesday, Leon’s and the Brick have also agreed to adhere to the bureau’s guidance on the proper use of disclaimers in advertising and the disclosure of fees associated with their financing plans.“Consumers expect and deserve truth in advertising,” said Josephine Palumbo, the bureau’s deputy commissioner of competition, in a statement.“The bureau works to ensure Canadians can trust advertising claims made by businesses and can be confident in their purchasing decisions. Increased competition in the marketplace provides consumers with competitive prices and more choice.”Leon’s could not be immediately reached for comment about its settlement agreement with the Competition Bureau.Companies in this story: (TSX:LNF)last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,935.44, down 206.33 points). The Canadian Press Companies reporting major news:The Stars Group Inc. (TSX:TSGI). Up $1.51 or 7.25 per cent to $22.34. Shares of the online gaming company surged Friday after it announced that the Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a US$870-million lower court ruling against the online gaming company. It says Kentucky residents had sued PokerStars in 2010, about four years before The Stars Group bought the site, for gambling losses under a centuries-old statue. The Stars Group says it plans to seek the release of a US$100-million bond posted during the appeals process.Bombardier Inc. — Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by Bombardier Inc., calling the allegations of trade secret misappropriations “baseless and without merit.” The Japanese jet maker filed a motion to dismiss Bombardier’s case in a U.S. federal court in Seattle, saying the lawsuit aims to “disrupt development” of a rival jet. Bombardier sued Mitsubishi in October over allegations that some of the Quebec company’s former employees passed on documents containing trade secrets to Mitsubishi before going to work for the company.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Down 34 cents, or 4.38 per cent to $7.43. MEG Energy says it will waive its shareholder rights plan in its fight against a hostile takeover offer by Husky Energy Inc. However, the company says it continues to unanimously recommend shareholders reject Husky’s cash-and-share offer. MEG noted that since Husky announced its intention to make its offer on Sept. 30, Husky’s share price has fallen more than 30 per cent, eroding the value of the offer. The takeover was worth about $3.3 billion when proposed in September but has fallen to less than $2.5 billion because of deterioration in Husky’s share price.center_img Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up three cents, or 0.07 per cent, to $41.92, on 21.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down five cents, or 2.55 per cent to $1.91 on 19.9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Down 83 cents, or 4.27 per cent, to $18.62 on 19 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Gold. Up one cent, or 0.24 per cent, to $4.22 on 18.9 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Energy. Down two cents, or 1.9 per cent, to $1.03 on 16.2 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Down 81 cents or 2.5 per cent, to $31.59 on 13.6 million shares.last_img read more

FSJ city council approves grant to Peace Country River Rats

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John city council has approved a grant to the Peace Country River Rats to help host the 2019 World Jet Boat Race Championships.Peace Country River Rats had requested that the city funds the race with a $2,500 grant.Council has passed a motion to fund the full amount requested by the group. This funding will help alleviate the cost associated with the hosting of the race.The 2019 World Jet Boat Race will be coming to the Peace on July 10 to 21, 2019.last_img