Reflecting on the Amazigh Cultural Trinity

There are three major themes within the Amazigh culture, defined as the “trinity,” and easily recognizable in Moroccan culture. The three themes have transcended Amazigh culture and been accepted as the wider Moroccan identity: The importance of language (Tamazight), the pervasiveness of the tribal system and kinship (ddm), and the strong connection to the land (tammurt).The importance of languageWithout the wider Moroccan community or original Moroccan Arabs accepting the three pillars in Amazigh culture, Morocco would have a very different culture. In short, the similarities between Amazigh and Moroccan Arab culture ensured wide acceptance of Amazigh cultural aspects with Moroccans.The most obvious theme in the Moroccan community of Amazigh nature is the importance of language within society. When one looks at the Amazigh people, there is a clear correlation between the relevance of language and the preservation of the culture. The Amazigh people’s history and belief system was preserved in oral fashion where one generation would pass the history, wisdom, and laws to another. Despite having three distinct dialects, the history and laws of the Amazigh people synced and survived countless invasions.When the Arab invasion occurred, the Arabs brought a similar appreciation for the essential nature of language and the role that the elderly should play in the preservation of Tamazight. Even if one were to overlook the fact that both Arabic and Tamazight, the languages spoken by the Amazigh people, come from the Afro-Asiatic language family, both languages place a heavy emphasis on elders to ensure the continuation of language, either through writing or oral recitation. Though the Arabs expressed themselves in more poetic and eloquent language, it is believed that they appreciated the way in which the Amazigh people used language as a uniting factor.The relevance of language as a binding element became very apparent when King Mohammed VI amended the Moroccan constitution in 2011 to include Tamazight as a national language. A new written language was formed in neither Arabic script or Latin script but an entirely new alphabet—Tifinagh—to ensure the preservation of Amazigh history, traditions, laws, and wisdom.This recognition provided the Amazigh an even greater acceptance into contemporary Moroccan culture. Despite the similarities, the move to recognize the Amazigh was more a political gesture than an inclusion of Tamazight into society. Relevance of kinshipA second theme that one must look at when comparing Amazigh and contemporary Moroccan culture is the idea of kinship that spawns from the tribal system. The idea of a nation-state was a foreign concept from the West that both the Amazigh and Arab invaders in Morocco rejected.  For both the Amazigh and the Arabs, there is an acceptance that similarities between people are not defined by imaginary lines but rather that an identity stems from a shared language, shared history, and for the Arabs, a shared religion.This shared definition of identity resulted in a pervasive tribal system in both Amazigh and Moroccan culture. The tribal system is defined in terms of economically socialist but socially democratic that can still be found in the hospitality of Moroccans today. However, the idea of kinship that accepts people of different backgrounds is a relevant distinction between Amazigh and Moroccan culture. Even though the tribal system places an emphasis on the matriarch, Moroccan culture prefers an influential patriarch. The relevance of this is that there continues to be a disenfranchisement of the Amazigh people in the laws and politics of Morocco.The centrality of the landFinally, one must understand the idea of a homeland resonates with the Amazigh people. There is a unique relationship to the land that extends beyond the physical and into the spiritual. The Amazigh viewed the land as a thing that not only sustained life but provided protection from imperialistic Western and Arab campaigns that helped to preserve the language and tribal system.The spiritual aspect of the land can be found in the Moroccan Islam (closely related to Sufism) today and that there was a strong relationship between the people in the city and the people in the mountains.  This relates back to the idea that the Amazigh people accepted those who lived in the urban areas of Morocco. The relevance of this relationship between urban and rural emphasizes two distinct cultures in Morocco that coexist and share similar linguistic and societal norms. There is a complex relationship with language, societal tribal norms, and the connection to the land between Amazigh cultural traditions and their place in Moroccan society. The societal structure and relationship to the land strongly correlate to their acceptance into Moroccan culture today. Language also has Amazigh cultural characteristics but the acceptance of Tamazight within Moroccan culture still remains to be seen. However, if one were to remove any one of these Amazigh cultural aspects, it is fairly likely Morocco would have a different set of beliefs and way of life. read more

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Court to consider request to appeal against sentence on Gnanasara

The Court of Appeal is to consider a request to file an appeal against the sentence on the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero on Friday.Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero was convicted and sentenced on August 08 to 19 years of rigorous imprisonment, to be completed within 6 years for contempt of court.

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UNESCO kicks off conference against doping in sport says education is key

“Prevention is better than cure,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, stressing that while a great deal had been achieved in the last decade, advocacy work must continue to educate and enforce towards fulfilling the shared ambition of eradicating doping from sport worldwide. “The only possible way to fight doping effectively is through education,” she declared in a statement ahead of the two-day event, which wraps up tomorrow.More than 250 representatives of governments and the sporting industry will discuss anti-doping challenges over the two day conference, in line with the International Convention against Doping in Sport at a time of increasing concern about the use of performance enhancing drugs.The Convention, which was adopted in 2005, is based on the World Anti-Doping Code, where States commit to restrict trafficking in doping substances; apply common practices to control use by athletes in competitions; improve detection techniques; and support education and deterrence. UNESCO, which also administers a $1.8 million Fund for the elimination of doping in sport, said in a press release that the use of performance enhancing substances not only caused serious health problems but also undermined fairness and ethics in sport.The Fund, which was set up in 2008, aims to help countries enforce the Convention and strengthen anti-doping capacity and educate about the dangers of doping.UNESCO’s partners at the Convention include the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Council of Europe and Interpol.UNESCO is working with the Brazilian Anti-Doping Authority ahead of the 2016 Olympics and Paralympic Games in Rio in order to strengthen its fight against doping in sport through education, prevention and testing and to preserve the beauty of high performance competition. read more

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Idlib deal could save three million from catastrophe says UN chief as

“I welcome the agreement three days ago between President Erdogan of Turkey and President Putin of Russia, to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Idlib”, Mr Guterres told journalists in New York.“If properly implemented, this could save three million civilians – including one million children – from catastrophe.”In his appeal to “all the parties” to implement the agreement, the UN chief highlighted the need to ensure the protection of civilians and humanitarian access.International humanitarian law must also be respected and everyone involved in the more than seven-year conflict should work “urgently for greater progress” in the Geneva process to find a political solution to the situation.If properly implemented, this could save three million civilians – including one million children – from catastrophe – UN chief António GuterresMr Guterres’s comments followed a meeting earlier in the day of the Humanitarian Access Task Force on Syria, led by Senior Adviser to the UN Jan Egeland.Echoing the UN chief’s comments, Mr Egeland said that the deal between Russia and Turkey was a welcome development, before appealing to armed militants there not to fight “to the last civilian”.“What some groups have said is that they are preparing to fight,” Mr Egeland told journalists in Geneva. “And our message to them is…we hope you’re not going to fight to the last civilian”.After meeting with more than 20 Member States, Mr Egeland explained that the fine detail of the freshly-inked deal had yet to be decided.“We were informed of the details of the agreement,” he said. “We were also informed that many details are being worked out and that the two countries, Russia and Turkey, would be in contact with us as humanitarians, to explain how we can ensure protection of civilians, access for the 12,000 humanitarians who are inside of the zone and the many who will continue assistance, both cross-border and potentially cross-line, from Government-controlled areas.”The agreement between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin reportedly creates a 15-20-kilometre-wide de-escalation zone in Idlib to be patrolled by Russian and Turkish troops.The Special Advisor to the UN highlighted the dangers of further violence in Syria’s last opposition-held area, where half of Idlib’s population of nearly three million are internally-displaced civilians and a million are children. It was essential that the aid lifeline from Turkey to Syria “must not be cut” by fighting “that could still happen” as part of this agreement, he said.Some 10,000 fighters in Idlib are classified as terrorists by the UN. Insisting that the “ruthless and reckless armed groups” which had committed crimes in Syria should not escape justice, Mr Egeland said that he hoped interlocutors would offer them alternatives to fighting.“The listed organizations, terrorist organizations have many, thousands and thousands of fighters…. They are in many parts of Idlib,” he said. “And among them are many who say they would fight until the end, and that is very, very worrisome.”Terrorist organizations have many thousands of fighters… in many parts of Idlib…And among them are many who say they would fight until the end – UN Special Adviser, Jan EgelandWith so many armed groups there vying for control, the Senior Advisor to the UN called on Member States reiterated that it was a “war crime” to blend into civilian populations and to locate next to homes, schools or hospitals.“The so-called ‘war on terror’ is not called off,” Mr Egeland said. “On the contrary, there will be in the future air raids against the listed organizations. There will also be fighting between armed groups, armed actors and the so-called terrorists, the so-called radicals.”’Too few’ judgements so far on serious crimes committed during Syria conflict Also in Geneva, the head of the UN-appointed International, Independent and Impartial Mechanism (IIIM) into the worst crimes committed in Syria announced that there had been “far too few” judgments made against perpetrators to date.Criminal investigations taking place in a number of countries – notably in Europe – were “undeniably a source of hope” for victims, Catherine Marchi-Uhel told journalists.“But the road is still a long one,” she added, noting that “the large majority” remained “disillusioned” by the absence of the possibility of justice for them at an international level.After starting work on evidence-gathering earlier this year, the Mechanism has so far collected almost 900,000 records, the equivalent of four terabytes of data.This includes “high-value” testimonies gathered by other UN accountability bodies such as the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Ms. Marchi-Uhel explained, adding that the Mechanism also engages with national war crimes units in various States and with Syrian non-governmental organizations.To date, the Mechanism has received seven requests for assistance from national prosecutors. It expects to open “two or more specific investigative case files” before the end of the year, the IIM head said. read more

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Brock holds Remembrance Day ceremony

Faculty, staff and students attended the Remembrance Day ceremony.The Brock community gathered in the Ian Beddis Gymnasium this morning to pay solemn tribute to Canada’s war veterans.The ceremony included Aboriginal drummers, a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace” and readings from Jewish, Christian and Islamic scripture. The event, organized by Campus Ministries, also included a reading of “In Flanders Fields” and the laying of wreaths.While war is often debated, “we cannot doubt nor question the commitment and the courage of thousands of our fellow countrymen and women who lost their lives at an age far too young in the name of the values we all hold dear,” said David Galston, a university chaplain.President Jack Lightstone said “we must never lose hope or stop striving for peace.“No one knows that better than those who have gone to war for us. It matters not one iota that securing peace is hard or peace is elusive or that humanity so easily falls back into aggression. We must honour our veterans and their fallen comrades also by working for peace.”Avital Sternin, a representative from the Brock Jewish Students’ Association, takes a moment to remember. read more

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The secret of champagne Size does matter when it comes to bubbles

first_imgThey have discovered that the presence of larger bubbles, around 3.4mm across at the surface, greatly enhances the release of aerosols into the air above the glass.Ironically bubbles the size of those found in cheaper cava and prosecco sparkling wines lend themselves better to maximising champagne’s delicate flavours. The effect of the larger bubbles is to drive the important aromatic compounds that give champagne its distinctive smell and flavour upwards into the drinker’s nose when they take a sip.Professor Gérard Liger-Belair, a chemical physicist at the University of Reims, who led the research, said: “This result is also remarkable as it undermines the popular belief that the smaller the bubbles, the better the champagne. Small bubbles were the worst in terms of aroma release.”Some one million bubbles form in the average glass of champagne, due to the dissolved carbon dioxide which forms in the wine due to a second fermentation process that occurs during production inside the sealed bottles.When the bottle is opened, this gas is released, often explosively, causing the champagne to foam. The remaining gas then gradually bubbles to the surface in the glass.These bubbles form a “raft” on the surface and then collapse, releasing a cloud of tiny droplets that produce the pleasurable experience when drinking champagne. Professor Liger-Belair said bubble size in champagne and sparkling wine can vary from between 0.4mm and 4mm across. The viscosity of the drink and the glass into which it is poured can all influence how big these bubbles are.But they found that bubbles with a radius of 1.7mm across resulted in the highest number of droplets evaporating at the surface of the drink.He said: “We showed that decreasing champagne viscosity would improve drop evaporation.”Additives that would change wine viscosity without changing the taste might be used. These results pave the way towards fine tuning of champagne aroma diffusion.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Bubbles in a glass of champagne may seem like the acme of frivolity to most people, but in fact they may be considered a fantastic playground for any fluid physicistProfessor Gérard Liger-Belaircenter_img Using high-speed photography and imaging techniques, Professor Liger-Belair and his colleagues have been able to observe precisely what happens to a champagne bubble.In a study published in the European Physical Journal Special Topics, they show that the bubbles form a regular hexagonal pattern on the surface.When a bubble collapses, it creates a cavity that stretches and strains the neighbouring bubbles, producing a pattern that looks similar to the petals of a flower.According to Professor Liger-Belair and his team, this increases the chances of the surrounding bubbles collapsing, creating an avalanche of tiny droplets being thrown into the air at the top of the glass.Traditionally wine professionals often use bubble size as a marker of quality – with larger bubbles in cheap sparkling wines like prosecco and cava. It has long been said by the cognoscenti that the key to a perfect glass of champagne is a steady stream of tiny bubbles rising to the surface.But now, just in time for Christmas, it can be revealed this is not the case. In fact, it is the size that matters.Scientists based in the heart of France’s Champagne-Ardenne region have found that larger bubbles may actually improve the way a sparkling wine tastes. Professor Liger-Belair and his colleagues have previously published research showing that chilling champagne can help to reduce the amount of alcohol carried up in each bubble. This can prevent more delicate flavours from being overpowered.Cooling a bottle of champagne to 39°F (4°C) can also help to reduce the speed of the cork as it leaves the bottle, preventing accidents, they found.Tilting the glass when pouring can also help prevent it from overflowing and drinking from a flute rather than a wider coupe glass can help to enhance the flavour due to the way the bubbles mix in a glass.Professor Liger-Belair said: “Bubbles in a glass of champagne may seem like the acme of frivolity to most people, but in fact they may be considered a fantastic playground for any fluid physicist.”With more than 1,000 exemplary bottles, visit Telegraph Wine from Waitrose for your favourites and new showstoppers to try.last_img read more

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Writer Maya Angelou has died at 86

first_imgACCLAIMED AMERICAN WRITER Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.She was found dead at her home this morning. Dr Angelou had been poorly and had cancelled her appearances at a number of events in recent weeks due to what was described as an unexpected ailment.The writer became famous with the 1969 publication of her book, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and had published seven autobiographies as well as three books of essays, several books of poetry, and plays, films and television shows over the course of her 50-year career.She was hailed as a trailblazer for her work in a number of fields, including as a civil rights advocate.Her work documented what it was like to be a black woman in America, drawing on her own experiences, beginning in the Deep South in the 1930s.She came through a traumatic childhood, during which she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend.  She worked as a professional dancer, prostitute, playwright, television producer, and lecturer before her first works were published.She was one of the first black women to write a best-seller, and was chosen to read one of her poems at Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. The poem, On The Pulse of Morning, went on to sell more than one million copies. Source: mohitbahi/YouTubeRead: Presidential poems: will Michael D quote himself during inauguration speech? >last_img read more

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Forte pollution aux particules fines dans les Pays de la Loire

first_imgForte pollution aux particules fines dans les Pays de la LoireDimanche, la procédure d’information du public a été déclenchée dans la région des Pays de la Loire, en raison d’une forte pollution aux particules fines.Les concentrations moyennes sur 24 heures de particules PM10 (taille inférieure à 10 microns) s’échelonnaient entre 93 µG/m3, en Vendée, et 107 µg/m3, en Loire-Atlantique hier, a indiqué Air Pays de la Loire, l’organisme de contrôle de la qualité de l’air. Toute activité intense est donc déconseillée. Par ailleurs, les conducteurs sont invités à réduire leur vitesse.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueL’amélioration, observée hier en Mayenne et dans la Sarthe, doit gagner le reste de la région “en début de semaine”, rapporte 20minutes.fr. En attendant, le “message de recommandations sanitaires et comportementales” de Air Pays de la Loire tient toujours, après la pollution observée.En France, de nouvelles normes d’information sont progressivement adoptées suite à une directive européenne, rappelle l’AFP. Elles prévoient un seuil d’information à 50 microgrammes par mètre cube et non plus à 80. Le seuil d’alerte passera alors à 80.Le 7 mars 2011 à 09:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Equifax hackers acquire data of 143M Americans

first_imgCriminal hackers have acquired sensitive personal data — including Social Security numbers, birthdates and home addresses — of 143 million Americans by penetrating a web-based application for Equifax, the credit reporting agency said Thursday.The breach, which the company said began in May, was discovered in July. Though Equifax said in a statement that “core database” were not penetrated, the attackers did gain access to a wide range of data for what appears to be a majority of American adults and some foreign consumers as well.Social Security numbers and birthdates are particularly sensitive data, giving those who possess them the ingredients for identity fraud and other crimes. Equifax said that it also lost control of an unspecified number of driver’s licenses along with the credit card numbers for 209,000 consumers and credit dispute documents for 182,000 others.“In addition to the number (of victims) being really large, the type of information that has been exposed is really sensitive,” said Beth Givens, executive director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a consumer advocacy group based in San Diego. “All in all, this has the potential to be a very harmful breach to those who are affected by it.”Equifax said it was alerting those who were affected by mail. It also set up a website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, to help consumers understand the breach and check whether they were affected. The company is offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to anyone who may have been affected.last_img read more

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Rep Guttenberg Looks To Jumpstart Fairbanks LNG

first_imgState Representative David Guttenberg wants to jumpstart Fairbanks’ conversion to natural gas heating. The state is pursuing a public private project to process North Slope gas and truck it to Fairbanks, but Gutenberg says it faces a familiar problem.Download Audiolast_img

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WATCH Tavis Smiley Claims PBS Made Mistake In Ouster But PBS Fires

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @JasMoneyRecordsTavis SmileyTavis Smiley has defended himself from allegations he had sexual relationships with subordinates and created an abusive workplace environment, denying any wrongdoing and saying PBS made a mistake by suspending him from his talk show. PBS almost immediately fired back, saying he “needs to get his story straight.”He told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday that he’s never coerced anyone into a relationship but has had consensual relationships in the workplace. He said those relationships weren’t forbidden by the company he owns and he claims he never promoted or fired anyone based on their relationship with him.Tavis Smiley pushes back against allegations of sexual misconduct: “I have never groped, I have never coerced, I have never exposed myself inappropriately…I celebrate and applaud these women who’ve had the courage to come out and tell their truth.” pic.twitter.com/VNuxgQczrS— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 18, 2017“I’ve never groped. I’ve never coerced, I’ve never exposed myself inappropriately to anyone in 30 years,” Smiley said. “I’ve made mistakes — I’m human. I’m not perfect. But it doesn’t rise to the level of wrongful termination.”Smiley said Monday that he applauds women coming forward to share their sexual assault and harassment experiences “to lead us in a conversation about how to create healthy workspaces.”At the same time, he said “I want to make sure we don’t lose all sense of nuance and proportionality in this conversation, because if we do then people end up being guilty simply by accusation.”PBS responded in a matter of hours, saying Smiley’s acknowledgement of multiple relationships contradicted his previous statements.“Tavis Smiley needs to get his story straight,” it said in a statement, which also promised more accusations: “Additional allegations are continuing to come to light since last week’s announcement.”PBS also derided Smiley’s claim that he applauds women who have come forward, pointing out that Smiley’s company hinders such actions by requiring former and current employees to sign non-disclosure agreements. “Witnesses who have bravely come forward to speak with the independent investigators retained by PBS report a fear of retribution for speaking out,” it said.Smiley’s career took a huge hit last week when PBS said it was suspending him following an independent investigation by a law firm that uncovered “multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS.”Then fallout was swift: Walmart, a sponsor, cut ties with him and live producer Mills Entertainment pulled out of backing Smiley’s upcoming theatrical show that was to focus on the last year of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. Hay House, which distributes the Smiley Books imprint, said all Smiley projects were “on hold” pending an internal review.As to accusations he created a verbally abusive and threatening work place, Smiley admitted many of his TV and radio projects are intense at times but said “I’m not an angry black man and this notion of a hostile environment just doesn’t fit.” He added that no complaints about him have ever been raised.Smiley’s suspension comes weeks after PBS cut ties with anchor and talk show host Charlie Rose, citing “extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior” by him toward women at his PBS talk show. The actions against Smiley and Rose follow dozens of firings and suspensions of prominent men who have been accused of sexual misconduct or harassment.last_img read more

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Right on the Raiders making the playoffs Wrong on Blake Bortles

first_imgWhere Colin was WrongThe Giants are for real – Colin didn’t know what to make of this Giants team for most of the season, and dismissed them. He finally gets it. They’re this year’s Denver. Their defense has been transformed in free agency and is practically impossible to run against.They have a nice secondary that’s capable of shutting down opposing wide receivers, and they get enough big plays on offense from Odell Beckham to win close games. Just like Denver, it’s working.  Colin was wrong.Odell Beckham makes ANOTHER incredible one-handed catch for the 4-yard TD! #GiantsPride #NYGvsDET pic.twitter.com/SOIEnrbNsy— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 2016 Where Colin was WrongMike Mularkey has the Titans in the playoff hunt – Colin didn’t think Mike Mularkey was the right choice to maximize the development of Marcus Mariota and help the Titans turnaround a losing culture. But, in his first full year as head coach, the Titans have mounted a late-season playoff push on the back of a punishing rushing attack and Mariota’s hot play.The biggest testament to Mularkey has been the continued growth and development of Mariota, who has broken into the upper tier of NFL quarterbacks, and has been the best in the league in the red zone. Colin likes Mularkey because, unlike so many head coaches, he’s established an identity. They run the ball. A lot. It’s working. Colin was wrong.Ryan Succop drills the 53-yard FG as time expires to give the #Titans a 19-17 win over the Chiefs! #TitanUp #TENvsKC pic.twitter.com/qoHjcgISsS— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 2016 Where Colin was RightRex Ryan is reportedly done in Buffalo – Colin has always said Rex Ryan’s brand of tough guy football was a dying breed. It’s been replaced by the era of tacticians and football scholars.Ryan is a “win the press conference” guy, but his act grew old in New York, and now in Buffalo, where he’ll reportedly be fired at the end of the year. Rex was the last of an NFL coaching dinosaur, and now he’s extinct – as a head coach, anyway. Colin was right.Here’s the last 3 min of Rex Ryan’s testy press conference including questions from @ByBuckyGleason, @viccarucci, and @salmaiorana. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/cVHsO4g7yF— Prescott Rossi (@PrescottRossi) December 14, 2016Where Colin was WrongBlake Bortles is a bust – When Blake Bortles came into the NFL, Colin thought he had a chance to be a poor man’s Andrew Luck. With almost three full seasons in the book, it’s clear that Colin was wrong. Bortles had all the measurables teams look for in a prospect, but he doesn’t have any pocket presence, and misses open throws all the time. Some guys have “it”, some guys don’t. Bortles don’t. The Jags need to move on. Every Monday in The Herd, it’s time for Colin to count the wins and the losses from another week of predictions in Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrong.This Week, Colin is taking a victory lap after the Raiders clinched their first playoff berth since 2002 with yesterday’s win over the Chargers. Brock Osweiler got benched, and Colin saw that coming, too. But, he was wrong on Mike Mularkey, who has the Titans fighting for the playoffs, and Blake Bortles, who can safely be declared a bust after three seasons.Here’s the right and the wrong from the past week: Where Colin was RightRaiders are heading to the playoffs – Colin was ahead of the curve when he predicted the Raiders would return to the playoffs this year. He saw an “it” quality with Derek Carr that has grown unmistakable in his breakout MVP-type year. The Raiders are 11-3, and clinched their first playoff berth since 2002 with yesterday’s win over the Chargers.GM Reggie McKenzie deserves as much credit as anyone for the turnaround. The Raiders core of young superstars are as good as there is in the NFL. Colin was right.Michael Crabtree makes a fantastic catch in the corner of the end zone to tie the game before halftime! #RaiderNation #OAKvsSD pic.twitter.com/j5DKAWVTml— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 2016center_img Where Colin was RightBrock Osweiler got benched – Colin said the Texans signing Osweiler to a $72 million free agency contract, sight unseen, was a mistake when it happened. It should have been a red flag that John Elway was so willing Osweiler walk without a fight. He’s overly tall, unathletic, has a weak arm, no leadership intangibles, and completely lacks any pocket awareness. He was finally benched yesterday for backup Tom Savage. Colin was right.Texans Fans Erupt In Cheer After $72 Million Dollar QB Brock Osweiler Gets Benched pic.twitter.com/SnGZVvfkJa— SportsCast (@SportsCast_THN) December 18, 2016 Where Colin was RightAFC Predictions still looking good – Other than predicting the Colts would finish atop the AFC, Colin had the Patriots, Raiders, Steelers and Chiefs making the playoffs. He had the Ravens and the Titans on the bubble and just missing out. Other than his Colts misfire, his scenario is still holding up pretty well at this point in the season. Colin was right.Where Colin was WrongNFC predictions are still looking bad – Colin had Green Bay finishing with the best record (13-3), and although they’re making a late-season charge for the division, it won’t be as the top seed. The Cowboys dominance has caught everyone off guard, including Colin. He thought the Panthers and the Cardinals would be playas, but they’ve been pretenders. Wrong. Advertisementlast_img read more

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MedInformatix Developing Billing Solution for Northern Californias Largest Radiology Group

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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | PACS | September 25, 2017 MedInformatix Developing Billing Solution for Northern California’s Largest Radiology Group Company will customize billing platform as part of its signature V7.6 RIS Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. 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 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  September 25, 2017 — Bay Medical Management and its radiology services provider Bay Imaging Consultants have chosen MedInformatix to implement a new revenue cycle management solution for the expansive practice. MedInformatix will customize a billing platform as part of its signature V7.6 RIS (radiology information system) and enterprise practice management technology suite.Bay Medical Management focuses on solving healthcare organizations’ problems with strategic and efficient solutions. The company performs radiology practice management, billing, healthcare information technology (IT) work for 11 hospitals and 22 outpatient facilities in the Bay Area, and currently operates and manages five partnership imaging facilities with their hospital partners.Bay Imaging Consultants Medical Group provides a full-spectrum of state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services and procedures at more sites in Northern California than any other private practice radiology group. Their clinical team includes more than 80 board-certified radiologists, many of whom also hold appointments at UC-San Francisco and Stanford.For more information: www.medinformatix.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more last_img read more

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Air China marks 30 years connecting East with West

first_imgSource = ETB News: Megan Tran The original flight (Beijing to Sydney) was launched on 7 September 1984 in partnership with Qantas, and three decades and over 4.5 million passengers on, the carrier is presently the only airline operating direct services between Australia and Beijing.General Manager Air China Melbourne Yan Han, said combining the airline’s history as well as its modern outlook was the airlines forte.“Over the past 30 years our countries have become increasingly interlinked through our business and cultural exchange, and we’re honoured to have been involved in the development of this relationship,” Mr Han said.Melbourne Airport chief executive officer Chris Woodruff said he was looking forward to continuing the partnership with the airline.“As the relationship between Australia and China strengthens and with Australians increasingly looking to China for investment opportunities, we expect to see continued growth in popularity for Air China with Australian business,” Mr Woodruff said.An anniversary event was held last week in Melbourne to celebrate this milestone, which was attended by dignitaries of both countries.Key addresses were given by Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Louise Asher MP and Chris Woodruff.The carrier, who operates 15 weekly services, announced a net profit of US$184 million in 2014.last_img read more

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Aqua Expeditions unveils new fleet additions Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera

first_imgOne of the leading boutique luxury cruise lines Aqua Expeditions officially announced two new fleet additions: Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera. Aqua Blu is Aqua Expeditions’ first coastal ship and the first-ever long-range expedition-class yacht to be permanently based in the East Indonesian Archipelago with year-round departures.Partnering with internationally-renowned yacht designer Cor D. Rover, the completely refurbished Aqua Blu is endowed with a rich heritage as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle. To begin service on November 16, 2019, Aqua Blu will primarily serve three destinations on seven-night coastal cruise itineraries:Raja Ampat (Round-trip; December through to February; 10 departures/year)Bali-Komodo National Park (Bi-directional; April to September; 23 departures/year)Ambon & Spice Islands (Round-trip; October to November; seven departures/year)Opening up the opportunity of exploring multiple destinations in East Indonesia on a single itinerary and discovering exotic locales such as The Forgotten Islands, Aqua Blu will also offer highly-limited 12-night journeys. Called Limited Cross-Destination Voyages, there will be a maximum of four departures a year, each sailing a different route.Aqua Nera, a new-build river cruise boat, features a high-concept interior by renowned architect Noor Design. Designed and constructed in Vietnam, the vessel will sail to the Peruvian Amazon, where it will begin operations on August 1, 2020. Aqua Nera will offer three, four and seven-night river cruise itineraries.As Aqua Expeditions vessels both Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera feature world-class cuisine experiences by renowned consulting chefs. Both Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera are now open for booking.last_img read more

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How will Fed Rate Hikes Affect Housing

first_img Share How will Fed Rate Hikes Affect Housing? The meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)—the policy-making arm of the Federal Reserve begins today. This is also the first time that the meeting is being led by Jerome Powell the new Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. And while the market expects rate hikes to be announced at the end of this meeting, everyone’s interested to know if the meeting also throws light on long-term policy-tightening measures and what it would mean for the housing industry.In its recent economic forecast, Fannie Mae has said that it expects the current downshift in the first quarter to be temporary as economic fundamentals remain positive. The Economic and Statistic Group (ESR) of the GSE is, in fact, expecting at least three rate hikes this year.“The ESR Group continues to expect the first rate increase of the year at the March meeting, followed by two more increases later this year,” Fannie Mae said in its monthly Economic Outlook Report. Economists monitoring the housing market agree. “Expect the Fed to keep raising rates this year with this being the first of what’s expected to be a total of three or four hikes of a quarter-point each in 2018,” said Holden Lewis, Research Analyst, at NerdWallet.“The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting starts today and experts agree that an increase in the Federal Funds Rate is almost certain. In fact, the expectation of future Fed rate hikes is already putting upward pressure on mortgage rates,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American. “The benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rate jumped three basis points to 4.4 percent this past week. Since the start of the year, the benchmark rate has climbed almost half a percentage point and has increased for eight consecutive weeks.” Explaining the effect of these hikes on consumers with a home equity line of credit (HELOC), Lewis said, “If a consumer has a HELOC, every Fed rate hike affects their bottom line. The interest rates on their credit cards and HELOC go up whenever the Fed raises short-term rates. So a Fed increase by a quarter of a percentage point means consumers’ interest rates go up by the same amount.” in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, journal, Newscenter_img March 20, 2018 799 Views Economy Fannie Mae Federal Reserve FOMC HELOCs HOUSING Mortgage Rates Rate Hikes 2018-03-20 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

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Woman remanded as second suspect in pensioners death Updated

first_imgA 34-year-old woman was remanded  by the Nicosia court on Sunday for eight days after being sought in connection with the death of a pensioner in Aglandjia, Nicosia.The woman appeared before the court without a lawyer,  CNA reported, and the proceedings were translated into Arabic, although she said she understood and speaks Greek, the report said.However, the woman has not responded to police questioning so far and refused to be checked by a medical examiner for DNA evidence. According to CNA, she did not object in court to the remand order but only to the eight-days requested by police investigators. She also questioned why she was arrested as a second suspect when CCTV footage had clearly shown only one perpetrator.A 29-year-old man was remanded in custody by the Nicosia court for eight days on Saturday in connection with the death of Andriani Vanezi, 80, a retired teacher, who was found bound and gagged at her home in last week.He was arrested on Friday after police were tipped off about the sale of a laptop similar to the one stolen from the victim’s home last Monday. He denies any involvement in the case.  You May Likeflarebox.info10 Rare Dog Breeds You May Have Never Heard Aboutflarebox.infoUndoDirect HealthySamuel Jackson Lives In This House At 70Direct HealthyUndoBaby Cribs | Search AdsBaby Cribs: Search For The Best Online OffersBaby Cribs | Search AdsUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Charities struggling to cope with refugees

first_imgSyrian asylum seeker numbers spiralling in PaphosBy Bejay BrowneSyrian refugees in Paphos are not yet sleeping rough in the streets, but numbers are swelling, winter is coming and space to accommodate them is rapidly running out.No one knows better than Syrian-born Rehab Al Habat the precarious existence facing Syrian refugees who make their way to Cyprus.Al Habrat, who speaks English and Greek as well as Arabic, has lived in Cyprus for 15 years and volunteers with both the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and Caritas, a charity working with refugees..“The Arab community rallies around people when they arrive and they open their homes to them,” she said. “This is the only reason that we don’t have Syrians sleeping on the streets in Paphos yet, but space will run out.”She added that the numbers of Syrian asylum seekers in Paphos have increased dramatically to around one thousand, and that as more boats arrive – often off the Paphos district coast – more make their way to the coastal town.In the last few weeks alone, more than one hundred people have arrived in the Republic either by boat or through the buffer zone. Cyprus is already hosting around 15,000 who have either been given asylum or have applied for it. Most of them are Syrian.Compared to the more than a million refugees and migrants that fled to the rest of the EU at the height of the crisis in 2015, Cyprus’ intake may sound small but, according to Eurostat figures, Cyprus now tops the list in asylum applications with over 5,000 per million population. It is followed by Greece and Italy.One Syrian mother (who wished to remain unnamed) recently arrived in Paphos from Turkey with her four children after escaping an Isis attack on her village.She fled her home with a group of 20 other villagers, travelling mostly at night to evade detection and Isis strongholds, sleeping outdoors, without food or water.Syrian refugees after being brought ashore near Kato Pyrgos in 2016They were spotted and shot at more than once. One of the group was wounded and they had to leave her on the road to her fate. The others were unable to carry her, as they were carrying their children.The woman carried her toddler in her arms for the long journey into Turkey. Four families stayed together and eventually got a boat, paying smugglers to get across to Cyprus.They came at night and were made to leave the boat close to the shore near Polis. She was forced to carry her toddler above her head as she attempted to wade ashore with water up to her neck.But the waves were powerful, and exhausted, she could no longer hold her daughter who was swept away. The infant was saved by the other refugees. Although she survived, she spent three days in hospital recovering from near drowning.“The mother and children are now in Paphos and she has claimed asylum but are having a terrible time. We are helping as much as we can,” Wendy Burdon, head of Caritas Paphos, which offers a food programme and help to refugees, told the Sunday Mail.Delays in asylum applications has meant the Kofinou reception centre, the only governmental reception centre for asylum seekers, is now full.The centre is meant to provide temporary accommodation and provision of reception facilities to asylum seekers for an initial period until asylum seekers gain access to the rights provided under EU regulations: housing, work and welfare benefits.However, there are many long-term asylum seekers in the centre.Last week, the interior minister, Constantinos Petrides, said the government is addressing the issue.Petrides added the state would fast-track unfounded asylum applications in a month and draft a national list of safe third countries. The government will also cut the time asylum seekers need to wait in order to work from six months to one, and the sectors in which asylum seekers can be employed will be expanded.In the meantime, many Syrian refugees are making their way to Paphos, believing that prices are cheaper and that a job, money and accommodation awaits.“They are given hope that we can help with money and accommodation, but we can’t,” Al Habrat said. “Often the authorities make it difficult for them to get the money they are entitled to and they have to fight for it. It’s not easy.”Volunteers in Paphos are right to worry. According to Gosia Chrysanthou, the coordinator of the Nicosia Migrant Centre, the answer is ‘another Kofinou’. Some refugees in the capital have nowhere to stay and are sleeping rough.“This is the reality, and we are very worried what will happen as winter is approaching. A hotel could be rented to accommodate them for example, this is what we are hoping for,” she said.An immigration department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Sunday Mail that Cyprus faces a very difficult and sensitive situation.“We are just not prepared for the influx of refugees arriving.”He said that more should be done to train staff on how to treat refugees face to face, and whilst some have a sympathetic approach, others are dismissive and sometimes rude.“They (refugees) are human beings and should be treated as such. This could be any of us and in our not so distant history, we have conflict of our own,” he said.According to the European Commission, before a person can receive asylum, he/she must be recognised as a refugee or as a beneficiary of subsidiary protection. The relevant directive aims to ensure that people fleeing persecution, wars and torture are treated fairly, in a uniform manner throughout the EU.Burdon said that often Syrian refugee families will telephone from the bus station in Paphos where they have arrived from Nicosia, asking for help.“The rents are beyond their means, the money they get is not enough to cover their needs and takes a long time to come and coupons don’t go far,” she said. “We can help with food, clothing and donated household goods, but not money, accommodation or finding them jobs.”Chrysanthou explained that refugees are entitled to immediate material reception conditions which include accommodation, food clothing and medical care. These are offered as a ‘package’ at Kofinou where they are the responsibility of the interior ministry and the asylum services.Kofinou reception centreBut as the centre has become full, Syrian refugees leave the centre and in effect become ‘homeless’, she explained.The responsible ministry then becomes the ministry of labour and the social welfare department.“They are then supposed to be given food coupons, a small allowance to cover electricity and water and a rent allowance.”A single person is entitled to 100 euros per month rent,150 euros per month of coupons and expenses of 70 euros.A family of four or more – the same figures apply to very large families – receive 375 euros for food, 200 euros for rent and 160 euros for other expenses.“The process is complicated for the refugees with a lot of bureaucracy and red tape getting in the way. They have to make their way to find the relevant offices, with no language or money.”At present, until refugees have a letter from the immigration department confirming their international protection status, they are not entitled to anything and cannot exercise any rights, she said. In some cities, this can take some time, particularly in Nicosia, and in the mean time they are left in limbo.Chrysanthou added that there is also a difference in the way procedures are followed in different towns. For example, refugees in Paphos do not receive any emergency money.The food coupons given to refugees are particularly controversial. They are only valid for a period of time, only handed out at certain times during the month, often delayed and can only be used at two or three shops in each town where prices are inflated, she said.“For example, toothpaste that is on sale at a budget supermarket for one euro will cost refugees around 4.50 euros. They are being exploited and there is a way to solve this for the refugees and also to make it easier for the social welfare department.”In other countries, refugees are given cash cards which can be topped up.“These allow them to spend the money how they wish and gives them back their dignity too.”You May LikeCheezburgerHere’s Why Marie Kondo Is Swiftly Becoming America’s Favourite Organizational ExpertCheezburgerUndoYahoo Search | Search AdsOpen An Account, Get Cash! Search The Best Interest Rate Saving AccountsYahoo Search | Search AdsUndofinancefiasta.com7 Creative ways to Break Your Child’s Gadget Addiction!financefiasta.comUndo High temperatures increase risk of firesUndoNew equipment for Paphos lifeguards but ‘proper’ towers neededUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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President to ask Lute to accelerate terms of reference process

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades will underline the need to accelerate the process regarding the formulation of the terms of reference for the resumption of Cyprus settlement talks during his upcoming meeting with UN envoy Jane Holl Lute.The meeting is taking place on Sunday morning at the Presidential Palace. Lute will later meet separately with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who dismissed a proposal by Anastasiades for a joint meeting with Lute.Government sources told the Cyprus News Agency that Anastasiades is expected to reiterate his proposal for a joint meeting, underlining the need to accelerate the process for the formulation of the terms of reference to make it more productive.CNA also said Anastasiades will repeat his previous proposal towards the Turkish Cypriot side to reply in writing on all issues included in the Guterres framework, which was unveiled during the 2017 Conference on Cyprus, in the Swiss resort of Crans Montana.The same sources also said that during his meeting with the UN envoy the President will highlight the need for the terms of reference to cover all issues discussed at the negotiations, as per the Guterres framework, contrary to the insistence of the Turkish Cypriot side to focus only on the issue of political equality.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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