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Winter Traffic Advisory

first_imgExtreme conditions including heavy snow, high winds, rain, and frigid temperatures have left many roads, including main highways across the province impassable. Plowing efforts have been further complicated by poor visibility and abandoned vehicles. Plowing efforts today, Feb. 16, will focus on getting 100-series highways such as Highways 104 and 101, as well as main trunks and routes, opened and passable for traffic. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is contacting private equipment operators for assistance and moving in heavy equipment and crews to some of the harder hit areas of the province. It may be several days before local and gravel roads are plowed. The department is working with EMO and Nova Scotia Power to assist with emergencies and help restore power outages. Motorists are advised to stay off the roads as much as possible and monitor twitter @NS_TIR and 511 for updates. Check road conditions at http://novascotia.ca/tran/winter/ . -30-last_img read more

Harper government following ways of the past by tinkering with Indian Act

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo says the Harper government-backed private members bill to repeal sections of the Indian Act represented the “ways of the past.”Atleo issued a statement in response to Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan’s announcement that the government was backing Conservative MP Rob Clarke’s proposed Bill C-428, the Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act. The proposed bill would strike down several sections of the Indian Act including those dealing with residential schools, wills and estates and band bylaws.“We all agree we need to move away from the Indian Act, but any efforts must be led by First nations and done with First Nations, not for First Nations,” said Atleo, in the statement. “This proposed legislation contains a number of piecemeal amendments to the current Indian Act. Tinkering with the existing Act continues the ways of the past, whereas First Nations want to move forward based on their rights and responsibilities.”Atleo said any moves to replace the Indian Act must be done with Treaties playing the central role.“The Treaty relationship of mutual respect and partnership is essential and fundamental to drive new approaches that respect and implement our rights to our economies and to decision-making affecting our lives,” said Atleo’s statement.In a speech Thursday at Ryerson University in Toronto, Atleo also voiced frustration with the Conservative government.During the Crown-First Nations gathering held in January, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the government had no plans to unilaterally alter the Indian Act.“Much was promised by Prime Minister Harper and his ministers, much less has been delivered thus far,” said Atleo, according to his speaking notes. “We all know the cycle: promises made, promises broken, anger builds, confrontation (and) then an embarrassed government sets up a task force or commission. It makes recommendations and new promises are made. My people are fed up with this vicious circle.”last_img read more

Quebec inquiry told to let First Nations have more control of justice

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsQuebec’s inquiry into relations with Indigenous people has often focused on the negative, particularly with the legal system.But Thursday’s testimony was centred on a possible solution: First Nations taking justice into their own hands.Akwesasne did just that last year, testified Joyce King, director of Akwesasne’s department of justice.“We made a historical statement saying we have a court that is separate from Canada and the provinces,” said King.It did so in what can only be described as jurisdictional nightmare, as Akwesasne is a territory on the Canada/United States border that is partly in New York, Ontario and Quebec.The court allows it to handle lesser crimes with restorative justice practices where deemed appropriate, while major crimes like murder are handled off territory.“So restorative justice means bring balance back into the community, if you have done something wrong, how are you either going to mitigate it, or make up for what you have done?” said King.Kahnawake Mohawk Territory isn’t far behind Akwesasne.In 2015, they enacted its own justice act and are currently implementing it.“We know that Quebec system of justice doesn’t necessarily work well for everyone, it doesn’t always take into consideration customs, traditions and practices,” testified Kevin Fleisher, justice commissioner of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.King did have one piece of advice for other First Nations.“No one gives you authority, you have to take it,” she said.last_img read more

Taxefficient strategies for stretching your nest egg in retirement

by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted May 11, 2017 9:22 am MDT Last Updated May 11, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tax-efficient strategies for stretching your nest egg in retirement TORONTO – Taxes are rarely a consideration for most Canadians saving up for retirement, as RRSPs and TFSAs provide generous tax-sheltering opportunities.But once the time comes to start tapping into your nest egg, tax efficiency becomes far more complicated, experts say. In addition to drawing income from your portfolio, you’ll need to combine it with government pensions and possibly employer pensions, while accounting for potential clawbacks to government benefits like Old Age Security.Adding to the complexities is that every person’s situation will be different, says Daryl Diamond of Diamond Retirement Planning Ltd. in Winnipeg and author of “Your Retirement Income Blueprint.”“There is no one formula that applies to everyone where you push a button and that’s the solution,” he says. “This is really a point in time where people need specialized advice.”When working with clients, Diamond says the first thing he looks at is all their different sources of income coming from registered and non-registered accounts, with a view toward long-term tax efficiency.“It’s not just simply a question of how do I make it tax efficient today, but also down the road 10, 12 and 15 years later,” he says.“And I say this because people are still being told to spend all their non-registered money first and defer all their registered money, which in certain situations might make sense, but not in a heck of a lot of others.”Diamond says while deferring RRSP withdrawals in retirement allows you to keep sheltering investment gains, that could put you in a bad position at age 71 when you’re required to convert your RRSP into a RRIF and start making mandated withdrawals. Because tax rates increase at higher levels of income, you could find yourself in a situation where your OAS or other types of government benefits are clawed back.Another potential tax upside to early RRSP withdrawals or converting to a RRIF early is risk management after the death of a spouse, says Justin Bender, a portfolio manager at PWL Capital in Toronto.“We’ve seen a lot of cases where you have two spouses and both of them will have large RRSP accounts and throughout retirement one of them passes away earlier than expected and all the RRSP assets go over to the other spouse,” he says. As a result, both RRSPs are taxable in the one spouse’s hands, and with no ability to income split, mandated RRIF withdrawals become larger and OAS is clawed back altogether.When it comes to tax-efficient withdrawal strategies in retirement, Diamond says what he has found to be effective is “all of the above,” meaning a balanced approach including early withdrawals from fully taxable sources such as RRSPs, pensions and government benefits.Bender says anyone approaching retirement should get in touch with a fee-only planner or an adviser who can run various tax-planning scenarios — accounting for everything from your marginal tax rate through retirement to the impact of private pension income — to determine the best plan.“Why would people pay tax needlessly and lose government benefits needlessly because their level of income is too high,” he says.“And yet we see it all the time when people come into our office to make this work more efficiently.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

UN ceasefire monitoring chief tours Yemeni port of Hudaydah

Houthi opposition fighters have control of the centre of Hudaydah and the port, and an offensive launched by the internationally-recognized Government and their allies last June, to take the port, threatened the lives of around 300,000 children trapped in the city, and a humanitarian disaster, said the UN.Historic consultations convened in Sweden by UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths earlier in December resulted in a Security Council resolution last Friday, endorsing a deal to continue peace talks in January, and a fragile ceasefire that has held since last Tuesday.According to the UN, General Cammaert’s team were also encouraged on Monday by the presence of returning internally-displaced civilians who had fled the city before the ceasefire agreement.The presence of returning IDP’s in the city was an encouraging sign of the positive effects of the ceasefire which appears to be holding, since it entered into force on 18 December.The team arrived in Hudaydah on Sunday, and prior to their arrival, the General met with Houthi members who will be working as part of the team, formally known as the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), in the capital, Sana’a.In a note to correspondents at UN Headquarters in New York, the UN Spokesman’s office said that General Cammaert had been “reassured of their commitment to the implementation of the Stockholm agreement,” adding that he was “encouraged by the general enthusiasm of both sides to get to work, immediately.” The first joint RCC meeting, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday. Retired Dutch General Patrick Cammaert and his advance team, also undertook “a familiarization visit” to the Port itself, where close to eighty per cent of life-saving humanitarian aid, food and commercial goods arrive before being distributed.The UN Spokesperson’s Office said that the team took note of the “current boundaries and related access roads, particularly eastern and southern access roads into and out of the city.” read more

Sullinger never was Ohio States most important player

When the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll ranked Ohio State No. 5 in the preseason, the perception was that freshman Jared Sullinger would be to this team what Evan Turner was a year ago. People saw Sullinger as the type of game-changing player who could put the team on his back and carry it toward a possible No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They predicted, in essence, that Sullinger would be far and away the team’s most important player. But what’s vaulted OSU from No. 5 to the top spot over the course of the season is the fact that the team has no such player. The most important thing about these Buckeyes is their functionality as a collective unit. The challenge of the Sweet 16 and onward is that teams will know how to match up against Sullinger — at least better than the cupcakes that were Texas-San Antonio and George Mason. It was proven that you can force him to beat you from the free-throw line in the Big Ten Tournament, in which he shot just 33 percent from the floor and 25-of-38 from the charity stripe. When opposing defenses key in on Sullinger, as surely will be the case Friday, it will be up to his teammates to become the team’s most important players. And if there’s anything we’ve seen from this OSU team, it’s that Jon Diebler, David Lighty and William Buford all are capable of having nights where the basket seems as big as Mirror Lake. We’ve seen Diebler and Lighty set their career highs from beyond the arc recently — Diebler at Penn State with 10, and Lighty against George Mason with 7 — while Buford is the team’s best all-purpose scorer. The 6-foot-5 guard has scored 15 or more in 18 games this season, including 18 points in his past three games. That’s why the Buckeyes are the en vogue pick to win the national championship after their 98-66 drumming of George Mason on Sunday. They are more of a complete team than anyone imagined them to be in the preseason. Instead of Sullinger putting the success of the team on his shoulders, he would argue the team’s veterans carry him. “Basically, we just got to play hard and play smart,” Sullinger said at Wednesday’s press conference, “and let our veterans run the show on Friday. They’ve been here … so we just want to look for them for guidance.” It’s rare for a freshman of Sullinger’s ability to count on his teammates as he does, as nothing of the sort came from the mouths of Carmelo Anthony or Derrick Rose during their respective championship game runs. So, while Turner was the most important player on a team that flamed out at this point last season, this year’s version can prove that being a complete team is the most important thing with a win Friday against Kentucky. read more

Effective protection for hydraulic cylinders from premature wear

first_imgMining places high demands on hydraulic systems due to the highly abrasive and corrosive nature of the operating environment. HT Hydraulik Technik Gülich-Pohl has developed a new type of coating for its hydraulic cylinders that is suitable for a wide range of applications thanks to its modular build system. These coatings have a much higher resistance to abrasion and corrosion than other products currently available on the market, it says. “Hydraulic components treated with the new HT coating therefore have a significantly longer service life than is typical for units of this type. This in turn will greatly reduce the amount of time lost on machine repairs and equipment stoppages.”“The aim of the new material/surface coating combination is to prolong the total service life of the cylinder with as many of its components as possible, thereby marking an end to having to recondition individual parts of the system during the operating life of the equipment. To achieve this, all the components that are subject to mechanical or corrosive stress are provided with the new coating from the HTec range – apart from the seals, which will still have to be replaced on a regular basis.As well as being used on the piston rod and cylinder inner surface HTec is now also applied to the piston, piston guides and load distribution elements (bearing bushes in the con-rod eye) – thereby providing effective protection from premature wear.last_img read more

Seth Rollins talks with TMZ Sports hits back at Jon Stewart

first_img Videos Articles Pinterest Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Updated RAW Preview: Clash of Champions contract signing, new Firefly Funhouse segment Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? Videos Articles TMZ Sports just posted the following interview with WWE star Seth Rollins. Kurt Angle WWE Star Seth Rollins Looks Ahead To 2019 Twitter WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cesaro WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins discovers his siblings through a 23andMe DNA test Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

UBM Sells PR Newswire to Cision for 841 Million

first_img London-based business-to-business media and live events producer UBM plc announced Tuesday an agreement to sell the wire service to Chicago-based public relations software firm Cision, Inc. UBM will return £245 million ($367 million) to shareholders as a result of the sale, the company said. The sale is the latest in a string of recent transactions aimed at refining the company’s focus. In 2012, UBM sold its agriculture and medical general practitioner brands—including Farmers Guardian and Pulse magazines—to Briefing Media Ltd before acquiring a series of Asia-based trade shows. A year later, UBM sold its data service businesses to Electra Partners. The sale is intended to allow UBM to focus on further developing its live events business, including future acquisitions, the company said. Founded in 1954, PR Newswire distributes public and investor relations releases on behalf of over 30,000 global clients, according to the company. Its main competitor is Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary Business Wire. UBM will receive $841 million in cash and preferred equity as part of the deal, which is still pending shareholder and regulatory approval and expected to be completed in early 2016. Following the deal’s completion, PR Newswire will join Gorkana Group, PR Web, HARO, and iContact as Cision subsidiaries. Coupled with the company’s existing monitoring and analytics platforms, the acquisition of PR Newswire will allow Cision to provide its clients with the “necessary link between communications and business outcomes,” said Cision CEO Peter Granat. The move does not come as a surprise; in late September, UBM confirmed that it was in “highly preliminary discussions with a number of parties” regarding the sale of New York-based PR Newswire.  After more than three decades under the UBM umbrella, PR Newswire is changing hands. “We are seirous about building a comprehensive platform to help our clients manage the entire lifecycle of communications,” said Granat in a statement. “Today’s announcement represents a significant step in the execution of UBM’s ‘Events First’ strategy, the objective of which is to become the world’s leading focused B2B events business,” said CEO Tim Cobbold in an official statement.last_img read more

Tech giants should pay higher taxes says EU Commissioner

first_imgHeads up. Digital taxes may be incoming. SOPA Images/Getty Heftier taxes for the biggest US tech companies are on the horizon in Europe as top officials mull the introduction of a digital tax.EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Monday that Europe should lead the way on introducing a tax (aimed at Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple) regardless of whether a global consensus on the issue can be reached.”We are becoming an increasingly digital world, and it will be a huge problem if we do not find a way to raise (digital) taxes,” she told France Inter Radio in an interview. “The best thing is a global solution. But if we want to obtain results in a reasonable period of time, Europe must take the lead,”Vestager has a reputation in Europe for unapologetically challenging Silicon Valley companies, hitting them with huge fines and getting them to change their practices and policies where they come into conflict with local competition law.A tax designed to encourage the big four tech companies to pay a bigger share in all the territories where they operate has been a point of discussion for some time in Europe. France is already in the process of introducing its own national digital tax, after becoming impatient with the pace of change within the EU.A digital tax would be yet another way in which tech giants are starting to come under greater regulatory pressure globally. In a separate move on Monday, the UK government announced plans to introduce an independent regulator to police social media companies. Along with the EU-wide GDPR privacy rules and the potential for a US equivalent, these individual strands of regulation and policy could mark a new era for the governance of big tech worldwide. Comment 1 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Internet Services Tech Industry Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • Apple See All Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Amazon Facebook Google Apple Share your voice reading • Tech giants should pay higher taxes, says EU Commissionerlast_img read more

For Yukon Quest Musher Lance Mackey Retirement Is A 4Letter Word

first_imgLance Mackey cooks up a snack for his dogs. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks)Lance Mackey is currently running in 12th place on the Yukon Quest trail. He is the winningest musher in Yukon Quest history. The four-time champion is a cancer survivor and both his public and private life hasn’t always been positive. The lifelong musher knows he can’t run dogs the way he used to, but he may never be ready to hang up the harnesses.Download AudioIn the 2013 Yukon Quest, Lance Mackey made it is far as Pelly Crossing. That year, the weather was too warm for his young dog team, they were sick and he decided to scratch. This year, conditions are nearly the opposite and Mackey is determined to cross the finish line.“I ain’t going to let them down. My fans, my friends they might understand, but my dogs they don’t,” Mackey said. “We started this, we’re going to do everything we can to finish it.”But many of Mackey’s competitors and some of his fans have voiced concerns about whether he can handle extreme cold, exposure and tough trail. Even he says his body isn’t holding up the way it used to.“I don’t know what my future holds in these long distance races, but it looks like it’s going to be more challenging and that’s going to give me more satisfaction if I get to the end of this thing,” Mackey said.For Mackey, ‘retirement’ may be a four-letter word. But he does say his priorities in racing have changed.“I did my time, I achieved my goals and now its just about being in this sport as long as possible because I do love it and don’t know what the hell else I would do,” he said.This is Mackey’s seventh Yukon Quest. He’s never finished lower than third place. Regardless of where he finishes this year, he says his dogs are still up front.“Every team in this race, every dog team in front of me at the moment has dogs from my kennel,” I contribute to the success of these people and that’s something that just won’t ever go away.”Mackey’s Comeback Kennel legacy began with a dog named Zorro, who finished the Quest as yearling back in 2001.Mackey himself is still on the runners, driving teams from that line. And with more than 500 miles of trail ahead the former champion still has plenty of opportunity to claim a spot in the top-10.last_img read more

RBIs Reference Rate for Dollar Today

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 49.8450 rupees and the euro 65.6151 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (March 12, 2012) were 49.9448 rupees and 65.3999 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 77.9675 as against 78.2535 on the previous day (March 12, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 60.67 as against 60.72 the previous day.last_img read more

CocaCola profit plunges 55 percent

first_imgCoca-Cola profit plunges 55 percent152 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Coca-Cola profit plunges 55 percent152 viewsBusinessCoca-Cola, the world’s largest beverage maker, saw its profit plunge 55 percent during the fourth quarter. However, it did beat expectations. Sales in North America rose for the first time in fourVentuno Web Player 4.50Coca-Cola, the world’s largest beverage maker, saw its profit plunge 55 percent during the fourth quarter. However, it did beat expectations. Sales in North America rose for the first time in fourlast_img read more

70 Rohingyas pushed back despite violence

first_imgRohingya people from Rakhine state in Myanmar gather near the border in Ukhiya town, where Bangladeshi border guards were stopping them from entering, on August 25, 2017. AFPBangladesh detained and returned 70 Rohingyas to Myanmar, police said Sunday, just hours after Myanmarese troops on the other side of the border had opened fire on people fleeing the country.Police intercepted the Rohingya late Saturday after the Myanmar nationals crossed the ‘zero line’ border zone, where Myanmar soldiers earlier fired mortars and machine guns at villagers making the dangerous dash from the northern state of Rakhine into Bangladesh.The villagers were caught roughly four kilometres inside Bangladeshi territory en route to a refugee camp in Kutupalong, where thousands of Rohingya already live in squalid conditions, said local police chief Abul Khaer.“All 70 were detained and later pushed back to Myanmar by the border guards,” Khaer told AFP.Police said some of those detained had entered Bangladesh via the Ghumdhum border area-where the Myanmar forces unleashed the barrage of fire just hours earlier.“They were pleading with us not to send them back to Myanmar,” said one policeman on condition of anonymity.Rakhine has become a hotbed of religious hatred focused on the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority, who are reviled and spurned as illegal immigrants in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.Despite years of persecution, the Rohingya largely eschewed violence.But in October a new militant group-the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) — attacked a string of Myanmar border posts, sparking a military crackdown that left scores dead and forced 87,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.The latest violence erupted early on Friday as scores of men purportedly from ARSA, ambushed Myanmar police posts.Using knives, some guns and homemade explosives they killed at least a dozen security force members.Remote villages along the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar have seen fierce fighting since then between suspected militants and Myanmar security forces.The violence has left a total of more than 100 dead since Friday and forced thousands of Rohingya to flee towards Bangladesh.But authorities there have refused to let most of them in, with thousands of people-mainly women and children-stranded along the border zone.The Bangladeshi government has instructed local officials in Cox’s Bazar, the district bordering Myanmar that is home to several large refugee camps, not to allow any “illegal entry” by Rohingya, Abdur Rahman, a senior government official, told AFP.The impoverished country already hosts some 400,000 Rohingya refugees.But Rohingya community leaders, local media and an AFP correspondent said despite heavy border patrols, at least 3,000 Rohingya refugees have managed to enter the country and found refuge in camps and villages since Friday.In Rakhine itself six members of a Hindu family have become the latest victims of the violence. Their bullet-riddled bodies-including three children and a woman-were discovered on Sunday and brought to a hospital in Maungdaw, the main town in northern Rakhine.The victims had allegedly been shot dead by Rohingya militants on Saturday evening as they tried to flee to Maungdaw, a relative who lived in the town told AFP.“We were still in contact with them yesterday by phone before they were killed. Now their dead bodies are in this hospital,” the distraught man told an AFP reporter.The office of Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi posted pictures of some of the victims on its Facebook account, saying two women and four children survived the ambush and alerted authorities.Myanmar’s Rohingya are the world’s largest stateless minority and endure severe restrictions on their movements.Northern Rakhine has been stalked by violence since last October, with civilians trapped between security forces and the militants-who are accused of conducting a shadowy assassination campaign against perceived collaborators with the state.Rohingya, meanwhile, live in fear of police and troops.“They arrest and beat whoever they see along the way,” a man, who gave his first name as Anawar, told AFP Sunday morning by phone.“Not everyone is terrorist,” he added. “We want a peaceful and calm society.”last_img read more

Bon Secours Central Baptist and Jones Tabernacle Host Fall Festival

first_imgThe leaders at Bon Secours Hospital along with the pastors of Central Baptist Church and Jones Tabernacle are joining forces to host at Bon Secours Hospital, 2000 W. Baltimore Street, an event for the community, Sept. 13 from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. to encourage fellowship, partnership and healthy living. For the past 26 years Central Baptist Church and Jones Tabernacle which are located adjacent to the hospital have hosted a Fall Festival. Nearly 1,000 neighbors gather to celebrate community, collect free back to school supplies and enjoy food and fellowship. For the second year, Bon Secours Hospital is joining the partnership along with Coppin State University to host “Community Day.” The hospital will open its doors to provide an array of free health screenings. “Community Day and the Fall Festival were a big success last year. We provided everything from flu shots to assistance on how to enroll in health insurance.” said CEO Samuel Ross. “One of our goals is to ensure people who live in our community have access to quality healthcare. During Community Day our neighbors will have access to several primary care physicians and health screenings from basically every department within the hospital.”The leaders at Bon Secours Hospital along with the pastors of Central Baptist Church and Jones Tabernacle are joining forces to host at Bon Secours Hospital, 2000 W. Baltimore Street, an event for the community, Sept. 13 from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. to encourage fellowship, partnership and healthy living.For the past 26 years Central Baptist Church and Jones Tabernacle which are located adjacent to the hospital have hosted a Fall Festival. Nearly 1,000 neighbors gather to celebrate community, collect free back to school supplies and enjoy food and fellowship. For the second year, Bon Secours Hospital is joining the partnership along with Coppin State University to host “Community Day.”  The hospital will open its doors to provide an array of free health screenings.“Community Day and the Fall Festival were a big success last year. We provided everything from flu shots to assistance on how to enroll in health insurance.” said CEO Samuel Ross.  “One of our goals is to ensure people who live in our community have access to quality healthcare.  During Community Day our neighbors will have access to several primary care physicians and health screenings from basically every department within the hospital.”last_img read more

Choose Beats Not Bullets

first_img“They call Baltimore the ‘The City that Reads,’/ But sometimes it feels more like “The City Bleeds,”/ And the politicians never take care of me / So we got to stick together if we want to be free” – Isis Ayers, 9th grade Though some of the gritty lyrics sharply contrast against the innocence of their faces, the words of Isis Ayers and her fellow interns at the Beats Not Bullets Internship Program are straight from the heart.Kariz Marcel speaks to interns of the Beats Not Bullets Internship Program about grammar in emails and other forms of written communication.The pain is real, but so too is the vibrant ray of hope offered by their clear, strong voices and will to thrive.“It’s our perspective,” said Isis Ayers, a rising high school freshman. Ayers said the program helps her express herself. “I write about what I’m going through.”Twice a week the Beats Not Bullets Program interns meet to hone the skills needed to create and record music. They also learn the finer points of navigating the music industry and how to conduct solid business.“The whole goal is to get them ready for a professional setting. The business side of it is really important,” said Kariz Marcel, whose own Afro EDM compositions set both Light City and Artscape ablaze earlier this summer. “Before we even get into the creative side and start writing and making beats, we make sure that we handle business first.”In a city that has logged 174 homicides, as of  Aug. 3, since New Year’s Day, the teens of Beats Not Bullets are offered not only a safe haven during the city’s hot summer months, but a chance to process their thoughts and emotions through the recording arts.“We’re speaking what we have gone through- our struggles. We’ve experienced more at a young age than people who may be older,” said Jason Davidson, 17. “My friend died right in front of my face at a young age. That changes your whole mindset.”Aside from gaining insight on making rough drafts, editing work, and blind carbon copying emails, the interns are also picking up strong mentors who have paid their dues to the Baltimore community and art scene.Artists and instructors like Kevin “Ogun” Beasley and Otis “Vito” Eldridge help conduct the sessions that are based on the curriculum created by Marcel.“I was a Baltimore youth,” said Damond Blue, who told the AFRO his own experience with an arts organization in middle school inspired him to give back. “It’s important because there are less resources in the community today. There are less playgrounds, recreation centers, and places where kids can seek refuge. We wanted to create that ourselves and we are all Black men doing this so it’s a different perception and a different vibe. It gives the world something else to see other than what they see on CNN. “Blue created the program in partnership with his Damond Blue Music Group and Marcel’s Kariz Kids Youth Enrichment Services. The mentors will continue to work with students throughout the school year to make sure their interns stay on track academically. The men hope to hire the teens in their own organizations as peer-to-peer mentors, while also spreading their curriculum to other schools and community organizations.“I think it’s a good program because it’s keeping me out of trouble,” said Haymar Sims, 15. “You know there’s a lot of dangerous stuff going on out here in the streets- especially in the City- period.”Sims said he enjoys learning about how to upgrade his work by swapping basic words and phrases for expressions that make people do double-take and ask “What word did he just say?”“I’m actually teaching them while I’m teaching myself,” said Sims. “I can be something different.”For more information on the Beats Not Bullets Internship Program go to damondblue.com/beatsnotbullets.last_img read more

17 Free Online Tools to Help You Grow Your Blog to 1

first_img 12 min read “Free” is the most awesome price of all. “Free” gets you started when you have nothing. “Free” took me from 0 to the first 1,000,000 visitors to my blog.Related: 5 Tools For Entrepreneurs to Grow Their Online Presence in No Time”Free” is also the price that most people gravitate to when they are first starting out. But, the trouble is, most of those people also think that you have sign up for some big, expensive service once your audience numbers get serious.Nope.You don’t have any excuses, because free web services and products available today are so good that you can easily use them to build up your own blog to 1 million visitors. You can start today, from scratch, and use every single one of these every day along your journey. From idea creation, to producing, publishing and designing your content, to sharing, marketing and promoting your brand, you’ll find these tools free and accessible. Here are the 17 best ones I myself used to grow my blog at iDoneThis:1. QuoraAt its most basic Quora is a Q&A site — you go there, ask a question and get an answer. It offers a seemingly infinite array of knowledge. But, when you start using the site properly, and you’re interacting with others, Quora blossoms into so much more.Quora is a great place for content ideas. You can search for a topic, see what others are asking, and answering and then write it up, adding to the conversation. But there’s more: Kevan Lee at Buffer recently set out all the ways you can use Quora to market yourself for your business. Quora helps you establish yourself as a leader in your area, if you use it right. If you have a product, you can use the site to get feedback from users and to generate new feature ideas.2. FeedlyFeedly is the best blog reader around. You have to be reading a lot of other blogs if you want yours to stand out. Once you start reading the top blogs from key influencers, you will learn the right style that drives traffic, and what sets top blogs apart from the rest.When Google Reader shut its door a couple of years ago, almost everyone flocked to the then-new Feedly app. You can sign up for blog feeds from the app, share your favorite posts, bookmark the ones you still have to read and read them, in Feedly’s intuitive, magazine style.3. BuzzosumoBuzzSumo is an awesome tool,with one simple aim: It helps you find what articles people are sharing, and who is sharing them. From this simple start, you can gain a wealth of information: the best length, type and content for a POS. With the free account , you can only get limited information, but definitely enough to find out what works and what doesn’t.The site can also help you target the key influencers in your area of expertise. One of the reasons I love BuzzSumo is that data is at the heart of it. The folks behind the site recently analyzed all their data to find out what goes viral. They found that having just one key influencer share your post can increase your number of shares by over 30 percent. Just having three will double the number of times your post is shared.4. QuipThere are a trillion word processing apps available, but Quip has my vote as the easiest and most intuitive app to use. It is by your words that you are going to live or die. So, write them in style.What’s unique about Quip is that it was designed, from the ground-up, to be a mobile-first word-processing app. Bret Taylor, the co-founder, says that, “Offline and online are no longer separate binary states.” Quip works as quickly as a local app, but everything is in the cloud. This particularly works well for companies like iDoneThis, where team members might be thousands of miles apart but working on the same post. With Quip, we can all edit documents as if they were on our local machines.5. HemingwayThe Hemingway app is all about making your writing clearer and more accessible. For some people, writing flows naturally through their fingers; for the rest of us there is Hemingway. The app helps you avoid complicated, hard-to-read sentences, passive voice and adverbs. Hemingway is ideal for people who have to explain complicated ideas to a lay audience.6. TrelloTrello is an organizational tool, letting you organize work via “boards” where different ideas, pitches, outlines, drafts and articles are in your publishing pipeline. Richard White, CEO of UserVoice, described Trello as “a very open-ended product.” Yep. When you first open Trello, it seems both simple and daunting. But what wins me over to Trello is that so much of the organization is left up to you — there is no right way to use Trello, just your way.7. WordPressThere are countless content management system (CMS) options, but WordPress is still the best. Once you have got your site up and running, you need a way to publish your stories. Somewhere like Tumblr is great for your own personal blog, but if you are looking to get north of a million visitors, then you need the type of platform WordPress provides.On WordPress you can customize your site and add plugins for a ton of different needs, from SEO optimization to image presentation, from email forms to capture. Plus, other apps on this list, like SumoMe and Google Analytics, have one-click setup plugins to get you up and running immediately.Related: 10 Affordable Tools to Help Online Entrepreneurs Succeed8. CanvaCanva is a design service for people who can’t design. An image in a post will increase shares, and increased shares means more visitors. Ergo, you need images. So what happens if you are artistically-challenged? Welcome, Canva. Anyone can use it for anything: A sheriff even used the site to design a wanted poster. The site uses simple drag-and-drop principles to help you create art and design for your site, allowing you to choose from thousands of images, fonts and colors to get exactly what you need to illustrate your story.9. Share As ImageImages are also the best way to share ideas on social media, and Share As Image lets you create amazing text-based images, helping you get more engagement and shares on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.You can create quotes and daily inspiration messages, or just have a line from your latest blog post as a teaser. You can also take in information from images ten times faster than from text alone; and because visual processing is what our brains are designed for, sharing ideas as images immediately invokes a reaction in your audience.10. Death to Stock PhotoDeath To Stock Photo is what stock photo services should be like. A few years ago Wired published an article about stock photography, or laughing-stock photography as it should be called.When the Wired article came, out Death To Stock quickly contacted the editors to say that not all stock services are bad. And they were right. Death To Stock Photo shows that you can have awesome image content for your site for free. As I said earlier, images increase shares, and having great images will definitely get your blog noticed more.11. TypeformTypeform helps you build contact forms and surveys, meaning you can interact with your audience and become a meaningful place for dialog. Tasked with surveying some of the top business leaders in the world, Mia Mabanta at Quartz turned to Typeform. She got a survey completion rate of 55 percent (which is awesome) and surveyed 940 top executives. She spent zero dollars doing this.Her team chose Typeform because responders could easily navigate it whether they were on a desktop or mobile, and users could stay on the page throughout, rather than wait for the next page to load — one of the main reasons people bug-out on a survey.12. TinyLetterTinyLetter is a super-simple app that lets you create and distribute email newsletters, which are a great way to get your ideas into everyone’s inboxes each week.Alexis Madrigal, deputy editor at The Atlantic, has grown his own newsletter to thousands and thousands of readers using this tool. TinyLetter let him get set up the moment he had the idea and distribute the newsletter to all his readers; it even lets people sign up straight from Twitter. The simplicity and ease of use of TinyLetter is why it is a great place to start building a following.13. SumoMeSumoMe is a suite of apps that lets people interact with your site better using share and social buttons. It also helps you build up an email list with popups, and can even tell you where people are clicking on your site. Noah Kagan, founder of SumoMe and AppSumo, and employee #30 at Facebook, built a massive email list of over a million emails for AppSumo, so he obviously knows what he is talking about.SumoMe gives you an in-depth analysis of what works on your blog and what doesn’t. It also integrates with other services’ email lists so you can seamlessly build your email list to grab all your visitors.14. Wisestam Wisestamp lets you link to your online presence automagically in your email signature, adding links to your social media, blog and latest posts.A story illustrates its use: British Cycling used to be terrible. When Dave Brailsford took over as performance director in 2003, Britain’s best Olympics haul in cycling was still the one it had achieved in 1908. But since 2003, British cyclists have won 18 Olympic gold medals, 59 World Championships and — though it hadn’t ever won the Tour de France in the race’s 112-year history — British cyclists have won it three out of the last four years.Brailsford puts this down to marginal gains: If you break every problem down to its components and improve each by just 1 percent, you will have a significant improvement when you put it all back together.When I saw Wisestamp, it reminded me of this story. Most people won’t see their email signature as a way to gain traffic, but that is exactly how Wisestamp sees it. If you want to hit a million users, you have to look for every single marginal gain. Find all of Brailsford’s 1 percent improvements and add them up and they will eventually lead you to your million visitors.15. Print Friendly and a PDFPrint Friendly is a Chrome extension that will transform your blog into a PDF, getting rid of all the extra crap and just leaving your audience with a well-formatted booklet of your posts. A great way to gain a following is to create an ebook that’s a “content upgrade,” in the form of a PDF that visitors can download and read offline — in exchange for their email address. This is an awesome trick that Noah Kagan used to gain thousands of more subscribers from his guest posts. This might seem like an major extra hassle, but thanks to Print Friendly, it doesn’t have to be. The strategy is particularly great if you have a long, detailed post that would work well as an ebook. You just need a couple of clicks with Print Friendly. 16. BufferBuffer seems like a simple tool to manage your online social media presence. But, in the right hands it can be turned into a demon of analysis, allowing you to reach more people with your posts and tweets and optimize your content for social sharing.Madhav Bhandari handles growth at Hubstaff, and is using Buffer to analyze the site’s posts. Hubstaff has used Buffer to boost its social traffic by 350 percent, simply by analyzing what makes posts shareable and what doesn’t. Once you start to analyze your posts at this level of depth, you will quickly realize what is worth the effort, and what is a waste.17. Google AnalyticsSo, how do you know when you have hit that cool million? You need Google Analytics. In fact, you need it way before then. You should be checking out your visitor numbers from your very first post, analyzing what posts get the highest views and where those views are coming from. Then, you can start to tailor your operation around those ideas. Keep what works, and throw out the rest.Google Analytics is the most extensive suite out there, and even the biggest sites are still using it. Google obviously knows its numbers, and if this is a major place your visitors are coming from, who better to tell you the good news?Over to youWhat do you use to grow your blog traffic? I’d love to hear about what you think the best free services and products out there are to grow your audience.Related: 10 Must-Have Tools for Entrepreneurs With an Online Presence Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global October 9, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Asus VivoBook S15 Review

first_img Ports (excluding USB) 1208.9 0 700 1400 2100 2800 3500 4200 Graphics Card 961 Secondary Hard Drive Size Windows 10 Home 961 3260 Advertisement Operating System CPU 3DMark Fire Strike3DMark Ice Storm UnlimitedBattery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Color AccuracyColor GamutDirt 3: Complete EditionDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 3Geekbench 4Geekbench 4.1Hard Drive SpeedJetstream Optical Drive Speed The Asus VivoBook S15 S530UA ($699) proves that innovation isn’t limited to premium laptops. This excellent mainstream system is truly one of a kind. Inspired by the laptop maker’s pricier ZenBook S, the VivoBook S15 features Asus’ new ErgoLift hinge, which angles the keyboard for a more comfortable typing experience. As if that weren’t unique enough, the VivoBook S15 is available in several striking color schemes, including a gorgeous turquoise green and a blinding yellow.article continued below The S15’s appeal isn’t skin-deep, either. With good performance, solid battery life and excellent heat management, the VivoBook S15 is a very good laptop overall, and one of the best Asus laptops. In fact, I’d wholeheartedly recommended it if not for its dull display and obnoxious amount of bloatware. Still, the VivoBook is a compelling option unlike any other on the market. Design Take a bow, Asus. The VivoBook S15 is a beautifully crafted laptop with an exquisite design and jaw-dropping color schemes. Breaking away from the silver aluminum mold, Asus has finally given us what we’ve been asking for: unique color options in a nonbudget laptop. We got our eyes on two of the VivoBook S15’s five color options: star gray with yellow trim, and firmament green. The other three finishes are gunmetal, silver blue, and star gray with red trim. The green model is undoubtedly the showstopper. That particular machine has a forest-green brushed-aluminum lid and a shiny, green-plastic deck with barely visible stippled crosshatching. The chassis’s turquoise trim is the bow around this beautiful package. If Ikea had a tech section, the VivoBook S15 — with its sleek, simple design and splash of bold color — would be the poster child. The silver model we received also has its own flair, sporting a bright-yellow trim and a smooth, faux-aluminum deck. The tiny stippled dot texture and vibrant color reminded me of a Roy Lichtenstein painting. There is also something undoubtedly Scandinavian about the VivoBook S15: If Ikea had a tech section, the VivoBook S15 — with its sleek, simple design and splash of bold color — would be the poster child. But that’s not the only reason to get excited about the VivoBook. The ErgoLift, the clever elevated hinge introduced on the ZenBook S, makes a pleasant return. This time, the back of the keyboard tilts upward at a 3.5-degree angle. This offers a more comfortable typing experience and improves audio and heat management. MORE: Best and Worst Laptop Brands At 14.2 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches, the VivoBook S15 is relatively compact for a 15.6-inch laptop. It has a similar footprint to the sleek Lenovo Ideapad 530s (14.1 x 9.6 x 0.6 inches) and is significantly smaller than the Acer Aspire E 15 (15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches). The VivoBook S15 is also lightweight, at 3.7 pounds. Again, that matches the Ideapad 530s (3.7 pounds) and is much lighter than the Aspire E 15 (4.9 pounds). Ports The VivoBook S15 has a good selection of ports for a laptop this slim, but I wish it had Thunderbolt 3 input. The left side of the laptop holds two USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot and LED indicators for charging and battery status. On the right side, you’ll find a DC jack, a USB 3.1 port, an HDMI port, a USB Type-C port and a headphone/mic combo jack. Display It’s a shame that such a colorful laptop has this dull a display. The VivoBook S15’s 15.6-inch, 1080p display is sharp and bright, but it disappoints in the color department. When I watched a trailer for the upcoming mystery flick Bad Times at the El Royale, the opulent furnishings in the majestic setting were crystal clear, and I could even make out the thin pinstripes in Jon Hamm’s dapper suit. It’s a shame that such a colorful laptop has a dull display. But at the end of the first trailer for the upcoming Captain Marvel film, the red and blue in Brie Larson’s suit looked dull as fire raged around her. And although the skin tones and white balance were accurate, the sci-fi effects didn’t glow with the same richness of color that you’d find on a higher-quality panel. The VivoBook S15’s display can reproduce only 68 percent of the sRGB color spectrum, which is worse than even the Lenovo Ideapad 530s (72 percent) and the Acer Aspire E 15 (74 percent) — two laptops with particularly dull displays. The mainstream laptop average is 89 percent. MORE: Laptops with the Most Colorful Screens Topping the mainstream-laptop average (242 nits) with a maximum brightness of 257 nits, the VivoBook S15’s display should be visible outdoors, even on a sunny day. The Ideapad 530s’ 255-nit display was slightly dimmer, and the Aspire E 15’s 200-nit screen wasn’t anywhere near as luminous. Keyboard and Touchpad The Asus VivoBook S15’s island-style keyboard offers a comfortable typing experience, thanks to tactile keys and an innovative elevated hinge, which make up for faults like shallow key travel. With 1 millimeter of travel, the VivoBook’s keys are shallow for a 15-inch laptop. (We prefer key travel of at least 1.5 mm.) However, the keyboard has several things going in its favor. The keys are well spaced and generously sized, apart from a slightly undersized number pad — that’s right; there’s a number pad. And despite the low travel, there is a pleasant springiness to the keys. What greatly improves typing on the VivoBook S15 is the laptop’s elevated ErgoLift hinge, which tilts the back of the keyboard toward you at a 3.5-degree angle. That’s a gentler gradient than the one on the ZenBook S, but my wrists still appreciate the natural typing position offered by the gentle slope. Unsurprisingly, I sped through the 10fastingers.com typing test, achieving 119 words per minute with an accuracy rate of 95 percent. Those figures match my speed and accuracy typing averages. MORE: Best Hard Drive Speed The Asus VivoBook S15’s 4.1 x 2.8-inch touchpad is spacious, and it was quick and responsive when I performed complicated Windows 10 gestures. I had no problem scrolling through web pages and swiping to switch between open windows. A fingerprint reader is embedded in the touchpad for faster, safer login authentication. Audio The VivoBook S15’s speakers can fill only a medium-size room. Those aren’t the loudest speakers you’ll find, but they still sound very good, especially on a laptop this thin. When I listened to Lana Del Rey’s “Mariners Apartment Complex,” the vocals sounded clear, and the drum beats had a nice weight to them. The S15 did equally well when I listened to Thrice’s “My Soul,” a more instrumentally complex rock song. Electric guitars shimmered in the upper frequencies atop Dustin Kensrue’s husky voice. I do wish the bass went deeper, but there was some nice punch to it. Performance Equipped with an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU and 8GB of RAM, the VivoBook S15 breezed through my typical stress test, swiftly loading 20 Google Chrome tabs. The laptop didn’t lag or freeze, even when I simultaneously played three 1080p YouTube videos and two full-HD Twitch streams. The S15 also did well on our lab tests. Its score of 12,163 on the Geekbench 4 overall performance test edged out the mark from the Lenovo Ideapad 530s (Core i5-8250U, 11,966),and crushed the score from the Acer Aspire E 15 (Core i5-8250U, 9,278) and the mainstream-laptop average (8,930). However, the VivoBook S15’s 256GB SSD failed to impress when tasked with duplicating 4.97GB of mixed media files. It completed the task in 41 seconds, for a rate of 124.1 megabytes per second. The Aspire E 15’s hard drive (256GB M.2 SATA SSD, 149.7 MBps) achieved a faster rate, and the Ideapad 530s (256GB PCIe SSD, 282 MBps) was more than twice as fast. The VivoBook S15 even fell short of the mainstream-laptop average (136.2 MBps). The Asus laptop rebounded on the Excel Macro Test, matching 65,000 names with their corresponding addresses in 1 minute and 4 seconds and beating the Ideapad 530s (1:24), the Aspire E 15 (1:30) and the mainstream-laptop average (2:05). MORE: Laptops with the Best Productivity Performance The VivoBook S15 needed only 25 minutes and 38 seconds to convert a 4K video to 1080p resolution using the HandBrake app, comfortably beating the 28:39 mainstream-laptop average. The Aspire E 15 (25:15) took about the same amount of time, but the Ideapad 530s (21:05) smoked the competition. Graphics Armed with an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU, the VivoBook S15 can play less-demanding games at low to medium graphics settings. The VivoBook S15 scored 65,313 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test, falling short of the Ideapad 530s (UHD 620 GPU, 69,450) and the mainstream-laptop average (68,579). The Aspire E 15 (122,144), with its dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, blew away the competition. MORE: Best Graphics Performance Still, the VivoBook S15 outperformed its competitors in real-world testing. The laptop ran the racing game Dirt 3 at 59 frames per second, beating the Ideapad 530s (49 fps), the Aspire E 15 (33 fps) and the mainstream-laptop average (44 fps) — all of which topped our 30-fps threshold. Battery Life The Asus VivoBook S15’s battery life is good, but not great. The laptop lasted 8 hours and 23 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of display brightness. The S15 outlasted the Ideapad 530s, which powered down after 7 hours and 41 minutes; however, the Aspire E 15 lasted an excellent 9 hours and 26 minutes. The mainstream-laptop average, 7:29, is about an hour shorter than the VivoBook S15’s runtime. Webcam The Asus VivoBook S15’s webcam is decent. In a selfie, the 720p lens accurately captured my burnt-orange shirt, and I could see the stubble of my freshly shaved beard. Unlike the images from other webcams I’ve tested, the VivoBook’s picture was well-exposed, even with sun streaking in from a window behind me. Best of all, the webcam is placed above the screen, despite the laptop’s razor-thin bezels. Still, a smartphone camera produces better selfies than the VivoBook S15. While the lens is sharp, there was a lot of visual noise in the image I took under our dim office lights — so much that I couldn’t read the small Sony logo on my headphones. Heat A claimed benefit of the ErgoLift hinge is improved heat management from increased airflow. While that wasn’t the case with the ZenBook S, the VivoBook S15 remained remarkably cool in our testing. After we played a 15-minute YouTube video, the center of the keyboard heated to just 86 degrees Fahrenheit, which is well below our 95-degree comfort threshold. The touchpad, at 82 degrees, and the underside, at 86 degrees, were even cooler. Software and Warranty There’s a host of programs preinstalled on the VivoBook S15’s Windows 10 Home operating system. From Asus, there are apps like Hello, which offers a Dropbox-like cloud service, and ZenAnywhere, which lets you access files on your laptop from Android and iOS phones. Asus also brought a program dedicated to keyboard hot keys. The only Asus-branded apps I’d see myself using are MyAsus and Asus Install, which offer diagnostic support and let you download laptop drivers and key applications. Unfortunately, there is plenty of bloatware on the Asus VivoBook S15, including those obnoxious games that come courtesy of Microsoft, like Candy Crush Saga, Hidden City and Minecraft. LinkedIn, Netflix and McAfee Security also make an unwelcome appearance. MORE: Longest Battery Life Laptops The Asus VivoBook S15 comes with a one-year warranty. See how the company performed on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands ranking. How Much Does the VivoBook S15 Cost? There is a single configuration of the Asus VivoBook S15. For $699, the 15.6-inch laptop comes with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD — our minimum recommended setup for a mainstream laptop. Bottom Line The colorful Asus VivoBook S15 is one of the most visually stunning laptops to cross our desks this year, and at $700, it’s much more affordable than you might expect. Furthermore, the laptop has very good performance, speakers that output clear audio and a clever hinge that angles the keyboard toward you. The only considerable knocks against the portable 15-inch laptop are a dull display and an unfortunate amount of bloatware. But the VivoBook S15 has some tough competition in this price range. The Lenovo Ideapad 530s is remarkably similar to the VivoBook S15. It has gorgeous looks, a borderless display and a thin-and-light footprint. It also has similar internals — a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD — for the same $700 price. However, like the Asus, the Lenovo’s biggest shortcoming is a dull display. Ultimately, your decision between these two laptops should come down to your personality. If you prefer a more buttoned-up look, go with the Lenovo. But if you want a laptop that stands out, the Asus VivoBook S15 is a great option. Credit: Laptop Mag  Highest Resolution Screens Lowest Weight Laptops Best and Worst Laptop Gaming Brands The Asus VivoBook S15 S530UA ($699) proves that innovation isn’t limited to premium laptops. This excellent mainstream system is truly one of a kind. Inspired by the laptop maker’s pricier ZenBook S, the VivoBook S15 features Asus’ new ErgoLift hinge, which angles the keyboard for a more comfortable typing experience. As if that weren’t unique enough, the VivoBook S15 is available in several striking color schemes, including a gorgeous turquoise green and a blinding yellow. The S15’s appeal isn’t skin-deep, either. With good performance, solid battery life and excellent heat management, the VivoBook S15 is a very good laptop overall. In fact, I’d wholeheartedly recommended it if not for its dull display and obnoxious amount of bloatware. Still, the VivoBook is a compelling option unlike any other on the market. Design Take a bow, Asus. The VivoBook S15 is a beautifully crafted laptop with an exquisite design and jaw-dropping color schemes. Breaking away from the silver aluminum mold, Asus has finally given us what we’ve been asking for: unique color options in a nonbudget laptop. We got our eyes on two of the VivoBook S15’s five color options: star gray with yellow trim, and firmament green. The other three finishes are gunmetal, silver blue, and star gray with red trim. The green model is undoubtedly the showstopper. That particular machine has a forest-green brushed-aluminum lid and a shiny, green-plastic deck with barely visible stippled crosshatching. The chassis’s turquoise trim is the bow around this beautiful package. If Ikea had a tech section, the VivoBook S15 — with its sleek, simple design and splash of bold color — would be the poster child. The silver model we received also has its own flair, sporting a bright-yellow trim and a smooth, faux-aluminum deck. The tiny stippled dot texture and vibrant color reminded me of a Roy Lichtenstein painting. There is also something undoubtedly Scandinavian about the VivoBook S15: If Ikea had a tech section, the VivoBook S15 — with its sleek, simple design and splash of bold color — would be the poster child. But that’s not the only reason to get excited about the VivoBook. The ErgoLift, the clever elevated hinge introduced on the ZenBook S, makes a pleasant return. This time, the back of the keyboard tilts upward at a 3.5-degree angle. This offers a more comfortable typing experience and improves audio and heat management. MORE: Best and Worst Laptop Brands At 14.2 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches, the VivoBook S15 is relatively compact for a 15.6-inch laptop. It has a similar footprint to the sleek Lenovo Ideapad 530s (14.1 x 9.6 x 0.6 inches) and is significantly smaller than the Acer Aspire E 15 (15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches). The VivoBook S15 is also lightweight, at 3.7 pounds. Again, that matches the Ideapad 530s (3.7 pounds) and is much lighter than the Aspire E 15 (4.9 pounds). Ports The VivoBook S15 has a good selection of ports for a laptop this slim, but I wish it had Thunderbolt 3 input. The left side of the laptop holds two USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot and LED indicators for charging and battery status. On the right side, you’ll find a DC jack, a USB 3.1 port, an HDMI port, a USB Type-C port and a headphone/mic combo jack. Display It’s a shame that such a colorful laptop has this dull a display. The VivoBook S15’s 15.6-inch, 1080p display is sharp and bright, but it disappoints in the color department. When I watched a trailer for the upcoming mystery flick Bad Times at the El Royale, the opulent furnishings in the majestic setting were crystal clear, and I could even make out the thin pinstripes in Jon Hamm’s dapper suit. It’s a shame that such a colorful laptop has a dull display. But at the end of the first trailer for the upcoming Captain Marvel film, the red and blue in Brie Larson’s suit looked dull as fire raged around her. And although the skin tones and white balance were accurate, the sci-fi effects didn’t glow with the same richness of color that you’d find on a higher-quality panel. The VivoBook S15’s display can reproduce only 68 percent of the sRGB color spectrum, which is worse than even the Lenovo Ideapad 530s (72 percent) and the Acer Aspire E 15 (74 percent) — two laptops with particularly dull displays. The mainstream laptop average is 89 percent. MORE: Laptops with the Most Colorful Screens Topping the mainstream-laptop average (242 nits) with a maximum brightness of 257 nits, the VivoBook S15’s display should be visible outdoors, even on a sunny day. The Ideapad 530s’ 255-nit display was slightly dimmer, and the Aspire E 15’s 200-nit screen wasn’t anywhere near as luminous. Keyboard and Touchpad The Asus VivoBook S15’s island-style keyboard offers a comfortable typing experience, thanks to tactile keys and an innovative elevated hinge, which make up for faults like shallow key travel. With 1 millimeter of travel, the VivoBook’s keys are shallow for a 15-inch laptop. (We prefer key travel of at least 1.5 mm.) However, the keyboard has several things going in its favor. The keys are well spaced and generously sized, apart from a slightly undersized number pad — that’s right; there’s a number pad. And despite the low travel, there is a pleasant springiness to the keys. What greatly improves typing on the VivoBook S15 is the laptop’s elevated ErgoLift hinge, which tilts the back of the keyboard toward you at a 3.5-degree angle. That’s a gentler gradient than the one on the ZenBook S, but my wrists still appreciate the natural typing position offered by the gentle slope. Unsurprisingly, I sped through the 10fastingers.com typing test, achieving 119 words per minute with an accuracy rate of 95 percent. Those figures match my speed and accuracy typing averages. MORE: Best Hard Drive Speed The Asus VivoBook S15’s 4.1 x 2.8-inch touchpad is spacious, and it was quick and responsive when I performed complicated Windows 10 gestures. I had no problem scrolling through web pages and swiping to switch between open windows. A fingerprint reader is embedded in the touchpad for faster, safer login authentication. Audio The VivoBook S15’s speakers can fill only a medium-size room. Those aren’t the loudest speakers you’ll find, but they still sound very good, especially on a laptop this thin. When I listened to Lana Del Rey’s “Mariners Apartment Complex,” the vocals sounded clear, and the drum beats had a nice weight to them. The S15 did equally well when I listened to Thrice’s “My Soul,” a more instrumentally complex rock song. Electric guitars shimmered in the upper frequencies atop Dustin Kensrue’s husky voice. I do wish the bass went deeper, but there was some nice punch to it. Performance Equipped with an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU and 8GB of RAM, the VivoBook S15 breezed through my typical stress test, swiftly loading 20 Google Chrome tabs. The laptop didn’t lag or freeze, even when I simultaneously played three 1080p YouTube videos and two full-HD Twitch streams. The S15 also did well on our lab tests. Its score of 12,163 on the Geekbench 4 overall performance test edged out the mark from the Lenovo Ideapad 530s (Core i5-8250U, 11,966),and crushed the score from the Acer Aspire E 15 (Core i5-8250U, 9,278) and the mainstream-laptop average (8,930). However, the VivoBook S15’s 256GB SSD failed to impress when tasked with duplicating 4.97GB of mixed media files. It completed the task in 41 seconds, for a rate of 124.1 megabytes per second. The Aspire E 15’s hard drive (256GB M.2 SATA SSD, 149.7 MBps) achieved a faster rate, and the Ideapad 530s (256GB PCIe SSD, 282 MBps) was more than twice as fast. The VivoBook S15 even fell short of the mainstream-laptop average (136.2 MBps). The Asus laptop rebounded on the Excel Macro Test, matching 65,000 names with their corresponding addresses in 1 minute and 4 seconds and beating the Ideapad 530s (1:24), the Aspire E 15 (1:30) and the mainstream-laptop average (2:05). MORE: Laptops with the Best Productivity Performance The VivoBook S15 needed only 25 minutes and 38 seconds to convert a 4K video to 1080p resolution using the HandBrake app, comfortably beating the 28:39 mainstream-laptop average. The Aspire E 15 (25:15) took about the same amount of time, but the Ideapad 530s (21:05) smoked the competition. Graphics Armed with an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU, the VivoBook S15 can play less-demanding games at low to medium graphics settings. The VivoBook S15 scored 65,313 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test, falling short of the Ideapad 530s (UHD 620 GPU, 69,450) and the mainstream-laptop average (68,579). The Aspire E 15 (122,144), with its dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, blew away the competition. MORE: Best Graphics Performance Still, the VivoBook S15 outperformed its competitors in real-world testing. The laptop ran the racing game Dirt 3 at 59 frames per second, beating the Ideapad 530s (49 fps), the Aspire E 15 (33 fps) and the mainstream-laptop average (44 fps) — all of which topped our 30-fps threshold. Battery Life The Asus VivoBook S15’s battery life is good, but not great. The laptop lasted 8 hours and 23 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of display brightness. The S15 outlasted the Ideapad 530s, which powered down after 7 hours and 41 minutes; however, the Aspire E 15 lasted an excellent 9 hours and 26 minutes. The mainstream-laptop average, 7:29, is about an hour shorter than the VivoBook S15’s runtime. Webcam The Asus VivoBook S15’s webcam is decent. In a selfie, the 720p lens accurately captured my burnt-orange shirt, and I could see the stubble of my freshly shaved beard. Unlike the images from other webcams I’ve tested, the VivoBook’s picture was well-exposed, even with sun streaking in from a window behind me. Best of all, the webcam is placed above the screen, despite the laptop’s razor-thin bezels. Still, a smartphone camera produces better selfies than the VivoBook S15. While the lens is sharp, there was a lot of visual noise in the image I took under our dim office lights — so much that I couldn’t read the small Sony logo on my headphones. Heat A claimed benefit of the ErgoLift hinge is improved heat management from increased airflow. While that wasn’t the case with the ZenBook S, the VivoBook S15 remained remarkably cool in our testing. After we played a 15-minute YouTube video, the center of the keyboard heated to just 86 degrees Fahrenheit, which is well below our 95-degree comfort threshold. The touchpad, at 82 degrees, and the underside, at 86 degrees, were even cooler. Software and Warranty There’s a host of programs preinstalled on the VivoBook S15’s Windows 10 Home operating system. From Asus, there are apps like Hello, which offers a Dropbox-like cloud service, and ZenAnywhere, which lets you access files on your laptop from Android and iOS phones. Asus also brought a program dedicated to keyboard hot keys. The only Asus-branded apps I’d see myself using are MyAsus and Asus Install, which offer diagnostic support and let you download laptop drivers and key applications. Unfortunately, there is plenty of bloatware on the Asus VivoBook S15, including those obnoxious games that come courtesy of Microsoft, like Candy Crush Saga, Hidden City and Minecraft. LinkedIn, Netflix and McAfee Security also make an unwelcome appearance. MORE: Longest Battery Life Laptops The Asus VivoBook S15 comes with a one-year warranty. See how the company performed on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands ranking. How Much Does the VivoBook S15 Cost? There is a single configuration of the Asus VivoBook S15. For $699, the 15.6-inch laptop comes with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD — our minimum recommended setup for a mainstream laptop. Bottom Line The colorful Asus VivoBook S15 is one of the most visually stunning laptops to cross our desks this year, and at $700, it’s much more affordable than you might expect. Furthermore, the laptop has very good performance, speakers that output clear audio and a clever hinge that angles the keyboard toward you. The only considerable knocks against the portable 15-inch laptop are a dull display and an unfortunate amount of bloatware. But the VivoBook S15 has some tough competition in this price range. The Lenovo Ideapad 530s is remarkably similar to the VivoBook S15. It has gorgeous looks, a borderless display and a thin-and-light footprint. It also has similar internals — a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD — for the same $700 price. However, like the Asus, the Lenovo’s biggest shortcoming is a dull display. Ultimately, your decision between these two laptops should come down to your personality. If you prefer a more buttoned-up look, go with the Lenovo. But if you want a laptop that stands out, the Asus VivoBook S15 is a great option. 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Study Identifies MRIGuided Radiation Therapy as Growing Market Segment

first_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications 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 News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | June 06, 2019 Study Identifies MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy as Growing Market Segment Provider search for innovative, patient-centric technologies for cancer diagnosis and treatment expected to drive growth through 2028 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… 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 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… 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. June 6, 2019 — Revenues from the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy systems market exceeded $220 million in 2018, according to a recent study, suggesting increasing prevalence for the integrated technologies. According to the study from Fact.MR, the growth potential — projected at approximately a 20 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2028 — can be attributed to burgeoning adoption of innovative technologies in cancer diagnosis and treatment, alongside growing focus on patient-centric care.The study assesses macro- and microeconomic factors that define the growth prospects of the MRI-guided radiation therapy systems market. It finds that leading players in the rapidly-growing healthcare sector are vying for new techniques in cancer treatment to compensate for involuntary patient movements and improve precision to a much higher degree. In addition, the paradigm shifts in preference of cancer patients towards radiation therapies, from invasive to non-invasive procedures, is expected to remain instrumental in adoption of MRI-guided radiation therapy systems in cancer care.“Leading cancer research institutes are exploring the potential for MRI in radiation therapy in order to enhance the efficiency and precision of existing cancer treatments. However, integrating MRI technology, which uses a magnetic field to produce images, with an all-metal linear accelerator [linac] in radiation therapy devices requires exceptional technological expertise and a strong international consortium. Currently, Elekta and Viewray are the only two companies that have a strong foothold in the MRI-guided radiation therapy systems market, and it may be a while until new entrants make foray into the market,” the study authors said.The study opines that hospitals, with more than 51 percent revenue share, will remain the target customer for players in the MRI-guided radiation therapy systems market in 2019. Opportunities abound for MRI-guided radiation therapy system developers, with ongoing clinical development of high-tech procedures exploiting Linac MR-RT.The study also finds that radiotherapy centers are adopting technologically advanced MRI-compatible radiation models, to explore numerous possibilities to make radiotherapy treatment more effective. Market players are focusing on building a successful consortium with the help of physicians, clinicians, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), to tap into opportunities in radiation therapy centers.The study opines that the increasing healthcare expenditure in the U.S. will remain a key growth determinant of the MRI-guided radiation therapy systems market in North America. In 2017, the per capita health expenditure was more than $10,000 in the U.S., recording an increase of nearly 4 percent over 2016, according to studies. In addition, what the Fact.MR study calls an alarming rise in the prevalence of cancer in the U.S. will be reflected in a significant demand for MRI-guided radiation therapy systems in North America.According to the study, North America accounted for 45 percent of sales of MRI-guided radiation therapy systems in 2018. Healthcare organizations in the region are investing heavily in tech-driven radiation treatments for cancer. While demand remains robust in developed markets, developing economies are also emerging as attractive markets for MRI-guided radiation therapy systems. Increasing government investments in healthcare infrastructure in the region are expected to create new opportunities for market players.Download the full report here.For more information: www.factmr.comcenter_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related MRI-guided Radiotherapy ContentVIDEO: Walk Through of the MRI Radiotherapy System at Henry Ford HospitalElekta Unity MR-Linac Earns FDA ClearanceVIDEO: Clinical Use of the ViewRay MRIdian Linac System at Henry FordVIDEO: MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy Trial for Pancreatic Cancer FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Rwanda park releases relocated lions to restock population

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Seven lions that were transported from South Africa to Rwanda have been released into a wildlife park after weeks of quarantine, another step in a plan to restore the country’s lion population after it was wiped out following Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, the park’s managers said Tuesday.The lions left an enclosure a day earlier and were being monitored through their satellite collars, said Sarah Hall, tourism and marketing manager for Akagera National Park in Rwanda. The five lionesses had been walking together along a road while the two males were “more cautious” and staying closer to the enclosure, she said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. The Akagera park is managed by African Parks, a Johannesburg-based group. Cattle herders poisoned Rwanda’s last lions about 15 years ago after the park was left unmanaged in the genocide’s wake. Returning refugees took over much of the park, reducing its size by more than half.In late June, African Parks oversaw the transportation of the seven lions to Rwanda by truck and plane from two South African wildlife reserves in a complex operation that took about 30 hours.The lions, which come from different prides, include a 10-year-old mother and her 1-year-old daughter. The males are three and four years old and are unrelated, according to African Parks. In quarantine, the lions were fed every two to three days with impala carcasses.Akagera already has predators, including leopards and hyenas, Hall said. She predicted that the newly arrived lions would have a relatively easy time hunting prey, particularly among the park’s older animals.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories last_img read more