Government makes just over 3 million in land rights sale in the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After a big start to the year, the last three months of petroleum and natural gas land rights sales have brought paltry amounts into provincial coffers.In Wednesday’s auction, a total of only 1,056 hectares of land rights were sold off, and both were drilling licenses. Oil and gas companies spent just $202,600.96.Things weren’t much better in March and February. The third month of the year saw companies spend just under $891,000 on 12 plots of land covering 7,800 hectares. In February, the land rights auction brought in $2.1 million for over 8,100 hectares of drilling rights and leases. The next petroleum land rights sale is taking place on May 16th.last_img read more

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Coffee helps fight prostate cancer

first_imgIn a first, scientists have identified compounds found in coffee which may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer. The study, published in the journal The Prostate, was carried out on drug-resistant cancer cells in cell culture and in a mouse model. Coffee is a complex mixture of compounds which has been shown to influence human health in both positive and negative ways. There is increasing evidence that drinking certain types of coffee is associated with a reduction in incidence of some cancers, including prostate cancers. Researchers from Kanazawa University in Japan have studied the effects of two compounds found in coffee, kahweol acetate and cafestol, on prostate cancer cells and in animals, where they were able to inhibit growth in cells which are resistant to common anti-cancer drugs such as Cabazitaxel. The researchers initially tested six compounds, naturally found in coffee, on the proliferation of human prostate cancers cells in a petri-dish. They found that cells treated with kahweol acetate and cafestol grew more slowly than controls. They then tested these compounds on prostate cancer cells which had been transplanted to 16 mice. Four mice were controls, four were treated with kahweol acetate, four with cafestol, with the remaining mice being treated with a combination of kahweol acetate and cafestol. “We found that kahweol acetate and cafestol inhibited the growth of the cancer cells in mice, but the combination seemed to work synergistically, leading to a significantly slower tumour growth than in untreated mice,” said Hiroaki Iwamoto from Kanazawa University. “After 11 days, the untreated tumours had grown by around three and a half times the original volume, whereas the tumours in the mice treated with both compounds had grown by around just over one and a half times the original size,” said Iwamoto. This is a pilot study, so this work shows that the use of these compounds is scientifically feasible, but needs further investigation, researchers said. It does not mean that the findings can yet be applied to humans. “What it does show is that these compounds appear to have an effect on drug resistant cells prostate cancer cells in the right circumstances, and that they too need further investigation,” said Iwamoto. “We are currently considering how we might test these findings in a larger sample, and then in humans,” he said. Kahweol acetate and cafestol are hydrocarbons, naturally found in Arabica coffee. The coffee-making process has been found to affect whether these compounds remain in coffee after brewing (as with espresso), or whether they are stripped out (as when filtered). “These are promising findings, but they should not make people change their coffee consumption. However, if we can confirm these results, we may have candidates to treat drug-resistant prostate cancer,” said Atsushi Mizokami, professor at Kanazawa University.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Launches Professional Training Centers in Casablanca

Casablanca – King Mohammed VI laid, here Tuesday, the foundation stone for a multidisciplinary professional training center and inaugurated a vocational training center in the service sector.Carried out by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity for a total investment of 22 million dirhams, these projects reflect the High Royal solicitude towards youth, particularly those living in a vulnerable environment. They stem from the constant will of the Sovereign to provide them with new opportunities for, inter alia, to overcome the inevitability of academic failure and improve their socioeconomic conditions and those of their families.These centers will consolidate the multiple actions carried out by the Foundation in the Greater Casablanca for young people, aiming to promote this segment of society, contribute to their development, and promote their access to various tools and means of social integration and employability. With a budget of 12 million dirhams, the multidisciplinary training center, to be built in Sidi Moumen district, will provide poor out-of-school youth skills training in electrical engineering.The target youth will also receive training in services sector (software development, web development, graphic design, e-consultancy) and commerce (business management, business accounting, sales techniques and sales agents).A partnership between the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, the Office of Vocational Training and the Promotion of Employment and the Al-Omran Group, this project will participate in developing the sense responsibility and professional skills of young people.As for the vocational training center in services sector, built in the prefecture of Hay Hassani, it will offer young beneficiaries in the region skills training in job-creating sectors, notably IT developer, web and mobile application developer, computer technician, computer graphics designer, telephone advisor and medical secretary.Benefiting nearly 600 young people per year, this center, whose construction works were launched by the King on July 17, 2014, will also offer courses in commerce and business administration, accounting, corporate and sales techniques.This project has required a budget of around 10 million dirhams financed by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, the Casablanca Regional Council and the Office of Vocational Training and Labor Promotion, which also provides management and educational support.These projects, launched and inaugurated by King Mohammed VI, confirm once again the interest of the Sovereign in training, qualification and the socio-professional integration of young people, indispensable conditions for the success of any social project. read more

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Govt Monitoring Situation of Moroccans Trapped in Libya MRE Ministry

Rabat – As Morocco’s government has promised a speedy repatriation of Moroccan migrants stranded in Libya, Abdelkarim Benatiq, the minister delegate in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad (MREs), has assured that the ministry is closely monitoring the situation.Benatiq said on Monday during an oral questions and answer session at the House of Representatives in Rabat that the ministry is working with other departments to conduct what would be the second major repatriation operation of Moroccans stranded in Libya.Moroccan authorities conducted the first operation in August, which brought back about 200 citizens in two private aircrafts. King Mohammed VI has also gave his orders to both the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of MREs to keep watch on the situation of Moroccans stranded in Libya and find ways to return them back home.Several videos filmed by the detained Moroccans have been widely shared on social media, showing the horrific conditions they are facing in the Libyan prisons. The trapped migrants cry for help and urge the Moroccan government to find concrete measures to take them back home.After the videos went viral, the Ministry in charge of MREs said on its Facebook account on November 15 that it is working to repatriate the Moroccans stranded in Libya.The ministry said that it is “following the Moroccans’ situation and is working very seriously and in full cooperation with all other institutions concerned in order to repatriate our citizens home.”On November 28, families of the detained migrants protested in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarter in Rabat, calling for the government to repatriate their relatives.Situation of Sub-Saharan Migrants in MoroccoDuring the oral question and answer session, members of the parliament also took the opportunity to ask questions regarding the situation of sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco.In response to their questions, Benatiq said that “more than 6,200 sub-Saharan children have joined Moroccan schools in order to pursue their education.” He added that the migrants living in Morocco benefit from the right to social housing, access to public schools, and medical services, in accordance to the new migration policy launched in Morocco in 2013.Benatiq also pointed out that the issue of migration should be addressed in a societal framework through joint efforts.The policy was established under the construction of King Mohammed VI. read more

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New Laggala town handed over to the public

President Maithripala Sirisena handed over the new Laggala green city today which was constructed to replace the old Laggala city that was submerged as a result of the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga multi-purpose irrigation project.The new Laggala city was constructed near the Kalu Ganga reservoir to fulfill the needs of the families displaced by the submerging of the old city under the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga project. More than 3000 families from 25 Grama Sevaka divisions were removed and resettled in the Laggala new city. The new Laggala town has been constructed with an investment of Rs. 4.5 billion. The entire town spanning 75 acres comprises a new Police Station, a Unit Management Office, A cooperative Building Complex, a Pradeshiya Sabha building, a Divisional Secretariat, peoples fair and a pubic market complex. The new Laggala town also has a new bus stand and a Post Office as well as 26 state institutions including banks and financial institutions. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Loblaw verifying accuracy of its coincounting machines after concerns arise

Loblaw verifying accuracy of its coin-counting machines after concerns arise TORONTO – Canada’s largest grocery chain says it’s trying to verify the accuracy of the coin-counting kiosks in its stores after TD Bank got rid of similar machines from its branches over allegations that they’ve been nickel-and-diming customers.“We are aware of the concerns recently raised about coin-counting machines,” Kevin Groh, the vice-president of corporate affairs and communication for Loblaw, said in an email.“We have been working with Coinstar to confirm the accuracy of the coin-counting machines located in our stores and have no current plans to remove the machines. Should customers have a concern with any of the coin-counting machines in one of our stores, please contact our customer service team to let us know.”The coin-counting machines located in Loblaw stores are owned and operated by U.S.-based Coinstar, the same company that owned and operated the machines that TD Bank pulled from its Canadian branches in May.Last month, a class-action lawsuit was filed against TD on behalf of everyone who used the coin-counting machines at the bank’s branches between Jan. 1, 2013, and May 25, 2016.Grocery store chain Metro also has Coinstar machines in its stores. A spokeswoman said the company has not received any complaints about the machines and therefore has no plans to remove them.But Metro will continue to monitor the machines to “ensure our customers’ satisfaction,” Genevieve Gregoire said in an email.The lead plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit is Lisa Ram, a woman from Kitchener, Ont., who says she counted her coins before depositing them in a machine at a TD Bank in the city.Ram says she had a total of $854.25, but was shortchanged by $159.50. She alleges that she complained to the bank but they failed to do anything.A statement of claim filed by Toronto-based law firm Sotos LLP alleges that the bank knew about accuracy issues with its machines south of the border, but still proceeded with a national rollout across Canada in January 2013.The allegations have not been proven in court.In order to proceed as a class-action, the suit requires certification from the Ontario Superior Court.TD Bank declined a request for comment, saying it could not comment on the pending litigation.Coinstar said in an email that it aims to provide customers with “convenient, reliable and accurate” service and that its machines have processed more than one billion transactions over the last 25 years.Any customer who has questions or concerns should contact customer service staff, the company added.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2016 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pam Aung Thin, Vice President of Communications at the Royal Canadian Mint operates the new Coinstar machine at the Mint in Ottawa on July 18, 2006. Canada’s largest grocery chain says it’s trying to verify the accuracy of the coin-counting kiosks in its stores after TD Bank got rid of similar machines from its branches over allegations that they’ve been nickel-and-diming customers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward read more

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CONSOL Energy announces 2010 capital budget of 10 billion

first_imgCONSOL Energy’s Board of Directors has approved a 2010 Capital Budget of $1.0 billion. The company has budgeted $500 million for coal and $100 million for other (non-gas) activities. Included in the coal budget is $130 million in efficiency projects for longwall face extensions and overland conveyor systems. These projects are follow-throughs on commitments made prior to the economic downturn, and should help to improve unit costs. J. Brett Harvey, CEO of CONSOL Energy and Chairman and CEO of CNX Gas Corp: “We are beginning to see the end of a once-in-a-generation recapitalisation of our fleet of longwall mines. Many of these mines have decades of remaining reserves, so it makes sense for us to maintain them to the best of our ability. In looking beyond 2010, I believe that spending on coal will migrate to maintenance of production levels, while gas will likely be the growth vehicle. While a lot can happen between now and 2011, I currently envision that coal capital will be lower in 2011, while gas spending will be higher.”Included in the budget is $400 million for CNX Gas, which was approved separately by its Board. Harvey said, “CONSOL Energy’s 2010 Capital Budget of $1.0 billion achieves the goals of improving the efficiency and productivity of CONSOL’s world-class fleet of mines, while simultaneously funding meaningful production growth in the gas business.”The $400 million Capital Budget for CNX Gas is about evenly split between shale programs and coalbed methane programs, with the largest single program consisting of $160 million for the Marcellus Shale. CNX Gas will be signing a contract for a second horizontal rig to drill in the Marcellus Shale effective March 1, 2010. This rig will be a flex rig that will allow for greater efficiencies when drilling multiple wells from the same pad.Harvey continued, “We had excellent results from our 2009 Marcellus Shale program, and it makes sense for us to add another rig, especially as gas prices have strengthened recently. Our goal remains to accelerate the monetization of our highly promising acreage. We also have world-class assets in coalbed methane. We will continue to develop these in a measured way.”CONSOL Energy a producer of high-Btu thermal coal and metallurgical coal, has 12 bituminous coal mining complexes in six states and reports Proven and Probable coal reserves of 4,500 Mt. It is also a majority owner of CNX Gas, a leading Appalachian gas producer.last_img read more

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Maiden lithium Mineral Resource estimate for Sadisdorf project

first_imgA maiden lithium Mineral Resource estimate has been completed for the Sadisdorf tin-tungsten project, located in Saxony, Germany. There, Perth-based lithium explorer and processing technology developer Lithium Australia NL (LIT) is farming into a joint venture with Tin International.Maiden lithium Inferred Mineral Resource estimate of 25 Mt @ 0.45 % Li2O announcedLIT’s wholly owned SiLeach® hydrometallurgical process suited to unlocking the lithium value of historical tin deposits such as those at SadisdorfSadisdorf ideally located to supply the European battery and electric vehicle market.Consultant CSA Global has estimated an Inferred Mineral Resource of 25 Mt grading 0.45% Li2O, based on re-analysis and re-interpretation of historical drilling and underground sampling at Sadisdorf. Reporting in accordance with JORC 2012.This result substantially enhances the potential for progressing the historical Sadisdorf tintungstenmine to a polymetallic deposit with value contributions from lithium, tin and tungsten, as well as potentially from a range of by-products (e.g. potassium sulphate fertiliser, sodium silicate) made available by virtue of LIT’s novel SiLeach hydrometallurgical technology.The historic Sadisdorf tin mine is characterised by greisens (altered granites) known to contain abundant lithium mineralisation in the form of zinnwaldite, a lithium mica ideally suited to processing with LIT’s 100%-owned SiLeach process.Sadisdorf JV partner Tin International AG, previously defined a JORC (2012) tin Mineral Resource (3.36 Mt Inferred Mineral Resource grading 0.44% Sn at a cutoff of 0.25% Sn).Quantitative X-ray diffraction (QXRD) analysis has shown quantities of lithium-bearing zinnwaldite mica ranging from 9% (average of outer greisen zone) to 12.5% (average of inner greisen zone) with local values in the inner greisen zone of up to 38% zinnwaldite. Zinnwaldite, a lithium mica, can be very easily processed using SiLeach®, making this a prime target for the supply of lithium into the European battery industry.Preliminary SiLeach test work on the Sadisdorf outer greisen material returned encouraging results, with lithium leach extractions of zinnwaldite concentrates from Sadisdorf greisen mineralisation averaging 95%. Sadisdorf greisen sample Lithium head grade (ppm) Li2O equivalent head grade (%) Lithium SiLeach extraction (%) Greisen 1 2,510 0.54 96.8 Greisen 2 2,250 0.48 97.4 Greisen 3 1,400 0.30 91.0 Average 2,053 0.44 95.0Lithium Australia’s Managing Director Adrian Griffin commented: “Our previous testing demonstrates that SiLeach can unlock the potential of Sadisdorf as a true polymetallic operation, recovering lithium from the residues of conventional tin concentration processes. The size of the Sadisdorf resource is already significant, with the potential to feed a 25,000 t/y lithium carbonate plant for 10 years. Further exploration is likely to expand the resource significantly. It is noteworthy that Sadisdorf has similar grades to those of the nearby Cinovec deposit (Czech Republic) and is not far from the Zinnwald deposit of Deutsche Lithium. All of these deposits have similar characteristics, making them difficult, if not impossible, to commercialise using conventional lithium processing technology – SiLeach provides the solution.“We are in the backyard of the most rapidly expanding consumption of lithium outside China, with most European vehicle manufacturers announcing their plans to go electric. The synergies are obvious, and at Lithium Australia we are well placed to take advantage of that expanding market.”last_img read more

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We just couldnt keep up with what the phone could do The

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 6:05 AM 10 Comments Feb 7th 2017, 6:05 AM http://jrnl.ie/3225547 Share25 Tweet Email5 ‘We just couldn’t keep up with what the phone could do’ – The trouble of keeping kids safe online Mobile phones and teenagers’ internet habits have changed dramatically over the past decade. 9,678 Views Source: CyberSafeIreland/YouTubeFOR EVERY PARENT, the thought of a young teenager getting their first phone has to be a daunting prospect.Mobile phones have changed dramatically over the past decade, going from devices used to send text messages and make calls to handheld computers with full access to the internet.For Jenny* – a south county Dublin mother with four children – when her eldest daughter got her first smartphone at the age of 12, it was a stressful time.She said that she and her husband were completely unaware of what the phone could do.“We just couldn’t keep up with what the phone could do, we were so naive at the time,” she told TheJournal.ie.“We would have been very unaware of what could be done on the phone,” she said.When her daughter first started to go online, her husband set up a Facebook page to monitor her activity.“At one point I think my eldest daughter would have had about 1,200 friends on Facebook,” she said.You wouldn’t have a clue who they were speaking to.She recalls her daughter being completely obsessed with going online.“I would turn off the wi-fi and bring the modem to bed with me at night.But she would get up in the middle of the night, going downstairs and picking up the internet from the neighbour’s house.Safer internet DayToday marks Safer Internet Day, which aims to raise awareness around the importance of staying safe online.According to CyberSafeIreland, the children’s internet safety charity, parents in Ireland are overwhelmed with efforts to keep their children safe while using the internet.CyberSafeIreland’s advice to parents chimes in with what Jenny said around the difficulties of monitoring her teenagers’ online activity.The charity has spoken to more than 4,000 children aged between 8 and 13 since it launched just over a year ago.Its research found that over a quarter of children had been in contact with a stranger either occasionally or every day on social media, messaging or gaming platforms (5% of children on a daily basis).The charity released an animated video (above) with guidelines for how parents could monitor their children and keep them safe on the internet. These include communication, knowing what apps and games your child is using and putting up appropriate boundaries.AdviceSpeaking at the launch of the Action Plan for Education 2017 yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny also raised the issue of social media and children, telling the kids of Scoil Mhuire Óg in Dublin that “it’s not all about the ‘Likes’”. Kenny advised children that everyone had different talents. (File photo) Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandKenny explained that every person has different talents and told the young school children that sometimes social media tells young people they have to be the “thinnest”, the “coolest” or the “most popular”.Don’t mind that… No one can be all of those things together.Educating yourselfJenny’s daughter is now 17. She has another daughter (14), and two young sons (seven and four).As the years have gone on, access to the internet and the social media sites teenagers visit have changed. Jenny said that Facebook isn’t used as often as it was.She finds that apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp are the most popular now.“We’ve learnt a lot more about it now for my 14-year-old daughter,” she said.“We’re stricter around who she contacts; tell her not to use her real name and make sure her privacy settings would be on.It’s all about educating yourself and making them learn about the dangers and to be smart about it.*Jenny did not want her last name used.Read: Three challenges of being an exceptionally gifted child – cyberbullying, underachieving and moneyRead: Over half of cyberbullying cases happen to Irish children on Facebooklast_img read more

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La NASA annonce le succès du premier vol du SOFIA

first_imgLa NASA annonce le succès du premier vol du SOFIALa Nasa a annoncé que son Observatoire stratosphérique pour l’astronomie à infra-rouge (SOFIA) avait effectué son premier vol d’observation avec succès.L’avion a effectué un vol d’essai afin de démontrer son potentiel concernant l’observation du ciel depuis les hautes sphères de l’atmosphère terrestre. La NASA espère ainsi tester un nouveau domaine d’exploration et d’observation de l’espace par de nouveaux types de télescopes, ce qui pourrait amener à faire de nouvelles découvertes. À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?Le support de ce télescope est un Boeing de type 747SP qui a été modifié en grande partie afin d’accueillir un télescope à infrarouge pouvant être transporté dans les airs. Celui-ci a été développé par la Cornell University et possède un diamètre de 2,54 mètres. Sa construction est le résultat d’une collaboration entre le Centre aerospatial allemand (“Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft und Raumfahrt”) et la NASA. L’avion a décollé depuis une base militaire située en Californie le 30 novembre et l’appareil est resté dans les airs pendant plus de 10 heures consécutives, à une altitude variant entre  11.887 et 13.716 mètres. Découvrez le SOFIA en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/sofia/le-sofia-reussit-avec-succes-son-vol-d-039-essai_art10921.html Le 6 décembre 2010 à 20:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Nicole Tetreault Named To Deans List At Muhlenberg College

first_imgALLENTOWN, PA — Nicole Tetreault of Wilmington, was named to the Dean’s List at Muhlenberg College for the Spring 2018 semester.Students with a term GPA of 3.50 or higher were recognized for this academic achievement.About Muhlenberg CollegeFounded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a highly selective, private, four-year residential, liberal arts college located in Allentown, Pa., approximately 90 miles west of New York City. With an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2200 students, Muhlenberg College is dedicated to shaping creative, compassionate, collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences as well as selected pre-professional programs, including accounting, business, education and public health. The College is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A member of the Centennial Conference, Muhlenberg competes in 22 varsity sports.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Muhlenberg College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Nicole Tetreault Named To Dean’s List At Muhlenberg CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Nicole Tetreault Graduates From Muhlenberg CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

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Tongass plan drafts timeline for transition to younggrowth harvest

first_imgThe U.S. Forest Service has released a new plan for managing timber lands on the Tongass National Forest in Southeast. It puts a timeline on the transition from young- to old-growth logging and it attempts to make it easier to develop hydro projects on forest land.Download AudioRemains of a Tongass clear-cut and logging road north of Ketchikan. New growth in parts of the forest could be cut to jump-start a modern timber industry, a report says. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)The draft Environmental Impact Statement document for the forest plan amendment is more than 1,000 pages. It reflects this year’s unanimous recommendation by the 15-person Tongass Advisory Committee on transitioning to a harvest of younger, second-growth trees on areas that have already been logged. That was directed by the Secretary of Agriculture in 2013.Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart says the agency’s analysis shows that transition is possible in 16 years.“In going to a young system, it’s going to require both accuracy and precision in the product availability and the ability to go to areas that have been harvested in the past. That’s certainly going to cause some concern from some parties as to what that represents in the meantime but recognize that this is the draft Environmental Impact Statement.”The preferred alternative in the plan would see a harvest of 46 million board feet annually. In the first decade, 37 million of that would be continued harvest of old-growth trees. The old-growth harvest would drop to just 5 million board feet by the 16th year of the plan. To compare, harvests on the Tongass over the past decade have averaged 36 million board feet a year.Proposed timber sales that are already in the planning stages, involving old growth or young growth, will continue forward. The plan does not propose any new wildlife conservation strategies, wilderness areas or wild and scenic river designations. It does recognize changes from this year’s transfer of Tongass land to the Sealaska regional Native corporation.The plan also proposes making renewable energy projects on Tongass lands easier to develop. Stewart says the aim is to help diesel-dependent communities.“It really seeks to try and provide a better economic outcome for parties and communities across Southeast Alaska by allowing access for hydropower or other uses, to help supply those. If you’re familiar with some of those communities that are currently challenged by having to utilize diesel generation or anything like that, this is one of those opportunities to look at the landscape in a broader context, to provide a more renewable resource and use of energy production for those communities.”While the plan does not recommend new lands for permanent protection, it would reduce the acreage that could be logged. Environmental groups are happy to see lands around some Southeast salmon streams would no longer be logged.Southeast Alaska Conservation Council Deputy Director Emily Ferry says there’s both good and bad in the updated plan.“And the good is that we’re very pleased to see that some of the salmon strongholds that we’ve working for years to protect, places like Port Houghton, Castle River and East Kuiu are no longer considered in the suitable timber base. The unfortunate part is that the Forest Service missed a huge opportunity to put the controversy associated with clear-cutting old growth behind them.”Ferry says the plan does not transition out of old growth logging soon enough. She says concerns over impacts to fish and wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities and climate change will continue with logging old growth forests.For the timber industry, the young growth available wouldn’t keep Southeast sawmills operating. Alaska Forest Association Executive Director Owen Graham doesn’t think the transition recommended by the Tongass Advisory Committee will work.“For one thing there’s not enough young growth to support a round log export business for any length of time. For a few years you could but after that there’s just not enough acres. The second concern is right now the logs are too small for the saw mills to utilize and if you cut ‘em now then 30 years from now when they would have been mature, they’re not going to be mature timber. And so, the only way to keep the sawmills operating is to continue harvesting old growth and we don’t want to be stuck with just one good sawmill, we want to have a number of mid-size saw mills and a number of small mills.”The draft documents are available online. A 90-day public comment period is underway and ends Feb. 22, 2016.  The Forest Service plans to hold public meetings on the plan in Southeast communities.last_img read more

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Galena to receive more than 1000 acres of land from National Defense

first_imgRepresentative Don Young speaking in Washington, DC. (Photo: Don Young congressional webpage)Once President Barack Obama signs the national defense authorization act into law, the City of Galena will acquire a hefty plot of public land. 1,290 acres of land where the Campion Air Force Radar Station used to be located will be conveyed to Galena for the purpose of preventing future flood damage to the City.Listen NowCongressman Don Young added the provision for the Galena land transfer to this year’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which has already passed through the House and the Senate. Matt Shuckerow, the Congressman’s communications director, said Congressman Young has put in years of work to achieve this goal.“In the previous NDAA, he was able to secure this amendment in the House version, but unfortunately through final negotiations, a number of land transfer provisions were ultimately excluded, so that’s the challenge we faced last year,” Shuckerow said. “He came back to the table with it again this year, and we were able to secure that, so we are very proud of that.”Shuckerow said the City of Galena could use this land for further protection from natural disasters, such as flooding.“In 2013, there was massive flooding from the Yukon River, and they have had threats in the past and will continue to have them in the future, and that’s in part because of the low level land in which the City is built,” Shuckerow said. “By securing the transfer, this gives Galena the option to potentially move that town, to ensure their safety from future floods.”It is unclear what the City of Galena will do with this land, but Shuckerow claimed the land is no longer in use and the community requested the transfer happen. Ultimately, the Secretary of the Interior will have to convey this land, and that could fall to Ryan Zinke, President-elect Donald Trump’s appointee for the position.Shuckerow said, regardless of who is Secretary of the Interior, this bill will be enacted.“The Congressman spoke extensively with the incoming nominee, Representative Ryan Zinke,” Shuckerow said. “They had a great conversation and talked about some of their different issues that we face, and while they may have some differences on some issues, the Congressman ultimately felt positive about their conversation in terms of management and the understanding that we need to break down some of the needless bureaucracy, and we need to make sure that we can streamline development.”The NDAA can become law if President Obama puts his signature on it, or if he takes no action on it within a certain amount of time. Shuckerow expects the bill will be passed before Obama’s term ends.last_img read more

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Bowser Announces DC Girls of Color Initiative

first_imgD.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced an initiative to empower girls and young women in the District of Columbia public school system, following criticism for building a school only for boys but not one for girls. The mayor appeared with Deputy Mayor of Education Jennifer Niles and D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson at Kelly Middle School on March 26 with Principal, Kortni Stafford to announce Reign: Empower Young Women as Leaders.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, a product of all-female education at Elizabeth Seton High School and Chatnam University, is working with the city’s education system to start an education initiative that focuses on girls and young women in D.C. (Courtesy Photo)“As we continue making the investments necessary to give every student in the D.C.P.S. a world-class education and the resources and support they need to reach their full potential, Reign will ensure that our young women of color are not left behind,” Bowser said. “We know that different students have different needs and that there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. Next school year is just the beginning for Reign and, in fitting with the goals of the initiative, we will continue to expand the program based on the feedback we receive from the young women in our schools.”Some District residents and leaders expressed concerns in 2015 and 2016 that while District boys of color were being educated through services by the Empowering Males of Color (EMOC) initiative that is designed to increase academic and life skills, there was nothing for young women. D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) engaged D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine to write an opinion on the all-boys initiative that includes the all-male public high school, the Ron Brown Preparatory High School in Deanwood in Northeast Washington. Racine issued an opinion later that said the city’s EMOC was legally sound.Bowser is well-acquainted with female-based education, she is a graduate of Catholic, all-girls Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Md. and Chatham University in Pittsburgh when it was an all-women’s college.According to the mayor’s press release, there are three pillars of Reign: 1) creating spaces for young women of color to build community, confidence, and leadership skills, 2) ensuring that schools are empowering places for young women of color, 3) launching Reign Innovation grants to improve academic and social outcomes for young women of color.“Through Reign, we will be able to help more of our young women of color grow into the leaders we know they can be,” Wilson said. “This is a critical socio-emotional investment across health, wellness and identity for our young women of color, which will allow us to better support our students as we work to close the achievement gap.”Wilson said feedback from young women across the city drove the Reign initiative. “Young women told us that they want to support one another, develop leadership skills that help them have careers in politics, after-school programs and activities that help them build their self-confidence,” the chancellor said. “Basically, these young women want schools to be places where they feel valued.”Wilson said that Reign will cost approximately $1 million.It was noted that there was no proposal to create an all-girls public school and Bowser said that was done by design.”Again, this is not a one-size-fits-all situation,” the mayor said. “We want to deliver services the way the children need them and we want to address the needs of girls.”Bowser also has plenty of support in her girls’ initiative.“Reign is fantastic,” At-Large D.C. State Board of Education member Ashley Carter told the AFRO. “This initiative will improve the learning of young women.”last_img read more

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Study shows bats adjust the gape of their mouth to zoom field

first_img Explore further A team of researchers with Tel Aviv University has found that at least one kind of bat (the Bodenheimer’s pipistrelle) is able to zoom in on information it receives from its biosonar, by adjusting the degree to which it stretches its mouth open. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes the experiments they conducted with bats and how it is that mouth stretching is able to help the bats. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 Phys.org Big eared townsend bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) Credit: Public Domain Citation: Study shows bats adjust the gape of their mouth to zoom field of view of biosonar (2015, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-adjust-gape-mouth-field-view.htmlcenter_img As most everyone knows, bats find their way around using echolocation—they emit a wide variety of different sounds and then listen to the sounds as they are bounced back. They do it very nearly constantly while flying around, emitting different length sounds, all of which are just fractions of a second. In this new effort the researchers discovered that bats also have a way of refining the process by adjusting the gape of their mouth.To learn more about how bats make necessary adjustments when flying around things that are close as opposed to those that are farther away, the team set up a experiment that consisted of high-speed cameras, ultrasonic microphones, and a closed environment that included a tunnel to a pond to allow the bats to drink. The team filmed the bats as they approached the tunnel that led to the pond, knowing they would have to make an adjustment of some sort. That adjustment turned out to be opening their mouths wider—sometimes four times as wide (because the mouth adjustments occurred so rapidly, the team wound up using a neural network to match mouth gape size to different points in time). The tighter the quarters, the team found, the wider the bats opened their mouths—a wider mouth created a narrower sound beam, they suggested.To make sure the bats were not responding in ways unique to the artificial environment, the team also recorded wild bats flying through a natural tunnel—they found the same response. The researchers note that many animals have been observed changing where they focus, or have lenses in their eyes to adjust for depth, but this is the first known instance of an animal with an ability to change its entire field of view. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Bats are surprisingly fast decision makers More information: Bats adjust their mouth gape to zoom their biosonar field of view, Pavel Kounitsky, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1422843112 AbstractActive sensing, where sensory acquisition is actively modulated, is an inherent component of almost all sensory systems. Echolocating bats are a prime example of active sensing. They can rapidly adjust many of their biosonar parameters to optimize sensory acquisition. They dynamically adjust pulse design, pulse duration, and pulse rate within dozens of milliseconds according to the sensory information that is required for the task that they are performing. The least studied and least understood degree of freedom in echolocation is emission beamforming—the ability to change the shape of the sonar sound beam in a functional way. Such an ability could have a great impact on the bat’s control over its sensory perception. On the one hand, the bat could direct more energy into a narrow sector to zoom its biosonar field of view, and on the other hand, it could widen the beam to increase the space that it senses. We show that freely behaving bats constantly control their biosonar field of view in natural situations by rapidly adjusting their emitter aperture—the mouth gape. The bats dramatically narrowed the beam when entering a confined space, and they dramatically widened it within dozens of milliseconds when flying toward open space. Hence, mouth-emitting bats dynamically adjust their mouth gape to optimize the area that they sense with their echolocation system.last_img read more

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Finding a Paradigm Shift in Medical Imaging at HIMSS

first_img Melinda Taschetta-Millane, Editorial Director FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 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 While attending this year’s Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Orlando, ITN editor Dave Fornell found two exciting new technologies that appear to have the potential to become paradigm shifts in medicine. The first is the integration of artificial intelligence into medical imaging IT systems; the second is the use of augmented reality 3-D imaging visors to create a heads-up display of 3-D imaging anatomical reconstructions, or complete computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) datasets surgeons can use in the operating room (OR). HIMSS left many, including Dave, feeling energized about the prospects artificial intelligence (AI) may offer medicine. But, unlike the science fiction image that snaps into most peoples’ minds when you talk about AI, it will not be an interactive, highly intelligent robot that will replace doctors. In fact, most users will not even be aware AI is assisting them in the back end of their electronic medical record (EMR) systems. AI is a topic that has been discussed for a few years now at medical conferences, but several concrete examples of how AI will help clinicians significantly reduce time and workflow efficiency were showcased this year at HIMSS. AI will accomplish this by working in the background as an overlay software system that sits on top of the  PACS, specialty reporting systems and medical image archives at a hospital.The AI algorithms are taught through machine learning to recognize complex patterns and relations of specific types of data that are relevant to the image or disease states being reviewed. AI is also making its appearance in business and clinical analytical software, as well as imaging modality software, where it can automatically identify all the organs and anatomy, orientate the images into the standard reading reviews and perform auto-quantification. This is already available on some systems.  You can read more about Dave’s insights at HIMSS 2017 in his Web-exclusive feature, “How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging,” at http://bit.ly/2mPbzwF.You can also watch the video “Editor’s Choice of Most Innovative Technology at HIMSS 2017 at http://bit.ly/2lXBuDm, and take a tour of some of the most innovative new technology that was displayed on the expo floor at HIMSS.For more information on enterprise imaging from HIMSS, check out “How to  Build an Enterprise Imaging System” at http://bit.ly/2noruU1. Enterprise imaging system expert Louis Lannum was in charge of Cleveland Clinic’s efforts to connect images and other data from 33 of its departments into a single, centralized database that could deliver the content through a viewer in the electronic medical record. He spoke on the key requirements for enterprise imaging systems at HIMSS 2017. An example of augmented reality displays by Novarad at HIMSS 2017. The system uses a visor to project co-registered 3-D datasets on a real patient in an operating room to aid procedural navigation.  The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more 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 Blog | Melinda Taschetta-Millane, Editorial Director | Information Technology| April 10, 2017 Finding a Paradigm Shift in Medical Imaging at HIMSS 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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read morelast_img read more

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Highflying amusement park coming to Barceló Maya Grand Resort

first_img Share Netland, a closed circuit of bridges and slides for young adventurersMore news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Ventura Ride will offer:Off Road Polaris, Polaris Ace Vehicles that drive along a closed off-road circuitGO KARTS DRIFTS featuring more than 1,200 feet of bends and curves << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: Barceló Hotel Group, Openings & Renovations MIAMI — Barceló Maya Grand Resort is set to become the first and only resort in Riviera Maya to feature its very own adventure park.Ventura Fly & Ride Park will become the newest addition to the all-inclusive resort when it debuts in March. Comprised of two areas – Ventura Fly and Ventura Ride – the park will be open year-round from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and feature a wealth of high-flying and thrilling attractions for guests of all ages.Ventura Fly will offer:Seven airborne ziplines that send riders flying above the palm treesAquaZip, a zipline that ends with a splash landingTarzania, a hybrid zipline/roller coaster that travels 1,247 feetPlane Coaster, a gravity-driven coaster that begins from an altitude of almost 100 feetParachute Landing, a unique free-fall experience from 35 feet above the groundBungee Swing, a giant swing that starts with guests stepping off an airplane wing16-foot high rope coursescenter_img High-flying amusement park coming to Barceló Maya Grand Resort Posted by Quad Cycle featuring 4-wheel vehicles on a curvy closed-circuit track“Ventura Fly & Ride Park is a major addition to Barceló Maya Grand Resort, greatly increasing its appeal as a family-friendly Riviera Maya vacation spot,” said Stefania Ballotta, Director of Sales & Marketing. “When the amusement park opens this March, the resort will become an even more exceptional destination to play and stay at.”Barceló Maya Grand Resort comprises Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial, Barceló Maya Tropical, and the all-suite Barceló Maya Palace. AS part of its all-inclusive experience, guests can access the facilities of up to all five properties, including 22 restaurants, 10 pools, three theatres, three water parks, a dolphinarium, bowling alley and more.Fore more details go to barcelo.com/en-us/barcelo-hotels/hotels/mexico/riviera-maya/barcelo-maya-grand-resort. Monday, March 4, 2019 last_img read more

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Black and blue or white and gold

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Do you think you know why some people see white and gold, while some see black and gold? Read the full explanation here. BuzzFeed recently posted a photo from a Tumblr user showing a dress which appeared black and blue to some, and white and gold to others. The debate around the colour of the dress has gone viral, with many users divided over the colours of the dress. Which colours do you see?Black and blueWhite and goldcenter_img Which colours do you see? Let us know in the poll below. Black and blue or white and gold?last_img read more

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See Why Hyman Bloom the Forgotten Modernist Who de Kooning Once Called

first_imgWant to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward. If you haven’t heard of the mid-century Modernist Hyman Bloom (1913–2009), that may be about to change. Ten years after his death, at the age of 96, Bloom is the subject of a major, critically acclaimed exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and a show at Alexandre Gallery in New York.Willem de Kooning once said that he and Jackson Pollock both credited Bloom as “the first Abstract Expressionist.” But Bloom, living in Boston and removed from New York’s buzzing art scene, was ultimately overshadowed by those giants of the American art movement and he went on to reject Abstract Expressionism as mere “emotional catharsis, with no intellectual basis.”The Latvian-born Jewish artist is perhaps best known for his exquisitely gruesome paintings of cadavers, as disturbing, and controversial, as they are beautiful. Bloom made his first visit to a morgue in 1942 after being called in to identify the body of a friend who had killed herself.It would prove a career-changing experience. The artist’s paintings went on to depict expertly mottled, decomposing skin and the formerly life-giving organs beneath flayed flesh. They might at first seem morbid, but by capturing death in his bold brushstrokes, Bloom in a way celebrated life and offered an incisive rumination on the inevitability of our own mortality.Hyman Bloom, Female Corpse, Front View (1945). Photo ©the Jewish Museum, New York, gift of Kurt Delbanco and Romie Shapiro, by exchange; and Kristie A. Jayne Fund, courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ©Stella Bloom Trust.Bloom had 13 paintings in the show “Americans 1942: 18 Artists from 9 States” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1942, two of which the museum then purchased. Before the decade was out, he would show twice at the Venice Biennale, in 1948 and 1950. A traveling retrospective followed in 1954 and ’55, appearing at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the Albright Gallery in Buffalo, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.Although he is largely a forgotten figure today, the current exhibition of Bloom’s work makes a compelling argument for revisiting his dark yet compelling oeuvre, showcasing the artist’s skill as a draftsman, his struggles with spirituality, and his deep-seated fascination with the human body. The shows are timed to the publication of a new monograph, Modern Mystic: The Art of Hyman Bloom, from Artbook D.A.P.See more paintings from the MFA exhibition below.Hyman Bloom, Skeleton (1936). Photo courtesy of the Lane Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ©Stella Bloom Trust.Hyman Bloom, The Bride (1941). Photo ©Museum of Modern Art, New York, courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ©Stella Bloom Trust.Hyman Bloom, Chandelier No. 2 (1945). Photo ©Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, gift of the Bloom family in memory of Joan and Barry Bloom. ©Stella Bloom Trust.Hyman Bloom, Still Life with Squashes (1955). Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ©Stella Bloom Trust.Hyman Bloom, Female Corpse, Back View (1947). Photo ©Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, gift of William H. and Saundra B. Lane and museum purchase.Hyman Bloom, The Bride (1943–45). Photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ©Stella Bloom Trust.Hyman Bloom, The Anatomist (1953). Photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ©Stella Bloom Trust.Hyman Bloom, Female Leg (1951). Photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ©Stella Bloom Trust.Hyman Bloom, Female Cadaver. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ©Stella Bloom Trust.“Hyman Bloom: Matters of Life and Death” is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, July 13, 2019–February 23, 2020.“Hyman Bloom: American Master” is on view at Alexandre Gallery, 724 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, New York, June 27–September 28, 2019.Follow artnet News on Facebook: last_img read more

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Qantas to build two trigeneration plants in Sydney

first_imgQantas has announced intentions to build two new tri-generation plants in order to supply its three Sydney facilities, Sydney Jet Base, catering centre and domestic terminal, with power.A miniature power station, tri-generation plants recycle heat and emit a much lower carbon footprint, and the development of these two new plants will be the largest commercial tri-generation project in Australia.“We estimate that tri-generation in Sydney could account for more than 50% of Qantas’ targeted reduction in electricity use, with the savings in emissions alone approximating 6000 fewer cars on our roads per year,” said Rob Kella, Qantas Chief Risk Officer.“It will increase the security and reliability of our electricity supply and enable further maintenance and operational savings.”The project will also allow Qantas to take its three facilities off the Sydney power grid.Construction of the new facilities is expected to begin in the middle of this year and be complete by mid-2011, under a 15-year Build, Own, Operate and Maintain (BOOM) arrangement with GridX, their new development partners. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2253f/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a238f441″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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