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September 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and other agricultural groups this week sent a letter to leaders of the House and Senate appropriations committees to express support for a continuation of the strong and growing funding levels for inland waterways infrastructure functions performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The past two years have seen increased funding to record levels for both the construction and operations and maintenance accounts of the USACE.For Fiscal Year 2017 the industry supports full funding (the amount supported by revenue derived from the barge fuel fee) of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund, which is expected to be $390 million as well as a minimum of $3.1 billion for Operations & Maintenance.As the letter indicates, from an agricultural perspective, having access to a modern and efficient inland waterways transportation system is vital to the efficient production, marketing and shipment of agricultural products in international commerce. In 2014, 73 percent of the volume of U.S. agricultural exports and 65 percent of imports were transported via our waterways. Having access to competitive barge transportation also helps discipline rates for other modes of transportation- an important factor given current depressed agricultural commodity values. The full letter can be viewed here.ASA and state soybean associations continue to be active leaders in the efforts to improve inland waterways infrastructure. In addition to the ag coalition letter, ASA, several state soybean associations and multiple soybean industry partners signed a letter led by the Waterways Council urging support for the Navigation Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP), which encompasses the planned upgrades to locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi River System. Those letters can be viewed here.The FY2017 waterways funding requests will be among the priorities advocated during the Hill visits on March 15 in Washington, D.C.last_img read more

September 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWEMBLEY, England — Hope Solo found herself enveloped in a group hug at the final whistle. Abby Wambach ran to join the fun in a celebration that unleashed a year of bottled-up frustration.The U.S. women’s soccer team won its third straight Olympic gold medal Thursday, beating Japan 2-1 in a rematch of last year’s World Cup final and avenging the most painful loss in its history.Carli Lloyd scored early in both halves, Solo leaped and dived to make saves, and the entire roster found the redemption it had been seeking since that penalty kick shootout loss in Germany last summer.Before 80,203 at Wembley Stadium, a record crowd for a women’s soccer game at the Olympics, the teams put on a back-and-forth, don’t-turn-your-head soccer showcase, proving again that these are the two premier teams in the world. Women’s soccer is still in its formative stages in Britain, but the match proved more than worthy for the hallowed grounds of the beautiful game.And the Japanese perhaps played just as beautifully as the Americans, using their speed and discipline to dominate possession and scoring chances for long stretches before finally cutting a 2-0 deficit in half with about a half-hour to go.last_img read more

September 13, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Electric car manufacturer Faraday Future is negotiating an agreement with the city of Vallejo to build a manufacturing plant and customer delivery center on the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, located in the northeastern portion of the San Francisco Bay area.The Los Angeles-based company made a presentation to the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce last week and is hoping to strike a deal with the city by November, reported the Vallejo Times-Herald. Faraday Future’s 1.2 million-square-foot plant would be located on a 157-acre waterfront parcel on North Mare Island.Vallejo is responsible for the reuse of North Mare Island, while Lennar Mare Island is redeveloping the rest of the property according to a reuse plan calling for 1,400 homes, 7 million square feet of commercial and industrial space, and recreational areas.Faraday Future, which employs 1,150 employees worldwide, recently unveiled a first concept vehicle and plans to develop an entire line of electric vehicles. The company evaluated 187 sites nationwide to find a location to build its cars, and selected Las Vegas and Mare Island. The firm already has started building its first plant in North Las Vegas. It plans to use Mare Island as a customer delivery and experience center even before the manufacturing plant there is completed. The delivery center would offer a place for customers to learn about the company’s products and technologies, road test vehicles, observe the manufacturing process and take delivery of finished cars.Faraday Future chose Mare Island for several reasons, including its “accessible and capable workforce, access to distribution channels, its proximity to Silicon Valley and the significance of California being the EV [electric vehicle] capital of the U.S.,” said project manager Catherine Steinmetz.last_img read more

September 5, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 10 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 56.62 points down to stand at 20319.94. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 9.75 points down to stand at 6053.45.Muthoot Finance and Apollo Tyres were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 4.74% and 3.82% along with Wockhardt Ltd. and DLF Ltd. with an increase of 3.62% and 2.94% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Idea Cellular Ltd. and Reliance Communications Ltd with a decrease of 8.54% and 4.03% along with Godrej Industries Ltd and Aurobindo Pharma with a decrease of 3.91% and 3.85% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 13.41 points at 11,804.69 while the banking sector is down 59.61 points at 11,683.77 and the realty sector is up 26.85 points at 1,232.20.The Indian currency is down 0.14% at Rs 62.37 per dollar.last_img read more

September 5, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgShares in Titan Co Ltd(TITN.NS) surged on Thursday after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) eased gold import rules by allowing seven more private agencies to ship the precious metal. The stock was trading up 10.2 percent as of 9:25 a.m.The move by the RBI, announced late on Wednesday, could augment supplies of gold, according to analysts.Among other jewellery companies Gitanjali Gems (GTGM.NS) gained 13.5 percent, Rajesh Exports Ltd (REXP.NS) rose 12.73 percent.Meanwhile, Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri Ltd (TBZL.NS) jumped 20 percent and Shree Ganesh Jewellery House (SHRG.NS) rose 5 percent.India’s gold demand is likely to pick up in the second half of the year as curbs on bullion imports are expected to be eased by the country’s new government, the World Gold Council (WGC) and other industry officials said on Tuesday.Gold imports by India, the world’s No. 2 bullion consumer after China, could double from current levels if the restrictions are eased, according to an industry estimate. This would help global prices that slumped 28 percent last year – the first drop in 13 years – partly due to India’s curbs.Struggling with a ballooning trade deficit, India in 2013 imposed a record high duty of 10 percent on overseas purchases of gold, the second-biggest expense in its import bill, and introduced a rule tying import quantities to export levels.”The change (in gold policy) is inevitable because Modi seems to be pro-gold,” said Albert Cheng, WGC’s head of the far east region, referring to Narendra Modi who romped to a landslide victory in the recently concluded general elections in India. “It’s just a matter of when he is going to do it.”Modi, who leads the pro-business Bharatiya Janata Party, has said any action on gold should take into account the interests of the public and traders, not just economics and policy.Indian gold imports plunged by a fifth last year though jewellery and investment demand rose 13 percent. The gap between supply and demand have sent premiums in the country to $100 an ounce above the global benchmark, causing a spurt in smuggling.Gold demand in India fell by a fourth to 190.3 tonnes in the quarter to March due to the curbs, WGC said in its quarterly report, which also noted that demand in top buyer China fell from the previous year’s record levels.Sudheesh Nambiath, an analyst with metals consultancy GFMS, said there is likely to be an early review to the current policies on gold with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leading in the centre. GFMS is owned by Thomson Reuters.”Our current expectation is that any policy review would allow monthly gold imports of an average of 50-60 tonnes a month and a reduction in import duty as well,” said Nambiath, who was part of a four-member delegation to detail the current policies on gold to Modi in September.This would address industry concerns while also keeping the trade deficit in check, he said.Imports have been running at an average of 24.69 tonnes since July 2013, compared with an average of 78 tonnes before the then government started making adjustments, Nambiath said.Somasundaram PR, WGC’s head of Indian operations, reiterated the industry body’s forecast for India’s full-year gold demand, shrugging off the sharp drop in demand in the first quarter.”We continue to hold 900-1,000 tonnes (of annual demand in India) as it is expected to pick up in the second half,” Somasundaram said.TIMING OF CHANGEWhile industry analysts are confident about Modi’s stance on gold, they are unsure how soon he will relax the rules.”We feel that removal of gold policy curbs won’t happen in a hurry, and it will take another two months for further action,” said Prithviraj Kothari, a director at India Bullion and Jewellers Association (IBJA).Two months would put it around the same time India’s full-year budget is due.BJP leaders told the industry body in February that if the party came to power, it would review the gold policies in the first three months in power, another IBJA official had earlier told Reuters.India’s trade deficit has been falling in recent months, largely due to the drop in gold imports, and any step to ease the rules would be taken cautiously, some analysts have said.”A possible rollback of the duty on bullion imports may not occur overnight, should it occur at all, but would more likely happen later this year,” HSBC analysts said this month.”An easing of the tariffs may provide a boost in demand for gold in India and would be price supportive, but we believe this would be a medium to longer-term scenario,” they said.last_img read more

September 1, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgStay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Over, under, around, and through: Students at the University of California, Davis, engineered a robot capable of tying a shoe.And it cost far less than any state-of-the-art android.“This machine,” according to a video published by team member Andrew Choi, “was designed and manufactured with the limitations of only being able to use two motors and a $600 budget.”Neither compact nor speedy, the device, which uses the Ian Knot (“world’s fastest,” according to its creator), is certainly not going to be part of IKEA’s winter catalogue.And while DARPA could probably build something faster and sleeker—that also climbs stairs and pulls people from burning wreckage—this contraption is clever, innovative, and, perhaps most importantly: cheap.(It remains unclear, however, whether the machine actually works with a foot placed inside the shoe.)Initially reported on Reddit—posted by UC Davis lecturer Jason Moore (moorepants)—the shoe-tying robot has received a lot of attention since its construction for an annual design competition with Meijo University in Japan.“We, the professors, come up with machine design challenges,” Moore explained in a statement to Geek. “Student groups in Meijo and UCD work on the machines for about five months independently, and then they come together in Davis to compete.“The challenges are designed to test the students’ ingenuity, let them make use of their new engineering skills, and to help them learn some about how culture affects machine design,” he continued. “This group did excellent work. It is the only fully functioning shoe typing machine we’ve been able to find on the Internet.”center_img Check out my @UCDavisCoE students’ automated shoe tying machine in action! They won hands down in a competition with Meijo University students. Really amazing work! pic.twitter.com/sJ7TCzlEp5— Jason Moore (@moorepants) June 20, 2018If this is what a group of five novice engineers can do with $600 and two motors, imagine the possibilities given more money and equipment.The team includes Choi, Gabriela Gomes, Jacklyn Tran, Stephanie Thai, and Joel Humes.UC Davis has a history of interesting robots: Biologist Gail Patricelli, of the Department of Evolution and Ecology, recently developed robotic fowl, capable of flirting its way into the hearts of male sage-grouses. The study aimed to learn courtship tactics and analyze coupling decisions.Editor’s note: This article was updated at 11:50 a.m. ET with comment from Jason Moore.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img The scientists, Mark M. Wilde and Patrick Hayden of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and Saikat Guha of Raytheon BBN Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have published their study on the performance gains of trade-off coding in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As the scientists explain in their paper, the quantitative study of a channel’s ability to transmit information was initiated by Claude Shannon in 1948. But while Shannon’s theory can successfully determine the capacity of a purely classical channel, it does not account for the quantum properties of channels that are inherent to optical-fiber or free-space communication. Since quantum effects can increase the rate of information transmission, Shannon’s law does not determine the true channel capacity. In the past several years, scientists have worked on extending Shannon’s theory to quantum channels in an attempt to determine the true capacity of communication channels, but more work is needed to fully understand the nature of quantum information transmission.To better understand channel capacities, scientists have also been investigating specific coding strategies that use a combination of classical and quantum techniques, with the goal of finding a strategy that maximizes data transmission rates for both classical and quantum data.“Suppose you would like to send photons at different time instances over a fiber-optic cable (and suppose further that you’re allowed as many ‘uses’ of the channel as you want, with each time instance being a use),” Wilde told Phys.org. “You might want to use the channels for reliably transmitting classical data (as is the case nowadays), or you might want to use them for reliably sending quantum data (hopefully at some future point when quantum computers become ubiquitous in society). Or you might want to use the channels for transmitting both kinds of data. In this latter case, there will be a fundamental trade-off between how much classical data you can send and how much quantum data you can send. Ideally, we’d like to know in principle what are the maximal possible rates for communicating both kinds of data simultaneously, and this is what we’re looking at in the paper.” (Phys.org) — In optical communication systems, the overall performance depends on the strategy used to transmit photons from one location to another. In previous attempts to optimize this performance, scientists found that there is a trade-off between three transmission strategies: classical communication (measured in bits), quantum communication (measured in qubits), and shared entanglement (measured in ebits). But previous research has also suggested that the benefits of using this knowledge to implement “trade-off coding” strategies were too small and the coding too complex to have practical value. Now in a new study, scientists have found that trade-off coding strategies can in fact have remarkable performance gains when communicating over an optical channel compared with other traditional optical communication strategies. The finding could lead to transmitting classical and quantum information simultaneously at much higher rates than is possible with other techniques. Copyright 2012 Phys.Org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. One strategy for maximizing both classical and quantum data transmission rates is trade-off coding, in which both encoded bits and qubits can be fed into the same channel input. This ability allows for using a small fraction of the overall available photons for the quantum part of the code, while using the rest for classical data transmission. If the code were to use more photons than needed for the quantum component, then these photons would effectively go to waste when instead they could be used for the classical component. The strategy differs from the simpler time-sharing strategy, in which the channel uses are divided up so that for some number of them, you use the best possible strategy for communicating classical data, and for the remainder of the channel uses, you use the best strategy for sending quantum data. As the scientists explain, the trade-off coding strategy can be thought of as a “power-sharing” strategy that packs in extra classical information in a clever way. Although this trade-off sounds advantageous, previous research during the last decade suggested that the benefits might generally be very small. “Igor Devetak and Peter Shor had actually calculated the optimal trade-offs for a dephasing channel, a type of quantum noise dominant in superconducting qubits, for example, and the benefits were so small that it wouldn’t really be that useful to employ a trade-off coding strategy for these channels,” Wilde said. “However, the benefits of trade-off coding depend on the channel over which you’re sending information. In the present work, we show that the gains are surprisingly high for a class of channels known as bosonic channels, which are a quantum-mechanical model for free-space or fiber-optic communication.”Although trade-off coding requires more complex encoding and decoding methods, the new results show that the pay-off is great enough that it should be considered in any practical implementation. In the future, the scientists hope to lay out a full, structured architecture for implementing trade-off coding for bosonic channels.“The payoff is that communication rates can be significantly higher than one might naively expect when employing a time-sharing strategy,” Wilde said. “In our paper, we show that this is possible in principle if the only constraints are the laws of quantum mechanics, but we did not outline a practical encoder/receiver architecture in terms of known optical components that can realize these gains. This is the subject of ongoing research.” (Left) Previous research showed that the transmission rate of an optimal trade-off coding strategy (blue line) for dephasing channels is not much higher than that of a time-sharing strategy (green line). (Right) The new study shows that the transmission rate of a trade-off strategy (blue line) for bosonic channels can be much higher than that of a time-sharing strategy (dashed red line). Image credit: Wilde, et al. ©2012 American Physical Society Entanglement can help in classical communicationcenter_img Explore further More information: Mark M. Wilde, et al. “Information Trade-Offs for Optical Quantum Communication.” PRL 108, 140501 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.140501 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. Citation: Trade-off coding for quantum communication provides more benefits than previously thought (2012, April 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-trade-off-coding-quantum-benefits-previously.htmllast_img read more

August 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSanDisk has dropped the price of its 500GB 3D NAND internal solid state drive to just $57.99. If you’re looking to give your PC a speed boost then look no further than this.As we move towards a solid state future, it’s wise to start investing in hardware that does not have moving parts in the storage department. Thankfully, that solid state hardware is not that expensive anymore with companies like SanDisk ensuring every step of the way that potential buyers get a discount on their most trusted hardware, which includes the 500GB 3D NAND SSD.For a limited time only, you can pick up this beastly drive for just $57.99, which otherwise retails for $70 on a regular day. Since this is a solid state drive therefore you can expect speeds of up to 560MB/s on the read end while the writes sit at a cool 530MB/s. Furthermore, SSDs offer greater efficiency compared to a regular spinning drive therefore you will witness better battery performance in something like a laptop. Also, these things are amazingly quiet, which is a good thing if you want your PC to be as powerful as possible without too much noise.Accelerate your PC for faster boot-up and blazing-fast gaming and graphicsUltra-fast: sequential read speeds of up to 560MB/s; sequential write speeds of up to 530MB/s3D NAND provides greater endurance so your drive lasts longer and uses less powerJust to the link below and grab the deal right now before it’s too late.Buy SanDisk Ultra 3D NAND 500GB Internal SSD – SATA III 6 Gb/s, 2.5″/7mm – Was $70, now just $57.99 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

August 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Related Content 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 Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more center_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more November 24, 2015 — Medic Vision Imaging Solutions Ltd. announced the introduction of SafeCT-29. Designed to be computed tomography (CT)-vendor neutral and compatible with the various makes and models of CT systems, SafeCT-29 helps meeting the NEMA XR-29 (Smart Dose) standard and avoiding Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) penalties. The product will be demonstrated at the upcoming Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov. 30 – Dec. 4 in Chicago.NEMA estimated that one-third of the current CT installation base (4,000 scanners) would have to be replaced for the respective healthcare facility to avoid penalties, which are set at 5 percent in 2016 and 15 percent thereafter. The 4-slice, 8-slice and some 16-slide CT scanners, as well as most positron emission tomography (PET)/CT scanners are not supported by the original manufacturer to meet compliance. Protected by two pending patents, SafeCT-29 is an add-on system that is easy to install and operate. It is fully automatic and enables the technologist to maintain his or her existing workflow. SafeCT-29 connects to the CT console, analyzes dose data in real time, alerts the operator if the dose is too high, and prevents the patient scan until dose levels are changed or confirmed and justified. Pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, SafeCT-29 will be available directly from Medic Vision as well as through the company’s distribution partners.For more information: www.medicvision.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | November 24, 2015 Medic Vision Introduces SafeCT-29 to Support XR-29 Compliance Healthcare organizations can avoid CMS penalties while keeping their existing CT scanners 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. 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August 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — Upstairs in the house at 1907 Jourdan Ave., it’s as if the levee never burst. Kids are rolling through jazz standards on saxophone, trumpet and trombone, sneakers tapping. They sway some and, on a sweet note, their eyelids fall heavy.Outside, though, the music floats into emptiness. The house stands alone as darkness falls on vacant lots with waist-high weeds, a toppled basketball hoop, a front walk that leads nowhere. Even the children playing jazz are outsiders, driven here by parents who live somewhere else.Ten years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the Lower Ninth Ward is still largely lost.While the rest of New Orleans has regained about 90 percent of its pre-Katrina population, only about a third of properties in the Lower Ninth have been repopulated — some by newcomers unfamiliar with the traditions of the storied neighborhood that gave birth to members of some of the city’s premier brass bands.“It’s kind of drab now,” said Velma Collins, 73, a retired federal worker who remembers a lively place full of music, working families, shared meals and open doors. “You just don’t have anything to do anymore.”A tangle of factors explains the slow recovery: Battered by a catastrophic surge of water when the levee burst, the Lower Ninth suffered more severe damage than other parts of town. City officials struggled to restore basic services, and residents were forced to wait more than a year to return. Even then, many low-income residents found that the federal program created to help homeowners would provide them enough to relocate but far too little to rebuild.Before Katrina, 17 families lived on the block bounded by Jourdan Avenue to the west, Johnson Street to the north, Deslonde Street to the east and Prieur Street to the south. The block lies beside the levee, and its geography is dominated by it.Basically a hill topped by a concrete wall, the levee is supposed to protect the area from a shipping channel known as the Industrial Canal. When the levee burst on Aug. 29, 2005, all 17 homes were swept from their foundations.Since then, eight homes have been rebuilt. Newcomers have moved into four. And of the original 17 families, four have come back home.There’s Collins, an avid gardener who complains that flowers will no longer grow in the poisoned soil. She no longer knows her neighbors; her niece and her children have moved to Texas.There’s David Hale, a seaman, and Don Cunningham, who bought a house across the river in Gretna, but ultimately decided to return to the Lower Ninth.And there’s the Allen family, whose son, Shamarr, is an acclaimed trumpet player. Shamarr Allen, 34, grew up in the Lower Ninth Ward, learned to play music here and is trying to rekindle the rich traditions that nourished his career. Shamarr Allen has played with Harry Connick Jr. and Willie Nelson.This density of celebrated musicians wasn’t happenstance. The place cultivated musicians, little kids playing horns and drums, the community celebrating its high school band, each generation of musicians passing their experience onto the next.As a child, Allen said he would sit on the front porch or up on the levee for hours practicing new songs, and Ruffins or Anderson would come by, offering pointers.“It was all hours of the night, man,” Allen recalled, “and nobody ever said, ‘That’s too loud.’ ”— Keith Allen is pictured in front of the levee across from his home. Ricky Carioti/The Washington PostAmong outsiders who watched on television as Katrina struck and the Allens’ desperate neighbors were plucked from rooftops, the Lower Ninth looked like a poor and lawless place, a place from which everyone was frantically trying to escape.But the reality was different. Yes, there was crime and drugs before the storm, but more than half of residents owned their homes. Most worked, and many had extended families — aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents — living just a few blocks away.On the Allens’ block, there was a longshoreman, a carpenter, a security officer, a chemist for the state, a sandwich shop manager.The Lower Ninth “was a little world unto itself, a sit-on-your-porch, trade-vegetables-over-the-fence, have-Sunday-dinner-with-your-grandmother kind of place,” said M.A. Sheehan, director of a nonprofit group that seeks to help residents return.“People say, ‘Well, it’s 10 years later,’ and they’re not back yet. They must not want to come back,” Sheehan said. “But I have people sitting in my office crying because they want to come back.” Velma Collins, 73, looks out her door. Her original house was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, but she decided to rebuild and live on the same property. Ricky Carioti/The Washington PostOf 2,100 homeowners in the Lower Ninth who qualified for federal aid after the storm, two-thirds said they wanted to rebuild. On the Allens’ block, four of 17 came back home. Two others returned to the neighborhood but now live on different blocks. The Washington Post was able to contact 10 of the remaining 11 families. So far, none have plans to return.Most said they would have liked to come home, but they cited a litany of barriers, starting with the city’s long delay in making the Lower Ninth habitable again.For more than eight months after the storm, city officials prohibited residents of the Ninth Ward even from returning to their properties. Basic services such as drinking water weren’t restored for more than a year. While people streamed back into the Bywater and Treme, the Ninth Ward remained ruined and silent.Deborah Weber, 55, was among those who wanted to return. A former chemist with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Weber loved the “Lower Nine.”“It was a nice place to live, a family atmosphere,” she said. “We left the door open. We knew everybody. … We’ve always wanted to return.”Weber weathered Katrina with her family in Shreveport. But after months away, she had to get back to work.“We needed a house,” Weber said. Her old one was gone. And “there were even some people saying maybe the Ninth should never be rebuilt.”So Weber’s family decided to buy about 10 miles away in New Orleans East. Their new neighborhood is pleasant, she said. The people are generally wealthier, and the homes are generally bigger. But so is the distance between them.“Here, I couldn’t even tell you my neighbors’ names,” Weber said.Weber received $50,000 in federal homeowner’s aid — a sum that helped in the purchase of her new home but that would have been too little to build from scratch in the Lower Ninth.It was a common problem in poor, black neighborhoods: The maximum payment available to any applicant was equal to the market value of his or her destroyed home. For people with small, wooden shotgun houses typical of the Lower Ninth, there was often a yawning gap between the home’s market value and the cost to rebuild it.While rebuilding might cost upwards of $200,000, Sheehan said, the market value of many homes in the neighborhood was probably no more than $60,000. Other grants could boost the payout under the Road Home program. Still, federal checks written in the Lower Ninth were, given the damage, significantly smaller than those handed out in other neighborhoods.The delays in restoring utilities and in launching Road Home would prove decisive for many former residents. Even families with the means and the desire to rebuild sometimes chose not to, fearful that the reconstructed levee would not hold. Darron Burton, 49, fled New Orleans for Wylie, Texas, after Hurricane Katrina. He was relocated because of his job and decided to stay. Ricky Carioti/The Washington PostDarron Burton, 49, remembers playing up on the levee when he was small and noticing that the passing ships towered over his house far below.“You would look at the water and then look back at the land, and you’d go ‘whoa!’ The water level was higher than the street! I was always a little scared,” Burton said. “Every year, you’d have hurricanes and you’d wonder: ‘What if? What if that levee broke?’ ”When the unthinkable finally came to pass, Burton’s childhood home was washed away. His parents recovered just $5,000 from homeowners’ insurance. They were savers, so they had money to rebuild. But they opted to do it in Baton Rouge, mainly because Burton’s mother was afraid.Once resettled, Burton’s father seemed depressed. Every few days, the retired longshoreman would hop in the car and drive the hour and a half down Interstate 10 to his old lot, where he would sit on the slab and talk to whomever was around.In July 2006, less than a year after Katrina hit, William Burton died.“The doctors say different, but I believe he grieved himself to death,” Darron Burton said. “Everything that was familiar to him was taken.”—Keith and Sharon Allen weathered Katrina with Shamarr’s younger siblings in Oklahoma City. They stayed for more than a year and felt welcome, Keith Allen said. But they also felt homesick. They bought a huge mural of people sipping champagne at a jazz club while a soloist wails on the sax to remind them of home.“There was nothing like getting back to New Orleans,” Keith Allen, a 60-year-old carpenter, said. “You know how they say, ‘It takes a village?’ That’s what we had here.”Shamarr had been living elsewhere in New Orleans when Katrina struck. He evacuated to Atlanta but was determined to return.“If all of us decide, ‘I’m not going back,’ there’s a big old gap,” he said. “And all the out-of-towners will come in and change the sound of New Orleans music.”Two years ago, Shamarr Allen came up with the idea of free music classes. His parents insisted that he use their house. He sees potential in all his students. Luis Jahuey, 12, already earns as much as $800 a day busking on the tourist-packed sidewalks downtown.On a recent Tuesday, the youngest of Allen’s students was 10. The oldest, Utopia Francois, was 14, her yellow hoop earrings spinning as she rocked her saxophone. Allen put them through their paces, barking instructions: E flat! D! C sharp! Keith Allen’s son Shamarr teaches music to local children. Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post“If you can’t play it slow, you can’t play it … ?” he questioned.“Fast!” they shouted back in unison.Blowing the trumpet one-handed, Allen snapped the fingers of his other hand in time to the music. When the session was over, he hugged each child before they climbed into their parents’ waiting cars and drove away.The noise of their engines faded to nothing.Left alone in the silence, Allen said he is cautiously optimistic about the future. The Lower Ninth, he noted, has been “untouched by the gentrifiers,” who have descended on other parts of the city. Many lots, though vacant, are still owned by the same families who used to live here. One day, he hopes, they will scrape together the money to rebuild.When they do, Allen will be waiting.“You need to be home, passing on the tradition,” he said. “Even if it’s just one person or two people, you need to be there passing it along.”© 2015, The Washington Post Related posts:Save the beer: Climate change adds urgency to clean-water advocate’s rallying cry Neil Young vows Starbucks boycott over GMOs Rescued Costa Rican monkeys star in IKEA commercial The monkey selfie copyright battle is still going on, and it’s getting weirder Facebook Comments Once a week, Allen returns to his parents’ rebuilt home at 1907 Jourdan and holds free music lessons on the second floor. This night, he is coaxing a solo from a timid 10-year-old with a buoyant enthusiasm.Come on, Allen tells the boy: “You’ve been waiting for this moment your whole life!”—In a narrow sense, a neighborhood is just a collection of houses. But the old Lower Ninth registered as more than that. It was a place of long-standing personal connections and traditions, and it played a role in the distinctive culture of New Orleans.Nowhere is this more evident than in the area’s ability to nurture musicians. At least one bona fide legend was living in the Ninth when Katrina struck: Fats Domino, the now-elderly pianist who recorded “Ain’t That a Shame” and “Blueberry Hill.”But the Ninth’s musical heritage was far richer, studded with local heroes. Kermit Ruffins and Keith “Wolf” Anderson, neighbors to the Allens, developed solo careers after stints with the renowned Rebirth Brass Band, a New Orleans institution founded in 1983. Bennie Pete, founder of the Hot 8 Brass Band, lived in the Upper Ninth, while the band’s drummer, Dinerral Shavers, came from the Lower Ninth.last_img read more

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first_imgActive Blockchain Pilots in Healthcare as of August 15,2019:ACN Is on Healthcare Blockchain Journey to Ease Admin BurdensArizona Care Network (ACN) – is a group of 5,500 Arizona healthcare providers who work together to improve the health of their patients by actively managing care for their patience with special focus on patients with complex or chronic illness, who are at risk for worsening health and face higher costs because of their disease.Arizona Care Network (ACN) decided to deploy healthcare blockchain technology to alleviate administrative burdens associated with processing transactions in a secure manner, explained Jami Berger, ACN’s executive director of operations.August 01, 2019 – Arizona Care Network (ACN) decided to deploy healthcare blockchain technology to alleviate administrative burdens associated with processing transactions in a secure manner, explained Jami Berger, ACN’s executive director of operations.For the network, ACN is using the Care-Wallet application provided by its existing blockchain partner Solve.Care.“What the application does is it allows for the user to have access to Care.Wallet. The foundation of Care.Wallet is on the blockchain. It’s part of that ledger system that allows for those transactions to happen and to be documented. Care.Wallet is accessible through the Google Store, the Apple Store, and it really is that gateway into the blockchain technology and the capabilities,” Berger explained.Dr. David Hanekom, CEO of Arizona Care Network is certain that ACN’s blockchain based “Care Wallet” currently in use provides a repository of clinical and performance information, and it also rewards patients with care points which is a digital currency that can be redeemed for US dollars. David sees the opportunity in using blockchain care wallet to improve patient – doctor interactions as well as improve the pain points associated with the payment methodology.Uber Health Partners With Blockchain Startup to Transport PatientsBlockchain healthcare startup Solve.Care has partnered with Uber Health to transport patients, Solve.Care announced in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 9.The partnership will result in the integration of Uber Health’s transportation solutions into Solve.Care’s Care.Wallet, a personal healthcare coordination and administration application. Through the Care.Wallet, patients will be able to schedule Uber Health’s HIPAA compliant rideshare product to preapproved and predetermined care appointments, without the need for the Uber app, immediately or for specific day of the appointment.Additionally, patients can pay for the ride from their Care.Wallet and easily share ride costs with their family members, employers, insurers and others. The collaboration also allows for coordination between patient, provider, employer and family members in relation to assistance, arrival, costs and schedule adjustments.National Cancer Institute to share information using blockchainThe National Cancer Institute is the agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services, which approved a project to create a blockchain-based clinical data sharing system.The project aims to build a blockchain-based information system for medical image sharing between different entities, particularly facilitating image transfer to enable a data library of medical images for an AI/ML application to improve image processing, analysis, reconstruction, and enhancement. We plan to test the system with real image data and assess its performance from a socioeconomic perspective.EY, Sensyne Health and Guardtime to use AI and blockchain to link health care reimbursement and actual patient outcomesEY (Ernst & Young) today announces plans to expand the current Health Outcomes Assessment platform through a collaboration with Sensyne Health and Guardtime. The platform is the first of its kind for the health care industry and will help provide an end-to-end solution for outcomes-based contracting; an approach that ties the payment of medicines to the achievement of specific clinical and patient satisfaction benchmarks and efficiency improvements in patient treatment pathways.The collaboration will aim to solve one of health care’s biggest challenges – accurate and fair patient reimbursement against the actual health outcome provided by health care providers and drug manufacturers.Under the arrangement, EY teams will bring independent contract assessment, contract management and automated business process experience to allow pharmaceutical companies and health care providers to share data and help manage real-world outcomes-based contracts at scale with transparency and trust. Sensyne Health will use its clinical AI platform to evaluate patient health impact. Guardtime will run its HSX bridge software, built on the KSI blockchain. Through this technology, health care data will be transported securely with a transparent audit trail allowing immutable evidence of how each data element is viewed and used.>TANZANIA’S FIRST BLOCKCHAIN BABY RUBBERSTAMPS POWER OF TECH IN MEDICAL CARETanzania has become the first country to produce a blockchain enabled baby in the world, in what industry players have billed as a major milestone in boosting access to medical care especially among pregnant women and new born children, reducing maternal and infant deaths while promoting transparency and ensuring donor aid and medication go to the intended recipients.Through a project by Aid.Tech, an Irish based organisation and PharmAccess Foundation that offers healthcare access across Africa, the project, which was inspired by personal experiences of wastage and fraud in aid distribution, targeted vulnerable and under privileged pregnant women in Tanzania by using blockchain technology to collect data on each woman and storing it as medical ledgers which ensured that they were able to access pre- and post- natal services, and their babies once delivered never missed crucial medical attention. The system also made it possible for each woman’s medical needs to be attended to promptly based on the medical records that captured each woman’s health condition.A Decentralized Blockchain Ledger for the Management of Medication HistoriesBackground: Access to accurate and complete medication histories across healthcare institutions enables effective patient care. Histories across healthcare institutions currently rely on centralized systems for sharing medication data. However, there is a lack of efficient mechanisms to ensure that medication histories transferred from one institution to another are accurate, secure, and trustworthy.We introduce a decentralized medication management system (DMMS) that leverages the advantages of blockchain to manage medication histories. DMMS is realized as a decentralized network under the hyperledger fabric framework. Based on the network, we designed an architecture, within which each prescriber can create prescriptions for each patient and perform queries about historical prescriptions accordingly. Finally, we analyzed the advantages of DMMS over centralized systems in terms of accuracy, security, trustworthiness, and privacy.FDA Approves Pilot Using Next-Generation Blockchain and IoT to Track Healthcare System Medicine TransfersThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a multi-regional pilot studying the use of blockchain-enabled data technology to track and verify specialty prescription drugs, to ensure safety, enhance value and improve health outcomes.This pilot will focus on intra- and inter-health system medication transport and usage in North Carolina, Indiana and Tennessee, and studies the application of blockchain and IoT technology used to monitor specialty medication distribution across supply chains. Improved supply monitoring will enhance quality control of medicine, provide data for more targeted inventory and recall management and save lives.Cigna and Sentara Healthcare are the newest payers to join the initiative to bring blockchain to healthcare.Cigna and Sentara Healthcare have joined a new healthcare-focused collaborative that aims to build, share, and deploy solutions using blockchain technology.The collaborative also includes Aetna, Anthem, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), PNC Bank, and IBM. These organizations will work to identify new ways of addressing a range of industry challenges with blockchain, including enabling secure information exchange, maintaining accurate provider directories, and promoting efficient claims processing.“We came together to create the health utility network realizing the need to improve transparency and interoperability in the industry in order to improve healthcare for all Americans,” said Rajeev Ronanki, chief digital officer of Anthem, Inc.“Engaging additional members across partner levels and industry perspectives will increase the network’s reach and ability to deliver high value solutions.” By Jerry Witkowicz, see more by Jerry here.We analyze daily news to discover; which healthcare companies are piloting, testing or deploying blockchain based solutions to healthcare and which blockchain vendors are supporting them. This article provides a summary of blockchain activity in the healthcare industry highlighting the companies and vendors who are working together to test blockchain technology in the healthcare business vertical.New Blockchain Pilots in Healthcare as of August 15, 2019:Blockchain technology presents a potential to improve and possibly revolutionize how healthcare information serves patients, doctors, pharmaceutical companies and the entire healthcare system. Various use-cases of blockchain technology in healthcare have been considered and this article highlights current as of August 15, 2019 active pilots in healthcare system that focus on solving these business problems:Reducing the administration burdens in processing of patients transactions and to provide physicians unobstructed access to patients informationTransporting patients to medical appointments to help millions of patients who miss medical appointments due to lack of reliable transportationClinical data sharing to reduce hurdles that impede effective patient treatments and to avoid costly test duplicationsPayments tied to patient’s satisfaction aimed to solve health care’s biggest challenges – accurate and fair patient reimbursement against the actual health outcome provided by health care providers and drug manufacturers.Managing pre and post natal services aimed at boosting access to medical care especially among pregnant women and new born children, and reducing maternal and infant deaths in TanzaniaProviding access to accurate and complete medical history across healthcare institutions. Histories across healthcare institutions currently rely on centralized systems which lack efficient mechanisms to ensure that medication histories transferred from one institution to another are accurate, secure, and trustworthy.Intra and inter health system medication transport aimed to  enhance quality control of medicine, provide data for more targeted inventory and recall management and save livesTransparency and interoperability between medical systems to improve information exchange, maintain accurate records and to promote transparency in healthcareImprove clinical trials processes and record keeping which today have been found to be erroneous and incomplete If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking The Current Status of Blockchain in Healthcare Blockchain Technology In Clinical TrialsBurlington and Markham, ON, February 12, 2019 – Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. and IBM Canada announced today at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Orlando, Florida, their plans to explore the use of blockchain technology in clinical trials.This collaboration underscores Boehringer Ingelheim’s commitment to healthcare innovation and marks the first time that blockchain technology will be explored in a clinical trial setting in Canada.Based on the findings of regulatory authorities, processes to ensure the quality of clinical trials are frequently inadequate, and clinical trial records are often erroneous or incomplete, which may put patient safety and interpretability of trials at risk.“Our guiding philosophy is to bring value to patients and the healthcare system through innovation,” said Dr. Uli Brödl, Vice President, Medical and Regulatory Affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. “The clinical trial ecosystem is highly complex as it involves different stakeholders, resulting in limited trust, transparency and process inefficiencies without true patient empowerment. Patients are at the heart of everything we do, so we are looking into novel solutions to improve patient safety and empowerment.”Author BioJerry Witkowicz – As a founder of Blockhelp.pro and 180FIND, I leverage more than four decades of entrepreneurial experience in helping companies put the value of their solutions to work on behalf of their balance sheet.jerry@blockhelp.proLinkedinTwitterMore information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => Irish Tech News now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Homelast_img read more

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first_img Share February 3, 2015 471 Views Judge Sides with Wells Fargo in Servicing Settlement Case in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Servicingcenter_img A federal judge dismissed on Monday allegations from New York’s attorney general that Wells Fargo failed to live up to its end of a historic $25 billion mortgage servicing settlement struck in 2012.In an opinion released Monday, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman didn’t present substantial evidence that Wells Fargo—one of five major servicers that originally entered into the deal with 49 state attorneys general—neglected its servicing obligations under the terms of the settlement.Schneiderman had specifically accused Wells of not meeting timeline requirements for loan modifications requested by struggling New York homeowners.The allegations cover 97 of the roughly 450,000 mortgages Wells Fargo services in New York alone—or about 0.022 percent, Collyer noted in her judgment.”Despite this small number, NYAG alleges that Wells Fargo repeatedly failed to comply with these Loan Modification Timeline Requirements, subjecting numerous New York homeowners to ‘Kafkaesque delays and obstructions in the loan modification process,'” she wrote.She goes on to remind Schneiderman that the 2012 settlement established independent monitors for all of the firms involved—and that Wells Fargo has only once had issues meeting some of the timeline requirements, a matter that was quickly resolved to the monitor’s satisfaction.”The [settlement] does not require absolute perfection in loan servicing,” Collyer concluded in her judgment, adding, “To permit NYAG to enforce failures to comply with the Servicing Standards that are so insubstantial would open the floodgates to lawsuits, running afoul of the core purpose of the Consent Judgment—to resolve problems in the mortgage industry with monitoring and compliance and without litigation.” Eric Schneiderman National Mortgage Settlement Wells Fargo 2015-02-03 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News October 19, 2015 435 Views Morgan Stanley Net Income Net Revenue Q3 2015 Earnings Statement 2015-10-19 Seth Welborncenter_img Morgan Stanley Endures Q3 Losses Due to Volatility in Global Markets Investment banking firm Morgan Stanley’s net revenues for the third quarter of 2015 were down by more than $1 billion from Q3 2014, according to the firm’s Q3 2015 earnings statement released Monday.Morgan Stanley reported net revenues of $7.8 billion for the quarter ending September 30, 2015, compared to net revenues of $8.9 billion from the same reporting period a year earlier. Net income applicable to Morgan Stanley for Q3 was also down from a year ago, from $1.7 billion at the end of Q3 2014 ($0.83 per diluted share) to $1.0 billion at the end of Q3 2015 ($0.48 per diluted share).Excluding the debt valuation adjustment (DVA), Morgan Stanley’s net revenues for Q3 totaled $7.3 billion, which is down from $8.7 billion in the prior year quarter. Net income applicable to Morgan Stanley excluding DVA for Q3 was $740 million ($0.34 per diluted share), compared to $1.3 billion ($0.64 per diluted share) in Q3 2014.“The volatility in global markets in the third quarter led to a difficult environment, impacting in particular our Fixed Income business and our Asia Merchant Banking business,” said James P. Gorman, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley. “The firm benefited from the stability of the Wealth Management business, our ongoing leadership in Equities and the continued strength of our Investment Banking franchise. Our business model provides a steady foundation for the firm as we navigate these challenging markets and focus intensely on addressing areas of underperformance.”The lower revenues were the primary driver for a decrease in compensation expense for Morgan Stanley year-over-year in Q3, from $4.2 billion in Q3 2014 down to $3.4 billion at the end of Q3 2015. One area that experienced an increase was non-compensation expenses, which jumped from $2.5 billion at the end of Q3 2014 to $2.9 billion at the end of Q3 2015, reflecting an increase of approximately $250 million in litigation reserves. Those reserves included an increase in the reserve related to the settlement of a credit default swap antitrust litigation matter.The annualized return on average common equity was 5.6 percent for Q3 2015, or 3.9 percent excluding DVA.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Islander Hotel, Rarotonga, has added an extra weekly Island Night.From 6 October the Islander Hotel will feature two weekly Island Nights , Tuesday & Saturdays.‘For only $49 per adult and $20 per child, it’s the best value on Rarotonga,’ More island at The Islander The Island Night at The Islander Htel, Rarotonga says local representative Mike Geary from Eye 4 Travel.He advises the evening includes buffet dinner and Dynamic Cultural Show by Akirata Dance Troupe (with fire dance).For information, contact: mike@eye4travel.co.nzThe post More island at The Islander appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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first_imgTouchdowns (running+passing)816TebowTurnovers (interceptions+fumbles)116Tebow All they do is win.While Tim Tebow gets the national attention, Arizona’sJohn Skelton has also done a good job winning games whilenot looking impressive in the process. The second-year pro’s knack for fourth quarter heroicseven got teammate Larry Fitzgerald to compare him to Denver’s QB, saying“Everybody talks about Tim Tebow and his record as astarter, you look at John’s record and it’s pretty goodtoo.” Saturday Night Live skits about01Tebow$ Google Search Results1,480,000 218,000,000Tebow QB Rating69.883.6Tebow Internet memes01TebowCompletion Percentage55.548.6Skelton Yards Per Attempt7.07.3Tebow D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Record As a Starter4-1*7-2Tebow Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 4th Quarter QB rating93.5106.3Tebow 4th Quarter comebacks55Tie 0 Comments   Share   *Skelton does not get credit for the win against SanFrancisco two weeks ago because Kevin Kolb started thegame. He exited after three plays, with Skelton playingthe rest of the way.#These numbers are not verified in any way, shape or form.In fact, they may be boldfaced lies. Just guessing, here.%As inspirational as Tebow is, this stat clearly showsSkelton gets more out of his teammates. Clearly. Yards1,3451,484Tebow Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away PlayerJ. SkeltonT. TebowAdvantage $Do you subscribe to the theory that any publicity is goodpublicity? If so, this is clearly a win for Tebow. Plus,the skit was pretty funny. Top Stories Percent. of team’s fans that hate him#2551Skelton Points allowed18.1722.56Skelton% So, naturally, we decided to put the idea that Skelton =Tebow to the test, by comparing their numbers. Then again,for these two QBs, maybe its best we throw the numbers outentirely. Ahh well, why waste perfectly good research? What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

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first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   Friday, after attending the Suns’ win over the Clippers, T.O. spokeabout his new career with the Allen (TX) Wranglers in the IFL. “It’sa shorter field. Everything’s quicker, faster, so it’s only going tomake me better.“It’s interesting, it’s a little different, but at the end of the day, like Ibeen telling people, it’s still football.” Since he’s still playing football, his stint in the IFL might prepareOwens to return to the league as a number two receiver. But wouldhe ever think of himself as a number two and come to theCardinals? “Of course, I mean the last couple teams I’ve been on I’ve went in asnumber two,” Owens said. “I would definitely love to play with Larry(Fitzgerald), if that’s a possibility.” Stepping out of the limelight for Fitzgerald would be a big changefor Owens, who has been the big name receiver on his previousteams. “Larry and I are good friends, so I’m sure I could coexist andtry and make some things happen.”In the end, whether Owens lands with the Cardinals, anotherfranchise or stays in the IFL, there’s one thing he misses mostabout the NFL. After winning MVP at the Jack In The Box Celebrity Shootout at U.S.Airways Center over the weekend, you’d think that Terrell Owenswanted to prove something to Arizonans — like he’s a qualityathlete that is still quick, fast and can handle a ball.Yes, Owens is still looking to get back into the National FootballLeague after not playing in 2011. Owens suffered a torn ACLfollowing the 2010 season and underwent surgery last April. TheNFL’s 6th-leading all-time receiver declared himself fit to play, yethad no takers — in the big time, that is. “Fifty more yards,” he said. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterRegent Seven Seas Cruises has launched ‘Sell Three & Sail Free’, a new booking incentive where Australian and New Zealand travel agents could find themselves enjoying a Mediterranean cruise on board the luxurious all-suite all-balcony Seven Seas Voyager.Agents booking select European cruises sailing between 2 July and 18 November 2018 will receive a luxury suite. There are 29 voyages for travel agents to sell to their clients and three luxury cruises to select for themselves.While sailing with Regent, both guests and qualifying travel agents will enjoy The Most Luxury Inclusive Experience in the world with all-suite accommodations and exquisite dining, free unlimited shore excursions, free unlimited  Wi-Fi, unlimited beverages – including fine wines and premium spirits, specialty dining and pre-paid gratuities.“We are delighted to offer this booking incentive and hope that as many of our travel partners as possible take advantage of this fantastic opportunity,” said Lisa Pile, vice president of sales, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “The more partners that experience Regent’s truly luxurious fleet and all-inclusive offering, the better they will understand the difference in quality, from outstanding personal service and high crew to guest ratio, to the premium beverages, fine-dining speciality restaurants, pre-paid gratuities, complimentary Wi-Fi, unlimited laundry and unlimited shore excursions in every port of call.”To help travel agents take advantage of the ‘Sell Three & Sail Free’ booking offer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises are also offering savings of up to 30 per cent on select sailings and a reduced 10 per cent deposit throughout April 2018.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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