Developing countries are not much better off today “such that the amount of aid going into development projects last year remain at the same level as in 1990,” Mr. Ocampo said in launching the World Economic and Social Survey 2005 at a press briefing in New York today. For this reason, he said, it is important for the international community to carefully monitor that increases in promises of aid will effectively reach development projects in the poorest countries. The report calls for targeting and distributing aid in a sustained, strategic fashion to build national capacities and fulfil the human needs addressed by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Survey also found that ODA should be increasingly channelled through recipient country budgets, so that the “budget process, planning process, and parliamentary scrutiny” of the countries can come into play, Mr. Ocampo said. At present, according to estimates only about one-fourth of ODA is channelled in this manner. In addition, international aid donors need to better manage the “strongly cyclical patterns of their financial flows” that can wreak “harmful economic side effects” on developing countries,” and countries should borrow in their own currency so that they won’t be adversely affected by huge variances in world currency exchanges, he added. Mr. Ocampo also said that the concentration of capital flows to a handful of “darling” countries to the detriment of aid “orphans,” the poorest countries, would need to be rebalanced in order to reach the MDGs and other internationally agreed-upon development goals. He noted that in addition to the increasingly home-grown technical assistance in developing countries, many now also had their own development banks, research funds, and micro-economic policy coordinators, an outgrowth of the growing importance of South-South aid in improving development projects, and having a positive impact on the total debt picture of developing nations.
A vehicle just ahead of a United Nations humanitarian aid convoy in Lebanon was hit today during an air strike by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.During the incident, which occurred just north of Tyre, “the two occupants of the vehicle were killed,” OCHA said in an update. “There were no injuries to the four UN staff accompanying the convoy or damage to convoy vehicles.”According to the update, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that some 4,000 displaced Lebanese and others arrive in Syria every day. Of those, some 1,600 proceed to other destinations abroad, while some 1,000 return to Lebanon, OCHA said, estimating the net daily influx at 1,400 per day. The Syrian Government reports that there are now some 180,000 ‘persons of concern’ in Syria. UNHCR is working with the UN Development Programme and the Lebanese authorities to facilitate the registration of internally displaced persons (IDPs). According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), some 8,000 children in 80 of the 144 IDP centers have been vaccinated against measles and 3,000 against polio. The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently delivering a large quantity of donated drugs from Jordan to Zahle in the Bekaa Valley. A UN convoy of six trucks of essential drugs and water have been delivered to Tyre hospital, where some 200 people are sheltering.UNICEF sent three trucks of bottled water, containing a total of 30,000 litres today in a convoy destined for Tyre. The agency also sent 100 family water kits, 47 cartons of essential drugs, 200 cartons of feminine hygiene supplies and 200 cartons of diapers. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has provided an additional 2,000 hygiene kits, especially to assist women and girls in Lebanon IDP communities.
WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles by a modest amount in January as sales plunged by the largest amount in six years.Stockpiles held by wholesale businesses rose 0.3 per cent in January after no change in December and a 0.8 per cent November increase, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.Sales dropped 3.1 per cent in January following a 0.9 per cent December decline. The January decline was the largest setback since sales fell 3.6 per cent in March 2009 when the country was mired in the Great Recession. January marked the fourth consecutive month that sales have fallen.Jesse Hurwitz, an economist at Barclays Research, said that because of a larger-than-expected gain in January inventories, Barclays was revising its tracking estimate for overall growth in the January-March quarter up by 0.1 percentage point to 1.8 per cent. But he said a downward revision to December inventories had trimmed the estimate for fourth quarter growth by 0.1 percentage point to 2.1 per cent.Despite the string of declines in sales, economists remain optimistic that sales will rebound in coming months as consumer spending gets a boost from falling gas prices and healthy job gains.The economy added a solid 295,000 jobs in February, the 12th consecutive month of job gains above 200,000. It’s the longest such stretch since 1994-95. The unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low of 5.5 per cent but that improvement came primarily from people dropping out of the labour market, an indication that the job market has still not totally healed from deep recession of 2007-2009.Analysts say that with the strong gains in employment, consumer spending, which accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity, should strengthen further in 2015 and this will help propel the economy to growth above 3 per cent, the strongest annual growth in a decade.For the fourth quarter, economic growth slowed to just 2.2 per cent, even slower than the government’s initial estimate of 2.6 per cent growth in the October-December period. Much of the downward revision reflected slower growth in inventories than the government had initially estimated.For January, the rise in inventories reflected a 1.6 per cent increase in auto stockpiles and a 1.2 per cent increase in furniture inventories at the wholesale level.Petroleum inventories were down 1.1 per cent in January but analysts said this was likely more of a reflection of falling prices than a drop in the volume of petroleum stockpiles. FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Craig Steinmetz checks out new recreational vehicles at United RV Center store in Haltom City, Texas. Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for January on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero, FIle) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US wholesale stockpiles increase 0.3 per cent in January while sales plunge 3.1 per cent by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 10, 2015 8:27 am MDT
The Ohio State football team wears throwback jerseys for their game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorA dominating performance Saturday against then No. 10 Nebraska and a stunning loss by then No. 4 Texas A&M has thrust the Ohio State football team back into the College Football Playoff picture, as the Buckeyes find themselves at No. 5 with the latest playoff poll on Tuesday night.Alabama remained in the top spot, with Clemson and Michigan following behind, respectively. In a shake-up of the top four spots, Washington has now moved up to fourth.Texas A&M has now dropped behind OSU, finding themselves at No. 8. As for the rest of the Big Ten, Wisconsin jumped to No. 7, while Nebraska dropped to No. 19. Penn State now finds itself at No. 10 after posting 41 points Saturday against Iowa.OSU will be traveling to College Park, Maryland, to face the Maryland Terrapins at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN. OSU is 2-0 all-time against Maryland, winning 49-28 in Columbus. With just three weeks remaining in the regular season, OSU needs to bank on Michigan winning the next two games or a Penn State loss to keep its title contention hopes alive.
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You were probably having a normal day today, going about your business — or at worst, you didn’t think the terrible day you were having could get any worse. Luckily, you have us. We’re here to inform you that there’s a manga about Ubuntu, the most popular Linux operating system, and it’s called Ubunchu. In true manga fashion, it’s about school girls. However, rather than a narrative featuring high school love or shooting energy blasts, the manga is about a system admin club learning how to use Canonical’s operating system.While a manga about Ubuntu seems highly niche and fairly wacky, it’s worth noting that this manga could’ve been even weirder than it already is. Thanks to the internet, you might have come across the OS-tan in your digital travels. If not, the OS-tan are the anime personifications of operating systems — normally young school girls. Because the internet is somehow weirder than it is large, OS-tan cover any operating system you can think of, from Windows ME to DOS. They also cover internet browsers, and yes, the OS-tan illustrators are very liberal with their use of the tail in the Firefox logo.As for Ubunchu, the original manga is written in Japanese, but you can easily load a translation in your native tongue. The series features lines of dialog like, “Youtube is a waste of processing power” and “The command line? That’s just a relic of the old world.” The art that accompanies these gems is, as expected, your standard manga fare, full of sweat beads and busy backgrounds. Yes, this manga looks like a must-read.It should be said that we condone following your interests and pursuing your hobbies, but you should be careful when doing so, because sometimes that leads to mangas about Ubuntu. If you blast through the comic and still need to satiate your lust for embarrassing Linux creations: you’re welcome.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After the success of the 2013 Piers Festival at the historic Port Melbourne piers precinct, Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) is already beginning preparations for next year’s festival. Expressions of interest are now open , with the MAV calling for story submissions for their new program entitled ‘What Happened at the Pier’.The program will present a rich narrative experience revealing first-hand migration stories across multiple artistic formats. The aim is to honour the memory of immigrants and refugees who have travelled to Australia in search for a new beginning.The program is curated by Lella Cariddi who arrived at the Princes Pier with her family in 1955.The Port Melbourne piers precinct was the historical entry point to Victoria for hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past century, including thousands of Greek migrants. The Festival will feature a range of free activities spanning forums, exhibitions, music, dance, food and craft stalls and is open to all.For more information and to apply visit http://www.multiculturalarts.com.au/events2014/piers_eoi.shtml
Tags Facebook’s a giant, but its supporters don’t think it… Comment Share your voice Culture Tech Industry Internet 1 Now playing: Watch this: Facebook 2:15 Four Facebook buildings were evacuated Monday because of a package that was deemed suspicious for a potentially toxic substance. Getty Images Facebook said early Tuesday that a “suspicious” package, which had arrived at one of the social media giant’s mail rooms in Menlo Park on Monday, didn’t contain a toxic chemical.The false alarm prompted the company to evacuate four nearby buildings on Monday. Authorities, including the Menlo Park Fire District, the National Guard and the FBI, sent teams to investigate what was in the package.NBC News Bay Area and KRON 4 initially reported the substance may have been sarin, a dangerous nerve agent, after a machine at the facility warned of a possible toxic substance.Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison said the company had been screening the mail in its facility when employees “identified a potentially dangerous substance” around 11 a.m. PT on Monday.Menlo Park firefighters decontaminate themselves after entering a Facebook mail facility on Monday night. Menlo Park Fire District “Authorities have confirmed test results were negative for any potentially dangerous substance and the buildings have been cleared for repopulation,” he said. “Our rigorous security and safety procedures worked as intended to limit exposure and keep our people safe.”Cameron Polan, a spokeswoman for the FBI, said in a statement on Tuesday that the agency and other law enforcement groups tested the suspect mail and determined it to be “non-hazardous.”On Monday morning, the San Mateo County Public Safety Communications Center received a call from someone who said a package “was suspected to contain a chemical agent inside,” the Menlo Park Fire District said in a news release. The caller added that two people may have been exposed and said the substance may have been sarin.Initial reports that two people were exposed and needed medical attention were false.Once the firefighters arrived at Facebook’s mail-and-package facility on Hamilton Court, Capt. Roy Trester told the fire district that “we have a reported positive hit for sarin, there is no medical component and I am requesting a full Hazardous Materials Response.” About a dozen Facebook employees were evacuated from nearby buildings.On Monday evening at around 6 p.m., the San Mateo County Hazardous Materials and the California National Guard’s Civil Support Team entered the Facebook mail facility to test the package. The crews went into the building again after 10:30 p.m. and secured the package before removing it from the mail facility.The incident isn’t the first time a tech company has had to deal with a security issue. In April 2018, a woman shot three people at YouTube’s headquarters before turning the gun on herself. In that case, the shooter appeared to have been angry at how YouTube had handled her channels and videos. In December, Facebook evacuated its headquarters after receiving an anonymous bomb threat that turned out to be a false alarm.Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said in a statement that the suspicious package at Facebook’s mail facility “did not present a threat to the broader community.””Out of an abundance of caution, the fire crews and other agencies on-scene took a very methodical and careful approach to how this event was handled,” he said.First published July 1 at 2:05 p.m. PT.Update, July 2: Adds that tests proved negative, plus more detail from the FBI and Menlo Park Fire District.
Chandigarh: The poll expenditure of Gurdaspur lawmaker and actor Sunny Deol has been found exceeding the statutory limit of Rs 70 lakh, an election official said on Saturday. “The District Election Office of Gurdaspur has sent the final report of poll expenditure to the Election Commission of India,” he said. According to the report, the poll expenditure of Deol was found to be Rs 78,51,592, that is, Rs 8.51 lakh more than the statutory limit of Rs 70 lakh sanctioned for parliamentary elections. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The election expenditure of Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar, who lost to Deol in the recent Lok Sabha polls, was Rs 61,36,058 which is within the prescribed limit, the official said. The officials said Deol can contest the poll expenditure report sent by the District Election Officer. Notably, Deol is the only candidate so far whose expenditure was found way above the limit of Rs 70 lakh, they said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The Gurdaspur District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner had sent a notice to Deol last month, asking the 59-year-old actor to explain his poll expenditure. Deol defeated Jakhar by a margin of 82,459 votes. Earlier, late actor Vinod Khanna represented the Gurdaspur constituency in 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2014.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses his supporters during an election campaign rally in Patan, Gujarat on April 21.Reuters file [Representational Image]Narendra Modi continues to be the first choice for the Prime Ministership staying ahead of his nearest rival Rahul Gandhi by leaps and bounds, according to the latest finding of the CVOTER-IANS tracker.A survey conducted on April 19 shows that Modi was ahead of Gandhi by more than 30 percentage points as the people’s first choice for becoming the Prime Minister.When asked who is the most suitable candidate to become the Prime Minister in a sample size of 11,192, 56.83 per cent respondents said, Narendra Modi. Gandhi was a distant second with 21.65 per cent votes. Infographics: Who is the most suitable candidate for the post of PM?IANS InfographicsModi has been a clear choice for the Prime Ministership well before the poll process began and continued to retain his unchallenged position even after the second round of polling.The BJP leader’s popularity had peaked in the first week of March crossing the 60 per cent mark and he continues to dominate the popularity charts.Gandhi’s numbers have remained almost static as he has maintained his position of being a distant second. No other leader received any significant traction among the voters.In states like Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, Modi was the first choice of over 70 per cent respondents.
United Baptist Church1615 Eager StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21205Men’s DayMarch 4Dr. Carl Solomon, Pastor_______________________________________________United Baptist Missionary Convention of MarylandStatewide InstituteMarch 5 – March 9Morning Sessions- Concord Baptist Church5204 Liberty Heights Ave.Baltimore, Maryland 21207Evening Sessions- Western High School4600 Falls RoadBaltimore, Maryland 21209To register: ubmcofmd.orgRev. Cleveland T.A. Mason, 2nd President_______________________________________________Greater Faith Baptist Church3000 Huntington AveBaltimore, Maryland 21211Pastor’s 24th Pastoral Anniversary CelebrationMarch 4, 11 and 18Dr. Leah E. White, Pastor_______________________________________________Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church4016 Park Heights AveBaltimore, Maryland 21215Officers DaySunday March 4, 3:30 p.m.Rev. Darryl Gould, Pastor_______________________________________________Mt. Gilboa A.M.E. Church2312 Westchester Ave.Catonsville, Maryland 21228Bicentennial Celebration BanquetMarch 10, 1p.m.- 4 p.m.The Gala Center1700 Hill DriveBaltimore, Maryland 21244Rev. Anita Gould, Pastor*ticket required_______________________________________________New Psalmist Baptist Church6020 Marian DriveBaltimore, Maryland 21215Spring InstituteMarch 13 – March 15, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Pastor_______________________________________________Greater Paradise Christian Center2900 E. Oliver StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21213Leadership DayMarch 11, 10:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.Overseer Shawn Bell, Pastor_______________________________________________Shiloh Baptist Church of Baltimore County2499 Sycamore AveBaltimore, Maryland 21219Family and Friends DayMarch 11Bishop Heber Brown, Pastor_______________________________________________Memorial Baptist Church1311 N. Caroline StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21213Father Son BanquetMarch 17Rev. Calvin E. Keene, Pastor_______________________________________________Destiny Christian Church5401 Eastern AveBaltimore, Maryland 21244What’s Next Vision Board PartyMarch 16, 7 p.m.Bishop James Nelson, Jr., Pastor Today is the first day of a new month. It represents a fresh start and a chance to begin new things. Take this opportunity to begin again. Start something new, pick up a new hobby, try out a new restaurant. Be intentional about taking care of yourself.The days will start to get longer, and prayerfully the weather will begin to get warmer. Go outside and enjoy the beautiful world God has given us. Make March a month to remember. Here are this week’s announcements. If you have church news that you want included, please send it to email@example.com.
CUDA is a parallel computing platform and programming model that was created by NVIDIA. The company promotes CUDA as the pathway to achieve dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU). According to the company, with CUDA, a developer can send C, C++ and Fortran code straight to the GPU; no assembly language is required.Generally, developers at scientific companies look to GPU computing for speeding up applications for scientific and engineering computing. With this approach, GPU-accelerated applications run the sequential part of their workload on the CPU while accelerating parallel processing on the GPU.The company notes that a combined team from Harvard Engineering, Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital have used GPUs to simulate blood flow and identify hidden arterial plaque without having to use invasive imaging techniques or exploratory surgery. At NASA, where computer models identify ways to alleviate congestion and keep traffic moving efficiently, a NASA team has made use of GPUs to gain on performance and reduce analysis time.“When we started creating CUDA, we had a lot of choices for what we could build. The key thing customers said was they didn’t want to have to learn a whole new language or API,” said Ian Buck, general manager at NVIDIA. “Some of them were hiring gaming developers because they knew GPUs were fast but didn’t know how to get to them.“ He said NVIDIA wanted to provide a solution that could be learned in one session and outperform CPU code. The revised CUDA parallel computing platform carries three main changes that are supposed to make parallel programming with GPUs easier and faster. The Visual Profiler with a few clicks is said to deliver an automated performance analysis of the user’s application. It highlights problem areas and shows links to suggestions for improvement. This eases application acceleration. Also, NVIDIA is transitioning to new LLVM based compiler technology, The compiler is based on the LLVM open-source compiler infrastructure, and can deliver an increase in application performance. (LLVM is an umbrella project that hosts and develops a set of close-knit toolchain components such as assemblers, compilers and debuggers. The LLVM project started in 2000 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.)New imaging and signal processing functions are increasing the size of the NVIDIA Performance Primitives (NPP) library. The updated NPP library can be used for image and signal processing algorithms, ranging from basic filtering to advanced workflows.NVIDIA unveiled CUDA in 2006, announcing CUDA as the world’s first solution for general-computing on GPUs. NVIDIA cites some examples on its site of CUDA’s user base today. In the consumer market, nearly every major consumer video application has been, or will soon be, accelerated by CUDA, including products from Adobe, Sony , Elemental Technologies, MotionDSP and LoiLo, according to NVIDIA. In scientific research. CUDA accelerates AMBER, a molecular dynamics simulation program used by researchers to speed up new drug discovery. More information: www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_home_new.html 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. Explore further NVIDIA Ushers In the Era of Personal Supercomputing (PhysOrg.com) — This week’s NVIDIA announcement of a dressed up version of its CUDA parallel computing platform is targeted as a good news message for engineers, biologists, chemists, physicists, geophysicists, and other researchers on fast-track computations using GPUs. The new version features an LLVM (low-level virtual machine)-based CUDA compiler, new imaging and signal processing functions added to the NVIDIA Performance Primitives library and a redesigned Visual Profiler with automated performance analysis and expert guidance. NVIDIA says the new enhancements are ways to advance simulations and computational work for these users. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: NVIDIA dresses up CUDA parallel computing platform (2012, January 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-nvidia-cuda-parallel-platform.html
“I picked up the camera not to become a photographer, but to find inner peace,” reads a quote on the front wall of Sanjay Bhattacharya’s solo photography exhibition ‘Na Mono Lagena.’ The show brings out an array of 16 large photographs and a series of composite studies in small format celebrating his travels across India.Inaugurated by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan on Thursday evening, at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, this show is unlike a regular photography exhibition, where one gets to see photographs with the dimensions of 16×20 or 17×22. But ‘Na Mono Lagena’, you see enormous photographs blown up on canvases giving out that larger than life feel to every pair of awestruck eyes. Like his paintings, Bhattacharya’s photographs reflect his passion for form and texture. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStanding by his unusual ‘self-portrait’ Bhattacharya explains the strange yet interesting concept behind the shot. When you look at the photo, for an instance, it looks like a gunshot on an old mirror. Circling around the apparent shot mark, which is actually an extended rust formation, one can find the outline of a camera by the photographer’s head. “A case of both side shooting,” explained Sanjay Bhattacharya saying that when he found the mirror with the rust formation, he hovered around the mark to capture the right composition of his reflection – his self-portrait. He said that even though he had a camera since 1987, he took a serious interest in photography from 2006. “Once, I had called my photographer friend Akash to have a look at some of my photographs just before my first exhibition in 2009. The first thing he said seeing the frames in my studio was, ‘When did you paint these watercolours?’ That’s when I felt like I had achieved something with photography. I do not have to impress anybody with my photos. I click because I love to, photography is another medium of art,” said the jovial artist, known majorly for his works on watercolours and oil. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveUstad Amjad Ali Khan said, “His (Sanjay’s) photographs are from the eyes of an artist. All of them are beautiful, but the one which definitely arrests my attention is the Shantiniketan skyline. It is very inspiring to see such beautiful works.” Another eye-catching photograph which almost appears to pop out of the wall is that of Shiv-Parvati. The outstanding afternoon-sunlight gives a lively relief to the statues making them look unusually real. “I clicked this photograph at Tirupati, these are one of the neglected pieces one can find on the walls. What made me click was the light, which gives the picture a 3D appearance.” “I love the combination of black and brown textures-whether it is on a wall or in the coal tar that drips along the different containers that lie on the roadside. I think that combination is something that belongs to the Old Masters-like Dali and Rembrandt. The textural combination gives me a feeling of being excited – it springs within me lots of emotions. I have always had a preference for Gothic darkness – it’s a way of thinking and feeling – it’s about finding beauty in the darkness of destruction and decadence. One thing about these textures is that it has inbuilt contradictions, it is fascinating and inaccessible, distant because of demonstrated features, and it possesses such strength of character that it is far from beautiful,” states the artist.The inauguration was also graced by Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi, besides several other artists and art enthusiasts from across the Capital. ‘Na Mono Lagena’ is open for viewing until Sunday.
As part of its move away from consumer gear toward professional cinema hardware, Lytro has killed off the site that once hosted its “living pictures,” still photos taken with its cameras that could be refocused after the fact. This will turn a handful of those pictures, where they had been embedded on the web over the past few years, into empty frames. If you want to see light field images now, you’ll need to see them in the desktop app.In 2012, when I reviewed the original Lytro camera, I wrote:“The Lytro software is limited to browsing your photos and grouping them into ‘stories,’ and you can upload them directly to (and only to) Lytro, which will serve them for… eternity, you hope. Not much of a choice there.”As I half expected would be the case at the time, eternity turned out to be on the short side — until it became inconvenient for the company to host it. Of course, it’s unlikely there were many active users of the service now; Lytro left the consumer camera market two years ago when there proved to be little demand for its technically amazing but ultimately gimmicky cameras.Non-living pictureOne never should trust services that offer so little flexibility in how you access and serve your own data, but Lytro’s tech was unique in that it essentially required a special plug-in to view properly. These plug-ins you would embed wherever you wanted to share a “living picture,” a rather clumsy solution that contributed to the usability problems endemic to the whole Lytro proposition.The living picture format is done forever unless the company releases some way to self-host them, but it seems unlikely. Any remaining users will have to export to ordinary stills or movie files in the desktop app.I’m happy to see Lytro evolving and applying its very cool tech to a new market, but the bumpy road it has traveled is littered with lessons for young hardware startups.
June 9, 2015 – Healthcare networks can now remotely manage computed tomography (CT) protocols and capture valuable analytics that could improve safety with Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.’s CT Vitality software. Part of the Vitality Solutions portfolio, CT Vitality is available on Aquilion ONE systems and will facilitate protocol utilization and dose usage analytics so hospitals and multi-site integrated delivery networks (IDNs) can ensure consistently safe scans every time.CT Vitality helps deliver an optimal CT protocol review and verification process that automatically updates protocols system-wide. Additionally, facilities gain the ability to analyze operator and system metrics to ensure consistent performance and better dose management.Toshiba will showcase CT Vitality at this year’s International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) annual conference and exhibition in San Francisco, June 7-10, 2015.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 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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Finding the incidental magic in the everyday, one writer tells THEO PANAYIDES about touching those she meets and the wisdom of older people Bus Diaries, random moment No. 1: Jimmy the barber in Polis Chrysochous talks to the unseen woman, telling of his many years at sea. On the walls of his shop are old snaps of unexplained children, various tools of the barber’s trade and a photo of Jimmy himself in his youth, sporting a magnificent horseshoe-shaped moustache. The ’tache is now trimmed, the hair lanky and straggly, the young man older and slyer. He tells the unseen woman of some long-ago liaison: “I fell in love with this girl in New Zealand. She had one leg. I met her in a bar”. Of course, one of those one-legged girls you meet in bars. New Zealand is full of them.“I’m very, very interested in people,” says Eleni Xenou – the unseen woman in question, though we do catch a glimpse of her at other points in the video. “I feel like, if I were to stick a sign on myself, it wouldn’t say ‘Journalist’ or ‘Writer’. I’m a collector of stories. People fascinate me. How they think, what there may be inside them, what they contain, what they remember. I mean, really getting to know–” she stops herself, as if careful not to overstate. “Not getting to know, but just briefly touching that something inside them.”Is that true, or just a spiel? I assume she didn’t just make up this excellent description of herself as ‘a collector of stories’ on the spur of the moment. “There’s a novel inside every one of us,” she tells me later, quoting writer Kostas Mourselas – and quotes the exact same line in the Bus Diaries video, right after chatting to Jimmy the barber in fact. There’s a slight sense of strain about our encounter, something slightly unnatural – though she couldn’t be friendlier, pours me a glass of iced pomegranate juice and asks “Do you mind if I smoke?” before rolling the first of several roll-ups – simply because Eleni is on the wrong side of the tape recorder. Ordinarily she’d be the one asking the questions, for many years at Phileleftheros and elsewhere, her collection of personal ‘stories’ including some notable interviewees like Paulo Coelho and Isabel Allende. She met the latter in San Francisco, having travelled halfway around the world (she claims) for the answer to a troublesome question: “Tell me, Mrs. Allende, what makes life interesting?”.Eleni’s own answer would presumably include travel, which she did compulsively for decades (one reason why she’s never managed to save much money, she sighs) – above all during the year she spent in Asia, making her base on the tiny Thai island of Ko Pha Ngan and venturing out to Laos, Vietnam, Bali and so on. She made ends meet partly by distilling her experiences into a weekly ‘travel diary’ column for the paper back in Cyprus – but in fact she didn’t need much money (that was the point), shunning hotels and following “that community of wanderers” who camped out on Ko Pha Ngan like the blissed-out hippies in Alex Garland’s The Beach. They were something of a motley crew, a smattering of drifters and yoga teachers but mostly “people trying to find themselves” – most of them between 35 and 55, “at a stage when they were taking a break from their lives, and that was very interesting… It’s interesting to meet people in a kind of transit moment of their lives.”Bus Diaries, random moment No. 2: the unseen woman – now, briefly, seen, her shrewd, narrow eyes giving her the watchful expression of a bird of prey – talks to an 84-year-old village woman making olive oil. The old lady’s helper is a smiling young Vietnamese girl named ‘Two’ – and this cheerful assistant holds up two fingers (the unseen woman having presumably tried to decipher the name based on her own experiences in Vietnam) to make clear that, no, her name really is just … TwoBus Diaries is Eleni’s new project, actually a joint project with her business – and life – partner Christoforos Roditis; it’s a series of short videos (four have already been posted on YouTube, with four more to go; there’s also a Facebook page, facebook.com/busdiaries) with our heroine getting on a bus and heading off into rural Cyprus, usually encountering a mix of elderly Cypriots, British retirees and young foreign ‘helpers’. Her own contemporaries (she’s 47) are largely absent – not by design, simply because that generation of Cypriots has almost entirely fled the villages – and the tone may also chafe for some viewers, being consistently wonderstruck: everything is quaint, lyrical, magical. Eleni’s default mode seems to tend towards poetry, the incidental magic in the everyday (that’s what she loves in her favourite authors, notably Haruki Murakami) – not just on video but generally, even when she’s giving me directions. “It’s a yellow house,” she says on the phone, explaining how to get there but having to be prodded for the actual address. Colours are magical; addresses are not.It is indeed a yellow house, deep in old Nicosia, adorned with light-blue shutters and old-fashioned street lanterns. There’s art on the walls, though less than you might expect from a woman whose writing (and editing) appeared in Phileleftheros’ cultural pages for 18 years; the house is airy, calling attention to its high domed roof and spacious courtyard in the back. Eleni limps into the courtyard, her limp being the result of a foot operation that’s kept her housebound for weeks now. It’s a Saturday morning and very quiet, or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that the sounds are very specific: the chirp of swallows, the tinkle of wind chimes, and a weird rattling noise that descends from the ceiling whenever someone walks in the living-room. Those are the sounds of the roof, she explains: “I like to say it’s my guardian angels walking about”.More of the magic in the everyday – a tendency, or perhaps sensibility, that may also explain why she needed travel so much. Coming into contact with the remote and exotic isn’t just a fun thing to put on Instagram: “It immediately broadens your awareness of what is possible in this life”. Comparing one’s reality with that of some village person in Laos or Nepal makes one comprehend, as she puts it, that “life is something bigger than reality” – that it also includes the mysterious, which we tend to exclude from our definition of ‘reality’. Simply put, you no longer have to feel guilty for imagining magic in your daily existence: life includes so much else – so many more realities beyond our parochial own – that “what you’ve imagined might actually happen”.Where does it come from, this lifelong reaching-out for mystery? Hard to say, but she’s always had a restlessness, what she calls “escapist tendencies”. What was she like at 18? “I feel I was someone who was boiling on the inside – not in the sense of an explosion but a great thirst to learn, to see, to know things… [Longing] to be a bit random, a bit of a wanderer”. This was all on the inside, however, channelled not into open rebellion (she was never much of a rebel) but scribbling down thoughts and ideas, meanwhile studying Law followed by Journalism. She seems to have grown up in a loving but fiery family: “They were both very, very strong personalities,” she notes when I ask about her parents. Her dad was also a journalist, actually a political analyst; her mum was among the first women to own a betting shop, which she’d inherited from her father. Both had been married before; Eleni has three half-siblings but is presumably the youngest, being the only child from her parents’ marriage – which also ended in divorce. One wonders if that sparked the travel bug (not to mention the writing bug), a young girl dreaming of far-off exotic worlds while surrounded by these big, intense people.Bus Diaries, random moment No. 3: Mr. Agathocles in the village of Anogyra – a great character, bull-necked and toothless – giving the unseen woman the benefit of a lifetime’s experience from beneath his bald dome, eyes almost lost in folds in flesh. “God save us all,” he shrugs, summarising life in a few well-chosen words: “The earth will swallow us”. Then chuckles at the merry futility of it all, his big body shaking with mirth.“I love the wisdom of older people,” says Eleni, puffing at her roll-up. There’s a lot to be learned from their worldview, and indeed their fatalism – above all, of course, that “this life will end at some point”. It’s not something she really thinks about (she’s only 47), but she does ‘prepare’ by, for instance, doing yoga every day, taking care of her body – and you also prepare, indirectly, by “appreciating your relationship with your partner… Saying ‘Yes, we’ll go – there, together’, shall we say. Just trying to grow old beautifully”. Christoforos is the most significant relationship of her life, says Eleni – and they seem to have found each other at a significant time, not long after her life was upended by losing her job just a few weeks after the haircut (i.e. when no-one was hiring). It’s obvious that she still feels hard done by, and remains angry at her old employers for having cut her loose without any kind of safety net – not even a month’s salary – after 18 years of service; “You just don’t expect that someone will behave so pettily”. Then again, she also likes the freedom that comes with going freelance – and is busy rebuilding her brand, now writing mostly at Kathimerini (which also had a hand in the Bus Diaries) where her work seems to be quite political, writing on the Auditor-General and “the rhetoric of hate” in recent articles.Meanwhile, there’s a rich collection of stories to look back on – all the people she’s met on her travels (some became friends, who later came to visit her in Cyprus), and the people she continues to encounter. The wizened 80-something she met on a bus who sells lottery tickets outside the Land Registry, has the carefree laugh of a little girl and wished Eleni good luck (rather fittingly, given her job). Mrs May in Thailand – another village woman and wise older person with a calm, “rooted” wisdom – who once caught Eleni on a bad day but was too polite to note that she seemed depressed, talking instead about the weather: “‘Did you see how angry the sea was last night?’ she asked me. ‘Yeah,’ I replied, ‘it was really rough’. ‘But do you see today,’ she went on, ‘what a beautiful day it is?’ And that was her way of saying ‘Things aren’t so bad’.”Surely there are also people she can’t stand, though? Of course, she replies; if anything, the older she gets the more her “patience for stupidity” diminishes – but it’s not just stupid people, it’s also (or especially) “those who you feel aren’t relaxed in their skin”, those who always seem to be pretending. Is she relaxed in her own skin? “I feel OK with myself,” she replies simply. “I feel like, since this is who I am – well, at least I should try to be nice to this person!”Sounds like a pretty good note on which to leave Eleni Xenou – still unable to walk very well, admittedly, an ironic fate for a lifelong traveller, though in fact even the trips have been largely curtailed in recent years (I suspect she may be living through her own “transit moment”). These days she’s working on a novel – her first, though she’s previously published a collection of her newspaper columns – writing for various outlets and slaking her thirst for magic and mystery by going on excursions, walking down new paths and coming into contact with new people. I exit the yellow house and walk down the street, random shards of our conversation still bouncing around in my ears like a piece of music. Could I really say I ‘collected her story’? 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