Latest census numbers showcase Canadas everevolving ethnic diversity

first_imgOTTAWA – A decade ago, the CBC series “Little Mosque on the Prairie” won international acclaim for its depiction of Muslims trying to make their way in a rural Saskatchewan town.At the time, Saskatchewan was home to about 33,900 visible minorities — about 3.6 per cent of its population — and the show broke new cultural ground with its awkwardly hilarious choreography of Canadian multiculturalism’s delicate dance.But the land of the living skies now has a visible minority population of 63,275, driven by rising waves of immigration that have turned the fictional world of “Little Mosque” into a new Canadian reality.Take the tiny town of Frontier, Sask. — home to 280 people in 2006, just 20 of them immigrants.Ten years later, the population sat at 415, including 120 immigrants — dramatic growth driven largely by a local farm equipment manufacturer who found newcomers to Canada to be the only way to address his labour woes.Many of the workers Honey Bee Manufacturing brought in were from the Philippines; that country generated 15.6 per cent of all new immigrants to Canada between 2011 and 2016, followed by India at 12.1 per cent and China at 10.6 per cent.But while populous provinces like Ontario and B.C. were once the destinations of choice for new arrivals, more and more of them have been flocking to the Prairies, lured by more promising work prospects.The percentage of new immigrants living in Alberta reached 17.1 per cent in 2016, compared with 6.9 per cent in 2001; In Manitoba, it went to 5.2 per cent, up from 1.8 per cent; and four per cent in Saskatchewan, up from one per cent 15 years earlier.Where the jobs have been for the last five years is where the immigrants are going, said Lori Wilkinson, a sociology professor at the University of Manitoba who directs a research group focusing on immigration in the West. In Alberta, growth in employment reached 7.8 per cent during the census period, compared with a national average of just five per cent.And while the downturn in the oil and gas economy in the last year has surely slowed some growth since the census, economic immigration remains the dominant motive in attracting newcomers.“We’re looking for people to fill gaps in the labour market,” Wilkinson said.In Saskatchewan, as elsewhere, there’s been a commensurate spike in the number of newcomers who enter under the family reunification class, as well as refugees.During the first four months of last year, refugees accounted for one-quarter of all immigrants admitted to Canada, a spike Statistics Canada attributes to the massive wave of refugees from Syria who arrived in 2015 and 2016.Rhonda Rosenberg, the executive director of the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, tells a story of Mennonites reaching out to recently arrived Syrians in the town of Rosthern, Sask.The Mennonites quickly realized their pork-heavy diet wasn’t suitable for Muslims, and the two sides worked together on a more amenable menu. A wider understanding of the two faiths has since evolved, and with it, a better sense of community.“It’s better and it’s worse at the same time,” Rosenberg said of how the province has welcomed newcomers over the last decade.“There are better systems in place, there are more organizations working to be welcoming and inclusive and those are all good things. On the other hand, we’ve got that permissive climate to express hate … we see that here too.”Saskatchewan, like many provinces, has seen anti-refugee and anti-immigrant groups gain visibility in recent months, especially in light of racially charged protests and counter-protests in the U.S. over the summer.A sense from non-visible minorities that they are under threat has led to the explosion of the so-called “alt-right” in the U.S., sentiment that’s also believed to be fuelling the populist political movement there and around the globe.In the U.S., the visible minority population rests at about 37 per cent.The census data released Wednesday showed that in Canada, the visible minority population has reached 7.7 million, 22.3 per cent of the overall population and seven times the number first reported in 1981.In Canada, however, the forces that could drive populist political forces are far broader than the immigration debate, said Frank Graves, president of Ekos Research, which has studied the issue extensively in recent months.“As immigration has unfolded, it is largely seen as softening, not hardening, attitudes to diversity,” Graves said.“The rise in those more negative outlooks … are the people who are feeling more economically vulnerable and who aren’t doing well in the economy.”Another supposed bulwark against a populist sentiment overtaking Canadian politics is the electoral system, where ridings dominated by visible minorities are also proving to be ridings central to any party’s hopes of forming a government.In time, Statistics Canada will use the immigration data it published Wednesday and break it down according to the federal electoral map.The 2011 national household survey found nearly three dozen ridings where visible minorities made up at least 50 per cent of the population, and a further 77 where visible minorities were between 20 and 50 per cent, according to an analysis by Andrew Griffith, a former director of multiculturalism and citizenship for the federal government.That number is sure to go up, and parties will in turn seek to court those votes, not alienate them, Griffith said.“This will continue to influence electoral strategies of all parties.”last_img read more

High oil prices an Achilles heel for Indian economy

first_imgSingapore: The surging price of oil is an Achilles heel for the Indian economy, complicating its inflation, current account, fiscal balance and currency outlook, a market report by Singapore’s DBS banking group has said. “The sharp rally in oil weighed on all asset classes; USD-INR jumped to 69.87 high before closing slightly lower, while equity markets ended in red,” said the report by Economist Radhika Rao and FX Strategist Philip Wee of the DBS Group Research Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFor bond markets, the worry is two-pronged with the concern being that high oil prices might pose a fresh risk to the fiscal math, if subsides return, by extension requiring higher borrowing, said the duo. Also, pipeline inflation risks due to high oil prices further raise the hurdle for rate-cuts. The Reserve Bank of India’s minutes from the April meeting had already left the market divided– some see members as keeping the door open for rate cuts on worries over growth, whilst rest see the RBI cautious over inflationary risks, said Rao and Wee. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”These themes are likely to keep 10-Year INR bond yields (generic) above 7.45% this week, with break below to be shallow,” said the duo in the report. “2028 paper tested past 7.6% yesterday (Monday) and is likely to move in the higher 7.55-7.65% band this week. We had noted last week that short-tenor yields (1Y-2Y) have already bounced off lows; nonetheless sharper jump in 10Y yields saw the curve return to a widening bias,” the report said.last_img read more

United still in top 4 race despite emotional season Solskjaer

first_imgManchester: Manchester United still have a chance to finish in the top four despite a rocky campaign and the sacking of their manager in December, the Premier League club’s boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday. United sacked Jose Mourinho in December when the club were 11 points adrift of the top four. Solskjaer has been reeling in their rivals but after some poor games recently United are sixth with three games to go, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. “It’s been an emotional season for the club because we’ve changed manager halfway through,” Solskjaer told reporters ahead of Chelsea’s visit on Sunday. “We’re still in the race for top four, and the focus has to be on Chelsea. If we get a performance there, which we know we can do, we know they’re tired, we don’t care because there’s three games to go. “You work your socks off for 90 minutes three times, then it’s your holidays.” Solskjaer was unbeaten in his first 12 league games in charge but United have since lost four of their last six matches, handing Arsenal and Chelsea the advantage in the race for the top four. “It’s a challenge, yes, and a difficult period now, but it’s what I expected,” he added. “The Premier League has changed, it’s such an unbelievable league. When I played, it was us and Arsenal. Now there are six teams really fighting or starting in the beginning believing they can challenge for trophies.” Midfielder Paul Pogba has been linked with a move to Real Madrid by British media in recent weeks, but Solskjaer said he believed the France international, who has a contract until 2021, would stay at Old Trafford next season. “You can’t guarantee anything in football but yes, I think Paul is going to be here,” Solskjaer said. “We want him to do well, he’s a leader in that dressing room and on the pitch for us.” Solskjaer also confirmed goalkeeper David De Gea would keep his place against Chelsea despite going a recent rough patch. The Spanish goalkeeper has not kept a clean sheet in his last 12 games in all competitions.last_img read more

Pamela Anderson Opens Up About Her Relationship With Footballer Adil Rami

Rabat – In an interview with the Daily Mail, Canadian star Pamela Anderson opens up about her life in Marseille with her companion, Moroccan-French professional footballer, Adil Rami.The Canadian actress told Daily Mail, “We have a wonderful and simple life, without stress or glitter,” knowing that the 50-year-old actress recently moved with the footballer to a luxury villa in Marseille.“He does not speak English well, I do not speak French well. But we have a common language, that is love. Our relationship goes beyond words,” said the actress. Pamela Anderson and soccer player boyfriend Adil Rami are spending their first Christmas together— Us Weekly (@usweekly) 23 décembre 2017She proceeded, “He cares a lot about me, we have a wonderful and simple life, we both have children, and we try to solve the equation as best as we can, we want to protect our love, because there is a lot of false information about us.”The actress also discussed her age in the interview. “Adil tells me that I’m an alien, he asked me to show him my license to prove my age, he told me it was impossible that I was 50, and not 30. It is incredible, he is really a good man,” she said.Rami is currently 32 years old, and he plays for the football club Olympique de Marseille and for the French national football team read more

UN launches campaign harnessing support to end violence against women

6 November 2009The United Nations kicked off a campaign today mobilizing people around the world to take part in a drive to stop the pandemic of violence suffered by women at the hands of men. The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) launched a website to inspire individual efforts aimed at eradicating violence against women, such as reaching out to school students, volunteering at local shelters, advocating for legislation or donating funds for programmes that protect women and girls.The Say NO – Unite to End Violence against Women initiative’s website also aims to showcase the widespread problem – estimates say around 70 per cent of all women have been victim to some kind of violence – and demonstrate the groundswell of support by counting the number of deeds performed to combat the scourge.“We know that violence against women is a problem with solutions,” said UNIFEM Executive Director Inés Alberdi after visiting patients at a one-stop health clinic for women victims of sexual violence in Nairobi, Kenya, to jump-start the international effort. “What I have seen first-hand today in Kenya is the impact of effective work at the grassroots level, yet there is an urgent need for governments to make this issue a top priority and take decisive action,” said Ms. Alberdi.Counting efforts by individuals, governments and civil society groups, the campaign has targeted 100,000 actions by March 2010 and 1 million by this time next year. As an incentive, the luxury watch manufacturer OMEGA has pledged $50,000 to the scheme for the first 50,000 actions registered on the website, thanks to efforts by UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman. Throughout November, the multi-lingual broadcaster Euro News will air a public service announcement with Ms. Kidman, which calls on every individual to say no to all forms of violence. read more

Katchatheevu issue to court

Karunanidhi, in his petition, urged the apex court to declare the agreement between India and Sri Lanka reached on June 26 and 28, 1974 and the accord of March 23, 1976, for giving Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka, as void and unconstitutional. The petition said that Centre be directed to take appropriate actions to restore the pre-existing historic rights of the fishermen of Tamil Nadu to fish in the waters surrounding the island. “The issue involved in this writ petition is the unconstitutional ceding of the island of Katchatheevu by the Prime Minister of India to the Island nation of Sri Lanka, completely disregarding the constitutional provisions and totally ignoring the federal polity of our country which is an integral part of the basic structure of the Constitution,” the petition said.Katchatheevu is an uninhabited island located about ten miles North East of Rameswaram on the Indian side and Nine miles of south of Delft Island on the Sri Lankan side. It has an area of 285.20 acres. The Indian Supreme Court today issued notice to the Indian government on DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s plea seeking direction to the government to retrieve the island of Katchatheevu which was given to Sri Lanka in 1974 and make it as part of Tamil Nadu.Agreeing to hear the plea, a bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir sought a response from the Centre, the Press Trust of India reported. read more

UN joint report says more women getting prenatal care in developing countries

“The advantages of receiving regular antenatal care cannot be stressed enough,” said Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF. “If a woman comes for antenatal care early in her pregnancy, there is time for early diagnosis and treatment of infections in the mother, and an opportunity to prevent low birth weight and other conditions in the newborn.”The study spotlights governments that now see prenatal or antenatal medical visits as an opportunity to provide the pregnant woman with, say, a vaccination to prevent tetanus, an insecticide-treated net screen to prevent malaria, tests for anaemia, enrolment in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and counselling for a safe delivery.These factors help to ensure that the mother remains healthy through childbirth.Prenatal care increases the likelihood that a skilled attendant – a doctor, midwife, nurse, or other health care provider with equivalent skills – is present at the birth and can detect and manage childbirth complications. This assistance may mean the difference between life and death for mother and child.”The most dangerous time for a pregnant woman is the critical period around labour and delivery, which is when most women die,” said Joy Phumaphi, Assistant Director-General for Family and Community Health at WHO. “Giving care and information during pregnancy can help reduce the number of women who die giving birth.”More than half of women in the developing world are getting at least four antenatal visits, in line with the WHO recommendation. Notable exceptions include Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Morocco, Nepal and Yemen, all of which have relatively high percentages of women who have only one antenatal care visit.In Nepal 38 per cent of women reported at least one visit, but only 9 per cent reported four or more visits. South Asia, overall, had the lowest levels of antenatal care with only half of women getting even one visit. read more

World Humanitarian Summit can build support for disabilityinclusive aid responses – UN

“The World Humanitarian Summit represents a unique opportunity to foster international support for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of humanitarian action, including awareness-raising, innovation, response, adoption of standards, participation of civil society and international cooperation,” said Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in a press release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “I welcome the fact that the Summit has a dedicated special session on the inclusion of persons with disabilities into humanitarian action,” she added. The UN human rights expert also called on all Governments and organizations to endorse the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. The Charter, a set of key principles to make humanitarian action more inclusive of persons with disabilities, will be launched during the Summit. “We cannot afford to miss the momentum generated by the Summit to call the attention of the international community on the situation of hundreds of thousands of persons with disabilities around the world, whom every year are disproportionately affected by armed conflict, natural disasters, other situations of risk and complex emergencies, simply because humanitarian responses do not reach them,” the expert said. “In the context of collapsing social protection systems and networks of support, persons with disabilities find themselves in desperate situations when they cannot flee, left behind by their communities,” she added. Challenges created by humanitarian emergencies are compounded for persons with disabilities by physical, communication and other barriers. The absence of clearly defined disability-inclusive guidelines and protocols on humanitarian action further contributes to their exclusion, due to the inaccessibility of warning systems and evacuation plans, and the unequal access they have to basic emergency services, such as safe drinking water, food, sanitation and shelter. To address this gap, persons with disabilities must be included in all aspects of humanitarian responses – including the design, planning, coordination, and implementation and monitoring of humanitarian programmes – and be consulted and directly involved through their representative organizations. To be effective, these programmes must adopt a human rights-based approach to disability, rather than focusing on traditional, charity-oriented, medical-based, segregated and patronizing approaches and interventions, the expert said. The expert underscored that the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities recalls the obligation of States, under international human rights and humanitarian law, to take all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of risk, including situations of armed conflict and humanitarian emergencies, from a human rights perspective. States Parties to the Convention are also required to integrate a gender perspective in all phases of disability-related humanitarian action, and to consider specific interventions to respond to the explicit needs of the diversity of persons with disabilities. “To make the Summit truly inclusive of persons with disabilities, I urge States, UN agencies and humanitarian actors to discuss the rights of persons with disabilities in all roundtables and sessions,” the human rights expert said. “The Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda’s promise of leaving no one behind cannot be met without including persons with disabilities in all humanitarian responses,” she stressed.She also called on States to ensure that the Commitment to Action and other outcomes of the Summit reflect a clear resolve to make humanitarian action inclusive of persons with disabilities, and to endorse the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. “I look forward to participate in a fully accessible World Humanitarian Summit for all persons with disabilities next week,” Ms. Devandas-Aguilar said. read more

Racists Tweets Follow Bruins Loss on Goal By Black

Boston has long had a reputation for racial intolerance, and it reared its head again Thursday night following the  4-3 overtime loss by its hockey team, the Bruins, to the Montreal Canadiens.Black Montreal player P.K. Subban scored the winning goal and Boston fans blew up Twitter Thursday night and went “Donald Sterling.”Here is a sample of the Tweets.– That stupid n***** doesn’t belong in hockey #whitesonly– F*** YOU N***** SUBBAN YOU BELONG IN A F****** HOLE NOT AN ICE RINK– PK Subban = F****** N*****– F*** PK Subban. F****** n*****. Wish he got sold– subban is the definition of a n*****– Someone needs to smack PK subban across his big n***** lips. #scumbag– SUBBAN IS A F****** PORCH M*****– F*** that stupid m***** #subban– F*** you subban you f****** lucky ass n*****!– Once again, Subban stop being a n*****– N***** was trending in Boston because P.K. Subban scored… It’s a rare moment in my life to be ashamed to be a Bruins fan.– I bet the Bruins fans calling P.K. Subban a n***** on Twitter have no idea his brother plays for their minor league team.– the hashtag #N***** is trending in Boston after Subban’s goal. Do they tweet this after a David Ortiz HR? f*** off Boston, be better.– N***** trending in Boston- #NHL another sport with issuesBruins president Cam Neely issued this statement concerning the racist tweets Friday afternoon: “The racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of individuals following Thursday’s game via digital media are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization.” read more

Robbery victim 88 suffers broken nose and bruising after handbag snatched in

The victim's handbag was later found with cash and a bank card missing The victim’s handbag was later found with cash and a bank card missingCredit:Avon and Somerset Police/PA “Or, did you capture anything on your dashcam as you drove through the area?“Information, no matter how insignificant you might think it is, might prove crucial to us finding whoever is responsible.”A 30-year-old woman was previously arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released under investigation, according to the force.Anyone with information is asked to call Avon and Somerset Police on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219006773. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An 88-year-old woman was left with a broken nose and shocking bruising after her handbag was snatched in a daylight robbery. The elderly victim, who has not been named by police, was walking with her husband on Colonel Stephens Way, Weston-super-Mare, when she was target at 1.50pm on January 10. The suspect grabbed at her handbag with such force that the pensioner fell to the ground, suffering a broken nose, fractured wrist and severe bruising, police said. A picture of the woman, whose arm is in a sling, was released by Avon and Somerset Police in an effort to track down the perpetrator. Her assailant is said to have run down an alleyway leading to nearby Oakford Avenue, where the handbag was later found with cash and a bank card missing from inside.  Detective Constable Matthew Stevenson said: “I’m sure these images will shock people who will be horrified that someone can target a vulnerable elderly woman in such a way.“This is a despicable crime and we need the public’s help to identify the person responsible and bring them to justice.”He added: “Did you see what happened?“Did you see anyone running away from Colonel Stephens Way and discarding items around the time? read more

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first_imgDell XPS 13 Skylake 13.3-inch Touchscreen Laptop for $899.99 (Coupon code: 50off499 — List price: $1099)If you’re looking for an affordable workhorse laptop that doesn’t skimp on performance, this configuration is an excellent option. Featuring a dual-core 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a quad HD+ 3200×1800 display, this is a steal at this price point.Samsung UN50MU6300 50-inch 4K Curved Smart TV with a $250 Gift Card for $699.99 (List price: $749.99)Ready to make the jump to 4K? This 50-inch model from Samsung is an excellent bargain! With HDR Pro, a Motion Rate of 120, three HDMI ports, Wi-Fi, and access to countless streaming apps, and a $250 bonus card, this UHDTV is hard to pass by. Dell U3415w 34-inch Curved IPS Monitor with a $50 Dell Gift Card for $749.99 (List price: $999.99)If you want to take your PC gaming to the next level, this immersive 34-inch curved display is well worth the investment. With a 21:9 aspect ratio, a 3440×1440 resolution, a 5ms response time, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and a three-year advanced exchange service warranty, this gorgeous display is a truly premium experience.LG 65UH6030 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV with a $250 Dell Gift Card for $897.99 (List price: $1197)Need a TV for a large living room? Maybe a nice screen for football or movies? This 65-inch LG is currently on sale for about 25% off, and Dell is even throwing in an extra $250 gift card to boot. Vizio M70-D3 70-inch 4K Smart TV with a $500 Dell Gift Card for $1699.99 (List price: $1999.99)And if the previous model isn’t quite big enough, this 70-inch Vizio makes for a great home theater display. With a 240Hz effective refresh rate, five HDMI ports, HDR support, and a native 2160p resolution, this is perfect for media lovers. And with the hefty bonus gift card, you can even invest in an Xbox One S for UHD Blu-ray playback at no additional cost.Note: Terms and conditions apply.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great deals, head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Review Super Mario Odyssey is a Camp Classic

first_img You should just play Super Mario Odyssey. I love spoilers more than most, but surprises power the engine this game uses to fly. It’s the reason you never stop jumping towards the next hill, village, or unexplored patch of sand using the game’s impeccable, nimble, and expressive 3D platforming physics and controls. Even when you think you’ve solved one secret, there’s always another right behind it, rewarding that little extra bit of curiosity. It’s pure joy.And it’s joy you should honestly discover for yourself. I spent the last big stretch of Super Mario Odyssey just shouting at what I was seeing and hearing, and that extended into the substantial post-game as well. While I’d love to talk about those things here, it just won’t be the same unless you’ve experienced it for yourself. So for this review I’m focusing on one particular aspect of the game that makes it so great but doesn’t require tons of specific details.Super Mario Odyssey is a great video game because it looks stunning, plays like a dream, and is chock full of increasingly inventive open-world 3D platforming ideas. But it’s also a “great” video game because is takes the deep wonderful weirdness that has always defined the Mario series to new heights. Even if this wasn’t masterful on a gameplay level, which it is, the hysterical hipster irony alone would make the game worth playing. Super Mario Odyssey isn’t just an instant, modern classic. It’s also a camp classic.Just look at this real musical ad!What do I mean by this? Well consider the fact that, in a lot of ways, Super Mario Odyssey feels like Nintendo’s version of Sonic Adventure except good. Like Sonic, Mario now has a homing attack (one of the less-than-ideal motion-controlled hat powers) and a fast little roll move. Grabbing a rocket flower lets you run at dizzying speeds. One of the flashy 2D retro side-scrolling bits, this time projected against the walls of New Donk City, features Mario running up a loop just like a Genesis classic. And while we’ve all heard the jazzy “Jump Up, Super Star!” song featuring vocals by Mayor Pauline, there’s also another later vocal track with some big Sonic Adventure 2 “City Escape” vibes.But the biggest similarity between Super Mario Odyssey and Sonic Adventure is the hilarity that ensues from dropping cheery playable cartoons into environments they clearly don’t belong in. Mario has traveled the stars, his own dreams, and lands populated by dinosaurs. But nothing is more alien than the diverse array of kingdoms he travels to on his own (alleged) home planet. Marvel as the short fake Italian plumber man pals around with festive desert skull dancers, sad fish ladies, the ghosts of hats, and a race of living forks.The crown jewel of this absurdity is of course the game’s New Donk City stage, named for famous ape Donkey Kong which is itself a great non-sequitur of a name. Not only the game’s best kingdom on a gameplay level, there’s just nothing else here that tops the rush of confusing emotions you’ll feel as Mario runs around an offputtingly realistic city talking to actual human beings. Mario jumping through a crowded subway station full of stagehand Don Drapers in gray suits is a visual I simply wasn’t prepared for. It took me aback.Characters still speak in the same globalized video game gibberish you hear in Animal Crossing and Star Fox, but it’s extra unsettling and hysterical when the gibberish is approximating real human speech and is coming from a lady who popped out of Garry’s Mod. The game seems to realize what it has here, too, because while New Donk City plays a large role in the game’s marketing, you actually can’t go there until about halfway through the campaign. Can’t start the show with a showstopper.The weird juxtapositions, like Mario cheerily running through a ruined gothic cathedral or making his way through a snowy tundra with realistically low visibility, aren’t just funny. They also tie back into the constant sense of surprise that pushes you forward. With no precedent for Mario in these types of situations, you truly can’t predict what you’ll see or do next, so you’ll seek it out. And with literally hundreds of Power Moon collectibles to discover, intentionally or not, you’ll be seeing new unbelievable things the developers have concocted for you again and again and again.And you’ll want to share those things with the world. Right now my Switch photo album is nothing but meme-tastic screenshots I’ve ever found or composed with the game’s in-game camera feature. On the surface, this is just a logical extension of the game’s travelogue nature. But really, it’s an acknowledgement that everything dumb and wacky and so so strange about this journey shouldn’t be hidden but celebrated. It’s no wonder Nintendo has just rolled out the new Switch firmware allowing video capture alongside the release of this game. There are so many Super Mario Odyssey videos that need to exist, that people need to see.I’ve said this much and I haven’t even talked about the game’s biggest, weirdest gimmick! Mario can throw his hat on things to possess them. Turn into a horny tower of goombas, a cactus, a gliding lizard, a manhole cover, a blowing cloud monster, a T-rex with a mustache, a taxi cab, a ball of pure lightning or magma, and dozens more. This is first demonstrated in a fever dream cutscene where Mario violently, unwillingly enters this glowing abstract void representing the consciousness of a frog. And because these transformations take the place of traditional power-ups, they all have their own set of puzzling mechanics with hilarious explanations. Get ready to “Press Y to Stretch.”But the “capture” mechanic is truly the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to Super Mario Odyssey’s camp pleasures. While you can possess a bunch of things, more than you may be expecting, you can’t capture everything. And to wordlessly communicate this to players, you can only put your hat on things that aren’t wearing hats themselves or that have hats you can knock off. This whole hat visual grammar means the game’s entire aesthetic is littered with hats! All the people wear hats. The skulls wear sombreros. Your ship is shaped like a hat. The tanks wear hats that make them look like Uncle Sam (cheeky). You can throw your hat and it’ll be caught by a dog who is wearing his own hat! Mario can pull up a travel brochure to learn about local hat culture and then fast travel with his hat.All of this fresh, exciting weirdness also exists alongside, and creates a manic tension with, the game’s instinct to very much be a part of the Mario canon. Super Mario Odyssey specifically calls back to the more exploratory sandbox 3D Mario games Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine (I’d argue Super Mario Galaxy fits there too even if Nintendo doesn’t). But the entire Mario lineage is represented here, from recent favorites like Cat Mario and Captain Toad to deeper pulls like Pauline and Poochy and NES Open Tournament Golf. Every big Mario game has tried to act as a culmination of the series’ storied past, but with Odyssey there’s so much here that’s so expanded upon it’s like the game is about to explode.Just look at the gleeful breadth of the whole Mario dress-up system, a great left-field way of taking advantage of Mario’s most detailed HD character model ever. Certain sections of the game require you to wear a specific outfit. Put on a rugged Mario Maker uniform to enter a construction site. Impress a prehistoric Toad with your caveman rags and filthy high-fidelity hair. Strap on some swim trunks, complete with Mario’s smooth nipples, to dive deeper into a lake domain. But even if they aren’t all necessary, there’s so much joy to be found saving global and regional coins to buy up every new hat and outfit you can, seeing just how crazy they are willing to get with the references and concepts. It’s a riot. Instead of lives, you now lose coins upon death, and if that delays you from having Mario become a skeleton with a fancy top hat that’s honestly a more severe punishment.Oh, and did I mention that the whole reason Mario is getting dressed to the nines and traveling the world is so he can stop a pimped-out white-tuxedoed Bowser from straight-up marrying Princess Peach?!? How good does that sound?!? It’s definitely way less tedious than the similar plot in the overly wordy Super Paper Mario. There’s a late-game mission here that maybe contains the funniest four-word sentence I’ve ever read in a video game.The wedding lore also introduces Super Mario Odyssey’s main recurring bosses, The Broodals and their mistress Madame Broode. On paper, the foes serve the same role as major henchmen baddies like the Koopalings, but I love that the developers decided to invent something new. These are fancy evil rabbit wedding planners from the dark side of the moon with character designs that do justice to that chef’s kiss of a camp concept. And their powerful leaps, along with love of weaponized haberdashery, make them great foils for Mario. One of their fights invokes the visceral, cathartic satisfaction of something like the Koloktos battle in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It’s been a great year for rabbits in Mario games.Super Mario Odyssey is a fantastic game, full stop. But the inevitable question is whether or not Super Mario Odyssey is better than that other fantastic Nintendo Switch game from this year, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It’s an arbitrary question, but the games are worth comparing for reasons beyond just being the latest massive entries in Nintendo’s biggest franchises on the company’s hot new piece of hardware.Both Zelda and Mario have taken a lot of great lessons from modern open-world games, a genre we now know works beautifully with the seamless home/handheld convenience of Nintendo Switch. They create sprawling landscapes that still feel handmade, not mechanically assembled (Ubisoft) content blocks. They effortlessly evoke overwhelming feelings of wanderlust pushing you to never stop exploring, feeling the HD Rumble of your footsteps in Mario’s case, and poking at every corner. Mario’s world may not be as interconnected as Link’s, but it is much more diverse.Super Mario Odyssey’s rewards are more uniformly satisfying. If an Odyssey kingdom is somewhere between Zelda’s massive overworld and its tightly designed dungeons, Odyssey’s hundreds of collectible Power Moons are between the crafted shrine challenges and the fun but more throwaway Korok seeds. The game strikes this inexplicably perfect balance between generosity and restraint when it comes to Power Moons. You always want to bumble around having fun in the sandbox (especially in co-op) because soon enough you’re bound to trip over some treasures, but enough moons are also locked behind legitimate challenges that reaching them feels like a real accomplishment.So why do I think Breath of the Wild is a slightly better game? It’s a matter of taste really. Odyssey is a more concentrated blast of immediate fun in every regard. And the substantial post-game full of delightful original new content and surprises, including tough pure platforming sequences I worried the game might lack, more than made up for the main campaign I thought ended a little too fast.But I’m not sure I could spend quite as many meaningful dozens of hours aboard the Odyssey airship as I could in Hyrule. Zelda’s mechanics and systems and sheer scale, from the crafting to the elemental effects to the enemy behavior, are just deeper and more conducive to long-term satisfaction. And players won’t walk away from Odyssey with an infinite number of unique, branching, procedural, incredible adventure stories like Breath of the Wild players did. I don’t think Mario needs extensive, role-playing-style progression to be great. He’s perfect as is. But if we’re splitting hairs between two truly phenomenal video games, I still have to give the edge to Zelda’s breathtaking complete franchise reinvention.However, I do think Super Mario Odyssey may be the best Mario game ever made. Initially the game failed the make the same cosmic, mind-bending impact on me that Super Mario Galaxy did a decade ago. But the more I played and the more I saw the more I began running out of reasons to put Galaxy above Odyssey that weren’t based on nostalgia. I spent much of this review praising the funny, ironic elements of the game, and those are swell. But all kidding aside, in a year full of too many terrific video games to count, Super Mario Odyssey soars as one of the absolute best.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/111. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Hands-On: ‘Mario’ and ‘Zelda’ Switch VR Are Nint…Nintendo Adds Labo VR Support to ‘Mario’ and ‘Zelda… last_img read more

WSU president visits to gauge areas needs

first_imgSuppose you were the head of a large state university system, caught in an exciting but slippery time of rapidly advancing technologies, global competition and a brutal recession.You might wonder exactly what your four campuses should teach to revitalize economies, and best serve your students and their communities.That’s what Elson S. Floyd, president of Washington State University, said he’s trying to find out — and he’s visiting all 39 counties in Washington to do it.Floyd stopped by the university’s Salmon Creek campus for a town hall meeting Wednesday evening to share snacks and chat with Vancouver’s business, community and political leaders.The modern Washington State University Vancouver campus, perched on grassy rolling hills, is “absolutely pristine,” he said, “the best of the best.”Visiting his 21st county since the beginning of April, Floyd touched on the century-old university system’s areas of expertise. Agriculture has been a main focus as it grew from grass-roots levels around the state. The system now has extension offices in every county.In Spokane, he said, there’s a focus on health sciences, and in the Tri-Cities, it’s on alternative energy research and the area’s wine industry.last_img read more

Workers removing Skagit River I5 bridge wreckage

first_imgTransportation Department Skagit River Bridge websiteMOUNT VERNON — Work is on track for the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River to reopen in mid-month, the Transportation Department said Monday.The National Transportation Safety Board has not yet finished its site investigation, but a contractor has started assembling a temporary span that can be rolled into position to replace the collapsed section, DOT spokesman Travis Phelps said.Clearing and investigating debris from the bottom of the river is slow-going.“Portions of the bridge are buried in about four feet of mud that’s under the bridge that’s under water,” Phelps said. Investigators are documenting components as they are removed from the river, NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said Monday in an email.A 160-foot section of the bridge crumbled May 23 when a truck carrying an oversize load hit a girder. The truck made it off the bridge but two vehicles went into the water and three people were rescued.An NTSB investigator traveled to the headquarters of Mullen Trucking in Aldersyde, Alberta, to gather information about the truck that was carrying the oversize load, the NTSB said.If the company is negligent, the state could make a claim to recover damages, Phelps said. The temporary span and a replacement this fall will cost about $15 million. The federal government is paying most of that.Traffic is detoured through Mount Vernon and Burlington until a temporary bridge is in place. The span carried an average of 71,000 vehicles a day on the main route between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.last_img read more

Seva Bharathi award presented to NGO

first_imgChaitanyapuri: Sarvejana Sukhino Bhavanthu Seva Samithi presidents Lanka Phani Kumar Sharma and Anuradha were felicitated with “Seva Bharathi” award at Thyagaraya Gana Sabha here on Sunday ahead of 73rd Independence Day celebrations. The award was given away by former Tamil Nadu Governor Konijeti Rosaiah.Speaking on the occasion, Phani Kumar Sharma said, ” Sarvejana Sukhino Bhavanthu Seva Samithi was developed in order to conduct service-oriented programmes. We are happy that our organisation was recognised within a very short span of time.” He further added, “This award increased the responsibility in us to perform more programmes.”last_img read more

Amazon to set up online and physical food retailing stores around Diwali

first_imgAmazon has already decided a Diwali gift for India. It is ready to launch its online food retailing business and brick-and-mortar stores nationwide during the festive month.The company is expected to make its entry, through subsidiary Amazon Retail India, to start a private grocery label as it has done in the US.Experts also argue that this move by Amazon might trigger a price war with conventional retailers like Big Bazaar, Foodhall, Hypercity and D-Mart, and online grocery stores like Big Basket, and Grofers that have already been operating in India.The Seattle-based MNC had recently sought the Narendra Modi government’s approval for stocking and selling food and groceries in India, online and through physical stores.Over the next five years, Amazon plans to invest $500 million in food retailing through its subsidiary.According to The Economic Times, the company aims to sell locally produced and packaged food products from third parties and under its own private label, like how it currently offers food products in some Indian cities through Amazon Pantry from third-party sellers.Amazon has a tie-up with Big Bazaar and Hypercity, and its Amazon Now app also allows you same-day grocery delivery through a tie-up with retailers such as Big Bazaar and Hypercity in some Indian cities. However, with the set up of its grocery stores, it will be selling directly to the consumers.Amazon had debuted its first private grocery label in the US last year with products including coffee and baby food. It further said, “The private label items are sold exclusively through Prime membership in the US and are priced lower than other popular brands. As it expands the grocery business in its home country, it will also open offline Amazon Go stores that will offer customers a checkout-free experience through technology.”A few weeks ago, homegrown e-commerce giant Flipkart had announced its plans to roll out grocery services in the first week of August, two people familiar with the development told BloombergQuint. Flipkart will start a pilot in Bengaluru with daily essentials and later add dairy and fresh produce.The e-tailer also plans to start with an inventory-led business where it will source products from sellers and brands and follow a scheduled delivery model, similar to BigBasket and Amazon Pantry.Apart from selling groceries at prices on par with other retailers, Flipkart will also provide incentives to its customers who shop frequently on the platform through multiple programmes, to take on Amazon’s Pantry initiative and the associated cash back on Amazon Pay. According to data from India Brand Equity Foundation, the food and grocery contributed 42 percent to India’s $600 billion retail market in 2015. The government-backed researcher said it expects the retail market to hit $1 trillion by 2020.Over time, the demand for food and grocery will only increase in a thickly populated and developing country like India.In June, the government had allowed a 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the marketing of food products locally sourced and produced.Amazon’s plans to develop infrastructure in India, including warehouses and distribution facilities such as a temperature-controlled supply chain to undertake farm-to-fork retailing of food items, are in lines with the Modi Government’s efforts to market homegrown food products to bring in cheers for our farmers and local retailers.India is already a prime focus of many international supermarkets like Wal-Mart, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Harrods, and Marks & Spencer Simply Food. The government’s 100 percent FDI move will attract more international players to set up their warehouse and stores thereby contributing directly to the GDP of the Indian economy. It will also help the foreign players who are planning to come to India to produce themselves but want to test the market first.last_img read more

For the eternal Bliss

first_imgWhat better way to honour the message of our revered Gurus than to recite their words and exhort others to follow them! As the Sikh community observes the birth anniversaries of two of their most revered Gurus- Guru Angad Dev and Guru Teg Bahadur, the people of Delhi have a chance to listen to  their spiritual messages through Gurbani.Gurbani Sangeet Samagam, a three-day kirtan durbar that started on 18 April at Talkatora Gardens, brought for the people of the capital an experience with the sacred verses. The Kirtan was presented by the Punjabi Academy, in association with Department of Art, Culture, and Languages of Delhi.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The inaugural day featured spiritual singers like Bibi Ashupreet Kaur from Jalandhar, Ragi Harbans Singh Ghulla Ji from Bhaini Sahib and L K Pandit from Delhi. ‘On 18 April , the Sikh community observes the birth anniversary of the second Guru- Angad  and the ninth Guru – Teg Bahadur to celebrate their messages and lives. We are a land of gurus and saints who have preached for the cause of humanity exhorting their followers to follow the right path.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWith Gurbani Sangeet Samagam, we not only want to take the tradition of Gurbani forward but also honour the heritage of the Gurus,’ says Rinku Dhugga, Secretary, Art, Culture & Languages, Government of Delhi. The second day (19April) had performances from Bibi Ishwanik Kaur from Delhi, Bhai Avtar Singh from Garna Sahib, and Gurnam Singh from Patiala, while the third day (20 April) marked the performances by Ragi Baljit Singh from Delhi, Barkat Sindhu from Moga and Bhai Gurmeet Singh Shant from Jalandhar.  ‘Gurbani is a unique blend of sacred verse and music and is unparalled in beauty. Hearing the Gurbani is like an experience in catharsis. You hear the words of wisdom and your heart is cleansed of ill-wills and negative thoughts. Through this three-day event, we intend to give people of Delhi a spiritual experience that will be worth remembering’, says Jawahar Dhawan, Secretary, Punjabi  Academy.last_img read more

South Africa 2018 events Time to dream and make travel plans

first_imgWorld Tourism with IGLTA2017 turns to a Rainbow in St. Petersburg, FloridaFITUR GAY (LGBT) consolidates its presence at FITUR 20182016 IGLTA Honors announced annual awardsMore articles on eTurboNews click here Pink Loerie Mardi GrasJanuary eventsTaking place from January 11-14, the South Africa BMW Championship is the largest golfing event in South Africa and the second oldest golf championship in the world, making it a must-see for golfing and sports enthusiasts. South Africa’s golfing greats battle it out on one of the country’s premier courses, last year’s competition featured world-renowned British two-time PGA Tour Winner and Player of the Year golfer, Rory McIlroy. This year’s competition takes place in the City of Ekhurhuleni. For more information, click here.The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and Racing Festival race from January 5-6 is considered in the world’s top five race days and will feature the country’s most elite thoroughbreds in chase of the coveted one million Rand prize. One of the most stylish events in the year, travelers can adhere to the smart and formal, blue and white dress code to be in with a chance of winning the Best Dressed or Best Hat competitions. For more information, click here. February eventsFrom February 21-24, South Africa’s premier design event the Design Indaba Festival takes place in Cape Town. The event curates a pioneering program of speakers, music artists, film and design exhibitions, showcasing the best of the global and African creative industries. This event offers travelers the chance to engage in a vast plethora of design and retail inspiration and gives them the opportunity to go home with a rare one-of-a-kind design piece. For more information, click here.Investec Cape Town Art Fair showcases a diversity of work that represents the forefront of contemporary art from Africa to the world. This culmination of artistic African flair takes place from February 16-18 in Cape Town; the home city of the newly opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa on the V&A Waterfront. For more information, click here.March eventsTaking place from March 23-24 is Cape Town International Jazz Festival, South Africa’s flagship music event. The largest of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, the festival is appropriately dubbed “Africa’s Grandest Gathering” and features a star-studded line-up of jazz acts from across the globe as well as local talent. 2018’s event features the UK’s very own Corinne Bailey Rae. For more information, click here.The Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world’s largest timed cycle tour, takes place on March 11. The annual event attracts some 30,000 cyclists from around the world covering 65 miles of some of Cape Town’s most picturesque routes. Part of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle week, visitors can also participate in the MTB Challenge on March 3, the Junior cycling event on March 4, or visit the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo from March 8-10. For more information, click here.One of the longest running fashion events in Southern Africa, South Africa Fashion Week (SAFW) will take place in Johannesburg from March 27-31. Showcasing SS18 collections from established designers, new designers, and student designers, the show will highlight the diversity and innovation of South Africans all residing and manufacturing in the country. The show kicks off with three days of women’s fashion, followed by two days of menswear. For more information or to buy tickets, click here.April eventsThe Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon takes place in Cape Town and features a variety of runs for travelers with all levels of stamina on Easter Sunday, ranging in lengths from the 56 km Ultra Marathon to the 5.6 km Fun Run and International Friendship Run. For families, the 2.1 km Nappy Dash and the 5.6 km Toddler’s Trot are sure to appeal. For more information, click here.To mark the South African Freedom month of April which celebrates the arrival of democracy in the nation, visit Tankwa Karoo for 2018’s AfrikaBurn from April 23-29 for the Southern hemisphere’s only commerce-free festival. The event turns the barren landscape into a temporary pop-up city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance. AfrikaBurn brings together a community of participants who create intricate and awe-inspiring art most notably in the form of burning structures, some of which are enormous in scale and set against the desert landscape backdrop of Tankwa. For more information, click here.May eventsThe ambient village of Franschhoek with its centuries-old vineyards, quaint restaurants and Dutch architecture provides a perfect setting for the Franschhoek Literary Festival from May 18-20, 2018. The festival brings together a wide variety of South African writers and distinguished international writers to raise funds for local communities and school libraries. For more information, click here.The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival will arrive in Knysna from May 24-27 and will be a highlight of the LGBTQ calendar. The festival is a four-day extravagant show which is full of non-stop entertainment, drag shows and pageants commencing in a carnival on the final day with floats and flamboyant costumes sailing down the streets of one of South Africa’s most gay friendly towns. For more information, click here.June eventsThe National Arts Festival held from the end of June to beginning of July in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape is the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. The event features opportunities for artistic experimentation across the arts spectrum, bringing together drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, opera, music, jazz, visual art exhibitions, film, student theatre, street theatre, lectures, craft fair, workshops, and a children’s arts festival. For more information, click here.The Comrades Marathon on June 10 is one of the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon races. The distance of 89 km (approx. 56 miles) is run in the KwaZulu-Natal Province from Durban to Pietermaritzburg and is attended by more than 13,000 runners each year. For more information, click here. July eventsJuly 18 marks Nelson Mandela Day for which 2018 will bear a greater significance than previous years as it celebrates 100 years since Nelson Mandela was born.The Knysna Oyster Festival is a premium sport and lifestyle festival which is aimed at “oyster enthusiasts, fitness fanatics and lovers of good life.” The event taking place from June 29-July 8 encompasses the Forest Marathon, a mountain-bike cycling tour, a regatta, a golf championship, and flea markets. For more information, click here.The Sardine Run in KwaZulu-Natal will play host to the greatest dive show in the world between May and July. Some three billion sardines, followed by hundreds of predators, move from the cold Atlantic to the subtropical waters of the Indian Ocean in a mass stretching for up to 15 km that is visible even from satellites. For more information, click here.August eventsWild Flower Season: Every year from mid-August the semiarid West Coast is transformed into a floral paradise, with more than 2,600 species in bloom, creating floral carpets as far as the eye can see. Travelers are encouraged to embark on a self-drive drive through the West Coast National Park, or head even further north to the Northern Cape to view scenes of enigmatic botanical beauty. For more information, click here.The 20th Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience will take place from August 27-September 9 in Durban. The event showcases and celebrates the very best of South African contemporary dance and their practitioners offering performances, workshops and classes for the traveling reveler to hone their own skills. For more information, click here.September eventsHermanus Whale Festival is the oldest and largest festival on the cape whale coast in South Africa. Taking place this year from September 29-October 1, the festival is a celebration of marine life filled with a variety of entertainment and activities. Aside from the main attraction – whale watching – travelers are treated to a Vintage Car Show, an interactive marine-themed eco village, great food and performing arts. For more information, click here.An idea imported from Holland, every year the quaint village of Darling in the Western Cape hosts Voorkamerfest. Visitors buy tickets from a choice of six or seven journeys which provides them with transport in a local taxi to three mystery “voorkamer” (front room) venues that are the actual living rooms of locals. Each living room is temporarily inhabited by a performer or performers from the local area or from as far afield as Belgium or India. For more information, click here.October eventsRocking the Daisies Music Festival from October 5-8 at Cloof wine farm on the west coast of Cape Town is South Africa’s answer to Glastonbury. The country’s best-known rock, blues pop and folk bands along with up and coming acts descend on the green pastures along with some 17,000 revelers every year. For more information, click here.From October 15-31 the Shembe Celebrations take place in the village of Judea in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal. Some 30,000 followers gather for a month of religious celebrations encompassing traditional prayer dance where followers get an opportunity to be healed and blessed by Shembe. The prophet Shembe, the fourth successor of the first prophet, presides over the congregation. For more information, click here.Following the showcase of SS18 collections in March, South Africa Fashion week (SAFW) continues in Johannesburg from October 23-27 to highlight AW19 collections. The show once again starts with three days of women’s fashion, followed by two days of menswear from South Africa’s best designers, highlighting beautiful signature pieces, on-trend looks and seasonal must-haves. For more information, click here.November eventsTurtle-tracking: Maputaland on the northern coast of KwaZulu-Natal in November is one of the best times and places in the world to witness turtles laying their eggs in their droves on the sandy beaches. The most special coastal experience in South Africa, leatherback turtles return to the very beaches on which they were born to nest and lay their eggs in the soft sands. The best place to witness this ancient ritual is at Rocktail Bay and Mabibi, both blessed with coral reefs and fabulous lodgings. For more information, click here.Visit Johannesburg from November 3-4 to view and learn about the latest trends in technology at Future Tech Gizmos & Gadgets Expo. The show is focused on the technology industry and offers something for all kinds of technology enthusiasts; from the casual gaming consumer to the manufacturers of world-renowned gadgets that are shaping the 21st century and beyond. For more information, click here.December eventsMother City Queer Project carnival is the biggest gay costume party held in Africa. Each new year presents a different theme for the party, with the masked costume ball featuring ten designated “dance zones.” This is a wildly popular event amongst locals and visitors from all around the world who like to dress up, have a good time and celebrate the vivacious and creative gay culture. For more information, click here.The Outdoor Trance and Party Season & Rezonance New Year’s Eve Festival, which takes place from December 30, 2018-January 1, 2019, is the brazen pleasure-seeking, electro-trance and EDM party regarded as the biggest of its kind on the continent. It is where Cape Town’s hippest hippies pay homage to the beat from dusk ‘til dawn and where revelers will experience a strobe light infused unique musical experience to see out 2018 and welcome the new year. For more information, click here.Share this:center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | November 04, 2009 Codonics Image Servers Offer Cost-Effective Storage News | Archive Cloud Storage | December 20, 2018 IMS Announces Integration of Cloud Image Viewing Platform With Google Cloud International Medical Solutions (IMS) recently announced it will provide Google Cloud account users with the ability to… read more News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 07, 2019 Connecticut, California Imaging Centers Deploy Ambra Cloud VNA Ambra Health announced that Naugatuck Valley Radiology and Insight Imaging are among the latest groups of leading… read more Codonics Inc., a provider of advanced medical image storage and distribution appliances, has introduced a new line of affordable medical image servers designed to meet increasing demand for cost-effective storage of temporary data sets or permanent archives.The Infinity Medical Image Server combines simplicity and speed in a highly-reliable DICOM storage device. All Infinity models provide flexibility for permanent and temporary storage of DICOM images, reports and raw data in a compact unit. The unique, expandable design grows as your storage needs increase. Additionally, Infinity provides optional web viewing capabilities so medical images can be accessed over the network from any PC. Infinity base models provide between 3 TB (terabyte) and 8 TB of storage. Expansion chassis can be added as storage needs increase. Applications such as direct modality storage of large DICOM data sets or storage of digital images in an environment without a centralized image server are ideal for Infinity. Infinity’s unique small size was designed with server class reliability in mind. The easy-to-use interface and highly automated operation allows non-IT professionals to quickly configure and administer the system. Infinity incorporates Codonics long standing reputation for compatibility with existing modality workstations that enables users to store, retrieve and view images with their own favorite DICOM viewing software. While Infinity’s default configuration can be up and running within minutes, it is also highly customizable with a rich set of features including DICOM store, query/retrieve, storage commit, workstation access control and temporary or permanent storage of images. To ensure data is protected, Infinity provides a comprehensive set of system notifications and warnings using Web, e-mail, RSS, visual and audible alerts.“We’re very excited to add storage servers to our product line,” said Mike Kolberg, VP of Sales, Codonics. “Infinity takes the load of large data sets such as CT or MRI off the main PACS system and hospital network and allows interim data to be stored locally. Facilities have the ability to save only the data they intend to keep on PACS from the Infinity Server.”Infinity’s unique design delivers simplicity, performance and reliability in a compact unit. Its high-performance architecture delivers ultra-fast data transfer speeds starting from 25 Mbytes per second to well over 50 Mbytes per second (DICOM store). This makes Infinity an ideal storage solution for large, temporary data sets from CT, MR and other DICOM modalities. Thin slices, raw data, 3D reconstructions and multiframe studies can be quickly saved and retrieved for future reconstruction or review. Automatic image management removes older studies tagged for temporary storage whenever space is needed. Infinity utilizes RAID5 disk redundancy, an Oracle database and hot-swappable components, plus is backed by Codonics global service and support network to provide years of worry-free operation. Infinity includes configurable access control with audit trails to assist with patient confidentiality compliance. Whether you are large institution looking for affordable, supplemental storage or a small facility transitioning to digital imaging, Infinity is the right choice. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 30, 2018 Children’s Hospital Colorado to Manage Medical Images Via the Cloud With Platform NucleusHealth and Children’s Hospital Colorado’s (Children’s Colorado) Center for Innovation have formed a strategic… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | August 31, 2018 Greenville Health System Adopts Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging System Agfa HealthCare and Greenville Health System (GHS), South Carolina, announced the successful implementation of a… read more Related Content News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more center_img Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay  Technology | Archive Cloud Storage | November 19, 2018 Intelerad Launches Nuage Disaster Recovery Platform November 19, 2018 — Intelerad Medical Systems announced the launch of the nuage Disaster Recovery (DR) Platform. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | August 09, 2018 Visage Signs Mercy for Visage 7 Open Archive Visage Imaging Inc. announced that it has signed a seven-year contract with Mercy, the fifth largest Catholic health… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | September 04, 2018 Novarad Highest Rated in Customer Satisfaction on Gartner Peer Insights VNA Category Novarad Healthcare Enterprise Imaging has taken the highest rated spot on Gartner’s Peer Insights technology review… read more last_img read more

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first_img‘Painting’ Radiation Onto TumorsToday, most proton therapy is delivered using the traditional “passive scatter” approach, in which the beam is shaped to match the tumor after exiting the treatment nozzle. With passive scatter, the beam passes through specially manufactured devices to form the beam’s height, width and penetrating depth, before entering the patient.Pencil-beam scanning electromagnetically shapes the beam inside the nozzle via computerized data files, developed from 3-D models of patients’ tumors. Many say it is far more accurate than passive scatter.”Using pencil beam to treat tumors is like using a very fine paint brush to apply the radiation, whereas earlier proton technology is more like using a can of spray paint,” Rossi said. A Look Inside The CenterScripps Proton Therapy Center is designed with five treatment rooms, three of which include gantries, which rotate around the patient 360 degrees to allow treatment from any direction. The center’s other two rooms are designed with fixed-beam machines. The facility is currently treating patients in select rooms and projects commissioning and clinical use of all treatment rooms in 2014. The center offers on-site access to the imaging technology needed for accurate tumor targeting, including CT and PET-CT scanners and an MRI machine.The 102,000-square-foot facility will also service Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and UC San Diego Health System, whose affiliations with Scripps Health was announced at the center’s grand opening. Feature | February 20, 2014 Scripps Opens Nation’s First Pencil Beam-Only Proton Center Form of proton therapy lets doctors ‘paint’ radiation onto tumors News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more February 20, 2014 — Until recently, cancer patients looking for a precise form of proton radiation therapy – “pencil-beam scanning” – had to narrow their search to about a half dozen centers in the United States that offer this treatment on a limited basis.The Scripps Proton Therapy Center in San Diego, Calif., is the first proton center in the United States to treat patients exclusively with this technology, in every treatment room.”Pencil-beam scanning enables doctors to treat larger and more complicated tumors, while sparing more normal tissue and producing about one-tenth as many carcinogenic neutrons compared to traditional proton delivery,” said Carl Rossi, M.D., the center’s medical director. “We’re essentially breaking down each tumor into thousands of tiny cubes, and then ‘painting’ each individual cube with radiation, layer by layer.”Scripps Proton Therapy Center is the nation’s 15th proton facility. When fully operational, the $220 million center will have the capacity to treat up to 2,400 patients annually. Scripps Health provides the center’s clinical management and Scripps Clinic oversees the medical services. Advanced Particle Therapy is the center’s developer and owner. PreviousNext News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Less Healthy Tissue AffectedCompared to X-ray technology, proton therapy (pencil beam and passive scatter) treats patients with a substantially lower total radiation dose to normal tissue. For example, compared to X-rays, a proton beam can effectively target prostate cancer tumors with less exposure to the bladder, rectum and small intestine. With breast cancer, it can treat the left breast without exposing the heart to radiation. And with lung cancer, protons will spare more of the patient’s spinal cord, esophagus and bone marrow.”As more survivors are moving on to a life after cancer, we need to be cognizant of the effects that unnecessary radiation exposure may have on their health and well-being years down the road, such as chronic disease or treatment-related cancers,” said Jeff Bordok, CEO of Advanced Particle Therapy. “The precision offered by proton therapy means patients may enjoy a healthier survivorship later.”Varian Medical Systems of Palo Alto, Calif., developed, installed and validated the center’s ProBeam proton delivery system.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more