Bill Clinton Honored With HOPE Founding Civil Rights To Silver Rights Award

first_imgOn the heels of the 2015 HOPE Global Forum, Operation HOPE published the names of all those recognized by the financial dignity nonprofit during its annual meeting, January 15-17th.Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant presents award to President Bill Clinton at the 2015 HOPE Global ForumChairman Awards are given to those who provide exceptional leadership and who best exemplify its mission for empowerment, or “silver rights,” to under-resourced communities.“Our success could not be possible without the leadership, compassion and support of our esteemed partners,” said John Hope Bryant Operation HOPE founder, chairman and CEO. “It is our honor to recognize these great individuals for their work and support to help us carry out our mission to empower the underserved.”During the course the Forum both Bill Clinton and Andrew Young were distinguished for their longtime service with the prestigious HOPE Founding Civil Rights to Silver Rights Award, which is only presented to those who have had a profound impact nationally or globally.
”Your leadership in economic public policy to uplift the poor spans from the New Market Tax Credits, significant increases in EITC, creation of the CDFI Fund, active support of financial literacy, to even the global recognition of micro-finance and micro-credit,” Bryant cain about Bill Clinton. “Your vision of corporate responsibility and call to action of the private sector has ignited a spirit of global community engagement. You continue to generate thoughtful solutions to both national and global challenges and inspire the world to strive for positive, impactful change.”
”In recognition of your life’s work and its positive effect on both basic human dignity, and global economic growth,” he added about Andrew Young. “From a Civil Rights leader working alongside Dr. King, to a political career as a U.S. Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations and Mayor of Atlanta, chairing the Atlanta Olympic Games, to your more than 100 Honorary Doctorate Degrees, and your role in silver rights as the HOPE Global Spokesman, you have truly changed the course of history.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

UN sends in helicopters food medicines to aid Nepalese flood victims

1 August 2007With helicopters, food, water purification tablets, blankets and medical supplies United Nations agencies have rushed emergency aid to tens of thousands of Nepalese hit by floods and landslides, responding rapidly to the Government’s request for assistance in the crisis. With helicopters, food, water purification tablets, blankets and medical supplies United Nations agencies have rushed emergency aid to tens of thousands of Nepalese hit by floods and landslides, responding rapidly to the Government’s request for assistance in the crisis. “The UN System in Nepal stands fully committed to extend all possible assistance to the people of the affected districts who are suffering from the current natural calamity,” UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Matthew Kahane said in an update on the incessant rains that over the past three weeks have triggered floods and landslides in 28 districts of the Himalayan country, killing some 57 people, affecting more than 230,000 others and driving 4,000 families from their homes.Food, drinking water and temporary shelter have been identified as the major needs. There is a heightened risk of increased deaths and illness in the coming weeks and months due to outbreaks of communicable diseases, most importantly acute respiratory infections, diarrhoeal diseases, vector-borne diseases and snake bites. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided water purification tablets and flocculent powder to purify water for some 30,000 people in affected areas in Banke, Bardiya, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Rautahat and Karnali Zone. The agency has also sent 6,000 packets of oral rehydration salts through its partners to address the onset of diarrhoea and dysentery that may arise from water contamination, as well as tarpaulins, water buckets and blankets. The UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has made its helicopters available, at the Government’s request, and, with financial support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), has flown rescue teams including members of the Nepal Army, police, Red Cross, government officials and UN agencies for evacuation, relief and assessment operations. UNDP is also coordinating with the private sector to facilitate contributions to the overall response. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is ready to immediately respond with food aid for people displaced by flooding across the Terai if the Government requests such assistance, while the UN World Health Organization (WHO), along with the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division of the Department of Health, is conducting rapid health assessments, introducing post-emergency disease surveillance. Medical supplies have been pre-positioned and new requests are being processed. For its part, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has provided food and supplies to 1,000 flood victims in Mahottari, including medical support to the district hospital and jail, and its mobile health teams are on alert to go other affected areas as requested.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has been helping to coordinate structures at all levels, facilitating inter-agency assessments as well as working with the with the Government, Nepalese Red Cross, Army, Police, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). read more

Carbon capture research centre on verge of shutting down

REGINA — A Saskatchewan organization that developed what was hailed as the first guidelines in the world for safe carbon capture and storage is on the verge of shutting down.Funding is running out for the Regina-based International Performance Assessment Centre for Geologic Storage of CO2, known as IPAC-CO2.And Premier Brad Wall said Tuesday that it could be “wound up.”“They’ve done some great work,” Wall said at the legislature. “We wanted to lead in terms of the standards of CO2 storage and because of the work that’s been done, we have those standards today.”“There might be some wind-up dollars required. I think we’ll look at that in terms of the budget, but I don’t think there’s a need to continue because the work’s been completed,” he added.IPAC-CO2 was created in 2008 when the province and Royal Dutch Shell each put up $5-million over a five-year period.Carbon capture and storage involves gathering CO2 from power plants and refineries and injecting it deep into porous rock. The goal is to prevent the gas from entering the atmosphere and contributing to climate change.Jurisdictions such as Saskatchewan that rely heavily on coal-fired power plants need carbon capture and storage to work. But the technology has been panned as unproven and critics say not enough is known about the consequences.Last November, the centre released guidelines on the best way to store carbon dioxide underground so it doesn’t get back out.IPAC also investigated claims from a Saskatchewan couple that CO2 from an oil company’s carbon capture operation was leaking on their family farm near Weyburn. The centre determined that the company was not the source of gas found on Cameron and Jane Kerr’s farm.But the organization has been under scrutiny over concerns surrounding a contract for IT services that wasn’t tendered.When it was starting up, the centre, under acting managing director Malcolm Wilson, got into a sole-sourced IT deal with Climate Ventures Inc.A forensic investigation by Myers Norris Penny found there was a conflict of interest because two people, including Wilson, held seats on both the IPAC and Climate Ventures Inc. boards. A news release from the Opposition New Democrats said the company got $2.9 million over a year and a half for computer hardware, software and IT services that were worth considerably less. read more

TimorLeste UN transfers security duties in Lautem district to local police

Speaking at a ceremony in Los Palos to mark the hand over from the UN Police to the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL), the head of the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), Kamalesh Sharma, said the transfer was a “historic day for Lautem District and indeed Timor-Leste itself.”Although seven of the country’s 13 districts are now under the responsibility of the Timor-Leste police, Lautem is the first to be granted such complete security and law enforcement authority by UNMISET.Mr. Sharma told the assembled officers that “[you] must demonstrate to the people that this truly is a new, democratic Timor-Leste in which police and other security forces are not feared but respected.” He also stressed that “without the rule of law, and the effective enforcement that it entails, Timor-Leste cannot hope to achieve the peace and stability its people so richly deserve after a quarter century of struggle and suffering.”President Xanana Gusmão said in a statement read out at the ceremony by PNTL Commissioner Paulo Martins, the hand-over shows “the trust that the international community has in our police.” In addition, he reminded the law-enforcement officers that they are the most visible symbol of the country’s independence. read more

UN welcomes signing of political agreement on elections in DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the signing today in Kinshasa, by the opposition and the Majorité présidentielle, of a political agreement on the holding of elections in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and transitional arrangements leading up to the polls. “The Secretary-General commends all actors involved in this effort, including the leaders of the opposition and of the Majorité présidentielle, and the Conférence épiscopale nationale du Congo (CENCO) for leading the mediation,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. “He calls on them to abide by the agreement just signed. He underscores the commitment of the United Nations to support its implementation, in line with resolution 2277 (2016).”According to the statement, this long-awaited development builds on an initial agreement signed on 18 October between part of the opposition and the Majorité présidentielle, and represents a significant step towards a peacefully managed transition consistent with the democratic principles enshrined in the country’s Constitution. Noting that all political actors must work to ensure an environment conducive to free, fair, and credible elections, including by refraining from violence, the Secretary-General encouraged the Government to redouble its efforts to uphold fundamental rights and freedoms, which are essential to a credible electoral process, the statement said. On his final day at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wishes continued success to the people and the Government of the DRC in their efforts to achieve peace and stability, the statement concluded. read more

Governments at UN forum on development urged to close spending gaps honour

UN Photo/Loey FelipeInga Rhonda King, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Inga Rhonda King, along with Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, provided an overview of discussions during the first week of the HLPF. Ms. King, highlighting key messages, said the global response has not been ambitious enough — and there are worrying trends. Investment in education, quality employment and vocational training is imperative, as are special efforts to integrate women and young people into labour markets.While the international community is on the right path, no Goal or target should be considered met unless met for all social and economic groups, Ms. Spatolisano said, noting that the Forum’s first five days have reminded participants that they have the means and tools to achieve the 2030 Agenda. “The problem is that almost all the current spending is done in high‑income and upper middle-income economies and very little spending is being done in low‑income economies,” Mr. Kharas said. Significant gaps emerge between minimum spending needs and actual spending levels — creating a cumulative gap of $840 billion per year. These gaps are heavily concentrated in lower middle-income countries, which also have the largest economies and populations.  They can be filled by honouring pledges to allocate 0.7 per cent of gross national income to official development assistance (ODA). Doing so could yield $200 billion a year, Mr. Kharas explained, while multilateral development banks could unlock a further $1.4 trillion.Brooking research noted that there were eight major replenishments happening in the next 12-18 months, with total “ask” of $70 billion. They include: International Development Association, the African Development Fund, the Global Fund, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Global Partnership for Education, and the International Finance Facility for Education“Replenishment negotiations should focus squarely on SDG needs and the ability of organizations to deliver resources to meet SDG outcomes,” Brooking stressed.As for the second panel, Government officials joined civil society representatives in an interactive discussion exploring the usefulness of the voluntary national review process — namely, the structure through which countries report to the Forum on their progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda.  Moderated by Achim Steiner, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the session heard several speakers welcome the fact that over 150 countries have already submitted reviews.Some delegates said the stock-taking exercise has helped their Governments improve data collection, address policy inconsistencies and avoid overlap and duplication.  However, others stressed that the reviews have sometimes resembled “travel brochures”, instead of honest examinations of the situation on the ground.  Still others drew attention to a broad lack of civil society participation in the process, with one speaker emphasizing that vulnerable groups — the very reason why the 2030 Agenda was adopted — must not be excluded from its implementation. Meeting for two panel discussions, respectively on the theme ‘Financing the SDGs: Moving from words to action’, and ‘Four years of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs): what have we learned on implementing the SDGs?’ the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) heard a diverse group of speakers underscoring the need to more effectively support poorer countries in reaching development objectives.Homi Kharas of the Brookings Institution, the morning Panel’s Keynote Speaker, started things off by announcing what Brookings research had found surprising: Government spending on the SDGs has reached $20 trillion and is due to increase, possibly reaching $30 trillion by 2030, the year all countries are expected to have attained the Goals.What financing & policy solutions can help unlock resources needed to achieve👉Quality education👩‍🎓Economic growth & decent work📈Reduced inequalities🤗#ClimateAction🌊Peace, justice & strong institutions?⚖️Find out at #HLPF today & learn more👉https://t.co/LrXHcBpQhA pic.twitter.com/X8aX0SkwMo— UN DESA (@UNDESA) July 15, 2019 read more

Association of Colleges and Universities of Canada changes name logo

The Association of Colleges and Universities of Canada (AUCC) has undergone a name change.Starting Wednesday, it will be known as Universities Canada/Universités Canada.Under the AUCC banner, adopted in 1965, the organization brought universities together, facilitating a cohesive voice and a forum for collective action. The shift to Universities Canada/Universités Canada highlights the association’s focused role in supporting universities’ significant contribution to Canada.“The evolution from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada to Universities Canada/Universités Canada marks a significant new era for our organization,” says Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada/Universités Canada. “Our new identity truly reflects the innovative, focused and dynamic nature of our organization, our work and our people. We are articulating more clearly who we are and what we stand for.”Universities Canada/Universités Canada (formerly AUCC) is the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad, representing the interests of 97 Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities and university degree-level colleges.The new identity features an iconic diamond image that symbolizes convergence and destination-a town square, a traffic intersection, a university quad. Turning it on end creates added dynamism, highlighting the need to continually advance in order to serve the needs of higher education, research and innovation.The diamond expands outward from a common centre to symbolize growth, evolution, steadily increasing reach and inclusiveness. It illustrates that Canada’s universities are shaping responses to a perpetually changing world. read more

Mens Hockey No 5 Ohio State beats Michigan State 42 for sevenstraight

Junior Forward Dakota Joshua (8) gets ready to set off against Michigan’s Adam Winborg (5) tonight Jan. 26, 2018 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH. Credit: Ethan Clewell | For The LanternOhio State junior forward Dakota Joshua scored a pair of goals and redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo made 25 saves on 27 shots en route to a 4-2 win against Michigan State (9-17-1, 3-13-1-1 Big Ten) Friday night at the Schottenstein Center to give the No. 5 Buckeyes (18-5-4, 11-5-1-0 Big Ten) their seventh-straight win at home. Joshua’s physical presence on the boards made him a difficult matchup for the Spartans. He led the team with five shots and he played with a bit more motivation going against his former coach.“I love playing Michigan State, chance to play Joe Exter, former coach of ours,” Joshua said. “We had a close relationship so it’s always good to get one over him. Definitely provides a little extra energy.”  Joe Exter was an assistant coach for Ohio State from 2011 to 2017. This is Exter’s first year as an assistant coach at Michigan State. After mentioning this week a desire to jump on the Spartans from the beginning, Ohio State scored its first two goals on its first two shots. On the Buckeyes’ first power-play chance four minutes into the game, sophomore forward Ronnie Hein took a pass from junior forward Mason Jobst and tucked the puck past the pads of sophomore goaltender John Lethemon for the game’s opening score. Junior forward Freddy Gerard added his 10th goal of the season off a give-and-go play with senior forward Matthew Weis two minutes later.  Romeo was only tested seven times in the first period, but faced 20 shots in the second and third periods combined from an aggressive Spartan attack. The goalie said he was fortunate his defense gave him a clear line of sight to make the saves he needed to and clear the traffic.“They’ve done a great job all year, they just did what they’ve been doing,” Romeo said. “Letting me have the first shot, kind of pushing everyone to the outside, let me see everything. It makes my night easier.”  In the early part of the third period, Joshua sped down the right side while driving to the net and used his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame for his first goal of the night. “It’s always good to be able to use my body,” Joshua said. “I feel like I have an advantage over most people, so yeah, the physical play doesn’t bother me. I like to think I can play anytime of hockey.” Michigan State scored a power-play goal to bring the score within one goal with eight minutes left in the game, but Joshua added the empty-net goal on a power play to ice the game. Weis’ two assists and sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski’s single helper extended their point streaks to 11 games each. Weis has 19 points and Laczynski has 17 points during the streak. Coming into Friday’s game against Michigan State, the Buckeyes were known to be a defensively stout team. Fourth in the nation in team defense with just 2.08 goals allowed per game and the nation’s top penalty kill, Ohio State would be comfortable entering the matchup playing a physical style of hockey, head coach Steve Rohlik said.“They brought it, and it was kind of the way the game was going there for a while,” Rohlik said. “We just wanted to stay with our structure and stay disciplined. At the end of the day, if that’s the way the game is going to go, we certainly will play that way.”   The Buckeyes will have a chance to sweep the season series against the Spartans at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Spartans spoil Ohio States home win streak beat Buckeyes

The Ohio State men’s basketball team suffered its first home loss of the season Saturday, as Michigan State out-muscled the Buckeyes for a 58-48 win. The loss snapped a 39-game home win streak for OSU and dropped the Buckeyes into a tie atop the Big Ten standings. The Buckeyes struggled shooting all night and the Spartans found their edge inside, totaling 14 offensive rebounds for the game. OSU’s 48-point output was their lowest of the season. “I feel fortunate because I think they missed some shots they normally make,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said after the game. “Defensively we were as good as we’ve been all year.” MSU senior forward Draymond Green and sophomore center Adreian Payne dominated, combining for each of the Spartans’ first 15 points. It wasn’t until 9:12 remaining in the first half that another MSU player scored a bucket when sophomore Keith Appling hit a 3-pointer to give his team the 18-14 advantage. OSU went on a 3:46 scoring drought that saw MSU take an 8-point lead in the opening period. Sophomore guard Aaron Craft broke the streak with a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer from sophomore forward Jared Sullinger cut the lead to three. The Spartans continued to have success in the paint. Payne followed an MSU miss with his second tip-slam of the game and Sullinger had the ball poked away on the inside on the other end. The turnover by Sullinger — his fifth of the game — occurred with OSU trailing 33-25 with under a minute remaining in the half. An acrobatic layup by Appling gave MSU a 35-25 lead at intermission. “We looked out of synch,” Sullinger said of the Buckeyes’ first-half performance. “We didn’t run our offense.” The Buckeyes cut MSU’s lead to four at one point in the second half, but couldn’t get closer. OSU tried to work the ball into Sullinger down low throughout the final 20 minutes, but the Buckeyes’ big man continued to struggle finding his touch. Sullinger finished the game on 5-of-15 shooting. The rest of the Buckeyes didn’t fare much better as the team connected on just one of their first nine shots of the half. OSU head coach Thad Matta said the shots just weren’t falling. “We opened up the second half. We got the ball at the rim,” Matta said. “We’re getting fouled and it just wasn’t going in.” The Spartans’ lead swelled to 12, but an alley-oop finished by senior guard William Buford brought the sold-out crowd to its feet and cut the lead to 10 with 14:37 remaining. After an Appling layup with 11:48 remaining, the Buckeye defense stepped up and MSU was held scoreless for the next six minutes. Sullinger was able to put in a bucket from the left block and bring OSU’s deficit down to six, 44-38. He then connected again on a baseline jumper to bring OSU within four, but poor shooting killed any chance of an OSU comeback victory — the Buckeyes shot 26 percent from the floor and 13.3 percent from behind the arc. A layup by Green and pair of free throws by Appling again put MSU up by double digits and OSU never threatened again. Sullinger finished the game with 17 points and 16 rebounds, but also had 10 turnovers. He said MSU’s double team gave him trouble. “I wasn’t expecting the double because that’s not what Michigan State shows if you look at the film,” Sullinger said. “They had a great game plan and they stick to their system and that’s what happens when you stick to the system.” Craft added 15 points and was the only other Buckeye to finish in double figures. Payne was the high scorer for the Spartans finishing with 15 points, hitting all six of his shots. The loss drops OSU’s record to 21-4 overall and 9-3 in the conference. Matta said his team needs to move forward. “It’s got to be a learning experience for a relatively young basketball team,” Matta said. “You’ve got to stay together. You’re still sitting atop the conference. As a I told them, we’ll see what kind of team we have tomorrow.” OSU next travels to Minnesota where to take on the Golden Gophers Feb. 14. Tip is for 9 p.m. read more

Ohio State set to battle Nebraska in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals

Junior center Amir Williams (23) dunks the ball during a game against Purdue March 13 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 63-61.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — In postseason college basketball, winning supersedes all.Teams come into their conference’s respective tournaments with different amounts of dependance on each game — a win or two could help bolster an NCAA Tournament résumé. A bad loss could hurt seeding in the tournament, or a program could need to run the table to secure its spot in the big dance.Ohio State’s tournament life is likely secure, but dropping a first-round game in the Big Ten Tournament to a team with a losing record — Purdue — wouldn’t have done the team any favors as far as seeding goes come Selection Sunday.But the Buckeyes in fact survived to play another day with a chance at the Big Ten Title, defeating the Boilermakers, 63-61, Thursday.The outcome wasn’t decided, however, until Purdue senior guard Terone Johnson’s final 3-pointer fell hopelessly to the floor at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. But a win is a win — the Buckeyes are now 23-9 all time in the Big Ten Tournament — and OSU is looking to further bolster its argument for a higher seed in the Big Dance when it plays in the quarterfinals Friday. Their opponent might come as a bit of a surprise to diehard Buckeye fans — Nebraska.Yes, Nebraska.The Cornhuskers (19-11, 11-7) earned the tournament’s fourth seed after dispatching then-No. 9 Wisconsin, 77-68, Sunday at home, and the program has been trending upward since Tim Miles took over prior to the 2012-13 season. Nebraska finished 12-18 the year before Miles arrived, but the coach has brought a new energy and aura to the program — even splitting games with OSU this season.The second meeting between the two teams was a 68-62 win for the Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Neb., a game that was the fourth consecutive loss for the Buckeyes. The rematch is a game senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said he’s been looking forward to playing ever since that loss.“I’m so ready to play these guys. Obviously when we lost to them up there and they stormed the court … but we get another crack at them,” Smith Jr. said after the win Thursday. “I’m expecting the team that I know this team can be to show up tomorrow and play those guys. I’m pretty sure everybody remembers that.”OSU shot 39.6 percent from the field in the loss, including making just six of 21 shots from beyond the arc. A pair of sophomores, guard Shavon Shields and forward Terran Petteway, paced the Huskers with 18 points each in the win, getting in the lane and drawing fouls to ultimately go a combined 10-13 from the free throw line.Nebraska also won eight of 10 games to close out the regular season to earn the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.“They’re on a roll right now. They are playing great basketball, and obviously Shields and Petteway are doing a good job,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after his team’s victory against Purdue. “They’ve got guys that can stretch the defense, they’re shooting the ball well. I think they’re playing as well as anybody in the country right now.”Buckeye senior guard Aaron Craft tallied a team-high 12 points against Nebraska in the Jan. 20 loss, eight of which came from the free throw line. He finished with 16 Thursday against Purdue, also swiping three of OSU’s nine steals in the game.Craft said after the win against Purdue, shutting down the potent Nebraska guard play Friday is going to be a team effort.“It’s got to be a big defensive game for us. They’ve got bigs that can shoot the ball, and obviously Petteway and Shields, who are playing great basketball right now,” Craft said. “It’s going to be a big team defensive effort for us.”At times against the Boilermakers, OSU seemed disinterested, nearly sleepwalking its way to an early exit in what has been an up and down year. Doing the same against Nebraska, however, would yield a different result, Smith Jr. said.“Obviously, guys’ minds weren’t right (against Purdue),” he said. “We got Nebraska rolling in here, and they beat us already this year and I’m pretty sure they think they can beat us again.”Junior center Amir Williams — who had six points and grabbed nine rebounds against Purdue — said he believes Nebraska is on the bubble, but a win against OSU would go a long way for the team’s tournament hopes.“They’ve been on a tremendous run as of late. We have that in the back of our minds, we want to win, they want to win. If they win, I think they’re in the tournament. Right now they’re still on the bubble, we’re still playing for something so they’re still playing for something,” Williams said after the game Thursday. “We’re worried about ourselves, take it out on them Friday and get a victory.”Tipoff Friday is set for 25 minutes after the completion of No. 8 Michigan and Illinois at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. read more

PC Version of Final Fantasy XV Lets You Pretend to be Gordon

first_img Since Valve either can’t count to three or is too busy making money off Steam, we’ve yet to see a third entry in the Half-Life series. It’s entirely possible a dimension exists where Half-Life 3 (and other sequels) exist. However, in this dimension, we’re still waiting on the next Gordon Freeman adventure. Surprisingly enough, our pal Gordon is finally returning to PC via one of the strangest crossovers of the year.The PC version of Final Fantasy XV is set to release in early March. When it arrives, players will have the ability to dress protagonist Noctis up like Gordon Freeman. The getup includes Freeman’s HEV suit and spectacles. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Gordon Freeman dress up party without his signature crowbar for a weapon. The costume can also be used in the multiplayer expansion called “Comrades.” That’s right, you’ll be able to play as Gordon Freeman online. If you’re going to have this sort of crossover it’s better to go all in, I suppose.The most surprising thing about all of this is how it’s actually official. You’d figure someone in the modding community would eventually create Gordon Freeman in FFXV, but Square-Enix and Valve beat them to the punch. Is this cameo hinting at Half-Life 3? Probably not. After all, Final Fantasy XV has crossed over with other titles. These include Forza Horizon 3 and Assassin’s Creed. Even Final Fantasy XIII-2 had Mass Effect costumes. It would be nice if this was a sign of Half-Life‘s resurrection, but I doubt that’s the case. It’s just a good bit of fun for those planning to get FFXV on PC.Final Fantasy XV arrives on PC on March 3. It will boast native 4K and 8K textures. On top of that, players can expect a larger map, an optional first-person perspective, and the ability to ride a boat.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Cool Gifts for ‘Final Fantasy’ LoversGEEK PICK: Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition HD Stay on targetlast_img read more

BEACHES RESORT ATMOSPHERE FOR STAFF APPREHENSIVE SINCE POLYGRAPHS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Dec 2014 – Beaches Resort Villages and Spa claims it is protecting itself and its guests by running polygraph tests across its resorts in the region. The Turks and Caicos property was not exempt and weeks after the lie detector test interviews were done; there have reportedly been terminations. Stephen Hector, the Global PR Executive for the resort explained that the effort is on a specific group and denied that there has been any mass layoffs at the property. After running our initial report last night; there have been more comments to Magnetic Media about this matter… workers who say the atmosphere at the property has shifted tremendously; an apprehensive mood as the reported ‘let gos’ are sudden and appears to have happened to individuals who voluntarily participated in the polygraph tests. Participation was not mandatory; but said a few to us, it was strongly suggested to be better for their futures at the resort. We will reach out again to Mr. Hector. Meanwhile, in the TCI it is not illegal to quiz workers using a polygraph; the information gathered though we understand would not be admissible in a court of law. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beaches resort and spa, polygraph, stephen hector Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Recommended for you PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beacheslast_img read more

Bahamas Police thankful to public for big crime arrests

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 19, 2017 – Nassau – Eight murder suspects will soon be arraigned ion court and a Police report reveals that two of those suspects were due to go to court for the December 10th killing of a man at a construction site on Shirley Street in Nassau since Monday.    Another accused will be arraigned for the Fox Hill murder of a man on Romer Street on October 12 and three more men, will face armed robbery charges.The three males, say Police, will be charged formally with possession of firearm with the intent to endanger life for a matter from December 11, 2017.    The Royal Bahamas Police is thanking the public for help in these investigations.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasPolicesaysthankyoutopublic Related Items:#BahamasPolicesaysthankyoutopublic, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Davie Police Department swears in new chief

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Davie Police Department now officially has a Chief of Police.The appointment of Dale Engle as Davie Police Chief was announced at the Town Council Meeting on Wednesday.“Chief Engle has proven to be compassionate, trustworthy, knowledgeable of police operations and genuinely shows interest in others. He is receptive to ideas, approachable, friendly, motivational and has an uncanny ability as a decision maker among his other traits,” Davie Town Administrator Richard Lemack said.Engle was sworn in by Davie Mayor Judy Paul.He had been serving as the acting Chief of Police since January and has been a part of the Davie Police Department for over 20 years.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Jaipal Reddy had strong bond with Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: Congress Senior leader and former Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy has a very long association and strong bond with Vijayawada city and he contributed vastly for the development of the city particularly the infrastructure facilities like Vijayawada Bypass, JNNURM housing and underground drainage project. The senior politician breathed his last in Hyderabad while undergoing treatment. Politicians and citizens of the city are recollecting their association with Jaipal Reddy with the city. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Jaipal Reddy had visited Vijayawada when he was the Union Minister for Urban development 10 years ago and personally visited the houses constructed in YSR Jakkampudi colony. He sanctioned 27,000 houses to poor under the housing project in Vijayawada city. The Central and State governments and Vijayawada Municipal Corporation jointly constructed thousands of houses in Jakkampudi, Vambay Colony, Ajit Singh Nagar, Gunadala and other areas under the JNNURM scheme. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Vijayawada Central MLA Malladi Vishnu said Jaipal Reddy had responded immediately and sanctioned bypass road for Vijayawada when the local leaders informed him that the city needs it. When Jaipal Reddy came to Vijayawada as Union Minister, we informed him on the need for bypass road and he immediately responded positively and sanctioned the road and Rs 70 crore funds for the same, said Vishnu. Advertise With Us He added the former Union Minister had also sanctioned 27,000 houses for the poor to Vijayawada city but the civic body could not get the land for construction of houses. Syed Rafi, who is the staunch follower and admirer of Jaipal Reddy for the last 40 years, expressed his grief over the sudden demise of Jaipal Reddy. He left for Hyderabad to attend the funeral. Rafi said that Jaipal Reddy was his mentor and the senior politician had always called him whenever he visits Vijayawada. “I have strong association with Jaipal Reddy for 40-long years and he was a scholar and a great person,” he added. He said Jaipal Reddy has strong bond with Vijayawada and used to visit the city frequently to participate in the meetings and other main events.last_img read more

Market on tenterhooks as Sitharaman begins speech presenting Union Budget 2019

first_imgThe market is on tenterhooks as Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents her maiden and Modi 2.0’s first budget in the Lok Sabha.The market has remained uncertain ahead of the details of Union Budget 2019 being present by first-time Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with 26 of the bellwether scrips making up National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty 50 declining in early trade and 24 shares advancing. Sectoral indices of banks, auto, FMCG, auto, and realty pushed ahead while IT, media, metal, and pharma indices declined. Volatility index India VIX rose indicating the market’s expectation of higher volatility through the week. Nifty was trading at 11,950 points in early trade while Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) benchmark Sensex was at 39,950 points, both trading flat.The budget is considered extremely important this year as the first one of Modi 2.0 and being presented amid a slowdown both domestic and global. The pressure on the government to meet some of the pre-poll promises could become evident now that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is back in power with an emphatic verdict. A budget without alluding to the promises could galvanise the divided opposition. However, the government would have to balance it against the reform aspirations of India Inc. Being the first budget after the general election, the government is expected to have some leeway for hardcore reforms, but may not have had much time to reflect on them after the interim budget. Private equity group CLSA expects Nifty to be at 12,500 by the end of 2019, the Moneycontrol website reports citing CNBC-TV18 report.The government will strive to strike a tight balance between growth and fiscal discipline, the report quotes Adrian Mowat as saying. He expected the first budget after a general election to exhibit tight fiscal discipline because the political cost is the lowest. The markets have remained tentative trading sideways while Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the first Union Budget 2019 of Modi 2.0.Zerodha KiteAccording to the Lok Sabha’s List of Business for the day, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget and then lay on the Table the statements on medium-term fiscal policy cum fiscal policy strategy and macro-economic framework. She will then move The Finance (No.2) Bill, 2019. The Lower House is expected to be adjourned until Monday (July 8) after these proceedings.The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) have sought and expect some incentives such as an option to issue tax-free bonds as well as the creation of a separate financing body to provide cheaper loans to telecom operators, a report in Mint said. The telco lobby group has also sought access to long term, low-cost debt for infrastructure projects to be provided by Infrastructure Debt Funds. It has sought abolition of customs duty on the 4G/5G related network products such as soft switches and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment until domestic production catches up with global standards.last_img read more

3 dozens Facebook Twitter IDs sued

first_img.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said tough actions would be taken against the perpetrators who misused social media, including Facebook, to spread rumours to instigate violence in the name of movement for quota reforms in government jobs.”We must find out those culprits who spread rumours through the social media to instigate destructive and subversive acts in the name of quota reform movement across the country,” BSS quoted the home minister as saying.Necessary instructions have already been given to the police to find out the culprits and file cases under relevant sections of the law to stop recurrence of such activities, he added.Talking to BSS, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) deputy commissioner Md Alimuzzaman, who is in charge of Social Media Monitoring and Cyber Security Division, said investigation is underway to find out those Facebook accounts and groups, Youtube videos and other posts in different social media involved in spreading propaganda to create an unstable situation in the name of waging movement for quota reform in government jobs.”Perpetrators must be brought to justice to avert recurrence of such violent acts by spreading propaganda in social media,” he said.Meanwhile, DMP’s Cyber Security and Crime Division has filed a case with Ramna police station against about three dozens of Facebook and Twitter IDs, blogs and online domains involved in spreading rumours to instigate the students who were demanding reformation of the quota system.Sub-Inspector (SI) Sajibuzzaman of the division has already been appointed as the investigation officer (IO) of the case.In the four days of movement in different educational institutions, including Dhaka University, were agog with rumours of darkest kind, drawing the students of residential halls to take to the streets and flaring up the anti-government sentiments.All such sensitive rumours were emanated at the dead of the night mostly when the students went back to their halls while the most spectacular one hit the very first day: A Dhaka University student demonstrating for quota reform was shot by police and then succumbed to his injuries.It was later learnt that for spreading those fake stories, Facebook pages including ‘Zakir’s BCS specials’, ‘Troll Du’ and ‘Quota Songskar Chai’ were used.On the other hand, among the pages and news portals that already earned the notoriety for being run by Shibir activists like ‘Basherkella’ has also been found to be very much active and at the forefront to instigate the general students.One popular page among the BCS job-seekers, Zakir’s BCS Special, posted “AB Siddiq, a third year Dhaka University student, has breathed his last at a hospital suffering from bullet injuries”.More strikingly, to make it more authentic, this post was attributed to a private TV channel.Soon after the announcement was made, this fake story went like wild fire, fuelled a sense of disgust among the dormitory students.On impact, female students broke the gates of the dormitories and came out to the streets while in male dormitories, residents in their hundreds streamed in too, chanting slogans in demand of punishment for the “killing of the student.”Moments later, it was unearthed that AB Siddiq is alive and he sustained minor injuries while participating in the protest.From his Facebook account, he posted that he could not communicate with others as his cell phone was shut as its battery exhausted. Siddiq also mentioned that he sustained some minor injuries in his forehead.On Monday night, another rumour spread that Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) DU hall unit leaders are assaulting the general students for taking part in the movement.Again, in the wee hours on Monday, those pages put another post “The Sufia Kamal Hall BCL unit president has cut tendons of a resident of that hall for her involvement in this quota movement.”At around 3:00am on that day, another post appeared in Basherkella, that “DU Zia Hall unit president is leading a band of unruly activists in front of the hall to launch an assault on the general students.”Armed with weapons, BCL activists riding around 100 bikes are coming to TSC to swoop on the agitators” read another post.last_img read more

Netanyahus wife charged with fraud

first_imgIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu wave during a visit with Indian Prime Minister Nerendra Modi to the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad on 17 JanuaryIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara was charged Thursday with fraud and breach of trust after a lengthy probe into allegations she misused state funds to claim for delivery meals costing $100,000.The move represents the latest legal headache for Netanyahu and his family, as the authorities investigate the combative leader over allegations of corruption in a string of eye-catching cases.The justice ministry announced that “the Jerusalem district prosecutor… filed charges against the prime minister’s wife”.The ministry said Sara Netanyahu, who turns 60 in November, was accused of falsely declaring there were no cooks available at the premier’s official residence and ordering “hundreds of meals from outside caterers at public expense”.From 2010 to 2013 Netanyahu, her family and guests received “fraudulently from the state hundreds of prepared meals (each including a number of courses) to the value of 359,000 shekels ($99,700)”, the indictment read.Netanyahu, a high-profile presence at her husband’s side throughout his lengthy time at the helm, has denied any wrongdoing.Her lawyers, in a statement, dismissed the charges as “delusional” and pointed out that she herself had not ordered the meals, many of which were for official guests and in some cases for residence staff.According to the charge sheet, the meals were ordered from a variety of well-known Jerusalem establishments, including an Italian restaurant, a Middle Eastern grill joint and a sushi establishment.The trial, which could run for months, is to be held in the Jerusalem magistrates court, with the prosecution requesting a panel of three judges due to the “public sensitivity” of the case.Husband’s legal woesThe legal woes come as Netanyahu’s husband himself is under the microscope on suspicion of a series of corruption offences.In one case, the prime minister and his family are suspected of receiving one million shekels worth of luxury cigars, champagne and jewellery from wealthy individuals in exchange for financial or personal favours.In another case, investigators suspect the premier of trying to reach an agreement with the owner of Yediot Aharonot, a top Israeli newspaper, for more favourable coverage.Netanyahu has protested his innocence and vowed to remain in power, saying he is the victim of a “witch-hunt”.He also faces suspicions of government favours that allegedly saw regulatory breaks go to Israel’s largest telecom firm Bezeq, in return for favourable coverage of him and his wife by a news website.He was questioned last week as a witness in a probe of alleged corruption over the state purchase of three German submarines.He is not considered a suspect, but some of his close associates have been questioned several times.The case centres on alleged graft surrounding Germany’s sale to Israel of three submarines manufactured by industrial giant ThyssenKrupp.Despite his troubles, opinion polls suggest Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party would remain the largest in parliament if elections scheduled for November 2019 were held now.last_img read more

11 Female Spy Comics You Should Read

first_imgStay on target ‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast UniverseDamon Lindelof Starts Beef With Alan Moore Ahead of HBO’s ‘Watch… Lady spies are the best spies. They not only know how to slip underneath anybody’s radar but in their agency or hidden organization grow to develop many different skills. In comics, we are #blessed to have so many different spies at our disposal. These aren’t all the spies that comics have to offer, but these are some of our favorite lady spies in comics. Here’s a chance to deep dive into the hidden lives of these women. To learn their secrets and explore just what makes them tick throughout their panels.VELVETvia ImageIf there’s one spy that immediately made me want to make this list it had to be Velvet Templeton. Velvet is way more than a secretary to the Director of a spy agency. She’s also a badass in her own right. Framed for killing Frank Lancaster, a former spy turned trainer and potentially involved in the murder of another agent, X-14. She has to use her skills and deep dark past to get through and figure out the mystery of these deaths and clear her name.Velvet Templeton has nearly photographic memory, markswoman and advanced combat and tactical training. The best part about Velvet is that it was made from the creators of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That gritty, yet gorgeously noir aspect is active within. Ed Brubaker at the helm with writing and Steve Epting with art, Elizabeth Breitweiser on colors and Chris Eliopoulos on letters. Velvet reminds me of if James Bond had died then the original Moneypenny, played by Lois Maxwell, was framed for the deed and broke out her badass skills. Cool, right?!SHARON CARTERvia Marvel ComicsSharon Carter is a woman that has lived so many different lifetimes almost like Maria Hill, but a little less. Carter has also been through a hell of a lot in her comic run (not as much as Black Widow, but apples and oranges, yeah?). We may know Sharon Carter from her own adventures. However, we know Agent Carter from the woman who came before, her aunt, Margaret “Peggy” Carter. Sharon came to love and enjoy hearing about her aunt’s adventure and when she had the chance joined a new division of SHIELD.Sharon knows martial arts, espionage, weapons, and computer AND she knows her hand-to-hand combat. The many faces of Agent Sharon Carter comes in Agent 14, Irma Kruhl, Fraulein Rogers and are just some of her names. She’s impersonated, been killed, infiltrated, became a mercenary, been brainwashed and a whole lot more.MARGARET “PEGGY” CARTERvia Marvel ComicsAh, the stunningly courageous Peggy Carter, also known as Agent 13 and Mademoiselle. I admittedly didn’t know much about Peggy Carter until the equally stunningly brilliant Hayley Atwell shook the world with her portrayal as the war hero. Peggy Carter has lived a long life, one the most of us can’t imagine going through. The longtime love of Captain America, Peggy was born in Richmond, Virginia and joined the French Resistance as a teenager. She rose to ranks as a skilled fighter, but also an incredible and detailed agent.Peggy’s an expert markswoman with proficiency in high powered weapons and has highly advanced combat training. She’s also associated with SHIELD, Avengers Support Crew, OSS, Secret Empire and, of course, the French Resistance. During her time with Captain America, she’s fallen in love, had amnesia, watched him “die,” helped each other win countless wars and more. Peggy’s always been a force to be reckoned with. Sadly, Peggy’s tragic death both onscreen and in the comics had readers morning and memorizing over the fantastic life she’s lead. R.I.P Peggy Carter. You badass.MOCKINGBIRDvia Marvel ComicsBarbara “Bobbi” Morse has been one of those intensely cool secret agents that have been hustled about over the years until it took a remarkable team to give her the attention she deserved. Bobbi has many aliases, Barbara Morse-Barton (ex-wife of Clint Barton, yes, Hawkeye) Roberta Morse, Agent 19 and the Huntress. However, everyone knows Bobbi as Mockingbird. Bobbi was apart of West Coast Avengers, Secret Avengers, Night Shift, SHIELD and more. She also has a doctoral degree in Biology and expertise as a gymnast, martial artist, hand to hand combat. She’s also great in espionage and counter techniques as well as a markswoman.As I said before, Mockingbird has had her fair share of writers and artist trying to capture who she is, yet Mockingbird was only a fixture in their missions. It wasn’t until writer Chelsea Cain, and artist Kate Niemczyk took Mockingbird and gave her voice of phenomenal feminism and hilarious spy hijinks. After being cured by the Super Soldier Serum and Infinity Formula, Bobbi has to adjust to a new reality but still manage to do her job. Mockingbird has got to be one of my favorite spies after this run. Cain and Niemczyk give this super spy the story that she deserves, and it was gone WAY too soon.MYSTIQUEvia Marvel ComicsA woman who can transform into anyone makes one hell of a spy and Mystique is that one. Her “real” name is Raven Darkhölme, and her abilities in X-Men have allowed her to get in and out of some tough places and sticky situations. One thing about Mystique is how intriguing she is without an actual past. Don’t get me wrong. Pasts were written for this mutant, but it’s almost refreshing that she doesn’t have a definitive history. You can’t even tell how old she is, which makes her one of the best.She’s notably affiliated with the Brotherhood of Mutants, Freedom Force, The Hand, X-Factor, X-Corps and, of course, X-Men. She carries the mutant abilities of shapeshifting, agility and reflexes, agelessness and accelerated healing. On top of that, she’s HIGHLY intelligent, which helps get in and out those situations. Like Black Widow, you never know where Mystiques loyalties lie. Will she kiss you or kill you? Knowing is probably an adventure onto itself.NANCY DREWvia DynamiteNancy Drew is a detective rather than a spy. In some situations, there isn’t a definitive line of where she places. So, we’re gonna talk about her as if she were a spy. Drew was one of my favorites growing up because of the way she single-handedly went about finding clues, getting cases solved and being a rockstar about it. The female equivalent to the Hardy Boys, she’s gone through some different changes and reincarnations, especially in her long run of book series. However, we’re here to talk about Nancy Drew in comic form, and the best one has to be Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie.This comic, created by Anthony Del Col with Werther Dell’Edera on art, Stefano Simeone for color and letters by Simon Bowland team up to give us a different kind of Nancy Drew. Nancy in this comic is clever as hell. She’s mysterious, beautiful, charming and most of all sly. She knows how to get herself out of some tough spots using only her intellect and putting connections together. This comic also has a fantastic noir substance to it that will knock you out and make you fall in love with Nancy Drew all over again.MARIA HILLvia Marvel ComicsWhere do you even begin with Maria Hill? She’s such a fixture in the Marvel universe, both comics and cinematically. She seems to be the backbone of the team, keeping everything together even when she’s out of her depths. There’s a quiet strength to Maria Hill, which makes her a captivating character and even better spy. Maria Hill grew up in an abusive home with her father being abusive towards her after her mother died at a young age. She joined the Marines when coming of age, but that’s when things started to get interesting. Hill joined SHIELD while still being in the Marines and participated in missions that Nick Fury couldn’t ignore. She rose the ranks slowly, participating in missions, helping Fury and eventually became the director of SHIELD.Maria possesses no superhuman strength. No fast reflexes or anything of that nature, she’s an average human woman who just has espionage training, hand-to-hand combat and weapons training. That’s one of the things that’s great about Maria Hill. Out of some of the women on this list, she’s probably the most normal out of everyone here. Maria rose through the ranks relying on her training and knowledge to get her through. She’s levelheaded and, again, a quiet force inside of SHIELD that’s very much needed.ARIANA VON HOLMBERGvia Oni PressNow for something completely different! I’ve given you a lot of comic spies you may know, but here’s one you may not. I didn’t hear about this comic until I researched this article and its one of the most fashionable, yet entertaining things I’ve read. Frenemy of the State is written by Rashida Jones (yes, THAT Rashida Jones), Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilipis with art by Jeff Wamester and colors by Rob Ruffolo and letters by Douglas E. Sherwood. This comic tells the story of Ariana Von Holmberg, who is an heiress with a secret side gig as a spy. Wait, before you write it off, it’s honestly pretty amazing.Ariana is a captivating, yet slightly selfish and empathetic character that slowly grows on you as you read. She’s balancing her societal woes with spy accomplishments, and even though that sounds like first world problems, it’s riveting to see. Ariana is associated with the CIA, trained in combat, hand-to-hand, weapons (kinda) and using her femininity to get her out of some tough spots. She’s also smart on her own as well. She has computer hacking skills that she’s developing with gymnastics and martial art training. This comic is almost like Gossip Girl meets Homeland, if you’d like a reason why you should pick it up. Once you get to issue three of this five-issue comic, you realize you’re already invested in her story.JOSIE SCHULLER (LADYKILLER)via Dark HorseThis is another one that isn’t exactly a spy, but I think we can make some exception because of the epicness involved. Josie Schuller is one of my all-time favorite comic book characters. I’m obsessed with 1950s styled eras. Joelle Jones, creator, and artist, serves this to us in bloody form with Lady Killer. Josie Schuller moonlights her day as a typical housewife to a wonderful husband and two kids. She balances this act out with her job as a killer, like legit stab you in the neck type killer. Josie is ruthless, sympathetic, humble and perfect from head to toe. Even when she’s super bloody, you can’t help but swoon.I include her in this list of spies because being a housewife and a killer is quite a balancing act. Not only do you have to live a life that you love, but you also have to live another life that you like…. while killing people. She’s geared with the ability to use anything around her as a weapon, hand-to-hand, a bit of combat and more. She’s the woman that can take anything and use it to her advantage. I can go forever about this comic because I can’t praise this comic enough. If you’re looking for Mad Men (AMC) meets American Psycho vibes, you need to check out Lady Killer.VALENTINA ALLEGRA DE FONTAINEvia Marvel ComicsThis lady is a bit of a troublemaker in the lives of men and SHIELD alike, but you must love her for it. There isn’t much back history for Valentina, but her past in SHIELD is well documented for all to see. Nick Fury recruited Valentina after hand-to-hand combat with her, placing her among his top agents. The two started a relationship throughout her run. They carried a super on and off the relationship. Both parties had different affairs (he was still with Laura Brown) and tried to make each other jealous (she flirted with Captain America while Sharon Carter was RIGHT THERE). It was a bit petty on both of their parts, but everyone came out as friends… kind of.She has been associated with Leviathan, Hydra’s High Council, CIA and disbanded (and pretty cool sounding) Femme Force. One of the coolest pieces of her history is when she joined Hydra, becoming Madame Hydra before being found out in her Dark Regin arc. Valentina is skilled in being a masterful and slick player of men, but also an expert strategist, hand-to-hand and marksmanship. She doesn’t rely on the superhuman strength of being a superhero. Valentina is one of those femme fetales that comics really need to explore more of.BLACK WIDOWvia Marvel ComicsWe all knew the ultimate babely spy was going to be on this list. When you think of the ultimate super spy for Marvel, your mind immediately goes to Natasha Romanova aka Black Widow. Natasha has gone through a couple of backstories, but her retconned backstory has her trained in the “Black Widow Ops” from a young girl. She was brainwashed and trained in the “Red Room” a room that not only used to train the girls but to enhance them as well. Natasha trained with Winter Soldier (aka Bucky Barnes) who was a trainer for the male equivalent Wolf Spider program.In her creation, she’s worked and affiliated with many spy agencies including SHIELD, Avengers, Champions, Heroes for Hire and many more. She’s an expert marksman, tactician, martial artist, master of weapons and has an enhanced immune system. The fun thing about Natasha is that you never know where her loyalty lies, which makes her a multi-fascinated character that no one can hold down. Scarlett Johansson is currently SLAYING the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her portrayal as Black Widow. Here’s still hoping we get that solo movie.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Carestream Introduces Wireless TabletBased DR Converter

first_img Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | October 18, 2017 Carestream Introduces Wireless Tablet-Based DR Converter New wireless tablet control creates flexibility, savings when converting from CR to DR Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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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This system equips facilities to convert room-based or mobile imaging systems to DR through use of a wireless tablet PC that gives users complete control of the X-ray system and displays diagnostic images as they are acquired.Control from the wireless tablet eliminates the need to interface with a generator and use a cable connection, which delivers high flexibility and saves both time and money. An access point in the detector communicates with the access point in the tablet to create a flexible solution that enhances workflow.This new system is available in the United States, Canada, Europe and selected countries around the world. It will be displayed at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago.This system uses a virtual access point in the DRX detector to manage image capture and display images on the tablet. The tablet PC is self-powered and rechargeable. It has a 12-inch touch screen and weighs just 3.6 pounds.See what products vendors plan to display at RSNA 2017 on ITN’s RSNA FastPass microsite at www.rsnafastpass.com. Click on the top dropdown menu to choose products by modality.For more information: www.carestream.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read morelast_img read more