Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsigns. Local Area Office: 902-456-8933 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Burnside Drive Bridge on Highway 111 will be reduced to one lanefor water blasting of bottom of girders until Friday, Jan. 14. Traffic control consists of signs, flashing lights and barrels.Work takes place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Work will continue on the Sydney River Bridge until Monday, Jan. Crews will mostly work on the shoulder of the road but motorists may experience minor delays. Traffic control will consist of signs and cones. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 DIGBY COUNTY: Gates Bridge Gates Bridge, near the intersection of Sissiboo Road and GatesLane, will have a 10-tonne weight restriction until bridgerepairs are completed. Heavy vehicles are advised to use Trunk 1 and cross the SissibooRiver at Weymouth. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project betweenExit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Motorists crossing Highway 103 on Trunk 3, and on Route 213,Hammonds Plains Road, must detour over temporary structures. Minor blasting may occur near exits 4 and 5 between 9 a.m. and3:30 p.m. until Friday, Jan. 14. Efforts will be made to minimizedelays at peak travelling times. Work in the area is expected to continue until the end ofJanuary.center_img Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Coxheath Road Work will continue on the interchange ramps on Coxheath Road until June. Traffic control persons will be in place. A detour is availableon Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detouris available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Carl’s Lake Bridge Carl’s Lake Bridge on Merland Church Road, Merland, is closed toall traffic until further notice for repairs. A detour is available on Monastery Road to Trunk 4 in Monastery.Traffic control consists of signs. -30-last_img read more

UNICEF UK Pays Tribute To Richard Attenborough

first_imgUNICEF UK is today mourning the death of Goodwill Ambassador Lord Richard Attenborough, who has died at the age of 90.The much-honoured socially conscious actor, producer and director, Lord Richard Attenborough, was named Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF on 27 October 1987.His appointment followed a long acquaintance with UNICEF’s field programmes and field staff, built during the filming of projects such as ‘Gandhi’ in India and ‘Cry Freedom’ in Zimbabwe. He later went on to support benefit premieres of both ‘Gandhi’ and ‘Cry Freedom’, raising over US$1 million for UNICEF-supported programmes.In his role as a Goodwill Ambassador Lord Attenborough visited UNICEF projects across the world, including trips to Thailand, Kenya, South Africa and Swaziland. While in these countries he witnessed first-hand the full scope of UNICEF’s programmes and met with Heads of State and Government and senior ministers to discuss the concerns of the children he had encountered and been impassioned by.In April 2000, he went on a mission to Mozambique to see the devastation left by the country’s worst floods in half a century. Following the trip Lord Attenborough set up a joint appeal with The Observer and UNICEF to get additional assistance to the Mozambicans. In 2007 Lord Attenborough also pledged his full support to UNICEF’s ‘Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS’ campaign.Lord Puttnam, UNICEF UK Ambassador and long time friend of Lord Attenborough, said: “Richard was an incredibly kind, generous and magnificently warm man whose strong social conscience was borne out in everything he did – from his films such as Gandhi, to his remarkable dedication and commitment to children across the world in his role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Throughout his years as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, Richard was an immensely powerful advocate for children’s issues. Through his creativity, integrity and passion he supported advocacy and fundraising initiatives, delivering amazing impact and transforming children’s lives the world over. I will miss him greatly. UNICEF will miss him greatly. Today we are all the poorer for his passing but there are thousands upon thousands of children the world over whose lives have been enriched by his living and we celebrate and are grateful for Richard’s life, his friendship and his support of UNICEF.”Born in Cambridge, United Kingdom, on 29 August 1923, Lord Attenborough, the son of a university principal, spent his childhood in Leicester. He left home at age 17 to take up a Leverhulme scholarship at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and went on to have enormous success with parallel careers in both acting and directing. He directed the movie Gandhi which won eight Oscars in 1982. Lord Attenborough was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1976 and became Lord Richard Attenborough after he was granted a life peerage in 1993.UNICEF UK President Lord Ashdown said: “Today we mourn the loss of a much-loved and respected member of the UNICEF family. Lord Attenborough was a giant of a man with the gentlest of manners whose support of UNICEF’s work for children was unwavering and inspiring. In his role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador he raised millions of pounds and spoke up for children across the world who are not able to speak out or be heard on their own. He turned the volume up, and focused our attention, on some of the biggest challenges facing children around the world. UNICEF is greatly indebted to Lord Attenborough for his dedication and commitment to our work.”Lord Ashdown extends the greatest sympathy of everyone at UNICEF UK to Lord Attenborough’s family at this sad time.last_img read more

A Moroccan Hacks a Bank in Netherlands

Rabat – A Moroccan is accused of hacking a bank affiliated to a Moroccan bank.The Moroccan resident in the Netherlands along with five other individuals living in Casablanca have allegedly defrauded 100,000 Euros, the equivalent of approximately MAD 1 million.The scammer shared the money with his mother, two brothers, and three students by transferring money to them in Morocco. The hacked bank immediately alerted its headquarters in Morocco, which then filed a complaint against them to the police Moroccan authorities arrested the three students and two brothers who had received the funds.One student had to pay a MAD 270.000 fine in exchange of his release, while the others remain detained. Meanwhile, the Moroccan resident in the Netherlands is still on the run. An arrest warrant has been issued against him. read more

New initiative to provide immediate communications for emergency UN missions

“Rapid communications saves lives,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said of the initiative announced by the UN Foundation and the Vodafone Group Foundation (VGF). “There is an urgent need for food, water, shelter, protection and medical help in emergencies. None of these things are possible without quick and reliable communications.”Under the plan the Foundation and VGF will provide some $2 million over five years to Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), a non-governmental organization (NGO) equipped to deploy rapid response telecom teams within 48 hours of a disaster anywhere in the world in coordination with UNICEF and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“As demonstrated recently in Suriname and Indonesia, this programme will provide reliable telecom services so responders can more effectively do their jobs and save lives in the first days of an emergency,” UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland said. “This is the kind of successful public-private partnership we need as we confront increasingly challenging emergencies around the world.” Through the Rapid Response Communications Centre, up to four TSF teams will deploy with the UN to natural disasters and humanitarian crises anywhere in the world.These teams will be among the first to drop into emergency areas and will rapidly establish emergency telecommunication centres that provide UN, NGO and government responders with reliable voice, Internet, fax, and video connections using satellite, WiFi, and GSM equipment. Relief workers rely on these centres for response and relief assessment, logistics, and coordination. “Vodafone is committed to changing lives in communities across the world,” VGF Director Andrew Dunnett said. “We look forward to its transforming effect and the tangible benefits it will bring to some of the most needy and desperate situations on earth”. UN Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth highlighted the plan as a perfect example of how the Foundation can foster public-private partnerships. “This initiative offers the UN the ability to respond quickly to humanitarian needs in a smart, cost-effective way,” he said. TSF President Jean-François Cazenave stressed how new technologies, miniaturization of components and the increasing development of satellite networks enable highly mobile teams to respond to emergency communication needs “in all circumstances, anywhere in the world.” Teams funded by the Foundation and VGF have already deployed four times to assist the UN this year: in May after torrential flooding in Suriname, in June after a massive earthquake in Indonesia and twice in August, to support the UN humanitarian mission in Lebanon and to re-establish telecom services in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).The Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. It builds and implements public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and also works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. VGF was created by Vodafone in 2001 to support charitable and community work by all Vodafone companies and their foundations, as well as funding selected charitable global initiatives directly. read more

US businesses increase inventories by a modest 03 per cent

US businesses increase inventories by a modest 0.3 per cent by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 14, 2017 8:06 am MDT Last Updated Apr 14, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in February by a modest amount while their sales slowed a bit.Business inventories rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.3 per cent in February after an identical increase in January, the Commerce Department said Friday. And sales rose 0.2 per cent in February after a slightly faster 0.3 per cent increase in January.An effort by businesses to rebuild their stockpiles had added a full percentage point to economic growth in the October-December quarter, a period when the economy grew by a tepid 2.1 per cent, as measured by the gross domestic product.But many analysts say they believe growth slowed in the January-March quarter, in part because they think inventories subtracted from overall economic activity. Economists at JPMorgan Chase are forecasting annual GDP growth of just 1 per cent in the first quarter.Businesses spent much of last year working to reduce an overhang of unsold goods, a process that imposed a drag on growth. But economists say that process is nearing an end and the absence of a drag from inventory reductions should mean stronger growth later in 2017.For February, stockpiles held by manufacturers rose 0.2 per cent. They increased 0.4 per cent at the wholesale level and 0.3 per cent at retailers. read more

WatsonMarlow pumps help deliver flotation efficiency at British Fluorspar

first_imgIn early 2013, Watson-Marlow Pumps Group supplied 21 positive displacement pumps to British Fluorspar, the UK’s sole fluorspar producer located in Derbyshire. The pumps, which include 12 of the latest Qdos no-valve metering pumps, are all working on chemical dosing in the flotation banks at the company’s Peak District facility. The mine reopened in May 2012 following closure 18 months beforehand. With the help of Watson-Marlow pump technology, the site produces some 60,000 t/y of acid grade fluorspar.The company today comprises an underground operation at Milldam mine, open pit extraction at Tearsall quarry, and processing operations at Cavendish mill. When the site was re-opened in 2012, British Fluorspar was looking to source new pumps that represented the latest technology – efficient, reliable, precise, low maintenance, clean and user-friendly – and was advised to consider peristaltic pump technology. “We knew about the peristaltic concept but in all honesty never had the financial backing to make the change,” the mining company states. “However, with the new investment we were able to take a look at the market and soon realised that Watson-Marlow were the people to approach.”Following consultation, Watson-Marlow recommended 12 Qdos 30 universal pumps offering flow rates from 0.1 to 500 ml/min at 7 bar; eight 520UN/REL process pumps providing flow rates up to 3,550 ml/min ; and a single 620UN/RE with flow rate from 0.004 to 18 litre/min. Regarding the latter, a probe is used to control the dosing in line with pH fluctuations. All of the pumps offer IP66 protection and NEMA 4X classification. This is a marked contrast from the equipment used prior to the site’s reopening – which relied on a bucket and wheel feeder/proportioner. The emphasis on the Qdos 30 range reflects a design which is aimed specifically at chemical metering. These high performance pumps accurately dose chemicals without the need for any valves or ancillary equipment, keeping costs to an absolute minimum – in fact, the total cost of ownership is less than that of a typical solenoid or stepper-driven diaphragm pump.All 21 Watson-Marlow pumps have been deployed successfully in the flotation process at British Fluorspar. Reagents are pumped up from mixing tanks into the head tank, from where they follow plastic pipes down into flotation. Among the chemical reagents handled by the pumps include methyl isobutyl carbinol, sodium isopropyl xanthate, sodium carbonate, sodium sulphide, caustic soda pearl and sodium silicate. In total, British Fluorspar produces 60,000 t/y of fluorite ore, which is extracted from 300,000 t of ROM material. Limestone is a byproduct of the process and sold in its own right.last_img read more

House Chairman Releases Tax Bill with Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension

first_imgThis week, House Way & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), released a tax bill to provide technical corrections to certain comprehensive tax reform provisions enacted last year and to also extend several expired tax credits, including a multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit. The proposal would keep the biodiesel credit at its current rate of $1 per gallon for 2018 through 2021 and gradually reduce it through 2024 at the following rates: 2018 – 2021$1.00 2022$0.75 2023$0.50center_img 2024$0.33 This is a significant development on the biodiesel tax credit and the multi-year extension, which ASA supports, would provide long-sought certainty and stability for the biodiesel market. We need your help urging Members of Congress to enact this biodiesel tax credit extension in 2018.Please contact your U.S. Representatives and Senators and urge them to support the biodiesel tax credit extension during the lame duck session.last_img read more

UniVista Insurance offering 1 gas for limited time at Hialeah gas station

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Cheap gas in South Florida is hard to find, but UniVista Insurance is offering 99-cent gas for a limited time at a Hialeah gas station.On Tuesday, a Marathon gas station on 1598 W. 68th St. will be offering the $1 per gallon gas from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., thanks to UniVista Insurance.Commuters taking advantage of this cheap deal will only be allowed a 10-gallon limit per vehicle.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

North Korea tests new multiple rocket launcher

first_imgPyongyang: North Korea successfully tested a newly developed “super-large multiple rocket launcher” under the guidance of leader Kim Jong Un, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday. The Japanese and South Korean governments said Saturday that North Korea had earlier that day fired two projectiles believed to be short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, in Pyongyang’s seventh round of such launches since July 25. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The missile firings came a day after South Korea formally informed Japan of its decision to scrap a bilateral military intelligence-sharing pact, fanning concern that trilateral security cooperation with the United States would weaken in future. Kim emphasized the need to “continue to step up the development of Korean-style strategic and tactical weapons for resolutely frustrating the ever-mounting military threats and pressure offensive of the hostile forces,” the news agency reported. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, ran photos of the rocket launcher in its Sunday edition. Recently, North Korea has repeatedly launched new weapons, including what appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles, off its east coast, in protest against the U.S.-South Korea joint military exercise that took place from Aug. 5 through last Tuesday. Advertise With Us Pyongyang has denounced such drills as rehearsals for an invasion. Saturday’s missile launch was the first since the joint military exercise ended. The missiles, fired from Sondok in North Korea’s South Hamgyong Province on Saturday morning, flew 350 to 400 kilometers, according to Tokyo and Seoul. U.N. Security Council resolutions have banned North Korea from using ballistic technology.last_img read more

Deutsche Bank Credit Suisse settle multibillion dollar lawsuits over US mortgage probe

first_imgA Deutsche Bank logo adorns a wall at the company’s headquarters in Frankfurt, GermanyReutersDeutsche Bank AG said on Friday that it agreed to pay $7.2 billion — $3.1 billion in penalty and $4.1 billion in consumer relief — to settle a years-long mortgage-backed securities claims with the US Justice Department.The settlement was reached after months of negotiation between the bank and the US administration, which had earlier asked the German bank to pay $14 billion total to resolve the issues. Deutsche Bank settles with the DoJ over subprime related casesReutersThe charges against the bank relate to several claims filed by individuals, companies and regulators in the aftermath of the 2008 subprime crisis alleging that Deutsche Bank wrongly sold subprime loans and manipulated foreign exchange rates or gold and silver prices. In addition, the bank also faced lawsuits over rigging benchmarks Libor and Euribor rates to set the price of mortgages and derivatives.In 2013, the bank had agreed to pay $1.9 billion to settle all allegations that it defrauded US government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — America’s biggest providers of housing finance — into buying $14.2 billion in mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis.As the earning season is set to start in a week’s time in January, Deutsche Bank is expected to take a roughly $1.17 billion in pre-tax charges this quarter as a result of the penalty of $3.1 billion. The bank said any impact of what it would pay in consumer relief may be less immediate and could lead to less solid consequences because $4.1 billion is to be paid out over at least five years.In a separate announcement on Friday, Credit Suisse Group AG said it also resolved a related probe with the US Justice Department for $5.28 billion. The Swiss bank will pay a $2.48 billion civil penalty and $2.8 billion in relief for homeowners and communities hit by the collapse in home prices after the 2008 financial crisis.The lender will take a pre-tax charge of about $2 billion in addition to its existing reserves during the fourth quarter.According to the Wall Street Journal, “the dramatic back-to-back announcements show the urgency among senior Obama appointees in the Justice Department to resolve the outstanding probes of pre-crisis conduct at major banks before those officials leave office in mid-January. Part of the rush stems from a great deal of uncertainty about how a Trump administration might pursue, settle or drop the remaining probes, according to people familiar with the discussions.”last_img read more

How will Supreme Courts ban on sale of BSIII vehicles affect automobile industry

first_imgThe Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday banned the registration and sale of Bharat Stage-III (BS-III) vehicles from April 1, ruling in favour of a plea by the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA).The apex court has ruled that the health of millions of people cannot be put to risk because of commercial interest. It came in response to a plea by the EPCA, which demanded that only BS-IV vehicles be sold in the market to check pollution in the country.Also read: Ford pips Hyundai, Maruti Suzuki to emerge as largest car exporter in FebruaryThe SC’s order, banning the registration and sale of BS-III vehicles, is expected to affect the automobile industry in a big way, putting the fate of about 8.2 lakh vehicles – two and three-wheelers, cars, buses, etc. – on the edge. Many automobile manufacturers will incur huge losses from the new move, and the collective loss from the industry could cross Rs 12,000 crore.The Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA), the apex body of automobile dealers, had earlier asked automobile manufacturers to take back the unsold BS-III vehicles in case the SC rules against its sales.The central government had also come out in support of the automobile manufacturers after the SC set the March 31 deadline ahead of the ruling on Wednesday, arguing that the deadline was meant for manufacturing and not for registration or sale when the upgrade from BS-II to BS-III happened in the past. The apex court said last week that it is not fair to allow lakhs of BS-III vehicles that are in stock to pollute the environment after the government had spent crores of rupees to upgrade technology to produce BS-IV fuel.last_img read more

Chittagong road crash kills 3

first_imgAt least three people were killed and two others injured in a head-on a collision between a truck and a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in Baluchora area of Chittagong city early Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased could not be identified immediately.Nurul Islam, sub-inspector of Bayezid Bostami police station, said that the accident took place when the truck hit the auto-rickshaw on Chittagong-Hathazari road around 12:45am, leaving three auto-rickshaw passengers dead on the spot and two others critically injured.The injured were admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

BNP mourns Zayans death

first_imgBNP on Wednesday expressed deep shock at the death of Zayan Chowdhury, grandson of Awami League presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, in a terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Sunday, reports UNB.”The killing of Zayan Chowdhury in a bomb attack in Sri Lanka is a very tragic incident. We express profound shock over his death,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.He also prayed for salvation of Zayan’s departed soul and conveyed their party’s sympathy to the bereaved family members.The BNP leader also wished early recovery of Zayan’s father who sustained serious injuries in the attack.”Our party has already condemned the terror attack in Sri Lanka and expressed shock over the killing of huge number of people. This attack in Sri Lanka is a terrible crime against humanity.”Meanwhile, the mortal remains of eight-year old Zayan Chowdhury, one of the victims of Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, brought in here on Wednesday afternoon.Zayan and more than 358 other people were killed in blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. He had gone there with his family on a vacation.His father Mashiul Haque Chowdhury, injured in the blast, was admitted to a hospital there.last_img read more

3D printed record sort of plays Still Alive

first_imgWe all know the wonderful thing that can be done — and will be able to be done — with 3D printers. You can make yourself a great coat hanger, a killer companion cube, or even the parts for another 3D printer. That said, today there are still limitations on what one can do with extruded plastic. One brilliant project that immediately grabbed my attention was an attempt to print a record that works with the Fisher Price toy record player. If you’ve never seen one of these, it’s a children’s wind-up toy that plays music off plastic discs. The clever part is that the records have these tabs in the tracks that push the “needle” and make sounds. It’s not entirely different then how a real record player works, but obviously it’s greatly simplified and there are limited number of tones can be made. The end result is something like the cross between a player piano and a sanza… but for kids. In the video above you can see a Fisher Price record player in action, except that it’s playing custom-pressed (well, printed) record. And the music? It’s Jonathan Coulton’s “Still Alive”, of Portal fame. Don’t feel bad if you can’t pick out the track — the record player doesn’t exactly pull it off, but after the arm is pressed down you can hear it more clearly. The record was designed in Processing, although attempts were also made in Blender, Autodesk 123D, and Solidworks design programs. The designer has a full explanation of just how difficult this all was on Shapeways, where he is selling copies for $41.87. In his post Christopher Lynas doesn’t admit defeat, though it’s clear that the Fisher Price player has its problems and he is clearly working with some outdated hardware. For example it needs a quarter (or maybe a stack of quarters) on top of the needle and the player can only handle 16 different notes. Also the timing seems a bit off, which could either be an issue with the player or the record design. Either way, it’s a valiant effort and one of the cooler 3D printed things I’ve seen lately. Shapeways, via notcotFor further reading, ExtremeTech has a full explainer on 3D printers.last_img read more

Statues of SD Burman Kishore Kumar to come up at Southern Avenue

first_imgKolkata: Statues of two legendary musical personalities, S D Burman and Kishore Kumar, will be installed on Southern Avenue on October 1.The statues will be installed by Amit Kumar Fan Club. This was announced by Sudipta Chanda, general secretary of the club on the 89th birth anniversary of Kishore Kumar on Saturday.The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has provided a plot where the statues will be installed.Amit Kumar Fan Club has already installed a statue of R D Burman. The statue of the duo will be installed on a plot situated opposite Nazrul Mancha. It is a thematic garden where both the full busts will be installed on October 1 this year. Sculptor Sanjib Kumar Das is giving the final touches to the statues. The place where the statues will be installed is close to South End Park where S D Burman used to live before he moved to Mumbai in the early 1950s. He used to come to Kolkata twice or thrice every year. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe 89th birthday of Kishore Kumar was celebrated with much enthusiasm. A rally was taken out from Salkia to Esplanade by Salkia Kishore Kumar Memorial Cultural Association. The association members demanded that Bharat Ratna be awarded to Kishore Kumar posthumously. People from all walks of life took part in the rally.Laxmi Ratan Shukla uploaded a 13-minute video of Kishore Kumar’s songs sung by him along with Iman Chakraborty and Shovan Ganguly.The statues of Kishore Kumar were garlanded by his fans at Tollygunge and Baisanabghata-Patuli. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChief Minister Mamata Banerjee also remembered the legend and tweeted: “Remembering the legend Kishore Kumar on his birth anniversary.” The state Information and Cultural Affairs department organised a programme at Rabindra Sadan to pay respect to Kishore Kumar and some of his contemporaries including S D Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Hemanta Mukherjee, R D Burman and Mukesh. Indranil Sen, noted singer and the Minister of State, Information and Cultural Affairs, and Vivek Kumar, Principal Secretary of the department also sang a few of Kishore’s timeless classics.last_img read more

Looking Back at the Life of the Worlds Oldest Man

first_imgMasazo Nonaka, the world’s oldest living man, who was born just a few months after Las Vegas was officially founded in May 1905 and just days after Albert Einstein presented his theory of special relativity, passed away on Sunday, January 20th. He was aged 113 years and 179 days, Guinness World Records confirms. Nonaka, Japanese by nationality, was born on July 25, 1905. He received the title of World’s Oldest Living Male in April 2018, at the age of 112 years and 259 days. The previous record holder was Spanish-born Francisco Nuñez Olivera whose death took place in January 2018 at the age of 113.Nonaka was born on July 25, 1905. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUT /Getty ImagesNonaka’s death occurred at his home in Ashoro on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, where he spent most of his life running a hot springs inn he inherited from his family.According to Nonaka’s family members, the supercentenarian died peacefully in his sleep, without “any fuss at all.” “We feel shocked at the loss of this big figure,” his granddaughter Yuko said in a statement.View of Hakkodate cityscape from Mount Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan. This place is famous for its night view, one of the best in Japan.When asked on the secrets of his longevity, Nonaka praised both “soaking in hot springs and eating sweets,” according to the Guinness website. These were some of the activities he liked doing until his final days — he would bathe in the hot water springs at least once a week.He also took the time for reading the newspapers and watching television. Sumo wrestling and samurai dramas are mentioned as his TV time favorites. He particularly liked eating cakes — no mention of fruits and veggies.Famous hot spring in Beppu Oita, Japan. There are eggs cooking in the basket.Though wheelchair-bound, Nonaka more or less carried out his daily pursuits independently. He is said to have enjoyed his advanced age.Nonaka began managing the family-owned business in the period between the two world wars, a duty which has now passed to his granddaughter.He had seven siblings; only one sister and the rest brothers. He outlived most of his close family members, including his spouse of more than six decades, and three of the five children that came with the marriage.Gustav Gerneth, the oldest known living man.According to the Telegraph, “it is understood that Gustav Gerneth of Germany, aged 113 years and 97 days, will now assume the title of the oldest known living man following the death of Mr Nonaka.”However, Japan remains one of the world’s top countries when it comes down to longevity, something to be interpreted both as a blessing and curse.The record holder for the oldest man to have ever lived is Japanese. His name was Jiroemon Kimura, and according to the Guinness database he passed away in the summer of 2013, aged 116 years and 54 days. Another age record breaker at present is also Japanese. Her name is Kane Tanaka and she recently celebrated her 116th birthday.More than that, Japan has a population of nearly 70,000 who are aged 100 or older, with a whopping 88 percent of them being women. The figure has been steadily growing for some five decades now.According to the Guardian, “Japan had just 153 centenarians when records began in 1963, and as recently as 1998 the number stood at just 10,000.” It then jumped to 30,000 in less than 10 years, and close to 68,000 by 2017.More research has linked Japanese longevity to the country’s overall healthy diet, which is low in fats and high in carbohydrates obtained from rice and vegetables.Read another story from us: The Oldest Known Person in America Passes Away at the Age of 114Japan’s population is rapidly ageing due to consistently low birth rates and high rates of longevity. This presents both a societal and economic challenge as the proportion of people of working age continues to shrink.Are there enough Japanese to take care of all the centenarians and supercentenarians who live in the Land of the Rising Sun?last_img read more

How Smartphones Can Make Radiologists Even Smarter

first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Inexpensive Radiology AppsThese tend to be a bit pricey, but not other smartphone apps, which may cost just a few bucks or nothing at all. Many of the best known are available to iPhone users.Diagnostic Radiology (Version 1.3, iTunes) promises a dynamic approach to abdominal radiology. It is described as fully interactive, offering extensively annotated, real clinical datasets that illustrate key concepts in abdominal anatomy and pathology.Radiology Assistant (Version 1.4.3, iTunes; Android Version) has been around for a few years, helping radiologists download reference articles, which it categorizes by anatomy. The files download from the Radiology Assistant website hosted by the Radiological Society of the Netherlands and are stored on the smartphone.Radiology 2.0: One Night in the ED (Version 1.0, iTunes) presents teaching files. The cases support the simulated reading of CT scans at a PACS workstation.Radiopaedia (Version 1.1, iTunes) evolved from a series of Radiopaedia.org teaching files. The app allows users to view hundreds of cases, which they can then attempt to interpret. Each case provides questions, explanatory text, and reference articles.Radiology Toolbox Pro (Version 2.00.02, iTunes) is a collection of charts, diagrams, and calculators used in radiology reading rooms. Its developer, Eric M. Baumel, a practicing radiologist, says the app is designed for everyday use by practitioners in and outside radiology, as well as students.Lung Cancer Screening Guide with Lung-RADS (Version 3.0.2, iTunes) is described as being a simple, intuitive and “uncompromising” tool for streamlining lung screening workflow. It is designed to be an interactive adaptation of guidelines, disseminated by the ACR and the Fleischner Society, that address how to assess and manage radiographically detected pulmonary nodules. Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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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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 Athletes warm up before a workout or game. But how might intellectuals get ready? There may be a way. And it may involve smartphones.Research reported in the January 2015 issue of Current Biology suggested that smartphone use might warm up the cortex, reporting evidence that “an episode of intense (smartphone) use is transiently imprinted on the sensory representation. We propose that cortical sensory processing in the contemporary brain is continuously shaped by the use of personal digital technology,” the researchers concluded.The key to stimulating the cortex — and the beneficial plasticity therein — may be repetitive finger stimulation, which suggests using smartphones may be no better than, say, playing the piano or guitar. It is beyond debate, however, that smartphones can go way beyond tickling ivories or plucking strings, as far as making professionals more effective. And that goes especially for radiologists.Thousands of smartphone applications provide access to clinical references, medical education and decision-making tools. Many have been created specifically for radiologists. Some extend PACS and teleradiology, allowing radiologists to read images on personal digital devices, such as smartphones. Among them are zero-footprint viewers, such as Carestream’s Vue Motion, which uses a Web browser or information embedded in an electronic medical record portal, and ResolutionMD (Calgary Scientific), an enterprise image viewer that securely displays patient images. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Graphic courtesy of Pixabaycenter_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more “Old” School ConnectivityAnd there are other ways that smartphones help radiologists. They can connect radiologists with referring physicians, for example, through e-mail, instant messaging, texts and, of course, the old standby — voice. Immediate availability and impromptu consultations can help radiologists become valued members of patient management teams. Similarly, the repetitive use of smartphones might, as suggested earlier, improve or enhance cortical function.To say that smartphones are the end all and be all of increased perceptual performance, however, clearly would be going too far, at least without including pianos and guitar. It might also be too much to say that smartphones can be leveraged to increase radiologists’ participation on patient management teams.Beyond debate, however, is the widespread use of smartphones in the hands of radiologists and the existence of apps that, at the very least, promise to boost the performance of radiologists. And that’s interesting, in itself.Editor’s note: This is the first blog in a four-part series on Smartphones and Radiology.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | Information Technology| September 07, 2016 How Smartphones Can Make Radiologists Even Smarter Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more last_img read more

Costa Ricas business climate still weak on hiring investment study finds

first_imgBased on second-quarter performance, business owners in Costa Rica are the most pessimistic they’ve been in the past three years, a recent report found.The latest survey by the Costa Rican Chambers Union and Private Business Sector Associations (UCCAEP) shows that 51 percent of employers believe the current business climate in the country is not favorable for short-term investments.Although most private-sector employers said they do not foresee layoffs in coming months, 65 percent said they do not plan to hire more staff, and 61 percent said they would not invest in the next six months.The business sector perception index, which covers April, May and June, is 4.5, the same number as in 2009, a year of global economic crisis.Costa Rican employers mostly blame distrust of the political sector, high electricity rates and recent credit restrictions imposed by the Central Bank for their pessimistic outlook, the study found.UCCAEP has been conducting the business perception survey for 17 years, and this year’s study surveyed some 500 business owners in the Central Valley. Survey results have a margin of error of 5 percent.Similar studies released earlier this year by consulting firm Manpower also anticipated a “modest hiring climate” for this year, with only 23 percent of employers expected to hire more workers in 2013. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica to sell new roya-resistant coffee variety Costa Rica-Peru Free Trade Agreement enters into force Costa Rica selected to host international medical tourism conference Costa Rica evaluates lifting ban on Mexican avocadoslast_img read more

Caliber Funding Vericrest Financial Announce Plan to Combine Operations

first_imgCaliber Funding, Vericrest Financial Announce Plan to Combine Operations Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Vericrest 2013-01-18 Tory Barringer Share January 18, 2013 405 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing “”Caliber Funding””:http://www.caliberfunding.com/ and “”Vericrest Financial””:https://www.vericrestfinancial.com/NoAuth/Default.aspx have agreed to combine their operations to create one full-service, residential mortgage banking organization offering originations and loan servicing solutions, the companies announced.[IMAGE]With their business models aligned as they are, officials for both companies anticipate a seamless integration, creating a stronger foundation for growth. More importantly, the combined organization will be able to offer more extensive services across a wider reach, better serving its customers.””I am thrilled about combining the operations of Vericrest and Caliber to create a full-service mortgage banking organization,”” said Caliber president Jim Ferriter. “”Loan originations and servicing are a natural fit, and we expect the combined company will generate significant revenue opportunities to support continued growth. We are looking forward to working with Vericrest’s talented team of professionals and to building a larger, more diverse organization that offers greater opportunities to our customers, employees and investors.””Vericrest CEO David Schneider agreed, saying, “”Caliber’s innovative lending platform is a perfect complement to our servicing business and will enable us to refinance and retain loans in our loan servicing portfolio, as well as retain servicing rights on the loans Caliber originates.””According to a release from the companies, the combined organization will continue to be owned by and having the capital backing of “”Lone Star Funds””:http://www.lonestarfunds.com/, a Texas-based private equity firm.The combination is expected to close within four to six months, the release says. While planning is already underway, the two companies will continue to operate independently until the final closing.last_img read more

Moore has been coaching since 1961 having spent t

first_imgMoore has been coaching since 1961, having spent time at both the collegiate and pro level. He most recently spent time as an offensive consultant with the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets, and before that was with the Indianapolis Colts. Clayton believes he’ll be very helpful to an Arizona offense that struggled mightily last season.“What’s nice about Tom Moore, he knows how to simplify the game for a quarterback,” Clayton said. “Just to come in as a consultant, I think it works out fine.”Moore — and Bruce Arians, who is the head coach — will have to get the most out of a team with an uncertain situation at quarterback. Whether the Cardinals go with Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, Brian Hoyer, a draft pick or a free agent, improved play is a must.Clayton thinks the team has the right people in place for the job.“This is not going to be in the Todd Haley, we’re going to be yelling every three or four seconds,” Clayton said. “He’s going to be supportive, they’re going to be smart.“And I think no matter who the quarterback is, they’ll get the most out of him.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals have had a busy offseason, the result of which has led to varying opinions about how they’ve done.However, one place there seems to be a consensus is with the hire of Tom Moore as assistant head coach/offense. Moore, 74, comes to the team with a wealth of experience and credibility, and according to ESPN NFL insider John Clayton, the Cardinals did good to land him.“Love it, absolutely love it,” Clayton told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Thursday. “Tom’s one of the great guys in sports.” Top Stories Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL Insider Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more