first_imgFor the tens of thousands of sea turtle eggs incubating in the sands of the northern Gulf of Mexico—and dangerously near the oil—it’s come to this: Officials are planning to dig up the approximately 700 nests on Alabama and the Florida panhandle beaches, pack the eggs in Styrofoam boxes, and fly them to a facility in eastern Florida where they can mature. Once the eggs have hatched, the young turtles will be released in darkness on Florida’s Atlantic beaches into oil-free water. Translocation of nests on this scale has never been attempted before. “This is really a worst-case scenario,” says Michael Ziccardi, a University of California, Davis, veterinarian and oil-spill veteran who is leading the government’s response efforts for marine mammals and sea turtles. “We hoped we wouldn’t get to this point.” Sea turtles that hatch in the Northern Gulf of Mexico typically spend a few months near the coast, and many eventually enter the Loop Current to make their way into the Atlantic. This year, that path would put them right in the oil spill. Federal officials in charge of response “believe that most, if not all, of the 2010 Northern Gulf hatchling cohort would be at high risk of encountering oil during this period,” according to the written translocation plan, developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They estimate that 50,000 hatchlings could be lost to the oil. 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The operations will continue well past laying season, which ends in August, because eggs incubate for about 60 days. The logistics of finding contractors to train and lead collection teams, a facility where the eggs can come to term, and an air-freight company that can transport them three times a week for the next 3 months are daunting. Officials plan to dig up the eggs at about day 50 of their incubation—well after the hatchling’s sex, which is determined by the nest’s temperature, is set. Workers moving the eggs have to be careful not to turn them over or roll them so as not to disturb membranes that connect the embryo to the shell and cushion it, says Philip Allman, a marine biologist at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. “If the orientation of the egg is turned significantly from the position in the nest, the rotation can break the membranes and cause the embryos to die,” he says. “Even in flight, turbulence and a bumpy landing could be enough” to break the membranes. Moving the eggs could also affect where the turtles go to nest once they’re adults, Allman says, because “a lot of evidence indicates that sea turtles return to the same region where they hatch from to nest.” Some researchers believe embryos somehow learn the location of their home beach while still in the egg; others think that “imprinting” process happens as hatchlings make their way to the water. The plan could mean the hatchlings imprint on the east coast of Florida, which “may impact which breeding population they join once maturing,” Allman says. Although this could change the genetic makeup of east coast populations, which aren’t identical to those in the northern Gulf of Mexico populations, he thinks the risks of negative effects are minimal. “I think it is a chance worth taking,” he says. Individual nests are sometimes moved above high tide or brought into captivity to protect eggs from predators or poaching. Although an operation of this scale is unprecedented, it’s the best option right now, says Thane Wibbels, a herpetologist at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. “You’re either reactive or proactive, and if you’re reactive, it’s too late.” Smaller-scale translocations have been successful, Wibbels points out; Each year from 1978 until 1988, about 2000 Kemp’s ridley sea turtle eggs were moved from the species’ sole nesting beach in Rancho Nuevo, Mexico, to Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi, Texas, in a bid to start a second nesting beach. Today, he says, about 200 turtles nest there. After the Ixtoc I well blew out in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979, 9000 Kemp’s ridley hatchlings were kept on their nesting beach and then transported to cleaner waters, says Allman. “Multiple authors reported a few years later that the oil spill did not have a significant impact to the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles,” he says. “In a normal year you’d think, ‘That’s crazy,’ ” Wibbels says. “We want these turtles to do what’s natural, … but if you have to prevent a large amount of mortality, you have to make tough decisions.”last_img read more

first_imgPhotographs can make you laugh, cry or just recall a time that has gone by! There have been many happy, terrible and history changing events that have happened over the years and we are privileged to have some of the photographs, from those times, that can define the history.World Photography Day is observed on August 19 all over the world. The day was observed to honour the invention of the Daguerreotype photographic processes, which was invented by Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre in the year 1837.To celebrate the day, we have collected some influential photographs that will either break your heart or will change the way you look at this world. Let’s take a look at them:1. A soldier cries at the 9/11 memorial. 2. Nail scratches left by the Concentration camp inmates.3. Happiness on an orphan boy’s face after he receives a new set of shoes.4. A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of its owner, who died in the disastrous landslides.5. An unborn baby pulls out his hand out of the incision made in the uterus of his mother during an operation and suddenly grabs the hand of the surgeon. This made the surgeon cry.6. Dead body of a child was being dug out during the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.7. The most famous photograph of the Gujarat riots.8. When George W. Bush was informed about the 9/11 attacks.9. An Afghan man offering tea to an American soldier in 2009.10. Five U.S Marines and a Navy soldier raising the American flag during World War II.advertisement11. A man falls from the World Trade Centre on the day of 9/11 attacks.12. Extreme hunger and poverty in Sudan. The photographer, Kevin Carter, won a Pulitzer Prize for the picture.13. Christians and Muslims hold hands in solidarity during the Cairo uprisings in January 2011.14. Phyllis Siegel and Connie Kopelov embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk’s office in 2011.15. People waiting to be rescued during the 9/11 attacks. Are not these heart wrenching photographs?last_img read more

first_imgSachin Tendulkar, in a sweet gesture on Women’s Day, made baingan ka bharta for his mother and wife Anjali. Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013, is a well-known foodie and can cook up some lovely dishes. On a special day, Tendulkar decided to do something sweet for his mother and wife and daughter Sara.The only man to score 100 international hundreds and play 200 Tests, Sachin Tendulkar put fear deep in the hearts of the best bowlers for a quarter of a century. However, on Friday, he was seen in the kitchen stirring up what looked like tasty baingan bharta. Back in the 1990s., Tendulkar had made baingan ka bharta for the entire Indian team at Ajay Jadeja’s home.Tendulkar learnt the art of cooking from his mother and often makes stunning dishes for family and friends.Not surprisingly, he wanted his mother to taste his dish first. “This bharta is for my mother, Anjali and Sara. I want my mother to taste this first because she spent hours and hours cooking this for me when I was a kid,” Tendulkar said in the video.”No, turned out well,” Tendulkar’s mom said.Tendulkar then goes to his mother’s room where she was praying. She had a spoon of the bharta and gave a great review. Sachin could be heard asking: “Is it spicy?”Sachin Tendulkar’s love for good food is no secret. A few days back, he had posted a photo of a delicious meal at the Bukhara. “The tandoor kebabs were simply mouthwatering,” he had said.advertisementThe next day, Tendulkar had a light meal to balance out the big dinner at Bukhara.Sachin Tendulkar, considered to be the greatest batsman ever, made his debut against Pakistan in 1989 and went on to break and set several batting records in a glittering career. He is the first man to score a double hundred in ODIs and leads the century charts in the format.Also Read | My batting hero: Sachin Tendulkar pays birthday tribute to Vivian RichardsAlso Read | Irfan Pathan forced to hang up the phone by his son in adorable video. Watchlast_img read more

first_img Reuters Naples | ItalyMay 20, 2019UPDATED: May 20, 2019 12:57 IST Inter Milan slumped their match against Napoli losing out chances on their Champions League qualifications (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSInter-Milan’s 1-4 defeat to Napoli has left very few chances for them to qualify for the Champions LeagueInter dropped to the 4th position with 66 pointsEven Mauro Icardi’s penalty couldn’t save the team in timeInter Milan’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were left hanging in the balance after they slumped to an embarrassing 4-1 defeat at Napoli in Series A on Sunday.Inter, who would have clinched a place in Europe’s elite club competition with a victory, must now win their final game at home to Empoli, who are fighting relegation and have won their last three games, to guarantee a top-four finish.Fabian Ruiz scored twice for Napoli already sure of finishing second after Piotr Zielinski and Dries Mertens set them on their way, while home defender Kalidou Koulibaly made a remarkable goal-line clearance from Lautaro Martinez.With one game left, Inter dropped to fourth with 66 points, behind Atalanta, who drew 1-1 at champions Juventus, on the head-to-head record. AC Milan are a point behind in fifth after their 2-0 win over Frosinone.We need to keep clear heads. It was an bad performance but our destiny is in our own hands, said Inter coach Luciano Spalletti. There is nothing wrong with losing to Napoli, but not in this way. The next game will be a final.We started well but we made mistakes in building moves from the back, which is how their first goal came about, and after that, our passing was all over the place.Zielinski fired Napoli in front with a rasping drive in the 16th minute and Mertens ghosted in behind the Inter defence to head in Jose Callejon’s cross in the 61st, the Belgian’s 15th league goal of the season.advertisementKoulibaly then denied Inter by somehow heading Martinez’s powerful drive off the line from right underneath the crossbar.Ruiz scored twice on the break to finish off the visitors, while Martinez hit the bar in between.Icardi won and converted a soft penalty for Inter in the 81st but it was far too late for Luciano Spalletti’s side.Also Read | La Liga: Real Madrid end campaign with 12th league defeatAlso Read | Everyone will be looking at their phones: Woakes on final World Cup selection callAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Champions LeagueFollow Inter Milan vs Napoli Napoli leave Inter Milan’s Champions League hopes hanging in balanceInter Milan are hanging by a thread in the Champions League after they suffered a humiliating 1-4 defeat against Napoli needing to win their next game with Empoli to stay in the top 4advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai: When a social media user accused actor Arjun Kapoor of having a “double standard” when it comes to relationships, he simply replied saying it is “easy to type and judge”. A Twitter user who goes by the Twitter handle @kusumbhutani wrote: “You hate your father’s second wife because your father left your mother, and now you are dating a woman who is 11 years elder to you and has a teenage son. Why double standards Arjun Kapoor?” Arjun, who has not hidden his relationship with Malaika Arora in recent times, replied: “I don’t hate anyone Kusum. We kept a dignified distance. If I did, I wouldn’t have been there for my dad, Janhvi and Khushi at a sensitive time… It’s easy to type and judge, think a little. You are Varun Dhawan’s fan, so I feel I should tell you, don’t spread negativity with his face on your display picture.” The user then apologised to Arjun, Arjun’s fans and Varun. Varun then joined the discussion, and wrote: “Let us just all live our own lives. Arjun Kapoor has a big heart. Like I always say, I don’t want any of my fans to talk bad about any actors. Keep it easy.” Arjun is the son of Boney Kapoor and his former wife Mona. Boney went on to marry actor Sridevi, with whom he has two daughters.last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Storefront Theatre is now accepting submissions for their 2016/2017 season.Candidates have two choices for audition format:Please bring one monologue of your choosingORCandidates may submit as a duo if two auditioners wish to do a scene together, or we invite you to “bring your own scene partner” to the audition.In addition to a monologue/scene, we would like you to each bring in a “special skill,” as defined by you! Really good at drawing unicorns? Skilled speaker of a lost language? Astrophysics enthusiast? Great! We want to get to know you through this special skill. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitter Equity and diversity are factored into every casting decision at the Storefront Theatre. We encourage and welcome submissions from artists of all genders, ethnicities and abilities.If you are submitting as a duo please send only ONE e-mail with both performers’ resumes/photos, and please indicate a preferred time of day. Please also indicate your CAEA status (we welcome both union and non-union artists).Monologues must be no longer than 2 and a half minutes. Scenes must be no longer than 5 minutes.We would like to thank all applicants for their submissions. We will only contact those applicants to whom we are able to offer an audition.Audition day 1: August 15 2016Audition day 2: August 16 2016City: TorontoDeadline to submit: July 31Email applications to: submissionssft@gmail.comContact name: Claire ArmstrongAgreement: CAEA Artists Collective or Indie 2.1* THE NUMBERS GAME by Emma Mackenzie Hillier, James Schultz, Beau Dixon, Claire Burns, Meghan Swaby, and Bahia Watson. Directed by Benjamin Blais. September 26th – November 6thAs prohibition ends and organized crime turns to gambling, a fiery madame from Martinique is forced to defend Harlem’s booming “numbers game” against the brutal invasion of sociopathic gangster.* BEAVER by Claudia Dey. November 11th – 27thA female hero myth set in Gothic Northern Ontario. Beatrice “Beaver” Jersey learns to grow beyond her circumscribed world.* PLAYWRIGHTS’ UNIT SHOWCASE To be announced, directed by Claire Burns. January 16th – February 5th* DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS by Genevieve Adam. February 6th – 26thQuebec, 1667: Facing a brutal winter, a pious, unwed outcast and a married woman harbouring a secret love for the Jesuit priest are forced to band together as they fight to carve out their place in the New World.* STUPID FUCKING BIRD by Aaron Posner, directed by Vinetta Strombergs. February 27th – March 19thIt’s Anton fucking Chekhov vs the modern world in this heartbreaking and hilarious “sort of” adaptation of his classic, The Seagull.* TOUGH JEWS by Michael Ross Albert, directed by Benjamin Blais. March 20th – April 19thWhen a murder is committed in Prohibition-era Kensington Market, a family of would-be criminals is suddenly flung into the high-stakes gangland world of American organized crime.* GANGA’S GANJA by Radha S.Menon, directed by Tony Sciara. April 10th – April 30thThe tale of two sisters living in isolation, one using marijuana, the other sex to self medicate pain and loneliness, till a fast talking interloper makes off with their stash.* LIARS AT A FUNERAL by Sophia Fabiilli. May 1st – May 21stA grandmother’s funeral in Northern Ontario reunites an estranged clan of eccentric liars as they battle over family secrets, money, and a curse of female twins who can’t stand each other. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada says while plummeting oil prices have darkened the confidence of firms linked to the energy sector, Canadian businesses overall see brighter days ahead.The central bank’s latest business outlook survey found Western Canadian companies planned to reduce their investments in equipment and hiring following the oil-price collapse.On the other hand, Eastern and Central Canadian companies said they were planning to invest more, particularly in the manufacturing industry.The survey also found companies that expected to benefit from the improving U.S. economy were more optimistic about the future than firms more focused on the domestic market.Canadian dollar strategists are already tearing up their 2015 forecasts as the loonie dives with oilOil collapse threatens Ottawa’s balance plans: ‘There’ll be a big hit right up front’The bank report says some companies expected the lower Canadian dollar would help them reclaim market share and increase competitiveness.The Bank of Canada also released the results of its senior loan officer survey, which showed overall business-lending conditions were largely unchanged in the last quarter of 2014. read more

In the draft text, States express concern about expected dramatic shortfalls in resources needed to support the achievement of internationally-agreed development goals. They also warn that the global economic slowdown that followed the 11 September attacks has further reduced economic growth rates – making the need for greater cooperation between States to promote economic growth more urgent. Much of the text, known as the “Monterrey Consensus,” was agreed to by government representatives before the weekend, but disagreements about certain key paragraphs on international trade, official development assistance (ODA) and emergency financing remained. On Sunday, meeting informally, delegations to the preparatory committee reached consensus on those outstanding issues. The panel now plans to meet formally this week to approve the text. Once approved, the text will be passed to the Conference for its consideration and eventual adoption. The Conference itself, which will be held from 18 to 22 March in Monterrey, Mexico, aims to address the obstacles faced by developing countries in trade, aid, debt, investment, strengthening national capacities and coordination. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B) had $62.5 million of net income in the fourth quarter, up from $6.2 million a year earlier, as the company refocused its news media operations and signed several deals to set it up for future growth, including the acquisition of the French-language broadcast rights for NHL games in Canada.Net income attributable to shareholders was $43.4 million, or 35 cents per basic share, for the three months ended Dec. 31, versus $7.1 million or six cents year over year.Adjusted earnings from continuing operations came in at $68 million, or 55 cents per basic share, for the fourth quarter, compared with $52.3 million, or 42 cents per basic share, in the same period of 2012. Revenues for the quarter remained relatively flat, up 0.5 per cent to $1.12 billion.Quebecor owns the province’s most-read tabloid newspaper and its most-watched TV network. It also operates a 24-hour news TV channel and Videotron, Canada’s third-largest cable services provider.Analysts’ estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters had called for 53 cents of adjusted earnings on $1.15 billion in revenues.The Montreal-based telecom and media company said that its fourth quarter benefited from a $66.5 million favourable variance in losses and gains on valuations and translations of financial instruments. It also saw an $8 million drop in financial expenses and a $8.7 million favourable variance in losses on debt refinancing.It said the gains were partially offset by a $15.3 million unfavourable variance charge for restructuring its operations, impairment of assets and other special items; and a $3.2 million increase in amortization charges.Quebecor said along with the NHL deal, it anticipates “immense opportunities for future development and growth” through its acquisition of seven 700 MHz spectrum licences across Canada and a 20-year agreement with Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) to build and operate a shared LTE wireless network.The company said savings from a series of restructuring changes with Sun Media Corporation will be realized in 2014, and will use to finance an expansion of its content offerings in print and digital platforms.Earlier this week, Quebecor’s former CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau announced that he was running for the Parti Quebecois in the next election on April 7, bringing his credentials as a good economic manager and his celebrity-like status to the pro-independence party.Peladeau had stepped down from the company a year ago, saying he would provide advice on strategic projects that were “vital” to the media and telecom company, but also cited family and philanthropy as reasons for leaving.But just days ago, the multi-millionaire owner of Quebecor said he was getting into politics because he wants to see Quebec become a country. Longer term, Peladeau could eventually emerge as a leader of Quebec’s sovereignty movement.It’s expected that he will be required by the province’s ethics commissioner to put his shares in Quebecor in a blind trust if elected.Peladeau, 52, comes from a prominent family and has become even more of a household name through his long relationship with Quebec TV star and producer Julie Snyder, a union that recently ended.Peladeau has also long pushed to bring the NHL back to Quebec City.His four-year tenure as head of one of Canada’s largest media and telecom companies wasn’t without incident and controversy.Peladeau sued a Radio-Canada vice-president for alleged defamatory remarks in a case that was eventually settled out of court. He also threatened legal action against the Crown broadcaster because it didn’t advertise in Quebecor’s French-language newspapers.There were years-long lockouts at major newspapers, Le Journal de Montreal and Le Journal de Quebec, while the company’s Quebecor World printing division ended up in bankruptcy and was sold.Quebecor’s Sun Media group bills itself as Canada’s largest newspaper publisher with tabloids in Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Calgary, the broadsheet London Free Press, along with smaller Ontario dailies in cities like Brantford, Sault Ste. Marie and Kingston.It has weeklies it picked up in the 2007 acquisition of Osprey Media’s 20 daily and 34 weekly newspapers. It also publishes the free 24 Hours transit publications. In December 2013, it sold 74 community weeklies in Quebec to Transcontinental Interactive.Its Sun News television network offers right-of-centre news and opinion coverage. Quebecor sees adjusted Q4 earnings rise, says it’s poised for future growth by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13, 2014 4:59 am MDT Pierre Karl Peladeau is pictured May 8, 2013 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz read more

first_imgApple has begun blackballing iOS apps that feature integration with Microsoft’s SkyDrive service, and it’s all to do with that pesky issue of subscription sign-ups. While it’s been reported by some that Microsoft’s own SkyDrive app is under scrutiny, that doesn’t appear to be the case. The issue isn’t the SkyDrive app at all, and it’s not about Apple wanting to grab a 30% cut of SkyDrive storage upgrades purchased through the app — because there’s currently no way to do that.The real problem is Microsoft’s login page for SkyDrive. Below the sign in boxes, there’s a link to sign up for the service. That’s a no-no in Apple’s book, as it constitutes a “link to external mechanisms for purchases or subscriptions to be used in the app.” Apple, of course, wants any subscriptions or purchases like this initiated from within an iOS app to utilize its own purchasing mechanisms. SkyDrive on the web, of course, does not.According to some sources, Microsoft has offered to remove “all paid subscription options” from the SkyDrive app. That seems unlikely, since the iOS app doesn’t seem to offer any such options. The help link within the app opens a web page, but even that doesn’t display any purchase-specific information.What Microsoft needs to do to satisfy Apple and help out third-party developers whose apps feature SkyDrive integration is to remove the sign-up link from the SkyDrive login page. And they don’t even need to do it for everyone. Some simple browser-sniffing code — which is likely already there anyway — could be used to ensure that iOS surfers don’t see the offending link. With the link gone, Apple should go back to greenlighting apps that use SkyDrive — just like it did with Dropbox apps during another famously misreported spat with a cloud storage provider.More at TNWlast_img read more

first_imgAmerican retailer Walmart has awarded a total of $200 million (£154,055,908) in second quarter cash bonuses to over 900,000 employees across the US.The cash bonuses form part of the organisation’s overall incentive plan, with bonuses given to staff in retail stores that achieved their performance and customer service goals.Eligible employees have the opportunity to earn these bonuses four times a year. The second quarter bonuses were based on performance results between May and July 2016.The bonuses are provided in addition to Walmart’s ongoing two-year, $2.7 billion investment in staff.The initiative included a pay increase for employees at Walmart US and its warehouse chain, Sam’s club, in February 2016, which aimed to ensure that all staff earn a minimum of $10 (£7.70) an hour. The pay increase brought the average full-time wage to $13.38 (£10.31) an hour, and the average part-time wage to $10.58 (£8.15) an hour.Julie Murphy, executive vice president of neighbourhood markets at Walmart US, said: “Our people have always been the most important part of our business and they continue to do amazing things for our customers. Sam Walton built this business on the idea of sharing profits with our associates and treating them as partners.”Mike Moore, executive vice president of supercenters at Walmart US, added: “Whether it’s buying something for the kids, treating themselves or saving for something great, bonus time at Walmart is always a special time for our associates.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai in this file photo on November 9, 2016IANSUpdate at 2.40 PM: The BSE Sensex was up 50 points at 30,906, hours before the last day of trading before the GST rollout comes to an end. Top gainers were ITC, Dr Reddy’s Labs, Sun Pharma and TCS.Update at 11.20 AM: The BSE Sensex had narrowed early morning losses and was trading 39 points lower at 30,818. Top gainers were Sun Pharma, ITC and Dr Reddy’s Labs.CDSL, which debuted on the National Stock Exchange today at 68 percent to the issue price of Rs 149, was trading at Rs 262 at around 11.25 am.Original story:Indian stock markets opened on a negative note on Friday, the last trading day before the goods and service tax (GST) is rolled out. Investors are apparently cautious of the implications, apart from booking profits. In another significant development, CDSL, whose initial public offering (IPO) was oversubscribed by 169 times, will be listed on stock exchanges today.The BSE Sensex was down 170 points at 30,687 at around 9.30 am; stocks dragging the benchmark index included Larsen & Toubro, ICICI Bank and HDFC.India will be switching over to “one nation one tax” from July 1 and the Central government will be holding a special Parliament session tonight to mark the historic occasion.Central Depository Services (India) Limited, or CSDL, whose IPO closed on June 21, saw investors pouring in money in a big way, resulting in the Rs 524 crore public issue, creating a record for IPOs.Also read: CDSL IPO oversubscribed 169 times, poised for spectacular listingAutomobile stocks are likely to be in focus in view of volume sales that will be declared tomorrow. Brokerages estimate sales to remain muted for June, notwithstanding companies luring prospective buyers with discount offers ahead of GST rollout.”Automobile sales in June 2017 are expected to remain muted with most companies likely to post single-digit YoY growth or lower, or even a decline,” Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities said in a note. The expectation of a fall in prices from July 1 has prompted many buyers to defer purchases.Motilal Oswal Securities Limited (MOSL) had a similar view on June volume sales for automobile companies in view of the GST factor. “2W and PV wholesale volumes are expected to remain weak due to destocking at dealer level and postponement of purchases by customers due to GST-related uncertainty. On the CV front, pre-buying, coupled with continued shortage of BS-4 components, is likely to impact sales,” it said in a note.last_img read more

first_imgElection CommissionLaw enforcement agencies including police have recommended that the election commission slow down mobile internet speed at a minimum level on the day of voting on 30 December.Their recommendation for bringing down the mobile phone network to 2G level on the voting day, came at a meeting convened by the EC at Nirbachan Bhaban on Thursday.At least 10 high officials of law enforcement agencies proposed that the commission should control the entry of journalists and polls observers into polling stations, an official who attended the meeting told Prothom Alo.Some of them recommended imposing moratoriun on the social networking sites before the voting day, the official added.In response, an election commissioner was quoted to have told the meeting that the EC has no capacity to control the social media.However, the commission has certain guidelines for journalists and observers but it cannot stop newsmen from entering the polling centres, the commissioner reportedly said.The meeting was also attended by two secretaries of the home affairs ministry, the inspector general of police (IGP), principal staff officer at the Armed Forces Division, and high officials of the police, Rapid Action Battalion, and Border Guard Bangladesh, and returning officers and superintendents of police of all districts.The law enforcement officials also recommended suspensiobn of mobile banking for three days before the 30 December elections, the officials present there said.The representative of an intelligence agency was said to have expressed apprehensions that Rohingya people of Myanmar might be engaged in elections in Chattogram region.The intelligence official also shared with the meeting that some militant attacks might be active during the election process and that political leaders might come under attack.last_img read more

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — City council of Solidaridad is being asked by another irregular settlement to be provided with services and to have threats of eviction by landowners stopped.Nearly 150 people from the new irregular settlement of la Nueva Esperanza gathered in Plaza Julio 28 in Playa del Carmen to request services and protection against angry landowners. La Nueva Esperanza, which is directly behind the irregular settlement of InHouse, has been set up for several months.The residents are requesting the municipality provide them with services such as electricity and water as well as intervene to stop the threats against them by the landowners of the land they have illegally invaded.The irregular settlers arrived in the public square in central Playa del Carmen armed with cardboard signs asking for help and denouncing expulsion attempts by ministerial police.One of the demonstrators, Juan Carlos Camacho Alvarez, said that the land belongs to those who work it, adding that they have cleared the land that was vacant.He says there are five landowners who continually threaten them. “These five people are several members of the same family, are from Mérida,” he says. “We want the owners to stop sending us judicial threats,” he said, adding that he knows that he has already been reported to authorities.A woman identified as Socorro explained that they came to the city center to ask for support, for drainage, street lighting and street repairs adding, “We do not want to pay rent and we are tired of being threatened that they will take us out. We are tired of that. ”“We are not thugs, we are quiet people,” she added.Camacho Alvarez noted that in la Nueva Esperanza invasion, there are already 650 families.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Ensuring that the FMDS for MRI safety is mounted outside Zone IV provides maximum early warning. (Images courtesy of Metrasens) Tobias Gilk, chairman of the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety (ABMRS).Nearly every job in the country is subject to certain health and safety regulations. Construction workers must wear hard hats and steel-toed boots on the jobsite. Offices have to display emergency exit signage and mount fire extinguishers. Restaurant employees are required to wash hands often and comply with food safety specifications.The healthcare industry is no different — in fact, its standards and regulations are stricter than many industries. But gaps within certain regulations and guidelines can have serious implications on employee and patient safety in a hospital or clinic, and one of the areas with gaps is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) safety guidelines, particularly when it comes to ferrous objects.When ferrous objects — such as those made with steel, nickel or cobalt — reach the edges of an MRI magnet’s always-on magnetic field, they can be strongly attracted, at high speed, toward the bore of the magnet — a phenomenon known, with no exaggeration, as the projectile effect. While specific standards and guidance now exist to help prevent such incidents, this was not always the case — and even their current existence is not enough. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Early Detection is KeyAn FMDS works like this: It selectively detects only the ferromagnetic objects — the ones that pose the projectile hazard — and ignores all others by monitoring the ambient magnetic field using magnetic sensors. When the system senses a distortion in the ambient field due to a ferromagnetic object moving in the vicinity, it sends out an alert.When used in a hospital or MRI facility, FMDS can detect objects that the MRI machine will attract well before the objects enter what the ACR has designated Zone IV — the MRI scanner room itself.When correctly positioned in Zones II and III — the controlled areas between the unregulated Zone I and Zone IV, the magnet room itself — FMDS will provide an alert that allows the MRI technologist to check for hazards and remove the objects before they cross into Zone IV and present a projectile danger.The beauty of FMDS is in its persistence. These devices do not become bored or disinterested, but consistently screen for potential risks and trigger an alarm whenever they sense a ferromagnetic object. While something large and heavy like an oxygen tank may seem to pose the greatest hazard, even very small objects can do damage — for example, a patient with a ferrous aneurysm clip in his brain would be at risk of injury or death if he had an MRI without noting to a technologist the presence of the clip. Many implants and devices at risk of negative interaction with MRI, such as pacemakers, may also contain ferromagnetic components that FMDS can detect, providing yet another opportunity to catch items that may threaten the safety of the MRI patient.There is no alternative to FMDS when it comes to MRI suites; in fact, the ACR includes it in its recommendations for MRI safety best practices for this reason. Conventional “airport style” walk-through metal detectors and hand wands are specifically recommended against by the ACR for several reasons, including varied and variable sensitivity settings, and the failure to differentiate between ferromagnetic and non-ferromagnetic metallic objects. Contemporary healthcare design standards often go beyond the ACR recommendation and specifically require FMDS in MRI suites.The most recent version of the ACR best practices includes using FMDS in conjunction with thorough screening, access control — ensuring non-MRI-suite staff are not able to enter controlled zones — and conspicuous labeling of any hospital- or facility-owned object (gurney, wheelchair, oxygen tank, etc.) that cannot be carried into the controlled zones. When these practices are combined, testing found that 94 percent of all reported projectile accidents could have been prevented. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Maintaining MRI Suite SafetyHealthcare providers have an obligation to their patients to ensure safe conditions across an entire hospital or facility, and that includes safeguarding the MRI suite. No surgeon would enter an operating theater without rigorously scrubbing up and donning booties and bunny suits, and ensuring the MRI suite is clean of ferromagnetic objects should be considered similarly non-negotiable. While MRI technology itself is safe, its usage creates risks due to the sheer power of the magnetic fields employed.Demonstrating a continued focus on MRI safety, the ACR is expected to release the 2018 version of these best practices with some new and updated guidance on topics such as the approval of stronger magnets in MRI machines and MRI use in interventional and interoperative settings. What won’t change is the ACR’s strong recommendation for the implementation of FMDS technology as the gatekeeper of every single MRI suite across the globe to help prevent projectile incidents.FMDS is a key best practice in safeguarding MRI suites against serious accidents. To close the loophole in MRI safety that continues to allow projectile accidents to occur, the industry must understand that screening, labeling objects and access control alone will not prevent the projectile phenomenon. Only by rigorously employing all of these practices, with FDMS as the final detection system, will MRI staff be able to keep the MRI suite clean, and patients and employees safe. Tobias Gilk, chairman of the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety (ABMRS). Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more 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 Tobias Gilk is MR safety certified MRSO and MRSE, an MRI expert consultant for Metrasens, and the current chairman of the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety (ABMRS). He has over 20 years of experience as a practicing architect developing a particular expertise in MRI equipment siting, and is highly involved in professional and regulatory aspects of safety and design for radiology/MRI. He is also pursuing his Ph.D. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more The Gaps in GuidanceThe information gap exists because, while MRI projectile events certainly happen, they are not terribly common. It may take months or years before even the busiest of imaging centers or hospitals experiences an incident involving a ferrous object turning into a dangerous projectile in an MRI suite. Because they are so infrequent, they are not top of mind for many healthcare professionals.Additionally, there is a stigma attached to these types of incidents. If one occurs, someone may feel their hospital or facility is an anomaly because they have never heard of it happening at other hospitals they know, and that leads to underreporting and information suppression. This underreporting creates the information gap and perpetuates the stigma, creating a vicious cycle.The information gap thus spurs the education gap because, without information, people can’t learn from others’ mistakes and prevent an incident occurring in their own facility, so the same errors are made repeatedly. The tragedy in Mumbai in January was an echo of a myriad of similar cases in previous years. The FDA speculates its adverse event reporting database captures just a small percentage of actual incidents, which means many facilities are unaware that these incidents do occur and do not take necessary steps to prevent them.It is time to close the education and information gaps, and healthcare professionals must understand that a few simple best practices can virtually obliterate the chances of MRI projectile incidents. One of the ACR’s recommendations, a ferromagnetic detection system (FMDS), provides a way to detect ferrous materials before they enter an MRI room, eliminating the potential of human error during manual screening. Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 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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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The Checkered History of MRI SafetyOne can understand how black holes in MRI safety exist by comparing magnet safety protections to those of X-ray, nuclear medicine and computed tomography’s (CT) use of ionizing radiation.Resulting from concern during the Manhattan Project about workers’ exposure to radiation on the job, any technology using ionizing radiation has strict exposure guidelines and specific shielding devices to protect both patients and healthcare providers from acute radiation effects and longer-term genetic damage.But when MRI arrived on the healthcare scene in the 1980s, it was hailed as “safe,” because it doesn’t use ionizing radiation. Not enough questions were asked to determine how safety procedures should be tweaked to cover this different type of technology, and MRI became a victim of its own marketing message: Because the magnetic imaging technology itself does not risk damaging people the way ionizing radiation does, too few guidelines have been put in place to govern it.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which provides extensive regulations covering manufacturing and marketing of medical devices and maintains an adverse event reporting database, has no authority over the physical siting and operational aspects of MRI suites. Although individual states rigorously regulate intentional and incidental exposure to ionizing radiation, they generally have no regulations or formal guidance addressing the risks associated with MRI’s high-strength magnetic fields.It wasn’t until 2001 that the spotlight really shone on magnetic projectile accidents, when a six-year-old boy was killed because a metal oxygen tank found its way into the MRI room. It became magnetized and shot through the air, fatally fracturing the boy’s skull.Around the same time, according to the New York Times, an article in the American Journal of Roentgenology found five other similar incidents spanning 15 years, mostly involving patients on life support who had been wheeled into an examination room with an oxygen tank nearby.While the situation has improved, with the American College of Radiology (ACR) issuing in 2002 the first version of what is internationally recognized as the premier best practice guidance document, MRI projectile events have not completely gone away — just this past January in Mumbai, a man died after bringing a steel oxygen tank into an MRI room.Although the ACR’s guidelines are clear, there is no real enforcement of its recommendations; it is up to the individual healthcare providers and facilities to implement them. It is not done across the board for two reasons: the education gap and the information gap. 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Feature | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | July 03, 2018 | By Tobias Gilk Closing the Loopholes in MRI Safety When ferromagnetic objects enter an MRI suite, they become a serious hazard — here’s how to prevent them from getting in Related Content Ferromagnetic detection systems are placed outside the door of an MRI room to detect ferrous risk items approaching the room, enhancing MRI safety. (Images courtesy of Metrasens) Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more 12PreviousNext Ferromagnetic detection systems are placed outside the door of an MRI room to detect ferrous risk items approaching the room, enhancing MRI safety. (Images courtesy of Metrasens)last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Singapore’s new low-cost carrier, Scoot Airlines has announced it will make Gold Coast its second international route, with a five times weekly service to tap into the growing travel market between Singapore and Queensland.Commencing from June this year, the new flights come on the back of the airline selecting Sydney as its first international destination and according to Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy will give the country “greater exposure” to South East Asia.  “With Australia sitting on the periphery of the region it is vital that our aviation development strategy keeps Australian routes on their consideration list and leverages partnerships to secure the additional capacity we need to reach our 2020 growth targets,” Mr McEvoy explained. Gold Coast Tourism chief executive Martin Winter described the new direct services as “vital” and a long term goal for the region. “Gold Coast Tourism has led the way in developing the Asian travel market over the past five years through dedicated resources, continuous marketing campaigns, and a relentless program of travel industry partnerships and education,” Mr Winter added. “The benefits of that strategy have already made an impact with visitation from markets such as China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia consistently increasing and offsetting declines from more traditional source markets, now direct access out of Singapore will amplify that success.”According to Tourism Australia, Singapore is Australia’s sixth largest inbound market and has the potential to grow to between $2.3 billion and $2.8 billion in overnight spending by 2020.last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Hartfield-Jackson welcomes some 92 million passengers per year. Image: AP Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson Airport may be the world’s busiest airport but it is also America’s best, a recent survey by Travel Leaders Group has revealed.According to the study, the Georgian hub ranked among the top three airports in most categories polled, including best US airport for connecting flights, and best airport for business travel.  Polling the group’s agents, the Travel Trends Survey also found the Atlanta airport was the hub of choice for amenities and for dining.With respondents allowed to choose up to three airports in each category, there were also positive results for Dallas/Fort Worth, which finished among the top five airports in every list, and Minneapolis/St. Paul, which placed in the top four airports in all but one list.      Experiencing mixed results, Chicago O’Hare ranked well in each index but was voted the worst airport for connecting flights.  With dining “the most significant” area of change at airports, Travel Leaders Group chief executive Barry Liben said that hubs had “transformed considerably in the last decade to accommodate the shift in the amount of time travelers spend there”.“More amenities have been added to appeal to travelers – and in many cases, to occupy their time – while they wait for their flights,” he stated. “At some of the busiest airports around the United States, there has been an explosion in service such as mini spas and salons, along with a retooling of the retail space toward higher-end goods and electronics.”Full results of the study:Best airports for connecting flights: Atlanta (40.5%), Charlotte (25.2%), Dallas/Ft. Worth (24.3%), Houston Intercontinental (18.2%) and Detroit (17.5%)Worst airports for connecting flights: Chicago O’Hare (56.3%), New York (JFK) (39.4%), Atlanta (33.0%), New York (LGA) (13.7%) and Newark (12.2%)Top airports for business travel services: Atlanta (42.2%), Chicago O’Hare  (29.8%), Dallas/Ft. Worth (20.5%), Minneapolis/St. Paul (18.3%) and New York (JFK) (15.2%)Best amenities: Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Las Vegas.Best dining: Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Ft. Worth and San Francisco.Best for families: Orlando, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare and Dallas/Ft. Worth.The Travel Trends Survey took into account the opinions of just under a thousand Travel Leaders Group owners, managers and frontline travel experts.last_img read more

first_imgAir Tahiti Nui has unveiled the striking look of its Tahitian Dreamliner, with the design and colours inspired by the beauty and richness of the Polynesian islands.The first images of the new Tahitian Dreamliner livery show a design that centres around the blues that Tahiti is synonymous with, Air Tahiti Nui’s trademark tiare flower and a tattoo pattern representing a story of Tahiti and its people. In a further nod to its Polynesian roots, the airline revealed the secret message that will form when the new Boeing fleet is complete. When the airline has received all four Dreamliners by September 2019, their registration codes will join together to say ‘the warrior (TOA) going forward (MUA) in the great (NUI) canoe (VAA)’.The livery and cabin design of the airline’s new fleet of B787-9s was unveiled in Tahiti last week in front of hundreds of guests including French Polynesia President Edouard Fritch and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Senior Vice President Dinesh Keskar. Air Tahiti NuiairlinesDreamlinerTahitilast_img read more

first_imgThe Cabinet on Tuesday approved the creation of a national sea institute as part of the transport ministry’s efforts to introduce a comprehensive policy on regional cooperation and the sustainable development of the sea.According to an announcement, the Cyprus Sea Institute – which is to operate as a government-organised non-governmental organisation (Gongo) – is expected to contribute substantially to the creation of new jobs, the sustainable use of the sea and the coasts, the protection of the marine environment and the enhancement of the safety of the public in the Cyprus seas.It is also aimed at creating prospects for further economic growth and help boost competitiveness.The institute also aims at highlighting the role of Cyprus as a bridge between the European Union and the countries of the region. “It will promote the development and implementation by the EU of an integrated maritime strategy for the Eastern Mediterranean as a platform for regional cooperation, development and job creation for the entire area,” the announcement said.It will incorporate as members private sector organisations that deal with the blue economy such as the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, Cyprus Union of Shipowners, Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Federation of Cyprus Employers and Industrialists etc.The institute will be run by a 25-member board which will consist of elected members from the private sector but also appointed members from the public sector.Funded by European programmes and structural funds from private and public organisations and through fees charged for carrying out studies and offering consultancy services, the institute will have its own budget.The transport ministry will give €20,000 as an annual grant for the first five years of its operation, as an assistance.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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