New Delhi: With the objective to give a fillip to the agriculture sector, the high-powered committee for the transformation of Indian agriculture, which was constituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has suggested radical reforms to transform agricultural sector with massive thrust on private investments, technological interventions and robust marketing infrastructure across the country.At its maiden meeting on Thursday at Niti Aayog, the members of the panel discussed different possible reforms that need to be adopted by states to improve agriculture sector. The panel would also examine the various provision of the Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Essential Commodities Act, besides ways to attract private investments in agriculture marketing and infrastructure and submit its report within two months. While briefing about the meeting, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the states which adopted contract farming are getting private investments. “Other states need to be encouraged to adopt contact farming with the application of new technologies like in developed countries to increase production.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedStressing that small farmers need to group together and increase their investment capacities, Fadnavis said, “We are also deliberating on how small farmers can get access to modern technologies. We need to find ways so that our banking system becomes farmers-friendly.” The meeting was attended by CMs of Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh and Gujarat besides Union Minister of Rural Development, Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath joined the meeting through video-conferencing. The Maharashtra CM further said that Indian agriculture is witnessing a growth rate of three to four per cent per year, while the food processing sector’s growth is just about one per cent. “Until the food processing growth rate does not exceed agricultural growth rate, farmers will not be able to realise the prices of their products,” he said, adding that the states should utilise the National Agriculture Market (eNAM) online trading platform for agricultural commodities to expand their market access.
In fact, race isn’t mentioned at all in the glossy big-screen drama, which hits theatres on Friday, May 19th. “I usually wake up thinking about coffee and what my little girl wants. Usually she wants blueberry pancakes for breakfast, so that’s what’s on my mind. And I think life is like that,” she continued. Advertisement Nick Robinson co-stars as her love interest, Anika Noni Rose plays her mom, and Ana de la Reguera plays her nurse. J. Mills Goodloe wrote the screenplay for the film, which was shot mostly in Vancouver and also in Mexico. “So I just jumped into the chance, went back to school and it paid off.” Yoon said she started writing the book when her daughter was four months old and she was a nervous mom. Amandla Stenberg (known for playing Rue in “The Hunger Games”) stars as Maddy, an 18-year-old bookworm with a rare immunodeficiency illness that prevents her from leaving her hermetically sealed house. Rising Canadian filmmaker Stella Meghie wanted to stick closely to the source material with her new teen romance “Everything, Everything.” “It’s not really talked about in the book much, not at all, and so I didn’t talk about it in the movie. It’s just about the themes and the characters.” “So it started from my own insecurities about being a mom and wanting to protect her and wondering what life would be like if I had to protect her for her whole life.” In Nicola Yoon’s bestselling young-adult novel, on which the film is based, the diversity of the characters and their interracial relationships aren’t a focal point. Twitter Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The film is Meghie’s followup to her debut indie feature “Jean of the Joneses” and could be a big breakthrough for the Toronto-raised filmmaker, who has several projects in development and has been touted as “one to watch.” Advertisement “I was one of those moms that was like, ‘Oh, we’ve got to make sure everything is clean, every surface, no eating dirt. Wash your hands before you touch the baby,’” she said, noting she’s no longer that way. “Maddy, the main character, looks the way she does because my (daughter) looks the way she does,” said Yoon, who was born in Jamaica and lives in Los Angeles.“My husband is Korean-American. I always say that I don’t wake up thinking that we’re an interracial couple or I don’t wake up thinking about the struggle or anything like that. Login/Register With: “It’s really nice that people are interested more now and I get more phone calls,” Meghie said with a laugh. “It’s nice to have had ‘Jean’ and then on the back of that, gotten this so quickly.” “Nicola’s book is beautiful and diverse and as a result, the movie is as well,” said Meghie, the film’s director. “I’ve really always been a writer at heart and probably still consider myself more of a writer than a director, and I just wasn’t being fulfilled,” Meghie said of her career change. It’s a major turn from her previous career in fashion public relations. “Everyone’s just alive and living their lives and certainly can’t go around thinking about all the adversity and all the obstacles that are in your way, because then you will not live a joyful life. And these are joyous kids and they’re just in love.”
Luke SmithAPTN NewsThe Yukon government is vowing to improve life for inmates at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre, following an independent report into conditions at the facility.An independent inspector released the report in May, after the government called for an investigation into the correctional facility.The government responded to the report’s 40 recommendations this week.APTN‘s Luke Smith has more.
BEIJING, China – An oil tanker that caught fire after colliding with a freighter off China’s east coast is at risk of exploding and sinking, Chinese state media reported Monday, as authorities from three countries struggled to find its 32 missing crew members and contain oil spewing from the blazing wreck.State broadcaster China Central Television, citing Chinese officials, said none of the 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis who have been missing since the collision late Saturday had been found as of 8 a.m. Monday. Search and cleanup efforts have been hampered by fierce fires and poisonous gases that have engulfed the tanker and surrounding waters, CCTV reported.The Panama-registered tanker Sanchi was sailing from Iran to South Korea when it collided with the Hong Kong-registered freighter CF Crystal in the East China Sea, 257 kilometres (160 miles) off the coast of Shanghai, China’s Ministry of Transport said.China, South Korea and the U.S. have sent ships and planes to search for the Sanchi’s crew, all of whom remain missing. The U.S. Navy, which sent a P-8A aircraft from Okinawa, Japan, to aid the search, said late Sunday that none of the missing crew had been found.All 21 crew members of the Crystal, which was carrying grain from the United States to China, were rescued, the Chinese ministry said. The Crystal’s crew members were all Chinese nationals.It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the collision.Kwon Yong-deok, a Korea Coast Guard official, said thick black smoke was still billowing from the ship on Monday afternoon and bad weather was worsening visibility at the scene.The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 metric tons (150,000 tons, or nearly 1 million barrels) of condensate, a type of ultra-light oil, according to Chinese authorities, who have dispatched three ships to clean the spill.By comparison, the Exxon Valdez was carrying 1.26 million barrels of crude oil when it spilled 260,000 barrels into Prince William Sound off Alaska in 1989, badly damaging local ecology and the area’s fishing-based economy.But the size of the oil slick from the Sanchi — and the scale of the environmental toll — may be smaller. Unlike the thick crude that gushed out of the Valdez, much of the light, gassy condensate from the Sanchi may have evaporated or burned immediately, Kwon said.The Sanchi’s own fuel that leaked during the collision will be more difficult to clean, officials said.South Korean petrochemical company Hanwha Total Co., a 50-50 partnership between the Seoul-based Hanwha Group and French oil giant Total, said in an email to the AP it had contracted the Sanchi to import Iranian condensate to South Korea.A Hanwha Total spokesman, who asked not to be named citing office policies, said there is “little possibility” that condensate would leave traces in the ocean after it burned. He added the losses would be covered by an insurance company. The Sanchi’s cargo was estimated to be worth more than $60 million.The tanker has operated under five different names since it was built in 2008, according the U.N.-run International Maritime Organization. The IMO listed its registered owner as Hong Kong-based Bright Shipping Ltd., on behalf of the National Iranian Tanker Co., a publicly traded company based in Tehran. The National Iranian Tanker Co. describes itself as operating the largest tanker fleet in the Middle East.An official in Iran’s Oil Ministry, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, said the tanker was owned by the National Iranian Tanker Co. and confirmed that 30 of the tanker’s 32 crew members were Iranians.“We have no information on their fate,” he said Sunday. “We cannot say all of them have died, because rescue teams are there and providing services.”It’s the second collision for a ship from the National Iranian Tanker Co. in less than a year and a half. In August 2016, one of its tankers collided with a Swiss container ship in the Singapore Strait, damaging both ships but causing no injuries or oil spill.___Associated Press writers Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran, Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Youkyung Lee in Seoul contributed to this report.
EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is threatening to turn off the oil taps in a fight with British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Notley won’t say if she would cut off B.C. or the rest of Canada — or both — but says her government is ready to pass legislation to make it happen.“Our key focus is getting people’s attention on the matter,” Notley told a news conference Thursday prior to the speech from the throne to open the next session of the legislature.“We’re not interested in creating any kind of crisis in any way, shape or form. We’re going to be measured. We’re going to be careful.”The $7.9-billion pipeline expansion would triple the amount of Alberta crude going from Edmonton to the port in Burnaby.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government approved the Kinder Morgan project in 2016, but the pipeline has since faced permit fights and challenges from the B.C. government.Alberta has already imposed and pulled back on a ban of wine from B.C., but Notley said the government will not stand for further delays and harassment.She said the project is vital to Alberta and to the rest of Canada, and the country is forgoing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in lost revenue due to pipeline bottlenecks.“There are many tools that we also have between our previous wine ban and this tool,” said Notley.“All we are doing is making sure that our tools are at the ready, because it is important for Albertans to understand that we are going to stand up to protect the interests of Albertans on this matter.”Notley said the province is looking at taking action on oil and natural gas.Each day, Alberta currently exports 44,000 barrels per day of gasoline and 47,000 barrels of diesel to B.C., representing more than 20 per cent of its total production.Alberta exports 2.4 billion cubic feet per day of marketable natural gas to B.C. per day, representing one quarter of its production. About 17 per cent of those exports are used by B.C., with the rest going to the United States.Notley’s announcement echoes action taken in 1980 by former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed in a showdown with the federal government.Lougheed announced phased cuts to oil flows amounting to 15 per cent over nine months as well as the cancellation of two large oilsands developments after Pierre Trudeau’s Liberals brought in the national energy program with its price controls, new taxes, and revenue sharing.The two sides brokered a compromise after Lougheed turned off the taps.B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman responded to Notley by saying the province will continue to defend its interests when it comes to protecting the environment.“I see no reason for the government of Alberta to take any action when all B.C. has been doing is standing up for our interests,” he said in Victoria.“We’re proposing some regulations that are well within our jurisdiction. We’re determined to defend our environment, our economy and our coast line.”Heyman said B.C. would expect the dispute to be settled in court.“We’ve tried to be the adults in the room here,” said Heyman.Alberta Opposition United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney has been pushing Notley for weeks to take a tougher stance with pipeline opponents, including revisiting Lougheed’s moves.“(This) is exactly the strategy I advocated since Day One. And the premier mocked and ridiculed that idea right up until the last few days,” said Kenney.“We’re setting the agenda and they’re responding.”Notley brought in a ban on B.C. wine in early February after B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government announced it would not allow increased oil shipments through the province until it had reviewed oil spill safety.Notley lifted the ban on Feb. 22 after Horgan said his government would not block extra oil while it asked the courts to determine if B.C. has the authority to take the action it was planning.Notley and the federal government have stated that the law is clear and Ottawa alone has ultimate jurisdiction on interprovincial pipelines.Kenney said Notley pulled back too quickly on the wine ban, and said he remains skeptical she will still do what is necessary to get the pipeline built.“So far this looks like a pro wrestling match between two wings of the NDP, a choreographed fake fight. If they (Notley’s government) are really serious about this, they’ll back it up with action,” he said.
Brock University will welcome close to 1,200 runners and walkers from across Niagara this weekend during the CIBC Run for a Cure.The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation event is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. with opening and closing ceremonies at Isaac’s. Participants can run or walk five kilometres or one kilometre.This will be Brock’s second year hosting the event on campus, and many teams will represent the University, including Brock Varsity Swimming, Brock Running Club, Brock Roots African-Caribbean Society, Brock M & S Outliers and Brock View Rentals.Volunteers from across campus will also be out to support this event.Registration is still open, and Brock’s team is recruiting runners and walkers. To take part, register online. Those unable to join the team on run day can still contribute to the cause by donating online to the Brock team.Members of the Brock community are encouraged to wear pink on Friday, Oct. 3 to show their support for the event.Although the impact to campus traffic is expected to be minimal, here are some details to keep in mind:• University Road East from Flora Egerter Way to Village Road will be closed from about 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for the start of the run. Access to and from Lot P will not be available during this time.• Guests entering campus during the event will be encouraged to use the St. David’s Road and Glenridge entrance.• Free parking will be available in Zone 1 for the duration of the event. Visitors will still have access to Lots B and D throughout the run and DeCew, Vallee and Earp residences can be accessed by using the Glenridge Avenue entrance (traffic circle).Please feel free to click on this link to view the run route.For more information about the event and accessing the campus during the Run for the Cure, email Kristen Smith, Student Life and Community Experience, or call Smith at x3845.
The agenda for the upcoming SMMT Open Forum has been announced, with a focus on the opportunities provided by autonomous vehicles.Taking place on Tuesday 4 November at Cranmore Park in Solihull, the event will feature a day of presentations, discussions and support sessions from key industry figures.The morning session will include an update of Automotive Council activities as well as an industry outlook. The latter will include a presentation by Google’s Head of Automotive on the opportunities for the UK supply chain resulting from the drive towards autonomous vehicles.As a first for Open Forum, the event will conclude with two targeted breakout sessions to give delegates a better understanding of access to finance and export opportunities.Breakout sessions agenda: Breakout one – Funding support sessionStephen Hetherington, Investment Director, Finance BirminghamTooling Loan Fund.Update on the national Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative.New Midlands based ‘AMSCI’ type fund.Aiden Farrell, Team Leader – Vocational Education Directorate, Department for Business, Innovation and SkillsUpdate on the Supply Chain Skills Fund. Breakout two – Export opportunities sessionCarl Jaysekera, Senior Trade & Investment Manager Automotive Sector, UK Trade and InvestmentSupplier opportunities in key growth markets (including India, Germany, China, USA, Mexico and Japan).Rob Morbin, Member Relations Manager, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)UK automotive specific group missions, seminars and trade events.How to explore key markets.SMMT’s plans for 2015 and the opportunities for collaboration, networking, funding and support. Attendance is free for SMMT members, and £50 (+VAT) for non-members. For more information, or to register your interest for a breakout session, please email email@example.com.View the full agenda for the event here. To register your attendance at Open Forum, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The President of Democracy Karolos Papoulias deposited a wreath in memory of the victims of the 7-year military dictatorship and to honor the 39th anniversary of the restoration of democracy in Greece. Mr Papoulias spoke of the lessons to be learned and remembered, such as recognizing the value of democracy. The President also referred to the situation in Cyprus, which remains divided.The political parties commented on the anniversary, with New Democracy asking to “leave behind the pathogens of the past that later developed and dragged our land into the financial and social crisis” and government partners PASOK asking the Greek people to “once again believe in our collective self, to disallow intolerance, absolutism and populism to poison the common national effort”.Opposition leaders SYRIZA noted the resurgence of “the neo-Nazi far-right” and urged the people to “unite our voices to overthrow the austerity politics, restore democracy to forefront and combine our efforts with the other people in Europe for a just, peaceful, democratic and socialist society”.The communist party took the opportunity to attack the government and opposition for supporting the “’private initiative’ that decides how much and for whom the current democracy operates”. KKE called for the people to rise up for a real democracy to operate in the interests of the people rather than capitalist profit. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – A pilot made an emergency landing, Friday morning, near a canal and residential area.The unexpected landing, on a dirt road near Southwest 47th Street and 131st Terrace, involved what officials said is a yellow ultralight plane. The pilot said he accidentally flew into controlled airspace and a police helicopter ordered him to land.“He just started to fly around me,” Alex Kasimtsev said, “and he waved, ‘Go down, go down.’”7News Skyforce was over the scene where the pilot reportedly made an emergency landing along the north side of a canal bank that runs along Countyline Road.The pilot will now have to deal with the Federal Aviation Administration and figure out how to remove the plane, since he can’t take off from the dirt road.The pilot was not injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington United Methodist Church hosted a breakfast for local veterans on Saturday, November 10 in Fellowship Hall. Pastor Travis Bonnette-Kim, Veterans Director Lou Cimaglia, retired Director of Operations from Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services Keith Jones, and State Rep.-elect Dave Robertson each addressed the crowd.Watch the breakfast, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television volunteer Paul Hipple, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/6/e/6/5/a/3/6e65a3ae-b06b-4645-9513-8b118de311011542129492.611%2B46912191.654%40castus4-wilmington%2B15422136051542212703295562.vod.480p.181110_Veterans%20Breakfast.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/6/e/6/5/a/3/6e65a3ae-b06b-4645-9513-8b118de311011542129492.611%2B46912191.654%40castus4-wilmington%2B15422136051542212703295562.vod.480p.181110_Veterans%20Breakfast.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: State Rep. Dave Robertson Talks With WCTV About His First 7 Months In OfficeIn “Videos”VIDEO: Town’s Newest Veterans Monument, Honoring PFC Antonio Gagnon, Unveiled In CeremonyIn “Videos”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”
Employees work at their desks inside IT company Tech Mahindra office building in Noida in the outskirts of New Delhi March 18, 2013.Reuters fileUpdate at 2.05 PM: Markets rebound, Sensex up 129 points at 31,157 while the NSE Nifty trades 20 points higher at 9,615. Top Sensex gainers are ITC, HDFC and Hindustan Unilever. Top losers are Sun Pharma (down 10.5 percent) and Adani Ports (down 5.1 percent). ITC was trading at Rs 318, HDFC at Rs 1,594 and Hindustan Unilever at Rs 1,068.Original story:Tech Mahindra investors had a bad day on Monday when the share price plunged 16.78 percent to Rs 357 in early trade, the biggest fall in nine years, before recovering to Rs 382, down 11 percent.The fall was due to the company (formerly Satyam Computers) reporting disappointing Q4 results last Friday. Consolidated net profit fell 33 percent to Rs 590 crore from Rs 876 crore in the corresponding period last year, though revenues grew 9.9 percent to Rs 7,733 crore, YoY.Read: Tech Mahindra Q4 net profit plunges 33%The fall had an impact on other IT stocks such as TCS, Infosys and Wipro that were trading with losses in the range of 0.50 to 1.50 percent while the BSE Sensex was up 72 points at 31,100.Brokers have a mixed view on Tech MahindraAngel Broking said the revenue mix for Q4 was a tad disappointing. “In terms of geography, the USA was main dampener; it constituted 45.1% of sales V/s 46.7% of sales in 3QFY2016, while ROW (rest of the world) was the key driver constituting 25.3% of sales V/s 23.9% of sales in 3QFY2016,” Sarabjit Kour Nangra, VP Research- IT, said in her note.IDBI Capital Markets & Securities referred to the company’s deal wins while pointing to a fall in profit margins. “TECHM secured deals with TCV (total contract value) of ~$320 million taking the TCV to ~S$1.3 billion for FY17. Revenue from top 5/10/20clients saw a QoQ decline. The growth in Q4FY17 was driven by non-top 20 clients, which grew by 4.4% QoQ following a 6.7%/5.9% QoQ growth in Q3/Q2. The number of $20mn+ clients declined by 2 QoQ to 36 vs. 40 in Q4FY16.”Q4 EBIT margin declines to all-time low of 8.2%, -420bps QoQ,” the brokerage said in its note, downgrading the target price to Rs 456 from Rs 510 earlier.Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), ITC, Power Grid Corporation and Maruti Suzuki hit new 52-week highs in early trade.
Flood situation unchanged in northern districtsFlood situation in Kurigram, Sirajganj and Lalmonirhat districts has remained unchanged while water of different rivers in the mid-region of the country is flowing above danger level.According to reports reaching the UNB news desk, the Brahamaputra River was flowing above the danger mark, the Padma River 20 cm above the danger level and Arial Kha, Kumar and Madhumati Rivers also above their danger levels on Saturday.In Faridpur, the Padma River was flowing 20 cm above the danger level at Goalanda point, rising 16 cm within last 12 hours.Arial Kha, Kumar and Madhumati rivers were also flowing above their danger levels on Saturday, said sources at the local Water Development Board office.WDB Deputy Assistant Engineer Jahirul Islam said the water of the Padma River was rising rapidly. Following the recession of floodwater in the northern districts, the water started flooding the mid-region of the country, he said.In Kurigram, flood situation remained unchanged in the district as the Brahamaputra River was flowing above the danger mark though floodwater decreased slightly in some areas.About 700 square kilometres area of the district were inundated by the floodwater, leaving 2.5 lakh people of 550 villages under 42 unions marooned for last 10 days.Academic activities at 193 educational institutions have remained halted due to flood.Sources at Water Development Board said the Brahmaputra River was flowing 25 cm above the danger mark at Chilmari point decreasing by 10cm while the Dharala and Dudhkumar 22cm below and 8 cm from danger mark respectively.District administration control room sources said some 38,312 houses, 17 bridges, 1.5- kilometre embankment, 140-kilometre road and 43 educational institutions have been damaged by floodwater. A total of 3,620 hectares of cropland were inundated in the district. Three people drowned here in the floodwater.The local administration has distributed 400 tonnes of rice, Tk 11.50 lakh in cash and 4,000 packets of dry foods among the flood victims.In Lalmonirhat, flood situation in the district has improved as water-flow of Teesta and Dharla rivers has started deceasing.People, who left houses for flood, have started returning to their respective residence although they are worried about the reconstruction of their damaged homes.More than one lakh people in five upazilas of the district, who were affected by flood, are facing scarcity of pure drinking water, food and sanitation. They are seeking government assistance for their rehabilitation.Contacted, Lalmonirhat deputy commissioner Abul Fayez Alauddin Khan said all flood victims would be brought under post-flood rehabilitation programmes and for this, we are preparing a list.In Sirajganj, 10 more villages went under water as 40 metres of an under-construction flood control embankment at Bahuka in sadar upazila collapsed into the Jamuna River on Thursday night.The WDB and 11 River Engineer Battalion of Army on Friday are jointly working to repair the dam.Executive engineer of Sirajganj Water Development Board Syed Hasan Imam said, “We hope that the rest 10 meters of the dam will be repaired soon.”Disaster management and relief minister Mufazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya is scheduled to visit the collapsed embankment and flood-affected areas on Saturday, Sirajganj deputy commissioner Kamrunnahar Siddiqa told UNB.
Share Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA) completely disagree on the way the City is getting ready to approve a ballot measure that would present Houstonians with a choice to support or reject pay parity between police officers and firefighters.In a lawsuit filed this week, the HPFFA contends that mayor Turner and Council Member Dave Martin did not follow the Texas Election Code when they held a meeting of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee last Thursday to discuss the potential amendment for the City’s Charter that would establish the pay parity.The lawsuit argues that public resources, such as City personnel, the City Council chambers and the City’s ran television station, HTV, were inappropriately used to campaign against the ballot measure.In an interview with Houston Matters, Turner assured that “almost every measure that comes before City Council, almost of all those measures, go before some committee.”Transparency“All of those committee hearings are put on the website for the general public to see, for people who are concerned about transparency,” added the mayor, who underlined he doesn’t see anything wrong with having held the meeting.Turner also said that “even state law requires that when you put a charter amendment on the ballot, with cost implications, you must, we must, tell the public how much it will cost. That’s pursuant to state law.”The mayor also argued that, even the ballot measure is the consequence of a petition legally signed and supported by tens of thousands of Houstonians, “people still need to know the information.” “They need to know what does it mean, how much does it cost, what are the ramifications to the City, good, bad, ugly, whatever it is,” said Turner.The mayor explained that he is concerned about the ballot measure because, according to the analysis made by City officials, the pay parity “will cost the people and the City of Houston at a minimum three hundred million dollars over three years, about a hundred million dollars a year, and it provides firefighters with a pay raise of twenty five percent or more.”Turner underscored he offered a 9.5 percent pay raise over three years and the union rejected it.Different functionalitiesThe mayor also argued that the pay parity the firefighters union demands isn’t logical because “the functionalities are not the same.”“I know it may sound good, but in the petition, in their petition, they equate a mechanic in firefighters with a sergeant in police. This is not about parity of functionality. This is about they’re seeking parity in terms of rank and pay, but the duties are different,” noted the mayor, who gave the example that when Houston police officers train, they do it during regular time, while when firefighters do their training that is considered overtime.Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, president of the HPFFA, also spoke to Houston Matters and underscored the union has spent nearly $1 million of its own funds in data research and efficiency studies regarding the potential pay parity, and the City hasn’t been responsive to that research.Besides, Lancton questioned the mayor’s estimate about the parity costing the City $300 million over three years and said Turner has changed three or four times that cost assessment.For Lancton, Turner and Council Member Martin are “politicking against a measure that has yet to go on a ballot.” The HPFFA president added that last week’s committee meeting was used to “campaign against a measure to which it’s not even yet called for as an election order.”The HPFFA announced in a news release that Judge Kyle Carter has issued a temporary restraining order to prevent use of City resources to advocate against the ballot measure.Upcoming decision by the CouncilTurner emphasized that the City will present the initiative to voters for sure and said that the Council will decide next Wednesday, August 8, to include the item on pay parity in the ballot for “this November or the next available date.” Listen Photo: Al Ortiz/Houston Public MediaOn July 31, 2018, Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke with Houston matters about a lawsuit the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association has filed against him and Council Member Dave Martin. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /22:39 X
Few things in the gaming world can be as frustrating as holding a physical copy of the game in your hand and still have an obstacle between you and playing it. For Bioshock Infinite PC DVD copies, you may find yourself waiting quite awhile after installation before it’s ready to play.One of the crowning achievements of the creation process that has been revealed in the latest Bioshock game is the variety of machines it can be played on. The Xbox 360 and PS3 ports of the game each offer a trip to the sky city of Columbia in as high a quality as they can muster, but the PC version of the game consumes a whopping 17GB of space on your hard drive.The reason for the bulk of that, as has been explained by Irrational Games, comes in the form of incredibly high resolution graphics you get if you play the game with Ultra settings. If you purchased a DVD copy of the game, you’ll find yourself with three discs in your pack for the installation. For some reason, once you authenticate the game with Steam, it starts downloading instead of pulling data from those DVDs.Several Bioshock Infinite hopefuls found that their physical copy of the game was asking them to download 14GB of data after about 25 minutes of installation from the physical media. Since authenticating with Steam is a requirement with Bioshock Infinite, the service must be on during the who installation process. After the first DVD is finished, Steam hijacks the install and begins downloading the rest of the content instead of asking for the next disc in the series. The extra 14GB of content is being pulled from Steam on launch day, which must be very bandwidth intensive for Valve. As a result, your game is going to take quite a bit longer to finish installing than it would have had the included discs been used.On any other day, this probably wouldn’t be an issue for most. Unfortunately, not only is it launch day but users with less than optimal internet connections will find this process excruciating. The install, which should have taken less than an hour, could be magnified to several hours as a result of Steam deciding that you’d rather download the game from them.Many users already purchase from Steam by default, and on launch days rely on the pre-install method provided to them to make sure there’s no problems. The rest of us, regardless of why, aren’t going to have a great experience at the hands of Steam with Bioshock Infinite, unless of course this issue gets rectified.
Activities like playing video games or tennis may help enhance your memory, a study has found. Attention-grabbing experiences release memory-enhancing chemicals in brain, helping to store memories that occur just before or soon after the experience, the study mentioned.The study, published in the journal Nature explains at the molecular level why people tend to remember certain events in their lives with particular clarity as well as unrelated details surrounding those events. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Activation of the locus coeruleus (part of the brainstem) increases our memory of events that happen at the time of activation and may also increase the recall of those memories at a later time,” said Robert Greene, Professor at the Peter O’Donnell Jr Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair, at Dallas in Texas. The latest study established that dopamine in the brain can be naturally activated through behavioural actions and that these actions enhance memory retention. The study tested 120 mice to establish a link between locus coeruleus (LC) neurons and neuronal circuits of the hippocampus – the region of the brain responsible for recording memories – that receive dopamine from the LC. One part of the research involved putting the mice in an arena to search for food hidden in sand that changed location each day. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study found that the mice that were given a chance to explore an unfamiliar floor surface 30 minutes after being trained to remember the food location did better in remembering where to find the food the next day. Researchers correlated this memory enhancement to a molecular process in the brain by injecting the mice with a genetically encoded light-sensitive activator called channelrhodopsin. They found that this activation could cause a direct, long-lasting synaptic strengthening – an enhancement of memory-relevant communication occurring at the junctions between neurons in the hippocampus. This process can mediate improvement of learning and memory.
Kolkata: A woman was allegedly raped by her relative in Phoolbagan early on Wednesday.The accused was arrested on Thursday. He was produced at the Sealdah Court and remanded to judicial custody till July 23. According to sources, the victim, who is around 30, lived in Burdwan. At present, her husband is out of town. Approximately one and a half months ago, she came to live with her relative in Phoolbagan. It is alleged around 3:30 am on Wednesday, the accused person, who was her relative, entered her room when she was sleeping. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhen the youth touched her inappropriately, she couldn’t believe her eyes that her relative was sexually assaulting her. She tried to resist him, but failed as he forced himself on her. She said he threatened her with dire consequences if she mentioned about the incident to anyone. As the woman was in a state of shock, initially she did not tell anyone about the incident. On Thursday, she disclosed the matter to other members of her relative’s family. The woman went to Phoolbagan police station and lodged a complaint against the youth. Police swung into action and arrested the accused from his home on Thursday. The victim woman was sent to hospital for medical examination.
Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more Related Content News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more May 24, 2011 – Advancements in diagnostic imaging technology are enabling healthcare facilities to achieve multifunctional capabilities using a single modality. To streamline diagnosis and improve patient throughput, Morris Hospital has installed the Ultimax X-ray system from Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. The Ultimax’s advanced, all-digital technology allows Morris Hospital to perform both general radiography and interventional radiology procedures in a single examination room. Additionally, the system’s design has improved dose management during exams.Morris Hospital has taken advantage of the system’s overhead X-ray tube and digital chest board to conduct standard chest, hand, foot and neck X-rays, as well as more specialized procedures such as myelograms, arthrography exams and lumbar punctures. The high-quality all-digital images have improved patient diagnosis and reduced exam times.“The Toshiba Ultimax X-ray system is a true multipurpose system and has enabled our hospital to conduct a wide variety of digital X-rays from a single system,” said Liz Bates, radiology manager, Morris Hospital. “The high-quality, digitally produced images and versatile design help our radiologists and technologists perform their diagnostic procedures more quickly and efficiently—reducing patient examination time and improving diagnostic accuracy.”Demonstrating the multipurpose capabilities of the Ultimax, the interventional radiology team at Morris Hospital utilizes the system to conduct various interventional procedures, including peripheral interventions, percutaneous nephrostomy and peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line placements, among others. Performing these exams on the Ultimax has enabled its interventional radiologists to schedule procedures more easily and avoid the often crowded cath lab.The Ultimax design offers clinicians a tilting C-arm that provides flexibility, superior ergonomics and optimum image quality at a reduced radiation dose. It also features a table that can be lowered to only 56 cm above the floor, making it easier to move patients on and off the table. The C-arm and table positioning also enable patients to rest comfortably during exams and offer more room for patients with wider shoulders. The patient table tilts from full vertical to inverted vertical position, allowing added flexibility for multipurpose techniques.The medical team at Morris Hospital also benefits from the full range of radiation dose management features on the Ultimax. The Ultimax is equipped with fingertip controls that include three dose modes that can instantly reduce radiation. The system also features three filters to reduce hard and soft X-ray exposure and virtual collimation to reduce fluoroscopy exposure.“The Ultimax is improving our patient’s safety by limiting radiation dose to the lowest possible amounts for the clinical application,” added Bates. “Specifically, the grid-pulse fluoro feature limits exposure while providing high-quality fluoroscopic images.”For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | May 24, 2011 Morris Hospital Chooses Multifunctional X-Ray Technology To Improve Diagnostic Imaging Capabilities VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology ProceduresKevin Seals, M.D., is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:47Loaded: 3.40%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:47 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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News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | Interventional Radiology | June 19, 2019 Merit Medical Acquires Brightwater Medical Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced it has acquired Brightwater Medical Inc., based in Temecula, Calif. Brightwater… read more Videos | Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D.,… 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 | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more
News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more March 26, 2013 — FujiFilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. showcased its Synapse 3D at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) conference March 9 to 11, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. Fully integrated with Synapse Cardiovascular, Synapse 3D will appeal to cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists interested in advanced visualization and analysis for their diagnostic needs.“Fujifilm is committed to providing healthcare experiences that enhance the quality of people’s lives. Synapse 3D was created with extensive input and collaboration with healthcare providers to deliver essential tools without adding complexity,” said Jim Morgan, vice president of Medical Informatics, Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. “Synapse 3D keeps the user experience uncomplicated while offering widespread options and providing true integration with Synapse PACS (picture archive and communications system) and Synapse Cardiovascular. With familiar workflows, Synapse 3D is easy to integrate into any clinical routine.”Synapse 3D eliminates the need to access advanced diagnostic tools from a separate workstation or with a separate login. Now in use at some of the most important and progressive medical facilities in the U.S. and internationally, Synapse 3D has a number of intuitive, easy-to-use features:Easy transition from Synapse PACS or Cardiovascular.Shared left-to-right, top-to bottom workflow for all tools.More than 25 clinical applications designed for use in both general and body part-specific diagnostics.IT friendly design using SSL connectivity, virtualized environment, 64-bit OS support and multiple desktop operating system support. Related Content News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Fujifilm also shared the benefits of its zero footprint mobile application, Synapse Mobility. The application enables access to Fujifilm’s suite of Synapse products from hand-held devices, in addition to Macintosh- or Windows-based PCs.For more information: www.fujimed.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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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. Technology | March 26, 2013 Synapse 3D Provides Advanced Visualization and Analysis for MRI, CT Cardiology Workflows Software offers one click access to 3-D images 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 | 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 | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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 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 Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey announced on Monday that Twitter’s bringing back the much-loved and original ‘reverse chronological order theme’ for the Twitter news feed. You can enable the reverse chronological theme by making setting changes. Twitter is also working on providing users with a way to easily toggle between the two different themes i.e. a timeline of tweets most relevant to you and a timeline of all the latest tweets. To change to the reverse chronological order timeline, go to settings on the twitter, then select privacy option, go to the content section and uncheck the box that says “Timeline- show the best tweets first”. Twitter also removed the ‘in case you missed it’ section from the settings. The Reverse Chronological theme was Twitter’s original content presentation style, much before it made the ‘top tweets algorithm’ as a default option, back in 2016. When Twitter announced that it was changing its timeline so that it wouldn’t show the tweets in chronological order anymore, a lot of people were unhappy. In fact, people despised the new theme so much that a new hashtag #RIPTwitter was trending back then. Twitter with its new algorithm in 2016 focussed mainly on bringing the top, most happening, tweets to light. But, a majority of Twitter users felt differently. People enjoyed the simpler reverse-chron Twitter where people could get real-time updates from their close friends, family, celebrities, etc, not the twitter that shows only the most relevant tweets stacked together. Twitter defended the new approach as it tweeted yesterday that “We’ve learned that when showing the best Tweets first, people find Twitter more relevant and useful. However, we’ve heard feedback from people who at times prefer to see the most recent Tweets”. Also, Twitter has been making a lot of changes recently after Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding Twitter’s algorithms and content monitoring. Twitter mentioned that they want people to have more control over their timeline. Public reaction to this new change has been largely positive with a lot of people criticizing the company’s Top Tweet timeline. One common pattern observed is that people brought up Facebook a lot while discussing this new change. Twitter seems to have dodged a bullet by giving back to its users what they truly want. Read Next Twitter’s trying to shed its skin to combat fake news and data scandals, says Jack Dorsey Facebook, Twitter open up at Senate Intelligence hearing, committee does ‘homework’ this time Jack Dorsey to testify explaining Twitter algorithms before the House Energy and Commerce Committee
Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments Share Top Stories LONDON (AP) – British law enforcement agencies averted a plot to orchestrate a large-scale terror attack similar to the assault on Kenya’s Westgate mall, an official said Monday.Police were questioning four men in their 20s on suspicion of terrorism after they were detained Sunday in pre-planned, intelligence-led raids.A British security official said the men were planning a shooting spree akin to the Westgate attack in Nairobi, in which at least 67 people died. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 The official _ who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media on the record _ said it was not clear how advanced the planning was but that any attack was not imminent.Metropolitan Police did not identify the suspects or say what, if any, charges, they may face. But in a series of statements, the force said the men were all British nationals between the ages of 25 and 29, with roots in Turkey, Pakistan, Algeria and Azerbaijan.The force confirmed that the London police firearms unit took part in the arrests. British police rarely carry weapons and their involvement suggested concern that men might have been armed.Dramatic CCTV footage has emerged of one of the arrests, in which counter-terror police are seen tackling a suspect on the street in an upscale west London neighborhood.Elsewhere, police fired special ammunition _ aimed at breaching doors or bursting tires _ to stop a car near the Tower of London, and arrested two 25-year-old men. Another suspect was arrested in southeast London.Officers were searching six locations and two vehicles in London following the arrests.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)