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Minister Continues Recruitment Retention Tour in Berwick Kentville

first_img Ingonish, Saturday, Oct. 18, 12 p.m. Halifax, Monday, Oct. 21, 7:30 a.m. Guysborough, Monday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m Pictou, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m Nova Scotia employers, especially in rural areas, will face big challenges filling close to 45,000 jobs that will become available over the next five years. That is the message Labour and Workforce Development Minister Mark Parent is taking to Berwick and Kentville today, Oct. 17, as part of a provincewide tour focused on workforce issues. “Government is working on a series of strategies to address the need for skilled workers in the years ahead, but success will ultimately depend on joint action with employers, business leaders and educational institutions,” said Mr. Parent. The Department of Labour and Workforce Development has recently introduced several strategies aimed at helping rural employers recruit and retain skilled workers. Strategies include linking unemployed older workers to workforce opportunities, educating youth about opportunities in smaller communities, providing financial assistance for apprentices, and establishing an Employer of Choice program that will encourage retention. Another strategy is the LINK Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) program. The tuition-free program will be offered to 60 Nova Scotia adults living in Truro, Cape Breton and the Annapolis Valley. Successful participants will graduate with a high school diploma, a CCA certificate, and a guaranteed job. There will be 20 graduates from each of the regions. With the support of regional development authorities, Mr. Parent will also speak to business and community leaders in other communities in October. Tour dates are: Each stop on the tour will have a different workforce theme pertaining to the challenges faced in that area.last_img read more

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Amnesty says no evidence for France to jail Ottawa professor urges PM

first_imgOTTAWA – Hassan Diab, an Ottawa professor behind bars in France despite numerous court rulings questioning the evidence against him, is being held solely for political purposes, his lawyer said Wednesday.Donald Bayne said France is keeping Diab behind bars so it won’t be seen as soft on terrorism after a spate of recent attacks. And he said the Trudeau government is acting like a “passive little brother” to France by actively not raising his case.“He has become, in effect, a political prisoner of the terror trauma in France,” Bayne told a news conference on Parliament Hill.The veteran lawyer outlined what he called new evidence uncovered this week by investigating judges in France that shows Diab was in Lebanon, studying for and writing university exams, at the time of a fatal 1980 synagogue attack in Paris.Bayne said the French investigation has found six independent witnesses who were part of a group studying with Diab in 1980. Documents from the Lebanese University confirm that Diab sat for and passed exams at the time of the attack.The investigation also confirmed Diab’s account that his passport was stolen and used by somebody else at that time, Bayne added.Diab denies any involvement in the attack that left four dead and dozens injured.Amnesty International, the Canadian Association of University Teachers and Diab’s family question his continued imprisonment, given that French investigating judges have ruled six times he should be released on bail. All of the release orders have been overturned on appeal.The most recent release order, in late April, noted evidence that Diab was in Beirut when the bombing occurred. A French appeal court reversed that order on May 2, which kept Diab behind bars.Bayne accused the federal Liberal government of ignoring the evidence that he says clears Diab because its judgment is being clouded by its otherwise warm international relations with France.“I think there’s been a deference to France. We’re getting the feeling on behalf of the family that it’s Canada playing the passive little brother to France,” said Bayne.“But this is the time for the Canadian government to stand up for one of its citizens.”Alex Neve, the secretary general for Amnesty International Canada, noted “the sense of camaraderie” between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron that was on full display last month at the G7 and NATO summits.He said that provides an opportunity for Trudeau to raise Diab’s case as well as ensuring his ministers are looking into it.Neither the Prime Minister’s Office nor the Global Affairs Department replied promptly to a request for comment.Amnesty has sent letters to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, as well as Freeland’s parliamentary secretary for consular affairs, Omar Alghabra.In a June meeting, Diab’s wife Rania Tfaily said Alghabra told her the government was monitoring the case, but she called on it to do more.Her husband lost the chance to witness his son’s birth, and to have memories of his children’s milestones in their early years of development.“Why is there this total indifference to the suffering of an innocent man and the plight of his family?”Bayne questioned the government’s inactivity on Diab’s case given it recently intervened in the case of two British Columbia winery owners “who are wealthy Canadians,” and have been jailed in China on an alleged customs violation.A Global Affairs spokeswoman told The Canadian Press earlier this month that “we have raised our concerns at a high level with Chinese authorities” about that case.The department issued that statement when the daughter of John Chang and Lan-Fed (Allison) Lu visited Ottawa to raise support for the plight of her parents.Diab was removed from Canada in November 2014 after the Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal of an Ottawa’s judge’s order that he be extradited.Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Maranger said the evidence against Diab was “weak, convoluted and confusing,” but that is was sufficient to meet the lower legal test of whether he should be extradited.last_img read more

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Theater for indie foreign films closes doors after 37 years

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A family-owned movie theatre in New York City known as a destination for independent and foreign films has screened its last films.On Sunday, Lincoln Plaza Cinemas closed down after 37 years in operation. The theatre’s landlord plans to renovate the space and replace it with a new theatre complex.The six-screen, underground theatre opened in 1981 and was a location for patrons to view art house and foreign films that often did not see wide theatrical release.Last week, Sunshine Cinema on Houston Street — another independent theatre — closed to make way for a new office building.last_img read more

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Painted Pony warns natural gas output will fall due to BC pipeline

first_imgPainted Pony has halted production of about 60 million cubic feet of natural gas because of the pipeline constraints and resulting lower prices.It forecasts fourth-quarter production of between 303 million and 312 million cubic feet equivalent per day, down from third quarter output of 350 million cfe/d.The Calgary-based company says gas prices at the Station 2 trading hub above T-South in northeastern B.C. have plunged because of the inability to get all of the gas to market, but the hit to its bottom line is balanced by higher prices at the Sumas/Huntingdon hub on the border of B.C. and Washington state.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Oil and gas producer Painted Pony Energy Ltd. says its fourth-quarter production will drop by up to 20 percent because of reduced shipping capacity after the explosion of a natural gas pipeline in B.C.A line in Enbridge Inc.’s T-South pipeline system ruptured on Oct. 9, about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George, B.C., causing a huge fireball.Repairs were completed at the end of October and service is gradually being restored, but both the affected line and a smaller parallel line are to operate at a maximum of 80 percent of normal pressure until safety of the system is assured.last_img read more

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ADDIS Islamic finance should be utilized to fund sustainable development UN conference

Islamic finance offers a promising alternative to traditional sources of funding and should be utilized to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that countries will adopt in September, participants at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development were told.“In mobilizing resources for the SDGs, non-traditional sources of financing need to be given due attention,” Savas Alpay, Chief Economist of the Islamic Development Bank, said in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which is hosting the four-day Conference. “In this context, Islamic finance is offering a very promising alternative.”The Bank announced this week that it will be doubling its development assistance activities from around $80 billion recorded during the MDGs period to more than $150 billion in the next 15 years to support programmes and projects for the successful realization of the SDGs in its 56 member countries. “Islamic finance has gained traction around the world in recent years,” Mr. Alpay said, noting that it has a footprint in Asia and the Middle East, is ripe for growth in South America and Europe and has future markets in North America, Central Asia and Australia. He cited certain prerequisites that have to be met for the successful implementation of the SDGs in a timely manner, namely financial stability, financial inclusion and shared prosperity. “Islamic finance offers promising potential solutions in these domains.” Islamic finance is a financial system that operates according to Islamic law, or sharia. Like conventional financial systems, Islamic finance features banks, capital markets, fund managers, investment firms, and insurance companies. The difference being that these entities are governed both by Islamic law and the finance industry rules and regulations that apply to other banks. Headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Bank aims to foster the economic development and social progress of Muslim countries, as well as Muslim communities in non-member countries.For over four decades, the Islamic Development Bank Group has funded short- and long-term development projects in various sectors of the economies of its member countries. “The Islamic financial services industry has now supported many projects in the social, economic and environmental domains and it has great potential of being instrument in funding many components of the SDGs as well,” Mr. Alpay emphasized.In implementing the SDGs, it is necessary to take bold and decisive actions, act firmly, fulfill existing commitments and pledge new ones, he stated. “Each and every country has primary responsibility for its own economic and social development. However, the depth of the current involvement with the SDGs requires that the international community act as one.” read more

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Football Ohio State rises to No 9 in latest AP Poll

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) calls out a play in the Ohio State-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Ohio State won 62-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter Saturday’s 62-14 victory against Maryland, Ohio State rose one spot from No. 10 to No. 9 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll.The Buckeyes are one of four Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25. Penn State, which beat Northwestern 31-7 Saturday, rose to No. 3 this week. Michigan dropped to No. 17 following its 14-10 loss to Michigan State Saturday night. The Spartan victory put Michigan State in the top 25 for the first time this season as it appeared at No. 21 in the rankings. Wisconsin rose to No. 7 after defeating Nebraska 38-17. No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Penn State, No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Washington round out the top five. Ohio State will look to continue its rise up the rankings Saturday when the Buckeyes take on Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska, at 7:30 p.m.AP PollAlabama (43)Clemson (18)Penn StateGeorgiaWashingtonTCUWisconsinWashington StateOhio StateAuburnMiami (Fl.)OklahomaUSCOklahoma StateVirginia TechNotre DameMichiganSouth FloridaSan Diego StateNorth Carolina StateMichigan StateUCFStanfordTexas TechNavy read more

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Turkish foreign ministry warns against the extension of Greek waters

first_imgA spokesman for the Turkish foreign ministry responded to former Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias’ statement that Greece was legally entitled to relocate their border in the Aegean to the west by 12 nautical miles.Mr Hami Aksoy was recorded on Reuters saying that Greece has no such right without the agreement of Turkey and a warning was given to the Greek ambassador to Ankara, Panos Mavroidis: “We cannot tolerate any step that is not based on mutual consent in the Aegean sea where two countries have opposite coasts,” Mr Aksoy said. “The declaration of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, dated 8 June 1995, contains a necessary political warning and is still in force today.”In response to these statements, Greek foreign ministry spokesman Alexandros Gennimatas spoke in a direct tone regarding Greece’s legal rights in the Aegean: “The extension of the territorial waters is a legitimate and inalienable sovereign right of Greece, in accordance with international law. The decision to extend it relies solely on Greece, which has the right to extend its territorial waters whenever and in any way it sees fit. This right is unconditional and is not called into question or negotiated with third parties. This is certainly the case for the entire country,” said Mr Gennimatas.However, Turkey’s foreign minister himself Melvut Cavusoglu tried to downplay the entire issue when talking to news agency Anadolu, as he pointed towards Greece to be the cause of the problem: “Greece often makes such announcements to cause tension or in a populist framework,” he said, adding that Turkey would like to resolve matters peacefully. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Weezer Surprise Fans With New Album Covering Hits From Toto TLC aha

first_img Facebook Weezer Surprise Fans With New Album Covering Hits From Toto, TLC, a-ha & More The GRAMMY-winning group just dropped Weezer (The Teal Album), following the success of their fan-prompted cover of Toto’s “Africa” in 2018Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Jan 24, 2019 – 3:53 pm GRAMMY-winning nerdy pop-rockers Weezer are back, this time with nostalgia-filled surprises in the form of a new 10-song album: Weezer (The Teal Album), consisting completely of covers.  The new album, which had a surprise drop today, features Rivers Cuomo and company taking on such classics as a-ha’s “Take On Me” from 1985, plus GRAMMY-winning hits including TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” In the spirit of nostalgia, the group’s website also offered limited-edition retro-inspired velcro wallets to the first 500 lucky fans.The collection also includes their previously-released, Hot 100 charting rendition of Toto’s “Africa.” The Weezer version of the 1982 hit was released in May 2018 following a valiant effort by the Twitter-verse to prompt them to do so. Their cover of the song became the group’s first charting song since 2009 (it peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100), so it seems fitting that they’d want to give fans some more Cuomo-led versions of the hits.Their music video for “Africa,” released back in September, features Weird Al Yankovich playing the role of Cuomo, in a recreation of the video for Weezer’s “Undone (The Sweater Song).”Now back to your regularly scheduled programming: Weezer will also be releasing new music this year. Their 12th studio album, the previously-announced Weezer (Black Album), is due to drop on Mar. 1. It is available for pre-order now, including in a bundle which includes a CD copy of The Teal Album.You can catch Weezer on tour with the Pixies beginning in March. Show dates and ticket info are available here.Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, H.E.R. & Red Hot Chili Peppers Added To 2019 GRAMMYs Performer LineupRead more Email Twitter News Weezer’s Surprise Album Covers Toto, TLC & More weezer-surprise-fans-new-album-covering-hits-toto-tlc-ha-more https://twitter.com/Weezer/status/1088302399620612096last_img read more

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OBITUARY John F Jack Meeker 78

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — John F. “Jack” Meeker, age 78, of Wilmington, passed away on June 18, 2018.Jack was born on May 20, 1940 in Orange, NJ; he was the cherished son of the late Harrison and Margaret (Kelly) Meeker.Jack enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. He was honorably discharged on November 30, 1965 and returned home to his family.Jack and his wife Patricia moved to Wilmington over 45 years ago where they raised their family. Jack was an avid sports fan, he loved watching and talking about his Boston teams. Jack also coached baseball in Wilmington for many years. He really enjoyed coaching and reminiscing about his former players and teams.Jack was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (O’Neill) Meeker, devoted father of John Meeker & his wife Sheila of Dracut, Ann Marie Maguire & her husband Michael of Billerica, Kathy Tivnan & her husband the late Robert of Dracut and Kevin Meeker & his wife Jamie of Andover, loving grandfather of Jillian, Jake, Kaitlyn, Connor, Brendan, Lindsey, Mia and James, cherished son of the late Harrison & Margaret (Kelly) Meeker, dear brother of Susan Britten & her husband Danny of Ontario, Canada. Jack is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, June 22nd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, June 21st from 4:00-8:00 p.m.Memorial donations in Jack’s name may be made to Home Base, c/o MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.John F. “Jack” Meeker, 78(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: John “Jack” Tannian, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Morris “Moe” Anderson, 68In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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The meaning of names Part 4 The aftermath of generational trauma

first_imgThe decline of many of Alaska’s indigenous languages happened during the era of boarding schools and missionaries. As children, some Alaska Natives were punished for speaking their mother tongue. When those children became adults, many did not speak their language to their children to spare them from the pain they experienced.Shyanne Chulyin Ch’ivaya Beatty.Acknowledging this generational trauma is what led Shyanne Chulyin Ch’ivaya Beatty to study Han Hwech’in, the language of her ancestors. In this fourth installment of a five-part series, Beatty talks about reclaiming identity through the use of Native names.Shyanne Chulyin Ch’ivaya BeattyDownload AudioMy first name that came to me was a Dena’ina Athabascan name, not a Han Hwech’in name. I was at the time working with a Dena’ina Athabascan in Anchorage, Alaska, and he gave me this name. He said, “You’re Chulyin Ch’ivaya.” And I said, “What does that mean?” “It means Raven Whirlwind, because you’re mischievous like a Raven and you come in and out of a room like a whirlwind.”People are using their Native names or language within their own social identity. The generation of trauma was my grandparents’ and they see their children now being really proud of their identity.I feel that just within the last 5-10 years we’re learning more about how are names are really. What I mean by that is I always thought we were Han Gwich’in. I’ve started learning more about my language (and) we’re actually Han Hwech’in, which is like H-W-E-C-H-I-N instead of Gwich’in.I think that more and more people are realizing that just like Aleut people are not just Aleut people. They’re Alutiiq, they’re Sugpiaq, they’re Unangan, they’re Unangax, and we are really taking hold of owning our own identity, being educated by our identity and making sure that we educate others about that and that’s why I think we have this surge of people who are not only showcasing their Native language but their own identity.This is part three of a five-part series:Part One: Indigenizing governmentPart Two: A family historyPart Three: A time for changePart Five: The world of social medialast_img read more

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Marine debris wont stop but neither will those cleaning it up

first_imgMarine debris neatly organized before it’s rebagged and weighed. (Photo by Aaron Bolton / KBBI News)Millions of pounds of plastic debris washes up on the Gulf of Alaska’s remote shores each year. It washes up faster than it can be collected and clean-up efforts cost millions. That can seem overwhelming for volunteers who are out there year after year, cleaning the same beaches. But, one man doesn’t let that discourage him in the slightest.Listen nowChris Pallister is president of Gulf of Alaska Keeper, an environmental non-profit that focuses on marine debris. It’s been raining all day and his crew of family and friends climb over wet logs, collecting every shred of plastic wedged in the maze of dead trees. Pallister and his wife Patty Zwollo are weighing the trash, then sorting the plastic into more than 150 different categories.“We’ll have five-gallon jugs, fuel canisters, nets, lines and various categories of that. We have all the beverage bottles which we break into three categories,” Pallister explained.Even the plastic wads from shotgun shells are individually counted.“What we’re trying to do is figure out the sources of it. You know at some point, somebody has to pay to clean this stuff up,” Pallister said as he pored over fishing buoys piled on a red tarp. “So you have to have some kind of assessment, who you pin it on, which industry, which countries.”Zwollo keeps track of the numbers. The data shows the source of the trash and also how fast some of these items are crossing the Pacific Ocean, particularly pieces from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.Light material like styrofoam peaked in 2012 and has now tapered off to pre-tsunami levels. But, heavier plastics, such as Japanese aquaculture baskets, are still showing up. Pieces of the vibrant containers litter the beach, several of them stuck beneath heavy logs.This is day two of a six-day trip to clean up Gore Point near the eastern tip of the Kenai Peninsula. It’s relatively short compared to Pallister’s typical 30-day trips. Pallister and his family have been involved in cleaning up beaches since 2002, and he formed Gulf of Alaska Keeper in 2005.Yesterday, they cleaned up 1,500 pounds. Today, Pallister is expecting much more.“This is really bad. I think by the time we get done with this little section of beach, we’ll probably pick up maybe 3 tons of debris on a third of a mile,” Pallister noted as he looked down the beach.Plastic washes up faster than it can be picked up. There are places in Prince William Sound, where Pallister also works, that have 20 to 30 tons of plastic per square mile. The remote locations and mountains of plastic make Pallister’s work incredibly expensive.One summer of beach combing can cost about $1 million. What’s collected is stored in large nylon bags placed above the tide line. Pallister hires helicopters and barges to remove nearly a million pounds of plastic every few years. Those projects can run about $25,000 per day.Tracking down funding for that work can be a full-time job of its own. Pallister does all his own grant writing and maintains two boats in order to keep the non-profit going. All this can sound pretty defeating.“All this stuff, who knows. It’ll keep you awake at night if you think about it too much,” Pallister sighed.Pallister has made several trips to Washington D.C. to testify before Congress, and he said he’s been working with Alaska’s congressional delegation.There are two bills related to marine debris working their way through Washington D.C. Pallister said things could move quite a bit faster, but he’s pleased decision makers are shifting their attention to the issue. But, until legislative action actually happens, Pallister will continue working to clean up the problem piece by piece.last_img read more

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Coffee Day selling Tech Park to Blackstone for Rs 3000 cr

first_imgAn employee prepares coffee for customers at a Cafe Coffee Day outlet in Mumbai, India, November 2, 2015 (representational image).Reuters fileCoffee Day Enterprises Ltd on Wednesday approved selling Global Village Tech Park of its subsidiary Tanglin Developments Ltd in Bengaluru to the US-based private equity firm Blackstone for Rs 2,600 to 3,000 crore over the next 30-45 days.”The Board of Directors approved the disinvestment of Global Village Tech Park in its subsidiary, Tanglin Developments Ltd, in favour of Blackstone for a transaction value of Rs 2,600-3,000 crore,” said the city-based company in a regulatory filing on the BSE.The decision comes a fortnight after the company’s founder-chairman V.S. Siddhartha was found dead on July 31 in a river near Mangaluru on the state’s west coast.”Parleys with Blackstone were underway by Siddharth since January when he was looking at selling his or the holding company’s equity stake to raise funds for pairing high-cost debts,” a source told IANS.The New York-headquartered Blackstone specialises in private equity, credit and hedge fund investment strategies.”The transaction is subject to completion of Blackstone’s due diligence, documentation and receipt of regulatory approvals in the next 30-45 days,” added the filing.The board also approved disinvesting in its step-down arm AlphaGrep Securities Ltd to Illuminati Software Ltd for Rs 28 crore.The 9-year-old Delhi-based IT firm is involved in the data processing.”The twin transactions will help in deleveraging the Coffee Day Group, and ensure smooth operations while safeguarding the interests of stakeholders, including investors, lenders, employees and customers,” added the filing.last_img read more

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Cuttingedge Metro rake arrives at Kolkata Port

first_imgKolkata: A new advanced rake for Kolkata Metro railway has arrived at the Kolkata Port on Monday morning. The rake has been bought from a private company in China. Several more such rakes will arrive soon, which will phase out the age-old non-AC rakes which are being operated at present.According to sources, the new rake has all modern facilities including advanced security features. Inside each compartment of the rake, CCTV cameras have been installed. A ‘talk back’ system has also been installed, Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bosewhich will allow passengers to interact with the motorman in case of an emergency. The Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO) of Metro Railway Indrani Banerjee said: “The rake will be taken to the Noapara car shed first. We will inform the details after that.” Though Banerjee refused to disclose the advanced features, sources informed that the rake has been made using modern techniques which will ensure less jerk even after applying emergency brake. The connectors between the rake and third rail are being made using advanced technology as well. Sources have informed that 14 such rakes will come soon. The rake will be moved to Noapara car shed using a diesel locomotive, as soon as possible. A trial run will be arranged after that. If everything works fine during the trial run, the rake will enter full-fledged service.last_img read more

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Xrays and Mom — My Own Personal Case Study into the State

first_img News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Figure 1. A bedside screen shot of a Carestream DRX mobile X-ray in the ED of the fractured fibula.  Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Related Content News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 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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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more 123PreviousNext While I write a lot about medical imaging technology and how new technology can and should work, it is not often that I get to experience how things actually work in the real world. This past Thanksgiving I received a call from a paramedic explaining that my mom had fractured her leg and I should stop working on the turkey and fixings and rush to the emergency department (ED) at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill. She had been walking her dog on wet grass and leaves in a park when her dog took off after another dog and pulled her down. She was whipped around and the change in weight caused her to dislocate her ankle (the bottom of her shoe was facing her when she looked at her feet) and caused a spiral fracture to her fibula.When I got there my mom was already heavily sedated due to the pain and because the ED staff had already put her ankle back in place. The ED doctor ordered a digital radiograph (DR) of her leg to see the extent of damage. They wheeled in a new Carestream DRX mobile X-ray system and I had a live demonstration of how fast these types of systems can snap the pictures. It called up the images immediately on the machine’s screen. The image of the Pott’s fracture with fragments (figure 1) was really interesting as someone who covers radiology, but I also realized from a non-clinical standpoint she was really messed up and in pain. Additionally, she would need reconstructive surgery to put her Humpty Dumpty leg back together again. She was way up the creek without a paddle with it being Thanksgiving and there were no orthopedic surgeons in staff due to the holiday. The day after Thanksgiving was not much better, as we found, since most physicians were out through the following Monday. So the ER splinted the leg, wrapped it in ace bandages and sent her home with heavy pain killers.Compounding her mobility issues was the fact that she has bilateral knee replacements. (Figure 2)  Due to the trauma, broken bone and knowing she had these implants that further limited her ability to move around, she was prescribed a prophylactic anticoagulant.Knowing we would need the images for a surgeon to review, I had the ED burn a CD. However, I was happy to find Edward is among the growing number of hospitals to grant patients access to their health records via a DR Systems Internet image/results distribution system. This technology pulls images and reports from the hospitals’ Epic EMR (electronic medical record) system and makes them available for remote viewing by clinicians outside of the hospital’s picture archiving and communication system (PACS). She also was given login instructions at discharge for a patient portal so she could access her records and images herself on a home computer or smartphone.We managed to find one orthopedic surgeon in their office on the Friday after Thanksgiving. They thought it was great that we had a CD, but before attempting to open it, they asked which hospital she had been at. Edward was already in a health information exchange, so outlying offices such as this one from a different medical group could access her records remotely in less than a minute. (Figure 3) They were able to call up her images and see what meds she was prescribed, which made the office visit go much faster.She had surgery on Dec. 1, the Tuesday of RSNA 2015. The orthopedic surgeon practiced at Elmhurst Hospital in Elmhurst, Ill., across the county from Naperville. But, thanks to the remote image viewing system, they could get the ED images for reference and planning. The surgeon’s post-surgery DR image showing the reconstruction of the fibula also was available via my mom’s patient portal. (Figure 4)She did what most patients today do with this type of access and posted her X-rays on Facebook. Leveraging the Facebook form of patient engagement, the result was lots of sympathy, flowers and friends volunteering to help her with things around the house and groceries since she cannot walk or drive for at least two months. While an unfortunate incident and a horrible thing to have happen to my mom, from a professional standpoint, I was happy to see the technology I cover working in the real world as it was intended. The speed in workflow efficiency, speed and ease of access to her imaging at the point of care and remotely, and access to a patient portal are all examples of how the healthcare system should work. In this case, the technology and imaging integration was flawless.Find other radiology insights in ITN’s blog section. Figure 2. Another ED bedside DR image to confirm there was no secondary fracture at the top of the fibula. The image shows one of my mom’s knee replacements.  Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Figure 3. Across the county from the ED, an orthopedic surgeon’s office was able to quickly pull up her X-rays using a remote image viewing system that granted access to the patient’s EMR information, reports and medical imaging. The little girl is my daughter Vivian playing doctor with grandma to keep her spirits up. Dave Fornell, ITN Editor Dave Fornell is the editor of Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology magazine and assistant editor for Imaging Technology News magazine. Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Blog | Dave Fornell, ITN Editor | Radiology Imaging| December 22, 2015 | Dave Fornell X-rays and Mom — My Own Personal Case Study into the State of Imaging Technology Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Figure 4. The post-surgical X-ray showing the bone repair, which was accessed and copied by the patient using a patient portal.  Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read morelast_img read more

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competition after Saina and Prannoy went down in their quarterfinal matches today Srikanth wins the second game 22-20 2332 hrs IST:Srikanth going strong in the second game However Axelsen is right behind Srikanth leading 11-10 A better performance than his compatriots Saina and Prannoy 2322 hrs IST: Srikanth loses opening game Looks like a bad day for India All three lost the opening games Will Srikanth follow Saina and Prannoy to go down in the second game as well He is our only hope left 2315 hrs IST: Srikanth is trying to bridge the gap between himsefl and Axelsen who is leading the opening game 15-12 2307 hrs IST: Prannoy loses in the quarterfinals Prannoy did take the lead in the second game with a new-found confidence But could not hold his fort against Son Wan Ho who defeated him 21-13 21-18 2255 hrs IST:Meanwhile Srikanth takes the other court against Jeon Hyeok Jin again in the men’s singles quarterfinals Prannoy leading the second game 6-4 2252 hrs IST:Prannoy loses opening 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30 cr.5 Days Total – 19825 cr” Earlier the film crossed Baahubali 1’s lifetime collection in Hindi approximately Rs 118 crore in just four days On Tuesday Karan Johar also tweeted about Baahubali 2’s stupendous box office collection “383 crores!! Highest Monday ever. — Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) May 2 2017 The film has also emerged as the highest grossing film on a Monday in its Hindi version Trade tracker Ramesh Bala said “#Baahubali2 4 Days WW BO – Estimates: India Gross – 490 Crs Overseas – 135 Crs Total – 625 Crs” Talking about Monday records Taran Adarsh shared “The *Hindi version* of #Baahubali2 BULLDOZES *all* records with KNOCKOUT biz on Monday… *Early est*: 35 cr+… Await final numbers” Talking about the film’s Hindi biz “#Baahubali2 is the new yardstick… Crossed 50 cr: Day 2 Crossed 100 cr: Day 3 Crossed 150 cr: Day 4 Nett biz… HINDI… India biz” Also read |Baahubali 2 box office collection day 4: Film grosses over Rs 600 crore worldwide destroys allrecords At US box office Baahubali: The Conclusion stands at number three after Fast and the Furious 8 and a Latin film starring Salma Hayek It managed to trump an Emma Watson and Tom Hanks film as well Released on April 28 Baahubali 2 also stars Anushka Shetty Ramya Krishnan and Sathyaraj in lead roles For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsThe decision to lower rates though expected by the market by an even larger magnitude is a bit surprising considering that the factors that had held the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) back in June are probably still nebulous today If one looks at the possible impact of goods and service tax (GST) or even the house rent allowance ( HRA) component in the consumer price index (CPI) on overall inflation it is still unclear Also these numbers are not out as yet and will manifest only with a lag well after July This move is good for industry which has been looking for such rate cuts But will it help Here the answer is a shoulder shrug because with excess capacity and low demand conditions industry is unlikely to invest more in machinery Hence lower rates transmitted through the marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR) would improve profitability though not necessarily bring about growth There would however be expectations that the RBI will oblige again in October as food prices should be moderated with a good kharif harvest and come down further Hence the market will expect another cut in October for sure But what about households This is not good news because of two reasons First lower returns on deposits has already been triggered by State Bank of India (SBI) on savings deposits and this is a big blow considering that so far banks have been lowering term deposit rates but kept the savings rate unchanged This will definitely lead to an overall reduction in rates which will impact the fixed income families which are increasing in numbers In fact other public sector banks (PSBs) may be expected to lower their savings bank rates soon Second the inflation data interpretation will not find favour with the household which have seen prices of food especially vegetables increasing sharply As policy makers look at changes in price indices on a year-on-year basis andhouseholds look at it from a month-on-month basis there will be less conviction that inflation has really come down Reuters Are interest rate cuts adequate to drive the economy The answer is definitely ‘no’ as it has to be backed by some fiscal measures in terms of expenditure which unfortunately has not been forthcoming as governments are busy adhering to fiscal targets In fact this year with the UDAY bonds interest commitment as well as loan waivers being invoked there could be major slippages in capex of states The focus so far has been only on monetary policy to bring about growth which is erroneous Nowhere in the world has growth taken place with just monetary action and there needs to be a push on the demand side too The USA case is quite glaring here where the economy is still to recover fully ten years after the financial crisis notwithstanding bringing down rates to close to zero and pump-priming through purchase of securities in the market through what was called quantitative easing programmes Can there be a negative impact on the economy It has been observed that the financial savings rate has been coming down in the country as interest rates have declined There will be an incentive to channel funds into real estate and gold Also with the recent boom in the equity markets due to irrational exuberance there would be a strong temptation to invest in such instruments as it gives better returns or promises the same This can make households vulnerable once there is a correction Interestingly with SBI lowering interest rates on savings bank accounts there is an advantage in investing in the ultra-short term funds which give post-tax returns of between 45-5 percent today At any rate one can expect some changes in the savings pattern of households in the months to come Quite clearly it can be seen that banks would be very keen to cut costs wherever possible to improve their profit lines while addressing their non performing assets (NPAs) Demonetisation has generated too much money in the form of deposits for banks to the extent that it has become a burden as they have to be perforce invested in reverse repo operations of the RBI They would be happy to see deposits growth slowdown Hence this measure is good for them and they could be counted as gainers from the rate cut While another rate cut would be expected and logically follow it is also a wake-up call to the government to do its bit Interest rates can lower costs but will not boost demand for credit until households spend more and industry increases investment Infra spending has to be taken up with alacrity and the private sector must also get involved – which is hard given the current NPA situation Households meanwhile will lament the loss of income especially when fully dependent on bank deposits and migrate to more risky avenues of savings which can raise other issues for the system But when the constitutional amendment came before Lok Sabha, It was alleged that middlemen, I’m hoping we’ll see many of the great characters… return throughout the season. which is expected. 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