NKDA hands over ID badges certificates to ecoambassadors

first_imgKolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) on Sunday handed over identity badges and certificates to 10 eco-ambassadors, who have been selected to create awareness among the people to conserve water and other environmental issues as part of the green city mission.”These eco-ambassadors will be trained and they will spread the awareness message about recycling waste, rainwater harvesting, rooftop farming and similar green initiatives,” said Debashis Sen, chairman of NKDA. The eco-ambassadors were handed over a prize money of Rs 1,000 each at a programme held in front of the replica of Taj Mahal in Eco Park. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that the eco-ambassadors have been selected through a lottery that was held at Rabindra Tirtha recently. New Town is being developed as a solar city and a second solar canal-top project (1,000 KWp) is being conceived in collaboration with Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, the first one being a 500 KWp unit near Eco Park. “We are also planning to become a Green, Clean and Tech City and so, we have decided to involve the citizens and to create awareness on what they can do at their individual levels like segregation and recycling, composting and rooftop/balcony farming, rainwater harvesting, etc.,” a senior NKDA official said. This is the first time when a state government agency will be training residents to create awareness on environment protection.last_img read more

MICHELLE WILLIAMS TO APPEAR IN GREASE THE MUSICAL IN TORONTO

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Singer-songwriter Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child fame will appear in a Toronto production of “Grease: The Musical.”Producers say she’ll make a cameo as Teen Angel in the show from June 19-23.The production runs until July 8 at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre. Singer-songwriter Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child fame will appear in a Toronto production of “Grease: The Musical.” Producers say she’ll make a cameo as Teen Angel in the show from June 19-23. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matt Sayles Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Williams is among several celebrities making a cameo in the role of Teen Angel for the show.The others are Mark Ballas of “Dancing with the Stars,” country musician George Canyon, and actor-singers Logan Henderson and Drake Bell.The role of Teen Angel includes the singing of “Beauty School Dropout.”Williams has plenty of theatre experience, having acted on Broadway and London’s West End. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Brazil UN rights expert urges stepped up efforts to fight slavery

“Slavery is a crime that should not go unpunished,” said Gulnara Shahinian, Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, including is causes and consequences, at the end of her visit to Brazil. The Government has taken commendable action to combat the scourge, including publishing a so-called ‘Dirty List’ of all farms and companies using slave labour, excluding them from accessing public funds, she said. But “some landowners, businesses and intermediaries, such as the gatos, have found a way to avoid criminal prosecution by taking advantage of legal loopholes that delay justice and foster impunity,” the expert said. Civil penalties have been successfully applied to some landowners and companies but criminal penalties have not been enforced, with jurisdictional conflicts and delays in the judiciary system resulting in the lapsing of the statute of limitations, she pointed out. Although forced labour is considered a serious crime, first-time offenders might only face house arrest or community service. Brazil could shortly become the world’s fifth largest economy, but the Special Rapporteur cautioned that this ascendancy should not come at the expense of people’s rights. Forced labour in rural areas, which she said is a “slavery-like practice,” is most wide-spread in the cattle ranching and sugar cane industries, and the victims are mostly men and boys over the age of 15. In Brazil’s urban areas, forced labour takes place largely in the garment industry. “In all these situations the victims of forced labour work long hours, with little or no pay,” Ms. Shahinian said. “They are threatened with, or subjected to physical, psychological and sometimes sexual violence.” During her visit, she held talks with Government authorities, international organizations, the private sector and non-governmental organizations, and visited communities in São Paulo, Cuiabá, Imperatriz, Açailândia and Brasília. In rural areas, she met with people subjected to forced labour and slavery-like practices in the cattle ranching and sugar cane industries, and she also spoke with garment workers. The expert called for the adoption of schemes that ensure that the people most vulnerable to performing forced labour can enjoy basic rights, such as the rights to food, water and education to allow for their rehabilitation and reingetration into economic life and social protection networks. Education should also include vocational training and literacy programmes, which should be complemented by Government action to safeguard the right for indigenous groups and others “to work without having to succumb to forced labour,” she stressed. “The strongest message that the Brazilian Government can send to Brazilians to show that the crime of slavery will not go unpunished is to pass the constitutional amendment” which would allow for the expropriation of land where forced labour is used,” the Special Rapporteur emphasized. “This expropriation would occur without compensation and the land would be re-distributed, with priority being given to those workers previously held in conditions analogous to slavery.” Passing this amendment, she said, “will show that Brazil is indeed strongly committed to fighting slavery.” 29 May 2010An independent United Nations human rights expert has called urged Brazil to strengthen efforts to close loopholes perpetuating the practice of slavery, including forced labour in the vast South American nation’s rural areas. read more

Brock shows support for Olympic athletes and coaches

Michelle Fazzari has spent the past 11 years training for her Olympic dream. In two weeks, it becomes a reality for the Brock University wrestler and alumna when she competes at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.The hard work, dedication and sacrifice of the six athletes and two coaches going to Rio – who are either current or former students, athletes or coaches – was recognized Tuesday during a send off celebration in Market Hall.Cheering, clapping and chanting could be heard around Brock as hundreds of Youth University participants, sports campers, staff and faculty gathered to offer congratulations and encouragement.Fazzari said the outpouring of support from the Brock community means a lot to her as she prepares to head to Rio and compete on Aug. 17.That community atmosphere is what drew her to Brock’s wrestling team.“We are a really tight-knit group. It’s such a talented, supportive group of people from the coaching staff to the athletes,” she said. “We are such a family and that cohesion really shows through our performance. We support each other.”Paralympian Jessica Lewis, a Brock student who is competing in track for Bermuda, was beaming during the send-off party.She said it means a lot that so many people are rooting for her to succeed in Rio.“I’m so grateful for all the support Brock has been giving me,” she said.Lewis made history when she won a gold medal at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto, becoming the first person from Bermuda to ever medal at an international games. Now she’ll try to win her home country’s first-ever Paralympic medal when she races in the track events in Rio in September.Brock wrestler Jillian Gallays, from Saskatoon, encouraged the youth gathered to follow their dreams and remember that even when you are doing something you love, there are days when you will feel discouraged. She told them not to give up.It’s advice she’s taken as she works towards her dream of winning Olympic gold.“Regardless of the outcome, I’m so proud and happy with my journey,” she said. “I’m so thankful I moved to Brock.”Gallays relocated to St. Catharines to train at Brock with coach Marty Calder.“Brock has brought my skill level up and my technique level has increased so much,” she said.Calder is headed to his seventh Olympic Games. He competed as a wrestler in two games, starting in 1992, and this will be his fifth Olympics as a coach.He said it really is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work.“When you become an Olympian, it’s after years and years of training and competing,” he said.He added that competition at that level also involves a mental game. Athletes have to be well-rounded and able to handle the pressure while performing physically at an elite level. Joining him in Rio will be three-time Olympic medalist and coach Tonya Verbeek.Acting President Brian Hutchings talked about the perseverance it takes for athletes to make it to the level of the Olympic and Paralympic games. He said they are excellent examples of what it takes to succeed in sport.Brock rowing head coach Peter Somerwil said alumni rowers Eric Woelfl, who graduated in 2012, and Tim Schrijver, a 2015 graduate, will represent Canada at the games. They are already in Brazil for the games, which kick off with an opening ceremony Friday.Also heading to Rio are Jasmine Mian, a 2011 Brock Graduate and former Badgers wrestler who now lives and trains in Calgary, and Terry Paul, who earned his degree from Brock in the 80s will coach the Canadian men’s quad rowing team. read more

Mason Jobst scores in overtime to push Ohio State mens hockey into

OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) during a game against Michigan on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIt took extra time and a fortunate bounce off the opposing goalie, but the Ohio State men’s hockey team came out victorious in its first-round matchup against the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten tournament.Freshman forward Mason Jobst scored in overtime to seal the 4-3 victory and continuation of OSU’s season for at least one more night.The Thursday night showdown at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, was the third consecutive match between the two schools.The Buckeyes got off to a dream start when freshman forward John Wiitala put the puck past Michigan State senior goaltender Jake Hildebrand just 38 seconds into the match. The Minnesota native collected the puck from sophomore forward Matthew Weis and fired home with a wraparound effort.A physical first period would also end with a Buckeye goal. Freshman defenseman Tommy Parran doubled the lead for the Scarlet and Gray with just over a minute remaining in the period. A shot from junior defenseman and first-team All-Big Ten defenseman Josh Healey took a deflection, and the puck fell to his defensive partner.The Spartans got on the board in the early minutes of the second period. A midrange effort from junior forward Joe Cox found its way past OSU junior goaltender Christian Frey to cut the Buckeyes’ lead in half. Senior forward Matt DeBlouw would then equalize for the Spartans with a power-play goal around halfway through the period.Another penalty left OSU shorthanded once again in the period, and the Spartans once again took advantage. Senior forward and captain Michael Ferrantino deflected a shot from freshman defenseman Zach Osburn past Frey, giving the Spartans their first lead of the night.That lead was not long-lived, as Weis tied it up at 3-3 three and a half minutes into the third period. That would be the final goal in regulation, and the two sides would go to overtime for the third straight game, where Jobst gathered a deflection off Hildebrand and put it into the net for the win.With the victory, the Buckeyes advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament and are scheduled to face off with No. 1 seed Minnesota on Friday at 8:30 p.m. read more

Greenpeace protests dirty energy use at Apple Stores

first_imgGreenpeace has decided to demonstrate outside a number of Apple Stores around the world today. It’s a protest against what the environmental organization is referring to as dirty energy.With our growing reliance on data centers to power the cloud, the big tech companies have a responsibility to use as much clean and renewable energy as possible. Not only will that reduce the impact such locations have on the environment, it also helps ensure those company’s futures as traditional energy sources continue to rise in cost.Greenpeace points out that Google, Yahoo!, and even Facebook are either pursuing green energy or already using it in ever greater quantities. Apple, however, is not, according to environmentalists, and Greenpeace believes us, the users are the ones that can force Apple to “Think Differently.”While Greenpeace admits Apple is investing in solar energy for its North Carolina facilities, it’s a relationship with Duke Energy that has them most concerned. Duke owns and runs many coal-fired power stations and expects Apple to be a major customer. The video above is designed to show that using the Apple iCloud means using coal, but is that a fair representation?Apple has quite a comprehensive breakdown of its environmental impact at Apple.com. It lists facilities including data centers as accounting for 2% of its total greenhouse gas emissions. The company claims several of its facilities already run on 100% renewable energy and use state-of-the-art, high-efficiency machinery. The North Carolina facility in particular has been awarded the LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.So while Greenpeace may have a point about relying on coal-fired power stations and the growing energy requirements of data centers, I don’t see concrete evidence yet that Apple is the main problem here, although it is certainly a company to watch to ensure it continues to embrace renewable energy.Thankfully, the extent of the protests today seem to be limited to lots of people dressed in black releasing black balloons inside Apple Stores. That in itself isn’t exactly environmentally friendly, especially if you consider all the helium going to waste.Read more at Greenpeace and CleanOurCloud.com, via Treehuggerlast_img read more

Woman robbed on Solider Road

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 5th 2017 – Nassau – Officers attached to the Mobile Division intercepted two gunmen who robbed a woman of her vehicle, handbag and cell phone last night. According to reports, at around 11pm, a woman sitting in her Honda Accord vehicle on Solider Road was approached by two men armed with a handgun and demanded her vehicle and possessions. Luckily, the officers were able to catch the suspects along Comfort Street. The two men were then arrested and taken into custody.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Housing Authority UDC Open New AllService Center in Southwest DC

first_imgDCHA Executive Director Adrieanne Todman spoke to roughly 100 attendees April 26 during the opening of a new center in Southwest D.C. that offers workforce development and training. (lower right photo) A UDC counselor assists a a local resident.The Ward 6 Greenleaf community cut the ribbon on a state-of-the-art learning and career center – a culmination of efforts between the District of Columbia Housing Authority and the University of the District of Columbia Community College. Offering extensive workforce development and training classes to DCHA customers through the Southwest Family Enhancement & Career Center, the new site offers job search help.The combined new programming, which falls under DCHA’s Workforce Development Initiative, opened April 26. UDC counselors were on hand to discuss course and degree opportunities with DCHA clients.“This project was really developed with a focus on helping to bring economic prosperity to communities all over the city, regardless of their zip codes and to really think about how we expand prosperity in a way that it respects the people who have been here and contributed to this city,” DCHA Executive Director Adrieanne Todman told the crowd of roughly 100 attendees. “I am so pleased to have these new services available for our DCHA community. Not only will customers benefit from having job and computer training so close to home, they will also have opportunities to attend other UDC-CC programs offsite to continue building their careers.”UDC-CC Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning Division will offer courses at the DCHA Southwest Family Enhancement & Career Center, as well as an intake and referral system for DCHA residents to attend WDLL courses at UDC’s campuses citywide. Workforce development and occupational training, such as career assessments, introductory computer classes, and apartment maintenance, are among the courses available. Additionally, courses for medical assistants, hospitality, foreign languages, and pharmacology are being offered.Gregory Scott, a resident who was able to receive housing with help from DCHA, said that many of the young people in the District could benefit from the DCHA’s efforts to establish learning centers in their backyards. “Programs like this that place opportunities at the feet of residents should be applauded because they cast aside any challenge that a person would have in gaining exposure,” he said. “A lot of young people believe that so long as they have a place to stay and can eat from one day to the next, they are okay. That is just surviving, it’s not living. This will help them build lives.”last_img read more

MTA to Partially Shut Down Subway Service from July 22nd to August

first_imgThe Maryland Transit Administration will partially shut down Baltimore’s Metro Subway system from the Milford Mill to Mondawmin stations for 24 days this summer for necessary maintenance work.Parts of Baltimore’s Metro Subway system will be shut down for repairs starting on July 22. (Courtesy image)From July 22 to Aug. 14, there will be no train service to the Reisterstown Plaza, Rogers Avenue and West Cold Spring Metro Subway stations. Service will continue between the following stations: Owings Mills to Milford Mill and Mondawmin to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Full Metro Subway service will resume Aug. 15.“By reconstructing the Metro Subway interlockings at the Reisterstown Plaza, Rogers Avenue and West Cold Spring stations and replacing the rails on this section of track, we will enhance the safety and reliability of the system – allowing it to operate more efficiently and at its full capacity – for many years to come,” said MTA Deputy Administrator Suhair Al Khatib in a statement. “This necessary and critical rail work will allow trains to move faster through this corridor of the Metro track. Customers will have an enhanced experience as a result of this essential rail work.”During the no-Metro service period, MTA will use two forms of shuttle buses to provide connections between the Milford Mill and Mondawmin stations:-Express Service buses will transport rail riders from Milford Mill to Mondawmin in one direction and Mondawmin to Milford Mill in the other direction with no stops in between. This shuttle service will serve rail riders who must travel further along the Metro Subway system.-Local Service shuttle buses will stop at each of the closed stations, to serve rail riders needing to make stops within the construction zone.The shuttle bus service will operate at 10-, 20- and 30-minute intervals to handle the capacities anticipated based on daily ridership numbers. About 45,000 passengers a day travel on Metro Subway. The travel time for the shuttle bus service will be longer than it would be on the Metro rail service, since the shuttle buses must travel on city streets.“We have estimated that travel time for the Express Service bus from Milford Mill to Mondawmin will take 30 to 40 minutes,” Al Khatib said. “So, we advise our customers to plan ahead and give themselves extra time to get where they need to go.”Shuttle buses will operate during regular Metro Subway service hours, seven days a week during the shutdown.last_img read more

Xumo Launches on Comcast Xfinity SetTops Android TV Devices

first_img Popular on Variety Related FuboTV Launches Free, Ad-Supported Streaming Sports Network Ad-Supported Video Startup Xumo in Talks to Be Acquired (EXCLUSIVE) Initially, Xumo focused on bringing its app to smart TVs from parent Panasonic as well as manufacturers like LG and Vizio. “People have traditionally thought of us as a smart TV company,” Hall said.More recently, Xumo has branched out to other screens and business opportunities. These include white-labeled apps distributed by T-Mobile under the Metro Play and T-Mobile Play banners, which have brought a new mobile-centric audience to Xumo. “They are doing a little bit more snacking,” Hall said.The market for ad-supported video services has been heating up in recent months, prompted both by growing consumer demand as well as a desire by Hollywood to find new avenues for monetizing its catalog. The latter led Viacom to acquire Xumo competitor Pluto for $340 million in January, and has also resulted in companies like Amazon entering the space.Hall said that the renewed industry focus has been good for Xumo, despite the increased competition. One example cited by Hall: A deal with Paramount helped the company prop up its TV and movies selection, which didn’t even exist on Xumo a year ago, and now accounts for 25% of the service’s viewing time. Xumo has also been partnering with some of its competitors, and is for instance powering a number of linear channels on the Roku Channel.Earlier this year, Variety reported that Xumo was in talks with Sinclair and others about a possible exit. Hall didn’t want to comment on those negotiations, but said that conversations with potential investors were always ongoing. Ad-supported video service Xumo is expanding its reach with the addition of apps for Comcast Xfinity set-top boxes as well as Android TV-powered smart TVs and streaming devices. With those additions, Xumo is now available on over 30 different devices in the U.S., with Xumo senior vice president of product Chris Hall telling Variety that the company’s reach had grown by 3x since January.Xfinity users can access the service through a dedicated app, or by requesting Xumo with their X1 voice remote. Xumo is also available on Comcast’s new Xfinity Flex streaming device, and its new Android TV app can be accessed on devices like the Nvidia Shield, Sony Android TVs and the Xiaomi Mi Box.Xumo is best known for providing a cable-like linear viewing experience of ad-supported video content, complete with a traditional EPG that you might find on your TV provider’s set-top box. The company launched in 2011 as a joint venture between Panasonic and Viant, the advertising company that is now owned by Time Inc. parent company Meredith. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Breaking down superfluidity

first_img Citation: Breaking down superfluidity (2007, September 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-09-superfluidity.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The results are available in Physical Review Letters, in a piece titled “Critical Velocity for Superfluid Flow across the BEC-BCS Crossover.”In ultracold gases, the BEC-BCS crossover basically addresses how superfluidity in bosons transforms into superfluidity in fermions. At issue, says Ketterle, is how fermions can be made to interact very strongly so that superfluidity occurs at higher temperatures. Furthermore, an improved understanding of the pairing mechanism can lead to the developments of new materials that could serve as superconductors. “Bare electrons repel each other,” says Ketterle, “unless there are many other particles around them which can lead to some attraction and to pairing. Once paired, fermions act as bosons.” So far, the group has studied fermionic atoms with attractive interactions, but in the future, they hope to see how to pair fermions, which repel each other, to resemble the electrons.“These are important issues,” Ketterle explains. “Superfluids and superconductors have many possible applications. We use them now, but if we understood them even better, more applications could open up.” He illustrates: “Imagine having a superconducting power grid where energy flows without resistance or developing better magnets for MRIs.” These are only a couple of the applications that scientists can think of now. “A better understanding of superfluids may lead to the design of new materials in the future.”But for the here and now, Ketterle’s team has managed to create conditions that use tuning to control the pairing of fermions. “When we modify the external magnetic field, we can loosen up the binding between the particles until they reach a point where two of them are not bound at all, but many of them still are.”The MIT team studied the critical velocity only in the center of the atom cloud, avoiding the limitations of inhomogeneous density. They moved an optical lattice (an interference pattern between two laser beams) through the superfluid. The group found that the critical velocity is highest when molecular pairs transform into Cooper pairs “in which attractive forces are about to support a molecular state.” Ketterle expects other studies to follow — and to perform additional quantitative tests of the theoretical predictions. “We have seen that this system allows us to study the breakdown of superfluidity,” Ketterle says. “The ultimate goal is to use our new tools and methods to find new regimes of superfluidity, to find out for what interactions and in what kind of geometry superfluidity is most robust,” says Ketterle. “This is an exciting frontier. We are able to study superfluids over the whole range of interactions throughout the crossover. This is the latest advance toward understanding superfluidity and superconductivity.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore furthercenter_img MIT physicists shed new light on superfluidity “One of the most exciting areas of research in the last few years has been the realization of the BEC-BCS crossover,” Wolfgang Ketterle tells PhsyOrg.com. Ketterle and a team of scientists at the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms have completed the first study of critical velocities in this crossover region where magnetic tuning of the interactions is possible by a Feshbach resonance.last_img read more

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first_imgNovember 24, 2010 – Rotational computed tomography angiography (CTA), a new noninvasive imaging modality, has the ability to display angiography in 3-D formats. This allows for considerable simplification of orientation of complex fenestrated/branched stent grafts in 3-D views, as well as catheterization of target vessels. It also enables practitioners to determine whether fenestrated/branched stent grafts are successfully deployed without leaks and thus obviates the need for immediate post-operative CTA.The plans, constructed using multidetector CTA (MCTA) thin slice images, provide guidance for the final positioning of the fenestrated/branched stent grafts in the aorta. However, especially when the aorta is tortuous, the planned position is often an approximation to the final position achieved. This can considerably increase the technical challenges associated with placement of connecting stents. Until recently, only 2-D angiographic images have been possible to guide placement of the endograft and connecting stents. In order to overcome this limitation, multiple views from different angles such as from the frontal anterior-posterior to lateral views, have been employed. A large amount of nephrotoxic contrast medium is often used for these repeated 2-D angiographies. Recent developments in angiographic equipment have made possible the acquisition of rotational angiography that gives a 180-degree view of the vascular tree. “Using this new rotational CTA has proved to be very helpful in determining orientation of fenestrated/branched stent grafts,” said Krassi Ivancev, M.D., professor at the University College of London. “One way to facilitate such orientation in 3-D is to catheterize one or two of the target vessels and then, by using the capabilities of a rotational CTA without contrast medium, making it possible to orient the fenestrated/branched stent grafts accurately using the catheters in the target vessels as reference points.” “The same technique can be employed for catheterization of target vessels whereupon a limited amount of contrast medium is used selectively only through the catheters in the target vessels, thus reducing the large amount of contrast medium otherwise necessary for routine 2-D angiography/aortogram from differently angled views,” he said. Ivancev said it is also possible to fuse images from a pre-op MCTA with the images from a rotational CTA, and then to use the fused images for catheterization of the target vessels. In the near future rotational CTA may facilitate selection of an appropriate off-the-shelf fenestrated/branched stent graft based upon 3-D evaluation of the aorta with a large dummy sheath in place to simulate the relative behavior of stent grafts and the target vessels in the presence of tortuosity.For more information: www.veithpress.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | November 24, 2010 Rotational CTA Facilitates More Accurate Fenestrated/Branched Stent Placement 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 An example of FFR-CT imaging from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. The left image shows a 3D generated image of the coronary tree from a CT scan evaluated with computational fluid dynamics to determine the FFR numbers. It shows a severe restriction of the left main artery which requires a stent to revacularize. The image on the right is a comparison with the invasive angiogram from the cath lab prior to stenting.  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. 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Go back to the enewsletter More Australians than e

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterMore Australians than ever are taking to the seas for a holiday, with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia revealing that in 2017 the Australian cruise market grew by 4.4%, equating to almost 6% of the Australian population taking a cruise last year.Over 1.34 million Australians took to the open seas in 2017, prompting CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz to say cruising had now become the quintessential modern Australian holiday. According to the industry body’s annual ocean passenger Cruise Industry Source Market Report, Australia remains the only market in the world to surpass a 4% population penetration rate, well ahead of more mature markets.Katz said that while the growth wasn’t as dramatic as recent years, it was more than two and a half times higher than the rate of Australia’s inbound holiday arrivals growth rate of 1.7%.“This growth rate puts Australia on par with the world’s largest cruise market, the USA, which experienced growth of 4.7%, and was well ahead of more established cruise markets such as Europe (up 2.5%), and the UK and Ireland (up 0.5%).“With demand for cruising as high as ever, there is still so much potential. The best way to future-proof cruise tourism in Australia is to resolve infrastructure constraints and ensure the right regulatory settings to allow more cruising to Australian ports. As long as we can solve the lack of cruise infrastructure development in Sydney and across the region, we’ll see further increases in passenger numbers,” Katz said.“As cruise continues to grow in popularity, more cruise lines will base more ships down under and the number of homeports and itineraries will only grow. With the equivalent of almost 1 in every 18 Australians cruising last year, Australians are overwhelmingly choosing a cruise as their holiday of choice and they’re coming back time and time again.”The report also revealed that Australians still spend most of their time cruising local waters with the South Pacific (35%) and Australia (34%) accounting for the most cruise passengers.Katz said one of the great success stories of the booming cruise industry was seeing valuable cruise dollars spread right around Australia’s vast coastline.“With about one-third of Australian cruise passengers embarking on an Australian itinerary in 2017, regional economies continued to reap the benefits of cruise tourism. As long as infrastructure and regulatory policy allows, we will increasingly see vessels homeporting outside of Sydney in cities including Brisbane, Melbourne, Fremantle and Adelaide, and visiting regional ports such as Broome, Eden, Geraldton and Gladstone, to cater to this demand,” Mr Katz said.“Australia needs to develop appropriate infrastructure and policy to ensure the growth potential here is fully realised. With the popularity of cruising booming in Asia, and specifically in China, and regional Asian governments developing berthing facilities for the cruise market, Australia cannot afford to be left behind,” Mr Katz noted.Other key findings of the 2017 Ocean Passenger Cruise Industry Source Market Report include:Australasia accounted for 5.4% of global cruise passenger numbers and as a region with a comparatively small population, is punching well above its weight in the cruise stakesAsia remained the most popular long-haul fly-cruise destination for Australian cruisers accounting for 7.3% of travellers, followed by the Mediterranean (4.6%) and Alaska (2.8%).The youngest average age demographic for Australian cruisers (44 years old) was found on South Pacific and Caribbean cruises, while the oldest average age (67 years old) was found on longer expedition itineraries.Global statistics showed that Australasia was an attractive cruise destination for international visitors with around 200,000 people travelling to the region for a cruise holiday, mostly from the USA (87,000), and the United Kingdom (21,000).View the full report by clicking here.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Archbishop arrives in London for operation

first_imgArchbishop Chrysostomos, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer has arrived in London where he will be having surgery on Tuesday.The archbishop had by Monday arrived in London, a spokesperson of the archbishopric told the Cyprus Mail, in preparation for a laparoscopic surgery to remove two tumours from the liver.The archbishop revealed in an interview with Phileleftheros online, published in two parts on Saturday and Sunday, that he was recently diagnosed with liver cancer and that he was to travel to the UK to have the two tumours removed.He said when he found out about it, he was not upset. “I accepted it, I have a certain age, I am not a child anymore. I was fully prepared. I believe that what I wanted to offer, I have, with much love,” the archbishop said, adding he was not afraid of dying.Death is inevitable, he said, and one must make peace with it.“If I departed, I would have been satisfied because I have done my duty in full,” he said.News of the archbishop’s cancer diagnosis has been accompanied by what the archbishop referred to as the “petty” behaviour of those already preparing to succeed him.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Senate unanimously approves Iden bill to reform asset forfeiture laws

first_img The Michigan Senate today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. Brandt Iden to reform Michigan’s asset forfeiture laws and protect citizens’ rights across the state.Rep. Iden applauded the Senate on its approval of the bill.“Michiganders from Ann Arbor, Zeeland, and everywhere in between have been waiting for an overhaul of this magnitude to better protect their rights,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “I’m happy to see that all of my colleagues in the Senate supported this bill.”House Bill 4507 aims to reform public nuisance abatement practices. As the law currently stands, courts can order the forfeiture of personal property to end public nuisances, regardless of whether or not the seized property was part of the nuisance itself. This can result in all furniture, fixtures, personal property, and contents of a property at issue to be seized.In addition to nuisance law abatement, HB 4507 is part of a legislative package that also raises the minimum standard by which property can be seized, from a “preponderance of the evidence” connecting the property to a crime to “clear and convincing evidence.”“This may seem like a small clarification, but this change will help citizens protect citizens’ personal property rights,” Rep. Iden said. “In addition to citizens and lawmakers, this package has seen support from public safety agencies and civil rights organizations looking to better clarify Michigan’s laws.”HB 4507 now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for further consideration.### 07Oct Senate unanimously approves Iden bill to reform asset forfeiture laws Categories: Iden News,Newslast_img read more

Mental health task force schedules meeting in Detroit

first_img06Sep Mental health task force schedules meeting in Detroit A bipartisan state House of Representatives task force will have a public meeting at 1-3 p.m. in the Team Wellness Center, located at 6309 Mack Avenue in Detroit, on Monday, Sept. 11.Comprised of seven Democratic and seven Republican members, and co-chaired by state Reps. Klint Kesto of Commerce Township and Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville, the House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force is assigned to explore ways to help Michigan residents with mental health challenges. The information gathered during a series of meetings and tours across the state will develop legislative reforms to improve service consistency, establish better support for veterans, upgrade substance abuse treatment programs, expand law enforcement training, and increase use of specialized courts for mental health and substance addiction.“This bipartisan task force has a mission to help the lives of all Michigan residents. I’m pleased we’ll be coming to hear about Detroit area successes with mental health issues,” said Vaupel, chair of the House Health Policy Committee. “The information we’ve gathered so far from local, county and non–profit programs has painted an exceptional picture for us about where Michigan needs to improve in helping our veterans or treating addiction. Nothing could be complete without talking with key individuals in our state’s largest city.”The C.A.R.E.S. Task Force, named for the Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety elements to be addressed to help support Michigan’s citizens living with mental health challenges, has had three prior public meetings in Livingston, Kent and Oakland counties with another meeting scheduled for Sept. 7 in Lansing. Members have also toured state facilities in Washtenaw, Oakland and Ionia counties.“These meetings are not about politics, they’re about helping people,” said Kesto, who serves as the chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. “That’s why we’re coming to the Team Wellness Center to hear from law enforcement officials, doctors, organization leaders and the people who have overcome the challenges and share how they did it.”The public is invited to attend the Sept. 11 meeting and is also encouraged to submit suggestions on state mental health services online at www.house.mi.gov/CARES.##### Categories: Kesto News,Newslast_img read more

Lucido votes to protect underage sex crime victims in schools

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News House approves legislation to safeguard students on school propertyState Rep. Peter Lucido today co-sponsored and voted for legislation to help protect students who are underage victims of sex crimes on school districts property.The three-bill package requires schools to permanently expel students who are convicted of criminal sexual conduct against another pupil enrolled in the same school district; prohibit an expelled student from attending another public school in Michigan unless they go through a reinstatement process; and, if a personal protection order is ordered for the victim of sexual assaults, the offender would be prohibited from entering the victim’s school.“It is simply ridiculous that underage victims and their assailants can be in the same classroom in the state of Michigan,” said Lucido of Shelby Township. “All victims of criminal sexual conduct deserve protection – whether they’re adults or kids in schools – but we have crime victims begging for protection and having to change schools. We need to change that.”Currently, a school is only required to expel a student who commits a sex crime on school grounds.“A school campus should be a safe education environment for all students and nothing more,” Lucido said. “Anyone who commits criminal sexual conduct is a threat to the entire school community and needs to be dealt with seriously.”House Bills 5530, 5531 and 5532 advance to the Senate for its consideration.##### 08Mar Lucido votes to protect underage sex crime victims in schoolslast_img read more

Rep Noble testifies on plan for Michigan to enter drivers license compact

first_img Categories: Noble News Legislation protects Michigan and out-of-state driversState Rep. Jeff Noble this week testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his legislation to enter into an agreement with 45 other states to share driver’s license information.Noble said the agreement, known as the Driver’s License Interstate Compact, will allow states to work together to ensure bonds and citations are paid for if a driver is pulled over in another state.“This plan protects Michigan residents when driving in other states and gives travelers reassurance they will not be required to pay cash to law enforcement on the spot when receiving a citation,” said Noble, of Northville. “Currently, when an out-of-state driver gets pulled over by police they have to either buy a cash bond, have their driver’s license taken away or possibly go to jail. This plan ensures violations will be paid while also allowing drivers to be on their way after receiving a citation.”House Bill 6011 remains under consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.### 31May Rep. Noble testifies on plan for Michigan to enter driver’s license compactlast_img read more

Rep Bellino commends budget proposal that funds plans within 17th House District

first_img21Dec Rep. Bellino commends budget proposal that funds plans within 17th House District Legislature sends measure to governor for considerationState Rep. Joe Bellino today voted to approve a plan connected to the state budget that will allow for additional growth within the city of Monroe while protecting Michigan residents and their children.Bellino championed two specific projects that will be funded through the proposal. The Monroe School Health Initiative, through the Arborwood campus of Monroe Public Schools, will receive funds for a planned all-purpose children’s clinic.“This will go a long way with outfitting the building for its needs,” Bellino said. “We’ll be able to offer before-and-after school child care and health services so our youth in and around Monroe are in a safe and caring environment when they are at school.”Additional funding will go to Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan and the St. Joseph Center of Hope for an engagement and intervention center to help individuals attempting to recover from addiction.“This facility will help addicts who are trying to get better by providing them with meals, clean clothes and an area to receive treatment information if they want to get on a better path,” Bellino said. “Being able to help fund staff for the first year this facility is open will provide the Monroe area with jobs and help residents in need.”The measures, Senate Bills 149 and 601, will ultimately head to the governor for final consideration and include over $100 million to be added to record-high road investments. The plans also boost local services for military veterans, environmental cleanup and school security improvements. Categories: Bellino News,Newslast_img read more

Albert Michigan must do more to prevent youth ecigarette usage

first_img Categories: Albert News Initiative bans sales of e-cigs to minors, helps enforce regulationState Rep. Thomas Albert today testified before the House Regulatory Reform Committee in support of his plan banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors as well as the possession by individuals under 18.“This critical first step is to keep hazardous chemicals out of the hands of our children,” said Albert, of Lowell. “Eliminating nicotine exposure now will prevent a health crisis down the road. This legislation will also enhance law enforcement and help schools keep e-cigarettes off campuses. This plan takes the necessary action to protect our communities from addiction.”Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine and flavoring without burning tobacco. Many devices are colorful and made to look harmless – including a version that looks just like a computer USB flash drive, making them appealing to teens and difficult to detect in schools.Albert invited Ionia Intermediate School District Superintendent Ethan Ebenstein and Associate Superintendent Ted Payton to join him to testify about the struggles schools face keeping e-cigarettes off campuses.“Ionia schools are seeing explosive growth of these products, and are finding themselves in a constant struggle to keep students from using them,” Albert said. “Without enough education on these harmful chemicals, I fear of the health problems of teenagers that will come to light in the future.”The U.S. Surgeon General recently declared youth e-cigarette usage an “epidemic”. In a 2018 Centers for Disease Control survey, roughly one in five high school students reported using such products – up 78 percent from 2017.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration bans the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18, but Michigan state law does not. With the adoption House Bill 4164, law enforcement and schools will have a pathway to keeping addictive, unregulated chemicals off campuses.The plan also protects Michigan if federal regulations change, Albert said.Photo Information: State Rep. Thomas Albert testifies before the House Regulatory Reform Committee on Tuesday in support of his legislation banning minors from purchasing and possessing harmful e-cigarette products to solve a growing statewide epidemic.Photo Information: Ionia Intermediate School District Superintendent Ethan Ebenstein (right) and Associate Superintendent Ted Payton testify before the House Regulatory Reform Committee in support of state Rep. Thomas Albert’s House Bill 4164. 26Feb Albert: Michigan must do more to prevent youth e-cigarette usagelast_img read more