Mobile services restored partially in Kashmir’s Kupwara district

first_imgIncoming mobile services have been restored for post-paid subscribers in Kashmir Valley’s Kupwara district, officials said on Friday.All post-paid subscribers of State-run BSNL, Jio and Vodafone in the north Kashmir border district will benefit from the decision, they said. According to the officials, there was a technical issue in allowing outgoing mobile services and it would take some time to overcome the problem.Services for pre-paid subscribers, who don’t get monthly bills, have not been opened yet, they said.Landline, mobile and internet services were suspended on August 5 when the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370.The State administration is opening up the communication system gradually and has restored landline services in 46 of 96 telephone exchanges in the Valley, officials said.last_img read more

Enai Nokki Paayum Thota: Dhanush to sport two different looks, says Gautham Menon

first_imgDhanush will be seen in two different avatars in Gautham’s upcoming film Enai Nokki Paayum Thotta. After a long time, Dhanush is sporting a clean-shaven look in the film, and the other getup is not yet revealed.ALSO READ: Nimmo – Dhanush to make a cameo in Anand L Rai’s film ALSO READ: Vada Chennai – Vetrimaaran-Dhanush’s film to go on floors in JuneGautham said that Dhanush has so far shot for 20 days and he will be on a break for some time. He also added that the actor will use this time to prepare for the other getup. The film marks the first collaboration of Dhanush and Gautham Menon. The film also stars Megha Akash in the female lead role. AR Rahman, who has composed the songs for another upcoming film of Gautham – Achcham Enbathu Madamaiyada, will also work in Yenai Nokki Paayum Thotaa.A new still of Enai Nokki Paayum Thotta is making the rounds on the social media. Shooting at steady pace, for official updates about #ENPT follow @OndragaEnt OndragaEntertainment (@OndragaEnt) May 17, 2016 The film will be wrapped up in a monthe, according to sources.On finishing the film, Dhanush will start working on Vada Chennai, a gangster film directed by Vetrimaaran. The film will be reportedly made in two parts and will cover a timeline of three decades. Samantha Ruth Prabhu has been signed for the project, which will go on floors in June.Dhanush also has a Hollywood project in his kitty. Tilted Fakir, the film has Uma Thurman and Alexandra Daddario in pivotal roles.advertisementlast_img read more

Marbury China’s Hoop Fans Fave

first_imgBEIJING — After a roller-coaster NBA career, Stephon Marbury has found peace in basketball-crazed China. The two-time all-star is thriving on the court with the Beijing Ducks while becoming one with his adopted hometown away from basketball.He is so entrenched, he wants to one day coach China’s national team.“I plan on living here for the rest of my life,” the 37-year-old point guard and Brooklyn native said in an interview in the lobby of his plush apartment building in the heart of Beijing. “I think they respect me enough to be able to give me the opportunity.”China is a world away from Marbury’s life in the U.S., where he endured a string of disappointing stints with several NBA teams.But he has found his groove in Beijing, leading the Ducks to two Chinese Basketball Association championships. He is an unrivaled fan favorite and the team’s on-court leader — the organization has even erected a statue of him in front of its arena.Marbury has capitalized on the opportunities China offers to foreign basketball players and other athletes capable of adjusting to the considerable cultural, linguistic and culinary challenges of life in the rising Asian power.Already dominant at the Olympics and Asian Games, the world’s second largest economy is now undergoing a boom in professional sports stoked by foreign coaches and players.“I don’t make nowhere near the money that I made when I was playing in the NBA,” Marbury said, “but I’m way happier, so I mean, what is that to say?”A big part of Marbury’s Chinese appeal has been his willingness to embrace local culture and make himself accessible to fans.He rides the Beijing subway with a backpack and headphones, posing for photos with people he meets along the way. He dines at local eateries, and digs into the same simple meals as his Chinese teammates.Marbury has been a vocal supporter of Guoan, Beijing’s beloved local football team, and studied the graceful martial art of tai chi. He even took a stab at learning Chinese before a knee surgery threw him off his lessons.He’s also active on Weibo, the ubiquitous Chinese version of Twitter. A typical post: “Good morning China! Live in the moment with pure loving intentions to all. Love is Love!!!”He wrote a column — “Starbury News” — in the China Daily newspaper, and if he had any negative feelings about China, he kept them to himself.“Marbury was seen as a loner in America, but he’s completely changed his image here in China. He’s shown huge interest helping both his team and young people generally,” said veteran Chinese sportscaster Xu Jicheng.Basketball is already hugely popular in China, as is American music and fashion. Urban courts are filled with youngsters showing off their moves, while hip-hop fashions are a favorite of those born in the 1980s and ’90s.Fans have also connected with Marbury.When he scores for the Ducks, each basket is celebrated by an MC and echoed by fans at the arena operated by the team’s sponsor, Capital Iron and Steel, in Beijing’s far western suburbs. Marbury can still score, he had a 46-point game in a one-point loss to the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.It’s not exactly Madison Square Garden, but crowds at the Shougang Basketball Center are enthusiastic. Songs by Sugar Hill Gang and other hip hop classics play over the PA — with Marbury at the center of it all.“Marbury is why we come to these games. He’s the one who’s really made them play like they never played before,” said Ricky Chen, a 26-year-old Beijing office worker who endured a two-hour trip on the subway to catch a game with his girlfriend.A college standout at Georgia Tech, Marbury was a first-round pick in the 1996 NBA draft by Milwaukee, but traded to Minnesota. He also played for New Jersey and Phoenix before joining the New York Knicks amid high expectations that were never realized. His last stop in the NBA was with Boston in 2009.With his NBA options becoming limited, Marbury decided in 2010 to head for China in hopes of jump-starting his career.That leap of faith landed him initially in gritty Taiyuan in China’s northern coal country. A contract dispute with the Brave Dragons soon left him high and dry, although Marbury said he never considered heading home.“I was, like, if I go back to America I’m going to get killed by the media. I’m done. This is it. My career is done, my life is over with,” Marbury said.Salvation came in the form of the Foshan Dragons in the industrial south.Along the way, he has relaunched his Starbury sportswear brand, whose logo is tattooed on his shaved head. This fall he was featured in a live musical production using his China experience as an allegory for overcoming hardship.Marbury is one of dozens of foreign players in the CBA, which allows teams to play two non-Chinese players at a time for a total of six quarters per game.Some have found the success that eluded them in the U.S., such as former NBA journeyman Lester Hudson, the CBA’s MVP last season, and Jamaal Franklin, a former second-round draft pick of the Memphis Grizzlies, the league’s leading scorer this season.Other NBA All-Stars have given China a shot — including Metta World Peace, Tracy McGrady and Gilbert Arenas, with varying degrees of success.But none embraced the country in the way Marbury has.“It makes him one of the few CBA foreigners that aren’t likely to be painted as mercenaries,” said Andrew Crawford, whose website, Shark Fin Hoops, covers Chinese basketball. “He’s the first foreigner in the CBA to make a huge and sustained deal out of how much he likes being in Beijing, and that means a lot.”Marbury believes he can play another two or three years but no matter what happens on the court — or with his coaching ambitions — he plans to keep China at the center of his life and career.“I am forever indebted to this country for them helping change my life and my basketball career, and how I’m viewed in the world of basketball.”(CHRISTOPHER BODEEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Daniel Amokachi picks his all-time Nigeria XI

first_imgWorld Cup 2018 Daniel Amokachi’s all-time Nigeria XI Read more Share on Facebook Can you choose a better all-time Nigeria XI? Build your team Share on LinkedIn World Cup all-time XIs I want my Nigeria team to line up in a 4-3-3 formation so we can accommodate the many attacking talents to have pulled on the national jersey. The anchorman in midfield is a simple decision: Sunday Oliseh. He could shield the defence, he was a good tackler, he had a great pass and he scored when you needed him to. To complement Oliseh’s steel in that midfield will be the flair of Jay Jay Okocha, who could do practically anything he wanted with that ball to set up Nigeria’s attack. Then I will stick myself in that three as a sort of support striker, playing behind the main striker. I always thrived for Nigeria in that position because it allowed me to see the game better, to roam about in front a bit, pick up loose balls and feed the main man up front.And there is only one choice for the main striker. For me it has to be Rashidi Yekini, the record goalscorer for Nigeria, with 37 goals in 62 games. His record for Nigeria was excellent. He was also top scorer and player of the tournament for Nigeria at the 1994 Nations Cup in addition to scoring the country’s first ever World Cup goal. There are so many players who could play alongside Yekini in a front three. World Cup Augustine Eguavoen is my pick for the right-back slot but the left-back position is slightly more difficult. Celestine Babayaro was brilliant for both Nigeria and at club level, especially for Chelsea, but I will go for Ben Iroha because I think he provided an extra spark to the Nigeria team in attack. Stephen Keshi’s place in Nigeria’s history is undisputed so his position in this team is not up for discussion but Nigeria has had some superb centre-backs and natural leaders, including Christian Chukwu, who captained the Super Eagles to a first Nations Cup title in 1980. My choice as partner for Keshi, however, is Uche Okechukwu who was rock solid for Nigeria in two Nations Cup finals – 1990 and 1994 – as well as playing central roles in two round of 16 finishes at the World Cup for Nigeria. Share on Twitter Topics Share on Pinterest Given Nigeria’s rich history and record at international level, there are many players to choose from but I have gone with a lot of those I played with because I truly believe it represented a unique period in Nigeria’s history with the Nations Cup triumph in 1994 and our qualification for the World Cup that same year when we proved we can compete with the very best.Peter Rufai is the undisputed choice for me as goalkeeper because he was huge for us in both the Nations Cup win and the World Cup performance in 1994, acting not just as a superb final line of defence but also as a leader from the back. Pinterest Tijani Babangida was brilliant and Segun Odegbami roamed the flanks with elegance in his days but I am going to choose Finidi George, formerly of Ajax, and the ex-Barcelona winger Emmanuel Amunike to provide good balance on the right and left wings. Twitter Nigeria’s all-time World Cup XI: create your own Facebook Nigeria football team Share via Email Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Vegas Releases Initial Prediction For This Year’s Texas-Oklahoma Game

first_imgCheerleaders of the Oklahoma Sooners perform during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 12: Cheerleaders of the Oklahoma Sooners perform during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies on November 12, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners won 36-30. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Few things in sports are better than college football rivalry games. We’re going to be getting some really, really good ones this year, too.Most of these games are far off, not taking place until midway (or later) through the season. Still, it’s never too early to start thinking about them.A Las Vegas sportsbook has released some initial betting lines for these games.Who’s favored in the Oklahoma-Texas contest? Will the Longhorns be able to beat the Sooners in Year 2 of the Tom Herman era?The sportsbook doesn’t think so.An initial betting line has been set. Oklahoma is favored by a lot.Oklahoma is a 12-point favorite in this year’s game, set to be played in early October.Full betting lines can be seen below:Games of the Year lines up @southpointlv:Ohio St -1.5 at Penn StAuburn at Alabama -7Michigan at Ohio St -9Georgia -15 vs. FloridaClemson -10 at Florida StNotre Dame -1 at USCTexas vs. Oklahoma -12h/t @andrewssports— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) May 24, 2018Oklahoma and Texas are set to meet at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 6. It will hopefully be a good one.last_img read more

Province Invests in Jobs Infrastructure and Training Through Shipbuilding Contracts

first_imgNova Scotia committed up to $304 million in loans as part of Irving Shipbuilding’s successful bid for the $25 billion federal combat vessel shipbuilding program, Premier Darrell Dexter revealed today, March 30. It is the single largest investment in jobs and growing the economy in Nova Scotia’s history – to strengthen the competitiveness of Irving Shipbuilding’s bid to build Canada’s next fleet of combat ships. It represents six per cent of the tax revenue the province expects to receive in return. “I, the entire province, and indeed people from across Canada, have stood behind Irving’s bid from day one, knowing that the best ships in the world start right here,” said Premier Dexter. “This is the single most important opportunity Nova Scotia has ever seen to create jobs and propel our economy into the future. This is a vital project for Nova Scotia and for Canada.” To strengthen Irving’s bid, the province committed to a financial assistance package that includes a forgiveable capital loan worth up to $260 million, and a repayable marine industry loan worth $44 million for human resource development, technology and industrial development. The province also committed to loan guarantees, if needed, as the contracts are finalized. The provincial investment was crafted to support key competitive features that would help put the Irving bid in front. They include providing access to working capital, modernizing the yard, and ensuring that beyond the cost of the ships, there would be no additional cost to the federal government. “We appreciate the vision shown by the province and Premier Dexter in recognizing the significant impact the new federal shipbuilding contracts will have in Nova Scotia,” said Jim Irving, CEO of Irving Shipbuilding. “The province has consistently shown its commitment to the skilled men and women at Irving Shipbuilding. “During the past 15 years, Nova Scotia’s confidence in our capabilities made us a contender, earning the highest score and the right to build Canada’s next generation of combat vessels. We would not have won without Nova Scotia’s support. Today we partner to build quality ships, a growing workforce and a lasting centre of excellence that will provide a substantial return on the province’s support.” While the province invested up to $304 million in the bid, the impact of the shipbuilding work is estimated to result in $2.8 billion in additional revenue to the province over the course of the next 19 years. Activity flowing from the shipbuilding bid provides the province a tremendous opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy for the future, in particular through: regional and national cooperation; workforce training and development; supply chain development; innovation and excellence; and international investment and partnerships. As part of the agreement, Irving will contribute $250,000 per year, over the next 30 years, to support the Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence at the Nova Scotia Community College. The centre will provide opportunities for Nova Scotians to learn about career options in the shipbuilding industry and about the training involved in becoming the best shipbuilders in the world. The province will also work with Irving to develop an early apprenticeship program and a ten-year workforce plan to ensure Nova Scotians are aware of future opportunities, and so our education and training institutions can plan and deliver relevant training. Irving will continue to work with the Ships Start Here partnership to participate in supply chain development as work continues on a strategy to help companies develop skills and certifications to become a supplier or subcontractor. “Nova Scotia won these contracts fair and square, but let me be clear, the opportunities in front of us are not entitlements. To achieve the greatest growth and transformation of our economy, we will have to work together and work hard. If we don’t, others surely will,” said Premier Dexter. The contracts, estimated at $25 billion, will help the province turn a corner on 20 years of slow economic growth in Atlantic Canada. It will mean an additional 11,500 jobs for Nova Scotians and will increase the province’s GDP by almost $900 million during peak production years. The Canadian economy is expected to grow by $1.5 billion, and 4,500 jobs will be created outside of Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Child rep collects documents after sisters deaths no decision on investigation

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia’s child and youth representative says his office has begun to collect information about two young sisters whose bodies were found in a Victoria-area home on Christmas Day.Bernard Richard said Friday it is too early to say whether he will launch a formal investigation, but he says his office has contacted the BC Coroners Service and the provincial ministry in charge of child welfare and has started gathering documents.Richard’s office has the power to investigate when young people who have received child welfare services die or are critically injured.“Obviously this is a very concerning case,” Richard said in an interview from Cap Pele, N.B.“We’ll be taking a very close look at the circumstances surrounding the services provided to this family and whether they could have played a role in the events of Christmas Day.”The Ministry of Children and Family Development declined comment on the deaths, citing privacy reasons. But it said in an emailed statement the ministry always co-operates fully with investigations involving police or the coroner’s office.“This is a heartbreaking tragedy and our thoughts are with the family and everyone who loves them, as well as the broader community that has been shocked and saddened by this news,” the ministry said.Police discovered the bodies of the two young girls inside a home in Oak Bay on Monday evening and are investigating the incident as a double homicide.A friend of the family said the children’s mother, Sarah Cotton, notified the police that her former common-law spouse, Andrew Berry, hadn’t returned them as scheduled.A family member and friend have identified the girls as Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6.Police have said an injured man, whose identity and condition have not been disclosed, was found inside the home and taken to hospital.No charges have been laid and police have said they are not looking for any further suspects.The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit said Wednesday the man remained in hospital and was not in police custody. No further updates on the investigation have been released by police since then.Richard said his office cannot begin interviewing witnesses or officially investigate until police and the coroner’s service have finished their investigations, which could take months.He said his own reaction has been to grieve what he describes as a heartbreaking situation.“I think the dust will settle at some point and we’ll get answers, but for now I think it could be actually damaging to the mom, who is already stricken with grief, and other family members, to be speculating too broadly without knowing the real information,” he said.Reports produced by the representative for children and youth are publicly released.The girls’ mother had concerns about their father’s parenting abilities, court documents say.In a decision released in May, a B.C. Supreme Court judge said Berry displayed poor judgment in dealing with his children, including allegations of inappropriate touching involving one of the girls in October 2015 that led to an investigation by the province’s child welfare agency.In court, Berry testified he tickled one of the girls but not inappropriately.The court decision was intended to settle custody of the children and distribution of assets after Berry and Cotton separated in September 2013.Justice Victoria Gray concluded that Berry’s “displays of poor judgment regarding the children” did not justify depriving his daughters of “significant parenting time” with him.“The father is a loving father who has much to offer his daughters,” the decision says. “The children appear to be generally happy and healthy, although suffering some stress from the breakdown of their parents’ relationship.”Erez Aloni, a law professor at the University of British Columbia, said speaking in general about how the courts approach family disputes, they are typically reluctant to intervene in every issue, despite having the authority to do so.“It’s a more complex and sensitive issue than simply collecting a debt,” Aloni said. “You want to make sure that the parties can continue to work together as parents.”The District of Oak Bay has organized a candlelight vigil Saturday evening to honour the two girls at Willows Beach. The vigil will include formal remarks and music.“We have been shaken as a community,” the municipality said in a statement posted on its website. “This event is an opportunity to come together in grief and in love to mourn the tragic loss of two of our young citizens.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Sri Lankan detained in Mumbai attempting to smuggle gold

A Sri Lankan passport holder, Mohamed Sufiyan Nizamdeen has been arrested in Mumbai while he was attempting to smuggle gold into the country.Nizamdeen, 43, was intercepted based on profiling on arrival from Colombo by SriLankan Airline flight UL 141 in the Arrivals hall after he cleared himself through the Green Channel, The Hindu newspaper reported. On Sunday morning, Mr. Nazamdeen, a textile merchant, stopped when he spotted the Customs officers to greet them, who examined his baggage and found five gold bars weighing 500 gm and valued at Indian Rs. 14.75 lakh. The gold bars were cleverly concealed in a cavity specially made in the sole of his footwear. He has been booked, officers said. (Colombo Gazette) Nizamdeen, from Kandy, had been caught smuggling last month. He was booked and issued a summons as per procedure as amount of gold being smuggled was below Indian Rs 20 lakh in value. As per rules, those caught smuggling gold worth below Indian Rs 20 lakh are not arrested. Those found smuggling gold worth between Indian Rs. 20 lakh and Indian Rs 1 crore can obtain bail, while smuggling gold worth more than Indian Rs. 1 crore is a non-bailable offence. read more

Google allows anyone with a web browser to peer into data centres

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Google allows anyone with a web browser to peer into data centres by News Staff Posted Oct 17, 2012 11:18 am MDT SAN FRANCISCO – Google is opening a virtual window into the secretive data centres where an intricate maze of computers process Internet search requests, show YouTube video clips and distribute email for millions of people.The unprecedented peek is being provided through a new website unveiled Wednesday at . The site features photos from inside some of the eight data centres that Google Inc. already has running in the U.S., Finland and Belgium. Google is also building data centres in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Chile.Virtual tours of a North Carolina data centre also will be available through Google’s “Street View” service, which is usually used to view photos of neighbourhoods around the world.The photographic access to Google’s data centres coincides with the publication of a Wired magazine article about how the company builds and operates them. The article is written by Steven Levy, a journalist who won Google’s trust while writing “In The Plex,” a book published last year about the company’s philosophy and evolution.The data centres represent Google’s nerve centre, although none are located near the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.As Google blossomed from its roots in a Silicon Valley garage, company co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin worked with other engineers to develop a system to connect low-cost computer servers in a way that would help them realize their ambition to provide a digital roadmap to all of the world’s information.Initially, Google just wanted enough computing power to index all the websites on the Internet and deliver quick responses to search requests. As Google’s tentacles extended into other markets, the company had to keep adding more computers to store videos, photos, email and information about their users’ preferences.The insights that Google gathers about the more than 1 billion people that use its services has made the company a frequent target of privacy complaints around the world. The latest missive came Tuesday in Europe, where regulators told Google to revise a 7-month-old change to its privacy policy that enables the company to combine user data collected from its different services.Google studies Internet search requests and Web surfing habits in an effort to gain a better understanding of what people like. The company does this in an effort to show ads of products and services to the people most likely to be interested in buying them. Advertising accounts for virtually all of Google’s revenue, which totalled nearly $23 billion through the first half of this year.Even as it allows anyone with a Web browser to peer into its data centres, Google intends to closely guard physical access to its buildings. The company also remains cagey about how many computers are in its data centres, saying only that they house hundreds of thousands of machines to run Google’s services.Google’s need for so many computers has turned the company a major electricity user, although management says it’s constantly looking for ways to reduce power consumption to protect the environment and lower its expenses.The company’s data centres are located in: Berkeley County, S.C.; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Douglas County, Ga.; Mayes County, Okla.; Lenoir, N.C.; The Dalles, Ore.; Hamina, Finland; and St. Ghislain, Belgium. Other data centres are being built in Quilicura, Chile; Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. read more

Commentary Bengals prepare for game against division rival Steelers

The Cincinnati Bengals have the opportunity to demonstrate a power shift in the AFC North this Monday night when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite losing their season opener, the Bengals’ chances of beating their longtime rivals are the best they have been in a while.The Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) are a wounded animal, and are the most vulnerable they have been in over a decade. As if missing the playoffs last year wasn’t enough, in 2013 so far they have suffered injuries to key players. The storied franchise that had experienced a renaissance as of late (three AFC championships and two Super Bowl wins since 2005) lost its home opener for the first time in 11 seasons to the Tennessee Titans, a team that finished 6-10 last year.In the offseason, the Steelers allowed speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace to sign a $60 million contract with the Miami Dolphins. A few days earlier they cut a former Defensive Player of the Year in linebacker James Harrison in an effort to get under the salary cap. In their opener, they lost Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey (knee) and starting linebacker Larry Foote (biceps) to injuries, likely sidelining them for the year.In their first game this season, they did little to show that they were the same old Steelers and immune to the problems most franchises face when losing key players. Traditionally known for its ability to run the ball, Pittsburgh ran for a mere 31 yards. They also only managed nine points against a Tennessee team that allowed 29.4 points a game last season, worst in the NFL.Meanwhile, the Bengals (0-1) lost on the road to the Chicago Bears in their season opener. After taking a 21-10 lead in the second half, Cincinnati allowed the Bears to steal a win due to mental errors. But the Bengals are considered to be one of the most talented teams in the league and are expected not only to make the playoffs but to make some noise when they get there. The disparity in talent between the Bengals and the Steelers should have Pittsburgh worried, particularly because of injuries, but it does not.The Steelers have no reason to believe they cannot win Monday night. Since the 2007 season Pittsburgh is 4-0 against the Bengals in prime time games. They also eliminated Cincinnati in the Wild Card round in 2006 on their way to a Super Bowl Championship.The Steelers will try not to let last season or the struggles in week one convince them that the Bengals are the better team after years of domination. The Steelers will try to find the strength to reclaim their place atop the AFC North, even if it is just for one game. After all, with all four teams losing last week, the division is wide open.Cincinnati is still favored in the Monday night showdown. It is hoped that they learned from last week’s loss and will play more disciplined football to complement the flashes of brilliance they put on display. And, though the Steelers held Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker to only 125 yards passing and number one receiver Kenny Britt to only 15 yards receiving, they are unlikely to find similar success in week two.The Bengals have an offensive arsenal that can put the Steelers in a huge hole early. Quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green continue to develop their chemistry, as evidenced by Green’s 162 yard, two touchdown performance last week. Two rookies, tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Giovani Bernard, showed a lot of promise and could be more involved. Playing at home and with an opportunity at redemption, look for the Bengals to come out ready.On defense, Cincinnati’s front line against Pittsburgh’s uncertainty on the offensive line is a matchup the Bengals’ favor. Rookie center Kelvin Beachum will be making his first start against the likes of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins (12.5 sacks in 2012). Also, Harrison should be highly motivated to show his former team that he is still a premier player.When it comes to these two teams, numbers and hype mean very little. The Steelers, those battle-tested warriors who have managed to defeat the odds numerous times over the years, will try to dishearten a promising Cincinnati squad yet again. read more

Rio sells projects in South America

first_imgRio Tinto, a leading international mining group, has signed definitive agreements to sell its undeveloped potash assets, largely comprising the Potasio Rio Colorado (PRC) potash project in Argentina, and its Corumbá iron ore mine in Brazil and the associated river logistics operations in Paraguay to Vale, the Brazilian mining company, for some $1.6 billion. Completion of the Corumbá transaction remains subject to receipt of the relevant regulatory approvals, whilst no approvals are required in order to complete the potash transaction. “This transaction demonstrates the depth and quality of our asset portfolio and our ability to unlock value for shareholders despite tough credit markets and economic conditions”, said Guy Elliott, Chief Financial Officer. “This is a very positive step towards meeting our commitment to reduce debt by $10 billion in 2009.”In December 2008, Rio Tinto announced a detailed package of measures in response to the rapidity and severity of the global economic downturn. One aspect of those measures included expanding the scope of its existing asset divestment program.During 2008, Rio Tinto realised almost $3 billion from asset sales, comprising the Greens Creek mine in Alaska for $750 million, its interest in the Cortez operation in Nevada for $1.695 billion and the Kintyre uranium project in Western Australia for $495 million. In January 2009, it announced the divestment of its interest in the Ningxia aluminium smelter in China for $125 million.The potash transaction, comprising PRC and the Regina exploration asset in Canada, is targeting completion and receipt of the cash proceeds in February. The Corumbá transaction will complete when appropriate consents are received, and completion is expected in the second half of 2009. The sales proceeds are allocated $850 million to the potash assets and $750 million to the Corumbá assets.The earnings of the Corumbá iron ore mine were $6 million for the six months ending 30 June 2008 and $12 million for the year ended 31 December 2007. There were no earnings for the potash assets, which are undeveloped. Evaluation expenditure on the potash projects in the first half of 2008 was $18 million. The gross assets of the Corumbá operations as at 30 June 2008 were $263 million. Gross assets of the PRC assets were $33 million as at 30 June 2008. Rio has said that the proceeds from these divestments will be used for the repayment of debt.last_img read more

Engineers develop thoroughly modern magnesium process

first_imgUniversity of Colorado Boulder engineers have revamped a World War II-era process for making magnesium that requires half the energy and produces a fraction of the pollution compared to today’s leading methods.The breakthrough process, developed in the labs of Professor Alan Weimer, could vastly improve production of the strong, lightweight metal that’s used in everything from vehicles and aircraft to dietary supplements and fireworks. Now, CU Boulder spinoff company Big Blue Technologies (BBT) is working to translate the laboratory innovations into a viable commercial-scale enterprise.“I’m doing it in the lab; I’m seeing the product and seeing the results,” said Boris Chubukov, a graduate researcher in CU Boulder’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and one of Big Blue Technologies’ co-founders. “I know the potential is really there.”A few different methods currently exist for creating magnesium metal, but the most common one takes ore from the ground, combines it with expensive silicon and uses extremely high heat—around 1,200oC—to create chemical reactions and extract the magnesium in small batches.Recent PhD graduate Aaron Palumbo, along with graduate students Scott Rowe and Chubukov, sought a better way.They swapped cheap, abundant carbon for the silicon reactant and addressed flaws in the production process, landing on a system that requires much less energy. They also managed to extract magnesium continuously, rather than in batches, and eliminated the solid waste commonly formed.The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, a division of the US Department of Energy, provided the $3.6 million grant to Weimer’s lab that funded the preliminary research.The technology could have global economic implications. Metal smelting has increasingly moved overseas, mostly to China, in attempts to reduce the overall cost of manufactured goods. Until the late 1990s, the US was a major world supplier of magnesium, but today, only a single domestic producer remains, according to the US Geological Survey.But the BBT founders believe this new process could change the equation and they’ve secured almost a half-million dollars so far from backers who agree, Palumbo said. That includes a $225,000 seed grant from the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Technology Transfer program.“In our economic projections, if you built a plant in the U.S., with current energy prices and fair, first-world labour wages and benefits, we could still produce magnesium cheaper than Chinese product,” Palumbo said. “The US can only begin to ‘bring back manufacturing jobs’ if there is abundant access to cheap raw materials and if we continue to lead in innovative developments for process technology.”Early this year, the fledgling company formed a partnership with Nevada Clean Magnesium, a publicly traded company, to further develop, test and improve the production method. BBT also won the “Most Impact” award at the Cleantech Open Global Forum in February, the culmination of a yearlong accelerator for early-stage clean technology startups. They also graduated from Catalyze CU, the university’s startup accelerator, in 2015.Nevada Clean Magnesium is focused on becoming a major US producer and distributor of primary, high grade, low cost magnesium extracted from its 100% owned Tami-Mosi property located in north central Nevada. Based on the Company’s NI 43-101 PEA published in September 2011 and amended in July 2014, the Tami-Mosi project has an inferred resource of 412 Mt with an average grade of 12.3% Mg for a contained metal content of 111 billion pounds of magnesium using a 12% cutoff grade contained within a high purity dolomite block.last_img read more

Serbs from 5 to away win in Austria

Serbia, withouth few key players like Petar Nenadic, Rastko Stojkovic, Petar Djordjic, Strahinja Milic and Nemanja Zelenovic, have found the way to turnover on their side first friendly match in Austria against home team – 34:32 (15:19).Domestic team led by Icelander Patrekur Johannesson had control over the result in the opening 50 minutes of the match. Austrians had 24:19 in 37th minute, but at the end had to leave court in Tulln defeated.Austria: Robert Weber (10), Sebastian Frimmel (7), Thomas Kandolf (4), Wilhelm Jelinek (3), Alexander Hermann (2), Janko Bozovic (2), Gerald Zeiner (2), Lukas Frühstück (1), Nikola Bilyk (1)Serbia: Marko Vujin (7), Dobrivoje Markovic (6), Momir Rnic (6), Bojan Beljanski (4), Zarko Sesum (3), Darko Djukic (3), Nemanja Ilic (3), Mijajlo Marsenic (1), Darko Stevanovic (1)Second match will be played on Saturday, 20.15 in Sudstadt.PHOTO: ÖHB/Pucher Austria handballSerbia handball ← Previous Story Tough battle without winners at Stozice Next Story → 46th Interamnia Cup calls you in Teramo read more

Lionel Messiinspired Barcelona dump Man United out of Champions League

first_imgMessi could have had his hat-trick too after Luis Suarez found him with a superb cutback and there was an almost comical sequence in the second half when the Argentinian played with his United chasers before finally being bundled over by McTominay. Rashford might have made it interesting if he had controlled Pogba’s ball over the top but Barcelona were in exhibition mode, helped by a vintage Coutinho curler after he had cut inside from the left. Messi even attempted a bicycle kick and there were celebrations from the home fans when news went round that Ajax had taken the lead in Turin. They believe this is their year.© – AFP, 2019 Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Bernard Jackman to discuss Izzy Folau’s impending sacking by Australia and all the week’s news on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Share43 Tweet Email1 Short URL Image: Nick Potts Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 112 Comments Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho celebrate. Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona dump Man United out of Champions League Philippe Coutinho was also on target in a one-sided affair. LIONEL MESSI POUNCED on two Manchester United mistakes to score twice and end their hopes of another Camp Nou comeback as Barcelona breezed into the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday.After an excellent start, United were undone twice in four minutes by Messi, who first nicked the ball off the careless Ashley Young and then watched as a weak shot from distance squirmed underneath David de Gea.Philippe Coutinho, in perhaps his best performance of the season, added a third with a curling effort into the top corner and by the end, an outclassed United might have been relieved the score was not more traumatic than 3-0, 4-0 on aggregate.A dizzying opening spell, in which Marcus Rashford had hit the crossbar, was long-forgotten, even if it could offer Barcelona’s next opponents some encouragement.Liverpool, who take a 2-0 lead to Porto on Wednesday, are the most likely obstacle between Barca and their first Champions League final since they last won this tournament in 2015. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane might feel encouraged.16′ Barcelona 1-0 Man Utd – Who else? Messi gives the hosts the lead with a superb strike #BARMUN #ChampionsLeague— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) April 16, 2019 By AFP Subscribe Apr 16th 2019, 9:51 PM Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho celebrate. Image: Nick Potts Tuesday 16 Apr 2019, 11:00 PM 30,640 Views – Magic Messi -Barca were flustered, so much so the crowd even cheered with relief when Arthur Melo played his team’s first convincing pass. Then, Barcelona had their own eight-minute flurry as United almost conceded a penalty, ruled out after Fred took the ball before bringing down Ivan Rakitic, and then did concede, twice, to Messi. Both could have been avoided, even if Young’s turn on the edge of his own box was punished in devastating fashion. Young lunged in to atone for his mistake but Messi skipped away from him, poked it through Fred’s legs and then whipped the ball past into the corner. The second was simpler. Fred and Scott McTominay closed in on Coutinho and the ball spilled out to Messi, whose dribbling shot with his right foot should have drawn a routine save. Instead, De Gea let is squirm under his body for 2-0. Pogba lashed out at the increasingly influential Arthur and Barca could have had a third before half-time, De Gea scrambling across to save on the line when Sergi Roberto should have finished. 61′ Barcelona 3-0 Man Utd (4-0) – Coutinho curls one into the top corner and Barca are heading for the #ChampionsLeague semi-finals #BARMUN— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) April 16, 2019 Instead, United’s pair of early errors made this another night about Messi and ensured any faint hopes of repeating the comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, or even the famous 1999 rescue act against Bayern Munich, on this same pitch, were dashed. Messi now has his 109th and 110th Champions League goals and, potentially, three extra matches to reduce the gap on Cristiano Ronaldo’s 126, after Juventus were dumped out by Ajax. Barcelona’s fans celebrated that too. United’s coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had urged his strikers to be more lethal here but it felt ominous that even before kick-off, Rashford, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez had hit 42 goals this season, while Messi on his own had 43. Around an hour before kick-off, Alex Ferguson was on the side of the pitch, shaking hands with Ryan Giggs and sharing words with Solskjaer, the scorer of that goal against Munich here 20 years ago. They could have hardly have asked for a better start. United were brilliant for eight minutes and could have been ahead within 30 seconds as Rashford raced onto a curving Paul Pogba pass and toed away a shot, which Marc-Andre ter Stegen bravely left to graze his own crossbar. 20′ Barcelona 2-0 Man Utd (0-3 agg) – De Gea gifts Messi a second. Game over? #BARMUN #ChampionsLeague— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) April 16, 2019last_img read more

Judge denies bail reduction in vehicular homicide case

first_imgA Clark County Superior Court judge declined to reduce bail Friday for a Vancouver man jailed on suspicion of vehicular homicide for a fatal crash earlier this month in Battle Ground.Judge Gregory Gonzales kept Daniel Scott Berry’s bail at $250,000 after a defense attorney argued the amount should be lowered to the prosecution’s original request of $100,000 bail.Berry, 33, first appeared in court Tuesday. Gonzales opted for the higher bail amount based on the “egregious” allegations of the case.Berry was arrested Monday, two weeks after the July 8 crash at the intersection of Southwest 10th Avenue (state Highway 503) and Eaton Boulevard. John A. Christianson, 58, of Ridgefield, was injured and died later that week.On the day of the crash, emergency crews were dispatched shortly after 8 a.m. to the intersection. A white 1992 Lexus sedan, driven by Berry, and an Indian motorcycle, driven by Christianson, collided, according to police.Clark County sheriff’s deputies determined through multiple witness interviews that Berry was driving recklessly before the crash. He was driving north on 10th Avenue and failed to stop at the red light at Eaton Boulevard, despite all other northbound vehicles being stopped, according to a probable cause affidavit.last_img read more

Volcano sends Love waves on Valentines Day again

first_imgCall it a Valentine’s Day tradition on a monumental scale.A 4.3-magnitude earthquake occurred 6 miles north of Mount St. Helens on Monday morning — exactly 30 years to the day after an even bigger earthquake occurred at nearly the exact same spot. Monday’s quake was followed by more than a half-dozen much smaller aftershocks, all in the same general area.Scientists said the seismic activity does not indicate magma rising at Mount St. Helens. They’ve detected none of the shallow quakes or gas typically associated with an imminent volcanic eruption.But they said Monday’s quake — just like the one 30 years ago — is at least indirectly related to the volcano.Felt as far away as south Puget Sound and Astoria, Ore., Monday’s first temblor was the biggest in the Pacific Northwest in two years. Scientists suspect the quake, at 10:35 a.m., may have occurred in a bit of post-eruption settling in the landscape surrounding Mount St. Helens, which last erupted between 2004 and 2008.The quake generated a specific kind of shear wave felt over a wide area, said Bill Steele, seismology lab coordinator at the University of Washington in Seattle.In a curious twist of timing and fate, this type of surface wave is named for the scientist who discovered it: early 20th-century British geophysicist Augustus Love.last_img read more

Microsoft Office 365 banned in some schools

first_imgJames Martin/CNET One German state has told schools it’s now illegal to use Microsoft Office 365 under data protection laws. The Hesse Office for Data Protection and Information Freedom ruled that using the cloud platform could expose student and teacher personal information to access by US officials.The decision follows several years of debate in Germany over whether Microsoft software should be used in schools, CNET sister site ZDNet reported, due to the company’s practice of sending user and telemetry data back to the US. It also comes after Microsoft closed down a German cloud service, which had originally caused Hesse to allow Office 365 to be used in local schools. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $155 at Google Express See It Now playing: Watch this: Read the AirPods review $999 See at Turo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Computers Software Applications Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $520 at HP Turo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Dutch government report says Microsoft Office telemetry collection breaks GDPR Tech giants are about to pay more taxes despite US investigation Microsoft denies it will move production out of China An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. 37 Photos $210 at Best Buy 0 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It $6 at Tidal Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET 7 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Investigators in the Netherlands last year found that the data being transmitted by Microsoft Office 365 could include sentences from documents and email subject lines, in addition to the usual software diagnostics. This is a breach of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, the Netherlands said.”We’re thankful the [Hesse] commissioner raised these concerns and we look forward working with [them] to better understand their concerns,” a Microsoft spokesperson told ZDNet. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Post a comment $999 Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $59 at eBay Chris Monroe/CNET 35 best battery life laptops Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price.center_img Read Google Home Hub review Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile See at Amazon Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Microsoft and data privacy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Amazon $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the Rylo camera preview Rylo $299 at Amazon Sprint 6:14 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Microsoft may support Android apps Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Microsoft Office Microsoft,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It Comments Tags The Cheapskate Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30.last_img read more

WBBSE suspends errant headmaster

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) on Thursday suspended the headmaster of Maynaguri Subhasnagar High School Haridayal Roy, on charges of opening the seal of question papers much before the scheduled time. He had allegedly made question papers of more than one subject available to the topper of the school, during the Madhyamik examination a few months ago.”We have suspended Roy and disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against him,” said Kalyanmoy Ganguly, president of WBBSE, who had led the enquiry that was conducted in this regard. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe WBBSE also announced strong action against some others who, according to the probe, were involved in the entire matter. The Board has started disciplinary proceedings against Biswajit Roy, the English teacher of the school who had videographed the strongroom of the school, where the question papers were kept. It may be mentioned that during the enquiry, Roy had admitted his wrongful act.”Samrat Biswas, the history teacher of the school, who had given contradictory statements regarding the matter during the probe, is being handed over ‘stricture.’ He has been warned that if he is found to be involved in similar acts in future, strong action will be taken against him,” a senior WBBSE official said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAt the same time, the School Education department has showcaused sub-inspector of school of the region Biswanath Bhowmick. He has been directed to respond to the showcause within three days.”Bhowmick has been found guilty of making statements without verification of facts and has even spoken to a number of media persons, which has given a wrong message regarding the entire matter,” the official added.The WBBSE has also not spared Mantu Roy, the additional venue supervisor, for dereliction of duty. “We have started disciplinary proceedings against him,” Gangulysaid.However, Board officials remained tight lipped on the allegations of question paper leak that had been triggered as the seal of the papers were opened before the scheduled time.A number of teachers of Maynaguri School in Jalpaiguri district had been vocal against Roy and had told the Board that he had provided undue benefit to the topper of the school through his act and demanded exemplary punishment for him.It may be recalled that state Education minister Partha Chatterjee had condemned the incident and had said that if the accused teacher is found guilty, then the Shiksha Ratna award conferred upon him will be taken back.last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | November 23, 2011 | Jeanne-Marie Phillips, president, HealthFlash Marketing Communications 2012: What’s Ahead A panel of industry leaders talks about what they expect for the coming year. News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. 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Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Related Content Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff. 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Following are their responses to our Q&A.Q: From the perspective of your particular market segment, what is your outlook or expectation for the coming year in terms of technology developments or trends?Robert Cooke, independent business leader in medical imaging: The three trends I foresee for 2012 are massive computing, cloud computing and consumerism.“Watson,” the IBM super computer that dominated a Jeopardy match earlier this year, is learning medicine and even has a “job” with a major insurance company. For a computer, it’s a short jump from pop- culture to medicine.Advances in delivery of Web content and bandwidth will create the means to deliver meaningful functionality and collaboration across a variety of platforms.People want to be involved in their healthcare; people want to see their test results. The public is also now concerned about the potential impact of radiation exposure.Steve Deaton, VP of sales, Viztek: We expect to see the cost of film cause more facilities to abandon analog imaging and convert to a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) environment. From a financial perspective, we expect to discover many more digital replacement opportunities in 2012. Facilities with computed radiography/digital radiography (CR/DR) or PACS systems that are more than three years old can definitely realize improved workflow by replacing their equipment — although many CFOs would argue that financially, it does not make sense to repurchase something that is functional. Anne LeGrand, VP and general manager of X-ray division, GE Healthcare: I see three prominent trends in X-ray technology — the ongoing conversion from analog to digital; the push for easy-to-use, patient-friendly and cost-effective equipment and body composition analysis advances will continue through 2012.As a first-touch modality for many patients seeking care, X-ray is becoming more compact, mobile and precise. In fact, the use of digital imaging is transforming X-ray to become a more specific investigational filter used prior to other diagnostic procedures and lifestyle interventions.Diana L. Nole (MBA), president, digital medical solutions, Carestream Health: Use of mobile devices for image viewing is a new development that promises to speed treatment and enhance patient care. Zero-footprint enterprise image viewers are an integral ingredient in this new mobile workflow because they enable rapid data access without the time or expense of downloading and maintaining software applications on dozens of workstations. Independent viewers are preferred, since they can be integrated with other vendors’ PACS systems, DICOM archives or XDS repositories. If viewers can be embedded in a health information system (HIS) or electronic medical record (EMR) portal, authorized users can view patient data and images with a single login. Henri “Rik” Primo, director of marketing and strategic relationships, SYNGO Americas, Siemens Healthcare: As aging baby boomers dramatically increase the demand for healthcare services, the focus will be on demonstrable treatment efficacy and cost-cutting. Vast amounts of healthcare data useful in addressing these issues already exist. The focus will be on creating cross-departmental IT systems that can analyze this information and use it to create effective and efficient models for disease management, as well as applications that will help caregivers monitor and manage patient care every step of the way.Other applications, for instance those that can measure quality, will monitor physician performance in detail. It will also be necessary to facilitate cross-enterprise information exchange, which can help reduce redundancies in administrative and diagnostic cycles.Q: What are your expectations about the governmental or regulatory pressures to come? Cooke: Meaningful use incentives sought to improve coordination of care, yet healthcare largely runs on a fee-per-service model. This does not foster coordination. We can expect to see initiatives seeking to integrate diagnostic services around specific disease states. Integrating care settings, imaging, tissue and blood analysis into a single pathway has the potential to improve this coordination of care.A big challenge will be navigating the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) processes. We have technologies and approaches in imaging that are becoming increasingly complex, and the approval pathways haven’t kept up.Deaton: Government pressures should hurt small PACS companies’ competitiveness, because it will require more interfacing between imaging departments and information systems. Small companies simply do not have the programming manpower to keep up with the interfacing, and we expect small vendors to struggle to compete.LeGrand: The regulatory process will continue to play an important role in the healthcare industry. As regulatory processes vary in complexity and length of time from country to country, it is important that we have the appropriate technology on a global basis. As a global provider of healthcare equipment, it is imperative we remain current, aligned and responsive to the changing healthcare environment.Nole: Meaningful use is driving the need for flexible radiology information system (RIS) platforms that allow workflows to be quickly and easily adapted to meet new government regulations. Our RIS already meets the first phase of meaningful use requirements. We have applied for certification and are expecting it to be finalized by RSNA. In addition, both our RIS and PACS platforms share data with EMR systems to assist healthcare facilities in meeting meaningful use requirements.Primo: Accountability is becoming the watchword in healthcare today. A challenge for healthcare IT will be to support healthcare institutions and individual professionals in meeting and measuring performance benchmarks and also in determining ways to increase collaboration among institutions.To enable this data sharing with respect to imaging, I think we will see a greater reliance on the cross-enterprise document sharing for imaging (XDS-1.b) integration profile as defined in the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) profile. This profile is a standards-based specification for managing the sharing of imaging objects among healthcare enterprises. My belief is that nearly every PACS request for proposal (RFP) in the next two years in the United States will include some specification of XDS functionality.Q: What are your thoughts about business and workflow challenges in the next 12 months?Cooke: As the government seeks to control costs, imaging exams have the potential to be performed across a variety of care settings.As reimbursement and dose concerns take center stage, more point-of-care oriented imaging exams will be performed. Low-cost, no-dose procedures such as ultrasound also create the potential to head off higher cost, more complex, dose-intensive procedures. The challenge will be to integrate and structure all of this information from diverse care settings into a single view physicians can use to help make the appropriate decision.Deaton: There is a history of extremely high service contract pricing from manufacturers. These service/maintenance prices will decrease drastically in 2012. We are seeing medium-sized PACS vendors replace large PACS vendors at large hospitals for the cost of a few years of what the large vendor would charge for ongoing service/maintenance. Medium-sized PACS companies such as Viztek are catching up and often surpassing the big brand names in terms of functionality and are willing to offer very low service costs to help close a large PACS sale. Facilities can realize 18-month return on investments (ROIs) for replacing existing equipment, based on service and upgrade contract pricing alone. LeGrand: As access to healthcare and cost pressures increase globally, healthcare facilities are seeking ways to do more with less. It will continue to be important to offer solutions and tools that help improve the productivity and effectiveness of healthcare providers.Advanced technology, such as digital X-ray, mobile X-ray and workflow solutions, can help hospitals realize accurate diagnostic outcomes, improve patient safety and save considerable time and resources.Nole: It has always been challenging to image critically ill or injured patients who cannot be moved and are surrounded by medical equipment. Carestream worked directly with customers to develop a new DR mobile X-ray imaging system. Primo: Not only will we be doing more with less money, but it also stands to reason we will be asked to do more with fewer medical professionals because our population of physicians and nurses is also aging. IT can automate the communications and overall case management workflow, helping healthcare professionals work faster and smarter.Also, imaging departments and imaging centers will have to work harder at documenting the need for diagnostic exams, and they will need to integrate this documentation step into their traditional workflows. They will also have to forge alliances with complementary providers and build their new referral networks. Establishing communication networks will enable this growth and also help streamline care.Q: What is your outlook for the imaging industry as a whole in the coming year?Cooke: Established IT vendors and technologies will be challenged by the potential to deliver the same services using cloud technologies.Adoption of certain modalities may slow, given utilization management pressures, and focus will shift to extract more quantitative information from these devices. However, the introduction of these more complex imaging technologies may be slower in the face of the existing FDA approval pathways.Decision-support tools to help automate the imaging process will also begin to take center stage. Initially, these tools will be based on published standards. But increasingly, these standards will be based on a more personalized approach driven by patient history and evidence.Vendors will need to think outside of the traditional procedure model and start to think in terms of disease management to prepare for the future.Deaton: 2012 will be a booming year specifically for digital X-ray. Growth in this product segment will be propelled by the rapidly decreasing price of DR panels. DR has no mechanical parts to fail and will soon be at current CR price points. CR price-points can reduce somewhat, but costs for manufacturing and assembling are much higher than solid-state DR panels. So it will be hard for CR price-points to drop enough to maintain a hold on the market. We expect DR sales to surpass CR sales in 2012.Currently in 2011, Viztek has sold more than 250 DR panels and will end the year with an equal number of CR and DR sales. CR has historically outsold DR in quantity, but this will flip-flop in 2012.LeGrand: The imaging industry in 2012 will continue to focus on technology that can help reduce cost, improve quality and increase access to healthcare globally. We will need this ongoing focus as we develop technology “in country for country” to meet the unique needs of healthcare providers around the world. In X-ray, this will mean developing affordable technology that can deliver quality-of-care and continuing to facilitate the concept of mobile and “point-of-care” solutions.Nole: Independent research firms report the overall demand for imaging services continues to grow. Since budgets are tight, healthcare providers are scrutinizing the value of every purchase. DR systems that can integrate with existing X-ray room or mobile-based systems offer significant cost advantages, while delivering rapid image access and excellent image quality.The ability to use a DR detector in multiple systems also offers an exceptional return on investment. As an example, the same detector can be used in mobile systems for early morning exams and then placed in an X-ray room for general radiology exams.Primo: The outlook for both imaging and imaging IT is strong. The aging population alone increases the need for quality diagnosis and healthcare. Imaging exams and technology will have to become more affordable, and technology trends are already supporting this.What we will see is even greater reliance on imaging in both the context of pre-treatment planning and then in post-treatment followup. As the use increases, we will see proliferation of image management systems in these departments — leading to even more specialty-specific applications.IDNs will archive all imaging studies generated by imaging systems in various hospitals and sub-specialty departments in a consolidated, standards-based enterprise archive (VNA). The archive could provide hyperlinks with metadata to the IDN’s EMR, so that images can be accessed and called up by the EMR users in the Enterprise without having the EMR store all of these images. It is obvious that IT will be instrumental in supporting the information flow that leads to smarter ways for providing the cost-efficient healthcare the Baby Boomer generation will need. itnJeanne-Marie Phillips is president of HealthFlash Marketing Communications, a public relations firm specializing in healthcare. Contact: (link sends e-mail), 203.977.5555, PanelistsRobert Cooke, independent business leader in medical imaging, Redding, Conn.Steve Deaton, VP of sales, Viztek, Garner, N.C.Anne LeGrand, VP and general manager of X-ray division, GE Healthcare, Chalfont St. Giles, U.K.Diana L. Nole, MBA, president, digital medical solutions, Carestream Health, Rochester, N.Y.Henri “Rik” Primo, director of marketing and strategic relationships, SYNGO Americas, Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, Penn. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read morelast_img read more