Rupee rises 17 paise to 7167 against USD in early trade

first_imgMumbai: The Indian rupee appreciated by 17 paise to 71.67 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday as gains in domestic equity market and resumption of US-China trade talks in October strengthened investor sentiments.At the interbank foreign exchange the rupee opened at 71.87, then gained further ground and touched a high of 71.67, registering a rise of 17 paise over its previous close.On Thursday, rupee had settled for the day with gains of 28 paise at 71.84 against the US dollar. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe domestic unit however could not hold on to the gains and was trading at 71.73 against the dollar at 0949 hrs.Forex traders said investors were optimistic about the US-China trade talks in October.China and the US have agreed to hold the next round of trade negotiations in Washington in early October to end the bruising trade war.Besides, higher opening in domestic equities supported the local unit.Domestic bourses opened on a positive note on Friday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 153.43 points higher at 36,797.85 and Nifty up 44.20 points at 10,892.10. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostMoreover, weakening of the American currency vis-a-vis other currencies overseas also dragged the rupee down. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell marginally by 0.01 per cent to 98.40.Market participants, however, said sustained foreign fund outflows and rising crude prices weighed on local currency.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital market, pulling out Rs 561.17 crore on Thursday, according to provisional exchange data.Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.25 per cent to trade at USD 61.10 per barrel.The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.59 per cent in morning trade.last_img read more

New measures to prevent tuberculosis unveiled ahead of UN event on AIDS

Close to 400,000 people die of HIV-related TB each year, according to the TB Partnership, which points out that the measures presented today could treat and prevent tuberculosis that could save the lives of one million people with HIV/AIDS worldwide by 2015. “There has been a surge in awareness about the deadly TB epidemic among people living with HIV, but insufficient action,” said Jorge Sampaio, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Stop TB and former president of Portugal. “Now new scientific work has shown that we can prevent a million deaths among people living with HIV by end 2015 by providing integrated HIV and TB care,” he added. The five steps are contained in a new scientific model – “Time to act: Save a million lives by 2015 – Prevent and treat tuberculosis among people living with HIV” – that was launched at UN Headquarters two days before the start of a high-level meeting to review the global response to the AIDS epidemic. The steps include providing testing for HIV and TB every three years in places where both diseases are prevalent, as well as prompt TB treatment to every person living with HIV with active TB – or treatment to prevent TB. Other steps are ensuring that HIV and TB treatment are accessible and of good quality; that antiretroviral therapy is started early, which will help prevent TB; and that people who are HIV-positive and diagnosed with active TB start antiretroviral therapy regardless of the status of their immune systems. In 2010 the Stop TB Partnership and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) set the joint goal of reducing by half the number of deaths among people living with HIV, compared to 2004 levels, between 2011 and end 2015. With the new model, they have agreed to aim for the goal of preventing one million TB deaths among HIV-positive people – at a cost of $790 million per year. “Halving TB deaths in people living with HIV by 2015 is possible and is within our reach,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We could save up to a million lives by 2015 and bring us one step closer to the UNAIDS vision of Zero AIDS deaths!” According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), there were an estimated 9.4 million new TB cases worldwide in 2009, of which an estimated 1.1 million were among people living with HIV. In an effort to raise awareness of these two diseases, the agency last week appointed Chinese singer Peng Liyuan as Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. In her new role, Ms. Peng will participate in a series of high-profile events to promote concerted action on two diseases that together were responsible for the deaths of more than 3.5 million people in 2009. 6 June 2011Ahead of this week’s high-level United Nations meeting on AIDS, the Stop TB Partnership today unveiled five simple steps that could prevent tuberculosis, which is responsible for one in four AIDS-related deaths. read more

The DIY Spitfire Enthusiast builds working replica fighter plane in his Reading

first_imgAlan James building Spitfire  Alan James with the shell of his aircraft in his Reading garageCredit:Paul Jacobs/SWNS Mr James, 63, became so immersed in his project that he has now given up his job as a driving instructor to devote himself to helping others build and fly similar aircraft replicas.As a result of his efforts, he has become something of a legend in the world of light aircraft DIY.This is the first time an Isaac Spitfire has been built and flown since the prototype was built 40 years ago by John O. Isaacs, a retired schoolmaster.Not content with that, Mr James is now practising some of the same daring fighter pilot manoeuvres that small boys would carry out on their model planes in their bedrooms.“I’m flying most weekends,” he said. “It’s a little scary but I am getting used to doing aerobatics.”How Alan James built his boys’ own SpitfireWing and fuselage frameAviation-quality spruce from Vancouver, Canada, imported by Dartmouth-based specialist timber company and cut, shaped and assembled by Mr James.Skin of planePlywood sheets cut and shaped by Mr James and treated with 10 coats of aviation varnish, known as dope.PropellerCarved by Mr James from five layers of laminated beech.UndercarriageManufactured to Mr James’s design by Grove Industries, California, USA, for £1,000.Engine 100hp Rolls-Royce engine salvaged by a friend in Holland and re-assembled by Mr James, with new components from specialist engineering firms in UK and USA. £6,000-£7,000 total cost.Safety beltSpecialist harness and seat belt with quick release harness made by Hooker Harness of Illinois, USA, for £200.Metal control column, fibreglass cowling and steel brackets and jointsAll made at home by Mr James Alan James has clocked up 60 hours’ flying time in his replica Isaacs SpitfireCredit:Neil Wilson/SWNS 60 per cent scale-replica of an Isaacs Spitfire in garden Alan James converted the garage at his home into a DIY aircraft plant to build the 60 per cent scale-replica of an Isaacs SpitfireCredit: Paul Jacobs /SWNS Three years after starting work on the Spitfire it was ready to fly, and after being given the go-ahead by the Civil Aviation Authority, which had checked and approved his work at each stage of construction, Mr James took to the skies for its maiden flight in September last year.The Isaacs Spitfire has been flown by an ex-RAF test pilot to clear it to perform aerobatics manoeuvres and Mr James has now clocked up 60 hours’ flying time in it, having already flown 1,500 hours in his Pietenpol and other planes, including a Chipmunk and a Tiger Moth.Mr James said began building planes after it dawned on him it was no different in principle to the model-making he used to do as a child.“I like making model planes. I’ve been doing it since a lad – but full-size planes interest me too,” he said. “It occurred to me that in many ways, this type of aeroplane is really only a scaled-up model.”He did concede there was a little more to it that that.“You cannot just build a plane and fly it – there are very strict rules,” said Mr James. “The aircraft was inspected numerous times during construction and then checked again by a different inspector when completed to obtain CAA certification.” He sourced a 100hp Rolls-Royce engine in the Netherlands, which he managed to re-assemble, and bought a set of wheels on eBay.The seatbelts were specially made in the USA but the rest of the 500kg plane, including the fuselage, wings and propellor, Mr James constructed himself.He had already learnt to shape and plane a wooden propeller – having previously built a Pietenpol Air Camper light aircraft out of wood covered in fabric – but he now had to learn to cut, shape and weld steel and aluminium. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Alan James with his Isaacs Spitfire at the airfield he usesCredit:Paul Jacobs/SWNS Alan James with his Isaacs Spitfire at the airfield he uses “Like every true Brit I wanted to fly a Spitfire,” said Mr James. “Five years ago you could only get a flight in one if you enrolled in a two-day course.”It cost £5,000 and you only got 40 minutes flying the Spitfire. So I thought about it and realised I could spend that money on building one.”After paying £150 for the set of plans for the single-seater Isaacs Spitfire – which is 60 per cent of the full sized original – from the Light Aircraft Association in 2012, Mr James set converting the 18ft by 10ft garage at his home in Reading, Berks, into his DIY aircraft plant. To date he has flown his Isaacs Spitfire, which has a top speed of 160mph, over the West Country, Northampton and the Isle of Wight.As if spending all his spare evenings and weekends on his beloved Spitfire was not enough, the plane has only one seat, which means there is no room for either his wife Margaret, 59, or his 29-year-old daughter Debbie.”My wife was the first one to go in the Pietenpol, but this is a selfish plane,” he said. “It only has one seat – for the pilot. And Debbie used to come flying with me until she found boys – and that was that,” he added. Like many other small boys Alan James’s childhood passion was to build aircraft models, inspired in his case by the ones he watched take off and land at the RAF base near his home in Reading.As a grown-up, he’s gone one better – and built a Spitfire plane in his garage.However, it took more than just a few bits of plastic and some glue to put together this version of the fighter plane which did so much to save Britain from German invasion during World War Two.Mr James was forced to search across Europe and even the United States for the specialist parts and materials required to complete his project.But now, many hours and £18,000 later, he has fulfilled his dream, taking to the skies over England in his home-built Spitfire. Alan James in his replica Isaacs Spitfirelast_img read more

AE departments suffer their worst November performance on record

Accident and Emergency departments have had their worst November performance on record, stoking fears that the NHS is facing a major winter crisis.Official figures show just 87.6 per cent of patients were seen within four hours, against a target of 95 per cent.It has not been hit since July 2015.The statistics show that more than 54,000 people had to wait longer for treatment, including more than 250 forced to wait 12 hours or more on a trolley.It comes as the first weekly winter figures show that last week, 25 A&E departments were forced to divert ambulances elsewhere.A review of NHS targets is considering whether it should be altered, with minor injuries excluded from assessments.But senior A&E doctors oppose the idea, which has provoked criticism that it is simply an attempt to help ensure targets can be met.A 10 year plan for the NHS is due to be announced shortly, which will set out how a £20bn spending boost will be used.  However, health policy experts fear that simply getting the health service to meet existing targets would soak up most of the money.Last winter saw the highest death toll in more than 40 years after the failure of last year’s flu jab. There were an estimated 50,100 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2017/18 – the highest recorded since winter 1975/76, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.Health officials are concerned about low take-up of vaccines this year, and say the new jab should be a good match for the main strain in circulation this year.Jonathan Ashworth, shadow health secretary, said: “Winter is only just beginning for our NHS and these are hugely concerning figures that don’t bode well for the difficult weeks ahead. “While Government remains paralysed by Brexit infighting, the NHS is struggling as a result of years of underfunding, cuts and staffing shortages. Rather than their self-interest, Tory ministers must start prioritising patients’ interests by outlining proposals for the NHS this winter.“It would be totally unforgivable if patients suffered another winter crisis like the ones we’ve seen in recent years.“Patients will expect the imminent NHS plan to have a clear credible solution to chronic understaffing and a roadmap for restoring performance that has so unacceptably deteriorated in recent years.”An NHS spokesman said:  “NHS staff continue to work hard to deal with increased demand across the board, seeing 1,000 more people within four hours in A&E every day in November compared to last year Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The performance statistics released by NHS England show there were 2.04 million attendances last month – fewer than the 2.08 million seen in October.But more people had to wait longer, with 258 patients waiting more than 12 hours from decision to admit to admission, while 54,373 had to wait longer than four hours.The figures for November come after health leaders warned this winter could see hundreds of thousands of patients stranded in cramped corridors on hospital trolleys waiting for a bed.Dr Rob Harwood, chairman of the British Medical Association’s consultant committee, said last week that this winter “could be the worst on record” for emergency departments, predicting a rise in the number of A&E attendances, longer waits and more people needing hospital admissions.The doctors’ union said that in order to keep bed occupancy at safe levels over winter, hospitals need to boost capacity. read more

Mapping mining projects anywhere in the world without incountry logistics

first_imgPhotosat has developed a new technology, using stereo satellite photos, to produce highly accurate topographic base maps for international mining projects. Geophysicists at PhotoSat have applied signal enhancement, noise attenuation and image matching from the field of oil and gas exploration seismic data process to produce highly accurate topographic base maps from stereo satellite photos, producing maps with better than 500 mm horizontal and vertical mapping accuracy. The stereo satellites can map mining projects anywhere in the world without the requirements for in-country logistics, permits or presence that frequently cause long delays for aircraft based photography and LiDAR surveying.The establishment of accurate topographic base mapping and survey benchmarks at the early stages of project work accelerates and simplifies all of the subsequent stages of the project and saves time and cost throughout exploration and development. This topographic base mapping and surveying should be completed before expensive drilling and detailed channel sampling pro rams are initiated. “When accurate topographic base maps and survey benchmarks are not established at an early stage, important exploration project data from expensive field programs are frequently unusable in later stages due to the poor quality of the location information,” PhotoSat says. The creation of accurate topographic base mapping and survey benchmarks for the establishment and quality control for project location data indicates that company management has confidence in the potential of the project.last_img read more

New Australian copper focused company

first_imgThor Mining Plc has agreed to acquire an interest in the historically mined Kapunda copper deposit in South Australia. Thor will invest in a newly incorporated private company, Environmental Copper Recovery SA Pty Ltd (ECR), initially via convertible loan notes of up to A$1.8 million, which will be used to fund field test work and feasibility activities at Kapunda over the next three years.  In turn ECR has entered into an agreement to earn, in two stages, up to 75% of the rights over metals which may be recovered via in-situ recovery (ISR) contained in the Kapunda deposit from Australian listed company, Terramin Australia Ltd.Kapunda was a keystone in the early development of South Australia. It has the distinction of being the oldest copper mining town in Australia, but not the oldest copper mine. The honour of this goes to Noarlunga, where a copper deposit was discovered and worked on the banks of the Onkaparinga River in May 1841. Discovered in 1842 Kapunda can be considered the birthplace of Australia’s commercial mining history. Mining dominated the town for more than 30 years. The mine closed in 1877.Mick Billing, Chairman of Thor Mining: “We are delighted to team up with the professional people of Environmental Copper Recovery in, what we expect, is to be the first of several low-cost copper opportunities in Australia.“Kapunda is not an exploration project where we hope to find mineralisation. The presence of copper is well documented with significant prior production, and substantial historical drilling.  The opportunity at Kapunda is to test, at modest cost, the potential for in-situ recovery to extract the copper mineralisation.  While the characteristics of the deposit, determined from reviewing historical drilling results, appear suitable for this style of extraction, hydrogeological pump testing is required for validation.“We look forward to updating the market shortly with a resource estimate and details of first steps in assessing for commercial development.”The Kapunda copper deposit has been comprehensively drill tested over many years, however a JORC compliant resource estimate has not been published. The protocol for estimation, and reporting, of resources with potential for exploitation via insitu-recovery has a number of additional steps compared with conventional mining and processing, and this procedure is currently in progress, with an outcome expected in the coming weeks.In addition to the substantial body of evidence from copper assays, while gold assays were not routinely conducted, subsequent work has since suggested gold mineralisation in parts of the deposit, although the data supporting this is limited.ECR is a newly formed Australian private limited company established by METGH Pty Ltd, a 100% owned subsidiary of Midas Environmental Technologies Pty Ltd (MET), and Tennyson Wickham of corporate advisory group Fortis Ago, for the purpose of acquiring and developing the Kapunda resource (and potentially other projects of interest in the future). MET was founded in turn by a team of senior mining professionals with over 90 years’ experience in mine development and operations to pursue project development opportunities for the recovery of gold and copper. The team’s capabilities include an extensive background in South Australian uranium ISR production.Over a period of 12 months, METGH has undertaken a detailed technical review and due diligence regarding the potential application of ISR at Kapunda as a low impact, environmentally friendly method of metal extraction. The group has also established relationships with several research organisations including the Australian government owned CSIRO who are developing new suites of environmentally benign lixiviants to extract and recover metals in low impact ISR operations.ECR is proposing to test extraction via ISR of the copper, and potentially also gold, followed by either SX/EW or IX/EW. If field recovery tests are successful, then a prefeasibility study to project to assess the economic viability of producing copper (and possibly gold) at low capital and operating cost will be commissioned. Primary ore below the near surface oxide and chalcocite horizons is unlikely to be a mineable proposition until chemical recovery of those minerals becomes feasible and economic.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img Share2 Tweet Email By Gráinne Ní Aodha Apr 10th 2019, 7:45 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 8:45 AM No Comments Short URLcenter_img Source: Shutterstock/Maria ShumovaEVERY MORNING, brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #IT’S ALL KICKING OFF: The FAI and John Delaney are due to appear before the Sports Committee today to answer questions in relation to financing and governance. Here’s a timeline of events that have led us to this point. 2. #ISRAELI ELECTIONS: After initial reports of results indicated he was tied with his rivals, Benjamin Netanyahu is now projected to win a fifth term in office through forming a right-wing coalition.3. #BREXIT: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will travel to Brussels today, where EU leaders will decide whether to grant Theresa May’s request to extend the Brexit process again.4. #DOMESTIC ABUSE: Over 20,000 disclosures of domestic violence against women and children were made to Women’s Aid last year.5. #BELFAST: An inquest heard that a British army officer suggested planting bullets in the pockets of some of those wounded during the Ballymurphy shootings, the Irish News reports.6. #ASSKING FOR TROUBLE: Transport Minister Shane Ross’ action plan in the event of a no-deal Brexit was mistakenly sent to an opposition TD that Ross previously compared to a donkey, reports the Irish Times. 7. #BOOM AND BUST: The Central Bank has issued an invitation to tender worth an estimated €4.5 million for a “business partner” to provide support if a bank goes bust.8. #MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT: The Dalai Lama has been hospitalised in India with a chest infection but is feeling better, a spokesman has said.9. #COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: US actress Lori Loughlin has been charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering in the college bribery scandal, increasing the likelihood that she could serve time in prison.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Get the 9 at 9 News audio The 9 at 9: Wednesday John Delaney, Brexit and the Israeli election are all making headlines today. 8,250 Views last_img read more

Boue toxique en Hongrie le Danube menacé

first_imgBoue toxique en Hongrie : le Danube menacéHongrie – Mercredi 6 octobre, les services de sécurité hongrois mettaient tout en œuvre pour empêcher la boue toxique d’atteindre le Danube, après la rupture d’un réservoir de déchets survenue lundi dans une usine d’aluminium.Mercredi, les pompiers hongrois établissaient des barrages sur plusieurs rivières du pays et y jetaient d’importantes quantités de plâtre pour tenter d’endiguer la circulation des boues toxiques vers le Danube. Ces boues rouges ont été libérées après l’accident survenu lundi dans une usine de bauxite-aluminium de la ville d’Ajka, à 160 km à l’ouest de Budapest. Le bilan humain actuel est de quatre morts dans le village de Kolontar, trois disparus et plus de 120 blessés. Il est aggravé d’un risque écologique et sanitaire inquiétant. À lire aussiBoue toxique en Hongrie : la société MAL prête à verser 5,5 millions d’euros aux victimesSept villages ont été touchés par 1,1 million de tonnes de boue rouge toxique, en une coulée atteignant parfois 2 mètres de hauteur. Le service des eaux du pays et l’organisation Greenpeace surveillent la teneur des eaux en polluants, et un affluent du Danube est déjà touché. Selon l’avis du secrétaire d’État hongrois à l’Environnement, une surcharge des réservoirs de stockage de déchets de l’usine pourrait avoir provoqué leur rupture.    Le 7 octobre 2010 à 12:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE celebrating 40 years of the Intercontinental Championship with an all-week marathon

first_img Google+ Twitter Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Jerry Lawler Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Celebrity Closeup: Edgar Ramirez WWE announced that they will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the WWE Intercontinental Championship with an all-week marathon of events.The celebration begins on Sunday, September 1, the day Pat Patterson won a fictitious tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to become the first ever Intercontinental Champion. It will take place all week on WWE’s digital platforms.You can view the full schedule of events below:Sunday, Sept. 1WWE Playback with Shawn Michaels, Jeff Jarrett & Road DoggJoin WWE Hall of Famers Shawn Michaels, Jeff Jarrett and Road Dogg as they relive Double J’s Intercontinental Championship defense against The Heartbreak Kid at WWE In Your House 2, a bout that kick-started Michaels’ third reign with the coveted title and signaled the end of the partnership between Jarrett and his then-Roadie.20 matches that define the Intercontinental Title marathon event on WWE NetworkFormer Intercontinental Champion Zack Ryder hosts a look back at 20 matches that define what the Intercontinental Title stands for, and the title bouts feature such memorable champions as Seth Rollins, The Rock and Randy Orton. The marathon begins streaming exclusively on WWE Network at 1 p.m. ET.Monday, Sept. 2WWE Top 10: Emotional Intercontinental Title victoriesFrom Ricky Steamboat’s landmark victory over “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania III to Zack Ryder’s dream-come-true Show of Shows win 29 years later, capturing the Intercontinental Championship has a habit of bringing emotions to the surface for any Superstar. WWE Top 10 ranks the most heart-wrenching wins in the title’s history.Tuesday, Sept. 3The Intercontinental Championship: By the NumbersGo inside the unique history of the Intercontinental Title like never before with this video highlighting the stats that make this championship one of the most sought-after prizes in sports-entertainment.Wednesday, Sept. 4WWE Pop Question: Intercontinental Title editionWWE Pop Question asks the Superstars of today who they feel is the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time … and some of their answers will surprise you.The 8 most underrated Intercontinental ChampionsWhich bearers of the Intercontinental Title never got their rightful place in the spotlight? Which workhorses rarely come up in discussions about the greatest Intercontinental Champions of all time? gives eight unsung Intercontinental Champions the recognition they deserve.Thursday, Sept. 5Intercontinental Championship 40th anniversary roundtable with Randy Orton, Christian and The MizCathy Kelley sits down with The Viper, Captain Charisma and The A-Lister to recap their own personal history with the Intercontinental Championship, their most memorable rivalries and matches involving the coveted prize and the title’s place in the annals of sports-entertainment. The roundtable begins streaming on WWE’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels at noon ET.Friday, Sept. 620 matches that define the Intercontinental Title marathon event digital replayIf you missed WWE Network’s marathon of the 20 matches that defined the Intercontinental Title, catch the replay on WWE’s digital and social media platforms. The stream begins on WWE’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels at noon ET.Saturday, Sept. 7Editors’ Choice: 10 Superstars who will be Intercontinental ChampionIntercontinental Championship 40th Anniversary Week concludes with a look ahead to the future, as the editorial staff predicts which competitors from WWE, NXT, NXT UK and 205 Live are destined to join the legendary Superstars to hold the prestigious title.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 31.11%0:03Remaining Time -0:45 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of conventionlast_img read more

Simple Recipe for Averting Encroachment Community Engagement

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR When it comes to protecting military airfields from encroachment, community involvement is key, Navy Capt. Erik Spitzer, commander of Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, said last week at a workshop hosted by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Joint Base San Antonio. “If you don’t have a team dedicated to community outreach, you’re already behind,” he said. “They need to be attending community meetings and functions, because these meetings are where future developments are discussed and by simply being there, future encroachment problems can be averted.”The workshop provided a forum for air installations compatible use zones representatives from across DOD to discuss ways to sustain the operational capabilities of installations, reports Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Public Affairs.Air Force photo by Malcolm McClendonlast_img read more

PIC Priyanka Chopra tries to blow out sparkling candles netizens call her

first_imgTwitterPriyanka had also come under fire when a picture of her smoking with her husband and mother on a yacht in Miami came out. Netizens reminded her of her ‘asthma’ which she had said that she was suffering from. Mrs Jonas had once objected at firecrackers being burnt during Diwali. She had said that she suffers from asthma since childhood and the smoke causes problems for many people like her. She had even claimed that she does not smoke. InstagramJust like her extravagant wedding festivities, Priyanka Chopra had a rather elaborate birthday party too. Priyanka Chopra, 37, celebrated her birthday with family and friends in Miami. While the family including mother Madhu Chopra, husband Nick Jonas and cousin sister Parineeti Chopra had begun celebrating her birthday a few days in advance, the celebrations haven’t stopped yet.For her birthday, Priyanka Chose a shiny and shimmery, sequined red mini-dress with billowing sleeves. The pictures from her lavish birthday bash immediately went viral with one picture mainly in the spotlight.A picture from Priyanka’s bash, where Priyanka can be seen trying to blow out sparkling candles as hubby Nick Jonas looks on has now gone viral. Sparkling candles are not supposed to be blown, however, Priyanka’s excitement gave Twitter a field day with netizens trolling the actress. While we totally understand Priyanka’s excitement, let’s take a look at some of the memes below. Twitterlast_img read more

Analysis Theres A Reason Texas Governors Keep Failing To Lower Property Taxes

first_img Share Spike Johnson for The Texas TribuneTexas Gov. Greg Abbott, left, and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry appeared at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Petra Nova Power Plant in Thompsons on April 13, 2017.First things first: Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest campaign idea isn’t going to lower your property taxes.Property taxes are local. It’s in the Texas Constitution: The state can’t levy a property tax. The governor and the Legislature can’t lower rates. The state doesn’t do property appraisals, either, so they can’t mess with the value of any particular property on the tax rolls.Still, anguish over property taxes is at or near the top of the list of what Abbott and other politicians hear most often from Texans. This is not a complicated part of the civic compact: Voters are peeved. Politicians aim to please. Lowering taxes would make a politician popular with voters.Abbott, who is running for reelection, proposed Tuesday to limit local governments to annual revenue increases of 2.5 percent, require two-thirds of voters to approve additional local debt, attempt to make property appraisal boards more accountable to voters and give taxpayers a little more leverage in disputes over property values.It’s no wonder property taxes are unpopular. Income taxes are based on taxpayers’ ability to pay: Make no money, pay no tax. Sales taxes are somewhat (but not completely) discretionary: Don’t buy stuff, don’t pay. Property taxes can rise even when property owners don’t have the money to pay them. Nevertheless, Texas is dependent on them, and now has the 6th-highest property tax burden in the country and the 12th-highest sales tax burden, according to the Tax Foundation. But just because voters and the people they elect hate income taxes doesn’t mean they love property taxes.State officials in Texas have never found a way to lower property taxes on more than a temporary basis. The last serious effort was in 2006, a school finance makeover that then-Gov. Rick Perry claimed cut school property taxes by one-third. Taxpayers never saw those savings.  That 2006 effort took a lot of pressure off of school districts, limiting their top tax rates and pumping more state money into public education, but it evaporated quickly. On a per-student basis, the state pays less for public education now than it did then, according to the Legislative Budget Board. Local school property taxes have risen, in part, because of that decline in the state’s share. The state even uses money recaptured from local school property taxes for general spending on programs that have nothing to do with education.As Perry found (and other governors from both parties found before that), getting a handle on local property taxes is really hard — especially if you’re not one of the local officials who levy those taxes.That’s a particular problem with public education, which is both the largest portion of Texas property tax bills, the most expensive tax to lower, and the local property tax that’s most directly dependent on state spending, since public education spending is shared by local, state and federal sources.Texas legislators came close to capping increases in city and county property taxes last year, but the House and Senate couldn’t settle differences in how much growth to allow without requiring public referenda.Abbott’s latest proposal goes one place they didn’t go, proposing that the state stop imposing unfunded mandates on the local governments whose growth they want to regulate. Cities and counties alike have griped that the state is forcing costs on them and then squawking when taxes go up as a result.“The Legislature should be statutorily prohibited from imposing any mandates on local political subdivisions that impose additional costs without, at the same time, providing the appropriate funding — effectively prohibiting future unfunded mandates on political subdivisions,” Abbott writes. Note that weasel-word “future” — an indication that existing unfunded mandates will remain in place.Even so, the next line in the proposal could have been written by a lobbyist for the cities and the counties in Texas: “Such a proposal must go hand in hand with a property tax revenue cap because the state should not limit the ability of political subdivisions to raise revenue while at the same time imposing additional fiscal burdens on those same subdivisions.”That bit was missing from last year’s legislative proposals, giving the local governments a seemingly legitimate reason to argue against the state’s attempt to cage them on spending.Most of Abbott’s ideas were included in legislation that didn’t pass last year, or in earlier legislative sessions. He’s staying away from thorny school finance issues, though the state’s strongest mechanism for lowering or slowing the growth of property taxes would arguably be to raise its own share of the costs of public education, taking cost pressure off of local districts.To be fair to Abbott, that’s what Perry tried to do in 2006. But if Perry turned out to be wrong on the policy front, he was right on the political front: He was reelected in 2006, and again in 2010.last_img read more

Water With No Pressure at Poe Homes

first_imgBy Jamesia Downer, AFRO InternSummer has just started, and the temperatures around the city are rising. In a West Baltimore community, Poe Homes, the residents lived in their homes for up to eight days without running water.After more than a week of misery and dangerous health conditions water was restored to the beleaguered residents of the Poe Homes housing projects in West Baltimore.According to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC), water was fully restored the evening of June 25. Officials with the Housing Authority said the water outage was initially caused by a broken 20-inch valve, triggering alarming unsanitary living conditions. However, volunteers, city residents and organizations helped support Poe Homes residents.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>“I want to especially thank our residents for their understanding as DPW continued to try to fix the problem,” said HABC Executive Director Janet Abrahams in a statement. “We responded to the emergency situation with a methodical overwhelming effort to ensure that our residents were as comfortable as possible given the circumstances.”Still, questions remain about the “circumstances” that led to the residents of Poe to be without water for more than a week. And though water has been restored, Poe Homes residents say there’s still the issue of water pressure for the homes who are just now having their water services restored. The men and women of the community grew frustrated living without water. Poe Homes resident Fabian Moore spoke to the AFRO about how the community dealt with the loss of water during those 8 days. “[I] thank a lot of people for really coming out to help us, but we gotta want to do it our self before anyone else will want to do it,” said Moore.Poe Homes resident Fabian Moore (Screengrab from video)In the beginning stages of the break, there were no answers for the members of this community discussion went back and forth as to who was responsible for the valve break, whether it be the city or neighborhood. While the community was waiting for water restoration there was help from organizations around the Baltimore City and Baltimore County to this community and for that the residents are grateful.Many organizations donated bottled water, some offered shower and laundry services throughout, and others donated food to residents. Construction on near underway near the site of the broken main valve. Porta Potties are still lined up on the side of the street for residents to use. Debris and empty water bottles riddle the streets, and a pipe runs down West Lexington St. from a fire hydrant located on the corner of Lexington and Poppleton. This fire hydrant is supplying the neighborhood water for now. So while residents can use their showers and sinks, there is still work to be done for full water restoration. Even though residents are less frustrated than at the beginning of the water loss crisis, there is needs to be a sense of urgency toward repairing the infrastructure of not only Poe Homes but in neighborhoods and communities across the city.The AFRO will provide a full report on the water outage at Poe Homes next week.Baltimore Editor Sean Yoes contributed to this story.last_img read more

New explanation postulated for Fermi paradox

first_img 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. More information: Too Damned Quiet?, Adrian Kent, arXiv:1104.0624v1 [physics.pop-ph] paradox: How a hike led to a math ‘Eureka!’ Explore further (—Enrico Fermi, the famous Italian physicist, once asked the question; if intelligent life has come to exist many times in our galaxy, why is there no sign of it? It’s a clearly valid point, when you consider the number of planets and solar systems that exist out there. If there are other intelligent beings out there somewhere, how come they haven’t responded to our messages?center_img Citation: New explanation postulated for Fermi paradox (2011, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 Adrian Kent, of the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada has published a paper in arXiv, somewhat humorously titled, “Too Dammed Quiet?” where he suggests the reason we haven’t heard from other life forms out there, is because maybe they are keeping quiet on purpose, to protect themselves from others that might hear their “noise” and come to investigate, and perhaps cause them harm.Kent takes the idea of Darwin’s survival of the fittest concept to a galactic level, in that he believes it’s possible that there are only so many habitable planets and if so, that would mean scarce resources, which would mean only the smartest, strongest, or most careful would survive; which would leave at least some of the aliens out there keeping a lid on things to assure their own survival; sort of like how certain species of birds on this planet freeze to avoid being noticed by predators.But, if what Kent has to say is true, that begs even more questions, such as, who are they hiding from, and why haven’t we heard anything from those pesky predators?His paper raises even more difficult questions, which of course we have no answers to, such as is it possible that the vast expanse of the universe is so great that the laws of physics will forever prevent any life forms that do crop up, from ever being able to contact one another? Or, is it conceivable, that the events that led to our existence are so rare that there really isn’t anyone else out there?Kent’s paper has no doubt some added credence due to his support of Stephen Hawking’s parallel suggestion in “Into the Universe,” the Discovery Channel documentary that made headlines all over the world last year; but as with all hypothetical suppositions, ultimately, it’s all, as Kent himself reminds us, pure speculation; at least until we hear otherwise from someone out there who can settle the matter for us, once and for all.last_img read more

VIDEO Steve Kerr will return for Game 2 of the Finals says

first_imgWarriors Coach Steve Kerr will be back on the sidelines coaching the Dubs in Game 2 of the NBA Finals after missing the last 11 playoff games due to complications from back surgery.Kerr announced the news at a presser today, and said it isn’t a one game deal, “The intention is to go the rest of the series.”The Warriors were 11-0 under interim head coach Mike Brown.Steve Kerr adds “The intention is to go the rest of the series”— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) June 4, 2017 Advertisement In an interview with David Aldridge, Kerr showed he hasn’t lost his sense of humor during the layoff. He poked fun at Mike Brown, saying he had no choice but to step in because, “The team was falling apart.”Steve Kerr on why he’s back. ????#DubNation #NBAFinals— Treymond Green (@TreymondGreen) June 4, 2017last_img read more

This New App Edits Raw Video on the Fly

first_img “It’s very easy to capture videos,” says Magisto CEO Oren Boiman, “but it’s hard to create something worth sharing.” Boiman’s 2-year-old Israel-based firm (with offices in San Francisco and New York City) wants to help rectify this with a smartphone app that automatically edits mind-numbing iPhone or Android footage into a snappy clip.Users upload up to 10 minutes of video from their phones to the app, choose a template and music to create the mood they want and let the software’s object-oriented algorithms do the rest. The result is a cut–up to one minute and 15 seconds–that will linger on a face for a romantic clip or highlight the action at a sporting event.In our testing, we found that Magisto can make the lives of business owners easier by allowing them to shoot, process and share high-quality videos right from their phones, ideal for capturing house or property tours, dynamic performances, fashion shows and product demonstrations. Magisto responds to movement, facial recognition and speech, but don’t count on it to distill a static PowerPoint presentation or a panel discussion down to its most salient moments.But overall, considering that Magisto is free, with a premium service available for just $5 per month or $18 per year, it can become another tool in your video-marketing arsenal–no director’s chair necessary. 2 min read Enroll Now for Free November 9, 2013 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story appears in the October 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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first_img News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more February 25, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a specialty musculoskeletal magnetic resonance (MR) system. GE Healthcare’s Optima MR430s delivers 1.5T image quality for precise imaging of the arm, including elbow, wrist and hand, or the leg, including knee, ankle and foot.The system offers industry-leading gradients, delivering 70mT/m of strength and 300T/m/s of slew rate. Short echo spacing and high signal to noise ratio enable high resolution and sharp images. Additionally, it has a small footprint, measuring 222 square feet.It is also designed specifically for patient comfort, since patients can sit in a padded chair. Six iso-centric dedicated RF coils can accommodate a full range of patient sizes and anatomies. The system’s design also ensures that the targeted anatomy is precisely positioned at the magnet’s isocenter and coil proximity increases signal-to-noise ratio for high clarity—even in small anatomies.“Our goal is to guide our patients to the right MRI scanner for their needs,” said William B. Morrison, M.D., Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. “For those patients who need extremities scanned, the first goal is comfort. The second is to keep patients still so we can get the best image consistency. The quicker the patient is in and out, the better it is for everyone. We’re assured that we get excellent quality images.”The system also helps alleviate the demand on a hospital’s full-body scanner.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Related Content Technology | February 25, 2011 FDA Clears Musculoskeletal MR Scanner News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read morelast_img read more

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