Conservation deal halts commercial salmon fishing in Greenland for 12 years

first_imgFREDERICTON – A deal has been reached that will halt commercial salmon fishing in Greenland and the Faroe Islands for the next 12 years to allow adult wild Atlantic salmon to return to rivers in Canada, the United States, and Europe.The coastal waters of Greenland and the Faroe Islands are critical feeding grounds for the salmon, and many come from endangered populations in rivers like the Saint John in New Brunswick and the Penobscot in Maine.“Significantly reducing the harvest of wild Atlantic salmon on their ocean feeding grounds is meaningful and decisive,” said Bill Taylor, president of the Atlantic Salmon Federation.In exchange for commercial fishermen not setting their nets, the Atlantic Salmon Federation and the North Atlantic Salmon Fund will financially support alternative economic development in Greenland, scientific research, and education projects focused on marine conservation.The financial details are being kept confidential, but Atlantic Salmon Federation spokesman Neville Crabbe said no government money is involved.He said all funding for the initiative will be raised through donors and fund raising by the two private groups.Greenland fishermen will still be able to catch up to 20 metric tonnes each year for personal and family consumption.Officials estimate the change will mean that more than 11,000 mature salmon that would otherwise be caught in commercial nets will begin returning to their home rivers in the spring of 2019.“The best way to save North Atlantic salmon is to stop killing them. This deal does that in meaningful numbers, said Chad Pike, chairman of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund.“The alarming decline of the arctic indicator species provides insight into challenges being faced by both ocean and freshwater inhabitants,” he said.The 12-year commercial fishing hiatus will provide relief for two entire generations of wild Atlantic salmon and officials say they expect the population benefits to be significant.Declining wild salmon stocks have been a concern for years, with both overfishing and global warming being blamed.The size of salmon runs across North America in 2016 were down 30 to 50 per cent from the year before.According to figures from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the salmon population in New Brunswick’s famous Miramichi River has declined by 26 per cent over the last 12 years.Last year, the federation said it was the first time ever that no wild Atlantic salmon returned to spawn in New Brunswick’s Magaguadavic River.Despite a stocking program going back to 2002, the Fisheries department said the population in the Magaguadavic had been dropping steadily since an estimate of 900 wild salmon in 1983.Delegations from Greenland and the Faroe Islands will declare the zero commercial quotas at next month’s international summit in Portland, Maine, but they are retroactive to April 31.last_img read more

Stars Attend Farrah Fawcett Foundation TexMex Fiesta

first_imgThe Farrah Fawcett Foundation (FFF) held its highly-anticipated fundraising event, Tex-Mex Fiesta, on Saturday, September 9, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.Alana Stewart, Dr Piro and Shannen DohertyTex-Mex Fiesta was first held in 2015, and has raised close to $1 million to date, with proceeds benefitting Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). Award-winning restaurant El Cholo catered the fiesta-style event, a theme inspired by the late Farrah Fawcett and her home state of Texas. Proceeds from this year’s Tex-Mex Fiesta once again benefited Stand Up To Cancer.Among the attendees were Shannen Doherty, Heather Locklear, Chantelle Albers, Hart Bochner, Dyan Cannon, Barbara Davis, Richard Donner and Lauren Shuler Donner, Kate Flannery, George Hamilton, Mary Hart, Nigel Lythgoe, Jessica Morris, Ryan O’Neal, Stefanie Powers, Joe Roth and Irene Roth, Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daly, Kimberly Stewart, Sean Stewart, Cheryl Tiegs, Ann Turkel, Fred Willard, and moreFarrah Fawcett established the Farrah Fawcett Foundation in 2007 shortly after her own cancer diagnosis, with the goal of finding a cure by supporting cutting-edge research. Since Fawcett’s passing in 2009 from anal cancer, the Foundation’s President and CEO Alana Stewart has fought to carry out Farrah’s wishes. Anal cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) in up to ninety percent of cases. In 2013, The Farrah Fawcett Foundation joined forces with Stand Up To Cancer to create the SU2C-FFF Translational Research Team for HPV-related cancers, headed by Dr. Ellis Reinherz and Dr. Robert Haddad at Dana Farber in Boston. The Team is now conducting a clinical trial with a therapeutic vaccine for those patients that have no other treatment options. The FFF is also committed to creating patient assistance funds, and supports prevention and awareness programs.FFF President and CEO Alana Stewart welcomed guests to the 2017 Tex-Mex Fiesta with a special tribute video, asking guests to take a moment to remember the organization’s founder and namesake, Farrah Fawcett. Guests then turned their attention to the screens to watch a moving video tribute to Fawcett. Stewart spoke of Fawcett’s courage and spirit, emphasizing that “cancer could never beat her.” She also took the time to thank many of the foundation’s generous supporters, including co-chair Jaclyn Smith who was unable attend the event, but whose contributions to the cause have been invaluable.Event co-chair and FFF Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Lawrence Piro, introduced Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. Gossett Jr., who is a two-time cancer survivor himself, thanked both the FFF and SU2C for all that they’ve done for the cause. He presented the Angel Award for excellence in innovative cancer research to SU2C’s Sherry Lansing, who accepted on behalf of Stand Up To Cancer’s Council of Founders and Advisors. SU2C’s Kathleen Lobb, Sung Poblete, Sue Schwartz, and Pamela O. Williams, and were also on-hand for the special evening. Lansing spoke about Fawcett’s courageous move to publicly announce her disease and the incredible impact it had in terms of erasing the stigma surrounding anal cancer. Dr. Piro returned to the stage to present Merck & Co. with the Medical Visionary Award for their incredible work in the medical field, which led to the development of Gardasil and the Gardasil 9 vaccine. Gardasil 9 revolutionized options for HPV related cancers and disease prevention. Stephen Wozny accepted on behalf of the organization.Guests also enjoyed a live auction led by George Hamilton that had them bidding on coveted items such as a 10-person dinner at The Palm, and a sculpture made by Fawcett herself, before country musician Stephanie Quayle closed out the evening with a special musical performance. Quayle captivated guests with a set that included “Selfish,” and “I’ve Got Your Six” from her newly released album. Alana Stewart then took the stage one last time to thank everyone for coming, and invited guests to stick around and enjoy music by DJ Ashlee Williss.last_img read more

Council of Europe’s North South Prize Awarded to André Azoulay

Strasbourg – The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe awarded its 2014 prize to André Azoulay, Advisor to King Mohammed VI and outgoing President of the Anna Lindh Foundation.The Lisbon-based centre also awarded the prize to Sister Doctor Maura Lynch, Irish surgeon and obstetrician of the Medical Missionaries of Mary.The Prize will be presented by the Portuguese President at Portugal’s parliament in May 2015, Jean-Marie Heydt, President of the Centre told MAP. The North-South Prize has been awarded every year since 1995 to two candidates who have stood out for their exceptional commitment to promoting North-South solidarity.The candidates are usually distinguished for their contribution to promoting human rights, defense of pluralist democracy, public awareness raising on issues of global interdependence and solidarity as well as strengthening North-South partnership.Azoulay is the second Moroccan personality to receive this distinction after former Prime Minister Abderrahman Youssfi in 1999. read more

Sundance: Documentary dives deep into the fraud of Theranos

PARK CITY, Utah — Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has premiered his latest documentary on the fraudulent tech startup Theranos at the Sundance Film Festival Thursday night.“The Inventor: Out for Blood In Silicon Valley” is among a handful of films that kicked off the annual independent festival. It looks at the rise and fall of the blood-testing company and its founder Elizabeth Holmes.Gibney says the most difficult thing about making the film was that at first nobody would talk to them. But a breakthrough came later in the process when someone inside the company sent a motherlode of never-before-seen footage.“The Inventor” will air on HBO later this year.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press read more

Police take over probe into Avant Garde

The vessel was said to have been carrying 816 T-56 weapons and over 200,000 bullets at the time it was seized by the Navy when it entered Sri Lankan waters off Galle. He said that as a result of the complaint the Galle DIG has initiated investigations over the vessel. The police have taken over investigations into the Avant Garde vessel after the Navy filed a complaint in Galle today.Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that the Navy had filed the complaint with the Galle harbour police. Gunasekera said that according to the Navy complaint, the ship did not have authorization to carry weapons and had three foreigners among the 36 member crew.Earlier, yesterday, the Defence Ministry said it had decided to appoint a team to investigate the Avant Garde vessel based on a report submitted by the Navy. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN honours poet Tagore for messages of tolerance and harmony

The United Nations today honoured the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, whose collection of poetry, Gitanjali, and its universal message of harmony are the focus of an event at the Headquarters in New York aimed at promoting mutual respect and cross-cultural understanding.“Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure. This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life,” sang in Bangali Rizwana Chowdhury Bonnya, singer and associate professor at Dhaka University, in an interpretive presentation of Mr. Tagore’s poem, “Endless, you have made me.” Hers was one of a dozen lingual expressions of Mr. Tagore’s poems that included representatives from Argentina, China, France, Japan and South Korean, among others. “His poems and music are like prayers for one’s self enrichment, purification and salvation,” said Vice-President of the General Assembly, Abulkalam Abdul Momen. Also from South Asia, Mr. Momen praised Mr. Tagore as a role model, “His firm stance against communalism and all forms of fanaticism serves us as a constant reminder of the need to remain vigilant and united in our total rejection of all forms of violence, bigotry and injustice.” Mr. Tagore’s poems were honoured with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, the first time an Asian poet was awarded the prize. The Nobel is presented “for lasting literary merit and for evidence of consistent idealism.”At the time of his selection, the Nobel committee praised Mr. Tagore’s “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West.”The event was part of an ongoing series organized by the UN Department of Public Information’s Academic Impact initiative, which brings together experts from leading think tanks and academic institutions in the New York area to exchange ideas with senior UN officials. “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy,” Mr. Momen said quoting Mr. Tagore. In addition to artistic endeavours, Mr. Tagore started the Visva-Bharati University in the town of Shantiniketan which is described as “his life’s work.”“Instead of any clash of civilization, it was to be a place where students and teachers from the East and the West would sit together and learn from each other in a common pursuit of truth,” said Mr. Momen.Also today, the second World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue opened in Baku, Azerbaijan. Speaking in the opening ceremony, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, urged participants to take an active role in creating a peaceful, diverse environment. “There are many people around the world who stand for diversity and inclusion, and who know that it is indispensable to live in peace and prosperity,” he said. “As leaders from Governments, corporate sector, civil society, our role and responsibility is to hear their voice and expectations and to empower them to counter the forces of polarization and hatred.”He noted that while the whole world will not automatically change after the conclusion of this forum, “I am convinced that through our joint efforts we can do our part to promote the noble goals of the Baku Forum, foster international peace and security and strengthen relations between nations and cultures.”In his speech, given alongside Irina Bokova, Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Mr. Al-Nasser quoted from Mahatma Gandhi, who is considered a close friend of Mr. Tagore’s, “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.” read more


Forget The Suns Goran Dragic Needs Teammates Who Will Give Him The

The Phoenix Suns are in a bit of a bind. The NBA’s trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday (Eastern time), so Suns general manager Ryan McDonough must quickly pursue trades that would send 2014 All-NBA guard — and potential free-agent-to-be1Goran Dragic has the option to extend his deal with Phoenix for the 2015-16 season at a price of $7.5 million, but he can also opt out in search of a longer-term contract. — Goran Dragic to a team he’s interested in for the long haul, lest Dragic walk away in the summer without Phoenix receiving any reimbursement. (Dragic reportedly told the Suns on Tuesday that he does not plan to re-sign with the club after the season.)How did things reach this point? Dragic was once looked to as the Suns’ franchise player.People close to the situation told USA Today’s Sam Amick that Dragic has chafed under the three-guard system created when the Suns executed a sign-and-trade deal for Isaiah Thomas last summer. Thomas was brought to Phoenix, in part, as insurance against the departure of Eric Bledsoe, whose restricted free agency hung over the team all summer. But the Suns found themselves with three top-flight (ball-dominant) guards once the Bledsoe drama was resolved in September. Naturally, sacrifices have been required: Dragic’s usage rate this season is the lowest it’s been since 2009-10, his second year in the NBA.The hope would be that, as a player bears less responsibility in his team’s offense, he would be freed up to perform with greater efficiency. This idea of a trade-off between usage rate and efficiency was advanced by Dean Oliver (the current Sacramento Kings director of player personnel and analytics), who called it the “skill curve” effect more than a decade ago. And it has been demonstrated empirically across the entire population of NBA players. However, the devil is always in the details, and those details are why Dragic’s wins above replacement (WAR) tally has fallen; it was 8.8 a season ago but is on pace for 3.72Pro-rated to 82 team games. this year.Although a general trade-off might hold for the average player, changes in a player’s efficiency also depend heavily on his teammates and overall style of play. When Dragic was at his best — he ranked as the NBA’s ninth-best guard by value over replacement player (VORP) between 2011-12 and 2013-14 — he had the ball in his hands a lot, penetrating and dishing. But a full season alongside Bledsoe (the duo only suited up for 38 games together in 2013-14) and the addition of Thomas have taken a toll on Dragic’s stats. His assist percentage is 19.5 percent this season, down from 28.1 percent a season ago and a high of 35.7 percent in 2012-13; his free-throw attempt rate is down to .191 from .381 last year; his true shooting percentage is down to .573 from .604 last season.Using the player-tracking numbers at NBA.com, we see that Dragic’s touches per 36 minutes are down to 67.3 from 80.1 last season, and his drives per 36 minutes are down to 7.8 from 9.8 a year ago. Perhaps most telling, Dragic is only creating 10.3 points per 36 minutes with his passing, down from 15.1 last season. And according to Synergy numbers, isolations and pick-and-roll plays went from composing 49.4 percent of Dragic’s offensive game a year ago to 34.2 percent this season. Although skill curve theory might predict an uptick in efficiency with such a change, the reality is that Dragic’s effectiveness has cratered on the plays that were once his bread-and-butter. In 2013-14, he ranked in Synergy’s 91st percentile on pick-and-rolls and isolations; this season he ranks in the 43rd percentile.In retrospect, there were signs that Dragic would need to adapt his playing style even if Thomas hadn’t joined the fold. Looking at his numbers with and without Bledsoe last season, Dragic’s usage rate, assist percentage, shooting efficiency and fouls drawn per possession were significantly higher when he wasn’t sharing the floor — and the ball — with Bledsoe. It was possible that some degree of regression in Dragic’s numbers was inevitable.(And for what it’s worth, Thomas is still working out his place in the Suns’ puzzle. His offensive box plus/minus and assist percentage are down from a year ago, although he’s retained his shooting efficiency and even improved his foul-drawing numbers.)An overlooked aspect of NBA perimeter play is whether a player can function with the ball in his hands or, conversely, whether he can adapt to contribute without constant touches. Most players’ skills are better suited to one category or the other, and a player will naturally be less effective when asked to play outside that role. Something to watch this week will be whether Dragic’s possible trade destinations would allow him to play on-ball the way the Suns did before this season, when he was at peak production. read more

Darko Stanic withdraws from the Serbian team for the WC in Spain

According to the handball website handballspain2013.com, Serbia’s “No. 1” goalkeeper – Darko Stanic, will not be taking part of the upcoming World Championship in Spain. This he has announced to some team colleagues of RK Metalurg. He is 34 years old, and he believes that it’s time to step back.“I’ve spent years playing with this rhytm, and I think that it’s time to step back. Serbia needs to think about the future and prepare for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio, and therefore my participation at the World Championship seems illogical. – Stanic.source: handballspain2013.com ← Previous Story Biegler names the players for the Polish national team upcoming qualifiers Next Story → Montpellier has lost one of the biggest sponsors Stanic read more

Revenue seize €40000 in cash at Dublin Airport

first_imgOFFICERS FROM REVENUE’S Customs Service at Dublin Airport yesterday seized €40,000 when they stopped and searched two men from Northern Ireland.The 29-year-old and 30-year-old men were stopped and searched as they were about to board a flight to Malaga yesterday morning.  The discovery was made on foot of an intelligence-led operation.The cash was concealed in the men’s carry on baggage.The money was seized by Revenue and in Dublin Circuit Court yesterday afternoon officers were granted a three month detention order in both cases in order to carry out further investigations.Read:Suspect fuel laundering plant uncovered in Armagh>€3.1 million worth of contraband cigarettes seized at Dublin Port>last_img read more

Rural hackney licences to be given out for €50

first_imgRURAL HACKNEY LICENCES will be given out at a cost of €50 per vehicle to help people living in rural areas with problems of isolation.Regulations passed by the National Transport Authority will see Local Area Hackney Licences introduced to facilitate low-cost entry into the taxi sector.The scheme is open from today on a pilot basis on the request of junior minister Alan Kelly following a government review of taxi regulation.Prior to the change in rules, hackney licences were only given to wheelchair accessible vehicles.Kelly said it is crucial to come up with “creative solutions” to improve transport connections in rural areas.“Access to transport is a major problem in rural Ireland and we needed to think creatively about how to solve it.“We are all only too well area aware of many isolated people in rural communities that are unable to access their local services,” he added. “The taxi regulation system has not been designed for isolated areas of rural Ireland and this is a way it may do so.”“What I hope is that the rural transport groups, working with the local authorities, will be able to identify the area’s most in need of access to transport and licenses can be granted on that basis.  It will be done on a pilot basis initially. The aim is to provide people with social mobility and give people a way of accessing shops, health services and local events.”Applicants will be required to have sanction from a local business or community group. They will also need to demonstrate that their area has a deficit of public transport and taxi services.Read: First Garda recruitment drive since 2009 begins todaylast_img read more

Free under 6s GP care dubbed trojan horse to change doctor conditions

first_imgSignificantly increase clinical workload;Increase the number and complexity of consultations;Seriously undermine the clinical independence of General Practitioners;Require additional resources in infrastructure, staffing levels (both medical and administrative);Impose a range of new responsibilities on GPs.Over the coming weeks the IMO will provide an analysis of the proposals to members so they can assess the impact it will have on them.“The manner in which the government is seeking to impose these significant changes is neither acceptable nor practical and there are serious issues about the sustainability of the current model of General Practice which is the cornerstone of our health services,” Walley said. “We can and want to do more but only with planning and adequate resources. We call upon government to immediately commence real negotiations.”Read: IMO accuses Government of pushing ‘spin over substance’ after meeting>Read: Reilly: Everyone will have free GP care by 2016, IMO: There’s no hope of that> THE IRISH MEDICAL ORGANISATION has accused the government of using the extension of GP cards to children under the age of six to push through radical reform.Following an initial review of the draft contract proposed by the government in relation to the initiative, the organisation said it has “serious concerns”.Ahead of the publication of the contract, government officials met with GP representatives but the IMO accused the government of pushing “spin over substances” afterwards.Today, Dr Ray Walley, Chairman of the GP Committee of the IMO claimed the initiative was a “trojan horse” aimed at reforming the terms and conditions of doctors dealing with public patients without any negotiation.Speaking today, Walley suggested that the proposals will:last_img read more

GenosTVs new Cyclops remote would be perfect for your Google TV

first_imgAs televisions and set-top boxes become more computer-like, and people start using them more like home-theater PCs than just dumb displays, gadget makers are increasingly wrestling with the problem of remotes. People want their remotes to be small and uncomplicated, but you can’t easily cram a QWERTY keyboard into a small form-factor remote while maintaining both attractive design and a minimal footprint… as Sony discovered to their peril with their Google TV controller, an unsightly monstrosity.GenosTV’s Cyclops universal remote looks like it has a better take on the concept: a futuristic looking puck with an attractive, inlaid QWERTY design. Sure, it’s still probably going to confuse your grampa, and we suspect it’s not really very ergonomic to use, but even so… this certainly beats the pants off of some of the remotes we’ve been seeing lately.The Cyclops isn’t available yet, and there’s no price attached, but GenosTV will be showing it off at CES in January. Can’t wait to see how this one reviews.last_img read more


Sandals Foundation Delivering Emergency Relief In Turks Caicos

first_imgVideo Playerhttp://magneticmediatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/WhatsApp-Video-2017-09-13-at-11.29.37-AM.mp400:0000:0001:03Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 13, 2017 – Providenciales – Responding to the utter devastation in Turks & Caicos as a result of Hurricane Irma, the Sandals Foundation began delivering emergency relief on Providenciales on Monday September 11. Sandals Foundation and the team from Beaches Turks & Caicos partnered with the Salvation Army and the Red Cross to deliver desperately needed food items to victims of one of the most powerful hurricanes in history.“Our priority is to give those in shelters immediate relief with perishable and non-perishable food items and water,” said Heidi Clarke, Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation, who flew into Turks & Caicos with a senior team to assess the damage this week. “So many people have lost everything; it is hard to imagine how devastated these islands are.”Clarke added that in coming days the Foundation will launch a drive to collect tinned food, diapers and baby formula through their group’s locations in Jamaica for the benefit of Turks & Caicos victims. This is in addition to an international online drive through the Foundation’s website (sandalsfoundation.org) to collect donations for ongoing disaster relief work.“We are doing multiple assessments in Turks to also look at long term projects that will need our assistance,” added Clarke. “We need to get kids back to school to provide some normalcy and stability again in their lives as well as to get these distressed communities back on their feet.”Clarke said the Foundation will be working with the Turks & Caicos Ministry of Education and the principals and staff of both the Clement Howell High School and Enid Capron School to assist in their rebuilding efforts as both schools have suffered extensive damage.Over the years, Sandals Foundation has been involved with multiple disaster first response relief programs and several redevelopment projects throughout the Caribbean including on the islands of Haiti, Bahamas, Dominica and St Lucia. After both earthquake and hurricane destruction in Haiti, Sandals Foundation supported various partners including Population Services with 205,000 Aqua Tabs; Global Orphan with clothing; the Salesian Missions with recovery kits for 400 families; and All Hands Volunteers with the recovery of six schools and health clinics. Other projects include: the restoration of the Cancer Society Centre, Senior Citizen Centre and St. Andrew’s Kirk Elderly Home in the Bahamas; the construction of a new Multipurpose Room at the Petite Savanne Primary School in Dominica; and the provision of school supplies to children in St Lucia. At Least 10 People Killed in Cuba from Hurricane Irma Hurricane Hit Territories Labelled “Too Wealthy” for British Aid Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Sandals Foundation Partners With The Salvation Army & Red Cross to Assist With Hurricane Relief Related Items:Beaches TCI, Hurricane Irma, The Sandals Foundationlast_img read more


Natural gas leak prompts road closures in Santee

first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 1:30 PM Posted: September 18, 2018 Natural gas leak prompts road closures in Santee KUSI Newsroom, center_img September 18, 2018 SANTEE (KUSI) – A construction accident caused a natural gas leak that forced street closures at a busy East County intersection Tuesday, authorities reported.A worker with a private contractor inadvertently ruptured a 1-inch- diameter utility pipeline about 10 a.m. while digging in front of a home at Cottonwood Avenue and Mission Gorge Road in Santee, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.Deputies shut down traffic lanes at the road crossing, as well as along nearby Buena Vista Avenue and Cottonwood Avenue, sheriff’s Lt. Amber Baggs said.Officials evacuated a single home close to the broken line as utility personnel worked to get the leak under control, a process that took about an hour, SDG&E spokesman Joe Britton said.No injuries were reported.To prevent such mishaps, SDG&E officials urge anyone planning excavation work in the county to first notify the utility company, which sends personnel to mark the location of underground gas lines, Britton noted. Those wishing to take advantage of the free service are asked to call 811. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Anchorage adopts Climate Action Plan

first_img“That will cause less air pollution for us humans, but not just us: for animals and little critters, and importantly our planet,” Odom said. Of the 22 members of the public who testified at the Assembly’s Tuesday night meeting, all were in favor of the measure. Many spoke about the overwhelming evidence of climate change they see in their lives, like warmer winters, worse tree pollen, invasive insect species and increasing wildfire conditions. Middle schooler Tayleen Odom testified she wants to see more electric vehicles, public transit and bike infrastructure. The measure passed 8 to 2, with both of the Eagle River assembly members opposed. The Anchorage Assembly voted overwhelmingly to adopt a proposed Climate Action Plan. With more than 100 pages, the document sets ambitious goals, like reducing the city’s carbon emissions by 80 percent within about 30 years. But it’s primarily a set of non-binding proposals to guide municipal entities toward more environmentally friendly policies. Others speakers focused on specific technical elements outlined in the plan, such as greener transit infrastructure and renewable energy options. Former governor Bill Sheffield spoke on the importance of rail options for commuters.last_img read more

Arun Jaitley hints at lower taxes following demonetisation but heres why it

first_imgUnion Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday managed to give salaried individuals a glimmer of hope amid all the gloom projected round the demonetisation move, dropping hints of an easier tax regime if tax collection continues to rise and black money is significantly reduced. He also slammed former Finance Minister P Chidambaram over his remarks that demonetisation was the “biggest scam of the year.”Replying to ChidambaramThe primary purpose of Jaitley’s address on Tuesday seemed to be to slam Chidambaram for his barbs at demonetisation. “The Congress party was in power for 10 years continuously from 2004 to 14. There were two striking features of that regime. The first that it did not take even a single step either against corruption or against black money. The second as far as corruption scandals were concerned, it peaked during that period,” the Finance Minister said.”So, from 2G scandal to coal block [allocation], CWG, VVIP helicopter AgustaWestland deal, each of the scandals, which is even today discussed in public space, belongs to that period. Given this scandalous record, it is not surprising that the Congress is extremely uncomfortable with anti-corruption campaign that the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched,” he added.Easier tax regime, and why it may not come to passSpeaking on demonetisation and its effects, Jaitley said: “Future transaction would be substantially digital and once they are substantially digital, they would come in the tax net. Therefore, the future taxation level would be much higher than what is currently being collected. This would also enable the government at some stage to make taxes more reasonable which will apply to both direct and indirect taxes.”However, even if tax collections rise, the Central government may not be too keen to pass on the benefits to the salaried class or entrepreneurs in the form of lower taxes, primarily because it might want to use all that extra money to provide sops and freebies that would buy it political mileage and lead to electoral gains.And even if taxes were lowered, the tax cut would not be too significant, but a token one which the ruling party or coalition might want to use as a backup election issue, parading it as a people-friendly or populist move.last_img read more


Webel Informatics Ltd looks to surpass turnover of Rs 100 cr this

first_imgKolkata: Webel Informatics Limited (WIL), the Education & Training arm of West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation (WBEIDC) Limited has taken an ambitious growth target to cross turnover of Rs 100 crore by the end of this fiscal. WIL is projected to wipe out all its accumulated losses by the end of this financial year.In the financial year 2016-17, WIL had paid back Rs 1 crore to WBEIDC that comes under the aegis of state Information Technology & Electronics department towards refund of the unsecured loan. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWIL is buoyed with its turnover exceeding Rs 52 crore in financial year 2016-17 from a meager turnover of Rs 50,000 in the year 1984-85, a growth more than ten thousand times. The education and training activities in the state is poised to grow further. Hence, we are hopeful of meeting our target,” a senior WIL official said. It may be mentioned that in 2017-18 fiscal, WIL turnover exceeded Rs 350 crore with profit more than Rs 15 crore. This is the best ever performance by any company under Webel fold. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPWIL that primarily focuses on Education and Training related activities/domains, also renders S/W (software) development & ITeS project related services to various state government departments.WIL presently has around 140 training centres spread across the state. It imparts training to more than 20,000 candidates each year on various basic and advanced courses on IT H/W (hardware) & Networking, S/W Programs and Multimedia & Animation. Specialized project training is given to the engineering students to make them ready for professional placements on completion of graduation.WIL has so far imparted training to more than 8,000 participants from around 35 state government departments and PSUs.It is also imparting training on Entrepreneurship Development sponsored by state IT & E department for 20,000 candidates across the state.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | September 09, 2008 Robotic HIFU Devices to Treat Prostate Cancer in Netherlands 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more center_img Related Content read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. September 10, 2008 – EDAP TMS SA, a therapeutic ultrasound developer, will launch initial HIFU services, a noninvasive prostate cancer treatment that uses high-intensity focused ultrasound, at Amphia Ziekenhis Hospital, in Breda, the first Ablatherm robotic HIFU treatment center in the Netherlands.Dr. Harald Janssen, head of the urology department at Amphia Ziekenhis Hospital, in Breda, Netherlands, commented, “The Ablatherm device will enable our center to be at the forefront of the treatment of prostate cancer with the latest technologies. I have been impressed with the technology and the minimally invasive approach of the Ablatherm-HIFU system. Our first patients were successfully treated with no complications, following a comprehensive training program under EDAP’s leadership. We have additional patients scheduled for treatment and I look forward to expanding the number of treatment volumes at Amphia Ziekenhis to those patients suffering from localized prostate cancer.”The company expects to add two new centers in the Netherlands that will use Ablatherm-HIFU treatment on a mobile RPP basis. For more information: www.edap-tms.com, www.hifu-planet.com and www.pcaresearch.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more last_img read more


FDA Clears Siemens Magnetom Sempra MRI System

first_img 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 | 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 Related Content 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 | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | February 17, 2017 FDA Clears Siemens Magnetom Sempra MRI System Cost-efficient system includes standardized, automated workflows for nearly 75 percent of MRI exams 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 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 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 | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | 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 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 17, 2017 — Siemens Healthineers announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Magnetom Sempra 60-cm 1.5 Tesla (1.5T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system.Siemens said the Magnetom Sempra is distinguished by its low operating costs, innovative technologies, and full-coverage service contract, which help radiological practices and groups, as well as small- and medium-sized hospitals, operate profitably despite rising industry cost pressures. Additionally, the system’s standardized workflows are designed to help facilities achieve consistent, user- and patient-independent levels of quality.With Day optimizing throughput (Dot) workflow engines, the system enables the user to adjust to each clinical case and to the condition of each patient while simultaneously maintaining exam standardization. The system comes equipped with three Dot engines to automate and streamline workflow for brain, spine and large joint procedures. These Dot engines cover roughly three-quarters of the average exam volume and help users increase productivity in addition to avoiding unnecessary and costly repeat scans.The Magnetom Sempra includes applications that enable facilities to respond to competitive pressure and adapt to changing market demands. For example, facilities can scan in the presence of MRI-safe metallic implants with improved visualization of surrounding soft tissue, including hip and knee implants. The system’s software platform includes the company’s etablished Quiet Suite technology, which can reduce sound pressure by up to 97 percent in brain and musculoskeletal exams while delivering high-quality images. Quiet Suite technology can benefit anxious patients and offer a more positive exam experience.With its equipped Dot engines, the Magnetom Sempra enables users to perform exams in just 10 minutes – including a brain exam, from patient positioning to exam completion – using time- and image-optimized protocols that cover most commonly scanned body parts.To reduce overall operating costs, the system offers Eco-Power technology, which monitors and controls the magnet-cooling helium to reduce energy consumption by up to 30 percent compared to the system’s normal mode. Zero Helium boil-off technology, a supplementary feature, prevents helium evaporation, so operators can avoid expensive helium refills and resultant downtimes.For more information: www.usa.siemens.com 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 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


Air Arabia welcomes the first A321neo LR to its fleet

first_imgAir Arabia received its first Airbus (A321neo Long Range) which flew nonstop from the Airbus’s facility in Hamburg to Sharjah International Airport.Air Arabia is the first Middle Eastern airline to operate the A321neo LR and this delivery is the first of six aircrafts that will join Air Arabia’s fleet that comprises 53 A320 family aircraft serving more than 155 routes across the globe from four hubs in the UAE (Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah), Morocco and Egypt. The addition of the A321neo LR will enable Air Arabia to expand to new medium-haul markets in addition to strengthening the existing routes with increased seat capacity.Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia said, “We are glad to welcome the first A321neo LR to our fleet, which marks another milestone in Air Arabia’s journey. The addition of this new aircraft allows us to expand our service to farther and newer destinations while remaining loyal to our low-cost business model. We look forward to receiving the remaining aircrafts in 2019 as we continue to offer our customers an excellent product with more destinations to discover.”Air Arabia’s new A321neoLR, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, accommodates 215 passengers and is equipped with Air Arabia’s new state-of-the-art cabin interior that was launched as a part of Air Arabia’s new brand identity unveiled in October last year. The new cabin interior includes a new generation of seats providing extra comfort onboard while maintaining Air Arabia’s known generous seat pitch.The A321neo LR builds on the success of the A321neo and provides additional flexibility as it has the longest range of any single-aisle airliner, enabling airlines to tap into new markets previously not accessible.last_img read more