Chandranath Sinha inaugurates Bhuribhoj restaurant 7 kitchen on wheel vehicles

first_imgKolkata: State Fisheries minister Chandranath Sinha inaugurated Bhuribhoj restaurant and seven kitchen on wheel vehicles at Nalban Food Park on Wednesday.Pradip Mazumdar, adviser to the Chief Minister on agriculture and allied sectors and Subrata Mukherjee, Managing Director, State Fisheries Development Corporation were present on the occasion. “Today, we inaugurated Bhujbhuri restaurant for people the along the along the water body. Along with it seven ready to meal vehicles were also inaugurated,” said the minister. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe vehicles, equipped with cooking facilities, will have different fish items. It will move about the city from 8 am to 8 pm. The inauguration of the vehicles comes three days ahead of the Ilish Utsav scheduled to start from August 31. The festival will conclude on September 4. “Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has a dream to make Bengal sonar bangla. We are trying to make her dream come true. People coming to Bhuribhoj will have a leisure time with family, friends and loved ones along with beautiful scenery of the water body,” Sinha added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe new restaurant will serve food at a nominal price. The items at the restaurant include fish, chick and meat. “People coming to the Bhujbhuri restaurant will be served food at a very low rate,” said Mukherjee. While, Bengal exports one tone of fish abroad, the state government is trying its level best to improve the production of fish. The Nalban Food Park, located beside the waterbody, is a major crowd-puller with a chain of specialty restaurants, including All Fish Restaurant of the State Fisheries Development Corporation. During weekends, a good number of people drop in to dine at the Nalban Food Park. The state Fisheries department had organised the three-day ‘Bengal Fish Fest 2019’ at Nalban Food Park in Salt Lake Sector V in January.last_img read more

Trudeau asked to order a halt to collection of gross Phoenix overpayments

first_imgOTTAWA – Unions representing more than 225,000 federal public servants appealed directly to the prime minister on Friday for an order to block the government from collecting more money from its employees than they received in overpayments through the troubled Phoenix pay system.The leaders of 17 unions also demanded compensation be paid to civil servants for the suffering they’ve endured as a result of the pay crisis.The demands, contained in a letter to Justin Trudeau signed by all 17 bargaining agents, coincide with this month’s second anniversary of the launch of the electronic pay system and were issued ahead of protests planned for Feb. 28.Since the launch of the Phoenix system in 2016, tens of thousands of federal employees have been underpaid, not paid at all or overpaid.Those who received overpayments were told to report the mistakes before mid-January or risk having to repay the gross amount paid — in some cases amounting to tens of thousands of dollars — rather than the net amounts deposited to their bank accounts.The unions say civil servants should not be required to repay more than they received.“Therefore, we ask that your government grant a remission order to exempt federal public service employees in receipt of overpayments from repaying the gross amount and only require them to pay the net — the same amount they actually received,” the letter to Trudeau states.The Prime Minister’s Office did not directly respond to the letter, but a spokeswoman for Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough said the department hoped to close as many overpayment files as possible before government employees have to file their 2017 taxes.“As we approach tax season, Public Services and Procurement Canada’s priority is to process overpayments as quickly as possible,” Christine Michaud said in a email.Late Thursday, the department which oversees Phoenix issued a statement, telling government workers it’s not too late report overpayments, but assuring them they would not have to pay back money that was not received.Under federal tax laws, the department explained, some employees may be asked to repay the gross amount of their overpayment, depending on when the overpayment was processed.However, since no repayments will be required until at least July 2018, employee tax accounts should be credited with the difference between the amount of overpayment they actually received and the amount they were asked to repay, said the PSPC statement.“No employee will be out-of-pocket for any amount above what was deposited into their account by the employer.”Many civil servants have complained of stress and spending countless hours online or on phone calls trying to sort out their pay problems.Those employees should be compensated for their time and the strain the issues have placed on their private lives, said the unions.“Our members no longer have any confidence in the pay process thanks to Phoenix,” the unions wrote in their appeal to Trudeau.“We ask your government to accept that it owes its employees compensation for the suffering they have endured and continue to face.”The Phoenix system, initially approved by the previous Conservative government, was supposed to streamline pay for public servants across the country and save taxpayers an estimated $70 million annually.But the government’s latest estimates indicate the total cost of the system will likely rise to nearly $788 million by the end of March.last_img read more

German gets 6 years for running darknet site used to buy gun

first_imgBERLIN — A court in Germany has sentenced a 31-year-old man to six years imprisonment for running a web forum where illegal goods were traded, including a gun used in a 2016 shooting rampage.German news agency dpa reported that the court in Karlsruhe convicted the defendant Wednesday on charges of negligent homicide, negligent bodily harm and abetting the illegal sale of weapons and drugs.The man, whose name wasn’t released for privacy reasons, had set up a site on a part of the web accessible only with specialized identity-cloaking tools, known as the “darknet.”In January, a 33-year-old German was sentenced to seven years in prison for using the site to sell a pistol and ammunition to 18-year-old David Somboly, who killed nine people at a Munich mall before killing himself.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Christchurch terror accused faces 89 charges

first_imgChristchurch: The Australian man accused of killing 50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques here on March 15 will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges, New Zealand police said on Thursday. “Police can now confirm the man arrested in relation to the Christchurch terror attacks will face 50 murder and 39 attempted murder charges when he appears in the High Court in Christchurch on Friday 5 April,” the New Zealand Police said in a tweet. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The charges against Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, comes ahead of his second appearance at the High Court in Christchurch on Friday, reports The New Zealand Herald. He first appeared a day after he carried out the massacre at the city’s Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre which also left over 50 others injured. The police said that other charges were still under consideration. Tarrant has turned down his legal counsel and said he wanted to defend himself against the charges. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The High Court received 12 applications from both New Zealand media and foreign organisations to film, take photographs, or make audio recordings at Friday’s hearing. But Justice Cameron Mander declined the applications. Justice Mander also ruled the accused will appear in court on Friday via audio-visual link from New Zealand’s only maximum security prison in Paremoremo, Auckland. Tarrant will not be required to enter pleas to charges he currently faces.last_img read more

Nigel Farage taps anger in UKs Brexitdominated EU election

FRIMLEY GREEN, England — No one in Britain is more enthusiastic about this week’s European Union elections than people who hate the EU.Hard-core Brexit supporters are chomping at the bit to cast ballots for Nigel Farage’s newly formed Brexit Party, whose sole policy is to leave the EU as soon as possible. They’re attending rallies in their thousands to chant “Ni-gel! Ni-gel!” and denounce what they call the betrayal of their referendum vote to leave the bloc. Three years after that decision, political gridlock in Parliament means the U.K. is still not out the exit door.The five-yearly elections to the European Parliament are generally sleepy affairs in Britain; only about a third of the electorate bothered to vote in 2014. But Brexit has made Thursday’s vote an emotionally charged showdown with high stakes for Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative government.“There is a momentum, an energy behind the Brexit Party,” a beaming Farage told The Associated Press before addressing more than 1,000 supporters at a rally in Frimley Green, a commuter-belt village 30 miles (50 kms) southwest of London. “There are millions of people out there asking a question: What kind of country are we if we turn our backs on a democratic result?”This election — being held across the 28 EU countries between Thursday and Sunday — should not be taking place in Britain, which was due to have left the bloc on March 29. But with departure postponed, potentially until Oct. 31, Britain must elect its 73 representatives, even though they may only serve briefly in the 751-seat EU legislature, which has a wide array of budgetary and scrutiny powers.The failure to deliver Brexit on schedule makes this election a proxy referendum on Brexit. Opinion polls suggest Farage’s Brexit Party could pick up as much as a third of the vote, with many defecting from May’s deeply divided Conservative Party.The pro-EU Liberal Democrats and the Greens are also seeing big surges, largely at the expense of the main opposition Labour Party, which is divided over whether to support a second Brexit referendum. Scottish and Welsh nationalist parties are also pro-EU and hope to do well.Farage, a veteran euroskeptic who quit as leader of the U.K. Independence Party after the 2016 referendum, launched his new party last month to harness the anger and frustration felt by many Brexit-backers over the impasse in Parliament.Farage says more than 100,000 people have paid 25 pounds to become registered supporters. Election regulators are investigating the party’s finances after claims it broke the rules by accepting donations from overseas.In Frimley Green, the largely white, middle-aged crowd — packed into a 1970s leisure centre that usually holds darts tournaments — roared as Farage condemned the “betrayal” of Brexit and May’s “shameful” deal with the EU.Farage, 55, has sat in the European Parliament for two decades and run unsuccessfully for Britain’s Parliament seven times, but the crowd lapped up his tirades against the “career political class.”“He’s the only one who speaks for us,” said Kerry Hawkins, wearing a “team Nige” T-shirt with Farage’s face plastered on it.The Brexit Party wants to rip up the divorce agreement agreed between May and the bloc — and three times rejected by Parliament — and leave without a deal on future trade terms. Most businesses and economists think that would cause economic turmoil and plunge Britain into recession. But Farage supporters deride such warnings as “Project Fear.”“We got through two world wars as a sovereign nation,” said retiree Peter Harrison. Invocations of the wartime Blitz spirit crop up frequently in the Brexiteer lexicon.Pro-EU voters, who tend to be younger and more urban, are also eager to send a message on Thursday, but must choose among several parties promising the chance to stop Brexit. The centrist Liberal Democrats, who support a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership, have seen their poll ratings soar.“Every vote to the Liberal Democrats is a vote for stopping Brexit,” Lib Dem leader Vince Cable told supporters at a recent rally. “We are clearly the dominant, successful ‘remain’ party.”The environmentalist Greens are surging in opinion polls. Also on the ballot paper is Change U.K., formed earlier this year by 11 lawmakers who quit the Conservatives and Labour.Change U.K. is struggling to make a breakthrough and has been accused of splitting the pro-EU vote — a claim rejected by lawmaker and party spokesman Chuka Umunna.“There are lots of people who won’t vote for other parties, that want a people’s vote to remain in the European Union, who will vote for us,” he told the BBC.The plethora of parties may just be a reflection of a splintering political system in which the power of the long-dominant Conservative and Labour parties is waning.Farage’s ambitious aim is the destruction of Britain’s two-party system in favour of a new political alignment — with himself as kingmaker.“There is a possibility that the two main parties could do so badly in this election that people begin to question their fundamental loyalties,” said Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London.“It could be that Britain is actually on the way to a much more fragmented, much more volatile kind of party system.”For some, that can’t come a minute too soon.“I think we’re on the verge of something that could be quite historic,” said Mark Bowles, a residential building manager standing in line to hear Farage speak. “For the first time in my lifetime it could be that the two major parties don’t decide what’s going to happen.“And I think most people would agree, from whatever background, some kind of difference is needed. . We can’t carry on as we are.”___Jo Kearney contributed to this story.Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at more news from The Associated Press on the European Parliament elections, go to Lawless, The Associated Press read more

Boris Johnson again demands EU reopen negotiations

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has demanded that the European Union reopen Brexit negotiations, scrapping “anti-democratic” provisions for the Irish border that he says would threaten the peace process in Northern Ireland.Johnson, who has made similar statements in the past, formally delivered his demands to the EU late Monday in a letter to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council.Johnson is calling for an end to the so-called backstop, which would keep Britain closely aligned with the European customs union if the two sides can’t agree on other ways to prevent the reintroduction of border checks on people and goods moving between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, after a one-hour call with Johnson on Monday, said the Brexit deal wouldn’t be renegotiated.The Associated Press read more

Angola UN offices mandate extended for more talks on future UN role

The Secretary-General made the recommendation in a letter to the President of the Security Council, who informed Mr. Annan of the Council members’ agreement with the proposal. The exchange of letters was made public today at UN Headquarters in New York.In his letter, Mr. Annan says that he intends to submit a comprehensive report to the Council containing recommendations on the UN’s future role in Angola and the resources and structures required to support it. The document will be based on the information provided by the Secretary-General’s Adviser for Special Assignments in Africa, Under-Secretary-General Ibrahim A. Gambari, who has been engaged in a series of talks in Luanda with the Angolan parties on the latest phase of the peace process and the UN role. Mr. Gambari is expected to conclude those discussions on 20 April before returning to New York to brief the Council on 23 April.Earlier this month, the Chiefs of Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding paving the way for a general ceasefire. Mr. Gambari represented the Secretary-General at the 4 April signing ceremony and initialled the Memorandum as a witness along with representatives of the Troika – Portugal, the Russian Federation and the United States.According to the Memorandum, the UN is expected to provide military observers, and technical and material support, as well as technical expertise to the quartering, demilitarization and reintegration of UNITA military forces.The UN also has been asked to provide initial emergency assistance to the families of demobilized troops and to help in the quartering, disarming and repatriation of foreign troops. read more

Opinion Dualthreat Tate Martell provides Ohio State best option as starting quarterback

Ohio State freshman quarterback Tate Martell warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorRarely in the recent history of Ohio State has the team not started a mobile quarterback under center.A program that takes Woody Hayes’ iconic quote, “Three yards and a cloud of dust” to heart, Ohio State historically won national titles on the shoulders of running backs, but has since relied on mobile quarterbacks as another option to run the ball and pass only when needed.Dwayne Haskins is not that type of quarterback. Tate Martell is.Martell was listed as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class, having flashed a powerful enough arm to complete passes downfield while also demonstrating an elusive running style that is more similar to the style of Braxton Miller rather than J.T. Barrett.Coaches have spoken of Martell with nothing but praise, acknowledging the progress he has made both in maturity and skill set since stepping foot on campus in the spring 2017. Martell embraced his role as scout team quarterback last season, helping the defense prepare while also working to improve his game during practice.The knock on Martell is that he lacks the experience of both Haskins and redshirt junior Joe Burrow. Haskins appeared in several games in 2017, including carrying the team in its win against Michigan. Martell has never appeared in a collegiate game, but that has not stopped quarterbacks in the past. Barrett began the 2014 season as the starting quarterback lacking college experience, admittedly filling in for the injured Miller. His predecessor started games in his true freshman campaign, taking over under center in just the fourth game of the 2011 season.Experience should be a factor, but it shouldn’t always be the deciding factor when examining how to maximize a team. Head coach Urban Meyer has leaned on mobile quarterbacks throughout his coaching career, ranging from Alex Smith to Tim Tebow to Miller to Barrett. The only time he had a pocket-passing quarterback at Ohio State was when Cardale Jones began the 2015 season as the starting quarterback, replaced later in the year by Barrett.Martell offers the Buckeyes an explosive runner who can make things happen even when the pocket collapses around him. If no one is available downfield, Martell has the ability to move. And while Martell might not be able to connect on as many deep passes as a quarterback like Haskins, he should still be effective enough passing to keep teams wary of his throwing ability.Martell is not viewed as the favorite to win the job and his legs give him the option to play other positions. But in a typical Ohio State offense, there is no better fit than a player like Martell. read more

Local fuel prices spike again

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGUYOIL raises fuel priceJune 5, 2016In “Local News”Trade Unions, Private Sector, consumers calling on Govt to cushion high fuel pricesMay 30, 2018In “Business”RPA calling on Govt to lower taxes on fuel to ease burden on productive sectorJune 6, 2018In “Business” Consumers will now have to pay more when refilling their fuel tanks since several private service stations have recently increased their price for fuel.Inews visited a number of service stations in Georgetown on Saturday where the prices displayed were higher than the slight increase two weeks ago.At Shell gas station, the price of gasoline increased from $230 to $234 while a litre of V-power now costs $240. Over at Rubis gas station, consumers will now have to pay close to $225 per litre for gasoline.However, at the state owned Guyoil service stations, the price for a litre of gasoline remained at $220 per litre.While persons have shared their displeasure with the increased prices, many public transport drivers have expressed that it will affect them if it continues to escalate.Several minibus drivers on Saturday said that the increase in fuel will ultimately lead to the increase in transportation cost. A route 40 minibus driver told this publication that commuters usually complains when fare increases but they have to understand that the cost of fuel has increased.“The thing is that the prices always raising and it’s crazy because we’re still working for the same fare. Soon it will grow to a big amount with all [of] this increasing and what will happen then?” he questioned.In September of 2017, world market prices for fuel increased due to the hurricane conditions in the southern hemisphere, which resulted in Guyoil adjusting the prices in gasoline, diesel and kerosene to a higher cost.Again, in February of this year, Guyoil adjusted its prices upwards. The average price of gasoline around the world is US$1.15 per liter. read more

Landmark report predicts 750000 new jobs in Australian mining industry to 2030

first_imgThe talk of the recent AIMEX show in Sydney, attended by International Mining, was a report looking at the future of the Aussie mining industry that highlights just how much potential for growth remains, but also warns against complacency. The landmark report by ANZ Bank and economic consultants Port Jackson Partners, released exclusively to The Australian, and reported on in the paper on September 9, estimates that A$2 trillion needs to be invested in the Australian economy for the nation to capitalise on the mining boom caused by the developing world’s march towards urban industrialisation. The report said that Australia “stands poised to capitalise on an economic transformation unparalleled in the nation’s history, with a resources and commodities boom capable of generating A$480 billion of exports in the next 20 years and creating 750,000 jobs.”The report finds a new economy will be formed, based primarily on mining, but the benefits will flow through to the services, education and tourism sectors. It forecasts that commodity export earnings will grow from A$210 billion in 2010 to A$480 billion by 2030, shoring up the nation’s revenue growth. The number of workers employed in the mining industry is expected to more than double from 693,000 to 1.45 million.“This is not the stuff of a routine commodities boom but rather a more fundamental global process under way that will see billions more people achieve middle-class living, and it has decades to run,” the document says. Entitled Earth, Fire, Wind and Water, the report warns Australian policymakers to resist the temptation to try to slow the boom and urges them to guard against “Lucky Country” complacency. Instead, The Australian piece urges the government to show greater political and policy leadership and encourage investment to lift economic output and increase the nation’s capacity.Writing in the paper, ANZ chief executive Mike Smith said the nation is facing more than a one-off mining boom saying that “a major structural shift is underway.” He urges the government to broaden its approach in managing the supercycle to ensure the benefits flow through to the rest of the economy. He adds: “Australia is currently experiencing the kind of ‘problem’ that makes us the envy of the rest of the developed world. If Australia can expand capacity rapidly enough, export revenues from hard and soft commodities could reach half a trillion dollars in real terms by 2030. The scale of investment required is unprecedented.”The report forecasts up to A$1.8 trillion needs to be injected into the economy to allow Australia to maximise the benefits from the growing appetite in China and the region for commodities. But it warns the transformation will not happen without a greater focus on increasing the size of the nation’s skilled workforce; tapping foreign capital, including Chinese ownership of mines and farms; reversing the productivity slump; applying new research and development; and accelerating planning and water access approvals for mine and farm development. The next waves of the boom are forecast to create 758,000 full-time jobs in export-related sectors over the next two decades, with nearly 400,000 of those positions on investment projects alone.last_img read more

Irish winners of both the mens and womens Dublin City Marathon

first_imgFOR THE FIRST time in twenty years an Irishman has won the Dublin City Marathon.Dublin based primary school teacher Sean Hehir — originally from Clare — became the first Irishman since John Tracey in 1993 to win in Dublin after coming home in a time of 2:18:19, 53 seconds ahead of fellow Irish runner Joe Sweeney who was running his first marathon.Moldovan Sergio Ciobanu, who runs with Clonliffe Harriers, was third in 2:22:02.Maria McCambridge justified her favourite tag in the women’s race, coming home first in a time of 2:38:51 after a fantastic tussle with Cork’s Claire McCarthy-Gibbons (2:39:27), while Tullamore’s Pauline Curley finished third in 2:42:58.Maria McCambridge shows her delight at winning.Image: INPHO/Morgan TreacyPaul Hannan won his fourth wheelchair title in 2:34:48, nearly three minutes ahead of Jim Corbett (2:37;27) while Patrick Monahan (2:38:54) was third.Hopes had been high that Ireland would produce the winner in both races after the lack of a headline sponsor earlier in the year meant the usual invitations were not issued to the East African runners who have dominated the event in recent years.A record 14,500 runners took to the start line this morning with road closures expected to stay in place throughout the day as the later finishers come home.‘My Ireland team to beat the All Blacks is…’10 steps to surviving today’s Dublin City Marathonlast_img read more

10 amazing chemical reaction GIFs

first_imgThere are innumerable chemical reactions going on all around us that would leave your head spinning. However, they’re happening at such a small scale that you don’t really get a good macroscopic look at them too often. Well, luckily there are chemists and reckless tinkerers to blow things up. Let’s zero in on some of the coolest chemical reactions in GIF form.Click the gallery to see each on of the reactions and then check out the full explanations of each animations below… without your browser being weighed down by all those hefty GIFs!Belousov–Zhabotinsky reactionThe Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction is one of the more mysterious chemical reactions that can be easily reproduced — it encompasses as many as 18 steps. This is one of several reactions that serve as an example of non-equilibrium thermodynamics. The expanding rings are a “chemical oscillator.” The malonic acid and potassium bromate react to produce carbon dioxide, water, and bromine. The rings expand outward, but dissipate when the container is disturbed. They come right back, though, and the eventually consume the reactants.Blood drop in hydrogen peroxideHydrogen peroxide is a so-called reactive oxygen species. You may be familiar with it as an antimicrobial agent — get a scrape, pour some hydrogen peroxide on it. What you see in the GIF is a bigger version of the bubbling on the surface of your scrape. Hydrogen peroxide is a naturally occurring substance that is used in cells, but all aerobic (oxygen-breathing) organisms have an enzyme called catalase in their blood to break down excess hydrogen peroxide. That’s where the bubbles come from. Catalase breaks down hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen gas.Luminol exposed to oxidantLuminol is an organic compound that is widely used by forensic investigators. It exhibits chemiluminescence when it is exposed to an oxidizing agent. Oxygen will do nicely, and iron is a good catalyst for the reaction. Blood contains iron, so Luminol is considered a good preliminary test for the presence of blood, even if it has been mostly scrubbed away.Supercooled waterEverything about this image seems wrong. If water is cold enough to freeze, it should be frozen, right? Water’s freezing/melting point is 0°C, but the crystallization process needs some sort of impurity or nucleation site to begin. That’s not a problem most of the time, but very pure distilled water in a smooth container can become colder than freezing without crystallizing. Here, supercooled water is poured out, and the disturbance causes it to crystallize instantly.Radon in a cloud chamberA cloud chamber is a particle detector used to study ionizing radiation. The environment inside the chamber is supersaturated with alcohol vapor. When a charged particle (like an alpha or beta particle) zips through the gas, it ionizes it causing condensation trails to form. Here, the radon 220 atoms are decaying into stable lead atoms and releasing two alpha particles (helium-4 nuclei) ions the process, which are producing the trails.Crystallization of sodium acetateSodium acetate is the basis for those reusable hand warmer packs. That’s basically the reaction you’re seeing here. Sodium acetate has a very high melting point, so if you heat it, the supersaturated solution will liquefy in water. Then it cools (it’s technically supercooled, like the water from before) and is ready to crystalize. In this GIF, a crystal is dropped in to catalyze the recrystallization process. In hand warmers, a small disc is depressed that disturbs the supersaturated solution and starts the crystallization. This process releases the energy stored in the solution as heat.Ammonium dichromate on fireAmmonium dichromate is an inorganic salt. Just like the explosive fertilizer ammonium nitrate, ammonium dichromate is thermodynamically unstable. Igniting it results in the conversion of ammonium dichromate to nitrogen gas, water, and a whole lot of dark green powdered chromium(III) oxide. This is sometimes called Vesuvian Fire because it looks like a volcano.Red Hot Nickel Ball on iceThis one is pretty straight forward. Our old friend the red hot nickel ball (RHNB) is placed on a block of ice, which it then melts down to the center of. The RHNB is well over 1000°F when it’s placed on the ice, so it’s not hard to believe it sinks in so fast.Burning rainbowDifferent chemicals can be used to produce different color flames. This is called the pyrotechnic effect and is used in fireworks and other forms of pyrotechnics. This is the result of thermal energy converted in electromagnetic radiation as light (black-body radiation). When electrons in an atom are excited by heat, they can be pushed into higher energy orbitals. When the electrons fall back down, they emit light. The wavelength of this light is what causes the differing colors.Nitrocellulose boomNitrocellulose has been used for all manner of things. It has been used as a low-power explosive, a base for x-ray film, and a substrate for protein binding in certain molecular biology assays. Its use has drastically diminished due to its extreme flammability. Igniting nitrocellulose leaves almost none of the original substance intact. It’s all water, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen gas. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Belousov–Zhabotinsky reactionBelousov–Zhabotinsky reactionAn example of the Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction in a petri dish. This is the result of malonic acid reacting with potassium bromate. Blood drop in hydrogen peroxideThis is a few drops of blood being added to a high-concentration solution of hydrogen peroxide. The puffing up is from the production of water and oxygen gas.Luminol exposed to oxidantThe blue glow is Luminol being exposed to oxygen. The blue glow is caused by the luminol reacting with oxygen and a catalyst like iron or copper.Supercooled waterWater that has been cooled below freezing, but remains in a liquid state will rapidly freeze when given the right encouragement.Radon 220 in a cloud chamberRadioactive radon 220 gas being piped into a cloud chamber. The vapor trails are produced by radioactive decay.Crystallization of sodium acetateThis is a supersaturated solution of sodium acetate being spontaneously crystallized by the introduction of a small flake of crystallized sodium acetate.Ammonium dichromate on fireAmmonium dichromate is thermodynamically unstable, so providing an ignition source results in a strongly exothermic reaction.Red Hot Nickel Ball on iceSuperheat one ball of nickel, place on block of ice, and enjoy.Burning rainbowColored flames from left to right: Lithium, sodium chloride, boric acid, and methanol.Nitrocellulose boomNitrocellulose, also known as guncotton, is highly a flammable hydrocarbon compound. A tiny bit of heat, and it detonates cleanly.An example of the Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction in a petri dish. This is the result of malonic acid reacting with potassium bromate.last_img read more

Conferees Embrace New Authority for OffBase Infrastructure Projects

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A new authority allowing DOD to provide funding to state and local governments for off-base infrastructure projects has been included in the final version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. House and Senate negotiators had to make several tweaks, though, as they reconciled competing versions of the new authority for the department to award grants to address deficiencies in community infrastructure if the assistance will enhance the military value, resilience or military family quality of life at an installation.The final language sunsets the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program after 10 years, a compromise between the five-year limit the Senate would have placed on it and the House’s intention to create a permanent program. The final provision adopts the Senate requirement for state and local participants to contribute at least 30 percent of the total project cost; the House had proposed a 20 percent cost share for participants. The cost-share requirement can be waived, however, for rural communities or “for reasons related to national security,” under the compromise language.A transportation project, a school, hospital, police, fire, emergency response or other community support facility, or a waste, wastewater, telecommunications, electric, gas or other utility infrastructure project would be eligible for the program, according to section 2861.In the joint explanatory statement accompanying the conference report, lawmakers underscored the value of the new authority: “The conferees note the importance of the communities that surround and support U.S. military installations and believe that this program can be of tremendous benefit to both the surrounding community and respective installations.” Lawmakers reached agreement on the conference report Monday. The House is expected to vote on the legislation this week, and the Senate possibly in August.Photo by Aaron Rosenblattlast_img read more

Repair damaged roads on a war footing Mayor Bonthu Rammohan

first_imgHyderabad: The Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Mayor, Bonthu Rammohan, on Monday instructed the officials of GHMC, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) and Hyderabad Road Development Corporation Limited (HRDCL) to complete road repairs on war footing in Greater Hyderabad.Mayor Rammohan along with the HMRL Managing Director NVS Reddy, GHMC Commissioner M Dana Kishore and other officials inspected the works of restoring damaged roads at various sports in the city. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Speaking after inspecting the works of damaged roads, the Mayor said monsoon emergency teams were filling up the more than 4,000 potholes in the city and this work would be completed on Tuesday, he said. “We will start the short-term tenders calling process to repair the damaged roads stretches in city from Wednesday and HMRL is taking up the road repairs in metro corridors in city under the budget of Rs 5 crore,” the Mayor disclosed. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Commissioner Dana Kishore said that they had deployed senior officials in each zones and circles across the city to complete the damaged road repair work as soon as possible. HMRL managing director NVS Reddy said that they would release Rs 5 crore for the repair of the roads from Secunderabad station to Mahatma Gandhi bus station and in other metro routes and would give top priority to the road repair works.last_img read more

Harris Health System Proposing 70 Million Expansion of Ben Taubs Trauma Capacity

first_img 00:00 /00:00 X Harris Health System Ben Taub HospitalHarris County taxpayers could spend $70 million to finance the construction of seven new operating rooms at Ben Taub Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.“We’re extraordinarily busy,” said Mike Norby, chief financial officer for the publicly-funded Harris Health, which runs Ben Taub, Lyndon B. Johnson hospital and a network of community clinics.“We consistently end up having to bump scheduled (surgical) cases for trauma cases, ER cases,” Norby said.  The America College of Surgeons had warned Ben Taub administrators they needed to expand and upgrade surgical facilities to retain the coveted level-one trauma designation. A level-one trauma center is the highest possible designation, able to handle the most complicated emergencies.Ben Taub Hospital has one, along with Memorial Hermann Hospital, right next door. Those are the only two such centers in Houston, though experts say the region should have at least six level-one trauma centers, given the population.Ben Taub currently has 11 operating rooms, and the project will add seven new operating rooms with updated layouts and equipment.  After construction finishes in two or three years, Ben Taub will have 18 operating rooms, in total, but won’t use all of them right away.Harris County Commissioners will consider the bond financing and proposed tax increase next month, Norby said.Norby estimated Harris County property owners would pay an additional .13 cents a year for every $100 dollars of assessed value, in other words, a fraction of a penny.For the owner of a $212,000 home (the median sales price in Harris County), the additional tax would be about $2.75 a year. The tax would expire after the 20-year bond term came to an end.Editor’s Note: A clarification was made to the additional cents statement to emphasize it is a fraction of a penny.  Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

NAACP to Host Baltimore Town Hall on Police Reform

first_imgLocal PartnersAlpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.Equity MattersNAACPNo Boundaries Coalition BALTIMORE– The NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, will be co-hosting a town hall in Baltimore as a partner organization of the Civil Rights Coalition for Police Reform on November 4th, 2017, from 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.The police reform town hall will feature panelists from the national coalition as well as local police reform advocates.  Baltimore residents, local elected officials, youth-based groups, faith leaders, and other social justice organizations have been invited to participate in this interactive dialogue.  Panelists and attendees will discuss the state of policing in Baltimore including consent decrees, accountability for the death of Freddie Gray, and the upcoming state legislative session.The town hall is taking place at a crucial time for Baltimore police reform, in the midst of trial board hearings for the officers involved in Freddie Gray’s death and following the recent appointment of an independent monitor to oversee the federal consent decree.  Baltimore holds an important role in the current national conversation about community violence, police violence, and community oversight. The NAACP is committed to pushing for nationwide police reform while bringing attention to the ongoing challenges to Baltimore policing.Moderated by Barbara Arnwine of the Transformative Justice Alliance, the event will feature the following panelists and partners: PanelistsLinzy Jackson—Hiphop CaucusTawanda Jones—Camden Sophisticated SistersRay Kelly—No Boundaries CoalitionCarlton Mayers III—NAACP LDFcenter_img Area residents, students, concerned citizens are invited to attend the event which will take place at St. Peter Claver Hall, 1546 N. Fremont Avenue, Baltimore MD, 21217.last_img read more

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first_img FDR AcSelerate News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  October 5, 2009 – Leading the line-up of new Fujifilm DR (FDR) systems at RSNA 2009 will be the FDR AcSelerate. A fully automated table and upright system, the FDR AcSelerate has new technological advances that give clinicians the potential for dose reduction while providing unprecedented image quality among current general radiographic systems. With a lightweight ergonomic design, it takes much less effort to use, position and operate than traditional systems. In addition, at RSNA Fujifilm will have its latest DR system making its world debut and further enhancing the company’s comprehensive line of FDR products. The FDR AcSelerate requires FDA 510(k) approval and is not yet available for sale in the U.S.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more Technology | October 05, 2009 New DR Designed to Speed Up Workflow Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more last_img read more

Bone Age AI Algorithm Offered Free for Research Use on EnvoyAI Platform

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… 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 | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Related Content News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more March 19, 2018 — Artificial intelligence (AI) platform provider EnvoyAI recently announced a new partnership with 16 Bit, the winner of the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) Bone Age Algorithm Challenge. EnvoyAI’s platform launched in November 2017 with 14 partners and 35 algorithms.The EnvoyAI Exchange continues to grow, adding new premium partners and algorithms with a current total of 19 partners and 46 algorithms. 16 Bit is Toronto-based and was founded by two radiologists focused on providing practical applications of advanced AI technology to solve the most pressing diagnostic imaging problems in today’s clinical environment.Pediatric populations frequently require correlation between skeletal maturation and chronological age. A radiograph of the left hand is typically used and patients are categorized based on comparison of bony structures to reference standards. Bone age algorithms automate this comparison process and deliver assistive results to radiologists, expediting time to diagnosis. The application of artificial intelligence using the bone age use case was a major focus of the RSNA annual meeting, where 16 Bit took center stage with their algorithm providing a mean absolute difference (MAD) of 4.265 months on the competition’s test set which used an average of three pediatric radiologist interpretations and the final report as the gold-standard. Individual radiologists differed, on average, by 7.32 months from this gold-standard. These results highlight the tremendous potential for machines to assist physicians in providing more reliable care.16 Bit’s bone age algorithm is now available through the EnvoyAI developer portal, meaning that, upon request, anyone can test the algorithm for free against their own clinical data by uploading a DICOM file. The algorithm will be made available free for research use to EnvoyAI pilot sites, which will allow for fast implementation via the EnvoyAI platform.The 16 Bit algorithm was demonstrated at the 2018 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting, March 5-9 in Las Vegas. EnvoyAI was an exhibitor at HIMSS, located in the booth of distribution partner TeraRecon.For more information: News | Orthopedic Imaging | March 19, 2018 Bone Age AI Algorithm Offered Free for Research Use on EnvoyAI Platform Winning algorithm in RSNA17 AI Bone Age Challenge correctly correlates skeletal maturation with chronological age in pediatric hand radiographs 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 last_img read more

Bahamas Tourism Minister urges hoteliers to do business in Bahamas

first_imgWhile speaking at International African American Hotel Ownership and Investment Summit held in South Florida, Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation for The Bahamas said, “The Bahamas is a vacation paradise, that’s well known, but the message I’d like each of you to take away from my short talk this morning is that when it comes to investing, ‘It’s Better in The Bahamas’.”The Minister, who was presented with an Apex award for distinguished service at the closing banquet of the summit, provided his remarks at the Summits Annual Scholarship Awards luncheon, sponsored by the Marriott, at the Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, Miami, Florida. He shared that in the last 12 months, The Bahamas have engaged in an overhaul of procedures and protocols to create an environment where the ease of doing business in The Bahamas is historically at its optimum best.Annually, the summit is attended by African American hoteliers, entrepreneurs, national leaders and hospitality representatives, city/state/country development representatives and financial experts.D’Aguilar disclosed that in the last quarter of 2017, the Government of The Bahamas enacted the Commercial Enterprises Act, “which is a package of legislation specifically designed to improve the ease of doing business and attract new and diverse businesses. Implementation of the policies attached to this legislation will streamline and fast-track the start-up businesses in a number of areas,” he provided.The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers (NABHOOD), hosts the Summit annually with the Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine and Horizons International Group. This year’s theme is ‘New Opportunities with Great Partners’.Now in its 22nd year, the annual summit is designed to educate attendees on becoming a hotel owner or investor, share minority investment trends, explore supplier opportunities, learn how to market to minorities and discuss diversity issues affecting the industry. The summit features a number of executive level professionals from the world’s leading hotel brands who share a wealth of information needed to succeed in the industry.The declared goal of NABHOOD is to increase the number of African-Americans developing, managing, operating and owning hotels; increase vendor opportunities and executive level jobs for minorities, thereby creating wealth within the African-American community.last_img read more

When her client was unable to get back to Australi

first_imgWhen her client was unable to get back to Australia, from Atlanta Airport in the US, due to severe storms and tornado warnings, Sarah Bird, a TravelManagers personal travel manager from Casino in northern NSW, did what any self-respecting agent would, and helped her client get home, without hesitation and with her work cut out for her!In the process, Bird’s client was chatting with a fellow passenger and Aussie, Abby Moore, who was travelling with her father and was in the same predicament. Having booked their airfares with an OTA, unlike Bird’s client, Abby and her dad were left without any meaningful assistance from either the OTA or the airline ground staff to help them get home to Cairns. So, showing a great deal of common sense, Abby contacted that personal travel manager – Sarah Bird!“I was recommended to contact Sarah by a fellow passenger at the airport after our flight was cancelled and I was left with no idea with what to do. Sarah worked tirelessly and rebooked my father’s and my flights home within an hour, and continued to check up on me during the weekend. Sarah provided excellent service with very short notice,” Abby said.Bird spent most of the weekend on the phone and email to resolve Abby and her father’s travel woes.“The situation was not entirely straightforward as the original arrangements I had spent time working on got cancelled again by the airline,” Bird said. According to Michael Gazal, TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Sarah Bird and Abby Moore’s story clearly demonstrates the personal travel manager model, with its blend of online presence and personal service.“Emergencies, natural disasters and flight cancellations do not always happen conveniently between 9am and 5pm weekdays as this situation shows. The ability to work anytime, day or night truly shows that our personal travel managers really offer a superior level of personal service and flexibility to any client.“This type of personal service is invaluable and is indicative of our 500 personal travel managers across Australia.”A ‘perfect storm’, and Bird’s exceptional service for a stranger, happily also yielded a client for life!“I will never book another overseas trip without Sarah. I thought it would be fine to book my arrangements without a travel professional, but after experiencing Sarah’s incredible skills and expertise I realise just how great it is to have someone to answer your questions, and solve any hiccups in record time. Ten out of ten I will recommend Sarah. She saved my holiday from the other side of the world, I can’t thank her enough,” Abby said.Personal Travel Manager – Sarah Bird Agency NewsTravelManagerslast_img read more