Fran Drescher To Host 3rd Annual Cancer Schmancer Health Summit

first_imgCancer Schmancer presents its third annual Health Summit, hosted by Fran Drescher.This information-filled day is educational and will transform attendees from patients into medical consumers. There will be a multitude of interesting, informative panels and Q&A opportunities on topics including robotic surgery, biodynamic farming, natural alternatives to overcoming addiction and dependence on prescription drugs, detoxing your home, current environmental issues like water quality, bio-identical hormone replacement, using snake venom to “paint’ and identify cancer cells, nutrition, exercise, heart health, dealing with trauma, and much more. Speakers include Dr. Hyla Cass, Dr. Aly Cohen, Dr. Gail Jackson, Dr. Zuri Murrell, Dr. Mel Kurtulus, Cristina Ferrare, Samantha Harris, Leslie Michaelson, Dr. Zuri Murrell, Dr. Jim Olson, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Pam Taub, and many others.Funds raised support Early Detection Fran Vans which offer free mammograms to marginalized women who don’t have access to healthcare, and Cancer Schmancer’s School Assembly Prevention Program that teaches middle and high school students to make healthy choices and avoid toxins in their daily lives.Purchase tickets by visiting www.CancerSchmancer.org/whs. VIP tickets are $500 and include a post-event VIP reception with Fran and select speakers, and premium seating. General admission is $300. All ticketholders receive beverages, breakfast, lunch.last_img read more

Greater deposit protection coming for Ontarios new homebuyers in 2018

first_imgTORONTO – The company that administer Ontario’s home warranty program says buyers of new homes will soon have greater deposit protection with a new policy and regulation expected to come into force next year.Tarion Warranty Corp. is proposing to increase deposit protection for houses from the current $40,000 to 10 per cent of the purchase price, from a minimum of $60,000 to a maximum of $100,000.This means that houses with a purchase price below $600,000 will have up to $60,000 in coverage.Deposits are typically around five per cent of the selling price of a home, although they can range higher in hot real estate markets.The changes will bring the amount covered into better alignment with the province’s home prices.According to the Toronto Real Estate Board, the average selling price in the Greater Toronto Area in September was $775,546.Tarion says deposits for condominium dwelling units are not part of the proposed changes because condominium dwelling units already enjoy significant protection.The company says the new deposit protection coverage is expected to be in place in January 2018.The proposed policy and draft regulation, which will be considered on Dec. 14, is posted on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry for 45 days.The proposed changes stem from a provincial omnibus bill that legislated reforms in Tarion’s structure and mandate, including separating the provider of Ontario’s warranty program for new homes from the body regulating new home builders.last_img read more

SC seeks EC reply on Opp’s plea for counting of VVPAT slips in LS polls

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the plea of 21 opposition leaders, led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, seeking that VVPAT slips of at least 50 per cent of voting machines in each assembly constituency be checked randomly in the Lok Sabha elections.The leaders from six national and 15 regional parties, claiming to represent 70-75 per cent of the population, have also sought the setting aside of the Election Commission of India (EC) guideline on random verification of one assembly seat. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that notice be issued to the EC, and the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) should depute an officer to assist the court in the matter. The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, posted the matter for further hearing on March 25 and asked the ECI to file its reply in two weeks. The parties include the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Aam Aadmi Party, CPI (Marxist), CPI, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal, Loktantrik Janata Dal and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The petitioners are presidents/ leaders of 21 different national and regional political parties (six out of seven national parties and 15 regional parties) across the country electorally representing about 70-75 percent of the people of India,” the plea said. It has sought quashing of the EC guideline which provides that random verification of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips shall be conducted in one polling stations in case of assembly election and in each assembly segment in case of Lok Sabha election. The plea also sought, “a further direction to the election commission for random verification of at least 50 per cent electronic voting machines (EVM) using the VVPAT per assembly segment/ assembly constituency”. The plea referred to the 1975 verdict of apex court in the case of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, which held that free and fair elections are part of the basic structure of the Constitution of India. It also referred to the 2013 verdict of apex court in the case of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy where it was held that paper trail for EVM are an “indispensable requirement” for free and fair elections. “The impugned guideline issued by Respondent No.2 (Election Commission of India) hits at the basic structure of the Constitution by making VVPAT completely ineffective and merely ornamental in nature as it translates to an actual check on less than 0.44 per cent of EVMs in the country. “The said Guideline, therefore, defeats the entire purpose of introducing VVPAT and renders the judgment and directions passed by this court completely otiose,” it said. The plea further stated that the guideline amounts to taking away from the left hand what was given by the right and reduce the safeguards and substantive essence of the judgments of this Court to a nullity. “The petitioners submit that a procedural or executive instruction in the form of guidelines cannot render the main substantive safeguard nugatory, more so where the latter traces itself back not only to a Constitutional provision but, indeed, to the basic structure of the Constitution,” it said. The plea further stated that the directions are being sought for giving effect to the judgment of this court declaring VVPAT as “integral and intrinsic to free and fair elections which, in turn are part of the basic structure of the Constitution of India”. Naidu, the lead petitioner, had declared in February that the parties will be moving the apex court against the use of EVMs. The move comes after the leaders of the opposition parties met at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s residence. The parties had raised apprehensions in a meeting with the EC in February about the credibility of EVMs, although the poll panel has denied allegations of machines being tampered with. The EC, while announcing the Lok Sabha election schedule, had said that mandatory checking of EVMs and VVPAT will be done on the basis of one polling station for each Lok Sabha constituency.last_img read more

Historic JFK terminal gets new life as luxury hotel

NEW YORK — The famous winged TWA terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport has come out of its decades-long retirement with a new life as a luxury hotel.Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on hand Wednesday for the ribbon cutting ceremony.The Finnish architect Eero Saarinen (EHR’-oh SAHR’-ih-nehn) didn’t have a hotel in mind when he designed the futuristic structure that opened in 1962.Those were the heady jet-age days of the first space flights and President John F. Kennedy’s promise of a moon landing.Now, hospitality executive Tyler Morse hopes the proximity to the airport will draw travellers who don’t want to fight nightmarish traffic to catch their flights.The Associated Press

UN Chief calls on parties in Sri Lanka to exercise restraint

United Nations chief António Guterres said on Sunday he was following Sri Lanka’s deepening political crisis with “great concern”, after a man was killed allegedly by a politician’s bodyguard, who reportedly fired on a crowd of demonstrators.Sri Lanka’s President, Mathripala Sirisena, suspended the national Parliament for two weeks on Saturday, in an effort to build support for his decision a day earlier, to remove the country’s Prime Minister following months of disagreement, according to news reports. Many Members of Parliament, and Government Ministers denounced the move as unconstitutional, and Mr. Sirisena swore in a controversial former President as the new Prime Minister; Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sunday’s shooting came amidst street protests which erupted, resulting in a crowd blocking one of the now-sacked cabinet ministers, from entering his office. Reports say the shooting victim died after being admitted to hospital, and two others were injured. Suspended Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe, is refusing to accept his dismissal, and is appealing for support among MPs, arguing that he still commands a parliamentary majority, say news reports. He has so far refused to leave the official Prime Minister’s residence.In a statement, the Secretary-General called on the Government “to respect democratic values and constitutional provisions and process, uphold the rule of law and ensure the safety and security of all Sri Lankans.” He urged “all parties to exercise restraint and address the unfolding situation in a peaceful manner.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

What Enterprises Need to Know About 911

Finally, last year the FCC began looking into MLTS technologies for 9-1-1, suggesting that providing a dispatchable location with every 9-1-1 call could become a federal requirement in the near future. Narrowing Down Mobile Location, for Better or for Worse Michael Finneran November 06, 2018 Mobile technologies have given us an amazing array of tools to locate people and things, but in the end, money talks. It’s Time to Take Another Look at E-911 Irwin Lazar January 31, 2019 The advancement of Next-Generation 911 requires IT leaders to revisit their E-911 plans. 911 Testing: Just Do It Darin Ward May 02, 2019 When implementing new communications platforms, don’t even think about skipping this step. 911 Location and the Enterprise: When Seconds Count Lev Deich February 04, 2019 With today’s 911 technologies, you’ve no reason to wait for a regulatory mandate to make sure employees are adequately protected. See All in E-911 » 911 Update: All About Location, Location, Location Martha Buyer November 05, 2018 The FCC outlines what it thinks constitutes necessary dispatchable location information for first responders. Talk to an ExpertSo many businesses are scared of 9-1-1 because they think it’s confusing, and to be honest, it can be. Fortunately, we’ve spent the last 20 years making 9-1-1 uncomplicated. The best thing your enterprise can do is ask questions — find out what solutions you need, and how you should implement them both now, and for the future. Learn more about 9-1-1.Tags:News & ViewsSponsored PostVendor PerspectivebandwidthregulationE-911APIs & Embedded CommunicationsDigital WorkplaceEndpointsMobilityReal-Time Communications Articles You Might Like Standard VoIP Routing — This is what most of us think of when we hear 9-1-1. If you live at 123 Main Street (and are calling from your VoIP phone), standard VoIP routing is how you’re sent help. By provisioning your phone number to your address, emergency services know where you are, even if you can’t say it.Dynamic Location Routing — What if 123 Main Street is where your five-story office building is? How would emergency services know if help was called on the first floor or the fifth floor? For workers that move around a lot, from their desks or to a conference room, dynamic location routing allows more granularocation data to be shared, including floor, room, and even what corner of the building, at the time of the call, ensuring help gets where it’s needed, when it’s needed. Businesses must be compliant with Kari’s Law by February 2020, which will be here before you know it. 9-1-1 Routing OptionsOn top of new rules and regulations, there’s also been a huge shift in the process of sending emergency services where they’re needed. How we think of calling 9-1-1 and having the police, an ambulance, or a fire truck show up at front door has changed. 9-1-1 Rules and RegulationsIn the last few years, there have been several changes surrounding 9-1-1. The most notable law, and the one you’re probably most familiar with, is Kari’s Law. This targets multiline telephone systems (MLTS), like the kind often found on business campuses, and changes how 9-1-1 can be dialed (no more dialing a prefix to reach an outside line). It also adds new regulations around notifying personnel at the location when 9-1-1 has been called. Log in or register to post comments If you’re an enterprise, 9-1-1 can be scary. There are changing regulations, evolving technology, and shifts in how and where your workforce, well, works. Understanding your options, and picking a solution that’s best for you can be overwhelming. So let’s make it simple, get you out from being overwhelmed, and lay out the things your enterprise really needs to know about 9-1-1. On top of Kari’s Law, several states have implemented their own regulations around 9-1-1, ranging from how dialing 9-1-1 works to what information is passed along when emergency services are called. If you’re an enterprise, it’s critical that you find out what regulations your state has imposed in addition to the federal laws. NoJitter_911-Enterprise (2).png read more

Founders of Lonely Planet awarded UN agencys lifetime achievement award

Hailing the impact of the popular ‘Lonely Planet’ travel guidebook series on global tourism, the United Nations tourism agency today awarded its founders with its 13th Lifetime Achievement Award. “The inspirational role that Lonely Planet inferred worldwide to travellers, writers and the tourism sector in general has been the major reason to concede the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Lifetime Achievement Award to [Tony Wheeler and Maureen Wheeler],” noted the UN agency in a news release. According to the agency, the Wheelers founded Lonely Planet Publications in 1972, after a trip across Asia. In the last 40 years, their guidebooks have sold over 100 million copies in English and other languages. The books also ventured into many other travel areas including a television series and an award-winning travel website. In addition, through their Planet Wheeler Foundation, Tony and Maureen Wheeler, have been involved in more than 50 projects in the developing world, principally in south-east Asia and east Africa, with a focus on poverty alleviation. They are also involved in a number of ventures, including promoting literature and the arts, as well as entrepreneurship and protection and development of archaeological sites in developing countries. The UNWTO Lifetime Achievement Award is conferred every year to individuals with visionary leadership and significant contributions to the global tourism sector. read more

Key figures from the past of American mining

first_imgThe Mining Foundation of the Southwest reports that this year, “six exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions in mining related industries will be honoured at the 31st American Mining Hall of Fame Awards Banquet and Fundraiser. www.miningfoundationsw.org The Hall of Fame Banquet, an annual fundraiser with about 500 attendees, recognises the achievements of individuals and companies, who through their innovations and leadership, not only have significantly impacted mining successes but also have contributed to the continued relevance and strength of the modern mining industry.Bartolomé de Medina 1497-1585 Inventor of the Patio Metal Extraction Process He was a successful Spanish businessman who discovered that silver could be extracted from ground ores using mercury and salt water brine. The process involved first crushing silver ores to a fine slime, then mixed with salt, water, magistral (impure copper sulfate), mercury and then spread in layers in a shallow-walled open enclosure patio. The introduction of amalgamation to silver refining replaced smelting as the primary method of silver extraction and inaugurated a rapid expansion of silver production in Mexico and Peru.The Americas became the primary source producing three-fifths of the world’s silver supply until around 1900. Spanish American production fed the demand for silver, facilitating the develop-ment of extensive trade networks and this rapid expansion is often recognized as the key to early modern world trade linking Europe, Africa, Asia, and Americas.He has also been nominated to the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame – www.im-halloffame.comBen Williams 1852-1925 Mine Superintendent and General Mine Manager Ben Williams was the son of a prominent family of Welsh metallurgists and whose father and brother-in-law , De Witt Bisbee, founded the mining firm of Bisbee, Williams and Company. Williams’ first job in Arizona was as superintendent of the San Xavier mine and he was placed in charge of general operations when the Copper Queen claims were purchased by a group of mine investors and hired Bisbee, Williams and Company from San Francisco to manage the Copper Queen mine near Mule Gulch in 1880. The company was instrumental to the development of the Copper Queen mine and the mine became the first and only successful one in the district. As trade and commerce increased, Mule Gulch population grew sufficiently to warrant a post office and the town was renamed in 1883 after Bisbee for his total support in ore prospecting.At Williams’ retirement, Bisbee was “Queen of the Copper Camps” and he continued to be active in general business and local fraternal organisations.Charles E. Mills 1867 – 1929 Mining Manager, Founder and President, Apache Powder Co and The Valley Bank He left major footprints in both the banking and the mining industries. He joined the Copper Queen mine at Bisbee, Arizona in 1888, shortly thereafter, left for Harvard University and returned after two years to become the general manager of the Detroit Copper Mining Co at Morenci. In 1912, he became the dual general manager of the Inspiration Consolidated Copper Co and the International Smelting Co at Miami. The Inspiration mine is today one of the largest copper producers in the world.On his return after WWI, Mills recognised the need for a regional source of explosives and formed the Apache Powder Co providing explosives for the southwestern mines and successfully eliminating freight expenses. In 1899, Mills embarked on another notable career beginning with the Gila Valley Bank and Trust Co and under his direction, became the largest branch banking institution in Arizona. In 1914, Mills was appointed to reorganise The Gila Valley Bank and The Valley Bank and merged the two banking institutions in 1922 to form The Valley Bank, later known as The Valley National Bank. Mills remained the guiding source of The Valley Bank and the Apache Powder Co and served as President of both industries until his death in 1929.Louis Caryl Graton 1880 – 1970 Economic Geologist and Professor Emeritus, Harvard University He was valedictorian of his class and received both his BS and PhD from Cornell University. While he timely completed the PhD course requirements, the degree was not conferred until 28 years later following submission of his 1930 thesis, Hydrothermal Origin of the Rand Gold Deposits. In 1903, Graton joined the US Geological Survey and was appointed Director of the newly formed Copper Producers’ Association in New York City in 1909 but left immediately when invited to join the faculty by Harvard University. When the US entered WWI, Graton served as secretary of Copper Producers’ Committee for War service. Graton devoted his life to the study of ore deposits and occupied a pre-eminent position in eco-nomic geology. He was President of the Society of Economic Geologists in 1931 and was the winner of the Penrose Gold Medal in 1950.John (Jack) Spence Finlay (1873-1935) Edwin Burton (Burt) Royle (1904-1957) Co-Inventors of the Mucking Machine Together they increased mucking production through their revolutionary design at faster and easier ways than ever thought possible. Finlay was the North Lilly Mine superintendent when the young Royle, a hoist engineer, approached him with his vision for a powered mucking machine to replace the hand removal of broken rubble. Finlay realized the potential of the machine and approved its assembly using parts from the mine’s “bone-yard” (scrap pile). After several improvements, four mucking machines were manufactured for $1,600 per unit. The earlier mucking machines were known as the EIMCO-Finlay Mucker.An agreement to commercialise the invention was later reached and the first patent was issued in 1938 to Royle. The Overshot Mucking Machine not only freed underground miners from backbreaking work but also allowed the job to be completed more efficiently.Also been nominated to the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame – www.im-halloffame.comlast_img read more

3D printing helps Multotec to develop and test spirals and cyclones

first_imgThree-dimensional printing – otherwise known as ‘additive manufacturing’ – has given minerals processing equipment solutions leader Multotec a new string to its bow, enabling rapid and effective technology innovation for optimal customer benefit. “While computer-aided design (CAD) software has, for many years, allowed manufacturers to test new or improved products by simulating their behaviour on-screen, there comes a point at which it is quicker and easier to build a prototype of the product to elicit user feedback on the design and its functionality.”Multotec invested in 3D printing technology to improve its efficiency in creating and testing these prototypes, thereby improving the speed to market of its newly developed products. There are already several examples of how successfully the group has done this, both here in South Africa and for its customers abroad. In one case, a Multotec Canada customer had a specific requirement for its unique spiral application and wanted the concentrate splitter to cut the flow in a specific location. To do this, a spiral flow diverter was designed that would attach to the spiral’s working surface in front of the product box. A prototype unit was 3D-printed in-house, and trial-tested and refined in South Africa. To minimise the lead time, a digital model of the prototype was sent to Multotec Canada, who was able to have the item 3D-printed in Canada within 48 hours – showing how rapid prototyping could create a customer-specific solution in just a short timeframe, almost anywhere in the worldSimilar success was achieved in developing a quick-release spigot holder and coupling for a cyclone, following feedback received from customers. The customers had noted that the process of changing out the spigots was taking a considerable amount of time and effort, as all the bolts to the spigot holder had to be removed to replace the spigot. The solution pursued allowed the spigot holder to be screwed apart rather than unbolted; the prototype was 3D-printed in-house by Multotec and presented to the cyclones division – giving experts the ability to see and feel the product before any investment in tooling was made. The screw spigot holder and coupling are now being injection-moulded, which has further reduced the component’s mass, as well as the cost and time it takes to manufacture.In another example, a Multotec customer requested a solution to completely block material flow from the sliding splitters to the concentrate gully of their spirals. After a solution was designed, 3D-printed and successfully tested, a silicon rubber mould could be produced from the 3D-printed component. This mould was then used for casting polyurethane and producing a final product which met the customer’s needs, speeding up the time to market and cost of production.Multotec’s 3D printing capabilities have also allowed the company to study the concentrate flow in a spiral, by using a 3D-printed spiral off-take prototype that fits to the profile and slope of the spiral. Research is underway to ascertain what the different grades are that exist within the concentrate section of the flow, so that equipment and processes can be continually optimised for customers – thereby enhancing plant efficiency and the overall cost per tonne.last_img read more

Gardaí bailout exit and everything else happening in Leinster House today

first_imgWHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…5 things we’ll be keeping an eye on Dáil: Leaders’ Questions – The Taoiseach takes questions on the big issues of the day from opposition leaders at midday.Committees: Gardaí – The Justice Committee meets in Room 2 at 4pm to discuss the supplementary budget for the gardaí with the Justice Minister Alan Shatter who will also field questions on the Defence Forces activity with the UN, while wearing his Defence Minister hat (note: not an actual hat)Committees: More gardaí – The Public Oversight and Petitions Committee meets in Room 3 at 4pm to discuss issues related to the handling of garda informants with the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilAfter all the morning’s shenanigans the Order of Business starts at 12.21pm or thereabouts.Then Topical Issues are raised at 12.51pm. Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? Dáil: Finance – Michael Noonan takes questions on his portfolio in the first business of the day at 9.30am. Expect Ireland’s current economic progress and the bailout exit to dominate.Dáil: Bailout exit – Statements from the government and the opposition on the decision to exit the bailout programme without a backstop begin at 10.45am and are sure to be full of healthy debate i.e. a bit of a row. Debate concludes at midday before resuming again at 2.40pm. After lunch and more statements on the bailout exit, the Child and Family Agency Bill – the centrepiece legislation of Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald’s agenda – reaches report and final stages in the Dáil.Sinn Féin’s motion on youth employment is debated for 90 minutes from 7.30pm before a vote is called and the government almost certainly wins.The Dáil adjourns at 9pm.Everything else that’s happening in the SeanadSenators discuss everything and anything from 10.30am in the Order of Business.The report and final stages of the Protected Disclosures Bill – legislation to protect whistleblowers – begins in the upper house at 11.45am.At 3pm a motion based on a recent Oireachtas committee report into the grocery sector is discussed with the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton.At 6.30pm, the Seanad debates the Civil Law Missing Persons Bill which has been brought forward by Senator Colm Burke.Then at 8.30pm its Matters on the Adjournment.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesThe Education Committee meets in Room 3 at 1pm to discuss the entitlement of self-employed persons to social welfare with officials from the Department of Social Protection.The EU Affairs Committee meets at noon in Room 1 to discuss the social dimension of economic and monetary union with the head of employment, social affairs, and inclusion at the European Commission, Koos Richelle.Proposed changes to the pay and file deadline – as a result of the earlier Budget – will be discussed with Mark Redmond from the Irish Tax Institute at the Finance Committee in Room 4 at 3pmThe Foreign Affairs Committee meets in Room 1 at 2.30pm to discuss the humanitarian response in the Philippines and the crisis in Syria with Peter Power from Unicef. US Immigration Reform is also on the agenda for the committee.The Transport Committee discusses a number of EU legislative proposals at 9.30am in Room 3 before it hears regional community concerns about EirGrid’s Grid25 project from various Anti-Pylon Community Groups in the South-East and North East.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click herelast_img read more

Oireachtas agenda Coillte sale taxi laws and 15 years of Good Friday

first_imgWHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILTuesday sittings mean the morning is left idle while members commute back to Dublin – so there’ll be no business until 2pm when James Reilly takes Questions to the Minister for Health. Enda Kenny takes Leaders’ Questions at 3:15pm and Questions to the Taoiseach for an hour at 3:36pm.Once TDs have agreed to the rest of the day’s agenda, and debated four of the day’s topical issues at 5:06pm – in a display of just how the Oireachtas’ priorities can seem strange – they’ll debate a 12-month-old committee report on offshore oil and gas exploration.Sinn Féin round off the day with 90 minutes of debate on a motion about the Good Friday Agreement, marking its 15th birthday, noting that a financial package for the North agreed at St Andrews in 2006 hasn’t been delivered, and calling on Ireland to engage with the UK and make sure it arrives. Debate wraps up at 9pm and continues tomorrow.All of the day’s Dáil business can be viewed here.SEANADThe Seanad’s usual 75-minute kick-off, debating the matters of the day in the Order of Business (2:30pm), is followed by the Oireachtas’s final debates on the Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 (3:45pm) – when Senators will discuss the final batch of possible amendments to a new system of taxi licencing.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESWhile the health committee again meets behind closed doors to finalise its abortion hearings later this week, there are only three committees holding public sessions:The Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation committee gets the day going at 1:30pm when its discusses plans to reform the EU’s single trademark registration system, before hearing from city and county council officials on the operation of local enterprise boards and plans to merge them back into the councils. (Watch here.)There are plenty of EU legislative proposals on the agenda at the Agriculture committee when it meets at 2pm. Among them are urgent plans to allow the payment of rural development funds for 2013 and 2014; there’s also news on tariff quotas for wine and prohibition on some fish imports. Later, representatives from IMPACT will weigh on the proposed sale of Coillte’s timber harvesting rights. (Watch here.)While some of their colleagues attend the Jobs committee, officials from Cork County Council, Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council will be joined by officials from Pavee Point at the Environment committee. They’ll discuss local authority procedures regarding the provision of housing for Travellers. (Watch here.)Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

Denis Irwin Ireland v England is always a big game

first_imgTHERE’LL BE NO RTÉ panel to analyse Ireland’s game with England at Wembley tomorrow night.But you will have ‘two good Cork lads’ — and former Ireland stars — to bring some context to the much-anticipated international friendly, according to Denis Irwin.The former Manchester United defender will be part of Setanta’s coverage of the game against Roy Hodgson’s side in London. And Irwin’s new gig with the cable station puts him up against his old club and international team-mate, Roy Keane. The Mayfield man will take his place — as usual — on the ITV panel under Wembley’s arch.“I do enjoy it,” Irwin told TheScore.ie when asked about his TV committments yesterday. “I do a lot of TV over with MUTV and that, but it’s nice.“It’s a big game, Ireland and England will always s be a big game and obviously it’s their celebration year and that. I think it’s a good game for Ireland as well; for me too many of the players have had too long of a rest. The Championship ended the end of April, start of May so they’ve had the best part of three or four weeks off, so they’ll need a couple of games to get them up to standard. We have to beat Faroe Islands to keep it going.“It’s not an ideal time for a footballer to play a game. Once the season finishes at club level you more or less want to get off and go on holidays. I don’t think it’s an ideal time but this game is important and the game against Georgia as well to make sure the preparation is right for the Faroe Islands game.”Setanta Ireland’s live coverage of England v Rep. of Ireland begins at 7pm. Denis Irwin will be joined in studio by Brian Kerr and Stephen Hunt. Dave McIntyre will be joined by Gary Breen on commentary.  To subscribe to Setanta for half price call 0818 20 30 40 or visit www.setanta.comRobbie Keane hits form with 1st half hat-trickThe Lansdowne Road Riot of 1995: an oral historylast_img read more

Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables deemed illegal millions to be recalled

first_imgAny companies manufacturing Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI cables have been told to halt production and to recall these products. HDMI Org, the firm that licenses HDMI cables, has decided this type of cable is out of HDMI spec since it only has one HDMI Connector end. Companies like Apple, Toshiba, Dell, and HP all use DisplayPort, but peripheral and accessory manufacturers have technically been selling illegal cables to use with their devices all along and now, according to TechRadar, hundreds of thousands of HDMI cables are being recalled.HDMI Org said that the HDMI specification states that an HDMI cable only has HDMI connectors on the ends. Since, in this case, one end is an HDMI connector and the other end is a Mini DisplayPort, it’s “not a licensed use of the specification” and can’t be used. Apparently, all HDMI products have to go through compliance testing as defined by the Compliance Testing Specification. The CTS says that any HDMI products must be defined first in the Specification before it can be sold. Since there are no compliance tests associated with it, it “can’t be tested against the specification.”If that sounds a little confusing, here’s the breakdown.OK: HDMI cables with HDMI connectors on both ends.Not OK: HDMI cables with a Mini DisplayPort connector on one end and an HDMI connector on the other end.OK: A Mini DisplayPort to female HDMI is allowed since licensed HDMI cables can be plugged into them.For those with extra DisplayPort-to-HDMI cables, get ready to make some big bucks selling them on eBay. For those of you still looking for the now-illegal cable, you better run to the store before they’re all recalled.Read more at TechRadar, via Cult of Maclast_img read more

National Postal Museum Mixes Story Time and Kwanzaa

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer“We’re glad we came today. We’re glad we came today. Hello, hello to everyone, we’re glad we came today.”That was the mantra sang by a group of energetic and curious little learners Sunday during the National Postal Museum’s Kwanzaa Story Time. The event was part of the museum’s expansion of their storytelling initiative.The National Postal Museum celebrated Kwanzaa by educating children on the seven principles associated with the holiday. (Courtesy Photo)Kwanzaa according to the Official Kwanzaa Website was founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga as an African American and pan-African holiday celebrating “family, community and culture.”The seven principles of Kwanzaa are: Umoja: Unity, Kujichagulia: Self-Determination, Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility, Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics, Nia: Purpose, Kuumba: Creativity and Imani: Faith.“I think we’re in your third year,” said Maggie Sigle who works in the NPM’S Education Department and facilitated the event. “We’ve been evolving it.”“This is our first time doing any holiday,” she explained.Even though crowds were intimate in the first two classes Sunday, Sigle pointed out that story time peaks during Mondays with over 50 adults and kids, and they are just now trying weekend story times.And Kwanzaa fit the bill of subjects to discuss. “I think we thought it was an important topic,” Sigle said.Sigle unpacked the Kwanzaa celebration by reading “My First Kwanzaa” by Karen Katz. Since the audience ranged from two to four year old’s the challenge was finding a book that could speak to children at that age level.“It was hard to find a book for ages that young for most holidays,” Sigle added.However the enthusiastic crowds we no less engaged.When Sigle asked her audience what they thought their purpose was in honor of the fifth day of Kwanzaa, also known as Nia, the answers varied.“Astronaut.”“Ballerina.”“T-Rex,” one boy said.“A robot businessman,” shouted another kid.The NPM is also clear about their purpose (NIA), when it comes to their story time events.“The goal for any group that young is to get them in the museum and to see that was a fun way to learn,”Sigle said. “It would be great if they learned more about Kwanzaa than when they came.”“I’ll take it too if they just get a refresher on the numbers one to ten.”Eliza Hill, a D.C. resident, who brought her two sons, 4 and 1and a half thought the Kwanzaa lesson was an especially important one.“I love storytime I always make it part of their daily routine,” Hill said. “But I wanted them specifically to come to the Kwanzaa story telling because I wanted them to learn about Kwanzaa.”“I’m from Africa, and I’m especially from Tanzania, so Kwanzaa is based on a lot of things that people learned from Tanzania. I wanted my kids to start learning about Kwanzaa and start to making it a tradition.”Tamica Daniel, from D.C., brought her 3 and a half year old daughter Corinne to add onto the education she was getting from school about the celebration.“She’s been learning about Kwanzaa at school and she learned a Kwanzaa song that she performed.” Daniel said. “She’s on break so we thought this would be a good way to continue what she was learning at school.”“I didn’t really grow up celebrating Kwanzaa but I am finding it more and more interesting. I wanted to expose her to it so she understands the basic principles. I think with kids, music and stories are the best way to teach them about something.”Kat Zambon, a D.C. resident 14 years brought her two year old daughter who has been really excited about holidays.“Holidays are really clicking for her this year. So she wanted to go,” Zambon said. “She was very excited.”.“It’s another way for her to relate to her classmates and other people in her neighborhood and just know about something that a lot of other people are celebrating.”last_img read more

WB govt provides food security to 90 per cent people Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said her government was providing food security to 90 per cent people in the state in a scheme under which food grains at Rs 2 per kg or half the market price are given to the beneficiaries. Banerjee also said that special assistance was also being given to the people of once Maoist-hit Jangalmahal, hill areas, cyclone ‘Aila’ affected region and Singur. “Remembering the martyrs of 1959 Khadya Andolan (food movement). In Bangla, we provide food security to 90% (8.59 crore) of the state’s people through the Khadya Sathi scheme under which food grains at Rs 2 per kilogramme or half the market rate are provided to the beneficiaries,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. “We also provide rice and wheat through PDS to the families of tea garden workers and to the Toto tribe in north Bengal,” she said. West Bengal had witnessed a mass movement in the late 1958 by the then undivided CPI and other left groups protesting against the food crisis. The movement for food (Khadya Andolon) reached its peak in August 1959.last_img read more

2 nursing students held probe on to arrest more

first_imgKolkata: Police on Tuesday arrested two nursing students in connection with the killing of 16 puppies whose bodies were found in a plastic bag at the parking area of NRS Medical College and Hospital on Sunday.The nursing students who have been arrested after a prolonged interrogation at Entally police station have been identified as Moutusi Mondal and Somar Burman. According to police, Moutusi is a first year student of nursing, while Soma is a second year student. It was learnt that in the face of interrogation, the duo collapsed and admitted to have been involved in the incident. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe investigation officers suspect the involvement of other persons as well. Police are conducting a detailed probe to learn the names of the other culprits involved in the crime. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect the involvement of another nursing student and two staff members of the hospital. The three-member committee constituted by the NRS Medical College authorities with Deputy Superintendent Dr Dwaipayan Biswas being the head has also started an independent probe into the incident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe committee is expected to submit a report to the hospital authorities in the next couple of days. Meanwhile, people belonging to various animal lovers’ organisations staged a demonstration outside Entally police station on Tuesday demanding stringent action against all the accused involved in the incident. The hospital authorities have promised stern action against those who would be found guilty and have also extended all co-operation to the investigating officers. Police have booked the two accused nursing students under Section 429 and 201 of the IPC and Section 11 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Acts, 1960. If the allegations are found to be true, the accused may face imprisonment up to five years. Dr Dwaipayan Biswas, head of the three-member committee, said they have extended co-operation to the police so that all the accused involved in the killing of puppies are arrested. It may be mentioned that the preliminary autopsy report suggested all the puppies were beaten to death.last_img read more

Reduce noise level at workplace

first_imgNoisy offices may be considered lively by some working professionals, but they can terrible and can affect productivity of employees. To tackle the growing levels of office noise, one can make some simple changes to layout and decor.Experts list down some points:Ceilings can play a critical role in reducing sound in cabins: Replacing regular ceiling tiles with acoustical ceiling tiles will help decrease noise levels. Aesthetically, unfinished concrete or wooden ceiling panels offer an authentic look that is in trend amongst the many designers, space planners for industrial-look workplaces. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUse carpet floors for added sound control: Replacing hard flooring with carpet will have a significant impact on office noise levels. All carpet improves noise levels compared with hard surface flooring, but cushion-backed carpet tiles would offer the ultimate in noise reduction. Cushion-supported modular carpet absorbs 50 per cent more noise than hard-surfaced tiles, which in turn absorb three times more noise than the hard flooring.Dividers to block the noise happening due to the conversation: Sound travels further in open offices, with no walls to block noise from conversations, moving chairs, and foot traffic. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveGet Innovative with layout changes: Modifying the layout can make a generous effect to office noise levels, by managing the flow of people and changing how various areas are used.Establish dedicated zones: In an open office, it’s essential to make a distinction between your heads-down workspace, breakout areas, and communal areas, such as kitchen and dining facilities.With clearly defined breakout areas for informal meetings and collaborative work, and kitchen spaces for eating and conversation, ones heads-down workspace will become quieter. Furnishing and equipment: In contribution to the larger structural and layout enhancements, there are possibilities for littler changes available such as noise absorbing furniture and equipment which help as a solution to reduce ambient noise.Perhaps the most obvious way to reduce noise in your open office space is by purchasing a pair of high-quality noise resisting headphones.Include more soft furnishing: Delicate surfaces ingest more stable than hard surfaces, reducing reverberation and lowering ambient noise levels – just like switching hard flooring to modular carpet.Experiment with sound masking: Certain sounds are more distracting than others, and in open offices, overheard speech is the most serious issue. A few organizations have made an irregular move to defeating this, utilizing different sounds to block out conversation. Known as sound veiling, surrounding noise, for example, white noise or the sound of rainfall is utilized to cover up more disruptive sounds. This makes a few sounds seem less problematic.last_img read more

The Futuristic Weapon Designs of Leonardo Da Vinci

first_imgWhen most people think of Leonardo Da Vinci, their first thoughts are usually of his fantastic art and inventions, like his flying machine. What many don’t realize is that, being a man of his times, Da Vinci was also a weapons designer, according to Italian Renaissance Art.com. During the Renaissance, Italy was comprised of independent city-states which were often in conflict with each other. This bred a market for military technology to help them in their quests for supremacy.Self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci.Even though Leonardo detested violence and preferred to focus on creating beauty and furthering human understanding, he still had to appease those wealthy patrons who made it possible for him to pursue his own interests.One of those patrons was Cesare Borgia, according to a discussion on da-vinci-inventions.com. Da Vinci’s inventions for Borgia were both for offensive and defensive purposes, and ranged from the world’s first machine gun to impenetrable fortresses and drawbridges.Da Vinci sketched this rolling artillery battery around 1480.Leonardo Da Vinci was a student of military engineering, both classical and current. He said once, in a letter to Ludovico il Moro Sforza, that, in addition to his other skills, he was proficient in nine of nine areas of military engineering. In his list, he included bombardment machines, machines for drainage ditches, bridge building, and new weaponry.One of his inventions was a triple-barreled cannon, which was a forerunner of the modern machine gun. According to the Daily Mail, a real-life example of this weapon was discovered by school children playing in an old Croatian fort.Leonardo da Vinci Machine Gun. Photo by Elliott Brown CC BY 2.0In 2011, forty years after its discovery, it was confirmed to be a Da Vinci design. Archaeologists assume that the cannon was brought there by Venetian forces, as Venice controlled the area at the time and was in conflict with the Turks.Although we can assume it wasn’t one of his most successful designs, since it was abandoned there, it is thought to be the only remaining example in the world of a weapon made from Da Vinci’s designs.Da Vinci Christ painting sold for record-breaking $450.3 millionDa Vinci also created a 33-barreled organ (a combination of guns), according to Leonardo Da Vinci Inventions. Da Vinci was of the opinion that one of the most preeminent problems with using cannons was that they were slow to reload.His solution was to create a design where the gun could be fired and loaded at the same time. The organ had three rows of eleven guns each, attached to a rotating platform.The original design of the giant crossbow (Codex Atlanticus, f. 149a).When one row of guns was empty of ammunition, the platform could be rotated so that a new row of guns was immediately available, and the empty one could be reloaded. This weapon is an ancestor of the modern machine gun.Another of his devices was a ballista, or giant crossbow. This was a weapon of pure intimidation, and was 27 yards across. Instead of firing arrows, it would throw large stones or flaming bombs. It was a weapon meant to cause panic, or as we would say today, “shock and awe.”Leonardo da Vinci, design for a fighting vehicle.He even conceived of an armored car, an early precursor to the modern tank. It had a number of light cannons mounted on a circular platform, and could shoot in any direction.The platform was protected with a cover reinforced with metal plates, and its position could be adjusted to better protect against enemy fire. Its motion was powered by eight men inside it, turning cranks which would then turn the wheels.Model of Da Vinci’s armored tank.This eliminated the possible problems of having it drawn by horses which were vulnerable to attack. The design had a serious flaw, however. The cranks for turning the wheels were made to go in opposite directions; consequently, forward movement impossible. Scholars think that this was an intentional design flaw, since by report, Da Vinci hated designing weapons of war.Read another story from us: Mona Lisa copy went from worthless to the most valuable copy in the worldIn the course of his career, he designed other inventions for military use as well, but these are the most remarkable.last_img read more

Top US General contradicts Trump over transgender military ban

first_imgThe Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has suggested that he advised against an absolute ban on transgender troops – despite claims from President Trump.Earlier this year Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce that he would impose a ban on transgender soldiers serving openly in the military. General Dunford replied: “I would say that I believe that any individual who meets the physical and mental standards and is worldwide deployable and is currently serving should be afforded the opportunity to continue to serve.”Asked to give assurances to transgender troops, he said: “I can promise that that will be my advice. What I just articulated is the advice I provided in private, and I’ve just provided in public.”Senator Gillibrand also asked Dunford if he had met with transgender troops to address their concerns about the potential new policy.He said: “I have not since August when the announcement was made, but I will certainly do that, Senator.”Senator Gillibrand is one of the lawmakers behind a bill intended to block the trans ban from going ahead. She is supported by Republican Senators Susan Collins and John McCain, two of the most frequent rebels against Trump.Defense Secretary James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis is pushing ahead with the administration’s plans to ban transgender people from the military.In the face of multiple civil rights lawsuits, Trump administration officials are drawing up plans to block recruitment of any military personnel who identify as transgender, while working on plans to ‘purge’ existing soldiers from next year.The administration is facing a string of legal challenges.The American Civil Liberties Union has vowed to fight Trump on the issue, filing a challenge on behalf of trans troops.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The President tweeted: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”Despite claiming that the decision was taken “after consultation with my Generals”, insiders have claimed that Trump was acting unilaterally to appease anti-LGBT Republican lawmakers, and did not consult with military leadership beforehand.The most senior general in the US Military, General Joseph Dunford, added fuel to the fire this week when he also appeared to contradict Trump’s claim.General Dunsford is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the highest-ranking military officer in the United States Armed Forces, serving as the principal military advisor to the President, National Security Council, Homeland Security Council, and Secretary of Defense.The General was appearing before Congress when Senator Kirsten Gillibrand asked about trans troops. President Trump just banned most transgender people from militaryTrump sued twice in a day over trans military banPresident Trump: I’m doing the military a favour by banning transgender troopsPINK NEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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first_imgNews | February 18, 2010 VMAT Helps Streamline Prostate, Breast Cancer Treatments News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more February 19, 2010 – At Roseville Radiation Oncology Center (ROC) at Radiological Associates of Sacramento (RAS), a large private medical group, which treats 30-35 patients per day, mainly with prostate and breast lesions, doctors treated patients using volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT).Physicians applied VMAT technology from Elekta to deliver a single or multiple radiation beams sweep in uninterrupted arc(s) around the patient, reducing treatment times. The first case was a patient with prostate cancer who had begun as an IMRT patient. In the design Elekta has integrated the latest version of its digital control system, which facilitates clinical use of VMAT while emphasizing optimal patient safety. MOSAIQ, a radiation oncology charting system, streamlines VMAT workflow and adds to an efficient, effective treatment for each patient at ROC. Because Elekta has flexible, open-source vendor relationships with Philips Healthcare through its Pinnacle3 Treatment Planning System, SmartArc, is available as a module in Philips’ Pinnacle3 Version 9, integrated beautifully with Elekta Infinity to facilitate VMAT plans.RAS is counting on using this system at the Roseville site and at the RAS Sutter Cancer Center site.For more information: www.elekta.com 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 Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more