2014 Elite Eight Finals on Fox Sports

first_imgWhile the temperature cools down outside, it’s time to rug up and get in front of the television, with the Elite Eight finals to appear on Fox Sports this weekend!   Join Andrew Voss and Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad as they bring you the Men’s and Women’s Elite Eight finals from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The finals were first played on Fox Sports late last month and will feature on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday, 14 June from 9.30am. 2014 Elite Eight Finals on Fox SportsSaturday, 14 June  Elite Eight Women’s Final – 09.30am (Fox Sports 1)Elite Eight Men’s Final – 10.30am (Fox Sports 1)Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for announcements on times to view the 2014 Trans Tasman Series on Fox Sports in the coming weeks!Related LinksElite Eight on TV!last_img read more

Teekays FPSO Charter Contract for Cheviot Terminated

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Teekay Corporation Teekay Offshore Partners’ charter deal for the Petrojarl Varg floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit has been terminated, according to a company statement.Under the contract, signed between the company’s subsidiaries and Alpha Petroleum Resources Limited (Alpha Petroleum) in October 2018, the vessel was to operate on the Cheviot oil field on the UK continental shelf.The deal was for a seven-year fixed term from first oil, which was targeted for the second quarter of 2021, after a life extension and upgrade phase for the Petrojarl Varg taking place at Sembcorp Marine’s shipyard in Singapore.The effectiveness of the agreement remained subject to a number of conditions precedent being satisfied, including that Alpha Petroleum provide initial funding to cover life extension and upgrade costs.“As a result of this condition precedent not having been satisfied by the prescribed contractual deadline, this agreement and all commitments related thereto, have now been terminated and as such the partnership and its subsidiaries will be immediately pursuing a range of alternative deployment opportunities for the Petrojarl Varg,” Teekay Offshore explained.Chris Brett, President Teekay Offshore Production, said that the company is looking forward “to advancing the next project for the Petrojarl Varg, which could still include the Cheviot development under a revised financing model.”last_img read more


first_imgGiven that Thom’s neurological condition makes her prone to involuntary verbal tics – “biscuit” and “hedgehog” most often – she’s well-suited for the stuttering chatterbox role of Mouth in Not I. Just as the mouth in question is disembodied on stage, Thom’s own mouth and what she calls her “explosive language” is what some people might notice when encountering her off the stage. You couldn’t ask for a more charismatic protagonist than Jess Thom, the subject of Me, My Mouth and I, a thoughtful, upbeat British documentary on neurodiversity in the arts that watches Thom’s mounting of Samuel Beckett’s potent, word-tumbling monologue, Not I.Toronto audiences were introduced to Thom, who has Tourette syndrome, when she brought her autobiographical play Backstage in Biscuit Land to Harbourfront’s World Stage in 2016. Director Sophie Robinson’s Me, My Mouth and I closes the fourth annual ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival (May 24 to June 2). Muhi: Generally Temporary follows a Palestinian child living in an Israeli hospital, unable to return home to Gaza. (Handout) Jess Thom is the subject of Me, My Mouth and I, a thoughtful, upbeat British documentary on neurodiversity in the arts. (Handout) Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Swift action needed to quell crises in hotspots like Sudan and Haiti

Video of Council meeting [2hrs 48mins] With millions of civilians across the globe affected by the complex crises brought on by war and natural disasters, the international community must respond quickly to alleviate their plight, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.Illustrating the breadth of the problem, Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland noted that in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), more than 2 million people have been killed as a result of long-running conflict, while globally 50 million people have been displaced from their homes.”The current crisis in the Darfur region of the Sudan provides an alarming example where more than 1 million civilians, mostly women and children, have been displaced and are in dire need of shelter, water, food and medical supplies,” he said, citing also the plight of Haitians trying to cope with political turmoil and devastating floods.In some 20 conflicts around the world, including Liberia, the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire and Afghanistan, access is denied or obstructed, he said. “These grave concerns demand a concerted response by us all.” While pledging the UN’s best efforts to assist the vulnerable, he said, “we cannot do so when we are denied access to populations in need, when the safety and security of our personnel is threatened, and when we do not receive adequate funding for our humanitarian work.”Mr. Egeland also drew attention to the prevailing inequalities in funding emergency response efforts. He noted that last year, less than half of the $2.2 billion appeal to help 13 African countries was funded, while donors fully met the $1 billion sought for Iraq. “This reflects the harsh reality that political interests, strategic priorities and the media spotlight create enormously disproportionate responses,” he observed. He also noted that donors are generally more willing to help during an emergency phase than to finance longer-term efforts to improve education and health care – key tools for consolidating peace.Security and political progress must be accompanied by corresponding advances on the humanitarian, social and economic fronts. “If people are denied the fruits of peace – such as shelter, education, health care and employment – sustainable peace will be much harder to achieve,” Mr. Egeland said. The Emergency Relief Coordinator also urged attention to root causes of unrest including poverty, corruption the deliberate manipulation of minorities and exclusion. Echoing this view during the debate that followed, Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, which currently holds the Council’s rotating presidency, said that while UN peacekeeping operations were performing an excellent job under some “very challenging” conditions, they were seldom a panacea for the whole range of complex and underlying causes. There had to be clear recognition that durable peace could only be established when these causes were effectively addressed, he said. read more

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Côte dIvoire

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire and boosted its troop strength by less than half of what the head of mission requested. It also authorized Secretary-General Kofi Annan to initiate plans to redeploy troops, if necessary, from UN missions in nearby Liberia and Sierra Leone to help quell the simmering tensions in the divided country.Expressing “serious concern” at the continued deterioration and humanitarian situation, particularly after the “dramatic” events that recently occurred in the west of the country, the extended the mandate of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and of the French forces which support it for a period of 7 months, until 24 January 2006.Earlier this month, the Council strongly condemned the massacres of civilians in the western town of Duékoué, and urged Ivorian authorities to conduct an inquiry into the killings immediately so the perpetrators can be brought to justice and condemned.In the measure adopted today, the Council authorized, for this next period, which will cover the country’s upcoming October elections, an increase in UNOCI’s military component of up to 850 additional personnel, as well as an increase in the civilian police component of up to a ceiling of 725 civilian police personnel, and the necessary additional civilian personnel.Yesterday, UNOCI chief Pierre Schori told reporters after briefing the Council that he had called for more than 2,000 troops to be sent to the West African nation. He said he desperately needed the reinforcements at a time when implementation of a peace agreement had stalled and to be able to prevent and deter further violence.Additionally, the Council authorized the Secretary-General to seek the agreement of the countries contributing military and civilian police personnel to the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the UNOCI, to redeploy such personnel as may be needed on a temporary basis to reinforce another of the above three missions, as appropriate, taking account of the need to ensure effective performance of the current mandates of those missions. The Council plans to review the troop level of UNOCI by 31 December 2005, including the civilian police component, in the light of the situation in Côte d’Ivoire after the forthcoming general elections and on the basis of the tasks remaining to be carried out, with a view to further reduction as appropriate. read more

Brock mens volleyball to host Polish pro team

A Polish pro volleyball team, Jastrzębski Węgiel, is touring Ontario and will stop in St. Catharines to play the Brock University men’s team in a friendly match.“Any time you can be involved in an international match, it is a great experience,” said Brock head coach Doug Hanes. “This team is an elite team from the top volleyball academy in Poland that sends numerous players to their national team. Poland is currently two-time defending World Champions.”The Badgers battle the Polish pro team at Bob Davis Gymnasium on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.“I want our players to use this match to get sharper, to be ready to play on Saturday and Sunday against Western and Windsor,” said Hanes. “Events like this are great for the promotion of volleyball, so any time we have a chance we should take advantage of the opportunity.”The Badgers then play back-to-back home games versus Western (Saturday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m.) and Windsor (Sunday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m.). On Sunday against Windsor, the Jason Pearson Memorial Scholarship will be presented to one of the members of the men’s volleyball team prior to the game.Prior to tipoff, Brock will honour former Badger Jason Pearson, a student-athlete who tragically lost his life in 2001. The Jason Pearson Memorial scholarship will be awarded to a member of the Brock men’s volleyball team. In addition to their athletic and academic ability, the recipient exhibits the same warmth of personality, concern for others and positive attitude for life as Jason Pearson.Tickets for Brock Badgers home games can be purchased on brocku.universitytickets.com. read more

Firefighters tackle major blaze as five lorries carrying 45000 litres of petrol

first_imgEssex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) said they were called to Botany Way, Purfleet, at 9.44pm.Incident commander Martyn Hare said: “When we arrived at the incident we found all five fuel lorries well alight. The smoke could been seen from miles away, and we immediately ordered our specialist appliances, including the foam unit, to help tackle the fire.”A total of five fuel lorries were involved with the fire. One lorry was empty, the other four lorries had a combined load of 45,000 litres of fuel (diesel and kerosene). Fuel tankers carrying 45,000 litres of kerosene and diesel were destroyed in an industrial estate fire that caused disruption for rail passengers.Huge plumes of smoke could be seen for miles as the fire raged on Wednesday night. Five of the vehicles were reduced to scrap metal in the blaze near the River Thames in Essex, described as a “major incident” by police. Four fire engines and a number of specialist fire appliances including a foam lorry were involved in the operation.Essex Police tweeted that officers were “at the scene of a major incident involving a fire at a site in the Botany Way area of Purfleet.” Five fuel tankers on fire in Botany Way, Purfleet Credit:Twitter Cheryl_bel  Five fuel tankers on fire in Botany Way, Purfleet  Our officers are assisting @ECFRS at the scene of a large fire in the Botany Way area of #Purfleet involving five fuel tankers. https://t.co/EpEksJE4A7— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) April 12, 2017 “Our priorities were to contain the fire and not let it spread to the surrounding area. We also had to make sure we contained the water running off the fire to minimise the impact on the environment.”Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire extremely quickly.”Rail services were halted on a branch of the London, Tilbury and Southend railway for several hours while firefighters tackled the blaze close to the busy line. Smoke billowing into the air as five fuel tankers are on fire in a "major incident" on an industrial estate in Purfleet, Essex Smoke billowing into the air as five fuel tankers are on fire in a “major incident” on an industrial estate in Purfleet, EssexCredit:@deanthurrockrfc/Twitter Photos posted on social media showed huge plumes of billowing black smoke coming from the site.ECFRS said there were no reported injuries and the blaze was extinguished by around 2am on ThursdayAn investigation will take place to establish the cause of the fire. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Parking meters Option to cancel contract included in Committees final report

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC condemns APNU’s Mayor Chase-Green over her quips to their Deputy DuncanFebruary 14, 2017In “latest news”Suspension on paid parking likely to continue as City Hall to request more timeJune 13, 2017In “Business”Mayor says Council open to scrutiny as probe into parking meter contract calledOctober 3, 2017In “latest news” -Discussion differed until next FridayBy Ramona LuthiThe Mayor and majority of the city Councillors on Thursday afternoon agreed to have the parking meter discussions differed until August 25, 2017.Mayor Patricia Chase-GreeneAccording to the Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green, this will allow members of the public to become acquainted with the report of recommendations compiled by the Parking Meter Negotiation Committee, headed by Councillor Malcolm Ferreira.This final report, she posited, will be placed in the public domain, including the National Library and City Hall, for persons to peruse.Chase-Green further noted that on August 25, stakeholders and other members of the public are welcome to submit their suggestions and opinions of the report to the Mayor and City Council for a thorough discussion. Further discussions on the topic will continue during a Statutory Meeting on August 28 where a vote is expected to be taken.Nevertheless, Ferriera, this afternoon engaged the Council, the media and some members of the public in his verbal presentation of the anticipated parking meter report.Councillor Malcolm FerreiraIt was revealed that numerous concerns were raised by members of the public regarding the Parking Meter contract between the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and contractor, Smart City Solutions Inc. (SCSI).This included the legality of the contract as many persons, during the consultation period, made mention of their belief that the contract is illegal and contravenes various sections of the law.“It was the candid view of some stakeholders that the council did not operate within the confines of the law,” the report said.Other concerns included the transparency of the process, whether due diligence was observed –especially since the Legal Advisor of the council indicated that he was not a part of the initial process of the formation of the contract-, the termination clause and one sided accountability, the dispute resolution/jurisdiction since the contract in its present state calls for arbitration to be conducted in a foreign court, the seize and sell clause, harsh penalties and booting, rates for residential parking,  rates for commercial parking, group rates for taxis and minibuses, the revenue split of 80%-20% – with SCSI holding majority-, duration of the contract, tax concessions, monopoly on parking, location of meters, cost for parking, lack of consultations, transfer of time on cards, impact on income, parking spaces for parking not in good conditions, size of parking space, wages, exemptions, traffic congestion in city, car park issues, attitudes of SCSI’s staff, economic report, designated areas for schools/differently abled, distance of parking meters from spaces, placement of meters, and the fact that the main partner was a foreign company.After months of reviews and discussions, the Parking Meter Negotiation Committee has recommended several solutions.According to the report, the Council can choose to continue the Metered Parking System with Smart City Solutions.However, to move forward under this option, the Committee must be mandated to renegotiate on Council’s behalf so as to “address and resolve ALL of the points/findings listed in this report [concerns], host public meetings to apprise all stakeholders of the findings of the Committee and to articulate and further discuss the areas that should be included in the new contract, be provided with any and all documents by SCSI within reasonable time when requested, including those of a financial nature,“be provided with all relevant documents (feasibility study, business plan, environmental impact assessment, etc) that normally accompany such a contract, and that are required under the updated financial laws of Guyana, ensure that due diligence is observed as it relates to any new agreement or amendment to any existing agreement, have a legal review of the current parking meter by-laws with a view for amendments, and have an independent ‘project analysis’ done to offer proper guidance.”Other options provided by the recommendations suggests that the Council discontinue the metered parking system with SCSI, continue the metered parking system in accordance with the law and in accordance with the legal and transparent process as outlined in Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, continue the metered parking system independently OR await the outcome of pending court proceedings on the subject matter.The controversial parking meter project was introduced to Guyanese in May of 2016. However, it was officially rolled out in the latter part of January 2017, much to the dismay of many citizens.Large protests, of hundreds of persons from various sectors, were staged in front of City Hall for several weeks calling for the controversial contract to be scrapped.This resulted in the Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan who initially passed the by-laws bringing parking meters into effect, ordering that the paid parking initiative be suspended and a Committee be formed to have the contract revised.However, many have since maintained that the contract does not need to be revised but actually be revoked since it is considered illegal.The original Parking Meter contract, which has to date not been publicly released, has a duration of 20 years, upon which the Council has the option to renew. read more

The 5 at 5 Monday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.1. #SHOOTING At least 10 people are reported to have been wounded and four are believed to have been killed after a gunman opened fire at a Navy yard in Washington DC. Two police officers are believed to have been among those shot. The gunman is reported to have died in the incident.2. #LABOUR PAINS The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore says that he does not believe the Irish people will “reward the party that caused the economic crisis and punish the party that solved it“. Gilmore told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that he would not have his decision-making dictated by opinion polls.3. #REBEL BLOW The Reform Alliance is unlikely to be granted speaking rights in the Dáil, the government has said. A source told TheJournal.ie that the government is unlikely to amend Standing Orders to allow the  former Fine Gael TDs have their say.4.#NO MEETING A spokesperson for the Priory Hall residents says that they have heard nothing about a potential meeting with the Department of Environment. Reports yesterday said that a meeting between the two sides was imminent.5. #COSTA CONCORDIA Engineers have been working today to float the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia. The Concordia has been stranded on an Italian reef since running aground in January 2012, killing 32 people. A storm had earlier delayed the salvage attempts.last_img read more

Older generation feeling harsh impact of emigration says helpline

first_imgA HELPLINE FOR older people witnessed a growing number of calls in the past year.More frequently, these calls relate to the “harsh impact” high levels of emigration are having on older generations.Senior Help Line, run by almost 350 volunteers, received over 28,500 calls in 2013 and describes itself as ‘only national peer to peer listening service for older people’ and is run by Third Age Ireland.‘Breaking the cycle’Senior helpline CEO Aine Brady said the line is open for people to discuss anything of concern, and is aimed at “breaking the cycle of loneliness”.While the main topic is loneliness, others contact the service due to worries over the high costs of living, elder abuse, and feelings of suicide.However, she expressed concern at the increasing demand on the service.“Worryingly we are receiving twice as many calls as we can answer,” she said.Calls have increased exponential each year since the service was set-up.The organisation believes the effect of emigration on older sections of society has been ‘largely ignored in public debate’.The Senior Help Line is available 365 days a year from 10am-10pm, for the price of a local call on 1850 440 444. The organisation says that all calls are handled in strict confidence.Read: Alcohol abuse among over 50s has increased since the financial crisis >last_img read more

Clashes outside Greek Parliament

first_imgPolice say about 50 protesters have been detained during hour-long clashes outside Parliament.The violence involved about 200 youths who hurled firebombs and rocks at riot police, and smashed office windows and set fire to trash bins.Many of the mask-wearing protesters carried wooden bats and pieces of smashed paving stones, in the worst clashes seen since Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s left-wing government was formed six months ago.The clashes died down as a debate got underway in parliament on a new austerity bill.Earlier, more than 10,000 people, supporters of left-wing groups and a Communist-backed trade union, staged a peaceful rally in central Athens.[AP] Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Afrique ouverture de la première usine publique de médicaments contre le sida

first_imgAfrique : ouverture de la première usine publique de médicaments contre le sidaLa première usine publique de production, emballage et distribution de médicaments anti-rétroviraux d’Afrique a été inaugurée ce samedi 21 juillet. Située à Maputo au Mozambique, elle est le fruit d’une collaboration entre ce pays africain et le Brésil.C’est à Maputo au Mozambique qu’a été inaugurée samedi la première usine publique de médicaments anti-rétroviraux (ARV) d’Afrique. Le continent possédait en effet déjà de petites unités de production d’ARV privées mais pas d’établissement public. Pour ce grand évènement, le ministre de l’Industrie mozambicain Armando Inroga était ainsi sur les lieux de l’inauguration, ainsi que le vice-président brésilien Michel Temer dont le pays a en partie financé le projet. Ce dernier explique : “Les médicaments, qui étaient fabriqués au Brésil, seront emballés ici au Mozambique, certifiés et distribués aux Mozambicains”. La production des comprimés, quant-à-elle, débutera à la fin 2012. Autour de 100 techniciens mozambicains et d’autres nationalités sont actuellement en formation, notamment au Brésil dans cet objectif. Actuellement, plus de 2,5 millions de Mozambicains sont séropositifs, soit 12% de la population totale. Pourtant, seuls 291.000 d’entre eux ont eu accès au traitement par anti-rétroviraux, selon le ministère de la Santé. C’est pourquoi, l’idée de construction de l’usine a été lancée en 2003. L’ancien président brésilien Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, fervent défenseur du rapprochement Brésil-Afrique, avait engagé son pays à construire l’usine lors d’une visite d’Etat en 2008. Il était également retourné sur le site en 2010 et avait alors déclaré que la construction de l’usine consistait une “obligation morale”. Le projet a donc reçu 23 millions de dollars de l’état brésilien et 4,5 millions de dollars de l’entreprise minière brésilienne Vale, implantée au Mozambique. L’un des objectifs de cette construction d’usine est d’amoindrir la dépendance que maintient actuellement le Mozambique avec la communauté internationale. Cette dernière finance en effet aux alentours de 80% de l’achat de médicaments par le pays africain. Le Brésil possède de son côté une industrie pharmaceutique publique puissante qui produit de nombreux génériques, notamment des ARV, et n’est que peu touché par le VIH.65% des personnes infectées vivent en Afrique sub-saharienne À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?L’inauguration de l’usine a coïncidé, à un jour près, avec le début de la 19ème conférence mondiale sur le SIDA qui se tient en ce moment à Washington. C’est l’occasion de rappeler que 34,2 millions de personnes dans le monde sont infectés par le VIH. Parmi eux, plus de 65% vivent en Afrique sub-saharienne. Les pays du groupe BRICS (Brésil, Russie, Inde, Chine et Afrique du Sud) ont choisi l’augmentation de 120% de leurs dépenses publiques nationales de 2006 à 2011 afin de financer la lutte contre ce fléau de santé publique.A cette occasion, redécouvrez le dossier que Maxisciences avait concocté pour marquer les 30 ans de lutte et de recherche contre la maladie.Le 23 juillet 2012 à 20:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

TCIG ready to spend to stop Zika

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Feb 2016 – Government has released nearly 330,000 to prepare for a worst case scenario in the wake of the Zika virus health scare. In a media release today, the Health Minister, Premier Hon Dr Rufus Ewing explained the money will be spent on chemicals and to step-up on manpower. It was said, “The funding will be used to purchase mosquito nets for our vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, the elderly. In addition, the Government also intends to bulk purchase mosquito repellents which would be distributed to the above mentioned vulnerable group’s households throughout the islands.” The Environment Health Department will get more fogging machines, including industrial-styled hand held machines which will allow EHD better reach in communities where vehicles cannot access and the duty on those items will be reduced, according to the Ministry of Health. Beyond these measures, it was announced that Government has partnered with tourism and hotel stakeholders for a national clean-up campaign. The date for that national effort is to be announced but residents do not have to wait for an event; we are all strongly encouraged to begin cleaning up our neighborhoods and home surroundings now. The TCI remains Zika-free. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Seriously, Sixth Form registration begins at Clement Howell High Aug 15 Related Items:Environmental Health Department, premier rufus ewing, TCIG, ZIka TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Recommended for you Editorial: Listen to your Mamalast_img read more

Govt May Shut Down LossMaking PSUs Like ONGC Air India and BSNL

first_imgThe fate of some Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in India hangs in balance as government officials discuss proposals to shut down some loss-making state-owned companies.With the total net loss recorded at ₹245 billion ($4 billion) in 2012, which has only worsened, cabinet secretary Ajit Seth on Tuesday called a meeting of top officials to discuss the fate of 10 firms which have been making biggest losses.Some of these PSUs, including Air India, BSNL, ONGC, SAIL, Hindustan Photofilms, Hindustan Fertilisers Corporation and HMT have been consistently bleeding cash and have survived only on budgetary allocations.The Central government runs around 260 PSUs besides thousands of state-government owned firms which manufacture various types of consumer goods.HMT: Last week, the government ordered to shut down HMT Watches and HMT Chinar Watches due to their continued losses since 2000. The company posted a loss of ₹242 crore in 2012-13. At the end of March 2012, the company was deep in debt worth ₹694.52 crore.ONGC: In May, ONGC accused Reliance of ‘stealing gases’ and claimed a loss of ₹30,000 crore within less than a year of signing a memorandum with Reliance Industries. Following the loss ONGC took Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance to court over gas theft, reported TOI. ONGC worried that Reliance drew gas secretly from its Krishna Godavari-D6 block.BSNL: State-run telecom company incurred a loss of ₹14,979 crore in landline services during 2013-14, where as its overall loss was recorded at ₹7,085 crore.Air India: This airline has been incurring losses and is trying to refuel its pockets via heavy discounts on fare prices. The state-run carrier halved its operating loss in the financial year. It suffered a loss of ₹2,120 crore in 2013-14, down from ₹3,800 crore in 2012.Hindustan Photofilms: Incorporated in 1960, the company was well-known for making film rolls with Kodak as one of its brands. It was recommended for shut down in 2003 as it could not compete with other private players. The company approached the courts which gave a stay order on its closure. Its overall losses are around ₹82.33 billion rupees which is about 40 times its paid-up capital.”There is no future for this company in the current environment. It is a fit case for winding down,” an official from the Department of Public Enterprises told Reuters on conditions of anonymity.PSU Employees Fate:Before winning the Lok Sabha elections, Narendra Modi in April voiced his opinion on not closing down the PSUs citing example of his home state Gujarat. Modi said that the Gujarat state electricity board had an annual deficit of ₹2,500 crore, but by deploying professional and technological upgradations, the firm improved its efficiency and stopped incurring losses, reported Niti Central.Employees have opposed the shutting down of state firms and Bhartiya Mazadoor Sangh (BMS) said it would join other unions in blocking the move.”We are co-ordinating with all central trade unions on the matter. We are fortunate that all trade unions are on the same page when it comes to these issues,” Vrijesh Upadhyaya, general secretary of the BMS said.last_img read more

Fuller Family Football Camp

first_imgFuller Family Foundation and Y-Sportz Present a free one day football camp with the Fuller Brothers. The event takes place at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore on July 16 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Ages 8-12) and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (Ages 13-18). Participants will receive position and skills training from local coaches, experienced speed and agility trainers and current NFL Players. A light snack, lunch, and beverages will be provided to the campers. 1801 Woodlawn Dr, Baltimore, Md. 21207.last_img

Injured in collision as car crashes into tree in Ladysmith

first_imgTwo people were injured in a crash in Caldene Street on Friday afternoon (November 17).It is alleged that the driver lost control of the vehicle, which crashed into a tree.Public Safety and other emergency officials responded to the scene. A passenger was stabilised before being transported to hospital.Also read: 3 injured in crash along Helpmekaar Road, Ladysmith Also read: 10-year-old girl killed in tragic crash on her way to a funeral with her mother just outside LadysmithThe driver was taken privately to hospital.Concerned residents and bystanders looked on as officials went about their duties.It took officials under an hour to clear the scene.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

MRIGuided Focused Ultrasound Effective to Treat Essential Tremor

first_img 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 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | 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 August 26, 2016 — Treatment with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided focused ultrasound significantly improves tremors and quality of life in patients with essential tremor (ET), according to a study published in the August 25 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) were among an international group of investigators studying this new non-invasive treatment, which was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), based on this research.An estimated 10 million people in the United States are affected by ET, which, unlike Parkinson’s disease, has been viewed as a relatively benign disease caused by abnormalities in the brain. However, its disabling aspects – sometimes severe involuntary and rhythmic shaking in the hands and other extremities – can impair an individual’s ability to perform the simplest tasks, such as eating or holding a pen. Currently, ET affects an estimated 3 percent of Americans and has been treated by medication, surgical procedures or deep brain stimulation (DBS).The randomized, double-blinded study showed that 56 patients who received the treatment experienced a nearly 50 percent improvement in their tremors and motor function after three months and retained a 40 percent improvement after a year. In contrast, 20 patients who received a sham treatment saw no improvement and were able to cross over into the treatment group three months later.“We are very excited to have this new non-invasive treatment option for patients who struggle every day with this debilitating neurological disorder,” said study co-author Howard M. Eisenberg, M.D., the RK Thompson Professor and chair of neurosurgery at the UM SOM. “We saw an impressive reduction in tremors in hands and arms and an improvement in quality of life in patients who experienced no relief from medication.”Twenty-two of the patients in the year-long study were treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), with many who received the new therapy achieving up to a 99 percent improvement in their tremors.Paul Fishman, M.D., professor of neurology, pharmacology and neurobiology at UM SOM and chief of neurology for the Maryland VA Health Care System, and Dheeraj Gandhi, M.D., MBBS, professor of radiology, neurosurgery and neurology and director of interventional neuroradiology at UM SOM, are also co-authors of the study. W. Jeffrey Elias, M.D., director of stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at the University of Virginia, is the principal investigator and lead author.There were eight sites for the clinical trial, five of them in the United States.In the study, researchers looked at 76 patients who had essential tremor but had not responded to medication. They used MRI to guide ultrasound waves with a millimeter-wide focus through the intact skin and skulls of the study participants, in order to make precise ablations (surgical removal of tissue) in the thalamus, an area deep within the brain thought to play a key role in ET.“You are raising the temperature in a very restricted area of the brain and that destroys the tissue,” said Eisenberg. “The ultrasound creates a heat lesion that you monitor through MRI.”The entire procedure lasts two to four hours, and patients are awake and able to interact with the treatment team. Researchers ask patients to draw spirals on a piece of paper, which are then compared with drawings done before the treatment to determine its effectiveness in calming the tremor.The study was funded by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, BIRD Foundation and Insightec, the equipment’s manufacturer. Eisenberg is a consultant to both the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and Insightec.“University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty physicians have been leaders in exploring the potential of MRI-guided focused ultrasound to treat essential tremor as well as Parkinson’s disease, two movement disorders that affect millions in the U.S. and around the world,” said UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., PhD, MBA, who is also vice president of medical affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko Bowers Distinguished Professor at UM SOM.“This groundbreaking study clearly demonstrates that focused ultrasound can be transmitted with precision through the human skull to target areas deep with the brain – and improve the quality of life of patients with essential tremor who have difficulty performing tasks that most of us take for granted,” Reece said.For more information: www.nejm.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Related Content Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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. 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This release… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read morelast_img read more

Scientists Investigate Cancer Radiotherapy to Make Improvements

first_img 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 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 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.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | 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 Related Content A University of Rochester Medical Center study shows that when tumors are treated with radiotherapy, the benefits can be hijacked by the treatment’s counteraction to trigger inflammation and dampen the body’s immune response.Published by the journal Oncotarget, the study suggests that radiotherapy (also known as radiation treatment) could be more effective if it was combined with a drug that would block a specific cell that is responsible for dulling the immune system. In mice, the research team experimented by delivering an immunotherapy two days prior to radiotherapy and saw significant benefits for many different types of cancer.Led by Scott A. Gerber, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, and graduate student Kelli A. Connolly, the research fills an important gap in knowledge. Scientists already know that radiotherapy stimulates anti-tumor cells and helps to control cancer’s growth. What is less understood is why radiotherapy cannot cure cancer.The answer may lie with how the immune system responds to radiotherapy when a tumor is present. The URMC and Wilmot Cancer Institute scientists discovered that radiation increases the circulation of certain harmful inflammatory cells and changes the way the immune system rallies against cancer. In many patients, the circulating level of these cells (called monocytes) is already high prior to cancer treatment and sometimes indicates a poor prognosis.Gerber believes that the abundance of these cells, which can be measured in a simple blood test, could identify patients who might benefit most from blocking them, allowing the immune system to fight the disease in combination with radiotherapy. Because these inflammatory cells express a unique protein on their surface, they are an easy target for medications, the study said. “Our observations of what happens during radiotherapy when cells are recruited to the tumor site and surrounding tissue has intriguing implications for how to improve treatment,” said Gerber, who also has an appointment in the URMC Department of Microbiology and Immunology.For more information: www.urmc.rochester.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 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 News | Radiation Therapy | December 23, 2016 Scientists Investigate Cancer Radiotherapy to Make Improvements 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 more 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 | 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 | 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 last_img read more

Army deployed over Peru mining project violence

first_imgRelated posts:Peru fights gold fever with fire and military force One American hunts for emeralds in Colombia. But many want to stop him Another huge and open iron mine is carved out of Brazil’s rain forest To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ LIMA, Perú — Peruvian troops have been deployed to help maintain law and order after weeks of deadly protests over a controversial mining project in the country’s south, the government said Saturday.A government resolution said the army had been sent into Islay province to “ensure control, maintain internal order and prevent acts of violence” linked to the Tía María copper mine.Troops would help local police protect local facilities including ports, roads, bridges and tunnels, Justice Minister Gustavo Adrianzén told RPP radio.The move comes after weeks of violence linked to the mine. A farmer died from gunshot wounds after a clash with police on April 22, while another protester died on May 5.The unrest claimed a third fatality on Saturday, with confirmation of the death of a policeman who had been injured during a clash with protesters on Wednesday.A total of 160 police have been injured in protests, according to the Interior Ministry.Protesters are demonstrating against the project by Mexican-owned copper firm Southern Peru, which they say will pollute their water and damage agriculture.Local residents, who have opposed the project for years, have been protesting since March 23. Facebook Commentslast_img read more