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Affordability in the audio world is all well and good, but there’s also something to be said for pure, unadulterated opulence. And if any speaker fits into that category, it’s the tour de force of glass and and glory that is the Niagara loudspeaker from Waterfall Audio, priced at an absolutely budget-busting $40,000 per pair.Related: Meet the McIntosh McAire, the Rolls Royce of lifestyle audio systemsTowering above the floor like sonic skyscrapers, the Niagara are designed to be functioning works of art, offering a gorgeous aesthetic that is sure to be the most striking component of any room — shy of an original Van Gogh, maybe. The thick cuts of glass and sleek components are impressive both for their inherent beauty and stark minimalism.But it’s the science making that minimalism possible that might just be the Niagara’s most extraordinary achievement. Free from the resonance-diffusing filler and internal bracing that makes the interior of nearly every traditional speaker an utter mess, the Niagara have crafted a brilliantly elegant system that begs for inquiry inside and out.To block unwanted resonances inside the enclosure, Waterfall has employed leather-bound acoustic dampening tubes around the backside of each of the drivers, the cabinets are constructed from high-rigidity glass to block unwanted frequencies, and the silk dome tweeter at the top is housed in a block of aircraft-grade aluminum. The Niagara’s signal wires are strung in symmetrical lines to mold perfectly with the overall design, and the aluminum base serves as a harbor not only for the Niagara’s passive radiator, but also for the entire crossover setup, tucked out of sight within its metal frame.Most importantly, the Niagara offer exceptional audio performance to match their lavish aesthetic. There’s no doubt that $40K is beyond the reach of most listeners not of royal lineage. But if money is no object, Waterfall’s new Niagara are true form and function incarnate, and just about the most beautiful speakers we’ve come across. The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men
zoom A 50 percent port dues concession for MARPOL-compliant double hulled (MCDH) port limit bunker tankers will be withdrawn as of January 1, 2018, according to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).The concession was introduced in January 2012 with an aim to encourage the use of MCDH port limit bunker tankers in the Port of Singapore.Starting from 2015, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has required heavy fuel oil to only be carried by such tankers. As the IMO requirement has been in force since then, MPA Singapore informed that it would be withdrawing the existing 50% port dues concession.With effect from January 1, 2018, all port limit bunker tankers will be required to pay port dues in full at the prescribed rate on an annual basis, the authority said, adding that MCDH port limit bunker tankers with keel laid date before January 1, 2018 “will continue to enjoy the 50% port dues concession until they reach 5 years of age.”
Government is seeking input from persons with disabilities and those who work with them as it develops the province’s plan for achieving accessibility by 2030. An online survey, launched today, March 22, will gather input on the barriers faced by Nova Scotians with disabilities. “We know that many Nova Scotians continue to face barriers in accessing the programs, services, information and infrastructure that others enjoy,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Justice and Minister responsible for the Accessibility Act. “We’re committed to addressing this and creating a province that is accessible to all. “It’s important we hear from those most impacted. We want to hear about some of the achievements that have been made and how we can build on them, and about the barriers that restrict Nova Scotians from being able to fully participate in their communities.” Collective input from the survey and additional public consultations, planned for this spring, will help with the development of Nova Scotia: Access by Design 2030, the strategy for how the Accessibility Act will be implemented. The strategy is expected to be released in September. Nova Scotia proclaimed the Accessibility Act on Sept. 18. The act commits the province to being accessible by 2030. The survey is available at, https://novascotia.ca/accessibility, and will remain open until April 9.
As India celebrates International Yoga Day on June 21, the one man all Indians must fondly remember is Paramhansa Yogananda, who laid the foundation of yoga in the West at a time when it was nothing more than a bizarre word. Yogananda – born Mukund Lal Ghosh in Gorakhpur – was in a way India’s first de facto NRI ambassador who made it a mission to popularise yoga apart from other things from the time he moved to the United States in 1920 at the urging of his guru. There, slowly and steadily, to a bewildered audience that slowly came to accept his teachings in hundreds of thousands till the time he passed away in 1952, Yogananda taught Kriya Yoga, God, and meditation. Also Read – A special kind of bondThis was no easy task. With his ochre robes and long hair, his mere appearance invited ridicule, torment and even abuse on the streets. According to Philip Goldberg, author of “The Life and Times of Yogananda”, he endured sneers, glares, name calling and even stone throwing but maintained his dignity. There were even times when Yogananda and his close group didn’t have enough to buy food. So they would simply fast for some days. Building the network he eventually did in the US was no joke because it involved coin-operated phone booths, long-distance operators, telegrams and patient letter-writing, often begging for funds. Also Read – Insider threat managementMuch like what Adi Shankara did in India centuries earlier, Yogananda toured the US, going wherever he could: Miami, Seattle, Oregon, Los Angeles, New York, Cleveland, Colorado, Boston, Utah… He probably logged more hours on trains, station platforms and waiting rooms than perhaps any American. But Yogananda persisted – and achieved his goal. What eventually brought him unprecedented glory was his “Autobiography of a Yogi”, a spiritual classic of the 20th century that instantly became a best seller and brought far greater attention in all parts of the world to what yoga was all about. The book, now available in over 20 languages, continues to attract readers around the world, catapulting many on the spiritual path. From 1920 to 1952, Yogananda visited India only once, utilising the opportunity to teach Kriya Yoga to Mahatma Gandhi in Wardha. By then, Yogananda was a well-known figure in the country of his birth. Goldberg concluded after extensive research that Yogananda was an extraordinary human being, a spiritual prodigy, psychically gifted with exceptional inner powers and a self-realised yogic master. At one time, The Los Angeles Times called him “the 20th century’s first superstar guru”. Once Yogananda attained VIP status, he was welcomed to the White House by President Calvin Coolidge (1923-29). He also met Mexican President Emilio Candido Portes Gil. But Yogananda makes no mention of all these in his autobiography, confining it to spiritual affairs. On March 7, 1952, Yogananda spoke at a banquet hosted by the Indian Association of America in honour of India’s ambassador to the US at the Baltimore Hotel in Los Angeles. In a short speech, Yogananda said: “Somewhere between the two great civilisations of efficient America and spiritual India lies the answer for a model world civilisation.” As he came towards the end of his speech, Yogananda became surprisingly emotional. His close followers would later recall that he knew he was about to pass away. “I am proud that I was born in India,” he said, and recited a poem that read in part: “Mortal fires may raze all her homes and golden paddy fields; Yet to sleep on her ashes and dream in mortality, O India, I will be there!” As he finished reciting the poem, Yogananda slid to the floor and died, a beatific smile on his face. He had often said: “I do not wish to die in bed, but with my boots on, speaking of God and India.”(The views expressed are strictly personal)
“It is clear that the rule of law in the Maldives is now under siege,” said the experts in a news release issued Monday by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“We call on the Government to refrain from any threats or interference that may hamper the court’s independence as the supreme guardian of the country’s constitution and legislation,” they added.In the release, José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, the current Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; and Diego García-Sayán, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and magistrates, also stressed that judicial independence, enshrined in the national constitution and in international human rights treaties, had to be guaranteed by the State.Mr. García-Sayán also raised concern over the timing of the arrests, five days after the Supreme Court had ordered the release and retrial of nine opposition leaders, including former President Mohamed Nasheed.Following the arrest of Chief Justice H.E. Abdulla Saeed and Ali Hameed Mohamed – shortly after the Government declared a state of emergency – the three remaining Supreme Court judges overturned the order to free the nine leaders.It is clear that the rule of law in the Maldives is now under siege — UN rights experts“[This] is at best suspicious,” said Mr. García-Sayán, adding that the acts constitutes “an intolerable act of intimidation” against the highest judicial authority in the country.In the same vein, Mr. Bermúdez underscored that Judges should be able to decide all matters before them impartially, on the basis of facts, and in accordance with the law free of any intimidation.“[However,] this is not possible when their very liberty and security is threatened,” he stressed.According to the news release, the UN experts have been in contact with the Government of Maldives regarding their concerns.UN Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council – the highest UN intergovernmental body on all matters related to human rights – to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation.The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
RBC Capital Markets, a global investment bank, recently attended the Indaba mining conference in South Africa, where the company noted some key comments from the conference on gold and diamond investment. RBC says, “like the Livingstone conference, gold dominated the scene. Mixed sentiment prevailed on just how bullish you could be on gold, although even the traditional bears seemed upbeat. As usual the DRC attracted the most attention. Despite a positive talk by the Government and ministry representatives, most people remained sceptical that the country was now de-risked and ready for investment. The general feeling was that most of the damage had been done, especially in the copperbelt.”It also says that “M&A was a running theme. With the juniors struggling to survive and cash strong producers it is likely that consolidation will remain a strong topic throughout 2009. As usual, however, it will likely be difficult to pick through valuation expectations. Based on their presentations, [the company’s] picks of the conference were AngloGold, Randgold and Red Back. There was a limited audience for most of the junior names.”In diamonds, RBC pointed to Chaim Even-Zohar’s (a well regarded industry analyst and principal of the Israeli diamond consultancy Tacy) prediction that rough diamond prices needed to fall some 30% for the sector to make money this year. It said, “according to Even-Zohar, with around $45 billion worth of diamonds (in various forms) in the polished diamond inventory pipeline, falling final demand for diamond jewellery could ripple back into a fall of up to 60% in demand for rough diamonds. Furthermore, jewellery demand could fall some 15% globally with the USA down 22%. In essence, the large drop in projected rough demand compared with his forecast of jewellery off take reflects the impact of inventory adjustment. Stabilisation, he says, could take 12 to 14 months and rough and polished prices are expected to remain weak.”In RBC’s view, “a lingering longer-term threat comes from the building rough diamond inventory on the Russian government balance sheet. State producer Alrosa is restricting supply to the market by selling to the Gokhran (State body) and this will be an overhang. [RBC] believes that four leading cutting and polishing companies in Antwerp owe the banks $2.8 billion. If true, this is extraordinarily high as Antwerp in total would have been not much more than that a year ago. This poses serious threat to demand for rough diamonds.”
Leading provider of intuitive software solutions to the mining and exploration industry, MICROMINE will be a sponsor of Curtin University’s International Summer School, themed “Resources for a Sustainable Future”. MICROMINE joins other sponsors; namely the Dept of State Development and Department of Mines & Petroleum and the City of Perth, as well as major sponsor, Rio Tinto.This will be the first time an Australian university has hosted premier Russian universities, with the aim of highlighting synergies and opportunities in higher education and research in the resources industry, with a global outlook. From 19-28 November, around 30 delegates from countries such as Russia, Korea, Chile, Brazil, Malaysia and Japan will meet in Perth to hear from market experts on resources industry related topics. The event will focus on Western Australia and Curtin University’s strengths in the areas of mining and mineral processing, oil & gas, engineering and other related areas supporting the resources industry, including technologies to support sustainable mining.Included amongst the high profile list of conference speakers is MICROMINE’s Manager, Global Training, Frank Bilki, who will present on the fundamental role that mining software plays in supporting mining sustainability. Commenting on MICROMINE’s involvement, CEO Kevin Fitzpatrick says “We have very strong ties to Russia. Our first Russian office was opened over ten years ago – this has now expanded to four. MICROMINE also has a long history of partnering with high caliber tertiary institutions. Only two weeks ago we signed a joint Academic Agreement with the Ministry of Education of Uzbekistan and Tashkent State Technical University.”Fitzpatrick continues “Curtin is a major tertiary institution and the second largest university in Australia. We are proud to be partnering with them to promote WA industry and assist in showcasing WA as one of the strongest and most forward-thinking resources hubs in the world.” MICROMINE has recently established an Academic Licence Agreement with Curtin University’s WA School of Mines. This follows on from a recent university arrangement between MICROMINE and the University of Mongolia, whereby Micromine software and hardware was provided to the university as part of an exchange of expertise that includes Curtin University’s Western Australian School of Mines, the University of Mongolia and MICROMINE.MICROMINE has extensive involvement with international university programs. Most recently, the company’s UK office commenced a Student Bursary Programme with the University of Leicester, England. Other educational partnerships across Europe include academic license agreements with universities in Albania, Spain, Belgium and Slovenia. MICROMINE’s global academic partnerships include an Academic License Agreement with the University of Sao Paulo and academic arrangements with the Mongolian University of Science and Technology in Ulaanbaatar, Stellenbosch University and the Russian State Geological Prospecting University.
The reduction in the value-added tax on catering has not only resulted in smaller-than-expected revenue losses for the state coffers, it has also stemmed the flow of restaurant closure and is expected to create thousands of new jobs in the sector.Data collected by the association of restaurant owners (SEPOA) from the General Accounting Office for the August 2013 to June 2014 period showed the loss in VAT (Value Added Tax) revenues from the reduction of the rate on catering services from 23 to 13 per cent in August 2013 was two-thirds smaller than anticipated, reaching some 9 million euros per month.Before the VAT rate change, some 4,500 more restaurants had shut than those that opened, while that figure has now gone down to zero.After the loss of 30,000 jobs in the sector during the crisis, SEPOA anticipates 10,000 jobs to be created in 2015.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A Vancouver teen accused in a home-invasion shooting and two armed robberies was killed by police late Friday night in Vancouver’s Arnada neighborhood.Douglas E. Combs, 16, was shot at about 11:30 p.m. as he reportedly reached for a gun after running away from officers near the intersection of C Street and East 20th Street, according to police radio monitored at The Columbian.Combs was pronounced dead at the scene.The officer who fired the shots was from the Vancouver Police Department, spokeswoman Kim Kapp said early Saturday morning. The officer, who was placed on administrative leave per departmental policy, was not identified.A 16-year-old who was with Combs just before he ran from police was interviewed, arrested and booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center for unlawful possession of a firearm. His name was not released.Combs was the suspect in a home invasion and shooting at 1 a.m. Friday at an apartment at 1101 N.E. Minnehaha St. in Hazel Dell that sent one man to the hospital. David Toohey told The Columbian the shooting victim was his brother, Bill Toohey. He was reported in the intensive care unit Saturday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. His condition was not available.
EXCLUSIVE: Credit reporting agency Equifax has launched online financial education for its 800 UK-based employees.The programme, provided by Nudge, was launched on 10 July 2018 as part of Equifax’s wider wellbeing programme, which is being implemented over 2018 and 2019. Called ‘AtYourBest’, the programme caters to employees based across Equifax’s UK offices in Leeds, London and Nottingham.John Garside, HR director, Europe at Equifax, said: “We’re introducing an extensive programme focused on improving the financial, physical and mental wellbeing of our people over this year and the next. It will see us rolling out training, workshops, events and new employee benefits initially across the UK, then Ireland and Iberia.“In July, we’re launching a personalised financial wellness platform, as well as employee workshops and manager training around mental health. This will be followed by mental health first aid training, changes to our pension scheme, nutritional and preventative health advice and more focused wellbeing workshops, for example around the menopause.”The financial education programme enables employees to access a personalised platform, which provides educational content as well as financial action plans. Employees also receive personalised notifications that provide tips and guidance around relevant lifestyle, legislative and organisation events.The programme is integrated with Equifax’s flexible benefits scheme, operated by JLT Employee Benefits.The new financial education was launched using a series of masterclasses across the organisation’s office sites, alongside emails, digital banners, a TV marketing campaign and desk drops.
ADC AUTHOR Congress has not yet funded an authorization that would allow for using the DoD Protected Critical Infrastructure Program (DCIP) to help get off-base infrastructure flood-ready. The authorization is a departure from the military’s traditional position that civilian instruction is “not their job,” said John Conger, former DOD comptroller and now director of the Center for Climate and Security.“This is very new,” Conger told The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C. “I’ve never seen a thing with this much authority.” He added that Congress needs to fund the authorization before its “full potential” will be seen.South Carolina’s coastline is at risk from rising sea levels, and state and city officials are working on resiliency plans.The paper asked Charleston’s chief resilience officer, Mark Wilbert, if the city could use the extra funding as it prepares its infrastructure for weather changes.“The short answer is ‘yes,’” he said. Joint Base Charleston photo by Airman Joshua Maund
Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Facial recognition is powerful technology that lets businesses and government agencies identify people based on an image alone. It’s primarily used by police, but businesses are increasingly adopting the technology. It’s being used at airports, concert halls and venues like Madison Square Garden, all without privacy regulations limiting what businesses can do with the data they’ve collected on people’s faces. If passed, the new bill would be the first federal law on facial recognition and privacy. The bipartisan proposal was introduced by Sens. Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri, and Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii. “Our faces are our identities. They’re personal. So the responsibility is on companies to ask people for their permission before they track and analyze their faces,” Schatz said in a statement. The call for regulation on facial recognition doesn’t come only from lawmakers; major Silicon Valley players have also warned about the technology’s potential to uproot your privacy. That includes Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, who supports the bill. In a statement, Smith said facial recognition “needs to be regulated to protect against acts of bias and discrimination, preserve consumer privacy, and uphold our basic democratic freedoms.” Privacy advocates have also spoken out against facial recognition use, which has the potential to log a person’s location and shopping habits and track that info over time. Businesses also often share and sell that biometric data with one another, as there’re no limits on what they can do with it. The bill would also require companies to conduct mandatory testing to address accuracy and bias issues.If passed, it would prevent companies from selling facial recognition data to third parties without consent. “Consumers are increasingly concerned about how their data is being collected and used, including data collected through facial recognition technology,” Blunt said in a statement.Though this is the first proposed federal legislation looking to take on commercial facial recognition, there are state laws similar to Schatz and Blunt’s bill. Illinois has a Biometric Information Privacy Act, which prevents businesses from collecting data like your fingerprints and facial recognition info without your consent. Until a federal law passes on facial recognition, businesses can continue using the technology and selling that data. “We deserve clear rules and limits on how our faces can be analyzed, identified and tracked over time,” Chris Calabrese, the vice president for policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology, said in a statement.You can read the full bill here: 5:11 Tags Officials at Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC, with new biometric facial recognition scanners. Bill O’Leary/Getty Images Facial recognition is everywhere, but there aren’t any laws that limit what businesses can do with that data. At least not yet.On Thursday, two US senators introduced proposed legislation called the Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act, which would prevent businesses from collecting facial recognition data on customers without their knowledge or using it without their consent. That would mean businesses couldn’t use facial recognition to identify and track customers that walk into their stores unless the customers have given permission. Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… Comment 1 Politics Security
New Delhi: Congress leader P Chidambaram’s plea challenging the Delhi High Court verdict dismissing his anticipatory bail plea in the INX Media case will be heard on Friday by the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice R Banumathi. Chidambaram, who was arrested by the CBI on Wednesday in the case, had approached the top court against the high court’s August 20 verdict. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us A Delhi court on Thursday allowed CBI the four-day custody of Chidambaram.The Congress leader was arrested after he failed to get protection on Wednesday from the Supreme Court which decided to hear on Friday his plea seeking stay of the high court order.His plea would be heard in the apex court by a bench comprising Justices R Banumathi and AS Bopanna. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us On Wednesday, Registrar (Judicial) of the apex court had informed Chidambaram’s lawyers that Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has listed the matter for hearing on Friday. Chidambaram, who was home minister and finance minister in the UPA government from 2004-2014, had sought a stay on the Delhi High Court’s August 20 judgement which had dismissed his anticipatory bail plea, paving the way for his arrest in cases related to the INX Media scam. Advertise With Us The cases have been lodged by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Repeated attempts were made by his lawyers Wednesday for seeking urgent hearing on Chidambaram’s plea the same day itself, but the CJI decided that the case will be heard on Friday.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had opposed the plea of Chidambaram for hearing the matter on oral mentioning saying that the papers are not with him. Chidambaram had suffered a major setback on August 20 when the high court dismissed his anticipatory bail in the INX Media case describing him as the “kingpin”, and paved the way for the investigating agencies, CBI and ED, to arrest him.
The chief financial officer of China’s global telecommunications giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United StatesFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty ImagesIn a development that could further escalate the trade tussle between the United States and China, Huawei Technologies Co.’s chief financial officer was arrested in Canada on December 1, on behalf of the US. Meng Wanzhou, also known as Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng, is reportedly suspected of violating US sanctions on Iran and now faces extradition to the nation.A Canada Justice department official on Wednesday, December 5, said that US Department of Justice had opened the investigation in April and was probing if the telecommunications brand sold gear to Iran despite a ban on exports to the region.”She is sought for extradition by the United States, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday,” the official said in a statement, according to Al Jazeera. However, he declined to give out further details of the case.Meanwhile, Al Jazeera’s John Hendren said that this could end up as a “huge blow” to the brand. “Huawei is one of the largest makers of smartphones. It uses parts from the US, which has sanctions against Iran, and it doesn’t want its parts being used there – so Meng was reportedly arrested in Canada on suspicion of circumventing those trade sanctions,” Hendren said, adding that Huawei “could lose access to the US parts it’s using to make its smartphones – that’s what happened last year to ZTE, another Chinese company, which paid $892m for violating US sanctions.”The US has been voicing concerns about Huawei operations since 2016, claiming that the brand could install back doors in their equipment, which would, in turn, let them monitor users of the device in the US. Even though the brand had categorically denied these allegations, the Pentagon had stopped providing Huawei devices to its armed forces and retailer Best Buy too stopped the sale of Huawei products, reported Bloomberg.Asian shares fallAfter the news of Meng’s arrest broke, Asian shares saw a sharp plunge in early morning trade on December 6. Hong Kong witnessed the steepest fall and the Hang Seng Index dropped more than 2 percent from December 5.Stocks related to the Chinese telecommunications brand were affected and rival ZTE, which has had similar issues with the US, also bore the brunt. ZTE stocks tumbled more than 6 percent at one time.With this, investors expect trade tensions between the US and China to escalate and hence sold quite a bit of their capital. “The trade issue between China and the U.S. is deep-rooted, and will likely continue to affect China-related shares,” Nikkei Asian Review quoted Yoshinori Ogawa, senior strategist at Okasan Securities as saying.”With such high volatility, investors are unable to fully inject their money into shares.”What Huawei has said Huawei, in a statement, said that Meng was arrested in Canada on behalf of the US and could be extradited to “face unspecified charges” in the Eastern District of New York. However, it clarified that the company was not aware of the accusations and did not know of any wrongdoing on Meng’s part.”The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng,” Huawei said.”The company believes the Canadian and U.S. legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion. Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, U.S. and EU.”China demands release Meanwhile, China has demanded that Meng be released immediately and believes her arrest is in violation of human rights. At the request of the US side, the Canadian side arrested a Chinese citizen not violating any American or Canadian law. The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of the victim,” the spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Canada said in a statement.”The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with the US and Canadian side, and urged them to immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms. Meng Wanzhou. We will closely follow the development of the issue and take all measures to resolutely protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.”
Muggers killed a cattle trader at Kukhandi bypass in Katakhali area of Rajshahi early Thursday and looted Tk 250,000, reports UNB.The deceased is Jarip Mridha, 36, son of Alal Mridha of Singra upazila in Natore district.Zillur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Katakhali police station, said Jarip along with his father and paternal uncle Mosharraf Hossain went to the cattle market in Rajshahi.Around 12:30pm, the trio boarded a truck to go to Singra without purchasing any cattle from the market. Three people boarded the truck at Shah Makhdum area of the city.At one stage, the miscreants tied up Jarip’s father and uncle with rope and hit him with a sharp weapon and took the money away. The man died on the spot.The muggers later dumped the victims on the road.A police patrol team found them and took them to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.
Maternal morbidity rates in Harris County are rising, and rates are outpacing state and national trends.Researchers organized by the Houston Endowment heard from mothers and looked at data specific to Harris County.Houston EndowmentA graph taken from a Houston Endowment report shows rates of severe maternal morbidity (SMM) in Harris County compared to state and national trends.“The need for an ICU care, significant hemorrhage, hypertensive crisis, those types of things. It’s clear our patients are sicker in Harris County which makes them even more vulnerable for mortality,” said Dr. Sean Blackwell, who was involved with the report. He says mothers “often times get great care during pregnancy and then after birth but then they sometimes can not make that continuation for the help that they need.”Blackwell says a lack of access to continued care can cause problems well into a year after birth. “There’s definitely socio-economic and ethnic interactions here,” Blackwell said. “African American women have a much higher rate of maternal mortality and also probably have on average greater barriers to care.”Morbidity rates are also up nationally, and the U.S. Senate is expected to vote next month on a bill that would form state-level committees to investigate pregnancy-related deaths. Share
Kolkata: In a major stride towards product diversification, Sunderban Cooperative Milk and Livestock Producers’ Ltd (SCMLPL), which offers packaged milk and a plethora of milk products under the brand name Sundarini Naturals, will soon introduce two outlets for organic sweets.”People are becoming health conscious nowadays and demand for organic products is picking up. Organic vegetables are sold at departmental stores across the city and are quite popular. Exclusive outlets for organic sweets will be the first of its kind in the city, which is known for its love for sweets,” said a senior official of SCMLPL. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIf everything goes as per plan, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will launch the two outlets from Gangasagar during her visit from January 26 to 28. The two stores that are being set up in PPP mode will be located at Kankurgachi and Manicktala. App-based delivery to households from these two stores will also be introduced soon. “We will first get an idea of the demand for such sweets in the first two months and then will go for advertisements to have more such ventures under PPP mode,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe special attraction will be the Fruit Delite and Orange Bangla varieties that will be priced at around Rs 25-30 per piece. There will be Rosogolla, Gulab Jamun, Rajbhog, Roshomalai and sandesh varieties like Golappatti, Barfi and Kalakand on offer. The prices will start from Rs 12-15 and will go up depending on the size and variety. A trial run for the sweets was successfully conducted, following which the decision of launching the product was taken.
Eating mostly plant-based and fewer animal-based foods may be linked to better heart health and a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases, a study claims. “While you don’t have to give up foods derived from animals completely, our study does suggest that eating a larger proportion of plant-based foods and a smaller proportion of animal-based foods may help reduce your risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other type of cardiovascular disease,” said Casey M Rebholz, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, reviewed a database of food intake information from over 10,000 middle-aged US adults who were monitored from 1987 through 2016 and did not have cardiovascular disease at the start of the study. The researchers then categorised the participants’ eating patterns by the proportion of plant-based foods they ate versus animal-based foods. People who ate the most plant-based foods overall had a 16 per cent lower risk of having a cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks, stroke, heart failure and other conditions, 32 per cent lower risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease and 25 per cent lower risk of dying from any cause compared to those who ate the least amount of plant-based foods. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Our findings underscore the importance of focusing on your diet. There might be some variability in terms of individual foods, but to reduce cardiovascular disease risk people should eat more vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fruits, legumes and fewer animal-based foods. “These findings are pretty consistent with previous findings about other dietary patterns, including the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH diet, which emphasise the same food items,” Rebholz said. This is one of the first studies to examine the proportion of plant-based versus animal-based dietary patterns in the general population, noted Rebholz. Prior studies have shown heart-health benefits from plant-based diets but only in specific populations of people, such as vegetarians or Seventh Day Adventists who eat a mostly vegan diet. The study was observational, which means did not prove cause and effect.
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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content 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 December 27, 2018 — RaySearch Laboratories released RayStation 8B, the latest version of the radiation therapy treatment planning system (TPS), with new advances including some automation applications using machine learning and deep learning. Other major news in RayStation 8B include a new module for evaluation of robustness of treatment plans and photon Monte Carlo dose.Machine learning means that the algorithms in these features learn from the data they are trained on, and they learn in a way that resembles human logic. The applications for automated treatment planning and automated organ segmentation will help improve efficiency and consistency in the clinic. The machine learning framework delivered with RayStation 8B allows for models to be trained on the clinic’s available data, and it is also possible to use pre-trained models provided by RaySearch.The new features have been developed by RaySearch’s in-house machine learning department in collaboration with Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada, and are the first machine learning applications in a TPS on the radiation oncology market today, according to the company.Robust evaluation is a new module in Plan Evaluation, which enables efficient evaluation of robustness of treatment plans with respect to uncertainties in patient setup and density interpretation of computed tomography (CT). Multiple scenarios with different uncertainty settings are easily created and the scenarios can be evaluated simultaneously for quick decision support. This is achieved through display of different robustness metrics connected to the clinical goals of the treatment.Improvements for photon planning include a Monte Carlo dose engine. The Monte Carlo dose algorithm brings improved accuracy and it is utilizing the graphics processing unit (GPU) to enable fast dose computation. The dose for a dual arc volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plan can be computed in less than 60 seconds, which is at least one order of magnitude faster than any other system on the market, according to RaySearch. The Monte Carlo dose engine can be used also during optimization.Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) planning has been under development since 2017 and is now available in RayStation 8B. BNCT is a type of radiation therapy that enables targeting of cancer at the cellular level. BNCT planning in RayStation is developed together with Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd and Neutron Therapeutics Inc.RayStation 8B also adds various improvements and enhancements, including support for directly deliverable multicriteria optimization (MCO) for VMAT, collimation of individual energy layers with the Adaptive Aperture of the Mevion S250i Hyperscan proton therapy system, and handling of relative biological effectiveness for proton dose.For more information: www.raysearchlabs.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 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). 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