Communities in the Cape Breton and Strait of Canso regions have an opportunity to make more sustainable, active and accessible transportation choices through the latest round of the Nova Scotia Moves program. Through Nova Scotia Moves, the province offers grants of up to $200,000 to groups supporting sustainable transportation at the local level, including municipalities, band councils, community benefit organizations and social enterprises. Three successful applicants from the regions were awarded grants in this round, totalling $176,565. “The Nova Scotia Moves program is a key element of the province’s Sustainable Transportation Strategy,” said Guysborough-Sheet Harbour MLA Jim Boudreau, on behalf of Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “This program provides financial support to community-based or regional projects in Nova Scotia that help further the objectives of this important strategy. I congratulate the successful applicants from Cape Breton and the Strait of Canso area for their hard work.” Cape Breton Regional Municipality was awarded $124,750 for the first phase of the Grand Lake Road Multi-Use Path, which will connect Cape Breton University, Sydney and Glace Bay. The Town of Mulgrave was awarded $36,815 for the construction of a town trail, and the Municipality of the County of Victoria was awarded $15,000 to develop an active transportation plan. Across the province, 37 successful applications were awarded funding during the latest round, totalling $1.4 million. “This round’s applicants were diverse and address a broad range of sustainable transportation issues,” said Mr. Boudreau. “The people of Cape Breton and the Strait of Canso area want transportation options that are healthier and will help protect and preserve the environment.” The program helps Nova Scotians drive less distance, move more actively and efficiently, use cleaner energy, access a wider range of sustainable transportation options and engage communities around sustainable transportation issues. The province consulted with a number of municipalities, environmental organizations and transit-oriented community groups in designing this program to ensure it responds to the needs of those doing work at the ground level. In the 2012-13 pilot round, the province awarded over $900,000 to projects developing ideas from active transportation routes to online information services. Twenty-eight grants were awarded and are now under way. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/ .
Hyderabad: Veteran Telugu actor-filmmaker G. Vijaya Nirmala died on Thursday, her son Naresh has confirmed. She was 75. Naresh, who is also a popular Telugu actor, took to Twitter to announce the death of his mother. “I regret to inform you that my mother, senior artiste, prominent producer and director Dr.A G Vijaya Nirmala passed away during early hours today, that is, 27.6.2019, at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad, due to sickness. She was 75,” Naresh tweeted. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “Her body will be kept at our residence from 11 a.m. Final rites will be held tomorrow (Friday).” Vijaya Nirmala started her career as a child actor. At the age of five, she made her acting debut in 1950 Tamil film “Machcha Rekkai” and four years later she forayed into Telugu cinema with the film “Panduranga Mahatyam”. It was through 1964 Malayalam film “Bhargavi Nilayam”, she rose to stardom and got noticed. She went on to work with Prem Nazir again in “Udhyogastha”. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot As a leading lady, she made her Telugu debut with “Rangula Ratnam” alongside Vanisri and Anjali Devi. In 1967, she starred in Telugu film “Sakshi” and it’s on the sets of this film she met actor Krishna with whom she worked in 47 films and eventually ended up marrying. However, it was her second marriage. Vijay Nirmala, who has directed 44 films, was a visionary filmmaker and she made her directorial debut via 1971 Telugu film “Meena”, which was based on the eponymous popular novel written by Eddanapudi Sulochana Rani. Two year later, she directed her first Malayalam film “Kavitha”. As a filmmaker, she had the privilege of directing major stars like Sivaji Ganesan and Rajinikanth. She directed the latter in the Telugu remake of “Amar Akbar Anthony”, which also starred her husband Krishna. Her other popular directorial projects include “Rowdy Rangamma”, “Sirimalle Navvindi”, “Bezawada Bebbuli” and “Collector Vijaya”, among others. She holds a Guinness Record for most number of films directed by a female filmmaker. In 2008, the Andhra Pradesh government conferred her with Raghupathi Venkaiah award for her contribution to Telugu cinema. Members of Telugu film fraternity took to twitter to remember the veteran. Actor Jr. NTR wrote she was a “pioneering filmmaker whose life is an inspiration for many”. Actor Nithiin said her demise was a “huge loss” to Telugu industry. Actor Sudheer Babu described Vijaya Nirmala as “mother like personality”.
Rabat – The investigating judge in charge of terrorism cases at Salé’s Court of Appeal ordered the detention of 13 members of a terrorist cell, previously seized in Fes, in Salé’s local prison.The terrorist cell was prosecuted last Thursday by the Attorney General of the King at the Court of Appeal in Rabat, for “preparation for the commitment of acts of terrorism aimed at serious damage of public order by intimidation, terror or violence, possession of fire arms and ammunition.”On October 14, police elements of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), Morocco’s anti-terror bureau, dismantled a terrorist cell in the city of Fes, who were active in Fes, Meknes, Khouribga, Casablanca, Zaouiat Sheikh, Sidi Bennour, Demnate, and Sidi Harazem. According to a statement from the Ministry of the Interior, the BCIJ arrested the leader of the terrorist network and one of its partners, suspected of having links with the terrorist organization ISIS.The terrorists were seized in the possession of guns, hunting guns, explosives material, blades, communication equipment, and a large sum of cash money.The members of this cell had planned “very dangerous terrorist operations,” using the expertise of one of its members in the manufacture of explosives and bombs, said the Ministry of the Interior.BCIJ head Abdelhak El Khiam previously said that the bureau is on constant alert to counter terrorism threats facing Morocco.Since its creation in 2015, the bureau, locally nicknamed Morocco’s FBI, has dismantled over 40 terrorist cells.
At the Kobe camp in Ethiopia’s Dollo Ado area, medical assessment of newly arrived refugees revealed that 19 per cent of children were suffering from severe acute malnutrition, according to Adrian Edwards, the spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In the nearby Hilaweyn camps, a malnutrition rate of 16 per cent was recorded, while in Melkadida and Bokolmanyo camps, the rates were 10 and 7 per cent respectively, Mr. Edwards told reporters in Geneva. Severe acute malnutrition poses a risk to the lives of children under the age of five. UNHCR considers a rate of over one per cent to be alarming. An inter-agency task force agreed yesterday to increase food distribution points in the camps, to urgently open additional centres for nutritional feeding, and to ensure that malnourished refugees receive appropriate supplementary food, Mr. Edwards said. “After consulting with the refugee community, awareness-raising campaigns will be conducted to encourage refugees to access health services. Outreach workers will go from tent to tent and look for malnourished children who are not enrolled in the feeding programmes,” he said. The aid workers will also trace children who may have dropped out of nutritional feeding treatment. Meanwhile, a convoy of UNHCR trucks delivering essential relief supplies for an estimated 18,500 refugees in the Gode area of Ethiopia, some 250 kilometres north of Dollo Ado, reached its destination on Wednesday. The supplies, including shelter material, blankets, sleeping mats and mosquito nets, was airlifted into the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, from UNHCR’s emergency stocks in Dubai last weekend. UNHCR officials also learned from the local authorities in Gode that some of those previously assumed to be refugees are actually displaced inside Somalia in an area where the border is not clearly demarcated. In Kenya, the new school term starts on Monday, and at Dadaab, the largest refugee settlement in the world, some 40,000 refugee children are preparing to go to school – many of them for the first time. There have been 154,000 new refugees who have entered Kenya from Somalia so far this year and more than half of them are children who will need more classrooms, desks, stationery, textbooks and teachers. For the 156,000 school-age children in the three Dadaab camps, there is currently only one teacher for every 100 pupils and most of the teachers are themselves refugees. Enrolment remains low at 42 per cent for primary and five per cent for secondary school. The enrolment rate for girls is even lower, at 33 per cent for primary school. Overall, some 75 additional schools, or 1,800 classrooms, are urgently required. Few of the newly-arrived refugee children have had any formal education in Somalia. To smooth their transition into schooling, UNHCR’s partner agency, CARE, recently began an accelerated learning programme to teach basic literacy and numeracy skills. Some 1,500 children between the ages of 5 and 13 are benefiting from the programme. 2 September 2011United Nations agencies and their partners are stepping up food distribution in refugee camps in Ethiopia that house people who have fled famine in neighbouring Somalia amid alarming malnutrition rates among children, the UN refugee agency reported today.
Italian media reports said that he was arrested at a small town near Milan over a theft. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda He is wanted in Sri Lanka for murder and the illegal possession of a hand grenade. Kosgoda Nadun is wanted in Sri Lanka and has an INTERPOL arrest warrant issued against him. The Sri Lankan government is to to seek the extradition of Pradeep Deva Nadun Dharmawickrama aka Kosgoda Nadun, who was arrested in Italy last week.A spokesman at the External Affairs Ministry told the Colombo Gazette that the Italian authorities will be approached to have the suspect sent to Sri Lanka.
Terex MPS will be exhibiting two large jaw and cone crushing solutions at its stand at Hillhead from June 19-21, 2012. Jason Talbot, Terex MPS Global Product Line Director, said, “After the success of the recent Intermat show in Paris where we showcased our Modular MC1000 cone we are delighted to be able to exhibit our Modular MC1000 Cone and Modular MJ42 Jaw at Hillhead. These machines demonstrate our ability to listen to the customer and bring products to the market that enable our customers to choose ‘ready to work’ modules to create the plant they need for a variety of applications. We look forward to meeting with customers at the show and discussing the benefits of our equipment to help them deliver the crushing and screening needs.”The Terex MC1000 cone module handles an all-in feed for continuous crushing. Its 1,000 mm (40 in) cone has an unrestricted feed opening and a full range of configurations for short and long throw. The all roller bearing design improves crushing efficiency. Additional features include hydraulically adjustable closed side setting, easy manganese changes, and a weather-protected control panel with user friendly controls. The Terex MJ42 jaw module features the rugged JW42 jaw crusher with its hydraulically actuated wedge system which allows closed side settings to be made quickly and easily. Additional features include a three-piece boltless hopper and spring mounted vibrating pan and grizzly feeder. Set up time and ease of operation is aided by the simplicity of the modular product range. The modules are designed to fit and work together interchangeably. The modular product line bolts together on site with little onsite wiring. Designed with logistics in mind, each module, including all its components, can be transported in one container.
After Luka Modric won FIFA’s The Best award, the Cristiano Ronaldo museum posted a curious warning on social mediaMonday night proved to be a forgettable one for Ronaldo, who missed out on two awards in FIFA’s The Best ceremony in London.Although neither Ronaldo or fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi attended the gala, which saw Luka Modric end their decade long-hold of the top individual prize in football.The Croatian playmaker saw off fellow nominees Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to be named FIFA’s Player of the Year.Following the announcement, many criticised the decision to not award Ronaldo the prize after inspiring Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League crown last season.The Cristiano Ronaldo museum wrote on Instagram: “These trophies cannot be robbed. There is an alarm.”Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The Portuguese’s agent, Jorge Mendes, said: “It is simply ridiculous.”
This is a weekend to salute our servicemen who died in the line of duty, and to honor the families of the fallen.It’s what Richard Landis did every day for almost four years. The Clark County veteran was chief of the U.S. Army’s casualty operations center from 1984 to 1987, and was called back to duty for the first Gulf War.“I buried 3,000 soldiers,” Landis said.“All Army casualties are reported to the office,” Landis said. “We initiate the notification process. The office assigns casualty assistance officers, helps with the funeral. It coordinates the assistance and benefits the next of kin is entitled to.”The process did take a quite different turn after one unprecedented disaster, however. That’s when distraught families swept into his headquarters, wondering if their loved ones were dead.Now the retired lieutenant colonel is a member of the Community Military Appreciation Committee, a local nonprofit organization that will continue to celebrate our military tradition as Army units leave Vancouver Barracks.Landis said he also serves in another volunteer role, as “name-keeper” for the Clark County Veterans War Memorial. The monument at Vancouver Barracks lists the names of local service personnel who died in conflicts ranging from the Spanish-American War to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
New Delhi : The government is mulling various options including bringing an ordinance to enforce a ban on manufacture, sale and import of ENDS devices including e-cigarettes if it fails to get a reprieve from the Delhi High Court, which had earlier stayed its order to ban such products, sources said. Banning such alternative smoking devices like e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, vape and e-nicotine flavoured hookah among others, is one of the priorities of the Health ministry as part of the first 100 days agenda of the second term of the Modi government. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us With more than 75 days having passed, the Union health ministry has swung into action wanting to implement the ban on the manufacture, sale, distribution and import of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). “The ministry is exploring various options including bringing an ordinance to enforce a ban on the manufacture, sale and import of ENDS devices,” the sources said. The Ministry is also learnt to have sought a legal opinion over the issue. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us If the government bring an ordinance, it will have to replace it with a Bill in the next session of Parliament. Once Parliament approves the Bill, the proposed ban on such products will get a legal backing. The Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) had written to all state drug controllers, saying they should not allow the sale, online sale, manufacture, distribution, trade, import or advertisement of ENDS. Advertise With Us A single-judge bench of the Delhi High Court, in March this year, had granted an interim stay on the Centre’s circular banning sale and manufacture of ENDS, saying as the products were not a “drug”, authorities did not have the jurisdiction to issue such a direction. The Centre appealed against the order before a division bench of the High court which dismissed the appeal against the interim stay. It further directed the government to approach the single judge bench with its plea, the sources said. The Centre has recently filed a counter-affidavit and an application for vacation of order before a single-judge bench of the High Court which is scheduled to hear the case on August 22, the sources said. A high-decibel debate is on globally over the harm-reduction aspects of ENDS with some organisations claiming that these devices help in smoking cessation and are less harmful alternatives to traditional cigarettes, while the government is seeking to ban them contending that they pose health risks to users, similar to those caused by conventional cigarettes. ENDS are devices that heat a solution to create an aerosol, which also frequently contains flavours, usually dissolved into propylene glycol and glycerin. In June, the Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), the government’s top advisory body on technical matters related to medicines in the country, approved the Health Ministry’s proposal of classifying ENDS devices including e-cigarettes as “drugs” under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. The proposal stated that under the provisions of ‘drugs’ in the Act, any item intended to be used as an aid to help quit smoking is covered under the definition of drugs. Apex research body – the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recommended a “complete ban” on ENDS, saying their use can initiate nicotine addiction among non-smokers also. In a white paper, the ICMR said e-cigarettes adversely affect the cardiovascular system, impairs respiratory immune cell function and airways in a way similar to cigarette smoking and is responsible for severe respiratory diseases. More than 3,000 users of these devices, recently, wrote to the prime minister, requesting him to legalise ENDS claiming their health has improved significantly after they switched to vaping from smoking conventional cigarettes.
Lakshmi’s NTRScreenshot of YouTube videoRam Gopal Varma has now announced that he would move the Court against the contradictory stand of the Election Commission (EC) to stop the release of his movie Lakshmi’s NTR in Andhra Pradesh.After a month-long wait, Ram Gopal Varma had planned to release Lakshmi’s NTR in Andhra Pradesh on May 1. But on April 30, the Election Commission directed him not to release, reiterating its April 10 order not to screen it till further orders. In reply to the latter’s letter, AP Chief Electoral Officer Gopal Krishna Dwivedi informed that it should not be released until the model code of conduct was in force.This order came as a big shock for Ram Gopal Varma, who has now decided to wage war against the EC. He tweeted, “Point 8C in EC ‘s below letter combined with AP high court judgement is why we planned to release today .we going to court against the contradictory stand of EC now to stop film after giving permission to release for reasons best known to it and we all know the force behind responsible.”Point 8C in the letter of the EC reads as follows:8. Section 126 (I) of the Representative of the People Act, 1951 prescribes that (1) No person shall—(a) convene, hold, attend, join or address any public meeting or procession in connection with an election; or(b) display to the public any election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus; or(c) propagate any election matter to the public by holding, or by arranging the holding of, any musical concert or any theatrical performance or any other entertainment or amusement with a view to attracting the members of the public thereto, in any polling area during the period of forty-eight hours ending with the hour fixed for the conclusion of the poll for any election in that polling area.Lakshmi’s NTR is a biopic based on the life of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N T Rama Rao. The movie, which deals with the last days of NTR’s life, showcases Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu as the backstabber of his father-in-law NTR. The TDP got a court order for stalling its release in Andhra Pradesh, while was released in other parts of the globe and received a good response.
Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda inaugurates EC’s voters’ roll update campaign at a programme in Mymensingh on Tuesday. Photo: Kamran ParvezThe election commission will not compromise with any force or party, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda has said, expressing resolve that it will only follow the law.“I can firmly say that all the next elections will be held in a democratic manner in the light of the laws and the rules whatever we have. [We] will make no compromise with any force,” Nurul Huda said at a programme in Mymensingh on Tuesday.The election commission (EC) organised the programme marking the inauguration of the EC’s voters’ roll update campaign across the country ahead of the next general elections.Other election commissioners – Mahbub Talukder, Md Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury – and government officials attended the programme chaired by the EC’s additional secretary Md Mokhlesur Rahman.CEC Huda said he and his team took office with an oath for establishing democracy in the country.“Election is the foundation of democracy and a flawless voters’ list is the prerequisite for fair polls. We want to carry out that job properly,” said Nurul Huda.Election commissioner Mahbub Talukder said, “Money power and muscle power often exert influence on the election. We want these dual powers to not influence the election.”He said cooperation of all political parties as well as of the government is required in order to ensure level-playing field in the run up to the next general elections.
US president Donald Trump (2nd L) speaks to members of the media as Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (L) and vice president Mike Pence (R) listen at the US Capitol after the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon 9 January 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump stormed out of talks with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday over funding for a border wall with Mexico and reopening the government, complaining the meeting at the White House was “a total waste of time.”On the 19th day of a partial government shutdown caused by the dispute over the wall, a short meeting that included Trump, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer ended in acrimony with no sign of a resolution.”Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier?” Trump wrote. “Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”Exasperated Democrats called Trump’s behavior a “temper tantrum” and said the meeting broke down when they refused to commit to funding his proposed southern border wall. Trump’s desire for a wall between the United States and Mexico was a central theme of his 2016 presidential campaign.”It was a petulant president of the United States,” Pelosi told reporters when she returned to the Capitol. “A person who would say: ‘I’ll keep government shut down for weeks, months or years unless I get my way.’ That’s just not the way democracy works, and so it’s very sad.”Schumer said Trump had had “a temper tantrum.” The lawmaker told reporters: “That is sad and unfortunate. We want to come to an agreement. We believe in border security. We have different views.”The breakdown in talks could strengthen the possibility that Trump will declare a national emergency to build a wall on the southern border if no deal with Congress can be reached on his request for $5.7 billion for the project.Earlier on Wednesday, Trump said he had the authority to declare a national emergency that would let him pay for the wall with military funds. Vice president Mike Pence told reporters Trump was still considering that option.Asked what Trump had gained by walking out, Pence said: “I think the president made his position very clear today: that there will be no deal without a wall.”Shortly after the White House meeting broke up, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed legislation to end a partial shutdown of the Treasury Department and some other agencies that have been closed since 22 December, without money for the wall.But there was no indication that the Senate, controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans, would allow a vote on the bill.Democrats are eager to force Republicans to choose between funding the Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service – at a time when it should be gearing up to issue tax refunds to millions of Americans – and voting to keep it partially shuttered.In a countermove, the Trump administration said that even without a new shot of funding, the IRS would somehow make sure those refund checks get sent.The National Treasury Employees Union filed suit on Wednesday challenging the administration’s authority to force federal employees to work without pay.Trump attended a lunch meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday and emerged to declare unwavering support for the tough stance he has taken on funds for the wall.Asked if he got the impression in the meeting that the shutdown would end soon, Republican Senator Tim Scott said: “I did not. I think we’re going to be here a while.”Democratic TacticsPelosi plans more votes this week that one by one would provide money to operate departments ranging from Homeland Security and Justice to State, Agriculture, Commerce and Labor.Able to get the bills through the House because of the Democratic majority, Pelosi is hoping some Senate Republicans back her up and abandon Trump’s wall gambit.The political maneuvering comes amid a rising public backlash over the suspension of government activities that has resulted in the layoffs of hundreds of thousands of federal workers.Other “essential” employees are being required to report to work, but without pay for the time being.On Thursday, Trump travels to the border to highlight what he calls an immigration “crisis.” He delivered his first prime-time television address from the Oval Office on Tuesday to make his case for the border wall.The funding fight stems from Congress’ inability to complete work by a deadline last September on funding all government agencies. It did, however, appropriate money for about 75 per cent of the government on time – mainly military and health-related programs.US airport security workers and air traffic controllers working without pay have warned that security and safety could be compromised if the shutdown continues, but the Trump administration said staffing was adequate and travelers had not faced unusual delays.Union officials said some TSA officers had already quit because of the shutdown and many were considering quitting.Ratings agency Fitch warned that it could cut the US triple-A sovereign debt credit rating later this year if the shutdown proves prolonged and Congress fails to raise the legal limit on the national debt in a timely manner.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will leave for a two-day tour of Birbhum on Wednesday. Banerjee will be chairing an administrative review meeting at Gitanjali Auditorium in Bolpur on Wednesday and on Thursday will be present at a distribution programme at VIP More in Kamarpara under Ilambazar police station area.A senior official in the district administration informed that the Chief Minister will also inaugurate the Baul & Lok Utsav from the venue at Ilambazar. “We have held meetings for the last few days and district magistrate Moumita Godara Basu along with senior officials paid a visit to the venue and gave necessary instructions. The top brass of police are also putting up a strong security blanket in and around the area,” the official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThree helipads have been set up in the area, with one at the backside of Gitanjali Auditorium, another at Binoy Bhavan Stadium in the campus of Visva Bharati and the third one at Kamarpura adjacent to the stadium in which the Chief Minister’s distribution programme has been scheduled. Banerjee will lay the foundation stones of various projects and inaugurate a number of schemes at her distribution programme on Thursday. She will also award prizes to winners of various sports events and Jangalmahal Cup. Men and women in the districts who have excelled in sports activities will be also handed over prizes by the Chief Minister. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe district police have already held a rehearsal on how the beneficiaries will go to the stage and collect awards from Banerjee. A large number of farmers will also be handed over toolkits at the venue. A major attraction of the programme will be 1,000 Bauls with their ektaras and other similar musical instruments. Around 100 Bauls will perform on the main stage. The administrative review meeting will be attended by senior officials of the Block, Zilla Parishad and Panchayat level, senior police officials and officers-in-charge of all police stations in the district.
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read August 4, 2016 Facebook is consolidating some of its hardware research, currently performed around the world, into a single 22,000-square-foot lab in Palo Alto, Calif.Named Area 404 in a nod to hardware engineers who were searching for a space to collaborate with their worldwide colleagues but couldn’t find one, it will handle the majority of Facebook’s modeling, prototyping and failure analysis.Area 404 is the latest indicator that Facebook is set on a path that will take it far from its roots as a social media platform. The new space offers tools familiar to those who have worked in other fabrication facilities, like milling machines, lathes, fabric cutters and microscopes.Some of those conventional tools will be dedicated to implementing Facebook’s rather unconventional plans to bring Internet access to currently unconnected communities worldwide. Some of the development and testing for the company’s OpenCellular access points will move to Area 404, as will research to support Aquila, Facebook’s giant Internet-beaming drone.Area 404 is focused mostly on building computing hardware, some of which is designed to support software that will ultimately show up in the company’s apps. That includes developing modular sleds and shelving for the servers that power Big Sur, Facebook’s artificial intelligence research.The facility will also host teams developing new virtual reality hardware and technology, including the Surround 360 camera rig and prototypes of future Oculus VR headsets.Beyond its lathes and milling machines, Area 404 will act as a kind of nerve center for Facebook’s aspirations. By consolidating research in one place, the company that started in a Harvard dorm room is flexing its design muscle, and showing it isn’t afraid to consolidate research in its core products with out-of-left-field initiatives. This story originally appeared on PCMag Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
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 November 19, 2018 — Data from a validation study of a high-risk prostate cancer trial suggests that higher levels of pretreatment interleukin 10 (IL-10) were linked to lower rates of disease-free survival (DFS). The data suggests there is no association between an elevated level of C-reactive protein (CRP) and DFS. Results were presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), Oct. 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas.The initial study, NRG-RTOG 0521, indicated that elevated CRP levels, a marker of inflammation, were directly associated with shorter biochemical failure-free survival after radiotherapy for patients with high-risk prostate cancer. During this study, serum samples were collected from 202 participants and banked for future biomarker validation. Researchers measured multiple serum immuno-inflammatory cytokines in addition to CRP levels. The primary objective for the validation study was to determine the association between CRP levels and DFS from time of patient randomization, and additional objectives included the correlation of cytokine levels with DFS and toxicity events due to radiotherapy.“Although CRP levels did not correlate with DFS, the association of higher baseline levels of IL-10 with poorer outcome supports the claim that there may be an interaction between host pretreatment immune inflammatory state and the outcomes for the patient following radiotherapy treatment. I believe that future investigation into anti-inflammatory medical intervention for patients with prostate cancer in association to radiotherapy would be worthwhile,” stated William A. Hall, M.D., an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and lead author of this abstract.Serum immune-inflammatory cytokines that were studied included:Monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1);Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF);Interferon gamma (IFN-γ);IL-1b;IL-2;IL-4;IL5;IL-6;IL-8;IL-10;IL-12;IL-13;IL-17A;IL-23; andTumor necrosis factor (TNFα).In addition to the association between IL-10 and DFS, IL-12 and IL-13 were also associated with grade 2 or higher cystitis, or inflammation of the bladder.For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 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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JAPAN — Sometimes, a little TLC goes a long way.Japan is schooling the rest of the world on how to properly handle luggage at airports. In a video that’s making the rounds on social media, a female airport employee is seen wiping down suitcases with a white cloth as they come through on the baggage carousel.Talk about service!It’s not clear which airport the video was taken at, but signs written in Japanese indicate that it’s somewhere in Japan.The care that this woman takes to clean suitcases is in stark contrast to how Luton baggage handlers were offloading luggage just last month. In a video taken by a passenger, the Luton employees were seen kicking and carelessly tossing suitcases onto a transport vehicle. Posted by Tags: Airports, Japan, LOL, Video Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Travelweek Group You won’t believe how Japan treats your luggage at airports Share << Previous PostNext Post >>
Swiss-Belhotel International launches Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu QueenstownSwiss-Belhotel International launches Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu QueenstownSwiss-Belhotel International, the leading global hotel chain and hospitality management group with 145 operating properties worldwide, has launched Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown in one of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier year round lake and alpine resort destinations.The new property brings the brand’s Australasian portfolio to 5 hotels and boosts its presence in a region renowned for its adventure pursuits, lakeside beaches and a spectacular skiing.With 64 self-contained, serviced en-suite studios and apartments, the Qualmark-rated 5-star Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown invites guests to enjoy a luxurious modern stay by the shores of majestic Lake Wakatipu. The world-class facilities include under-floor heating, a heated outdoor spa and stunning views of the lake and The Remarkables mountain range – all just a 10-minute stroll from the centre of Queenstown.The area around Queenstown is famed for its walking and cycle trails, wineries, skiing and adventure activities. Reflecting this sense of adventure, Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown offers ski, bike and car rentals, with a complimentary concierge service to organize trips and activities. The hotel also features a children’s playground, BBQ facilities and gym access.Designed in a contemporary style, floor-to-ceiling windows take in the inspiring natural landscape while wooden floors, open-plan living spaces and fully equipped kitchens create a sophisticated homely feel. Studios boast a kitchenette, with all rooms and apartments fitted with a washing machine and dryer.From early June, guests can drive just 20 minutes to the snowy slopes, with four ski-resorts within easy reach of the hotel. The mild alpine climate also makes Queenstown perfect for hiking, watersports or a round of golf at one of the area’s world-class courses. Just an hour’s drive away is Lake Wanaka and the outstanding beauty of glacial Mount Aspiring National Park, which is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site. Around the same distance, Glenorchy’s mesmerizing landscape has featured in several global movies, including unforgettable scenes from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Adding to the attraction, Queenstown less than an hour’s drive from around 200 vineyards, making it a wine-lovers dream destination.Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown is the second Swiss-Belhotel International property to open in the South Island’s resort town of Queenstown, with Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak currently undergoing refurbishments and an upgrade. Along with Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park, Auckland, which opened in October 2016, this latest launch is a sign of a growing confidence in Swiss-Belhotel International as a hotel management brand in Chairman and President, Mr. Gavin M. Faull’s native New Zealand.“The Swiss-Belsuites brand is all about modern design and quality facilities that create space, comfort and luxury to offer home-away-from-home relaxation for many different types of guests,” says Mr. Faull.“Queenstown is a stunning and unique location and every element of Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown, from the décor to the facilities and services, is designed to complement and enhance the unbeatable experiences offered in this incredible part of the world,” he adds.Source = Swiss-Belhotel International
artluxury travelstreet arttrain travel Luxury travel operator Belmond has launched a new concept in luxury rail travel with the unveiling of ‘Art in Motion’, a rolling canvas commissioned to adorn the carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express. Singapore-based street artist Rajesh Kumar has been commissioned to create the art work, which will remain on the train until 28 April 2017.Giving new meaning to ‘Art in Motion’, Belmond has worked with creative experts to curate a fully sensory experience that includes collaborating with leading mixologists ‘Cocktail Professor’ on an innovative new cocktail menu, and world-class DJ & music producer, Mr Has, for a contemporary soundscape as well as introducing a relaxed dress code of ‘tropical elegance’.Arnaud Champenois, SVP brand & marketing said “Eastern & Oriental Express is an icon of luxury travel in Asia; the colonial carriages have always evoked the spirit of the golden age of travel and today, as we look to our future heritage, we are revealing a contemporary new look and feel in partnership with some of Asia’s leading creative talent.”Emerging artist Rajesh Kumar will create the one of a kind artwork – The Koi Pond, which depicts the joy of travel, movement and the coming together of friends and family.“The Koi Pond has always been something I have been fascinated about. Throughout my journey, it had made me feel like a koi fish in a pond. The colours and vibrancy of the fish and the water that displays emotions in many and felt it would beautifully represent Eastern & Oriental Express in aspects of luxurious travels.”The new cocktail menu takes guests on a sensory journey along the train’s route. Combining modern techniques with classic cocktail etiquette and imaginative presentation, new signature cocktails include ‘Mist of the rice paddies’ created to evoke the aroma of the mist at sunrise over the paddy fields during harvest, and ‘Malay Jungle’ using fresh natural botanicals for a green, fresh and full of life and healthy drink.Music is essential to creating the right atmosphere and so Belmond has collaborated with producer and DJ Mr Has to curate a soundscape that sets a timeless pace and tone for the train – combining live recordings of cool jazz with uplifting future classics and deep grooves. Singapore-based Mr Has is an award-winning music DJ and champion of electric sound – the creative brief for Eastern & Oriental Express is to bring this contemporary sound into a classical environment inspiring an atmosphere of modern nostalgia.Eastern & Oriental Express travels between Singapore and Bangkok on 2 and 3 night journeys from January to April and September to December carrying up to 82 passengers in all en-suite cabins.
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