Central Forces in 98.8% booths for phase four

first_imgKolkata: Central Forces will be deployed in 98.8 percent of the booths in the fourth phase of the seven phase Lok Sabha elections, where poll will be held in eight constituencies spreading over five districts on Monday.Poll will be held in Berhampur (Murshidabad), Krishnanagar, Ranaghat (Nadia), Burdwan East, Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol (Burdwan West) and Bolpur and Birbhum (Birbhum). Over one crore voters will exercise their franchise on Monday. The Election Commission of India has taken elaborate measures to ensure free and fair polls in the eight constituencies. Chief Election Commissioner Sudip Jain has recently held a video conference with the CEO and election observers and taken a stock of the situation. 561 companies of Central Forces will be deployed on Monday. There will be 88 Quick Response Teams under the Central Forces. In Asansol, there will be Central Forces in all booths along with Birbhum and Bolpur. In Asansol, 87 companies of Central Forces will be deployed. There will be 15,277 polling booths spread over 9,803 premises. In Bolpur, there will be web casting facility in 300 booths. In Krishnanagar, there will be Central Force deployment in 97 percent booths. It may be recalled that in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Trinamool had established its control over six of the eight seats. At Berhampur in Murshidabad and Asansol in Burdwan West, Adhir Chowdhury of Congress and Babul Supriyo of BJP had been elected. Chowdhury is set to face his one-time aide Apurba Sarkar who recently joined Trinamool Congress in Monday’s poll, while Babul Supriyo will face Moon Moon Sen, the Trinamool Congress MP who was elected from the Bankura Lok Sabha seat in 2014. Political experts feel that in both the Berhampur and Asansol seats, there will be a tough fight for the winners of the 2014 election. If Trinamool Congress can win the Berhampur seat, it will be a major victory for Suvendu Adhikari who is looking after Murshidabad district. In the Panchayat election held in 2018, Trinamool had bagged the Zilla Parishad. In Krishnanagar, Trinamool has fielded Mahua Moitra, the party’s MLA from Karimpur whereas in the Ranaghat (SC) seat, Trinamool has fielded Rupali Biswas, widow of Satyajit Biswas, the former Krishnagunj MLA who was murdered in February. In Burdwan East and Burdwan Durgapur, Trinamool has retained two sitting MPs, namely Sunil Mondol and Mumtaz Sanghamita. In the Bolpur (SC) seat, the party has fielded Asit Mal while Satabdi Roy, the sitting MP, is contesting from the Birbhum seat.last_img read more

UN development agency plans 400000 emergency relief effort for Palestinians

Concerned about the evolving humanitarian crises in the occupied Palestinian territory, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced plans for a $400,000 emergency relief and recovery plan to help rebuild the area.The UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People, using funds provided through the Islamic Development Bank, will distribute food, baby milk, bedding, medical kits and essential household items to those worst affected by curfews and house demolitions during the recent operations, especially in Nablus and Jenin.The agency said that while it is too soon to accurately estimate the cost of the damage, it could well run to hundreds of millions of dollars.”It is crucial for the international community to make available the seed capital that would help the Palestinian Authority rebuild its governing institutions,” said UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown. “This would hasten the recovery efforts and reduce the suffering of the devastated population.”To that end, UNDP has received approximately $40 million in new contributions from donor governments to immediately repair the area’s infrastructure, including roads, water supply systems and damaged buildings.An initial sum of $1.5 million, authorized by Mr. Malloch Brown earlier this month, has already been used to purchase and distribute urgently needed medical relief supplies and to begin immediate infrastructure repairs in the affected areas. read more

Rogers and Bell announce joint acquisition of 75 per cent stake in

Rogers and Bell announce joint acquisition of 75 per cent stake in MLSE by News Staff Posted Aug 22, 2012 6:23 pm MDT TORONTO, Ont. – Rogers Communications and Bell have announced that a joint acquisition of a 75 per cent stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has been completed, Wednesday afternoon. Other assets of MLSE include the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors. Kilmer Sports Inc. – another stakeholder – has increased its share to 20.5 per cent ownership. KSI is owned by Larry Tanenbaum, who continues to serve as Chair of MLSE and as a Governor of the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association and Major League Soccer.   The move is seen as key for both Rogers and Bell, as live sports have become the last frontier for appointment viewing. Viewers are much more likely to watch sports live, while they tape and download other programs. The two telecommunications companies – each spending more than $500-million in the transaction – hope that providing the must-see content on cable, satellite, online and mobile phones will retain customers and bring in new ones.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bell|joint acquisition|mlse|rogers read more

With Somalia again on precipice of crisis UN relief official appeals for

“This is not your usual appeal for funds. Some of NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and agencies have so few resources that essential life-saving projects are facing closure,” warned Philippe Lazzarini, at a briefing in Geneva. “If funding is not received in a matter of weeks, primary health care services for 3 million people, many of them women and children, may have to be shut down.”He said that due to a combination of delayed rains, rising food prices and continued conflict, Somalia is at risk of sliding back into crisis. Despite the serious situation, resources for the country are “critically low”. So far in 2014, the Strategic Response Plan for Somalia has received only 15 per cent of the $933 million requested – a shortfall of $790 million. “This time last year, nearly twice this amount of funding had been received,” said Mr. Lazzarini, explaining that as a result, aid agencies are already struggling to meet the needs of affected people they have access to. Moreover, covering the anticipated needs of those in areas that may become in accessible due to the ongoing military campaign against Al Shabaab will be extremely difficult if more funding is not mobilized.According to Mr. Lazzarini’s office, Somalia experienced a devastating famine in 2011 in which 250,000 people died. While there have been some incremental improvements, the country still has not fully recovered. Today, 857,000 Somalis are considered to be in ‘crisis and emergency’ conditions and 2 million Somalis are under food security ‘stress.’“The parallels to the pre-famine period in 2010, when the combination of shrinking access, declining funds and a few failed rainy seasons led to a devastating crisis, are very worrying,” he said. “Early warnings must trigger early action at a speed and a scale that saves lives. This requires both immediate access and urgent resources.” read more

Industry leaders join CEEC Board

first_imgCEEC’s Board of Directors welcomed two new members in late 2012. Joe Pease, Chief Executive of Xstrata Technology and Michael Battersby, Managing Director, Maelgwyn Mineral Services (MMS) bring their global commercial experience and insight to the CEEC Board. Current board members include Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Chairman of Gekko Systems; Prof Tim Napier-Munn of JKTech; Michael Daniel of CMD Consulting and Ms Zeljka Pokrajcic, Principal Process Engineer at Worley Parsons. CEEC (Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution) was established in 2011 to support knowledge sharing and change in an area of high energy consumption for the mineral industry. Its mission is to accelerate knowledge and technology transfer in the field of energy-efficient comminution.Michael Battersby is a co-founder and Managing Director of MMS, based in Cardiff, Wales. He has over 35 years experience in the minerals industry in operations, general mine management, technical consulting and equipment sales management.Battersby has led MMS to be one of the leading new technology development companies in the minerals industry. To date the company has invented, patented, developed and commercialised five different technologies and processes in the areas of froth flotation and gold processing. In 2001 the company won a Smart Wales award for the development of G-Cell pneumatic flotation. In 2006 MMS won the Celebration of Innovation award for having the most innovative product to come out of Wales for the previous 25 years.Joe Pease has spent 21 years in operations in a variety of research, project and production management roles. Most of this was at Mount Isa in Australia, including Manager of the Mount Isa lead zinc and copper concentrator for eight years, and lead smelter manager for two years.For the last decade, Pease has been Chief Executive of Xstrata Technology, which develops and markets technologies to improve the efficiency of minerals processing, smelting, refining and leaching.From his time in operations, Pease saw the perspectives of all stages of the processing chain, from mining to final refining. This left him with a passion to improve and find efficiencies both within, but especially, between, the traditional ‘silos’ in processing and organisations.In addition to CEEC, Pease serves on several industry bodies, including the Board and Executive Committee of AMIRA, the Board of the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, the Ian Wark Institute Advisory Board, and the Steering Committee of the Australian Minerals Education Partnership.CEEC Advocates have been established around the world to support CEEC’s mission to accelerate knowledge transfer in the area of alternative comminution strategies. Located in Peru, Chile, South Africa, Canada and Sweden, these comminution leaders play a critical role in sharing CEEC’s resources with their communities, making public presentations on behalf of CEEC and providing valuable views to the CEEC Board.CEEC aims to raise awareness of beneficial comminution strategies with the objective of improving earnings, achieving lower process costs and gaining energy efficiencies in the mining sector. Launched in May 2011, CEEC is sponsored by Gold Fields, Gekko Systems, Anglo Americand, Ausenco, Newcrest Mining, Xstrata Technology, Outotec, Orica, Metso, AMIRA International, JKTech, University of Queensland’s Sustainable Mineral Institute, MMG, Russell Mineral Equipment and Indophil Resources.last_img read more

That ring of fire solar eclipse you missed this weekend

first_imgSome parts of the world got a spectacular sky-based treat yesterday, a “ring of fire” solar eclipse. To see it you had to be in the western United States, eastern Asia, or somewhere in between. That means everyone here at the Geek.com headquarters in New York City missed out on the chance for a live viewing. (Don’t feel sorry for us, we had a space shuttle on top of a 747 fly over our heads a few weeks ago.) If you did want to see the eclipse, there is no shortage of footage and images online.The peak time for the annular eclipse was 22:36 GMT, which means it was 7am the next day in Japan. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the eastern edge of the eclipse zone it was 4pm. Because of this conditions varied from place to place, so it’s worth checking out multiple sources. The best stuff seems to be coming from New Mexico and Japan though, as both locations had good conditions and were properly located on the planet (good planning!).Here is a quick video of the eclipse from Japan:And here is shot from: 7:42AM:And a video from New Mexico:And a really lucky one from Aaron Paul (of television’s Breaking Bad)…While many amazing shots were taken, there was a team at the top of Japan’s Mt. Fuji who was planning to take footage of the event. This stood to make for really spectacular coverage unfortunately weather conditions at the summit did not allow for clear viewing. And the next solar eclipse isn’t exactly just around the bend — it’s in 2023 — so we’ll mark this a bit of a disappointment that’s part of an otherwise incredible event..Got any favorites pictures of your own? Please link to them below.image via: yellow_bird_woodstock, @aaronpaullast_img read more

Galaxy S4 is worlds first TCOcertified sustainable smartphone

first_imgThe Galaxy S4 is more an evolutionary phone than a revolutionary one, but Samsung is rightly proud of its new flagship. Apart from being the company’s fastest-selling phone ever, it’s also the first smartphone in the world to earn a TCO certification.For years, TCO has been giving monitors, office equipment, and even furniture its seal of approval. Now, this isn’t TCO’s first phone certification standard. It introduced one back in 2001 for mobile phones, but phones have changed a lot over the last twelve years. Coming up with a new set of guidelines for smartphones certainly makes sense.The TCO stamp assures that the Galaxy S4 has been manufactured without the use of hazardous elements like nickel, beryllium, and mercury. It also gives a nod to Samsung’s focus on sustainability, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by others. iFixit recently awarded the Galaxy S4 an impressive 8 out of 10 for repairability, and ease of repair goes a long way toward making a phone sustainable. If parts can’t be swapped easily it’s because they’re usually held together with insane amounts of glueEarning a TCO cert for the Galaxy S4 could win Samsung some very big customers. Many big businesses and government agencies around the world require that new equipment be certified by groups like TCO Development. The TCO sticker — along with Samsung’s Knox software and the approval of the U.S. Department of Defense — makes the Galaxy S4 an even more attractive option for corporate IT environments.Until another OEM manages to get a phone TCO certified, Samsung and its retail partners will no doubt proudly trumpet the new Galaxy as the only certified sustainable smartphone in the world. For eco-friendly consumers shopping for a new handset, that just might be the push needed to get them to choose the S4. [Image credit: iFixit]last_img read more

St Annas Church honors Oxi Day in Queensland

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A rather optimistic message for the future, comes always from the youngest, who carry on the traditions and the flame of the Hellenic spirit. Two days prior to the Oxi Day national holiday, the Greek Community and Parish of St Anna’s Church in the Gold Coast of Queensland, paid tribute to the day on October 28 1940, when Greece refused to let the Italian forces step on its ground during WWII. The church celebrated the memory of St Dimitrios on Sunday 26 October, with a liturgy followed by a service commemorating Oxi Day. The Greek Orthodox Community of St Anna, welcomed a strong crowd, including Queensland officials; Greek Consul General Jim Raptis with his wife Eleni, priests and dignitaries, as well as representatives of the Gold Coast AHEPA. In blue and white attire, the pupils of the Greek National School of St Anna danced, recited poems and sung the National Anthem, showing their respect for the thousands of Greeks who fought and died to protect Europe. The event included dances from the Community’s and Parish’s dancing groups, while part of the ceremony was dedicated to awarding top achieving students. last_img read more

Montella feels sorry for the fans

first_imgVincenzo Montella was sacked by Sevilla and he insisted that he feels sorry especially for the fans and he wants to apologize for the recent results – in his last game, Sevilla were beaten 2-1 by Levante…Montella managed to eliminate Manchester United from the Champions League and played very good two games against Bayern despite being beaten – but in the domestic competitions, it wasn’t that good and the club decided to sack the Italian coach.The former AC Milan manager spoke about his end at the club as he said, according to Sports Keeda:Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Thank you to the fans, who have been magnificent.”“I want to salute the players, who have made a huge effort – so much of which has been for me. I also want to thank all the people who work for the club who I’ve not been able to say goodbye to.”“I’m very sorry for the last moments. I can say that I’ve worked with strength and enthusiasm until the end. I’m convinced the club can qualify for Europe and for that reason, I ask for the fans to be close to the players and to give them their upmost support.”last_img read more

Matt Bean Is Entertainment Weekly Editor

first_img[This story first appeared on sister site min.]The nearly one-month-old mystery of Jess Cagle’s successor as Entertainment Weekly editor was resolved on Feb. 10 when Cagle—who has doubled as People editor and EW editorial director since Jan. 13—announced the intra-Time Inc. hire of SI.com managing editor Matt Bean.He leaves one content-busy brand for another, with the post-Super Bowl SI in the midst of the Winter Olympics and about to embark on the Swimsuit issue’s 50th anniversary.  EW will culminate its busy awards season with the Oscars on March 2.Bean came to SI and Time Inc. in Aug. 2012 from Rodale, where min digital media editor Steve Smith credited his stewardship for “developing one of the most ambitious and sophisticated mobile app programs of any magazine publisher.”  As Men’s Health articles editor earlier during his eight-year stint, he oversaw theNational Magazine Award-nominated front-of-book section and spearheaded the launch of the first-to-market tablet edition in 2010. Being the on-air host of Spike TV’s adventure-sports driven The Playbook while at MH extended to Bean starting the SI Now daily live talk show.Said Cagle: “Matt’s arrival is a testament to Time Inc.’s confidence in EW. He is [an especially] talented editor well-suited to this unique brand, and it will be a thrill to see where he and the extraordinary staff take EW in the years to come.”last_img read more

Apple and Stanford release Apple Watch heart studys full results

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Apple We tested the Apple Watch EKG against a hospital EKG 1 Tags Mobile Gadgets Comment Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 reading • Apple and Stanford release Apple Watch heart study’s full results Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img • Apple and Stanford released the full results of their study on Saturday. Apple Before Apple announced the Apple Watch’s ability to perform echocardiograms on the go last year, it was working with Stanford University to study the technology. The Apple Heart Study enrolled 400,000 people. According to study results, presented Saturday, 2,000 of those participants received a notification about an irregular heart rhythm, which can be a sign of a larger problem, like atrial fibrillation. The sooner warning signs can be spotted, the sooner people can seek help. “Many participants sought medical advice following their irregular rhythm notification, using the information to have more meaningful conversations with their doctors,” Apple said in a press release.Fifty-seven percent of participants who received an irregular pulse notification went to the doctor. “The results of the Apple Heart Study highlight the potential role that innovative digital technology can play in creating more predictive and preventive health care,” said Lloyd Minor, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine. “Atrial fibrillation is just the beginning, as this study opens the door to further research into wearable technologies and how they might be used to prevent disease before it strikes — a key goal of precision health.”In November, the ECG sensor gained support in WatchOS version 5.1.2.  Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Share your voice See All 4:28 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Applelast_img read more

IUC Trai opposes urgent relief for Idea Airtel over IUC

first_imgA rickshaw puller speaks on his mobile phone as he waits for customers in front of advertisement billboards belonging to telecom companies in Kolkata February 3, 2014.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriTelecom regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Friday said that there is no need for urgent relief to Idea and Bharti Airtel, claiming that Trai’s decision to slash IUC rate from 14 paise to 6 paise will not have immediate impact on companies, the Business Standard (BS) reported.”There will be no immediate impact on companies due to IUC,” Trai told the court, BS reported.Reliance Jio, which is expected to benefit from the IUC rate cut, hit back at other telecom firms, and was quoted by BS as saying, “Airtel, Vodafone, Idea’s plea is worst form of ‘forum shopping’. They’ve recovered IUC costs.”Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have been net gainers under the current IUC system since they have more than 60 percent of the subscriber base and more calls terminating on their networks than originating from them. Jio, which offers free voice services, has the most outgoing calls terminating on the networks of others.Trai notified the latest reduction on September 19, prompting accusations of lack of transparency and bias by Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, which want IUC to be doubled. The regulator, on its part, took pre-emptive action last week and filed caveats in 18 high courts across the country asking to be heard before any order is issued.Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular had moved the Bombay High Court on Thursday seeking a stay on the telecom regulator’s decision to cut the IUC from next month, marking the start of another legal confrontation between telcos and the sector watchdog.The two telcos had asked the court to halt the implementation of Trai’s decision to reduce IUC to 6 paise a minute from 14 paise from October 1, and subsequently, scrap the charge from January 2020. IUC is paid to networks that receive calls.An Economic Times (ET) report said on Friday that the stakes are higher this time as telecom companies, including Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular stand to lose a combined Rs 5,000 crore in revenue annually, while Reliance Jio Infocomm, which started services a year ago, could gain about Rs 5,000 crore.last_img read more

3 Questions Answered About The Planned Natural Gas Pipeline In Central Texas

first_imgThat confusion was on display at a pipeline meeting in Wimberley, where residents offered a list of questions about the project that was too long to read aloud, much less answer, before the meeting ended.Here are some of those questions, with answers from experts in the field.  Hicks spent part of the ’90s fighting this pipeline as a lawyer for landowners. Lesniak did as well, when he worked for the City of Austin. They both said the Longhorn line is a good example of how pipelines change over time.This pipeline started carrying crude oil from the west in the 1950s.“Then, in the mid-’90s, it switched from being a crude oil line to what’s called a hazardous liquids line,” Hicks said. “[It transported] jet fuel, gasoline, things like that.”“Then it switched again to being a crude oil line from West Texas to the Gulf Coast,” he said.Hicks was unable to get the Longhorn rerouted but he did help win concessions from the pipeline company, which replaced part of the line over environmentally sensitive areas.He said it shouldn’t require lawsuits to bring that level of oversight to the planning process.“The most obvious problem with pipeline oversight in Texas is they turn the job over to the private pipeline companies and let them choose their route,” he said. “There is no control by Texas government with people in Texas having no say at any stage over what route a pipeline can take.”That’s why he’d advise people in Hays County to get as many questions as they can answered both from the company and from their elected officials before construction starts. Share Salvador Castro for KUTResidents attend a community meeting in Wimberley last month to discuss a planned natural gas pipeline through Hays County.Houston-based Kinder Morgan hosted an open house in Hays County about its Permian Highway Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline the company plans to run through Central Texas.As often happens when a Texas pipeline is announced, many people in the project’s path were taken by surprise by the wide-sweeping powers the state grants pipeline companies. With no public engagement process required for routing and building a pipeline here, many residents feel left in the dark about how pipelines work, their potential risks and benefits and what rights landowners have when it comes to dealing with the company. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Why Do Pipeline Companies Have The Power To Take Land?The biggest battles over pipelines in Texas are fought over eminent domain, a company’s power to take land for a pipeline. That power is granted to companies because lawmakers believe they play a role in creating necessary infrastructure that is publicly available.“One of the ways I try to explain pipeline systems is to say this: When you turn on your gas stove to cook breakfast in the morning, you are literally turning the last valve in a pipeline system that probably starts out in West Texas or in South Texas,” said James Mann, a lawyer and lobbyist for pipeline companies.The fact that pipelines are so efficient at moving fossil fuels is also what makes them essential to the state’s oil and gas industry. Mann counts that as part of the public benefit that pipelines offer.But it’s an argument that may be getting harder to make as more of the oil and gas produced in the U.S. is shipped overseas instead of delivered to our cars and stovetops.“This pipeline, the Permian Highway Pipeline, a very large percentage of that gas – if not all of it – will be for export. Where’s the public good in that?” said Chuck Lesniak, who serves on the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Transportation. “Why should they have the right of eminent domain … for the profits of their shareholders?”The argument for a public benefit to oil and gas extraction is also being increasingly challenged by a growing “keep it in the ground” movement, which argues further extraction of fossil fuels will worsen the impacts of climate change.Are Pipelines Safe?At the Wimberley meeting, Marilyn and Marvin Zgabay shared a photo of a badly burned 7-year-old girl. It was taken decades ago at their family’s ranch in Rosenberg, Texas.Salvador Castro for KUTMarilyn and Marvin Zgabay hold an old photo of their daughter, Lauren, who was badly burned when a pipeline exploded under her grandfather’s Rosenberg ranch decades ago.Marilyn’s father had taken her daughter, Lauren, out to his pasture to look at the cows, when a natural gas line running under the property exploded.The two were separated in the explosion, and when Marilyn’s father found Lauren, she was pressed against a barbed-wire fence, but alive.  Zgaybay says she opposes the Permian Highway Pipeline because they’ve “experienced it.” The planned line would run near her property and over her son’s land in Fredericksburg.“We’re still in the blast area,” she said.The likelihood of a pipeline exploding is low, however. Industry often points out that pipelines are the safest and most efficient way to transport oil and gas. Lesniak thinks that may account for some of the leeway given to pipeline companies in planning their projects.But, he said he believes the risk of accidents should be given greater weight in regulation and oversight.“From a probability standpoint, it’s a very low-frequency-risk profile,” he said. “But the consequences are very, very high. Because when you do have an accident, it can be catastrophic because of the very high volumes of product that are transported.”That’s one of the reasons it’s important to know what is being transported in a pipeline. But that can change from year to year.What Materials Can Pipelines Carry?“I think a lot of people who don’t live here near the pipeline don’t know it’s here,” Renae Hicks said on a recent cold afternoon in South Austin.He’s referring to the Longhorn Pipeline, which runs under what he describes as a “highway of grass” that makes up the right-of-way.Salvador Castro for KUTThe Longhorn Pipeline runs through South Austin around the Onion Creek neighborhood and west through Circle C.center_img X 00:00 /04:05 Listenlast_img read more

DC Leaders Black Caucus Cautious about House Speaker Ryan

first_imgD.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) . (Twitter Photo)D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) as well as other city leaders, District statehood activists, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus have developed a wait-and-see attitude toward the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was elected as the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. (AP Photo)U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was elected by the House as the new leader of the body on Oct. 29. Norton said immediately after that she “will reach out and look forward to working with our new speaker, Paul Ryan.”“Paul is a friend who I have worked with in the past,” Norton said. “I first got to know him from his relationship with my good friend, the late representative and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Jack Kemp, who wasPaul’s mentor. I see Jack Kemp’s continuing influence on Paul in his outspoken leadership on a Republican approach to poverty, a subject that other Republicans often neglect.”The delegate said Ryan’s vote on District statehood “in recent years has not been unlike others in his [Republican] caucus,” meaning that he isn’t in favor of statehood. “However, I believe Paul understands the importance of self-government, and I do not think he is unreceptive to our demands for home rule,” Norton said. “He has not been tested on the degree to which he would respect the District’s right to self-government.”D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) had a conversation with former House Speaker John Boehner earlier this year and she expects to talk with Ryan, as well. “We will reach out to the new speaker,” Bowser told the AFRO on Nov. 2. “We haven’t made contact with his office yet.”Nevertheless, it is a courtesy on Capitol Hill for the speaker and District mayor to meet at least once while either is in power. When they do meet, District statehood is always a point in the discussion.Anise Jenkins, the co-leader for Stand Up for Democracy! a pro-statehood organization, admits she doesn’t know very much about Ryan but is sure of one thing. “I know that he is not a co-sponsor of the present D.C. Statehood bill that is in the Congress,” Jenkins said. “There are no Republican lawmakers who support the bill at this time. However, we will lobby him on the issue like we’ve lobbied other speakers.”The only Congressional Black Caucus member to support Ryan was U.S. Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), stating that she likes his “commitment to family.”The Democrats in the House, including the party’s CBC members, voted for U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a former House speaker and the present House Minority Leader, which was to be expected. The vote for speaker is always along party lines.Nevertheless, some CBC members wished Ryan well in his new role. U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), who has disagreed with Ryan regarding welfare and public assistance issues tweeted “Congratulations to my friend, colleague and fellow Wisconsinite Speaker Ryan.”“Best of luck, Paul,” the tweet said. “Let’s get to work.”Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) said, “Speaker Ryan is an outstanding public servant with a long record of service.“He has the potential to be an effective leader that works with the whole House to move our great nation forward. I look forward to continuing to work with him in the House of Representatives.”last_img read more

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first_img News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more The FDR AcSelerate by Fujifilm Medical Systems is a digital radiography (FDR) system with a fully automated table and upright system. The FDR AcSelerate offers technological advances that give clinicians the potential for dose reduction while providing unprecedented image quality among current general radiographic systems. And with a lightweight ergonomic design, it takes much less effort to use, position and operate than traditional systems. In addition, at RSNA Fujifilm will have its latest DR system making its world debut and further enhancing the company’s comprehensive line of FDR products.The FDR AcSelerate requires FDA 510(k) approval and is not yet available for sale in the U.S. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more Technology | December 09, 2009 Fujifilm – FDR AcSelerate 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field. center_img Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more Related Content News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read morelast_img read more

Happy St Patricks Day Heres the chemistry that makes your beer taste

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Large-scale St. Patrick’s festival invades Escazú St. Patrick’s Day celebration floods Escazú with green beer 3rd annual Craft Beer Festival happening Saturday The Winners and Losers of Costa Rica in 2014 St. Patrick’s Day is imminent, and that means the world is about to consume a lot of beer: 13 million pints of Guinness alone are expected to be consumed.Obviously you will be thinking about science when you down those holiday libations, so the American Chemical Society’s Reactions series on YouTube has everything you ever wanted to know about beer chemistry. Here are some highlights, along with additional facts of our own:All beer (cheap and steep) is made the same wayThe ingredients may change, but the process is the same:Malted (a.k.a toasted) grain is heated in water, where its starch is broken down into sugar. Yeast makes that sweet stuff bubbly (and alcoholic) by eating the sugar and producing carbon dioxide and alcohol. Different kinds and amounts of hops (the female flowering cones of plants from the hops family) go into the mix as well.There are tons of ways to change a beer’s flavorDifferent kinds of malts produce different chemical flavor compounds, and different temperatures of grain soaking activate different enzymes with different flavor results.And then there are the hops: In addition to adding essential oil aromas from their flowery origins, hops produce alpha acids, such as humulone, which give IPAs that quintessential hoppy taste. Personally, I think it tastes like chewing on a piece of pine tree. This is apparently not a common opinion, so enjoy your hops or whatever. Hops also interact with alcohol to make compounds called esters, which have a fruity flavor.When a beer is left to age, hops can produce another bitter note — beta acids. Eww, you can have mine.Beer can skunk even in the cold (it’s all about sunlight)Only you can prevent skunked beer. Many think that beer only “skunks” (or turns nasty) when it’s left out in the heat. But it’s actually a matter of getting left out in the light.Your Guinness is less likely to spill than your light beer, and here’s whyBonus beer science: Beer physics! In a recent study, researchers found that more layers of foam on top of a liquid make it less likely to spill. That’s because the foam sloshes against the container and diffuses energy as the liquid shakes back and forth.So going with some hearty traditional beer may be good for more than just your holiday spirit. It could keep your clothes dry, too, as you get tipsier.© 2015, The Washington Postlast_img read more

A look at key figures in Israels new government

first_img Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help ___Moshe Kahlon, KulanuInfluential newcomer Kahlon heads the center-right Kulanu party. Set to serve as finance minister, he has pledged to carry out economic reforms and lower the cost of living for the struggling middle class.He rose through the ranks of Netanyahu’s Likud to become one of its most popular leaders before leaving the party in an apparent dispute with the prime minister and setting out on his own. While he has taken a hard line on security matters in the past, Kahlon said little about the Palestinian issue during the campaign.He is considered socially liberal and maintains a working-class appeal. As a centrist party also capable of working with the opposition, Kulanu could also potentially play a key role in pulling apart the coalition.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The vital role family plays in society FILE – In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 file photo, Moshe Kahlon, Kulanu party leader, greets his supporters in the city of Tel Aviv, Israel. Influential newcomer Kahlon heads the center-right Kulanu party. Set to serve as finance minister, he has pledged to carry out economic reforms and lower the cost of living for the struggling middle class. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File) Yaalon caused a discord with Israel’s closest ally when he called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry “obsessive” and “messianic” over making peace between Israelis and Palestinians and dismissed a U.S. security plan for the region as worthless. Yaalon also plays a key role in Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank — a key point of contention with the Palestinians and the international community.___Naftali Bennett, Jewish HomeA former special forces soldier and high-tech millionaire, Bennett breathed new life into Israel’s old National Religious Party and has rebranded it into a powerful force in Israeli politics. With a strong nationalistic message, the charismatic leader of the Jewish Home party succeeded in broadening the appeal of his movement, attracting large numbers of secular voters for the first time.Jewish Home, which is linked to the West Bank settler movement and opposes even talking about withdrawing from territory for the establishment of a Palestinian state, brings a hawkish tone to the coalition. Bennett has called peace talks with the Palestinians a waste of time and his positions will make it difficult to make any progress in peace talks with the Palestinians, if those are rekindled. Bennett is slated to be minister of education in the emerging government, a post where he can infuse some of his world view in the Israeli school system. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Top Stories JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli prime minister’s new coalition government is dominated by nationalists and religious parties, setting Israel on a collision course with the international community on multiple fronts. The success of that government rests largely on the key players involved.Here is a look at the leading politicians in the new government:Benjamin Netanyahu, LikudThe prime minister faces many challenges, both at home and abroad, as he begins his fourth term as prime minister. His narrow religious-hawkish coalition– with the slimmest of majorities in parliament– leaves him vulnerable to the whims of his partners or even demands from any individual coalition lawmaker. His Likud party has traditionally held tough positions toward Palestinian statehood and largely opposes ceding territory for a future state. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist That puts his government at odds with Washington, which has made ending the conflict with a two-state solution a top foreign policy goal. Netanyahu grudgingly accepted the idea of Palestinian independence in the past but in a dramatic last-minute appeal to hard-line voters toward the end of the election campaign, he pledged to prevent a Palestinian state while regional unrest persists. That statement angered the U.S., worsening already tense relations with Israel’s most important ally.Netanyahu also butted heads with Washington over the emerging nuclear deal with Iran, Israel’s arch-enemy. As Washington closes in on a deal opposed by Israel ahead of a deadline next month, tensions could rise further. Domestically, he needs to tread carefully to keep his fragile coalition together while resolving a multitude of social issues — from a housing crisis and the high cost of living to draft exemptions for ultra-Orthodox males and healing rifts with Arab and Ethiopian minorities.___Moshe Yaalon, LikudIsrael’s defense minister in the previous government, Yaalon will continue in that capacity in the emerging coalition. He served as the military chief of staff between 2002 and 2005, leading operations in the West Bank against Palestinian militants. He was critical of Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, and has taken a hard line on security issues. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ___Ayelet Shaked, Jewish HomeA pugnacious, secular woman in the Jewish Home party, Shaked is popular with supporters as a telegenic and unapologetic voice for the nationalist camp.Netanyahu grudgingly agreed that the 39-year-old, who has no legal experience, be appointed to the influential post of justice minister as a condition for her party joining the coalition. Shaked has been an outspoken critic of the country’s judiciary, widely seen as a liberal bastion, and is seeking influence over the appointment of judges. She has also championed several bills that critics say are meant to stifle dovish groups.___Uri Ariel, Jewish HomeIn the last government, Ariel served as housing minister, using the post to promote settlement construction in the West Bank, which Palestinians envision as part of their future state. Many housing projects in the territories Palestinians demand were announced strategically under his tenure and spread animosity and mistrust during peace talks that eventually collapsed last year.Ariel is set to be agriculture minister in the incoming government, a post that that will allow him to support West Bank settler farms. The party says he will also head the World Zionist Organization’s “settlement division,” a government-funded body that promotes projects in the West Bank.last_img read more

Commentary Filling The Void

first_img in Data, Government President Obama “”opened a big hole””:https://themreport.com/articles/obama-nominates-jack-lew-as-treasury-secretary-2013-01-10 in his White House by tapping Jack Lew to replace Timothy Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury, leaving empty–for the moment–the role of chief of staff.[IMAGE]The president eschewed the progressive choice of “”_New York Times_””:http://www.nytimes.com/ columnist and Nobel economic laureate “”Paul Krugman””:http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/editorialsandoped/oped/columnists/paulkrugman/index.html?8qa to replace Geithner with yet another in-house appointee. Lew himself, in addition to swapping desks to become (assuming Senate confirmation) Treasury Secretary, had been switched from head of the Office of Management and Budget to the chief of staff role.It’s not the first time the president has looked to change nameplates of those who already worked for him: Think Leon Panetta moving from the CIA to Defense or even David Petraeus moving from the military (yes, the military works for the president) to CIA. Strong managers, according to Harvard Business School theory, can move from one discipline to another without specific expertise, and Harvard Law alum Obama apparently picked up something beyond a law degree while in Cambridge.That’s not to say Lew doesn’t have the background to handle Treasury. In addition to his two government jobs for the president, he was COO for Citigroup from 2006 to 2009. While working in the White House, he was integral to the 2011 debt limit negotiations, where his stridency irked many Republicans, which might make confirmation difficult. In the end, he should get through in time to head this year’s debt limit talks–if there are any. (The president has said repeatedly he won’t negotiate over the debt ceiling.)With Lew moving, the president is still short a chief of staff but has an opportunity to turn to someone who has already proven himself to be s skilled–if somewhat blunt–negotiator, one of the key roles of a chief of staff. He has someone on his team with long relationships with members of Congress who knows his way around Capitol Hill and is not afraid to take on tough issues. That he has another job should not be an obstacle if Obama turns to Vice President Joe Biden to fill the chief of staff role.The chief of staff is the first person the president sees when he begins work and the last person before he ends his working day, an individual with unfettered access who is supposed to know what he knows and present a unified face for the administration. Biden–his sole constitutional responsibility notwithstanding–fills those requirements. In slotting Biden to be chief of staff as well as vice president, Obama would assure Biden is fully and completely prepared to step in as president should that become necessary and at the same time achieve calculable budget savings.Before the idea is dismissed out of hand, it has some historical support.Recent vice presidents have assumed increasingly important roles, a far cry from when President Dwight Eisenhower was asked in 1960 what important programs or suggestions his vice president (and then presidential candidate) Richard Nixon had been responsible for. Eisenhower replied by saying if he had a week to think about it he might come up with one.[COLUMN_BREAK]Jimmy Carter elevated the role of the vice presidency with Walter Mondale, as did Bill Clinton with Al Gore. It was elevated even more–perhaps over the top–under Vice President Dick Cheney. Obama, though, has increasingly turned to Biden.In 1980, Ronald Reagan considered the suggestion from former president Gerald Ford, whom he had defeated for the Republican nomination for president. It was seen–at least by Ford–as a way to complement Reagan, providing him with someone who could attend to the details Reagan abhorred. When it became clear to Reagan that Ford wanted not to be vice president but co-president, with a specific portfolio, Reagan turned instead to George H.W. Bush as his running mate.That Biden ran, albeit briefly, against Obama in 2008 should not be a deal-breaker. Obama not only selected him to be vice president, but also tapped Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, cementing his team-of-rivals approach to governing.Obama could do worse.-0- -0- -0-It may take a while before the impact of the long-awaited “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ (CFPB) “”rules on qualified mortgages””:https://themreport.com/articles/cfpb-releases-qualified-mortgage-criteria-establishes-legal-protections-2013-01-10 will be felt.The CFPB heard the pleas of lenders and housing advocates to avoid taking steps to slow the incipient housing recovery.In their lobbying efforts, banks apparently warned that too-strict regulations would stop the housing recovery in its tracks, and indeed, the bureau cited the “”fragile state”” of the housing market in allowing a seven year phase-in period for the strict rules. That concession will have implications “”qualified mortgages,”” which are expected to be the most common. The phase-in period will allow banks to make “”qualified”” loans with higher debt-to-income ratios if the loans meet standards set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Those agencies–burned themselves by the mortgage crisis–have set new, reasonably high standards, but the higher debt burden is a loophole banks could exploit.The absence of any down payment standards is also potentially perilous but a concession to housing groups who argued it was burdensome to the poor in what was perhaps circular reasoning.In any case, don’t look for any quick bump to housing when the new rules take hold in January 2014.-0- -0- -0-New housing and housing related data due next week will reflect the mixed and slow nature of the ongoing recovery.The retail sales report (Tuesday) is expected to show no change from the 0.3 percent increase in retail activity in November. Some important points to watch will be sales at furniture stores as well as garden and building supply stores. An important point to remember is that retail sales are based on the dollar amount of sales, so last-minute markdowns on holiday items–even if they generated traffic to stores–could have driven cash register receipts down.The “”National Association of Home Builders'””:https://www.nahb.org/ housing market index (Wednesday) is expected to show a slight increase to 48 from December’s reading of 47, remaining below the tipping point of 50 for the 81st straight month.Total housing starts were pulled down in November by a drop off in single-family starts but are expected, in the report out Thursday, to show a rebound in December. Permits, which in November reached their highest level since July 2008, are expected to show another increase._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:40 a.m. and again at 9:40 a.m. Eastern time._ Commentary: Filling The Void Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Housing Permits Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Home Builders Politics Residential Construction Service Providers 2013-01-11 Mark Liebermancenter_img January 11, 2013 433 Views Sharelast_img read more

Clayton Holdings Receives Morningstar Vendor Rankings

first_imgClayton Holdings Receives Morningstar Vendor Rankings Share Clayton Holdings 2017-03-28 Seth Welborn March 28, 2017 529 Views center_img Clayton Holdings LLC, a provider of loan due diligence, surveillance, REO management, consulting, valuation, title and settlement services to the mortgage industry, announced today that its subsidiaries Red Bell Real Estate, LLC (Red Bell) and Main Street Valuations, LLC d/b/a Pyramid Platform (Pyramid Platform) have received their first residential vendor rankings from Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC (Morningstar). Red Bell was assigned a MOR RV1 residential vendor ranking in the asset valuation market and Pyramid Platform received a MOR RV1 ranking as a real estate technology solutions provider.Red Bell is a salt Lake City-based provider of valuation products, including automated valuation models and broker price opinions used by major investors, lenders and loan servicers. Pyramid Platform offers  technology solutions that help investors monitor loan portfolio performance and direct loss mitigation activities; acquire and track non-performing loans; and value and sell real estate owned through a secure platform.“We are extremely pleased with Morningstar’s assessment of Pyramid Platform’s SAAS delivery platform and Red Bell’s core, leading-edge pricing products and real estate solutions,” said Jeff Jonas, President of Red Bell. “Continued support from two financially strong companies committed to the real estate and mortgage markets—Clayton and Radian—allows us to continue to expand our operations and to develop game-changing innovations that provide our clients with best-in-class service and results.” in Newslast_img read more