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Jinhui Shipping Shrinks Loss Disposes of Five Ships

first_imgzoom Supported by an improvement in the dry bulk shipping market, Hong Kong-based Jinhui Shipping and Transportation managed to cut its net loss in the first half of 2017.The company’s net loss for the first half of 2017 shrunk to USD 8.7 million, against a net loss of USD 39.1 million seen a year earlier.Revenue for the first half of 2017 increased 37% to USD 34.3 million, comparing to USD 25 million reported in the same period in 2016.During the first half of the year the company entered into five memorandums of agreement to dispose of four Supramaxes and one Handysize at a total consideration of USD 63 million. By using the net sale proceeds arisen from the disposals for the repayment of the vessel mortgage loans, the group’s overall indebtness had been reduced by around USD 52.3 million.The company’s net loss for the three-month period ended June 30, 2017 stood at USD 784 thousand, compared to a net loss of USD 20.6 million reported in the corresponding period in 2016.Revenue for the second quarter of 2017 increased 26% to USD 18.9 million from USD 15 million seen in the same quarter a year earlier.Dry bulk shipping market has been improving since February 2017 on the back of rising dry seaborne trade volumes which were stimulated by both increasing agriculture products and coal trading activities. Despite the softening of freight rates in May and June 2017, the average of Baltic Dry Index of the second quarter of 2017 was 1,006 points, compared to 610 points in the same quarter in 2016.As of the end of August 2017, the group had twenty three owned vessels which included 2 modern Post- Panamaxes and 21 modern grabs fitted Supramaxes.last_img read more

Sugar output up 6 to 27347 lakh tonne

first_imgNew Delhi: Sugar production rose by 6 per cent to 273.47 lakh tonne till March 15 of the current marketing year ending September 2019, helped by higher output in Maharashtra and Karnataka where mills started their operations early, according to industry data. The country had produced 258.20 lakh tonne sugar in the year-ago period, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said in a statement. “During 2018-19 sugar season, 527 sugar mills were in operation and they have produced 273.47 lakh tonne of sugar till March 15, 2019,” the ISMA said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs many as 154 mills have stopped crushing and 373 sugar mills are continuing their crushing operations. Mills in Maharashtra and Karnataka are closing fast and their crushing season is on the verge of closing. According to the ISMA, sugar production in Maharashtra till March 15 was 100.08 lakh tonne as against 93.84 lakh tonne in the year-ago period. In Uttar Pradesh, production was almost flat at 84.14 lakh tonne compared with 84.39 lakh tonnes in the corresponding period of the 2017-18 marketing year. Sugar production in Karnataka stood at 42.45 lakh tonne as against 35.10 lakh tonnes. The ISMA had earlier pegged the country’s sugar production at 307 lakh tonne in 2018-19, down from 325 lakh tonnes in 2017-18 marketing year.last_img read more

Registration of hospitals under clinical establishment act begins

first_imgGurugram: A large number of private hospitals have not registered themselves under the clinical establishment act. Even as there was a deadline to include all the hospitals in February, the district authorities have not been able to meet the target of including all the hospitals under this act.Despite the move garnering a lot of resentment by a large number of protests by the medical experts, the Haryana government is all sett bring in the clinical establishment act of 2010. The act tries to bring in more transparency in the hospitals of Gurugram. According to senior government officials the act once implemented will make the doctors more accountable to patients. Challenges withstanding there have been six hospitals that include two government hospitals which have already enrolled for the project. Even as the ethical practices of the private hospital in the city come under question over recent months, poor public healthcare has only resulted in an increase in the population of patients in private hospitals. All the hospital that have the capacity of more than 100 beds are required to register themselves under this act. Most of the hospital protested the move citing that it will provide more powers to the public officer to unnecessarily harass the doctors. There are an estimated 150 medical institutions that are liable for getting registered under this act. “We are committed to registering all the medical institutions under this act. This act is bound to bring in more transparency. As of now six hospitals that includes four large private hospitals have registered themselves in the act,” said Dr BK Rajoura, Chief Medical Officer Gurugram health department. For long while public healthcare system continues to struggle with inadequate infrastructure, the private healthcare system in the face the credibility crisis.last_img read more

Libya deputy intelligence chief abducted security

first_imgTRIPOLI – Libya’s deputy intelligence chief Mustafa Nuh was abducted Sunday in Tripoli, a security official told AFP, as tensions ran high in the capital following deadly violence over the weekend.“The vice president of intelligence was abducted shortly after his arrival in Tripoli from a trip abroad,” said the official, who declined to be named.Contacted by AFP, an intelligence source confirmed that Nuh had “disappeared” but did not elaborate. Private channel Libya al-Ahrar reported he was abducted, but it did not cite any sources for its report.There was no immediate claim for the abduction, which came as Tripoli began a three-day strike to mourn dozens of people killed in clashes at an anti-militia protest — the deadliest violence in the capital since the 2011 uprisingAt least 43 people were killed and more than 450 wounded in the fighting, according to the health ministry.The violence erupted on Friday when demonstrators protesting against unruly militias in Tripoli were fired upon from a base of ex-rebels in the capital and raged overnight and into Saturday.The weak central government has struggled to rein in former rebel brigades that helped end Moamer Kadhafi’s 40-year dictatorship but have since grown into increasingly menacing militias.Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was himself abducted for several hours by gunmen in October before being released unharmed.A security chief claimed responsibility for the abduction and said he was “proud” of it.last_img read more

Concerned at terrorism in Iraq Security Council calls for end to violence

22 February 2007Following reports of a recent chlorine gas attack as well as the numerous bombings in the Baghdad area which have killed and injured many civilians and others, the United Nations Security Council today roundly condemned all terrorist attacks in Iraq and reminded States of their obligation to prevent them. “The members of the Security Council urge an end to the violence in the country,” Ambassador Peter Burian of Slovakia, which this month holds the Council’s revolving presidency, said in a press statement.The Council acknowledged the endeavours by the Iraq security forces and the United States-led Multinational Forces-Iraq (MNF), both of whose members are also being targeted in attacks, and extended condolences to all victims and their families.Through its president, the 15-member body voiced hope that “the efforts of the Government of Iraq will contribute to bringing security and stability to the country,” and reiterated the Council’s previous call for Member States to thwart the movement of terrorists to and from Iraq, to keep arms from reaching terrorist hands, and to block financing that could potentially abet terrorists.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, has been touring neighbouring countries as part of the UN’s bid to rally regional support to bring stability to the war-ravaged country. read more

Iamgold Corp cuts capital spending by 30

TORONTO — Iamgold Corp. says it expects lower costs this year than 2014, but capital spending will be reduced by about 30% and output may be lower than last year.The gold miner says it’s benefiting from improved efficiency at its mines, lower oil prices, higher gold prices and the strengthened U.S. dollar compared with the loonie and euro.But Iamgold chief executive Steve Letwin says the company will continue to focus on cost reduction and cash preservation.The company said Thursday it has about $800 million of liquid assets in the form of cash, cash-equivalent and gold bullion, including $500 million from the sale of its Niobec niobium mine in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac St-Jean region.The 2015 capital spending budget has been set at between US$220 million and US$240 million, down from $325 million last year.Iamgold estimates all-in sustaining costs for 2015 will be between US$1,075 and US$1.175 per ounce of gold overall.That would be down from a revised 2014 estimate of between US$1,100 and US$1,120 per ounce of all-in sustaining costs overall, which is below the $1,150 per ounce cost at the low end of its previous guidance.Iamgold also estimates it will have between 820,000 and 860,000 ounces of attributable gold production in 2015. The midpoint of the range would be slightly below the 844,000 ounces produced in 2014, including 241,000 in the fourth quarter. read more

OCHA sends Dominican Republic aid for flood deaths damage

In response to a request from the country’s government, OCHA sent an emergency cash grant of $40,000 for relief supplies and donated another $20,000 to an emergency fund established by the Norwegian government, it said.UN representatives in the country were assessing the need for possible further help, it said.

Big first half leads Ohio State womens basketball past Wisconsin 8573

With an 85-73 takeover of Wisconsin, the Ohio State Women’s basketball team has put itself back in position to finish the Big Ten season on a high note.At 14-7 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes have moved up to fifth in the conference and have put themselves in a position to make a run in the BIg Ten Tournament and claim a spot in the NCAA tournament.The Buckeyes outscored the Badgers, 46-33, in the first half and were able to maintain that momentum, despite being outscored in the second half. Wisconsin put up 40 points after the break, but it wasn’t enough as OSU’s first-half surged led it to a 12-point win.Lack of consistency has been a problem for the Scarlet and Gray. Junior guard Cait Craft addressed this before Tuesday’s practice, saying she would like to see the team string together a couple Big Ten wins, rather than winning a couple followed by a loss.After advancing their win streak to two straight, OSU might be on its way to the consistency Craft wanted to see.Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 23 points, while junior guard Ameryst Alston chipped in with 19 points. In total, four different OSU players scored in double figures, compared to just two for Wisconsin.OSU freshman forward Alexa Hart led the Buckeyes on the boards with 11 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive end helping the Scarlet and Gray add 12 second chance points.Wisconsin junior guard Nicole Bauman led all players with 31 points.The Buckeyes are set to return to action at home Monday evening against Michigan State. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Football Justin Fields is No 3 in 2019 Heisman Trophy odds

Freshman quarterback Justin Fields sits at the Ohio State men’s basketball game between the Buckeyes and Michigan State on Jan. 5 following his transfer to Ohio State from Georgia. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternWithout ever playing a snap for Ohio State, and being with the program for fewer than two weeks, Justin Fields already has high expectations.Fields, the freshman quarterback transfer from Georgia, has been given 10-1 odds of winning the 2019 Heisman Trophy, according to the betting site, Bovada. Those odds tied him at No. 3 with former teammate, Georgia sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm, and behind Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who stand at 2-1 and 4-1 odds, respectively.Another website, BetOnline, has Fields tied for No. 4 in the odds with Clemson sophomore running back Travis Etienne, again behind Lawrence and Tagovailoa. He also trails junior quarterback Jalen Hurts, who is expected to transfer from Alabama instead of sitting behind Tagovailoa for another season.Hurts has 9-1 odds at the Heisman according to BetOnline, which also had Hurts’ odds of landing at in-conference opponent Maryland at the highest at 1-2.Ohio State sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins was a co-favorite to win the Heisman at 6-1 when Bovada updated its rankings before the 2018 season on Jan. 30. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who ended up finishing No. 3 in Heisman voting, was given 35-1 odds on Jan. 30, 2018.Fields was a five-star prospect out of high school and the second-highest rated quarterback in the history of 247Sports Composite Rankings, trailing only Lawrence.At Georgia, Fields completed 27-of-39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns in limited playing time through 12 games. He also rushed for 266 yards and four touchdowns on 42 carries while backing up Fromm.Redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell entered his name in the transfer portal, who removed “Ohio State” out of his Twitter bio and took visits to West Virginia and Miami. If Martell were to leave, Fields is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes in 2019. Fields is still awaiting confirmation that he will be eligible to play next season due to transfer rules requiring players to sit out a year between schools. read more

An entire family wiped out Fears for parents and three children lost

first_imgNurhuda El-Wahabi has gone missing during the Grenfell Tower fire. Please retweet. Contact me if you know of anything. pic.twitter.com/Df6tIuquWH— babyface (@malixbs) June 14, 2017 Yasin el-Wahabi Yasin el-WahabiCredit:Supplied Have you seen these children in area or hospital? Lived on 20th floorContact 07958599922 or @SolidaritySport #GrenfellTowerPLEASE SHARE pic.twitter.com/QsEV1nUtba— Charles B. Anthony (@CharlesBAnthony) June 15, 2017 She lived on the ninth floor and told him to leave. She said: “I told him to leave. He said he was going to come. Then I called him and he said there was too much smoke.” A family member told the Evening Standard: “We fear they have all been wiped out.” Ahmed Chellat, 60, is the brother-in-law of Faouzia el-Wahabi and is waiting for news.Mr Chellat said: “I was on the phone to her saying, ‘get out’. But she said they had been told to stick towels under the door, stay inside and wait to be rescued.“She said, ‘Smoke is coming under the doors’, then I got cut off. That is the last time I heard from her.” Relatives of a family of five fear they were all wiped out in the blaze after being stuck on the 21st floor during the Grenfell Tower fire.Abdul Aziz el-Wahabi, 52, his wife Faouzia el-Wahabi, 42, and their three children, Yasin, 21, Nur Huda, 15, and Mehdi, eight, have not been heard from and their family appears to have died after being told to stay in their house by the fire brigade.Otman Boujettif, 42, a cousin, said: “We spoke to them at about 1.30am but they’d been told by the fire brigade to stay in their flat, put towels down, wet the floors and wait.”center_img “The last time I saw him they were waving out the window. The last time I spoke to his wife, he was on the phone to the fire brigade.” A missing poster near the sceneCredit:Camilla Turner A missing poster near the scene He continued, saying that relatives had been round rescue centres and emergency wards while hunting for the family.The top floors of the 24-story tower block have not been checked for bodies, and fire officers told the family to “expect the worst”.Hanan el-Wahabi, the sister of Abdul el-Wahabi, managed to escape the fire. Another family is missing feared dead. Firdaws Kidir, 11, and Yahya Kidir, 13,  are missing along with their brother Yaqub, 6, their mother Nura Jamal and father Hashim Kidir.They lived on the 20th floor. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Drivers warned of dangers of darker evenings as clocks go back by

first_img By Daragh Brophy Image: Shutterstock/Hayk_Shalunts Wearing high visibility materialCarrying a torchEnsuring their bicycle lights are workingGardaí are also reminding motorists to check their vehicle lights regularly and ensure they are in working order.The AA’s Conor Faughnan, meanwhile, said he wanted to urge all road users “but especially drivers” to keep safety in mind this winter.Using the roads is the most dangerous thing that we do every day and yet very few of us appreciate it. You are only ever one slip of concentration away from disaster that can change lives forever.He added:We would especially call on cyclists to be weather aware and to get proper lights. Lots of people drive and cycle – 10% of all AA members for a start. If you drive at all you will know that an unlit cyclist on a dark, wet evening is virtually impossible to see. It is true that the driver bears the greater responsibility as they are the one that can do most damage, but cyclists also need to be sensible. For starters, that means get some lights and use them.Separately, anyone travelling by public transport over the weekend is being reminded to keep the time change in mind.Read: Police speak of “miracle” as two children survive Gold Coast theme park tragedy > http://jrnl.ie/3047417 14,960 Views MOTORISTS ARE BEING urged to exercise additional caution and be on the lookout for vulnerable road users from tomorrow afternoon, as the clocks go back by an hour overnight. Summertime officially ends at 2am on Sunday morning, as the time observed by Ireland goes back by an hour to 1am. Gardaí, the Road Safety Authority and other oganisations have issued seasonal warnings, in the wake of a spike in road deaths over the last number of days. Eight people were killed on Irish roads in the four days between last Saturday and the following Tuesday.As we head into the winter the RSA is advising walkers and cyclists to be safe and be seen by: Share71 Tweet Email Drivers warned of dangers of darker evenings, as clocks go back by an hour tonight Summertime officially ends at 2am overnight tonight.center_img Short URL Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 6:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Oct 29th 2016, 6:00 PM 20 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Hayk_Shaluntslast_img read more

Mother of woman accused of leaking info fears Trump will make an

first_img Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3432977 89 Comments Jun 8th 2017, 11:28 AM A YOUNG WOMAN charged with leaking US government secrets to a reporter poses no flight risk if she’s released from pre-trial confinement, her parents have said.However, they fear prosecutors will seek to use the case to send a tough message from the Trump administration.It will be difficult for 25-year-old Reality Winner to get a fair trial if her case becomes “this big thing where we’re not going to tolerate leakers”, Winner’s mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told AP.“I think they’re going to try to make an example out of her because of the political climate right now,” Winner-Davis said.Winner, a former Air Force linguist who now works as a US government contractor, was arrested Saturday by FBI agents on charges that she made copies of a classified report containing top-secret information and mailed it to an online news organisation.A judge has scheduled a District Court hearing for today to determine whether to allow Winner to be released on bond pending trial. She has been jailed in neighboring Lincoln County since her arrest, according to a booking report released by the sheriff.“She’s not a flight risk,” Gary Davis, Winner’s stepfather, said. Image: AP Everybody in America knows what she looks like at this point. She’s never ran away from anything in her life. She’s not a violent person. She has no record. There’s no reason to hold her.Prosecutors have not named the news outlet, but her arrest was announced no Monday as the website the Intercept reported it had obtained a classified National Security Agency report suggesting Russian hackers had attacked a US voting software supplier before last year’s presidential election.The Intercept said the NSA report was dated 5 May — the same date court records cited for the documents Winner is accused of leaking.Air Force Winner grew up in Kingsville, Texas, and enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from high school. Davis said she became a linguist, speaking Arabic and Farsi, and spent four years assigned to the NSA at Fort Mead, Maryland. During that time, he said, Winner provided real-time translation to Americans conducting field missions.Davis said she received a commendation for aiding in the deaths of more than 100 enemy combatants and more than 250 enemy captures.“If she made this mistake,” Davis said, referring to the leaked documents, “it needs to be balanced against what she has done in the past and how she has served this country”.Neither prosecutors nor Winner’s parents have identified the government agency where she worked at the time of her arrest. But the NSA has operated a $286 million complex in Augusta since 2012.Though she was active on social media, Winner doesn’t appear to have discussed her work online. She did use her Facebook page to speak freely about politics, including some scathing opinions on US President Donald Trump.She posted on Facebook three months ago that climate change is a more important issue than health care “since not poisoning an entire population seems to be more in line with ‘health’ care, and not the disease care system that people voted for a soulless ginger orangutan to ‘fix’”.Court records say Winner admitted to sending a copy of the classified report to a news outlet when an FBI agent interviewed her at her home on Saturday.In a court affidavit filed late on Tuesday, the FBI said it seized Winner’s US passport, two notebooks, two laptop computers and a country handbook for Iran issued from the defence department.Investigators said in court records that they wanted to search her property for a variety of computer information as well as possible contacts with media outlets and any possible contacts with “foreign governments, foreign powers, or agents of foreign powers”.Read: Explainer: Who is Reality Winner, and why has she been charged with leaking US secrets?Read: An increasingly isolated Donald Trump joins the battle of his life 21,201 Views center_img Thursday 8 Jun 2017, 11:28 AM Image: AP Mother of woman accused of leaking info fears Trump will ‘make an example of her’ Reality Winner has criticised the US President in the past. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Associated Press Share81 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Same same but different

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It’s one of the biggest events on the Greek Australian calendar in Melbourne, but after 28 years of the Lonsdale Street Festival, has the street glendi remained relevant to the Greek Australian community?Neos Kosmos conducted a poll last week, asking our readers whether Greek street festivals in Australia needed a drastic overhaul, and 82 per cent of readers voted yes.While many praised the festival for its commitment to showcasing the best traditional and cultural aspects of the community, many felt as though the festival had outgrown itself and was in need of new ideas. One of the most common complaints was the location was no longer suitable.“At the moment the area allocated is very cramped and uncomfortable,” Esther Kaghelaris-Mikropoulos said.“We have outgrown Lonsdale Street.” Angela Vasilakos agreed, saying she doesn’t go anymore because “taking the kids into a crammed city festival isn’t appealing”.Many have called for the festival to be moved to a bigger location, preferably a large park to better control crowds and give stallholders and performers more room to stretch out.Director of the Greek Centre of Contemporary Culture and an organiser of the festival, Jorge Menidis, says moving the festival to another location will change the festival’s feel. “In terms of the festival, I think it changes fundamentally the minute it moves location,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“Quite frankly, it loses its soul, or the event just becomes another weekend event at, for instance, Federation Square. There are so many of them that they don’t really mean anything. “Here it’s got a very strong identity.”He says as long as the Community will be funding it, the festival will be staged on Lonsdale Street.Others who braved the crowds to go to the festival were annoyed to see more of the same.“I go every year to support the event and it’s not really that interesting,” Pauline El Horri says. “The clubs represented do the same thing or similar every year.”Sophie Koutsoukos agreed and called for new ideas to revamp the festival.“It needs to have something more appealing and different,” she says.This year organisers tried hard to include new offerings for festivalgoers, but that mostly fell in the food and drink offerings, not in the stallholder area or the program.“We specifically went out and targeted other people to come into the festival who wouldn’t normally set up at our festival,” Mr Menidis says.“We brought 12 new suppliers, mainly in food provisions.”Many felt that relying on food and the same traditional dancing and music program didn’t properly promote the community’s heritage in the best light. “Enough of appealing to the lowest common denominator when it comes to Hellenic festivals,” said Jo Kargiotis.“It’s hard to defend our heritage and promote the interesting things being done by Greeks when all most see is covered in tzatziki.”Nick Sardis suggested organisers would benefit by adding more Greek theatre performances, more history learning experiences and more traditional costumes.Mr Menidis says the Community is conscious of the changing interests of festivalgoers and invites anyone with new ideas to come forward and collaborate with the festival. “We’re conscious of the changing face of the community,” he says. “We welcome any feedback.”The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria is conducting a survey about the festival which can be completed online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/lsf15audiencesurvey Those interested in speaking to the organising committee and offering ideas can call (03) 9662 2722.last_img read more

New Future US Site Is Powered By Super Users Culled From Social

first_imgSuper users are slated to create content for the Web sites, answer user questions about technology and give real time feedback on content created for MaximumPC.com and Maximumtech.com. Once Maximumtech.com gains a solid audience, Phillips will launch the 300 super user initiative in that property.Expecting about 10,000 responses to this inquiry, staff will then choose 300 readers to be part of this “inner circle”. Entry includes a badge for their Facebook pages so other readers can reach directly out to them, ability to upload photos to the MaximumPC.com site and Facebook pages, discounts, coupons and first chances to purchase merchandise from the sites.Editorial staff will launch the MaximumPC.com super user search in June, with Maximumtech.com following as soon as adequate audience numbers are gained. Maximumtech.com is picking up where MaximumTech leaves off. Phillips says that the print property is higher-end, full of data entry points and photography, and aimed at “the hardcore tech enthusiast”. Maximumtech.com is positioned for early adopters, who are more confused about technology than excited by it. Maximumtech.com will not only introduce new products, but also explain exactly what to do with them. With an outpour of technology reaching into virtually every aspect of daily life, even the most technologically stinted folks are finding themselves with the newest gadgets and wondering, “What exactly do I do with this?”Maximumtech.com is hoping to answer some of these questions. The Web site is a spin-off of the quarterly print MaximumTech, which was launched in August 2010. The print MaximumTech is newsstand only, and has a sell through of 36 percent on 120,000 issues released with each new edition. A property of Future US, MaximumTech is poised to ramp up to six print issues in 2012, with monthly issues set for 2013.Currently, Maximumtech.com has a full-time editorial staff of two, a features editor and a news editor. MaximumPC.com and Maclife.com writers will contribute to Maximumtech.com, and freelancers are also used to create content. Jon Phillips, editorial director, is also tapping into their successful social media streams (MaximumPC.com currently has 35,000 Facebook fans and 14,000 Twitter followers) to create a group of 300 “super users” to contribute to the sites. Starting with MaximumPC.com, an invitation to fill out a survey will be sent out on the Web site, Facebook and Twitter pages. The survey will include a brief essay question concerning why readers would want to become “super users”, what kind of equipment they’re interested in and what they’d like to cover. center_img Phillips says that Web sites like Engadget.com do an adequate job of covering the rumor and technology news mill, but lack the guidance that new consumers need. He also believes that, “People are starting to tire of ‘three and a half stars’ from CNET[.com].” To that end, Maximumtech.com will offer accurate ratings of products, as well as guidance on whether to buy a technology product now or if the consumer should wait for the next version to be released.Set to be advertisement-supported, Toshiba has already signed on, and other deals are in the works. After the “smart home” issue of Maximum Tech, Dwell sought out an advertising partnership, and talks of national syndication with content and broadcasting properties are currently underway.last_img read more

SILVER LAKE TRAGEDY Town Manager Responds Police Offer Free Counseling Town Beach

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington continues to cope with the drowning death of a 19-year-old in Silver Lake on Wednesday night.Town Manager Responds“This young man’s drowning is an incredibly tragic incident,” Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull told Wilmington Apple. “Our deepest condolences and our thoughts and prayers are extended to his family and friends.”“Many thanks go out to the entire rescue team – Police, Fire and Dispatch personnel all worked tirelessly in an effort to save this young man,” continued Hull. “Additionally, I would like to extend my acknowledgement and sincere ‘thank you’ to the many residents around Silver Lake who assisted the rescue team by identifying the swimmer’s location and supporting this valiant effort.Police Department Responds“Thank you to all community members, families, and first responders who assisted in efforts to help the young man who passed away at Silver Lake,” Wilmington Police said in a statement. “We understand this is a difficult time for many and would like to offer emotional support for those seeking those services.”The Police Department offered free counseling to the witnesses, bystanders and beachgoers involved in Wednesday’s tragedy at the Public Safety Building on Thursday night.The Police Department also plans to offer free counseling to the members of the community at large, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 4, form 3:30pm to 7pm, at the Public Safety Building.“Counselors will be available for one-on-one private conservations about coping, witnessing a trauma, and how to hold age appropriate conversations with young children,” reads the statement. “If you would like to speak to someone privately or cannot make [Tuesday night], please reach out to WPD Social Worker Samantha Reif at 978-658-5071.”The Police offered the following resources from the Riverside Trauma Center:Practicing Self-Care After Traumatic EventsTalking With Your Children About Traumatic EventsThings To Think About And How To Care For Yourself During Times Of Disaster/High StressSilver Lake ClosedAccording to police, the Town Beach at Silver Lake will remain closed until Saturday morning.Lowell Sun ReportKori Tuitt, of the Lowell Sun, interviews Town Manager Jeff Hull, Recreation Director Karen Campbell, and Police Chief Michael Begonis about Wednesday’s fatal drowning for today’s paper. Read the article HERE.(NOTE: Cover photo courtesy of Anne Gilardi.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police & Fire Chiefs Recognize The Officers & Citizens Who Responded To The Silver Lake TragedyIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Accepts Flag Pole Donation For Silver LakeIn “Government”(GOOSE) POOP HAPPENS: Town Beach Has Successful Season Despite 16-Day Swimming Ban Due To High BacteriaIn “Government”last_img read more

Tesla eliminates service schedules moves to an asneeded model

first_img Tags 2 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever More From Roadshow Comments 49 Photos Tesla’s Model 3 Performance subtly adds the power 2019 Lexus GS F review: A PG-13 flick in an R-rated segmentcenter_img Tesla Tesla 2019 Dodge Durango SRT review: Three-row muscle car Share your voice Electric Cars Car Industry Enlarge ImageThe Model S has been around for seven years now, so Tesla has a pretty good idea of what breaks and what doesn’t. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow One of the fringe benefits of having an electric car is that for the most part, they require much less maintenance than a comparable vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine. Tesla is taking advantage of this after crunching the data on the last few years of service and vehicle data by moving away from a recommended yearly service program to one that only requires vehicles to come in when parts need to be replaced.This probably sounds crazy if you’ve never spent a significant amount of time with an electric vehicle, but think about it like this: What are the most common service items on your ICE-powered car? Oil changes, brakes and tires. Add in things like accessory belts and timing belts that degrade with use and heat and all of a sudden you have a pretty full maintenance schedule.An EV doesn’t have engine oil to change, nor do the motors produce the same kind of heat that gasoline or diesel-powered engines do. Parts aren’t subjected to the same kind of temperature extremes. With brakes, many EV drivers use their vehicles with high levels of regenerative braking. This uses the drivetrain to slow the car and recharge the battery and saves significant wear on the vehicle’s braking components. Brake fluid, however, will still be checked every two years for water contamination.Add in the fact that Teslas are internet-connected and have robust remote diagnostic capabilities and a yearly check-up seems even less necessary. Tesla representatives are quick to point out that this shift in service methodology has nothing to do with a Tesla’s warranty, and vehicles that need service can get it.Tesla will stop pushing its prepaid maintenance plans for customers, but will still honor the plans that have been sold. It seems likely that the “as-necessary” service system will end up being cheaper than a prepaid plan for customers anyway.last_img read more

Putin to Saudi energy minister Buy our gas save your oil

first_imgRussian president Vladimir Putin is escorted by energy minister Alexander Novak and co-owner of Russian gas producer Novatek Leonid Mikhelson, as he inspects a construction site of Yamal LNG, Russia’s second liquefied natural gas plant, in the Arctic port of Sabetta, Yamalo-Nenets district, Russia on 8 December, 2017. Photo: ReutersRussian president Vladimir Putin offered Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih to buy Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) in order to spare Saudi Arabia’s oil, the Interfax news agency reported citing him as saying on Friday.“Buy our gas and you’ll save oil,” Putin told Falih after having given the order to start loading the first gas tanker with liquefied natural gas at the Novatek-led Yamal LNG project in the Arctic.“That’s why I’m here,” Falih replied.last_img

What really happened in the last scene of Game of Thrones

first_imgIf you’re not caught up on HBO’s Game of Thrones or are choosing to sit out the developments in season six until George R.R. Martin finally finishes The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire novel series, you have clicked on the wrong post.Everyone else here has seen Game of Thrones through the second episode of season six, titled “Home.” Or you simply don’t care about spoilers and want to be part of the watercooler conversation, no one’s knocking that approach.Just the cool kids? Ok. Someone pick me up off the floor!!!! My faith is strong!!!! #GameofThrones #GoT pic.twitter.com/0srtfQildG— RJ (@Ryan_Johnson) May 2, 2016Jon Snow lives!Since season five ended with a pool of blood tainting the snow beneath our betrayed Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, theories of his resurrection have swirled. Luckily, we had the many book readers who had caught up with A Dance With Dragons, where Martin left Jon in a similarly perilous cliffhanger, uttering his last word (“Ghost”) as he died in the snow. Readers had also been privy to the full spectrum of A Song of Ice and Fire prophecy and benefited from having multiple point of view chapters that shed insight into key characters.Last week, we found out that Melisandre, the Red Woman, is actually extremely old. There was some foreshadowing in the book that lead some people to expect that twist, and Jon Snow’s new life is no different.Since this plot is an instance where the show has vaulted ahead of the book’s plotting, we’re now stuck in an era where only what the show has given us can be used to speculate about just how Jon Snow came back to life. There’s some hints in the text, but – as always – things aren’t as clear as they initially seemed.The prevailing opinion among those who thought Jon Snow would be resurrected was that Melisandre would use her magic given to her by the Lord of Light to bring Jon back. The Lord of Light’s chosen warrior in the upcoming war against the wight forces of the Night’s King is supposed to be a reincarnated Azor Ahai, the person who joined forces with the Children of the Forest and defeated the last White Walker surge into Westeros.Melisandre has spent all her time on the show trying to find Azor Ahai, who she initially thought was Stannis. When we were introduced to those two characters, Melisandre was burning statues of The Seven so Stannis could pull a sword from the flames.That was Melisandre trying to recreate a prophecy where Azor Ahai reborn would pull a sword from the flames. It was Ahai’s magical sword Lightbringer, and whomever wields a returned Lightbringer would be the returned hero. Although the Red Woman thought Stannis was Azor Ahai, the show has proved that wasn’t true.Jumping ahead of the books (where Stannis still lives), the show takes Stannis off the list of possible Azor candidates. In the latest book published, A Dance with Dragons, Melisandre has a point of view chapter that suggested to readers that Jon Snow was Azor Ahai when the character says: “I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai and R’hllor shows me only snow.”Prediction number one was that Melisandre (Carice van Houten) would use her Lord of Light powers to resurrect Jon Snow, like we (and she) saw Thoros of Myr resurrect Beric Dondarrion in season two. As this week’s episode unspooled and we finally got to see the death of Balon Greyjoy on the bridges of Pike, the last of Melisandre’s leech magic. Yup, season three’s leeches finally came to roost when mysterious bearded Greyjoy (Euron) killed his brother to kick off the Kingsmoot. Waiting while dad gets first class Full Body & Face Treatment at the Castle Black Beauty Salon #GameofThrones #Home pic.twitter.com/op5VdpEdMg— Ghost (@Albino_Direwolf) May 2, 2016During the final minutes of the episode, we watch as Jon’s body gets washed and prayed over, then everyone leaves the room except for a napping Ghost. That’s Jon’s direwolf and other Starks have the ability in the books to share a mental connection with their pets. Bran Stark, a Warg, has actually inhabited animals (and Hodor). Is it possible that Jon, through the trauma of being stabbed multiple times, just hung out in the body of his super-cool pet until he could come back while no one was watching?It seems unlikely, but without a prose re-creation of the event we witnessed to fall back on, just who or what is inhabiting Jon Snow’s body and how it got there is still a mystery.What we can expect from newly resurrected Jon, though, is that he won’t be the same Jon Snow that we saw die, at least not exactly. In 2011, before the HBO show had any of these problems, George R.R. Martin addressed bringing characters back in an interview with Sound of Young America:My characters who come back from death are worse for wear. In some ways, they’re not even the same characters anymore. The body may be moving, but some aspect of the spirit is changed or transformed, and they’ve lost something. One of the characters who has come back repeatedly from death is Beric Dondarrion, The Lightning Lord. Each time he’s revived he loses a little more of himself. He was sent on a mission before his first death. He was sent on a mission to do something, and it’s like, that’s what he’s clinging to. He’s forgetting other things, he’s forgetting who he is, or where he lived. He’s forgotten the woman who he was once supposed to marry. Bits of his humanity are lost every time he comes back from death; he remembers that mission. What mission does Jon Stoneheart come back to life with?Bah! We have to wait a whole week to find out.center_img Happy now? — Carice van Houten (@caricevhouten) May 2, 2016As much as it seems like a Lord of Light resurrection of Azor Ahai went down on Sunday, there’s still a possibility another book-reader theory of how Jon Snow could have avoided death is still in play. Namely, that Jon’s soul or consciousness managed to survive body death by transferring into Ghost.last_img read more

Researchers find a way to produce freestanding films of perovskite oxides

first_img “Through our successful fabrication of ultrathin perovskite oxides down to the monolayer limit, we’ve created a new class of two-dimensional materials,” says Xiaoqing Pan, professor of materials science & engineering and Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering at UCI. “Since these crystals have strongly correlated effects, we anticipate they will exhibit qualities similar to graphene that will be foundational to next-generation energy and information technologies.” Credit: Xiaoqing Pan / UCI Explore further Growth and transfer of ultrathin freestanding SrTiO3 films. a, Schematic of a film with an SAO buffer layer. b, The sacrificial SAO layer is dissolved in water to release the top oxide films with the mechanical support of PDMS. c, New heterostructures and interfaces are formed when the freestanding film is transferred onto the desired substrate. d, e, Atomically resolved cross-sectional (d) and low-magnification plan-view (e) HAADF images of a two-unit-cell freestanding STO film transferred to a silicon wafer and a holey carbon TEM grid, respectively. f, g, Atomically resolved cross-sectional (f) and low-magnification planview (g) HAADF images of a representative four-unit-cell freestanding STO film, showing the excellent flexibility of ultrathin freestanding films. Credit: Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1255-7 More information: Dianxiang Ji et al. Freestanding crystalline oxide perovskites down to the monolayer limit, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1255-7Press release © 2019 Science X Network Birkhölzer and Koster point out that the work done by the combined Chinese and American team demonstrated that it is possible to produce at least some transition-metal oxides in a thin film format. Their research also allayed fears that such a film would collapse, making it unusable. Birkhölzer and Koster point out that many new materials are made by going to extremes—making them really big or really small. Making them small has led to many recent discoveries, they note, including a technique to make graphene. One area of research has focused on ways to produce transition-metal oxides in a thinner format. It has been slow going, however, due to their crystalline nature. Unlike some materials, transition-metal oxides do not naturally form into layers with a top layer that can be peeled off. Instead, they form in strongly bonded 3-D structures. Because of this, some in the field have worried that it might never be possible to produce them in desired forms. But now, the researchers with this new effort have found a way to produce two transition-metal oxides (perovskite oxides strontium titanate and bismuth ferrite) in a thin-film format.The process developed by the researchers involved using molecular beam epitaxy to apply a buffer layer onto a substrate followed by a layer of perovskite. Once the sandwich of materials was made, the researchers used water to dissolve the buffer layer, allowing the perovskite to be removed and placed onto other substrates. The researchers report that their process worked so well they were able to extract films of perovskite near the theoretical limit—one square unit cell (with approximately 0.4-nanometer sides).center_img Citation: Researchers find a way to produce free-standing films of perovskite oxides (2019, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-free-standing-perovskite-oxides.html Journal information: Nature A team of researchers from Nanjing University in China, the University of Nebraska and the University of California in the U.S. has found a way to produce free-standing films of perovskite oxide. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes the process they developed and how well it worked when tested. Yorick Birkhölzer and Gertjan Koster from the University of Twente have published a News and Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Inorganic perovskite absorbers for use in thin-film solar cells This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

MRI

first_img Feature | Cardiac Imaging | March 12, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How AI Can Unlock Data in CT and MRI Scans Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are chock full of information that might be used… read more News | Cardiac Imaging | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award June 7, 2019 — The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the… read more News | Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Devices (CRT) | April 18, 2019 Biotronik Launches Acticor and Rivacor ICD and CRT-D Devices in Europe April 18, 2019 – Biotronik announced the European market release of what it calls the world’s smallest… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment August 1, 2019 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients July 15, 2019 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac… read more Collage depicts broad applications in machine learning or deep learning (DL) that can be applied to advanced medical imaging technologies. Size of the liver and its fat fraction — 22 percent — (top middle in collage) can be quantified automatically using an algorithm developed by Dr. Albert Hsiao and his team at the University of California San Diego. This and other information that might be mined by DL algorithms from CT and MR images could help personalize patients’ treatment. Collage provided by Albert Hsiao News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | May 17, 2019 Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute Implements Philips Ingenia Ambition 1.5T MRI May 17, 2019 ― Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute announced the implementation of Philips’ Ingenia Ambition 1.5T… read more Feature | Nuclear Imaging | July 22, 2019 | Christopher A. Hanson M.D., and Jamieson M. Bourque M.D., MHS Nuclear Scintigraphy for Cardiac Amyloidosis Assessment in Current Clinical Practice Cardiac amyloidosis is a highly morbid and underdiagnosed infiltrative cardiomyopathy that is characterized by the… read more FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for Safety in the Magnetic Resonance (MR) Environment. News | Womens Cardiovascular Health | April 25, 2019 Women With Coronary Artery Wall Thickness at Risk for Heart Disease April 25, 2019  – The thickness of the coronary artery wall as measured by… read more Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) MRI creates images from the resonance created in hydrogen atoms when they are polerized and an electromegntic pulse is used to knock them off axis. This section includes MR analysis software, MRI scanners, gadolinium contrast agents, and related magnetic resonance accessories. Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute Implements Philips Ingenia Ambition 1.5T MRI Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute announced the implementation of Philips’ Ingenia Ambition 1.5T MR, the world’s first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system to enable helium-free operations… 1234PreviousNext News | Artificial Intelligence | February 13, 2019 Siemens Healthineers Demonstrates Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare Digitalization at HIMSS19 February 13, 2019 — At the 2019 Healthcare… read more center_img Videos | Cardio-oncology | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Characterization of Cardiac Structural Changes and Function Following Radiation Therapy Magid Awadalla, MBBS… read more FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients July 15, 2019 — The U.S. 360 Photos | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | May 17, 2019 360 Degree View of Baylor Heart Hospital’s Dedicated Cardiac MRI System This is a dedicated cardiac Siemens 1.5T MRI system installed at the… read more News | Ablation Systems | May 13, 2019 Netherlands Hospital to Install State-of-the-Art MRI Ablation Center May 13, 2019 — Imricor announced the signing of a commercial agreement with the Haga Hospital in The Hague,… read more 123456789…next › News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 30, 2019 New Guideline Published for Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Catheter-based Valve Interventions April 30, 2019 — A new document compiled by four… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 19, 2019 LVivo EF Comparable to MRI, Contrast Echo in Assessing Ejection Fraction June 19, 2019 — DiA Imaging Analysis announced the presentation of two studies assessing the performance and… read more With the advent and optimization of nuclear scintigraphy protocols using bone-avid radiotracers, cardiac amyloidosis caused by transthyretin protein (ATTR) can now be diagnosed noninvasively without a costly tissue biopsy. The radiotracer 99mTc-pyrophosphate (99mTc-PYP) binds to deposited ATTR amyloid fibrils in the myocardium and can be visualized using planar and SPECT imaging. This is Figure 2, showing how SPECT imaging allows the reader to distinguish between blood pool activity (ventricular cavity, etc) and myocardial activity and identify regional myocardial differences in radiotracer uptake. Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | February 14, 2019 Circle Cardiovascular Imaging and Galgo Medical Enter Distribution and Joint Development Agreement February 14, 2019 – Circle Cardiovascular Imaging and Galgo Medical recently announced an agreement for distribution… read more 360 Degree View of Baylor Heart Hospital’s Dedicated Cardiac MRI System This is a dedicated cardiac Siemens 1.5T MRI system installed at the Baylor Scott White Heart Hospital in Dallas. last_img read more