Deadline for JIS Heritage Essay Competition Extended

first_imgStory Highlights Students now have until midnight on Thursday, October 31, to submit their entries. Entries should be submitted through the application forms, which can be found on the JIS website. The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has extended the deadline for entries to the 2013 Heritage Essay Competition.Students now have until midnight on Thursday, October 31, to submit their entries, which is a seven-day extension from the previous deadline of October 25.The competition, which targets primary and preparatory school students age nine to 12 years, has been open since August 5 and the JIS has asked entrants to write a 400 to 500 word essay on the topic: ‘What Makes Our Jamaican Heritage Special?’  Special Projects Officer at the JIS, Christine Ade-Gold, explained that the extension is to accommodate as many students as possible, especially those from rural Jamaica.“We are receiving entries from across the island and we are happy for that. However, following our National Heritage Week school visits, the agency has been bombarded with requests from students, especially in rural Jamaica, who were learning about the competition for the first time, to extend the deadline until the end of October,” she said.Entries should be submitted through the application forms, which can be found on the JIS website at www.jis.gov.jm.Prizes include a weekend for four, tablet computers, Samsung camera phones, a printer, book vouchers, gift baskets, cash, and trophies.Sponsors are Franklyn D. Resort, NCB Foundation, Digicel, Singer Jamaica Ltd., Grace Foods and Services Ltd., Lasco, Sangster’s Book Store, Royale Computers and Accessories, and WB Trophies. JIS has asked entrants to write a 400 to 500 word essay on the topic: ‘What Makes Our Jamaican Heritage Special?’ last_img read more

Belships Swaps Vessels in Canpotex Charter Deal

first_imgzoom Norwegian dry bulk owner and operator Belships has decided to replace the vessel currently employed on a time charter contract with a Canadian potash exporter Canpotex.Namely, the company’s 2011-built 58,018 dwt Supramax bulker M/S Belocean will be substituted by the newbuilding 61,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier M/S Belisland.M/S Belocean is expected to end its contract around February 25, and will subsequently start working for the Swiss company Cargill for ten to fifteen months at an average net rate of USD 3,750 per day.The new vessel will be chartered at a net rate of USD 17,300 per day with effect from time of delivery around March 15 until the expiry of the remaining 5 year period.Belships recently said that it inked a sale and lease back agreement for M/S Belisland, currently under construction at Imabari Shipbuilding in Japan.The deal was signed with a Japanese company for a period of 15 years with purchase options from year five.The company added that the contract price for the vessel was USD 28.25 million.Belships has one more 63,000 dwt vessel under construction at Imabari, scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2017.last_img read more

New Alliances Affect Westports Throughput

first_imgzoom Malaysian port operator Westports Holdings Berhad saw a 5 percent decline in its total throughput volumes during the first half of 2017, mainly attributed to the ongoing changes in the container shipping industry.Namely, the company said it handled 4.66 million TEUs during the first half, compared to 4.9 million TEUs recorded in the corresponding period a year earlier.The Intra-Asia segment constituted more than half of the total containers handled, and this segment saw a favourable growth of 7 percent, while Westports continued to facilitate domestic economic activities as the gateway volume increased by 5 percent in the first six months of this year.However, due to the formation of new global alliances and re-constituted service offerings and port of calls, as well as mergers and acquisitions, the total transhipment containers handled were lesser at 3.3 million TEUs.As for conventional cargoes, Westports handled 5.4 million tonnes of throughput with higher volume recorded in the dry bulk segment.“At Westports, we experienced the transition from the phasing-out of Ocean 3 services to the gradual phasing-in of Ocean Alliance services. We have also secured a service from THE Alliance. The industry’s recent and ongoing mergers and acquisitions could also affect our container volume handled, especially of transhipment boxes, as the enlarged and merged entity, may select to re-assess their service offerings and port of calls,” Ruben Emir Gnanalingam, the Chief Executive Officer of Westports, said.“Due to all these ongoing changes, we expect our container throughput to be lower for this year when compared to the previous year,” Gnanalingam added.last_img read more

Twelve minutes of yoga naturopathy can reverse loss of osteoporotic bone Doctor

first_imgNew Delhi: Twelve minutes yoga, naturopathy regimen can reverse the osteoporotic bones loss, informs doctors at public lecture at Safdarjung Hospital. “Yoga can be an effective tool to prevent the loss of the bone density with affects every third women in the city,” said doctors.”There has been adequate research on impact of ‘Yoga’ on all muscle and orthopedic ailment,’ said Dr Ramesh Kumar, Director, Central Institute of Orthopedics, Safdarjung hospital. He further added that sedentary lifestyle has made prone to the bone ailments, as every one need to be cautious about their diet and naturopathy (especially sun bath for 20 mins everyday) can put these disorder in bay. Speaking at the Public Lecture on Prevention of Osteoporosis, in Safdarjung Hospital, Dr Sujata George, Consultant-Physician, Yoga, said that there has been adequate research on impact of Yoga on osteoporosis. Yoga is also impactful in knee and joint pain and in backache. “Yoga helps in retaining bone density and it also helps to build and maintain bone mass. Yogic exercises place stress on the bones, which forces your body to build up more bone minerals. Yoga increases bone mineral density which decreases the risk of developing osteoporosis,” added Dr George. The doctors said that performing Yoga exercises such as Tadasana, Trikonasana, Vrikshasana and Suryanamaskar help not only in prevention of various orthopedic ailments but also help in recovery after of an orthopedic injury. This was evident at the lecture when a patient affected with backache performed these asanas. Prof Kumar added, “Yoga has been in our culture for years but there has been a big gap its adoption. Western countries like US have seriously adopted Yoga which is known as a trend setter in surgery, medicine and research. So, there is an influence of Yoga on health.” Prof Jugal Kishore, Director and HOD, Department of Community Medicine, Safdarjung Hospital, said that osteoporosis not only affects women but men as well. Men and women suffer fractures easily due to osteoporosis. This impacts quality of life of affected persons and their family. “Osteoporosis is related to genetic issues. Persons affected by osteoporosis are prone to fractures. Women whose uterus is taken out are also likely to be affected with osteoporosis. Children who consume steroids may also suffer with osteoporosis. Use of alcohol and smoking and people with rheumatoid arthritis are prone to the disease,” explained Dr Kishore.last_img read more

Boeing wins delay in duty ruling on petition against Bombardier CSeries

MONTREAL — Bombardier will have to wait an extra two months to find out if its CSeries commercial jets will be hit by punishing U.S. duties.The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday granted Boeing’s request to delay its preliminary determination on the aircraft giant’s petition until Sept. 25 from July 21.A final determination is still expected later this year.In April, Boeing petitioned the U.S. Commerce Department and U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging that the Montreal company has been selling CSeries planes in the U.S. below cost thanks to public subsidies in violation of trade rules.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) has rejected the allegations and argued that their CSeries planes never competed with Boeing in a key sale to Delta Airlines.Boeing said respondents such as Bombardier have been granted several extensions and that the complexity of the financial support provided to Bombardier requires that the investigation take more time.“It is important that the department have sufficient time to investigate each of these subsidies thoroughly,” Boeing wrote in its letter.Boeing has asked the U.S. government to impose preliminary countervailing duties of 79.41 per cent, followed later by anti-dumping duties of 79.82 per cent.“Bombardier agrees that the Department of Commerce should have sufficient time to examine the evidence that demonstrates that Boeing’s motion is unfounded,” Bombardier spokesman Bryan Tucker said.Boeing declined to comment on its request, which a spokesman described as “routine” in complex cases.The Bombardier-Boeing dogfight has also taken on a political dimension. The Canadian government said it is reviewing bids from the Chicago-based company for military contracts, a hint that Ottawa may be reconsidering its purchase of Boeing’s Super Hornets. read more

The smallest economy Mexico has emerged as biggest winner of NAFTA deal

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 29, 2013 10:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Ross Perot may have had it right after all about who would win under NAFTA.The North American Free Trade Deal was an important step for all three members, but the evidence points to Mexico — at the time the weak sister in the group that included two G7 economies, the United States and Canada — as by far the biggest winner.On the 20th anniversary of the pact, Mexico — in 1994, an insular, economic basket case — has in two decades emerged as a forward-looking country with expanding global reach, a handful of world-class corporations and a ballooning middle class.Perot, who twice ran for U.S. president in the 1990s and made his name as an anti-NAFTA crusader, generally saw that coming although he focused his barbs on what the U.S. would lose in what he termed “the giant sucking sound of jobs going south.”Perot’s fear was that U.S. firms would flock to where labour costs were cheapest. To an extent that has happened, and it can be argued that Canada too lost critical manufacturing jobs to Mexico.While there are some in Mexico who would dispute the characterization of their country as the big winner, the numbers make a strong case.Mexico under NAFTA had a rough start, because of a coincidental pesos crash just as the deal was getting under way. But the country has grown into the one of the more robust emerging economies with exports of about $1 billion a day, more than 10 times what they were in 1994.Mexico is now estimated to be the world’s 13th-largest economy with total output similar to Canada’s, although on a per capita basis it still lags.“I think NAFTA has been excellent for Mexico,” says economist Jaime Serra Puche, the Mexican trade minister at the time, adding it would have worked even better if Mexico had not waited almost 20 years to bring in internal reforms to the economy.“Now with the reforms that are finally taking place I think we are going to gain competitiveness and the platform that has been constructed mostly for exports and manufacturing is going to become stronger.”Some of that has come at the expense of Canada, or so believes Jim Stanford, an economist with the Unifor union. Under the deal, Mexico has gone from a bit player in the North American auto sector to the second-largest participant with almost 20 per cent of total production, compared with Canada’s 16 per cent.“Heavy truck shipments in Canada collapsed by 75 per cent between 2006 and 2011. It’s an incredible example of a manufacturing catastrophe and NAFTA was absolutely a key part of it,” he says.Serra and others who have studied post-NAFTA impacts agree that Mexico’s manufacturing sector, and particularly the auto industry, has been a big beneficiary.But they don’t give all the credit to the deal.Even before 1994, Mexico had started on the road to trade liberalization and economic stability, by giving its central bank independence, for instance. NAFTA may have been the last and most important piece of the puzzle, but not the only one, they say.Overall, trade deals are often oversold by both proponents and critics, says Angeles Villarreal, a trade specialist with the U.S. Congressional Research Service who co-authored a paper on the deal earlier this year.“It didn’t benefit as much as the optimists predicted, but also the negative effects weren’t as severe. There weren’t huge job losses,” she says.On the plus side for Mexico, the auto industry has taken off, skills have improved and manufacturing has increased — and not just low-skilled factory jobs, she says.On the negative side, there were losers as well, particularly firms propped up by high tariff walls and small subsistence farmers, although even here the evidence is unclear. Villarreal says it’s difficult to separate the NAFTA effect on farming from that of land reform that came at about the same time.Christopher Wilson of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington says while there were losers, NAFTA has to be considered an overall success for the country.“Mexico at the time was the smallest, now the Mexican and Canadian economies are similar in size,” he points out.“One of the big stories in Mexico has been the slow but steady emergence of a middle class that’s now about half of the country.“It’s not the same as the middle class as the U.S. or Canada, but it does mean they are not in poverty, they now own a car, they go to the movies, they take a vacation. It’s transforming the country,” he says. The smallest economy, Mexico has emerged as biggest winner of NAFTA deal read more

Fire chief with OBE resigns in disgrace after selling service Land Rover

It later emerged that his departure concerned the disposal of a vehicle but the council declined to provide further information, leading to frustration amongst firefighters.“Staff are very concerned about the lack of detail they are being given and do not understand why they are being kept in the dark and not being told the truth about this,” he said.“This was a highly paid job and one in which he would not have walked away from lightly. He was in the middle of many projects and had a lot of plans for the future. The staff have a right to know what has happened.”Pete Bungard, chief executive of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I can confirm a complaint was recently made in relation to the disposal of a fire service vehicle.“As a result an internal audit investigation was carried out. The investigation identified poor judgement by the Chief Fire Officer, which he acknowledges has damaged the council’s confidence in his ability to undertake his senior leadership role. Stewart Edgar has taken responsibility for his actions and has resigned.” A fire chief awarded an OBE last month has resigned amid claims he sold a service-owned Land Rover to a member of his family at a vastly reduced price.Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, stood down after a whistleblower reported his behaviour to the county council, triggering an internal audit.Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council said: “As a result of those investigations initial findings, the chief fire officer has tended his resignation with immediate effect. This is the right thing for him to do given the serious nature of the allegations made and the outcome of that investigation.“While his departure is regrettable given his previous outstanding contribution to our county, his actions have made his continued employment untenable.”Mr Edgar, 50, who is married and has two daughters aged 22 and 25, moved to Gloucestershire from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, with which he had served since the early 1990s, in 2014, earning almost £150,000.He was awarded an OBE in June for services to local government and the community.Brent Thornley, acting regional secretary of the Fire Brigade Union in Gloucestershire, said staff had originally been told by the council, which runs the service, that Mr Edgar was leaving to spend more time with his children. 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. read more

Fujitsu F07C is a Windows 7 PC and a smartphone

first_imgAs Intel works to make the Atom suitable as a smartphone chip over the coming years, Fujitsu has gone and stuck one of the existing Atoms inside a phone as a second processor. The reason? To allow it to double as a portable Windows PC.The phone was originally unveiled earlier this month, but Fujitsu held a press conference late last week with the phone on display and some more details of the final spec.AdChoices广告The F-07C contains a Texas Instruments OMAP chip for smartphone functionality. Fujitsu has then added an Oak Trail Atom for running Windows 7. In order to keep power use down below 1.5W that chip has been capped to run at just 600MHz.The result is a dual-mode handset that can act as a smartphone running a Symbian OS, but with the option to boot up Windows 7. You can also slot the phone into a dock giving access to a monitor and add a keyboard and mouse for the true desktop experience. It will be quite a slow experience, though, with the chip running well below 1GHz.The switch between Symbian and Windows 7 is meant to be seamless. You push a button and the other mode is activated. Both chips have their own memory meaning in order to transfer data between the two you have to use an SD card.As just a smartphone, the F-07C is quite competent. A 4-inch touchscreen (1024 x 600), 1GB RAM, 32GB on-board storage, 5.1 megapixel camera, and a QWERTY keyboard. It manages 600hrs standby time in mobile mode. Switch to Windows 7 and that drops to 2 hours.In future versions of this phone, Fujitsu has hinted that it wants to get that same dual-mode functionality using just one processor. But for the time being that just isn’t possible while retaining the full functionality of both platforms.Read more at Tech-On!last_img read more

Martin ONeill labels Ronald Koeman a master tactician of the blame game

first_imgThis is not the first time both managers have immersed themselves in a war-of-words over McCarthy.Last October, Koeman said O’Neill was ‘killing the player’ and was ‘massively overloading’ McCarthy by starting him in successive World Cup qualifiers despite not having played for Everton since August due to a groin injury.Ronald Koeman re-opens war of words with Ireland boss Martin O’NeillMcCarthy’s hamstring problems strike again ahead of crucial World Cup qualifier 29 Comments Friday 31 Mar 2017, 9:16 PM James had a magnificent tournament for the Republic of Ireland last summer during UEFA EURO 2016, playing his last game in very late June. He then returned to Everton after a very short break, but only 11 days later, he played his first of three games, all within an eight-day period, against Real Betis, Manchester United and Espanyol. Overloading?It should be added that James last played for his country on the October 9, 2016 – almost half a year ago. Since that time he has been totally under Everton’s supervision.James is diligent and conscientious in his professional preparation.Perhaps, in this instance, quiet introspection may serve the Everton manager and his medical staff better”. Source: Ronald Koeman/Twitter James McCarthy began his pre-season three and a half weeks after Ireland were knocked out of the Euros. From the master tactician— Ronald Koeman (@RonaldKoeman) March 31, 2017 Martin O’Neill labels Ronald Koeman a ‘master tactician of the blame game’ in stunning riposte The Irish boss has issued an official statement to hit back at Everton coach’s latest criticism. 22,884 Views By Eoin O’Callaghan REPUBLIC OF IRELAND manager Martin O’Neill has described his Everton counterpart Ronald Koeman as a ‘master tactician of the blame game’ as the ill-feeling between the pair shows no signs of calming.Earlier on Friday, the Toffees boss heavily criticised O’Neill’s handling of James McCarthy after the midfielder suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury while on international duty. The 26-year-old was set to start last Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Wales but picked up the knock in the warm-up and will now miss his club’s weekend derby clash with Liverpool.At his weekly press-conference, Koeman read a pre-prepared statement, condemning O’Neill for ‘not protecting the player’.“We advised extreme caution. He was not fit to play”, Koeman said.“I am not surprised but I am disappointed”, he added. Mar 31st 2017, 9:16 PM Everton boss later responded to O’Neill’s statement on Twitter, pointing out that McCarthy began his pre-season “three and a half weeks after Ireland were knocked out of the Euros”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share34 Tweet Email https://the42.ie/3318089 Source: Martin RickettNow, O’Neill has issued an official statement hitting back at Koeman’s assertions, though he refuses to mention the Dutchman’s name.Regarding any perceived issues with McCarthy’s fitness, O’Neill points the finger of blame firmly at the Merseyside club.“Once again the Everton manager, master tactician of the blame game, has struck out in his comments today, criticising both myself and James McCarthy”, O’Neill’s statement reads.“Perhaps a review of Everton’s pre-season programme might provide some enlightenment.last_img read more

Vale Spiro Peter Gogorosis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram We write to farewell Spiro Peter Gogorosis and to celebrate his life and achievements, especially as the creative, compassionate chief executive officer of Fronditha Care for over 15 years.His appointment by the board of Fronditha Care in 1993 was critical to that organisation’s subsequent growth to its present esteemed position.Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and worked initially in the late 1960s with a stockbroking firm but found the ethical practices in the financial sector did not sit well with his own moral stance.He changed his career to human services and joined the Social Welfare Department, where he worked while undertaking a postgraduate social work course, completing it in 1974, the first Greek-born social work graduate in Melbourne.In his 22 years in the public service Peter gained the respect of peers and superiors by his hard work and affinity for the work. He was progressively promoted from case worker to middle management and then to senior executive positions. He worked as regional director of Community Services Victoria in three regions.Human services is a complex area and involved working closely with the non-government sector, the community and local government to ensure accountable and efficient services. Fortunately, community development was a strong interest of Peter’s.In 1987 Peter was commissioned as a director of a critical project, Statewide Service Redevelopment of Reception Services for young children at risk. This involved the closure of four institutional services and the transfer of the 200 children and 150 staff affected to new regional facilities. Peter loved the challenge to close the anachronistic institutions and to create new regional options for the at-risk children, in the process expanding his own skills.Peter became a board member of the Australian Greek Welfare Society for three years until he joined Fronditha Care as CEO. Also as a volunteer, he was a board member of the Balwyn Secondary School where his children attended. Later Peter was appointed a director of an industry-based superannuation fund.Peter loved his family, wife Tanya, children Simone and Michael and their families and his young granddaughter Alexandra but also his parents, with whom he made sure to spend special time every Saturday morning after a hectic week.He contributed to writing the history of the village of Tsamantas where his roots were and could recall with passion the grief of his grandmother Ourania calling “Spiro, Spiro …” as he left with his family to come to Australia. He shared this memory with many migrants and his experience made him empathic with the aged clients of Fronditha.Peter felt fortunate that he was entrusted by the board of Fronditha to develop and execute its expansion, including the provision of new services such as community care. He worked closely with the board and his senior staff to design a plan and to execute it swiftly and progressively, being vigilant to ensure that risks and threats like cost overruns were avoided and that opportunities for viable expansion were pursued with vigour and transparency. This period saw unparalleled growth in Fronditha, its resources and the people it served.Peter was the right person at the right time and place for Fronditha Care and the Greek community. His deep conviction of the need for elderly people to have choices for their care and that the care must be delivered to them in a relevant environment, language and culture were critical to the success of Fronditha.In his retirement, even as he was dealing with motor neurone disease, he often expressed his pride that the volunteers, the board and his staff had created such a community-based organisation. He valued the team culture and accountability to stakeholders – community, government and consumers.Peter had a strong value system not even the disease could shake while residing at a nursing home. He was joyful greeting people and shaking hands and always ready to dance to Greek music such as Zorba the Greek, Hasapiko or Zembetiko and he could also chant Byzantine hymns.Peter was inspired by many semi-mythical Greek stories, such as the Souliotes women who in 1803 committed suicide with their children to avoid enslavement. This episode also inspired the revolution against the Ottoman empire and ultimately the liberation of Greece. Peter often recalled in Greek this poem that the women sang: Farewell poor world Farewell sweet life And you my wretched country Farewell for ever.It was a privilege to have known and worked with such a wonderful person and we will always remember you, Spiro, with fondness and respect.George Darivakis Savas Augoustakis John Bellesis Dr Conn Constantinou George Demetriou Jim Kalodimos Joan Livingston Chris Sourlos Penni Michaellast_img read more

PUBLIC FORECAST 20 Jan 2015

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas weather, turks and caicos weather Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Noon Bahamas Marine Forecast Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTHIS IS THE FORECAST FOR THE BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT TUESDAY 20 TH JANUARY 2015GENERAL SITUATION: A WEAK STATIONARY FRONT REMAINS OVER THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS, WHILE RICH TROPICAL MOISTURE FROM A SURFACE TROUGH IN THE GULF OF MEXICO WILL CREATE SOME UNSETTLED WEATHER OVER THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS TODAYFOR ALL AREASWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY TO CLOUDY WITH A FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS AND EVEN A POSSIBLE ISOLATED THUNDERSTORM TODAY AND TONIGHT IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND MOSTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH THE SLIGHT CHANCE OF A BRIEF PASSING SHOWER MAINLY OVER THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS IN THE VCIINITY OF THE FRONT, TURNING FAIR AND MILD TONIGHTADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMSWINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10-15 KNOTS OVER THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 KNOTS OVER THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOSSEAS RUNNING: 2-4 FEET OVER THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 3-5 FEET OVER THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE IN NASSAU 79F 26COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE IN NASSAU 63F 17CSUNRISE AT 6.56 AM AND SUNSET AT 5.46 PMMOONRISE AT 6.44 AM AND MOONSET AT 6.12 PMHIGH TIDE AT 7.15 AM AND LOW TIDE AT 1.41 PM AND HIGH AGAIN AT 7.36 PMEXTENDED FORECAST FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS: A WEAK RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BE THE DOMINANT WEATHER FEATURE ACROSS THE ISLANDS FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS GENERATING PLEASANT BUT STABLE CONDITIONS ACROSS THE BAHAMASFORECAST FOR WEDNESDAYWEATHER: PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH THE SLIGHT CHANCE OF A BRIEF PASSING SHOWER DURING THE DAY,TURNING FAIR AND MILD AT NIGHTWINDS: LIGHT AND VARIABLE AT 10 KNOTS OR LESSSEAS RUNNING: 3 FEET OR LESS OVER THE OCEANFORECAST FOR THURSDAYWEATHER: PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH THE SLIGHT CHANCE OF A BRIEF PASSING SHOWER DURING THE DAY,TURNING FAIR AND MILD AT NIGHTWINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10-15 KNOTSSEAS RUNNING 2-4 FEET OVER THE OCEANlast_img read more

Burglar smashes way into South Florida restaurant

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – A burglar smashed his way into an Oakland Park restaurant.Surveillance video captured the thief throwing a rock through the window of “Thai Rice” on Commercial Boulevard and Northwest 15th Avenue just before 6 a.m., on May 18.The man then headed for the register and ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash.If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Google Assistant is making a run for Alexa The 359 Ep 516

first_img Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $299 at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. 5:21 Share your voice 0 Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher The Cheapskate Apple iPhone XS Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It CNET On this podcast, we talk about:Google’s ambitions to teach its Assistant more sophisticated tricks. Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor, two podcasting companies. Apple’s retail chief, Angela Ahrendts, announces departure. Google Assistant Alexa Google Spotify,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $59 at eBay I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Turo Share your voice See it Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Google Assistant is making a run for Alexa (The 3:59, Ep. 516) Rylo An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $60 at Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $210 at Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $6 at Tidal Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $155 at Google Express See at Turo Read Google Home Hub review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review $999 See at Amazon Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Now playing: Watch this: $999 $999 Tags Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Comments Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy The Daily Charge Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Google Assistant is making a run for Alexa (The 3:59,… Sprint Post a comment Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Audio Smart Speakers & Displays Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET 7 $520 at HP Tags Read DJI Osmo Action preview Your browser does not support the audio element. Amazonlast_img read more

Alita Battle Angel​s cuttingedge effects cant save its bland story

first_img36:12 2019 movies to geek out over More Alita Movie reviews 21st Century Fox The digitally captured Alita, played by Rosa Salazar as a wide-eyed ingenue with an amusing taste for kicking people’s limbs off, is a charming guide to this cybernetics-obsessed future. But her story doesn’t hang together. One minute she wants to be a bounty hunter, the next she wants to be a rollerball-style future-sport champion. The storylines are simultaneously too intertwined and frustratingly disjointed.James Cameron and Robert RodriguezEnlarge ImageJames Cameron and Robert Rodriguez on the set of Alita: Battle Angel. 20th Century Fox And of course, of course, half the story is setup for a sequel.  Where we’d like to see Alita tested and challenged to learn about herself and the strange world she wakes up in, everything is endlessly explained to her instead. Most of the exposition falls to Christoph Waltz as Ido, the cybernetic expert who finds and rebuilds Alita. The relationship between jaded father-figure and cyborg surrogate daughter is easily the best thing in the movie. But Waltz ends up explaining every little thing. At first, he guides Alita — and us — through the sci-fi world and later spills important information that would be far more intriguing if she discovered it herself.Waltz is given a chance to catch his breath by Keean Johnson as Alita’s love interest Hugo. His burgeoning relationship with Alita is also blunted by endless explanation. Over an hour in, Hugo is still leading Alita around and telling her stuff. The secret to Alita’s past is unlocked by Hugo taking her somewhere, where she just walks in.Instead of discovering things or causing things to happen, everything just happens to Alita. In the opening shot, Ido wanders over a scrapheap and finds her. He doesn’t dig her out, or risk his life saving her from rival scavengers, or anything that would turn this moment into a story. He just sees her lying there in full view. It’s a bland, low-stakes way for the two main characters to meet, and sadly sets the pattern for the rest of the movie.  Now playing: Watch this: Alita: Battle Angel’s Christoph Waltz reveals why acting… The story of how James Cameron almost directed Alita: Battle Angel Skin or CGI? Alita: Battle Angel takes manga to photorealistic levels Alita’s Christoph Waltz sets aside acting techniques for FX blockbusters TV and Movies Share your voice Alita is forever just bumping into the right people at the right time, and just walking into wherever she wants to go without much resistance. There’s rarely a sense she works for or earns anything, making it hard to get behind her struggle. Even the fights, as pretty as they are, fail to be engaging because Alita’s high-flying skills make them low-stakes affairs. Contrast that, for example, with The Matrix, in which the hero’s awakening skills are undercut by doubt and fear that makes us root for him. Even at two hours, it feels like Alita has been substantially edited down. The first act hinges on a murder subplot that’s dropped 15 minutes in. Characters are introduced and then disappear. And we don’t get much sense of the bad guys actually being bad. Mahershala Ali is particularly wasted as a suave villain whose villainy is almost entirely signalled by his black gloves and shades rather than by actually doing anything nasty. And he’s sidelined by a main antagonist who’s talked about rather than seen.There are things to like about the Alita: Battle Angel. The hints of a dark side to the paternal Ido and the lovelorn Hugo are intriguing, although the film wavers in its commitment to those ideas. The star is charming, the body modifications are interesting and the effects are spectacular. But overall, who knew cyborgs could be so boring? Correction, Feb. 1, 10:39 a.m. PT: This story initially misspelled the first name of the actor who plays Alita. She is Rosa Salazar.center_img Now playing: Watch this: 77 Photos CNET UK Podcast 550: Robert Rodriguez reveals the secrets… Comments 10 Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  Tags 3:46 With two powerhouse directors involved, Alita: Battle Angel should be a heavenly sci-fi blockbuster. Instead, it’s a bland meander, an unengaging story that all the high-tech digital effects in the world can’t save. Alita is an angelic cyborg who’s tumbled from a heavenly floating city in Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron’s adaptation of the ’90s manga and anime. Little more than a head and a pair of oversized doe eyes, Alita is lucky enough to be found by a cybernetics expert who pops her neatly onto a new robotic body. She quickly attracts the attention of various villains in a teeming futuristic metropolis, but her luck holds out in a story that struggles to test or challenge our cybernetic star.Enlarge ImageRosa Salazar is doe-eyed cyborg Alita.   Twentieth Century Fox James Cameron wrote the script with Altered Carbon showrunner Laeta Kalogridis, then Rodriguez stepped in to direct so Cameron could focus on the four Avatar sequels currently in the pipeline. Alita feels like something of a placeholder for the long-delayed Avatar follow-ups, showcasing cutting-edge visual effects and 3D technology from Cameron’s company Lightstorm. But on this evidence, we may not need more Avatar after all.Alita: Battle Angel, in cinemas now, is certainly glossy to look at, filled with gravity-defying fights and punky cyborgs stretching the limits of the human body. Yet the world lacks the visual identity of dystopias like Blade Runner or The Fifth Element or even 2017’s disappointing Ghost in the Shell. Even the similarly themed Elysium does a better job of conjuring a trash-heap of cybernetic haves and have-nots.last_img read more

Airtel writes to TRAI slamming Jio for its false claims

first_img Airtel vs Reliance Jio: Which network is faster in India? Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … India’s biggest telecom operator Bharti Airtel has alleged that rival Reliance Jio Infocomm has been misleading the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) through false claims that India’s top three telecommunication providers had gained almost Rs 1 lakh crore in the past five years on not lowering the interconnect usage charge (IUC).According to Airtel, the actual level of receipts for the operator on account of IUC was Rs 7,795 crore, which was much lower than Jio’s claims. The company was quoted by Economic Times  as saying in a letter to TRAI that it had actually incurred losses of Rs 6,800 crore over the last five years as the mobile termination charge was below the cost of 30-35 paise per minute.Airtel in its letter to the regulator wrote that Jio’s assertions were grossly incorrect and done with the purpose of creating policy bias in its favour.”This misrepresentation of data is yet another attempt by Reliance Jio to distort facts to show other operators in a bad light and create policy bias in its favour,” Ravi Gandhi, Chief Regulatory Officer at Bharti Airtel, wrote in the letter addressed to TRAI Chairman RS Sharma.This comes at a time when TRAI is looking to revise the interconnection usage charge. All telecom players except Reliance Jio support an increase in IUC rates.The telecom industry in India is at present fighting a sturdy competitive battle against Jio. All the outcry at present is on the termination charge, which is one of the main components of IUC.According to the incumbents, the termination charge of Re 0.14 per minute is too low and does not cover the cost of carrying the call. TRAI had reduced the domestic termination rate to Re 0.14 per minute from Re 0.30 in 2004, which had led to protests by the telecom companies.However, if the allegations made by Airtel in the letter against Jio are true, they might push TRAI to revise IUC rates. If the regulator considers increasing the rate, the telecom players might raise the tariff for their call services, which could be a bad news for the customers.last_img read more

Apple tops Fast Companys Worlds Most Innovative Company ranking Reliance Jio ranked

first_imgApple is world’s Most Innovative Company according to Fast Company magazineReutersCupertino-based technology giant Apple has been selected the most innovative firms in the world by Fast Company, an American business and technology magazine. The recently launched Indian telecom player Reliance Jio secured the 17 position in the list of the World’s Most 50 Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2018, for ‘putting India on the fast track’.Fast Company announced its list of World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2018 for honoring companies and their impact on businesses. The list is prepared after surveying thousands of companies across 36 categories.Mukesh Ambani-backed Reliance Jio is number one rank among the Most Innovative Companies in India, according to the Fast Company ranking. Headquartered in Navi Mumbai, Reliance Jio, the subsidiary of Reliance industries launched its commercial services across India in September 2016.The report notes that Jio has installed more than 100,000 new cell towers, some 155,000 miles of fiber laid and built 500,000 square feet of cloud data centers to create next-gen broadband infrastructure in India. The world’s 50 most innovative companies 2018 https://t.co/v50EreNpJA #FCMostInnovative pic.twitter.com/tEMpcLKI9D— Fast Company (@FastCompany) 20 February 2018Apple became the world’s most innovative company by being the “preeminent maker of computing devices, from those you stick on a desk (Macs) to ones you strap to your wrist (the Apple Watch)”, Fast Company noted. Apple was ranked fourth on the same list released in 2017.Apple is followed by the online streaming platform Netflix in the second place. Square — a California-based financial services, merchant services aggregator and mobile payment company — is ranked third in the list. Square is followed by Chinese multinational investment holding firm Tencent.E-commerce giant Amazon, which was on top in the list in 2017, slipped to the fifth position in the latest ranking by Fast Company.  Noida-based online e-wallet company Paytm, which recently started its Paytm Payments Bank, has been included in the list at the 31 position.last_img read more

Bud Light to Debut Nutritional Label on Packaging

first_img Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer Good news for calorie-counting beer drinkers: Starting next month, Bud Light will have prominent nutritional labels on their case boxes and six-packs, becoming the first beer in the U.S. to add a comprehensive on-pack serving facts and ingredient label.In addition to listing the ingredients, Bud Light packaging will also include serving size, calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, carbohydrates, sugars and protein, according to a press release.Unlike for packaged food, labels aren’t legally required for the beer industry, but as customers demand more transparency, major beer makers agreed in 2016 to voluntarily disclose nutrition facts on their products by 2020.“When people walk through a store, they are used to seeing ingredient labels on products in every aisle, except for the beer, wine and spirits aisle. As the lead brand in the category, we believe increasing on-pack transparency will benefit the entire beer category and provide our consumers with the information they expect to see,” said VP of Marketing for Bud Light Andy Goeler.The move by Bud Light comes after Carlsberg, the Danish brewer, took a similar step in 2015, voluntarily listing ingredients and nutrition information on its beer, according to Bloomberg. The brand, however, has limited distribution in the U.S.The new Bud Light labels will be featured on the beer boxes sold at grocery stores and other locations. They will be big, black-and-white labels, similar to the ones required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on packaged food, the Associated Press reported.Bud Light lists four ingredients: water, barley, rice and hops. Below that, it shows the calories in a 12-ounce bottle or can and other facts. A 12-ounce serving of Bud Light has 110 calories, 6.6 grams of carbohydrates (2 percent of the recommended daily amount), and 0.9 grams of protein, for example.More on Geek.com:Boise Is Turning Sewage Into Beer and CiderThis Italian City Gives You Free Beer for Riding Your BikeCarlsberg Is Gluing Beer Cans Together to Help Save the Planet Stay on targetlast_img read more

Detoxifying Nerve Agents Using Functionalized Polymer Nanofiber Membranes

first_imgUsing UV spectrophotometry, Sundarrajan and his peers analyzed the hydrolysis of paraxon and found that the most effective hydrolysis came from oxy-B-CD nanofiber membrane. “The ether group from oxy-B-CD acted as a linker with the benzene ring and optimized the interactions between the catatlyst and the paraxon,” he explained. The scientists made another startling observation: “As the yield of the oxy-B-CD increased, the extent to which the nerve agent stimulant hydrolyzed also increased,” Sundarrajan said. By manipulating the ether group that is between B-CD and IBA, the scientists could cause this increase in oxy-B-CD.The oxy-B-CD broke down paraxon into diethyl phosphoric acid and p-nitorphenol, which changed from the acid base to the base form (p-nitorphenolate). “A highly-stable complex between p-nitrophenolate anion and B-CD occurs, possibly from polarizability and resonance delocalization,” Sundarrajan added. Sundarrajan and his team measured the amount of p-nitrophenol with UV spectrophotometry, finding a maximum at 410 +- 10 nm. In other words, the nanofiber membranes functionalized with oxy-B-CD were effective in decontaminating paraxon.Furthermore, the team of scientists compared the hydrolysis of paraxon with activated carbon to the hydrolysis with oxy-B-CD, as well as the other types of functionalized PVC polymer nanofiber membranes. The team found that the oxy-B-CD was 11.5 times faster than the activated carbon and that the oxy-B-CD was also faster than B-CD, IBA, and the B-CD and IBA combination nanofibers.Manufacturers can add oxy-B-CD nanofiber membranes to woven clothing, leading to decontamination of organophosphorous nerve agents, as well as lighter and more breathable clothing. “Next we are trying to develop non-specific catalysts that will decompose both nerve and blister agents,” Sundarrajan says. By Syeda Z. Hamdani, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Citation: Detoxifying Nerve Agents Using Functionalized Polymer Nanofiber Membranes (2006, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-07-detoxifying-nerve-agents-functionalized-polymer.html A group of scientists from the National University of Singapore published a study in the May 30th issue of Nanotechnology, which developed polymer nanofiber membranes with a synthesized catalyst to detoxify nerve agents. Research fellow Subramanian Sundarrajan, with the University’s Bioengineering Division, and his colleagues wanted a method to detoxify organophosphorus nerve agents, such as Soman, Sarin, and Tabun. “Nerve agents disrupt the human nervous system by inhibiting the actylcholine esterase enzyme,” Sundarrajan said.Currently, protective clothing for OP nerve agents use functionalized activated carbon. Disadvantages to carbon include its heaviness, its ability to hold moisture, and having to dispose of contaminated clothing because of absorption.An important aspect of the study involved the choice of catalyst. “Literature showed that B-CD (B-cyclodextrin) and IBA (o-iodosobenzoic acid) have a history of hydrolyzing nerve agents. We hypothesized that if we synthesized a CD derivative with IBA functionality, it would have better catalytic properties,” Sundarrajan explained.As a result, Sundarrajan and his group chose 3-carboxy-4-iodosobenzyl oxy-B-CD, which was a CD derivative, as one of the catalysts in the experiment. The team also used other variations of B-CD and IBA. The material for the nanofiber membranes was equally vital; in the past, the scientists had experimented with nanofibers spun from cellulose acetate, but found this material to be too fragile.Instead, the scientists used PVC polymer for the nanofibers because of its advantages: PVC has a small fiber diameter, is extremely porous, and has a high surface area. “A high surface area helps in obtaining better reactivity with the catalyst,” Sundarrajan said.For the control portion of the experiment, Sundarrajan and his colleagues electrospun one set of PVC polymers into nanofiber membranes without a catalyst. They also electrospun PVC with B-CD, PVC with IBA, PVC with B-CD and IBA and PVC with oxy-B-CD. All functionalized nanofiber membranes were hydrophilic, with varying static water contact angles: 10 degress for the plain PVC and PVC with IBA, 12 degress for PVC with B-CD, 7 degrees for PVC with B-CD and IBA, and 9 degrees for PVC with the oxy-B-CD.To test the effectiveness of the functionalized nanofibers, the scientists chose paraxon, a nerve agent stimulant that can be analyzed with UV spectrophotometry. They dipped the nanofiber membranes in three different concentrations of paraxon, 10mM, 25mM, and 50mM, at 25 degrees C, as well as one additional beaker which had unhydrolyzed paraxon for comparison. 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

Make your Valentine feel special

first_imgThe Imperial, New DelhiEnjoy a fabulous treat as The Imperial makes their menus aphrodisiac for you and your special someone. Make your moments eternal with ‘Unique Dining Experience’ in intricately structured canopies, under a starlit sky at San Gimignano lawns and 1911 lawns. While Daniell’s Tavern offers a divine interlude with authentic Pan-Indian flavours, La Baguette –French patisserie will serve a range of sinful desserts. So, make sure you don’t miss out on this treat. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe San GimignanoDinner will be served at 14,000+ taxes (per couple) 4-course menu and San Gimignano canopy will offer a 5-course menu+ 1btl champagne per couple at 75,000+taxes. When: February 14 Timings: 7:00pm – 11:45pmDaniell’s TavernThe restaurant will be offering four course meal at 14000+ taxes (per couple). When: February 14 Timings: 6:30pm – 11:45pm1911 Take your date out for a romantic lunch at 3500 + taxes (per person) buffet service, a buffet dinner only at 4000 + taxes (per person) or a 4-course meal and 2 glasses of Champagne at 1911 Canopy only for 30,000+ taxes (per couple). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhen: February 14 (Lunch and Dinner)Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi Taste exquisite salts from across the world and enjoy your favourite dishes with the best-paired salt through out Valentine’s week (until February 13), and a super special 7-course set-menu on February 14. You can choose dining and spa experience, or if you are planning to take a short break and enjoy some time with your loved one – opt for Sorrento 7 course valentine experience priced at INR 9,995 plus taxes (per couple) inclusive of select beverages. Also, you can get good spa offers at Chi, at INR 19,995 plus taxes (per couple). If you are looking for stay experience, the price for delux rooms start from INR 13,000 plus taxes.Where: Sorrento, Shangri-La’s –Eros HotelTimings: (Lunch: 12:30 pm – 2:45 pm) (Dinner: 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm)last_img read more

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first_imgNews | January 21, 2009 SSO Annual Cancer Symposium Features Educational CME Programs News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more Related Content Feature | Cardio-oncology | May 13, 2016 | Dave Fornell Assessing Cardiotoxicity Due to Cancer Therapy Cardio-oncology is an emerging field that combines the expertise of both cardiology and oncology to assess and treat read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | September 12, 2016 Contrast Ultrasound Identifies Deadly Liver Cancers September 12, 2016 — Tiny microbubbles are being used to more effectively… read more News | Clinical Decision Support | October 27, 2016 New NCCN Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria Published for Eight Cancer Types October 27, 2016 — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) continues to build its library of appropriate use read more Epsilon’s EchoInsight software helps analyze cardiac function by evaluating wall motion strain.  January 22, 2009- The complete program and registration materials are available for The Society of Surgical Oncology’s 62nd Annual Cancer Symposium, March 4-8, 2009, in Phoenix, AZ. The program has been planned by David Linehan, M.D., and the SSO Scientific Program Committee.The meeting will feature an array of outstanding presenters, 40 plus hours of educational CME programs and social events.For more information: www.surgonc.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | December 21, 2018 FDA Approves Exablate Neuro for Tremor-Dominant Parkinson’s Treatment Insightec announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expansion of the indication of… read more News | Oncology Related Products | December 19, 2016 Clinical Study to Combine Chemotherapy Drug with MR-HIFU for Recurrent Childhood Tumors December 19, 2016 — Children’s National Health System and Celsion Corp. read more News | Radiation Oncology | February 01, 2018 ​ITN Celebrates World Cancer Day 2018 World Cancer Day takes place annually on Feb. read more News | Oncology Related Products | May 06, 2016 Study Finds Breast Cancer Adjuvant Therapy Benefits Vary Over Time May 6, 2016 — After breast cancer surger read more Javier Torres-Roca Explains Genomics in RadiotherapyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:35Loaded: 2.47%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Radiation Dose Management | September 24, 2018 AngioDynamics to Acquire RadiaDyne to Expand Oncology Portfolio AngioDynamics Inc. announced an agreement to acquire RadiaDyne, a privately held medical diagnostic and device company… read more Videos | Radiation Oncology | November 06, 2018 VIDEO: Personalizing Radiotherapy Using Genomic Markers of Radiosensitivity Genomics can be used to assess a patient’s radiosensitivity, which can be used to increase or decrease the radiation read more last_img read more